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DON’T QUIT

DON’T QUIT

by John Greenfield Whittier


When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns

As everyone of us sometimes learns

And many a failure comes about

When [you] might have won had [you] stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow – 

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out – 

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell just how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit – 

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

This poem is in the public domain


√ editorial note: [You] was inserted to eliminate gender bias. The original version stated “he”.






OUCH

One of my high school chums made a lot of money as a personal injury attorney. He was, so to speak, the Tim Misney of the Florida Keys. He told me once that a sign of a good agreement is when both sides say “ouch”.

In other words, no one gets everything they want. They must meet you half way, then negotiate a compromise for the rest of it.

I wasn’t here for the first contract, but I suspect what happened. We got ‘seniority’; they got everything else – that certain type of sandwich, but without the bread.

Our Local Union 141 was their ‘ouch’.

Twelve dollars per hour was ours’ – as was a 12 point system and you’re outta’ here – as was double point days – as was BLACKOUT days – as was one bad ID – no matter how good and you’re escorted out – as was the double jeopardy of points and PTO (personal/paid time off). Ad finitum.

When written it looks like these agreements were based on a PUNISH TO SUCCEED doctrine.

But WAIT…What if I told you there was a better way?

A WIN-WIN WAY. Where both sides are smiling not frowning…

…Sort of like the ODEL BECKMSAN JR. trade. The Giants get rid of a pain in the butt; they dumped a ship-load of salary onto the Browns. They get a number one pick and Jabrill Peppers. They aren’t going anywhere soon anyway.

And us, we get the one piece we needed to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender. I guarantee you that they were doing handstands in Berea and at the Meadowlands – a CLASSIC win-win.


I SEE A WAY.

And it isn’t very complicated. It’s really quite simple. It can be measured by objective standards:

1-JACK GETS a trained, dependable Security work force that comes to work (only emergency call offs), arriving in a timely manner (no tardiness), well-groomed and good looking (no uniform violations).

2-JACK GETS an experienced Security Team that competes every game every year creating an industry-low turnover rate due to high employee job satisfaction.

3-JACKS GETS high customer satisfaction surveys and positive rumor mill reviews throughout the land. After all, the cards speak for themselves, when the team has the ability to stack the deck in JACK’S favor.

JACK Security Team delivers professional service to every customer, every day, no exceptions, no excuses.

LABOR is down, overtime is down, we are essentially self-directed. We don’t need as much supervision, because we’re responsible employees operating on a stage in full view of the public and those who watch us from behind the curtain.

We’re at our best, not our worst.

PROFITS ARE UP because of these positive, forward moving, money making strategies.

A BIG WIN FOR JACK.

IF JACK has a team as good as our team, one that consistently delivers on our agreed upon responsibilities, then JACK will be forced to treat us with a compensation package commensurate with that performance.

4-WE GET a respectable wage and benefits package.

5-WE GET RESPECTABLE RULES & REGULATIONS and respectable treatment at all levels of the organization.

A BIG WIN FOR US.

However, all of this is based on every single one of us going ‘All IN’.

Every officer, everyday, no exceptions, no excuses.

Common sense tells us that JACK isn’t going to give us a respectable wage and benefit package and respectable treatment throughout the organization if only half of us are doing a respectable job.

JACK is going to split the difference with us, which is fine for the slackers, but not fine for those of us who want to win.

So you see, it is my business and it should be yours – when one team mate slacks off, we all lose respect.

Every officer, everyday, no exceptions, no excuses.

PERFORM TO SUCCEED.






Tomato Corn Stew

TOMATO CORN STEW

Lucky’s Market kept those vine-ripened tomatoes on sale longer than I expected. Of course we took advantage and stocked up once again. It’s been tomatoes with everything in our house – and it’s not even summer yet. When they’re sweet and juicy there’s no need to cook with them, but I did anyway – just because I felt like it. Today we’re combining fresh with canned. Why not? There’s no law against it. Well…not yet!

Makes 17 cups

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Sweet Corn and Tomato Saute

SWEET CORN AND TOMATO SAUTE

Fresh corn must be in season somewhere in the world, because it’s on sale at Lucky’s Market 2$/5 shucked ears or 1$/5 unshucked ears. Vine-ripened tomatoes were 88 cents/lb. So of course we were all in!

