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Successful Networker Leaders + Attitude = Winners

“Many of us hurry through life going from one place to the next, focused on conquering the next mountain, making the next deal, running the next errand, and believing we will never have enough time to do all the things we need to get done. Yet, there is all the time in the world if we just realize that we are the creators of this life we choose to live. That’s right. Life is a series of choices and being free from stress is one of those choices.Whether your business life is overly complicated or your personal life (or both), you have chosen this current system of chaos. “

silouette man leaning while reading signsLeading with Purpose
Leading with Vision
Leading with Heart
Leading with Attention
Leading with Integrity
Leading with Discipline
Leading with Generosity
Leading with Credibility
Leading with Grace
Leading with Spirit
Putting it all TOGETHER … A recipe for SUCCESS!

Lead Well … Lead Right,

Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.     

– Thomas Edison


Have you ever noticed that two people can confront the same circumstances with very different reactions? This is a matter of attitude and nothing else. Freedom is being able to say, “Rich or poor, alone or with a mate, physically healthy or not, employed or laid off, I believe that peace of mind is possible.”
We have all experienced what it is like to be having a perfectly fine day and have a situation or crisis arise that sends us into a tailspin. It may be something small like a traffic jam making us late, or something more severe like the loss of a job. Our response can seem automatic.

Though at first it may be difficult to accept, freedom depends on recognizing that you’re not upset because of what occurred, you are upset because of how you perceive the situation. Key to Attitudinal Healing is recognizing that you are not a victim of the world.

Another way of saying this is: There is absolutely nothing in the world that has the power to ruin your day. If you are upset, it is because you have directed your mind to be so. Initially these truths can be hard to accept because you have become so accustomed to giving your power away.

Every time you blame another person for your unhappiness you are giving your power away. Stop blaming and start healing.

Your choice Habits are a choice Giving is a choice Reactions are a choice Ideas are a choice

Connections are a choice Reputation is a choice The work is a choice Words are a choice Leading is a choice

No one can be responsible for where or how we each begin. No one has the freedom to do anything or everything, and all choices bring consequences. What we choose to do next, though, how to spend our resources or attention or effort, this is what defines us.

One hit wonders

These are artists who gave up too soon, or lost their nerve when it came to making another leap.

A one-hit wonder is a legend who stopped early.

You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb it himself. — Andrew Carnegie

The proven way to add value

Do extremely difficult work.

That seems obvious, right? If you do something that’s valued but scarce because it’s difficult, you’re more likely to be in demand and to be compensated fairly for what you do.

The implication is stunning, though: When designing a project or developing a skill, seek out the most difficult parts to master and contribute. If it’s easy, it’s not for you.

Good advice…

is priceless. Not what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. Not imaginary, but practical. Not based on fear, but on possibility. Not designed to make you feel better, designed to make you better.

Seek it out and embrace the true friends that care enough to risk sharing it.

I’m not sure what takes more guts—giving it or getting it.

"Don’t do what I said, do what I meant."

That’s what most leaders and owners and bosses and customers want, isn’t it?

We want employees who know the why, not just the details of the how. We want customer service people and partners and vendors who understand.

Which is what we get, at least until we encounter the first time that we’re unpleasantly surprised. It’s in that moment, when we demand a refund, or fire someone, or insist on rules being followed to the letter—that’s when it all falls apart and stops being a relationship based on understanding and turns into one that’s built on compliance to the rules.

If you want the people you work with to act with understanding, then you must trust them to use their best judgment, even when that means you didn’t get exactly what you said you wanted. The failure is yours, because you didn’t help people understand the reasoning. When you accept responsibility for that failure, when you educate instead of demand, you can gain the benefits of working with people who understand, instead of merely comply.

Speedometer confusion

The number on the speedometer isn’t always an indication of how fast you’re getting to where you’re going.

You might, after all, be driving in circles, really quickly.

Campbell’s Law tells us that as soon as a number is used as the measurement for something, someone will get confused and start gaming the number, believing that they’re also improving the underlying metric, when, in actuality, they’re merely making the number go up.

Here are a few numbers that often the result of speedometer confusion:

Book sales vs. Impact Money vs. Happiness Twitter followers vs. Anything Money raised vs. Votes earned

Weight “v”. Health Income “v”. Skill  vs. Competence Length vs. Quality

Faster? How about better?

