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What Turns Off Envy?

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Envy slithers like a snake through your soul, feeding on your resentment and discontent.  With its mouth full, it whispers in anguished desire for others good fortune, character and possessions.  Envy is just appreciation so twisted it has taken a turn for the worse.  Whenever you speak well, be assured that amid the appreciation there is envy lurking about.  Standing before an audience, you become a role model whose example is emulated in appreciation or depreciated by envy.

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Do You Squander Wealth?

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Wealth is the accumulated display of your values.  It is what you have at the end of the day that you can choose to share, save or squander.  Wealth can be time, health or money.  Offering platitudes, which attempt to down play the central role money plays in being wealthy, are often naive and at worse insincere.  Zig Ziglar has a wealth of sayings, but his take on money is priceless.  Old Zig says, “Money may not be the most ...

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How Much Greed Do You Need?

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Greed is the insatiable desire to have more than you need.  The sin in greed is seeing everything and everyone as something to possess.  Greed continually confuses the desire to feel fulfilled with being fulfilled.  Greedy speakers confuse self control with controlling others.  They need everyone to pay attention to what they say at all costs, to love how they say it, and to understand exactly what they mean.  “I need you to love me” is the sound track for ...

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Is Your Truth Really Free?

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Can you handle the truth?  Let’s say you found the truth.  The one with the capital T.    Would you share it, or keep it to yourself?  If you choose to share it, would you sell it through a book, promote it on a billboard or produce a blockbuster movie?  Perhaps you would just give it away, hoping everyone sees the truth through your way of living.  Since the Truth, with a capital T, is a bit elusive to us all, ...

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Are Your Civics Right?

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What are your rights and duties and how do you distinguish them?  A right is basically the freedom to do something while a duty is something you are obliged to do.  Reminding people of their obligations is like nagging a teenager to their homework, never popular and rarely productive.    Granting liberties is more fun and effective.  Offer a teenager a car to use after they finish their homework and they will amaze you with how fast they will hit the ...

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Is Your Reaping Grim?

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…we must learn how to reap without complaint…
Jim Rohn

Sooner or later you are going to stick your foot in your mouth.  Something is going to slip out you wish you had stayed in.  Some people are so good at this they only open their mouth to change feet.  What you say is what you sow what you get back is what you reap.  To avoid becoming a grim reaper it helps to acknowledge your faults without ...

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Who Benefits From Your Sowing?

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You must get good at one of two things:
sowing in the spring or begging in the fall.
Jim Rohn

For most of us, being out standing in a field, is relatively rare.  The closest we come to nature is passing through the produce section on the way to the candy aisle.  Whether the last gift from the ground that you held in your hand was a carrot or an M&M (assuming there was a peanut inside), ...

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Is Your Elocution Well Said?

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Elocution is a big word which seems to betray its meaning: the art of speaking clearly and well, with correct enunciation.  Enunci- what?  Enunciation is another fancy word which means to speak clearly.   The words you choose to use are critical.  Oratory, the art of speaking in public with style, cogency and grace is yet another word which fails to be what it describes.  When you speak clearly, your words, your message and your audience, find common ground.

Big words stick ...

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