July 2022

July 2022

Strategies for Success Newsletter July 2022 Issue 199


Published by Emily Huling Selling Strategies
Copyright 2022 Emily Huling. All rights reserved.


In this July 2022 issue:

  1. Thoughts from Home
  2. Thoughts from Others
  3. Josmo’s Cafe
  4. Stay Energized


  1. Thoughts from Home

Inward thinking

There is much outward thinking going on right now because, well, there is a lot going on in the world. When is the last time you did inward thinking?

The Proust Questionnaire is a perfect starting point for self-examination. It was Marcel Proust (1871-1922) who developed this 35-point questionnaire at the age of fourteen as a parlor game to reach into the depth of person’s character. Since then, these questions have been used for a myriad of celebrity interviews, developing literary characters, getting to know others, and self-examination.

Here are some of the 35 questions.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
  2. What is your greatest fear?
  3. What do you most value in your friends?
  4. Which living person do you most admire?
  5. What is your greatest extravagance?
  6. Where would you most like to live?
  7. What is your most treasured possession?
  8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
  9. On what occasion do you lie?
  10. What is your motto?

Readers of Vanity Fair magazine will be familiar with these questions that have been used for celebrity interviews for years. Those interviewed include Lily Tomlin, Serena Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, Ray Charles, Sidney Poitier, Carrie Fischer, Bette Midler, and dozens more.

Consider using select questions to get to know your coworkers, colleagues, family, and friends a bit better. But first, why not start with yourself?


  1. Thoughts from Others

Every few years, I include Ralph Waldo Emerson’s beautiful and meaningful poem What is Success? in my newsletter.

I love the message so much that we gifted our family’s recent high school graduate with a beautifully framed copy. Quincey wasn’t familiar with the poem and loved it. It will be a perfect message to read frequently and share with others as she begins Elon University in the fall.

What is Success?

To laugh often and much

To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children

To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends

To appreciate beauty

To find the best in others

To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition

To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived

This is to have succeeded!


  1. Josmo’s Café

Woo hoo! We have two featured recipes this month!

When John and I visited Arizona this spring, we discovered a delicious Lemon Capellini Pasta Salad at Sprouts Farmers Market. Since we don’t have a Sprouts store close by, I found a copycat recipe. It tastes exactly like the salad from Sprouts! All the fresh herbs needed in the recipe grow in my garden, adding to the salad’s perfect copycat taste.

I couldn’t wait another month to share this next recipe with you! First, a question. Who knew adding brewed coffee to mashed bananas enhanced the flavor of the bananas?  Not me! When I tasted these muffins at my cousin Lisa’s house (Lisa is the best baker in the family) I was in love. “What’s the secret ingredient?” I asked. To my surprise Lisa said there is one – it’s brewed coffee! Delight the muffin-lovers in your life with these delicious Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Please see dozens of our recipes on the Josmo’s Café page on the website.


  1. Stay Energized

Our Energizer Minute for July is Choose when you rescue someone.


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