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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas - Happy New Year

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and a Wish for Your Best Year Ever........

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thought For the Day - May the Best of Your Yesterdays

"May the Best of Your Yesterdays Be the Worst of Your Tomorrows".

-- From Forever Young CD

Thursday, December 23, 2010

NY State Of Mind

I'm finished filming the movie "Beneath the Darkness" in Texas and I'm headed to NY for the Holidays and I'm in a New York State of Mind......

Thought For the Day - Get Committed

‎"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”

--Elving J Dowling

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thought For the Day - Be Willing

"Be willing to do the things today others don't do in order to have the things tomorrow others won't have".

-- Les Brown

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thought For the Day - Lives Touched

"Measure the success of your days by the lives touched vs the hours passed."

--Robin Sharma

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thought For the Day - Be Bold and Daring

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one. It is from our
mistakes that our greatest learning comes from. So be bold and daring onyour journey ... life is waiting to help you succeed, and you will."

-- John E Regan

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thought For the Day - Expect Trouble

‎"Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me".

-- Ann Landers

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thought For the Day - Written Goals

"People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people
without them could ever imagine."

— Brian Tracy

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thought For the Day - Holiday Wishes

"May you have all that you want, and more than you need."

--Chiao Kee

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thought For the Day - Strain Your Potential

"I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy."

— Og Mandino:

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thought For the Day - Shine Like a Rainbow

"I went and stood on a mountain
and I had a little talk with the sky and it showed me a rainbow
and it said...
You got to shine like that rainbow for everyone to see....

I got to shine like a rainbow for everyone to see"

--- Sonny Rhodes Blues Legend - Smithville Texas

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thought For the Day - Be Extraordinary

‎"Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary"

-- Uta Hagen

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Thought For the Day - Wish for More Skills

"Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. "

- Earl Shoaf

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Thought For the Day - Don't Dabble

"One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular."

--Tony Robbins

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Thought For the Day - Do What You Can Do

‎"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

-- John Wooden

Monday, December 06, 2010

Thought for the Day - Life is a Journey

"Life is not a trip; it's a journey. And the difference between the two is this: a trip is predictable, a journey is not."

-- Tony Robbins

Friday, December 03, 2010

Thought For the Day - Walk Boldly Through Obstacles

"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them."

—Orison Swett Marden

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Thought For the Day - Surround Yourself with Friends Who Have Your Back

‎"Surround yourself with people you can trust to take your worst days to the grave, and your best days to the streets.
People who are brutally honest with your best interests at heart.

People who will tell you the things that you don't want to hear & show you the things you don't want to see.

And make sure these people always start with love, not schemes, with curiosity, not judgement.

Choose well."

--Peter S. Parker

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Thought For the Day - Join a Crowd with High Standards

"Don't join an easy crowd. You won't grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform and achieve are high."

-- Peter S. Parker

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thought For the Day - Are You Listening?

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening. Most people never listen"

-- Ernest Hemingway

I learned listening in a few unique ways. I studied the Meisner technique of acting where we would do the "Repetition Game", an exercise where you would have to listen and repeat what was said over and over until you could then change it . The exercise taught me active listening. I also perfected listening when I was conducting oral history interviews.

John Duffy

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thought For the Day - Something is Waiting to Be Known

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

-~ Dr. Carl Sagan

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thought For the Day - Be Yourself

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

—Oscar Wilde

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thought For the Day - Be Extraordinary

"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."

--Elbert Hubbard

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thought For the Day - What Do You Want Most?

"Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most."

—Unknown Author

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thought For the Day - Don't Take It for Granted

"When you take things for granted, the things you are granted, get taken."

-- Phil Hennessey

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thought For the Day - Transformational Relationship

"The trick here is to "go deep" with friendships - not wide. That means spending more time building transformational, not transactional relationships."

--Beth Douglas Silcox

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thought For the Day - Give Before Get

"I believe you become more valuable to the world if you can help link and connect people. But where so many people miss out is in their willingness to do favors for people upfront."

--Tony Jeary

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thought For the Day - Experience

‎"Experience is what you get while looking for something else."

--Federico Fellini

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thought For the Day - Relationships Are the Road Map to Success

"The new road map to success is built on relationships. If you pay it forward and give more than you're, you're destined for great things."

--Eddie Armstrong

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thought For the Day - I am the Voice

Now, I am the Voice.
I will Lead, Not follow
I will Believe, Not Doubt.
I will Create, Not destroy.
I am a Force for Good.
I am a Leader.

Defy the Odds

Set a New Standard.

Step Up!

Step Up!!

Step Up!!!

-- Tony Robbins

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Birthday JD

Today I celebrate my birthday. it's funny how when I was younger I would get depressed on my birthday and eventually I turned it into my one and only Designated Depression Day and finally I decided I didn't need to be depressed for even one day and let that go. Now I see it my birthday more as a Designated Gratitude Day. A day when I can focus on all I am grateful for.

