This Memorial Day, we pause to remember the sacrifice of so many brave men and women who have gone before us.

Let’s face it – we wouldn’t enjoy the many blessings we have had it not been for the courage and wisdom of great leaders in our country.

Sir Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

,Great Quotes from Great Leaders   is the perfect way to celebrate this Memorial Day.  It allows us to stand on  the shoulders of giants – to read their words of wisdom and apply them to our own lives. It also makes a great gift to honor our veterans or to thank Dad, for his wisdom, on Father’s Day.

Great Quotes from Great Leaders  is a beautiful coffee table book with 160 pages, 75 photographs and over 400 quotations from great leaders. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. “Well done is better than well said.”
    Benjamin Franklin
  2. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
    George Washington
  3. “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”
    Abraham Lincoln
  4. “It is better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
    Dwight Eisenhower
  6. “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”
    General George S. Patton
  7.  “Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”
    General Douglas MacArthur

Click here to learn more or to watch our 3 minute inspirational movie (included free with purchase of the book).

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Ideas About Subway Diet

On May 28, 2010, in Motivational, by jHodgepodge

Everyone is familiar with the Subway Diet featuring Jared, the guy who lost 245 pounds in a year by walking and replacing two meals a day with Subway sandwiches. This article goes into details about how the commercials and the famous diet got their start.

Like man college students Jared Fogle worked a part time job, his at an adult book store, to pay for college.  His weight reached 425 pounds thanks to sitting around all day – in class and at work – munching on snacks.  Jared realized his weight was critical and so started looking for a way to drop some pounds.

He tried various diets, but they didn’t work because he still had all those hours behind a counter during which to cheat.  One day he noticed a Subway sandwich store about a mile and a half from his apartment.  Unknown to Jared he was about to take his first step towards the Subway diet.  Jared decided to skip breakfast every day, walk the mile and a half there and back to Subway for both lunch and dinner during which he consumed only a sandwich, a bag of baked chips and a diet soft drink.  Now instead of a 10,000 calorie per day with no exercise lifestyle, he was eating only about 900 calories while walking 6 miles every day.  For Jared the yet named Subway diet made 245 pounds disappear in the span of a single year.

How did this Subway diet become a national ad campaign for the Subway chain?  After losing the weight Jared ran into a friend who worked with the school paper.  He didn’t recognize Jared at first, and when he heard the weight loss story decided to write an article about it.  Men’s Health magazine picked up the story as part of an article about weird diets that work.  When a Chicago Subway owner read the story he contacted his advertising agency about making it into an ad.  They took the ad idea to Subway’s national ad agency who disliked the idea, so they created a local campaign for Chicago featuring the Subway diet.

The campaign around the Subway diet became huge.  It was a natural for Chicago based Oprah to feature Jared and his Subway diet on her popular national show.  Now it was the national agency’s turn to ask about running the ads around the country.

The Subway diet has worked for a lot of people.  But keep in mind that Jared’s extreme program of calorie cutting and extreme weight loss are, in general, potentially dangerous.  His plan of cutting calories and exercise are well known to lead to weight loss and a healthy life style.

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Some people might consider me an “old dog.” After all, I’ve been an entrepreneur for more than 30 years, but you better believe that I’m always looking to learn “new tricks!” My goal is to never stop growing and to always keep my mind open to fresh solutions.

One solution we’re all looking for these days is a way to accomplish more in our limited time. Author Amy Jones takes us back to the basics in Twice as Much in Half the Time– Secrets to Simplifying Your Life. It’s loaded with nuggets that will make a positive difference in your life.

Here’s an excerpt. Enjoy!

Excerpt from: Twice as Much in Half the Time,
by Amy Jones

What does it mean to manage your time (and life) better? Simply put, it means to live your life in such a way that you are able to accomplish more, so that at the end of each day you can realize measurable results and enjoy a sense of fulfillment. This often involves learning to do things differently so that the outcomes are more efficient and effective (and even less time-consuming) than before. After reading from countless resources and speaking to over half a million people on the subject of time management, I have come up with a simple truth. Learning to manage your life and your time isn’t rocket science. Anyone can do it! In fact, it is often the simple things you can do that will make profound differences. Sometimes you even have to go backward in order to go forward; so let’s go back-to-basics with this example.

First, grab a pencil and paper. Think back to the time you started school, all the way back to kindergarten. One of the first things you learned was how to identify shapes. Next you learned to draw them. On that sheet of paper I want you to do something very simple. Draw one triangle. That was simple, wasn’t it? Now, draw as many triangles as you can in twenty seconds. Stop. Count how many you were able to draw. Write down that number. Do you think there might be another way to complete this activity and draw more in less time?

