Little Lessons

What Are You Passionate About?

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 19, 2017 4:54:00 AM

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"The biggest challenge is not to add years to your life, but passion to your years." - Harvey Mackay

In the late 1990s, I managed a print and mail department for a financial services company in Boston. I enjoyed giving tours of the operation; explaining the roles people performed, the functionality of the different equipment, and the innovative technology we implemented. My employees were used to listening to my enthusiastic descriptions, as I often asked them to stop a machine, so my voice could be heard.

There’s one tour I’ll never forget. My guest was a new account representative from an equipment vendor. I included extra information on how we had adapted the equipment from her company to even better serve our needs. We ended the visit at my office, and I asked if she had any questions. “Yes,” she replied, “How can you be so passionate about mail?”

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Topics: success, goals, attitude, passion

Your Time of Day

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 12, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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I love mornings. Waking up right before the dawn. Listening to the sounds of the world awakening. Hearing the songbirds announce the first moments of light.

I ease into my daily rituals. A quick check of email. Look over my latest writing project. Roll the kinks out of my legs. Pick out a route for that morning’s run.

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Topics: strength, hard work, goals, motivation, running

Jamie’s Parker House Rolls

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 5, 2017 5:01:00 AM

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There are some people that when you hear their name immediately make you think of a certain time and place. It may be a classroom from college. A crowded living room after dinner. A deserted beach during the winter.

When I think about my friend, Jamie, I actually think of four people. Jamie, David, Dolores, and me, sharing a meal. Dinner at a nice restaurant. Breakfast at the neighborhood diner. The best place of all – Jamie’s table.

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Topics: friendship, family, memories

The Stories of Strangers

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 28, 2017 5:06:00 AM

"I never met a man I didn’t like.” – Will Rogers

burger dinner.jpgTraveling for business means eating at a lot of restaurants; usually alone. I look for a seat at the counter in diners, or a seat at the bar in restaurants if they aren’t too noisy. Most times, I’m seated at a table for two. I use the extra space for whatever book I’m reading.

Just because I’m alone, doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy some good conversations. In fact, many of my blogs are inspired by what I learn while eating. And listening.

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Topics: networking, communicate, fear

Differences of Opinion

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 21, 2017 5:02:00 AM

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” - John F. Kennedy 

 

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Lately, I’ve been participating in several discussions – in person and online – that have turned into heated debates. What started as a simple question or suggestion became a challenge to a person’s integrity and values. I wasn’t immune to the situation, allowing my own emotions to take over.

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Topics: communicate, attitude

The Benefits of a Positive Attitude. Or Did You Get Your Cherry on Top?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 14, 2017 5:01:00 AM


"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." - W. Clement Stone

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Topics: inspiration, humor, motivation, attitude

Didn’t See That Coming

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 7, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower

uphill_trail.jpgLike so many people in today’s world, I seem to have more responsibilities than time. Work involves not only writing deadlines and multiple projects, but a hectic travel schedule. Last month, I worked in 7 states, including 4 of the 8 states that begin with the letter “M”. Not a personal record, but close.

I maintain my momentum – and my sanity – through planning. Project plans for clients and my company. Sales plans for prospects. Publishing plans for my two blogs. Running plans for my health. Every week, I spend some time looking at all those plans with a calendar. Ideas may be limitless, but our time on earth is finite.

The week begins with a sense of confidence that I can meet the challenges ahead. Meetings set, flights scheduled and hotel rooms booked. All systems go. Until...

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Topics: goals, change, planning

The Journey Has Only Begun

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 31, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“I am not going to advocate ... the abandoning of the improved modes of travel; but I am going to brag as lustily as I can on behalf of the pedestrian, and show how all the shining angels second and accompany the man who goes afoot, while all the dark spirits are ever looking out for a chance to ride.” - John Burroughs

Hands_In_The_Air.jpgTen years ago – April 2, 2007 – I began running again. I was turning 45 that year, so I decided to mark the occasion by running the Army 10-Miler in Washington, DC. It was a lofty goal, as I struggled to complete a 2-mile run at a 12 minute-per-mile pace. Two great friends – Ken and Brian – agreed to provide advice and support as I prepared for the race.

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Topics: goals, motivation, running

What Can You Do When Pushed?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 24, 2017 5:00:00 AM

"Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push." - Joann Thomas

2ltFallon.jpgI had passed the physical fitness test, including the dreaded pull-ups. Now, all that stood between me and U.S. Army Ranger School was the Combat Water Survival Test, or CWST. Three stations – swim the length of the pool, jump blindfolded from a diving board, and remove my weapons harness while under water. And holding onto my rifle the entire time.

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Topics: goals, inspiration, motivation

You Aren’t Listening Yet

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 17, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato

guitars.jpgChristina, my waitress, asked why I was visiting Baltimore. I explained that I was doing advance work in preparation for the National Postal Forum this May. I warned her that there would be thousands of people who work in mail taking over the waterfront for several days.

She laughed and said that she has a small stamp collection. Her prized possessions are her Elvis Presley stamps – both editions. That comment pivoted the conversation to music – and the wide range of artists that Christina liked.

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Topics: Reading and Books, inspiration