In this issue...
• Point to
• Carpe Momento - Seize the moment!
• Last minute thoughts and ideas
• Mark Sanborn New Hope
• Thanks for
Point to Ponder
I've been asked on several occasions what motivates
me? Even us 'motivational' people need a
jumpstart once in a while.
One thing that inspires me to keep going, when I am
feeling less than motivated, are stories of people who
have overcome their own challenges and gone on to succeed.
One of them is the dramatic story of a young Oregon woman named
Rachael Scdoris. I read about her adventures
just prior to the 2005 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Rachael did not
finish that year, pulling out after passing the 700 mile mark
in consideration for her dogs' health. But that did not dampen her
enthusiasm to pursue her dream of completing this race that tests
both the will and the strength of its dog teams and their mushers.
(Oh, by the way... Rachael is legally blind.)
"On March 18th, 2006 at 1:42AM Alaska
Standard time, following 12 days, 10 hours and 42 minutes on
the trail, 21 year old, legally blind Rachael Scdoris and her visual
interpreter, Tim Osmar, passed beneath the wooden structure, known
as the Burled Arch, that marks the finish line for the grueling
Iditarod. They finished in 56th and 57th place."
Rachael endured the worst that 1,100 miles of the Alaskan
wilderness had to throw at her (temperatures as low as -52
degrees Fahrenheit and wind speeds in excess of 60 miles per
hour) and kept on mushing to place 7th out of the 20 rookies
who started the race. Rachael fought for two years to earn the right
to compete in the 2005 race and went on to successfully complete it
in 2006. Visit www.gorachaelgo.com to read more about this
amazing young woman.
Her dad, Jerry Scdoris and I have traded emails over the past
year or so. Jerry is, as one would imagine, very proud of his
daughter. As he told me, "For as long as I remember Rachael has
talked about running the Iditarod. I didn't take her seriously until
she was 15 and she finished a 500 mile race. Now I believe her when
she tells me her next goal is to WIN the Iditarod. So I need to keep
Rachael's determination caught the attention of people around the
world, including myself. In 2005, Nike honored her with the Casey
Martin award, established in 2001 to recognize the efforts of an
athlete who, like Martin, has overcome physical, mental, societal or
cultural challenges to excel in their sport, or who advocates for
other athletes who face similar challenges. The award includes a
$25,000 Nike grant to the beneficiary of the award recipient's
Last November in New York, Rachael was named one of
Glamour magazine’s 10 Women of the Year. Her fellow
winners included actress Sandra Bullock, singer Queen Latifah,
supermodel Iman, tennis legend Billie Jean King and American
So the next time you are having a bad day, your business has
a challenge, your sales are a tad slow, or you are just
feeling stressed about the challenges in your life, remember this
young champion. Dig in, geer up, and mush on. I do! Thanks
PS: Rachael is already setting a goal of being a top ten finisher
for the 2008 race and eventually wants to be the first to cross the
finish line. Go Rachael, go!
© Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, www.ideaman.net
Carpe Momento - Seize the moment!
by Bob ‘Idea Man’ Hooey
How many of us are so busy planning, dreaming about the
future, or rehashing the past that we still miss the
moment? If you are like me, you’ve probably been there. Did you
ever wake up one day and wonder what you actually did the day
before? You were busy, that you remember; but you can’t remember
what you were busy doing. Sound familiar?
Some have heard the phrase, ‘Carpe Diem’ – Seize the
Day! I would venture that we need to go even further than that
and Seize the Moment!– ‘Carpe
Momento.’ (Ok, I made that phrase up, but it makes
sense to me.) It is what we do during the moments of each day
that contribute to the end results of the day.
- Was it a good one?
- Was it one in which you made a leveraged
difference, left a positive legacy or impacted your world for the
- Was it one which left you unsettled, unsatisfied, and
The choice is yours, moment by
In 1913, Sir William Osler was asked to
address the students at Yale University. Sir William had earned
acclaim by organizing the John Hopkins School of Medicine and being
appointed Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford and being Knighted
by the King of England. It would appear he had earned the right to
share a few ideas with that student body.
