Archive for November 8, 2012
It was 1995 when I discovered a better way of thinking – to strive to Finish Strong in everything I chose to do. By adopting the Finish Strong mindset, I created a personal platform for achievement and established my own level of personal accountability. In the years that followed, I leaned on my commitment to Finish Strong and was blessed with success in many areas of my life. This was such a breakthrough for me that I believed others could benefit from being exposed to and ultimately adopting a “Finish Strong attitude.”
So in 1996 I filed for and received a trademark on the words “Finish Strong” with the vision of creating a global brand that would inspire millions of people to higher levels of performance.
My life has never been the same since. For 15 years, Finish Strong has been a driving force in my life – professionally, personally and spiritually. I started a business in an attempt to create products and services around Finish Strong – with nominal success. However, the real “game changer” for Finish Strong came in 2004, when through a twist of fate, I met Mac Anderson. I was a huge fan of Mac’s company, Successories, and he became a mentor to me in helping to make some critical decisions about the Finish Strong product line.
Then, in the fall of 2005 Mac launched Simple Truths and shortly thereafter gave me the opportunity to join him as a partner and manager of sales and marketing. He also believed that a Finish Strong gift book would be a great addition to the Simple Truths line. I was excited and couldn’t imagine a better platform to launch the Finish Strong message. Also, at that time, the Finish Strong apparel company had hit a crossroad. We had invested heavily in developing and manufacturing our own sports apparel line, and it became evident that without substantial funding, we would not be able to expand. I like to say that God’s timing is never early and never late. So, as I wound down the apparel business, I got involved with Simple Truths.
My first year with Simple Truths was extremely busy, building the infrastructure for the company and as a result, I didn’t have much time to write the book. But in 2007, Mac and I finalized the concept for the book, and I began writing it. Finish Strong: Amazing Stories of Courage and Inspiration was published in May of 2008, and I am humbled to say that it has been one of our top selling titles since. The book has been used by corporations, individuals, schools and professional sports teams to inspire peak performance.
Of course, our biggest claim to fame is Finish Strong’s “current connection” with the Super Bowl champion, New Orleans Saints. In the spring of 2009, Drew Brees, the quarterback for the team, purchased copies for every member of the team. Finish Strong became their battle cry. After going 13-0 they finished the year losing their last three games; not exactly finishing strong. However, it was a much different story in the playoffs. Riding a wave of emotion and the finish strong mantra, they marched their way to victory in Superbowl 44; the first time in their 41 year history that they made it to the big game and I’m proud that we played a small role in their success.
So the next time you find yourself in a challenging position remember: It’s not what happens to you that matters, what matters most is how you choose to respond. Always choose to Finish Strong!
– Dan Green
A Must Read Book for all of us.
Being left-handed is like being in a secret club. We have our own bizarre initialization rituals, such as learning how to write "the wrong way." We pay our dues every day, in terms of the extra effort that we must make to live in a right-handed world. When we encounter another lefty, we immediately have something in common. The club is shrouded in secrecy, because we rarely mention the topic to our right-handed friends. For fun, I started making a list of the aspects of everyday life that are geared towards right-handed people. Lefties will probably recognize most things on this list; righties might find some of these things surprising. Anyways, I hope you enjoy reading it!
We have to use special "lefty" scissors. We write from left to right, so that our hand smears the fresh ink across the page. Righties’ hands do not touch the ink until they get to the next line, so the ink has a few seconds to dry. If you grab a coffee mug with your left hand, the picture will be facing away from you. Righties get to look at the picture while they drink. Lefties have little choice where they get to sit at large dinners, lest they bump elbows with a righty. Lefties have little choice where they get to sit in lecture halls. Often the only left-handed desks are on the end of the row. Lefties can’t sit in the middle, unless they want to have hard time writing. When writing in a 3-ring binder or spiral notebook, the rings get in the way of our hands when we write on the front side of the paper. Righties have this problem when writing on the back of the paper, but this is easier to avoid.
Many "commonly" used keys are on the right side of the keyboard. For example: backspace, enter, arrows, and numeric keypad. Computer mice are generally set up so that the "main" button is the index finger for righties. If you want to use the mouse in your left hand, the "main" button is under your less-adept ring finger. Bike gears are on the right side of the bike. This means that if you carry the bike on your right shoulder, the gears face outward. If you put the bike on your left shoulder, you’ll get grease stains all over your clothes. Bike helmet chin-strap buckles are easier to release with your right hand. Hand-held jigsaws blow sawdust off to the right side. If you hold it in your right hand, it blows the sawdust away from you. If you hold it in your left hand, it blows sawdust in your face. Drill presses have the handle to lower the drill on the right side. It’s impossible and dangerous! to try to hold the wood with your right hand while controlling the drill with your left hand. Lefties have to get their own "left-handed" boomerangs, golf clubs, hockey sticks, and baseball mitts.
This means we usually can’t borrow our friends’ equipment. Car stick-shifts are on the right side of the driver. Less frequently used controls, such as headlight switches, are on the left side. High-end headphones with only one cord have the cord on the left side. The cord gets in the way more for left-handed writers. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) entrance/exit gates take the ticket on your right side. When pants only have one back pocket, it’s always on the right side. Lefties have to fumble around for their wallet with their "bad" hand. Mini propane camping stoves are designed so that you can hold it with your left hand and pump up air pressure with your right, even if the stove is still hot. It’s hard to hold it with your right hand and pump with your left hand without burning your right hand.
