Proof President Trump Accomplished Most in History

President Donald J. Trump accomplished more to support America in four years than Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Bill and Hillary Clinton in their lifetimes.


🔹Violent crime fell every year Tump was in office after rising during the two years before he was elected. Under Biden, crime has drastically increased.

🔹Trump removed over 8,200 government employees from their Deep State positions and had planned to remove at least 20,000 more.


🔹Under Trump’s leadership, in 2018 the U.S. surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of crude oil. Biden destroyed that.


🔹 Trump signed a law ending the gag orders on Pharmacists that prevented them from sharing money-saving information. 


🔹Trump signed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA), which includes the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” (SESTA) which both give law enforcement and victims new tools to fight sex trafficking. 


🔹Trump signed a bill to require airports to provide spaces for breastfeeding Moms. 


🔹The 25% lowest-paid Americans enjoyed a 4.5% income boost in November 2019, which outpaced a 2.9% gain in earnings for the country’s highest-paid workers. 

🔹Trump signed 3 bills to benefit Native people. One gives compensation to the Spokane tribe for loss of their lands in the mid-1900s, one funds Native language programs, and the third gives federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana. 


🔹Trump finalized the creation of Space Force as our 6th Military branch. 


🔹Trump signed a law to make cruelty to animals a federal felony so that animal abusers face tougher consequences. 


🔹Low-wage workers benefitted from higher minimum wages and from corporations that were increasing entry-level pay. 


🔹Trump signed the biggest wilderness protection & conservation bill in a decade and designated 375,000 acres as protected land. 


🔹Trump signed the Save our Seas Act which funds $10 million per year to clean tons of plastic & garbage from the ocean. 


🔹He signed a bill allowing some drug imports from Canada so that prescription prices would go down. 


🔹Trump signed an executive order forcing all healthcare providers to disclose the cost of their services so that Americans could comparison shop and know how much fewer providers charge insurance companies. 


🔹When signing that bill he said no American should be blindsided by bills for medical services they never agreed to in advance. 


🔹Trump’s EPA gave $100 million to fix the water infrastructure problem in Flint, Michigan. 


🔹Hospitals became required to post their standard charges for services, which include the discounted price a hospital is willing to accept. 


🔹In the eight years prior to President Trump’s inauguration, prescription drug prices increased by an average of 3.6% per year. Under Trump, drug prices year-over-year declined. Under Biden, they have increased.


🔹Trump created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans. 


🔹VA employees were being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 Deep State VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended.


🔹Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life. 


🔹Because of a bill signed and championed by Trump, in 2020, most federal employees saw their pay increase by an average of 3.1% — the largest raise in more than 10 years. 


🔹Trump signed into law up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for millions of federal workers. 


🔹Trump administration provided HIV prevention drugs for free to 200,000 uninsured patients per year for 11 years. 


🔹Prior to the year of the fake news and Democrat pandemic scheme, there was an all-time record sales during the 2019 holidays. 


🔹 Trump signed an order allowing small businesses to group together when buying insurance to get a better price.

FOCUS ON BLACK AMERICANS


🔹President Trump signed the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act to provide funding for states to develop maternal mortality reviews to better understand maternal complications and identify solutions & largely focuses on reducing the higher mortality rates for Black Americans. 


🔹 In 2018, President Trump signed the groundbreaking First Step Act, a criminal justice bill that enacted reforms that make our justice system fairer and help former inmates successfully return to society. 


🔹The First Step Act’s reforms addressed inequities in sentencing laws that disproportionately harmed Black Americans and reformed mandatory minimums that created unfair outcomes. 


🔹The First Step Act expanded judicial discretion in the sentencing of non-violent crimes. 


🔹Over 90% of those benefitting from the retroactive sentencing reductions in the First Step Act are Black Americans. 


🔹The First Step Act provides rehabilitative programs to inmates, helping them successfully rejoin society and not return to crime. 


🔹 Trump increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by more than 14%.


🔹Trump signed legislation forgiving Hurricane Katrina debt that threatened HBCUs. 

🔹New single-family home sales increases up 31.6% in October 2019 compared to just the year prior. 


🔹 Made HBCUs a priority by creating the position of executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs. 

🔹Trump received the Bipartisan Justice Award at a historically black college for his criminal justice reform accomplishments. 

POVERTY DOWN EMPLOYMENT UP


🔹 The poverty rate fell to an 18-year low of 11.1% under the Trump administration as a result of a jobs-rich environment. 


🔹Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans reached their lowest levels since the U.S. began collecting such data. 


🔹President Trump signed a bill to create five national monuments, expand several national parks, add 1.3 million acres of wilderness, and permanently reauthorize the Land and Water, Conservation Fund. Biden’s Executive Order cancelled this.


🔹 Trump’s USDA committed $124 Million to rebuild rural water infrastructure. 


🔹Consumer Confidence and Small Business Confidence reached an all-time high. Under Biden, historical lows.

🔹More than 7.6 million jobs were created under Trump.  


🔹More Americans were employed under Trump than ever recorded before in our history. 


