“If you stop today because the pain gets to be too much, tomorrow you will stop a little earlier and the next day you will make no effort at all.” (author unknown)

How many times were you on the verge of a breakthrough when you stopped just short of the end? The answer to that question is, you will never know. The difference between success and failure is frequently simply the willingness to go one more step

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.“ (Thomas Edison)

How many people are willing to find the 10,000 ways that don’t work in order to find the one way that does work?

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. “ (Dale Carnegie)

What opportunities have you lost because you weren’t willing to take one more chance?

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.“
(Louis Pasteur)

Do you have some secret that surpasses tenacity and persistence?

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.” (Victor Frankl)

Whether you look at it as dedication, determination, persistence or some other word, it’s a trait that nearly every successful person possesses.

Do you?


New Tutorial

Just a quick note that a new tutorial has been added. This tutorial shows you how to set up and run a WordPress Blog (the Lawrence Fine Blog is a WordPress Blog).

While the tutorial is quite extensive, once the blog is set up, it’s simple to add content and maintain. For example, I write a post in Word, then when I’m dine with it, I login to the admin section of the blog, click on Write a New Post, enter the subject, paste the content in and then publish. It really is that easy.

In a week or two, I will write about the advantages of blogging but till then, you can get the tutorial for how to set up and run your blog at

Tomorrow, there will be a regular post as opposed to this short notification


Positive Leadership: How It Can Be The Difference Between Success And Failure

Leaders emotions and behavior can have a strong influence on their followers. Things don’t always pan out the way you want them to. So, the challenge is to stay positive, while remaining aware of the reality of any adverse situation that might confront you.

In a soccer match I recently watched, the referee ordered a penalty kick in favor of one of the teams (Team A), with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. Just as the Team A player was about to shoot the penalty, another Team A player, unable to contain his excitement, surged forward, resulting in encroachment.

Meanwhile, the ball had entered Team B’s goal. Team A were the better team that day, and the penalty itself was the result of great momentum they had built, in their own favor. The referee disallowed the goal.

In fact, in keeping with FIFA rules, the referee should have allowed the penalty to be taken again but did not do so.

The match went on to be a goal-less draw. In the last ten minutes of the game, the players of the rival teams concentrated less on scoring goals, and more on settling scores with one another. Foul after foul was committed, and the whole scene resembled a wrestling match, more than a soccer game.

Here was a great opportunity for Team A’s captain to display positive leadership. He could have motivated his players to carry on playing good soccer, which might well have resulted in his team’s victory. Instead, he chose to vent his anger on rival players, an example his teammates were quick to emulate.

Positive leadership is about boosting your team’s productivity. You also need to recognize the pitfalls. People are covertly attracted to negativity, and things are unlikely to improve, when leaders, themselves, are not positive. This is as true of a workplace, as it is in a soccer game.

Team A lost focus on their final objective – that of winning – by allowing themselves to be distracted by a referee’s decision. The person who could have prevented this distraction was the team’s captain.

He could have done this, after the penalty was disallowed, by having a word with the team. He could have reminded his other team members that they had dominated the game, and were likely to win if they continued to play as well as they had. A victory for Team A would have made the referee error moot.

Team A’s captain not only failed to motivate his team; he actually encouraged his teammates to fight with the rival team’s members, by doing so himself.

Positive leadership is about focusing on strengths, (better playing ability), and down-playing weaknesses or negatives, (the refereeing decision that frustrated a scoring opportunity).

You have to move on, and relegate lost opportunities to history. Leaders don’t have the luxury of seeing things from a historical perspective, which might allow them a more sympathetic view of events, as they happen.

This, then, is the challenge of positive leadership: staying focused in the face of events that conspire to distract you from your true objective.

Have a great day!



One of the biggest frustrations with computers is they are capable of so much while at the same time, so vastly underutilized.

This could be because the computer runs too slow or the software is misunderstood or many other factors,

To help people utilize technology a bit better, my company ( has decided to start creating tutorials to guide people through various functions

To start we have four tutorials available

How to delete your temporary files and defragment your hard drive
How to use Excel
How to use Mail Merge in Word
How to create mailing labels in Word

If you would like to download these tutorials you can do so at There is absolutely no cost for these tutorials and you may share them with anyone you want provided you give credit to for their creation

It’s our intention to keep adding more tutorials as time permits. If there are any specific tutorials you would like to see created, please let me know by using the form at The two requirements for us to create a tutorial is access to the software and also a belief there is a general need for the tutorial (as opposed to just one person)

Hope this helps!

Have a great day!


Great Leaders Surround Themselves With Great People!

One way to determine a leaders competence as well as their confidence is to look at the people around them.

A leader who surrounds themselves with people less talented than themselves is typically one who is afraid to be shown up, so they would rather look good and fail, than risking someone looking better than themselves and succeeding.

For example, if the leader hires a marketing person who knows less about marketing then themselves, what did they really get out of this person? If they hire a finance person who struggles with finance, this again is a sign of a leader lacking in self esteem and afraid to risk looking bad.

A top leader realizes they don’t need to know everything about marketing, rather they need to hire someone who knows everything (or as close to everything as possible) about marketing. Rather than knowing everything there is to know about finance, they go out and hire an expert in that field instead.

The weak leader would rather do everything him or herself (and usually let EVERYONE know it) than risk bringing in others who are as good or better at the specific task and risk look expendable.

The strong leader knows that if they surround themselves with experts in the various fields, it only makes themselves look better.

The weak leader thinks if they surround themselves with experts, it will make them look dumber.

I remember reading a quote from a long time ago which said “a genius is a person who surrounds himself with people smarter than himself”. For years I thought the quote was from Andrew Carnegie but now I can’t find where it’s from. Regardless of whom it’s from, it’s a great definition of brilliant leadership.

Obviously there are some times when it will prove difficult to do this such as when you are on a very limited budget or when you are “the expert” in a field. Even when there are budgetary limitations, there might be ways to work around them. For example, if you are looking to hire an Accounts Receivables manager but don’t have a lot of money in the budget for this position, your options might be to hire a less qualified person to do the job or to look at an incentive program that would allow you to bring in a more qualified and capable person with the agreement this person would get a percentage of the collections over a predetermined amount. The thinking here would be you have $40,000 budgeted for this position, you could pay $40,000 to hire someone with the thinking they will collect $300,000 or you could hire a more experienced person with the agreement they will make $40,000 base salary plus a certain percentage of all collections over $300,000 for the year.

The willingness to surround yourself with talented people is a sure sign you are willing to be an effective leader. How many times do you hear excuses such as “that person would never work for us”, or “we could never afford someone like that” when the reality is, no effort is made to see if there is a way to make things work.

Take a chance, surround yourself with the best you can and see how much more effective your organization can be.

Have a great day!
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Great Message

Recently I was given a copy of a booklet which is basically a compilation of motivational sayings, stories and other uplifting things which was put together by Jerry West and Gary Coson (both formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies).

There are some wonderful things in this compilation but one that is early in the booklet is from the Dalai Lama and I felt was extremely well thought out. Please understand, this has nothing to do with religion or politics but just some excellent thoughts!

Instructions for Life in the New Millenium from the Dalai Lama

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk

  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

  3. Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others and, Responsibility for all your actions

  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck

  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly

  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship

  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

  8. Spend some time alone every day.

  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values

  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer

  11. Live a good honorable life. Then when you get older, and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life

  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.

  14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

  15. Be gentle with the earth.

  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in your love is for each other

  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it

  19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon

Just some excellent food for thought