On October 28th, 2011, as a part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, five live web-cams were installed in Ms. Liberty’s torch, in her crown, and at the harbor. There’s also a Panorama of the NJ and NY skylines, Ellis Island, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor.
Click on any of the five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night, 24/7, starting now.
There’s live audio too, so you can hear the whoosh of aircraft overhead and the honk of boat horns as YOU watch the ships steam across the bay. Click on this link to look and listen:
I wish I could have been there. When Lady Liberty was still in her youth, my parents saw her on their freedom voyage from Kiev, in Ukrania (then part of the Russian Empire) to Ellis Island. I can only imagine their teenage excitement and fulfillment of hope when they saw Lady Liberty from their ship. They were so proud and determined to become Americans- in every way. They quickly learned to speak English and adapted to every American way of life. I am very proud of them.
The one time I saw The Statue of Liberty was from a US Army troop ship returning to the Port of New York on a foggy morning. The scene is emblazoned in my memory.
On Monday June 28th, 2012 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.
A Pleasant Hills woman pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count each of mail fraud and embezzlement. Jill D’Angelo, 45, used her position as manager for a dental office in Pleasant Hills to submit false invoices to insurers and then intercept and cash the checks, pocketing about $307,000 between 2003 and 2010, prosecutors say. U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon scheduled D’Angelo’s sentencing for Sept. 13.
You are the shareholder of this Corporation. Also the principle, if not the sole, risk holder. Your Office Manager/Financial Coordinator/ Receptionist- whatever title you wish to give her or him, is an employee of your Corporation perhaps the Chief Operating Officer.
Employees may come and go (and they do!). They can get other employment. ButYOU have at risk your investment. your reputation, and your future.
Remember that you are the President and the Chief Executive Officer of this business. Be a benevolent but firm, empowering, hands-on Leader. That does not insinuate “micro-managing”. Delegate but be aware. If you want to learn more about Leading the Dental Team, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article is not meant to discuss employee engagement. That is a separate topic.
Set the rules and procedures of YOUR practice and YOUR expectations in an Employee Manual. Create Management Reports highlighting production and collections, review the results, and discuss them with your team. Employee management is part of YOUR job as President.
Okay, you “tried”, and it didn’t work. But, at least you said you “tried”. Do you feel relieved now… even though you failed?
Is it good enough to “try” to do something… and then quit?
People who use words like “I tried.” are quitting before they give themselves a chance to win. When you say “I tried” or “I can’t,” the computer in your brain steps right up and supplies you with lots of reasons why you can’t, and it also blocks the creative part of your mind from figuring our how you can. Thus, the fact that you can’t, becomes true, further reinforcing your belief that you really can’t.
The entire presupposition behind “I tried” is failure. No one who succeeds ever says “I tried.” They say “I will do it.” Trying begins with the belief in failure. To try, you must make pictures in your head of failing. My suggestion is to make pictures in your head of accomplishing whatever it is you want to accomplish. Picture yourself having lost weight, as a non-smoker, or marching in the Winners’ Parade. When you do this, you give your brain a signal to figure out how to do it. When you “try,” you give your brain a signal to figure out a way to fail. There’s always a way.
In the 1st of the Star Wars episodes, Yoda instructed Luke Sky Walker (Harrison Ford), “There is no ‘try’. There is either ‘do’ or ‘do not.”
Instead of saying “I can’t”, begin to ask “How can I?” and keep asking and asking until your brain supplies you with the answer you want. I once heard a “motivational speaker” say, “After you think you tried every possible method, and still haven’t succeeded, try another method.” You could have asked Thomas Alva Edison about that:
“If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
Thomas Alva Edison (1847 – 1931)
“Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration.”
Why would someone focus on what they don’t want, and see themselves as being “at effect” of causes over which they have no control? Fear. You can take control of your responses to whatever situation you find yourself in. And you can consciously control the choices you have in any situation. Choose to be successful. What is the common thread of greatness that binds Thomas Edison, Yogi Berra, Yoda, and Gen. George S. Patton… and Mothers?
The power to persist in spite of everything, to endure, is the quality of a winner. Your greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fail. “I don’t fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is saying, ‘Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?” ― George S. Patton Jr.
“IT’S NEVER OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER.” –Yogi Berra
My own dear mother, who came to the New World (Philadelphia), as a penniless but determined immigrant from Russia, always believed she could accomplish nearly anything here. She learned English quickly, spoke it without an accent, and was respected and loved by everyone who met her. Her goals were to raise two children in a most difficult time during the “Great Depression”. Somehow she found the money to buy a piano for my sister, who became an opera singer, and for me to learn the violin. I can only imagine the hardships and the barriers in those years. Perseverentia vincit. (Perseverance conquers.) My mom, like yours, had all those adages; “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,”.
Your constant and determined effort will eventually break down all resistance and sweep away all the barriers to help you reach your goal. Be positive and persistent; know you will accomplish it.
You can’t be happy knowing you only “tried” …. and lost, and knowing that winning was just within your reach.