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“What the World Needs Is People Who Have Come Alive” – Howard Thurman

children-479692_640“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

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Duke Football: Is There A Way You Can Always Win?

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“He’s [Football coach David Cutcliffe] taken us from a will to do the best we could… and now we’re hell-bent on getting to this will to win.”-Kevin White, Director of Athletics

Whether its Duke Football or any arena of life, develop the will to do your best.

If you do that, you’ll win. Always.

I’m not talking about the game. The field. Crushing the opponent. I’m speaking about your integrity.  About the development of you — and shining your best self out there.  Your unique joy, intelligence, go-getterism.

Go for it. If we all do our best, the world will explode with goodness!

We All Win.

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Dr. Kevin White (born September 25, 1950 in New York) was the Director of Athletics at Duke University since 2008. White is a career educator, having started as a high school coach and teacher in Florida. Earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Joseph’s College, Indiana, White went on to earn a master’s degree in athletics administration from Central Michigan University. He completed his PhD in 1983 at Southern Illinois University and taught management courses at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

White’s coaching career started at Gulf High School as the cross country and track coach and assisting with the football and wrestling programs. As a coach, White served at Southeast Missouri State University (1981-1982) as the head track and field coach, and as assistant track and field and cross country coach at Central Michigan University (1976-1980). Notre Dame’s flagship football program struggled during White’s tenure. Appointed on March 13, 2000, White became the first Notre Dame athletic director to report directly to the University’s president and served there to 2012. White & his wife Jane (a current instructor with the University of Notre Dame’s physical education department) have 5 children.

 

“What the World Needs Is People Who Have Come Alive” – Howard Thurman

children-479692_640“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

This is very true. Continue reading

“What the World Needs Is People Who Have Come Alive” – Howard Thurman

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

This is very true.

Often I hear people say,”Oh! I wish I did something meaningful like you do, helping the world.”

Working in philanthropy is a wonderful way to serve. But just because you aren’t a social worker, teacher, or philanthropist doesn’t mean you aren’t living a meaningful life of service.

Follow what your deepest inner voice tells you – not what society says. You are created for a purpose.

It may be that you have a passion and talent for design. Help make peoples’ homes a special haven. We all need a haven, and a place to welcome others, and ourselves.

Perhaps you love numbers. Become an accountant or work at a bank. Help provide order and semblance to the operations and reports.

What would I do without my bank? Where would I put the deposits of donations for UniversalGiving? We need you, and we need a good banker.

You love sports. Play that game with integrity and enthusiasm! With the greatest sportsmanship. You will be a model for everyone watching, your colleagues, the audience, the referees, and any children present. Modeling positive energy and ethics, you can’t lose.

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So much of life is simply how we live each moment. It’s how we govern each activity.

You serve by being kind. You serve by following your passion. You serve by being true to yourself. Don’t do what you think you should do; do what you are created to do. You will find all types of wonderful people needing your inspiration and services, in ways you’ve never imagined.

And remember, the most important is “who you be.” Did you live kindly, with integrity, with joy today?

That’s the greatest service to our world, and open to all.

Take the time,

Pamela

The Pamela Positive: “Remember That Success Is Not Defined by Victories”

“Remember that success is not defined by victories.”  John Wooden’s definition of success is “peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball coach. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (inducted in 1961) and as a coach (inducted in 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories. His ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period while at UCLA are unmatched by any other college basketball coach.  He was married to Nellie Riley for 53 years, and they had two children.  After Nellie’s death, John had a monthly ritual until his own death 25 years later, of visiting her grave and writing her a love letter.

“What the World Needs Is People Who Have Come Alive” – Howard Thurman

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

This is very true.

Often I hear people say,”Oh! I wish I did something meaningful like you do, helping the world.”

Working in philanthropy is a wonderful way to serve. But just because you aren’t a social worker, teacher, or philanthropist doesn’t mean you aren’t living a meaningful life of service.

Follow what your deepest inner voice tells you – not what society says. You are created for a purpose.

It may be that you have a passion and talent for design. Help make peoples’ homes a special haven. We all need a haven, and a place to welcome others, and ourself.

Perhaps you love numbers. Become an accountant or work at a bank. Help provide order and semblance to the operations and reports.

What would I do without my bank? Where would I put the deposits of donations for UniversalGiving? We need you, and we need a good banker.

You love sports. Play that game with integrity and enthusiasm! With the greatest sportsmanship. You will be a model for everyone watching, your colleagues, the audience, the referees, and any children present. Modeling positive energy and ethics, you can’t lose.

******************

So much of life is simply how we live each moment. It’s how we govern each activity.

You serve by being kind. You serve by following your passion. You serve by being true to yourself. Don’t do what you think you should do; do what you are created to do. You will find all types of wonderful people needing your inspiration and services, in ways you’ve never imagined.

And remember, the most important is “who you be.” Did you live kindly, with integrity, with joy today?

That’s the greatest service to our world, and open to all.

Take the time,

Pamela

Basketball Feet: Staying On Your Toes for the Next Move in Social Media

Any good Basketball Player knows you have to do your best to forecast, but you can’t always know where the ball is going. That’s why you stay on you feet, and specifically your toes.

So I told my team to stay on their feet regarding Social Media. Basketball feet. You’re ready, on your toes, watching for that next move.

And so it is with Social Media. Algorithms change. Search results adapt. New criteria come in; others are wiped out. A social media site’s goal is to make search results legitimate, authentic and helpful. So should UniversalGiving’s listings be: true, helpful, inspiring.

No good basketball player drives toward the right hand side of the basket every single time. No great athlete ever takes a three point shot every single play.

Social Media sites won’t stay the same. They move it up, they change it up and make it better — and so should we.