April 6, 2012 Issue - Like This Newsletter? Feel free to forward it to a friend.
A Note From Steve
Just a few tidbits first:
- Hope you had a great March and are looking forward to April. I also hope that you pulled some good April fools jokes on friends and family. Personally, my biggest problem with April is that it always involves paying taxes. When I look at how much tax I pay, I always wonder what George Washington and Tommy Jefferson would think if they knew what percentage of my income goes to taxes. I think they would throw-up!
- Congrats to Kentucky on winning the NCAA national basketball championship. There is no doubt they have the best team that money can buy. Look for probation sometime soon…John Calipari has put his school on probation everywhere he’s been and it’ll happen at Kentucky too, just like night follows day. Remember, you heard it here first.
- For all you allergy sufferers- this spring has been awful. We set a record recently for the highest pollen count ever recorded in Atlanta!
- And my senior ALTA team remains undefeated for the season.
- It seems like Mr. Romney has the republican nomination all but sewed-up. Once these candidates quit beating each other up they need to start focusing on November. We have the Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare coming up in a few months after all the testimony in March. I just don’t see the individual mandate as being constitutional. We’ll all know pretty soon…
- I’m starting a blog series on Thought Management with some videos so please check those out on the website @SteveWhiteToday.
This month I found a couple of stories with great lessons that I just had to share, this first one is about a cleaning lady.
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely." said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.
The second story is a true story.
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read:
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's' bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”
Mrs. Nat King Cole
The moral of these two stories is the same – every person we meet is important, so never pass up a chance to commit a random act of kindness.
We’re always assigning ourselves “things-to-do”, but when do we ever give ourselves “things-to- think about”? For the next 3 months I’m going to give you 15 things to think about each month.
Here we go.
- Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
- When in doubt, just take the next small step.
- Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
- Your job won’t take care of you when you’re sick. Your friends and family will. Stay in touch.
- Pay off your credit cards every month.
- You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
- Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
- It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
- Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
- When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
- Make peace with your past so it doesn’t screw up your present.
- It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
- Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
- If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
- Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
I entered my book Please Change Your Mind into the 2012 Indie Book Excellence Award contest. Results in May.
In the book there is a poem I wrote about a little league experience I had with my son when he was ten. Don Farmer wrote about it in his column and referred to it as a “Casey at the Bat” type of poem. The next day I got an email asking for a copy. The request was from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. They liked it and if they decide to use it in any way they will be in touch. Meanwhile, I’m telling everyone that I’m now in the Hall of Fame!
I had my first TV appearance last week in Connecticut just outside New York City. The show is called “12 on the Money”. It was only a 5 or 6 minute interview but it was cool. You can check it out on my YouTube channel at SteveWhiteToday.
My next book-signing is at Barnes & Noble at Cumberland Mall on Saturday April 28, 2012 from 1:00 until 4:00pm. Please stop by!
Steve's Favorite Resources
- Mark Zuckerberg recently took Facebook public. He had a very unique message to potential shareholders. He said Facebook’s primary goal is to do good for the world-bringing humans closer to each other and the businesses that affect their lives. He said that investors should believe in this mission if they want to own a piece of the company. He has a clear vision of the future he is trying to create.
I just finished reading Bobby Jindal’s book Leadership and Crises. He is the governor of Louisiana at only 40 years old. He has a very powerful message and workable solutions to many of our nation’s biggest problems. I am extremely impressed with this man. I hope he becomes president someday.
- John Locke (not the guy on Lost) is one of my favorite authors. He writes wonderful, mindless fiction novels about Donovan Creed, an international assassin. In addition to the plot, every book is filled with great humor. He sells a book on Kindle every 30-seconds and most are just 99 cents. The point is, I sent him an email after reading one of his books. AND HE RESPONDED. We traded a couple of emails and he told me he had purchased my book on Kindle and promised to read it. I’m honored and I hope to hear back from him when he’s finished.
- Some friends of mine just lost a long-time pet. And Dana Perino on Fox News just lost her dog too. Here is a little poem for you guys that I remembered from an old Ann Landers column:
I explained to St. Peter I’d rather stay here, outside the pearly gate,
I won’t be a nuisance, I won’t even bark, I’ll be very patient and wait.
I’ll be here chewing on a celestial bone, no matter how long you may be,
I’d miss you so much if I went in alone; it just wouldn’t be Heaven for me.
My cat Cashmere is 14. I’ll be facing this situation myself soon enough.
“When fear knocks, if faith answers – no one is ever there.” -- Author Unknown
“Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not to protect you.” -- NRA
“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.” -- Author Unknown
About Steve White
Steve White does for thoughts what Steven Covey does for habits. If you aren't getting the results you’re wanting Steve White shows you how to change that and create better results. His expertise on thought-change management drives peak performance for corporate leaders, managers, sales professionals, and business executives. In his programs, Steve White's lectures and workshops provide simple, yet powerful techniques to help anyone take control and create dramatic results in their life. His most recent book is entitled Please Change Your Mind, a self-help book about the power of examining your thoughts.
Steve White lives in Atlanta, GA, with his wife, Sherrie, and their cat, Cashmere. He has four children and eight grandchildren. When Steve is not speaking or consulting he enjoys tennis and writing.
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