Birth Announcement — the Rotary “Character Counts” opportunity!

So many of you have been following the progress of my latest book, "Character Counts: Bringing the Rotary Four-Way Test to Life."  I've been sharing progress along the way and have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated your comments and feedback on the emails so far.

I've been telling you that I have some exciting news to share, and today is the day I want to let you in on what's coming up!  Below, please see the text of a Press Release announcing an opportunity for you to take part in bring the Rotary book...to life!  I'm launching a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo next week, but I didn't just want to spring in on everyone on the launch date -- I wanted to share my plans with you first.  Statistics show that successful campaigns get 20% or more of their funding in the first week after launch. I'm hoping the message of "Character Counts" resonates with you so that you'll take part in the campaign and become an active supporter of the "Rotary is Character" movement.

Because you are already a loyal supporter of the book's efforts, I thought I'd offer you a chance to preview the campaign. I've only sent this link out to a handful of people and the feedback has been very positive. A few folks have already inquired where the "donate" button is...it'll be there once I officially launch.

Here, then, is the  Indiegogo campaign - Click on the image and you should be redirected to the site. If not, you can access it here: CharacterCountsRotary.com 

The actual campaign link will be available once we launch on Wednesday, April 27.  The campaign will run for 45 days. As you'll see, there are a number of great "rewards" I am offering in exchange for your generous support at all levels. No amount is too small and I thank you in advance for your consideration. Feel free to share the preview link with others you think might be interested in knowing about the campaign and support the need for more information about Rotary, about character, about compassion in our society.
QUICK UPDATE (4/24/2017): If you aren't already on my mailing list for new notices (general topics as well as campaign updates) click the button to join us!

 

And, just for a show of hands, if you think you'll be willing to support the campaign, would you drop me an email just saying "I'm in?"

I want to thank you all in advance for your time, your thoughts, and your great support.  You have proven again and again that Rotary IS Character and Character COUNTS!

Now, for the press release...

 

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Is Truth Dead?

At least, that's what the current issue of TIME Magazine has screaming from their cover. The blood-red letters against the solid black background has an ominous effect.  I saw it as I was returning from a weekend business trip to Ontario, CA, and I found the timing of this issue more than a little coincidental.

See, I'm really focused right now on the topic of TRUTH.  I've been feverishly working on my latest book, Character Counts: Bringing the Rotary Four-Way Test to Life, and as many of you know, the first question in the Four-Way Test reads, "Is it the TRUTH?"  Character Counts is a deep-dive examination of the character building blocks that are embodied in each of the Questions in the Four-Way Test and the topic of truthfulness and trustworthiness is a crucial one in this study.

TIME's article is really about current President Donald Trump and his pattern of misleading statements, but it does bring us to question truthfulness as a whole.  Nancy Gibbs, TIME's editor, says in your column "Where is the line between lie, spin and delusion?"

It's an important question. What is considered TRUTH these days?  As I explored in the book, there is so much moral relativism in our society these days, is TRUTH a matter of perspective or is there something hard and firm we can all agree on that is TRUTH?

And this is where my discussions with other Rotarians has gotten interesting. I recently asked my Rotarian contacts, in their opinion, which of the four Questions in the Four-Way Test was the most important, and why?  Continue Reading »

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New Year’s Resolutions: The Simple Key to Success

New Year's is always an interesting time.  "Out with the old, in with the New," many proclaim. It's the time where we take stock of where we have been, assess where we'd like to be, and make plans to change.

How many of you actually make New Year's Resolutions? How many of you are able to keep them, if only for a week, two weeks, a month? Are your New Year's Resolutions a springboard to permanent change?

While most of us truly believe we will keep those changes we promise ourselves -- and others -- we will implement, the reality is most of us are not that good at making change.  And, why is that, do you suppose? Well, we frequently lack a critical element required for change: self-discipline.

Corinne has shared the stage with celebrities such as world-renowned motivational speaker Brian Tracy

Corinne has shared the stage with celebrities such as world-renowned motivational speaker Brian Tracy

I recently had the luck of finding a copy of New York Times Best-Selling Author and management guru, Brian Tracy's book, "No Excuses." Several years ago, I had the amazing fortune and honor of not only meeting Brian at a seminar, but I also shared the same speaking stage with him.  I had just written my book, "It's Not Who You Know, It's How You Treat Them," and was sharing my presentation on the topic with the audience. Brian speaks very eloquently about how successful people become truly successful and one of the big "secrets" he talks about is self-discipline. Brian defines this vital trait very simply: "the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether  you feel like it or not."

While no one is likely going to argue with the importance of self-discipline, the reality is, many of us struggle with its actual practice. Brian's book takes a realistic, practical approach to implementing greater self-discipline in every aspect of your life, personal or professional.

What particularly intrigued me about the book, and where it dovetails with my own work is in Chapter 2 where he launches into a discussion of "Self-Discipline and Character." Self-discipline is truly one of the great "virtues" and it's one that we cover in our SocialSmarts curriculum extensively.  Brian explains how the self-discipline principal is vital to one's success as a person when he writes...

The person you are today, your innermost character, is the sum total of all your choices and decisions in life up to this date. Each time you have acted rightly and chosen consistently with the very best that you know, you have strengthened your character and become a better person. The reverse is also true: Each time you have compromised, taken the easy way, or behaved in a manner inconsistent with what you knew to be right, you have weakened your character and softened your personality.

Again, I don't think anyone would argue with this. But, once again, it's easily said, and not so easily done. Tracy continues in the chapter with talking about the importance of training ourselves Continue Reading »

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