November 24, 2016

Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairy tale. (Wale Ayeni, investment advisor) We are following the example of the Pilgrims, who “…made seven times more graves than huts. No...

November 23, 2016

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. (Often quoted) In the United States, tomorrow is the day we will celebrate the long-standing tradition of Thanksgiving. The last Thursday of each November gives us at least one day to acknowledge our...

November 22, 2016

Don’t let your happiness depend on something that you may lose. (C. S. Lewis, British professor and apologist) What make you happy? When your favorite sports team wins a championship? When your investments earn a significant gain? Perhaps...

November 21, 2016

Justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what we don’t deserve. (Mike Lee, American pastor) Victims of crime often plead for justice. What they want is to see the criminal caught and...

#58 – My Only Son

#58 – My Only Son

  After Jim Perkins left and before the naming issue had been resolved, I went to Japan for a week along with the Lexus Japan staff coordinator, some of the Lexus marketing staff, and Team One Advertising executives Scott Gilbert and Tom...

November 20, 2016

Leaders don’t create followers – they create more leaders. (Alex Absalom, church missions leader) We sometimes say that a person is not a leader if no one is following him or her. Good leaders very likely have many who follow and are...

November 19, 2016

There are two great days in a person’s life. The day you were born & the day you discover why. (Kary Oberbrunner, motivation writer and speaker) In the formative years of our lives, we only begin to discover who we are. Our associations with...

November 18, 2016

Obedience never produces love, but love will always produce life change. (Source unknown) While this statement might be true, it can surely be said that obedience can be a strong evidence of love. Disobedience demonstrates a lack of love or...

November 17, 2016

Contentment is the antidote to complaining. (Many sources) Someone else has said that the antidote is being grateful. In any case, no one likes to be around people who are disagreeable, always critical of others, and dissatisfied with their...

#57 – My Secret

#57 – My Secret

    I knew better than to go see Bob McCurry and tell him I wanted the job of leading the Lexus Division. Bob would have thrown me out of his office. I talked myself into showing some inner courage and went unannounced to Yuki Togo’s...

November 16, 2016

An office is where an entrepreneur goes to hide from opportunities. (Dan Sullivan, U. S. Senator) People who are gifted with unusual imagination and creativity often find it difficult to stay at a desk in an office. They need to be where the...

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