(c) 2008 Bob 'Idea Man'
Does one life make a difference?
This was the
'title' of my original Accredited Speaker audition presentation for
entry into the Toastmasters International professional level program
back in the mid 90's. It explored the concept that each of us
already makes a difference by our choices, our actions, and
our interactions with those around us - the choice was in what kind
of difference (Positive or Negative). The judges passed me and I was
accepted into the program. I went on to earn my Accredited Speaker
designation in August of 1998 in Palm Dessert. Does your
life make a positive difference? I trust it
August 15th of this year (2008), I had
the rare privilege of keynoting the Toastmasters
International annual leadership lunch at their Calgary convention.
My keynote laid out
the contention that Personal Leadership tapped into The Power of One
which leads to engaging the passion of many and allows us to walk
In the Company of Leaders. I further challenged
those in attendance to step up and claim their leadership - that the
world needed their willingness to lead and to make a positive
Last month (Sept. 8th, 2008) I joined 62 fellow
Edmontonians in support of Alberta Easter Seals and stepped off the
ledge of the 29 story Sutton Place Hotel as part of the 2008
Edmonton Drop Zone adventure.
Together, my fellow
Superheroes and those who supported us, raised $98,730 to help
adults and kids with disabilities here in Alberta. Across Canada
other superheroes stepped up to do the same thing in their cities.
As I mentioned at the celebration dinner honoring my
fellow Superheroes, "It takes personal leadership to do what we just
did, to confront our fears and step up and step out. When we do that
we become leaders, role models and we inspire others to follow in
our footsteps... although perhaps they don't realize how far they
will step." (Picture is me on the ledge 29 stories above 101st
I went on to mention, "When I travel the globe
talking about effective leadership, I remind audiences about the
ripple effect of their personal leadership. One great
example is my friend Catherine Vu. Catherine (pictured here) heard
about my Drop Zone adventure last year and told me she was going to
do it and recruit a team. Well, she did! She invited a few friends,
who invited a few friends, and they created the Drop Zone Daredevils
(9 people who raised in excess of $20,000). Each of us can inspire
others to individual and team greatness. Each of us can be a leader
and the world desperately needs more leaders and
ordinary people who step up when needed and sometimes step
out in support of their respective
back over the past 17 years, I have seen a thread woven in my
remarks that I trust has been worn in my actions and
intentions. My icebreaker speech for Toastmasters (1st one
back in 1991) was called 'One Small Candle' which contrasted the
funerals of a young person taken early and an older person who had
lived a rich life of service and significance. I shared with that
audience of very supportive Toastmasters that my intention
was to live my life in such a way that it would make a
One way to make a significant difference is to be
'actively' involved in our respective 2008 national
elections. Canada goes to the polls October 14th and the United
States on November 4th.
Our respective countries are crying out for
strong, effective, leadership and that starts with
us. You and I can make a difference in living our lives in such a
way that we inspire those around us to greater action and
And, of course get out to vote. My
neighbor Steve (he will be 96 next month) was one of those who went
to fight in WWII leaving behind a young son and wife. My dad and
uncle both served in the Royal Canadian Air force, in service to
this country and in support of democracy. Our vote is a remembrance
of their willingness to risk their lives and the sacrifice of
thousands who died to ensure our freedom of choice. We stop to
remember them on November 11th; but we can ensure their memory is
preserved each time we exercise what they fought to support
- freedom to choose, freedom to lead, freedom to live,
freedom to make a significant difference! And you
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I get notes from
subscribers and friends with all sorts of interesting leads and
ideas. Last month I got one with a link to my birth
data. Check it out and see what it tells you about
yourself based on when you were born. Here are a few
highlights from mine:
of 9/11/2008 8:42:56 AM EDT
You are 713 months
You are 3,099 weeks old.
You are 21,696 days old.
are 520,712 hours old.
You are 31,242,762 minutes old.
1,874,565,776 seconds old.
Your fortune cookie
reads: If you continually give, you will continually
Your birth tree is: Maple, Independence
Hmmm... Interesting facts
no doubt; but what it reminds me is that I have lived and that I
have invested that amount of time in creating my life and legacy.
And, it inspires me to work more diligently to ensure that
my legacy is a positive, lasting one. What does your
information say about you? What does it inspire you to
PS: Picture is me testing
my Swim Ways 'floaty' while feeding the fish while sailing in
Mexico. Watch for a new fun website: FloatyBob.com
coming soon to an internet near you...smile.
Choice: Privilege, Opportunity and Responsibility
One of my absolute favorite quotes is from former
President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower said that,"The
history of free men is never written by chance, but by choice -
What a powerful truth. We can, and do, write
our own history. That is, when our life is nearing the end, we can
look back and see that the history we leave behind, the legacy that
we leave for our children, is the accumulation of the choices we
made all along the way.
As I think about this, I realize that some
may view it from the back end and it may seem hopeless, but we can
be proactive about it and decide now that we will begin to make
choices that will bring us to our desired end.
Before I talk about privilege, opportunity,
and responsibility, I want to make something perfectly clear, and it
is something that you must embrace if you are going to see your life
continually improve and change for the better. I believe
- Anyone can have as much
money as they choose to.
