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THE TWO MOST POWERFUL WORDS FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE – AND BUSINESS

I love words, learning them, experimenting with them, and listening to how other people use them. A few weeks ago I shared some words (Really? Wow! You’re kidding!) that have made my life more interesting because people have fantastic stories to tell, and these responses encourage them to keep telling them to me. You can win people every day if …

prejudice

“It’s Not Fair!” Children Learn About Prejudice The Hard Way

When I was in the first grade, I learned that I wasn’t as good as the other children. I learned it from my teacher.  The lessons children learn in school aren’t all from arithmetic or geography lessons, but a lot comes from the messages we get from teachers and other children. Some of those lessons hurt – and those often …

Compassionate

The Compassionate, Brave, And Defiant Southern Woman

I grew up in the deep south, and the things you hear about Southern women are true. They can be soft and sweet as pie, but they aren’t weak. They’re defiant. They will break rules to make a difference and take risks that many men would back away from. A Southern woman who believes in what she is doing has …

44 Sayings From Your Dad That Make Great New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, remember the advice, warnings, and reprimands, your dad said to you when you were a kid. Whatever Dad wanted you to do, chances are bosses want too. Whatever made your dad mad will likely make interviewers and bosses mad too. Remember when Dad asked: 1.  What do you think you’re doing!? That is, do think about …

Don’t Listen to Naysayers. Make Your Dreams Come True!

A few nights ago, I did something I was told I couldn’t, and shouldn’t even try to do. I stood on a stage and performed for an audience. The occasion was a launch party for my book, How To Build a Piano Bench; Lessons for Success From a Red Dirt Road in Alabama. I stood in front of the audience, …

A Day Filled with Old Southern Sayings Can Ruffle Some Feathers  

I was looking for a document in my computer when I ran across a list of old Southern sayings, aphorisms, and proverbs I heard my family say when I was a child. We don’t often hear them anymore, and that’s a shame. They paint people, situations, and sensations in graphic colors. When Daddy described a neighbor as, “crookeder than a …

The Best Way to Win Hearts in Life or Business is to Listen  

I grew up in Prichard, Alabama, listening to people tell stories. Daddy, Grandma, and the people in our neighborhood were great story tellers. Petain Street was a colorful place, paved with Alabama red clay that dried to a fine dust that colored the old mill houses and permeated my clothes.This street, that straddled the poverty belt, prepared me for the …

4 Magic Words That Will Make You Fascinating To People

If you want to attract and charm people, you have to be interesting. The secret to being interesting is not in what you say, but in how you respond to what they say. You can win people every day if you know the magic words. I learned the magic words and the rewards for using them on a sticky-hot Alabama …