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Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

They give people hope and strength

Most of my work is speaking at conferences and talking about what it means to be a real life superhero in the workplace. My hope is that by the end of my speech, people feel more inspired to use the best of who they are and what they have to make a positive contribution. One of my key points is that not all superheroes wear capes. It’s not an original point, but the content is. It just fits right, especially after I speed paint my favorite superhero – Batman!

The phrase “Not all Superheroes Wear Capes” has been floating around for decades and is credited to a superhero named Anonymous. Nobody owns it – meaning, we all have an equal share in it. The freedom in having that kind of ownership is that we can add our own interpretation as to what we believe that quote means to us. So, here is a little bit of mine.

Today, it seems any which way we look,
we see something disheartening.

Massive hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and, most recently, the Vegas shooting. If you observe people watching the news at airports like I do, all you see are heads shaking back and forth. The looks on their faces say, “What in the world is going on?”

I had just finished my speech at an all company development day, and as I was meeting people afterward, I met a woman who was actually in the crowd when the Vegas shooting happened. She still seemed a little shaken by the experience. I mean, you could see it in her eyes. But she said something that seemed to diminish the fear in the experience, “Sam, it was scary, but what made a difference were a lot of good people showed up and helped out.”

The thing about real life superheroes is they give people hope and strength in the midst of something that bombards us with fear and tragedy. A real life superhero doesn’t wear a cape; rather, they use the best of who they are and what they have to make a positive contribution. People started lining up to give blood just hours after the Vegas shooting. That’s huge.

A real life superhero never asks,
“What’s the least I can do?”

No, a real life superhero rises up from the ashes and lends everything thing they’ve got in an effort to make a positive contribution.

I happen to believe we need more real life superheroes in our world – everyday people willing to take extraordinary actions.
As I tell my audiences in my speeches, “You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing!”

Real life superheroes are everyday people who do the seemingly little things, but with an exceptional heart and attitude.

  • It’s the single mom working two jobs to support her two teenage daughter,
  • it’s the young person who stands up and speaks out when they see someone being bullied,
  • the co-worker who helps you get stuff done so you can meet a deadline and get home to your family,
  • the person who lets you merge over in traffic,
  • the teacher who makes learning fun,
  • the friend who gives you their last dollar to help you get by,
  • the sales person who actually cares for you instead of pretending to be nice just to get your business,
  • the receptionist who smiles and makes you feel welcomed,
  • the leader who is personal and asks about your life, family, and goals,
  • the stranger who holds the door open when your hands are full,
  • the customer service agent who goes two extra miles to fix everything for you,
  • the neighbor who picks up your blown over trash can,
  • the first responders who go above and beyond,
  • the doctors and nurses who work as a team to save lives,
  • the police officer who pulls you over for speeding, but ends up praying with you because you lost your child to cancer,
  • and the list goes on and on.


Be Your Own Real Life Super HeroIt’s comforting to know there are real life superheroes around us.
They give us hope and strength to keep going.
They give us a reason to lift our heads up and believe that everything will be okay.


My encouragement to you reading this – you’ve got all the superpowers you need to make a difference. Extend the best of who you are and what you have, and you will make a bigger difference than you can imagine. My personal philosophy – Capes Optional.



By Sam Glenn, Award Winning Motivational Speaker and Author

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Is there a difference between being nice and being kind?

My daughters are one and two years old. They are beautiful, fun, smart, creative and the absolute joys of my life. They are also perfectly normal toddlers who test boundaries and are learning and growing every single day. My wife and I work on teaching them little things such as how to be told “No” with out losing your mind or crying (still working on that) as well as how to dress themselves, use the potty, etc.

While we work on the basics like the alphabet, but our biggest focus
right now is helping them learn how to be kind.

I believe kindness is one of the most important traits you can have, no matter what your job is, where your life takes you, or whom you interact with.  If you are kind that is by far one of the most important things. Think about it…lets say you are at a store and have a request that the salesperson can not meet. The way you will feel about the experience totally depends on whether or not the person is kind to you. Either way, for whatever reason you are not able to get what you want, but if the person treats you with kindness you will still leave with a good impression. If your manager has to give you negative feedback and if they do it with kindness then you will be more likely to take the feedback in a positive way and improve your work…which will ultimately positively impact your career.

