“The purpose of money is to purchase the freedom to pursue that which was useful and interesting.” – Benjamin Franklin
“If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton
“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” – Thomas Jefferson
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” – Thomas Paine
“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” – George Washington
“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin
“To be good and to do good is all we have to do.” – John Adams
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
“A people…who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.” – George Washington
“Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward, and give us victories.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” – Thomas Jefferson
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson
“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind…Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.” – Thomas Jefferson
“We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” – George Washington
“That government is best which governs least.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Whenever you do something, act as if all the world were watching.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine
“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.” – Patrick Henry
“Fear is the passion of slaves.” – Patrick Henry
“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.” – James Madison
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Happily for America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, we pursued a new and more noble course: We accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society.” – James Madison
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” – Benjamin Franklin
For more insight and commentary, I suggest you click here to read Ronald Barba’s post titled, “39 Startup Founders Share Their Favorite Quotes from America’s Founding Fathers”
When I was young I remember watching my dad, in his cowboy boots and western hat, make a presentation as an officer of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce. He was confident in what he had to say and people paid attention to his every word.
While giving a speech to the Arizona Hotel and Motel Association (we owned and I grew up on a guest ranch) I couldn’t help but notice the strength and confidence my dad displayed while standing before a room of professionals and sharing his thoughts on a topic or issue.
During his many speeches and appearances before the Tucson Rotary Club, Tucson Mountain Association, Arizona Wildlife Association and numerous other organizations, dad was always enthusiastic, confident and persuasive in his delivery. I still remember being about 12 years old and while standing next to him after one of these speeches and listening to one audience member after another come up, introduce themselves and enthusiastically compliment what he had to say.
I continued to accompany both of my parents to these various functions until about the time I graduated from college and moved to California to attend law school. From what I observed, my dad was always the most confident and qualified guy in the room, or so I always thought until later in life.
Before their passings, we would reminisce about these moments and my mom and dad would laugh at my perception of how things appeared to me back then. In truth, he was very effective and always tried to do his best when giving a presentation. However, I also learned there were many things he was always self-conscious about, especially when standing before a large audience to speak.
It always bothered him that he never got his college degree. He left Ohio State after his first year and eventually moved to Tucson with his parents to help open up and run the guest ranch. He always felt most people in the audience were smarter than he was. Although this wasn’t the case it was his perception and something he dealt with before each big presentation.
There were other things that I eventually learned that really bothered him and made him question if he should be the one sharing opinions and leading these groups. The specifics don’t really matter. What does matter is despite these issues, he was brave enough to stand up do his thing. He was very effective and when all said and done, no one was the wiser and his important message was heard and acted upon.
After watching my dad in action, one important lesson he taught me about communication is to appear confident in the delivery of your message. The issues we create for ourselves regarding a lack of confidence, being nervous, and feeling inadequate should not be allowed to migrate into your speech when it’s your turn to take the stage and make your presentation.
Because my dad did a good job of not letting his issues interfere with his delivery and message, his audience only focused on the moment. Nothing was shared that took away from my dad’s presentation. He kept any issues he thought he had to himself and and this allowed him to share memorable and persuasive presentations while giving the perception of having unbridled strength and confidence.
I’m been using the same approach when talking to jurors and trying cases. Regardless of my lack of confidence about an issue or other things I may be self-conscious about (we all are), I always try and project genuine confidence and strength.
I invite you on Father’s Day to follow my late father’s example and regardless of what has happened or is happening in your life, appear strong and confident when sharing your message. This approach worked well for him and also works well for me. I know that with a bit of practice, it will work well for you too!
Happy Father’s Day!
Attorney marketing specialist and friend, David Ward, asked me to share a guest post at The Attorney Marketing Center about how I use social media. Here is a portion of David’s Wednesday morning email to his readers about my post. I hope you enjoy and benefit from my post as much as I did putting together and sharing the information.
“My friend and fellow attorney, Mitch Jackson, has written a comprehensive article about how he uses social media to build his practice.
And I do mean comprehensive. Mitch shares the details on what he does, where he posts, the tools he uses, and how this has helped him build his lists and bring in clients.
You can read the post here:
One of the themes in this article is that you don’t need to write volumes of content to use social media. Look at all of the ways Mitch re-purposes his news and other updates and you’ll see what I mean.
I’ve known Mitch a long time and have watched him do amazing things with social media and other marketing strategies. I encourage you to copy the article and study it. Connect with him on social media and see how he does what he does.”
Technology, the internet and digital platforms have brought a new kind of businessperson into the world. People who are doing things their own unique way and often times outside the norm. Business owners who understand that in today’s world, success for many is all about being themselves, providing an exemplary level of customer experience and connecting with clients.
In his new book, “The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth- Entrepreneurship for ‘Weirdos, ‘Misfits, and ‘World “Dominators”, my friend, Chris Brogan, affectionately refers to these new world business people as freaks. After reading his outstanding book twice (so far), I now have a better understanding about how I have gone about the practice of law over the last 3 decades. I’m proud to call myself a legal freak and who knows, with a bit of self-reflection, you just might find out that you’re a bit of a business freak too!
One of things that jumped out at me in Chris’ new book is how important he believes it is for freaks to learn how to communicate “succinctly, with positive word choices, and with more actionable results in mind.” Since this blog is all about communication, you will not be surprised to learn that I agree 100%.
Having said that, communication is a two-way street and I think it’s equally important for people to learn how to communicate with all the wonderful freaks out there. To engage in a type of dialog with freaks that leads to mutual understanding, respect and desired outcomes.
For this reason I proud to share this Spreecast (live video interview) with Chris. We talk about his new book and learn all about employeepreneurs, Matrix issues and yes, modern day business freaks. You can watch this free Spreecast below or by clicking here.
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Update interview with Chris on MSNBC (I liked what Chris had to say, especially beginning at about the 3:15 mark :-)…