Start at one side of the paper and draw connected W’s all the way across the page. Now put a line across the top and the bottom. See how many you can draw in twenty seconds using this method. Wow, that creates a lot of triangles! In only a few seconds you have learned to do this activity more efficiently and effectively in a much shorter amount of time. A seemingly insignificant change can make a significant difference in what can be accomplished in a given amount of time. In fact, you most likely made up to four or five times as many triangles the second time around.

What if you could do four or five times your sales volume by making a simple change? Or what if you could get four or five times as much done each day by making a simple change? Would that work for you?

If so, always be on the lookout for “new” ways to do “old” things, and keep your mind open to using alternative methods and plans of action. This book is filled with simple things that can make a profound difference. Are you ready to learn some new ways to manage your life and your time even better?

Then let’s get started!

 For more information or look inside the book, just click here Twice As Much In Half The Time.

Finish Strong in 2009,


Mary Kay Ash was loved by her people. She was the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, and passed away recently at 83 years old. I heard her speak about 20 years ago, and at the end of her speech she was asked, “What is the key to success in business?” She didn’t hesitate when she said, “Make your people feel important.” She truly understood that recognition is a need we all crave; and that there are no exceptions.

Marcy Blochowiak understands this powerful principal as much as any leader I’ve ever met. And, most importantly, it comes from her heart. She has built a team of thousands by using a secret weapon: “Hire more women, and love them like family.”

If you need a “shot of inspiration”, just watch this beautiful 3 minute movie that shares some of Marcy’s secretes to success. You’ll love the music, the beautiful photographs and, the ideas will speak to your heart.

And feel free to forward it to friends and family; everyone needs a little shot of inspiration!

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Eleanor Roosevelt said it best…”The future belongs to those who believe in the
beauty of their dreams.”

Marcia Wieder, however, brings Eleanor’s quote to life in her book titled: Dreams Are
Whispers from the Soul, where she challenges all of us to pursue our purpose and passion
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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the
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~ Harriet Tubman.
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A Dash of Hope…

On May 24, 2010, in Affiliates, Business, Educational, Gifts, Motivational, Self Help, by jHodgepodge

Linda Ellis has mastered the art of communicating the Simple Truths of Life. Her beautiful poem, The Dash, has only 239 words, but truly captures why we’re here on this earth in an unforgettable way. Simple Truths has sold over 300,000 copies of The Dash, and it has made its way around the world as over 30 million people have watched our three-minute movie version of the “Dash movie” on the internet.

That’s why we’re proud to bring Linda’s talent back with her second book titled, Simple Truths of Life. It’s a wonderful collection of stories, great quotes and of course, Linda’s original poems that present the simple truths of life in a way that you won’t soon forget! Today I’d like to share one of her stories that I loved called…Dash of Hope. Enjoy!

Excerpt from:
Simple Truths of Life,
by Linda Ellis

Dash of Hope

My poem, The Dash, is based on that little line on a tombstone, between the dates of birth and death. Ultimately, that dash is a symbol which represents every day we’ve spent alive on earth. Therefore, how you spend your “dash” is all that really matters. Following is an amazing story about someone whose dash truly made a difference.

Recently I heard about a little girl named Hope Stout. After learning more about her life, I couldn’t help but feel it was not by coincidence, nor happenstance, that she had been named “Hope.” It had to be attributed to fate. The compassion and generosity housed in her young heart made a lasting impression on me and countless others, and her legacy of love continues to bless lives every day. Though I never had the opportunity to meet her, I wish I had. It seems as though she was wise beyond her tender years and very, very special. When I tell people her story, I always say, “if this doesn’t inspire you, I don’t think there’s much that could…”

Hope was a twelve-year old girl who was offered a “wish” in early December 2003 by the “Make-A-Wish” Foundation after being informed that she had a rare type of bone cancer. However, when she found out that more than 150 children in her area were waiting for their wishes to be granted, she unselfishly used her wish to ask that those children have their wishes granted. She also asked that it be done by January 16, 2004. Unfortunately, however, the organization informed her that her noble request could not be granted as the funds were simply unavailable. They calculated that they would need to raise more than one million dollars in thirty days in order to grant her wish. Disappointed, but not discouraged, she turned her dismay into an enthusiasm that inspired caring individuals to spearhead fundraising to help grant the wishes of the other children, and eventually hers as well. Newspaper columnists and reporters for radio and TV stations shared the story of this caring young girl who had touched the hearts of so many and as word spread, the community was challenged. Committees were formed and schools, corporations and various organizations assisted in raising money to help bring Hope’s dream to fruition.

