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Quotes That Inspire Me


I have collected quotes for some time now and have decided to post some of them today. Whenever I read certain quotes they can really be the wind in my sail. My prayer is that you will find some wind for your sail within some of these quotes I’m posting today.

“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” James Cameron

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Henry David Thoreau

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” John Wooden

“Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence.” Lisa M. Amos

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life–think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” Swami Vivekananda

“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” Tony Hsieh

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney

“If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do.” Anonymous

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

“Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” Vaibhav Shah

“Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.” Denzel Washington

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” Chris Grosser

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” Albert Einstein

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“The best revenge is massive success.” Frank Sinatra

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” David Brinkley

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” Henry Ford

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” Oscar Wilde

“The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” Bruce Feirstein

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” John D. Rockefeller

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” Ray Goforth

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe

“People ask, ‘What’s the best role you’ve ever played?’ The next one.” Kevin Kline

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson

“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” Napoleon Hill

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” Thomas J. Watson

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” Michael John Bobak

Top 100 Kidmin tweeters


There is a new top 100 list that has come out and I have made the list. What is this list? The top 100 Kidmin tweeters. I have copied a section below from a statement where the small team who put together the list gives for putting it together.

Why Twitter?

Twitter is in and of itself its own animal. For a number of reasons we chose to go beyond the top blogs, books, and organizations to connect you to people who are on the front lines of #kidmin.

Networking: Kidmin can often feel lonely and very isolated. Twitter is a great way for you to connect and network with others like-minded people who may potentially become friends, advisors, and colleagues.

Community: Going beyond networking into a deeper level of connection Twitter has the potential to give a community, of sorts, for you. Obviously you are not encouraged to find only community within Twitter, but you will find it to be a place where other ministry leaders can spur you on, pray for you, and inspire you as you continue working in your ministry.

Resourcing: Following top #kidmin tweeters can instantly connect you with the most influential and up to date resources available to support and equip you as a ministry leader.

Trending: Ministry is as constantly changing as our world today. Twitter connects you to those changes and trends that may very well be useful for you in your area of ministry. From there you can share, exchange, and discuss to decide what will work best for you and your community.

Do you tweet?

How do you find it to be useful in what you do?

Top 5 most read post from 5/20/12 to 5/26/12

Here is a summary of the most read post by each of you for the past week. It also appears that the week’s top 4 post are also the top post read for the month, with only 1 new addition for the most read post for the month. Another interesting item to note is that the number one read post for the week and the month has been there for the past 2 months.

Thanks for reading and hope my post have served as encouragement, challenges, new ideas, and a resource of some type.

Most read for the week
5. My daily tools used to stay mobile part 2
If you would like to read the first part of this you may by clicking here

4. Elements of a get it done culture part 3
If you want to read the other parts as well you may by checking them out here:
Elements of a Get it done culture part 1
Elements of a get it done culture part 2

3. Value or non-value added ministry efforts

2. What success looks like

1. Needed communication in children’s ministry part 2
To read part one you can click here.

Again, hope these provided and met some needs of yours. Thanks for your readership.

Top 5 post for the week of August 28-Sept.3

Today I will post a quick recap of the 5 most read post for the week.

1. Some top iPad apps according to me 5/16/11
This post is basically what the title says, top apps that I enjoyed as of the week I posted it. What other apps would you add?

2. When to use my MacBook Air vs. iPad
In this post I explain the reasons behind the ways I switch between my macbook air and my iPad. They are both very powerful tools to use but I am finding that even though I can use either one to be productive throughout my whole day there still seems to be times that I prefer one over the other.

3. Insane volunteer recruiting
This is the post which kicked off my series of post over volunteer recruiting and some very ineffective ways that some people have used and even though the results have not been accomplished they still try to use the same methods and blame everything else except their ineffective ways.

Since these show up in the top 5 I will just point you now where you can read the rest of them:

Insane Volunteer recruiting part 2

Insane Volunteer recruiting part 3

4. Above or Below the line ministry results have reasons
Here I recap some great lessons from a book I was reading that talked about above and below the line type ministry results and how they are for a reason.