Bob Proctor The Value of a Minute

Gray Lawrence

Successful Networker

Success is more attitude than aptitude. -  Unknown

Inches make the champion. -  Vince Lombardi

Successful Networker Words of Wisdom


A positive course of Action with a Positive Attitude brings life. ~ Gray

Everything comes if a man will only wait. I have brought myself by long meditation to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will that will stake even existence for its fulfilment. Benjamin Disraeli

Trilogy of Wisdom

Three things to LOVE                      Courage ~ Gentleness ~Affectionateness

Three things to ADMIRE                 Intellectual Power ~ Dignity ~ Gracefulness

Three things to HATE                      Arrogance ~ Cruelty ~ Ingratitude

Three things to DESPISE                Meanness ~ Affectation ~ Envy

Three things to REVERENCE         Religion ~ Justice ~ Self Denial

Three things to DELIGHT IN          Beauty ~ Frankness ~ Freedom

Three things to WISH FOR               Health ~ Friends ~ A Cheerful Spirit

Three things to PRAY FOR               Faith ~ Peace ~ Purity of Heart

Three things to ESTEEM                  Wisdom~ Prudence ~ Firmness

Three things to LIKE                          Cordiality ~ Good Humour ~ Mirthfulness

Three things to AVOID                       Idleness ~ Loquacity ~ Flippant Testing

Three things to SUSPECT                   Flattery ~ Obsequiousness ~ Sudden affection

Three things to CULTIVATE              Good Books ~ Good Friends ~ Good Humour

Three things to CONTEND FOR        The Faith ~ Country ~ Friends

Three things to GOVERN                    The Tongue ~ Temper ~ Impulse

Three things to be PREPARED FOR  Change ~ Decay ~ Death

There are two kinds of people:
Those who say, “I will believe it when I see it.”
And those who say, “To see it, I know I must believe it.”

May the joy be with you, Rhonda Byrne

Your Vision of the future, lies from within
Gray Lawrence
Successful Networker

The Greatest leaders of the world were men and women of quick decision -Napoleon Hill

Successful Networker Be Inspired and Accept

Accept the Real You
If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I’d want to pass along to others…

Strive to be all you, all the time. Be the Nancyest of Nancys or the Janest of Janes or the Billyest of Billys. Are you so busy wearing masks that you’ve lost touch with your authentic core? Don’t judge the real YOU. Just OWN it, love it, express it, BE it.

Change can be scary as hell, but it can also be transforming. Go with the flow of the Universe and be willing to allow change into your life, even when it feels uncomfortable.

Your mind will answer most questionsHow would you live if you took fear out of the equation? Are the fears you have meant to protect you or limit you? Surrender your fears to make room for possibility.

Give to others with no expectation of receiving anything in return. Not only will it bring you joy, but it gives you the power to change someone’s life.

Become a student of life. Keep your mind open, seek the truth, get out of your box, cross barriers, and keep your eyes peeled for growth opportunities.

What would you say if you didn’t care what anyone thought? Write it down. Now speak your truth to someone you trust. OWN your truth, and look for ways to express it in the world.

Give yourself permission toLove grows by giving play. Put away your computer. Invite your inner child to express itself. Blow bubbles. Do cartwheels. Laugh loudly.

Take time during the day to take big, deep, cleansing breaths, clearing your mind of all the chatter. Try 15 minutes of daily meditation. Awaken your mind and watch your heart blossom.

Let your body know you love it by nurturing it. See your doctor regularly. Take your supplements and medications. Exercise regularly. Eat well. Get enough sleep. Get massages, pamper yourself, and let your body be your temple.

We are all creative geniuses. Humans are creative beings who need to continuously give birth – not to babies but to ideas, thoughts, creative expression. What is gestating within you?

The Dalai Lama says, “My religion is kindness.” Imagine such a world, and commit to creating it by consciously spreading kindness.

Accept your body just the way it is. Plastic surgery, expensive skin treatments, and fancy hair dyes will never fulfil you if you don’t love yourself. Instead, change the things you can change to better reflect your inner beauty. When you’ve got mojo, you’re beautiful, regardless of your weight, body shape, hair colour, or wrinkles.

It’s impossible to express too much love. At Owning Pink, we call you “sweetie” or “sister” or “darling,” even if we don’t know you personally. Why? Because we love each and every one of you for the beautiful soul you are. What if we approach new people in our lives as if we already know and love them? What if we open our hearts and tell those we know how much we care? What’s the worst thing that can happen? Love as if you might die tomorrow. Fling the doors of your heart wide open. BE love.

The Power of Words 390 x257It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds ~Samuel Adams

Gray Lawrence

Successful Networker

Aim for service and success will follow. — Albert Schweitzer

Successful Networker be inspired by this lady


AS before only adding PMA, beauty should not be changed


Love consists in leaving the loved one space to themselves

What We Learn from Love

clip_image001If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I’d want to pass along to others…

We find ourselves created out of love or for love, slipping though the chambers of our mothers’ womb… into the birth canal… and all of a sudden, we arrive.

