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Monday Motivator: Actions and Words

By Scott Westerman
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“Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” – Baltasar Gracián

At an away game this several years back, a Spartan Freshman crossed paths with a young woman in home town regalia. She looked at his MSU Green and White and said, “Michigan State: The school you go to when you can’t get accepted here.”

The young man thought for a moment. His ACT was 34. He earned a 3.7 grade point average in high school. A half dozen top tier institutions, including hers had wooed him with scholarship offers. But he decided to attend MSU. He liked the campus atmosphere. He was instantly welcomed as a Spartan, even before he had committed. And the university happened to have the number one program in the nation in his area of interest.

He thought about a retort, but let it pass. His mother later told me, “I wish we could fast forward 20 years and compare accomplishments.” (more…)

Monday Motivator: Pay it Forward

By Scott Westerman
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“We’re all self made. But we all had help.

Whatever success, growth or enlightenment you may have experienced in this life happened because someone helped you. The school you attended was built by someone else who cared enough about future generations to want them to have the opportunity to learn. Whatever job you may currently have is yours because someone made the decision to give you a shot. The food you eat, the place you live, the car you drive, everything about your life happened because someone else cared enough to Pay it Forward. (more…)

Monday Motivator: Watch Your Language

By Scott Westerman
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“What happens in Vegas stays on YouTube. ~Erik Qualman

Here is a tweet that a young woman posted on Twitter this past weekend.

“Everyone booing Obama at spartan stadium was one of the best things that has ever happened.”

Her political point of view is her own and she has the right to express it.

Here’s the problem: The decision maker at a company where she had applied for an internship happened to see it. And that decision maker happened to believe that booing a sitting president during his two second appearance in a public service announcement about sexual violence awareness was inappropriate.

This “Interior Designer looking for new opportunities” just lost a gig because of something she said on social media. (more…)

To Battle Goes A Spartan

To Battle Goes A Spartan
Written and Narrated by Scott Westerman

To battle goes the Spartan
To fight and never yield.
The stoic gaze, with eyes ablaze,
Adorned with sword and shield

To win is our profession.
On to victory day and night,
Opponents writhe, their dreams alive,
In colors green and white.

We answer every challenge,
Achieving every goal.
Our path is clear, we know no fear,
A warrior’s heart and soul.

To battle goes the Spartan,
And history shall proclaim,
We go right through for MSU,
To everlasting fame.

Monday Motivator: The Power of One

By Scott Westerman
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This week I was honored to participate in MSURx, sponsored by the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Here’s the story I told about how the Power of One can become the Power of Many. Many of you may know this story. It happened almost exactly one year ago. But it’s worth retelling. (more…)

Monday Motivator: Earning the Shirt

By Scott Westerman
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Scott’s Maxim: “When you decide to connect your brand with a high performance organization, you had better act the part.”

One of the perks of my job is that I occasionally get to travel with Sparty. Only 42 individuals have ever looked at the world through Sparty’s eyes. And what they see is an advanced course in human nature. (more…)

Monday Motivator: On Work

By Scott Westerman
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“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

This is what we celebrate on Labor Day, that American Work Ethic that defined our finest hours and made us the envy of the world. Repressed peoples came here for the opportunity to work and work hard. Even those who ended up on our shores by circumstance could rise above travails, paradigms and prejudice with dedicated effort.

The prize is today as it was then, to discover a rewarding craft and turn it into high art. (more…)

Monday Motivator: Steve Schram’s 10 Keys to Success – Plus One

By Scott Westerman
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“You are here to make a difference, to either improve the world or worsen it. And whether or not you consciously choose to, you will accomplish one or the other.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

My fellow broadcasting enthusiast and MSU roommate, Steve Schram stood before a group of students in the auditorium at the Communication Arts & Sciences building. He was there to distill a lifetime of experience into ten keys to success. As we launch another freshman class into the Spartan experience, it’s appropriate to share his wisdom. It’s a cookbook for success, wherever you may be in your life’s journey. (more…)

Monday Motivator: What Robin Williams Taught Us

By Scott Westerman
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“Comedy is acting out optimism” ~ Robin Williams

All of us who were Robin Williams fans will remember our reaction when we first heard the news. Disbelief. Anger. Sadness. Confusion.

There were those who called the act, “selfish”. A Fox News commentator alluded to cowardice (he has since expressed regret for that remark). “How could he do that to his family,” was something else I heard. “He had everything.”

If you are saying those things, you don’t know depression. You have never been in the grip of a monster that turns your every rational thought into self loathing, painting an horrific picture of existence that screams for release. You don’t know the utter helplessness that comes from being unable to lift the veil of despondency from your being, to the point where ending it all feels like the only alternative.

Yes, it is possible to crawl out into the sunshine again. Many do. But all who are afflicted know that the darkness is always close by. (more…)

Monday Motivator: Intention

By Scott Westerman
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“Care about the outcome.” 

It had taken weeks to orchestrate the call. Five participants from various silos within the corporation were on the line to hear my pitch for a sponsorship opportunity with our alumni association. I asked the question I always ask at the start of these conversations.

“Tell me about your community relations philosophy.”

A voice on the other end of the line said the following. I remember it well because it seared in to my brain.

“We are only interested in doing things that will get us more customers.” (more…)

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