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  Do what you love. Know your own bone;

  gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and

  gnaw it still. – Henry David Thoreau


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By George, what great quotes!

Each and every day via our By George Twitter feed, we provide quotes of motivation and inspiration, observations on success and character, about life and the best of life. Here are our last 25 FAV quotes from the past few weeks…

  • “Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.” – Stephen Fry
  • “Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.” – Robert Brault
  • “It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.” – Horace Mann
  • “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley
  • “The real secret of success is enthusiasm.” – Walter Chrysler
  • “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “It’s always too early to quit.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.” – Confucius
  • “The more I live, the more I think that humor is the saving sense.” – Jacob Riis
  • “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” – J. P. Morgan
  • “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.” – James Allen
  • “Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.” – Bernard Malamud
  • “Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa
  • “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius
  • “Isn’t is funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” – Andrew Carnegie
  • “Success and happiness are not matters of chance but choice.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter”- Walt Disney
  • “Just remember…when you think all is lost, the future remains.” – Bob Goddard
  • ”Success isn’t something that just happens – success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared.’ -Sparky Anderson
  • “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
  • “The pursuit of normality is the ultimate sacrifice of potential.” — Faith Jegede
  • “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  • “However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” ― Stephen Hawking

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Lessons of Life and Success

To follow up on yesterday’s post of Colin’s Powell: 13 Rules, By George reaches back into our archives to produce a short-list of “life lessons” posts that have been published in these pages. Each list of rules or lessons provides a slightly different perspective on the age old pursuit of happiness and/or success. Enjoy (and take notes).

Tolstoy’s “10 Rules of Life”

8 Lessons of Life – from 108 years old Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor

10 life lessons you should unlearn – from Martha Beck, concerned over one’s “satisfaction in life”

Carnegie’s 10 Rules of Success

Successful? Here are two lists to commit to memory – Habits and ways of rich, successful people and 9 ways highly successful people think differently

Celebrating 20 Years!


As 2014 winds down, we’re once again speaking about the 20-year milestone we passed this year. 1994-2014 – what a ride!

For those who may not know about CG&A COMMUNICATIONS, here are 10 facts on our company’s history.

  1. In the 20 years, there has been more than 30 consultants work within our “CG&A network” (as many as 14 at one time in our history). Today, there are 4 individuals in the network who have been associated with us for more than 15 years.
  2. Though we started the business in Ottawa and much of our work focuses on Parliament Hill and the federal government, our company’s main office was located in the Niagara Region for just under 11 years (we operated in various Ottawa locations for the other 9+ years).
  3. We have played an integral role in the passage of important legislation: federal and provincial impaired driving laws; education amendments in Canada’s copyright law; and a new Ontario law that is the first North American legislation to address school anaphylaxis protocols.
  4. We have counseled CEO and Boards of a total of 5 hospitals and 6 health organizations, and worked with both the Health Minister and Deputy Minister in Ontario.
  5. We served the National President, National Board and CEO of MADD Canada on many different levels for a total of 14 years. We managed MADD’s government relations and advocacy efforts, executed its media relations, and advised on public policy matters.
  6. For more than a decade we have been counseling provincial ministers of education and senior policy officials, who have been successful in achieving significant education amendments in the recently passed federal copyright law.
  7. We provided strategic counsel and public relations support to Board members of the Ottawa Transition Board, the body that managed the amalgamation of 12 municipalities into the new City of Ottawa in 2001.
  8. For three years, we were the public relations company of record for the Ottawa International Airport, branding and positioning the newly privatized business entity (ed. – you may say in getting this contract our business took off).
  9. We provided media relations and webmaster services for a wide range of clients from MADD Canada to Commissionaires Ottawa, from Ottawa International Airport to Ottawa Transition Board; and advised dozens of other clients from hydro, telephone, hospitals, financial advisors, etc.
  10. Over the years, we have written and distributed By George, an entertaining and informative newsletter. Currently, Chris George edits the opus as an on-line journal: www.bygeorgejournal.ca.


