Designed for Success (041)

Good day everyone,

Today’s 2nd Success Quote is from Stephen King.  Yes, that Stephen King, the one who scared us all to death with his books like ‘The Shining” and “Carrie”.  But what many do not understand is Stephen’s incredible work ethic that has allowed him to become one of the most famous writers in the world.  Stephen’s work ethic (one that I am trying to emulate), is to get to work, every day.  Don’t just sit and think, WORK toward your goals.  I believe that we should focus on the positive activities to learn from and benefit from the wisdom of others. Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Designed for Success (040)

Good day everyone,

Today’s 1st Success Quote is from Henry Ford.  Of course, Ford is a legend in business and industry, having revolutionized modern methods of production and laying a foundation for the entire automobile industry.  Ford’s attitude was always focused on the positive and believing that the creativity and innovation of the individual was key to success.  I believe, like Ford, that we focus on the positive to learn from and benefit from his wisdom and that of others. Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Designed for Success (039) BONUS

Good Day everyone!

Today’s BONUS Success Quote is from John Maxwell.  Mr. Maxwell is probably best known for his work as an inspirational speaker and author.  John firmly believes in the power of the creativity and innovation of the individual and each person’s ability to change the world for the better.  I believe that we should not try to emulate the past, but should learn from it and benefit from the wisdom of others.  Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.  Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity, and SUCCESS!

Kevin

Designed for Success (012)

Good day everyone,

In my rush to catch up, I skipped over this quote from Henry Ford.  Of course, Henry Ford is a legend in business and industry, having revolutionized modern methods of production and laying a foundation for the entire automobile industry.  But Henry’s attitude was always one of DOING, not just thinking or planning.  Of course, Henry is one of those historical figures whom, I believe that we should not try to emulate, but should learn from and benefit from the his wisdom and that of others. Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Designed for Success (013)

Good day everyone,

Today’s 1st Success Quote is from Lee Iacocca.  Lee is probably best known for his leadership at both Ford Motors and Chrysler Motors.  Lee is also an author and public speaker, who’s insight in leadership are praised around the world.  Like Lee, I believe that we should not try to emulate the past, but should learn from it and benefit from the wisdom of others. Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Designed for Success (007)

Today’s Success Quote is from William Boetcker, a Presbyterian Minister and influential Public Speaker.  Rev. Boetcker wrote “The 10 Cannots” in 1916 but the quote is frequently mis-attributed to Abraham Lincoln.  This quote is rather long, but it takes a solid stance that you cannot gain success by tearing others down.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Embrace the Green Economy – Work from Home

For the past several years I’ve been getting myself in a little bit of trouble with some of my peers in the Traffic and Transportation (T&T) planning and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) industries.  I have spent a great deal of time writing and speaking about the need to reduce, or in some cases completely eliminate, roadway expansion for larger freeways and the new construction of virtually all mass transportation systems. Of course, in California, where the car culture was born, nurtured, and come of age, these thoughts border on heresy.  Unfortunately, while I do enjoy my cars, the reality is that our car dependent culture here in California has become a burden to many people, and a benefit only to those who are connected to the liberal political class. Every year, as the population continues to grow here in California, so to the number of trucks, cars, delivery vehicles, repair and supply vehicles, and all other modes of getting to and from our homes and our workplaces.

However, the advancement of technology and communications, has eliminated the need for many of us to drive to work.  For very large segment of the population, we wake up early in the morning, slam down some coffee, jump into our cars, commute for an hour or more, arrive at work already worn out and frazzled, then spend the next 8 to 10 hours looking at a computer screen and typing on a keyboard, just so that we can do the reverse commute at the end of the day. This means that for the average commuter, he or she is away from home on average 11 to 12 hours a day.  This is time spent away from family, children, your neighborhood, and your community.  Hundreds of sociological studies have shown that one of the major issues facing young families is the fact that one or more of the parents is away from home nearly 12 hours every single day.

So, imagine a world, where you did not wake up in the morning and go to work at an office.  You wake up in the morning, have breakfast with your children, make sure they got their homework done, see them off to school, then slip into your own home office with the latest and best technology, log on to the office server, and start your workday. No commute, no stress, and no sitting in traffic.

Beyond the important benefits to your health and your family, there would be fewer cars on the road.  This will obviously lead to better air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  Additionally, with fewer vehicles on the road, the need to expand our freeways, will also be reduced.  This will free up billions of tax dollars so that high-speed communications infrastructure, green power, and fresh clean water from desalination, can be delivered at reasonable rates to every household in the state.  Other benefits will include greater home ownership rates, lower daytime crime rates in our neighborhoods, children that will be supervised and have mom or dad, or both, at home after school.  Participation in local social organizations, churches, clubs, and sports, will also increase, providing for greater quality of life for everyone.  Lastly, the local economy of all of our small and medium-sized towns, all across California, will be enhanced because people will be spending money where they live instead of spending money on the road.

Granted, this scenario will not work for every person in every situation.  But when you consider how many people get in the car every morning and go to work in a cubicle, it seems to make far more sense to spend hard earned tax dollars on communications infrastructure so that we can link our homes to our workplaces, and truly find work-life balance.

This blog post inspired by Want to be Green? Forget Mass Transit. Work from Home, by Joel Kotkin.