Morning Cup of Joe – 88 Keys and 6 Strings

Learn Something New

88 Keys and 6 Strings

When was the last time you did something for the first time? I have always wanted to learn how to play an instrument. Specifically the piano and guitar. It’s one of the few things remaining on my bucket list that I feel compelled to accomplish. To be honest with you, it’s not even about learning to play an instrument per se but more about stimulating my brain by learning something new altogether.

Granted, learning something new can be quite challenging which is probably why most people tend to avoid doing it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being out of your comfort zone; it forces you to learn, to adapt and to overcome. When is the last time you were out of your comfort zone? Hopefully not too long. Winners are never comfortable and are constantly looking for ways to improve. There is a sense of accomplishment and pride that also comes along with conquering a new skill.

The most important reason why you should consider learning a new skill is that you will challenge your mind and/or body to reach new and unexpectedly high levels. You’ll go places and do things that you never even thought possible. You’ll be able to push yourself intellectually and grow in all aspects of your life. You will serve as an example of infinite possibilities in a world starving for hope. You will be a better version of yourself.

Look on the bright side, many professional athletes, speakers and artists actually never knew what they were capable of until they tried something for the first time and saw great potential. I never knew if people would listen until I started speaking. What are you willing to do for the first time today? What new skill will you commit yourself to mastering?

Don’t just learn something new, master it! Don’t just master it, teach others.

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Joe Paul
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Morning Cup of Joe – Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak is inevitable but it isn’t the end of the world. Have you recently experienced a loss? Have the wounds healed or are you still scarred from the experiences of a past relationship? Did you wake up this morning thinking to yourself if life will ever get better? Well I have great news for you, it absolutely will. Your life will absolutely get better, if and only if you believe that it will and commit yourself to ensuring that it does. Coping with a loss of any kind is tough to deal with. Unfortunately, the right formula to heal you fast enough doesn’t exist and there is no magic button that you can press to make it go away. What you should focus on is what you have control over; today and tomorrow.

We are not responsible for the challenges life throws our way but we are responsible for how we choose to respond to them. How are you choosing to react and respond to your situation?

There is no set time for someone to get over an experience that may have broken their hearts. It could take days, weeks, months and in some cases years to get over a traumatic experience. The bright side of that is time truly does heal all wounds.

Sooner than later, you will overcome the obstacle that is in your way, you will run out of tears to cry and the memory of the experience will not have the same impact it initially had. It may still hurt a bit but it wont be as bad.

Sooner than later, you will be able to turn this heartbreak into an opportunity to be better you.

Remember what doesn’t kill us, only makes us stronger.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Positivity 101

Some people are automatically predisposed to think negatively. They never seek to find the silver lining that surrounds the dark cloud because they are intently focused on the cloud itself. At times, it is difficult for them to understand the fact that after the rain a beautiful rainbow typically follows. The truth is some people are wired in such a way that they always think negatively. The good news is all networks are capable of being rewired.

When you focus on the positive you can do amazing things in life. The wonders of life are not reserved for a few, you too can benefit from them if you simply shift your focus from the negative to the positive. It is as simple as turning a light switch on and off. When you start thinking negatively about a particular situation, stop immediately and refocus your attention on something positive. This is not a simple task yet it is not impossible. It will take some mental conditioning to rewire your programming but it can happen if that is your desire.

Most people have difficulty understanding that the negative things that continue to occur in their lives are a direct result of the negative thoughts they harbor in their heads. Much like a computer, if you click on a negative site, your computer has a higher propensity to catch a virus and eventually shut down. Our minds work the exact same way. Negative thoughts will always create negative things. Positive thoughts create beautiful and amazing things.

You deserve the very best that life has to offer and it all starts with what you focus your mind on. At all times, focus on the positive and watch as your life begins to positively benefit from such thoughts.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – This Too Shall Pass


For far too long we’ve held on to the idea that the calm comes before the storm. Scientifically, this does make sense. However, I write this note encouraging you to accept a new way of thinking concerning the aforementioned statement. Please understand that as it relates to your life, the calm does not necessarily come before the storm. In fact, the calm typically comes after the storm; all you have to do is continue to fight and choose to hold on.

Many of us have experienced and continue to experience tumultuous times riddled with trials & tribulations. Rarely do we consider the fact that sometimes we have to go through a storm before we can fully understand the satisfaction that comes with the calm. Simply, if you are currently experiencing a storm in your life, hold on to the idea that all storms eventually pass. Some will argue that the calm comes before and after the storm. I completely agree. Do not be misled, the calm you feel before the storm is meant to prepare you for what’s to come.

