Thursday, January 20, 2010 — — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Winter Edition #152

Russell R. Shippee
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This Captain is back. Many thanks to my partner, Cameron, for covering for me while away. We all need partners. We all need people willing to cover for us.

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While on vacation, we had a lively conversation about unsung heroes. They are all around us. We see them; and we marvel at what they do. We can all be unsung heroes. To do so is to make life more worthwhile and more fulfilling. I'll bet you are an unsung hero, but are not aware of it. Read the article below.

I saw a great T shirt while away. It said, "You don't stop playing when you get old, you get old when you stop playing." The vacation was perfect. Some of you have written that you are or were jealous. I say, if I can do it, you can, too. Plan it, set it as a goal, and do it. St. John has a campground as well as top end expensive resorts. It's a function of goals and choices.

Play more, learn more, and do more.

There are three additional items that may well be of interest to you:

First, if you live in the RI area Katharine White of Lighthouse Performance Strategies and I are doing a joint Master Mind Program to add value to your business. We all need this. Try it, you'll be surprised, and pleased. You can down the flier and contact information by clicking HERE.

Second, Cameron mentioned last week we have a friend who is a writing coach. Some of you thought about it and were hesitant to make the call. Well, email me with you phone number, I will call you to discuss it and I will send you along, if it's right for you. She's good. So, do it. Do it NOW. Hint, she's on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and she has a special "Birth Your Book" program starting.

Third, I read As A Man Thinketh again. Actually, several times. The book is timeless and priceless. It's life in the short and easy read form; but, it takes a lifetime to learn and apply the lessons. Do get it HERE at the Shipp's Locker Bookstore, it's free if you download it.


PS: Remember, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."

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James Allen Quotes

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind."

"They themselves are makers of themselves."

"As a man thinketh in his heart so is he."

"All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts."

Pop's Back!

Now, he wants to be in charge, again.

He's right about As A Man Thinketh. He read it to me. It's more things kids know that adults seem to have forgotten.

So, if you want to enjoy life, love, laugh, have a lot of friends, and accomplish much get the book and read it. Read it many times. Buy copies as gifts.

Don't miss reading the quotes on the left from James Allen, author of As A Man Thinketh.

Me, I thinketh you should read the book.

We had a birthday party for Pop. I gave him a figurine of a man in a chair leaning over to talk with a kid. He understood, he told me a great quotation, "No man stands as tall as when he leans over to help a child."


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Spotlight Article

“To some you are one in the world, to others you are the world.” Unknown

You are a hero to someone.

Often, you are not aware of those to whom you are a hero. You are just helping and being there for them. To you, it’s natural.

Then we have the community heroes. They help everyone, family or not. Think of all the heroes:

Volunteers in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, clinics, libraries

Retired business people coaching young business people

People teaching others their skills


Someone who takes the time to talk and listen to others

The above is just a small indication of all the heroes. When people are bored, or just don’t know what to do with their time, they can volunteer. The satisfaction and the ‘pay’ are huge.

Giving back, helping, using your skills to teach another, and just giving a lending hand do so much for others that it also helps you. It’s a rule in life that you can’t help someone else without helping yourself.

Most people are unsung heroes. They toil for years and years without any recognition. Occasionally, there is a news piece or article highlighting an unsung hero. But, most toil away without recognition. Recognition is not needed when one gets the internal recognition knowing the good feeling of helping others.

When you volunteer and help others you also meet other like minded people and create lasting friendships. The new friendship in itself is reward enough.

Don’t help in order to be a hero, unsung or sung. Help out for yourself. Help out for your self worth. Help out to give more value and meaning to your life. In the helping is the getting and the getting is far more than the helping.

Most heroes do small things, things that are not noticed. But, to the one who receives the benefit, it is more than noticed. It is remembered long term.

Who had been a hero in your life? Perhaps a teacher from years ago? Why not acknowledge that hero? Why not tell them what they did that meant so much to you? It’ll make you feel good as well as the hero. Everyone wins.

Next time you are feeling bad, think about the heroes in your life that supported and helped you just because you are you. They knew you were special. You should also. The best way to feel good is to help someone else. You know someone that could use some help. Even a phone call can make a difference.

So, thank those who have been heroes to you and be a hero to someone else.

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