A. Above the line’ are steps to accountability, See It, Own It, Solve It, and Do It. People who adhere to these steps of accountability almost always think and act in an accountable manner…

B. Below that line’ is the all to familiar blame game or victim cycle. People who get stuck in the blame game begin feeling victimized by circumstances that seem out of their control…

5. Making a Living or Building a Cathedral?
This is one of the post that have made the top 5 list several times. It was written a long time ago which you will be able to notice seeing that the children’s ministry of mine I am mentioning is from the past but I could and do say the saem thing about my children’s ministry now in SFLCKids.

Top 5 post 7/3 – 7/9

It is Friday and time to look over the past week and see what each of you decided where your favorite picks for the week. So here they are in the order of most visited to least visited but all were the top 5 most visited blog post.

1. K Magazine Announcement and Giveaway
Here was the announcement of K magazine taking their magazine to an electronic form as well as paper. They had also offered me 5 1 year subscriptions to their magazine to share with my blog audience however I wanted so I started a contest. Check it out before Monday July 11th.

2. Did I do that?
This is basically about accountability and taking responsibility. Your strategy is perfectly designed for the results you are getting. To get different results design a different strategy. Often times I know that we have all heard and may have preached several times, “If you want something different then you must do something different.”

3. Management by walking around.
This is about staying in touch with your teams, the environment and culture that is being developed and more.

4. Productivity a bugs life.
Don’t procrastinate. Be more like the ant and not the grasshopper. The ant starts now with just your little bits of grain. The grasshoppers jump around and use excuses for not starting yet like: I am waiting for the right time or the right job/ministry, good weather, to reach a certain destination before starting, need to save up enough money and the list can and does go on and on.

5. Deadline discipline will help you to deliver.
The importance of scheduling all your stuff and having the discipline to stick with the deadlines you set. When you schedule and stick to it you become more productive.

There you go, those are the top 5 for this past week. Hope you enjoy and if you have already enjoyed these please help others do the same by passing this top 5 along to them.

Fridays Top Five 7/1/11

Today is Friday and that means a few things to me. One, my brain begins to switch gears into a more fun, relaxed feel and that means I want blogging to be easy as well. What an easier way to blog than go to Google Analytic’s and see what your page views, time spent, referrals and more shows what you enjoyed and here in my blog.

So here are the top 5 posts according to the numbers.

1. Difference between the front and back of the house
This is basically a quick introduction to my thoughts and reasons for different expectations for those who volunteer in what I call “Front of the house” type ministries (Greeters, Check-In, Kids welcome center etc) and “Back of the house” type ministries (cleaners, admins, teachers). One quick one is not allowing ‘front of the house’ to sit down during their ministry time but allowing ‘back of the house’ to not only sit but roll or play on the ground with the kids.

2. When to use my MacBook Air vs my iPad
This post covers my reasons and times that work best for me to switch between using my very thin and light MacBook Air or switching over to my iPad. I do think they have their specific advantages.

3. Top iPad apps according to me
I am one who loves to use my iPad and want to use it for more than just a great e-book Kindle reader. So I am asked all the time what apps do I enjoy the most so I thought I would make it a blog post and date it seeing that app development gets better all the time and my app choices will change. But for now these are my top picks.

4. Rules for remembering names
Here is a video I ran across that Fast Company did in which they go over 5 ways to remember names. They also shared a not so common tool to use.

5. Care more for volunteers than the empty positions
This last blog post I feel the title says it all and gives you a very clear idea of the content in the post.

Thanks for being interested in this blog and for faithfully reading some of my thoughts, ideas, positions on things and more. If you are new to this blog maybe this list of the top 5 will help give you a good jump start into reading the post that others who have arrived before you find to be some of their favorites over time.

Talk on Books

People who know me know my love for books. I usually always have 3-4 books going all the time and now that I do all my reading on my iPad with my Amazon app, that number has only gone up. I was going through some of my past posts and was first surprised that I have not blogged more on books (which I will be changing that since I have had the privileged of reading some really great authors and meeting many of them in person as well), but I have posted on some good ones.

Here are the links to those posts, which you could also get to on your own if you went to my Cloud on the right side of the blog and clicked on book reviews or books.

Hope you enjoy! If there are great books on your reading list that you want to mention I would love hearing of those. They may make my future book reading as well.

Book Reviews

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