Soul Food Friday for April 24th 2015 and Earth Day Week: Change the Philanthropic Environment, Create Your Own Climate Change & Thrive!

Happy Soul Food Friday for Earth Day Week!

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This week:

Change the Philanthropic Environment Forever!

If we are even remotely serious about nailing a viable and sustainable (social) business model, this Ted talk by Dan Pallota is a must view!

Finding the 84% of (stock) Market Value that Most Investors Ignore

Why do we continue to undervalue and not account for Social Capital, Intellectual Capital and Environmental Capital?

Create Your Own Climate Change:

10 Principles from the Wisdom of Bob: (Like his name this magic works both ways…)

  1. Focus on the (Whoa) Man in the Mirror

You can fool everyone else and “put on a good face” but you can’t fool him/her

  1. Begin with the end in mind.

How do I want to live the next 35 years?

What is on that bucket list from the point of view of KISS principle and having it “handy” on 5 fingers namely; spiritual life, family life (marriage and kids), hobbies, physical wellness and career that will be positively orgasmic?

People spend the first part of their lives trading away their health for wealth, only to realize in the second part of their lives they can’t trade back wealth for health!

  1. Get Clear on YOUR definition of Success.

Bob’s definition is “Doing what you want, not doing what you are forced to do”.

Self-determination bolstered with healthy doses of humility -where you get to maximally exploit your gifts and you give yourself every chance to be successful, is all you can do

Be the CEO of your own life!

Given the opportunities we have been blessed with, it is important not to squander our gifts while valuing ourselves and the work in the bargain

  1. If it is to be. It is up to me.

Breaks only come your way when you make them.

Create your own luck. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

Don’t sell yourself short or wuss out.

When you think you have it tough, think of Viktor Frankl and what adversity he faced and the inner climate he maintained in spite of harsh outside conditions

  1. Timing is Everything

so pay attention to good timing.

There is a season for everything.

While even a stopped clock is right twice a day, don’t wait for the hands of time, use your own…

Pray like everything depends on God while working like everything depends on YOU.

  1. Muscle up for some self-discovery and introspection

What is holding you back?
How are you getting in your own way?

What do you need to do to get unstuck or unleashed?

Take counsel from people you trust, whose experience and insights you value and who genuinely care enough to call you on your BS, or help you dig deep into these existential questions.

  1. If you are in an energy/work-constrained environment where you are a utility with restricted career mobility, step out and be so good they can’t ignore you doing what you love and where people love what you do to generate real value
  1. Learn from those who had the courage to go out and do something exciting and meaningful with their lives rather than acquiesce to safe harbor. There is no safe harbor or guarantee so make healthy risk-taking your friend.
  1. Use scenarios like “My job just ended today” (with our without severance) and see what this thought experiment will lead you to do to take action now in terms of the quality of your work life and career.
  1. Keep the Faith and Keep At It

The world needs the gifts we all bring to it. We are the world and the world is us…

Added Bonus: As you benefit, pay it forward and help others in the same way

This is really MF ArtWalk week:

See you in Little Italy this weekend!


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Thrive Thursday May 7th

On Thursday, May 7th, 2015 Global Presence Ambassadors are hosting Leadership Forums around the globe to brainstorm means for transforming Life Skills Education.

Care to join us at this gathering in San Diego?

The Global Presence

On Thursday, May 7th, 2015 Global Presence Ambassadors are hosting Leadership Forums around the globe to brainstorm means for transforming Life Skills Education. I am honored to host the San Diego Forum and cordially invite your participation.

Life Skills, as defined by The Global Presence, are mandatory skills every human being learns in some measure to thrive and commune optimally with others. They include but are not limited to safety, fitness, finance and interpersonal communication.

The Global Presence Leadership Forums are part of Parenting 2.0’s P20 Talks 2015 regional advocacy and Thrive Thursday celebrations. Ideas generated will be shared worldwide post forum with all participants. Location is the Boardroom of Mission Federal Corporate Office, 5785 Oberlin Drive. Time is 6-8pm.

