You know the feeling all too well. It’s a great day. You land that client, close that deal and get a verbal green light on the funding you’ve been waiting on. You round up your business partners and your spouse and you meet up for dinner to celebrate. “Sky’s the limit!” You put it on the AmEx thinking that the money will be in the bank by the time you get your next monthly statement.

You look down at your BlackBerry during dessert, and read, “We rethought the parameters of the deal, and it’s just not going to work for us.”

In just eight hours you have gone from feeling flush to concluding that the world has just ended.

I live on this roller coaster, especially now that I’m in the media business. My ups and downs seem more severe than when I ran a “traditional” company. It feels highly personal when I get a rejection. One day a big radio syndicator says how much they love me and can’t wait to give me a full-time weekday slot but… their roster is full and they will let me know when (and if) an opening occurs.

Last year at this time, I shot two episodes of a new television show (as the host!) for a major prime-time network. I felt like I was at the top of my game. Months have rolled by. I have no control over whether or not that show will air.

If you are an entrepreneur like me, these ups and downs are what you signed up for, and if you don’t learn to ride the wave, the wave will crush you. The truth is that the tipping point is coming in your business. That much I know is true. What I don’t know is whether or not you’ll stick around to enjoy it.

There will always be setbacks, so you must learn how to deal with them. I follow a three-step program:
1. I allow myself 24 hours to be a complete mess. I gripe. I cry. I feel insecure. I make the party that rejected me entirely in the wrong (losers!). I punch the wall. I exercise. Then, it’s out of my system and it’s over.

2. The next morning—time to move on. I remind myself of all the amazing things that I have accomplished and of the setbacks I found a way to overcome.

3. Finally, I create a reason in my mind for why this rejection is the best thing that could happen for my business and brand. How did it actually strengthen me?

To build a muscle, you have to tear it down. An entrepreneur is training for success every day. Going from billionaire to bankrupt on a regular basis is the only way to get there. Trust me. It might not feel like you are on the right path, but it’s the only path there is. Ride the wave. You’ll be glad you did.

The economy is really taking a toll on me…I hate the way our president is handling the BP oil leak situation…I have not been able to find a job in months…We haven’t been able to sale our home and may need to foreclose…My kid can’t attend college this year due to our finances…I can’t afford insurance…My car was repo’ed last week…

STOP!!!!!!!!!!!

Thinking like this WILL NOT MAKE YOUR GOALS A REALITY!!!!

STOP taking everything so damn seriously.  If you don’t, I promise you will NEVER get out of your situation and you will be in the continuous downward spiral of life!!

There is a great quote from the late Dr. Suess that goes, “Don’t cry because it’s over, Smile because it happened”.  Which is something that we should all totally agree with!

So we should focus on the best of what life CAN offer us and do what we can to turn our situation into something good and choose not to lose….find your groove and have fun doing it!!

Stop following the rules & Start Scaring yourself!

What are “the rules” anyway?  Rules are those that someone made up somewhere along the way.  And there are times when things change and so must the rules that go along with that change.  If your finding that something isn’t working for you, then you really need to take a long look and see if you can get those things to work.  And to do that may require that you need to change the rules to fit your needs in order to accomplish your goals.

Now there are some rules that I totally believe in, and those are rules having to do with treating people fairly and respectfully and not trying to control their lives and to allow them to express themselves how they want to.

So, when you change your rules, you will probably start scaring yourself.  But that can actually be a good thing.  Because what your doing is something that is not within your comfort zone, but that you will make into your comfort zone.  Go out on a limb.  Do something that will make those you know, look at you in a different way.  In a way that, “Hey, he/she is really making it happen for themselves…they have really got fed up with how things have been, they have found their purpose and passion, they are getting totally focused on what they need to do, to get to where they want to be, and they are going all out…even way out of the comfort zone they had to get it done!”

You have within you, more than you can ever imagine.  Dig deep.  Find your real self, make new rules for yourself and press the hell out of your hot button.  It’s in you…now go make it happen!!

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Over time, we all gather a set of constricting habits around us—ones that trap us in a zone of supposed comfort, well below what our potential would allow us to attain. Pretty soon, such habits slip below the level of our consciousness, but they still determine what we think that we can and cannot do—and what we cannot even bring ourselves to try. As long as you let these habits rule you, you’ll be stuck in a rut.

