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Category Archives: Encouragement

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How To Be Happy In 60 Seconds

The man who taught millions how to win friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie, had his own theory on what makes one happy. He said, “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what […]

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How To Restart Your Career

Several years ago, I began a ritual that has served me well in growth, prosperity and enthusiasm for the coming 12 months. (It’s a practice that can be done anytime.)
At the beginning of each new year, I set out to […]

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Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at Sonny Melendrez Community Center

What a joyful privilege it was to personally present families with Thanksgiving turkeys at the Melendrez Community Center on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, made possible through the extreme generosity of our friends at HEB. Special thanks go out to SMCC […]

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Live Your Life

Norman Vincent Peale said, “Live your life and forget your age.” Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine that you have nothing. Then, open your eyes and look around. A barking dog, a crying baby, and yes, even […]

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The Day Helen Keller Met Charlie Chaplin

This has to be one of my favorite pictures of all-time.
It was taken at the Chaplin Studios in Hollywood in late 1918, during the filming of Sunnyside. 
Ms. Keller communicated with Chaplin by reading his lips with her hands, as she felt […]

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The Wisdom of Rocky Balboa

“You see this guy here? That’s the toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face. I believe that’s true in the ring, and I think that’s true in life. Now show me something.” ~Rocky Balboa to Adonis Johnson in […]

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The Children of the World Project

 
As my radio alarm clock went off, one morning in March of 1985, I was awakened by the pure voice of a child singing the words, “We are the world. We are the children.” In my groggy state, I remember […]

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A Surprise Marriage Proposal at TEDxSanAntonio!

Screen shots from Amy Zhang’s family cell phone as they watched LIVE in China!
Recently, I had the honor of emceeing the official TEDxSanAntonio event, held at the RackSpace Theater, featuring 16 of the most remarkable speakers you will ever experience.
(TEDx is […]

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5 Truths Learned from Living the Walt Disney Philosophy

Getting to work for The Walt Disney Company was a dream-come-true I will never forget. Looking back, I realize that I was living proof of Mr. Disney’s wise and timeless words.
Walt Disney Truth #1 “All our dreams can come true […]

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The History of Happy

As long as beings have been human, the idea of being happy has both eluded and delighted those in pursuit.
Perhaps, exploring the origin of the word, will better help us to know how to find it!
In the late 14th century […]

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