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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