Make A Difference Every Day!

leaf-make-changeA few months ago a local landscaper, he may have been close to eighty years old, passed away. He was still actively working his craft. Lawn care and shrubs were his specialty. He was once heard to say, a few weeks before his death, if he stopped working he would probably die within a few weeks.

For me I miss waving to him and getting a wave back as I would often see his truck around town in various neighborhoods or riding his power mower across someone’s lawn he was caring for.

If you go to workout at a local fitness center each day – you get to know the workout routines of the regulars. In fact, everyone has their favorite machine and with the early crowd it is almost like clock work as people move from one location within the gym to the next almost on a schedule. You get to know and chat with the desk workers and other people who work at the facility.

Here is a news story about one of the regular desk people from a facility here in CT –

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BRIDGEPORT — A 24 year-old Bridgeport woman was killed Sunday afternoon when another vehicle moved into her lane on I-95, striking the side of her car and sending it into the concrete barrier.

Akhailia Shameal Jackson of Connecticut Avenue was transported from the scene to Bridgeport Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after the 5:27 p.m. crash, State Police said Monday.

Jackson had been driving her Toyota Camry in the right lane on the southbound side of I-95 near Exit 29 when a Mitsubishi being driven by Livis Rodriguez, 26, of Lawrence, Mass. clipped the left passenger door, causing Jackson to swerve, crossing three travel lanes and striking the concrete barrier on the median, State Police said.

Rodriguez and her three passengers were not injured.

The accident remains under investigation.

(from a posting by the CTPost.com )

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For me I miss Akhailia’s beautiful smile and the new hairdo she would have each week.

Ok, stop with the bad news Mitch – Please!

Will do!

Here is the thing, any day, without any notice, anything may happen to you or to the ones you cherish and love. This is where everyone says – “We know Mitch!”

Ok, cool, and…

Do we change our behavior and give out hugs and actually state our love to those we love each day?

Do we change our behavior and not worry about the small stuff anymore?

Do we change our behavior and consider what we are doing each day to impact others in a meaningful way?

How about the people we work with on a daily basis? The person in the office who is always miserable – when is the last time you said hello to them or spoke with them about their family?

When is the last time you spoke with one of your clients or customers about their personal life? Checked in on how they are doing in their lives?

If you work in a building do you know the names of the people who work the security desk and the cleaning crew who show up every evening?

How about your family? Do you and your wife and children ever sit down and have dinner together with no devices on – no cell – no laptop – no music – zero devices, only good old conversation? When is the last time you sat with one child and only the two of you had a conversation?

What about the world around you?

Is there anything intentional you are doing to make the world a better place?

Of course this seems too big to tackle and it is – however – start with one place or with one thing – the point is why not start?

By the way, this is not to wish anyone ill will or telling you in anyway your time is almost up. The point is, what if it is?

Mitch Tublin has traveled to Guatemala and to Paraguay paying his own airfare, food and hotel costs for a week in each location in order to train local people on transformational leadership – values based leadership. This was accomplished by facilitating RoundTables with a translator by his side. Would you, your company or organization be interested in hearing this story?  Contact Mitch’s Team here to book him to speak.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive coach, trainer and speaker based in Stamford, CT.

Time to Make a Difference

Make a differenceHave you ever felt you just needed to step in and make a difference? What if you had the opportunity to be part of changing an entire culture of a nation? Would you just say, “I’m in!” or would you ask numerous questions about the cost, the logistics and more?

In February 2013, at an event in Orlando, Fl. an emotional story was told by John Maxwell about his recent trip to Guatemala. The average age in Guatemala is twenty years old. There are severe gaps in living conditions, education and general wealth as in numerous other Latin American countries. The biggest difference in the case of Guatemala is the country, the people, the entire nation are ready for change.

In the audience that day in Orlando there were approximately 700 hundred speakers, coaches and trainers. Some, like me, signed up on the spot without knowing any details, to join a group to travel to Guatemala at their own expense. We were going to train people in Guatemala in seven areas of influence in the country – Transformational Leadership.

These areas are government, business, education, churches, family, military, media and arts. Today, our group of over 140 coaches met with our translators in preparation for presenting to our Guatemala audiences over the course of the next three days. The goal is to train approximately 15,000 people.

Each of these people will then train approximately ten people each over the course of the next six months. Effectively we will have trained close to 150,000 people.

Every single coach paid their own airfare, room and food costs to be here. It is a pure volunteer activity. The entire group is part of The John Maxwell Team. Guatemala Prospera and La Red are part of the team who has laid the ground work for this to take place. At the Palace in Guatemala City, this evening our entire team was applauded in person by the President of Guatemala. We applauded President Otto Perez Molina for his support of his people and their best interests to allow them to grow and learn.

Every single coach is ready to present for two – four hour sessions in the next few days to people who are hungry for change. They each know their country needs change. Each of us is ready to embark on our journey to bring change to an entire nation. One step at a time all marching to the same drum, hearing our own beat, following our hearts to make a difference.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.