Space is limited so please confirm your availability at your earliest possible convenience. Thank you for giving this invitation your heartfelt consideration. CONTACT: Starla Lewis 1.619.388.2753

The Global Presence San Diego

P20 Talks 2015

The Global Presence Board of Directors

Marlaine Cover, MPA President

Samantha Madhosingh, Psy.D., Vice President

Julia Neiman, MSW Treasurer

Melissa Pazen, MSW Secretary

A Boy and His Puppy

Some Photos to Lighten Up Your Week…

A Boy and His Puppy


Thanks go to Marlaine C, Starla L, Alan S, Elizabeth D, Paul S & Larry H.

Pay it Forward!



“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”
— Pablo Picasso

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Your Soul Food for Friday April 17th 2015: Which Road are YOU on?

Yes it is Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Road to Character

Career Success ‘Doesn’t Make You Happy’

The Road to Social Progress

When it comes to the U.S., ranked 16th, the country under performs in areas of health and wellness, access to basic knowledge, and access to information and communications and the average human lives in Cuba…

The Road to Personal Protection

News you can use – but we hope you never have to…

Paving the Road for the Future with Self Esteem and Self Efficacy

Changing Lives in a Minute or Less

April 7th was proclaimed Difference Makers Day by the San Diego Council changing the course of history for education in America, negative politics & so much more!

Congrats Sparky!!


Learn more about Sparky and her amazing work at:


Helice “Sparky” Bridges

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer

Difference Makers International

Little SparkyWho I am

Changing Lives in a Minute or Less with the Power of Acknowledgment

The Road Less Traveled:

#259 – Avoid One of Life’s Major Regrets


WHAT IF….not traveling enough is one of life’s biggest regrets?

RESEARCH SAYS: Karl Phillemer, Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University, interviewed over 1,000 elders and learned that not traveling enough was a major life regret.  He summarizes his research, “Travel is so rewarding that it should take precedence over other things younger people spend their money on.”

TRY THIS: Start planning a trip to somewhere you’ve never been with a loved one.

The Road to 270 Miles An Hour!

At 1244 hp it is more powerful than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Here’s A Fun Couple of Minutes for You.

Fasten your seat belt !!! When you drive a Chevrolet Corvette powered Hennessey Venom GT you don’t shift into fourth gear until 160 MPH !!!  The top speed is simply incredible !!!

If you are local…

Mission Federal Credit Union ArtWalk this weekend!

Mission Fed ArtWalk

Mission fed Art Walk

Sign up for the AMA Cause Conference 2015 on May 8th:

I will be leading a Panel on Transformative Partnering with a little help from my friends if you are interested…

AMA 2015

AMA Cause Conference

Thanks this week go to Elizabeth D, Karen W, Louis L, Sparky, Will M, Cause/Purpose-Driven Leaders everywhere & the Mission Fed team!

Pay it forward…



“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.” —Anais Nin

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SFF for April 10th 2015: Spring into Civic Engagement and Leadership

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Put Your Civic Engagement and Leadership to a Test

Elephant fish

The Arrogant Leadership Test:

The Antithesis of Arrogant Leadership: Leading with Love, Energy, Audacity & Proof


The Arrogant Leadership Test:
“Arrogance requires advertising. Confidence speaks for itself.” – Dr. Farrah Gray

The Antithesis of Arrogant Leadership: Leading with Love, Energy, Audacity & Proof
If you have read the Radical Leap, this is cool, and if you haven’t, you should…

A special video message for you–but ONLY if you’ve read The Radical Leap.

(If you haven’t, you can pop over to Amazon to get the new, 10th Anniversary Edition, read it, and then watch the video :)

If you have read Leap (or listened to it as an audiobook), then please watch this video.

I’ve never done anything like this before, and I’d love for you to be a part of it!


