Tips from TV: Additional Lessons from Film Serials’ Heroes and Heroines


As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, our lives aren’t Republic Pictures serial, however, I think there are a few truths we can gather from the heroes and heroines in those stories and apply them to our journey to our dreams.

In yesterday’s post, I pointed out three attributes of the hero or heroine:



~unswerving belief in himself or herself and in his/her goal.


Here are a few others that are also relevant to us and our journey:

~Offer peace and goodwill to everyone he/she meets, including difficult scientists/leaders/tribal chiefs, with the attitude of collaboration and trading resources and, after working out misunderstanding on the others’ part, ending up as allies and friends;

~The mayor/boss/commissioner may give the hero an important job to do and the hero immediately completes it but he/she never loses focus on the overall goal of stopping the bad guy;

~As the hero forged ahead, he/she trusted that help in the form of information or assistance from others would come in unexpected ways and times;

~Giving people the benefit of the doubt, even the bad guys who he may have just fought;

~Always hopeful and always looking for and taking the next step.  Even when he/she wasn’t sure what to do, he/she did what seemed to be the best thing to do at the time;

~Doing what was right and protecting/helping those who were vulnerable, even though it was inconvenient, took up valuable time, and exposed the hero to harm;

~The hero never at any time had any shred of doubt that he/she would succeed in stopping and capturing the bad guy and his gang.


Let me know what you think of this list.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



PS:  In light of yesterday’s post, I did a little research on film serials and discovered the earliest to be a German film from 1910, although it’s unclear if any of the films have survived, with the last serial being made in 1956.  A much longer history than I’d thought!

Tips from TV: What the Republic Serials Have to Teach Us


Recently, I’ve been watching the old serials that Republic Film Studios put out in the late 1930’s through the late 1940s—programs such as The Black Whip, The Masked Marvel, Captain America (1940s version), The Green Archer, and The Phantom.

I’ve enjoyed watching these programs, not only because they’re from a time when story lines were more innocent, but also because it’s been fun to imagine my parents as children watching these at the Saturday Matinees that were so popular back then.  I’ve gotten a kick out of imagining Mom and Dad as wide-eyed kids sitting on the edge of their seats each week as the episodes ended in cliffhangers.

In case you’ve never watched serials, they usually involved the hero (or heroine) fighting against a bad guy and his gang who were intent upon taking control of the country and world by selling national security secrets to foreign nations hostile to the USA.  Each episode would wind down with the hero fighting the bad guys.  The episode would end with it looking like curtains for the hero, leaving the viewers thinking there was no way the hero would get out of that one alive!

Of course, the hero would figure out a way…until the end of the next episode!

After 15 or so episodes, the serial would end with the total defeat of the bad guy, along with what was left of his gang after the hero captured or killed them along the way.  And the world was made safe again for decent folks to live good lives!

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As I was watching, I noticed that the bad guy seemed to be holding all the cards.  He was always one or two steps ahead of the hero and his or her assistants.  The bad guy was always scheming and had several contingency plans that would advance his dastardly cause but would also trap and foil the hero.

The hero, on the other hand, was more straight-forward in his/her thinking and, as a result, wouldn’t anticipate the traps and setbacks that the bad guy threw his/her way.  It seemed like the hero would make a little bit of progress but thanks to the seemingly superiority of the bad guy, there were always obstacles, things to sidetrack the hero, and even traps that would seem to derail and totally shut down the hero.

But, the hero was always resourceful and always persevered, even through the most dire and seemingly hopeless of situations.

And, the hero never doubted for a moment that he/she would finally succeed, even in the face of the seemingly overwhelming dominance of the bad guy.

And, the hero’s attitude and resolve paid off.   He/she would live to try again another day and, after many attempts and much effort, would finally succeed.

This got me to thinking….

The hero’s fight in the serials is a lot like our “fight” to achieve our dreams.

Oftentimes we feel that the Universe has events, situations, resources, and the like, stacked against us.  It seems like we make one step forward and then several steps back and to the side.  It can be very frustrating and down-right disheartening.

Even though our lives aren’t a Republic serial, we can still learn a lesson from them:

~ follow the lead of the hero and tap into our natural resourcefulness—as Teddy Roosevelt would say: doing all we could with what we had with where we found ourselves;

~ to be persistent.  To persevere when the going gets tough, especially when it seems hopeless and like it’s curtains for our dream.  Stick it out because tomorrow’s a new day with new possibilities;

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~Above all, be just like the hero and keep believing in yourself and your dream, no matter what!


You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


A Few Inspiring Quotes


Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ~Maya Angelou


Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.  ~Earl Nightingale


Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.  ~Woodrow Wilson


There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.  ~Oprah Winfrey


If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.  ~Jim Rohn


I will follow the upward road today; I will keep my face to the light. I will think high thoughts as I go my way; I will do what I know is right. I will look for the flowers by the side of the road; I will laugh and love and be strong. I will try to lighten another’s load this day as I fare along.  ~Mary S. Edgar


Let me know which of these quotes you liked the best!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Quote: About Courage


In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s recent birthday, I have been reading about him.  While at times he was quite human, he was also extraordinary.  I came across the following quote that was as relevant back in the ‘60s as it is now.  I thought you’d be interested to read it, too:

Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.  ~Dr. Martin Luther King

“…because it is right.”   One of the most important phrases to keep in mind as we live each day.

