A Short Never Give Up Story

I love “never give up” stories. Here is one that a friend sent me today about Sylvester Stallone and I decided that I just had to pass it on to you. Enjoy…

– Begin –

Sylvester Stallone grew up in and out of foster homes.

As a young adult he had to sell his dog for $25.00 to help turn on his electricity.

Two weeks after selling his dog Stallone wrote the Rocky script in nearly 20 hours straight.

He peddled the script relentlessly.

Finally, after being rejected over 1500 times, Stallone was given a nod by United Artists for $125,000.

BUT – only if Stallone would NOT star in it. Stallone refused.

He was subsequently offered $250,000 and $325,000!  But he would not accept unless he starred in it.

Finally they compromised.

stalloneThey would allow him to play the role of Rocky, but would only pay him $35,000 and a percentage of profits as a concession. He accepted.

Incidentally, Stallone’s first purchase with his $35,000 windfall was buying his dog back for a whopping $15,000!

Rocky cost $1,000,000 to make. It grossed over $200,000,000!! His sequels grossed over a billion dollars!!

Never Quit!


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Sometimes, the best place to go to hear about a product or service is to those who have used it. Here are comments from three leaders of pregnancy medical clinics that have become accredited with the Accreditation Association For Ambulatory Health Care.

Renee Wooten, President/CEO
Options 360

Battleground, WA

“I recently attended a webinar on AAAHC Accreditation encouraging self-accrediting.  Having been through the multitude of hurdles to become accredited with AAAHC, I can’t stress the complexity of it enough.  I hired an AAAHC accreditation professional to facilitate the process.  It was still a daunting amount of work, even with the specialist providing all the required policies, log books, training, credentialing, and guidance.  As a PMC leader, I highly recommend every PMC to thoroughly research the do-it-yourself model verses hiring a AAAHC accreditation professional who specializes in PMC’s.”


Robin Fuller, Executive Director
Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass
Grants Pass, Oregon

“The Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass made the decision to become accredited because we believe it is our God-given responsibility to operate with excellence. If we claim we really care about people, then we need to be above-reproach in how we serve them. Operating as a medical clinic, we need to really BE a medical clinic ­ not simply claim to be one yet not abide by the basic expected standards of care within the medical industry.

Becoming accredited will help ensure we will operate well into the future, offering those we serve hope and healing, with excellence and love.”


Tammy DeArmas, CEO
Alternatives Women’s Center
Escondido, CA

“As a crisis pregnancy medical center, we want to provide the very best care to the women that come through our doors.  As a 501c3 we believe we owe it to our gracious donors and community that we are providing the care we say.  Becoming accredited with AAAHC provides us with both. Becoming accredited will give us  measurable controls in which to set our high standards and work from.  While it has been challenging it has been rewarding.  We are a faith based organization and fully believe that “iron sharpens iron.’  Becoming accredited provides us with this benchmark.

Hiring a consultant is the ONLY way could do this.  We know we are the best at what we do, and we needed to find someone who is the best at
walking a facility like ours through the process. Lorraine Mazurek , of YOUR SOLUTIONS NOW  is now a ancillary memberof our team, and a trusted confidant who shares our vision. We know it is our call to be excellent with the resources that have been provided and becoming
accredited will enable us to do just this and save lives.”

Samaritan Ministries

Chase Advancement is collaborating with Samaritan Ministries, a faith-based group that offers Christians a Biblical non-insurance approach to health care where families and ministries/organizations help one another with medical needs.

Samaritan MinistriesFor the past 20 years, Samaritan Ministries has provided a Biblical alternative for health care.

Over 39,000 households currently pray for one another, send cards and notes of encouragement, and share over 11 million dollars per month.

Members of Samaritan Ministries do not pay for abortions and other unbiblical practices and are exempt from the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

Join us for a 30 minute  FREE webinar with Samaritan Ministries, James Houck, next Tuesday at 10am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET.

Learn about how this Biblical alternative could help your organization.

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“I Want To Quit”

Last week, I talked to a number of executive directors who told me that they were seriously thinking about quitting.

When I asked them why, here is what they said.

“My board doesn’t know what they are doing.”

“My board expects too much of me. I just can’t give any more.”

“Managing staff is exhausting me.”

“I don’t trust my board and I don’t see anything changing.”

“The board takes me for granted. They don’t really know what I do. They never thank me for what I do.”

