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Be happier now

Brad Stanton —  September 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

henry ford (2)You have heard the old saying, count your blessings. I have heard many people say that when they make a list of the things they like, they feel much happier. I firmly believe that everyone has a much longer list of blessings than sufferings. In fact, most of us allow just one or two sad things to bring us down, when we have dozens of good things that make us happy.

The movie Sound of Music is special to many people, but what I like most about it is the song These Are a Few of My Favorite Things. In the movie, the nanny tells the children that if they are afraid or facing any difficulty, to sing a song about their favorite things. That song always lifts my spirits even when I am already happy. Free ebooks at GetPrayerPower.com.

One of the most powerful things about listing your blessings is that it brings more blessings into your life. That may seem difficult to believe, but if you  think about it, you will see it is true. Once I bought a white Dodge van. After buying it I suddenly noticed hundreds of white Dodge vans on the streets over the next few months. Why? My brain had been made aware of white Dodge vans in a powerful way because I bought one.

When you count your blessings, it makes both your conscious mind and subconscious aware of happy things. The subconscious is many times more powerful than the conscious. It starts to work on the ideas you call blessings, finding ways to bring them into your life, or to bring similar things into your life.

Love is the most powerful force in the universe. When you think about things you love or like, you tap into the incredible power of love. Don’t think about things you don’t like because that brings one or more of the four negative emotions fear, anger, guilt or depression. Worry is a kind of fear. Lack of forgiveness is a sort of anger. They make you unhappy and release unhealthy chemicals into your bloodstream.

More about this in my book, Ten Keys to Success, and get four free ebooks when you buy it http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/

Some things this book will help you do:

Do 3 or 4 times as much work in the same amount of time.

Learn to enjoy your work, relationships, career.

Learn to work smarter, not harder.

100% money back guarantee for one year  Buy the book http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/

Keep this book for one year and if it doesn’t help you as much as I claim it does, return it to me for a full refund.

Too many people feel they are stuck in life, not getting the things they really want. Many believe that their life will never change. But it can change for the better, and it can change quickly! This book has inspiring examples of people that changed their lives. The material in this book will motivate you to achieve your best.

If you read this book carefully and put into practice the ideas in it, your life will change for the better. I guarantee it!  Buy the book http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/


1240354_740395179312243_1966366663_nI have heard it said that God never created anyone to be ordinary. If you talk to any person long enough you will find that they have special talents and abilities.

They say people use less than 10% of their brain power. I am sure that is true. People use less than 10% of their talents. Every person can improve their relationships so that they are happier and more fulfilling. Everyone can improve his performance at his career. Everyone can find ways to improve their finances.

So many people settle for average. They may not enjoy their work because they have not learned to enjoy it. But we all know that the more a person loves their work, the better they will perform at it.

You have seeds of greatness inside you. Maybe that is hard to believe, but I am sure it is true.

Just think, if your father or mother were the CEO of a huge company, they could get you a good job within the company. If your father as the king of a country, or the president, he could open all sorts of doors for you. If you are a Christian, your Father in heaven can open doors for you. I mean he can do much more than you can imagine. Most people don’t understand the enormous power they have – the power of the Holy Spirit living inside them. They go through life just getting by instead of excelling.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

(Ephesians 3:20–21, NKJV)

 

“If you will receive this into your spirit and not talk yourself out of it, it will ignite your faith and become a reality. Let it go beyond being an encouragement and grab hold of it in your spirit. Believe, “This is for me. This is my destiny. Something new is being birthed. Yokes are coming off of me. Chains are being broken. I am stepping in to the fullness of my destiny!”  ~ Joel and Victoria Osteen

 

Free ebook “Make Money Doing Your Hobby”  click here.

 


1238939_3333142623494_471814278_nIf I can do it, so can you. Start part time and maybe later do it full time later. Or, you can make money with the hobby you love most while you keep your present job. To get the FREE ebook “How to Make Money Doing your Hobby” click here.

