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Overcome Excuses and Reach Goals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 04 April 2014 14:00

How to Overcome Excuses
6 Tips to Gain the Edge & Meet Your Goals

Great people throughout history often fail, quite miserably, before finally reaching their goals, says international business strategist Dan Waldschmidt.

“Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime; Winston Churchill lost every public election until becoming prime minister at age 62; Henry Ford went bankrupt five times; Albert Einstein was a terrible student and was expelled from school; Sigmund Freud was booed from a stage,” says Waldschmidt, author of “Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Achieve Outrageous Success,” (

“Ideas, brilliance, genius – they all mean nothing without the guts, passion and tenacity necessary to make your dream a reality. But often, people fall back on excuses and give up on trying to reach their goals.”

Most of us have dreams, and many of us have big ones, but few of us actually see them through, he says.

He offers six tricks for jumping off the excuse train and forge the path to your goals.

•  Avoid the need to blame others for anything. Mean, small-minded people know that they suck. That’s why they are so cranky and eager to point out others’ mistakes. They hope that by causing others to feel inadequate, everyone will forget about how woefully off the mark their own performance is. Don’t blame anyone, for any reason, ever. It’s a bad habit.

•  Stop working on things that just don’t matter. Not everything needs to be done in place of sleep. If you work for a boss, then you owe them solid time. You can’t cut that out. You can, however, cut out television time, meetings and anything else that gets in the way of achieving your goals. Replace entertainment with activity toward your goal.

•  Refuse to let yourself wallow in self-doubt. You’re alive to succeed. Stop comparing your current problems to your last 18 failures. They are not the same. You are not the same. Here’s something to remember: Your entire life has been a training ground for you to capture your destiny right now. Why would you doubt that? Stop whining. Go conquer.

•  Ask yourself, “What can I do better next time?” And then do it next time. If you spend a decade or two earnestly trying to be better, that’s exactly what will happen. The next best thing to doing something amazing is not doing something stupid. So learn from your mistakes and use the lessons to dominate.

•  Proactively take time to do things that fuel your passion. Exercise is a great example. Living in the moment requires you to live at peak performance. A huge part of mental fitness is physical fitness. A sparring or running partner is a great way to refresh physical competition. Physical activity accelerates mental motivation.

•  Apologize to yourself and those around you for having a bad attitude. Do this once or twice and you’ll snap out of your funk pretty fast. When you start genuinely apologizing for being a bad influence on those around you, you learn to stop whining and start winning.

About Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt is the author of “Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Achieve Outrageous Success,” ( He is an international business strategist, speaker, author and extreme athlete. His consulting firm solves complex marketing and business strategy problems for savvy companies all over the world.

Royal Neighbors of America and Soroptimist International increase empowerment opportunities for women PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynnette Tarchinski   
Friday, 04 April 2014 13:35

April 2, 2014 – (Rock Island, IL) – Royal Neighbors of America has announced its new sponsorship of Soroptimist International of the Americas and its online volunteer portal, The organizations are combining resources to empower women with financial education to build more secure futures. Royal Neighbors will provide Soroptimist members appropriate insurance solutions and products to protect their lives and those of their families.

From the founding of the first club in 1921 to the present day with about 1,400 clubs and 33,000 members, Soroptimist works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The organization focuses on providing women and girls access to education as a way to achieve their full potential. Soroptimist also powers, a burgeoning online community that encourages offline action on behalf of women and girls.  

“Tremendous synergy exists between Royal Neighbors and Soroptimist. We share values and a calling ingrained in us as women, particularly as it involves empowering women to pursue their best lives,” said Elizabeth M. Lucas, CAE, MBA, executive director and CEO of Soroptimist.  “We are proud to join with Royal Neighbors to accomplish joint goals and look forward to a long and successful relationship.”  

Royal Neighbors of America has protected women financially and empowered them to improve their lives, families, and communities since 1895. It offers life insurance and financial protection solutions for women and their families throughout their lives. As a not-for-profit life insurer, its philanthropic programs also provide opportunities for women and families to give back, connect, and empower others in their communities.  Royal Neighbors was one of the first to insure women and children. Today, it remains one of the nation’s first and largest women-led insurers providing financial products, member benefits, and volunteer programs to its more than 200,000 members.   

