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Ideas@Work! - Strategies for Success

January 3, 2007

In this issue...
Point to Ponder
Success Library
Prepare Yourself to Win!
Last minute notes and thoughts
Thanks for reading this issue...

Point to Ponder

"When we build, let us think that we are building forever. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for. And let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be sacred because our hands have touched them." John Ruskin

Perhaps you have not previously considered your life and your career as a legacy - something you choose to leave behind. The legacy we build, stone-by-stone, act-by-act, word-by-word, friendship-by-friendship, or client-by-client is our gift to the world and to those who would follow us. That deliberate legacy is our gift to generations yet unborn, who will wonder who we were and how we boldly did such great things... or not?

What legacy, what gift, do you choose to leave to those you love, to those you lead, to those you serve, or to those who share your passions and activities? Choose to build a positive, productive and passionate legacy. As you begin your journey into 2007 keep these thoughts in mind.

Why not think of that gift (legacy) as something of lasting value? Why not think of it as something that will be an inspiration to others who will encounter failures, challenges, or obstacles? People, like you and me, can dust ourselves off, refocus and redirect our energies to successfully move ahead. We can truly lead by example! 

  • Is it ego to think that we can live our lives as an inspiration to others?
  • Is it ego to think that our lives can have an impact that far survives us?
  • Or, is this choice something that is worthy of our lives?
  • Can we expend and invest our energies making sure we leverage our personal leadership, talents, and skills for maximum impact and effectiveness?
  • Can we do this for the benefit of thousands who will hear of us from those who actually knew us?
  • Can we do this as an example they can emulate for their own success?

I have chosen to follow the path of living a legacy and actively encourage others to do the same. Part of this is a challenge to pass it forward.

People frequently ask me how I find the inspiration to write articles, points to ponder, and so many books.  The simple answer is being aware of what happens around me. I look for ideas and concepts that will help me share a message of hope, inspiration, and perhaps a few ideas that my readers and audiences can use to build better careers, relationships, businesses, and effective leadership roles. That is my on-going gift to them and to myself.

For example, the quote used above came from a little plaque discovered in a second hand shop in Red Deer, AB. Finding items like this is a gift... one I am quick to pass along to you, my friends and fellow adventurers.

I wish for each of you an amazing and productive 2007. A year full of satisfaction, stretching, and service for your clients, colleagues, families, and community. A year of shared laughter and love with those closest to you. Let me share a secret with you... this year can be the most amazing year when you see it as such and build solid foundations beneath that visualization. Build wisely and build to last.


A friend sent this note along yesterday. I include it, in closing, as my wish for you.

"May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires.

May happiness slap you across the face.

May your tears be that of joy.

and... May the problems you had, forget your home address!

In simple words ... May 2007 be the best year of your life!"

PS: This picture was taken last summer in the house my grandfather built. It is where my mom grew up in Olds, Alberta. He built it with pride and love and nearly 100 years later it still stands and now houses a thriving legal firm. My grandfather, a leading businessman of his day, would be pleased to see it full of people engaged in the process of helping others.


Success Library

Each month I recommend selections for your success library. This month I am recommending two small books from friends who have proven their ability to share wisdom we can grow on.

  • The Seven Rules of Success by Wayne Cordeiro is the latest from a very successful musician, pastor, church planter, and writer. I just visited his church in Honolulu where, each weekend, he has 5 services and satellite download to 12 smaller locations to inspire and service his 12,000 strong congregation. He has learned to apply the secrets of success in his passion to share the gospel.
  • You Don't Need A TITLE to Be A Leader by my friend and encourager Mark Sanborn, author of the national bestseller The Fred Factor should be on your desk and that of every person you would see move into leadership. I saw this new one from Mark in Hawaii, read it; and immediately picked up additional copies for some of my executive clients.


Prepare Yourself to Win!

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" Muhammad Ali

Building a successful leadership, career, or business takes hard work and applied energy. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Sometimes you will reach the end of your strength or run head-on into a roadblock or wall - stay the course and continue. You can live the rest of your life as a champion.

  • A champion of your creativity.
  • A champion of your courage.
  • A champion of your causes and concerns.
  • A champion of your team and your clients.
  • A champion of your successful career path.
  • A champion of your dreams (turning them into reality).

This is something experienced first hand. I remember overcoming serious challenges and difficulties to prepare for the audition while working towards the  Accredited Speaker designation. There were times I thought about throwing in the towel. When I spoke in San Diego (95) and was not successful, I pulled myself up and worked harder for my opportunity to speak the following year in Saint Louis (96). When I again fell short, I was tempted to quit; frustrated, disappointed in my performance, and inclined to move on; to forget my dream of becoming a professional speaker. But, something would not let me quit! My success team would not let me quit either. They believed even when my belief wavered.

