Leadership for Life


Set your sights on where you want to go for 2012


“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

When I was a young kid in grade school we used to play a game called tag. One day while playing, one of my friends named Jimmy was tagged and started after me.  I ran down the stairs and across the school yard while my friends were cheering me on from the second story balcony.  I could hear him behind me the whole time. I finally got tired and stopped, and now I was the one tagged.  This sounds like a typical day for a kid in grade school, but for me it was a life lesson, because of what I learned that day. My other friends told me that I should have kept going, and that Jimmy had given up just before I stopped and he just walked over and tagged me.

Orrin Woodward has taught me a process called PDCA. It stands for Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust.  That day on the play ground, I came up with a plan and quickly started to do it.  The problem came in on the check and adjust part.  I couldn’t possibly see behind me and had no one to advise me.  If I only had a small webcam feeding into my sunglasses.

I have learned over the years the importance of having a mentor.  To have somebody to be my webcam that can give me a second story balcony perspective.  Somebody that can help me check my progress and help me make adjustments to gain the belief so not to lose hope and give up just before the victory.

As we start this new year off with great expectations let us not forget the PDCA process because acting, dreaming, and planning are nothing without belief.

God Bless,


5 responses

  1. titus jumper

    It is so funny how many people will keep raming their heads up against a wall either financially, relationally, or spiritually. Expecting circumstances to change without changing anything in themselves. It is great with the pdca process we now actually have a structure of change. Thanks so much for the info.

    January 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm

  2. MD

    Thanks, Curt! Great way to start the New Year 🙂

    January 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

  3. Sandra m

    What a nice story and what a good message. Thank you for paying it forward. God bless you!

    Sandra Montenegro

    January 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm

  4. Charles Gopez

    Yeah, it’s important to “Check” while PDCAing. Otherwise if left out the Check step, we’d be PDAing with our own self-deception. Hmmm…I should start checking more, huh?

    June 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm

  5. Juan Garcia

    Seek the truth and be not afraid…after all… freedom is around the corner(SI SE PUEDE !)
    Thanks Curtis & Debbie, because of your commitment in the business we are going to reach all of those who want a better life for others.
    Juan Garcia

    July 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm

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