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This is the time of year when school ends. The celebration is Graduation or is it Commencement?

I graduated from college in 1954. I had been drafted but the start time in the US Army was deferred until I graduated. I graduated, got married, drafted, had basic and advanced training, shipped oversea to Japan and got my wife pregnant. Oh, I went AWOL one weekend of Basic Training to do that little job. Was the last Half of 1954 the end or the beginning of my commencement?

Two teachers answered that question for me and changed my life forever. Ethel Reno, my third-grade teacher taught me a bunch, but I will always say three words she demanded that I always use and do. “DO IT NOW”.

I had great college teachers, but Prof Hall changed my life forever. He taught me to be a great public speaker and debater. Every time I did good, he said “NOW DO IT BETTER”. These five words have given me direction from the beginning and ending of every day since. I BETTER DO IT NOW. NOW DO IT BETTER.

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“You’ve got to follow your passion. You’ve got to figure what it is you love-who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams” – Oprah Winfrey.

If you are not happy with what you are doing right now, here is my advice.  If what you do right

now, after giving it your full effort for at least 18 months, is not making you happy. QUIT and go do something else. Since 1954 I have been in at least 16 different businesses.

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Steve Jobs’ famous commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 when Jobs encouraged the students to peruse the path they really love. “Your work is going to fill large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you will know when you find it.  And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So, keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

If you are just a kid or over 60 find your passion. It will make your heart sing. Your passion is not a hobby or a fad. It is intense. You will want to share it with others. I inform, educate and inspire by writing and talking. My talk is called MY STORY.


I was 72 when I found my passion of HAPPY HEALTHY LIVING. It is never too late to commence to begin following your dream.