Sunday, May 29, 2005

Good News - #16

In the words of The Great One: How sweet it is! Sweet 16, that is. When I started the weekly Good News feature here at The Success Spot, I planned on only doing for a few weeks. After getting into the habit of looking for positive news items, I started enjoying it too mouch to stop. So on with week sixteen. (Due to the dynamic nature of news I do not know how long any of the links will remain active).

I quit smoking about ten years ago, and have never regretted it. Here is news from the CDC that shows more and more people are kicking the nicotine habit.

It is hard to imagine places where illiteracy runs rampant. Nepal has traditionally been one of those places. This an in depth article about new libraries and their possibilities.

When I first read the headline I thought it read, in part, 'Gift to College'. One word can really make the difference between being a mediocre story and qualifying as Good News. The phrase was Gift of College. It is also an article about possibilities.

And in the fourth position we have a wonderful story about Indy driver Danica Patrick.

That wraps it up for week sixteen. I am sure week seventeen will bring more Good News.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

What Lies Ahead?

Success is found just past failure. Countless people have failed when just a bit more persistence would have brought about the world of personal success. I am sure this has happened to me in the past, and it has probably happened to you, too.

Do not waste time dwelling on what 'could have been', because you are now armed with the wisdom that persistence brings. No longer do you have to say, "Today is the first day of the rest of my life". From now on you can confidently say, "Every hour, come what may, brings an opportunity to move toward my success", and that is what lies ahead.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

How Am I GOING TO LOSE 20 POUNDS First? -The Final Update!

I will try to contain myself. Nah! I won! I mean I lost. I mean I won by losing.

The results of the weight loss contest are in.

I lost 22 pounds!

Mr. S. lost 9 pounds.

Mrs. W. lost 13 pounds.

I got all of the gloating out of the way already, so let me congratulate the other two on losing weight. I know it is not an easy thing to do. Every effort they made has been rewarded with a degree of better health, and it shows. Way to go!

I would also like to thank everyone who helped me along to victory. Those who gave tips, and those who dropped by to check in: Thank you.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

A "Simple" Example

1. In this current piece of words arranged in logical order, that your person is perusing, is contained an example of the unnecessary process of over-complication of items that can be thought of in a simple manner.

2. This sentence is simple.

Quick question: Which of the above sentences was easier for you to read? I’d wager it was #2. Both sentences say the same thing. Each one also defines itself, you also define yourself. You are a complicated human being, but this does not mean you will get a head by complicating things. Success is simple, not easy, but simple.

Your success will be found in the simplicity of things that may now seem difficult and complicated. Here is a fitting quote from an unknown author: Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. Remember this as you go about your day.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Good News - #15

To paraphrase a famous news tagline from years past: "That was the week that was, and what a great week it was". This makes it fifteen weeks of trying to counterbalance the negative news that seems so prevalant with a dose of Good News. (Due to the dynamic nature of news I do not know how long any of the links will remain active).

Researchers have been amazed by the efficacy of a new drug that fights cancer. While the drug is still in the trial stage, the success rate is almost unheard of.

A UK tech company claims to be on the verge of a huge advancement in practical fuel cell technology. If all goes well, it will be small enough for use in some consumer products. We can build smaller, better, and make it longer lasting. New fuel cell technology that is.

This may not really qualify as good news, but it is really cool. I cannot wait for a chance to play the human form of this life-sized classic video game.

Well, on to the 16th week, and also 4th month, of the Good News. Keep in mind that for every negative news story, there is at least one positive one too.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Quick Thought

Success is not defined by how much you move up, but how much you reach out.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Listening and Silence

Here are a few reflections on the listening and silence...

Silence is golden.

Silence prevents arguments.

Listening makes it possible for you to know what the other person is thinking.

Listening, active and interested listening, is a basic form of respect.

We have two ears and one mouth - we need to listen twice as much as we speak.

Listening to someone else makes it many times more likely that they will listen to you.

It is no coincidence that when police read a person their Miranda rights the first thing they say is, "You have the right to remain silent".

You get into a lot less trouble listening than you do talking.

How many times have you heard someone complain: "He just listens way too much"?

Ask someone how they are doing, then really listen to their answer.

Try talking 25% less than you do now, for one week.

Try listening 50% more than you do now, for one week.

Pay attention not only to the words people say, but also to their tone of voice, facial expressions, and gestures. What are those things saying?

You cannot learn if you are the one talking. No lesson can be imparted to you. The benefits of what other people know are a treasure that can only be unlocked by listening.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

How Am I GOING TO LOSE 20 POUNDS First? - Still Another Update

Here is what I plan on being the second-to-last update for those of you who are keeping track of, and helping me win, the weight loss contest. So far...

Mr. S. has lost 10 of 20 pounds. He has decided he is giving up, because it's just not worth it. Hogwash! I congratulate him for as much as he has lost.

Mrs. W. has now lost 11 of 15 pounds.

I have now lost 16 1/2 of 20 pounds. I'm starting to find these last few pounds quite difficult to lose. I am more than a third of the way there. I am feeling better - lighter on my feet, and will win.

If any of you have any more tips on how to shed these last few pounds, please send them along. They really help, and I appreciate every one of them. Thanks again and keep 'em coming.

Look for the final update very soon.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Good News - #14

Whew! I'm back after taking a one week mini-vacation. This week the format will be a little different; to catch up on two weeks' worth of Good News. There are links to nine news stories, but there is less explanation. Enjoy! (Due to the dynamic nature of news I do not know how long any of the links will remain active).

More proof that it is the best medine.

Nationwide water cleanups are restoring local environments.

Across a continent in 43 days for charity.

Manufacturers jumping on board with new dietary trend.

Here is a little squirt that may fight cancer.

The Village Smithy may once again have a shaded place to stand.

Technological strides aid the paralyzed.

Betavoltaics - that is it just keeps going, and going, and... (sorry couldn't resist)

Webby Awards announce internet's best of the best.

There you go, nine stories to lighten your week. Week 15 is looking even better!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Good News - #13

Lucky 13, week 13 of the Good News that is. Wow! What a week, good stuff was happening everywhere. I hope these three stories are enough to make you feel better about the future. (Due to the dynamic nature of news I do not know how long any of the links will remain active).

A meeting between China and Taiwan once again shows that enemies can enter into constructive dialogue. It is the highest level meeting in almost 60 years. Tensions between these two nations have been high, and it is hopeful that war will be prevented with respect and diplomacy.

Brrrrrrr.....Hypothermia can be deadly, but it is not a leading cause of death among children. Researchers recently reported how the positive effects of inducing hypothermia may help reduce the complications that lead to these deaths.

While this may not be the most important news story of the past week, it is the one that made me feel the best. I'm not sure why, but it just seemed to strike the right chord. It is about the rediscovery of a woodpecker with what I say is the best nickname for an animal.

Have a great week.