So we have taught our girls through our actions and our words how to treat others, including yourself, with kindness. After hearing my wife remind our daughter to “please be kind” for the 19th time this morning I started thinking…is there a difference between being nice and being kind? Most people would say it is the same or use the terms interchangeably, but I believe there is a big difference.

Some people are nice because it’s what they are “supposed to do” or they do it because they have to…but not because it is what is in their heart. I have heard of people being called “fake nice” but I have never heard someone be called “fake kind”.

I believe being nice is what you do
but being kind is who you are.

I don’t want my girls being nice to each other just because I’m watching. I want them to treat each other with kindness because they understand the value of kindness and they want to share joy with another person.

In the workplace managers need the employees to treat everyone with kindness regardless of whom they are serving or who is watching. If employees only serve others with kindness when the manager is standing close by, then the team and the business will crumble quickly.

How do managers (and parents)
encourage kindness?

1. They reward it when they see it. Immediately.

If you see someone doing a behavior you want them to repeat then drop whatever you are doing (if possible) and compliment them.
It will have more of an impact when it’s fresh in their memory and they will want to repeat the behavior.

2. They model it themselves  – be an example.

This is HUGE. People will learn more from your actions  than your words. Is this well known advice?
Yes. Does every one need a reminder of it? Absolutely. When you need something, how do you ask your employee for it?
Are you respectful? Polite? Make sure your actions are modeling what you want done. Be aware.

3. Don’t ignore bad behavior.

In the same way, if you see something you want, then you should immediately praise it, but if you are seeing things you don’t want happening then you need to address it as quickly as possible. Just make sure you do the correcting in private.

Praise in public, correct in private. When you offer correction, do it in a respectful way. You don’t want to make someone feel bad but instead create a learning opportunity. Compliment them on a few things that you like about them or what they do and then present the situation to them and ask how they could have handled it differently and help them come up with a few ideas. When people come up with the solutions themselves in a positive way they are much more likely to actually implement them.

My challenge for you today is this, are you treating others with kindness?

What do you believe the difference between being kind and being nice? Let me know in the comments and thoughts on my facebook page (

Have a good week!


Sam Glenn's Postcard Club

“Sam Glenn delivered a memorable, rousing, infectious and educational message to our attendees.  He was the perfect closing session speaker, leaving our attendees energized with a “new” attitude.”

– Lorraine Okabe, Director of Education and Conferences, League of California Cities

Choose Positive Perspectives to Change Your Circumstances

One person asked me, “How can I move forward if I’m in a dead-end job
surrounded by negative people I can’t stand?”

Sound familiar? Trust me, you’re not alone, I get this
question all the time. So what can you do?

The key is to adopt a different mental perspective. If you rely on your job for income and need it in order to pay bills and meet other responsibilities, you must rethink your mental outlook if you are to survive and thrive.

Truth is, your job is what it is.

But you might call taking on a different attitude re-framing the situation. It’s much easier said than done but it is necessary if you want to progress through your current situation and achieve something better. The late business philosopher Jim Rohn once said, “Don’t ask, ‘What am I getting?’ but instead ask, ‘What I am becoming?’ Because who you become is what you will attract.”
It’s not a complicated formula, but simple common sense that can get distorted with stress and frustration.  But think about it this way, What you send out comes back – multiplied.  What you use creates what you want…if you use it the right way.

When a woman and I stepped into an elevator at the same time, we did what everyone does on an elevator: stood a comfortable distance apart and then ignored each other the entire ride. When we stopped at her floor, though, she turned to me as she stepped out. She smiled and said, “You have a great day!”
I gladly smiled back, “You too!”

It was a pleasant surprise for a stranger to take the time to wish me well. When I got off at my floor, in fact, I was still smiling. Turning back toward the elevator, I said, “You have a good day!”

Now, there was no one in there but it just felt fun to do…and it felt good. Just imagine how great it would have been if someone else had been in there to receive a smile and well wishes from a stranger. And how many people might that person have impacted by passing on that simple gesture?

What if You Use Your Smile?

