A lesson from the D-Day invasion

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver 1864 – 1943 Most of us know that the D-Day invasion was a pivotal turning point in World War II. It occurred on June 6, 1944 and involved nearly 4,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and over three million soldiers.  Months of planning went into the operation. There’s a little known but highly valuable lesson concerning the invasion that I’d like to share with you. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was the leader of the allied troops. Eisenhower knew that the invasion would be met …
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Two simple questions to predict success or failure

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948 Do you believe it’s possible to accurately predict success or failure by asking two simple questions? Before you answer, let me tell you the questions. Do you ever make mistakes? If so, what is the worst mistake you have ever made? In a research study, these questions were asked to students preparing to be neurosurgeons. The researchers found that the students who flunked out either claimed that they …
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I’ll do it myself

Anybody, anywhere in the world, all they want is to be free, to choose what they want to do without having someone tell them how to do it. Freida Pinto 1984 – Have you ever tried to feed a two year old — hoping to get the food in their mouth and not on the floor — only to be rebuffed? About that age, children start demonstrating a desire to be in control of their lives; they want to do things for themselves. At the other end of the spectrum is elder care. If you’ve ever been a caregiver, you know …
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