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When Life Does Not Happen as You Expected

December 4, 2014 For Teens

Sometimes life does not turn out how you expected or hoped. That doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t be happy. If you don’t limit yourself to your first version of your life, there is always a bright future ahead. If you believe the best is yet to come, you will be right.

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QUOTE & POSTER: Before you Speak – THINK

December 4, 2014 Integrity

Before you Speak THINK Is it true? Is it helpful? Does it inspire confidence? Is it necessary?

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INTEGRITY IS ONE THING YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE. You can give it away or sell it, but you can’t buy it. Without integrity you become nothing and will have nothing. –Michael Josephson

December 4, 2014 Honesty

See Poster on 12 Truths About Lying  http://josephsoninstitute.org/business/blog/2014/12/12-truths-about-lying/

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COMMENTARY 908.5: The Truth About Trust and Lies

December 4, 2014 Commentaries

Honesty may not always pay, but lying always costs. Reputation, trust and credibility are assets no organization can afford to lose and the surest way to lose them is to lie. Building trust is like building a tower, stone by stone. But no matter how high or strong the tower seems, if you remove a […]

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COMMENTARY 908.4: What I Know About Life

December 3, 2014 The Good Life

The older I get, the less I know — but I know some things: I know that I’m a work in process and that there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be. I know that I don’t have to be sick to get better and that every […]

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COMMENTARY 908.3: Suitability Versus Capability

December 2, 2014 Choices

A critical maxim of management is: “Suitability is as important as capability.” Capability asks, “Can they do the job?” Suitability asks, “Are they right for the job?” If the job isn’t a good fit, it’s not a good job. Yes, an employee has to have (or be able to readily acquire) the skills and knowledge […]

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COMMENTARY 908.2: Lessons From a Carrot, Egg, and Coffee Bean

December 1, 2014 Commentaries

Let’s face it. Painful personal trauma and tragedy – like illness or injury, death of a loved one, loss of a job, or an unexpected breakup of a relationship – are unavoidable. The question is: Will these private calamities erode our capacity to be happy or cause us to become stronger and better able to […]

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Seven Lessons to Teach Your Children As They Enter the Workforce

November 30, 2014 For Teens

I. Don’t sell yourself short. Your value is measured by your values, not by your rank or status; your worth is determined by your worthiness, not your salary or bonus. II. Be honest and never cheat; your most precious asset is your integrity. III. Treat people with respect whether they deserve it or not. IV. […]

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COMMENTARY 908.1: There Are Two Kinds of People

November 28, 2014 Choices

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think there are two kinds of people in the world and those who think those who think there are two kinds of people in the world are self-righteous jerks. A listener called me to task concerning a story about a man who told his […]

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THANK YOU! to those who give my life purpose and meaning by caring about and sharing my thoughts and words. – Michael

November 27, 2014 Quotes, Observations

I asked for strength and I got wind and rain to make me STRONG. I asked for calm seas and I got storms to give me CONFIDENCE. I asked for security and I got fears to face to give me COURAGE. I asked to be taken care of and I got challenges to make me […]

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QUOTATION & POSTER: There is always, always something to be thankful for. Enrich your life and the lives of others by experiencing and expressing GRATITUDE.

November 27, 2014 Quotes, Observations
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COMMENTARY 907.5: Give Yourself the Gift of Gratitude

November 27, 2014 Caring, Compassion

For some, Thanksgiving is the beginning of a holiday season filled with joy and happiness at the prospect of spending time with family. For others, it’s a sadder time blemished by bad memories or dread. Some people see their lives filled with abundant blessings and find thankfulness easy and natural; others are so pre-occupied with […]

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BONUS COMMENTARY: Michael Josephson’s Best Original Quotes on Gratitude

November 26, 2014 Gratitude

As a pre-Thanksgiving bonus, we’ve collected Michael Josephson’s best original quotes on gratitude. We hope you will share your favorites. 1)  Gratitude is a feeling not statement. It is so easy to say we are grateful that I often don’t stop to really, really take the time to experience gratitude. Saying the words doesn’t mean […]

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Norman Rockwell Images on Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 Gratitude
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THE SOUL OF THANKSGIVING: Best Quotes on Gratitude

November 26, 2014 Commentaries

The Soul of Thanksgiving: 72 Quotes on Gratitude If you want to be on speaking terms with happiness, learn the language of gratitude. – Unknown Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a […]

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QUOTATION & POSTER: Enjoy and be grateful for the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.