🔹Almost 500,000 manufacturing jobs were created. 

FIERCELY FOUGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING WITH RECORD RESULTS


🔹 Through Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative, Federal law enforcement more than doubled convictions of human traffickers and increased the number of defendants charged by 75% in ACTeam districts. 


🔹Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) dismantled an organization that was the internet’s leading source of prostitution-related advertisements resulting in sex trafficking. 


🔹 Trump’s OMB published new anti-trafficking guidance for government procurement officials to more effectively combat human trafficking.


🔹 Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations arrested over 1,588 criminals associated with Human Trafficking. 


🔹Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services provided funding to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline to identify perpetrators and give victims the help they need. 


🔹The hotline identified 17,805 potential human trafficking cases. 


🔹Trump’s DOJ provided grants to organizations that support human trafficking victims – serving over 10,000 cases from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019. 


🔹The Department of Homeland Security hired more victim assistance specialists, helping victims get resources and support. 


🔹President Trump called on Congress to pass school choice legislation so that no child is trapped in a failing school because of his or her zip code.

🔹He signed funding legislation in September 2018 that increased funding for school choice by $42 million. 

🔹The tax cuts signed into law by President Trump promoted school choice by allowing families to use 529 college savings plans for elementary and secondary education. 


🔹Under his leadership, ISIS lost its territory and was dismantled. They are back with Biden in charge.

🔹 ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was killed. Biden can’t bring him back.


🔹Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs. 


🔹Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers. 


🔹Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the U.S. government from discriminating against Christians or punishing expressions of faith. 


🔹 President Trump ordered a halt to U.S. tax money going to international organizations that fund or perform abortions. 


🔹Trump imposed sanctions on the socialists in Venezuela who have killed their citizens. 


🔹 Finalized new trade agreement with South Korea. 


🔹Made a deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe. 

🔹Withdrew the U.S. from the job-killing TPP deal. Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam. Okay’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation. 


🔹Had over 20 US hostages freed, including those Obama could not get freed. 


🔹Trump signed the Music Modernization Act, the biggest change to copyright law in decades. 

🔹Despite Nancy Pelosi’s resistance, Trump secured billions to fund building of the wall at our southern border. 


* President Trump’s historic tax cut legislation included new Opportunity Zone Incentives to promote investment in low-income communities across the country. 
8,764 communities across the country were designated as Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zones spurred nearly $100 billion in long-term private capital investment in economically distressed communities across the country. 

🔹Trump directed the Education Secretary to end Common Core. 


🔹Trump signed the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund into law. 


🔹Trump signed measure funding prevention programs for Veteran suicide. 


🔹Companies brought back over a TRILLION dollars from overseas because of the TCJA bill that Trump signed. 


🔹Manufacturing jobs grew at the fastest rate in more than 30 years while the Stock Market reached record highs. Median household income hit the highest level ever recorded. 

LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT EVER


🔹 African-American unemployment was at an all-time low. 
🔹 Hispanic-American unemployment was at an all-time low. 
🔹 Asian-American unemployment was at an all-time low. 
🔹Women’s unemployment rate was at a 65-year low. 
🔹 Youth unemployment reached a 52-year low. 
🔹We had the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded. 


🔹The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. Biden destroyed that.


🔹95 percent of U.S. manufacturers were optimistic about the future— the highest ever. Under Biden, lowest in history.


🔹 Record number of regulations eliminated that hurt small businesses. 


🔹Signed welfare reform requiring able-bodied adults who don’t have children to work or look for work if they’re on welfare. 

FOUGHT BIG PHARMA


🔹Under Trump, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. 


🔹Reformed Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors 100’s of millions of $$$ this year alone. 


🔹Signed Right-To-Try legislation allowing terminally ill patients to try an experimental treatment that wasn’t allowed before. 


🔹 Secured $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic. Biden and Pelosi send much to Ukraine for kickbacks.

Frontline Doctors


🔹Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care. 


🔹 U.S. oil production reached an all-time high and we were not dependent on oil from the Middle East. Biden destroyed that.


🔹The U.S. became a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957. Biden destroyed that.


🔹 NATO allies increased their defense spending because of Trump’s pressure campaign. 


🔹Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord in 2017 and that same year the U.S. still led the world by having the largest reduction in carbon emissions. 


🔹Moved U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. 


🔹 Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.  

Fought Big Pharma


🔹Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline. 


🔹Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, to advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments. 


🔹 The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by Trump doubled the maximum amount of the child tax credit available to parents and lifted the income limits so more people could claim it. 

🔹 The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) signed into law by Trump provided a tax credit equal to 20-35% of child care expenses, $3,000 per child & $6,000 per family + Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow you to set aside up to $5,000 in pre-tax $ to use for child care. 


🔹 In 2019 President Donald Trump signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act (CARES) into law which allocated $1.8 billion in funding over the following five years to help people with autism spectrum disorder and to help their families. 


🔹 In 2019 President Trump signed into law two funding packages providing nearly $19 million in new funding for Lupus specific research and education programs, as well as an additional $41.7 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the most Lupus funding EVER.