We don’t have to become anything more than who we are; we don’t have to change our lives, ourselves, or give up our dreams.   We just have to keep in mind the phrase “…because it is right” and guide ourselves accordingly.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Dr. Martin Luther King: Quotes of Peace and Goodwill


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.


The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. 


We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear. 


Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.


Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.  Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.


“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”


I cam to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you


I hope these quotes have inspired you today and that they continue to inspire you as you travel your path to your dreams.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Inspiring Quotes for the Upcoming Week


Here are a few quotes to help you start the week off right: 

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. ~Golda Meir


Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong. ~Peter McIntyre


Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future. ~Alice Walker


Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. ~Bradley Whitford


Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. ~Robert H. Schuller


Have a great week!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Baby Steps: Activation Triggers


I thought this article by Michael Hyatt on activation triggers was interesting.  It relates to this past week’s discussion on Baby Steps and it offers an idea not covered in the resources listed in yesterday’s post.  How to Use Activation Triggers™ to Reach Your Goals this Year.

I found it interesting that many of Michael’s activation triggers involved setting up technology to “force” you to follow through on baby steps.  For instance, he programmed the lights in his office turn off at 6pm on Friday evenings and he has his computer set to only turn on sites and programs during a specific time that will support his quiet time of the day.

Baby Steps: Resources

Photo Credit: Colgate University
Photo Credit: Colgate University


Happy Friday the 13th!  And, for those of you with a connection to Colgate University, Happy Colgate Day (here’s a link to find out why)!


There a many resources our there but these are the ones that I’ve found very helpful in understanding baby steps and learning how best to use them.

Books—I have read each of these books.  While they don’t contain all the answers, each of them has valuable information that can be applied to taking baby steps:

~One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Mauer, PhD~Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

~Willpower:  Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength  by Roy Baumeister and Joe Tierney

~Change Anything:  The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny

~Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

YouTube—B.J. Fogg has some very interesting techniques for crafting baby steps and developing a system for their implementation so the changes take hold (be sure to watch both videos):

~B.J. Fogg, PhD TEDx Talk in Freemont, California 

~B.J. Fogg, PhD TEDx Talk in Maui, Hawaii 

Articles on the Web—Like the books, these articles don’t contain all the “secrets” of baby steps.  Each of them, though, has interesting thoughts, suggestions, and tips; one of them might be just the thing you’ve been searching for!

~An article in Oprah Magazine about Dr. Fogg’s work  

~Scientific Ways to Make New Habits Stick

~Simple and Effective Changes to Make in Your Business

~Small steps to regain control of your work and personal life

~Easy Life Hacks





Let me know which resources you found to be most helpful.  Thanks!

Pass this post along to a friend.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


PS:  Please note that none of these links are affiliate links.  I make no money regardless of whether you click on a link or visit a website or purchase a product through the link.

Baby Steps: The Ugly,,


This is where baby steps get, well, ugly.

As I was researching for this Baby Steps Series, I discovered a few sites that were downright hostile toward baby steps.

Here are a few of the disparaging remarks they made:

~Progress is too slow and, therefore, worthless;

~They’re ineffective;

~They delude you into thinking you’re making progress, but you actually aren’t;

~They can distract you from your real goals and, instead, fill your days with busyness;

~They’re a way to kid yourself that you’re making substantial changes but in reality, you aren’t;

~They keep you snug and cozy in your comfort zone when the road to your dreams is outside of your comfort zone;

~Baby steps are a joke because you must take leaps and risks in order to achieve your dreams.


These are valid points.

However, the facts they expose are NOT the worthlessness of baby steps but rather the need for clarity in the goal so that effective baby steps can be formulated, and the well-defined understanding of what each baby step is intended to accomplish.

I hope this helps you in breaking your goals into baby steps.  Not only do they need to be small and manageable but the also have to be relevant to your overall dream and the path you’ve chosen to get you there.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Baby Steps: The Bad


As I shared with you in Monday’s post, there are times I’ve taken baby steps yet I’ve fallen flat on my face.  That’s because I took too big of a step.  Even though it seemed I’d broken the big step into small pieces, those pieces were still too big.

This is obvious, right?

But why would I have taken a step that was too big and risk disappointment and failure?  Because I had stinkin’ thinkin’ going on in my head!

A few of my friends and I talked about this subject and here are some of the thoughts that went through our minds—let me know if any of these sound familiar to you!

~I have a college education and I should be able to take big steps;

~It’s insulting to take itsy bitsy baby steps;

~People will think I’m an incompetent nincompoop if I take small baby steps;

~Kevin Co-worker in the next cubicle takes big steps and I’m smarter than him so I should be able to take big steps, too;

~That motivational book I read featured stories of people who took big steps so I should be able to, also;

~I saw on Facebook that the annoying person in my book club took a huge step.  I’m nicer than her so I should easily be able to out-step her!


You’ll notice that many of these thoughts have to do with comparing ourselves to others or being worried about how others will perceive us—what they’ll think about us.  Also, we get tripped up when we don’t allow ourselves to be beginners again and when we have to be taught and learn.

The antidote:  Stop comparing ourselves to others!  Turn off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites!!  Also, be careful what we let into our minds—what we watch on TV, what we listen to, who we hang around.

Keep reminding ourselves that each step we take, no matter how small, puts us one step closer to our dreams!

Keep going!  Keep taking those baby steps!


Your Friend and Pep Pal,