Thursday, December 24, 2015

Give credit where credit is due.

We have great people working for us here at the firm.   I am excited about the possibilities for 2016.  I like this quote and hope I live up to it's meaning.

"There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there." — Indira Gandhi

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas with mom!

Yesterday morning I was sitting with my mom at her house while dad had gone to church. Mom fell Friday afternoon, banged her head and broke 3 fingers. She is making it pretty good considering.
Mom wanted to watch the church service from the Pulaski Heights Methodist Church in Little Rock. Of course the sermon was a Christmas sermon. The pastor had a very good message. Here is the Youtube video of the entire service. The sermon starts at about 22:00 and runs for about 15 minutes. It is worth 15 minutes of your time. I especially like what he has to say starting at 35:35
Check it out. You want be disappointed. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

St Louis Cardinals - October 2011

“In Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, the Rangers held a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the ninth. With two on, two out and down to his last strike, David Freese tripled to tie the game. Texas’ Josh Hamilton silenced the crowd in the 10th with a two-run homer, but the Cards answered in the bottom of the inning as Lance Berkman — also down to his final strike — singled in the tying run. An inning later, St. Louis-native Freese crushed a full-count pitch deep into the October night for a Cardinals win. At home plate, the hero’s jersey was ‘shredded’ in the chaos, a tradition started earlier in the year by utility infielder Nick Punto. Typically, jersey fronts would simply pop open. On this night, though, the wildly exuberant players tore Freese’s jersey in two.”
“That game had everything in it. People were crying, people were laughing, people were hugging and people were screaming. It had every emotion possible.” –David Freese, 2011 World Series MVP

Monday, November 23, 2015

Good is the enemy of Great

"You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage — pleasantly, smilingly, non—apologetically — to say 'no' to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside. The enemy of the 'best' is often the 'good.'" — Stephen Covey

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Blow up your TV

Spanish Pipedream  (AKA Blow Up Your TV)
© John Prine

She was a level-headed dancer on the road to alcohol
And I was just a soldier on my way to Montreal
Well she pressed her chest against me
About the time the juke box broke
Yeah, she gave me a peck on the back of the neck
And these are the words she spoke

Blow up your TV throw away your paper
Go to the country, build you a home
Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
Try an find Jesus on your own  

Well, I sat there at the table and I acted real naive
For I knew that topless lady had something up her sleeve
Well, she danced around the bar room and she did the hoochy-coo
Yeah she sang her song all night long, tellin' me what to do

Repeat chorus:

Well, I was young and hungry and about to leave that place
When just as I was leavin', well she looked me in the face
I said "You must know the answer."
"She said, "No but I'll give it a try."
And to this very day we've been livin' our way
And here is the reason why

We blew up our TV threw away our paper
Went to the country, built us a home
Had a lot of children, fed 'em on peaches
They all found Jesus on their own

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fear is a distraction

"This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
FDR’s First Inaugural Address - 1932

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Your diamond mine

Most people are sitting on their diamond mines.  The surest ways to lose your diamond mine are to get bored, become overambitious, or start thinking that the grass is greener on the other side.  Find your core focus, stick to it, and devote your time and resources to excelling at it.

from Traction: Get a Grip on your Business by Gino Wickman
Chapter 3 - The Vision Component

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Bad Strategy

This is the closing paragraph from an article in Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi on the subject of Hillary's testimony this week before congress. He fears that the process ended up making Hillary look "normal" which he obviously believes she is not.
"Having to face down that absurd accusation will humanize Hillary anew with a Democratic electorate that had begun to wonder what she really stood for. Now she's not an aristocrat who takes money from Goldman and Citi, she's a symbol of a majority demographic that is officially tired of being told it isn't American enough. You can't put a price on the ad the Republicans gave Hillary Thursday. I think they won her the White House."


One of the definitions of eclectic is deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. I have a very eclectic group of friends, including here on FB. I like that. I will not unfriend you just because you might not believe or think like I do. I will not think you are an idiot if you post that you are going to vote for this or that person. I like who I am and I like who you are. I do believe in the saving Grace of Jesus Christ but it is ok if you don't. I won't think any less of you. I will pray for you. I hope you are not offended about that but it is ok if you are offended. The only time I will consider us not friends is when you personally attack me or someone else in a public place, simply because of who they are or what they believe or who they are going to vote for.
Just a few rambling thoughts on a dreary Friday afternoon.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and I pray people will stop spending so much time hating and being pissed off.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

From FaceBook

I walk around like everything is fine, but deep down, inside my shoe, my sock is sliding off.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

End of day

Sometimes I am just tired.  Like now. #intentionalliving

Success - cont. (leadership is about teaching)

"There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can't move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.” ― Robert Frost

Success - cont (successful living)

You can retire from a job, but don't ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life. -Stephen Covey ‪#‎IntentionalLiving‬

Saturday, October 10, 2015

America - Not too bad

I keep hearing all these politicians talk about making America great again. My question is how do we measure greatness? I think it is a pretty great time to be an American. I definitely have it as good as my parents and better than either sets of grandparents. I dang sure would not want to have lived in the 19th century. Early 20th century would have been ok but then came the depression, dust and war. 60's nah, 70's definitely no. Since then, maybe. Now? Not bad at all. Could be better but not bad at all.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Success continued - Slow Down

"Sometimes the fastest way to the goal is to slow down."
From Leading at 90 Below Zero by Mike Pierce aka Antarctic Mike

Friday, March 13, 2015

Success - continued

Continuing my thoughts on Success from my post last month.

Success is about surrounding yourself with people with similar vision, goals and ambitions.   I came across the diagram below that defines for me the "people" I want to be successful with.   

Monday, February 16, 2015

Snow Day

Today is my 57th birthday.   In honor of my birthday the federal government has declared it a national holiday and shut down all post offices, banks, etc.   (Not really, its Presidents Day)

We have the first significant snow since we moved into our new house in Rogerville.

At about 7:15 out walked 3 of the community deer brood and for the first time, their boyfriend.  He is a nice young 6 point.  Pretty deer in the snow.

I am blessed and God is good.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Success - part 1

People, especially business people and entrepreneurs, love to talk about success.   That includes me.   I have decided to try and write down, codify if you will, my definition of success.   I want the definition to be broader than just success in business.  I want my definition to be one of  success as it applies to one’s life. 

Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach fame has begun a video series about the concept of Multipliers.  You can watch the first video in the series here.  I also just read a book on this subject but more about that in a future post.    From the first video on Dan’s series you begin to see his definition of a successful person.   Here are a few of the characterizes I listed after watching:

  • ·         Set’s goals and establishes strategy to achieve those goals
  • ·         Not a crazy risk taker but still a risk taker
  • ·         Has the concept of the future being bigger and better than the present
  • ·         Responsive and resourceful
  • ·         Organized and focused

My definition has always included things like:

  • ·         Finish the year better off (including financially) than I started the year.  (If not, I at least know why)
  • ·         Meeting or exceeding my goals

I am just getting started on this project and will be posting more in the future.   In the meantime, why don’t you share some of your thoughts on the subject?   Send me an email with your definition of success to

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sad day - January 28, 2015

Sad day. Time to think about my priorities.   Sandye just got home from Calico Rock where she had been today with her mom to attend the funeral of Mason Seay.   Mason is the young son of a very old friend of mine, Mike Seay.  Mike and I shared some good times back when we were young.  Many stories that are best left untold.  Our careers have taken us different directions and we really haven’t stayed in touch with each other like we should have over the last 25 years or so.  I had a very busy day planned today at work and it would have been very hard for me to rearrange things so I could go to the funeral.  Now the day is over.  Sandye is home.  I saw some pictures from the funeral on the Baxter Bulletins web site.  I need a do over on this one.  I should have been there with Sandye and I should have been there for my friend.   I am sorry Mike.   I am sorry for your loss.  I am sorry we have been too busy over the last few years.   I am sorry I was not there today.