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H-E-B Food-Drugs and Butt Family Commit $10 Million to Build New Uvalde, Texas School

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In the wake of another senseless act of violence, one that took 21 innocent lives at Robb Elementary School, the Butt family and H-E-B announced they will commit $10 million to help build a new elementary campus in Uvalde.

In partnership as founding donors, the Butt family and H-E-B, which are longtime supporters of public education, will work with other stakeholders and organizations on the development of this project. Texas firms Huckabee and Joeris General Contractors, which are also founding donors, have also made generous commitments to donate their services and time to this project, which will help the children, families, staff and Uvalde CISD community move forward together.

“Our first store in Uvalde opened in 1959, and Uvalde people are our people,” said Charles Butt, H-E-B’s Chairman. “As we continue to mourn tremendous loss, I join with my family and H-E-B in working to ensure the Uvalde community can move forward from this tragic event. Our children are this country’s future, and our schools should be a safe place where children can thrive and envision new possibilities.”

For those who would like to join the effort, contributions to support this project can be made by donating to the Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization established to help raise funds for the new elementary campus as well as serve the immediate and ongoing financial needs of Uvalde CISD. Donations can be made by visiting UvaldeCISDMovingForward.org.  

The new campus will significantly enhance educational offerings and implement state-of-the-art safety and security measures, and infrastructure to support the availability of new technology. The location and design of the new campus and timeline for the project have not been determined. The school district will work closely with the Uvalde community, donors, and other stakeholders to solicit ideas and gather feedback for the project.

Built in the 1960s, Robb Elementary serves approximately 538 students in grades second through fourth. The school has been permanently closed, and while a timeline hasn’t been determined, plans are in place for the school to be demolished, ensuring students and staff will not have to return to the building at the site of the tragedy.

In addition to this support, last month, H-E-B launched a donation campaign and announced it would commit $500,000 to support the victims and families affected by this heartbreaking event. Earlier this month, the H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust also announced a $500,000 donation to support nonprofits helping fellow Texans in Uvalde.

“We thank our loyal H-E-B customers for their unwavering support of communities in times of need,” Butt added.

Since 1905, H‑E‑B has demonstrated its commitment to individuals and communities in crisis by donating financial support and emergency supplies, as well as providing efficient ways for customers to assist those affected by tragedy and disaster.

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So, What Does the Bible Say About Our Heart?

🔹Things are not as they appear, but God looks at the heart. It’s in the Bible, 1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV. “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

🔹God has made each heart unique. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 33:15, NKJV. “He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.”

🔹Where is God when our hearts are broken? It’s in the Bible, Psalm 34:18, NKJV. “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

🔹Even when we think we can’t go on, God can be our strength. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 73: 26, NKJV. “My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

🔹Is there anybody we can trust? It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

🔹What about when everyone says to just trust my heart? It’s in the Bible, Jeremiah 17:9, NKJV. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”

🔹The Bible can cut deep to show the truth about our hearts. It’s in the Bible, Hebrews 4:12, NKJV. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

🔹What kind of heart is needed to see God? It’s in the Bible, Matthew 5:8, NKJV. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

🔹How can my heart be purified? By faith in God. It’s in the Bible, Acts 15:9, NKJV. “and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”

🔹How do I find God? It’s in the Bible, Deuteronomy 4:29, NKJV. “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

🔹How can I be saved? It’s in the Bible, Romans 10:9-10, NKJV. “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

🔹If we let God show us the sins in our heart, He can lead us into everlasting life. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 139:23-24, NKJV. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

🔹Is there anything I can give to God? God only asks for a broken spirit and sorry heart. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 51:17, NKJV. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— these, O God, You will not despise.”

🔹My heart is full of darkness, can God still save me?  It’s in the Bible, 1 John 3:20, NKJV. “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.”

🔹What happens if we do not follow and hear the Holy Spirit? It’s in the Bible, Hebrews 3:7-8, NKJV. “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness’”

🔹What if my heart is too hardened? God promises He can give us a new heart. It’s in the Bible, Ezekiel 36:26, NKJV. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

🔹We need to want God to create a clean heart in us. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 51:10, NKJV. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

🔹What can we put into our hearts to help us day by day? It’s in the Bible, Psalm 119:11, NKJV. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

🔹God promises He will write His law on our hearts and minds. It’s in the Bible, Hebrews 10:16-17 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

🔹God wants to give us the deepest desires of our hearts, if we will trust Him. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 37:4-5, NKJV. “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”

🔹Christ can fill the thirsty heart and overflow from it. It’s in the Bible, John 7:38, NKJV. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

🔹Guard what you let into your heart, because it is the source of all you do. It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 4:23, NIV. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

🔹The things people say are good signs of what is in their hearts. It’s in the Bible, Luke 6:45, NKJV. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

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Rudy Giuliani Talks About September 11, His Cancer and Prayer

Rudolph Giuliani is best known for being mayor of New York during the September 11, 2001 attack. In 2008, Jack Dennis had the opportunity to meet Giuliani in San Antonio, Texas.

