Things I Learned Today

In the book The Fred Factor, the author encourages you to keep a log of things you learn every day.  I like that idea.

So. . .on this first day of a new year, I kept track of a few things that I learned today via various readings.

  • I knew the story of Noah and the Ark, but didn’t realize that the next destruction of the earth will come from fire  2 Peter 3: 6-12  Yikes.
  • The U.S. sees roughly 1,300 tornado’s a year – the most of any nation in the world.  (from the book Tornado Hunter)
  • 160,000 patients each year receive misdiagnosis and many of them can be prevented (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Eating breakfast can keep you slim.  Family Circle magazine reports that women who eat in the morning have lower body mass indexes and consume fewer calories during the day. Guess I need to start a new habit.
  • Want to get rid of some gift cards you will never use or buy some at discounted prices?  Go to (found this in Family Circle magazine)

I feel smarter already.  Don’t you?

Happy People

Do you know someone who is simply a happy person?  It’s as if they were created with 100% happy cells throughout their bodies.

Do you know someone who you would say is a negative person – someone who always sees the bad in everything?  They wake up that way and go to sleep that way.

Now. . .which person would you prefer to spend time with?

“The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being so except that they are so.”

-        William Ralph Inge

If you are having trouble being “happy” try serving others.  In the book 101 Ways to Have A Great Day at Work, by Stephanie Goddard Davidson, it says:

To be of service to others can be a path to happiness.  Where can you be of service to the people you work with?  Try looking at everything you do today as helping someone else instead of another checkmark on your to-do list.

The Fred Factor

Over the nine years I have been at my current job, I have collected a good number of leadership books and motivational books.  One I want to share with you today is called The Fred Factor, by Mark Sanborn.  It is not a new book, (published in 2004), but its principles on how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary in everything you do remains current.

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

In one of the last chapters in the book, Sanborn asked “Fred” what motivates him to be a  “Fred”.  Here is the summary:

  1. Do good and you’ll feel good.
  2. The best never rest.
  3. Treat customers and others as friends.
  4. The impact you have on others is the reward.
  5. Live the golden rule.
  6. Fear nothing except to waste the moment.

“Look to every day as a new day, and make each day better than the last.  Even on my days off, I have goals, and I feel like I need to get a lot done.  If I feel like I wasted the day, I don’t sleep quite as well at night.”  - Fred

Make today an extraordinary one!




Quote To Start Your Day

“Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.” 
—Og Mandino

Found this at  Great stuff.  Hope you have a great day!

Morning Productivity

I read a great article in Forbes this morning called:

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM.

I encourage you to read the entire article so you can get a quick summary on what the writer is talking about on each of these five points:

  1. Exercise
  2. Map Out Your Day
  3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
  4. Visualization
  5. Make Your Day Top Heavy

Which one(s) will you commit to today?