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Algebraically, a relationship describe how one set of numerical facts can affect another set of numerical facts.  Furthermore, a changing set of numerical facts will impact a solution.  When relationships apply to math, logic, rules and order dictate the rules.  Expectations are set.  A function applied to one number will have a clear and predictable effect on another number.

On the other hand, when humans are involved with relationships the predictability vanishes. Human relationships result in demonstrations of power that involve random and reckless force.  A loving mother with a strong relationship with her child can perform superhuman feats.  In protecting her child, mothers have been known to attack ferocious animals or physically move automobiles when their child is in danger. Men have been known to throw themselves in front of armed, homicidal attackers to protect their loved ones.  But, the power of relationships extends beyond protection.  In the most intimate sense, relationships between couples can create human life itself.

Organizationally, relationships are the cornerstone of business.  For example, a captain of industry might secure financing for a new idea largely based on individual character.  The banker and the business person do business together because they have a relationship.  As a result of the relationship-based financing, jobs are created. The capital fuels business growth which leads to new revenue which subsequently yields new profits.  Taxes are paid, communities are built. Careers are enhanced.  Families prosper. New employees make major expenditures: cars, homes, boats.  Wealth is created and then, multiplied.

In the best of worlds, the power of relationships is used to build for the greater good.  Considering that a relationship can create value, wealth, and even life, relationships need to be nurtured and cherished.  Not solely for the sake of monetary gain, but relationships have to be sustained to help develop potential and opportunities.  Relationships lead to trust and trust leads to hope. And people hoping for a better existence unleash the power to launch marriages, corporations, even governments.  Build relationships and embrace the power.

-The Voice


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Worth is a desirable objective for all kinds of people.  The businesswoman wants to accumulate more Net Worth for her financial well-being.  The counselor wants to inspire more Self Worth for individuals seeking emotional health.  However, in these two straightforward cases, worth is treated too simplistically.  Net Worth is a shallow, tangible aspiration.  Individuals craving more money are easy to find, easy to measure, and may create some additional value.  Self Worth is slightly trickier because it features improved behaviors and attitudes.  It often assumes a higher moral road than an individual pursuing Net Worth.  Self Worth claims some power by virtue of countering the capitalistic greed that Net Worth implies.  But again, Self Worth focuses on the individual.  Consequently, it is also limited.

Economics has a concept called the “multiplier effect”.  In essence it describes additional economic activity that results from initial economic activity.  For example, a businesswoman starts a company.  She hires employees to produce and deliver the good or service.  As more people in the business’ community are put to work, they in turn buy more goods and services with their wages.  At some level, these employees acquire houses and cars which require heightened levels of lending by the community’s banks.  As loans are made and repaid, more lending is available.  Furthermore, more goods enter the community for sale.  As more goods and services enter the community for the newly prosperous employees, the overall economy grows.  Additional economic activity has resulted from initial economic activity.

Looking at Worth As Contribution is much more complex and much more fulfilling.  The economists are conceptually correct.  When worth is put to work, it provides opportunities to share and grow.  Money that is invested presents growth opportunities as that investment increases its value.  A shared idea gains momentum so that additional individuals who are giving their value to the idea produce incremental results.  Worth As Contribution enables adding  resources to an organization, an entity, a force, or a wish that already exists.  The result, when productively constructed, yields greater worth for the initial force plus greater value for all who participate.

Presently, with so much attention paid to ideas going viral, Worth As Contribution represents a path to create more… more wealth, more esteem, more value.  Individuals can freely choose to pursue their capitalist desires.  Building Net Worth is important in our society.  Pursuing Self Worth empowers individuals to benefit from self- actualization which maximizes their desire to contribute. However, Worth As Contribution maximizes value by leading to building communities, economies, learning environments, and wealth.  Worth As Contribution includes additional individuals, plus their ideas.  It attracts additional wealth because of potential tangible benefits.  It captures the human spirit which desires leaving a legacy by pouring in physical, mental and emotional resources toward building more than one individual can.  A community benefiting from collective worth will always be more powerful than any individual driving herself and a few others toward getting more stuff.

-The Voice

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The wise elder proclaimed that “ultimately the optimist and the pessimist are both correct.”  To understand how two opposite viewpoints can both be right requires a basic lesson in faith.  If according to Scripture, “Faith is the substance of thing hoped for and the evidence of things not seen“, then faith serves as a constant, invisible connection that connects an expectation to an outcome.  In this sense, faith can drive decisions.  And, decisions can drive reality.  With faith, the expectation of a positive or negative reality can result in that exact reality.  But to enjoy the desired reality, faith requires work.

So assuming an equivalent opportunity to dictate a positive or negative reality, optimism and its subsequent positive actions seems to be the more attractive choice.  Optimism is a state of mind that reveals itself as a positive outlook.  It reflects an attitude and inspires success.  The belief that positive rewards are coming gives optimism its ability to assume life-giving traits.  Optimism enables dreams to become reality.  Recognizing that optimism is potentially a self-fulfilling prophecy, its resultant positive outlook holds a lot of power.