So today I celebrate all I am grateful for and it is a very very long list. Thank you to my family, especially my new Irish family, friends and all those who have touched my life over the years and gave me the gift of your friendship, love, humor, company and contributed to who I am today. It's been a long and interesting journey. You're in my memory and my heart. Thank you.

I planned on celebrating by creating a special magic moment that included a helicopter flight to Catalina Island, doing a zipline above the island, spending the day with my family and returning by boat. Life instead put me in Texas working on a film so I celebrate here with my film family and postpone my Catalina experience until next year when I get back to LA.

It doesn't get better than this......

I believe my best years are still ahead of me and I look forward to achieving more, contributing more and living an even more fulfilling life.....

So a toast..... Slainte

I share this day with all my family and friends and say Thank you

John Duffy

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thought For the Day - Never Look Down on Anyone

"Never look down on someone unless your helping them up."

-- Unknown

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day - Thank You

‎"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it
is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of
- Douglas MacArthur

Thank you to all our Veterans

Thought For the Day -You Become What You Think

‎"You become what you think about."

--Earl Nightingale

Or what you focus on.....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thought For the Day - Make a Way

‎"We will either find the way, or make one"


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010

Thought For the Day - Who Are Your Here For?

"You're not here for everyone.You're here for someone!"

-- Unknown

Friday, November 05, 2010

Thought for the Day - JD's Quotes # 6 - It's All About Choices

"It’s all about Choices. You always have choices, make the right ones."

-- John Duffy

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Thought for the Day - JD's Quotes # 4 Never Quit

"Never Quit. - Promise yourself you will never give up."

-- John Duffy

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Thought for the Day - JD's Quotes # 3 - Get in the Game

"Take Action and then takes some more. Get in the game."

-- John Duffy

Monday, November 01, 2010

Thought for the Day - JD's Quotes # 2 -Daily Improvement

"Daily Improvement (DI) - Decide – Resolve – Act.

Everyday do just 1 more thing to improve. "

What if you improved 1 thing every day?

-- John Duffy

American Dreamers

American Dreamers tells the story of how everyday heroes transformed their lives and are making a tangible difference in the world. It's a classic tale of ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things…

In these economically challenging times we need to celebrate the American Dream and declare that America’s best days are still ahead of us……

American Dreamers is a documentary / series project.




There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream.
-~Archibald MacLeish

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thought for the Day - JD's Quotes # 1 - Solutions, Solutions. Solutions

Okay time to share my personal quotes and philosophy....

"Solutions, Solutions, Solutions. Okay, I heard the problem now what’s the solution? There’s always a way and an answer.
My job and your job is to find it."

--John Duffy

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thought for the Day - Share Vision

"The best leaders don't give orders-they share visions."

--Robin Sharma

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thought For the Day - Now

There is no better time than now. The time to live is now. The time to dream is now. The time to imagine and forget the past is now. The time to shine is now. The time to bleed, sweat, and determine for yourself the things you want most is now.

~ Anonymous

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thought For the Day - Beliefs of a Leader # 10

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."

~ Confucious

Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday's Motivational Video - Attitude is Everything

Keith Harrell recently passed away. He left a legacy. Rest in Peace Keith......

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thought For the Day - Beliefs of a Leader # 8

"Change your habitual questions and change your destiny."

-- Tony Robbins

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thought For the Day - Beliefs of a Leader # 7

"There are not unreasonable people, only unresourceful states."

-- Tony Robbins

In general this is true of most people and most situations but I would differ and say there are indeed unreasonable people in the world as well but most of the time we don't have to deal with them as individuals.....

John Duffy

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thought For the Day - Beliefs of a Leader # 5

"If I can't, I must; and if I must, I will."

-- Tony Robbins

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thought For the Day - Beliefs of a Leader # 4

"It's not what happens, it's what I do that makes the difference."

-- Tony Robbins

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thought For the Day - Beliefs of a Leader # 3

" We will do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure."

-- Tony Robbins

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thought For the Day - Beliefs of a Leader # 2

"What we link to pain and what we link to pleasure determines our destiny."

-- Tony Robbins

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thought For the Day - Beliefs of a Leader # 1

"People are bigger than anything that can happen to them."

-- Tony Robbins

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thought For the Day - Dreams


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes

Monday, October 11, 2010

Thought For the Day - What Are You Made Of?

"Whatever is inside you is what comes out when pressure is applied. When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out, not apple juice. A lot of people are under pressure right now and we are seeing what is really inside them. It's not always a pretty sight yet shows us who they genuinely are."

-- Larry Winget

Friday, October 08, 2010

Thought for the Day - Never Too Old

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

-- C.S. Lewis

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Thought For the Day - Work Half a Day

"I jokingly tell people you can be successful in this business by working half the day. Any 12 hours you choose. But the truth is you have to work long hours, and you have to make personal choices and compromises."

-- Kenneth Cole

Same as the film business....

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Thought for the Day -Smile Because it Happened

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

-- Dr Seuss

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Thought for the Day - Experiencing Poverty or Achieving Wealth?

"Walking by the WSU bookstore, I saw a kid reading a textbook: "Experiencing Poverty." Shouldn't he be reading "Achieving Wealth"?"