Like the tiny, soft bodied creatures that build coral reefs, habits start off small and flexible, and end up by building massive barriers of rock all around your mind. Inside the reefs, the water feels quiet and friendly. Outside you think it’s going to be rough and stormy. There may be sharks. But if you’re to develop in any direction from where you are today, you must go outside that reef of habits that marks the boundaries of your comfort zone. There’s no other way. There’s even nothing specially wrong with those habits as such. They probably worked for you in the past. But now it’s time to step over them and go into the wider world of your unused potential. Your fears don’t know what’s going to be out there, so they invent monsters and scary beasts to keep you inside.

Nobody’s born with an instruction manual for life. Despite all the helpful advice from parents, teachers and elders, each of us must make our own way in the world, doing the best we can and quite often getting things wrong. Messing up a few times isn’t that big a deal. But if you get scared and try to avoid all mistakes by sticking with just a few “tried and true” behaviors, you’ll miss out on most opportunities as well. Lots of people who suffer from boredom at work are doing it to themselves. They’re bored and frustrated because that’s what their choices have caused them to be. They’re stuck in ruts they’ve dug for themselves while trying to avoid making mistakes and taking risks. People who never make mistakes never make anything else either.

It’s time to pin down the habits that have become unconscious and are running your life for you, and get rid of them. Here’s how to do it:

1.            Understand the truth about your habits. They always represent past successes. You have formed habitual, automatic behaviors because you once dealt with something successfully, tried the same response next time, and found it worked again. That’s how habits grow and why they feel so useful. To get away from what’s causing your unhappiness and workplace blues, you must give up on many of your most fondly held (and formerly successful) habits. and try new ways of thinking and acting. There truly isn’t any alternative. Those habits are going to block you from finding new and creative ideas. No new ideas, no learning. No learning, no access to successful change.

2.            Do something—almost anything—differently and see what happens. Even the most successful habits eventually lose their usefulness as events change the world and fresh responses are called for. Yet we cling on to them long after their benefit has gone. Past strategies are bound to fail sometime. Letting them become automatic habits that take the controls is a sure road to self-inflicted harm.

3.            Take some time out and have a detailed look at yourself—with no holds barred. Discovering your unconscious habits can be tough. For a start, they’re unconscious, right? Then they fight back. Ask anyone who has ever given up smoking if habits are tough to break. You’ve got used to them—and they’re at least as addictive as nicotine or crack cocaine.

4.            Be who you are. It’s easy to assume that you always have to fit in to get on in the world; that you must conform to be liked and respected by others or face exclusion. Because most people want to please, they try to become what they believe others expect, even if it means forcing themselves to be the kind of person they aren’t, deep down.

You need to start by putting yourself first. You’re unique. We’re all unique, so saying this doesn’t suggest that you’re better than others or deserve more than they do. You need to put yourself first because no one else has as much interest in your life as you do; and because if you don’t, no one else will. Putting others second means giving them their due respect, not ignoring them totally. Keeping up a self-image can be a burden. Hanging on to an inflated, unrealistic one is a curse. Give yourself a break.

5.            Slow down and let go. Most of us want to think of ourselves as good, kind, intelligent and caring people. Sometimes that’s true. Sometimes it isn’t. Reality is complex. We can’t function at all without constant input and support from other people. Everything we have, everything we’ve learned, came to us through someone else’s hands. At our best, we pass on this borrowed existence to others, enhanced by our contribution. At our worst, we waste and squander it. So recognize that you’re a rich mixture of thoughts and feelings that come and go, some useful, some not. There’s no need to keep up a façade; no need to pretend; no need to fear of what you know to be true.

When you face your own truth, you’ll find it’s an enormous relief. If you’re maybe not as wonderful as you’d like to be, you aren’t nearly as bad as you fear either. The truth really does set you free; free to work on being better and to forgive yourself for being human; free to express your gratitude to others and recognize what you owe them; free to acknowledge your feelings without letting them dominate your life. Above all, you’ll be free to understand the truth of living: that much of what happens to you is no more than chance. It can’t be avoided and is not your fault. There’s no point in beating yourself up about it.

What is holding you in situations and actions that no longer work for you often isn’t inertia or procrastination. It’s the power of habitual ways of seeing the world and thinking about events. Until you can let go of those old, worn-out habits, they’ll continue to hold you prisoner. To stay in your comfort zone through mere habit, or—worse still—to stay there because of irrational fears of what may lie outside, will condemn you to a life of frustration and regret.

If you can accept the truth about the world and yourself, change whatever is holding you back, and get on with a fresh view on life, you’ll find that single action lets you open the door of your self-imposed prison and walk free. There’s a marvelous world out there. You’ll see, if you try it.

