Ready….Set…….Monday, Oh wait it’s Labor Day!

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Happy Labor Day Folks!

For those of you,  like myself, who are (Laboring) on this fine day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers….I commend you!   Though, I’m sure it wasn’t by choice….but kudos to you regardless for sucking it up and not calling in sick!

Rather than grease your Monday morning with some uplifting, motivational, sehf help topic;  I figured in honor of this Federal Holiday I would dig up some facts, since clearly I couldn’t exactly remember why Labor Day is celebrated and if you can, then well I owe you a cookie, or a virtual high-five or something!   By facts I mean (directly sited off the US Dept. of Labor website, not that Wikipedia crap!)   Enjoy and perhaps you’ve learned something new!

  • Labor Day:  constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
  • The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

  • In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country

  • Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

  • The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day.

  • The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Source: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm

There you have it folks, straight from Uncle Sam’s website (not Facebook account either).  Kind of funny, and forgive me for sounding like the ultra liberal that I have become, but since the Labor Day tradition began with the labor movement (I.E. the unions) I say if you are the typical right-winger and against the labor unions you should NOT be able to celebrate the holiday nor take the day off of work.   Yeah, see how well that works right?

Have a great day, regardless of what you’re up to!

Yours in Hospitality, 

Brian

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Some really strong “Case of the Monday’s” kind of stuff…..

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Baah OK, OK so I’ll admit to being that Blogger, who coasted through this last weekend merely reposting links of motivational self help material Lo siento por ser ese tipo!  Or in other words I’m sorry for being that guy!  It’s tough to get those creative juices flowing though sometimes, and keep it original, when you’re in my business.  Of course, there is nothing wrong with letting other people’s word influence you.  As long as they are given due credit of course.  I mean thats what they wrote it to begin with.  To be shared with others.  It’s the original stuff that’s going to set you aside from the norm.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that.

Whew a Monday starting out with an apology, Geeeez I’d better lighten the air up a bit here and at least talk about SOMETHING worth reading!   OK,  so I’ve noticed lately with Labor Day a mere 7 days out, people in the business world seem to have shut off their brains already and punched out, sitting on the deck of their cabin up Nort  (eh?).  I personally, am making it a goal this week to play catch up on some paperwork and also a bit of  (post summer) cleaning in the office.  Always keeping that upper hand in your workplace is one of the most proactive things you can do, when it seems that there is nothing TO do.  (Don’t t try to tell me you’re never bored at work, either)  Ha! 

Someday the wife and I will have the luxury of headin up to the cabin for the long weekend while my directors run the show, and you can best believe I’ll be soaking it up.   However, until then it’s best to make the most out of it.  I find it pretty ironic that most of my quarterly book-work and organizing gets accomplished the week before a major holiday, when everyone else has let their guard down.  Don’t forget, regardless of what you do, We’re all in the same race.  Find a way to creep ahead of you’re opponent when they least expect it!  If you don’t think you have an opponent, then you’re doing something wrong…….find an opponent

There you have it folks, snatch your slice of the Monday pie and wolf it down!  Just don’t jump off your horse quite yet, because you wouldn’t want to your opponents to gain the upper hand.

Yours in Hospitality,

B

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Motivation does not last….

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Enjoy your Sunday folks, I picked this article up off another great website and although it seems a bit rough structure-wise, the message is clear and I personally found it to be rather motivating in it’s own way. I  hope it stimulated some thought for your upcoming week, may it be a good one!  