-- Chris Widener

Monday, October 04, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - "Waiting For Superman"

Just saw a depressing yet hopeful, poignant, powerful and emotionally moving Documentary "Waiting For Superman". It hits the nail on the head and exposes the reason for the failure of the public education system.

The film resonated with me personally as I dropped out of Catholic high school at the age of 15 in the South Bronx. I attempted to attend public school but the public high school in my area was Morris High School which was a drop out mill and was overrun with heroin dealers. I chose to work instead of waste my time failing in that environment. I never regret making that decision.

Geoffrey Canada the leader of the Harlem Children Zone also spoke about how he was lucky to not attend Morris High School or he would never have achieved what he did in his life. He went on the graduate from Harvard and create one of the most effective charter school in the country.

I agree with the analysis of what is the main cause of the problem and that is the teacher's unions who are stuck in the past with a 1930's paradigm that places the interest of the union and teachers even incompetent ones above those of the children.

I remember an experience I had many years later when I received a substitute teaches certificate and taught for a few days at a school in the Bronx. The regular teacher greeted me by telling me "Not to waste my time trying to teach anything but just keep order". Well I didn't listen to them and for three days I brought my passion and excitement for writing to these elementary children and i fired them up and they were competing to read their class compositions. Now that's just one personal anecdotal experiences but it confirmed what I saw happening in the public schools in the Bronx.

From the movie and from what I've read about some of the successful charter schools across the country the forces for reforming the school system are growing and there are some real heroes portrayed in the film including the charter school movement represented by Kipp, Green Dot, Harlem Children Zone and individuals like Geoffrey Canada, Bill Strickland, Michelle Rhee and many more

I can't recommend this movie enough. You must see it.......

John Duffy

Thought For the Day - Where Are You Going?

"Others can't get excited about where you're going if you have zero clue of where you're going."

-- Robin Sharma

Friday, October 01, 2010

Thought for the Day - Sajeonogi

“Knocked down four times, rising up five.” in Korean “Sajeonogi,”

A Korean peasant woman Ms. Cha seems to have given new meaning to this favorite Korean saying. She tried 960 times to pass the driver's test in Korea before she passed. (Tenacity at it's best).

On her wall where she hung black-and-white photographs of her and her late husband as a young couple and a watch that had stopped ticking, she also had posted a handwritten — and misspelled — sign that read, “Never give up!”.....

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thought For the Day - Personal Responsibility

"One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license."

-P.J. O'Rourke

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thought for the Day - Time Flies

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot"

-.—Michael Althsuler

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thought for the Day - Happy or Miserable. Your Choice

"We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same."

- - Carlos Castaneda

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thought For The Day - Time to Fly

"Successful people leap and grow their wings on the way down!"

--Les Brown

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thought for the Day - It's How You Make People Feel

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what
you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

--Maya Angelou

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thought For the Day - It's About the Journey

"What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you became during the journey."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thought for the Day - Make Someone Feel Important

"Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, Make Me Feel Important. Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

--Mary Kay Ash

Monday, September 20, 2010

Thought for the Day - Decide!!!!!

‎"The indispensible first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want"

-- Ben Stein

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thought For the Day - Be a Conversationalist

"A gossip talks to you about others. A bore talks to you about himself. A brilliant conversationalist talks to you about yourself. "

--W King

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thought for the Day - Deliver More Than You Promise

"Leaders who win respect... deliver more than they promise, not promise more than they can deliver."

- -Mark A Clement

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thought For The Day - Life Is About Becoming

" Leadership (and life) is not an exercise in getting but in becoming."

-- Robin Sharma

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thought For The Day - There's Greatness in You

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

... Les Brown

Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11 - Never Forget - 9 Years Ago

Sept 11, 2001, My city New York and my country America was attacked. I took it personal as I believe many of us did. It changed me profoundly forever. I came back to New York City from Los Angeles where I live today and visited Ground Zero that December and I felt the incredible loss and pain but also saw the strength and resilience of Americans and especially my fellow New Yorkers. Hard to believe it has been nine years ago......

There were a total of 2,977 deaths. The victims were distributed as follows: 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon.

More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center

I personally will never forget and hope we always remember....

I have made it a habit to attend a commemoration event on Sept 11 every year since 2002.

And to be clear on this 9/11 I must say it. I have no animosity towards any race or religion and how I lived and live my life is a reflection of that but like most New Yorkers and Americans I am opposed to the Ground Zero Islamic Center/Mosque.

And the time is way overdue to Build the 9/11 Memorial and Rebuild the WTC.....

Tribute to all the victims of 9/11

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thought For the Day - Inspire People with Your Actions

"Whether you pursue your GREATNESS today, next week, or in 10 years is totally up to YOU. Do NOT attribute your lack of action to something or someone outside of yourself. YOU make it happen. So GET BUSY!"

-- Les Brown

Thursday, September 09, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - "Life's Biggest Debt"

The question posed isn't "Should you repay the debt but how do you repay the debt?'. That was the opening of a speech last nigh at my local Toastmaster's group.

