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The Classic Pamela Positive: Winning Over Obstacles

 

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” 

– Bertie C. Forbes

 

 

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Bertie C. Forbes (1880-1954) was the founder of Forbes magazine.  He was born in Scotland, spent time in South Africa, and emigrated to New York in 1904.  He studied at the University College, Dundee and then worked at a local newspaper before he moved to Johannesburg, South Africa. When he moved to New York, Forbes worked a number of journals before he would leave to found his own publication. In 1917, he founded Forbes where he remained the Editor-in-Chief for almost 40 years, up until his death. Towards the end of his life, his two eldest children would join him at the paper. In 1942, he also was a founding member of the Investors League.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “You Fight, You Try Your Best, But If You Lose, You Don’t Have To Break Five Racquets.” – Rafael Nadal

 

“You fight, you try your best, but if you lose, you don’t have to break five racquets and smash up the locker room. You can do those things, but when you’re finished, nothing’s changed. You’ve still lost. If something positive came from that, I probably would do it. But I see only negativity.”

– Rafael Nadal

 

 

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What an outstanding leadership statement. We all have times that something challenging happens. Do you tear around, pull your hair out, snap at someone?

What will you do? Spend your anger until you are tired. It’s all about you and you expressing anger.

 

 

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Turn away to a calmer state, one that benefits all. Remember, you are a leader to others. Everyone is.

 

Everyone is a leader to someone, simply by our daily actions. So if that business partnership doesn’t come through, do you slam the door? Or do you sit down calm with your team, thank them for their efforts, and discuss lessons learned? If you didn’t win the election, do you set the stage on fire? Or do you rally the troupes and thank them for all their efforts and have a come-together-let’s-appreciate-all-our-work-together dinner?

 

Losing is an attitude. Not an action.

There actually is no loss. That’s in your mind.

So take the lessons learned, and have a winning mind.

 

 

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Even if you didn’t win, you still won knowledge. You learned how to do something better! Share that with yourself and the team. Celebrate that next victory for you know you are going out on court to do better the next time!

 

Smashing rackets wastes time. It deletes reflection. It’s no model for others up and coming in the world.

 

Hold your head high humbly proud about your effort. You did your best.   Then, listen, learn and keep going higher!

No smashing,

Pamela

 

 


 

 

Rafael Nadal was born in Mallorca, Spain, on June 3, 1986. When he was 3 years old, his uncle, Toni Nadal, a former professional tennis player, started working with him, seeing an aptitude for the sport in young Rafael. At the age of 8, Nadal won an under-12 regional tennis championship, giving Uncle Toni the incentive to step up his training. When Nadalwas just 12 years old, he won the Spanish and European tennis titles in his age group. He turned professional at age 15. At the age of 19, in 2005, Nadal won the French Open the first time he competed in the tournament, and his world ranking shot to No. 3. With his powerful topspin-heavy shots, speed and mental toughness, Nadal reigned as one of the “Big Four” of men’s tennis (along with Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray) for the next several years. In 2010, he was triumphant at the French Open and Wimbledon, and his subsequent win at the U.S. Open made him just the second men’s player to achieve the career Golden Slam—victories at all four majors, as well as Olympic gold.

 

The 2016 season, after suffering a first-round loss at the Australian Open in January, he rebounded to win titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. However, Nadal’s attempts to play through a nagging wrist injury took its toll, and he was forced to pull out of his favorite tournament, the French Open, after two rounds. Nadal took part in Thailand’s “A Million Trees for the King” project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

 

Outside of tennis, Nadal is close with his parents and younger sister, María Isabel. He has a deep love for football and supports Real Madrid. In 2007, he founded Fundación RafaNadal to support young adults and children. Since then, he’s also created a tennis academy for disadvantaged children called “Anantapur Sports Village”.


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The Classic Pamela Positive: “Coming Together Is A Beginning; Keep Together Is Progress; Working Together Is Success.” – Henry Ford

                         

“Coming together is a beginning; keep together is progress; working together is success.”