12 great thoughts on Attitude

  • bg001Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill
  • Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
  • There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate. – Robert Brault
  • My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants. – J. Brotherton
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. – William James
  • Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. – Mary Engelbreit
  • It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome. – William James
  • Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. – Albert Einstein
  • I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. – Winston Churchill
  • Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. – Betty Smith
  • Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there. – Norman Vincent Peale


Facts on Billionaires

Did you know that there are 12 million millionaires in the world, but only 2,325 billionaires. Here are some interesting facts about this most exclusive club:

  • For every three million people on earth there’s a single billionaire.
  • If there is an average billionaire, he or she is worth around $3 billion.
  • 60% of billionaires made their wealth themselves. Meanwhile, 26.9% became billionaires from re-investing inherited wealth. 13% of them inherited their billionaire status straight out.
  • Your average billionaire is 63 years old, and 93% of the world’s billionaire population is over 45.
  • Billionaires are into matrimony as 65% of them are married.
  • While billionaires went to over 700 different universities, the Ivy League schools have the most grads: 25 went to the University of Pennsylvania, 22 went to Harvard, and 20 went to Yale.
  • A surprising number of billionaires don’t have a college degree. 35% never finished undergrad.
  • Billionaires tend to work in finance. Almost 20% of billionaires made their careers on Wall Street or its equivalents.
  • Europe has more billionaires (775) than any other global region.
  • The US has more billionaires (571) than any other country (and 57 newly minted members since last year).
  • Billionaires have a combined wealth of $7.3 trillion, a 12% increase from last year. That’s higher than the market capitalization of all the Dow Jones companies put together.
  • If all the world’s billionaires decided to join forces and become a country, their combined wealth would be greater than the GDP than Japan.
  • The 2,325 billionaires control 4% of the wealth in the world. (Point of fact: the event more inclusive 1% of the world’s population controls 40% of the wealth.)
  • Billionaires invest a lot in real estate, at about $160 million per person. They tend to have four properties.
  • Billionaires tend to have “non-real estate luxury assets.” For example, one in 30 billionaires owns a sports team or a racehorse. Other significant luxury assets include yachts, planes, cars, and art.

These facts are found in research firm Wealth-X’s new Billionaire Census, as reported in the Financial Post. Read the full FP article is here.


Derek Jeter


In the upcoming days, one of baseball’s greatest short stops and celebrated New York Yankee will be retiring from the game. In recognition of what this man means to the game of baseball, there has been two magnificent commercials created, capturing magic of Yankee Captain Derek Jeter and his love affair with New Yorkers. One shows the respect he has garnered in the sport: Re2pect. The other is a moving send off to a player who means everything to the City of New York: I did it my way.


To honour the occasion of his retirement this weekend, the By George Journal has collected a few comments made by Derek Jeter over the course of his career, as well as quotes about this talented ball player and tremendous person.

Derek Jeter:

  • There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that.
  • I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong.
  • The last thing you want to do is finish playing or doing anything and wish you would have worked harder.
  • Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person.
  • My office is at Yankee stadium. Yes, dreams do come true.
  • If you’re going to win games, you’re going to have to come up with the big hits. That’s the bottom line.
    We just want to win. That’s the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don’t really reflect on what we’ve done in the past. We focus on the present.
  • In my opinion, I’ve had the greatest job in the world. I got a chance to be the shortstop for the New York Yankees, and there’s only one of those.
  • I’ve loved what I’ve done, I love what I do, but more importantly I love doing it for you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you [Yankee fans] very much.
  • Fans — Yankee fans in particular — pay attention. It means something to them. They push you. They’ve pushed me. They’re hard, they’re tough, but I think they’ve helped shape who I am. I wanted to have the opportunity to thank them. I don’t think I can truly thank them enough.
  • God, I hope I wear this jersey forever.

