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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thought for the Day - CANI - Constant and Never Ending Improvement

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.”

― Anthony Robbins

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thought for the Day - Step Up to Adversity

“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain -- he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem -- he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.”

- William Arthur Ward

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thought for the Day - Game Changing Insight

"Please remember this game-changing insight: we see the world - not as it is - but as we are."

-- Robin Sharma

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thought for the Day - Be the World to Someone

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

-- Brandi Snyder

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thought for the Day - Don't Squander Your Down Time

‎"What you do in your down time will have a huge impact on what you produce in your up time."

-- James K Larson Jr.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thought for the Day - Seize the Day

“Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have - so spend it wisely”

- Kay Lyons

Monday, September 19, 2011

Thought for the Day - Trade Fear for Faith

"The caterpillar trades off its legs for its wings because it can never crawl fast enough to fly. The trade off is part of the transition and transformation. We must choose to trade off fear for "faith" ...I can't for "I can" ...and I won't for "I will" if we ever expect to experience our transition and transformation. There is nothing on the outside of a caterpillar that tells you it's genetic code on the inside is hard coded to be a butterfly. Think about it... think about you.?

-- Stephen Pierce

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thought for the Day - Know Your Purpose

"Success is...
knowing your purpose in life,
growing to reach your maximum potential, and
sowing seeds that benefit others."

— John C. Maxwell

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thought for the Day - We Only have This Moment

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snow flake”

- M.B. Ray

Time is the one thing we can't create and we never know how much we have before we reach the end of the road. Make every moment count. Appreciate it and carpe diem....

-- John Duffy

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thought for the Day - What is Your Mission in Life?

What is your Mission in life?

Have you ever taken the time to figure out what is your mission or purpose in life? Have you written up a mission statement that can guide your life? I have done it a few times and plan on reviewing and redoing it for the next phase of my life. I suggest you pick up a book on it and attempt to create your unique Mission in life.

-- John Duffy

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thought for The Day - What's Most Important to You in Life?

What's most important to you in life?

Have you ever asked your self that? Do you know the answer to that question? I like to ask that question of people when I meet them and even when I am hiring someone. I like to know what is most important to someone.

What's most important to me in my life is growth. Ever since I was 15 years old and I dropped out of high school I started to read anything I could get my hands on and I have gone on a life long journey of learning and growing.

Discover what's most important to you in life and decide if is still what you want to be most important to you. If not change it and refocus your life.

-- John Duffy

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 - 10 Years Ago - Never Forget

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 ten 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

It's been 10 years since Sept 11, 2001 and 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.

It is great to see the 9/11 memorial and the rebuilding of the WTC happening.
Visit here for interactive 9/11 Memorial on Facebook:

"America has its faults as a society, as we have ours. But I think of the Union of America born out of the defeat of slavery. I think of its Constitution, with its inalienable rights granted to every citizen still a model for the world. I think of a black man, born in poverty, who became chief of their armed forces and is now secretary of state Colin Powell and I wonder frankly whether such a thing could have happened here. I think of the Statue of Liberty and how many refugees, migrants and the impoverished passed its light and felt that if not for them, for their children, a new world could indeed be theirs. I think of a country where people who do well, don't have questions asked about their accent, their class, their beginnings but have admiration for what they have done and the success they've achieved. I think of those New Yorkers I met, still in shock, but resolute; the fire fighters and police, mourning their comrades but still head held high."

--Prime Minister Tony Blair

"Many heartbreaking things happened after 9/11 and maybe the worst is that there's no heroic statue to them, no big marking of what they were and what they gave, at the new World Trade Center memorial.

But New York will never get over what they did. They live in a lot of hearts.

They tell us to get over it, they say to move on, and they mean it well: We can't bring an air of tragedy into the future. But I will never get over it. To get over it is to get over the guy who stayed behind on a high floor with his friend who was in a wheelchair. To get over it is to get over the woman by herself with the sign in the darkness: "America You Are Not Alone." To get over it is to get over the guys who ran into the fire and not away from the fire.

You've got to be loyal to pain sometimes to be loyal to the glory that came out of it."

-- Peggy Noonan

Tribute to all the victims of 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

Thought for the Day - Get Confused

"Until you are willing to be confused about what you already know, what you know will never grow bigger, better, or more useful."

~- Milton Erickson

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Thought for the Day - Don't Let Others Limitations Define Us

"We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us."

-- Virginia Satir

Not only can we not allow other's limited perceptions define us. we need to not allow those perceptions to creep into our mind and and our unconscious and hold us back. As Les Brown likes to say "There's Greatness in You." And there is greatness in us so expand your definition of who you are and grow to meet it...

-- John Duffy

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Thought for the Day - Get Excited About What You Can Be

"I want you to get excited about who you are, what you are, what you have, and what can still be for you. I want to inspire you to see that you can go far beyond where you are right now."

-- Virginia Satir

We all are unique with different skills, passions and interest. No matter where we are in life there is more possibilities we can tap if we choose to. We all can "Go Big or Go Home" and yes we have the ability to do more, be more, experience more, achieve more, contribute more and live more than we are right now. I know for a fact that I can go far beyond where I am right now and I will continue to strive to go there...

-- John Duffy

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Thought for the Day - Everyone is Unique

"Every person's map of the world is as unique as their thumbprint. There are no two people alike. No two people who understand the same sentence the same way... So in dealing with people, you try not to fit them to your concept of what they should be."

-- Milton Erikson

I learned about the renowned Hypno-therapist Milton Erikson years ago from Tony Robbins and read a lot of his work and impact in the field of hypno-therapy. Whether you know it or not we are all in the communication game either with our family, friends, co-workers and clients and understanding that no two people understand the same sentence the same way is important that just because you said something doesn't mean the other person understood it the way you wanted to convey it. So we need to understand others first and then attempt to be understood. We need to constantly check in to make sure we are indeed being received the way we are trying to communicate.

-- John Duffy

Monday, September 05, 2011

Thought for the Day - Keep Learning

"We can learn something new anytime we believe we can."

-- Virginia Satir

I know that one of the best decisions I made in life is to keep learning and keep growing. I also learned that I can learn anything I am committed to learning. So learn something every day, better yet learn a lot of things every day. Keep learning...

-- John Duffy

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Friday, September 02, 2011

Thought for the Day - Keep Raising the Bar

"No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one."

-- Jessica Savitch

Many years ago I learned about goal setting and have made it a regular habit in my life. For me it isn't even mainly about the goals I set but the growth I experience in going after them. I would say personal growth is one of my highest values in life. Mark Victor Hansen probably sets more goals than anyone I have ever met or read about and he sets hundreds or maybe even thousands of goals and is always challenging himself to reach great heights. It's a great way to live and experience life. So set more goals, raise the bar, raise your standards and set your sights on higher horizons.....

-- John Duffy

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Thought for the Day

‎"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."

-- Thomas Edison