The American leader expressed his thoughts on his personal change, compassion, hope and faith during the disaster.

“Most people are surprised to know that I changed more from having prostate cancer than from September 11,” Giuliani stated, backstage at the Alamodome, where he was to give a speech later. “Dealing with the cancer forced me to gain the wisdom about the importance of life and the lack of control we have over death.”

“I needed the confidence and character I gained from coping with the cancer to prepare me to deal with, and even survive, the trials of September 11,” the former mayor said.

Giuliani found himself surrounded by firefighters, police officers and emergency workers on that fateful day in 2001. The worst attack on American soil became the most successful rescue operation in our country’s history under his leadership.

That evening, as Giuliani prepared for bed, he found solace in the words of Winston Churchill and “realized that courage doesn’t simply materialize out of thin air.”

Giuliani attended hundreds of funerals and visited Ground Zero daily.

“I grew physically and emotionally exhausted,” he recalled. “When I saw the families of the victims, I was revived knowing if they can do this, I can do it.”

“Courage begins years before, sometimes in our early childhood, as we develop our character,” he spoke. “Every choice we make in life can strengthen or weaken our character.”

Here are highlights of Mr. Giuliani’s views.

“When I was in my teens, I seriously planned to become either a priest or a doctor as I have always been faithful and enthusiastic about my faith in God and helping others. Religion was a favorite topic I enjoyed talking with my teachers about. Prayer and faith in God provided me with the strength I could not acquire from any other source. When things are tough, it’s always a good idea to pray for the guidance and strength necessary to get us through.”

“Most of my time as mayor was spent under the maxim that it’s better to be respected than to be loved. September 11 unlocked compassion in me that I typically reserved for my family and very close friends. I discovered that revealing your love and compassion does not weaken leadership. It makes it stronger.”

“Allowing doubt, fear and worry to overtake us is an inevitable path to failure. I could not afford failure after September 11. It was very necessary to reach inside and push the doubts away, and even out, of my thinking.”

“I’ve spent much of my reading on learning about how great leaders that I admired grew up and forged the character each had to deal with different substantial challenges. Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt came to mind. ‘Then only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’”

“Love can spark deep moments of profound goodness. When I saw the love of our heroes in New York who looked beyond their own safety or what was best for themselves and focus on the lives and safety of others, I learned that love can help us push aside differences to share our humanity and those things that we have in common.”

“I prayed with these brave men and women. I became very close and was able to learn from these firefighters, police officers and emergency responders, not to mention ordinary every day civilians. At the root of all of this, it was love, and not so much the sense of duty, that caused those firefighters to run into the flaming towers to save those he or she had never met. Love can so powerful it can help us be kind to even those who are cruel to us.”

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Sources and Networking for Writers, Investigators and Sales People

“Where do you get your ideas for articles? How do you develop and retain dependable sources? How do you sell more? Increase business? Obtain information?”

These are common questions I have received over the years as a “Jack of All Trades” being an investigative reporter, insurance salesman, business executive, trade organization president, writer, detective and corporate facilities manager. The simple answer is to be a good networker.

Personal Connections

After making any connection, I always tried to build on it. Sometimes it takes creativity and thoughtfulness, but those are wonderful traits for life anyway. At HEB Food/Drugs, my division had thousands of employees (Partners), service providers, vendors and other resources to keep our stores, offices, warehouses, manufacturing plants and other real estate safe, lawful and in welcoming conditions.

H-E-B calls employees ‘Partners’

Early on, I would use Rolodex files (labeled: “Sources,” “Engineers,” “Partners,” “Designers,” Electricians,” and others) for individual information on people in each category.

For example, when I visited Austin, Houston, Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley, the Coastal Bend and other regions of Texas, the file for that area would include more than just names, phone numbers, and emails. It was critical to have personal notes to connect and care with individuals I may come in contact with. Examples might be:

Birthplace, Birthday, Anniversaries, Spouse, Children, Other Family, Connections, Hobbies, Interests, Education, and Accomplishments.

Others items to note might include Affiliations, Career and Work History, Goals, Prides, and other interests.

“Is Bobby, Jr. still playing baseball this year? How’s Nancy doing in track? Here’s an autograph of Tim Duncan for your brother. I know he’s big on Spurs basketball,” were some ways to build rapport.

The key was to capture the bits and pieces of hot, vital information
about people I met. These appear as phrases such as “Texas State alum,” “loves to fish,” “never eats lunch,” and so on.

Many times I kept a pocket recorder to help remember for when I jotted it down in the hotel room or plane ride later. As technology developed, I kept computer files and spreadsheets instead of manual Rolodexes.

Note: Even today, I do not include confidential information and confidential names on a computer or internet file. My reputation and ability to gather data and news depends on sources trusting me.

Resources You Can Count On

It’s all a lot of work, but worth every minute of it. What does all this
have to do with resolving an emergency, mitigating a problem, gathering resources, or closing the sale? Just about everything when it’s
used at the moment it’s needed.

Who can you depend on for help when your dealing with a hurricane, a sales proposal or news article?

