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BG’s Positively Speaking
To succeed in life, we must first be able to lead others. To bring people alongside us that can “buy into” our dream and are willing to help us attain it. No lasting success can be achieved without the assistance of other people. In other words, we have to change the “ME” (my dream, my goal) to “WE” (our dream, our goal). I have used this principle with The Perkolator.
Although I had the initial concept, I had no name for it. The name and the tagline “News To “Perk” You Up” resulted from a brainstorming session between myself and my then-business partner, Jerry. The next step was to find a design for the new Masthead and a layout for the publication, which led me to another “ME” to “WE” challenge. I approached the folks at KKP (then, more well known as ‘Kwik Kopy Printing, now morphed into Print Muskoka’). They quickly came up with a visual interpretation of my idea. That began a collaboration that has been ongoing for more than 28 years. Then I had to bring aboard the advertisers who would drive the publication’s distribution. As we grew, we needed to enlist distributors for other communities; they also had to buy into the dream. The latest expansion into an interactive website with digital editions and subscriptions brought Muskoka Graphics into the team. Again, these growth situations required a “ME” to “WE” approach. Everyone is now part of the ‘team’ that makes the ‘dream’ work.
Someone once said, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” If you have a good idea, you can make it great by learning how to .. ….
Go From “ME” to “WE”
“A picture can tell a thousand words,
but a few words can change it’s story.”
—Riina Rinkineva aka. Sebastyne Young
Two men peddling a tandem bicycle got to the top of a steep hill. Panting and perspiring, the first man said, “That was a stiff climb.” “It certainly was.” said the second man, “We would have slipped backwards if I had not kept the brakes on.”
Who Invented the word ‘Nerd.’
Dr. Seuss was the first to use the word ‘NERD’ (which he meant to be a ‘comically unpleasant creature’) in a book called If I Ran To The Zoo in 1950. Little kids reading Dr. Seuss loved the word and passed it on to their older siblings. After that, the word’s meaning began to change to mean someone who wasn’t very cool… then changed further to loosely describe someone with an obsessive interest in something – either way, who doesn’t love a nerd?
When Mr. Wilston, the wealthy merchant, died last week, his family discovered he wanted to be buried at sea. To date, three of his relatives have drowned digging his grave.
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: It’s time to develop a new and improved budget. Analyze your income and outgoings. Tighten your belt accordingly.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Someone new to care for will help heal some emotional wounds. Don’t be afraid to be open to new experiences.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Kick back and relax. Don’t be in too big a hurry to jump into new situations; take it easy for a while.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Don’t be disappointed if things go differently than planned. Be thankful for your blessings, and be patient.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Write down your goals for this year, and look at them daily to remind you. The best is yet to come.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your creative achievements become well known. There will be ongoing benefits as a result of your growing recognition.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Give in to the lesser demands of home. A pleasant surprise for you will lead to benefits for others.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: A new idea challenges you. Seek out the direction it will take you. Then go for it with enthusiasm.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Get ready to exercise more and eat healthier. You would benefit by getting your fitness back to peak condition.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: “New friends” help to make significant changes in your life. But don’t forget the old ones, they cannot be replaced.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Don’t rock the boat. The timing is wrong. Instead, stay at the helm and keep it “Steady as she goes.”
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Travel is not in the cards for you now. Find some fun things to do closer to home.
Why do you get hiccups?
Hiccups happen when the diaphragm, the muscle that controls our breathing, becomes irritated with spasms and contracts uncontrollably. With each contraction, the air is pulled into the lungs and passes through the voice box. Then the epiglottis closes behind the rush of air, shaking the vocal cords, causing the “hic” sound. The irritation can be caused by rapid eating, emotional stress and even some diseases. So what is the best cure? Breathing into a paper bag. This calms the diaphragm by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream. Hiccups can last a few minutes to hours, days, weeks and more. One man was reported to have suffered from persistent hiccups for sixty-eight years.
The Chicken Gun
Scientists at Rolls Royce built a gun to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners and military jets, all travelling at maximum velocity. The idea was to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.
American engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high-speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the American engineers.
When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer’s backrest in two and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin like an arrow shot from a bow.
The horrified engineers sent Rolls Royce the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the windshield designs, and begged the British scientists for suggestions.
Rolls Royce responded with a one-line memo: Defrost the chicken!
A New Home
When the Smith family moved into a new house, a visiting relative asked 6-year-old Alice how she liked her new home. “Great, “responded Alice. “I have my own room, Bobby has his own room, AND Jason has his own room, but I feel sorry for mom.” “Why is that?” asked the relative. “Well,” replied Alice, “she still has to share with dad.”
The doctor was speaking to the new assistant, explaining some information. “When a man comes in complaining of a nervous stomach, I ask him if he plays golf. If he says yes I tell him he needs to stop.” “What if he says no?” asked the assistant. “I tell him he needs to start.” Said the doctor.
The Last Word
You are on the road to success
once you realize that failure is just a detour