Many people who really love their hobby end up making good money doing it. For example, Michael Jordan loved basketball, and he ended up making a career of it. Many people I know enjoy talking to people about Jesus, and get paid to do it. Just think, they get paid to talk to people. They raise money using the same method I used.

George Mueller raised a lot of money for orphanages in England. In fact he raised about $70 million in today’s US dollars and adjusted for inflation. Here is what he did:

  • He talked to many people about the need for money to build buildings and feed orphans
  • He prayed often and consistently
  • He talked to individuals and groups of people
  • He was a master at painting word pictures of the need for money for the orphans

If you want to make money doing your hobby, do what he did.

This ebook tells you how to motivate people to give money to your cause or volunteer to help you do the work to raise money.

The Master Mind Group

Napoleon Hill studied 500 of the richest, most successful people in the world. Some were presidents of the USA, others were presidents of large companies. All had contributed to society in some way. Here is a quote from one of Hill’s books:

“You, who read this book, [Think and Grow Rich] will get most out of it by putting into practice the Master Mind principle described in the book. This you can do (as others are doing so successfully) by forming a study club, consisting of any desired number of people who are friendly and harmonious. The club should have a meeting at regular periods, as often as once each week. The procedure should consist of reading one chapter of the book at each meeting, after which the contents of the chapter should be freely discussed by all members. Each member should make notes, putting down all ideas of his own inspired by the discussion. Each member should carefully read and analyze each chapter several days prior to its open reading and joint discussion in the cub.

By following this plan every reader will get from its pages, not only the sum total of the best knowledge organized from the experiences of hundreds of successful people, but more important by far, he will tap new sources of knowledge in his own mind as well as acquire knowledge of priceless value from every other person present.”

The idea of meeting with other people to discuss ways of achieving your goals and dreams in life is very powerful. The old saying “Two heads are better than one” is certainly true. I am amazed how much faster people come up with good ideas when they work together. Also, there is a motivational aspect that is very beneficial to every person in the group. There is much research out there to back this up. I can’t stress enough the importance of a Master Mind group.

If you are interested in finding more information on the Master Mind Group principle, just type those words into a search engine and you will find a wealth of information.

There are ten keys to success in making money with your hobby. They are:

The Ten Keys:

Key #1 Decide what you want in life
Key #2 Think about what you do well
Key #3 Clarify your values
Key #4 Set goals
Key #5 Believe you can reach your goals
Key #6 Find other people to work with
Key #7 Be disciplined and persistent
Key #8 Enjoy your work and work hard
Key #9 Never, never, never give up
Key #10 Pray

I go into detail on each one of these keys in my book Ten Keys to Success. I found that each of these keys is very important for a number of different reasons. You can buy the book here: http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/


1238939_3333142623494_471814278_nIf I can do it, so can you. Start part time and maybe later do it full time later. Or, you can make money with the hobby you love most while you keep your present job.

Many people who really love their hobby end up making good money doing it. For example, Michael Jordan loved basketball, and he ended up making a career of it. Many people I know enjoy talking to people about Jesus, and get paid to do it. Just think, they get paid to talk to people. They raise money using the same method I used.

George Mueller raised a lot of money for orphanages in England. In fact he raised about $70 million in today’s US dollars and adjusted for inflation. Here is what he did:

  • He talked to many people about the need for money to build buildings and feed orphans
  • He prayed often and consistently
  • He talked to individuals and groups of people
  • He was a master at painting word pictures of the need for money for the orphans

If you want to make money doing your hobby, do what he did.

This ebook tells you how to motivate people to give money to your cause or volunteer to help you do the work to raise money.

The Master Mind Group

Napoleon Hill studied 500 of the richest, most successful people in the world. Some were presidents of the USA, others were presidents of large companies. All had contributed to society in some way. Here is a quote from one of Hill’s books:

“You, who read this book, [Think and Grow Rich] will get most out of it by putting into practice the Master Mind principle described in the book. This you can do (as others are doing so successfully) by forming a study club, consisting of any desired number of people who are friendly and harmonious. The club should have a meeting at regular periods, as often as once each week. The procedure should consist of reading one chapter of the book at each meeting, after which the contents of the chapter should be freely discussed by all members. Each member should make notes, putting down all ideas of his own inspired by the discussion. Each member should carefully read and analyze each chapter several days prior to its open reading and joint discussion in the cub.

