Sarah Nilsson JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah NilssonJD, PhD, MAS

So the quote in the picture above, of the owl carved out of snow, belongs to Jack Canfield who is known for co-creating the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books with Janet Switzer

I was interested in learning more about this man so I read through his website and bought his book pictured on the left. Quite motivating stuff!


The Success Principles ® is a roadmap for anyone-from marketing professionals to small business owners, and from teachers to students and parents — striving to achieve their professional and personal dreams and goals. Touching on every aspect of our lives, The Success Principles offers 64 practical and inspiring principles to get any aspiring person from where they are to where they want to be.

Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie Training has evolved from one man's belief in the power of self-improvement to a performance-based training company with offices worldwide. They focus on giving people in business the opportunity to sharpen their skills and improve their performance in order to build positive, steady, and profitable results.


Dale Carnegie's original body of knowledge has been constantly updated, expanded and refined through nearly a century's worth of real-life business experiences. The 160 Carnegie Managing Directors around the world use their training and consulting services with companies of all sizes in all business segments to increase knowledge and performance. The result of this collective, global experience is an expanding reservoir of business acumen that their clients rely on to drive business results.


For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in the book, How to win friends and influence people,  has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

Achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century!


* 3 fundamental techniques in handling people

* The 6 ways to make people like you

* The 12 ways to win people to your way of thinking

* The 9 ways to change people without arousing resentment


Peter F. Drucker was a writer, professor, management consultant and self-described “social ecologist,” who explored the way humans organize themselves and interact much the way an ecologist would observe and analyze the biological world.


Hailed by BusinessWeek as “the man who invented management,” Drucker directly influenced a huge number of leaders from a wide range of organizations across all sectors of society.



Among the many:

General Electric



Procter & Gamble

Girl Scouts of the USA

The Salvation Army

Red Cross

United Farm Workers

Several presidential administrations.


Drucker’s 39 books, along with his countless scholarly and popular articles, predicted many of the major developments of the late 20th century, including privatization and decentralization, the rise of Japan to economic world power, the decisive importance of marketing and innovation, and the emergence of the information society with its necessity of lifelong learning. In the late 1950s, Drucker coined the term “knowledge worker,” and he spent the rest of his life examining an age in which an unprecedented number of people use their brains more than their backs.



Because I fly

I laugh more than other men.

I look up

And see more than they.

I know how clouds feel.

What it’s like to have the blue in my lap.

To look down

On birds.

To feel freedom in a thing called the stick.

Who but I,

Can slice between God’s billow legs,

And feel the laugh and crash with His step?

Who else has seen the unclimbed peaks?

The rainbow’s secret?

The real reason birds sing?

Because I fly




Teacher’s Success Creed

By David E. Feyk


I am the courage that makes a good start,

I am the sacrifice that builds the heart,

I am the inspiration that triggers the dream,

I am enthusiasm that builds self-esteem,

I am persistence that keeps on trying,

I am comfort that consoles the crying,

I am the educator that feeds the mind,

I am the listener so rare to find,

I am the name-user who knows names are dear,

I am the vocabulary builder that begins their career,

I am impartial, to all I am fair,

I am the innovator, not afraid to dare,

I am integrity, to all I am true,

I am responsibility, I always follow through,

I am resourceful, I always find a way,

I am respectful to everyone each and every day,

I am opportunity, I create my own fate,

I am a risk-taker, I don’t sit and wait,

I am positive and see the bright side,

I love what I do, my work is my pride,

I am the partner of a higher power,

Who guides my success each minute and hour.


Copyright 1999 by Teachers International Press (TIP)

If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to
be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt
thing and pout..! run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and
nuzzle them gently.

I recently had the good fortune to get my hands on a copy of The Opportunity Maker by Ari Kaplan.

It is a most inspirational read… and I can honestly say I love audio books online now!

Thanksgiving Thoughts by Sarah J. Nilsson (11-28-2013)


Today, I am thankful for freedom of speech because I know what I am about to write will ruffle more feathers than all the thanksgiving turkeys sacrificed this year. In the last few weeks I have given much thought to the holiday of Thanksgiving… I have always been a thinker and I thank law school for teaching me to truly analyze… but really does it need to flow over into my personal life ALL the TIME?

First of all, let me provide a disclaimer. I am an immigrant to this country. I chose to be here, entered lawfully, and then a few years later chose to pledge my allegiance to this great nation. End of disclaimer. I write that because what I am about to write has been touted by some as anti-American…

I must start at the beginning and rewind back to property 1 class in my 3rd semester of law school and the case of Johnson v. M’Intosh, 21 U.S. 543, 587 (1823): “The United States, then, have unequivocally acceded to that great and broad rule by which its civilized inhabitants now hold this country. They hold, and assert in themselves, the title by which it was acquired. They maintain, as all others have maintained, that discovery gave an exclusive right to extinguish the Indian title of occupancy, either by purchase or by conquest; and gave also a right to such a degree of sovereignty, as the circumstances of the people would allow them to exercise.”

I have always taken issue with the way in which the first immigrants to this country treated the indigenous people…what happened to first in time having the property rights? I did not take a class on riparian law but I have read the Arizona cases involving the Gila Indians and water rights. And I am not a history major (science has always been my forte) but I have studied enough to know about the massacres and the Trail of Tears.

Recently, I was reminded about a famous quote: “History is written by the victors.” And that is so very true especially when it comes to details about the original thanksgiving. Remembering my law school training, analyze, analyze, analyze, and argue both sides… I looked up the American Indian side of the coin and decided in all fairness to just be thankful for 30 days in November … each day I have reflected on gratitude and appreciated even the mundane… I thought to myself … this should be a daily, 365-type of routine, not just a once a year event. Thus, I will always strive to be thankful for blessings great and small. Another quote presented itself to me: “Write your troubles in the sand, carve your blessings in stone.” This shall be my mantra!

A few weeks ago all hoopla broke loose when corporate America decided in its infinite greed for higher profits to take away a holiday (in my humble opinion Black Friday was more than enough shopping frenzy for one year) and require people in retail to work on Thanksgiving Day too. Some people stood their ground and some were fired. Others pitched tents outside the major chain stores a week ahead of Thanksgiving Day and rejoiced. Now, while I do not, as I previously mentioned, necessarily condone the one-sidedness of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday, having analyzed the other side of the historical coin, I do agree with the family aspects that came with it. The gathering around a table with bountiful dishes and celebrating with one’s loved ones is, to me at least, as I am sure to many of you too, the true meaning of Thanksgiving, and for that matter any other holiday on any other day, in any other culture or any other religious setting. This is what unites us all, immigrants and natives alike. The ability to come together in a circle of friendship and family and break bread, or turkey, tofu, or truffles, and raise our glasses of wine, whisky or wheat-beer. So, despite now being privy to the historical underpinnings of Thanksgiving Day (both sides of the coin), I still wish all people a day of rest from the daily toil, time with loved ones, and plenty of delicious dishes, bellies full of laughter and good times. I only wish this great Nation would forgive the past (not forget mind you for that would doom us all to a repeat of history!), and come to realize that no matter one’s background, one’s heritage, one’s skin color, creed, race, religion or other uniqueness, we are all one race, the human race! 


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