Archive for June, 2010

Have a strong mind and a soft heart.

June 19, 2010

Anthony J. D’Angelo

Anthony J. D’Angelo is a man who has sparked a revolution in higher education. In the spring of 1995, he was inspired by a vision to Take Higher Education Deeper. At the young age of 23, he left his cushy job, liquidated his personal savings, got a “grant” from his Discover Card (he went into over $150,000 in personal debt to fund the vision) and drove throughout the Mid-Atlantic to interview over 5,000 college students and 1,000 university professionals. His goal was to gain the pulse of what college students were missing. Six months into his journey he found it.

Based on his research and interviews he learned what was missing from most students’ collegiate experience. As D’Angelo says, “Most college students go to college and get a degree, but not an education.” From this reality he went on to create a small yet passionate educational group called EmPower X!. EmPower X! is a team of young adults all under the age of 30 dedicated to empowering other young adults.

In the year 2000 in an effort to be of even greater service to the higher education community, Anthony expanded EmPower X! into Collegiate EmPowerment a nationally recognized 501c3 non profit educational firm dedicated to empowering college students and higher education professionals via Collegiate EmPowerment Student Seminars, Publications and Professional Development Services. Since taking action on his vision Anthony D’Angelo and the EmPower X! Team has gone on to empower over 1.5 million college students and over 5,000 higher education professionals from over 2,100 college campuses throughout North America.

As the #1 Contributing Author and Editor of The NY Times Bestseller, Chicken Soup For The College Soul, Anthony D’Angelo has been featured in several national media outlets. As early as 1997 at the young age of twenty five, D’Angelo was hailed by CNN as, “The Personal Development Guru Of His Generation”. In the same year SPIN Magazine has compared D’Angelo with the likes of world renowned motivational speaker, Anthony Robbins. He has been quoted in numerous publications including Woman’s Day and Oprah’s O Magazine where his famous one liners have been quoted along side the thoughts of Einstein, Ann Frank and Nelson Mandela.

Today D’Angelo serves as the Chief Visionary Officer of Collegiate EmPowerment where it is his lifetime mission to Take Higher Education Deeper by empowering students, educators and University Executives a like to embrace the concepts, strategies and tools of Collegiate EmPowerment for success in the 21st Century.

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.

June 18, 2010

Denis Waitley

Denis E. Waitley (born 1933), is an American motivational speaker and writer, consultant and best-selling author.

Waitley is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.[citation needed] , and a former Navy pilot.[citation needed] and that he has studied and counseled leaders in many fields: Apollo astronauts, Fortune 500 top executives, Olympic gold medalists, Super Bowl champions, returning POWs..

He has authored 16 books and has released hundreds of audio lectures

Each day can be one of triumph if you keep up your interests.

June 17, 2010

George Matthew Adams

George Matthew Adams (Aug 23, 1878-Oct 29, 1962) was a newspaper columnist and head and founder of the George Matthew Adams Newspaper Syndicate Service. He also has been a special contributor to the Gettysburg Times.

In 1908, George Matthew Adams had hired William Allen White to write about political issues. Both met in Chicago. While talking, George showed William clippings of Walt Mason’s daily shorts essays which George had been cutting from copies of the Gazette he encountered. Adams stated he liked those works and meant he’d like to syndicate them to other papers. White’s remark was that that was possible. He hinted Adams to give about $18 a week to Walt Mason so the latter would be willing to work on such a project.

In the 1910s, George Matthew Adams was selling Dr. Frank Crane’s Four Minute Essays. Then, he lost Crane to a competitor. However, George didn’t throw in the towel. As a matter of fact, a marvelous career as a writer started. George set to write short essays himself when he traveled from city to city selling his wares. In the 50s, Crane was all but forgotten, but George Matthew Adams’ short inspirational columns appeared in about 100 newspapers.

George Matthew Adams ascribed his success to courage and positive thinking and began writing daily inspirational essays. In 1907 he organized the George Matthew Adams Service to distribute his essays. Later on, he began attracting writers and syndicating their work as well. Soon he set to syndicate comics, first with the Abe Martin panel in 1910. Even though the syndicate offered sundry comic strips, its strong suit was in small panel cartoons, especially those accompanied not only by jokes but also by backwoods homilies, light verse and Adams-style inspiration.

This syndicate has been strongest in the ’20s and ’30s, especially before losing steam as its founder aged. The remaining features were sold off to the Washington Star Syndicate after Adams’ death.

The way you see people is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is the way they become.

