Thursday, September 11, 2014

How Long Will You Last

I know of a man who is eighty-three and he still works 40-plus hours a week at his retail job. 

I know another man who retired at 52 and died at 53.

How long will you last?

Yes, part of the answer is found in health and lifestyle, proper eating and adequate exercise, AND the balance of the equation seems to be found in purpose and meaning one finds in life.

Those with goals have good aim.  Good intention.  Good purpose for planting one foot in front of the other each morning.

The answer lies in the meaning one finds in life.  Find some cause or activity that is good and worthwhile and pour yourself into that. 

And then, perhaps we’ll help you celebrate your 85th birthday in grand style.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Sunday, August 10, 2014

How to Bounce Back

The greatest thought I could give do you today is this:

Failure does not 
make you a failure.
~John C. Maxwell

If that isn't a come-back story I don’t know what is.  I am collecting quite a collection of quotes around the idea of “What failure is not”. 

Failure is not …
Falling down
A moral failure
A business or a person going into bankruptcy
Losing all your money in one decision

Actually, the secret – YES - THE SECRET to overcoming any failure is the examination of the facts and the execution of a sound action plan that follows.

“Resilience” is the word.  It boils down to what we do after failure.  What is the mindset?  What does one do with failure?

Will we bounce or break?

I choose bounce!

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Where Is Wisdom Born

The title begs an answer.  And the answer is …

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.  WONDER!

When you wonder, what do you wonder?  Where does your mind travel?

Wondering has done this world a bit of good and has brought about some amazing improvements.

The obvious ones are:
   ~Man’s flight
   ~Medical science
   ~Technology of all stripes
   ~Management principles
   ~Human productivity

And the first cousin to wisdom is FAILURE.  With wisdom there is wonder and with wonder the logical next step is failure. 

A wise man was once asked “How does one get good judgment?”
His reply … “Experience.”

And how does one gain experience?

His answer … “Bad experience.”

Wisdom comes at the expense of often being wrong – of missing the mark.  Usually wisdom comes from trying and failing and trying again.

Want wisdom?

Double your failure rate.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Your Best Work

Seth Godin says “Do your best work.”

“What?  But I’m having an off day.”

Do your best work.

“But there are some in the audience who aren't listening.”

Do your best work.

“I’m tired.”

Do your best work.

Regardless of the circumstances, the stock market or the gasoline prices – always, always do your best work.

You only care about the people who like your work anyway.  If they ignore your work, ignore them.  You can’t reach the whole world.  Seth helped me with that one.  Shucks, I've got some really close, life-long friends who don’t read my books and blogs.  I write anyway. 

And you should too …
~Write or
  ~Speak or
    ~Sing or
      ~Build buildings or
        ~Perform surgery or
          ~Knit or …

Got the idea?


Class dismissed.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Know Yourself

The axiom know thyself is by now a well-known and well-understood phrase.  Yet it is one in which we return to often.  It was a red letter day for me when I discovered the skill set for which I am amply suited to use. 

One of the freeing concepts in life is when we discover our areas of strengths. 

You will never see me on a ballet stage. 
And I highly doubt you’ll ever see me playing professional basketball. 

You will occasionally catch me behind a set of drums, or singing and speaking on a platform to a room full of interested individuals, and I surely hope that some fine day that you and I will greet one another across a book-signing table for the launching of one of my best sellers. 

You see, I have a firm grasp on who I am and what I am.  My interests match my skills and all of that flows together to give direction and destiny to my life.

And you? 

What is your destiny?  What is your passion?  Where is your north star leading you?

It all begins with knowing self.

This story nicely sums up our thoughts for today.

One of my favorite books is The Winds of War by Herman Wouk.  In this book, Mr. Wouk recounts a scene in which General E. J. Tillet, military author and one of the Commanding Generals for England during WWII, is speaking to the main character named Pug Henry.  Tillet is making an observation about Hermann Goering.

He said:  “He’s wasted a whole bloody month bombing harbors and pottering about after convoys.  He’s only got till September the fifteenth.  His mission is mastery of the air, not blockade.  Define your mission!  Define your mission and stick to it!” 

Know yourself.
Define your mission!

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Monday, July 14, 2014

Marketing and Life

Marketing happens whether you are selling a product or attracting a mate; building an empire or managing a household.  What do you understand about this ubiquitous thing we call marketing?

Consider this –

Marketing Is:
The person answering your phone and how they do that
The shirt and tie or lack thereof every day of your life
The shine on your shoes

The shoe laces that are either tied or not
The smile or lack thereof
The tentative approach or the bold step up to the plate

The direct eye contact or the looking away quickly
The inappropriate joke
The color of your business card and how clean it is

Your breath, good or bad
Your speaking volume
Your memory in critical moments that matter to others

You surely see by now that everything we do lends itself to the marketing of our interests and needs. 

We are “ON” every moment of every day, whether we like it or not. 

I suppose we get to decide how important our marketing is in every facet of our lives and then make whatever moves we wish to sell the message we sell.

Just some thoughts to make us all think.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Friday, July 11, 2014

Make Something

If I had a wish for you it would be this …

I hope that you will make something.  Make art, make music, write a song, knit a sock, bake a pie, add a dash of vanilla flavoring to your favorite recipe … do something original and creative just because you can.

I hope you might dare to dream outrageously.  Dream like never before.  Take the blinders off your dreams and dream big and in color and larger than life.

Don’t let the bound of this earth stop you. 
Don’t let the small minds of others stop you.
Don’t listen to the naysayers.  Listen to your own heartbeat.

          Do the spectacular.
               Do the unusual.
Do the different just because you see the possibilities.

I hope you will go and make something that never existed before.  Even for one fleeting moment. 

I added vanilla to my French toast this week.  It was yummy. 
Occasionally I add a small teaspoon of cinnamon to my coffee grounds before brewing them.  Love that one too.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time