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Success Tips from Mr. Rogers


I think most people will agree that Mr. Rogers was a successful person.  Since the 1960s he was tireless in his life’s work of encouraging the healthy emotional growth and development of children and their families.  He won many awards and world-wide recognition for his work through his iconic TV program, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  In fact, the Smithsonian in Washington DC has one of his red sweaters in their collection.

But Fred Rogers doesn’t fit the image of a successful person.  He was soft spoken, sort of goofy, and the songs he wrote and sang could be quite corny. He didn’t dress in the latest fashions or live an elitist lifestyle.  A friend of mine happened to be on the same late night flight as Mr. Rogers, who was sitting in the regular seats on the plane, and my friend said he was as genial and kind in person as he was on his TV program.

People made fun of Mr. Rogers, even before Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood became a success.  And afterward, he was the butt of many jokes.  Eddie Murphy and the Saturday Night Live cast did several parodies of him and his TV program.

Even so, Mr. Rogers never wavered in his passion for excellence in children’s TV programming.  He kept on keeping on with what he knew was right and what he felt was his mission, his calling, to achieve.  He was so firm in his convictions about good, nourishing, television programming for children that he stood up to the US Senate and convinced them to continue funding educational TV.

We can all take a lesson from Mr. Rogers.  We don’t have to look a certain way or live in a particular area or be popular.  We don’t have to be loud or extroverted  We don’t have to do crazy, outlandish things to be noticed and we certainly don’t have to “sell our souls to the devil” in order to have an impact.  It’s okay if others don’t get what we’re trying to achieve; it’s even okay if people make fun of us as we pursue our dreams.

We can do as Mr. Rogers did and give all of ourselves, every day, doing the very best we can toward making a difference in a way that matters to us.

Thank you for showing us the way, Mr. Rogers!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Start Your Week Right with Inspirational Quotes from Earl Nightingale


Today would have been Earl Nightingale’s birthday.  In his honor, here are a few of his quotes that I think will help you get a good start on the week.



Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.  ― Earl Nightingale


…peace of mind does not mean numbness of mind. ― Earl Nightingale


Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.  ― Earl Nightingale


A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before we changed.  ― Earl Nightingale


The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice… it is conformity.  ― Earl Nightingale


People credited with all kinds of ability, talent, brains and know how, including the ability to see into the future, frequently have nothing more than the courage to keep everlastingly at what they set out to do. They have that one great quality that is worth more than all the rest put together. They simply will not give up! When a man makes up his mind to do something then it’s only a matter of time. Staying with time take bulldog persistence. This seems to be the entrance examination to success – lasting success — of any kind!  ― Earl Nightingale


I hope at least one of these quotes resonated with you.  Keep it handy and refer to it often this week.  Let the inspiration of the quote you chose power you through this week.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


A Meaningful Life: What Does That Mean?!


As I mentioned in my first ever video (!!) , this week we’re going to be talking about A Meaningful Life.

You might remember a few months ago we talked about self-actualization as described by Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need. According to Maslow, humans have needs that can be pictured as a pyramid with the wide bottom level being concerned with fulfilling survival needs such as adequate shelter and enough food to eat, and the top level being all about self-actualization.

I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit and, while I didn’t do any kind of scientific study, my observations have indicated that no matter how successful we are or are not, no matter how old or young, and no matter where we live in the world, everyone is always interested in self-actualization. I’ve come to believe that we’re hard-wired to self-actualize regardless of our life situation, condition, or location. It seems to me that this urge is part and parcel of our survival instinct, which makes it just as important to us as finding enough food to eat, having adequate shelter, and keeping ourselves warm and safe.

All of us, from the moment we’re born until the time we leave this earth, want to live life on our own terms. We want to be individuals—unique, one-of-a-kind, and irreplaceable. When we’re young, we feel ourselves brimming with untapped potential and each one of us wants to go to our grave totally spent—our gifts and talents completely used up—but, oh the experiences…the memories! The depth and richness of them will last us through eternity.

With our ever-present drive to self-actualize, I’ve wondered why Maslow put it at the top of the pyramid. Perhaps he did so because once the “lower” instincts are reasonably satisfied, we don’t have any distractions from this urge. Especially when we get to “a certain age”, typically once we enter the empty nest years, this need becomes nearly a force of nature—we can’t stop ourselves from thinking about it and striving for it, at least on some level. & Artisan Workshop Designs & Artisan Workshop Designs

This is why it’s so important that we figure out what self-actualization, being purpose-driven, and living a meaningful life signifies to us.

As I said at the beginning of this post—and in my first ever video!—this is what we’ll be talking about all week. Come back and join the conversation!

As always, feel free to pass this post along to a friend. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Difficulties and Problems: Another Way to Look at Them

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Difficulties are to show us all the Gifts we have inside.  ~Victoria Osteen


I never thought of difficulties quite this way. I knew that, even though they were painful and, well, difficult, that difficulties were an opportunity to dig deep and find out what’s inside.

My thought sounds the same as Victoria’s, but there’s a subtle difference. With my thought–that we have to roll up our sleeves and dig in–it contains the idea of added difficulty on top of the difficulty I’m trying to solve.


With Victoria’s thought, to me, it’s more like an unfolding–like a flower blooming. The work we have to do with her thought is along the lines of being present, being aware, recognizing, accepting, then fashioning those gifts into something that’s valuable to my life and to the world.

I like Victoria’s thought better!

It’s still work, but, to me, Victoria’s thought infers that there’s a payoff at the end of the work. On the other hand, my original thought had me feeling that perhaps there’s a payoff…but I’m going to have to work awfully hard to get it!

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I definitely like Victoria’s thought better!   🙂

How about you? When you hit a difficulty, do you think you have to get out your pick and shovel and start digging or do you watch closely as the flower unfolds revealing its beauty in each moment?

Let me know in the comments section below. Or join us on Facebook and let us know what you think!  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Success Secrets of the Irish!


May the rainbow always touch your shoulder.

~Found in a fortune cookie


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Here are some success secrets of the Irish: 

Belief in luck

With this, you’ll be more apt to take a chance on going for your dreams. Even though you may not have all the answers and even though you can’t see too far down the pathway of your dreams, you’ll give it a go anyway because Good Luck will come to your aid!

No such thing as strangers, just friends not yet met

Putting shyness and reticence to the side and channeling your Friendly Inner You. You never know what gifts other people have to give you, even if your contact with them is momentary and fleeting. It may be that they have a kind or insightful word or a smile for you. It could even be that in striking up a conversation with a stranger, you find that they turn out to be a good friend!

Practical philosophy

The Irish are famous for their proverbs and sayings that are simple yet quite profound and touching: “If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes.” These are born out of seeing the gift and the good in difficult situations, and offering it to others.

Enjoy the moment

The Irish are renowned for their wit, enjoying a good joke, and laughter. With their belief in fairies, elves, and leprechauns, it’s understandable how they have this lighter view of life!

Your homework today is to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and all the good being Irish has to offer—whether you’re Irish or not!

Take luck by the hand, enjoy the people you’ll meet, tuck a wise quote in your pocket to refer to as needed today, and put a smile on your face and a laugh in your heart and have a memorable St. Patrick’s Day!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,