Archive for January, 2011

“I Have a Dream!” Do YOU?

One of my favorite definitions of a leader is someone who can clearly articulate what’s already in the hearts and minds of the people.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. certainly did that with his “I Have a Dream” speech. His words and his conviction were unmistakably evident. From that point on, it was inevitable that segregation would end and that ALL Americans would one day be seen as equal.

His dream was big–one that many thought to be impossible-at least in our lifetimes.

So what’s your dream? Maybe it’s not as big as Dr. King’s.

Or maybe it is? Stories abound of ordinary human beings achieving extraordinary things because they had a dream. If one person can do it, so can you. If no one has ever done it, you can be the first.

I hope you do have a dream. I hope it’s big enough so you will have to grow a lot in order to achieve it. I hope it will be inspiring, empowering and transformational.

And I hope you can convey what your dream will do for others and how passionate and committed you are to achieve it. Because it’s infectious. John Wesley said, “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

And if your dream isn’t a cause that inspires the masses, then maybe they can get excited about what you will do for them. What’s the value you will create that will make them want what you offer?

People want to follow someone with a dream. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves.

And you do need others to accomplish an important dream. In fact, if you can accomplish your dream all by yourself, I submit that your dream probably isn’t big enough.

One of my favorite quotes is from Langston Hughes who wrote, “Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”

I’d love to know what your dream is. And I hope you are willing to share it with me.

And I can help you accomplish your dream. We have several levels of support to help you achieve your goals and dreams. Because teamwork makes the dream work.

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Congressional Reform Act of 2011

This is not a political statement. It is, in my opinion, something we must do to curb the waste and corruption in our congress.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months and 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it.  That was in 1971 . . . before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land . . . all because of public pressure.

1. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six-year Senate terms

B. Six Two-year House terms

C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2.  No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3.  Congress (past, present and future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately.  All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American  people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will  rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If you agree, please share.

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