He attributed his success to reading something from Thomas
Carlyle 40 some years earlier, which had helped him keep focused and
to live in ‘day-tight’ compartments.
"Our main business is not
to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at
He shared how he had crossed the Atlantic on an ocean liner and
had observed how it was compartmentalized in case of emergency.
How he noticed each compartment could be shut off quickly. He
challenged them to live their lives in what he called
‘day-tight’ compartments. He challenged them to
‘Shut off the past." And went on to say,
"Shut off the future as tightly as the past… the future
I learned first hand about the concept of ‘day-tight’
compartments in the 1980’s, when I went through a painful
divorce. I had married later in life, intending to make it a forever
commitment – unfortunately 'my' forever would last only 7
years. I found myself struggling to create a sense of
purpose, a sense of hope, and a sense of understanding. Each day was
a chore, a burden, and often a disappointment. A dark
period of reflection and later motivation for success, although I
did not realize it at the time.
I had left the family sales and distribution agency, as
well as our seminar and publishing businesses, when the
marriage ended. I was at a (temporary) loss for what
to do in my life. I saw an ad for a little run down coffeeshop in
New Westminster, BC. I drove over, took a peek and negotiated to
take possession. (In a previous life, I had been a restaurant
manager and owner and it seemed to be a safe place to lick my
wounds.) It had been closed for 6 months and needed
extensive work before I could reopen it. I spent 5
to 6 weeks working on cleaning it up, scraping, deep cleaning,
re-wiring, revamping, remodelling and making sure I had the tools
and the menu to reopen in the fall.
Each day was a struggle both in focus and finances. In
addition, I had to battle with my fluctuating sense of
self-worth and my idea to recreate something that would provide
value. It was heartbreaking work, back breaking too. When the
"Cubbyhole" Café opened that fall (1986),
it became a fun place where people who worked in the area
and tourists could stop in for a break, good food and good
conversation. Even a hug from the cook if you needed one.
I struggled to maintain a positive attitude, to be a
gracious host and to warmly welcome my guests each day. There were
days I was so tired, so down, that I would pray, "Lord, just
help me make it through to lunch", or "Lord, help me make
it to closing time." The days blended into each other. One day
I noticed that I had gotten through the day without crying out. I
was gaining confidence and clarity. I had found that each day was
taking care of itself, as I took care to be 'in-the-moment'
and live it fully.
I sold the ‘Cubbyhole’ a couple of years later (Jan. 1989) and
began a business consulting practice prior to resuming my design
career and eventually moving into speaking and training
which captivates and creates my passion for life on a daily
basis. The experiences and lessons I learned at the Cubbyhole,
including the "made for TV movie, 'After The
Promise' with Mark Harmon", will live
with me forever. When I focused on being in the moment, in seizing
each moment, and wringing out all the life it had, the days took
care of themselves.
I grew to further appreciate and understand this concept as life
unfolded... Here are two examples that stand out in my mind:
On Feb 11th, 1999 my Dad passed
away (at 82) peacefully in his sleep. One moment he was alive and
the next he was with the Lord. That moment impacted me even deeper
than the loss of my marriage. My Dad had been my anchor and my
cheerleader. I struggled to deal with his loss and, with my sister
Patti, to assist our Mom in re-organizing and continuing her
life. A bit over six months later, on August
20th, 1999 I held my Mom in my arms and watched
as she, too, slipped away. One moment alive and struggling to
breathe, and the next moment at peace and on her way to meet our
dad. I value each moment I spent with Mom and Dad, over the years. I
hold precious each minute Mom and I spent those last 6
months Patti and I took to care for her after Dad left us.
I would not trade 'any' of them for all the honors or
income in the world.
Another example: September 11th, our
world was changed in a moment when terrorists crashed two
large jets into the World Trade Center in New York. Our sense of
values was changed, our sense of safety was impacted, and the way we
do business was changed – in a moment! We were hard hit in the
speaking and training industry as 1000’s of meetings and conferences
were instantly cancelled. 8 years later, there is still a bit
of uncertainty for our industry. We (many of my fellow CAPS
and NSA members) are confident that our skills, our words
and our experience will still find value in the lives of our
potential clients, readers and audiences. Our voices are still
needed! Life needs to go on, business growth needs to continue,
and people’s needs can be cared for! And, we are just the
people to do so.
