“What Can We Learn From People Who Succeed Later in Life?

Shared TED.ideas video …


Shared Forbes magazine article …


Personally, I have learned never to give up on a dream, vision, goal because, like the folks we are introduced to in the video and article, I am just getting started at my age. And frankly I am fortunate because my very diverse experiences have prepared me for what I am working on now. Added to that is the fact I have never been so motivated and excited about work as I am now with the goal to transform respect from a discretionary value to a global principle that will raise the standard and quality of living of all people, while also fostering the development of potential and the peace born of valuing all life.

Whatever is in you to do, step up, take the chance, and do your part to make the world a better place in whatever way works for you.



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Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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August 3, 2020

The Birth and Realization of a Vision

When I moved to Toronto in my early thirties, this highly sensitive, traumatized small town (Wallaceburg) girl began reading the Toronto Star avidly and my heart cracked a little more every weekend. Struck by how much work needed to be done to make the world a better place for everyone and as someone who abhors seeing anyone get hurt or go without, I could not sit idly by. At first, I did little bits here and there, but most importantly the spark for what is now called “Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle” ignited in my heart and mind.

The journey has been long. Fraught with challenges I never dreamed of to the point that several times I have considered giving up, but seeing and sharing some of the social media posts I do, such as those today, continue to fan the once dying embers.

Thankfully, things are all finally coming together, enabling me in 2020 to devote my efforts full time to the quest of raising the standard of living and quality of life of all people by doing all I can to add value to everyone’s life by working to establish respect as a global principle. For this reason, today my heart is shouting Amen because I know God is making the vision he put in my heart many years ago a reality for me and everyone!

Stay tuned!


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December 28, 2019

“The Art of Blooming Late”

“Citing the work of developmental psychologist Erik Erikson, Karlgaard writes, the “ages 40 to 64 constitute a unique period where one’s creativity and experience combine with a universal human longing to make our lives matter.”


… “That said, once you’ve decided to embark on the journey, it may take years, if not longer, to reach your destination. But as research has shown, small daily changes can have a compound effect and slowly but surely lead you closer to the person you think you ought to be.”

“If you ever get stuck, think of Joanne, a talented and creative woman who bounced from job to job throughout her twenties, working as a researcher, secretary, and English-as-a-second-language teacher. Optionless and clinically depressed, she felt like a total failure. But she took that feeling of despair and used it to her advantage. Since she hadn’t succeeded in following a standard path, she felt liberated to do what she’d always wanted to do: write fantasy novels for children. As she would later recount, “I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was.””

“You’ve probably heard of her. Her pen name is J.K. Rowling.”

Article by Kevin Evers for Harvard Business Review, May-June 2019 Issue

I know the feeling very well, yet I also know the success will come … in time. Until then, well, the answer is finding the best work to use my natural talents, characteristics, experience, and drive so I will enjoy the employment until I am fully supported by my for-profit social business venture transforming respect from a discretionary value to the global principle … by writing books and creating products to raise the standard of living and quality of life of all people.

Who knows, maybe you are the employer who needs what I can provide?

Regardless, I cannot express how empowering it is to discover who you really are in order to step up and start cutting your own unique path.

Best wishes!


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Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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April 23, 2019



Humble … The Trick Is Understanding Your Worth

Been seeing posts on being humble, so I have shared a link and its definitions, yet I am also going to share my perspective …
There are a lot of contradictory words listed below, but my experience has taught me this … when a person tries to step out and be an individual, especially one different from the pack one comes from, the pack will often attempt to push such a person back down with words like, “Who do you think you are?, “Arrogant, aren’t you?” “Big ego, how do you hold your big head up?” “You should humble yourself because you are no better than anyone else.”
I also know from experience those who have been pushed down a lot often have to develop a large ego just to keep getting back up, that is, until as I discovered later in life, I do not have to justify being myself because I am just as entitled as everyone else to respect … being valued … simply for being a life.
People don’t have to like me, approve of me, etc., and I don’t have to like them, approve of them etc. either, but I will not cut people down, try to make them feel small or insignificant in order to make myself feel better because I don’t have to anymore because I know better now.
I also learned psychologists know recovering from what I went through is unlikely for many.
Yes, I have had to deal with the inflated ego I developed because of how badly broken my heart and spirit had become because otherwise I would not still be alive. It’s been a long process that took a lot of personal work and healing. God helped me though through the hardest parts when no one else could or would and when I could no longer help myself. He helped me to really believe that I am valuable too, just as He helped me to believe in the work He put in my heart to do … to help everyone … believers or not … to realize that every life is valuable … worthy of respect … and that each person needs to discover what their unique purpose is and to fulfill that purpose regardless of what others think, judge, or condemn … because it is not a person’s judgment we face at the end of our lives … it’s ours … and if you are a believer … His.


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February 23, 2018
adjective: humble; comparative adjective: humbler; superlative adjective: humblest
having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.
“he was humble about his stature as one of rock history’s most influential guitarists”
synonyms: meek, deferential, respectful, submissive, diffident, self-effacing, unassertive; More
unpresuming, modest, unassuming, self-deprecating;
subdued, chastened
“her bearing was humble”
antonyms: proud, overbearing
(of an action or thought) offered with or affected by a modest estimate of one’s own importance.
“my humble apologies”
of low social, administrative, or political rank.
“she came from a humble, unprivileged background”
synonyms: lowly, working-class, lower-class, poor, undistinguished, mean, modest, ignoble, low-born, plebeian, underprivileged; More
common, ordinary, simple, inferior, unremarkable, insignificant, inconsequential
“a humble background”
antonyms: noble
(of a thing) of modest pretensions or dimensions.
“he built the business empire from humble beginnings”
synonyms: modest, plain, simple, ordinary, unostentatious, unpretentious
“my humble abode”
antonyms: grand
verb: humble; 3rd person present: humbles; past tense: humbled; past participle: humbled; gerund or present participle: humbling
lower (someone) in dignity or importance.
“I knew he had humbled himself to ask for my help”
synonyms: humiliate, abase, demean, lower, degrade, debase; mortify, shame, abash;
informal cut down to size, deflate, make eat humble pie, take down a peg or two, settle someone’s hash, make eat crow
“he had to humble himself to ask for my help”