Talk with you soon? Maybe! Watch the video all the way to the end.

With Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof,


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Founder, The Extreme Leadership Institute


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Thanks this week go to Larry H, Peter S, Steve F, and all of you springing into civic engagement and leadership!

Pay it forward.



“If you are not willing to risk the unusual,
you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

–Jim Rohn

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Soul Food for Friday April 3rd 2015: Making Everything Better

Happy Soul Food Friday!

Puppy ear

This week:

  • A Soul Filled Story: Open a Door and Your Heart
  • The Power of Play: The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life                              What is your Power Up to be SUPERBETTER in the game of life?
  • Beauty Makes Everything Better
  • If you are local:
  •  The SD Global Presence Leadership Forum: Thrive Thursday May 7
  • Panoramic Photo Awards to “Round Out” you Mo’ Betta Experience:

A Soul Filled Story…

“Good  morning” said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on the  ground.

The  man slowly looked up.

This  was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life.  Her coat  was  new.. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His  first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many  others  had done before.. “Leave me alone,” he growled….

To  his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was  smiling — her  even  white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.

“Are  you hungry?” she asked.

“No,”  he answered sarcastically. “I’ve just come from dining  with the  president.  Now go away.”

The  woman’s smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a  gentle hand  under his arm.

“What  are you doing, lady?” the man asked angrily. “I said to  leave me  alone.

Just  then a policeman came up. “Is there any problem, ma’am?” he  asked.

“No problem here, officer,” the woman answered. “I’m just trying  to get  this  man to his feet. Will you help me?”

The  officer scratched his head. “That’s old Jack. He’s been a  fixture  around  here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?”

“See  that cafeteria over there?” she asked. “I’m going to get  him something  to eat and get him out of the cold for a while.”

“Are  you crazy, lady?” the homeless man resisted. “I don’t want  to go in  there!” Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. “Let  me go, officer. I didn’t do anything.”

“This  is a good deal for you, Jack” the officer answered. “Don’t  blow it..”

Finally,  and with some difficulty, the woman and the police  officer got Jack  into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote  corner. It was the middle  of the morning, so most of the breakfast  crowd had already left and  the  lunch bunch had not yet arrived.

The  manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table.  “What’s  going  on here, officer?” he asked. “What is all this, is this  man in trouble?”

“This  lady brought this man in here to be fed,” the policeman  answered.

“Not  in here!” the manager replied angrily. “Having a person  like that here  is  bad for business.”

Old  Jack smiled a toothless grin. “See, lady. I told you so. Now  if  you’ll let  me go. I didn’t want to come here in the first place.”

The  woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled……. “Sir, are you  familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down  the street?”

“Of  course I am,” the manager answered impatiently. “They hold  their  weekly  meetings in one of my banquet rooms.”

“And  do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at  these weekly  meetings?”

“What  business is that of yours?”

I  sir, am Penelope Eddy, President and CEO of the company.”

The  woman smiled again. “I thought that might make a difference.” She  glanced  at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle.  “Would you like to  join us in a
cup of coffee and a meal, officer?”

“No  thanks, ma’am,” the officer replied. “I’m on duty.”

“Then,  perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?”

“Yes,  ma’am. That would be very nice.”

The  cafeteria manager turned on his heel, “I’ll get your coffee  for you  right  away, officer.”

The  officer watched him walk away. “You certainly put him in his  place,”  he  said.

“That  was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for  all this.”

She  sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest.  She stared  at  him intently.. “Jack, do you remember me?”

Old  Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think  so — I  mean  you do look familiar.”

“I’m  a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled  out  more  than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came  through  that very  door, cold and hungry.”

“Ma’am?”  the officer said questioningly. He couldn’t believe  that such a   magnificently turned out woman could ever have been  hungry.

“I  was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the  city looking  for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was  down to  my last few  cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I  walked the streets  for  days. It was February and I was cold and nearly  starving. I saw this place  and  walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack  lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said.. “I was  behind  the serving  counter. You came up and asked me if you could work  for something to
eat.   I said that it was against company policy.”