November 26, 2014 Worth Seeing
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THE HEART OF THANKSGIVING: Words & Images on Gratitude

November 26, 2014 Commentaries

22 Thanksgiving Images and Quotes on Gratitude. Spread the feeling. Feel free to copy, paste and print posters for your personal use.    

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QUOTE & POSTER: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

November 26, 2014 Quotes, Observations

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – […]

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Vintage Images of Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 Quotes, Observations
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COMMENTARY 907.4: Thanking Your Parents on Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 Caring, Compassion

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I hope you will think about your parents with your most gentle and generous thoughts and be thankful. Even if you didn’t have ideal parents or a perfect home life, if either or both of your parents are still with you, make an effort to experience and express genuine gratitude. It’s natural […]

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Prepare for Thanksgiving — the Feeling, Not the Holiday

November 25, 2014 Gratitude

Here is a selection of a few videos that convey on a deeper level than words the range of feelings – pride, patriotism, fear, boredom, pain and grief – associated with military service. See http://goo.gl/3gux7d

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QUOTE & POSTER: Gratitude is not a statement, it’s a feeling.

November 25, 2014 Gratitude

It is so easy to say I am grateful that I often don’t stop to really, really experience gratitude. Saying the words doesn’t mean a thing without the feeling and it takes a moment of genuine reflection to summon that feeling. This Thanksgiving, don’t shortchange yourself with hollow words — EXPERIENCE THE FEELING.

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QUOTE & POSTER: At home, be grateful. At work, be appreciative. Gratitude is a gift we give ourselves. Appreciation is a gift to others. – Michael Josephson

November 25, 2014 Gratitude

APPRECIATION & GRATITUDE

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COMMENTARY 907.3: Surviving Critical Relatives at Family Gatherings

November 25, 2014 Commentaries

I realize that not everyone lives in a Norman Rockwell world where family gatherings are sources of warmth and good memories. For some, the prospect of holiday get-togethers generates dread and anxiety; they are something to endure, not enjoy. One reason is that family members can be tactless and downright cruel when expressing their opinions […]

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COMMENTARY 907.2: Converting Pessimists Into Optimists

November 24, 2014 Choices

Every full life has its bright days and its dark days, its triumphs and defeats, its calm and stormy seas. All these high and low experiences could justify viewing the past through the lens of gratitude or disappointment. And the way we characterize our history will determine whether we look toward our future with hopeful […]

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COMMENTARY 907.1: Trust Involves Character and Competence

November 21, 2014 Commentaries

Today, I want to talk about the qualities that generate trust. I’m talking about being trustworthy, not trusting others. There’s a relationship between the two concepts, but a decision to trust another is a choice, not a moral obligation. Being trustworthy, however, is an indispensable aspect of good character. Thus, we should always act so […]

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Poster and Quote: The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson

November 20, 2014 Quotes, Observations

WHICH ONE IS MOST RELEVANT TO YOU?

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COMMENTARY 906.5: Character Is an Essential Part of Competence

November 20, 2014 Commentaries

If you were hiring a new CEO, what are the most important qualities you’d look for? Surely you’d want a high level of demonstrated competence – knowledge, experience, intelligence, vision, communication, and relationship skills and the ability to motivate, manage, and solve problems. But what about qualities such as honesty, moral courage, accountability, and fairness? […]

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