Archive for June, 2011


is “miracle worker” on your resume?

Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist. – David Ben-Gurion

Wikipedia defines a miracle as an unlikely but beneficial event, often attributed to divine intervention. But have you considered that the divine intervention is you? Do we pass up the chance to perform and receive a miracle many times a day?

You can bestow a smile or kind word that gives someone the strength to carry on during a tough day. You can give someone a book that contains all the answers they are looking for. You can make an introduction that ignites a lifelong partnership. You can share an experience that gives someone the strength to get through the same thing. You can say “yes” rather than immediately saying “no”. You can share your knowledge with someone who is seeking direction. You can leave an extra tip that helps someone pay the monthly bills.

Did you also know that every opportunity is a miracle? When God gives you the opportunity to answer your own prayer, it is the opportunity that is the God-given answer to your prayer.

There was a flood in a village. One man said to everyone, “I’ll stay! God will save me!” The flood got higher and a boat came and the man in it said “Come on, mate, get in!” “No,” replied the man. “God will save me!” The flood got very high now and the man had to stand on the roof of his house. A helicopter soon came and the pilot offered him help. “No, God will save me!” he said. Eventually he died by drowning. He got by the gates of heaven and he said to God, “Why didn’t you save me?”God replied, “For goodness sake! I sent a boat and a helicopter. What more do you want!!!”

What if we lived our lives as if our sole purpose on earth was to perform miracles in the lives of others? What if we make it a priority to always seek to add value and not just to entertain? What if we really grasped that we’re not just here to major in the minors, but to make it to the big leagues? What if, rather than waiting for something to be done, we seized the day and realized that each opportunity was exactly the answer we were looking for?


bringing out the action hero in you

Summer movies bring out the newest cadre of action heroes as their worshipers flock to fill the cool, dark theaters to escape reality and the dog days of summer. Mere mortals fret, but those who take action have been bumped up to the level of super hero.

More and more, I get asked about how to move past your fears and find what your true passion or purpose is in life. The days of any type of job security or pension, real estate appreciation or return on investment are gone, gone, gone, like a bat into the night. We are now living in Gotham City.

Anyone who’s lived their life void of taking action has been living in Gotham City all along. They just didn’t realize it. When you don’t make your own decisions or create your own future, you don’t own it.

There are a couple of commandments you must embrace before getting your cape and boots. Life may be uncertain but it is predictable. “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week” (Gen GS Patton). Fear and faith cannot co-exist. Pick one now. Clarity is a myth. “Accept life, and you cannot accept regret” (Henri Frederic Amiel).

Your super power is not perfect vision, it’s taking action. Kapow! It is not stopping bullets, it’s deflecting doubt and leaping over obstacles in a single bound. Bam! Want to vanquish the evil power of Fear? Don’t just stand there, suit up and do something! Sock! It’s time to stop revving up your Batmobile and shove it into gear!


how to create the most memorable father’s day gift ever

I’ll never forget the thrill I got when I read a book filled with tremendous truths that were completely opposite to what I had believed. The books began to change my life and the lives of my friends and associates. Then I realized I had overlooked the most important people in my life: my family. My oldest son, Jere, was 14 years old at the time. He was the perfect example of the modern teenager. He never did anything wrong; he never did anything right; he just never did anything!

I—like most dads—have been critical of the way they do things inWashington, but one day I realized I was running a worse program in my home than the politicians in government. I decided it was time for a change, and since books had been so tremendously helpful in my life I decided to use them with my son.

I knew Jere would rebel against my forcing him to read so I planned some strategy. You know, you can take a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink—well, I decided to put some salt in Jere’s oats and make him thirsty.

“Jere, in two years you’re going to want me to help you buy a car, and I want to help you. But I’m not going to give you the money. Here is my proposal. I’m going to pay you $10 for every book you read. I’ll pick the book, you give me a written report, and I’ll put $10 in a car fund. So, if you read in style, you’ll drive in style. But if you read like a bum, you’ll drive like a bum.” Overnight he developed a tremendous hunger for reading!

My heart aches for the boy whose dad sends him off for an education before teaching him a little of the why and how of living.

Jere went to college and made a habit of writing a “Dear Dad” postcard every day about a new idea that had hit him, or a fresh slant on an old idea. And these ideas have come from his reading. I can tell you the very page of the book that I paid him to read which inspired some of these tremendous ideas!

