The Keys to Success


The keys to success are often disguised by a college degree or being well dressed but if you actually stop and consider,

The keys to success belong in the hands of the one who’s not a quitter.
Everyday, they’re committed to the task, they stay focused and give their best without being asked.
They enter their workspace expectant of what will be done. They’re not discouraged by problems or the critiques that come.
 They’re building a stairway that only they can see. Steps to success that are not cultivated for the world’s view and esteem.
 They’re building with diligence, they are the few and the brave. They’re not led by the ego of building their name.
 A quiet success and out from it flows a river running wide through a kingdom unknown.

Haribo Heaven


A beautiful rainbow colored world glistening with an array of colorful candies from floor to ceiling, tantalizing your tastebuds and fulfilling your childhood fantasies. Everywhere you look you’ll find something sweet and delicious calling your name.

No, I wasn’t wearing rose tinted glasses, I was entering the Hairibo store in Bonn, Germany, also known by me as Haribo Heaven.

Nestled along the cobblestone streets of Bonn, Germany there are many lovely sites to see. A myriad of historic and modern sites, the city offers the perfect blend of contemporary cultural pursuits and amongst them is the Haribo store.

Well worth the visit it’s chock full of just about every Hairdo candy creation you can imagine. You can buy the candy by the roll, container, canister or bag full. In the front of the store, you’ll find the latest creations and a wall of the classic Hairbo delights along with a few German only Hairdo souvenirs.

In the middle of the store you’ll find Haribo tins and canisters for filling and gift giving. As you walk towards the back of the store, there are a plethora of plastic canisters full of candies that you can purchase by the kilo to create your own special blend.

The Haribo Bear

Before you go, don’t forget to head upstairs where you’ll find t-shirts, keychains, mugs and more! Of course, don’t be shy and say hello to the life-size Haribo yellow bear. You can snap a selfie with him to always remember and share this special visit.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Haribo Store in Bonn:

  1. Find great and affordable Souvenirs (starting just below 1 Euro)
  2. It’s a Historic Site: the creator of Haribo is from Bonn, Germany
  3. Pick up a few Sweet Treats: with all the walking you’ll do around Bonn, it’s nice to have a sweet treat to keep your energy up.
  4. Escape to child-like wonder with treats from your childhood.
  5. It’s a candy store (enough said, this is self explanatory).

Just Show Up & Be Available


When did we start believing the lie that in order to make a difference that we must actually have a specific gift, skill set or calling. When did we forget that sometimes the greatest thing we can do is just show up. Showing up is half of the battle and many people lose this battle on a daily basis because they just won’t do it.

But underneath it all, there is this great joy that’s found when you’re present and making yourself available to all that could be possible.
If your 5 year old has a recital, she doesn’t care if your shoes don’t match your belt all she cares about is that she can look out in the audience and you are there.
If you’re home with your kids and you’re not a very good cook but you still try your best to put nutricious meal on the table and dine with them, then you’ve done what matters.
If you say you’re going to be at work at 9am and you’re there; In doing so, you’re proving that you are a person of your word and you’re actually framing the lens through which people will receive the words that you say.
My track coach used to say the hardest part about running is putting on your shoes and getting out the door. We used to look at him crazily thinking, “No it’s not. Easy for him to say. He’s not the one about to spend the next two hours on a brutal workout.” But looking back it’s true. Once you’ve made a decision to do something, the best way to stay committed is just to keep showing up. Commitment is not always measured by how much you know or how much you can do, but it’s really about are you available so that the fruits of commitment can eventually take root in your life.
What Happens When We Show Up:
1.) We’re immersed in the environment. 
There’s nothing like being immersed in an environment that you want to be a part of. If you want to be a reporter, being on the newsroom floor will by default cultivate this skill further in you. If you want to learn to cook Spanish food, spending some time in Spanish kitchens not only teach you to cook the food but it will immerse you in the actual experience itself.
2.) We begin speaking the language.
Every environment has a language. The tech industry has a different one than the fashion industry. The automotive industry has a different one than the food industry. Every field has it’s own unique language and if you’re new to it, then being there is like an immersion course. You will begin to speak the language from hearing others speak it all day, everyday and eventually, you’ll start to understand the language you speak.
3.) We’re always on the verge of hearing something new.
If there’s anything new or a special promotion going on there is always favor in the corner of those who just simply show up. You can win at anything in life if you don’t participate.
4.) We are building our true character.
Whether we like it or not our words really can say a lot about us. Partnered in agreement with our actions, they become a formidable force. When we say we’re going to do something and we actually do it, what is says to others is this person meant what they said. They were not just talking about it but they did something about it.
5.) We are on the road to become all were meant to me.
Sometimes we have a tendency to get so caught up in our qualifications but the truth of the matter is when you’re available you’re far more qualified than the person who didn’t show up. Sometimes your simple willingness to be there will open the doors of possibility more than your qualifications ever could.
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Beethoven in Bonn


In Bonn, Germany there are many lovely sights to see. One of my favorite by far is the Beethoven-Hauss. It is the birthplace of Beethoven and now preserved as a museum and historical sight. Although I would say that I’m fully acquainted with Beethoven’s music, this was a side to him that I’d yet to see.

Inside the museum there were collections of his old instruments, desks, music compositions, and countless pages of history describing the life and career of the musical genius Ludwig Beethoven.

However, the one thing that stood out to me was that Beethoven had an awful temper. Not just the kind of temper that when you stub your toe you get upset, no this musical genius was so notorious for his awful temper that it started to affect every area of his life including his work.

I was baffled. This musical genius, Beethoven, is renowned for his work all over the world and yet he could not control his anger. I felt sad in the moment I read it and although I moved on to reading and observing other things, this one fact really hit me to the core.

It reminded me that sometimes the only thing that stands in the way of our future is us. Rather than controlling his temper, Beethoven slew it all over the place like a salad dressing.

So what lessons can be learned from the Beethoven Bad Temper?

1.) We are responsible for our words: we will either live responsibly or always live pointing the finger at others. We must be convinced that the responsibility lies with us.

2.) Your word is your legacy: it’s recorded in history for all the world to see. This musical genius could not control his temper. It makes you really think about it. It’s not just about all the good things that you do but it’s also about what you say.

3.) Your attitude affects every area of your life. Think of it this way, you have to clean your home and you don’t want to but one way or another it has to be done. You could either clean it with an attitude of thanksgiving that says, “Thank God I have a house to clean.” Or you can do it with a bad attitude that only looks at the negative without even seeing the blessing. Maybe at one point in time you prayed for a nice home. But now that you have one, you complain about the stewardship and investment that comes in caring for it. Be careful, it could be that the present you is complaining about something now that the past you had prayed to have.

4.) Regardless of your aptitude your life is affected by your attitude: he was a genius, his musical compositions and works are still studied, admired and observed to this very day. And yet, what stood in the way of even more opportunity and growth potential for him? His attitude. His attitude limited him. A bad attitude has the potential to:

1.) Cripple what you already have

2.) Diminish your potential

3.) Hinder your reach to to connect with others

Remember when we were kids and our parents and teachers would say “check your attitude”? Don’t let your attitude rule you but rather rule your own attitude and bring it into check. Even if you’re a genius don’t think that your attitude towards others will be forgotten. Don’t let your attitude keep you from progressing in your life.



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