“I  know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest  roast beef  sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and  told me to
go  over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get  into  trouble… Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of  my  food  in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all  right.”

“So  you started your own business?” Old Jack said.

“I  got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually  I  started my  own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She  opened her
purse  and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I  want you to  pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons…He’s the personnel director of  my  company.  I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find  something for  you to do  around the office.” She smiled. “I think he  might even find the funds  to  give you a little advance so that you can  buy some clothes and  get a place  to live until you get on your feet… If you ever need  anything, my  door  is always opened to you.”

There  were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank  you?” he said.

“Don’t  thank me,” the woman answered. “To God goes the glory.  Thank  Jesus……  He led me to you.”

Outside  the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the  entrance before  going their separate ways…. “Thank you for all your  help, officer,”  she  said.

“On  the contrary, Ms. Eddy,” he answered. “Thank you. I saw a  miracle  today,  something that I will never forget. And.. And thank you  for the  coffee.”

Can you open your door and your heart to someone today?

The Power of Play: The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life through Game-Full Psychology

From the TED Radio Hour with Jane McGonigal

I was privileged to hear Jane speak a couple of years ago at the Atlantic meets the Pacific Conference and her novel approach allows us to unleash design thinking and game theory to create a better world for ourselves and others…

What is your ‘Power Up’ to be SUPERBETTER in the game of life?

Beauty Makes Everything Better

What great design can mean…

If you are Local

The SD Global Presence Leadership Forum: Thrive Thursday May 7

A Whole Person Education is About More Than Just Academics…

The San Diego Global Presence Leadership Forum provides front line professionals an opportunity to discuss creative options for elevating community appreciation for Life Skills and the benefits of all persons embracing proactive education.

Life Skills, as defined by Parenting 2.0, are “Mandatory skills every human being learns in some measure to thrive and commune with others.” They include but are not limited to interpersonal communication skills, conflict resolution skills, safety awareness & training and financial education.

Currently, parents are presumed to be the primary educators of these critical skills. Unfortunately, the majority of parents have never formally learned these themselves so low competencies are passed from generation to generation.

Today’s increasingly complex and demanding world -including dual parent full-time employment, single parent households and deep geographic separations from extended family members – has placed unprecedented stress on an already impoverished Life Skills educational process.

Media headlines – bullying, divorce, wars, skyrocketing rates in diabetes Type 2, bankruptcy etc. – provide painfully real report cards daily for humanity’s adherence to an antiquated paradigm for human development in the twenty-first century.

To effect a substantive paradigm shift, Ambassadors for Parenting 2.0’s community service arm, The Global Presence, are hosting Leadership Forums in cities around teh globe on Thursday May 7th, 2015. The Global Presence Leadership Forums are part of Parenting 2.0’s P20 Talks 2015 regional gatherings and annual Thrive Thursday celebrations.

At this time, we are both spreading the word to like-spirited people, as well as seeking support with the use of a venue that could serve as the convening hub for our May 7th evening gathering which would model our local communities commitment to and support for this important initiative of Life Skills.

Can you direct us to the best person to contact in your organization in this regard?


The Global Presence

The Global Presence Board of Directors

Marlaine Cover, MPA President

Samantha Madhosingh, Psy.D., Vice President

Julia Neiman, MSW Treasurer

Melissa Pazen, MSW Secretary

Panoramic Photo Awards:

Round out Seeing Better with these Magnificent Shots!

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Marlaine C, Starla L, Chris B, and those of you dedicated to making our world just a little bit better!

Pay it forward please…



“It’s not that you aimed your sights too high and failed,

it’s that you aimed your sights too low and succeeded!”

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Your Soul Food for Friday March 27th 2015; Change Your Thinking on De-Radicalization, Heroes, Philanthropy, Teams and Intra-Species Interactions all with Risk-Taking & Trust!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“It’s not that you aimed your sights too high and failed,

it’s that you aimed your sights too low and succeeded!”

