“Discoveries, Inventions, and Improvements” by Abraham Lincoln

I am reading through the complete works of Abraham Lincoln's writings, which include all his speeches and letters. It is a fascinating journey stepping into Lincoln's mind. I count it as a gift to receive this learning rich learning experience. Currently I'm on volume 5 of 12. I've been reading about 5-15 minutes a day in during my morning reading habits which I began on Jan 1, 2018. What follows below are 3 of my favorite passages from the lecture "Discoveries, Inventions, and Improvements" which Lincoln delivered in neighboring towns in 1859 and before the Springfield Library Association, on Feb 22, 1869. I've also scanned the text and made available here for anyone who wants [...]

By |2019-10-31T15:30:12-05:00September 30th, 2019|Productivity Hacks|0 Comments

Taking Strengths Finder 2.0 (One of the most valuable things I have done to grow personally and professionally)

I learned about the Strengths Finder 2.0 from Dave Stachowiak during his Coaching For Leaders podcast with Steve Dosier back in 2012. I remember being really intrigued about the Strengths Finder and how it could reveal your top strengths. But I waited another 5 years before I took it myself. What caused me to do it was that I had resigned from my corporate job and I was about to start my own business. I was coming off a 10 year trainer position (teaching Excel among other software apps like QuickBooks). So on my first official Monday on my own self-employed speaking I woke up before 5AM and took the Clifton Strengths Finder 2.0. I [...]

By |2019-08-20T09:05:31-05:00August 19th, 2019|Productivity Hacks|0 Comments

Food for thought Quotes

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Mark Twain Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. Dale Carnegie The critical question asked by a visionary company is not "How well are we doing?" or "How can we do well?" or "How well do we have to perform to meet the competition?" For these companies, the critical question is "How can we do better tomorrow than we did today?" Jim Collins The world changed. Hollywood changed. I think we've lost something, and we don't know how to get it back. Roy Rogers It is not the critic who counts; not the man who [...]

By |2018-06-07T23:43:51-05:00April 23rd, 2018|Productivity Hacks|0 Comments

A cheatsheet on how to create a vision statement, mission statement, and core values

A small business owner faces many daily tasks and long term goals. I believe a strong business is one that has a clearly defined vision, mission, and core values. They are also known not just by the business owner, but also its team members. VISION STATMENT I think of the vision statement to reflect where you are going. If it can be accomplished in your life time it might be too little. I think of a vision statement to symbolize a compass which points you towards your true north. Sequentia Solutions Vision statement is "Empower small business owners with effective and practical solutions." MISSION STATEMENT The mission statement is what you are about on the [...]

By |2018-06-07T23:44:48-05:00April 12th, 2018|Productivity Hacks|1 Comment
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