"Whatever you can do, or
dream you can... begin it. Boldness has genius, power and
magic in it." Goethe
Point to Ponder
When things are a bit rough or the
going gets tough, it can difficult to believe in your dreams, to
resist the urge to pull back and not pull your head down. I
understand that from first hand experience.
However, when things are going
tough, it may just be a blessing in disguise. Now, some of you
may think I'm loosing it when I say that, but I do believe we get
gifts given to us in disguise. Often they come in work clothes and
the gift is only discovered after they have been put to
When things are tough we get
challenged to re-evaluate our lives, our careers, and our
involvements. We get to choose what is really really important
to us and where we will invest our limited time and resources. This
can help us clear out less important or distracting activities or
commitments that hold us back from our long term passion and
We get the chance to re-evaluate our
business and career choices and perhaps make changes that we would
not make if still in our comfort zones.
We get the opportunity to discover
the true friends and supporters in our lives and to be there for
those we care about. The greatest gifts or assets in our lives are
the people with whom we connect and build relationships. It is our
connection with people that helps to open doors, sharpen our skills,
and lead us to greater accomplishments. I am truly blessed with the
amazing people I have in my life and my various roles. I am
especially blessed with my wife Irene who walks beside me and is a
source of encouragement.
Each month I have the privilege of
sharing a few thoughts and ideas with you. That too is a blessing in
"Don't put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized. Decisions are too
important to leave to chance. Reach for your peak, your goal,
Realize that it is never
too late. Do ordinary things in an extra-ordinary way.
Have health and hope and happiness. Take time to wish upon
Remember growing up and being dared to do something? Remember how
often you actually accomplished it, in spite of your own self doubts
and fears? Well, I want to share a big DARE with you. But first, let
me tell you the quick story of a young man named Bill, who responded
to a personal DARE and changed his world and perhaps ours as
Bill was not a healthy boy; in fact you might
even have called him 'sickly'. His family moved from the country to
the city where he encountered a teacher who was serious about
health. As he wrote later, 'It was like he had singled me
out." His teacher, George Krall challenged him one day. He
looked straight at Bill and said, "I dare you to be the
healthiest boy in class!"
Young Bill responded and soon built a body that equaled and
outlasted the strongest boys in his class. In fact, he never lost a
day at work because of illness and lived a healthy and productive
life. He served honorably during the 1st World War and
returned to lead his fledgling company to greater success and profit
during the great depression. He passed away in 1955, at 85, when the
average life expectancy was a good 20 years lower, in part because
he responded to that dare.
Bill launched a company which grew to be one of North America's
largest corporations, providing employment for thousands of people.
People who were challenged or dared by their president and later
Chairman of the Board to push themselves to be strong, to be
creative, to take risks, to build character,and to share with
others. For nearly 40 years, Bill wrote a weekly inspirational
"Monday Morning Message" for his employees, colleagues, and
In a 1955 Monday Morning Message, when he was 84, he pointed
out the personal significance of some of these unchanging fundamentals.
"Some folks are continually making changes," he said.
"I flatter myself that I like new ventures and new experiences.
But when it comes to fundamentals, I believe in finding the
right foundations and building on them. I'm a poor changer.For instance, here are some of the fundamentals
I have never changed: I have been a church member for
over 60 years; married to one wife for over 60 years; a lodge
member for over 60 years; and a Purina man for over 60 years."
Young Bill in this story is, of course, William H.
Danforth, founder of the Ralston Purina Company, founder of
the American Youth Foundation Camps, and author of 14 books
including, "I Dare You!"
The copy I bought in 1976 was in its 26thprinting.
Bill Danforth's life and his writings have challenged hundreds of
thousands (including me) to live life as an adventure and
to stretch and grow in our careers and in our service to others.
I want to leave you with the
following personal challenge:
I Dare You:
To believe in yourself, your experience, and your
To push yourself to learn and hone your skills for
To take at least one course or field of study every
quarter to enhance your skills.
To take increased responsibility and personal leadership
in your role.
To tap into your creativity and allow innovation to
To support and encourage your fellow team members to
To never allow anyone or anything to stop you from
succeeding in your role and in life.
I dare you to be the example for others in living life
as an adventure and pushing past your comfort zone into the winner's
I can offer this guarantee... if you do these things you will
be ready, stronger and better positioned to succeed when 'this'
recession is over.You will emerge a leader who has proven their
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey is a frequent contributor
to North American consumer, corporate, association, on-line and
trade publications. He is in demand as a motivational speaker,
corporate trainer and business success coach.He shares his
innovative ideas with audiences around the globe.
September was a good start to
fall with our trip to the BC coast and interior. It was
great to visit with family, friends and colleagues along the
Sept. 8th: Shared some
ideas with the International Association of Administrative
Professionals. A delightful group.
Sept. 10th: Spent the
evening with my NSA friend Patricia Fripp while she challenged and
delighted our CAPS Edmonton Chapter and invited guests.
Sept.15th: Attended a
course in Calgary on doing business in the US and
Sept. 19th: What an
amazing morning. I keynoted the Zone 24 Rotary leadership Institute
with leaders in attendance from across North America and Russia. I
actually asked the Russian Rotarians to raise their hands. When they
did, I told them "We have to talk because I want to come speak in
your country." We talked.
Sept 28th: Held my
first Global TeleClass on selling in a tough economy. We had 400
plus who registered and the responses were favorable. We
created a special resource site for them with a limited one time
trial offer for our Secret Selling Tips subscriptions. Visit www.SecretSellingTips.com/GTC.htm and see for
Two CAPS Board calls this month: CAPS
Editiorial Board and our CAPS Foundation Board.
Had the chance to sit down with two of
my CAPS/TMs friends and catch up. Met with Michelle Devlin one
morning and later that day had lunch with Dave Rodwell. Two great
Bob pictured here speaking at
Met with Michael Drew and attended a
coaching circle with other writers and would be authors.
Michael has been instrumental in getting quite a few authors to the
top of the NY Times Best Sellers list. Very challenging and
provided a different view point on how to do it. Taking the
time to digest what he shared and to revisit what I have done in the
past with my writing and how I can refocus or revamp for greater
Agreed to conduct one of the Meet The
Experts sessions at our upcoming CAPS National convention in Calgary
Had another article published in the
Canadian Manager Magazine. Copies should be in the mail for my
October will be a
month of opportunities
1st: Started work with an executive client for a series of
coaching sessions. This will be an exciting adventure of exploring
possibilities and helping him to hone his leadership
October 4th: Our 1st wedding anniversary. How cool is that?
5th: Irene and I flew to Las Vegas for a 'second
honeymoon'. We got married there last year on October 4th
(2008) and had to fly home that night. So this time we will be able
to go see a couple of shows.
Fly back to Edmonton in time for Thanksgiving that weekend.
Host/MC for Growth Alberta's launch of the new BizPal service.
21st: Speaking to interior design students at Lakeland College. Lakeland is an official NKBA accredited institution. I am a former
teaching faculty for the NKBA and a Certified Kitchen Designer -
emeritus. Got my start speaking for NKBA chapters across North
They were kind enough to
offer to promote myself and some of the other visiting speakers to
their sponsors and the bureaus in their country.
Bob pictured here
with several of the Foundational Success Co-authors: Terry
Pithers, Joanne Blake and Kelley Robertson.
Hope to get back into the
film studio later this month. Also, lots of work on new
projects,updating websites, blogs and other
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