- Anyone can weigh what they
- Anyone can have the job
they choose to have.
- Anyone can have the level
of peace that they choose to have.
Anyone can do anything they choose
The ability for us humans to choose is incredible, but it also
brings with it philosophical truths as well. Primarily the power to
choose brings with it privilege, opportunity, and responsibility.
When we see how all three of these play out in our lives, and when
we discipline ourselves to make the choices that will bring us to
our desired outcome - watch out - because you will be UNLEASHED!
The Ability to choose is a Privilege.
Dogs don't have it. Cows don't have it. Trees and flowers don't
have it. The only living creatures that have the ability to choose
are humans. All of the rest of living creatures live by instinct, or
in the case of trees, flowers etc, they live wherever they are
planted (I guess they must have to develop a great deal of
Have you ever viewed your ability to choose as a privilege that
you have been given? That is one of the more motivating factors in
my life for being disciplined and making choices. Exercise your
privilege today. Make choices today that will make you, your family
and your community better off!
The Ability to choose is an Opportunity.
Every one of us has the opportunity to improve ourselves. There
are too many stories of people who have lost 200 pounds, left behind
fortunes while only earning $20,000 a year and multitudes of other
success stories for me to believe otherwise. In fact, I myself have
seen it in my own life. What an opportunity! Yet many believe that
it is impossible - that they don't even have the opportunity. Not
true at all. Take advantage of the opportunity you have every single
day of your life to change - because you can!! Make choices today
that will make you, your family and your community better off!
The Ability to choose is a Responsibility.
We do not live our lives in a vacuum. We live them in the context
of our families, our communities, our businesses and the
organizations we belong to. We have a responsibility to make right
choices that will positively impact all of those around us!
I have four children. The choices I make each day, maybe even
every moment, will affect them for the rest of their lives. Do I
have a responsibility to them? You bet! I want to discipline my life
in such a way that they become all that they can be and that our
family and eventually the families that they will start, will become
When I think of choices that changed history, I think of Rosa
Parks who made a choice that would bring her into the forefront of
America's news of the day and eventually the history books. One day,
Parks, an African-American, decided that she would not give up her
seat on the bus to a white person. She made a
choice. It was undoubtedly one she had thought of for
sometime. It was her privilege as a human to make this
choice, regardless of what others thought and regardless of what the
outcome would be. It was an opportunity to make a statement
and to stand up for what was right. It was her
responsibility to generations of minorities who would come
after her to make this choice. She did, and America changed.
Like Rosa Parks, and countless others who daily make choices that
produce change, it is those who will dare to dream of a better life,
those who will risk failure, those who will make the right choices
who will change themselves, their families, their businesses and
organizations and yes, even their world! The ability to choose is an
incredible privilege, an outstanding opportunity, and an awesome
responsibility! Use it!Copyright 2008 Chris Widner, Made for Success. Used
with permission of the author.
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of war bonds by General Eisenhower from Algeria on October 23rd,
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Last Minute News
September was super! Starting with time well
spent in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico doing some sailing, filming a few
mini-movies, testing my floaty prior to taking it on the high seas
and to Iran and Rome, and generally relaxing and recharging my
down the outside of the Sutton Place Hotel. Catching up with writing projects finished out
the month and preparing for my Iran presentations.
will be a productive month as well. With a couple of presentations
planned, launching Secret
Leadership Tips, finishing up a couple of writing projects and
new websites, as well as tweaks on current ones. Also enjoying a
cruise (Sept 28-Oct 5th) from Vancouver to LA and a few days in Las
Vegas to launch the month. (This month's issue will go out as we are
docked in LA and enroute to the airport to fly to Las
PS: Bob pictured here at
the helm of the Elias Mann off the coast of Puerto
The Gypsy Spirit and her wonderful crew were
unavailable this year due to maintenance but we had a great time on
the Elias Mann. If you travel to Puerto Vallarta visit the
Gypsy Spirit team at: www.pacificdreamstours.com I met owners, Harold
and Sandi Forman from New Orleans while on the beach in Yelapa. They
wanted to meet me and came out by water taxi to say hi after hearing
I was in town and unable to go out on their boat. What a great
newsWe had a
glitch last month so I am extending my
personal, 'printable' copy of our new e-publication, In the
Company of Leaders - at a special subscribers price only
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Just got this
designer proof from the client in Iran for a billboard going up in
two downtown locations in Tehran, Iran from Oct. 10th to Nov.
I am excited
about this adventure and my first trip to the middle east. I am
speaking at a Strategic Management conference on the Monday prior to
speaking at this 2nd conference later in the week.
Feel like a pin
cushion after getting all my shots updated for my trips to Iran (Nov
2008) and India (Jan. 2009).
Powerpoint presentations for use in Iran. They will be included in
the DVD for purchase at each session. Irene did a great job of
adding music to them. Here is one that I might use for my intro as a
part of the keynote for the Strategic Management conference.
View my Against The Storm! pps here. Used the story of my
sail to Japan and Typhoon and Shackleton's adventures to share a few
leadership points. Perhaps someone knows how to send to Harper and
Thanks for reading
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
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