I don’t subscribe to the saying “Networking is a numbers game.” The success doesn’t come from how many people you can meet. What you actually need is to have a list of people and resources you can count on.

One of my greatest mentors was a senior vice president of Facility Alliance at H-E-B, Ralph G. Mehringer. I watched and learned. When he met someone for the first time–a food server, janitor, visitor, new partner, whoever— Ralph was consistent about making them feel like the most important person in the room.

When I lived in an apartment above the Majestic Theater in downtown San Antonio, a neighbor, Walter Stovell, known as the “Godfather of Houston Street,” totally made eye contact with others–and he kept it. He smiled. He listened.

Majestic Theater

During conversations, Walter made comments and asked questions that showed he was hearing and listening. One day the current and two ex-mayors of the Alamo City walked by and Walter amazed me with his abilities to engage each one opportunities to express themselves without interruption.

What If You Need a Large List to Increase Sales or Potential Sales?

A sales person may mention to someone for whom has been a good customer, “I was just going through my checks, and I realized I spent over $2000 with you last year. I guess we’re really getting to depend on each other more than I knew.”

A typical question I receive is “where do you get your articles and story ideas?” They are all over, if you network properly.


You can expand networking by simply trading networks with someone else.
How big is your network? If you answered infinite, you’re
right. You’re only limited by the number of people on earth. Your network is potentially the size
of all your contacts, plus all your relatives’ contacts, your
friends’ contacts, your business associates’ contacts, and so on.

Suppose you want to introduce a new service you offer. Are you going to limit the list to the names you’ve been able to scrape together? Of course not. You’ll ask me for my list, and if I like the offer I might even ask a few other people for their lists. Instead of a few hundred names, you now have a few thousand.

Always treat anyone’s contacts with the utmost respect. Like tightrope walking, this is a system based on trust. A fall from grace, like a fall from the high wire, can be very hard to recover from.

3 Tips on Selling

🔹 Be Knowledgeable. If you want people to listen to you, you need to be an expert about the product you’re selling, about the market it exists in, and about the way it addresses the needs of your customer.

🔹Establish Rapport. Your primary responsibility is to establish a connection between the needs of the customer and the solutions that your product/service provides. It’s about them, not you. If you’re not paying attention to the customers’ needs, how could you ever accomplish that? Listen to what they’re saying. Ask questions to gain deeper understanding. Seek to build and demonstrate empathy.

🔹Build Relationships. Many people will go to online reviews to learn about your product or service. It’s amazing how much stronger leads are that come from customer referrals. Cultivating customer relationships will give you more leads, and when you listen to compliments and complaints about your offering, it will help you improve for future customers.

One final thought is to use the forever faith 80/20 rule. Twenty percent of your network likely provides 80 percent of the value. What have you done for them lately?

Jack Dennis

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His Words on the Cross

On this morning centuries ago, Jesus Christ would be crucified. The crucifixion was God’s ultimate sacrifice for our sins — though we are all guilty of sin and deserve wrath, Jesus paid that fine once and completely so that we may be righteous in the eyes of God.

For at least a half of a century, I have agonized and deeply reflected on Jesus’ suffering for us. Despite all of the reading, sermons and film I’ve watched on the subject, I still hurt…and love.

We, as the guilty, do not deserve the sacrifice of Jesus, who was completely innocent. It is entirely a gift that God gives to us by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

We deserve wrath and God loves us enough to offer us a way out.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Today it appears that so many people, influenced by evil, are fast becoming so impressed with themselves that they can’t fathom why Jesus had to die for them at all.

When we look at the Scripture, we realize that Jesus, was on the cross suffering the eternal penalty we deserved because of the infinity of God’s holiness and the depths of our depravity.

No matter what we may think is known about execution on the cross, it simply does not mean the same thing for us as it did to those living in the first century.

The cross was itself the embodiment and emblem of the most hideous of human obscenities. The cross was a symbol of reproach, degradation, humiliation, and disgust. It was aesthetically repugnant. In a word, the cross was obscene.

The cross was far more than an instrument of capital punishment. It was a public symbol of indecency and social indignity. Crucifixion was designed to do more than merely kill a man. Its purpose was to humiliate him as well. The cross was intended not only to break a man’s body, but also to crush and defame his spirit.

What did Jesus say on that cross?

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” Luke 23:34

“Today, you will be with me in Paradise” Luke 23:43

“Woman, behold your son,” John 19:26 – 27

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  Matt 27:46

For me, this was always the most jarring Scripture in the Bible.  We see Jesus suffer many things.  He is beaten, tortured, mocked, and spit on.  The Savior is whipped, pierced with a crown of thorns, and then with nails in His hands and feet.  At the height of His agony, what did Jesus say on the cross?

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Matt 27:46

For years I agonized over God abandoning Jesus.  Did He commit the sin of doubt in His final moments while on the cross?  Over time I realized I was misinterpreting Jesus’s word. Through study, and I suppose, maturity and some hint of wisdom, I learned there is great evidence that this was not a cry of separation but actually a song of worship. Many believe that the most accurate interpretation of this saying of Jesus on the cross is that He was quoting straight out of the sacred hymns of the psalms.

