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Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John Wooden

Seriously you can!

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.


John Wooden, the wizard of West wood, has ten NCAA national championships under his reign as coach, as a player he made player of the year, all team. He has had an illustrious carreer and accomplished much. His influence in basketball is still felt!

Archimedes, the greatest mathematician ever,  introduced the world to concepts still used today in almost every machine in existence!  Archimedes made an impact on the world during his time and even now.

These two men from two disciplines did great things and I can’t help but think a big part of why they could accomplish so much was their outlook on life and their own abilities. I am quite sure the two of them had their fans and detractors but the secret to that is this… It doesn’t matter what anyone believes about you, it only matters what you believe about you. If you think you can you are right and if you think you can well you’re right as well.

No matter what it is you are doing. No matter what I think you can. I don’t even know you but, I have seen what man and women have done throughout history and I am compelled to believe that no matter what happens man or woman will overcome.  You may feel discouraged but remember you are a person just like John Wooden or Archimedes. You can do whatever it is that you are confronted with. You can do anything you simply need to believe and put in the hard work.
Hard work and believe in oneself those, are the key elements to modern day alchemy. Keep your chin up press on you can do it! 

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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!!!



It was a Sunday afternoon and I was at the house watching an American Football game on television while my girl friend was reading her book. She reads while I watch and every once in a while her gaze will change from her book to the television it was during one of these moments when she poised the question which is the title of this post. The NFL has gone pink to promote breast cancer awareness.

The American football players have donned pink hats and shoes and towels in an effort to make breast cancer a topic of discussion for men and women nationwide. The term used by commentators and coaches is “increase awareness”.  To be aware of a subject is very important. With early detection the chances for surviving breast cancer are much better.  With awareness men may remind women to look for breast cancer signals, with awareness someone may decide to donate to a breast cancer, charity funding, treatment and research which could cure someone.

Being aware of a subject is important, it is important enough to make some of the biggest and toughest men in sports wear pink. There was an actor named Carroll O’Connor his son committed suicide and I remember my mom and dad saying that the father and actor wished he was more aware of the crowd his son was with and that all parents should be aware of their children’s friends.  Carroll O’Connor worked for a drug free America and is quoted as saying “Get between your kid and drugs any way you can.” Being aware is important always.  p.s. if you can help in any way you can please do



Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!
Audrey Hepburn
Last weekend Felix Baumgartner fell from a height of 24 miles and landed safely on earth. Eight million people watched the Red Bull Stratus jump live on You Tube. The nine minute sky dive broke many records including the speed of sound in only a space suit as well as most concurrent viewers in a webcast. With hard work and science I am convinced that the limits of man and woman are endless!
Sometimes we can feel as though everything is impossible and we will never accomplish our goals, short and long-term, it is then that I like to recall my own and other people like Felix and Red Bulls victories. Another very important thing to remember is


That is my prediction for this week at work. See despite not working on Monday I feel that the team I work with will have the most productive week ever and I have one reason for believing that this will take place. We did not have a Monday morning meeting. I am not sure if you could tell this far into your reading but, I am not a fan of meetings. I think the brilliant columnist Dave Barry sums it up nicely.“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.”

When we leave meetings we never leave with a sense of accomplishment, because, despite having power, words are not actions, and actions make the difference. Today be a man or woman of action. If you can skip the meetings and do as much as you can and make this week your most productive week ever!

 “Action is the foundational key to all success.” — Pablo Picaso




I was in Ninth grade 14 years old and I was of course complaining to my mom about sitting on the bench during my soccer games. My mom let me know that, if I practiced and tried harder I would spend more time on the field and less on the bench. I told my mom that I did practice. She then let me know that I didn’t practice at home and went a step further by purchasing me a soccer ball.

I traded in the basketball after school and then played soccer. I learned a lot at home that school year about soccer and actually started on the JV team the same season.

I hit the learning curve rather quickly with soccer, and I am currently trying to learn how to use some new software and I have hit the learning curve like a car smashing into a freeway embankment.

Learning anything new is exciting and fun but when you hit the learning curve it can feel frustrating and disappointing. We have to dig in our heels try different approaches and conquer the learning curve and we can do this!

The most important thing when hitting the learning curve is to not give up! Winston Churchill said it best when he told the troops in WW II to ” Never Give up” .

I think the best thing about a learning curve is that after making that turn and getting over that curve everything else seems tiny.





I have been told and taught that bumble bees cannot fly according to the rules of aerodynamics. This is obviously not true. The obvious part comes from seeing the bees in the backyard at the playground or any garden, they fly from flower to flower doing their thing.

The mistake that caused this idea to be taught and perpetuated came from the lack of powerful computers. Aerodynamic models where and are built and tested using  models in 2 -d. 3 D modeling is just now being adapted developed and used and in 3 d modeling we can see that a bee dragon-fly and many other insects fly using turbulence to generate lift. This way of flying is unlike the birds, airplanes and pretty much anything else in the sky.

I have never been a tall guy. I would say that I am of average height now, but in middle and high school I was very short and small. I was often told by many what I would not be able to do. This could have been discouraging but it seems most were wrong.

Between 1985 – 1995 I was attending school and Spud Webb was playing basketball in the NBA. Spud Webb was an all – star, and slam dunk championship winner and he was one of the shortest players in the NBA.  I am sure he was told by many that the NBA was a pipe dream or maybe he wasn’t. The bottom line is Spud Webb didn’t let others decide his fate for him and no one should.

You can do anything if you put your mind to it.