Saturday, March 24, 2012

25 Unexpected Ways to Make Someone’s Day

Do you remember the last time you received an unexpected call, text or email from someone who intentionally said something complimentary to you? How did it make you feel?  Did it brighten your mood?  Did it bring a smile to your face?  What impression did this person make on you?
When I consider the different types of impressions we make on people, there are very few more powerful then when you do something unexpectedly to show people they are important to you. It could be a simple text message telling a friend how much you value the friendship or a short email to a co-worker complimenting him or her on the way he or she handled a difficult situation at the office today.

Results of Kind Words

 When you take your time to surprise people with acts of kindness or love, you will make them feel noticed, valued, and appreciated. You will bring a smile to their faces and joy to their hearts. It will enhance their self-esteem and strengthen their self-confidence. It will renew their energy and put a bounce in their step. It will draw them closer to you and you to them and create an extraordinary bond in your relationship. You will benefit also because there is joy in unselfish acts when you give of yourself, your time, and your resources.

Ideas to Inspire You to Action

 Here are 25 unexpected things you can do to show people they are special in your eyes... READ MORE

In Life, You Don't Get What You Deserve, You Get What You.........

"In life, you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate." - CHESTER L. KARRASS

In days gone by, there was a very wealthy man who owned a wonderful steamship, but as is so often the way with expensive things, it was prone to breaking down.

One day, after a particularly difficult journey to a foreign land, the engine failed and no one could get it going again.

One by one, every mechanic and engineer in the land was summoned to try to fix the engine, and one by one they failed.

Finally, word came to the wealthy man of a wise old shipmaker who might be able to help, but at a hefty price.

However, the wealthy man agreed at once.

Soon, an old man who looked as if he must have been fixing ships for a hundred years arrived.

He carried a large bag of tools and immediately went to work.

He inspected the large network of pipes leading to and from the engine very carefully, occasionally placing his hand upon the pipes to test for warmth.

Finally the old shipmaker reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped against one of the pipes.

Instantly the sound of steam rushing through the pipes could be heard and the engine lurched into life as the shipmaker carefully put his hammer away.

When the wealthy man asked the shipmaker what he owed him, the bill came to over 10 thousand Pounds, indeed a princely sum in those days.

“What?” the wealthy man exclaimed, outraged. ”You hardly did anything at all!” Justify your fee or I will have you thrown in jail.”

The old shipmaker began to scrawl something onto a ragged piece of paper he pulled from his pocket. The wealthy man smiled as he read what the old man had written on

the piece of paper and apologized to the shipmaker for his rude behaviour.

This is what the piece of paper said:

“For tapping with a hammer………………………………. £1.00

For knowing where to tap…………………………………..£9,999.00″

You Are Who You Are For A Reason...

You are who you are for a reason.
You're part of an intricate plan.

You're a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God's special woman or man.

You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.

He knit you together within the womb.
You're just what He wanted to make.

The parents you had were the ones He chose,
And no matter how you may feel,

They were custom-designed with God's plan in mind,
And they bear the Master's seal.

No, that trauma you faced was not easy.

And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into His likeness you'd grow.

You are who you are for a reason,
You've been formed by the Master's rod.

You are who you are, beloved,

Because there is a God!

By Russell Kelfer

A Seed Of Kindness - Opportunity Is Everywhere

One winter night an old couple dashed into the lobby of a small Philadelphia hotel, looking for a room. The clerk said, “I’m sorry, but our rooms are full.” As they started to leave, he said, “Would you be willing to sleep in my room? It’s not a suite, but I think you’ll be comfortable there.” At first they were reluctant, but the hotel clerk insisted, saying, “Don’t worry, I can sleep in the office.” So they accepted.

Next morning when it was time to check out, the old gentleman said to the clerk. “Thank you. You deserve to be the manager of the best hotel in the country! Maybe someday I’ll build one for you!” The amused clerk smiled and thanked him.

