Point to Ponder

"Sometimes it's not about winning - it's about helping other people win!" Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
The following is another item that Irene received from a friend and passed along to me. It made my eyes leak.  We have not been able to source it for attribution and found it had been included on numerous blogs and websites.  However its inspiring message is worth sharing and more importantly, living.

"At a fund raising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?"

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. "I believe that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child."

Then he told the following story:

Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?" Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning."

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a  team shirt. His Father watched with a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart. The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball ... the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home. All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay."

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third! Shay, run to third!"

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, "Shay, run home! Run home!" Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team.                        
"That day", said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world."

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making his father so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

To all those that make a bold statement, "That it is all about winning," you need to think that again! "That day everyone was a winner including Shay!

Author unknown... but we appreciate his capturing this father's remarks. I have no idea if this happened or not...but I have seen similar events where people put aside their competitive "win at all costs" attitudes to help someone win on a personal level and to grow in the process.

We grow by what we give, not what we get.  When we give love, laughter, and encouragement, we are made better by the process.  Guess that is why I often travel to great lengths to share an idea or encouragement and have grown more than I can tell here. I have been given some wisdom and have a responsibility to share it where I can.
Until next month.
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
Note: This is more relevant as Irene is an active volunteer official for track and field meets across Canada. Later this month she will be officiating a national meet in Toronto. At that meet she will be given her last evaluation enroute to being internationally certified. This would mean she would be eligable to officiate in Olympic and other international track and field competitions. I told her if she gets invited to officiate in London for 2012, I'm coming. 
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Pictures and comments from Seoul, Korea and Vladivostok, Russia
My trip to the far east and Eastern Russia was absolutely amazing. I met some wonderful people and the Russian hospitality was great. I had the chance to play tourist and see parts of Russia that, as recent as 1991, were closed to non-military personnel and especially non-Russians.
Here are a couple of pictures as well as links to those I put up on my Facebook page while traveling.
Follow the links to see the pictures.
Pictured above with my CAPS friend Doug and some of the Rotaract students. Pictured to the left with 3 Rotaract students and my brand new commemorative 150th Anniversary book for Vladivostok.

Moving Upward and Onward

By Brian Tracy
Don't Sell Yourself Short
It's not what you have but what you do with what you have that will determine your success or failure. Abraham Maslow, the great psychologist said that the story of the human race is the story of people selling themselves short. He said people have a tendency to settle for far less from life than they are truly capable of. Many people are spinning their wheels in careers where they should be moving rapidly onward and upward. Here's how you can put your career on the fast track.
Choose Your Parents Carefully
Someone once said that the key to success was to choose your parents carefully. That may be partially true but it is even more important to choose your job or career with great care. The choice of a job or occupation for which you are ideally suited comes before anything else. If you try to work at something you don't enjoy or don't believe in, you'll never be happy, and you'll never be successful.

Be the Best At What You Do
Which leads us to the next point. If you want to reach the stars in your career, you have to become excellent at what you do. You have to pay any price, go any distance, spend any amount of time necessary to "be the best." Extraordinary rewards only go for extraordinary performance; average rewards for average performance; below average rewards, insecurity and failure for below average performance. And here's a vital key, you are being paid today exactly what you're worth - no more, no less. If you want to earn more, you must increase your worth, your value to others.
The Key to Motivation
The reason why choosing the right career, why doing what you love to do is so important, is because unless you really care about your work, you will never be motivated to persist at it until you become excellent. And until you become excellent at what you're doing, you can't move ahead.

The Key to Peak Performance
The antidote to these fears is the development of courage, character and self-esteem. The opposite of fear is actually love, self-love and self-respect. Acting with courage in a fearful situation is simply a technique that boosts our regard for ourselves to such a degree that our fears subside and lose their ability to effect our behavior and our decisions.

Action Exercises
Here are two things you can do to be more successful in your career.

First, set high standards for yourself and recognize that anything that someone else has achieved, you can probably achieve as well. There are no limits.

Second, select one key skill area that is important in your job and resolve to become absolutely excellent in that area. Start today to get better and better.
Brian Tracy has been empowering business professionals by sharing his knowledge all over the world. His techniques will allow you to reach your goals and achieve the unthinkable. He has been tremendously generous with me when we have presented on the same stage and allowing me to draw from his wisdom for my various publishing activities.

2010, Brian Tracy International. All Rights Reserved. Included with the kind permission of the author.

Last Minute News
Amanda arrived on the 28th of June with Irene and I there to meet her when she got off the plane in Calgary. Tears and hugs all around.
Bob pictured here watering the Egremont garden in my authentic Russian Navy hat and tie from Russia.  Promised my hostess, Olga I would send her a picture of me with my hat. She said, do it in the winter. I told her it wouldn't be funny in the winter... but would be very functional when I am blowing snow.
July started off with us working on the deck at our place in the country. Amanda was coming up from Australia for a two week visit and we wanted to have a party for her and to christen the deck. Things are in place for us to have the party with a few tweaks on the deck for later.

The deck project has been a challenge, more so for me as a non-carpenter, but the results are worth it. Follow the links to the deck pictures on Facebook. Deck tales 1, 2
Party will be on the 10th as Amanda is flying home to Geralton on the 13th. Pictures to follow.
July 16-22: I will be in Orlando attending the NSA national convention. It will be a great time to reconnect with speaker friends and colleagues and to share ideas which will help us keep honing our skills and making our speaking businesses more productive.
I have some marketing to do, new articles to write, and lots of tweaks on the websites to work on.  Some of which I can now do on the new deck and when I need a drink the Margarita bar is well stocked with Pepsi too.
I need to expand our Secret Leadership Tips series and am working on a new concept around a mentoring success program for Sales, Leadership and Presentations. I already have the videos in place.

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July 2010

                 What's New!

Korea and Russia trip

I found my new Russian friends to be very much like my Canadian and American friends.  Each of us has dreams and desires, challenges and obstacles to overcome. Each of us has a hope of building a better life, being successful in our chosen career, and making our lives a service to others.

As I commented to the lady checking us in on my way home, "You have a wonderful country. And, I judge a country by its people."
So, I returned "from Russia, with love..." love of the talented, loving people who are once again rebuilding their land, who welcomed me into their lives and their homes, love of the country and its richness and potential, and with the hope that I will be invited back again.


About Bob

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