Motivation does not last

October 21, 2009 | Author: | Posted in Motivations Articles
 
“Jim Rohn, now an Apple acclaimed author, apostle and business philosopher, started his adorning adventure back he was 25 years old.  At that point in his life, he was not alone bankrupt but in debt.  Bankrupt is a acting banking state; however, poor is a accompaniment of apperception from which accretion takes added effort.  Almost every abundant baton and banking success has suffered from banking abridgement at one point. None of them anytime advised themselves poor.  Every abundant baton aboriginal developed cocky afflatus afore they could finer affect others.  Zig Zigler said, “Motivation does not last, but neither does bathing, that is why we do it every day.” The aforementioned account applies to inspiration.  In adjustment to affect added people, you aboriginal crave a afire admiration aural yourself.  Your own close affection and cocky afflatus blaze will ammunition the blaze to affect others.  One of the greatest thrills for me is to apperceive that I accept touched, confused and aggressive addition to go advanced and accomplish their dreams.  Jim Rohn said one of the greatest thrills for anyone is to apprehend their name in addition else’s testimonial.  Teachers and pastors rarely baddest that vocation for the banking rewards;  they baddest those careers to affect others to advance their abounding potential. 
I started teaching seniors in aerial academy the day of my 21st birthday.  Now some 40+ years after I still apprehend from some of those students.  The joy I feel audition about the appulse I fabricated on their lives transcends explanation.  My adolescent son had the befalling to abstraction law but chose to be a aerial academy abecedary instead.  His affection for his acceptance provided him the befalling to be the youngest administrator of an all-embracing aerial school.  Currently he chairs the all-embracing analysis of a basic academy in New Hampshire.  The appulse he provides inspires his students, his baby sons, his admirable wife, the adroitness at the academy and apparently so abounding others whose lives he has touched.  We anniversary accept the befalling every day to affect others.  Perhaps it is a smile or a affectionate chat to brighten someone’s day.  As a adolescent distinct mother, I abstruse that accouchement apprentice added by what we do than what we say.  Accouchement are acutely observant. They apprehend added than best accord them acclaim for observing.  The acutely baby altruistic acts of parents, co-workers or administration affect others to extend themselves.  Every action creates an influence.  Back the bequest you accept to actualize revolves about affectionate gestures, you affect me and you will enhance the lives of others. 
Everyone will be remembered for the problems they actualize or the problems they solve.  You choose.  As I address this, I attending up on the top of my cycle top board to a simple little gray bedrock which was accustomed to me by an agent about 30 years ago.  Engraved in the bedrock is the one word,”inspire.”  The badge of acknowledgment for what seemed to me as a baby action of affection impacted and inspired.  Whose activity will you accept the befalling to affect today?
Even added important – – will you accomplish the accomplishment to affect others today? What a admirable apple we will actualize by extending afflatus and affection to others.”
 
Well there you have it, chew on it for a bit and see how the beginning of your week goes.  Also don’t forget to pick up a copy of Hospitality: Minnesota Nice the motivating new E-Book for sale on Amazon and other e-book online reailers.  (click the blue link to pick up the Book and free Kindle Viewer to read it)
 
Yours in Hospitality,
 
Brian

The world needs William Shatner………

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To lighten the theme a bit with the upcoming weekend I figured I’d post an interesting article I found on a website I reference every now and again.  Enjoy!

Our Need For William Shatner by: Kenneth McCormick

In the old days, well old days to you but not such old days to me, certain actors and actresses would become so popular that they would go on seemingly forever in films, until they were not able to do the job any longer or died. Some of these people were Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and others. This was said to be attributed to their great skill at acting. We would watch one of their movies and say things like, wow he still has it. That was a complement which meant he still was a great actor. These names were so powerful that when they would appear on a movie marquee, many people would rush to see the movie, just because a certain person was in it. I guess you would have to say that this was the golden age of movies. Then something very profound happened. Television started to become popular. With television however, it was much harder to attain this type of status, although in the beginning a few did like Milton Berle and Jack Benny, two comedians. Then it happened, one person came on to the scene in the sixties and his fame is still with us to day. William Shatner was not an actor that you would put into the class of a Fonda, Taylor, or Bogart. He never claimed that he was. He began his acting career in 1950. He was born in 1931 and kept his real name which is very unusual. His full name is William Alan Shatner and as most people know, he was born in Canada. His grandfather was Wolf Schattner and anglicized the family name to Shatner. Shatner was raised in the conservative Jewish religion. When I said that Shatner was not in the class of Fonda and others, this was not to say that he was not a good actor. He was trained as a classical Shakespearean actor and appeared in the Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ontario. There is something about Shatner’s personality that seems to make us like to watch him. I don’t know the man since I have never met him, but he does come across like a very likeable person. I remember watching him recently on an interview show that he had on cable and he interviewed Leonard Nimoy. Icouldn’t pull myself away from it. Does Shatner have some power over us that we are not aware of? There are still a few of us around that remember the Howdy Doody Show. It was a very early tv show for children that featured a marionette as Howdy Doody. Shatner played Ranger Bob in the Canadian Version. Shatner did have some experience in the movies and was in the movie, The Brothers Karamazov. He played the younger brother. The film featured many big names of the time such as Yul Brynner, Lee J. Cobb, Richard Basehart, Albert Salmi, Maria Schell, Clare Bloom and others. Although Shatner made many movies other than Star Trek, I do not believe that is where his popularity arose from. It came initially from television. He made at least a couple of the original Twilight Zones, which are constantly being shown on television. He also did many voices, but when he became the fearless Captain Kirk of the star ship Enterprise, his career was really born. As strange as it seems, he probably didn’t know it at the time, because the series was canceled after about 90 + episodes, but enjoyed and still enjoys constant re-runs. Millions of people have grown up watching Shatner perform some hammy acting at times in the series, but there was that something that he had that made every episode enjoyable. The show began to have a life of its own. Star Trek conventions began to appear everywhere and suddenly everything Star Trek became collectable. Kirk (William Shatner) started to appear in small plastic statue form in all different Star Trek toys. People did not seem to be able to get enough of him. Then came the Star Trek movies. Shatner seemed to have perfected his acting ability to the point where it was even more enjoyable in the films than it had been on the tv screen. The first movie was Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Actually it wasn’t very good. The next film however was considered one of the best and that was Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The other films featuring the original cast were Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, StarTrek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The last Star Trek film that Shatner was to appear in was Star Trek: Generations. We were all at a point now where we needed to see Shatner again. It had been some time since he had appeared on television. Before I get into that I have to tell you that Shatner received or was nominated for numerous awards for his acting. Here is a list of them: 2005 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television – Winner 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Nominee 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Winner 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Winner 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Nominee 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Nominee 2008 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television – Nominee 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Nominee 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Nominee Shatner was featured in several television series. They were the $10,000 Pyramid, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Battle of the Network Stars, Dr. Kildare, T.J. Hooker, The Defenders, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and the Practice. He also has been the guest star on shows over 260 times and growing. He has appeared in over 52 movies as either an actor or voice. To this we have to add that he produced some shows and directed some episodes of shows. At 79 years old, as of the writing of this article, Shatner is not finished yet and currently has a new show to fulfill our need to see him, it is called Shatner’s Raw Nerve and appears on the Bio channel. It is basically an interview show where a guest comes on and is asked interesting questions by Shatner. It may not be the same as watching Shatner fight a lizard looking alien using only whatever is at hand, but he is getting a little long in the tooth for that. I guess we will just have to satisfy our Shatner needs without the action that used to accompany them. An old Shatner is better than no Shatner at all. Ken is the webmaster of Http://aboutfacts.net an interesting, free Internet magazine that is suitable for the entire family.