Quotes about Derek Jeter:

  • He felt comfortable in his own skin. Other players need to be validated. Derek doesn’t need the attention. – Joe Torre, former Yankee Manager
  • I love his work ethic. He has a great attitude. He has the qualities that separate superstars from everyday people, and a lot of it is attributable to his great family background. – Basketball Legend Michael Jordan
  • He plays this game the right way, every single day. Never takes a day off. Every at-bat is the same. He never gives one away. – Andy Pettitte, New York Yankee pitcher
  • He’s turned it around again. You’re seeing it again. The guy never stops fighting and believing in himself. Obviously, it’s an attitude that’s infectious. It’s an attitude that you want in your players. – Yankees manager Joe Girardi
  • He never changes. Never. First inning to ninth, Spring Training to World Series. He’s the same. He doesn’t mess with his stance or anything. He never tinkers, never changes. – Don Mattingly, former New York Yankee Captain
  • You really don’t know how good he is—you don’t know all the things he does—until you see him on an everyday basis. – Gary Sheffield, Yankee teammate
  • In big games, the action slows down for him where it speeds up for others. I’ve told him, ‘I’ll trade my past for your future.’ – Reggie Jackson, former Yankee legend – “Mr. October”
  • He’s unbelievable. If he‘s not the full package, I haven’t seen one. – Stump Merrill, former Yankee Manager
  • He gets better every year, that’s what’s remarkable about him. Some guys are good and stay good. Some guys are good and get better. He reminds me of Kareem. Hubie Brown said that Kareem worked at the beginning of every season to improve some facet of his game. It’s that way with the best, whatever the profession. That’s the way this kid is. – Ed Bradley on 60 Minutes
  • I’m trying to think who the best Yankee shortstop I’ve ever seen is, and I keep coming back to this kid. – Phil Rizzuto, former Yankee and legendary player
  • As great as Derek has been…he’s always done it with grace, always with a smile, and he’s always done it with personality. I think people can relate to it, and he’s a true winner. – Paul O’Neill, Yankee teammate
  • For those who say today’s game can’t produce legendary players, I have two words: Derek Jeter. – Yankee owner George Steinbrenner



Go ahead, graduates, “change the world”

This was a week of graduation ceremonies and endless addresses that told all bright-eyed and smiling students that they all have the ability to change the world – All you need to do is reach for the stars and believe…

Without seeming too cynical, I must say that I believe there is a little more required to obtain personal goals than dreaming and wishing. So does William McRaven. In a riveting commencement address, this man truly told it like it is. Here is his background and what he shared with a class of recent graduates.

William H. McRaven is now Admiral, United States Navy, and Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base. He previously served as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command, is the former Commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group 1 and Commander of SEAL Team 3. Notably, Adm. McRaven organized and executed Operation Neptune Spear, the spec-ops raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011.  Suffice it to say that Adm. McRaven knows a bit about the challenges of life and how to succeed.

What follows is a summary of his advice to graduates about how to change the world.

Adm. McRaven noted, “The University’s slogan is, ‘What starts here changes the world,'” and added, “Here are the ten lessons I learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life.”

  1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
  2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
  3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
  4. If you want to change the world, get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
  5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
  6. If you want to change the world, sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle headfirst.
  7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
  8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
  9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
  10. If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

Of that last entry, McRaven explained, “In SEAL training there is a bell. A brass bell that hangs in the center of the compound for all the students to see. All you have to do to quit is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to be in the freezing cold swims. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT — and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training. All you have to do is ring the bell to get out.

Again, “If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell.”

Regarding the applicability of these 10 lessons, he said, “While these lessons were learned during my time in the military, I can assure you that it matters not whether you ever served a day in uniform. It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status. Our struggles in this world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward — changing ourselves and the world around us — will apply equally to all.”

Adm. McRaven closed with these words: “Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up — if you do these things, the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.”

