20,000 Days and Counting

20000 daysJanuary 29, 2015

This is in my inbox this morning from the CEO of our company – Fairway Independent Mortgage Company – and I had to share. I’m 22,000 days and counting!

Since 2004—–we have had a book of the month.  It fits  with HOW we think——which is to create a culture where continued learning is encouraged.    For the folks that will not  read this current book of the month, wanted to share Robert Smith’s “Desire for YOU—One Final Note”—–once again, if good for one person—-worth sharing with the team:

“Be your best self and do not imitate anyone else.  Find your strengths.  They are your talents.  They will make you smile and cause you to experience real joy on the inside.

Don’t listen to those who ridicule the choices you make or the dreams you share.  Let no one despise your youth.  As Og Mandino explained in –The Greatest Salesman in the World, “Experience is overrated, usually by old men who nod wisely and speak stupidly.”  Create your own experiences.  And know that you are creating memories for a lifetime.

Life is not about finding yourself: it is about creating yourself.  You have to take chances to make your dreams reality.  Face your fear head-on and move rapidly.  Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.  Make lots of them!!  Your odds for success will increase with the number of decisions you make.

Have patience with your dreams and the expectations you have for others.  Be impatient with yourself daily.  Live as if this is your last day.  Say—–I love you—-to all those who matter.  Know that everyone matters.

You must play full-out right now.  Sit up.  Hold your head high.  Breathe deeply.  Lift your chest up.  Stand straight and with confidence.  Dust yourself off.  Stop being a party pooper in your own life.  Smile.  A bigger, noticeable smile.  Start acting happy.  Yes—–you act first.  I promise the feeling of happiness will soon follow.”

Am grateful to have met Robert.  A very special person.  Robert—-for over 35 years—–has been the Business Manager—–for Andy Andrews.  His biography for his life is shared in a sentence:

“I am  the master of Marketing, the magician of management, the emperor of emails, the artist of attachments——and the warrior of WOW!”

Have a great Thursday!


That about says it all!  


A Message by George Carlin

I’d like to think that Carlin wrote this.  It’s an apt message for all of us I think – enjoy:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. 

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. 

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. 

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. 

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete… 

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. 

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. 

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.