CLOSED FOR WINTER

T.G.I.M.!

Below is the scene currently at the front entrance of our competition in Wrightstown.  You can call Miron for a delivery, just not this winter.

CLOSED FOR WINTER.

CLOSED FOR WINTER.

Miron, you see, goes south for the winter and is closing the place down.

At least he has the balls to actually close the place.

Much of our industry also closes for the winter.  They just don’t post it.

They cut back hours as far as possible.  Training is put on hold.  Growth is put on hold.  Costs are controlled tightly.  They crawl into a hole and try to ride out all winter has to offer.  Their “leaders” go to Cabo for a week, and then go to a “business trip” for another two.  And then back to Cabo for two weeks.  And in Spring they will come back with a fresh start.  So they tell themselves.  But they are even less prepared as they were to face the ever changing needs of their customers the season before.

Often all of us

CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.

Mentally and physically.

We say things like:

I will do it in Spring.

It’s too cold.

Not now.

Pretty slow today.

Not much happening right now.

Nobody is working.

Just not in the mood.

Bidding a lot.  Gonna be busy come Spring.

We count the days until Spring.

We watch the scoreboard of business and life… and the score is often bleak in Winter.  We should instead work on our blocking and tackling, knowing limiting mistakes will crush our competition and delight our clients.  We miss the opportunity to grow!

WE ARE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.  But…

Improvement shouldn’t take a day off.

 

Did you know most people die before they are 21?

When we were young, we had dreams.  We were going to do something fantastic.  The sky was the limit.  We knew we would be better, way better than anyone you knew.

Then something happens…

We “decide” to settle for life.  Actually we never really decide.  It just happens.

Our dreams to “be somebody” died at some point.  We weren’t going to be a professional athlete, a singer, or a race car driver.  We settle.  We die.

But why can’t we be realistic? What’s wrong with being great in any role you have?  What’s wrong with being awesome?  Why does your current life have to be consider settling?  Maybe you are doing exactly what you were meant to do?   Or maybe we crave to be more, what better way to start THEN RIGHT FRIGGIN’ NOW?  Maybe we should live for what God has given you.

Are you living your life to your potential?  Is life just something you are getting on with?

There is no rewind button.  No pause button in life.  You don’t get an eraser.

LIVE NOW.

Helen Keller was asked what would be worse than to be born without sight.  She replied, “To have no vision.”

You must have a vision and then execute the plan.

You get one life.  Spring isn’t promised to you.  What if you don’t make it until then?  What impact will you leave THIS WINTER?  And almost worse, what if you make it until Spring 2015 and YOU haven’t gotten yourself or those around you better? Is that almost worse, haven’t you already died?

Despite your current circumstances, challenge yourself to be phenomenal.

It’s our passion to be busier NOW then we will be this summer.  Maybe it’s because we enjoy golf.  But I don’t think so.  This is the time to get in the film room, learn how to block and tackle, and get better.

1% better each day.

Now is the time to grow and change.

As the competition hibernates:

we work on ways to drive them crazy in Spring.

Spring is coming, will you be better?

 

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.  He has provided solutions for builders and their clients since 1996 and a whole bunch of other stuff that you probably don’t care about.

 

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

TGIM!

The following has been forwarded around the world via e-mails since at least the year 2000…but still totally worth your time.

You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.

Just read the e-mail straight through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies..

Awards tarnish..

Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?

The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the
most credentials, the most money…or the most awards.

They simply are the ones who care the most.

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.  He has provided solutions for builders and their clients since 1996 and a whole bunch of other stuff that you probably don’t care about.

 

