This is my actual birthday issue.
I am taking the
time to send this issue along to all of our current and past
subscribers in both this Mid-month musings ezine and our Secret
Selling Tips series. I wanted to say thank you for the
richness you have invested in my life, my career and what
we do. I love what I do and I appreciate that you allow or
have allowed me in the past to come into your lives via your email
boxes. Thanks for being a part of my life. All the best for your
Point to Ponder
By Bob 'Idea
Remember growing up and being dared to do
something? Remember how often you actually accomplished it, in spite
of your own self doubts and fears? Well, I want to share a big DARE
with you. But first, let me tell you the quick story of a young man
named Bill, who responded to a personal DARE and changed his world
and perhaps ours as well.
Bill was not a healthy
boy; in fact you might even have called him 'sickly'. His
family moved from the country to the city where he encountered a
teacher who was serious about health. As he wrote later, 'It was
like he had singled me out." His teacher, George Krall challenged
him one day. He looked straight at Bill and said, "I dare
you to be the healthiest boy in class!"
Young Bill responded and soon built a body that equaled and
outlasted the strongest boys in his class. In fact, he never
lost a day at work because of illness and lived a healthy and
productive life. He served honorably during the 1st World War
and returned to lead his fledgling company to greater success
and profit during the great depression.
He passed away in 1955, at 85,
when the average life expectancy was a good 20 years lower, in part
because he responded to that dare.
Bill launched a company
which grew to be one of North America's largest corporations,
providing employment for thousands of people.
People were challenged or
dared by their president and later Chairman of the Board to push
themselves to be strong, to be creative, to take risks, to build
character, and to share with others. For nearly 40 years, Bill wrote
a weekly inspirational "Monday Morning Message" for
his employees, colleagues and associates.
In a 1955 Monday
Morning Message, when he was 84, he pointed out the personal
significance of some of these unchanging fundamentals. "Some folks
are continually making changes," he said. "I flatter myself that I
like new ventures and new experiences. But when it comes to
fundamentals, I believe in finding the right foundations and
building on them. I'm a poor changer. For instance, here are some of
the fundamentals I have never changed: I have been a church member
for over 60 years; married to one wife for over 60 years; a lodge
member for over 60 years; and a Purina man for over 60
Young Bill in this story is, of course,
William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston
Purina Company, founder of the American Youth Foundation
Camps, and author of 14 books including, "I Dare
The copy I bought in 1976 was in its 26th
printing. Bill Danforth's life and his writings have challenged
hundreds of thousands (including me) to live life as an adventure
and to stretch and grow in our careers and in our service to
I want to leave you with the following personal
challenge: I Dare You:
- To believe in
yourself, your experience, and your skills
- To push yourself
to learn and hone your skills for greater
- To take at least
one course every quarter to enhance your
- To take
increased responsibility and personal leadership in your
- To tap into your
creativity and allow innovation to flow
- To support and
encourage your fellow team members to grow
- To never allow
anyone or anything to stop you from succeeding in your role and in
And I dare you to be the example for others in living
life as an adventure and pushing past your comfort zone into the
© 2011 Bob 'Idea Man'
Hooey, www.ideaman.net All rights reserved. Used with
permission of the author. Visit: www.SecretSellingTips.com Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey is
a creative, productivity and leadership strategist who regularly
writes for North American Consumer and Trade Journals, on-line
magazines and company intranets. He works with Canada's 50 Best
Managed Companies. He is the author of 10 business and leadership
books and the 48th person in the history of Toastmasters
International to earn their coveted professional level Accredited
Archives of past issues
of Ideas @ Work! are available on our www.ideaman.net
website. We will be
adding archives of Bob's Mid-month Musings as well.
missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost more than 300
games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning
shot and missed. I've failed over and over again in my life. And
that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan
Life can be a challenge at
times. I have learned that people who respond positively
and confidently to the challenges they encounter tend to be more
successful in riding them out or in overcoming them. We don't always
hit the basket, sometimes we miss our shots. But we can refocus our
energies and shoot again.
Today (April 18th) is my 62nd
birthday (yes, I am really that old). I treat my birthday as my
'official' New Year and a time to both reflect on the lessons and
successes from the year gone bye and a chance to dream and refocus
my energies for the next. I challenge you to do the same. Principles made personal become
- Like you, I have made
some mistakes and faced some challenges and disappointments this
- Like you, I have even
wondered if I am still on the right track at times.
- Like you, I have
dreams and desires, still un-attained.
- Like you, I have some
amazing stories and experiences to share from the past year as
- Like you, I have the
love of people in my life who encourage me to continue pushing
past my comfort zone into the winners' zone. If you don't have
anyone else - you have me!
I have a wife who loves me. I have a
profession that allows me to tap into my passion. I have my health,
inspite of the recent scare. Everything else is a bonus.
How will you tackle the
challenges facing you this year?
Face them confidently and move
on to attain success you've never imagined.
Here's another dress for success tip for you.
Co-ordinate your wardrobe to add variety on the job or on the
platform, without breaking your budget. I travel quite a bit
in my speaking... So, that is what I have done to allow me to create
several outfits without having to carry too much.
Please notice what I am wearing today... your budget might not be
able to handle an Italian tailored worsted wool jacket and slacks
For our male professionals...you can easily go
to Men's Warehouse or Moore's and put together a similar look at a
fraction of the cost. Select a well made, basic black or navy
blazer or suit...and have it tailored to fit.
Add a co-ordinated pair of dress slacks, a couple of dress
shirts, and a few different colored ties and you have several
complimentary outfits for work. Invest in a good pair of shoes and
keep them well shined.
Helps keep you fresh and builds your credibility as a
professional at the same time. Then, from time to time, add another
jacket, a pair of slacks, shirts and ties...
For our female professionals... you can take a
similar approach in selecting a tailored wardrobe of co-ordinated
jackets, skirts, slacks, and blouses...
Our book re-works
are moving along. We are working diligently to convert many
of our maunals and workbooks to a new format suitable for people to
purchase and download into their Kindles, Kobo's etc. This is a new
adventure for us, but we feel we need to continue growing what we do
and changing to meet the needs and availability of our clients to
We are continuing to
market and to refocus what we are doing to give us a better shot at
landing new clients. The market is changing and so shall we to serve
Bob 'Idea Man'
Hooey would be pleased to be a part of your success team
and to work with you to help make your conference, meeting, or
training event a larger success. For more information about
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and coaching, or seminars/retreats, please visit http://www.ideaman.net or call our Creative Office
at: (780) 736-0009 for availability.
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another birthday - today!
We have added this new Mid-month
Musings for 2011. Often Bob has ideas or motivational thoughts
that just can't wait. So we decided to add a shorter message
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He is proud to
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and to better serving their clients and audiences.
Bob is the co-founder
and a past president of CAPS Vancouver, an honorary
founding member of CAPS Sask., an honorary member
of CAPS Halifax, as well as being an active member
of CAPS Edmonton. He served as CAPS National Director
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