Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Tao of Success ~ Words of Wisdom from America’s 30th President

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“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not: nothing is more commonplace than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”– Calvin Coolidge

 

There is nothing you can do to replace “Keep going.”   Do not, in any circumstance, give up. You might change course; you might find a higher endeavor; but you do not let everything fall to pieces.  That’s not you.

No matter how hard it is, you have the ability to keep going.  You will succeed. I believe that about you today!

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Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States.  Known as a man who was always stoic and serious, he was often called “silent Cal.” He attended Amherst College and later started his own law firm in 1898. Coolidge’s political career took off after he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1906. He later became President Warren G. Harding’s vice president and was the first vice president to attend cabinet meetings. He was a favorite among the nation’s conservatives and won the presidential election of 1924 despite personal hardship.

Coolidge was known to have a dry sense of humor. He embodied the dreams and hopes of the American middle class. He was a man of solid character as seen through his support of civil rights. While he was the president, he refused to appoint any known members of the Ku Klux Klan to office and allowed African Americans to hold government positions. Coolidge’s legacy remains strong and positive among the majority of political conservatives.

 

Why You Can’t Take Your Freedom to Think, and Freedom to Speak, for Granted

I love our famous Social Media Guru Beth Kanter. Below is great excerpt on how to attain Internet access, from what she and her colleagues learned from all over the world.

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May people who need a voice have one.

May people who desire freedom attain it.

May people who simply want to express an idea be able to do so.

We shouldn’t ever take our freedom to think, and our freedom to speak, for granted.

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Read on to get your freedom, or support someone who needs it. In this piece from 4 years ago, Beth Kanter relates how she faced Internet blockage during a Social Media training center in the Middle East:

“Unfortunately, yesterday, the Pakistan government decided to block Twitter – after we had just gotten everyone comfortable tweeting!

According to Pakistan’s Express Tribune, the request to block the site was made by the Ministry of Information and Technology, because of a drawing competition (details here). The ministry asked Twitter to remove the content, but Twitter responded that it “cannot stop any individual doing anything of this nature on the website.” Directives to block the site were sent to ISPs in several parts of the country, including PTCL Broadband and Wi-Tribe. It also reports that Twitter is still accessible by mobile using secure browsers like Opera, as well as proxies and VPNs. More from GlobalVoices.

The coverage in TechCrunch came about when activists in Pakistan wrote to major social media sites about the block. Waqas Ali, who is Lahore, sent TechCrunch a screenshot of the blocked Twitter. According to TechCrunch, Ali has also played a role in a past campaign in the country to keep Facebook from getting banned.

The block did not last long. According to Pakistan’s Express Tribune, the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani made the decision to restore access to Twitter.   

My colleague, Stephanie Rudat, who is working with me on the project, and I decided that we needed to “How To Get Past Internet Censorship” review. Stephanie put together this awesome resource list of services.”

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Beth, thank you for an inspiring and practical way to help others… and to being responsive! I bet the entire world thanks you.

Biography of Beth Kanter

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Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits.  She co-authored the book titled “The Networked Nonprofit” with Allison Fine published by J Wiley in 2010 that received Honorable Mention for the Terry McAdams Award.  Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing.   Her second book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,  with Co-Author KD Paine, will be published in October, 2012.

In 2009, she was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.”  She was named Visiting Scholar for Social Media and Nonprofits for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2009-2012.  She was a Society of New Communications Research Fellow for 2010.

Beth was honored with the inaugural PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award at the 2011 SxSW Interactive Festival.

The Kindest Encouragement to Yourself – Use This Everyday! From M. Bentham-Edwards

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If you need to know how to live right, this is it.  Help the world glow, burn bright, comfort others…. Read on and take action in your life today. Perhaps you can memorize just one line, copy it in your pocket, and look at it throughout the day!

A Prayer ~M. Bentham-Edwards

“….make my life a little light,

Within the world to glow;

A tiny flame that burneth bright

Wherever I may go

 

…make my life a little flower

That giveth joy to all

Content to bloom in a native bower,

Although its place be small

 

…make my life a little song,

That comforteth the sad;

That helpeth others be strong,

And makes the singer glad

 

….make my life a little staff,

Whereon the weak may rest,

That so what health and strength I have

May serve my neighbors best.”

 

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Matilda Bentham-Edwards was an English novelist, writer, traveler, poet, and had a passion and love for the French language. She also wrote several children’s books as part of her career. She had immediate success once she began writing with her first novel The White House by the Sea in 1857. After the passing of her sister, she began a new chapter of her life in London where she wrote novels of French lives. She also wrote children’s and non-fiction books that were based on the French lifestyle.

Although Bentham-Edwards was of Huguenot descent, she considered France her second home and had a passion for bringing a benevolent relationship between the two countries. She was made Officier de l’Instruction Publique de France in light of her efforts to bring an understanding and allegiance between the English and French people. Additionally, she was awarded a medal at the Franco-British Exhibition in 1908.