Hall of Fame- Integrity

Hall of Fame Integrity by: Jon Gordon

A few weeks ago I attended the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame dinner where 11 new people were being inducted and honored. For the record, I was not one of them. : )
As I sat in the audience and listened to the honorees give their speeches, the stories they told contained lessons that went far beyond sports and I knew I had to share a few of these gems with you.
Kate Varde, a record setting softball player who graduated in 2004 didn’t talk about herself. She talked about her teammate Joanne Keck instead. Kate said, “As I look out at a room full of accomplished athletes, I’m aware that we all understand the sacrifices we make in pursuit of a common goal, but when that sacrifice threatens our personal success it is often much harder to act with the dignity and poise expected of us. An example of this is when I came to Cornell as a freshman and was chosen to start over a three year starter, Joanne Keck. I earned this spot because of my success with a bat, not a glove. It would have been natural for Joanne to treat me with anger and resentment, but instead she was the first person on the field to celebrate with me when things went well and the first person to pick me up when I was down. She showed the strength, selflessness, and grit that exemplify what true class looks like. Even when it was clear that we were competing for the same playing time, Joanne was a mentor to me. She advised me about the intricacies of the position despite how it might impact her personally. If I hit an important home run, she would be the first person lined up to congratulate me and celebrate the victory. When I made an error, she would be there to pat me on the back and tell me to keep my head up. She was a true leader that put the team first and reveled in our team”s success.”
David Eckel, a cross country track and field champion, shared a story from the fall of 1955 that took place during the Heptagonal Championship in Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. David said he led most of the race with his Cornell teammate Michael Midler right behind him in second place and Doug Brew from Dartmouth about 60 yards behind them. With about a mile left in the race David and Michael took a wrong turn and headed on a path away from the finish line. Doug Brew saw them going the wrong way and shouted to them, “You are off course! You are off course! You are going the wrong way!” David and Michael quickly got back on the right path and finished in first and second place while Doug Brew finished third. That year Cornell won the individual and team championship and if it wasn’t for the integrity of Doug Brew it never would have happened. Years later David and Doug still keep in touch and Doug said he never regretted it. He felt it was the right thing to do and that the Cornell guys would have done the same thing for him.
When I asked Kate Varde why she talked about Joanne Keck she said, “I have always felt that the true team leaders are the people who exert the same effort without the glory; the players who are enthusiastic and engaged in the success of their team regardless of whether they set foot on the playing field. Teammates like Joanne are a big reason why I am here.”
David told me he spoke about Doug Brew because he knew his induction to the Hall of Fame might not have happened if it wasn’t for the integrity and help of his competitor. Doug Brew could have easily let his competition go the wrong way and become a champion. Instead he became a champion of integrity.
Ironically on a night that was all about honoring the achievement of the individual it was clear that making it into the Hall of Fame requires the Hall of Fame Integrity and selflessness of others. And while very few of us will get elected to a Hall of Fame, we can all choose to live with Hall of Fame Integrity and receive the greatest prize of all – the gift of knowing we did things the right way and made a positive difference.
-Jon

 

 

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

TGIM!  A message from a local Clergyman.

 

Love One Another
December 2, 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope that I don’t sound like an old curmudgeon, but it seems I went to school back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth! I know that some say that dinosaurs and human beings never coexisted, but it sounds good. Besides, what do you do with those old movies like “One Million B.C.”?

In my grammar school, the sisters prepared a well-defined curriculum. In seventh and eighth grade, we would have four days of religion, but on Fridays, we would have a class on Christian courtesy. As a young boy, I would think, “what a waste of time.” Everything in this class was just going to be a rehash of what our parents taught us at home. Of course, the sisters emphasized that courtesy was a sign of respect for God’s greatest creation – man and woman – and Jesus elevated that dignity by becoming one with us. Therefore, it was extremely important that we reflected this in our behavior toward others: respect for God and neighbor. Our actions said something about our appreciation for others and ourselves.

Today, I would like to propose that all schools reinstitute Christian courtesy or civic (civil) courtesy. It seems to me that simple manners have been lost. How many of us fail to hold a door open for someone struggling to enter a store or a restaurant? When was the last time you saw someone offer their seat on public transportation to an elderly person or a pregnant woman? I am sure that most of us have experienced people cutting in line or jumping to the front because they feel their time was more important than yours. Of course, the terms “sir” and “ma’am” have all but been lost to the common vocabulary for decades. They have disappeared along with words like “please,” “thank you” or “you’re welcome.” It is now almost a shock for someone to be polite.

We could blame this phenomenon on the loss of the sacred, the destruction of family life or even a lack of simple humanity. It is an obvious fact that if I don’t respect others, how can I expect others to respect me? With our increasing technological society, human contact may diminish. Maybe it’s time to teach how one expresses respect through actions. Therefore, it’s very important that we know how to act when we encounter someone in the flesh. We do know that Christ would want us to treat each other with respect as brothers and sisters and, PLEASE, LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Christ at the Core,

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee