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How to Build Bridges in Business and in Life

My Grandpa was a cabbage and lettuce farmer and for many years as a young curious girl,  I watched  him work and helped him harvest the crops. There is nothing else he would have rather done. It was in his bones.  I asked him one day if  I could take a turn driving  ‘Ole Blue’ as he called his rusty and reliable tractor.   He responded, “Have you been paying attention?  Yes Sir.”IMG_0032

Pulling his hankerchief from his pocket, he wiped the sweat off his brow, stepped down and said,  “Well, get up there and give it a go.”

 Like my Grandpa, many of us  feel driven by a purpose or calling- to start our own business,  become a life coach, create a blog,  write a book,  or get healthy.  Or perhaps even wish to master the art of staying calm under pressure. Yep, a few of these are on my list too.  So, how do we do this and meet with success?  

There are four key factors in building  bridges and accomplishing our goals: 

1.  Know the leaders/competitors 

Seek out and study those in the industry  and in life who have thrown themselves In the Arena and become champions in their field. What skill sets, resources and connections do they possess?

2.  Be their customer/follower

Listen to their story. Pay attention to the characteristics and behaviors of those you wish to emulate. Demonstrate loyalty to their product and service and reciprocity is sure to follow.

3.  Be their partner

True leaders want to see and help others succeed. What will your contributions be in this relationship? How can you help build them up? 

4.  Create your own niche

Be authentically You.  Focus on your unique talents, skills, traits and passions . This is one of the most important tools needed in building bridges in both our professional and personal lives.

Here are a few of the leaders in their respective industries that I follow and partner with who encourage, motivate and greatly inspire me to  step  In the Arena  in accomplishing my goals and reaching my dreams.

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*Steven Pressfield author of The War of Art, Turning Pro and The Legend of Bagger Vance- made into a major motion film starring Will Smith and Matt Damon.  Pressfield   offers invaluable wisdom  and great insight on  beating Resistance often disguised as our Muse.

*David Scott Mann– 

Founder of Lead Strong  leadership coaching, author, real estate investor , mentor and veteran- Lt. Colonel(ret), Army Special Forces Green Beret.  Scott’s expertise and skills extend well beyond the battlefield; training others to connect, succeed  and leave deep tracks  in this world through the power of storytelling. An Elite Leader like no other.

*Danny Ray Jr.–  Contributing writer- Life Hack,  and creator of  Dream Big, Dream Often .   Danny is a visionary  and community leader both on and offline with a seemingly inexhaustible reserve for helping others recognize and reach their dreams. A dedicated servant and advocate for those whose lives have been impacted by Multiple Scerlosis. The world could use a few more Danny’s.

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“Pay attention and give it a go”  Grandpa 

 

 

For Love of the Game

Opening day for another great season of baseball.

As it does each year, it brings with it the reminders of why we love the game…
The National Anthem played while the boys stand there with their hats held across their hearts, the smell of burgers and popcorn fill the air, volunteers everywhere, little siblings running up and down the bleachers-laughing, screaming, crying because they just dropped their ice cream-parents cheering for each and every kid on the team as if they were their own.

Yes, a sense of family is born each season- and with that, means teaching the boys to be humble for days that end with a win and dust off the clay when losses come their way, learn from them and keep on, keeping on.  I venture to say this is true in most aspects of our lives.

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What made today really awesome not only for my son but for all the players and parents was the umpire.

Charles is unlike any other. We have had the pleasure of getting to know him for a few seasons now. An Army veteran and former player himself-once upon a time was recruited and played for a Minor league team with dreams of making it big before repeated injuries set him on a slightly different path. Charles has a true passion for the game, and brings with him a genuine care and concern for each and every player. Often taking time to offer words of encouragement, give specific pointers, strutting his goofy dance moves on the field, always calling a fair game and keeping the kids and parents laughing with his amazing sense of humor and love of life.

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He serves as a wonderful reminder that regardless of the obstacles we must overcome and where we work, we can do it with passion, to the best of our ability and  seize   every opportunity to make meaningful connections with others.

I thank him for his service to our country and to the kids in our community especially #42.

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Paying Tribute

Since the news and  social media have taken the time in honoring celebrities who’ve died this year, I think it certainly warrants paying tribute to those who leaned in, served our country honorably in the United States Armed Forces and also passed away in 2016. 

May God Bless them all. 
🇺🇸Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock

🇺🇸Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin

🇺🇸Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper

🇺🇸Staff Sgt. Matthew Lewellen

🇺🇸Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe

🇺🇸Staff Sgt. James Moriarty

🇺🇸Capt. Andrew Byers

🇺🇸Sgt. 1st. Class Ryan Gloyer

🇺🇸Staff Sgt. Adam Thomas

🇺🇸1st Lt. Jeffrey Cooper

🇺🇸Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson

🇺🇸Staff Sgt. Christopher Wilbur

🇺🇸Lt. Col Flando Jackson

🇺🇸1st Lt. Anais Tobar

🇺🇸Gunneris Mate Seaman Connor McQuagge

🇺🇸1st Lt. David Bauders

🇺🇸1st Class Charles Keating

🇺🇸Lt. James Lions

*this is not a complete list


Molon Labe

  The young Spartan woman battled with disregard of cost
  She fought valiantly for love and suffered heavy loss
He was her King though she knew he could not stay
Leonidas  journeyed on to fight another day
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He fought for town and country and all that was right and just
Foregoing his own desires; his duty was a must.

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Nery a word was spoken as she greeted him at the door
The King’s heart and mind were heavy from the toils of the war
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Peace came unto him when he laid down in her arms
For he knew his Spartan Lady would never  do him  harm
His lady knew the sacrifice that she would have to make 
It bear a striking resemblance of the task he now faced
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She fought for town and country and all that was right and just
Foregoing her own desires; her duty was a must. 

 

 

In the Arena – Weekly Spotlight

Hope all of you had a wonderful week.  Mine was spent enjoying time with my kiddos and Momma in the Appalachian Mountains. It was nice and necessary to unplug from the world wide web and instead plug into breathing in nature’s beauty and precious moments with family.

Please take some time this weekend to click on these wonderful blogs featured in the Weekly Spotlight. 

 

 Behind the White Coat Coming from a family who mostly works in the medical field, I think it’s important to recognize  that doctors, nurses and others in this industry are more than a diagnosis or treatment they provide – they too are human who not only have their own stories but often times carry the  heavy stories of those they treat in their hearts and minds forever. 

Two are Better than One Michelle has a servants heart and demonstrates rooftop leadership in all that she does.

Kim Bailey Deal –  Kim is able to paint a raw yet beautiful image of the tremendous healing power of ‘breaking the silence.’

Dream Big, Dream Often – Danny can always be counted on  to deliver thought provoking  posts that are full of encouragement with the occasional polite ‘kick in the pants’ when needed.

TomSlatin –  Tom has a way of capturing seemingly simple photographs that compel the viewer to reach inside the image and give breath to its story. 

Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall-  Jim is keeping it real with his ‘small blog on WP.’ I can definitely relate. I may have written on a bathroom wall –  once. ; )

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Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

 

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