I spoke in New Jersey, across the river from NYC, that
following December (2001). I took a morning to travel over and walk
around ‘Ground Zero.’ It was a walk of quiet reflection, of being in
the moment, and fully allowing the sense of tragedy and loss to
impact me. To stop and read the cards, the "Have you seen this
man?" "Have you seen my daughter?" notes, look at the
pictures of people lost in a moment when the two jets impacted. A
chance to take a moment and read the patriotic notes, the
declarations of optimism and hope that people from around the world
had left on the walls, and fences surrounding the area. To take a
moment of reflection and leave my own thoughts on the wall, and a
personal, written, dedication that "I would continue to speak out, to encourage
people to fully live their lives, to give, and to gain the
riches each moment would bring."
These are simply two of the life events that
reinforce my intention to fully embrace and live my life and its
unique challenges and learning curve. Dante wrote,
"Think, this day will never dawn again."
Each moment, when passed is gone forever, lost in the sands of time.
Each moment is like a grain of sand which when it has passed through
the narrow neck of the hourglass of our life, cannot be returned or
reused. It is the decisions and the dedication in which we
‘invest’ our moments in time, that determine the richness of
Decide today to live in the moment, make each moment count
in your life, career, or business, and in the lives of those
you value. Decide today to let yesterday take care of itself and to
plan for the future. Be fully engaged and to live for today.
Decide to value yourself and your time highly, and to invest and
expend yourself in a worthy cause.
© 2007 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, www.ideaman.net
PS: Photo was taken with Ground Zero site in the
background... normally you would have seen the twin towers in this
Each month I have the privilege
to introduce suggestions for your success library. This
month I'm including a selection from fellow Quantum Success author Guy Kawasaki and fellow
speaker Jeffrey Gitomer for your enjoyment. I've also included
another one which supports those of us whose work areas are
not always well organized, more so when we are in the midst of
The Art of The Start by Guy Kawasaki
Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude by Jeffrey
A Perfect Mess by Eric Abrahamson and David
Last minute thoughts and ideas
April showers us with blessings...
April was an amazing month. In addition to having a wonderful,
reflective (in the breaks) personal new year. it was a month of productivity
in several areas of my life and career. My gratitude journal
grew... and so did I.
Spent two days, close to home, working on some visioning and goal
setting for our County leaders and their senior staff.
Had the unexpected pleasure of sharing a few ideas with my
friends in the CAPS Calgary Chapter when our feature speaker was not
able to attend due to a medical emergency. Had another interesting
thing happen. My friend Linda Maul came up to me and told me she
loved my article in Canadian Manager. It was in the Spring Issue and
as with the Winter one, members got it first... smile. I've included
a link in case you would like to read it.
Recorded a Secret Selling Tips segment for my friend
Bob Gloweski. Each month he shares sales ideas
and new product promotions with his Brick sales teams across Canada
and wanted to remind them of these simple, strategic and
strategic tips created and delivered every two weeks. I am
pleased to be a part of their growth and ongoing success in the
selling profession and in better serving their customers.
Speaking for Impact finally arrived with our
first Alberta Speakers advertisment. Nice to see
our leveraged promotional program in action. Have also
arranged for advertising in Canadian Manager starting in the summer
issue and investigating several other media. Interesting how other
speakers are working together to leverage their reach.
Had an amazing time in Saskatoon and Regina over the weekend...
was able to connect with several of my fellow members of CAPS Sask.,
as well as some amazing Toastmasters. Observed 8 speakers who spoke
their hearts out on Sat... wow.
May means business...
