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Encouraging You to Find Your Edge by Failing!

September 2018, Thoughts That Count – Find the Edge!

“People who take huge risks aren’t afraid to fail. In fact, they love to fail. It’s because failing means they found the edge.”

— {Bob Goff, excerpt from Love Does}

More from Love Does:

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So, Always Be That Person That You Want To Meet!

August 2018 Thoughts That Count
Be that person…”Be the type of person you want to meet!”

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5 Fascinating Jobs That Don’t Exist – Yet

In June, Adobe’s CMO.com launched a series of articles about the future of work. Each article was interesting, but we found Nikki Majewski’s worth talking about. They “sifted through the predictions and uncovered five of what we think are the most interesting jobs set to emerge in the APAC region. Each one requires its own exciting collaboration of skills and expertise. Some are close to becoming a reality, while others will come as technology crosses new barriers.”Artificial Intelligence

We can’t help but consider how these new positions might change the face of marketing practices, too.

Read the full article for details on each of the futuristic jobs.

It’s Okay to Disagree!

It's Okay to Disagree!

July Thoughts That Count:

It is certainly okay to disagree.  Dudley Field Malone said, “I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.”

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July from all of us at the NextLevel Thinking team! We hope your holiday is safe, fun, and full patriotic spirit!

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“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” -Wendell Willkie

5 Secrets to Use Storytelling for Brand Marketing Success


Storytelling is central to marketing.  Susan Gunelius contributed a great article to Forbes in 2013 that is still a great read five years later.  While many of the platforms have evolved, her  “five secrets that brand storytellers understand and use to intrigue, engage, and connect emotionally with consumers” all still apply.

Click here to discover the “Five Secrets.”

Einstein’s Simplify Wisdom: June 2018 Thoughts That Count from NextLevel Thinking

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

-Albert Einstein

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Happy Father’s Day from NextLevel Thinking

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!  In time yore, the ultimate mother threat was, “Just wait till your father gets home.”  Meant to instill terror in a child’s heart, it usually succeeded because father was that big scary person brought in to apply consequences when mother’s authority was undermined.

Thank God that has changed, at least in most families.  To today’s child, the phrase instills pleasure instead of fear.  I wonder how many fathers realize that anticipation of their homecoming is often the highlight of their children’s day.  Don’t believe this?  Okay, let’s explain it.

Wait till your father comes home means the security of knowing you have a father when half the kids in your class don’t.  And it means knowing he will come home, when this is an uncertainty among your friends.  It means you are special enough to make him want to come home to you.  It means you are more important to him than all those other things he could be doing…drinking with his friends, working out, going to a baseball game without you, etc.

Wait till your father comes home means he will be home to answer your endless questions, especially the how’s and where’s and whys, as in, “How do butterflies know when to come out of the cocoon?” and “Where does the white go when the snow melts?” and  “Why do I have to go?”  As you get older and struggle with acne, then income tax forms, and maybe broken hearts or marriages, he’s still there to answer your questions.

Wait till your father comes home means relief from and for Mom who has run out of patience, energy and answers to, “Now what can I do?”  Dad means dangling on the knee, wrestling on the floor, and working on the car together. It means a new parent to badger, and new gender to enjoy, and a new body to cuddle up next to when you’ve all run out of ideas and pep.

Wait till your father comes home means, sometimes, the delicious thought of being invited to a game, a workout, or a fishing trip with him, that wonderful “out with Dad” experience that most kids dream of but rarely get, especially if you’re a girl.  Being out with Dad means being treated like a miniature grownup and it doesn’t end with the outing because you play it over and over in your mind for weeks, bragging to friends, “When my dad and I went…” and they listen with wistful envy.

Wait till your father comes home means, sometimes, a long wait, if he’s out of town on business, in the military on duty, or in the hospital with complications.  You’re afraid he might forget what you look like because he becomes fuzzy to you but you know he won’t because dads don’t forget like kids do.  Sometimes you think he’s never coming back but you know he will because he’s your father and he’ll bring you something, too.  And he’ll say how big you’ve grown and how proud he is of you and you forgive him for being away.

Finally, wait till your father comes home means that when his big scary hairy body shrinks and wears out, and God calls him to live with Him in His eternal love, you know you have a special ally up there, rooting for you, because he always has.  You know, deep down, death won’t stop him from loving you.  And you come to know that you aren’t alone – God has been waiting for your father to come home , too.

Written by Dolores Curran, a mother of three children, who lives in Littleton, Colorado.  The article was published on June 2, 1995 and sent to Eric Poerschke by his mother to wish him a Happy Father’s Day.

Happy Memorial Day from NextLevel Thinking!

Happy Memorial Day from NextLevel Thinking!
When having a Happy Memorial Day, please consider this quote:
Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces.”
-Charles Dent
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While the first commemorative Memorial Day events weren’t held in the United States until the late 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance for loved ones (including soldiers) each year, festooning their graves with flowers and holding public festivals and feasts in their honor. In Athens, public funerals for fallen soldiers were held after each battle, with the remains of the dead on display for public mourning before a funeral procession took them to their internment in the Kerameikos, one of the city’s most prestigious cemeteries. One of the first known public tributes to war dead was in 431 B.C., when the Athenian general and statesman Pericles delivered a funeral oration praising the sacrifice and valor of those killed in the Peloponnesian War—a speech that some have compared in tone to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

This Is So True!

This quote is really so true.  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— {Maya Angelou}

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Maya Angelou born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.   Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, sex worker, nightclub dancer and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonization of Africa. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. In 1982, she was named the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Beginning in the 1990s, she made around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993) at President Bill Clinton‘s inauguration, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961.

With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of black culture. Her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide, although attempts have been made to ban her books from some U.S. libraries. Angelou’s most celebrated works have been labeled as autobiographical fiction, but many critics consider them to be autobiographies. She made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family and travel.

Reaching Your Destination…

April 2018 Thoughts That Count:

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

— {Winston Churchill}


See the Possibilities!!!

February 2018 Thoughts That Count:

“When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems.  When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities.”


Don’t You Just Love a New Year!

January 2018 Thoughts That Count:

“Although no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.”

— {Carl Bard}

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76650953 – empty highway leading to the mountains through the desert against the upcoming 2018 new year at beautiful sunrise. success concept.

Be Grateful!

“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.”

{Donald E. Westlake, Author}

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