Additionally, encouragement is a cornerstone of optimism.  To help someone else believe that they can achieve, a positive outlook is essential.  Furthermore, witnessing another’s success is empowering.  The winning attitude bred of optimism is contagious and life-producing.  People, organizations, and nations are created from ideas for something better that catch a spark.  Optimism enables confident and bold decisions.  Those types of decisions ultimately deliver fulfilling results.

Optimism is a lot like hope. Hope is not a strategy, but optimism can be.  In business, an optimistic forecast can positively influence a company’s stock price.  Results eventually have to fulfill the optimistic forecast, but value is created while that result unfolds.  It is not the optimism that creates the value, it is the expected activity that creates the value.  Then upon execution, the belief continues that subsequent success will fuel more achievement and additional value.

Similarly, optimism is a common part of financial projections.  In creating a business plan, an optimistic case and a pessimistic case may both be part of the final product.  The pessimistic case warns of risk, but the optimistic case provides a sense of hope, of amazing possibilities.  It is very difficult to achieve without a firm belief in a positive desired outcome.  In addition to optimism – planning, hope, expectation and desire all come together to inspire an expected gain.  That inspiration provides a vision for achievement that in turn activates endurance which is necessary for success. Optimism is the force that drives decisions and then activity.  Pessimism leads to caution, and eventually stops progress.  Deploy optimism on purpose.  It is the main ingredient in creating satisfying benefits and living successful dreams.

-The Voice

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The word, choice, brings its own baggage.  The concept of choice seems complicated.  People are quick to believe that they have to consider so many factors to make a good choice and it is hard. But it only seems complicated because people take a fairly straightforward concept of making one selection or another, then transform the options for their own individual benefit.  The idea is not complicated, justifying its manipulation is.

A great example is free-choice (or free-will) versus predestination.  In this classic argument, humans debate if their own decisions and consequences determine their fate, or is it predetermined by a supreme creator?  Neither case exists in the presence of the other,  Compromise can be cleverly suggested, but close analysis unravels these middle-ground arguments.  They are ultimately mutually exclusive.  Philosophically, either an individual exercises choice over their destiny or they do not.

Assuming an individual can control their choices, they still can not control their consequences.  A man can jump into a raging river, he can not choose whether he will get wet.  So let’s acknowledge the ability to choose, however determining eventual consequences are another matter.

With regards to individual progress, people need to accept the ability to make choices.  A teacher tells a teenager that she is not smart enough to go to college.  That statement must not limit her ability to pursue her higher education goals.  She can choose to take the necessary high school classes, to enlist the guidance of a supportive counselor, and to learn various options of achieving a college education.  A teacher who lacks vision is not the final arbitrator of the teenager’s ultimate destiny. 

Often people in authority have their own agenda.  If that authority figure selfishly prioritizes the status quo and the subordinate ambitiously embraces game changing ideas, then the authority figure may want to eliminate the subordinate’s dream before it threatens the authority figure’s reality.  All individuals who exercise choice must have a sense of self and purpose in making any choices.

Make plans, then go through proper preparation to define clear paths to an individual’s goals.  The path may need to change, or the plans may need to be altered, but do not stop progressing.  Endurance is essential to effectively exercising choice.  Tough choices are difficult, but so is success.  Expect the path of least resistance to be crowded and unfulfilling.  Consequences are the result of active choices and they are also the result of avoiding choices.  So, be bold, make a choice.  Regardless of religion, politics or philosophy, each individual must accept the consequences of their decisions.  No one can escape that choice.

-The Voice


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“Follow your passion!” echoes throughout auditoriums and meeting halls full of speakers advocating entrepreneurial pursuits, career changes, and plain-old personal improvement.  Commonly, passion is associated with physical desire and emotional intimacy.  However, passion requires persistence.  Lust can be for the moment, but passion is enduring.  It demands an ongoing emotional investment.  Passion emerges when an individual realizes that an activity, a cause or a pursuit is worth pouring in their innate gifting such that their impact on their world will  be unmistakable.

Without getting bogged down in the mechanics, physical passion can result in life and consequently a family legacy.  Likewise, professional passion can create wealth and in essence, a financial legacy.  In both cases, passion reflects enduring behaviors that provides a reason for living, a purpose.  Behind any significant outcome lies the passions of an individual, a group, a people.  And, these passions must be active.  Passions that are passive, are merely wishes.  Passions are not a byproduct of an objective that someone else said to do.  Passions are a direct result of what burns in one’s heart to do.

Being a doctor, serial entrepreneur, or professional athlete because parents said to work toward that goal, may yield achieving high-profile careers.  But, a truly legendary performer in any field is the individual that is passionate about their work.  It’s not just a job, it represents their essence.  It’s an activity where an individual loves the practice, the preparation, the execution, and the innovation.  Passion drives an individual beyond an activity that will define them, but toward an activity that the individual wants to define!  Passion is the gateway to greatness.