If you use your smile and smile at a hundred people today, odds are you’ll get a lot of smiles in return. If you frown at a hundred people, you’ll get frowns in return.

The same principle applies to everything you do. Put out poor, slipshod work and all you’ll ever be offered are poor, low-level jobs. Create only incomplete connections with your kids and the relationship will never be completely satisfactory. But let your inner self shine and you’ll have more business, better relationships and a fuller, happier life.

Using the best of who you are to create the best of what you want is simply using what you have right now (gifts, abilities, ideas, experience, skills, education, resources) and applying them with your best effort. As you implement this consistently, progress and momentum takes over. You begin to create and move towards the best of what you want. You actually become what you want!

Who you become determines if your value increases or decreases in the working world and the rest of your life. I won’t lie; I’ve had a ton of jobs I hated. I’ve been homeless, depressed and swamped with debt. But I used all those situations as opportunities to learn, grow and move forward.  If my situation was going to improve, that improvement had to start with me improving me first.

If you can take the best from where you are, no matter how bad a place that might be, you’re automatically better able to create the best of what you want.Sam Glenn the Attitude Guy

Need a little positivity in your mailbox?

My job is empowering people with positivity.  I love my job.

I give close to 100 speeches a year to organizations and companies who believe in empowering their people and equipping them for success.  After every speech, I give everyone in the audience a positive postcard.  It’s a postcard with my artwork on the front along with a positive quote.  People swarm to them and grab them by the handfuls.  Some people hold on to them for years.  One guy stopped me in the Pet Smart parking lot telling me that he saw me speak, got my postcard and it’s been on his fridge for years.  His family keeps it there as a reminder to put on the right attitude to kick start every day.

Some might think the idea for a positive postcard club is a little bit old fashioned.  That it’s snail mail, but some people – myself included, like getting something positive in the mail other than a bill or junk mail.  You can give these away to people at work, your children, post it up on your bathroom mirror…where ever. The point is that it is a tangible reminder to stay positive regardless what happens during your day.

The idea seems to be getting positive feedback as hundreds have already signed up since we launched last week.

It is 100% free to join.

This is my way of giving back and thanking everyone who supports what I do and spreads positivity through out the year. I will send out 4 postcards through out the year. The art that is on the postcard will also be available in my etsy shop.

If you want to sign up, CLICK HERE

Feel free to pass the link along to anyone who may be interested!

Why I love HOSA

HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) I want to share an experience I had recently with this organization.  I recently was selected as the keynote speaker to kick off a state HOSA conference in Oklahoma.  Mind you, I have been working with student leadership groups for close to 17 years now, but this was my first time being invited to speak at a HOSA event.  What peaked my interest was quite a bit of my work  for the past several years (speaking at conferences) has been working with leaders in the health care industry– Health Care Associations, Hospital Associations, Nursing Associations and Emergency Response Providers.

I love working with these organizations because I believe patient care starts with attitude.  Why I love working with HOSA is being able to share the real world principles that matter the most to working well with others, serving patients with care and building trust, as well as how to be effective under pressure and unexpected changes.  The health care world is always facing new changes in technology and regulations and because of that, the value of having the right attitude is a necessity.

While, I always make my speeches memorable and entertaining, I also ensure solid content that members can use and apply immediately.  The scope of my speech to the HOSA audience was not just for the younger crowd, but also for the nontraditional members attending the event who were looking to sharpen their leadership skills. I intentionally made sure my message connected with everyone regardless of their level of experience.

About a week after the event, I got a handwritten note signed by the entire leadership team and here is what it said,

“Dear Mr. Glenn,

Thank you so much for on behalf of the Oklahoma HOSA for delivering a challenging and inspiring message that we could all relate to.  Thank you for delivering in such a level that would all understand.  

We deeply appreciate the kindness, support and incredible attitude you have.  You have made a lasting impact on the lives and in the lives of Oklahoma’s HOSA members.”   – State Secretary

I am glad I could make a positive impact and was more impressed that their leadership took the time to recognize my small part in what was a pretty big event.  That was impressive.  That was great leadership.