By following this plan every reader will get from its pages, not only the sum total of the best knowledge organized from the experiences of hundreds of successful people, but more important by far, he will tap new sources of knowledge in his own mind as well as acquire knowledge of priceless value from every other person present.”

The idea of meeting with other people to discuss ways of achieving your goals and dreams in life is very powerful. The old saying “Two heads are better than one” is certainly true. I am amazed how much faster people come up with good ideas when they work together. Also, there is a motivational aspect that is very beneficial to every person in the group. There is much research out there to back this up. I can’t stress enough the importance of a Master Mind group.

If you are interested in finding more information on the Master Mind Group principle, just type those words into a search engine and you will find a wealth of information.

To get the FREE ebook “How to Make Money Doing your Hobby” click here.

There are ten keys to success in making money with your hobby. They are:

The Ten Keys:

Key #1 Decide what you want in life
Key #2 Think about what you do well
Key #3 Clarify your values
Key #4 Set goals
Key #5 Believe you can reach your goals
Key #6 Find other people to work with
Key #7 Be disciplined and persistent
Key #8 Enjoy your work and work hard
Key #9 Never, never, never give up
Key #10 Pray

I go into detail on each one of these keys in my book Ten Keys to Success. I found that each of these keys is very important for a number of different reasons. You can buy the book here: http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/

Prosperity IQ

Brad Stanton —  August 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

Passion first

Two groups of people were observed for many years. The two groups totaled 1500 people. Category A had 1245 people. They said they would pursue money first and do what they really wanted to do later.  Category B made up of 255 people said they would seek their interests and passions first and let money follow later. 20 years later there were 101 millionaires from the entire group. 100 of them came from group B. Do you focus on money or passion?

Prosperity IQ

1.       Do you secretly fear wealth make you unlikeable by friends and loved ones?

2.       When you grew up were you told rich people were bad?

3.       Did your upbringing say sacrifice now for reward in heaven?

4.       Do you feel guilty if earn more than your parents?

Were you or do you:

5.       Raised to fit in not stand out

6.       Grow up liking shows like Dallas where rich people were bad

7.       Chronic health challenges that doctors can’t seem to help

8.       Jealous with people with money, subconsciously hate/dislike rich people

9.       On some level do you think it is noble to be poor

10.   End negative relationship and replace with other person like the person in the last relationship

11.   Use idioms such as poor as a church mouse, filthy rich, obscenely wealthy

12.   Do you say “You have to have money to make money” or “You have to know someone to be successful?”

13.   Relish being the underdog all the time

14.   Could it be you are experiencing challenges to get sympathy?

15.   Are you in a stable relationship, enough money but feel life passing you by?

If you said yes to 1 or 2 questions you have a prosperity mindset and are not repelling money.

Yes to 3 or more questions show some problem

Yes to 5 or more you are in stagnancy cycle so that you don’t break thru to real success

Yes to 7 you are headed to or experiencing serious challenges

From The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale

http://www.myprosperitysecrets.com

 


This blog is all about success in relationships, career, finances and whatever you consider important. Years ago when I started reading books about how to be successful (written by people who achieved great success), I was surprised to find that the keys to success in relationships is very similar to the keys to success in career, building wealth and everything else.

More than three dozen times Jesus said that faith is the key to answered prayer.

(For references click here.) But strong faith is hard to develop. The disciples spent three years watching the hundreds of miracles that Jesus performed. That gave them faith. We are not that fortunate, we have to read about miracles and do other things to strengthen our faith. How do we do that? Below is a list of 25 ways to strengthen faith. If you don’t believe the things Jesus said, keep reading. The success experts agree these are important factors to success.