– Henry Ford

 

When I read that, my heart sighs in relief. That’s just a description of healthy management or a positive marriage. And what a joy it is when we have it!

 

 

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A team that works together with ease, with joy.  This certainly isn’t just about manufacturing or cars!

We all know that synergy…. it’s that feeling that people are communicating seamlessly. You might know what each other is going to say. Perhaps you instinctively know best how to split activities and responsibilities, respecting the unique talents of each.

Most importantly, you share. You share thoughts, ideas, insights, work and wisdom.

 

 

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May we come together in peace. Keep together by excellence in communication, building a sure foundation. And work together towards success, where both parties feels supported, triumphant, and….loved. Marriage, Management, Meeting, No Matter What — that’s the feeling we strive for: Successful Communication and Execution Through Love.

 

 


 

 

Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Ford married Clara Ala Bryant in 1888 and supported himself by farming and running a sawmill. He did not invent the automobile, but he developed and manufactured the Model T. This was the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford to buy and it revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and well-known people in the world. He is credited with the concept of “Fordism”, a mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision and his intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations.

 

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The Classic Pamela Positive: “Find The People Who Can Make You A Better Person.” – Ted Danson

 

             “My philosophy is, don’t hang on to whatever degree of success or celebrity you have,” he explains. “Find the smartest people you can and work with them, even if it means taking a smaller role. Get lost in something that inspires you. Find the people who can make you a better person. That’s how you stay fresh.”

– Ted Danson

 

 

How true is this. You always want to find great people with whom to work! Then you excel, soar, float and can contribute to the world even more strongly.

 

Did you know that people who love what they do are 50% more likely to report being rated as meeting or exceeding expectations at work?1 And it follows that people who work around likeminded people with similar values are more likely to stay.  You have work you love, and people that you love.  A great (and sometimes rare) combination!

 

 

 

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Looking for it? Match up with a good-hearted, values-based team, doing something that you love. Then, identify organizations doing something you love.  Or, you can donor vice versa!  With both in mind, at some point, both will fall into place.

 

 

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You’ll learn, grow, and ascend. You will make the world better.

Plus it’s so much more fun!

Live With Great People

Everyday,

Pamela

 

 


 

 

Ted Danson, born Edward Bridge Danson, is an American actor who first became well known for his character Sam Malone on the hit sitcom, Cheers. He’s also starred on CBS’s CSI, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and NBC’s The Good Place. Throughout his career, he’s won two Emmy’s, three Golden Globe Awards, and many more accolades. Outside of his acting career, Mr. Danson also is an environmentalist and released his book Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them in 2011. His father was an anthropology and director of a Native American museum, which led to Ted’s love of nature. Since then, he’s also helped found the American Oceans Campaign, which is now known as Oceana. He’s married to Mary Steenburger, and has two children.

 

Citations:
Hagel, John; Seely Brown, John; Ranjan, Alok; and Byler, Daniel, “Passion at Work”, Deloitte Insights, October 2014, https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/topics/talent/worker-passion-employee-behavior.html
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The Classic Pamela Positive: “It Is the Open-Mindedness to Little Things That Brings Human Success.” —Russell Conwell

 

“It Is the Open-Mindedness to Little Things That Brings Human Success.”

—Russell Conwell

 

What a wonderful story which shows how we can all be resourceful. We can figure out a different way to achieve even our smallest needs, and maintain a positive outlook. Look up, look around, and use what you see!

It’s there for us all… It’s already been provided.

 

 

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I said to a relative of mine, who was a professor at Harvard:
“I was cold all the time I was there, and I shivered so that my teeth shook”.
Said he: “Why did you shiver?”
“Because it was cold.”

“No, that is not the reason you shivered.”
Then I said: “I shivered because I had not bed-clothes enough.”
“No, that is not the reason.”

“Well,” said I, “Professor, you are a scientific man. I am not.
I would like to have an expert, scientific opinion now,
why I shivered.”

