Point to Ponder
I had the privilege of attending the 4th Fabulous at 50 Experience on Sat. Nov. 3rd along with my wife and her friend Charlene. I have been going to these events in support of boomer women since Dianna Bowes launched the first one. Each one is better than the last.
This day is a day of inspiration and education for women (and the few men) who attend each year. It is focused on them and their needs and serves them well.
Dianna just released her first book and included Marianne Williamson's poem penned for Nelson Mandala. I have read it before and include it again for all of our illumination as we move towards the end of this year. Savor Marianne's words and take them to heart... better yet take them into action in your life and in the lives of those you love and engage with on a day to day basis.
Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine.
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
It is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.                  
These words were written to honor a man who lived through tremendous challenges and rose to be the President of his country and an example for us all.
Each of us, you especially, has this power within us... we need simply let it out and shine to dispel the darkness that at times surrounds us.
Until next month,
Shine on!
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey  

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Heart to Heart - How to lead and inspire!
"To be a leader means willingness to risk - and a willingness to love. Has the leader given you something from the heart?" Hubert H. Humphrey
My friends and readers I have yet to meet, it is my privilege to share with you some of what I am learning about leadership and to share what is on my heart. (As I edit this our American neighbors are doing their advanced voting. By this time Wed. our American neighbors will have selected their leaders for the next 4 years. I trust they will have chosen wisely with consideration of what is right.)
By this time tomorrow several thousand people, many of them young people, will attempt suicide. Too many by far will succeed. Too many will die of alcoholism or drug related causes, confront their first mental collapse, suffer a heart attack or stroke from excess stress, or be pried needlessly from their mangled vehicles.
This, too, is a part of our legacy.
Why? Many of them are already 'dead' and just looking for a way to make it permanent. They have lost hope and drift helplessly, leaderless through life.
Thousands of our fellow citizens are confined to self-constructed prisons of pity, despair, and defeat - dungeons of self-depreciation - not realizing that THEY alone hold the key to their own freedom.
In 1988, when my first marriage and then my business went south, I took up residence there myself, for a short while. But though I am occasionally temped to visit, like I was following the death of my parents in 1999, or following the aftermath of 9 -11, or the crash of 2008, I don't venture or live there anymore.
Somehow along the way, our friends and fellow citizens have lost their way, lost their desire for a better life, and saw their dreams destroyed as they watched helplessly. Maybe you are experiencing this challenge in your life?
Abused, they no longer laugh, play, or enjoy life.They've stopped fighting, surrendered their self-esteem, bankrupted their potential, and have given up. They've resigned themselves to a life of mediocrity and desperation. Does this sound familiar?
Many years ago, I grew to realize that any real inspiration, any real leadership, must come from the heart. It is only effective when it is received and embraced by another heart - that is heart to heart.
Like life, inspiration and leadership are precious! Like water on a burning desert, it is sprinkled on dry souls, to moisten parched lips unable to speak, to free a unique voice; to experience,first hand, the miracle of resurrecting oneself from a living death.
If we were sitting in Starbucks, Second Cup,Tim Horton's or some other coffee shop we could undoubtedly share for hours about the abuses, afflictions, hardships, or challenges we face. Perhaps we would share some of the successes as well. I would, however, like to draw your attention to a much more devastating abuse, a common denominator to our deadly despair - emotional abuse.
How many of us have encountered the 'Dream Killers'? Those sometimes well-meaning people, who judge us or try to kill our dreams; our futures by criticizing us - for our own good? Some of them are called relatives! Some are in positions of authority, who, as the experts, tell us why it won't work. They chip away at our self-esteem and would extinguish our pilot light of hope - to see us shackled into conforming, mediocre lives of defeat.
How, then, can we defend ourselves against this emotional abuse, especially from those we love and trust?
Let's explore how we can take a 'real leadership role' in this battle for the mind and soul of our country and to 'leading by example' to inspire those around us.
We live in one of the world's greatest places, (North America) and yet our 'ship of state' flounders in seas of red ink, tossed about, its citizens abused, abandoned, and driven slowly onto the rocks of depression and destruction. North Americans are losing hope. They are tired of uninspired officials, who do not lead, who have no vision and who tend to pander to us rather than telling us the truth.
REAL LEADERSHIP is about compassion, conviction, and courage...

