I Was Motivated and Have a Fresh Perspective

“The next thing I noticed was that for the first time (sadly) in many years, I was motivated…and not just for one week! Even as I type this, I can honestly say that I have a fresh perspective on life. I am finally taking life by the horns and living it instead of letting it pass me by.”

5 Choices Participant, March 2012, USA

Tamae Watanabe, Age 73, Oldest Woman to Climb Mount Everest

Tamae Watanabe, beat her own age record for an Everest climb by a woman set 10 years ago. She reached Everest’s summit from the Tibetan side on May 19, 2012 at the age of 73 years and 180 days.  “It was much more difficult for me this time,” Watanabe told reporters . “I felt I was weaker and had less power. This time it was certainly different. I felt that I had gotten old.”  Click here to read more.

Contributed by Kory Kogon, FranklinCovey Global Productivity Practice Leader

High School Freshman Wins Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

 Jack Andraka, a high school freshman from Crownsville, Md won the grand prize from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.   That alone is pretty extraordinary but when you consider his project…it is truly amazing. 

He developed a, “paper sensor that can detect pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer before they become invasive — for as little as 3 cents and five minutes.  The test is 168 times faster, over 26,000 times less expensive, and over 400 times more sensitive. Also, it’s more accurate — it’s nearly 100 percent accurate in its diagnosis. Then also, it’s portable and doesn’t required specialized training.”

Jack received $75,000 in scholarship money and about $12,000 in cash.  Click here to read more.

Contributed by Kory Kogon, FranklinCovey Global Productivity Practice Leader


David Garibaldi continues his road from ordinary to extraordinary!!

For those of you who have been through the 5 Choices, you are aware of our very powerful case study of David Garibaldi, a one time teenage graffiti artist who is now a sensational and unique performance painter. 

Click here to see David continue his journey to extraordinary as he competed this week on America’s Got Talent.

Contributed by Kory Kogon, FranklinCovey Global Productivity Practice Leader

6-Year-Old Makes Unassisted Triple Play

This video is fun to watch but also notice this future hall of famer’s response to the question, “Did you ever in your life think you would get a triple play by yourself?”  His response was, “No, but I wanted to and it finally happened!”

We all have potential…especially when we put our mind or vision to it.

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Contributed by Kory Kogon, FranklinCovey Global Productivity Practice Leader

The Learning is Becoming Part of Me

“Another impact was to see what I was learning becoming part of me as evidenced by my comments to my daughter when I was helping her with a drill on the soccer field and she was getting disappointed because it was not always accurate. I asked her ‘What is it you want to see happen here?’ and ‘How can you see yourself getting to be at that place?’ and ‘Do you want it to be excellent or just okay?’ It was great to see the mindset change in myself and realize that I now had a useful way to teach my daughter to look at things and give her better preparation for her life.”

5 Choices Participant, March 2012, USA

Impressive Improvement In My Benchmark

“These past five weeks have been some of the most productive and rewarding in my recent memory thanks to the 5 Choices program. Taking the time to refocus on my goals has set me on track to achieving them, even though I still have some things to work on. I spelled out the specifics in my report session feedback, but what I was most impressed with was the improvement in my benchmark assessment. I went from a pitiful 72 to a whopping 145.”

5 Choices Participant, March 2012, USA

Planning Versus Reacting

“The 5 Choices class has made a huge difference for me in terms of planning versus reacting. I thrive in the whirlwind. While at most times exciting and enjoyable, it can be an exhausting existence as well. Going through the 5 Choices program has helped me realize that I can think ahead and strategically determine where to put my efforts, instead of relying on spur-of-the-moment judgment decisions. It has helped me change my mindset from one of ‘get things done’ to ‘what can my greatest contributions be?’ I am working to integrate this way of thinking into how my immediate team operates and have plans to expand outward from there.”

5 Choices Participant, March 2012, USA

Welcome from Kory Kogon

Welcome to the NEW 5 Choices blog! I look forward to this being a community where we share our best thinking to help each other make the most of our energy, attention and time.   Everyday I am amazed at how much information and knowledge is at our fingertips to be able to learn, innovate, create, grow wiser and do extraordinary things.  At the same time this amazing onslaught of information, messages and demands  is the perfect storm for a personal energy crisis,  low engagement and a myriad of other problems.

The Productivity Practice within Franklin Covey is proud to wake up everyday thinking about and researching how to help individuals, teams and organizations feel and be more “accomplished” everyday.  We create and provide the tools and processes to overcome and remove personal and professional barriers to making great contributions every day.

I look forward to your contribution to this blog….what are your tips?  What makes you feel accomplished and highly productive?  Your challenges?  If you are a 5Choices graduate what are your best practices?  

And….you see our “Everyday Extraordinary”.  We have posted two stories so far of regular folks doing something marvelous…making HUGE contributions even when the going was tough….Amazing…and even EXTRAORDinary!!!  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE contribute!  Who do you know that you work with, in your family or even yourself that has done something of really high value…even when the chips were down…or they could have just remained status quo.  Please post them for all of us to enjoy and by which we can be inspired…..

We all have the potential for extraordinary productivity.  Let’s work together to get there!

Contributed by Kory Kogon, FranklinCovey Global Productivity Practice Leader