For powerful prayers do this…

The following is a test I hear in the book The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale. He borrowed this from someone else. After reading many books about how to achieve success, I would say that he summed it up very well with this test, which I have simplified from the original. Read the questions and write yes or no to each one. The questions in parenthesis are for clarification and don’t need to be answered. I’ll tell you how to score it at the end of the test.

1. Do you know what you want in life, can you write it, have you written it down on paper or computer?

2. Are your dreams and goals the same as years prior? (Have you had the same goals and dreams for at least several years?)

3. Say out loud your goal, for example “I am earning $200,000 a year.” How do you feel–do you feel relaxed and happy?

4. Are you very, very motivated to succeed?

5. Would your friends and family say you are incredibly persistent?

6. Positive mental attitude. Do you believe God adores you and will always help you or that this a friendly universe that will always help you?

7. Are you a grateful person? (Do you feel grateful every day?)

8. What has prevented you from achieving your goals and dreams? Is it completely due you? (As opposed to other people or things?)

9. Do you consider yourself a “lucky” or fortunate person?

10. You are a creator, you have power to create. You are one with the great I AM of the universe. Do you believe these statements?

11. When unsure, are you most likely to ask God (or work things out for yourself) for direction and help?

12. Would you be comfortable if someone told you that you are very talented and would pay you half a million dollars a year to work for him?

13. Do you feel you are being realistic when you think about achieving your goals?

14. You can have, be or do anything you want. Do you believe this is true? Does it make you feel good?

Continue Reading…


7558068-hundred-dollar-billsFaith

Many times in this blog I have written about the power of faith. Both atheists and Christians believe that it is critical for success.

Your beliefs may be limiting your life more than you realize. Our mind is like an iceberg, with the conscious part like the part of the iceberg above water and the subconscious being the submerged part. The subconscious is much larger than the conscious. Sounds hard to believe doesn’t it?

Freud wrote about the importance of the subconscious mind. At that time many were surprised to learn how influential the subconscious is. Now most people understand that it is true.

When we are not getting the results in life that we want, it is good to check our limiting beliefs. Maybe in our conscious minds we want to get out of debt and have an abundance of money but we always seem to be broke all the time because in our subconscious we feel money is wrong.

Poverty

People who are often in financial trouble probably have a bad attitude about money. Whether they know it or not, they are repelling money from themselves. The negative attitudes and feelings limit their faith that is needed to attract money.

Many people believe that money is somehow evil. If you believe that it is more noble to be poor than rich, or that it is a sin to be rich, you will probably find yourself repelling money.

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

The words “love of money” are the Greek word “philarguria.” It means:

  1. Avarice, insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.

  2. extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess;

  3. Sordidness: morally ignoble or base, vile, meanly selfish, self-seeking dirty filthy

  4. extremely stingy; miserly; extremely poor; destitute; indigent; poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.

So this word can actually mean “extremely poor.” Why do most Bible translators translate it as “love for money?” Probably because we don’t have a word in English that has the same meaning, and the context of the verse before it seems to indicate that it means something like an unhealthy love of money. But everyone likes money, unless they don’t have enough of it. Then they have a bad attitude about it and probably feel uncomfortable when they get bills in the mail or have to spend a lot of money that they don’t have.

Jesus said if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can move a stronghold (mountain). Matthew 17:20. Poverty is a stronghold and can cause many problems. When a person is poor they often feel they are not able to help others financially. However, Jesus said that if you give, you will receive in the same measure that you give. Luke 6:38. That means that if you gladly give, you will receive.

God’s idea of prosperity

Deuteronomy 5:33 Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Deuteronomy 6:24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.

Deuteronomy 28:11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.

Deuteronomy 29:9 Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do.

Deuteronomy 30:1 [ Prosperity After Turning to the LORD ] When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations,

Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.

Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Hopefully the information above will help your subconscious mind realize that money is not dirty or sinful. You can also make up your own affirmations and say them out loud or silently to get this idea deep into your subconscious.

More verses about prosperity, click here.

