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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thought for the Day - John Wooden Week - Never Make Excuses

“Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them.” 

 John Wooden

Live a life of No Excuses. Take 100% responsibility for the good, bad and ugly in your life. You can either make excuses or win in the game of life, you can't do both. 

-- John Duffy

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thought for the Day - John Wooden Week - Everyone is Unique

‎"If I am through learning, I am through."

-- John Wooden

I can tell you that I will never learn all the things I want to learn but I am going to try.

-- John Duffy

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thought for the Day - John Wooden Week - Make the Best of Things

“Things turn out best for those who make the best of 
how things turn out.” 
― John Wooden

Simple but true. At the end of the day if it is to be it's up
to me. I know when I look back at my life I can see the
difference in my results once I learned that fact and made
the best of what ever life throw in my direction. So it's up 
to you to make things turn out for the best.

-- John Duffy

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thought for the Day - My Bucket List - A Work in Progress

BUCKET LIST 2011 - 2012

A couple of days ago on my Birthday I reviewed and reworked my 101 Things Bucket List. I will share it in the future to inspire others to create one and to remind myself publicly of my Goals and keep myself on course and on purpose.

I want to make this my Best Year Ever. My Bucket List is one tool to help me accomplish that.

-- John Duffy

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Thought - Perspective and Blessings

This is from a 1990 study that has circulated on the Internet but it still probably holds true

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the people in the world.

If you can attend a church or synagogue meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are more blessed than 500 million people in the world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

So this Thanksgiving be thankful but also think how you can make a contribution to others less fortunate.

Here are a couple of ways to make a difference:

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thought for the Day - You Control Your Destiny

“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands - your own.”

-- Mark Victor Hansen 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thought for the Day - Give Your Best

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” 

― John Wooden

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thought for the Day - Look Inside

Your vision will become clear
only when you look into your heart ...
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.

-- Carl Jung

Thanks Ramon Morales

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thought for the Day - Results. Results. Results

I couldn't agree with Larry more. I can't say it enough. It isn't good enough to have good intentions, good motives and good ideas if the results are bad. You have to judge yourself and others by the results they produce or don't produce. Hold your self to a higher standard and judge your self by the results you produce.

-- John Duffy

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thought for the Day - Successful People

"If you look at successful people, you'll find they followed these steps. They started with a target, because you can't hit one if you don't have one. They took action, because just knowing isn't enough. They had the ability to read others, to know what response they were getting. And they kept adapting, kept adjusting, kept challenging their behavior until they found what worked."

-- Tony Robbins

Tony has been probably the biggest positive influence in my life. I consider him my mentor, role model and coach for living a life of possibility. I ran into to him at the right time and he changed my life. And yes this is how I became successful and how I continue to be even more successful n life...

-- John Duffy

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thought for the Day - You Are 100% Responsible

"One of the hardest things to do is to accept the fact that we have so much more to say about who we are, where we are and where we are going than we are comfortable admitting. To know how much power we have is to be responsible for our lives."

-- Michael Josephson

I had a conversation with a young Marine this weekend sharing my philosophy of life with him. I told him how you have to take 100% responsibility for your life. He was taken aback and asked me to repeat that. I did and he responded, "Damn that is deep." And yes it is but it is the only way to be empowered and take control of the results in your life. We have to step up and being willing to recognize we are responsible for the good, the bad and the ugly in our life. And the good news if we recognize that we can change it...

-- John Duffy

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thought for the Day - Let Other's Lead Small Lives

‎"Let others lead small lives, But not you.
Let others argue over small things, But not you.
Let others cry over small hurts, But not you.
Let others leave their future in someone else's hands,
But not you."

-- Jim Rohn

This is a great thought for me to ponder today on my Birthday. When I was in my 20's my birthday was a day I got depressed and focused on all that was wrong and not working in my life. I even labeled it as my "DDD" or my "Designated Depression Day." I rarely got depressed in life so I felt it was okay to have one depression day every year, now of course what a bad day to choose and really what a dumb idea. Somewhere along the line I had a light bulb moment and realized I really didn't enjoy being depressed on my birthday so I decided to make my birthday my "DGD" or my "Designated Gratitude Day" instead. Now that was a good idea. So ever since I take advantage of my birthday to be a combination of a gratitude day and my new year's day where I sum up my life and set new goals for myself.
Today I am treating myself to day of solitude in a hotel in a beautiful place Lake Arrowhead. I will spend the day reflecting on all I am grateful for in my life, reviewing and updating my 101 Bucket List, working on my 1 and 3 year Plan, refocusing and organizing my Memoir,exercising and walking around the lake and enjoying nature, life and all that is great.

-- John Duffy

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thought for the Day - Get in the Game

“The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball, they fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in the
arena are the doers. They make mistakes because they try many things."

-- Elvin J. Dowling

I love this quote. It is so true. It's easy to criticize others and too many do in life. I challenge you to respect those who are in the game and doing their best no matter how flawed. Don't be a critic in life, get in the game, make a difference, give it your best shot.

-- John Duffy

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day 2011 - 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
war."- Douglas MacArthur

Thank you to all our Veterans and their families

Veteran's Day Music Videos # 1 - Just in Case

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy 236th Birthday United States Marine Corp

Shout out to all my USMC friends, John, Michael, Frankie, Oscar and all those I have met over the years and all those who have served in the USMC as you celebrate the 236th birthday of the USMC. Thank you for your sacrifice and service....

-- John Duffy

Thought for the Day - The Privilege of Life

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love-then make that day count!”

― Steve Maraboli

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Thought for the Day - Greater Than Any Obstacle

Motivator Les Brown has a saying "There is greatness in you" and yes there is greatness in all of us. We have a greatness that can overcome life's obstacles. So as James Brown would say "Git Up" and go for your greatness.

-- John Duffy

Monday, November 07, 2011

Thought for the Day - No Excuses Make it Happen

A poster I noticed in a school in Smithville, Texas last year. I was there making the film "Beneath the Darkness". I couldn't agree more. No Excuses, Make it Happen.

-- John Duffy

Friday, November 04, 2011

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

No words can say it better than this. Not only running but smiling. That's how we need to take on life....

-- John Duffy

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Thought for the Day - Never Too Old to Change

Trust me on this one. I'm back to playing basketball a few times a week and I have a growing bucket list that should take me to 105. I guess I'll plan my retirement for my next life. Keep growing, keep changing, keep stretching and challenging yourself....

-- John Duffy

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Thought for the Day - Get Out Of Comfort Zone

"97% of the people in this world operate in the comfort zone. 3% of the people in this world operate in the effective zone. The difference between comfort and effectiveness is called growth, and growth is uncomfortable."

-- Krish Dhanam

Get uncomfortable, keep growing, get effective. Strive to be part of the 3%

-- John Duffy

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Thought for the Day - Desire for Success

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."

-- Bill Cosby