Scallywag

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.

~ Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) ~

Archive for December, 2013

Often, what you don't see is the  disparity.
What you believe vs. what really is. That's the gap.

Careful Mind The Gap

December 12th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 15 secs

Often, what you don't see is the  disparity.

Often, what you don’t see is the disparity.

I call it the gap. It’s the distance between what people see on the outside versus what’s on the inside. Read the rest of this entry »

Mandela had wisdom to spare.
Mandela's vision made him a leader worth listening to.

What Made Mandela So Marvelous?

December 11th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 33 secs

Mandela had wisdom to spare.

Mandela had wisdom to spare.

Nelson Mandela was a legend. Even before his death late last week, he was widely regarded as a statesman, a hero, and a saint. Not bad for someone who spent a good part of his adult life doing hard labor in a South African prison. Read the rest of this entry »

You don't have to be a hit in Hollywood to be your very best.
Being your very best is different for all of us.

What Is Your Best?

December 10th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 56 secs

You don't have to be a hit in Hollywood to be your very best.

You don’t have to be a hit in Hollywood to be your very best.

Do your level best. That’s the message everywhere and certainly I encourage you to do it too. But what exactly is your very best? Read the rest of this entry »

Thankfully, you don't have to be a lion to be strong.
Being strong is about more than force.

It’s Not How Strong You Are…

December 9th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 37 secs

Thankfully, you don't have to be a lion to be strong.

Thankfully, you don’t have to be a lion to be strong.

Maybe it’s not a question of “How strong?” we are in life but “Which strength do we manifest?” Read the rest of this entry »

Enthusiastic? Yes. But right?
Is enthusiasm really enough?

Passionately Wrong

December 8th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 46 secs

Enthusiastic? Yes. But right?

Enthusiastic? Yes. But right?

Being passionate is widely regarded as an admirable characteristic. Unlike the lukewarm level of engagement that commonly features, fervent desire is inspiring. Except, when it’s horribly wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Doing good is its own reward.
Consider all the things you do and notice all the good that you are putting into it.

Doing Good

December 6th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 28 secs

Doing good is its own reward.

Doing good is its own reward.

Cynical about appeals to do good? You’re not alone. Read the rest of this entry »

Not managing very well today.
Some days it's enough just doing the basics.

About Coping

December 5th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 56 secs

Not managing very well today.

Not managing very well today.

How do you cope? It’s a question that depends on a whole lot of variables and the answer changes without notice. Read the rest of this entry »

"That's mine!"
I want what I want and I want it... now!

The Fearsome Power Of Ego

December 4th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 27 secs

"That's mine!"

“That’s mine!”

Ego might seem a minor thing. But it remains an awesome force. Were we to harness it wisely, many of the world’s problems would be solved. Read the rest of this entry »

We need to have integrity (even in the basics).
How we live our private times reveals so much about us.

Integrity Behind The Scenes

December 3rd, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 14 secs

We need to have integrity (even in the basics).

We need to have integrity (even in the basics).

Anyone can look good up front. It’s a standard expectation. But what about where the public don’t go, behind the scenes? Read the rest of this entry »

Be thankful you're different.
Hooray for diversity!

You Are What You Are

December 2nd, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 53 secs

Be thankful you're different.

Be thankful you’re different.

Perhaps what is most surprising about people is just how different they are. Extroverts, for instance, feel alive in the company of a crowd. They love it.  But put an introvert into a big gathering and that same source of pleasure overwhelms them. Read the rest of this entry »