Point to Ponder
Welcome: This issue begins our 9th year of publication. Wow!
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again for your support over the years.
I am often asked how I
was able to create the amazing wins in my life. I simply state,
"If I can do it, so can you!" In truth, if you have
the dreams and the inner desire, and are willing to be disciplined
and focus your energies and mindset, you can easily surpass what I
have done, so far. Big dreams coupled with strategic steps
lead to significant
One such dream was becoming a professional speaker who traveled
the world offering help and hope to people who needed an
inspirational nudge. I originally joined Toastmasters in
1991 to begin equipping myself to walk this adventurous path. Along
the way I earned recognition for my leadership and speaking. I was
the 48th speaker world-wide to earn their professional level
Accredited Speaker designation and was inducted into their Hall of
Fame. Later, I began successfully sharing my ideas and speeches with
associations and companies. This was followed by publishing articles
and; later, books that have found eager readers and leaders around
Along the way, I discovered an
affinity for leaders. I've been privileged to offer them
encouragement and work with them to productively equip and motivate
their teams to profitably grow and win.
I'm also asked how I keep positive and
focused. On home days I am often awakened by our
furry kids. I get up, feed them, do a few stretches, read something
positive, and reflect on the game plan set the night before. I
choose to write prior to digging into other projects such as
presentation prep for a client or one of my charity events. My 30
plus books were an act of desire and discipline. On road
days my routine is similar without the furry alarm clocks. There are
also days where I need a nudge or boost. This is where I touch base
with a select group of friends like my cheerleader Kim Yost (who
continues to challenge me), some of my Toastmasters or CAPS/NSA
colleagues, or my wife Irene (who often quotes me to me) to be
encouraged. Then I dig back into my
My greatest joy is seeing my Ideas
At Work within an organization and seeing people take personal
leadership, play to their strengths and thrive. I work
diligently to create something significant to enhance my brand and
ability to help people grow and win. I love what I do and plan on
staying healthy to do it well into my 80's.Success is a
choice you make each day. Each day you can choose to create
BIG dreams and focus on the strategic steps that will make them a
vivid reality. Each decision acted upon helps to create a lifetime
of success and significance. Say YES, you can!
See you next month,
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
version of this point to ponder will be featured in my
friend Kim Yost's new book iPump being
released in June. It will start chapter two.
above: My pleasure to get a hug from D86 winner of the
international speech contest, Sheetal Pundir,
who will compete at the Toastmasters International convention
this summer. She was delightful and captivated the audience,
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1st and we still have snow. We were snow free until
last Monday. What a difference a day makes. (Left is Sunday
afternoon; right is Monday afternoon.)
- April was an interesting month with the successful publishing of Legacy of Leadership. We now have it up on Amazon in print
and Kindle versions.
- We also added Speaking for Success as a Kindle
version on Amazon.
- In addition to some client work,
I had the privilege of spending my birthday weekend with 350
plus dedicated Toastmasters from D86 when I spoke at their
convention in Burlington. They got 1st shot at purchasing
Legacy of Leadership and it was well received. What
a great group of people.They even sang happy birthday.
Irene and I are merging and purging
our two houses a year earlier than planned. We were going
to do this when she retired. Irene was told she would be
working from home indefinitely. The building was making
decided to get rid of the
place in Mundare. We had kept
it when she was still able to work in Vegreville, but see
no reason to keep it in light of this latest decision from
work. So, we have been sorting and packing, and sorting
and packing. Also taking many car loads to the recycle and
back over here. We are bringing only what
fits here in Egremont and the rest will be given away. Our
objective is to have this done by mid May so we can relax
when we fly east.
Irene will be
flying out to Nova Scotia with me later this month when
I speak for the CAPS Atlantic Chapter.
I will be the last speaker in their 1st Fast Track program
in the afternoon (May 23rd) and then speak at the chapter
later that evening. I will be doing my Now is the
Time! (the program on product development I did
at 4 chapters last year) for them on the 24th as a full
day workshop styled program.
On Saturday (25th) we will be doing
a Speaking for Success Boot Camp
to raise funds for an idea I have in support of our CAPS
I will speak at the Halifax version of MoMondays. Should
be fun. Did the one in Toronto last September.
I asked Irene
if she wanted to come along as a break. We'll play tourist
for a few days before flying home on Tuesday afternoon.
to do more of this mutual travel when she retires next
Bob pictured here during his Speaking
for Success workshop at D86.
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Bob is the co-founder
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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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