The speaker was a visitor, a young man from Toastmaster's in Saudi Arabia. He went on to tell a story and touch everyone's hearts speaking about the debt we owe our parents. He talked about how our parents and parents give us life and then give us their life. He spoke about wrestling with understanding the debt we owe our parents and how do we repay it.

He shared a personal tale of discovering his young son had Asperger's Syndrome and doing everything in his power to allow his son to communicate and finally making a breakthrough. He told us how he discovered the answer to his opening question when his son was able to communicate and told him one night, "Daddy I love you." He discovered in that moment that parents need to know that their children are safe and that you appreciate what they have given you.

He ended with a call of action to reach out that night and tell your parents you are safe and you love them.

He brought a deeper message of how we are all the same all over the world and we want the same things. A powerful message of appreciation of our parents and love from a young Toastmaster from Saudi Arabia.

John Duffy

Thought For The Day - Life is a Gift

‎"Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more."

-~ Anthony Robbins

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Thought For The Day - Making the Impossible Happen

"Leadership is the art of making the impossible the inevitable."

-- robin Sharma

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Thought For the Day - Flexibility Is Necessary

"Flexibility in a time of great change is a vital quality of leadership."

-- Brian Tracy

Monday, September 06, 2010

Thought for the Day - Playing the Hand Dealt You

"t's worth reminding you that just because Fate doesn't deal you the right cards, it doesn't mean you should give up. It just means you have to PLAY the cards you get to their MAXIMUM potential.{"

-- Les Brown

Saturday, September 04, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - "You Got to Work"

"Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing".

-- Helen Keller

Looking back on my life I have been very creative in finding a way to survive. I was always looking for a better way and a way to improve myself. I was clearly working hard for the money.

I got my first job as a grocery clerk/delivery boy when I was fourteen years old. I quit high school a year later . It seemed like the best option at the time.

I would go on to hold many, many jobs in my life as I tried to craft a life. Here are many of the jobs I've held in a somewhat chronological order:

Grocery Store Clerk
Paint Factory Worker
Truck Driver
Cab Driver
Shipping Clerk
Oral History Interviewer
Postal Worker - Mail Handler
Substitute Teacher
Research Interviewer
Youth Organizer
Community Organizer
Aerobics Instructor
Health Club Salesman
Arson Prevention Organizer
Commercial Acting Instructor
Mortgage Loan Agent
Counselor - Runaways
Mental Health Counselor
Production Mager- Rap Video Co.
Director's Rep
Motivational l Sales Rep
Line Producer

I'm still moving forward, still exploring new possibilities and opportunities and I believe my best days are still ahead of me......

Saturday's Motivational Video - Overcoming Obstacles

Friday, September 03, 2010

Thought for the Day - Time is Precious

"Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back."

-Harvey Mackay

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Thought for the Day - You Have to Be

"You have to be before you can do, and you have to do before you can have."

--Zig Ziglar

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Thought For the Day - Don't Be Someone's Option

‎"Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option”

--Alexia Melocchi

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thought For the Day - Cheer the Doer and the Achievers

‎"It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever - the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it."
~ Vince Lombardi
Thanks Jason c. Allen

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thought For the Day - Do You Have Passion

"The Greeks didn't write obituaries. When a man died, they asked only one question: Did he have passion? "

- John Cusak in the movie Serendipity

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thought For the Day - Dare or Not to Dare

"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself."

-- Soren Kierkegaard

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thought For the Day - Our Resilience Makes Us Strong

"No one's life is a smooth sail; we all come into stormy weather. But it's this adversity -- and more specifically, our resilience -- that makes us strong and successful."

-- Tony Robbins

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thought For the Day - The Courage to Continue

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."

~ -Churchill

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thought For the Day - Share your stories

“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.”

~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thought For the Day - You Haven't Exhausted All Possibilities

"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this. You haven't."

-– Thomas Edison

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thought For the Day - Rise Above the Challenges

"Despite all the adversity... We still rise above all the challenges"

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thought For the Day - Circumstances Reveal

"Circumstances don't make a man, they reveal him."

What are your circumstance revealing about you?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - Taking Up the Pen... Cont...

Yesterday I sat in Starbucks rereading "Writing Life Stories" for the 3rd time and writing in my journal. I observed this guy enter and this is what I wrote as I watched him....

Men and Cellphones

"He throws his book down to reserve a comfortable chair and reaches for the bathroom door. It is occupied. He immediately takes out his Blackberry and looks at it to fill the moment before the door opens. He has nothing new on it and he knew that before he took it out so he puts it back and waits for the door to open. The door opens and he immediately takes out his Blackberry again with one one hand while reaching for the open door with the other and enters the bathroom while looking down at his Blackberry. There still isn't anything new on it......"

John Duffy

Thought For the Day - Guarantees

"There are no guarantees in life. If you're looking for a guarantee buy an electrical appliance."