Change Your Thinking on De-Radicalization, Heroes, Philanthropy, Teams and Intra-Species Interactions all with Risk-taking & Trust!

Turning often difficult personal experience into systems solutions is the hallmark of resilient people

This week:

German Program Helps Families De-Radicalize Members Prone to Extremism

A Family of Heroes

Redesigning the Philanthropic Business Model

Chinese Immigrant gets his Law License 125 years later

9 Ways to Be a Great Team Member

Sea Lion Hugs Surfer in Cardiff

German Program Helps Families De-Radicalize Members Prone to Extremism

A Family of Heroes

Redesigning the Philanthropic Business Model:

America was built on the ideas and innovations of great risk takers- Trust but Verify…

Redesigning the Philanthropic Business Model

Better Late than Never… Chinese Immigrant gets his Law License 125 years later

9 Ways to Be a Great Team Member

While watching the Oscars I noticed that almost every award winner said they couldn’t have done it without their team, family, and the support of others. The fact is no one achieves success alone. We all need a great team to accomplish great things. We are at our best when we are surrounded by those who want the best for us and when we are bringing out the best in others. In this spirit I want to share 9 ways to be a great team member.

1. Set the Example – Instead of worrying about the lack of performance, productivity and commitment of others you simply decide to set the example and show your team members what hard work, passion and commitment looks like. Focus on being your best every day. When you do this you’ll raise the standards and performance of everyone around you.

2. Use Your Strengths to Help the Team – The most powerful way you can contribute to your team is to use your gifts and talents to contribute to the team’s vision and goals. Without your effort, focus, talent and growth the team won’t accomplish its mission. This means you have an obligation to improve so you can improve your team. You are meant to develop your strengths to make a stronger team. Be selfish by developing you and unselfish by making sure your strengths serve the team.

3. Share Positive Contagious Energy – Research shows emotions are contagious and each day you are infecting your team with either positive energy or negative energy. You can be a germ or a big dose a Vitamin C. When you share positive energy you infectiously enhance the mood, morale and performance of your team. Remember, negativity is toxic. Energy Vampires sabotage teams and complaining is like vomiting. Afterwards you feel better but everyone around you feels sick.

4. Know and Live the Magic Ratio – High performing teams have more positive interactions than negative interactions. 3:1 is the ratio to remember. Teams that experience interactions at a ratio equal or greater than 3:1 are more productive and higher performing than those with a ratio of less than 3:1. Teams that have a ratio of 2:1, 1:1 or more negative interactions than positive interactions become stagnant and unproductive. This means you can be a great team member by being a 3 to 1’er. Create more positive interactions. Praise more. Encourage more. Appreciate more. Smile more. High-five more. Recognize more. Energize more. Read more about this at

5. Put the Team First – Great team players always put the team first. They work hard for the team. They develop themselves for the team. They serve the team. Their motto is whatever it takes to make the team better. They don’t take credit. They give credit to the team. To be a great team member your ego must be subservient to the mission and purpose of the team. It’s a challenge to keep our ego in check. It’s something most of us struggle with because we have our own goals and desires. But if we monitor our ego and put the team first we’ll make the team better and our servant approach will make us better.

6. Build Relationships – Relationships are the foundation upon which winning teams are built and great team members take the time to connect, communicate and care to build strong bonds and relationships with all their team members. You can be the smartest person in the room but if you don’t connect with others you will fail as a team member. (Tweet This) It’s important to take the time to get to know your team members. Listen to them. Eat with them. Learn about them. Know what inspires them and show them you care about them.

7. Trust and Be Trusted You can’t have a strong team without strong relationships. And you can’t have strong relationships without trust. Great team members trust their teammates and most of all their team members trust them. Trust is earned through integrity, consistency, honesty, transparency, vulnerability and dependability. If you can’t be trusted you can’t be a great team member. Trust is everything.