Imagine that.  In the midst of all His struggle, Jesus chose to praise.  Imagine if we followed His lead in our own lives? 

“I thirst” John 19:28

“It is finished” John 19:30

“Father, into Your Hands I commit my Spirit.” Luke 23:46

Ultimately, what Jesus said on the cross was,“I love you!”  Millions have made the wonderful decision to follow Him, like the thief on the cross all we have to do is say “Jesus, You are Lord.  Take me with you.” 

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A Bias For Action: Procrastination is a Personal Pitfall

Read This Now, Not Later

For a number of years I taught a class called “A Bias For Action” to literally thousands of employees in classrooms, meetings and one-on-one.

It was important to make certain we had “shared expectations” and “working definitions” immediately. Hard as it might be to admit it, we sometimes put off the tough stuff in our lives and especially our job.

Some leaders would avoid confronting a direct report who isn’t performing within the new work environment. Others had a tendency to postpone projects that would test their self-confidence, abilities, comfort zone or patience. But procrastination is a leadership pitfall. Causing stress and anxiety, it sticks with you like glue until you’ve addressed it. So tackle the tough stuff first, and you’ll immediately eliminate undue stress, build your abilities, raise your comfort level, and boost self-confidence, too.

Here are some points to keep in mind:

Procrastination is the enemy. 

According to “Psychology Today,” 20% of people are chronic procrastinators. They avoid challenging tasks or addressing big issues, even seeking out opportunities for distraction.

So, what’s the big deal? Procrastination is negative and always has consequences — some direct, some indirect. These negative implications can be tangible, like a missed deadline, and intangible, such as irritability from losing sleep over an issue. It’s an enemy that affects you, your team and your company’s potential to succeed.

Addressing challenges is often easier than you think. 

Taking the first step is the hardest part, but things often go smoother after that. The classic example is when you’ve needed to address a performance issue with a direct report and been a bit worried over doing so. Then when you go to talk about it, the person is surprisingly receptive, rather than reactive, and your anxiety melts away. You think, “Why didn’t I do that sooner?” You’ve freed up your emotional and mental currency, the problem is addressed, and now you’re able to get back to and really focus on your main job.

Dealing with “it” leads to greater productivity.

Some people claim that they work better under pressure and actually use that clichéd excuse to avoid a project, problem or person. But this mindset’s repercussions can prevent and destroy productivity.

For example, maybe you’ve put off fixing some software bug because it would test your patience and take too much time. Yet the crippled system slows the daily performance of your direct reports — and then stops altogether when it crashes one day. Everyone (most notably you) now suffers big consequences. You must do (in panic mode) what you previously put off, plus repair and pay for more serious damage that’s now been done. No doubt, fixing the problem in the first place could have lessened or prevented the blow, yet one common reason people procrastinate “dealing with it” is simply because they don’t know how or where to start.

Begin by putting some ideas down on paper and then build a specific, deadline-oriented plan for tackling that tough stuff…and there will be A LOT during this time. Doing so will help you create the accountability and steps necessary for your goal achievement. And it will also help prevent further procrastination, so you can drive, rather than dodge, that critical, ever-productive change.

 6 Strategies ASAP To Keep Procrastination At Bay:

🔹Start on the day before day one. Your strategy to avoid workplace procrastination should start before your employee’s first day. Start with clear and accurate job description matched up to accurately qualified candidates, then analyze the next steps of your hiring process.

By recruiting and hiring employees that possess the right skills for the jobs at hand, you’ll get off to a good foundation in your quest to avoid procrastination pitfalls. Incorporate checkpoints in your interview questions, reference check process and in your interview testing process to look for signs that your potential new-hire has a procrastination track record.

Clarify goals and expectations. Now that you’ve done your best to hire the right employee for the right role, it’s quintessential that you set them up for success with a strong start. By communicating company-wide (as well as departmental) goals clearly and defining the expectations of the specific role, you’ll alleviate gray areas that could lead to workplace procrastination.

Make communication a two-way street. As business owners try to avoid workplace procrastination and correct it when it occurs, opening the communication lines with employees can be the greatest way to drill down on the causes. Create multiple communication vehicles to help employees communicate with management regarding issues that could lead to and improve upon workplace procrastination. This communication strategy can consist of surveys, anonymous comments boxes and push notifications via mobile app or intranet tools.

Train, train and retrain. Bake procrastination avoidance strategies into your training program for all employees. Be sure to train managers on ways to spot, address and avoid workplace procrastination issues among their teams.

Work on your company culture. A team of motivated, engaged employees feels connected to the company mission at a deeper level and less prone to procrastination. Company culture can be the edge your business operations needs to keep procrastination and all its repercussions at bay. Creating a strong culture may consist of employee recognition programs, career development opportunities as well as work life balance considerations.

🔹Trust but verify. It’s important to place trust in your team and trust your hunches regarding your business, but the importance of measurement can’t be discounted. By setting up systems to measure deadlines, productivity and detect dips before they have detrimental impacts, you will gain real visibility into your business operations. Using this data, you can avoid workplace procrastination as well as be able to quantifiably reward the positive efforts of your team.