He arose in his own way and said:
“Young man, you shivered because you did not know any better!
Didn’t you have in your pocket a newspaper?”
“Oh, yes, I had a “Herald” and a “Journal”.

“That is it. You had them in your pocket, and if you had spread one
newspaper over your sheet when you went to bed, you would have
been as warm as you lay there, as the richest man in America under
all his silk coverlids.

But you shivered because you didn’t know enough
to put a two-cent newspaper on your bed, and you had it in your pocket.”

 

 

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It is the open-mindedness to little things that brings human success.

 

 


 

 

Russell Conwell (February 15, 1843 December 6, 1925) was an American Baptist minister, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer. He is best remembered as the founder and first president of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and for his inspirational lecture Acres of Diamonds. The son of Massachusetts farmers, Conwell attended Yale University and after graduating enlisted in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1880, and delivered his famous speech Acres of Diamondsover 6,000 times around the world. The central idea of the work is that one need not look elsewhere for opportunity, achievement, or fortune the resources to achieve all good things are present in ones own community. Conwells capacity to establish Temple University and his other civic projects largely derived from the income that he earned from the speech. The published version has been regarded as a classic of New Thought literature since the 1870s.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Thinking Of The Things In My life That Bring Me Pleasure Is A Peaceful And Positive Way To Start The Day.” – Warren Bennis

 

“Thinking of the things in my life that bring me pleasure is a peaceful and positive way to start the day — and a much better way to deal with a perceived failure than to ruminate on it. When you’re down, think of the things you have to look forward to. When you are no longer in the grip of the mishap, then you are ready to reflect on it….  After reflection, the learning of the past is known, and the solution of the experience — the course of action we must take as a result — becomes clear. ”

– Warren Bennis

 

 

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Warren Bennis was a pioneer in Leadership studies, writing numerous influential books on the subject, including Leaders and Leading For a Lifetime. He was raised in New Jersey and he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. During his time in the U.S. Army, he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After his time in the military, he went on to attend Antioch College, receiving his B.A. in 1951. He continued his education at the London School of Economics before receiving his PhD from MIT in 1955. His focus was in Economics. He was a business professor at the University of Southern California. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the top ten thought leaders in business.

 

 

 

The Classic Pamela Positive: How Close You Are To Success?

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

-Thomas A. Edison

 

That’s a shocking statement.  How close you are to success….

You can do it…

You could do it…

You are ascending the mountain…

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and you stop.

 

How close are you?  Connect with your true, heart-deep motivation.  Instead of focusing on blocks, frustration or being tired, you can focus on why you are doing what you do.

They Gave Up. They Didn’t Realize. They Were So Close!  Success was just there….. all what Edison tells us.

 

So what will you do today? Give up or cross over?  Give up or stand up? Give up or ascend? Continue on your pathway, and firmly but gently, success will lead you.

 

Thank you dear Thomas Edison, as we know you failed thousands of times. Yet your success still shines in our lives today.

 

 


 

 

Edison was born in 1847 in the canal town of Milan, Ohio. In 1859 Edison began working on a local branch of the Grand Trunk Railroad, selling newspapers, magazines, and candy. At one point he also conducted chemical experiments in a baggage-car laboratory.

 

 

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In 1868 Edison became an independent inventor in Boston. Edison soon acquired a reputation as a first-rank inventor. In 1871, Edison married 16-year-old Mary Stilwell, whom he had met two months earlier. She was an employee at one of his shops.  They had three children. Mary Edison died at age 29 in 1884, of unknown causes.

 

While working on the telephone in the summer of 1877, Edison discovered a method of recording sound, and in the late fall he unveiled the phonograph. Finally, beginning in the fall of 1878, Edison devoted thirty months to developing a complete system of incandescent electric lighting.

In 1886, at the age of thirty-nine, Edison married the 20-year-old Mina Miller. They also had three children together. Edison generally preferred spending time in the laboratory to being with his family. By the time of his death on October 18, 1931, Edison had received 1,093 U.S. patents, a total still untouched by any other inventor. Even more important, he created a model for modern industrial research.