8. Hold Them Accountable – Sometimes our team members fall short of the team’s expectations. Sometimes they make mistakes. Sometimes they need a little tough love. Great team members hold each other accountable. They push, challenge and stretch each other to be their best. Don’t be afraid to hold your team members accountable. But remember to be effective you must built trust and a relationship with your team members. If they know you care about them, they will allow you to challenge them and hold them accountable. Tough love works when love comes first. Love tough.

9. Be Humble – Great team members are humble. They are willing to learn, improve and get better. They are open to their team member’s feedback and suggestions and don’t let their ego get in the way of their growth or the team’s growth. I learned the power of being humble in my marriage. My wife had some criticism for me one day and instead of being defensive and prideful, I simply said, “Make me better. I’m open. Tell me how I can improve.” Saying this diffused the tension and the conversation was a game changer. If we’re not humble we won’t allow ourselves to be held accountable. We won’t grow. We won’t build strong relationships and we won’t put the team first. There’s tremendous power in humility that makes us and our team better.

Sea Lion Hugs Surfer in Cardiff

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Christian B, and all of us that trust in each other and ourselves!

Trust IS Everything! Pay it forward…



“The less you bet, the more you lose when you win!”

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Your Soul Food for Pi Week 2015: Heartwarming Vid, Strange Weather Pics, The Power of Expectations, Why More Women Than Men and Sage Advice

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“Managers light a fire under people; Leaders light a fire in People”

–Kathy Austin

This week:

A Heartwarming video, Pi Day this Past Week, Strange Weather and the Crazy Photos it Evokes, the Power of Expectations, Why There are More Women Than Men, and some Sage Advice…

A Heartwarming and Inspiring example of Differentiating Your Brand.

Pi Day Last Saturday

Dusky Wonder

The Power of Expectations


Have you ever wondered “Why there are more Women than Men”….. this explains some of it.

More Women than Men Explanations

Sage Advice:

When you worry about your finances, you choose stress.                                                          When instead, you trust and Pre-Pave: “My needs are met now and always”, you choose PEACE.

Why not rather, silence the mind and pray for world peace.                                                        In this way, you choose  PEACE .

When you tell a little white lie, you choose dishonesty, and wonder why it is hard to make sense of the world.                                                                                                                         When you express truth, with candor and courtesy, no matter what the outcome, you choose  PEACE .

When you are criticized and allow yourself to feel hurt, you choose resentment.             When you receive criticism with an open mind to learn and grow, you choose  PEACE .

When you give so much that you become tired of giving, you choose fatigue.                 When your giving is infinite and you Pre-Pave: “I am grateful for the ability to serve”, you choose  PEACE .

When you scold a child in the heat of emotion, you choose impatience.                           When you guide a child by being the example, you ask for  PEACE .

When you focus on how others are different from you, you choose separation.                When you Pre-Pave: “We are all one, seeking the same happiness”, you have chosen  PEACE .

For  PEACE  is within your reach It is in the simple way you respond                                   To life’s ebbs and flows You’ve known it all along. So here is your reminder                       The steps are simply three:                                                                                                                 Be mindful of your thoughts,                                                                                                         Pave it Forward and let life be.

In choosing to be kind Despite what may be there                                                                          And choosing to forgive Regardless of what is fair.                                                                       You create PEACE in your heart That will show in all you do                                                And others will be better For simply knowing you.

TODAY I CHOOSE PEACE:                                                                                                   Peace in my thoughts.                                                                                                            Peace in my words.                                                                                                                 Peace in my actions.                                                                                                             PEACE in my world.

Change no circumstance in my life. Change me.– Sister Gyanamata

Thanks this week go to Cindy S, Larry H, Eric K, Louis L, & Tad P.

