World Series Game 7: Astros vs. Dodgers

This video captures the feeling that athletes feel when going into a do or die situation just like Game 7 of the MLB World Series between the Houston Astros and LA Dodgers.

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Motivational Quote: Inspiring

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“A good teacher can teach you the subject, but a great teacher can inspire and teach you lessons and skills that can be carried through your life.” – Matt Ward, VP Ward Heating Products

Motivational Quote: Testing the Limits

Indy Car Driver James Hinchcliffe

“You don’t find the limit, unless you go over it once in a while.” – James Hinchcliffe, Indy Car Driver (after getting back in the car months after being involved in a horrific crash in a practice run for the Indy 500). See the crash below.

Motivational Quote: Boosting Confidence

Positive Impact of Boosting Confidence

Positive Impact of Boosting Confidence

“Never underestimate the positive impact you may have when you boost someone’s confidence, because praise is a powerful fuel for future success.” -Richard Elmes

Money well spent

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I was driving with my teenage son the other day, in very well used old car, and we saw this car parked in a neighbour’s driveway and he said, “Wow that guy must be doing well to have a cool car like that.”

I responded, “Yaa….. I could have had a car like that…. but then I wouldn’t be able to afford you. And I like my investment better.”

“In our quest for more, remember the best investments you can make is in the ones you love.” – Richard Elmes

#kidsareexpensive, #kidsareworthit, #moneywellspent #investinrelationships

How to ethically tip the scales in your favor: Science of Persuasion

Looking for ethical ways to tip the scales in your favor. Whether you are selling a product, presenting an idea, or asking for a date, these six principles can help. It is definitely worth watching.

This animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion that have been scientifically proven to make you most effective based on the research in Dr. Cialdini’s groundbreaking book, Influence. This video is narrated by Dr. Robert Cialdini and Steve Martin, CMCT.

Risk vs Reward

It felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest as I grasped the magnitude of what I was about to do.

My knees shook so bad that it was actually a relief when I went down on one knee.

And my voice trembled and I barely got out the words of the most important speech of my life.

Fear is a very powerful emotion that can sometimes prevent us from being harmed. But it can also prevent us from achieving great things.

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“There are those who SEE an opportunity. And then there are those who SEIZE an opportunity.” – Joanie Warren

Thankfully, that night 25 years ago,  I was able to recognize that the reward of enjoying my life with the woman of my dreams was worth the risk of possibly being rejected. That risk-reward analysis allowed me to seized the opportunity to ask her to marry me.

And what did she say?

After a huge hug and many tears (of joy) she was finally able to get out the word, “YES”.

And 25 years later, I can happily report that that decision was definitely worth it!

So next time you have to make a key decision, do a Risk-Reward analysis and if you decide that it is worth the risk, push through the fear, seize that opportunity and enjoy the reward.

*This post is dedicated to my beautiful wife April, and to Patricia and Dave Heather who have been two of the best role models we could have who are also celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary today.*