I Stand

I stand, yes – I stand

I stand for every man

I stand for equality and justice for all

I stand with my fists held high

I stand for freedom and liberty

I stand to reflect my dignity

I kneel

~Anita Jefferson

Question:  What do you stand for?  Reply and share your conviction

75 Questions: Day 40

There are 75 days before the glorious start of a new Gregorian calendar year. So, for the next 35 days (Monday – Sunday) the blog postings will ask you one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, or it may tickle you.  It’s about the getting to the BEST in you. The potent intent of the 75 questions is to probe, to prompt a reaction, to get you to stretch, to press beyond tradition or boundaries, to think broader, to break free, to operate in solvency and then give a thoughtful answer to the question.

The coveted intent of the 75 questions is to capture change. The questions are to be a catalyst for inner change that leaves you feeling more dynamic, safe, powerful, intrigued, and authentic.


Today’s question focuses on financial solvency.  Releasing the usual fears that arise when debt consumes your thinking creates breakthrough.  This CNN money solvency calculator (http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/debt-free/) is a useful tool to budget your way to financial freedom.

When your amazing emotions are opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

Question 40: What is your solvency plan?

Fantastic Friday: Peter Thiel

Extraordinary, that is an apt description of Peter Thiel, billionaire co-founder of PayPal.  Peter Andreas Thiel is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. Thiel cofounded PayPal with Max Levchin and Elon Musk and served as its CEO. He also co-founded Palantir, of which he is chairman.

Peter Thiel                                                                 Peter Theil

Theil wants young minds to use their extraordinary talent and skills rather than become a robot learner in college.  He says, A college diploma is a dunce hat in disguise.”

To back up his frustration with the closed-minded thrust of American college institutions, Theil created and funded a fellowship which pays 20 young adults, $100,000 each to pursue their interests instead of going to college.

CNN documentary, “Ivory Tower: Is College Worth the Cost” too makes the case that the post graduate debt a students faces while getting  a typical college education, especially for students who do not attend prestigious Ivy League institutions, outweigh the benefits of finding a well paying job with benefits.

Theil and others are advocating experience and experimentation as a best learning practices a young adult can use.  They tout that the student load debt load, reaching north of a billion dollars in the United States, stymies the mind.

As a counterpoint, Business Week asserts, “Higher education can expand our thinking and challenge our assumptions. It doesn’t have to teach us to put on cognitive blinders.”

Theil, a Stanford law school graduate, believes in education. But, he is willing to pay students to out think the dinosaurs of a clamped down system of learning.  Extraordinary!


Who would you like for me to profile in Fantastic Friday?  Send me photos and a brief on extraordinary people that you admire. Thanks.

Monday Miracle: Moxie

You’ve got moxie, the ability to succeed.  Power, courage, roots, determination, strength, spirit, creativity – you have all of these traits, and more, embedded in the fiber of your beings. Your DNA is composed of moxie. Actually, you are moxie.

When you think of yourself as moxie, you will climb every obstacle.  You will eliminate your limits. Moxie people find a way out of no way, they never settle with half-finished work. Moxie winners toll and strive and sacrifice until they heave a herculean weight; power moxie believers complete the task.


Up your moxie power.

That is it-moxie people believe.  Most people have short-sighted belief; they earnestly pursue a goal until someone tells them they are “crazy” for even thinking they can play professional basketball when they are only 5’6 inches tall. But, moxie man Charlie Criss ignored naysayers and joined 6’6 giants on the basketball court.  A 28-year-old Criss became, in the words of Sports Illustrated, “the NBA’s smallest player and oldest rookie” when he joined the Atlanta Hawks as guard.

Mamie “Peanut” Johnson still has plenty of moxie. Author Michelle Y. Green, in her book, A Strong Right Arm, tells the courageous story of the first African American female baseball player. In a tribute to her, the National Baseball Hall of Fame writer Emily Voss says, “In the late 1940s, she wanted to join the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, and assumed that because Jackie Robinson had broken barriers in the major leagues, the AAGPBL would welcome black players too. The AAGPBL refused to let her try out, but Johnson came away more determined than ever to play ball.”

Moxie Matthew Webb became the first to make the crossing without the aid of artificial buoyancy. His first attempt ended in failure, but on August 25, 1875, he started from Admiralty Pier in Dover and made the crossing in 21 hours and 45 minutes, despite challenging tides (which delayed him for 5 hours) and a jellyfish sting.

Zhang Xin, this young moxie woman was a former factory worker,  Zhang is CEO of Beijing’s largest commercial real estate developer, regularly featured on lists like Forbes magazine’s “World’s Most Powerful Women” and “Top Ten Billionaire Women We Admire” is renowned for her commitment to justice, equality and ethical business.

CNN Hero of the Year for 2013, Chad Pregracke, has the moxie to clean rivers and waterways of debris. After removing over 67,000 tires from rivers, he says find a cause, take action. Be moxie.

Moxie believers are unstoppable.  They all evince power, courage, determination, strength, spirit, creativity. Therefore, heritage, ethnicity, gender, intellect, age, education, health, wealth, weight, environment or any perceived obstacle can never be a success barrier – moxie prevails.

Self-belief can stand alone.

You’ve got moxie-you are moxie. Never stop.