Serves 3 main dish or 6 sides

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Entitlement

Focus on the job and the job will take care of itself and you.

The Word Chef





You Want A Different Contract?

Do a different job.

Step up your performance in all categories.






BE AN AD FOR JACK

Where’s your Madison Avenue smile?

People like to be around happy or serious, not sad or mad.

Pick your look, then perfect it.






Waiting To Start Tomorrow?

Do you have twenty years?

Because that’s the going rate of procrastination.

‘It’s never too late’ was invented by procrastinators.

I’ll be ready tomorrow?

How will you prepare for that?

Who cares?

Probably the person who wants your job.

They can have it?

Fight for it.






PROCRASTINATION – to do or not to do

do i need an entire book to learn how to do or not to do?

NO. I don’t. Have the time. To read. An entire book. On how to unlearn. A highly successful. Delaying. Tactic. Wow.


PROCRASTINATION.

You don’t have to stop procrastinating. You have to start doing.

Make what you’re procrastinating interesting. 

Break it down into smaller parts. 

Take a leap or take a breath – either action will produce something rather than nothing.

When you lose yourself in the moment of immersion, you gain control over all events thereafter.

WORD CHEF

Therefore, it’s not about losing control; it’s about gaining control.

That’s what you wanted, right?

Okay then. Do what needs to be done.


~ FOCUS ON THE PROCESS NOT THE DEED ~






THE ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM

Part 7 of 7

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STAIRWAY TO SUCCESS

Part 6 of 7

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Steve’s ANTIPASTO Soup |Sauce

No slice no dice. Two hands, a can opener, a pot and a spoon is all you need to make lunches for a week plus a few at-home-meals.

Packed full of flavors, textures and exclamation points – Fly to Italy, Greece, Spain without leaving your kitchen!

Makes 23 cups

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IT’S CONTAGIOUS

Part 5 0f 7

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Fried Veggie Rice

FRIED VEGGIE RICE

Hey, the Chinese don’t tell me how to cook in my own home. They fry the rice; I fry the veggies and season the water the rice gets cooked in. It reduces calories and minimizes a big mess in the frying pan. I don’t care if it’s not the way the Asians make it. They never experiment with anything new. It’s always the same for thousands of years. More. Maybe they’ll like this new way too!

Makes 17 cups

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Broccoli Red Fried Rice And Quinoa

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BROCCOLI RED FRIED RICE AND QUINOA

Ever  taste juicy fried grains? This is it! What a chew! Reduced fat too! Less than one teaspoon fat per one cup serving!

Steve’s on a fried rice kick, so thought I’d rearrange the foundation of fried rice by using quinoa plus red rice which functions as the meat. Success! He added a fresh ginger stick topper and smoky ketchup! Yup! His way!

Makes 9 cups

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Asian Barbecue Bean Soup

ASIAN BARBECUE BEAN SOUP

Can a barbecue bean soup really be Asian? Tastes like Asian to me. Maybe it’s the sesame oil. Maybe it’s the fresh garlic and ginger. Maybe it’s the barbecue in the beans. Maybe it’s all the ingredients combined. Steve picked out the ingredients and I made the soup per his request. He ate a quart of it over toasted bagel croutons. Guess he liked it. I loved it. I had the last cup this morning for breakfast. That’s when I knew why he ate so much. I would have done the same if there had been more!

Makes 5 cups

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Steve’s Power Cereal

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STEVE’S POWER CEREAL

This week it’s cereal for Steve’s lunches at work. He made the recipe with all the ingredients he thought would be most beneficial for total health. He knows he’s in charge of his own health and he now takes that responsibility seriously!

Makes 11 cups

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Winning vs Whining

Focus On Winning Not Whining

You can’t do both.

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight




 

REMEMBER When It Was Fun to come to work?

Part 4 OF 7

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ROSE COLORED GLASSES

Looking through rose colored glasses enables you to see the hope and possibilities for a better future.

You can then look back through the lens of your present-day reality with greater confidence and determination to change what you once thought to be impossible – because you’ve already seen what that change looks like.

SLDT