Classic Zig Ziglar from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 14 May 2021 02:48:10 -0700 Classic Zig Ziglar from Creators Syndicate 9da66fd7116389045cafa11a02502f23 Something to Think About for 05/12/2021 Wed, 12 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you could "sell your future," what would the price tag be? Obviously, it would vary enormously according to your age, background, previous success and your frame of mind. The condition of your health, your family relationships, your current financial resources and a host of other things would also influence the value you put on your future.</p> <p>I suspect that in all probability, you have already "sold" next week. You're probably employed and paid a salary or, if you're on a commission sales job, you have a pretty good idea of how much you will make next week. If you have owned a business for two or more years, you most likely now about what you can expect as profit. So, based on what you already know, what would your price be on your future?<p>Updated: Wed May 12, 2021</p> 7e5948d3af21f8c8fe5d2cf8ff3ee047 Give What You Have for 05/05/2021 Wed, 05 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"As a new resident of a small Southern town, I often noticed a stocky, gray-haired man ride by my home on a bicycle. He usually had a tool kit in the wire basket of the bike. Months after I had first noticed him, we were introduced at the home of a new friend of mine, a widow. When she told me his name, she added, 'But we widows call him "Mr. Fix-it." He's just replaced a broken windowpane for me. If we have trouble with dripping faucets, loose door hinges, toasters or irons on the blink, we call him. The only pay he'll take is a snack.</p> <p>"Over shared coffee and cinnamon rolls, I asked him why he went around helping widows. 'Well,' he said, 'after I lost my Annie, I got to wondering how she'd have managed if I'd been taken first. She didn't know the business end of a hammer and would have had to hire someone for every little thing. On the small pension she'd have had, and with the cost of repairs today, she'd have had to cut down on necessities, like food.'<p>Updated: Wed May 05, 2021</p> d867935f3f65d1e19ce18d0508e326b2 The Building's on Fire! for 04/28/2021 Wed, 28 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This little bit of satire from an unknown source struck my funny bone, and I believe it will strike yours, as well.</p> <p>Fire: What To Do<p>Updated: Wed Apr 28, 2021</p> 69ea3fcafd385737111960a2b7dea014 When You Thought I Wasn't Looking for 04/21/2021 Wed, 21 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Recently, we received a fascinating email message that I thought was so good. I have decided to share it with you and obtained permission from the author, Mary Rita Schilke Korzan:</p> <p>When you thought I wasn't looking, you hung my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 21, 2021</p> 7ebabda218c7dc841feb0082c07bf091 Questions Are the Answer for 04/14/2021 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For centuries, knowledgeable people have recognized that successful leaders have a talent for asking the right questions to get the information they need. They are probing, penetrating, thought-provoking questions that force the other person to think. This enables the leader to bring out the best in that individual.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">As individuals, we need to ask ourselves penetrating questions because questions force us to explore our own thinking.</span> For example, do you believe your doubts and doubt your beliefs? John L. Mason asks that penetrating question in his book "Ask," and it really forces you to think. Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Do you lean toward the cynical? Or are you open-minded, giving the other person the benefit of the doubt? Do you question everything just to be questioning, or are you intellectually curious and really interested in the answer?<p>Updated: Wed Apr 14, 2021</p> e7910410de84755bd4025e8a4dc2862e Society: Positive or Negative? for 04/07/2021 Wed, 07 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Is society negative or positive? The answer: It's more negative than positive. Dr. J. Allan Petersen points out that society's input is predominantly negative. Our conversations at home accentuate the negative. Unfortunately, a negative thinker activates the world around him negatively, and every bit of negativism he sows produces a bumper crop. Albert Einstein said we have to have seven positive influences to overcome one negative one. </p> <p>Psychologist Shad Helmstetter offers this: "Most of the everyday suggestions in our society are extremely negative. Violent TV translates into a more violent culture. Sensationalism in the media toward sensuality and immediate gratification may well have helped spawn the almost immediate epidemic use of harmful drugs."<p>Updated: Wed Apr 07, 2021</p> 7dc43f6c0539e911d7b5d6eecdedec9e We Have a Choice for 03/31/2021 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Tuesday morning, at 8:24 a.m., I was checking out of the local grocery store. As I was making my departure, the lady said, "Have a good day." I responded, "I've already had one &#8212; you do the same." Her response was, "Not today &#8212; I don't expect it to happen to me."</p> <p>I was saddened by her remark because our expectations have a tendency to be fulfilled. Fortunately, we can make our expectations positive, rather than negative. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The key is when you plan for something positive to happen, then prepare for something positive to happen, chances are much better that something positive will happen.