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Guest Blogger: Lisa Hammond

by Matt on July 27, 2011

Here’s a post from Lisa Hammond, author of Oh Thank Goodness, It’s Not Just Me!

I have a quote hanging up that says, “At worst a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.” Rose Macaulay already had that figured out back in 1881.  She was way ahead of her time!

Summer seems like the perfect time to follow Rose’s lead and really start living your life.  When was the last time you went off to play hooky?  If you can’t remember, I suggest you carve out some playtime for yourself immediately. The work can wait, skip the meeting, let the laundry pile up, and take a break.

I have a friend who used to say he wouldn’t take a day off because he was sure the company couldn’t function without him.  He told everyone he was the guy holding up the sun.  Well, it turns out, after he retired the sun still managed to come up every single day without him.

I think a lot of us are convinced we are the ones “holding up the sun.”  News flash, we aren’t.  The sun is okay without our help.

The world—yes even your own company—will get along just fine without you for a few days, even weeks.  In fact, I truly believe it will even benefit from your absence if you take some time off to recharge your batteries.  As Larry Eisenberg said, “For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.”

Women especially seem to have forgotten the being part of human being. We somehow bought into the human doing theory.  It is easy to forget that we are multidimensional women, and we need to nurture all aspects of our lives. And that includes pleasure.

You are the only one who can schedule down time for yourself.  Make it a priority and enjoy the blissful summer sunshine—because it turns out you aren’t the one holding it up!

Lisa Hammond

The Barefoot CEO ®

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New Release: Leadership Quotes

by Mac on July 12, 2011

New Release: Leadership Quotes

New Release: Leadership Quotes

I love quotes! Always have…always will.

In fact, my love of quotes inspired me to publish my very first book, a small, 80-page quotation book that I called Motivational Quotes. I’m pleased to say it sold 800,000 copies.

That book covers quotations on a wide variety of topics, but as a lifetime entrepreneur, I’ve always been fascinated by the topic of leadership. What traits, or qualities, do most great leaders possess?

Thus, the inspiration for our new book, Leadership Quotes. My goal was to find the very best quotes on the most important traits of leadership…like vision, passion, serving, integrity and commitment to excellence…to name a few.

Therefore, if you’re a leader, or aspire to be a leader, it is my hope that Leadership Quotes will inspire you….to inspire others.

Here’s a little sampling to get you started:

“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.”
-Peter Drucker

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”
-Ken Blanchard

“The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity.”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Good leaders must become what they want their followers to become.”
-Nido R. Qubein

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
-John Quincy Adams

“A gifted leader is one who is capable of touching your heart.”
-Jacob Samuel Potofsky

“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.”
-Ray Kroc

“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.”
-Ralph Nader

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”
-John C. Maxwell

“You will never become a fine leader until you become a fine servant.”
-Ellie Lofaro

Check out Leadership Quotes for more motivation! What quotes about leadership have inspired you?

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We all have a little voice inside us…

July 5, 2011

“I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us…if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do.” Christopher Reeve said these words, and his quote captures the essence of what our motivational book [...]

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Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2011

If you celebrate the 4th of July as Independence Day, then please share this flag and quote with your loved ones! From your friends at Simple Truths, Happy Independence Day.

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Inspiring change using the 100/0 Principle

June 22, 2011

Brian Tracy said…”Eighty percent of life’s satisfaction comes from meaningful relationships.” Think about it…when you look back at the end of your life what will really matter? Five words…the quality of your relationships. So here’s the question: If your relationships are the most important part of your life, what are you doing to make them [...]

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Guest Post: An Old Role Model

June 21, 2011

Today, I’d like to share a submission from one of our readers, Terry Crenshaw! Please enjoy her motivating blog post: As far as the economy goes, we’re going through some rough times; that’s not a big secret, and while it’s not particularly pleasant to think about, there’s hardly any sense in denying it – especially [...]

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