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What’s Wrong With Settling For Just Ok?

Last night during the Alabama-Clemson national championship football game, there were some clever commercials. But the most amusing was AT&T’s ad with the catchphrase “Just Ok is not OK.”

The ads depict various situations where settling for ok is unacceptable. One shows a man in a hospital bed waiting for surgery. While his anxious wife looks on, she asks the nurse about the doctor and she responds, “He’s ok.”

In another scene, an artist tells a man getting his first tattoo that he’s “one of the tattoo artists in the city” and that the result is going to look “OK.” Continue reading

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Exceeding Expectations: Doing More.

Have you seen the “You had one job jokes”? There are hundreds of them.

Diane Sewell has a whole page of “one job” pictures. Like the football jersey with the number “12″ but spelled out thirteen. Or the crooked yellow line down the center of the road. Or the stop sign installed upside down. Apparently, there’s a lot of people who can’t accomplish the one job required of them. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Excellence

When Henry Kissinger was Secretary of State the story is told he once asked an assistant to prepare an analysis on a certain initiative. After putting in long hours on the project, he gave Kissinger the report. An hour later it was returned with a note to redo it.

The assistant stayed up all night redoing the report. Again Kissinger asked for him to redo it.

After the third attempt, the assistant asked to see Kissinger. “I’ve done the best I can do,” he told the Secretary. Continue reading

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Doing More Than Expected

Rebekah Watering Camels

Leadership Guru John Maxwell calls it “The Rebekah Principle.”

It’s the story of Abraham sending his servant, Eliezer, on a mission to find a wife for his son Isaac. It’s recorded in Genesis 24.

Eliezer left Haran with a large caravan of 10 camels loaded with expensive gifts and journeyed to Nahor, a distance of about 435 miles. Assuming that a camel can average 25 miles a day, it would have taken 17 days to arrive at their destination. Continue reading

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What Does God See in the Dark Corners of Your Life?

Someone has written a humorous piece of what some mothers of famous people could have said:

MONA LISA’S MOTHER: “After all that money your father and I spent on braces, Mona, that’s the biggest smile you can give us?”

JONAH’S MOTHER: “That’s a nice story, but now tell me where you’ve really been for the last three days.”

HUMPTY DUMPTY’S MOTHER: “Humpty, if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall. But would you listen to me? Noooo!” Continue reading

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