</span> <p>Updated: Wed Mar 31, 2021</p> 1b99540364ef0a40fa1ce037d39fbd6d A Time for Optimism and Hard Work for 03/24/2021 Wed, 24 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At a recent speech, Jack Kemp pointed out that nearly a hundred years ago, we started this century with an air of boundless confidence and enthusiasm. Fourteen years later, the world was at war and over 5 million men &#8212; or over 5,600 a day for five years &#8212; paid the ultimate price. </p> <p>The horror of World War I led to protectionism and isolationism of the West in the '30s. This left the ground fertile for Nazism, Fascism and Communism, with the dead eventually measured in the tens of millions. Kemp pointed out, "We have spent an exhausting century undoing the mistakes &#8212; reclaiming the lost promise of 1900."<p>Updated: Wed Mar 24, 2021</p> 07e4007814540eac6d9bf631f67caf3e Quit? What For? for 03/17/2021 Wed, 17 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Aug. 6, 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel. Her time was 14 hours and 31 minutes, breaking Charles Toff's record by two hours and 23 minutes.</p> <p>Swimming the English Channel is a truly difficult undertaking. The channel is only 20 miles wide at the point most swimmers tackle it. However, when you combine the tide and the little waves that batter and bruise a swimmer, throw in the rain, cold and darkness, and add the jellyfish with those long, stinging tentacles, you really have a formidable challenge.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 17, 2021</p> 100a9210291545e301a4e4cea156ad17 True Love Waits for 03/10/2021 Wed, 10 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Our society today winks at the idea of sexual purity and abstinence before marriage. Based on some of the sex education courses in schools and the conduct of personalities in real life as well as in the television and movie industries, we're led to believe that abstinence is not only impossible, it's undesirable; that sex, under most circumstances, is not only fun but actually a goal worth striving for. This is in spite of the fact that overwhelming evidence indicates premarital sex has produced more teenage mothers raising children in poverty than ever before, and it has also produced an incredible number of sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS, which can be fatal. </p> <p>One of the most fascinating examples of the benefits of sexual purity took place in Brazil, which is by and large a sensual society, saturated with sexual immorality. In the midst of this culture, however, the Brazilian Baptist Youth sponsored a community blood drive in Campinas, held in conjunction with their national congress and the "True Love Waits" campaign. The blood drive broke two significant records: First, it was the most people &#8212; 472 &#8212; ever to donate blood at one time, and secondly, <span class="column--highlighted-text">they achieved 100% uncontaminated blood.</span> This is phenomenal because this largest recorded donation produced a perfect score. These Brazilian youth dramatically demonstrated that there are not only spiritual benefits to sexual purity but physical benefits as well. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 10, 2021</p> cbd4abc3326a3a28285e6df19ee02c8b Keep On Reading for 03/03/2021 Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In our high-tech society today, too many people are relying on technology to meet all of their educational and personal growth needs. They believe all they need to do is press those buttons and they've got the answers to everything. </p> <p>There is much that can be said about the benefits of the electronic age, but the computer between our ears is still the greatest, especially in the area of creativity. Ongoing creativity depends to a large degree on the input into our minds. We accumulate vast amounts of knowledge through observation, listening, reading and talking with people.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 03, 2021</p> 75d8225e6b321e33411ebe23b792bdcb The Proper Way to Praise for 02/24/2021 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It is a generally recognized fact that some people are smarter than others. They have higher IQs, grasp complex concepts more quickly, learn more readily, solve problems more easily, etc. Everybody can't be the smartest in the class. If parents praise their children for effort instead of bragging on them for being smart, however, children are far more likely to perform better in school.</p> <p>According to psychologist Carol Dweck of Columbia University, youngsters who are told their good work reflects high intelligence "learn to measure their intelligence by their performance," Then, when they encounter setbacks ,they falter in discouragement. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 24, 2021</p> 973a39b3ddb63a147c10c703ec2e8ab0 Dads Are Important for 02/17/2021 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>An article by Tamara Henry in an issue of USA Today is exciting and very revealing. She reported on a study by the Education Department which reveals that children are more likely to get A's and less likely to repeat a grade or be expelled if fathers are highly involved in their schools. This is true whether the fathers live with their children or whether the mothers are also active. Incidentally, involvement is defined as participation in school meetings, teacher conferences, a class meeting or volunteering.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">I suspect that a major reason for the child's higher academic standing is the father is communicating to the child, "You're important to me, so your education is important."