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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!”.....