Thanks Pattie Villanueva

Monday, August 16, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - Coincidence or a Message

Yesterday when i was leaving my friends pool party I saw a license plate frame that said " Winners Find a Way", today as I was getting my tires replaced a guy walked by with a t-shirt that said "I'm Resolute" and then I went in to Starbucks and a guy sat in front of me and opened his computer and the screen saver was " Dream Big" and a Eagle. The saying under it was " Your attitude not your aptitude will determine your altitude" -- Zig Ziglar.

Okay all these positive message could be coincidental or just a reflection that those are the messages I uphold in my life so I am aware of them or maybe a little message from the universe to step up even more and keep moving in the direction I am headed boldly. Or maybe all of the above but I will choose to take the most empowering explanation and run with that..... Boldly of course....'

John Duffy

Thought For the Day - Personal Initiative

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them,
what they could and should do for themselves.

-- Reverend William John Henry Boetcker

Saturday, August 14, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - Take Up the Pen

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.”

=~ William Makepeace Thackeray

I come back from my trip to Ireland inspired to take up the pen and continue writing my memoir and get busy on a screenplay that has been waiting to come out for a long time.

I was further fired up by my conversation with author James Hayes and both his philosophy and discipline of writing.

I also just checked out a blog by the author of " A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" and I like how he uses his blog to create his next book. I may borrow that technique as well.

So I begin to read memoirs again and I begin to write. There are stories to be be told and stories to be lived......

John Duffy

Saturday's Motivational Video - Inspirational Story

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thought For the Day - Too Determined to be Defeated

A friend posted this and I echo the sentiments...
Thanks Pattie

Monday, August 09, 2010

Thought For the Day - Life is a Daring Adventure

" “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”."

-- Helen Keller

Yes it is and I just returned from another daring adventure to Ireland. I will share in the coming days....

Friday, August 06, 2010

Thought For the Day - Take the Chance - Become a Rose

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance

Lies the seed that with the sun’s love,
In the spring, becomes a rose.

The Rose

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Thought For the Day - Leaders Serve

" Remember that a leaders job is to serve.My motto is "Help Other People Every Day' (HOPE)."

--Sam Duncan

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Thought For the Day - Cut the Puppet Strings

"Cut the puppet strings. Don't let circumstances control your thinking."

-- John Assaraf

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Thought For the Day - Leadership

Leaders start b by getting "the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats... and then they figure out where to drive it."

--Jim Collins - "Good to Great"

Monday, August 02, 2010

Thought For the Day - Cleaning the Pool

"Are you cleaning the pool or pissing in the pool?"


How are you showing up in the your life and in the world?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday's Motivational Video - Irish Speakers

I'm still in Ireland on the West coast staying in Foxford, County Mayo. So today I share an irish motivational video...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thought For the Day - Character

"Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time."

--Elbert Hubbard

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thought For the Day - Be the Man You Want To Be

"A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be."

-- Bruce Springsten

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thought For the Day - Do It Right Now

"If you aren't doing it right now, it's probably not going to happen."

-- Marshall Goldsmith

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thought For the Day - Seize Occasions and Make Them Great

"Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities,s strong men make them."

-- Orison Swett Marden 1850-1924

Monday, July 26, 2010

Thought For the Day - Lot's of People Know What to Do

"Lots of people know what to do do, but unless you do what you know what to do, then what you know what to do won't do. So do whatever it is!!"

-- John E Regan

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday's Eclectic Music Video # 2 - Kíla - Tóg é go bog é

Kíla - Tóg é go bog é

Here's one in Gaelic

Sunday's Eclectic Music Video # 1 - Once

The next 2 weeks eclectic music videos will be Irish music as I travel in ireland visiting family and meeting new friends.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday's Motivational Video - Irish Motivators

It's only appropriate that I post videos from Irish motivators as I will be travelling in Ireland for the next 2 weeks,

Friday, July 23, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - Ireland Trip

We leave today for a flight to Dublin and a drive across Ireland to County Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland. I am making my 3rd trip to Ireland to visit my family in Glanduff on the West Coast of Ireland. Since I have been connected with my family I have made it a must to connect my family and daughter with her family in Ireland and around the world. I am so blessed to find my family and to be able to visit and discover my history and roots.....

Thought For the Day - What's Most Important in Life

"If you have your health and piece of dry bread life is good"

-- My Aunt Maggie O'Donnell - Age 97 - From the mountains in Rosskey, Ireland.

I repost this as I take another journey to Ireland to see my Aunt Maggie and all my relatives. I totally agree with her. What's most important in life. Your health, your survival, your family, your friends and your purpose.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thoughts For the Day - Pursue Your Destiny

“As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.”

-- Denis Waitley

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Thought For the Day - Winners keep Commitments

“Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.”

-- Denis Waitley

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thought For the Day - Rise Above the Challenges

‎"Despite all the adversity... We still rise above all the challenges."


Or maybe because of the adversity it makes us stronger and more capable. My life has been full of adversity and I don't believe I would wish for anything different. I've always liked the quote "the stronger the wind the stronger the trees." I don't look for a life without problems, challenges and adversity but use them as a well to grow stronger and overcome them.

John Duffy

Monday, July 19, 2010

Thought For the Day - Movie of Your Life

"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching."

