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The Definition of a True Hero

The Definition of a True Hero

I came across an article written by Ben Stein and I just had to share it. Ben Stein’s article sums up the philosophy of the wingman. The only life worth living is a life that is lived for other people. True heroes are not the ones in the tabloids but are the ones who are living in the trenches of life to help make a difference. How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today’s World? "…I no ...

Check Six – Mutual Support and Communication in Business

Check Six – Mutual Support and Communication in Business

My wingman screamed over the radio “Break Right, Break Right! Missile launch your 3 O’clock!” I looked to my right and saw two SAM’s (surface to air missiles) skyrocketing towards my aircraft at twice the speed of sound. If I didn’t maneuver my aircraft immediately, I would get shot down. There was no time to think. I lowered the nose, went to full power, banked the aircraft aggressively to the right and performed my best missile defense maneuver. Then I heard my wingman ...

The Secret Ingredient to Business Success

The Secret Ingredient to Business Success

Jules Ormont once said, “A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.” In business the more you increase the altitude of your success the less rights you have. When you are the CEO of a company you no longer have the right to a vacation, when you are the owner of a business you no longer have the right to get paid and when you are in management you no longer have the right to ...

The Meaning of the 4th of July

The Meaning of the 4th of July

What is the meaning of the 4th of July? On June 5, 2009, a young rancher named Neal Wanless claimed one of the biggest undivided jackpots in U.S. lottery history -- $232 million. He bought the ticket in the small town Winner, SD, part of Todd County, which according to the Census Bureau, was the nation's seventh-poorest county in 2007. In this rural and impoverished area where cows outnumber the human population, people do whatever they can to help one another. They ...

We’re Angels With One Wing

We’re Angels With One Wing

Arlete is my cleaning lady. She is the most positive, loving person I know. And I love her for it. I have to admit I just don’t like to vacuum and mop my floors so I would rather pay someone to do it. So, Arlete comes by when I need her and she creates a space happiness in my life by giving me TIME. But she’s much more than that to me. Arlete always has a smile on her face and has ...

WINGIVING: How to Become a Comrade of Courage in Tough Times

WINGIVING: How to Become a Comrade of Courage in Tough Times

I’ve been getting countless e-mails and newsletters this past week from coaches and consultants capitalizing on the downturn in the market. Their message is fear based. “The dow is down again, it’s scary out there, layoffs are rampant!” Then they offer a $1,995 weekend seminar on wealth building or business growth that will solve all of your problems. These “compassionate coaches” become opportunistic vultures praying on the carcass of your fear. Give me a break! Here’s my take on it wingmen - Strap ...