Please check out my latest audio recording, The Audacious Living Podcast with Audley Stephenson. You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the PODCASTS & RADIO INTERVIEWS button at the top of this page and scroll down and click on The Audacious Living Podcast tab.
“The truth cannot be deceptive, and one who sees it cannot be deceived.” - Said Nursi
What are the truths of your life?
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” - Michael J. Fox
What is "everything" to you?
Please check out my latest YouTube podcast where I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Human Capital Innovations with Dr. Jonathan Westover. You can watch the podcast by clicking on the VIDEOS button at the top of this page and scrolling down and clicking on the Human Capital Innovations Podcast tab.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” - Albert Einstein
How are your successes making you valuable?
Please check out my latest Instagram podcast where I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Health: It's Personal with Kate Shively. You can watch the podcast by clicking on the VIDEOS button at the top of this page and scrolling down and clicking on the Health: It's Personal Podcast tab.
“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.” - James Allen
What are you willing to sacrifice to reach your goals?
Please take a moment and check the Authority Magazine article below where I was interviewed about the 5 Things You Can Do To Become More Resilient During Turbulent Times.
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
How do you avoid arguing with ignorant people?
Please check out my latest YouTube podcast where I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Coffee With Humans with Jason Todd. You can watch the podcast by clicking on the VIDEOS button at the top of this page and scrolling down and clicking on the Coffee With Humans Podcast tab.
“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something you can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” - Denis Waitley
How do you use failure to become successful?
You Make A Difference
A high school teacher decided to honor all of her students by telling them the difference they each made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First, she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class.
Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters, which read, 'Who I Am Makes a Difference.'
Afterwards the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report back to the class in about a week.
One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt.
Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, 'We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me and tell me what happened.'
Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius.
The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give him permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, 'Well sure.' The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, 'Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra ribbon and pass it on by honoring somebody else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people.'
That night the boss came home to his 14-year old son and sat him down. He said, 'The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine. He thinks I'm creative genius.'
'Then he put this blue ribbon that says, 'Who I Am Makes A Difference' on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and thought of you. I want to honor you. My days are really hectic and when I come home, I don't pay a lot of attention to you.
Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!'
The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, 'I was planning on committing suicide tomorrow, Dad, because I didn't think you loved me. Now I know you care. This is the happiest day I've known.'
The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch but made sure to let all his employees know that they made a difference.
The junior executive helped several other young people with career planning and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life - one being the boss' son. And the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson.
So, who you are DOES make a difference and I wanted you to know that.
“Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.” - Mark Twain
How do you prepare to do your duty without pain?
“There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows.” - Farrar
What does being true to yourself mean to you?
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” - Jim Rohn
How do you control your days?
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Author & Motivational Speaker
Terry is a sought after speaker who believes in the power of a story to motivate, inspire, and help others lead their uncommon and extraordinary lives. By combining his ten-year cancer journey with his diverse business, athletic coaching, and law enforcement expertise, he delivers compelling yet relatable presentations for conferences, on-line events, panels, meetings, and seminars.