May 2nd: Grand & Toy in
store Small Business Success Seminar here in Edmonton
featuring 'Secret Selling Tips' (new
presentation gleaned from the Secret Selling Tips web-based
May 5th: Emcee for a special
'combination' Client Appreciation/fundrasier/personal new year event for ReMax Accord's
Michele Weselake. She is raising money for Habitat
for Humanity as a part of this special evening event. My friend and
fellow Alberta Speaker, Robert Manolson will be helping our guests play.
My fee is being donated to Laura's Hope.
May 7th & 8th: Attending a two
day planning for retirement workshop. I've been
semi-retired for a number of years now, but it never hurts to
re-think or visualize my future. After all, that is where I am going
to live, some day, when I get old... smile. (Although... my
hero, Norman Vincent Peale was still speaking at 88
and wrote his last best selling book at 92, so may have to adjust my
retirement dates... smile.)
May 11th: Maximum Impact Simulcast 2007 (Atlanta), with an
amazing array of top leadership speakers such as John
Maxwell and fellow Quantum Success author and internationally
acclaimed speaker Mark Sanborn. This is a don't
miss event. Visit their website to find out a location near you. I
can hardly wait. Most locations are being provided by churches so
there may very well be one in your neighborhood.
May 12th: Presenting at our CAPS Edmonton Chapter. I've been invited to
share a few ideas around the professional awareness
compentency. Guess they figure I've been around awhile and can
share from that journey. Objective will be to help both newer
speakers and more seasoned pro's tap into the amazing people,
systems, and products available to enhance their ability to better
present and serve their clients.
May 25-26th: Presenting a short Secret Selling Tips program as part of an
international 'best practices' meeting in Chicago to 13 top
North American furniture retailers at the request of a friend and
client. We will be working on the presentation as well as the
collateral marketing materials to help them see the value of signing
up all of their sales teams for this amazing, yet cost
effective program. We will be team presenting... which is great, as
he is an amazingly enthusiastic and persuasive speaker and
one of the best salesman I've encountered.
May 30th: Second Small Business Success Seminar event for
Grand & Toy in Calgary, Alberta. This one is on
Creating Time to Sell, Lead or Manage.
...and of course continued work on launching Secret
Leadership Tips and Million Dollar Selling Tips
web-sites, designing and launching a merchant site, as well
as ongoing writing, marketing and promotional adventures.
Jump on June
June 2 & 3rd: Leadership training being held at Red
Deer College. Been invited for the 5th year to share a few
ideas on leadership and dealing with conflict.
Mark Sanborn New Hope Hawaii event
As some of you may remember, I had the fun privilege of taking a
side trip to Hawaii before Christmas on my way home from
Vancouver. I love what I do... I visited my friend
Rauna May who is a pastor at the New Hope
Christian Fellowship with Wayne Cordeiro. She
happened to have Mark's new leadership book on her desk.
That sparked a conversation and my sending a quick note to Mark to
see if he might be willing to come to Hawaii this year. The two of
them connected (amen) and he is flying over for a special event on
I will be presenting in Chicago that day and unable to attend...
but perhaps you know someone who lives in or is visiting Hawaii that
might be interested. If so, download the pdf and send
it along to them today. It's a great speaker for a great
cause... in a beautiful place. Aloha.
Thanks for reading
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Remember to use the winds and opposition in your life to
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year number three
They say, "Time flies when you are having
When we launched our up-graded Ideas @
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people would respond to a few ideas and thoughts penned each month
or at how many would strike a responsive chord. I am humbled at your
acceptance of our work.
I have to say this past year has been exciting, fun,
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Speaker and Business Success Author
Bob is a long time (over a decade)
leader and professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers as
well as the International Federation for Professional Speakers.
He is proud to be an active professional member of
these amazing groups of people dedicated to polishing their craft
and to better serving their clients and audiences.
Bob is the co-founder and past president of CAPS
Vancouver, an honorary founding member of CAPS Sask., an honorary
member of CAPS Halifax and as well as being an active member of CAPS
Edmonton. He served as a CAPS National Director (2000-2002.)
He would be happy to discuss how he can work with you
to equip and motivate your leaders, their teams, sales teams or
volunteers to grow and to succeed.
Call him today at 1-780-736-0009 to
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