Great People

December 19th, 2011

by: Kelly Barnes

“Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.” ~Mark Twain.

My fiance shared this quote with me recently. Actually, she brought me a page off of a desk calendar with this quote and said “it made me think of you.” In doing so, she made my day but also helped me remember the power a small gift can have.

She could have easily texted the quote or told me when she got home but taking the extra 5 seconds to tear it off, bring it with her and hand deliver it, made a much bigger impact.

One of the ways great people make others feel that they can be great is through such random acts of kindness. With the holidays coming up it is easy to feel that we can show our love, gratitude or respect with a dollar amount. Sometimes the best gift is one that is personal, not expected and takes a small amount of effort. Taking 10 minutes out of your day to mail a newspaper clipping or note to a friend, colleague or customer shows that you were not only thinking of them but you also took the time to show how much they mean to you.

Great people don’t just care. They show others how much they care. That is what makes them great people.

mark cuban

December 9th, 2011

by: Kelly Barnes

Halfway through Mark Cubans new book; “How to Win At the Sport of Business”. So far, it is an easy read with some good tips. Mainly it validates the point that there are really no over night success stories. Most people are over night successes 10-20 years in the making. Here are a couple of the great excerpts I have read thus far.

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when the circumstances permit. When you are committed to doing something, you accept no excuses.”

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and from those around you because… All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”

“Everyone has got the will to win; it’s only those with the will to prepare that do win.” ~Bobby Knight in a 60 Minutes interview.

“Win the battles you are in first, then worry about expansion internationally or into new business.”

“The worst evaluator of talent is a player trying to evaluate himself.” We tend to be less than honest with ourselves about our strengths and weaknesses.


The rubber band principle

December 6th, 2011

by: Kelly Barnes

A majority of my talks, workshops and keynotes are focused on developing successful habits, thought processes, attitudes, goals, game plans… Simply put, I help people get from where they are to where they want to be. To help with this I teach the rubber band principle. Once a rubber band has been stretched, it can never go back to its original size. It has been fundamentally changed. People are the same.

In theory it is easy to understand. Just by trying a new item on a menu, implementing a new workout or diet routine, reading a new book or joining a new organization; you have changed yourself even if in the smallest of ways. The challenge is that it seems the only people who like change are wet babies. We don’t want to interrupt our daily routine no matter how happy or, in most cases, unhappy we are. The best advice I can offer someone who is not willing to stretch themselves is this:

Saying NO to trying new things is saying NO to growing.

Saying NO to growing is saying NO to becoming more.

Saying NO to becoming more is saying YES to becoming less.

Never blame anyone for your life

December 5th, 2011

by: Kelly Barnes

Good people give you happiness.

Bad people give you experience.

Worst people give you lessons.

The best people give you memories.

prom time

December 1st, 2011

by: Kelly Barnes

Prom time is fast approaching. Here are a few things for prom committees and class sponsors to consider when planning a prom

1) HIRE A DJ. The kids cousin who has a lot of music will bomb. There is much more to DJing an event than pressing play. The most important part of the prom is the music so spend some money and hire a DJ.

2) Be clear on your expectations. If you are have student led committees make sure they have specific jobs and due dates. Schedule regular meetings to make sure they are meeting their goals. Also, be clear with your DJ on what you expect from him. Make sure they know start and end times, what music is to be played, what announcements to make…

3) Don’t let your DJ over sell you. Extra microphones, lights, speakers… can add up quickly. Most of the time you will only need one microphone, 3-4 LED lights and a sound system for the number of people you have.

4) Plan an after party for students. I have been to after prom parties with inflatable’s, movie marathons and even hypnotists. This will offer a safe option for students. Use your gymnasium and let the party continue.

5) Save on decorations. Look at party galaxy or Wal-Mart as opposed to decoration companies. Recycle and re-use if possible.

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