The future of health care occupations starts with HOSA and that is a big reason I love this organization.  The education, skills and involvement this organization offers young people today is going to play a big role in future patient care.  Being a patient or having a loved one being a patient can be a little scary, but when you see the effort, development and attitude of HOSA members, it gives you the confidence that some amazing people are working hard to make a positive difference.

A part of my speech was encouraging everyone to choose an attitude that works for them.  When we choose the right attitude, we serve others better, we handle stress better, we work with others better, we feel better and we feel a greater sense of purpose and connection to the role we desire to play in the world of health care.  Attitude is such a broad subject and some may even say that it is a topic that is not very measurable.  I think it is the most measurable element in any workplace place and life environment.  I remember when I had my shoulder surgery a few years back and I felt scared.  You almost feel helpless.  But, everyone from the nurses, doctors, administration, insurance – and I do mean everyone helped me feel supported, confident and guided me through the valley of my fears.

I am now a big fan of HOSA.  I can’t wait to work with other state chapters.  I know as I continue to work with the health care industry, I am going to continue working with many HOSA members as they make the journey through personal and professional healthcare development.   Some students who saw me speak when they were in high school are now grown up, working in the health care field and hire me to bring that fuel of attitude into their departments, hospitals, offices because the know the value of  positivity in an ever changing and stressful industry.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about HOSA, here is their national website.  Take a few minutes to check it out and all that they offer their members.  It’s pretty outstanding.

Until next time, remember  IT ALL STARTS WITH ATTITUDE!

Sam Glenn is an award winning keynote speaker and is often the highest rated speaker at every conference he speaks at.  If you are looking for an uplifting speaker that your audience will absolutely love and gain value from, then contact Sam Glenn’s office about booking him.  –

Is Your Workspace Positive?

Is Your Workspace Positive?

By Sam Glenn, The Attitude Guy

Motivational Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur


Years ago I heard a little saying that goes like this, “the atmosphere you create determines the product you make.”  I like that because I subscribe to creating a work environment where I can thrive.   I know that is not always the case with every job out there.   If you watch Mike Rowe on the discovery channel and his program Dirty Jobs, it may be a challenge to hang a poster of an inspirational saying on the wall.  In fact, what is cool about that show is that the jobs that these people do – dirty- what contributes to the right work environment is their attitude.   If you don’t have the right attitude, the job just becomes dirtier and doesn’t get done right.

Let me speak from an entrepreneur’s perspective, because that is what I relate most too.  We are in the business to get positive results and achieve success.   Keeping a positive attitude is not a luxury, it is a necessity.  Creating the right work environment starts with your attitude.  The attitude you bring to your workspace is going to determine your level of effort.  If you have a positive attitude working, then you are going to have more energy, be more creative and get more done.  If you have a bad and negative attitude, then you won’t get as much done and your efforts and creativity will be minimal.

Sometimes, it’s a good idea to have things in your workspace that support, remind and nurture that positive attitude.  In my office, I have art that inspires me.  Every piece of art has a meaning that when I look at them, it reminds me of a positive message.  Plus, it makes me feel inspired.  I think it ok to have a few items that enhance your workspace for optimal performance.  However, the flip side is that if you work with others in the same area of space, you have to be respectful.  You can’t just dominate the space with what you deem good for you.   If you want to put up a poster, picture of your family, a cartoon that makes you laugh or some kind of knick knack that is a symbol of something positive, ask permission of others around you and see if they are ok with it.  Don’t be defensive if they are not or don’t subscribe to your “empowering the workspace” for positive performance.  Maybe you just need to start small.

If you have your own workspace, go all out to make it a place where you can thrive.   One office I visited had amazing colors, plants and a fish tank.  It’s an understatement to say it was awesome.  I loved it.  If you are able to, determine what colors you want in your workspace. Colors can be inspirational.  If you want a little life, adds some plants.  I suggest the bonsai tree. They are magnificent miniature looking trees that just fill a room with large energy.  I am a fan of bonsai trees.  Maybe Google empowering office designs in order to get some ideas for yourself.  The goal is not to create clutter by collecting and posting up everything cool thing that sparks something in you, but rather, be proactive and plan what things are of a positive nature that if they are in your workspace, it will inspire a positive attitude in you.  Remember, the atmosphere you create, determines the product you make.  That product can be your leadership, your service to others, ideas, how to treat others or how achieve your goals.  Your workspace atmosphere plays a huge role in feeding your attitude.  So, maybe make a few adjustments and create a workspace that empowers you to thrive and be your best.  But, don’t’ forget the number one thing that creates a positive atmosphere is a positive attitude.  You have to choose the right attitude every day.


