What’s it gonna’ take to knock some common sense into you?


Momma always enjoyed the Comic Section in the Sunday Paper. She’d say something about Dagwood, or Peanuts and chuckle, then ask me, “Want to see the funny papers?”

On those Sunday afternoons after our fill of fried chicken, the miraculous appearance of full color pages made one section of the paper interesting for a young boy. The funny papers on Sundays, and in the fall, the Sears Catalog with its pages of toys in the toy section were highly anticipated literary volumes in the early 1950’s. Not like today when toddlers haul around volumes of Harry Potter that weigh more than they do. It’s good to see kids so young falling in love with books. Beyond the funny papers, mother kept my small library full of books like Black Beauty, farmers, and cowboys. She also had common sense enough to make me read and study the school books. She said, “Work hard on your education now and you won’t have to work hard when you are grown.”

Common sense was a major course for those of my age group. It made the world safe to explore all day until it got dark.

It may seem sentimental to visit those old days when today there is nothing funny in the newspaper. Today’s newsprint only seems to deliver hate, division, and mismatched ideas. Take for example the Green New Deal environmentalists that clear cut six thousand acres of Virginia forest to build a solar panel farm. That’s about as mismatched as you can get. Consider the logic:

  • Pick a state that offers cloudy gray skies just about all winter for a solar farm. Virginia is my home state, so the impact of light deprivation is known.
  • Cut down a forest half the size of Manhattan robbing the area of life giving oxygen from trees.

There’s nothing wrong with exploring ways to make solar efficient. As it is today, you can’t depend on it. Florida is home now and our previous pool was heated with solar panels. Now our pool is heated by an electric heater. The electric works better. Cloudy skies, even in Florida, can really dampen expectations.

Could common sense point us to the vast thousands of acres of barren desert in the Southwest? No trees to chop and no dastardly cloudy gray skies. Environmentalists are supposed to care for trees and fresh air. Common sense needs to be taught. Momma said many times, “What’s it gonna’ take to knock some sense into you?”

Training Does Not Work

You may think that, “Training does not work,” is a strange thing for a motivational trainer to say.

Lifelong training is what personal development is all about. Recently my time has been devoted to a new program for Nightingale Conant that will be coming out later this year. The program will be called, Pump: Get Motivated. Stay Motivated.

It’s has been known that the shot in the arm motivational meetings lasts as long as it takes for the line of losers at the coffee machine to wear you down. Here’s something scary:

According to some studies, U.S. companies spend over $70 billion annually on training. However, most of the information is lost within days. Training meetings are great for a shot in the arm session to jumpstart a new program. However, what about the lasting impact? What about the daily pump?

Consistency in training not only has to do with attempting to get people to do what they are not, consistency also has to do with repetition. That’s why these audio courses and programs are so effective; you can listen over and over to cement the ideas that do reflect who you are and what you want. For any kind of training to have any real impact it must be remembered, not just during the emotional high of getting pumped. It has to be remembered over time. How challenging is this? It has been studied and proven over time that repetition is key.

That’s why we really appreciate this review from an Amazon Customer about one of our other programs, The Secret Advantage, Core Fundamentals from Earl Nightingale.

Five Stars, May 14, 2018 By Amazon Customer – Verified PurchaseThis review is from: The Secret Advantage: Core Fundamentals to Get Anything You Want (Audible Audiobook)


This customer knows what it is about; listening everyday to something positive and inspiring.

This challenge of memory has a lot to do with our formal education, as our institutions of higher learning teach us to memorize stuff up to the day of the final exam. As I continue to re-write my book, It Is No Secret, life teaches us far more.

Your grade point average looks great on a resume…your life lessons make you indispensible.

That new version of It Is No Secret will also be out later this year.

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