Last week I was at a conference speaking about social media – half way through I made a statement off-the-cuff that being good in social media or in blogging was really just about being good in life and good in relationships.

Social media is, as its name suggests, the social interaction that one person has with another person or a group of people. It’s a communal activity and, as a result, a lot of the things that apply to just being good at relationships apply to social media as well.

This morning I was thinking about what makes someone attractive in terms of conversation and what makes someone good at being in relationships. I was thinking about when you go to a party and you come away from that party either having had really good conversations with people or really bad ones and I’m beginning to think about some of the dynamics that make a someone the life of the party, someone who is, that draws others to them at a party because a lot of those same characteristics actually fit within the social media space as well.

Now, I’m not saying that you need to be an extrovert to be good at social media, but some of the things about good party-goers actually do apply.

Something Interesting to Say

I was thinking back to some of the parties that I’ve been to recently and the people that I’m drawn to at parties are people who are, one, they’ve got something interesting to say. They have experiences or they have a knowledge or they have just the ability to be able to talk about interesting things. Sure, it’s fun sometimes to talk about rubbish and to have a bit of fun with that but, really, I come home from parties thinking about the good conversations that I’ve had that have actually been interesting, that have been about things that I perhaps didn’t know before.

Interesting but also Interested

So, these people are interesting but they’re also interested. They’re people who are not only willing and able to talk about themselves or to be able to talk about life from their own perspective but they’re actually interested in what others think, in what you think. They look you in the eye, they ask you questions and then they listen to what you’ve got to say and then what they have to say builds upon what you’ve said.

They actually show you that they’ve listened to you and are able to build upon that and that’s what a, that’s when a good conversation happens is, it’s not just when two people talk in monologues and then don’t interact with what each other have said; it’s actually something that builds, that gains momentum and that takes listening, it takes being interested as well.

They’re entertaining, quite often, they’re willing to be a bit playful and perhaps have a joke at themselves, at you and in a friendly kind of way.

They’re engaging, they ask questions.

They’re personal, they don’t just talk as if they’re talking to strangers in a room, a crowd of people. They actually look you in the eye, they actually will share something of themselves in a personal kind of way and add to the conversation in that way.

They’re inclusive, and this is one of the things that I think really is applicable to social media is that these types of people, they quite often will not only be talking to you but they’ll be engaging others around you in the party. They’ll be making introductions, they’ll be making, they’ll be connecting other people together and in a way that actually sets those two people up for a conversation, by introducing two people and pointing out some common interests and facilitating conversations not just between them and one other person but they almost create a community around themselves at parties.

And this is one of the things that I think is particularly applicable to the social media space is that, not only can you have a great conversation with an individual, but you can actually create a community and introduce your readers, your followers to one another.

These type of people, they take initiative. They don’t just let conversations happen and then chime in where they want; they actually drive the conversation forward. They’re taking initiative and thinking about what else they could say, what questions they could ask. They’re not passive in that way. And sometimes they’re actually quite surprising in the directions that they’ll take in a conversation. It’s often those conversations that end up in a completely different place that I think about as being good conversations. They’re not just predictable, they’re unique. They’ve got something unique to say and they’re quite willing to go and explore those types of angles to the conversation.  These people, they’re not arrogant, they’re not aloof and they’re not boring, they’re not passive; they’re actually taking initiative, they’re interesting and they’re interested. They’re the type of people I’m interested in chatting to at parties and also in social media.

Written on July 22nd, 2010 by Darren Rowse

Start being intensely selfish.

Once you know your passion, you need to be intensely selfish.  And this is not in a bad way!  I have a good friend that lost his job and has really been up against the wall on most things in his life.  Everything seemed to come crashing down at once.  He lost his mother and his job within the same week.  He doesn’t know how he will financially make it after 4 months (and this was 2 months ago).  He has 5 children to support and his wife is an at home mom.  He dipped into depression and anxiety almost immediately, knowing how the economy is and with what has gone on in his life.  However, in talking with him almost daily, he is turning it around.  He knows his passion and now he has become intensely selfish and focused on where he needs to be, in order to make things happen.

When you cant get a job, you create a job.  One that is your passion and one that you are intensely focused on in making it happen.  Being intensely selfish isn’t about YOU, it’s about what you need to do to get things done, so that you can be happy in supporting your lifestyle, loved ones and world around you.

With how things in our economy are going (and not knowing and end), by becoming intense and selfish of your time, what you do and the people you hang around with, things will begin to turn around.  I am seeing it with my friend and I am seeing it in my own life.

