Famous Person Fact – Troy Aikman

25 08 2009

Fact: During his first season with the Dallas Cowboys, Troy Aikman threw twice as many interceptions (18) as touchdowns (9) and did not win a single game.

Today: Troy went on to be selected to 6 pro bowl teams, win 3 Super Bowl Championships, win the Super Bowl XXVII MVP award,
and become inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Famous Person Fact – Sigmund Freud

15 08 2009

Fact: Sigmund Freud was booed from the podium the first time he presented his ideas to the scientific community.

Today: He continued to write and study and today he is a known as a world famous neurologist and psychologist.  He is best known for his theories of the unconcious mind, his theory of transference in the therapeutic relationship, and the interpretation of dreams as sources of insight into unconscious desires.

Everyday Hero – A Fisherman’s Tale

7 08 2009

Summary: If you have not heard the story of Clay Dyer before, you need to.  For reasons doctors cannot explain, Clay was born without his legs or left arm and has only an appendage for a right arm.  But that does not stop him from doing what he loves to do – fish.  He refuses to use any special equipment because he wants to do what everyone else does, the way they do it, and does not want to be treated differently.

My turn: I am a fisherman myself and I understand how difficult it can be to tie your line, change lures, and unhook a fish.  Clay goes out there and does this with only one appendage and has to use his tongue and teeth to bait his hook and do what I do with two perfectly working hands.  I love this story because it shows someone who does what they love no matter what the circumstances!

Your turn: Do you have a similar story to share?  If so, let me know!  What do you think of this story?  Any opinions?

Want to learn more about Clay?  Visit his site:


Motivation – It Is Not Strength But Desire That Moves Us

30 07 2009

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The Will To Win

25 07 2009

by Berton Braley

If you want a thing bad enough

To go out and fight for it,

Work day and night for it,

Give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it,

If only desire of it

Makes you quite mad enough

Never to tire of it,

Makes you hold all other things tawdry and cheap for it,

If life seems all empty and useless without it

And all that you scheme and you dream is about it,

If gladly you’ll sweat for it,

Fret for it,

Plan for it,

Lose all your terror of God or man for it,

If you’ll simply go after that thing that you want

With all your capacity,

Strength, and sagacity,

Faith, hope, and confidence, stern pertinacity,

If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,

Nor sickness nor pain

Of body and brain

Can turn you away from the thing that you want,

If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,

You’ll get it.