-- Peter S Parker

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thought For The Day - Write The Story of Your Life

"We all write our own life story scripts and what happens between FADE IN and FADE OUT is up to ourselves."

--Timo Koivusalo

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thought For the Day - Positive Thinking

"Positive thinking won't let you do anything. But it will help you do everything better than negative thinking will"

-- Zig Ziglar

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thought for the Day - Success Is Being in the Game

" Success isn't being ahead at the final buzzer. Success is being in the game."

-- Magic Johnson

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thought For the Day - Responsibility

"The turning point for me ... was realizing I was responsible for my own life"

-- Brian Tracy

My turning point was at a Tony Robbins seminar in 1989 when I realized the same exact thing. I was 100% responsible for my life and the results I was getting. My life changed for the better when I understood that and made the shift in how I showed up in life.

John Duffy

Monday, July 12, 2010

Thought For The Day - Personal Reinvention

"It's never too late to reinvent yourself."

John Duffy

I've done it a few times in my life and I have a couple more that I'm working on. How can you reinvent yourself?

Friday, July 09, 2010

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Thought For Day - You Can Always Turn It Around

"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around"

-- Penelope Cruz in ' 'Vanilla Sky'

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Thought For The Day - What's Impossible?

"Impossible is not a's an opinion. What's impossible only remains so until someone finds a way do what others are sure can't be done".

--Tony Robbins

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Thought For The Day - Time is Limited

"Time is limited, so I better wake up every morning fresh and know that I have just one chance to live this particular day right, and to string my days together into a life of action, and purpose."

- - Lance Armstrong

Monday, July 05, 2010

Thought For The Day - Courage

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day that says...I will try again tomorrow."

-~Mary Anne Radmacher

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy 4th of July

I celebrate this 4th of July appreciating the privilege of living in a free country. My parents both sailed past the Statue of Liberty on their way to Ellis Island in 1928 from Ireland. They came to America for a better life and gave their children that dream. I'm proud to be an American - not perfect by a long shot but still the greatest place in the world to live. Take a moment to reflect on all the blessings we have and rediscover the greatness of America. Our Declaration of Independence - life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness sums it up....

Happy 4th of July.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

Thought For the Day - Step Up

"There are no classes in life for beginners: right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult."

--Rainer Maria Rilke

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Thought for the Day - Daily Improvement

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow."

-- Doug Firebaugh

I say always commit to Daily Improvement or DI.

John Duffy

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thought for the Day - Do All You Can

"Men do less than they ought,unless they do all they can."

-- Thomas Carlyle

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thought For the Day - We Must Do

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Monday, June 28, 2010

Thought For the Day - Inspire People with Your Actions

"If your actions inspire others to dream more,learn more, do more and become more,
you are a leader. "

--John Quincy Adams

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thought for the Day - Do All You Can

"Men do less than they ought,unless they do all they can."

-- Thomas Carlyle

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thought for the Day - Opportunities Are Everywhere

"No great man ever complains of want of opportunities."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thought For The Day - A Person with a Belief

"One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with only interests."

- ~ John Stuart Mill

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thought For The Day - New Endings

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

--Maria Robinson

Monday, June 21, 2010

Thought For The Day - Be an Excellent Example

"Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human."

- - Anthony Robbins

Friday, June 18, 2010

Thought for the Day - You Gotta Work!!!!

"Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it." ~
You gotta WORK!!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thought For The Day - Challenge Your Limits

Don't limit your challenges, challenge your limit's!"

-- Thanks Sharon

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Thought for the Day - A Better Way

"Just because you've been doing the same thing the same way for years, doesn't mean it's right. It just means you're too stubborn to realize there might be a better way."

-- Gary Klavans

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thought for the Day - Personal Development

"Personal Development is the place to start if you want your life to work out better."

Monday, June 14, 2010

Thought for the Day - It's a Thin Line Between Success and Failure

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

-- Michael Jordan

Saturday, June 12, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - The Power of Negative Thinking

I recently was forwarded an article entitled "The Power of Negative Thinking" by Barbara Ehrenreich and was amazed by her attempt to paint "positive thinking" in a simplistic and negative light. She uses loaded adjectives to denigrate positive thinking by calling it; "delusional optimism", " and deluded optimist". She starts out by linking" positive thinking" with "greed and it's crafty sibling, speculation" and blames it for the financial crisis. A pretty extreme attack and devastating if it's true but it's not true and her simplification demonstrates her own bias. She creates straw men to argue against.

She goes own to contrast Calvinist thought as one extreme and "positive thinking" as the other extreme and she offers "realism" as an alternative to both. I think her analysis of both "extremes" are off base, simplistic and hides her point of view.

Ms Ehrenreich is no fan of individualism, capitalism, entrepreneurship, American exceptionalism, success or personal development.

Ms Ehrenreich is a leader of the Democratic Socialist of America. She supports "wealth redistribution" and she doesn't support personal success and personal wealth so it is no surprise that she dislike an optimism that leads to personal success and not so called group "empowerment".

