It is terrific to know that you can stop procrastination when you learn to push yourself. Procrastination is that thing that makes you put off doing things. Procrastination is that thing that makes you say, “I will do it tomorrow or the day after.” Procrastination kills process and productivity. In order to succeed, you must learn a way to push yourself to succeed. People who win the battle against procrastination and are leaders learn to push themselves to succeed. More »
It is magnificent to take action now while recognizing opportunity has a time and place. The idea behind take action now is that one starts doing something right now to accomplish a mission rather than waiting for some unknown date in the future. When you take action now, you seize the day and to put it simple, just do what you are supposed to do. It is important to take action now when action is required. There is a time and a place for everything and when action is not taken at the right time, there is a cost to be paid.
In economics there is a principle called opportunity costs. The opportunity cost is the value of a choice not taken in a situation where one must make a choice because all options cannot be taken at the same time. That is why it is so important to take action now. If you do not take action now when you should, it costs you that opportunity. Think of it like connecting airplanes. What if you are on your way to New Orleans, Louisiana from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Suppose there is an accident on the way to the airport and you are stuck in traffic for two hours. Or what if you stop off to eat at a restaurant and are delayed an hour or so. In either of these cases, you will miss the opportunity to catch your flight from Philadelphia to Atlanta. If you miss your plane from Philadelphia to Atlanta, you will not be in a position to catch the connecting flight from Atlanta to New Orleans. In this case, the opportunity travel to the airport or to eat out, cost you the ability to get to your destination in a timely manner. More »
The Ferguson shooting and so many incidents like it scare me. I am the mother of four children. Three girls and one son. I call my son, “my son, my son, my golden one.” He has beautiful hopes and dreams for the future. When Barak Obama was first elected president my son said when he grew up, he would be president and Obama could be his vice president. In the years since his plans and life have remained lofty and good. My son is tall for his age. He is tall, intelligent, talkative and has a strong sense of right and wrong. He argues passionately to prove his points and to have his voice heard. In most contexts, these would all be wonderful things. But, this is 2014 in America and my son is a little black boy.
There are stories on the news almost every day about black on black crime. While those stories are scary, I don’t worry about them much. My son is a good boy. He is in school, does not commit crimes, and by all accounts has a bright and shining future. There are also stories on the news almost every day about black men and black boys who are shot and killed for doing nothing other than being black men and boys. These are the stories that terrify me.
It is fantastic to realize when it comes to your life at work and home, reputation matters. Reputation is what people think of you, how people refer to you when you are not around. It is common for people to take care to be sure they have a good reputation at work. Often, little attention is paid to the reputation one has at home. This is a mistake. No matter if at home or at work, reputation matters a great deal. More »
It is terrific to learn that teamwork really does make the dream work. Whenever possible, make your family part of your team. Most people have heard the expression, “blood is thicker than water.” The idea behind that expression is that family members need to stick together and are part of the same team.
When members of a family think of themselves with a team work mindset, they are able to accomplish great and wonderful things. Bible scholars among my readers will remember what God said when He gave the people different languages at Babel. He said if men put their minds to it, there was nothing they could not accomplish. More »