So, don’t think of it as a selfish, all about YOU thing.  You have an entrepreneur inside of you that is wanting to express the passion and share with the world what your all about.  NOW is the time to become engrossed in that and to become intensely focused on your passion.

http://www.eightprinciples.com/

In the process of becoming an entrepreneur, a new one or even a better one, you really need to focus on who you REALLY are.  What is it that drives you?  What are your true passions and what is it that motivates you?

I don’t believe that there is one particular way to do things.  There are many different shades and colors in life and they all are there to enjoy.  Dig within your mind and find out what is your passion or passions and once you find it (them), let everyone know about it.  Because it will be that passion that will define you!  Don’t be shy about it.  And don’t worry how old you are.

For me, I feel I have been holding back.  And when you hold back, you are actually doing a dis-service to your world and everyone in it.  My passion is the need to help people find answers to what drives them and then get them to answer their own sense of passion, and to get them to direct themselves toward that.  That is why I have loved my career in marketing, especially marketing people (recruiting), which I loved for many years.  Now, I can take that passion an direct it into helping people become the entrepreneur that is in them and for me to help expand their influence through social media management.

But I have been holding back and giving in to excuses, like divorce, frustration, depression or anxiety.  Which lead to other excuses.  But, the thing is, we all have those feelings.  But it’s time to break out of that, move forward and really know your passion and what you want to do with it.  Whether it is monetary or not, you should do it for yourself.  Of course, ANY passion is one you can become an entrepreneur with… even if your passion is the love of worms, you can focus on that, become an expert at the world of “worming” and let your world know about it, so they can take that information and catch to best fish in the best places!!

It’s there…It’s in you!  So what, your 50 years old and are still in a rut!  No more excuses…your passion just hasn’t come out yet.  So, no more excuses dig to get to it.  Bring it out and have some fun with it! Stop hiding who you REALLY are!!

http://www.eightprinciples.com/

Stop hiding…

July 18, 2010

Yesterday I posted the 8 principles of fun…actually they are very good principles that can help bring the passion back into your life, especially with becoming an entrepreneur!  I was able to take them one by one and really take a look at what they meant to me, and so I thought that maybe I would share all 8 with you over then next week or so.  So, again…review them and make them your own.  Tomorrow I will blog the first one, “Stop hiding who you really are”.  Until then, think deeply about that, about who YOU really are.  About what your purpose and passion really is.  As a review, here they are again.  Till tomorrow.
  1. Stop hiding who you really are.
  2. Start being intensely selfish.
  3. Stop following the rules.
  4. Start scaring yourself.
  5. Stop taking it so damn seriously.
  6. Start getting rid of the crap.
  7. Stop being so busy.
  8. START SOMETHING

8 Principles of FUN!!

July 17, 2010

GET Focused & Have fun doing it!

Yesterday I ran across a website that really impressed me and that I posted on twitter.  I was impressed because of the content.  Content is VERY important!  So I just thought that I would just summarize those 8 Principles of Fun!

While you read these, I just want you to really focus on them.  Each one individually and ask yourself where you stand on each one.   Get really focused on it!

Write these down and for each one, make comments on each one.  Push yourself and write a page on each principle.  Do that, and you will be surprised on what you come up with.  I did, and came up with a lot more than eight pages!!!!! This can really change or at least begin to change your path.  Especially if it’s a path you don’t want to be on!

8 Principles of Fun!

  1. Stop hiding who you really are.
  2. Start being intensely selfish.
  3. Stop following the rules.
  4. Start scaring yourself.
  5. Stop taking it so damn seriously.
  6. Start getting rid of the crap.
  7. Stop being so busy.
  8. START SOMETHING

Lisa Ocker Mary Vinnedge Jonathan Davis survived rounds of layoffs before the end came in May 2008 when his employer went out of business. Even before receiving his pink slip, he’d gotten fed up with the insecurity, the lack of control over his life and with the work itself, selling subprime mortgages.

Ellen Pfeiffer was perfectly happy working in business development for a chain of residential centers for the elderly. Then, out of the blue, her supervisor announced her position was being eliminated. Do these stories sound familiar? If you haven’t faced a layoff yourself, surely you know someone who has. Or you’ve suffered moments of uncertainty when all the scary what-ifs creep into your thoughts: What if I lost my job, my paycheck, my security, my savings, my identity… my future?

