We’re excited for our U.S. Athletes, as today kicks off the 2014 Paralympic Games. We’re proud to honor them and the people who support them. We asked our Paralympians who inspired them, and many shared their heartfelt stories with us. We invite you to read their stories and vote for your favorite. The winners will be able to present the Inspiration Award—a handcrafted 14K gold commemorative ring—to the person who inspired them the most.
Below are inspirational words from Ariel Skier Nikki Stone who won gold for Team USA in 1998.
I was once asked what the most appropriate song would be to represent the athlete’s emotions at the Olympic Games–and the only song to pop in my head was David Bowie and Queen’s song “Under Pressure.” + Read More
If you’re American, you probably grew up with re-runs of I Love Lucy. Lucille Ball defined television comedy, but what you may not know is that her life contains a million lessons for anyone in business. She’s a huge inspiration for me, and I think she could be one for you, too. Take a look at some of the lessons we could all take from Lucille Ball:
Lucille Ball Got Fired, Again and Again
Dreaming of a career in show business, Lucy left tiny Jamestown, New York for the city. Every time she attained some success, she was fired. She was let go from commercial positions and several Broadway productions. If you’ve ever been let go, you know how devastating it can be. Lucy never let that stop her. She just kept trying for the next job, the next step. + Read More
We’ve seen so many powerful award ceremonies, and we’ve been a part of some fun ones too. But the human brain can remember only so many moments. That’s why we encourage others to take pictures of a recognition award ceremony and give them to the recipient. This is a great way to involve the person’s family, as his loved ones finally get to see what the boss and other coworkers look like. + Read More
His name was Alfred, spelled with a d.
He’s a regular guy, just like you, just like me.
He has a job and a car, and some bills and a wife.
…for the most part, Alfred lives a typical life.
But, there’s one little glitch about Alfred you’ll see
He has no concern for you, or for me. + Read More
“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” – Thomas Watson Jr., former CEO of IBM
As children, we are naturally inquisitive, curious, eager and willing to try new things.
When they don’t work out we are quick to move on and try something else. We don’t waste time or emotions worrying about what didn’t work, we simply move on to trying something else.
Then something terrible happens. We learn that failure is unacceptable and are admonished, shamed and ridiculed for it. + Read More
“The Business of Business is People.” That famous quote from Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher reveals the very core of business achievement. All companies work to achieve financial success, profitability and growth, but the truly successful companies also focus on establishing cultural success; a vibrant culture where people are proactive, synergistic and connected to the vision and values of the organization. At a time when companies are looking for every competitive advantage, the workforce itself offers a greatest source of untapped potential. + Read More