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My priceless gift to you, my Present, is….

The Present.

Yes, the Present.


This very moment and time.

Several years ago, I read a wonderful book by Dr. Spencer Johnson entitled “The Present” in which several people passed along to select individuals the secret to success, and that secret, I’m going to pass along to you, my special friends,  right now.

You see, the Present is the only time you have control over.

You may have learned from the mistakes, and successes of the Past, the yesterdays.

You can plan for, and visualize the future, the Tomorrows.

But the Present is the only time you can truly control.

So give your undivided attention to the opportunity at hand.  I’m not saying you should not plan and have goals, but have a set time to do that.  Don’t spend the moment you’ve said aside for completing the current task, daydreaming about something else.

Focus upon what you are doing at this very instant.

I like to think of the difference between think and focus being the same as a flashlight and a laser.  A flashlight can illuminate a piece of steel with its light, but a laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) taking that same beam and concentrating it, can pierce that steel.

So don’t just think about that project that you’re working on, FOCUS upon it.  And once completed, you can begin your next project.  This success will bring you hope and happiness.

So take control of the Present, Carpe articulum, and focus on the now.

Do you desire to be happier, more successful, but just lack the road map?

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About 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.
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9 years ago

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