So I say what is realism? Is there a middle ground between the two outlooks of optimism or pessimism? i don't think so. Both optimist and pessimist can be realist. Take a look at an example; If you lose your job you make a realistic assessment that you lost your job. Now what? Do you take an optimistic point of view of a negative point of view about the future and do you get busy turning it around or do you give up. A realistic assessment is a given but optimism or pessimism is a choice that will determine your future results.

Ms Ehrenreich lumps all schools of "positive thinking" together everyone from Oprah, megachurches, Tony Robbins and self-help best sellers. Yet they all have different approaches and perspectives on "positive thinking". I agree with some and disagree with others.

My optimism is always based on a realistic assessment of the situation at hand and a specific plan to achieve the results I am aiming for. I recognize there are no guarantees but I believe there is a solution to every problem and if it isn't the 1st one I try I will keep trying other ones until I achieve a positive outcome.'

My perspective incoporates the good in the Calvinistic hard work ethic together with the the need to make a realistic assesment of the situation and combined with that an optimistic mindset. I prefer to see it as a Optimistic Succcess Mindset.

So Ms Ehrenreich is welcome to her "realism". I will choose optimism over pessimism and realism any day

Read her article and draw your own conclusions.

Saturday's Motivational Video - Life is Like a Bamboo Tree

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thought for the Day - Success Mantra

What's your Mantra for life? I have a few that motivate and focus me.

Make Your Life a Masterpiece

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful

"Today is the day to bring everything you got."

-- John Duffy

Share yours.....

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thought for the Day - Embrace the Challenges

"The events that challenge us don't decide our destiny. Our destiny is decided by how we embrace and utilize the challenges in our lives".

-- Nathaniel Williams

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - Bucket List # 2 - Where I've been

JD - Life's Bucket List Done To date

This is a work in progress that I will keep updating. I did it to look back to see where I've been so I can see where elese I want to go. It's not complete but it's a snapshot of my life.

Some Highlights - Moments in my Life - A Story of who I was, who I became, turning points, forks in the road and what I've done. Cha Cha Changes.......

Growing Up - South Bronx:

Grew up in Mott Haven section of South Bronx - "One of the poorest areas in America then and now"
Almost got thrown off Willis Ave Bridge between Harlem and Bronx @ Age 13
Dropped Out of High School at age 15
Studied Kung Fu Wu Su @ age 15. became student instructor
Designed and created own pants styles @ age 15
Had a gun put to my head 5 times - never shot

Lower East Side

Lived on 4th St and Ave A in Lower East Side in the 70's
Killed a rat with a stick in my Lower East Side Apartment
Observed the Blackout in 1977 on LES

Dropped out of HS at age 15
Received GED - General Education Diploma at age 24
Graduated Empire State college with a BA
Attended two years of MA program @ CCNY

Radical Years;

Became a leader in a Maoist Party @ age 25
Led a youth tour to the People's Republic of China in 1978 at age 25
Walked on the Great Wall in 1978
Became an ex-Maoist @ age 28

Working Life:

Worked 1st job as delivery boy @ local grocery @ age 13
Worked in Paint Factory as shipping clerk in the South Bronx
Worked in Chinatown as a shipping clerk
Worked in Post office as a Mail Handler for five years
Worked as a substitute teacher in the Bronx for 3 days
Worked as an Oral History interviewer for Lehman College
Drove a gypsy cab in the Bronx for 1 week - the summer that there was a wave of murders of gypsy cab drivers in the Bronx
Drove a truck for one week
Trained as a phone installer for NY telephone company
Wrote as a Youth Organizer in the Northwest Bronx
Worked as aerobics instructor and salesman for Jack La Lanne for 1 year
Worked as anti-arson organizer with The People's Firehouse in Brooklyn
Worked as a Research interviewer
Worked as a loan office for mortgage company in LA
Worked as a counselor for runaways @ Covenant House in LA
Worked as a overnight counselor at a mental health home
Worked as a counselor at a Food Shelter in South Central LA
Acted in theater, murder mystery dinner theater and films
Worked as a production manager on rap videos
Worked as a rep for music video directors
Worked as a line producer on feature films
Worked as a producer of feature films

Oral History;

Worked as an Oral History Interviewer with Bronx Oral History Project @ Lehman College
Conducted over 12 interviews that are part of Bronx Oral History Collection
Interviewed Oral Historian Studs Terkel
Was interviewed by Studs Terkel and interview appeared in his book "The Great Divide"

Acted in Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in LA and Palmdale
Acted in 10 Theatrical Plays in New York and LA
Performed in play based on interviews conducted entitled "The Bronx Speaks Up"
Wrote and performed autobiographical piece entitled "Goodbye My Friend" in honor of friend/girlfriend Cookie who died of AIDS @ LA theater
Acted in over 10 feature and short films


Created, Produced and Hosted 12 Public Access Show's "Take Two"
Created, Produced and Hosted 10 Public Access Show's "Bronx to Hollywood"
Filmed and directed documentary "V" about Puerto Rican female basketball player from Far Rockaway, NY
Produced/Line Produced 15 features, 4 shorts, 8 music videos, 2 commercials and training videos
Filmed feature films in South Carolina, Georgia "Who's Your Caddy?" and New Mexico "Unspeakable".
Line Produced a series of training videos with US Marine Corp @ Camp Pendelton, Beuford SC and Quantico VA