Though she lost her battle in 2004, knowing that her wish was going to come true, Hope lives on. Her heartfelt efforts were not in vain as they continue to help others, not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally as well. At the initial fundraiser and gathering to celebrate her life, “A Celebration of Hope” on January 16, 2004, the announcement was made that they had indeed received donations totaling more than one million dollars on behalf of Hope Stout. Her wish had been granted!

Simple Truths of Life is a beautiful book that will make an inspiring gift for anyone you know. It’ll be a gift that keeps on giving for years to come!

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  Whether you’re 6 years old or 60, I’m sure you remember a teacher or two whom have inspired you.

I remember when I was a sophomore, I was asked to fill in for another actor in the Spring high school musical, Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.  The practices were long and hard: I was quite shy as a teenager, so it unnerved me to speak on stage.  After the last performance of the musical I went up to my director and said, “I never thought I would have enough courage to speak on stage!” Mr. Ruelas encouraged me with a phrase I’ll never forget: “Don’t you ever limit yourself!”  Since then, whenever I think, “I can’t do this!” I remember him telling me that phrase.

Which teachers have inspired you?  How have they inspired you?  What quotes from them remind you to persevere?

A Parent’s Note to a Teacher

I’m the voice of a grateful parent
whose child was in your class…
the one who needed help to find his way

You’ve been a special blessing
as you helped my child succeed
and I’m thankful for the part you had to play

You gave him so much more
than just the lessons in the books
you gave him wings… so he could learn to fly

You ignited a flame within his soul
a passion to learn and grow…
to never give up and always be willing to try

Your encouragement inspired him
and your kindness was so real
but the thing that thrills my heart the most is this…

By building his self-confidence
you changed his life this year
he believes in himself… and a brighter future is his!

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“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill

I noticed that it can be pretty hard to stay optimistic in the face of difficulty. I don’t know about you, but it’s like a slippery slope for me. One or two bad things happen at the beginning of my day, and that colors my perception of the rest of the events that happen for that day. On the other side of the coin, though, I only need a couple good things (or to have a good attitude about a couple bad things), and my day picks up from there.

When I was a teenager, my parents bought a copy of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul for me from a neighborhood yard sale. Talk about a deal of a lifetime! I read the entire book cover to cover in two days, and subsequently read each story multiple times after that. Those stories didn’t just help me understand how to celebrate life, but also aided me in coping with difficulties.

I have a short clip from Jack Canfield, the author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, that I’d like to share with you today. He’s one of my personal heroes, so when I came across this video on Youtube, I couldn’t keep it to myself. I hope you enjoy it half as much as I did!

Jack Canfield..Positive Thinking for Self Esteem

What books have shaped you? What was it about those books that made them so impacting?


“A Tender Warrior” shares 5 Leadership Letters from the life of LT. General Hal
Moore. His and his soldiers story is the basis for the movie We Were Soldiers. Take a
few minutes to watch this story of strength and dedication. The book includes his
letters, photographs and the gift of Hal Moore’s example of a life of service and
leadership. It is a special way to honor, show appreciation and thank those who have
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Thank you to each of you and the families of those who have served to uphold and protect

Kind regards,



Peter Drucker, the legendary management consultant and author says this about teamwork:

“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we;” they think “team.”  They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit…This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.”

The bottom line is that it’s easy for any organization to say…”we value teamwork.” However, saying it versus committing to the principles to grow it can be two different things. And that’s what Pulling Together is all about! Author John Murphy presents the ten rules for high performance teams in an engaging way that every person in your organization can understand. John is a highly recognized author (7 books), speaker and management consultant who has helped some of the world’s leading organizations create environments that value and reward teamwork.

Today, I’d like to share on excerpt from John’s Rule #1…Put the team first. Enjoy!

Excerpt from
Pulling Together….The 10 Rules for High Performance Teams,
by John Murphy

At the center of every high performance team is a common purpose – a mission that rises above and beyond each of the individual team members. To be successful, the team’s interests and needs come first. This requires “we-opic” vision (“What’s in it for we?”), a challenging step up from the common “me-opic” mind-set.

Effective team players understand that personal issues and personality differences are secondary to team demands. This does not mean abandoning who you are or giving up your individuality. On the contrary, it means sharing your unique strengths and differences to move the team forward. It is this “we-opic” focus and vision – this cooperation of collective capability – that empowers a team and generates synergy.

Cooperation means working together for mutual gain – sharing responsibility for success and failure and covering for one another on a moment’s notice. It does not mean competing with one another at the team’s expense, withholding important data or information to be “one up” on your peers, or submitting to “groupthink” by going along so as not to make waves. These are “rule breakers,” that are direct contradictions to the “team first” mind-set.