“It is estimated that 35 percent of women today feel some measure of anxiety about their financial 

future,” said Cynthia Tidwell, Royal Neighbors President/CEO. “With our knowledge of the women’s financial market and Soroptimist’s history of providing women educational opportunities, together we will empower women to build on their strengths and enjoy a secure financial future.”

More about Royal Neighbors:

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance organizations, exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance products to fulfill financial needs of growth, savings, and protection. Members receive valuable benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization’s local chapters to help make a difference in their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women’s lives through a variety of national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with a branch office in Mesa, AZ, Royal Neighbors serves more than 200,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more about Royal Neighbors, visit or call (855) 243-4823.

More about Soroptimist:

Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Soroptimist ( improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Its major program, the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards, provides cash grants for women seeking to improve their lives with the help of additional education and training. Since 1972, the award-winning program has disbursed more than $25 million to tens of thousands of women, helping them to achieve their educational goals and build better lives for their families. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.


Iowa Supreme Court News Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:56

Iowa Supreme Court Justices to meet with Toledo Area Students

Des Moines, April 1, 2014—On Wednesday, April 9 at 1:15 p.m., Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel will meet with students during Tama County Government Day at the Reinig Center, 1007 Prospect Drive, Toledo. On Thursday, April 10, members of the Iowa Supreme Court will visit six Toledo area high schools to meet with students and discuss the role of the courts. The justices will visit West Marshall High School in State Center, North Tama High School in Traer, Marshalltown High School in Marshalltown, Benton High School in Van Horne, East Marshall High School in Le Grand, and South Tama High School in Tama.

High School visit schedule for Thursday, April 10, 2014

Justice Edward Mansfield will visit West Marshall High School at 8:30 a.m.

Justice Bruce Zager will visit North Tama High School at 9:00 a.m.

Justice Daryl Hecht will visit Marshalltown High School at 9:25 a.m.

Justice Thomas Waterman will visit Benton High School at 9:50 a.m.

Chief Justice Mark Cady will visit East Marshall High School at 9:50 a.m.

Justice David Wiggins will visit South Tama High School at 10:00 a.m.

In addition to the school visits, the supreme court will hold a special session in Toledo on Wednesday evening April 9, in the Wieting Theatre, 101 South Church Street. During the special session, the court will hear oral arguments in two cases. The session begins at 7 p.m. As always, oral arguments are open to the public. A public reception with the justices in the Toledo Community building located next door to the Wieting Theatre will follow the oral arguments.

Special Session

Wednesday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Wieting Theatre

101 South Church Street

Toledo, Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear lawyers argue in two cases:

State of Iowa v. Nathan Olsen, No. 13-0832

After a hunting trip in Iowa, Defendant Nathan Olsen was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm based on a deferred judgment Olsen received from the State of Wisconsin. Olsen argues the district court should have dismissed the Iowa charge because his deferred judgment from Wisconsin did not involve a guilty plea or finding of guilt against him. A question before the court is whether Olsen's Wisconsin deferred judgment constitutes a felony under Iowa law for purposes of violation of Iowa Code section 724.26.

Hussemann v. Hussemann, No. 13-1082

The Iowa District Court in this case gave effect to an out-of-state postnuptial agreement and denied the widow the right to take an elective share of her deceased husband's trust as provided in Iowa Code section 633.238. The postnuptial agreement was valid under Florida law where the parties entered into the agreement. A question before the court is whether the parties' freedom to contract outweighs Iowa's public policy against postnuptial agreements.

For more information about the oral arguments

Attorneys' briefs for the two cases and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at:

Note to news media

News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, and audio recording devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch Website at: .

Chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms is available on the Iowa Legislature website at Internet Explorer 9 or higher is required to view this page of the Iowa Legislature website. Mozilla, Firefox, or Google Chrome will also work.

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Iowa Supreme Court Opinions March 31, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:40
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JONATHAN NARCISSE vs. MATT SCHULTZ, in his Official Capacity as Iowa Secretary of State

Vehicle burglaries in Dixon, Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lt. Bryce Schmidt   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:38

On Sunday, 03/30/14 the Sheriff’s Office took several reports of vehicle burglaries that had occurred late Saturday evening (29th) into early Sunday morning (30th) within the city limits of Dixon. The vehicles were unlocked at the time and smaller items were removed from the vehicles.

A reward is being offered to anyone who has information leading to the arrest of the subject(s) involved.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Scott County Sheriff’s Office Investigation’s Division at 563-326-8625.

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