Two years later the clerk received a round-trip ticket to New York City, and a letter from the old couple thanking him again for his kindness. They were inviting him to come and visit them. Although, he’d almost forgotten the incident, he decided to take them up on their offer.

When he arrived in the City, they took him to the Corner of 34th Street and 5th Avenue, where an elderly man pointed a multi-story hotel and said, “I just built it, and I want you to manage it.” The clerk said, “You must be kidding!” I can assure you I’m not,” he replied.

He continued by saying, “The old gentleman’s name was William Waldorf Astor (, the hotel was the original Waldorf-Astoria (, and the young clerk who had shown him such kindness, was George C. Boldt ( ) – its first manager! He then added, “Don’t forget to sow another seed of kindness today, for you can never tell what your harvest will be!”

A little gesture of yesterday could result in unprecedented greatness today.

Source: Unknown

The Rich Are Rich Before They Become Rich

Over the years, two of the most outstanding features I have discovered of all highly successful people are that they know what they want to do and they have a burning desire to succeed.

It seems the more successful someone is the more they know what they want to do, and the earlier in life they seem to know it. They are rich and successful in their minds well before the actual event takes place. They see it, feel it and can even taste it, long before it ever happens.

This makes them unique and very much in the minority, as most people seem lost and have little direction. Successful people know their purpose and mission and are singularly focused on achieving these. This applies equally to any field of endeavor in life, not just business, and it is even more apparent in sport.

Lleyton Hewitt, the world number-one tennis player by the age of twenty, did not decide to take up tennis at nineteen. He has been refining his craft since he was five. By the age of twenty he’s a veteran! That’s what it takes, ten to fifteen years of dedication and focus, with no guarantees you will succeed, and most of those years spent in lonely practice sessions out of the limelight, while everybody else is warmly tucked up in bed or out partying and having fun.

There is an Ashanti proverb: ‘One cannot both feast and become rich’. This sums up the point nicely- to achieve something great you must be prepared to make sacrifices. Those who never achieve anything and simply go through life being average are the opposite. They don’t seem to know what they want to do and are confused about their direction.

As such, they don’t have a burning desire to do anything. They seem to flip-flop from one thing to another and as soon as the new thing gets too hard off they go again looking for the easy way out.

Champions in business, life and sport know there is a price to pay for success, and have no doubt about their willingness to pay this price. It is not a difficult choice if you have a burning desire to achieve your goals.

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SOURCE: How to make money out of thin air by Brian Sher

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What Have We Done Today?

We shall do much in the years to come,
But what have we done today?

We shall give out gold in a princely sum,
But what did we give today?

We shall lift the heart and dry the tear,
We shall plant a hope in the place of fear,
We shall speak the words of love and cheer,
But what did we speak today ?

We shall be so kind in the after while,
But what have we done today?

We shall bring to each lonely life a smile,
But what have we brought today?

We shall give to truth a grander birth,
And to steadfast faith a deeper worth,
We shall feed the hungering souls of earth,
But whom have we fed today?

We shall reap such joys in the by and by,
But what have we sown today?

We shall build us mansions in the sky,
But what have we built today?

`Tis sweet in the idle dreams to bask;
But here and now, do we our task?

Yet, this is the thing our souls must ask,
What have we done today ?

by Nixon Waterman

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Getting Along With People

Five suggestions for getting along with people:
  1. Never miss a chance to say a kind or encouraging word to or about somebody. Praise good work, no matter who does it. 
  2. When you make a promise, keep it. Just don't make too many.
  3. Hold your tongue. Always say less than you think. Speak softly and persuasively. How you say something often means more than what you say.
  4. Show an interest in others--in their pursuits, their work, and their families. Have fun with those who rejoice. Weep with those who mourn. Let everyone you meet, however humble, feel that you regard him or her as important.
  5. Be cheerful. Don't depress others by dwelling on your aches and pains, and small disappointments. Remember, everyone has some burden to carry.