High performance teams recognize that it takes a joint effort to synergize, generating  power above and beyond the collected individuals. It is with this spirit of cooperation that effective teams learn to capitalize on individual strengths and offset individual weaknesses, using diversity as an advantage.

Effective teams also understand the importance of establishing cooperative systems, structures, incentives and rewards. We get what we inspect, not what we expect. Think about it. Do you have team job descriptions, team performance reviews and team reward systems? Do you recognize people by pitting them against standards of excellence, or one another? What are you doing to cultivate a team-first, cooperative environment in this competitive, “me-opic” world?

To embrace the team-first rule, make sure your team purpose and priorities are clear. What is your overall mission? What is your game plan? What is expected of each team member? How can each member contribute most effectively? What constants will hold the team together? Then stop and ask yourself, are you putting the team first?

Pulling Together captures the essence of teamwork better than any book I’ve read. It takes what can be a complex topic and presents the ten rules in a way that anyone can understand. If you have each member of your team read it, and then discuss how each rule applies to your organization, your chances of “pulling together” will be greatly improved!

 For more information or to look inside the book, just Click here.

Pulling Together


Today, I’m happy to announce a new release, Pulling Together by John Murphy:  Pulling Together. This book contains 10 Rules to encourage higher performance teamwork.

As I was reading through it and discussing it with my coworkers, we were trying to figure out our collective opinion on the most important teamwork rules. We also wanted your thoughts on the subject, so what do you see as the most important rules in fostering teamwork?

To look inside the book click here Pulling Together


07 You’ve Got a Friend

Many of us can recall a teacher who inspired us to make the most of our strengths and
encouraged us to overcome our weaknesses. As the end of the school year rushes closer,
remember to thank the teachers and mentors in your life for all of their efforts. Enjoy
this 3 minute movie that captures the essence of The Heart of a Teacher.

Show your appreciation to teachers and mentors by sharing this heartfelt movie!

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With the school year ending…I would like to take this opportunity to thank our teachers around the world for what they do to make a difference.

We dedicate this short three minute movie to you!

Just click here  to watch!

All the Best


P.S. Please share this with every teacher you know!


Make a List

On May 17, 2010, in Affiliates, encouragement, Gifts, Motivational, Self Help, by jHodgepodge

How many ways have you been blessed by God? Relationally? Materially? Spiritually? Physically? His blessings are all around us, but we too easily get distracted. Consider an activity where you write in your journal or on a sheet of paper all the different ways God has blessed you.

Whatever God has done for you, stop to remember His blessings in detail. And say a word of thanks.

Have you discovered the wonder of gratitude? Click here  for a reminder of the power of a thankful attitude.

Share this link with a friend who might need a little encouragement today.

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
St. Ambrose


Inspiration 365 Days A Year!

On May 16, 2010, in Affiliates, Gifts, Motivational, Self Help, by jHodgepodge

After a speech one day, Zig Ziglar was approached by someone in the audience who said:
“Zig, it was a great speech, but…motivation doesn’t last.”

Zig said, “Bathing doesn’t either. That’s why I recommend it daily!”

Like me, Zig loves quotes and believes that the right quote can provide “a-ha” moments and can help to reinforce a positive attitude. Here’s what he said:

“Reading has been my fuel for motivation. If the “a-ha” I get when I’m reading is not already reduced into one or two sentences, I’ll take the essence of what I’ve read and chunk it into easily remembered bites of information. That information is what becomes “quotable.” You would not sit still for me to read every book I’ve ever read to you. But if you’re the least bit like me, you’ll jump at the chance to bypass all the churning and scoop the cream right off the top – that is what quotes are…the cream of our learning.

To say I’m honored to publish a book of Zig Ziglar is an understatement. Sixty Minutes said, “He’s a legend in the industry. He’s the Bill Gates, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison of enthusiasm.” What I love about Zig, however, is his heart. His ability to help people realize their potential is unsurpassed and his belief that, “You can have everything you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want,” has been the foundation of all he’s accomplished.

The book we’ve created together, Inspiration 365, is one of the most beautiful we’ve ever published. It’s a 160 page, coffee table edition that will be a perpetual source of inspiration for years to come. It’s a collection of 365 quotes (each day of the year) from Zig himself, and many others that have motivated him over the years.

Today get inspired with Free ground shipping on all U.S. orders of $50 or more. In addition to Zig Zigler’s beautiful quote book, today we are featuring one of our Framed Inspirations with a quote from him: “Your Attitude in life will determine your altitude.” It makes a wonderful graduation gift and comes packaged in a beatuful white glossy gift box with gold ribbon. See details on our product page.

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All the Best,
Mac Anderson
Mac Anderson
Founder, Simple Truths

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