Well there you have it folks….what would the world be like without William Shatner???? I don’t want to know 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Hospitality,

B

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7 Essential Strategies For Unlocking Your Self Motivation by Michael Locklear

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Happy Friday!

We, for me anyways!  In lieu of my weekend being upon me, my brain has officially checked out, so I’ll leave you with some great reading for a Wednesday!

7 Essential Strategies For Unlocking Your Self Motivation by Michael Locklear.

Yours in Hospitality,

Brian

Thunderstorm Tuesday……Holy Smokes!

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Well folks, your ritual alarm buzzing followed by a 10 minute snooze button slap is going to be accompanied by loud thunder this morning, if your in Minneapolis anyways…..So I went in search of a decent article this morning, that would motivate, but also be perfect “stormy day material”

Here is an article entitled WHY IT IS BETTER TO SIMPLIFY 

“Even in those times of frantic pacing and harried lifestyles, you know that you always have the choice to simplify and do less. It is the solution to almost every aspect of our lives.

To simplify is the answer to your financial difficulties: Shop less and spend less. Don’t try to spend more than what you actually earn. Cut back on your bills and decrease your debt. Rather than trying to handle all your bills and expenses, try to simplify. If necessary, have fewer credit cards, of get rid of your credit card if you have to. Eliminate your financial problems so that you will have lesser stress.

Got some time management problems? Try to do less and manage less on your agenda and you would get rid of the difficulty of trying to handle it all. Instead of figuring out how to deal with your packed schedule, strive to simplify. Decrease your commitments if you can’t handle it. Decline some projects, meetings and some favors which will only eat most of your precious time.

If you want to end your storage problems, begin to simplify be minimizing clutter. When you have lesser things on your possessions, it means you need lesser storage. When this happens, life becomes less stressful. In the process, you will save a lot of money when it comes to maintenance and storage.

Indeed, it’s not that easy to simplify especially if you’re one of those who hoard most of your stuff but in the long run, will simply accumulate space which you need to store other important things.

Simplicity requires the courage to say no to commitments, to let go of your unnecessary stuff, and to be different than the way we always used to do things.

Consequently, you’ll realize that it’s all worth it–less hassles”

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Yours in Hospitality,

Brian

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Monday! Pssshhht….Bring it on!

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I can almost hear all the moans and groans in this city, as people alarms are going off as I am writing this!  It makes me laugh hearing your average working person complain about Monday!  I, for one, am lucky if I ever see an actual weekend.  My weekend almost always consists of Tues/Weds or Weds/Thurs.  When I am a General Manager, weekends will surely exist, but for now I’ll settle for my mid-week mini vacations!

Here’s to Monday folks…..may it treat you well

Tomorrow I promise I’ll write something worth reading…..HaHaHa

Yours in Hospitality,

Brian

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