Monday, August 14, 2017

No One Succeeds Alone

Meet Max Talmud.  Max is probably unknown to most of you in these here parts.  However, he is/was a real man.  His significance is in the one life he greatly influenced.

And that life … Albert Einstein.  He was Al’s first mentor, at age ten.  Max hung out weekly at the Einstein home.  He even ate one meal a week there, and all the while he was guiding young Albert Einstein’s mind and passions. 

No one succeeds alone.

Sam Walton, founder of Walmart wasn’t always THE SAM WALTON.  Walmart has not always been a part of the American fabric.  In his early days, Sam borrowed $20,000 from his father-in-law – L.S. Robson.  Sam used the money to start his first retail store, a Ben Franklin franchise.  The experiences he gained surely fed his future success, but he needed the money and help from his father-in-law.

(Thanks, and appreciation go to Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, authors of The One Thing for these nuggets of insight.)

I am the face and name of the writing part of my life, but my wife Carolyn is the hand-holder, the one who encourages me most.  She will often say, “Now, how much time do you need for your writing this week?”  “Why don’t you buy that book?  I know how valuable a good book is to your writing and creativity.”  And she often refers me to podcasts, articles and highlights from magazines and other reading she does on her own.  What a marvelous dose of support she is to me.  I’m so very glad I am not

We’ve all had teachers, mentors, parents and siblings who have come alongside us at the right moment and stood with us, and perhaps they have provided some kind of spark to move us further along.

And I thank God for those “helpers” in my life. 

Who has helped you?
Have you thanked them lately?

No one succeeds alone. 


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

Monday, August 7, 2017

What Happens Within

Things happen to us.
Things happen around us.

But the most important thing to consider is
this … what is happening within us?

A successful life, however one may describe success, is ultimately an inside job. 

It’s like a play on the phrase … It’s not what happens to you.  It depends on how you deal with what happens to you.

I never get far from this story I heard long ago.

Two brothers were born into a family with a drunken father.

Time passed.  The father died, and both brothers grew older.  One brother became a drunken man like his father.  The other became an upstanding, non-drinker, unlike his father.

Late in life, an interviewer asked the brothers why they turned out the way they did.

Both brothers gave the exact same answer.  “With a father like mine, what did you expect?”

You do see, don’t you, that one brother thought he was predestined to a life of drunkenness, while the other saw what was modeled and chose a different path. 

Both men acted on their own inside job.  Their inner voices, their mindset, helped determine the future they each faced considering the circumstances of their family history.

What does your inner voice say to you?
What influences are you allowing into your life?
What are you buying into through commercials, pop culture, media propaganda and all other bombardments that surround us?

We get to choose.  We get to use our filters and make decisions for ourselves.  We are in control of our own outcome.

Will we determine what happens within, or will we give control over to outside influences.

Will we stand up for ourselves, or succumb to other’s dictates and demands?

May we all choose wisely.

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Badge of Greatness

The badge of “GREAT” is huge, unless we bestow it upon ourselves.  I am good at a few things.  I am better at a few others, and I want to be GREAT at a few more.

~I want to be known as a great writer.
~I desire to become a great speaker.
~I embrace the idea of becoming a great encourager.

But to declare those things for myself?  That is more than I should do.

In the grand scheme of things, greatness is earned.  It is earned by repetitive acts, moments of stellar and consistent activity strung together in a well-lived life.  Some have greatness thrust upon them, and they do indeed earn that title after all.  Winston Churchill was one.  He became great in his hour in the sun because he earned it.  He used his skills at hand and put his hand to the task.  And along came greatness.

Presidents come and go.  Some are revered as great, but usually after the fact.  Sometimes we don’t see exactly how great one was until after they are no longer around. 

There is a huge difference between talent and greatness.  This quote tells all.
Talent is given. 
Greatness is earned

I’m a talented drummer.  In the grand scheme of things, I’m not a great drummer, compared to the truly ‘great’.  I could add more comparisons; however, you are smart and get the picture here.

And what is the road to greatness?

~Diligence in applying your hand to the task every day.
~Pertinacity (stick-to-it-iveness)
~Willingness to pay the price (whatever that means)

And at all costs, avoid labeling yourself as Mr. GREAT – MS. GREAT.

You may indeed be worthy of such a title.  Please allow us the distinct privilege to name you as such.

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dance Now

Being a writer is something I dreamed of for thirty years.  I made dabs and spurts of starts along the way, but never fully embraced the idea of “P Michael Biggs – Writer.”

I first thought “If I could own a lighthouse and turn the globe part of that structure into my writing room, then I will write.”

And the dance went on without me.

Without adding other stories and metaphors to this topic, let me cut to the chase.

Circumstances will never be ideal for any pursuit we desire.  We dance now – in the rain, in the lack of ideal circumstances, and with the tools and equipment at hand … NOW, NOW, NOW!

I have learned that I can write in tire stores, libraries, coffee shops, in my auto, on airplanes, at Denny’s restaurants, and even with a spectacular view of the Puget Sound out my window. 

I’m learning to dance wherever I am, and with whatever tools are at hand.

And the weather doesn’t interfere.  I’ve written in thunderstorms, snow storms, at midnight, and early morning.  I have learned to do the thing at hand NOW.  If I wait for ideal circumstances and perfect timing, the ideas may not show up on time. 

I feel like dancing NOW. 

And so I write.

Here is the quote that is my inspiration today.

Vivian Green

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