Friday, September 30, 2016

The First Three Things

There are three things in life that, once gone, never come back.

Time:  The frittered minutes and hours are lost forever.  They can never be retrieved.  How is your time management?

Words:  Harsh words, hurtful words can never be retracted.  One can apologize all day long yet the memory of some words last a lifetime.

Have you ever been victim of these words?
“Fatty fatty two-by-four; can’t get through the kitchen door”
“This one is our lazy kid.”
“You are an accident just waiting to happen.”


Opportunities:  I’ve heard a few people bemoan the fact that they could have gotten in on the ground floor of Microsoft back in the early days.  And look where they could have been now.  Ah, the risks – ah, the possibilities.

There are no right or wrong answers here. Just a thought.

I could swear I’m seeing books on today’s bookstore shelves with the same title I had in my mind twenty or thirty years ago.

I had the idea and the opportunity.  I just never did anything with that opportunity.

Just some thoughts

Five more in in this series.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016


I’ve written four books – so what?  Now they are finished.  I miss the process. And so i keep writing.

Having written is fine - enjoyable – satisfying.  Ah, but the journey is better. 

I love this quote:

We build out of the unfinished idea.
Completion is a goal
but we hope it's never the end.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

For What Are You Known

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When people think of you, your brand, or your place of business, what do they immediately think of?

Tonight as Carolyn and I drove around out small town we started listing the things that make some of the restaurants memorable.

Restaurant A has good oatmeal
Restaurant B has amazing coffee with heavy cream
Restaurant C has incredible burgers
Restaurant D has the best Italian food
Restaurant E has lousy coffee (even lousy coffee is memorable)

And we added a few others. 

You see, people know things about your business and about you that they may never verbalize to your face or put on a customer survey, yet you are being rated and judged based on their perception of you.

And so it is with us as individuals.

~I think people perceive of me as an encourager.
~My friend Ruth has never been happy in any job she has held for as long as I have known her.
~John is a thinker.
~Walt is always ready to help someone in need.
~Louie is lazy.
~Mary is resourceful.
~Aileen is an amazing cook.
~Don’t eat what Lucy cooks.

You see the pattern.  People make judgements about us too.

My point …

Get in touch with yourself and make sure your persona matches what you aim to give off.

Make sure your business is true to the impressions you set out to leave in people’s minds.

And if you fall short?

Do some research.  If you are a restaurant, ask your customers how they like your coffee?  Do you like the way I fry your bacon?  If there was one thing I could to do improve my business and get you to come here more often, what would you say?

Maybe what you are known for is not what you want to be known for.

Perhaps you can improve on that.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time