Letting procrastination run rampant in your workplace can cost your business customers, impact your bottom line and create a negative culture. If you make smart hiring decisions, set your team up for success and measurement performance, however, you’ll be able to avoid the complications that workplace procrastination can bring.

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Actions for Leaders to Be Less-Critical

There’s little doubt about the fact that there is no immunity to tough circumstances. Everyone fails. And yet we tend to be our own worst critics.

While taking responsibility for our actions is a healthy practice, dwelling on our mistakes can be dysfunctional. It can hold us back from helping us achieve our full potential and unnecessarily negatively affect the body, mind and spirit. Rather than lying awake in bed, stewing all night about how you blew it, create a learning opportunity by searching for the lessons in your mistakes.

Cutting yourself some slack can be easier said than done. It takes willingness, self-discipline and the ability to “let go” of past transgressions.

Here are some best practice strategies:

1. Don’t do the blame game.
One of the traps that’s easy to fall into is blaming others for our problems — and this is the exact opposite of being overly self-critical.

🔹When we do this, we risk earning a reputation for being someone who can’t admit our own mistakes.

🔹This trait puts our credibility at risk, while courageously admitting and taking ownership of wrongs builds respect.

As you toil to avoid being too self-critical, also avoid the common temptation to blame others.

2. Stop replaying the scene.
After we’ve made a mistake or done something wrong, we often repeatedly replay the scene in our minds.

🔹While processing the event is healthy, obsessing over it is not. It creates undue stress, undermining mental and physical health.

🔹Consistently stay alert to when the mind’s negative movie projector starts rolling and find a positive distraction — quick!

🔹Shift your thoughts elsewhere: exercise, meditate, breathe deeply, call a friend, go get a glass of water — just do something to stop that brutal, cyclical thinking.

3. Forgive yourself.
Create an affirmation around your natural goodness because this, too, will enable you to move on. Use the mantra, “I forgive myself for letting down the team. I am a capable leader.

4. “Confess” to a confidant.
If you’ve made a mistake or failed in some way, sometimes just discussing it with an unbiased confidant or mentor helps. Not only does sharing our humanity with others make problems easier to bare, but it also opens the doors to fresh feedback, insights, solace and even solutions.

5. Go a little easy on others.
We all know the people who are hardest on themselves are often harsh on those surrounding them. Curb your critical tendencies toward others. Think before you speak, be a little kinder and quickly forgive others.

6. Lead by example.
When you start taking a less critical approach — be it with yourself and the team that surrounds you — the impact on others will be infectious, and they’ll be less harsh on themselves, each other and even you, too.

7. Love the lesson.
When it comes to being critical of yourself, remember, your weaknesses are opportunities for building strength and smarts. Every failure is a chance to learn a lesson. Make lemons into lemonade by discovering that lesson, taking corrective action, and then celebrating your victories and successes.

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In Moments of Desperation, We Were Broken

One of our faithful readers sent this to us recently:

“I was in Family Dollar store last night, and there was a lady and two kids behind me in the LONG line. One was a big kid, and the other one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of glow sticks, and the toddler was screaming for them.

The Mom opened the pack and gave him one which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling; but then the bigger boy took it, and the toddler started screaming again. Just as the mom was about to fuss, the older child bent the glow stick and handed it back to the toddler.

As we walked outside at the same time, the toddler noticed that the stick was now glowing; and his brother said, “I had to break it so that you could get the full effect from it.”


I almost ran, because l could hear God saying to me, “I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose.”


That precious child was happy just swinging that “unbroken” glow stick around in the air, because he didn’t understand what it was created to do – which was “glow”.


There are some people who will be content just “being,” but some of us are chosen… we have to be “broken.”
We have to get sick.
We have to lose a job.
We go through a divorce.
We have to bury our spouse, parents, best friend, or our child…


In those moments of desperation, we were broken. But… when the breaking is done, then we will be able to see the reason for which we were created. So when you see us glowing, just know that we have been broken

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Books to Help You Cultivate Positive Thinking

By Anna Charles

Positive thinking is one of the most beneficial habits a person can adopt.

The Mayo Clinic explains that it is an effective form of stress management and can improve general health. It can also increase lifespan, lessen depression and stress, and help build better resistance against diseases.

In trying times, you should try to see things in an optimistic manner. Positive thinking isn’t about disregarding struggles; it’s about trying to look at a situation with a less abrasive perspective. This will help you live a happier and more fulfilling life. If you want to learn how to think more positively, there are many resources, like books, which can help you. Here are a few that will surely guide you to see things with a better mindset:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

First on this list is a book by Mark Manson.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is all about learning to accept the circumstances you encounter and taking things in stride. Problems are inevitable but instead of feeling negatively towards them, learn to let go and not take them too seriously.

Iconic singer Freddie Mercury has said “I’ve lived a full life and if I’m dead tomorrow, I don’t give a damn,” which is the mindset Manson wanted to impart in his book. Knowing yourself, your strengths and your weaknesses can help you understand which challenges you can overcome and how. This will help you find constant and genuine happiness. It will also aid you in how to think more positively and productively.