June 16, 2010

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German pronunciation: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn ˈɡøːtə] ( listen), 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and polymath. Goethe’s works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, and science. His magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust. Goethe’s other well-known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, and the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature and the movement of Weimar Classicism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; this movement coincides with Enlightenment, Sentimentality (Empfindsamkeit), Sturm und Drang and Romanticism. The author of the scientific text Theory of Colours, his influential ideas on plant and animal morphology and homology were extended and developed by 19th century naturalists including Charles Darwin. He also served at length as the Privy Councilor of the duchy of Saxe-Weimar.

Goethe is the originator of the concept of Weltliteratur (“world literature”), having taken great interest in the literatures of England, France, Italy, classical Greece, Persia, the Arab world, and others. His influence on German philosophy is virtually immeasurable, having major effect especially on the generation of Hegel and Schelling, although Goethe himself refrained from practicing philosophy in the specialized sense.

Goethe’s influence spread across Europe, and for the next century his works were a major source of inspiration in music, drama, poetry and philosophy. Goethe is considered by many[who?] to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture as well. Early in his career, however, he wondered whether painting might not be his true vocation; late in his life, he expressed the expectation that he would ultimately be remembered above all for his work on colour.

Face new challenges, seize new opportunities, test your resources against the unknown and in the process, discover your own unique potential.

June 15, 2010

John Amatt

John Amatt is Founder & President of One Step Beyond WorldWide, an innovative educational and motivational company, whose mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for the results of their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others. In this capacity, he has delivered more than 1,800 presentations and seminars in 44 countries and has been called “The World’s Best Adventure Speaker”.

I try to imagine someone saying to Shakespeare, “Relax!”

June 14, 2010

Elias Canetti

Elias Canetti (Bulgarian: Елиас Канети; 25 July 1905–14 August 1994) was a Bulgarian-born novelist and non-fiction writer of Sephardi Jewish ancestry who wrote in German. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981.

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.

June 13, 2010

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete. His parents were successful Dublin intellectuals, and from an early age he was tutored at home, where he showed his intelligence, becoming fluent in French and German. He attended boarding school for six years, then matriculated to university at seventeen years of age. Reading Greats, Wilde proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Trinity College, Dublin, then at Magdalen College, Oxford. After university, Wilde moved around trying his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems and toured America lecturing extensively on aestheticism. He then returned to London, where he worked prolifically as a journalist for four years. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde was one of the most well-known personalities of his day. He next produced a series of dialogues and essays that developed his ideas about the supremacy of art. However, it was his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray – still widely read – that brought him more lasting recognition. He became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London with a series of social satires which continue to be performed, especially his masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest.

At the height of his fame and success, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall in a sensational series of trials. He sued his lover’s father for libel, though the case was dropped at trial. After two subsequent trials, Wilde was imprisoned for two years’ hard labour, having been convicted of “gross indecency” with other men. In prison he wrote De Profundis, a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. Upon his release he left immediately for France, never to return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, a long, terse poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. He died destitute in Paris at the age of forty-six.

Say what you mean and act how you feel, / because those who matter don’t mind, / and those who mind don’t matter.

June 12, 2010

Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel (pronounced /ˈɡaɪzəl/; March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist most widely known for his children’s books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo. LeSieg and, in one case, Rosetta Stone. He published over 60 children’s books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hears a Who, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including eleven television specials, three feature films, and a Broadway musical.

Geisel also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for PM, a New York City newspaper. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the U.S Army, where he wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

Read Across America is an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. One part of the project is National Read Across America Day, an observance in the United States held on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.

June 11, 2010

Edward Victor Appleton

 Sir Edward Victor Appleton, GBE, KCB, FRS (6 September 1892 – 21 April 1965) was an English physicist.

If it’s free, it’s advice; if you pay for it, it’s counseling; if you can use either one, it’s a miracle.

June 10, 2010

Jack Adams

Lazy Day

Jack Adams was born with a pencil in his hand…(well not really,but perhaps a crayon). But seriously, in case you haven’t noticed, every test you have ever taken, from a Spelling Quiz to an I.Q.Test,to S.A.T., to College Boards are all testing Left-Brain ‘linear’skills. Conceptual Skills, Imagination, Fantasy Fulfillment, Spacial Analysis, Over-View analysis, are all ignored. In fact, Right-Brain dominant folks are likely to be somewhat dyslexic, and even though…’Dyslexia and IQ are not interrelated’…such kids in school are assumed to be less bright.