March 11, 2017

If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents–start charging for it. (Kim Garst, business consultant and author) Sounds like good advice for someone who is working hard to share his or her...

March 10, 2017

Only those who do nothing make no mistakes. (Church sign board) Because we dislike making mistakes, we might fail to pursue one venture or another just to avoid an embarrassing slip-up or the possibility of failure. Yet, deep down we know that...

#87 – Trouble with Hussein

  Lexus was beginning to hit its stride. July sales were the best ever at 5,558, of which 1,979 were ES250s. We were tracking to hit our objectives for the first time. I was feeling good about achieving our goals—before Saddam Hussein ruined...

March 9, 2017

Stick with the optimists. It’s going to be tough enough even if they’re right. (James Reston, 20th century American journalist) Are there too few optimists around? Many of us often respond as if we are expecting the worst. We can say that if...

March 8, 2017

Dreams are lovely, but they’re just dreams. … It’s hard work that makes things happen. (Shonda Rhimes, TV producer and author) Dreaming, hopeful imagining, is a good practice. But, as Rhimes suggests, “[Dreams are] fleeting, ephemeral...

March 7, 2017

What you learn from pain you don’t forget. (Dick Dahlquist, retired college professor) All of life provides multiple opportunities to learn, and we are always learning or else we will become stagnant. Learning can be fun, of course, and...

March 6, 2017

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. (Marcel Proust, 19th-20th century French novelist) Often we don’t see clearly what is right around us. Residents who live in tourist areas often fail to appreciate...

March 5, 2017

You don’t build endurance on the path of least resistance. (Christine Caine, motivational speaker and author) When things get tough on the road to achievement, it’s easy to slow down or stop. No one enjoys hardship and work that becomes...

March 4, 2017

It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. (Mahatma Gandhi, 19th-20th century India national independence leader) Whether it is in moments of extreme ecstasy or deep distress that you cannot express yourself...

March 3, 2017

Reconciliation is forgiveness in action. (Sue Knight, pastor’s wife) Do you have a broken relationship that needs to be restored? Has someone hurt you and you just can’t get over it? Do you find it hard to forgive and forget or forgive and move...

#85 – Gray Market Cars

  Toyota in Japan was concerned that the Lexus LS400s in the U.S. were being sent back to Japan and re-sold at much higher prices. This sometimes happens when a car is not available in a certain market, and the LS400 was not yet being sold...

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