Pioneer

Today’s word of the day is PIONEER.  A pioneer is defined as person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development.  Pioneers are often thought of in the areas of geographic and space exploration, as well as medical and technical advancements. I was fortunate to be a member of the launch team for Home Sports Entertainment, a regional sports network based in Houston in the early 1980’s. I am so grateful to have had a great career in this industry!  The brilliant men and women who helped launch networks where pioneers of the telecommunications industry. Who knew that in only three decades, it would be normal to have hundreds of TV channels, and millions of hours of…

Measure

Today’s inspirational word of the day is MEASURE.  The definition of measure is 1) a basis or standard of comparison, 2) a step planned or taken as a means to an end, or 3) to determine an amount of something.  Earlier this week I contemplated on how success for my new business should be measured – feeling challenged, fulfilling work, ability to be creative, happy clients, profit?   I also contemplated how I measure value in personal and professional relationships – time, attention, devotion, caring, respect?   I marvel at how the units of measure for these types of things change during our different life cycles.   How do you measure [fill in the blank]?  Has that value changed over time?  “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments…

Activism

On the day we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought it would be appropriate to choose the word ACTIVISM as our word of inspiration. Activism is defined as a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister who became a symbol of change in America as the most visible spokesman and leader in the civil rights movement.  His most famous speech was “I Have a Dream” on August 28, 1963 when he called for an end to racism, and equal civil and economic rights.  People of all races have been blessed by Dr. King’s courageous commitment to activism. “If you can’t fly then run…

Serendipity

Today’s word of the day is serendipity.  The definition of serendipity is the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.  Or a simpler way to explain it is the effect by which someone accidentally stumbles on something fantastic while searching from something else entirely.  Serendipity can be a making a new friend made by casual conversation, finding a great restaurant while you are driving around lost, finding your perfect job while talking to a vendor, or finding a beautiful butterfly while talking a walk in the park.  Enjoy the gifts unexpectedly presented by serendipity!    “Some of the greatest things, as I understand, they have come about by serendipity, the greatest discoveries.”  – Alan Alda  &nbsp…

Dream

Today’s word of inspiration is DREAM.  Two definitions of dream is 1) a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep, and 2) a strongly desired goal or purpose.    Many years ago I was watching Oprah while recovering from surgery.  The episode featured “The Last Lecture” book by Randy Pausch.  I was so moved that I immediately ordered the book, then ordered the video so I could see lecture myself.  The general premise is to follow your childhood dreams.  Mine was to be a teacher.  I was inspired to call several colleges to see what the requirements were to be a professor to teach “The Business of Sports Television”.  I was told I needed a masters degree.  So I got my MBA at University of Colorado.  I am…

Unique

Today’s word of inspiration is UNIQUE.  Definitions of unique are 1) being the only one, 2) being without a like or equal, 3) distinctively characteristic. In the late 1990’s, I worked at FOX Sports in Los Angeles.  I was blessed to work under the leadership of David Hill.  He challenged us to create FOX’s  “unique visual difference”.  His team developed the first “first and ten” yellow line for football games, glowing hockey pucks, and put microphones on the field.  Cable television was growing by leaps and bounds at the time, the sports television landscape was getting crowded.  These unique technical  innovations allowed FOX to stand above their competition.   How is your business unique – product, services, delivery, customer care, innovation?   How do you celebrate the…