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What the Olympics is All About

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The most important thing in the Olympics is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

~The Olympic Creed

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July 30, 2012 at 8:40 am


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Nelson Mandela


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

~ William Ernest Henley

Note: The poem that inspired Nelson Mandela when he was imprisoned on Robben Island for 27 years. He wrote the poem on a scrap of paper. He admitted that each time he was tempted to give up he read the poem, and it gave him the courage to go on during his years of incarceration.

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July 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm

‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ Author Stephen Covey Dies

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Author Stephen Covey, whose “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” sold more than 20 million copies, died Monday at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 79.

Covey’s family issued a statement, reported by CNN affiliate KSL, saying he died from residual effects of an April bicycle accident.

“In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one (of) his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted,” the statement said, according to KSL.

Covey was “one of the world’s foremost leadership authorities, organizational experts and thought leaders,” according to a biography posted on the website of his 2011 book, “The 3rd Alternative.”

Other best-sellers by Covey include “First Things First,” “Principle-Centered Leadership,” and “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness,” according to the biography.

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has been named one of the most influential management books by several organizations, including Time and Forbes magazines. The audio book is the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, according to the website.

Named in 1996 as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, according to the biography, Covey “made teaching principle-centered living and principle-centered leadership his life’s work.”

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert released a statement saying he was “saddened” to hear of the death of Covey, a “good friend.”

“His combination of intellect and empathy made him a truly unique and visionary individual,” Herbert said. “The skills he taught, and importantly, the personal example provided by the life he led, will continue to bless the lives of many. Our hearts go out to his beloved wife Sandra and the entire Covey family.”

Covey held a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah, a master’s in business administration from Harvard and a doctorate from Brigham Young University. He also received 10 honorary doctorate degrees, his biography said.

He founded Covey Leadership Center, which in 1997 merged with Franklin Quest to create FranklinCovey Co. The company is a “global consulting and training leader in the areas of strategy execution, leadership, customer loyalty, sales performance, school transformation and individual effectiveness,” with 44 offices in 147 countries, according to the website.

“From the time of the merger to his retirement from the board last year, Dr. Covey devoted essentially all of his time and effort to writing and teaching,” FranklinCovey said in a news release.

“We lost a dear friend today,” Bob Whitman, chairman and CEO of FranklinCovey, said in the news release. “Stephen was one of the world’s great human beings. His impact is incalculable and his influence will continue to inspire generations to come.”

In 2010, Covey joined Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business faculty as a tenured full professor, the biography said.

Covey and his wife, Sandra, lived in Provo, Utah. He was a father of nine, a grandfather of 52 and a great-grandfather of two, according to the website.

“Stephen frequently referred to them as his greatest joy, inspiration, and most significant contribution and legacy to the world,” Whitman said in the news release.

Among the honors he received, the release said, were the Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative, the Sikh’s International Man of Peace Award, and The National Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

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Note: I and Jojang are not fond of reading self-help books. But Stephen Covey is the exception to that rule. His books, especially “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” have greatly influenced us. Unlike most self-help books, which emphasize form over substance so to speak, Stephen Covey’s emphasis on character and relationships as the basis of true success have resonated with us. Thank you, Stephen, for the life lessons you shared with us. ~ Matt

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July 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Blue Moon

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Matt’s sister Aeyo’s rendition of the classic song “Blue Moon”

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Blue Moon

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July 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Happiness is Like Jam…

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Happiness is like jam, you can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself.

~Vern McLellan

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July 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

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