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Oh the power of the ellipsis.  What does it mean? The … it means there is more to follow.

have you ever watched the film “Back to the Future”? The movie is an American classic. The film is a must watch and if you haven’t seen it, stop reading this and go watch it. Buy the dvd and watch it. If you have seen the movie, then you will remember, doc Brown and Marty. For those who haven’t seen it and are still reading instead of watching,  Marty and Doc Brown are the two protagonist in the movie. Doc mentors Marty and tells him “If you  put your mind to it you can do anything.” Guess what? Doc was right.

The human being is an amazing animal. Man has walked on the moon, been to the bottom of the Marianas trench, basically eradicated polio.  All this has happened and yet 65 % of the world has gone un- explored. Seems impossible right?  Well 71 % of the world is covered in water and of that 71 % only 5 % has been explored by man.

Why does any of this matter? Because, sometimes in life, we can feel like Alexander.

“And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.”

But, weep not there are so many worlds to conquer! The world the universe seems to have no end. You can dream as big as you want! You can do anything, and (instead of but) there is much work that needs to be done and there is no end of discovery for the brilliant, imaginative and intrepid.

Do not weep and “if you put your mind to it, you can do anything”.




John Goddard passed away, he was 88 years old and known as the real life Indiana Jones.

John served in WWII, went on expeditions all over the globe broke both the speed and altitude records. He has sailed down the Nile river and was the first man to sail the length of the Congo river.

John loved people and was always interested in their culture and lands. When he was 15 years old he made a list of 127 things he wanted to do and John did most of them.

John said that “writing down a goal was important. Most people say something and that doesn’;t mean anything.”

You may or may not be 15 today but that doesn’t mean you can’t sit down and write out a list. I know I am!

Make the goals things you always wanted to do no matter how crazy. Do not sell yourself short (man has walked on the moon) then (and this is the important part) start checking things off the list. Enlist the help of friends and families, your inclusion of them, may help them check off their lists.

RIP John G and thanks for this great advice.



“I’m not the wizard you were expecting, but I may be the wizard you need.” — That is the quote from the Movie I watched this weekend with my girlfriend  and seven kids. Yeah seven. The movie was, The great and powerful OZ. The movie casted James Franco as OZ, a carnival magician and con man who in a Kansas tornado was swept away to the land of OZ and recruited by the good witch to help free the land of OZ from the tyranny of the wicked witches.


Oz didn’t really have any magic, but used what he had which was ingenuity and support of the people of OZ to do battle against the wicked witches. I will not let you know how it ends. No spoiler here but, do know the movie was excellent.

Oz makes the quote above before he purposes his plan for the movies epic battle. I love that all the kids heard this quote because I think it is important that they learn early on in life that life is not perfect and we have to often do great things with what seems not so great.



Hmm winning that is important right? If winning didn’t matter we wouldn’t keep score. So winning is fun and success has it’s rewards and we all want it. We all despite what we say want to win. We compete always. Sometimes we have competitions with friends sometimes foes and even at times against ourselves and we all want to win. unfortunately we all cannot win all the time. So we are told by coaches and parents and leaders. We can’t win all the time, but it can seem like some people experience more wins than loses. Why do some people get more wins than loses? Is there some formula for winning, a magic elixir? Yes there is! I will tell you the four secrets to winning.


1. Be smart.

There are hundreds of sciences, so one has to ask be smart in what science? The answer is as many sciences as you can. We should never quit learning. We should learn as much as we can about as many subjects or sciences as we can. I posted, sometime back an article, that to a certain extent, spoke about the danger of not being a master of many sciences. Knowledge in multiple sciences is more than just something good to have it is often a necessity. So learn as much as you can and apply what you have learned this makes you smart and being smart is step one for success.

2. Work well with your teammates

I am only 34 years old and I have already had the pleasure and pain of working with people from all over the world on various projects. People are diverse and different and that is great. I have always and will continue to believe that different is good, but different can cause some stumbling blocks. Here is the thing about these stumbling blocks people will not change for you and if they did would you want them to? You will have to learn to utilize your groups individual strengths and compliment each other to make up for the weakness. This is a rule for success plan and simple. Successful people take people and situations personally, because we are all people. They know what everyone is best at and they work so that everyone can shine. Learn to respect and work well with others this is step two of the rules for success.