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Placing stones for success

Here is a very thoughtful piece by Rollo C. Hester. He tells us about placing 20 stones in the building of a firm foundation for success.


1. The wisdom of preparation.  2. The value of confidence.  3. The worth of honesty.  4. The privilege of working.  5. The discipline of struggle.  6. The magnetism of character.  7. The radiance of health.  8. The forcefulness of simplicity.  9. The winsomeness of courtesy.  10. The attractiveness of modesty.  11. The inspiration of cleanliness.  12. The satisfaction of serving.  13. The power of suggestion.  14. The buoyancy of enthusiasm.  15. The advantage of initiative.  16. The virtue of patience.  17. The rewards of cooperation.  18. The fruitfulness of perseverance.  19. The sportsmanship of losing.  20. The joy of winning.


This gem was ripped from a back issue of an early By George newsletter. It has also been reposted in the By George Journal.

Become who you wish to be through greater self-awareness

The start of each new year often prompts people to reflect on how to become a better person…. With this question in mind, By George is re-posting an article concerning becoming that person you most desire to become.   


inspire51Here is a series of important questions to ask of yourself in quiet moments of contemplation. These questions will help to focus your thoughts around your personal purpose. They will better fuel your soul with the motivation you require to tackle each and every day with vigor and determination. Asked routinely, you will establish a significant process of inspection and reflection that will foster a greater self-awareness.


1.  Consider “your life” question: What is my sentence? Think about a single sentence that will sum up your life – perhaps the lead sentence of your obituary. This sentence captures your purpose, aspirations and most satisfying accomplishment. Settle on that one sentence and then, ask yourself nightly, Am I fulfilling my purpose?


2.  Question your daily actions and thoughts, and consider that with achieving every small goal you improve. Ask the question of yourself every evening:  Was I better today than yesterday?  Set small goals to help you progress – and be realistic that you will not make some remarkable leap to the finish line in just one day. Take incremental steps – make small goals – to move you forward. Every night, review your steps and set goals for the next day.


3.  Do you feel like you need to re-focus? Consider a 360-self review. Have you set realistic goals? Are you meeting targets? Why/why not? What skills and tools do you need to reach your goals? Not happy – do your present actions align with your life question? Be brutally honest in your self-appraisal:  Am I satisfied with my performance?  Write down those actions necessary for you to improve – and repeat this 360-review within 3 months.


It was the philosopher Miletus of Thales who stated some of most powerful, self-motivating words of our human race:  “Know Thyself.”  Important questions (and honest answers) will prove illuminating and most powerful in your personal journey. Q1: Am I fulfilling my purpose? Q2: Was I better today than yesterday? Q3: Am I satisfied with my performance?

Successful People

What separates successful people from the rest?

In a sentence: Successful people have an unwavering belief in a dream and the self-knowledge to realize that dream.

Successful people have a dream that is not only held in their heart, but forefront in their mind. They learn all there is to know about their dream. They practice and hone skills needed to reach their goals. In this way, successful people have a clear sense of who they are and the direction they’re heading.

Their dream is powerful. It fortifies them and provides the confidence to move forward. Their desire and single-mindedness provide the energy and enthusiasm to absorb set-backs and withstand all negativisms.

Successful people are different.

When they stumble, they pick themselves up;

when they’re tired, they dig deeper;

when in doubt, they focus on their dream;

when offered a short cut, they stick to their course;

when tempted by the fruits of another, they hold to their principles;

when they’re criticized, they’ll ignore the nay-bobs;

when things seem unfair, they offer no excuses;

when odds are against them, they persevere;

when they fail, they try again.


To Have Succeeded

One never tires of the remarkable verse by Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people

   and the affection of children;

To earn the approbation of honest critics

   and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To give of one’s self;

To leave the world a bit better,

   whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,

   or a redeemed social condition;

To have played and laughed with enthusiasm

   and sung with exultation;

To know even one life has breathed easier

   because you have lived —

This is to have succeeded.

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