Understand that whatever it is you are going through is temporary; you must be willing to endure. Like the old adage says; “trouble don’t last always”. Understand that if you outlast your storm, only then will you be able to appreciate the sunshine that inevitably comes afterwards. Hopefully this new knowledge gives you comfort and understanding that your storm will pass and that your sun will shine again. Make a decision right now today to choose to outlast your storm.

Maintain a firm understanding that after the rain, the sun always shines. After the storm caused by your problems have passed, your sun will also shine. No storm nor problem is everlasting, this too shall pass.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Self Improvement


How much time did you spend focused on improving yourself yesterday? How many hours do you typically spend on perfecting your craft daily? The amount of hours you invest into bettering yourself pales in comparison to the benefits you receive as a result of this investment. If you don’t already have one, create a mental picture of where you are supposed to be in life. A mental picture is a snap-shot or a bird’s eye view of your future. Create, maintain and work towards developing the image of your desired future in your mental picture.

What needs the most improvement in your life today? Before we can begin to correct a problem, we must first identify it. Step one is to clearly identify what needs to change in your life. This will not be difficult as we are our worst critics and I am certain that you are thinking of a few things at this very moment. There are things in your life that simply cannot continue to remain the same especially if you want things to be different. Things will change but you must change first. If those things continue to stay the same, they are and will be a detriment to your achievement of ultimate happiness. You deserve happiness.

The change we seek begins with our mind-set or state of mind. Your state of mind must be in the “right place” at all times. The “right place” mindset is simply a mindset that is constantly focused on self-improvement & positivity. Condition your mind to always think of ways to improve yourself. Once these discoveries are made, you must feverishly work to drive the change you seek. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like osmosis; the changes won’t happen just by thinking about them, you have got to put in work.

We all need improvement in all aspects of our lives. Make this day and every day count by using each day to find ways to better yourself. Today is the tomorrow you talked about yesterday. When tomorrow comes, how much better will you be?

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Just Another Day

We are all built differently. Our minds, our motivations and inspirations differentiate from one another. How we process particular functions are different. We are all individually wired to produce the explicit results and outcomes we have become accustomed to producing. We are all independently created with specific talents and specific gifts. Although we breathe the same air and share the same space, we are not the same.

While we are not the same, we are still one. Learn to condition your mind to believe that your blessings are preordained. The outcomes you have in your life are a result of your actions and/or inaction. Your results are based on what you contribute to the overall picture. Never compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do. The measure of success is intended to be independently defined. You cannot realistically compare someone else’s results to your efforts. That’s like comparing apples to broccoli; no comparison.

The sooner you realize that we are all uniquely blessed, the sooner you can stop comparing your blessings with the next persons. What you consider just another day, a terminal patient considers a miracle. You have what it takes to be what you want to be so don’t take anything for granted including this day. If you continue to focus your energy and attention on others instead of yourself, they will continue to be ahead of you. Focus on yourself, maximize your potential and walk in the understanding that God made you in his perfect image.

You are blessed, be a blessing to others.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Victory Is Mine

Every disappointment means you’re that much closer to a victory. The key to claiming victory is to not allow one incident or chain of incidents to veer you off course. Maintaining focus on the end result is critical to you actually achieving them. In your pursuit of accomplishing your dreams, there will be certain things that will happen that are especially designed to throw you off your game; keep playing.

There are literally dozens of examples in my life where I have seen my miracles come in the face of adversity. I have had triumphs after numerous trials. I have been able to claim victory when I didn’t even believe a win was possible. Yet in still, I never gave up and believed in God for a miracle. It truly starts with your belief system. If you unequivocally believe in something, impossible becomes nothing.

When things don’t go as planned, I hear God’s voice telling me “I have bigger and better plans for you.” Trust that after this battle you are fighting that victory will be yours and it shall be. Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Truer words were never spoken. Some people would rather stop at a rest stop, visit the gift shop and spend some time exploring hell instead of going straight through it. Better days are ahead.

You have been through your fair share of problems in your life to not believe that sooner than later, this too shall pass. Don’t worry about a thing because this is just a mere bump in the road and you are equipped with an all-terrain vehicle capable of driving over and through any obstacle.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Eternal Optimist

Is there any good left in the world? The answer to this question is a bit tough to respond to especially when the news outlets tend to focus more on the negative things than they do the positive. If you watch the news, you would think that there is nothing but evil out there. Every day seems like a repeat of the one before; especially when it seems as if the news reports have created an equation with a negative outcome which includes a fire, a murder, a robbery and a kidnapping.