How Do You Lead? With Values, Vision, or Voice?

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Actually, with all three. 

 

As blogger and author roshnyjr states in her piece entitled “Leadership and Ethics,” Values and Vision give the leader an organizational compass. But you can’t just know where you want to go; you have to have the right heart. That’s where Virtue comes in, and doing the right thing. Here, you have to be aware of relationships and how to conduct them appropriately. Finally, you can have all the Vision and Virtue in the world, but if you don’t Voice them, they are silent. You go nowhere!

 

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Let’s look at a great, long-term example of how this works. A favorite leader of mine is  Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks. His father was a blue collar worker and had little or no health benefits for himself or his family. It was a constant struggle.

 

Taking that personal experience, Schultz created a value-based company by providing healthcare for all workers, even part-time employees. As roshnyjr states: “Here, the leader tried getting right things done so as to get a good result which influenced the workers to perform their duty in the right way.” As long as it’s authentic, that’s the right thing to do.

 

Schultz’s vision was local and global: they expanded into China and all over the world. At the same time, they created a strong, local presence by providing fresh coffee, personalized service and a store where people know your order. More than 15 years ago, their strategy was to create a “third space” outside of home and work; a second home to come to. They’ve done it.

 

Finally, Schultz is the voice and model of the company. He is a tireless worker and great spokesperson, driving the company through many challenges and enduring.

 

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Lead with Vision, Voice and Virtue – and you’ll be leading to success.  Want to read a more analytical piece on the diagram above? Check out the article that inspired this piece here!

The Human Touch by Spencer Michael Free ~ Don’t Get So Busy On Your Phone You Forget to Truly Connect!

 

A photo by Jonathan Velasquez. unsplash.com/photos/4mta-DkJUAgThis simple poem reminds us that genuine friendship is about the closeness of hands, hearts, and souls. It also, incidentally, captures the profundity of “touch” between Helen Keller, who was blind, deaf and barely speaking, and her mentor Anne Mansfield Sullivan.

 

“Tis the human touch in this world that counts,

The touch of your hand and mine,

Which means far more to the fainting heart

Than shelter and bread and wine;

For shelter is gone when the night is o’er,

And bread lasts only a day,

But the touch of the hand and the sound of the voice

Sing on in the soul alway.”

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Please put your cellphone down right now, and touch or help someone who needs it.  That’s where the true connection in life is!

 

Spencer Michael Free was a poet who graduated from the College of Physicians and Suregons at John Hopkins University in 1880. Later, he went on to practice medicine and surgery. He taught natural philosophy, chemistry, Latin and algebra at Ohio Wesleyan University. In addition, Free had a passion for the arts and letters which led to his writing hundreds of medical papers as well as poems.He tried several times to enlist in the army and wished to protect our country abroad. However, he never did, so instead he wrote and aimed to give his readers a sense of hope.

The Human Touch was written shortly after World War I and the poem urges a sense of love and humanity. Free also published Shawnee Cabin and Other Poems. While he was not healing people of their physical ailments, he worked for various charitable organizations throughout his life.

“Swearing doesn’t make your argument valid…” ~ Shannon L. Alder

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“Swearing doesn’t make your argument valid; it just tells the other person you have lost your class and control.”

– Shannon L. Alder

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A Time to Talk [NOT ON YOUR CELLPHONE] by Robert Frost

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Living and Giving Team, I am asking you to talk today, and not about work. Talk to someone for joy. Talk to them for fun. Talk to them to give support.  And, do it live. There is nothing like slowing down, being present, and listening to another’s heart. Remember, it will change your life, too.

Lovingly, Pamela

 

“When a friend calls to me from the road

And slows his horse to a meaning walk,

I don’t stand still and look around

On the hills I haven’t hoed,

And shout from where I am, What is it?

No, not as there is a time to talk.

I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground

Blade-end up and five feet tall,

And plod: I go up to the stone wall

For a friendly visit.”

 

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A native San Franciscan, Robert Frost is a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry.  His work mainly focused on making sense of complicated social and philosophical themes of rural life. He had six children with his wife, Elinor. Sadly, 4 of those children died at a young age. Consequently, Frost had a very difficult personal life, and he wrote powerful literature. Soon after moving to England with his family, Frost published his first book of poems which did very well. When he returned to the states, he was well received by the literary world. His works were so popular that he was soon published by those who had rejected him before his move to England, including The Atlantic. 

Frost was best known for his ability to depict rural life and the countryside. His first book of poems, A Boy’s Will, was published in 1912. Shortly after, he published North of Boston. One of his most famous individual poems is “The Road Not Taken.

Frost then became a professor at several colleges. At Amherst College, they named their main library after Frost. Throughout his life he received more than 40 honorary degrees.  He was asked to write and recite a poem for the John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, a huge honor.  His legacy still lives on today as he is one of the most famous poets.