A Message to Garcia: And Other Essential Writings on Success (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2009)

Elbert Hubbard was that rarest of beings–a philosophical businessman. In 1895 he founded the Roycrofters, a community of artisans selling handcrafted goods. A prolific author, he was a favorite of Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, and other great leaders of his time.

A Message to Garcia is Hubbard’s most famous work. In it, he argues that the greatest hero is the man who simply does his job, completing the task no matter what the obstacles. Within Hubbard’s lifetime, the Message was reprinted more than any book besides the Bible.

This edition, compiled by Charles Conrad of SuccessBooks.net, also includes Hubbard’s essays on “Mental Attitude,” “Initiative,” “Ability,” and other qualities essential to success.

Elbert Hubbard was one of the most interesting American characters of his time. He had a rare faculty of expression and he used it to serve the cause of common sense in this country.”  Henry Ford

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4 Key Lessons from “A Message to Garcia”

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One of the most published articles in history, “A Message to Garcia” (by Elbert Hubbard) highlights several great challenges and lessons of life. There are four key lessons that I would like to discuss:  three of those lessons are key points from the author and the fourth is one that will assist you as you LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®

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My 10 Favorite TED (and TEDx) Talks

#1 Juliet Doherty--"Be Great!"

It still amazes me how many people have not heard of TED or TEDx. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Here are my 10 Favorite TED or TEDx Talks:

  1. Juliet Doherty: Be Great!
  2. Joi Ito: Want to innovate? Become a “now-ist”
  3. Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
  4. Sir Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
  5. Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability
  6. Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
  7. Jill Bolte Taylor: Stroke of insight
  8. Daniel Pink: The puzzle of motivation
  9. John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding
  10. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

I hope you will find some spark of inspiration in these talks. Please share your favorites and help spread these ideas.

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DISCUSSION QUESTION:  What are some of your favorite TED or TEDx Talks and why?

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8 Questions You Can Use to Provide Clarity on Your Journey

THE PERSONAL BRAND EQUITY EVALUATION by Tom Peters

There are many tips, lists, and tools to help you navigate through life. One tool that I’ve used, since it’s introduction by Tom Peters in 1996, is THE PERSONAL BRAND EQUITY EVALUATION. Tom outlines eight simple and thought-provoking questions that you can use to provide clarity on your journey.

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Always Stay… HUMBLE AND KIND

by Tim McGraw

You know there’s a lot that goes by the front door
Don’t forget the keys under the mat
Childhood stars shine, always stay humble and kind
Go to church ’cause your momma says to
Visit grandpa every chance that you can
It won’t be a waste of time
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door say please say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got moutains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

Don’t expect a free ride from no one
Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why
Bitterness keeps you from flying
Always stay humble and kind
Know the difference between sleeping with someone
And sleeping with someone you love
I love you ain’t no pick up line so
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door say please say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got moutains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

When it’s hot, eat a root beer, a popsicle
Shut off the AC and roll the windows down
Let that summer sun shine
Always stay humble and kind
Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you’re goin’
Don’t forget turn back around
Help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind

Written by Lori Mckenna • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

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The LFYCP® One Week Challenge

“The Top 4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day to LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®”

I’d like to provide you with a basic framework that will help you refocus and achieve extraordinary results each an every day. I call this framework: “The Top 4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day to LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®”. The world is calling out for your genius, but the noise and clutter of your world may deafen that call.

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