The light at the end of the tunnel suggests that you can do something about it. If you feel sad or down after you watch the news, don’t watch it. It really is that simple. One may ask “Well, how else will I know what is going on in the world?” Before televisions, there were newspapers. I haven’t watched the news in years specifically for that reason. It’s not that I don’t want to know what is going on in the world, it’s more so the fact that I find alternative routes that assist me in maintaining a positive mental attitude. The best way to accentuate the positive is to eliminate or limit your intake of negativity.

I do believe that there is still some good left in the world. I also believe that there are still some good, caring and loving people left in the world. Although it’s not the highlight of the nightly news report, there are people doing good for others on a daily basis. You can join this crowd, we have plenty of room. If you want to see more good, you have to do more good. I have not lost faith in humanity although some events and actions of others cause me to question my faith. I remain faithful and hopeful.

Eliminate the “every man for himself” mentality that most people seem to have adopted nowadays. We must share the world and are responsible for one another. If you see your brother or sister in need, lend a helping hand. It could have easily been you begging for spare change. Some of us are a paycheck away from that reality anyway. There is light in every bit of darkness. There is hope in every bit of despair. Today, choose to be the light of the world by illuminating hope in the lives of others.

I am an eternal optimist. That does not mean that I view the world through rose colored lenses. It simply means that I refuse to give up hope that one day things will get better. Perhaps that day is today.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – This Side Of The Dirt

As I was leaving the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington DC, I walked out to a long stretch of taxi cabs waiting to pick up their next passenger. The taxi cab I entered was driven by an older gentlemen and as I entered I began the trip cordially as I typically would any other trip. I asked the gentlemen how he was doing. His reply was, “I’ve seen better days and I’ve seen worse days.” I was a bit taken aback by his response as it appeared to me that something was bothering him. He asked me how I was doing and my reply is always “I am doing absolutely amazing. Any day on this side of the dirt is a glorious day to me.” He burst out in laughter.

“You know, I was having a bad day until you entered my cab.” he said. “Your perspective on life is pretty amazing.” he continued. I explained to him that no matter how difficult times may seem or how rough the waters may become, things will always get better if we don’t give up hope that they will. He went on to explain why he was having a rough day. He mentioned that a longtime friend who he had hired to do some work in his home had stolen money from him. He had a collection of silver dollars and Susan B. Anthony coins that were of incredible monetary and sentimental value to him and his now former friend had stolen them. I replied to him, “Maybe he needed it more than you did. Besides, money is replaceable, life isn’t. You may not have the money but you still have life. You can always earn more money but you can’t necessarily earn more life.” He slowed the cab down as he made eye contact through the rear-view mirror and said, “You’re right, you are absolutely right. I don’t feel bad anymore.”

The taxi cab ride continued for about ten minutes before I reached my final destination. I gave the driver a generous tip and said “Don’t worry about yesterday, you have no control over that. You do have control over how you react to your situation though. Choose to be happy because happiness truly is a choice.” He smiled and said, “You have truly made my day. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom.” As I exited the cab, I thought about all of the people in the world who allow the small things to seem bigger than they really are. In your lifetime, you will lose friends, family, money and things you hold near and dear to your heart; that’s a natural fact. The key is to not get so attached to the material things that you forget to place value in the people who really matter including yourself.

Maintain the understanding that if you are on this side of the dirt, there is still a chance that you can do something about your circumstances. Furthermore, being on this side of the dirt is reason enough to celebrate and be thankful.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – From Mailroom to CEO

Where you start isn’t always where you’ll end up. Don’t be afraid to pay your dues in order to reap the rewards of your efforts. We live in a society today where most people want what they aren’t willing to work for. Even more overvalue their contribution to any given organization or corporation. I researched top executives who started out at the very bottom of the barrel and built their way up the proverbial corporate ladder. Here are a few of their stories.

Wally Amos started working in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency before he developed his world-renown chocolate chip cookie recipe. He attended the Food Trades Vocational High School and was inspired by his aunt’s homemade cookies. Famous Amos cookies can be found everywhere in the world.

Sidney Weinberg didn’t have an Ivy League education and didn’t come from a wealthy family but he lead investment giant Goldman Sachs for almost forty years. He started out as a janitor’s assistant, earning $3 per week brushing hats and wiping mud off from the firm partners’ shoes before he was promoted to mailroom clerk.

This Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox began her career as a mechanical engineering intern and worked her way up. As an African-American female in the corporate world the odds were stacked against her but Ursula M. Burns was not afraid of hard work. She leads more than 140,000 employees of Xerox who serve clients in more than 160 countries.

These are a few examples of how hard work pays off and proves that you don’t have to be ashamed to start from the bottom. If you are able to visualize the future, where you are today becomes less important than where you could be tomorrow. Maintain the understanding that your future is only as bright as your vision for it. Nothing worth having ever came easily so start where you are and work your way TO THE TOP!

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Joe Paul

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