Excerpt from “Life Is Tremendous” by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones.  For more information on Charlie’s reading contract and Jere’s “Dear Dad” cards, read this motivational classic available at


the wiener principle–advice for when you’re in the dog house

Whenever a high-profile individual commits a transgression in their personal life, there are inevitably those who leap to their defense with comments like “what they do on their time is none of our business.” This type of reasoning is disturbing.

I graduated from a military academy where we were bound by an honor code: We will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do. Transgressors received punishments up to and including expulsion. I had friends who did not graduate because they committed offences in their off-duty time. Some may argue that soldiers are different because they are “owned” 24/7, but isn’t the same true of elected officials, married couples, and corporate CEOs?

General George S. Patton said, “If you can’t get them to salute when you tell them to salute, or wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country?” His point is that if you can not adhere to basic principles on the small, private things, then how are you going to somehow muster up the strength, courage, or ethics to handle the major ones?

The simple answer is you can’t. And that’s why the little things mean as much as the big things. The personal things mean as much as the public things. It’s your actions at all levels, not just your words. You can’t truly be a leader in just certain areas of your life while others are in disarray.

Any time ethics are in your head and not in your heart, there is a chance you’ll just decide to ignore or push them aside whenever you deem fit. When you’ve truly internalized them, they guide every second of your day. It doesn’t mean that we still don’t make mistakes and violate our own principles, it’s just that we recognize that what we do “off camera” is just as important as what we do “on camera” and we are willing to face the music on a much louder level.


and now for something completely different……you!!!!

Coming back home to live after 28 years away gave me an interesting perspective. I can remember pulling onto the Carlisle Pike in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on a cold winter night as I drove the final 10 miles of my journey. I panicked. I caught a glimpse of the awkward, insecure teen I was all those years ago and wondered if all the improvements and polish I had put on myself the last three decades would successfully pass through the time warp I was hallucinating to arrive safely in the next station of my life.

Throughout the years, I had numerous opportunities to make broad changes every few years in my life, personally, professionally, and even geographically. This meant I got to pack up my experience bag and start anew at each juncture. People didn’t know what or who I was in my previous “life” so they probably assumed I had always been the person they saw.

Truth be told, I was evolving at each and every turn. When I left corporate America to return home and run the family business, I had a fairly extensive bag of tricks that I was proud of. Yet before I could say, “Mom, I’m home!” the metamorphosis process started yet again.

This time it was highly accelerated. Not only was I meeting a vast number of new people, I was reading personal development material at an unprecedented rate. Most of this was a direct result of my new job as a publisher. I got to spend work time reading, writing, editing and publishing material about what we all strive to become.

 Many people refer to this process as “reinventing” yourself and for many years I thought that is what I was doing.  I was making alterations based on what worked and what didn’t. But in reality, I was getting much closer to the truest version of my own self. And that is the only place where one finds happiness, contentedness, and autonomy.

So don’t beat yourself up over not becoming what you wanted to be. Everything you need to excel in life is still waiting right inside of you. When you get to this point you’ll realize that the string of shattered dreams and painful heartaches scattered along the way were all there to make you the most powerful version of yourself.


color me bad

I recently attended a retreat sponsored by Women in Financial Services, a wonderful organization that brings professional women together to share inspiration, support, connections, and innovative ideas to enhance their careers and to improve their service to clients. Among the many programs and services offered at the retreat was the opportunity to “have your colors done”. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, this is where a specialist analyzes your skin color and recommends the best clothing colors to make you “pop” and the ones to avoid because they wash you out. 

What an analogy for life! How many of us are wearing colors because our parents wore them, or maybe we’re wearing the colors that we think will attract the most wealth. Maybe we stick with the color we’ve always worn because we don’t think we deserve to find what really makes us look our best. Maybe someone told us we are one color when we are something completely different! Maybe we are fighting what really looks best on us because we “think” we are something else.

I have worn many colors throughout my life. I have modeled various relationship and professional garbs, seeking which ones would best compliment me. I was hoping some would make me look better than I did; but in the end, I put down my current garment and tried another one on for size. I always worked very hard to wear it well, so even though outfits always tended to look good on me, they weren’t entirely comfortable or natural.

There were times when I would wonder if, and when, someone would look at me and say, “she doesn’t look right!” But when I put on my correct colors, when I embraced what my innate gifts and talents were, then I really began to make an entrance. And because I was embracing what truly complimented my second nature, it came naturally, and it came passionately, and I no longer felt like an outsider in my own world.

Tremendous Tracey

CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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