When Judith Kay Westerman was born, on March 24th, 1957, our family was complete. My mother and father were hoping for a girl. My older sister, Sandra, came into the world prematurely in 1952. In those days, there wasn’t the knowledge we have now about how to nurture those born too soon. Our folks never talked about Sandra much, but…
Change can happen in Just One Hour a Day. Envision where you want to go. Study multiple pathways to get there. Load your backpack with the tools and knowledge you need to create your game plan. Take the first step. And keep walking in the direction of your dreams.
A milestone like crossing age 65 naturally invites introspection. Here are a few of the many mistakes I’ve made and some of the things I got right, along with a list of the wisdom I hope I’ve gained during the ride.
Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Principles are common denominators that impact our ability to succeed. Our own “relentless pursuit of perfection” should bring us back to mindful study and honest self assessment of how closely our own beliefs, and actions, align.
In a world that seems to dump challenge after challenge on our shoulders, it’s important to understand the difference between Hope and Faith. Hope articulates the wish that things will get better. Faith is the belief that carefully considered action can lead to productive outcomes.
There are thousands of good ideas that emerge from creative minds every day. What makes them great is a combination of talent, timing, perseverance and luck. That last element may seem to be the toss of a coin, but as Louis Pasteur wrote, “Chance favors the prepared mind”. If you have the courage to believe, you may not achieve exactly what you first picture in your mind. But with persistence, you will find the right road and the right people to help you mold the initial hunk of clay into something valuable.
Sharing an orbit with a child with Down syndrome has more than its share of magic moments, those instances where the clouds part and what’s really important reveals itself. When they happen, you can’t help but stop and think about how lucky you are to have her in your life. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I take my granddaughter to therapy…
A clear definition of where you want to go, pursuit of the tools and education that can help you see the pathway, creating an environment without distractions, and a relentless determination to apply the habits of achievement will create an environment where just about any dream can come true.