Job security is a phrase our grandparents or parents understood. But in today’s economy, it’s gone the way of analog phones and eight-track tapes. Those who have retained their jobs must do more for less—shoulder more of the workload, work longer hours, forgo raises and bonuses. There is no safety net and fewer incentives for staying.

For many disillusioned employees, employer-provided health insurance remained the last best reason not to leave and start their own businesses. But benefits like insurance and 401(k) accounts have bitten the dust, too. So why not strike out on your own? What have you got to lose? That’s what Davis and Pfeiffer asked themselves. Now, they realize they had everything to gain.

Although Davis felt a sense of pride in not getting axed in the first rounds of layoffs, he was tired of the uncertainty. He was inspired as he watched his brother help his sister-in-law start her own business, so he started “brainstorming on paper,” jotting down interests and ideas. He was exhilarated as he allowed himself to dream about all the possibilities. Among his interests were green business and sustainable living. “I wanted to be involved in something that was giving back to the community,” he says. He tried to do research online, but found insufficient resources in his Portland, Ore., area. And that gave him a business idea: a website for environmentally conscious consumers. From that moment on, there was no stopping him. “It was like I had a fire in my gut.” Davis’s GreenPosting.org, a free directory for all things green in the Portland area, has been live since October 2008 and generates income by selling ads to businesses promoting their sustainability.  And 30-year-old Davis has since developed a promising consulting business, too, helping other businesses adopt green practices and connect with each other.

Pfeiffer’s inspiration for taking the leap came from a random conversation with a friend about entrepreneurship. She liked the idea of starting her own business, using her own creativity to take charge of her future. And she recognized an unmet need for concierge services like running errands and providing transportation to help elderly people live independently in their own homes. Days after attending a seminar on developing her business, she got the news that her position was being eliminated. Her supervisor offered her a lateral move within the company, but Pfeiffer said no thanks. She’d already turned the corner and was ready to chart her own success. Since that day near the end of 2008, Pfeiffer, 57, has expanded her concierge services to serve busy people of all ages. Her San Antonio, Texas-based Generations Concierge Service has 10 employees and about 100 individual clients, and works with three corporations. She markets her services to healthcare and corporate clients, and has been successful in persuading them that their employees will be more productive at work if they have help with personal needs.

Successful entrepreneurs aren’t surprised to see their ranks growing. “Owning your own business puts you in control of your financial destiny,” former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach says. He followed a successful NFL career by working his way from real estate agent to the helm of an international commercial real estate company. “Small-business success has no limits,” supermodel-turned-CEO Kathy Ireland says, “unless you place them on yourself.” Ireland’s product marketing company, kathy ireland Worldwide, “began at my kitchen table with a few borrowed dollars,” she says, and generated an estimated $1.4 billion in retail sales in 2005.

Entrepreneurs, by their very nature, can create their own success, says media mogul Ted Turner. “People who own their own businesses are their own bosses. They are independent thinkers.” Indeed, the liberty that comes with owning a business is a major draw of entrepreneurship. Business owners are able to be their own bosses, exercise creative freedom, and achieve financial independence—not only for themselves, but for their families as well. “Small businesses help enhance the lives of our citizens by improving our quality of life and creating personal wealth,” says President Barack Obama. “Small businesses will lead the way to prosperity, particularly in today’s challenging economic environment.” On a personal level, the rewards of entrepreneurship are infinite. “To take an idea and turn it into something making money—it’s really amazing,” Davis says. “I’m in charge of my own destiny completely. It’s just so rewarding to do something you’re good at that’s so appreciated,” Pfeiffer says.

Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway followed his record-setting NFL career with entrepreneurial ventures that include car dealerships, restaurants, endorsements and Internet opportunities. “The responsibility of making important decisions that impact your business is exhilarating,” Elway says. “It may be one of the few things that can come close to replacing the high of throwing the game-winning touchdown in an AFC Championship game in Cleveland.

If you meet the challenges and make the right decisions, and are fortunate enough to succeed, then there are few things better than enjoying the fruits of your efforts and decisions.” But what about the risks of starting a business in these unstable times? Successful entrepreneurs resoundingly agree that now isn’t just a good time—it’s the best time. “Times when everyone is confused and stunned present enormous opportunity [for entrepreneurs] because no one is really doing anything,” writes Dell Inc. founder and CEO Michael Dell on his company’s blog. “So I think this is the time where the seeds of really successful businesses will be created.”