...compassion drawn deep from a caring heart, fortified with conviction of purpose. It is established by the courage to lead, stand 'alone', if necessary, in the achievement of a worthy cause, or in battling an injustice. Isn't real leadership about finding the courage to follow your own dreams, often in spite of the challenges you face in seeking them?
Many of us suffer hurts, a psychic wound that saps our spirit and hinders our leadership potential so we are just living our day-to-day lives. That is a part of life. How well we live is related to how well we deal with these hurts. As individuals, these hurts, when unresolved, impact and impede our personal and positional leadership.
If I could, I would cup each face gently with my two hands, as my mom used to do, look deep into your eyes, your soul, and gently speak to that hurt.
  • You are a miracle of God's creation!
  • Your dreams have purpose and value!
  • Your dreams are still within your grasp!
  • It is never too late to start or start again!
  • God loves you and believes in you! I believe in you!
  • God has given you all the talent and desire you need to succeed!
  • There are people waiting to help you succeed - you need only ask!
  • You can still do it! I DARE YOU!
Physically, I am not able to do that. Some of you reading this will be across the country or on a different continent.
I ask myself, "Can I 'learn' to control, to continue taking responsibility and leadership in my own personal battles?" Perhaps, in that, to give some inspiration to those I encounter along the way. (That was my personal challenge, as shared in this speech, in 1992.) That is still a worthy challenge for me this year and the next too!
What I am attempting to say, what I am attempting to learn is, "We don't have to have it all together to lead or to inspire." Leaders do not have to be perfect to be productive or effective.
We begin to do so when we begin to care! Inspirational leadership can be as simple as a word of encouragement shared in passing, in openly sharing one's struggles and lessons, or in being honest enough to admit our personal neediness and in being willing to ask for help.
I have been repeatedly inspired by my fellow professional speakers, my amazing wife Irene, and fellow Toastmasters to place my hurts aside, to give each audience my best, my all, each time I speak. There were times I arrived at the place I was to speak, figuratively dragging my butt. I remembered and acted on their advice!
Together we can take personal leadership in this crusade to end and abolish this emotional abuse, banish forever the dark tyranny of our soul. Let's begin today! Leadership begins with you! It begins with me!
Never again will we allow the needless sacrifice of our individual dreams for the 'common good.' Never again see our potential bowing, prostrate before a monument to mediocrity. My friends, the prison doors are open, they were never locked. I challenge you to alter your attitudes, to purge the poisons of pessimism from your minds, and to dare to dream again.
Capture for the moment, if you will, your permanent dream. Hold it clearly in your mind's eye, burn it again deeply into the fabric of your soul. Can you see it? Can you see yourself achieving it? I can!
Are you willing to share it, to live it, to champion its cause? I dare you to lead, to dream, and to inspire those who watch you hoping for a glimpse that they, too, can follow your lead.
To sum up my thoughts:
When we realize the truth about ourselves and our dreams, then, we begin to see the truth around us. When we speak in defense of the truth, then, we begin to really lead in this fight for human dignity.
When we open our hearts, then, we begin to truly inspire and lead those around us. Canada needs your leadership! North America needs your leadership. I need you!
I challenge you to join me in leading this leadership crusade. I invite you to make this personal leadership commitment, right where you are sitting now. Let us serve notice that we are willing to dream, to lead, and to forge our lives into real 'heart to heart' inspiration.
I dare you!
This article is part of 'A Legacy of Leadership' and was adapted from a speech originally given by Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey on Jan.14th,1992. I have just started editing it enroute to converting it from an e-book to a print version by the end of this year.

Last Minute News
Had a great time sharing some ideas with the first timers at the recent D42 Toastmasters conference in Edmonton. It was my privilege to give back and to encourage them as they launched their Toastmasters journey. Wow, hard to believe it has been over 21 years since I began mine.
I was able to get down to CAPS Calgary last month. Again, a great time re-connecting with friends and colleagues. 
Nov. 10th: I am looking forward to my friends Charmaine Hammond and Debra Kasowski as our guest speakers. This will be my last CAPS Edmonton meeting as Chapter president. Looking forward to helping Lorn Stanners as he takes on the role for 2013. Also looking forward to more time to invest in working on my own business and in finishing some overdue writing projects.
Nov. 14th: My NSA friend Randy Gage is flying to Calgary in support of our mutual friend Shawne Duperon and her Project Forgive
Dec. 1-6th: I will be in Winnipeg for our annual CAPS National convention. Haven't missed one yet. Trust this one will be a bit less stressful. As you may remember I was honored as the 2011 Spirit of CAPS recipient last year. That was quite the surprise - never saw that coming. 
I am looking forward to meeting some of our new members and to reconnecting with speaker friends and colleagues from across Canada and the globe.
With my duties winding down on both the CAPS Edmonton and CAPS Foundation, I am looking forward to catching up on some overdo writing. I am committed to revamping my 'A Legacy of Leadership' enroute to converting it from an ebook to a print edition. In addition, I intend to have the 6th in our Pocket Wisdom series done before Christmas.

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 November 2012

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Working on revamping my 'A Legacy of Leadership' enroute to converting it from and e-book to a print version. 
Nov. 14th: Calgary to support my friend Shawne Duperon with her Project Forgive.
Dec. 1-6th will see me in WPG for our annual CAPS convention.

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