December 29, 2010

Article Review on Stephanie Himonidis

Check out this wonderful article about Stephanie Himonidis, one of my self-starters. Her traititude is Vision. Read her amazing story here!

December 22, 2010

Positive Thinking: Part Three

Jack Canfield, one of the self-starters profiled in my book, Secrets of Self-Starters, talks about positive thinking as one of the success principles in his book by the same name. 

He even takes it further to say that positive affirmations reinforce your vision of where you want to go and what you want to do with your life. He stresses that you have to believe that you can achieve what you want in life; but of course, you have to take action for your vision to become a reality.

Positive thinking helps get you there.

Positive Thinking: Continued

Positive thinking is one of the traititudes I personally work on all the time. Going down the dark hole of negativity and pessimism is not a place to be. It does nothing for your health, those around you or to your state of well being. 

One of the self-starters I interviewed in my book, Secrets of Self-Starters, Dave Sabey, makes it a habit that when negative thoughts show up, he leaves the room in which the thoughts occurred and does something to change up the thought patterns. For Dave, it's doing jigsaw puzzles. He then works through the issue/problem/concern in a constructive manner.

What habit have you developed to counter negative thinking?

Positive Thinking: An Essential Trait for a Self-Starter

Reader's Digest (the December 2010 issue) ran an interesting, short article on optimism by Meryl Davids Landau. She lists three suggestions about optimism's principles and payoffs, plus some interesting stats about the benefits of being a positive thinker--longer life, lower blood pressure, less heart disease.

Positive thinking is one of the nine traits of a self-starter. People profiled in my book, Secrets of Self-Starters, kept a positive image of success in their heads even when circumstances warranted giving up. Ginny Ruffner's story is a case in point. She was severely injured in a car accident. Rather than succumbing to a life in a wheelchair, she fought back, never let the image of what success would look like leave her. She's now back on top of the world--a world class glass artist and out of a wheelchair. 

Background: Many studies have been done around optimism and its role in mentally healthy adults. Positive thinking was originally promoted in the very popular book, The Power of Positive Thinking, written by Norman Vincent Peale. Peale has been described as the progenitor of the theory of positive thinking.

So what do you do to stay positive? Share your story so others can gain insight.

December 15, 2010

Online Review of Secrets of Self-Starters

Stephanie Himonidis, one of my self-starters, was interviewed regarding my new book Secrets of Self-Starters. Stephanie's story is profiled in the book; here is a woman of great perseverance. She's amazing! 

You can find the article here!

December 6, 2010

Students Learn from Self-Starters

When we--meaning the self-starters and me--presented to the USC Marshall School of Business, we were addressing those students who are in the Entrepreneur track. Interesting, not all were looking at a corporate role but also thinking hard about starting non-profits to benefit communities.

Here we are:

Professor Mednick, Alex Cappello, Ilona Europa, Jeffrey Kendall Sapp, Rob Ukropina


Dr. Julie Miller and Rob Ukropina

December 1, 2010

Thriving In A Down Economy

The original notion for my book, Secrets of Self-Starters, was to find out from others how they were managing to survive and even thrive in these hard times. Because, trust me, no one has escaped this recession. Some have been hit extremely hard.

But the wisdom, the lessons inspired and motivated me. As I listened to their stories, they shared that when times got tough they dug deep and looked again at their strengths, their talents, their traititudes. They revisited what their original dreams looked like and pushed that self-starter button.

Some just refused to go to that dark, negative place in their head. They surrounded themselves with positive people, whether that was a team of employees OR friends and colleagues. Together they pulled themselves up.

Consider doing the same! Form a group, bond with friends; gather an advisory group to help each other. The synergy, the care, the concern will emanate from the group and move you upward.