Archive for January, 2013

Congrats Again to another Real Patriot

January 29, 2013

The Cream always rises

We are pleased to salute our newest sponsor, in bold below, and these early sponsors. They are clearly not “in name only” supporters of our Heroes. These 5 sponsors are in more to support the program than for the visibility. They demonstrate the true spirit of contributing meaningful assistance to our transitioning Heroes. Helping our guys and ladies get a valuable head start. Become a part of this  selective community of Sponsors. Contact Coach Ed.  I look forward to visiting with you soon. Thanks, Ed

PRO SPORT GRAPHICS—Mark and Gail Wilson




and the newest: FAMILY FOODS–Ron Mathews!!

A Salute to Those Who Say Thank You

January 28, 2013

Part of Growing Community Who TRULY Support our Heroes

We are pleased to salute these early sponsors of OPERATION SUCCESS IN ACTION. This is the true head start on their careers for our transitioning Heroes. The curriculum is the first of its kind and goes beyond interview skills and resume writing (both of which are valuable). This ground breaking workshop will take place on April 12th in Fayetteville, NC.

The below listed early sponsors are clearly not “in name only” supporters of our Heroes. Like you, they demonstrate the true spirit of contributing meaningful assistance to our transitioning Heroes. Helping them get a valuable head start. Contact Coach Ed to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

PRO SPORT GRAPHICS—Mark and Gail Wilson




16 Rules for Business Success, part 4

January 26, 2013

Final 4

13. Never expect life to be fair.

Life isn’t fair.  You make your own breaks.  You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems.

You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge.  Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others.”  There’s also an old saying that I remind myself of frequently.  It goes like this: “A wise man keeps his own counsel.”


15. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Lighten up.  Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There’s always a reason to smile.

Find it.  After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive.  Life is short.  More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”

16 Rules for Business Success, part 3

January 25, 2013

Rules 9 thru 12

Good stuff here. I especially like the last one.

9. Measure everything of significance.

I swear this is true.  Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.

If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while.  I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.

When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around.

In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.

16 Rules for Business Success, part 2

January 24, 2013

Rules 5 thru 8

5. Focus on what you want to have happen.

Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”

6. Be quick to decide.

Remember what General George S. Patton said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” 

7. Always be moving forward.

Never stop investing.  Never stop improving.  Never stop doing something new.  The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die.  Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way.  Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen.  Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8 Take things a day at a time.

No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment.  You can get through anything one day at a time.

16 Rules for Business Success

January 23, 2013

Rules 1-4 (author unknown)

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.

I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone.  I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.”  My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”

2. Never give up.

Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted.  Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work.  It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it.  If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.

3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.

There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true.  It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.

Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences.”  My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling, “If it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”

15 Ways to Have a Great Day, Part 3

January 21, 2013

The last group


11. Leave everything better than you found it.   12. Remember that winners do what losers aren’t willing to do.   13. When you arrive at work in the morning, let the first think you say brighten someone’s day.   14. Don’t rain on other people’s parades.   15. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them

15 Ways to Have a Great Day

January 20, 2013

Second sequence 6-10

Jot these down and keep them close by. Might even think about reading them in the morning…could help.

6. Never deprive someone of hope. It may be all they have.   7. Pray not for things but for wisdom and courage.   8. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.   9. Keep your promises.   10. Remember that overnight success usually takes about 15 years.

T. Dismukes

15 Ways to Have a Great Day

January 19, 2013

First 5 of 15


1. Compliment 3 people every day.    2. Watch a sunrise at least once a month.   3. Be the first to say “hello.”   4. Live beneath your means.

5. Never give up on anyone. Miracles do happen.

Borrowed from T. Dismukes. All of the suggestions are good. Pass them along to friends, family, employees, customers, suppliers. Might make a difference


January 14, 2013

Appreciation & Gratitude

I know the ways to say the words, act the part and feel the absolute need to be Grateful and show Appreciation. For things like spiritual life, friendship, love of your family. But, and here’s the big one, I’m not sure I do a good job of it. I know it when life is about to end and I review what I could have done, said, been. Sometimes that is not a very good movie. Or is it?

So, I try not to miss an opportunity to keep those whom I love close, to be a friend and to experience the spiritual love available to all of us.