"Your past is not your future; you have the power to make new decisions for your life starting today."
- Deb Sofield

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The Art of Exceptional Living – Spring

One of my favorite motivational speakers was the late great Mr. Jim Rohn… his book The Art of Exceptional Living is one of my favorites and in it he talks about the seasons of life. He says we all know that there are 4 seasons… we have Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall. And these seasons hold Life Lessons because… Read more »

The Final Word for June – Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves…

When I was first elected to City Council I was sitting in my chiropractor office waiting to be seen and noticed the TV was on in the lobby tuned to the City of Greenville TV channel. Within a few minutes Council members photos were rotated on the screen. I was puffing up with pride when… Read more »

The Art of Exceptional Living – Winter

One of my favorite motivational speakers was the late great Mr. Jim Rohn… his book The Art of Exceptional Living is one of my favorites and in it he talks about the seasons of life. He says we all know that there are 4 seasons… we have Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall. And these seasons hold Life Lessons… Read more »

Boundary of the United States

I walked along the border I came upon this imposing marker. It’s set into the fence line between America and Mexico. Anyone can easily scale the fence or swim around the jetty in the ocean and regardless of how or why you cross it, you’ve now crossed a border – a boundary line that either… Read more »

The Final Word for May – “He Sounds Stupid…”

I have a dear friend who is a smart, bright, well-educated guy and many years ago he was considering running for public office. As he was making the rounds to the different events to judge his “electability” he often spoke about the need for change in our government tax structure. One day, while with my friend at… Read more »

Rule #1 – Restate Your Position

I find it is rare when an audience member can ask a coherent question from the floor. In the questioners head it (their question) sounds sane but when they speak it usually comes out jumbled and you, speaker, must answer in a way that does not embarrass them. Sometimes you have to restate their question… Read more »

What Really Chips Me Off (in case your wondering)

I work with a number of important people – people who have people waiting for them…but nothing chips me off more than when a speaker makes a plane or limo reservation minutes after a presentation is done so they don’t have to take Q&A. If you haven’t prepared your presentation to answer all the questions… Read more »

Likeability Factor – The Rules

I’ve worked in politics for 27 years and unconsciously or not we grade candidates (and people in general) on three factors: Issues, Party Affiliation, and Likeability. Historical data show that regardless of how the public grades issues and party affiliation, the candidate with the highest likeability factor wins the election every time. Friends we vote… Read more »

Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill