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Jerry Haynes

OK, where do I start. I was born…., no that line has already been taken.Call me…, oops so has that one. Well, I won’t attempt to spout musical prose, and just be myself. I grew up in the small cotton mill town of Fries, VA. My parents were hardworking members of the middle class. They never earned more than a little over minimum wage, but I can never remember lacking for anything. After graduating from Fries High School in 1969, I started to VA Tech. After two years of partying (1st), going to movies (2nd), and studying, well, much further down the list, VA Tech decided I need a two year break to get my priorities straight. With a number 8 in the draft lottery, I knew that even if the Hokies didn’t want me, Uncle Sam did. I joined the US Navy. I got my priorities straight. I’m proud to be a Viet Nam veteran, but feel guilty I never got deployed. I graduated from Tech in 1977 with a BS in Civil Engineering. For the next 35 years I would work in both the private and public sectors. My first job took me to Tazewell County, Virginia where I soon joined the Jaycees. This ignited my passion for individual development. This passion still burns today.

Self-Improvement Month: Your attic level

Self-Improvement month The Attic Level (taken from my book The All New, and Improved, You) Two weeks ago we took a look at building a strong foundation consisting of faith, family & friends and finance for our self-improvement. Last week we looked at our Living Level consisting of Physical, Psychological and Personality Development. This week we look at what I …

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Self-Improvement month: The Living Level

Self-Improvement month The Living Level (taken from my book The All New, and Improved, You) Last week we took a look at building a strong foundation consisting of faith, family & friends and finance for our self-improvement.  This week we look at building upon our foundation The Living Level consisting of Physical, Psychological and Personality Development.  Upon achieving improvement in …

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Self-improvement month: Foundation

Self-Improvement month Building a strong foundation (taken from my book The All New, and Improved, You) “The loftier the building, the deeper the foundation must be.” Thomas a Kempis I call upon my background as a Civil Engineer, with construction experience, to help you form a strong, deep foundation.  Everyone knows that a house can be built from the best, …

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The WOW Factor

As a financial planner, I have to be registered under a Broker-Dealer.  A couple of years ago my Broker-Dealer gave me a book titled The WOW Factor by Frances Cole Jones.  The book lists 33 ways to increase your client base.  Of the 33 items, the only one I can remember is that you should find creative ways to bring …

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Can You Make Yourself Happy for No Reason? by Marci Shimoff

I recently read Happy for No Reason:  7 Steps to Being Happy From the Inside Out by Marci Shimoff.  Marci is a #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul.  I found the book super rewarding because she wrote what I have been saying all along.  You don’t have to be an overachiever, or rich, …

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My Golden Hour

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” Benjamin Franklin As a disclaimer, let me now admit that my Golden Hour is usually more like a Golden Half-hour, but I do start my day with it. I feel it’s very important for us to kick-start our mornings.  Same as nutritionists will tell …

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Mining Your Acres of Diamonds

Half of being happy is being happy with what you’ve got, the other half is being happy no matter what. Ash Sweeney In the 1880s, Dr. Russell Conwell, a well respected lawyer turned pastor in Philadelphia, felt the calling to establish a college with the purpose of allowing young men of limited means to study for the ministry.  He founded …

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If this is your first time to my Blog, I have a precious gift for you

Just click on the gift for your Present. If you are returning to my Blog, which I hope to update once or twice weekly, then click Blog on the top menu. Please come back often.. Thank you for visiting my blog My priceless gift to you, my Present, is…. The Present. Yes, the Present. Now. This very moment and time. …

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Seeing Beauty in the Simple Things

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy” ~The Dalai Lama Judy and I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel and witness many beautiful views; a beautiful sunset over Paris from the Eiffel Tower, the romance of Trevi Fountain in Rome, the awesomeness of the glaciers in College Fjord in Alaska, the reverence of St. Peter’s Basilica, …

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Happiness is… going to the Theater

The Bard once wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Maybe it stems from the many resounding thespian successes I experienced as a child, such as the lead shepherd in our church play, or perhaps my most acclaimed role of The Black Toad, in “The Night of the Black Toad”, but as an …

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