</span> Research also shows that when the teachers see that the father is involved and genuinely concerned about his child's education, they do a better job with the student.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 17, 2021</p> b8214f1c013eb5501eca1f7827bbb864 Too Much of a Good Thing for 02/10/2021 Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For some strange reason, there are millions of us who believe that if a little of something is good for us, a lot would be even better. Sometimes, that is true, but frequently, it is not. For example, if a non-swimmer has fallen into water over his head, if you throw him one end of a rope, that's good. If you throw him both ends of the rope, that's bad.</p> <p>In physical fitness, many people believe that if jogging 2 miles a day is good for you, 10 miles would be better. Many people believe that if one particular medication once a day is good for them, two should be twice as good. Disaster has been the result of that kind of thinking.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 10, 2021</p> 14d425ad416520b481900610a0b5dc6b The Pains and Delights of Having Birthdays for 02/03/2021 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As a "junior senior citizen," I frequently encounter some real delights at being a member of the fastest growing segment of our society. Since I'm 70, I've actually had enough birthdays to be classified as a full-fledged senior citizen, but I have a wrong "attitude," according to the way people generally think about senior citizens. </p> <p>For example, I honestly believe that my career is in front of me, rather than behind me, and I have more energy at 70 than I did at 45. With this in mind, I share some thoughts from both sides of the perspective.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 03, 2021</p> 7f2ffb1d7d5876e2d9a211d8fbdafa32 Don't Knock Yourself Out for 01/27/2021 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Much to the dismay of my wife, I am a boxing fan. Yes, I recognize that it is cruel. The prime objective is to inflict hurt and even injury on the opponent. But there is something compelling about it, and as a matter of fact, I boxed a couple of years when I was in school.</p> <p>Whether you are a fan or not, chances are good you probably admire a boxer like George Foreman, who is striking a blow for "the old geezers" with his marvelous attitude.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 27, 2021</p> eb7705f35a72fc8491955a36f7f9b44c Compassion and Cooperation for 01/20/2021 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The largest seminary in the world is Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. </p> <p>However, there were some rough roads to be traveled along the way. During the depression years of the 1930s, the seminary had to cut faculty salaries by 10 percent. Music teachers had no salary, but survived by charging students for music lessons. The day finally came, however, when finances were so short that no salaries could be paid, and faculty members accepted donations of food from local Texas churches. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 20, 2021</p> 011140dfcaddc765cc2ce775570d9454 The Half-Second Difference for 01/13/2021 Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Several years ago, the Big Ten Football Conference did a study on the difference between winning football teams and losing teams. It studied all factors: the quality of the facility, the equipment used, the extent of training and recruiting efforts. It studied the sizes and speeds of the athletes and a host of other things. </p> <p>The bottom line was clear: The difference between the first-place and second-place teams was the difference in length of total effort. The average first-place player went all-out two and seven-tenths seconds on every play. The difference between first and second place was five-tenths of a second in total effort. The difference between the team that finished first and the team that finished last was nine-tenths of a second in time spent in all-out effort. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 13, 2021</p> b7a5e342e5ce83e1b799fcab5625a53c Instant Wealth for 01/06/2021 Wed, 06 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>According to an article in the Aug. 29, 1996, issue of the Houston Chronicle, in 1980, William "Bud" Post won the Pennsylvania lottery jackpot of $16.2 million. On Sept. 26, 1996, he auctioned off the remaining $4.9 million of his winnings to get out of debt and kiss his bad luck goodbye. Post told bankruptcy judge Judith Fitzgerald, "I want to get rid of the lottery. Believe me, Your Honor, it's really been a pain." </p> <p>Since the day Post hit it big, his brother has been convicted of trying to kill him so he could gain access to the money. His sixth wife moved out, his former landlord Ann Carpie won a lawsuit for one-third of his winnings, he lost his bar and used-car businesses, and the gas at his mansion was turned off (he said he feels lucky to still have electricity and a phone). <p>Updated: Wed Jan 06, 2021</p> 5ca5aa891c2b2e2a4fba1346d3da73dd 'I Done it For Love' for 12/30/2020 Wed, 30 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Margaret Baillargeon wrote the following story in Catholic Digest:</p> <p>"Every family has favorite stories that are repeated each year at Christmastime. At our house, the one we will always remember occurred several years ago, when my brother Richard was 7 years old.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 30, 2020</p>