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Each person can make a difference in the world… 

This is a must see video of a speech given by Adm. William McRaven. It’s a powerful- inspirational message we all need to hear—don’t miss it! Then share it with your children, grandchildren, and all others in need of inspiration.


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Adm. McRaven’s Speech

Adm McRaven Speech

Tom Tatum – Author – 2016

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“Is the glass half full or half empty?”


Does the way we answer the question, “Is the glass half full or half empty?” actually provide a clue about our attitude or the way we perceive things in life? In keeping with the intent of the larger question: some will say yes, some will say no, and others will say I don’t care—thus the ole different strokes for different folks! Ah, the philosophical question then becomes a psychological one.

I believe how we answer the “half-full/half-empty” question does reflect our attitude at a particular time in life. The mental filters engrained in us based on life experiences we encounter help form our attitude and views in life.

When things consistently go wrong, we tend to gravitate to the half-empty answer—we expect future events to be the same and become a PESSIMIST. Life sucks!ProverbialWaterGlassPessimist

On the flip-side, good things point our attitude-needle toward the life-is-wonderful-half-full answer. We expect good things to come our way and become an OPTIMIST. Life is great!ProverbialWaterGlassOptimist

Our attitudes/views can, and likely do, change during the course of life. That may be a good thing. However, the two answers above are not the only answers to the glass question. The question, itself, actually restricts our thought process and narrows our focus. When we think outside the “box” (glass), we realize there is a third, albeit theoretical, answer, which is actually the correct answer.

The glass is always FULL—half water and half air! Both components are equally important to sustain life. Without either, no one would exist to ask the question. The glass keeps the good and bad things about life in a state of equilibrium. One balances the other and helps keep life stable—never too high or too low.ProverbialWaterGlassRealist

So, the next time someone asks, “Is the glass half-full or half-empty,” think outside the glass, and tell them it is always FULL—because you expect the good, accept the bad, and keep on moving forward regardless of what happens. You have a stable mindset and your attitude actually enhances your overall performance. You’re a REALIST and enjoy life every day!

Is your glass FULL? Are you in control of your attitude? If not, reread this article. If yes, go forth and do something super! You’re ready for anything that happens!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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A child comes into this world without knowledge of love, hate, prejudice, greed, good or evil. They learn these things by observing the actions and words of others—role models.

Role models definitely play an integral “role” in shaping the behavior of young people. As children age, they want to “be like” and “act like” their role models; they start emulating things these individuals say and do. It’s great when those actions and words are what we want for our youth, but that’s not always the case.

When I think of role models, the first that come to mind are famous people—athletes, movie stars, singers, etc. Folks like Rickie, Jordon, Tiger, Denzel, George, Julia, Carrie, and you. Who? That’s right, even YOU!

The good news is you don’t have to be famous to be one. In many ways, we are all role models because we influence the actions, behavior, and character of children. That’s a bit scary isn’t it!

Here’s the bad news—YOU ARE a role model for youth in some way, shape, or form. Think about that for a moment. Young folks observe your actions, reactions, and listen to things you say, even when you don’t realize they are doing it. Yep, they’re always watching and listening! Your actions and words often influence (good or bad) their young-impressionable minds. For some of them, YOU may be the most important person in their lives. As a parent, grandparent, relative, friend, coach, or teacher you may spend a lot of time with them. Enjoy the time with them, but try to be a good influence also.

Unfortunately, you are not always at your best. That applies to everyone! There are times in life when you have bad days; it happens! Your frustrations mount as one small thing after another builds pressure within you until you can’t take anymore. You burst like a pinpricked balloon, releasing a volley of gestures or words that are not always representative of good behavior. You react in ways you would never want young minds to witness or emulate.

I think I’ve seen the full spectrum of role-model behavior in my lifetime. For instance, as I watch my grandchildren performing in various events, typically sports, I’m sometimes shocked how some adults act around young folks. Saying it politely, I think some fans and coaches bring their pinpricked-balloon attitudes to the ballpark. They are not exactly the role models I want in the lives of my grandchildren, but they do serve a practical purpose—how NOT to act. More often than not, everyone acts civil, which is good and healthy for the character development of youth.

Just for fun, look at the short list below and select one individual from each line who you think would be the best role model for the young folks you know.

  1. Miley Cyrus                 Carrie Underwood
  2. Al Sharpton                  Dr. Ben Carson
  3. Tim Tebow                   Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner
  4. Tiger Woods                 Jordan Spieth
  5. President Bush             President Obama
  6. Michelle Obama          Condoleezza Rice
  7. YOURSELF                Uncle Joe/Aunt Sue

I’m sure you get the picture. YOU are the best role model for the young folks in your corner of the world. Congratulations! There are probably days when you would choose Uncle Joe or Aunt Sue over yourself—especially on your burst-balloon days. Hang in there because you CAN make a big difference!

So, what are your actions and words teaching children in your sphere of influence? Do you need to do some minor tweaking to your efforts? I certainly do!

Be a good role model… the world could use another one!

 Your certificate: print, date, and sign it—go forth and make a difference!


Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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