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Loans to repay…

Happy Memorial Day everyone! 

Today we celebrate America – our America – our nation of great opportunity and great diversity.  Even though our country and our cultures are engaged in challenging times, Memorial Day is a day to celebrate our blessings and our future possibilities, don’t you think? 

On any other day, it’s easy to get mired in everything that seems to be wrong with America.  What concerns you the most? Politics?  The economy?  Health care?  Taylor Swift’s views on Justin Bieber?   Lots of opportunities for worry, fear, frustration, and anger, I suppose.  But not today. 

Conservation of our Earth for future generations is another important concern – and a periodic hotbed of debate.  Nothing new however; this topic dates back to our original landlords: 

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors – we borrow it from our children. 

                                  Native American proverb 

Do you believe we’re experiencing (and contributing to) Global Warming?  If we are, what can each of us individually do about it?  Will our children feel the same way about lending us their Earth as we do about our Social Security trust fund?  (Not much “trust” in that trust fund today is there?) 

But Memorial Day is a holiday and a time for celebration not worries; for national pride not fear; for appreciation not anger.  Americans celebrate the interesting, diverse, and humorous lifestyle others have helped enrich. 

Our Unknown Sage offers these examples: 

Only in America…

can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance. 

Only in America…

are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.

Only in America…

do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. 

Only in America…

do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke. 

Only in America…

do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to  the counters. 

Only in America…

do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.                      

Only in America…

do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.  

Only in America…

do we use the word “politics” to describe the process so well: “Poli” in Latin meaning “many” and “tics” meaning  “bloodsucking creatures.” 

Only in America…

do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.                            

Yes, only in America.  And in America, Memorial Day is a day to celebrate our country and the men and women of our armed forces who have preserved a country where cultures of diversity come together unlike any other place on Earth.  It’s a time to salute our service men and women; present and past; too many to count who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life. 

It’s true that we all benefit today from those who came before us.  But what are we making of the opportunities they provided us?  And what will we leave for our future generations? 

In America today, you can be anything you want to be; and most people are.

Gary A. Pokorn                                 

Today, let’s kick back, relax and enjoy the holiday.  Then, let’s go back to work – working to be anything we want to be; working to preserve our way of life for future generations; working to pay back the loan on planet Earth (and Social Security).  Deal? 


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Hard worker?

I love my job; how about you?  I admit – it took me 30 years to find a job that is a perfect fit for my talents and my needs.  In case you’re wondering – I found this job accidentally; but: 

            Luck favors the persistent.

James C. Collins 

Permit me to share with you a bit about the background behind the persistency that accounts for my luck, with the hope that some of this resonates with you.  I mean, if I could figure out how to make a living and along the way find the perfect job, there is hope for all!  A common theme throughout?  Hard work. 

Because I love my job, it’s easier to work hard.  It’s not always as easy for others.  For instance, my big brother recently retired from a job he held with a company in Chicago for over 30 years.  He was the only Corporate Executive of this family-owned company who was not a member of the family.  He hated his job.  But he is so competent and so competitive; he worked his heine dupa off to succeed.  (Heinie dupa – that’s a technical term for hard work.) 

You might have read my last little ditty in April before I took a vacation (see ).  There are all too many teenagers; twenty year olds; those with college degrees; even those my age that can’t find a good job.  This also serves as a constant reminder to me just how fortunate I am. 

A significant part of my personal achievement originates from the principle of hard work.  I guess I never mastered the “work smart; not hard” axiom.  I could tell you that I don’t begrudge those that have worked smart vs. hard and risen to heights of riches, power and influence – but if I did – I wouldn’t be telling you the truth. 

Growing up, I was the kid that was never picked first when team captains picked their players in neighborhood games.  I knew what it felt like to be the “player to be named later” in those formative years.  So naturally, when we played those pick-up games, it gave me great pleasure to go out and beat-the-snot out of that opposing team captain who didn’t pick me first.  (Beat-the-snot – that’s another technical term for hard work.) 

Although, (hopefully) I have re-packaged my façade in a more business-appropriate image today, I maintain the same competitive fire developed as a kid.  I can’t control my smarts; my looks; or my luck.  But I believe I can always out work my competition.  (Perhaps they didn’t study the arts of heinie dupa and beat-the-snot-out-of in their work smart, not hard upbringing?) 

Don’t get me wrong – I try to develop my knowledge, skills, and expertise (aka working smart).  I consider myself a good listener with a long memory and very coachable.  And I absolutely believe in the principle of continuous improvement.  Working smart and hard working are not mutually exclusive: 

            Work smarter, and as hard as you can. 

                             Tom Hopkins 

Recently, one of my colleagues offered me another example of how working hard can be easy: 

Gary, when you have 5 kids and you don’t drink; accepting a 6 am meeting request is no problem. 

                             Chris Miller 

There are many ways to find the motivation for maximizing our opportunities, true?  But when in doubt, working one’s heinie dupa off is always a smart option. 


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