Walked across hot coals over a dozen times @ Tony Robbins' Fire-walks
Attended 2 week Tony Robbins Seminars in Maui 2 x


Wrote monthly article for Bronx radical newspaper "White Lightning"
Wrote Drama Screenplay "Waiting for Fidel"
Wrote autobiographical theater piece "Goodbye my Friend"
Wrote short film "Goodbye My Friend"
Created and wrote a daily Motivational Blog - "The Glass is 3/4's Full" since 2007
Created and wrote a Irish-American Blob " Duffy Square"
Wrote 1st draft of my memoir "Black irish - Not Your Average White Boy"
Wrote and created Doc series and Non-Fiction Book "American Dreamers'


Got married in Long Island NY 17 years ago
I held my daughter in my arms and cut her cord when she was born
Attended many Mommy and me groups with my daughter
Rode horses with my 3 year old daughter on top of Hollywood sign
Vacationed with family in Maui
Vacationed with family in Santa Fe New Mexico
Had snowball fights with my daughter in Santa Fe on her first encounter with snow
Attended family reunion in Foxford Ireland St. Patrick's Day 2008
Rode horses with my daughter thru Ashford Castle and the standing sets from John Wayne's "The Quiet Man" 2 separate times.
Read to my daughter almost every night since she was little
Created and wrote in a series of Journals for my daughter that capture the Magic

Walked on the Great Wall In PRC in 1978

Traveled and visited the following States: 1. Oregon, 2. Hawaii 3. Nevada 4. New Jersey 5. Connecticut 6. Mass 7. South Carolina 8. Colorado 9. Vermont 10, Mich. 11. Illinois 12. New Mexico 13 Georgia 14. California 15. Penn 16. Utah 17. Texas 18. Ohio 19. Florida 20. Virginia 21. Maryland 22. Indiana 23. Wisconsin 24. Washington and Wash DC and Puerto Rico

Traveled and visited the following Countries: 1. China 2. Yugoslavia 3. Dominican Republic 4. Mexico 5. France 6, Bahamas 7. Canada 8. Ireland 9. Northern Ireland 10. Malta

Visited friend in Dominican Republic and stayed at Casa del Campo Resort

Rowed a row boat in San Francisco Harbor

Vacationed with girlfriend in Puerto Rico

Vacationed with girlfriend in Quebec

Went on Helicopter ride in Maui

Went Scuba Diving in Maui

Scouted for movies in the Bahamas, Eleutria, Tijuana Mexico, Puerto Rico and Vancouver Canada

Stayed @ El Convento Hotel in Old San Juan Puerto Rico

Visited parent's country Ireland 2 times in 3 years reuniting with my Irish family from 5 countries

Stayed in Presidential Suite @ Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland


750 -1,000 Books on

Saw numerous plays on Broadway and off Broadway including some of the following:

Glen Garry Glenn Ross
Cuba and His Teddy Bear starring Robert Diniro


Volunteered @ Anthony Robbins Foundation Youth leadership Camp
Volunteer @ Operation Gratitude

Public Speaking:

Overcame extreme shyness
Gave 1st public speech in 1970's in Chicago
Spoke of Filmmking Panel for Flash Forward
Gave warm up speeches for sales seminars for Tony Robbin's reps
Joined Toastmaster and gave 3 speeches

Like Helen Keller said "Life is a Daring Adventure or It Is Nothing". My life has been a Daring Adventure and the adventure continues as I continue to create and recreate myself

Thought for the Day - The Measure of Greatness

"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

-~ John Wooden

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Thought for the Day - Do Not Fear Risks

“Do not fear risk. All exploration, all growth is calculated. Without challenge people cannot reach their higher selves. Only if we are willing to walk over the edge can we become winners.”

- Unknown

Monday, June 07, 2010

Thought for the Day - Step to it

" When you try to dodge ownership of a problem, when you try to hide from responsibility, life will give you ownership and responsibility the hard way. "

-- Peggy Noonan

This is so true. I have experienced in my life and seen it happen too many times. It takes courage but you need to take ownership of a problem and get to work changing it....

Friday, June 04, 2010

Rest in Peace - John Wooden

Thought for the Day - It's About Character

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

-– Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Thought for the Day - Difference That Leads to Greatness

"The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing."

~ - Michael E. Gerber

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Thought for the Day - Adversity is a Teacher

"Give advice; if people don't listen, let adversity teach them”

--Ethiopian Proverb

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Thought for the Day - Motivation Doesn't Last

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing — that's why we recommend it daily."

— Zig Ziglar

Monday, May 31, 2010

Celebrate Memorial Day

This Memorial Day remember and honor those who served and gave their lives so we can be free to enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend.

I will be attending the Memorial Day Service in Los Angeles @ Veteran's Cemetary in memory of my father, father-in-law and friend CJ Bau who served. May they Rest in Peace