This information is compiled, researched and written by Sam Glenn, The Attitude Guy.   Sam Glenn is a sought after keynote motivational speaker by companies and organizations that want to re-charge attitude’s for positive action to achieve positive results.  Sam Glenn’s Speeches and Motivational Books offer strategies that combat stress and negativity in the workplace and ideas that ramp up teamwork, communication and a positive culture where people will thrive.  Sam Glenn is a great kick off speaker or closing to any event.  Sam Glenn’s Official Website: (

11 Sure-Fire Ways to Revive Spirit in the Workplace

The Attitude Guy™

Reviving spirit in the workplace is like starting the wave at a major sporting event.  The process is a little uncomfortable at first and often met with rejection, criticism, and sometimes failure.

Before we get into the “how-tos” of reviving spirit in the workplace, let’s define it:

reviving spiritSpirit is the atmosphere and attitude of a place or
situation that influences  effort and attitude in its people.

In 2011, I gave close to 100 speeches on the subject of attitude to organizations who told me before their events, “We really want to revive a positive spirit in the workplace so our people will do better, or continue to do well.”

Reviving spirit in the workplace is about creating awareness that excellence still matters. Teamwork still makes the dream work. Positive communication is a must. And profit, productivity, and performance rely on attitude and effort.

The spirit in the workplace can often turn negative when others are impacted by decisions and issues that are out of their control. This might include: corporate downsizing, understaffing, budget reductions, and upper-management decisions that adversely impact employees.

Here are a Few Ideas on How to Revive Spirit in the Workplace:

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The Role of an Inspirational Speaker At School

America’s schools are in peril and it just might take the work of an inspirational speaker to lift kids’ spirits. Last year, Andreas Schleicher, a senior education official at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, said that only 7 in 10 American students get a high school diploma. Of the 34 O.E.C.D. countries, only 4 (New Zealand, Spain, Turkey and Mexico) now have lower high school completion rates than America.

The problem lies not only with school curriculum and underperforming teachers, but also with broken families that raise their children in a culture that undervalues education. Students must first see the benefits of graduating before they can be expected to put the extra effort in. At the end of the day, kids wind up leaving school over-entertained and distracted, school executives say.

By contrast, the top performing schools include Finland, South Korea and Poland. Finland is succeeding due to its excellent teacher recruiting, training and support system. South Korea places great emphasis on education culturally and, as a result, has a 96 percent graduation rate. Poland improved the literacy skills of 15-year-old boys an entire grade level.

Part of the solution is that America needs to create central control over standards and curriculum, but give local schools charter-like autonomous power. In the meantime, while we wait for massive school restructuring and renewed family values to take hold, an inspirational speaker can fill the void and impact the lives of millions. An inspirational speaker may motivate kids to stay in school, say no to drugs, pursue the path to leadership, go to college, or prepare for post-graduation life.

The words of an inspirational speaker can motivate people to succeed in every aspect of life – whether it’s in choosing a career, starting a new relationship, adopting healthy lifestyle habits, achieving financial prosperity, coping with stress, or developing a more positive attitude. Unfortunately, school curriculums do not have the time to address these important life issues during the school year, but spending a few hours of the afternoon covering these vital topics can provide tremendous benefits for the student body.

Given the complex pressures students face these days, it might be a good idea to call an inspirational speaker who can tackle issues like bullying or grief counseling for students who die in car crashes, shootings, or suicides. All of these situations make learning in school nearly impossible. However, the inspirational speaker can fill these saddened hearts with hope and perhaps even get the students to chuckle. Life is much too short to be saddled with depression, anxiety and grief.

Call an inspirational speaker like Sam Glenn today!