Lead your life don’t manage it…                                                                                                   Peace & Love,


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Your Soul Food Friday for Friday the 13th 2015: Building Community, Teamwork, Kids Collaborating, Frozen Waves, Ingenious Ideas, Why Optimism Matters and Happy Pictures

Happy Lucky Soul Food Friday!

If luck is where preparation meets opportunity, here is to creating your OWN luck and inner climate this week, even if its freezing, or raining cats and dogs:

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  • Carlsbad Love It! “Working Together to Build & Sustain Healthy Neighborhoods”
  • 11 Thoughts About Teamwork: Team work Makes the Dream Work
  • Kids Collaborate at the US/Mexican Border: Blurred Lines…
  • Frozen Waves in Nantucket!
  • Ingenious Ideas: No One of Us is as Smart as All of Us
  • Why Optimism Matters: Don’t just See the Bright Side, Experience the Bright Side
  • Happy Pictures: Stay Happy!

Carlsbad Love It! “Working Together to Build & Sustain Healthy Neighborhoods”

If you are local join us at this event, where I am honored to be speaking as we build healthy communities together…

Carlsbad Love It! Postcard 2015 – Final B

11 Thoughts About Teamwork: Team work does makes the Dream Work

  1. Teams rise and fall on culture, leadership, relationships, attitude and effort. Great teams have a great culture driven by great leadership. Relationships are meaningful and teammates are connected. The collective attitude is very positive and everyone on the team works hard to accomplish their mission.
  2. It’s all about teamwork. Sometimes you are the star and sometimes you help the star.
  3. If want to be truly great you have to work as hard to be a great teammate as you do to be a great player.  I tell this to athletes all the time but the same is true for any profession. When we work hard to be a great team member we make everyone around us better.
  4. Your team doesn’t care if you are a superstar. They care if you are a super team member.
  5. Three things you control every day are your attitude, your effort and your actions to be a great teammate. It doesn’t matter what is happening around you and who you think is being unfair. Every day you can focus on being positive, working hard and making others around you better. If you do that great things will happen.
  6. One person can’t make a team but one person can break a team. Stay positive! Make sure you don’t let energy vampires sabotage your team. Post a sign that says “No Energy Vampires” allowed and keep them off the bus. Most importantly, decide to stay positive.
  7. Great team members hold each other accountable to the high standards and excellence their culture expects and demands.
  8. Team beats talent when talent isn’t a team.
  9. Great teams care more. They care more about their effort, their work and their team members.
  10. We > me Unity is the difference between a great team and an average team. United teams are connected and committed to each other. They are selfless instead of selfish. They put the team first and know together we accomplish more.
  11. You and your team face a fork in the road each day. You can settle for average and choose the path of mediocrity or you can take the road less traveled and chase greatness. It’s a choice you make each day. Which path will your team take?

Kids Collaborate at the US/Mexican Border:

Blurred Lines…

Frozen Waves in Nantucket!


InGenious Ideas: No One of Us is as Smart as All of Us
Here’s a bunch  of ingenious ideas.- some of them so simple one wonders why they seem ingenious.

InGenious Ideas

Why Optimism Matters: Don’t just See the Bright Side, Experience the Bright Side


WHAT IF…optimists not only see the brighter side, but also experience the brighter side?

RESEARCH SAYS: Strong evidence suggests that optimists may…

  1. Have healthier hearts
  2. Have better cholesterol
  3. Handle stress smoothly
  4. Have stronger immunity
  5. Have lower stroke risk
  6. Regulate emotions better
  7. Live longer                                                                                                                                                                    Now that’s something to be optimistic about!TRY THIS: Each morning this week before you get out of bed ask yourself, “What’s an opportunity I can act on today?”Happy Pictures: Stay Happy!

    Some repeats but all worth the treat…

Happy Pictures

Thanks this week go to neighborhoods that care about community engagement like Carlsbad, Larry H, Glenda O, Anne S, Will M & You for creating your own luck and climate with a healthy dose of Soul Food!

Pay it forward…



Always desire to learn something useful.” Sophocles

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