We don’t know exactly where we are or where we are going but certainly we need affection and love to survive. Love becomes just as important to us as our first breath of life.

Love helps us to discover who we are and what our purpose is or shall be.

What you will to do directs your life forces. All habits, good or bad, are the result of what you will to do. You improve or lower your condition in life by what you will to do.

Love gives of itself and is not puffed up. Love covers and carries us through pain and disappointments in our life.

Love is an emotion imparted unto us the moment we become a living soul. Rather good, bad or ugly we long for it, we seek after it. It is a passion like no other.

Love causes us to make commitments like, I will, I do, I shall. Because of this emotion called love, we find ourselves being put into situations and circumstances that will hurt or even destroy us. Love affects our present, past and future. Love is an emotion a gift given to us from God and it should never ever hurt.

"Love is an aspect of being, and when you act from being, the power you draw on is limitless because it comes from the source." —  Deepak Chopra

I wrote these words after coming out of a turbulent marriage. When I found myself alone again after 19 years, I had to re-evaluate where I was at that particular time in my life and take ownership of the situation.

even if you have lost the love of your life you have not been cheated by lifeYes, we have all done things in the name of love. These things have broken our heart and distracted us from our true destiny. Love does hurt, I know, but, I say to you that whatever you’re going through right now is not all there is. You can rebuild, restructure and reposition your life for greatness.

Greatness is a choice and we must choose it to survive the opposition. The greater one lies within you. You have the power to change your circumstances, with the help of God. Do not lose FAITH!

Continue to dream, because by dreaming it will allow you to embrace a larger vision of yourself. I promise you that if you will do this for yourself, “the best is yet to come.”


Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. — Mark Twain

Gray Lawrence Ambitious & Successful Networker

Life is The Sum of All Our Choices – Albert Camus

Successful Networker Inspired Bob Dickson

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Today… is just practice for tomorrow ~ Bob Dixon 

Today’s Brilliance™   Bob Dixon

Bob is a speaker and the author of Look Forward: A Father and Son’s Journey of Healing.

If I could share 500 words of wisdom to summarize what I’ve learned so far in life, these are the important things I’d want to pass along to others…

I am an American who is fortunate to have had jobs that allowed me to travel to different countries. Over the past 30 years I’ve been in more than 35 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

During many of those trips I was able to talk with hundreds if not thousands of people in those countries who represented different parts of the culture, community and workforce, such as company CEO’s, and other executives, managers, engineers, production workers, hotel employees, taxi drivers, waiters and waitresses and others. Many of them were also parents.

From all of those conversations, I learned something that changed my view of the world and its people.

What I realized was pretty simple. It doesn’t matter who we are, where we live, our nationality, level of education, language or culture, most of our life’s goals are all the same. We might express them in different languages, use different cultural norms, but for most of the people who live in this world, we have much in common.

For most American parents, their life’s goal is simple, to ensure their children have a better life than theirs. They want their children to be happier, healthier, better educated and safer. Finally, they want their children’s generation to have the wisdom and the courage to make the world a better place for all of us to live.

Words of Wisdom

With one kind gesture you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world."

From all of those conversations I had with parents from other countries, I realized they want the same for their children that American parents want for theirs. A better life, for them to be healthier, safer, better educated, and to have opportunities. They also want their children to have the wisdom to make the world a better place to live.

Why is this important for all of us to recognize and understand? It’s important because when a group has a common goal, an important goal, barriers and obstacles can disappear. Misunderstanding can be addressed and wrong perceptions go away.

Unfortunately I also realized we are too quick to judge an entire country or culture based on the actions or words of their leaders. While their political leaders may not be like us in their life goals, the people who live in those countries are like us.

Recognizing this is a step in the right direction to begin to resolve our own feelings and our own internal worries. For me it opened up a world I did not know existed. I can now view the people of a country differently than how I viewed their political leaders.

We do have the ability to make the world a better place, one parent, one child and one thought at time, because as parents… we are all the same.

Only the highway of useful service leads to the city of happiness.
Psychologists who study human behaviour have concluded that we are happiest when we are striving to achieve success. It is the act of striving, not the successful completion of the task, that provides the greatest psychic rewards. When you strive to achieve success through service to others, you multiply the benefits to yourself, and you ensure that whatever road you choose in life will ultimately lead you to success and happiness. There is no occupation or profession that will not benefit from a concerted effort to better serve others. But the greatest benefit will be to you, in the form of the self-satisfaction that comes from knowing that you made a difference, that without you others would never have received the service you provided. Napoleon Hill

The Power is from within, the choice is yours
Gray Lawrence

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"Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." Nido Qubein

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