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Sam Glenn Celebrates 14 Years of Speaking & Inspiring through Positive and Humorous Speeches

A Special Interview with Sam Glenn as He Celebrates 14 Years Speaking and Inspiring Groups to Positive Action.

Q:  What was the best part of 2010?

Sam:  I would have to say, I met some amazing people this year at my events. It’s great to connect with people on a personal level and offer the best encouragement I can. And most of the time, I find myself encouraged by others. I love that.

Q:  What is something that others don’t know about you?

Sam:  Most people assume that since I speak for a living that I have an extrovert personality. I am shy by nature, which can lead many to think of me as non social. I love connecting with people, but it takes work on my part. I would say that I am more quiet when I am not speaking, which also is surprising to others.

Q:   What is the hardest part about what you do?

Sam:  Travel is tough. I love what I do, but travel can wear you down. It’s a test of attitude when you sit next to a smelly guy on the airplane.

Q:   What is the funniest memory you have of 2010 speaking?

Sam:  I have so many. I remember one woman passed out in the front row for like four seconds because she was laughing so hard… That was priceless.

Q:  What do you hope people take away from your speeches?

Sam:  A LOT! Being a speaker is not easy, because you cannot please everyone. Most people who struggle with my message, I would say struggle in life—relationships, work, and attitude. When they come face to face with my message, they may not be ready to address the “real issues.” And that is fine. My information is simple, yet the content is powerful. We need to be reminded that we are valuable and that our attitude is a force that either works for us or against us, and we determine which. Most people don’t understand how to use their attitude, or have never really tested the waters of what it can do for them in life. It boils down to whatever you value, you give attention to. Attitude is not a one-time conference or one book a year; it’s a daily effort.

Q:  What are your big plans for 2011?

Sam. I am excited about Go + Positive University. I think all those who attend and implement the tools will discover the true force of living a positive life, even when faced and challenged by negatives.

Q:  What are your most favorite groups to speak for?

Sam:  Every group or organization is different. You honestly never know what you are going to get. Some groups that I thought would be tough, turned out to be awesome! I thought it was funny that one group this year, their leadership complained that I was too funny, but most of the attendees wrote emails about how uptight leadership was and how much they needed to lighten up. You can tell when a group is really excited about having me and hearing the message because they know the value and impact it will have on them. I really hope to work with more groups who need an attitude adjustment, because if you look around, we live in a time when an attitude adjustment is important.

Q:  Any highlights from 2010?

Sam:  Yes, several, but one in particular. I would have to say the one thing that stands out the most was after I was done speaking and signing copies of my book. A young lady in her twenties came up to me. She had been working with the hotel staff of the conference I was speaking at. She had tears in her eyes and these were her words, “I know you!! You may not remember me, but I remember you. I met you 13 years ago!! Today is my last day at this job and I am moving to another state. I have been depressed and just had a broken heart due to circumstances in my life. I had been praying for something, anything to give me some hope. And I didn’t recognize you at first, but then you started speaking and I remembered. I was 12 years old when I saw you speak at a youth conference and I bought your book, Butt Prints in the Sand! I just want to thank you for being you and what you do. You gave me the hope I needed today. ”
When she told me this, my first thought was, “Wow. I am old!” But then it summed up what I am about. I really want to encourage people and ignite a sense of purpose and passion for what they do and who they are.

Q:  What is your favorite product you offer on your website?

Sam:  Well, if you know me, I give a ton of stuff away for free. I like to reward those who take action and invest in themselves. If I see someone taking notes while I am speaking, I will find them and give them like $100 worth of my stuff just to say thanks! I do for others what people have done for me. Everything on my website is awesome! I would say if you manage a company, my DVDs are the best. I love getting emails from employees thanking me for the DVDs because the other video stuff and training they do is boring or awful. I know; that’s why we created them!! But again, it boils down to an organization that invests in their people; those are the ones that get my stuff and reap the benefits.

I would say on a personal level, any of my books are tops. The Kick in the Attitude is a book that will show you how to swim in the deep in of life with your attitude.

Hire Sam Glenn to Speak and Motivate Your Group with Humor, Inspiration and Positive Insights. Last year, Sam gave close to 100 speeches all across the country.

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