Don’t Overthink It

Thinking and reflecting aren’t necessarily bad things, but when you tend to overdo it, it can lead to more stress and anxiety.

Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel aims to teach readers to stop overthinking on a daily basis. Overthinking can oftentimes feel like a pattern that is difficult to break and one that we have no control over.

But Bogel explains that negative thoughts can be changed to positive ones, even when you’re overthinking, using the many actionable strategies she lists in her book. Included inside is a framework that readers can use in discerning both small and big decisions. Simply following it can bring more peace, joy, and love into your life. This will not only guide you to breaking the habit of negative thinking but it will also help you find energy for things that really matter to you.

Happiness Becomes You

Tina Turner is a legendary name in the music industry. In her book Happiness Becomes You, she lays down the knowledge she has amassed throughout her life and career that helped her think positively. She tackles the many hardships she has encountered in hopes of giving people motivation to keep going.

Turner also taps into her Buddhist faith as it has kept her grounded for decades. She talks about how she turned her dreams into a reality and how to make the impossible happen. It details the many adversities that the singer was able to overcome before she found the success she has today. This book radiates nothing but positivity, and those who read it will learn a thing or two about how a good mentality can be a great help to achieving their goals.

Deep Kindness

One of the major aspects of positive thinking is learning to be less harsh on yourself and others.

Deep Kindness by Houston Kraft highlights the many ways readers can practice imparting goodwill. The book also explains how these principles can help you get ahead in life.

Kraft gives many exercises and prompts to help readers develop their sense of kindness and why it is important in today’s world. Not only will it help create a positive environment, but it will also help build a positive mentality by helping readers live a better and more fulfilling life. Through constant practice, you will find yourself acting more kindly towards yourself and those around you, making your mindset more optimistic overall.

Learning how to lessen negative thoughts can be difficult, but positive thinking is something many people need. Through learning to accept life’s challenges, spending more time on things you love, and being kinder to yourself, positive thinking can become second nature.

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American Could Use the Wisdom of Ronald Reagan Today

America could use the wisdom of Ronald Reagan right now. I have lived long enough to remember twelve Presidents. A President sets the tone for the whole country. White House Resident Joe Biden is failing our country.

I can honestly say that America felt happier and better about itself when Ronald Reagan was President than at any other time in my life. President Donald J. Trump was getting us there, but the powers that be made certain it came to a halt…at least temporarily. President Reagan was a wise and righteous man.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice…” (Proverbs 29:2).

The source of President Reagan’s strength lay in what he believed. Many news commentators called his beliefs corny and old-fashioned while he was in office. After his death, many grudgingly admitted that he was a great leader. But it was Reagan’s beliefs that made him great. What did President Reagan believe?

Dr. D. James Kennedy gave the following account of a conversation between himself and President Reagan in 1980:

     “Governor,” Dr. Kennedy said, “I would like to ask you a very important spiritual question, and that is: If something were to happen to you and you were to die and stand before God, and God Almighty said to you, ‘Why should I let you into my Heaven?’ What would you say?”


     He was silent for a long time. Finally after about 30 seconds he answered in somber tones that I shall never forget, “I don’t deserve to go to Heaven. The only thing I could say would be, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life'” (John 3:16).


     Now this great man has discovered the truth of those words of Christ. He has ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth,’ and now gazes in the face of God (Dr. D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries News, June 8, 2004).

Reagan Wisdom for American Now

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‘Laws Are For What?’ The University Professor Asked


Laws are for what?

First day of class, the law professor walked in. The first thing he did was ask for the name of a student sitting in the front row:

What’s your name?”


“My name is Nelson.”

“Get out of my class and never come back!,” the professor ordered him.


Nelson was confused. The teacher was heading towards him, he got up quickly, packed his stuff and left the classroom.


Everyone was scared and outraged but no one was talking.


Very Good! Let’s get it started. What are laws for? asked the professor.


The students were still scared, but slowly they started answering the question.


🔹To have order in our society.
No! No!

🔹So that the wrong people pay for their actions.
No ! No ! Does anyone know the answer to this question?


🔹”For justice to be done,” spoke shyly a young girl.
Finally ! Justice! But what is justice?


Everyone was starting to get mad at the professor’s attitude. However, they kept answering.


🔹 To protect the rights of the people…
Okay. But still?


🔹 To differentiate good from evil, to reward those who do good.
Okay… so answer this question, did I act right when I kicked Nelson out of class?


Everyone was silent, no one responded.


I want an unanimous answer!


🔹”NO!” They answered with one voice.
Could we say I did an injustice?


🔹Yes!
And why has nobody done anything about it ? Why do we want laws and rules if we don’t have the will to practice them? Each of you is obliged to speak up when you witness an injustice. All of them! All of them! Don’t ever keep quiet again!
Go get Nelson. After all, he is the professor. I’m from another period.
You know, when we don’t stand up for our rights, dignity is lost, and dignity can’t be negotiated. Laws are for what?

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