Piano keys are arranged so the more rapidly-changing higher notes are played with the right hand. For beginners, the base clef (left hand) is often optional. Camera shutter buttons are often on the right. Pressing the button with our less-dexterous hand makes it harder for lefties to hold the camera steady while taking a picture. "Ergonomic" chairs usually have the controls on the right side. When firing an automatic or semi-automatic rifle, the ejection port blows casings past your face (Courtesy of Chip Anderson). When holding a pen or pencil in your right hand, you can read any lettering on it, but in your left hand, the lettering is upside-down. (Thanks, Dottie!)
Alaska the most beautiful and largest state which comprises of huge area when compare to other states in US. Alaska is situated in the northwest of the North America continent and Arctic Ocean to the north and Pacific Ocean to the west and south. Only six regions are accepted but not officially. Alaska is the best place to travel and enjoy. Cruise to Alaska is an amazing experience. Many Alaska cruises are famous for its gigantic features and its luxurious facilities. Most highlighting thing in Alaska is about beauty of glaciers which occupies most of the landscape. Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm and The twin sawyer Glaciers, Glacier Bay, The Kennecott Glacier, Mendenhall Glacier at Juneau are all located in Alaska. Cruise ship services are also available in Alaska to view the nature of the state like Alaska Hubbard Glacier Cruise, Pre-Cruise Whistler Cruise tour, Pre-cruise Canadian Rockies Cruise tour etc. The great ranges of highest peak mountains are situated in Alaska. Mount McKinley in Denali is the highest Mountain Peak around North America which is 20,320 feet. The climatic nature and seasons of Alaska during May and September is more populous and it is the best vacation time. Different kinds of climates are occurring in different region of Alaska. Landscape of Alaska is more attractive and also more comfortable for wild life animals. It is the great gift for people given by the nature.
Jaguars are solitary animals, meeting only to mate. An adult jaguar weighs from 200 to 250 pounds, making it the largest cat in the North America. Jaguars hunt mainly at night. Their range of prey includes such forests and river animals as deer, pigs, sloth, fish, and even small alligators. They live mainly in forests and swamplands. Jaguars are excellent swimmers, and are the most water loving of the cats. One fact worth mentioning is the difference between leopards and jaguars. These two spotted cats seem identical, but show distinct differences when viewed in comparison. Both species have distinct builds and generally differing coat patterns.
Like all species, these two have a wide range in variation. Keeping this fact in mind, the following description is of the general differences of coats. Some jaguars and leopards may have coats that have less distinction. In general, the jaguar coat has larger rosettes in smaller numbers. The rosettes usually are darker, have thicker lines, and enclose smaller spots. The leopard coat has smaller, fainter rosettes in larger numbers. Leopard rosettes usually don’t enclose spots. One common similarity, however, is melanism: the condition which makes the coat appears black. In both species, the rosettes can sometimes be seen in the right light.
More distinct differences are seen in the build of these two cats. The jaguar has an overall more muscular build. The body is compact, and the legs are stockier than the more gracile leopard. The jaguar’s head is also stockier, with a larger looking jaw and an overall more square appearance to the face.
The jaguar is a common symbol of strength and power in central and South America. Like the lion in Europe and Africa, jaguars were associated with royalty and strength and bravery in warfare. In Maya civilization, the jaguar served to communicate between the living and the dead as well as protect the royal household. The Maya, known for their aggressiveness and brutal treatment of captives, saw these powerful cats as their companions in the spiritual world. Many rulers even had jaguars attributed to their names, such as ‘Shield Jaguar’, ‘Jaguar Paw’, ‘Bird Jaguar’, ‘Smoke Jaguar’, and ‘Snake Jaguar’.
Aztec civilization also had the same image of the jaguar as representative of the ruler and as a warrior. This is best seen in the elite military order of the Jaguar Knights. This order could be joined by anyone, noble or commoner. Admission was obtained through the number of captives taken for sacrifice. Captive taken advanced a warrior along different orders, and allowed admission to the elite Jaguar Knights, and all the privileges the title entailed. Among these were exemption from taxation and tribute, taking part in war councils, invitations to dine in the royal palace, and the more gruesome: participation in cannibalistic feasts.
Here are amazing and scary photographs of leopards and jaguars. It belongs to felidae family and smallest of four big cats. Leopards are found mostly in Indian sub continent, Malaysia, Indonesia, and china. Leopard has an opportunistic hunting behavior and it has an ability to run 58 kilometer speed per hour. The leopard consumes any animal that it hunts. Its habitat ranges from rain forest to desert terrains. Leopards and jaguars are known as black panthers. Here you can see amazing leopards and jaguars’ pictures.
Adaptability or flexibility means being able to change as circumstances require it. It recognizes that life will bring us unforeseen challenges and if we are to honor our values and goals, we must adjust and learn as we go. Adaptability requires a certain willingness to let go, sometimes even grieving unmet expectations or ideas of how things “should” have been. Flexibility means open ourselves to influenced or educated rather than getting stuck in our own desires or ways of thinking. It lets us go with the flow of a group rather than becoming frustrated or alienated. It helps us to be understanding when other people have needs and plans that interfere with our own.
The Wooden Bowl
I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. ‘We must do something about father,’ said the son. ‘I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.’
So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, ‘What are you making?’ Just as sweetly, the boy responded, ‘Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up. ‘The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.’ The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
On a positive note, I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’ I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back sometimes. I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you, but if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch — holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.