So first, find your passion!  Then, pursue your passion!  Intimately connecting with each component of the activity is the first level of reward.  But, the enduring reward is in performing the passion.  That is how excellence is achieved and value is realized.  That is where life is created!  Before the accolades, glory and rewards, realize that passion demands sacrifice.  In religion, passion requires giving of oneself completely to attain fullness beyond measure.  Passion is not easy and it is not a singular act. It requires endurance.  But, talk to a winner who has identified their heartfelt purpose, embraced the sacrifice to perform with uncommon excellence and established a legacy.  Then, absorb the tale of unmitigated joy that resulted from following their passion!

-The Voice

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A young father brings home a bicycle with training wheels for his daughter.  He is ready to teach his daughter to ride a bike.  His daughter is happy and eager. Dad better be ready to work! Before the bike riding training turns into a child riding a bike, Dad will walk with the child while she pedals. He will run and hold the back of the seat while she struggles to balance.  Even after the training wheels are removed, he will run faster and hold on to support her.  When he finally lets go to execute successful bike riding, he will pick her up when she falls.  He will clean and bandage scraped knees.  He will offer encouragement to continue her efforts.  And, when dad is successful, he will let go and chase his daughter.  Then, she will race off faster than he can run.  He may have to pick her up a few more times.  But, very soon she is riding without his help, and dad is exhausted emotionally and physically from the completed process.

This is exactly how personal improvement works.  Training starts with an idea to improve someone.  Regarding formal education, it starts in kindergarten teaching children to learn simple rules like raising your hand to talk, taking turns, earning rewards through good behavior.  In executive training, the learning process turns to thinking strategically, demonstrating leadership so that others execute your vision, creating results in areas beyond your individual expertise.  Fundamentally, training involves changing behaviors that may have been individually working just fine to behaviors that will elevate overall performance.  That step requires an investment that will result in empowering people for greater achievement.

“What if we train our people and they leave?” is a classic question for decision-makers who are reluctant to invest in training their staff.  The logical response is, “What if you don’t train them and they stay?”  The clear outcome to the response is to endure poor performance.  Personal growth is stunted.  The child never learns to ride her bike because dad never wants her to leave his sight.

But change will prevail.  This is a fact of human and organizational development.  Experts argue that changing a habit requires an average of 21 consecutive days of changed behavior.  This applies to learning a new skill, overcoming an addiction, or changing a work procedure.  The process is established: educate, empower, measure, repeat…

Believe in the process. Invest in the process.  The proverb says “to train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  It is the process that drives ongoing improvement.  Once improved performance is achieved, repeating the process for additional rewards is a natural progression.  Don’t stray from what works if  it successfully reaches goals  And, at every accomplishment enjoy the rewards. The real benefit is helping someone else whose success is important to the helper. This fact illustrates the mutual benefit to training. To do it right, a leader must launch the process, then be ready to work.  The ultimate reward is a trainee who now rides faster than the leader can run!
-The Voice

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Mutual implies separate parties jointly sharing in progress.  Mutual describes assorted groupings where multiple entities combine to create more value.  In finance, mutual funds are groups of individual stocks that are brought together to deliver maximized returns for investors while minimizing the investment’s risk.  In relationships, mutual satisfaction is the goal of two people coming together trying to please themselves individually.  Together, each individual has an expectation of more fulfillment.  Additionally, a mutual goal is the purpose behind the collaboration of the group members.  The mutual goal is the win-win reflecting the reason behind the collaboration in the first place.

Whether combining stocks or engaging personal relationships, collaborative interactions are expected to deliver superior value.  A basket of equities have been shown to outperform the typical individual stockholding.  Couples, working together for a better life, illustrate a common expectation among marriages and romantic relationships. For another example, consider the business value of entering a transaction through a mutual friend.  A business referral is simply a coordinated introduction between two friends that have a mutual contact, but do not know each other.  The trust and value from the established relationships are transferred to include the third party, consequently creating a new relationship.  People doing business with people through mutual contacts is fundamental to the inner workings of capitalism.

But, what about the individual?  Profits are satisfying.  Loving relationships are satisfying.  But, how does the individual maximize their personal value?  Mutual satisfaction  requires at least two parties and they need to work together so that both parties are pleased.  The individual does not reign supreme, but individual needs do matter.  So, what about those that love money, or love achievement, or love power?  In those cases, mutual satisfaction still requires investing your time and resources toward the desired object.  Ultimately, the reciprocal satisfaction of money, achievement, or power may fail to fulfill, but the essence of “mutual” remains the same.  Deliberately contribute your energy and resources toward these goals with a collaborative partner and the expectation to recognize additional value.  This results in the win-win scenario and an outcome pointing straight to mutual benefit!

The ultimate prize in collaboration is mutual benefit.  In reality, teamwork via mutual collaboration creates far more value.  But, the right partners must be involved.  A mutual fund filled with stocks of bad companies will provide poor returns.  No magic exists in having multiple holdings.  The benefit comes from having a carefully, intelligently coordinated effort.  It’s not more partners, it’s the right partners.  Each party needs to know what characteristics and traits they require before collaborating.  An honorable trading partner, an attractive companion, a trustworthy supplier are all eligible for collaboration. In each case, a satisfying relationship creates more than the sum of the parts when the parties truly and intentionally work toward a win-win.  The outcome of a well-executed purpose provides mutual benefit.  And, mutual benefit satisfies!

-The Voice

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