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Laura Waller announces new book for 2016

Laura Waller announces new book to be released in January 2016:

William Shakespeare, Gent.

How one man created a life of Success, Significance and Security

This book is not about the works of Shakespeare the genius,

but the life’s work of an ordinary man from a small town. . .

What we can learn and apply from this man has nothing at all to do with the collection of plays and poetry attributed to “William Shakespeare”.  In fact, you will not find one direct Shakespearean quote in this entire book.  That’s because the works of Shakespeare are philosophical without revealing the author’s philosophy.  They tell a story of the lives of others without disclosing anything useful about the playwright worked, played and loved.

If you are searching for a way to earn more income, take care of your family, build your business and find the real pay-off of a meaningful life, this unconventional biography is for you.  The story of the man we will henceforth call “Mr. Shakspear” pursued his dream and took action in a way that we can all adopt to realize our most burning desire – –  to know success, significance and security, no matter what is going on around us.

Laura Waller will be speaking on this topic throughout the United States and Canada this autumn and into 2016, leading up to the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.  Contact her office at 614-915-4324 to book her to speak with your local service organization or library.

wagnalls reading room

Live book launch will be in January 2016 at Wagnalls Memorial in Lithopolis, Ohio, USA


Big Lie #3 – Survival of the Fittest

Big Lie 3 – Survival of the Fittest 10/21 by PhilanthropyPlus | Blog Talk Radio.

Survival of the Fittest means Survival of the Strongest – right?  The actual observed success model is cooperation and collaboration in focused, harmonic effort.

“The world we are in now requires revolutionary approaches. We need board members that are courageous enough to move forward in uncharted territory, leaders who are clear about purpose and willing to let go of programs in favor of new opportunities. Leaders need to be willing to embrace efforts for which success may not be defined and outcomes are not guaranteed.”

— Angela Blanchard, President and CEO, Neighborhood Centers Inc

We address how to do this in our radio program this week.  Our guest in this episode is Ron Stebelton, professional educator and certified success coach.  He shares his approach on goal achievement.  Ron presents the basic concepts that are found in his new book:  From Surviving to Thriving in 30 Days.  Ron presents a solid structure for goal achievement in any situation.  We also examine how Andrew Carnegie became a huge success in business and philanthropy by applying one basic process in all his endeavors: collaboration with groups of experts.

Are you ready to move from surviving to thriving?  Want to move donors to action? Do you question whether that can even happen “in this economy”?

If these questions are at the front of your mind, and if you are willing to test the “uncharted waters” Angela Blanchard spoke of, then you are ready to join a Mastermind Group to explore the possibilities.  Check out the cooperative success model for yourself:  We have an introductory Mastermind for Non-Profits called Thriving in Times Like These.  You CAN take control of your direction and results . . . Contact us to learn more and to be connected with a group of other non-profit professionals so that we can all MAKE GOOD WORK.

Overcoming Adversity

How do you view adversity?  Set aside the time to listen to an inspring call:

Listen to internet radio with Phil R Taylor on Blog Talk Radio

The attitudes, principles and actions that they discuss are exactly what we work through in Mastermind Groups.  Check out the MASTERMIND tab to learn how you can follow up the inspiration with ACTION.

Reverence for Life

“Reverence for Life”

These three words guided Albert Schweitzer in all that he did and all that he became. Want to be inspired?  Click on the image to watch a unique documentary on his life. 

(I was especially impressed at how he used his Nobel Prize money to improve the lives of the people he served.)

The Dignity of Work

 One of my clients, the MCS/TOUCH program was recently awarded a substantial grant to implement a program of community development.  It is a summer work program for young people – helping them take their lives to a new level of growth and exploration.  An essential part of this program, and of all the services at MCS/TOUCH, is to provide employment opportunities.  We have an enormous list of “Pathway Partners” – employers who are willing to give people the opportunity to learn about the positive benefits of a good day’s work.  They are small businesses and non-profit organizations that hire the participants and give them the gift of dignity. These business people are interested in making a profit, for certain.  However, they are also intensely committed to making an investment in the community.  Thank you to all the Pathway Partners!  They are making it possible for people of all backgrounds to get to the level where they are net contributors and do not have to be dependent upon “charity” for their survival. . . .

If you would like to learn how to become a Pathway Partner and jump to the highest level of the Golden Ladder, contact Laura Miller – 614.915.4324 or . . . The summer works! program fully compensates the participant (up to 120 hours).  See:  Pathway Partners wordpress blog

If you are a non-profit and would like to learn how we were successful in this grant process, contact Laura Miller at the phone/email above.  As a reminder, here is the Golden Ladder of Philanthropy:

The Golden Ladder of Philanthropy
By Maimonides

(From Lowest Level to Highest Level)

1. To give reluctantly, the gift of the hand, but not of the heart.

2. To give cheerfully, but not in proportion to need.

3. To give cheerfully and proportionately, but not until solicited.

4. To give cheerfully, proportionately, and unsolicited, but to put the gift into the poor person’s hand, thus creating shame.

5. To give in such a way that the distressed may know their benefactor, without being known to him or her.

6. To know the objects of our bounty, but remain unknown to them.

7. To give so that the benefactor may not know those whom he has relieved, and they shall not know him.

8. To prevent poverty by teaching a trade, setting a person up in business, or in some other way preventing the need of charity.

About the Author – Maimonides (1135 -1204)
Jewish rabbi, physician, Talmudic scholar and philosopher in Egypt.