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  • (Day 696) Real Reason Europe Is On The Ropes

    Over these last 696 days I have been looking at everything through the glasses of integrity and trust. I see Europe as no exception. As they head deeper into their financial crisis, they can put the blame squarely on the culture of corruption. Surely, this must be the real problem. It is true in any human related catastrophe. When we break trust and integrity, we all lose, and lose big.

    It all starts with the actions of an individual, as they get away with a low level of corruption, others jump in and it grows in size and deed.  Like a cancer in the body, a whole country gets sick. How many acts of denial, nepotism, tax evasion, handouts, bribes and budget manipulation do you think it took to create this crisis situation.

    The United States is not far behind, we are headed down the same road. We have to face the truth, we are also in a crisis of trust.  Let’s stop pointing fingers and realize we all have responsibility and we all need to sacrifice before it is too late.  We may still have time to stop the development of the riots in own our streets. Our leaders need to stand up and share this message, as we look for their leadership we can start  by individually working on our integrity. This is the one and only thing we have control over.

    The time is now, we need your help and you need ours. We have to get it right! If we don’t keep building trust in our beloved America, it will surely be doomed for the ropes.

  • (Day 692) Yemen Youth Ask You to Break The Silence

    When I watch a video like this, I am reminded the people in Yemen are a whole lot more like me than different. The world is changing more rapidly then at any other time in history. The sooner we realize we need to stick together and fight the real enemies of man – the emotions of greed, fear, jealousy, hate and  prejudice, we sooner will reach our  real potential.

  • (Day 691) Gorbachev On Trust

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, was at Lafayette College on Wednesday. He rebuked the United States for its arrogance in claiming victory in the Cold War and for trying to push an American empire like “instant coffee.” He went on, saying that the U.S. continues to fall short of a pledge not to seek military superiority.

    “What happens if all the nuclear weapons are destroyed?” he said through a translator. “Mostly what will remain is the military power of the United States. It seems that perhaps things are beginning to change in this regard in this country, but nevertheless we see that our American friends are excessively concerned about their security and trust no one. And this is not a good thing.”

  • (Day 689) Don’t Waste It Living Someone Else’s Life

    My iPhone lit up with a message , “OMG – Steve Jobs just died.” It was from my son. I felt this “ugh” feeling in my stomach. I was in a business meeting and decided to hold my thoughts and emotions for later, everyone would know the news soon enough.  Why was I feeling these emotions… after all, I did not really know him. He was not family, nor a friend and never even met him. I did not matter, there was no denying the feeling. It turns out millions of people had a similar experience. There was a great out pouring of emotion worldwide, even John Scully (the guy who fired Steve from Apple) was singing the praises of a great man lost on television.

    As I thought about it more, I knew why I felt this way. Steve has been my hero, a kind of “virtual mentor”.  He was going the through his cycles of success and failure the same time I was going through mine, albeit on a much grander scale. I learned a lot from watching him but it was having a friend who had worked directly with Steve that made me feel connected early on.  We would often compare Steve to Walt Disney.  The characteristics of the two men where very similar ,  their genius was embedded in their values of courage, creativity, passion and most of all… being oneself.  They both lived these values more boldly  seemly unafraid.

    A few moments after receiving the first text , my other son sent me a message saying,  “Don’t be sad about Steve.  He lived many lives in one lifetime – his energy is back in the universe and he will inspire others.”  I like to think he is right. I will end my thoughts with my favorite Steve Jobs quote , “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life – be yourself.”

  • (Day 688) Entrepreneurship And Trust

    I had a chance to sit down with Michael Simmons, the author of the bestselling book, The Student Success Manifesto. The book has received testimonials from Mark Victor Hansen, Stephen Covey, Russell Simmons and Paul Orfalea (founder of Kinko’s).  Michael is a co-founder of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, a collegiate tour bringing America’s top young enterpreneurs to college campuses for a half-day conference to spread the entrepreneurial mindset.  Started in fall 2006, the tour has visited over 60 schools nation-wide and has received the Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations and the Program of the Year award from Northern Michigan University. Michael has won three entrepreneur of the year awards and is a former columnist with and a speaker on the topic of student success and youth entrepreneurship. Similar authors include Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki as well as other self-help authors.

    I was particularly interested in what role trust played, not only in his development but in the entrepreneurial process as a whole.

    The interview was co-produced by Lehigh student David Gritz and we met Mike at his home in NJ.

  • (Day 686) Making Things Right Again

    This report on CNN about a celebrity cell phone hacker caught my interest, not because of the egregious act of spying, but for what happened after he was caught.

    Get this… he admitted doing it.  He did not deny or blame someone else, he said he was wrong.  Moreover he did not try to profit from the information he gathered and took personal responsibility for his actions.

    I am not condoning what he did, it was absolutly wrong.  I am sure his victims feel less safe as they go about their lives.   I would be very upset if someone did this to me.

    Many of our business and political leaders have shown us how easy it is to run from the truth.  It takes great courage to look yourself and your peers in the eye and admit a personal failing, an act sorely missed in our world.

    If you were the judge would you be more likely or less likely to give this guy the maximum penalty?

  • (Day 685) Music and Trust

    There is trust in everything, even in music. Check out what Charles Hazlewood has to say about the magic of conducting.

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