“I feel like I am drowning.”

“A board member went behind my back and talked with one of my staff.”

“I’ve been having problems with several staff.  Now the board is going to meet with them and they do not want me there.”

“It’s not fun anymore. I’ve lost my joy.”

Do you notice a common theme?

If this is you…ever…call me.

One Reason Why Your Organization Should Have A Mobile App

“This year, 2014, is the first year that smartphone users make up more than half 53% of the US population”

Does your pregnancy medical clinic have a client mobile app?

If not, why?


PMC Network Website Is Live

After a year and a half of planning, preparing and  developing, the PMC Network website is live.
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None Of These People Were College Educated

Barry Diller – owner of Ask.com

Carl Lindner – founder of United Dairy Farmers

Dave Thomas – founder of Wendy’s

David Geffen – co-founder of DreamWorks

David Green – founder of Hobby Lobby

Henry Ford – founder of Ford Motor Company

John D. Rockefeller Sr., – founder of Standard Oil

John Paul DeJoria – co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems, founder of Patron Spirits tequila.

Kirk Kerkorian – owner of Mandalay Bay and Mirage Resorts, and MGM movie studio

Larry Ellison – co-founder of Oracle software company.

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin

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Did you miss Eric Metaxas on BethChase Live?

eric metaxasHere is Eric Metaxas on Beth Chase Live sharing with over 400 pregnancy center leaders.

The 30-second Question That Changed Everything

Recently, I was asked to attend a church business meeting.

The senior pastor had resigned in response to a call to teach at a seminary in Africa. Everyone loved this pastor and while they were sad to see him go, they respected his act of obedience to God’s leading.

The denomination’s regional  superintendent held this congregational meeting to share about the “process” that would be implemented to find their next pastor and to answer any questions.

The primary goal of this meeting was to build trust in the process and in those managing the process. 

After the superintendent’s presentation outlining the pastoral search, everyone was feeling good about the process and the church members who were assigned to work with the denomination leadership in this project. Everyone appeared satisfied and grateful for the information.

Then it happened.

Someone asked a question that shot a hole a mile wide in the level of trust in the superintendent and in the process itself.

The question went something like this: “I understand that all of the current church administration leadership and staff will be asked to submit their resignation in writing and that it will be placed in their personnel file for one year after the new pastor is in place. Is this true?”

Suddenly, everything changed.

First, came the stunned silence. 

Next came the soft sound of blanketed whispers as spouses and friends exchanged comments of disbelief.

Then all eyes slowly turned to the regional superintendent eager to hear his reply.

The superintendent was a smart man. The fleeting look on his face told it all. He understood what had just happened.

To his credit, the superintendent handled the situation the best he could.

He admitted that what was said was true and did a fairly good job explaining the rationale behind this “part of the process”.

But it was too late.

The damage was done.

No explanation would fix the damage to trust that was done in that 30-second question.

How did a 30-second question do such damage to the coveted trust factor ?

Because it left everyone thinking what else were they not told. What other questions should be asked in order to get the complete picture?

Can they recover from this?

Yes, they can with a well initiated plan. But it will not easy. It’s never easy to rebuild trust when it has been compromised this early in the game.

The meeting started out so well.  But ended so poorly.

All because of one 30-second question that changed everything.

The sad thing is that the trust that was lost that day could have been avoided.

My Take Away That Day
Trust means confidence. The opposite of trust is distrust. Distrust leads to suspicion. When you trust people, you have confidence in them, their integrity and their abilities.  Because trust in the board and processes means everything to your staff, donors, and supporters,  transparency and over communication with those who will be impacted by the processes or outcomes is critical to success.   Bottom line, during stressful organizational situations,  over communicate, over communicate, over communicate.  










Eric Metaxas Live Telecast

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Eric Metaxas

Please join me as I interview Eric Metaxas on a special broadcast of Beth Chase Live on Wednesday, February 19 at 12pm PT; 1pm MT; 2pm CT; 3pm MT.

Eric is the author of the New York Times bestselling books, 7 Men, Amazing Grace and Bonhoeffer; Pastor, Martyr, Spy.

He was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Day of Prayer.

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Susanne & Eric

Last fall, Eric and his wife, Susanne, were jointly honored by the Human Life Review with their Great Defender of Life Award.

Eric is passionate about the unborn and Pregnancy Medical Clinics.

Listen to Eric share about his predictions for the prolife movement.

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