In 1998, when I walked across a Palm Desert, California stage to become the 48th person in the world to earn this coveted professional level Toastmasters Award, I felt like a champion who had gone 10 rounds and emerged bloodied, but unbeaten. The applause and cheers of 2000 plus fellow Toastmasters still echo in my ears. It was a pinnacle point in my life as a speaker.

Was it the three speeches I prepared and presented on the world stage that earned this award? Partially... Looking back, I believe it was the hundreds of prepared presentations given in various Toastmaster clubs and in community events across the country, as well as for paying clients that built the foundations for this eventual success on the world stage.

You can succeed in whatever field you enter if you are willing to prepare... to be the champion you were meant to be. If I can do it, so can you!

The Indiana University Hoosiers basketball team were winners. They remained undefeated throughout their 1976 season and captured the NCAA National Championship under coach Bobby Knight. The '60 Minutes' commentator asked him about this amazing feat and why they were so successful. He asked, "Was it their will to succeed?"

"The will to succeed is important," replied Knight, "but I'll tell you what is more important - it's the will to prepare. It's the will to go out there every day, training and building those muscles and sharpening those skills."

  • Want to be a champion sales person? - Prepare
  • Want to be an effective leader? - Prepare
  • Want to create a profitable and winning business? - Prepare
  • Want to be a powerful presenter or speaker? - Prepare
  • Want to live an effective and meaningful life? - Prepare

Bill Bradley (Scholar, basketball star, and former US Senator) reminds us, "When you are not practicing, remember someone somewhere is practicing; and when you meet him or her, they will win."

Prepare, practice, and act decisively when the time is right! Make 2007 your year to win!

2007 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, All rights reserved.


Last minute notes and thoughts

December was really delightful

Our CAPS National Conference was so well done (great work team!)and lots of fun... they even liked my pj's and bathrobe on Friday morning. (Another story). Reconnected with so many speaker friends. Several amazing ladies from Halifax added to my exercise routine by keeping me dancing on Sat night. Whew! Nice to meet some great new people as well. Had the pleasure of introducing and showcasing the Quantum Success 3 volume series (print copy) so my fellow speakers could see what we've created and start giving the gift of Quantum Success. Hope you've got your copy.

The 9 Canadian Chapter Showcase speakers I had the privilege to introduce on the national stage were amazing... simply amazing. I have no doubt we will see some of them on stage again.

Had the chance to visit two former BC Toastmasters Clubs for their annual Christmas gathering. So great to see people who have played such important roles in my life.

Did get some time in the sun. Took a left turn at the Vancouver airport (smile) and ended up in Honolulu for 10 days of relaxation, reflection, and recreation. Got out sailing a couple of days and played tourist a bit. Even went to an Elvis show... Picture above is Jon (Elvis), my friends Rauna and Bob and myself. Jon was amazing!  Even visited a Toastmasters Club along the way. Then back to Alberta just in time for Christmas with close friends.

January is jumping.

Looks like it will be a very productive January... with an interesting focus on Teamwork or Team effectiveness (for each client).

Jan 3rd: Minor surgery on my shoulder/back scheduled for this morning. Hopefully it will turn out to be nothing of major concern. Feeling positive about it.

Jan 6th: Have been invited to enjoy a traditional or orthodox Ukrainian Christmas meal.  (I guess the diet starts next week... smile.)

Jan 9th: Presenting for the Safety Leaders session with CN Management and H&S co-chairs from the Western Region

Jan 12-13th: Leadership/Teambuilding retreat with a Community Futures team of directors and staff at a near-by Northern Alberta resort.

Jan 19th: Canmore, AB with the sales team from Avenue Commercial from Calgary.

Jan 20th: CAPS Calgary

Jan 25: Canadian Blood Services (pm) with a follow up on Jan 27th

Jan 27th: Canadian Blood Services (afternoon) as well as a breakout spot at a Toastmasters Leadership Institute (morning). 

This in addition to work on new websites, tweaking and improving existing ones, creating and loading some video clips, moving ahead on plans to start pod casting and some ongoing writing projects. Also follow up contacts about potential writing projects with leaders a client and friend kindly introduced me to in December. Should keep me relatively busy... smile. I love being productively and creatively busy. I simply love what I do... what a privilege.

See you next month.


Thanks for reading this issue...

"Unless a person has trained themselves for their chance, the chance will only make them ridiculous. A great occassion is worth to a man or woman only what their preparation enables them to make of it." J.B. Matthews


PS: Picture was taken off Waikiki beach on Dec 21st, 2006... a great day to be on the ocean. Any day on the ocean is a great day (unless in a typhoon... smile).

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey would be pleased to be a part of your success team and to work with you for your conference, meeting or training event. For more information about customized keynotes, professional/personal leadership training and coaching, seminars/retreats, please or call our Creative Office at: (780) 736-0009

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