Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I'm so old...

I'm only 27 but things have changed in my lifetime.  Let me know if you can relate...

I'm so old that...

1...I learned to type on a typewriter.
2...my first gallon of gas cost 88 cents.
3...I switched from cassette tapes to CDs to mp3s.
4...I switched from VHS tapes to DVDs (not yet to Blu Ray).
5...the sound of dial up internet made my day.
6...MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, and NKOTB were the hottest musicians until Nirvana, Tupac, & Biggie.
7...it was cool to french roll my jeans.
8...Facebook was only available to select college students.
9...I wore Reebok pumps.
10...both Ken Griffey Sr and Ken Griffey Jr played in the majors at the same time.
11...Michael Jordan retired from basketball, baseball, and basketball 2 more times.
12...I watched the game that Christian Laettner made the half court buzzer beater.
13...The Spice Girls, N*Sync, and Backstreet were as big as Justin Beiber.
14...The Simpsons, Fresh Prince, Full House, Family Matters, Beavis & Butthead all started.
15...I recorded my favorite songs from the radio to a Cassette.
16...my friends had JNCO Jeans with leg openings bigger than your whole shoe.
17...I had a No Fear t-shirt for every sport.
18...I collected Beanie Babies, baseball cards,
19...I didn't have a cell phone until college!
20...I had a Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega, and Gameboy until I moved up to a Playstation 1.
21...I will never forget up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, select, start!

What are the things you remember?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Quit or Get Better

I have to confess something.  I'm not very good at basketball.  I would like to be because it is good exercise with good friends but unfortunately I used all my athletic ability on baseball. 

This leaves me with 2 options.

1.  Quit.
2.  Get Better.

Quitters never win and Winners never quit.

I guess I'll have to get better.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Emotional Bank Account

Everyone has an emotional bank account. 

Every time you say or do something positive for someone you make a deposit.  A compliment, words of encouragement, thank you card, act of service, and the like are all examples of making a deposit into someones emotional bank account.

However, when you say or do something negative you make a withdraw from their emotional bank account.  When you speak harshly, use sarcasm, make rude comments, gossip, lie, or hurt someone in any way that would be a withdraw. 

In life, withdraws will happen.  You are going to have to speak the truth in love or make a tough decision that may hurt someone's feelings.  The important thing is that you have made enough deposits that the inevitable withdraws don't cause emotional bankruptcy for someone.

In 2011 I challenge you to enrich the lives of your family, friends, students, coworkers, and even strangers by making numerous deposits in their emotional bank accounts.  You can make people rich without spending a dime!

(Emotional Bank Account concept by Steven Covey)