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The Other Side

The department of know

That quote stopped me in my tracks yesterday.

The department of know.

The mystery of Faith.

You can’t know what you’ve never seen.

But you can know that Faith, Hope, and Love are three unequivocal human values.

You don’t need religion to convince you, simply use your instinct to imagine the opposites (or absence) of Faith, Hope, and Love.

Humanity doesn’t stand a chance with the opposites.

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Final 120 Days

Our rights and the undeserving

Purchased six reams and had them cut in half, for a work project. Meanwhile, smiling from the multi-colored “Sun Rays” at the-photo’s top.

Dr. Robert Enright is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin and president of the International Forgiveness Institute. He defines forgiveness as:

A willingness to abandon one’s right to resentment, negative judgment, and indifferent behavior toward one who unjustly injured us, while fostering the undeserved qualities of compassion, generosity, and even love toward him or her.

Son, remember, forgiveness sets you free. The devil tempts you with our rights and with undeserving people. Please consider pride and anxiety versus humility and goodness.

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Final 120 Days

Periodic table for values

Disney Keynote Speaker jeff noel in Bogota
Tattoo from a gym member’s leg.

Periodic table for values?

The idea happened this morning after a phone call while walking to Publix (grocery store).

The friend who asked for career advice texted me afterwards and said he needs to put post-it notes everywhere. And each note would hold only one word…

Grace

To which i thought might raise too many questions.

Solution to avoid controversy?

Gc

Write Gc instead of the word. When asked, use a creative answer that is true yet raises no questions.

Then i wondered about the periodic table.

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Our Choices Make Us

Can you articulate your foundational values?

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In the moment we were asked to list our values. Few people can write theirs immediately.

Can you articulate your foundational values?

  • Honesty
  • Behave admirably
  • Personal responsibility
  • Self-control
  • Initiative
  • Fun

These are the six values i’ve used to teach, coach, and develop our son. Clarity is power.

What are yours?

There, see what i mean?

Clarity is power.

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Stuff We Do

A reminder that patience isn’t just for the easy stuff

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This was such a big deal and my patience was put to the test.

 

thank you note
Turns out, it was just a button labeled “refresh” that needed to be pushed.

 

In 18 years as a full-time professional speaker and business advisor, i have never (not a single time) placed my presentation on a thumb-drive and given it to a client to run Disney/my content off of their laptop.

Never.

Ever.

Why?

Because for the first 15 years, it was a Disney Institute standard to protect Disney’s proprietary content and intellectual property.

And – and this is a big and – the reason my presentations didn’t work well on a client’s screen was never (another big word) a fault of my laptop.

i hate being seen as an inflexible and paranoid human being.

But that’s the very role i have to play when push comes to shove.

i was backed into a corner two days ago.

We tried:

  • Rebooting laptop.
  • Using my backup laptop.
  • Replacing their HDMI cable.

Nothing worked.

By the way, for the 45 minutes before AV arrived, everything worked fine. But then the three screens began flickering every few seconds. And to make it more interesting, their laptop’s presentation worked perfectly.

With literally no option but to use their laptop, i reluctantly agreed to waiver (and i hated it) from a non-negotiable standard.

As i loaded the presentation on the thumb drive, the flickering stopped.

Cortney (the junior AV tech) pressed a “refresh button” of some sort and everything worked perfectly.

The photos of Disney Characters and note cards at the top was my way of thanking (and apologizing for high standards) them for staying the course and figuring it out.

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