3.Winners work hard

Hugh Hefner the founder and chief creative officer for Playboy Enterprises, is known for wearing silk pajamas at all times. When he was asked in an interview why he wore the pajamas he told the man asking him the question that it was initially a mistake. He had stayed up all night getting his magazine ready for print and there was a board meeting scheduled with less than half an hour to attend, he had no time to change. He had worked so hard he lost track of time. When was the last time you worked so hard at something that you stayed up all night? If you want to win you have to work hard at it. The best lesson my mom ever taught me was when she bought me a soccer ball. I was 14 years old and complaining about the lack of playing time I was getting on the team. Mom bought me a soccer ball and told me that every time I felt like complaining to her I should instead practice. She was right before the end of the season I was a starter. Wimmers work hard

4. Finally winners get lucky (never give up)

So you have learned and applied as much as you can and you are still learning, you are a joy to be around everyone feels better after they meet you and you are working 24 7 and you still lost!! What is the deal, well see winners also need to get lucky. There is a secret to luck too. The secret to luck is that it doesn’t exist. No such thing as luck or fate only probability.   I am not sure how you feel about probability, but I am a fan of the frequency approach. probability is relative to the frequency to which an event occurs. Simply stated the more times you try the more often you will get “lucky”. I took these four secrets from another post dealing with intelligence.  Great article when you get the chance you should check it out. I agree with all four statements almost, see instead of winners get lucky I believe we should say winners never give up!!

So let us review:

Everyone really can be a winner you need only

1. be smart

2. work well with everyone you meet

3. work really really hard

4. finally make your own luck by never giving up

So get out there and start winning!!!



13386518-rome-italy--30-march-2012-replica-of-the-famous-vitruvian-man-drawing-created-by-leonardo-da-vinciLet us see…. What makes us special? Immediately I want to say that our actions make us special. It is important to have imagination and knowledge but without action the potential energy dissipates and nothing gets done.
A little over a week ago one of my associates at work argued that someone who cooks crystal meth is not a chemist. Crystal meth is the street name for methamphetamine in crystal form. It is a drug that affects the nervous system, in low does it is used to stay awake and bring on a euphoric feeling. In higher doses the drug can make someone maniac and cause death. Because it is highly addictive and has a recidivism rate similar to crack and cocaine crystal meth along with being made illicit has also created a stigma in North American culture. I belief it was this stigma associated with the drug and those who produce it to make him scoff at me when I said that the man or woman cooking meth was functioning as a chemist.
Cooking meth is a science and when done wrong usually ends in disaster. Let me be clear I am not a fan of illicit drugs or illicit drug manufactures, however for our conversation, when someone cooks crystal meth they are indeed acting as a chemist.
See my associate and much of the world has fallen into a trap. The trap of pigeonhole oneself and labeling society.

We should strive to be more like Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo was painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. Most importantly Leonardo was a man of action. If you want to be special, do something special. (Just no crystal meth, it isn’t really special and you may go to jail or worse)
Hey today, did you think you would read a story about crystal meth and Leonardo Da Vinci? Yeah I am just as surprised I typed one about the two subjects.

imagesThe dockets of most metropolitan courts always seem to be full of criminal and civil cases. It is these full dockets that the producers and actors for the judge shows scan and in turn use to solicit the plaintiffs and defendants. Imagine the phone call…. producer: “Hello Mr Corrigan I am a producer for Judge John have you seen the show”. Me:”Why yes I have seen the show.” Producer” “OK, that’s good to hear, would you like to be on the show? Before you answer allow me to explain. You have a civil case which has been on the docket for almost a year now the defendant is open for moving this case to mediation and if you agree to do the same. The show will fly you out to LA you will be on the show and a decision will finally be made.”
That conversation or some variation takes place time and time again. Rights are waved and people go to LA shame themselves and family and get paid.
I can’t help but wonder if we as a society embraced an open dialogue and respect for one another. Would the judge shows stay in business?
Idk I do know if the judge shows went out of business for lack of fodder I would not shed a tear.

imagesFour days ago my girlfriend and I were in a store where the cashier checking us out behind the counter could not have been thirty years old. I told the cashier, with the most bravado I could muster that I refused to pay more than twenty dollars for the transaction. He rang me up at seventeen dollars. Then I let my girlfriend know that this was the new way I was to shop. No more paying what was on the tags, I will from now on negotiate all my prices. The man behind the counter did not find our interaction funny at all and told me that most stores would not put up with that. We beat feet out of there.

This morning on NPR there was an interview with Mel Brooks. Mel was speaking about his career and a box set for sale now in video and book stores. The box set is called “Unhinged and loving” it. At the end of the interview Mel let everyone Mel let everyone know that the box set was priced too high and that we should all negotiate with the cashiers a lower price. I loved it!
“If I were you, I’d bargain. It’s a little too expensive now. I’d go to a store, like a Barnes & Noble — I would go to the store and say, ‘Can you do a little better? … I mean, it’s $89, can you give it to me for $79?’ ” — Mel Brooks

I have been a fan of Mel Brooks for as long as I can remember. He is self-described as “vulgar” and “tasteless’, but funny. I love the way Mel takes on the sanctimonious groups like religion, race, political affiliations and tears them apart with comedy.
Organizations will come and go, but what remains will always be you, and I think that one of the most important things is to keep everything in perspective, what matters most are people not religion, politics or race. So big thanks to Mel Brooks and every comedian like him who helps remind us to not take ourselves so serious!!


A day without laughter is a day wasted.
Charlie Chaplin