25 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

 

“The earth has music for those who listen.”-William Shakespeare

 

Watching and reading the news can increase our tension and stress. We see so much that fills our mind with worry. We see divides between people, between countries, and between ideas.

But there is far more that brings us together than divides us.

When I interviewed astronaut Ron Garan, I was struck by his orbital perspective. What better way to appreciate our planet than from space? You certainly realize how interdependent we are on each other and on planet Earth.

In our busy lives, it is a challenge to learn to gain perspective. Whether through deep breathing, meditation, prayer, or mindfulness, we all find ways to separate ourselves from the day-to-day stress and refocus on what matters.

 

Fact: the UN declared April 22 as International Mother Earth Day.

 

Today is Earth Day. For me, it’s a reminder of the beauty of our planet, of our interconnectedness, of our responsibility to take care of the environment.

And, in honor of Earth Day, here are just a few ways that we can celebrate our planet:

 

Celebrate Planet Earth

 

Spend time in nature.

Plant a tree.

 

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.”-Thomas Fuller

 

Eat vegetarian.

Start recycling.

Look for ways to save energy.

Pick up litter.

Say no to plastic bags.

 

Fact: Each year we throw out enough plastic to circle Earth 4x.

 

Read more online and reduce printing.

Go off-grid and turn off your electronics.

Get a programmable thermostat.

 

Fact: the first Earth Day was in 1970.

 

Fix leaky faucets.

Use rechargeable batteries.

Take a walk outside.

 

Fact: Walking improves concentration and creativity.

 

Use a reusable water bottle.

Clean out your garage and donate to local charities.

Opt out of junk mail.

 

Fact: 100 million trees are destroyed to produce junk mail each year.

Quotes from United States Presidents for Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day

President George Washington died in 1799. Many celebrated his life on his birthday in February. Years later, Washington’s birthday became a federal holiday. Still later, Washington’s Birthday was replaced with President’s Day.

This year, most of the United States is endlessly focused on the current race for the highest office. Since we find these words splashed in the headlines, I thought it would be of interest to see some of the words spoken years ago.

 

44 Quotes from the 43 Presidents

Read that headline again. It’s true. We count Grover Cleveland twice because he was elected at two different times.

Here is a quote from each president in honor of the holiday:

 

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” –George Washington

 

“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” –John Adams

 

“I cannot live without books.” –Thomas Jefferson

 

“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.” –James Madison

 

“A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.” –James Monroe

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

 

“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.” –Andrew Jackson

 

“As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.” –Martin Van Buren

 

“But I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.” –William Henry Harrison

 

“Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.” –John Tyler

25 Quotes to Build a Winning Team

You Win in the Locker Room First

A few months ago, I read Jon Gordon and Mike Smith’s book, You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life.

9781119157854The former NFL head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Smith, teamed up with one of my favorite authors, Jon Gordon, to explore seven principles that teams use to reinvigorate and reinvent their future.

I’m not sure how you read, but the more I like a book, the more underlines, highlights, and dog-eared pages appear. Long ago, I developed the habit of doing this because I want the wisdom of the authors to penetrate my thick skull and make an impact. When I read this book, there were so many quotes that stuck with me.

So, instead of an author interview, I wanted to share the top 25 Quotes from this book on team building that stuck with me. I hope you find them helpful as you build a great team of your own. Because, as the title of this book reminds us, winning starts long before you actually take the field.

 

25 Quotes to Build a Winning Team

“Culture is defined and created from the top down, but it comes to life from the bottom up.” –Mike Smith

 

“Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behaviors. Behaviors drive habits and habits create the future.” –Jon Gordon

 

“Winning doesn’t begin just in the locker room; it also begins in the mind.” –Jon Gordon

 

“You win in the mind first and then you win on the field or court.” –Jon Gordon

 

“Leadership is a transfer of belief.” –Jon Gordon

 

“The leaders of the team or organization set the tone and attitude.” –Mike Smith

 

“What we think matters. Our words are powerful.” –Mike Smith

 

“If you are complaining, you are not leading. If you are leading, you are not complaining.” –Mike Smith

 

“Great leaders are positively contagious.” –Mike Smith

 

“The character you possess during the drought is what your team will remember during the harvest.” –Mike Smith

 

“To build a winning team, you want to be consistent in your attitude, effort, and actions.” –Jon Gordon

33 Innovation Quotes to Inspire Your Next Idea

The Power of Innovation

There’s no telling where your next idea will come from. One of the many reasons I love to share quotes is that they often inspire us or cause us to think differently. Here are some quotes about innovation for the next time you need a spark.

 

“Innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way.” –Tom Freston

 

“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek

 

“Innovation is created as a result of constructive conflict.” -Jeff DeGraff

 

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” –Steve Jobs

 

“Finding opportunity is a matter of believing it’s there.” –Barbara Corcoran

 

“There’s a way to do it better—find it.” –Thomas Edison

 

“Innovation comes from saying NO to 1,000 things.” –Steve Jobs

 

“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” –Jonathan Swift

 

“Innovation only survives when people believe in their own ideas.” –Levo League

 

“Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.” –Michael Porter

 

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” –Nelson Mandela

 

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” –Maya Angelou

 

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” –Henry David Thoreau

 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

 

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” –Albert Einstein

 

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” –Socrates

 

“Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s all go exploring.” –Edith Widder

 

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” –Chinese Proverb

 

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all what the world needs most are dreamers that do.” –Sarah Ban Breathnach

15 Thanksgiving Quotes to Start the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here in the United States. Even outside of the USA, you can benefit from a spirit of thankfulness and gratitude. Here are fifteen quotes to get you started:

 

“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.” –Amy Grant

 

“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then they discover once a year is way too often.” –Johnny Carson

 

 

 

“I love Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday that is centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.” –Marcus Samuelsson

 

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” –W.J. Cameron

 

“Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.” –Erma Bombeck

 

“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” –Irv Kupcient

 

“Thanksgiving Day comes…once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” –Edward Sandford Martin

 

 

“I like football. It’s a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.” –Craig Ferguson