Best-selling author, radio host and wealth expert Dave Ramsey puts it this way: “There’s been a lot of doom and gloom in the media this year. The truth is, many people were laid off from jobs they hated anyway. Many people, instead of sitting home and sulking, have used the opportunity to think about what they really want to do when they grow up. You have ideas—go do it!”

Finance guru and best-selling author Suze Orman points out that starting a home-based business is “an incredible way—without risking any money, so to speak—to see what hidden communication talents may be uncovered that could create an independent income stream.” And when it comes to risk, successful entrepreneurs say taking a chance on yourself is a much safer bet than gambling your financial future on a corporate job. “I think a lot of people are worried about making mistakes, but if you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not taking enough risks,” says Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. “Taking risks and making mistakes is how you grow, on both a business and personal level.”

“Entrepreneurship starts with a passionate person who is willing to take a risk,” Elway says. “It doesn’t have to be a big risk, as sometimes it may be as simple as getting out of your comfort zone. Sometimes the ‘nothing to lose’ attitude can force people to pursue dormant dreams,” he says.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he took a big risk in acquiring the franchise. “I didn’t sleep for two and a half years, but it was probably the most exhilarating time of my life.… It was a gamble, but there have also been some pretty big rewards.”

For wealth expert and best-selling author Robert Kiyosaki, risk is actually part of the enticement. “Just as Tiger Woods seeks the challenges a golf course offers and Lance Armstrong craves the challenges the Tour de France offers, I seek the challenges entrepreneurship offers. I seek long-term business challenges, and today’s economy is offering all of us challenges we’ve never seen before.” Mark Cuban, chairman of HDNet and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, points out that some of the best businesses are built in recessions. “Money is easy to find in boom times, which leads to far too many businesses getting out of the gate that don’t deserve to be started. When money is scarce, better ideas face less competition and better execution can lead to greater success.” Indeed, more than half of the companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list were launched during a recession or bear market, along with nearly half of the firms on the 2008 Inc. list of fastest-growing companies, according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Would Davis and Pfeiffer have taken the leap if not for losing their jobs? Possibly not, although both are awfully glad they did. “Starting the business in these tough times and seeing it grow is reassuring because it’ll be poised for greater success when the economy rebounds.” Pfeiffer admits she would’ve waited until the economy improved, but she says that would’ve been a mistake. With more people downsized, those who remain employed are responsible for more of the work, so they need her services to keep their personal lives on track, she says. Davis’s young business is still growing, but “I can pay for my life,” he says. As his own boss, he sees unlimited earning potential and personal fulfillment. Sure, he puts in a lot of hours, “but it’s like that adage, ‘Do something you love, and you’ll never work a day,’ ” he says. And he has time to volunteer playing chess with kids through an after-school program, has started a nonprofit called the Bicycle Business League that promotes pedal-powered transportation. And, “when it snows on Mount Hood, I’m able to leave at 2:00 and get there in time for night skiing.” Pfeiffer also works long hours, but she’s only really given up TV, “which isn’t such a bad thing.” For anyone thinking about entrepreneurship, she offers this advice: “If there’s something you’re passionate about that you’re not doing, make every effort to attain that dream, pursue that goal. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.”

Ok, so it has been a couple of days since I have written a blog or at least posted a blog.  And most of the times (more than I would like), my blogs tend to be serious, sometimes to serious.  And when we get to serious in this world, it seems that stress sets in.  Then, we end up depressed and then come the doctor visits and the stress meds.  So, today my blog will NOT be serious.  So, here is a little humor for the day…enjoy, smile and make your rest of the day a feel good day…no matter what!!

A nun, badly needing to use to the restroom, walked into a local Hooters.

The place was hopping with music and loud conversation and every once in a while the lights would turn off.

Each time the lights would go out, the place would erupt into cheer. However, when the revelers saw the nun, the room went dead silent.

She walked up to the bartender, and asked, “May I please use the restroom?

The bartender replied, “OK, but I should warn you that there is a statue of a naked man in there wearing only a fig leaf.”  Well, in that case I’ll just look the other way,” said the nun.

So, the bartender showed the nun to the back of the restaurant, and she preceded to the restroom.

After a few minutes, she came back out, and the whole place stopped just long enough to give the nun a loud round of applause.

She went to the bartender and said, “Sir, I don’t understand. Why did they applaud for me just because I went to the restroom? “Well, now they know you’re one of us,” said the bartender, “Would you like a drink?”

But, I still don’t understand,” said the puzzled nun.

You see,” laughed the bartender, ”every time the fig leaf on the statue is lifted up, the lights go out.
Now, how about that drink?”