So, let me know what you think about all this. Also, if the link above doesn’t work, please comment. Thanks and have a great week.


Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy

The amazing thing is that the principles for getting better relationships with friends and loved ones are the same principles for doubling your income in a year (more on this later in the post), for excelling at your career, losing weight or doing well in sports.

Brian Tracy did not graduate from high school, and while he was in school his grades were low. He failed high school English, but went on to write many books that have sold millions of copies. He became a multi-millionaire. After leaving school, he began laboring jobs, and moved from job to job and eventually got into sales.

He didn’t sell well, but he found a salesman who was making 10 times more than anyone else. He sold the same product to the same people during the same times, but always sold much more. Tracy asked him how he did it, put those ideas into practice and began to become very successful. He became a top salesman by reading and learning how to sell. Later he became a sales manager and began reading how to succeed at that.

It really is true, leaders are readers.

The law of cause and effect (sowing and reaping-you reap what you sow) says that the effects, the circumstances in your life are happening because of certain causes. You can change the causes to achieve the effects you want. In other words you can change what you are doing to achieve the results you want. It is possible for every person and it is possible every time. The law of cause and effect is a powerful law that can change your life for the better, or for worse. Use it to your advantage.

Success leaves tracks – if you study the tracks of successful people (study what they did) you can learn how to be successful.

Nothing works the first time. One of the keys to success is that one keeps trying even after he has failed. It is impossible to find a person who always succeeds the first time he tries something new.

Most people see that their relationships, career, finances, etc. are not as good as they want, but they often just assume that it will always be that way because they have tried in the past, year after year, to improve a relationship, but didn’t see any improvement, so they gave up and quit trying.

Most people wish they could have a better relationship with their husband or wife. Well, guess what? It is certainly possible if you learn how to do it and are willing to work hard at it

Skills are learnable. If you can read this and use the internet you can learn the skills you need to achieve the goals we are talking about here. Tracy talks about certain skills that are necessary to achieve goals, and all are learnable.

Brian Tracy says you are one skill away from doubling your income, improving your relationships, excelling at your career.

Dream big dreams. You probably want to be happy, healthy, wealthy, slender and with good relationships. If your life were perfect in five years, what would it look like? The starting point for great relationships is that you dream and believe you can achieve it, and really want it enough to change what you are doing in order to get your goal. The starting point for success in creating wealth is the same as that, and is the same for career goals.

Develop resilience and bounce back. You will be knocked down many times, be ready to bounce back.

click here for the 15 skills by Brian Tracy and for a link to his youtube video. Tracy talks about how to double your income in a year.

The power of faith

Brad Stanton —  April 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

408730_577751578906157_1311257080_nSome of the greatest people in the history of the world achieved their greatness because they were told as a child that they would do great things in life.

Alexander the Great is an example. In Alexander’s day, an oracle proclaimed that whoever unloosened the Gordian knot would become ruler of all Asia. Alexander cut the knot with one stroke of his sword – and rose to tremendous heights and power. Napoleon was given a star sapphire when a child, with the prophecy that it would bring him luck and some day make him Emperor.

J. Edgar Hoover took over the FBI before it was the Federal Bureau of Investigation, when the agents didn’t even have the authority to carry guns.  He had a strong sense that he was destined to build a mighty empire. He believed that he would and should build the FBI and he did. He often wrenched power from congressmen by illegally spying on them and blackmailing them, so he wasn’t the nicest guy in the world by any means. But he had great faith in his goals and because of this he brought about the massively powerful organization that is called the FBI today.

Many bad men have used the power of faith to bring about bad things, so one has to be careful how one uses the power of faith. For example, Hitler was a genius at building confidence, or faith, in the German race. He had amazing talent that enabled him to convince his people that they were the master race. Because they believed that, they achieved some very amazing things. The size of the war machine that small country produced was way beyond their proportions.

Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes. He also said that if a person has faith, they can move mountains. Nothing will be impossible for them.

One powerful way to strengthen faith is to visualize getting the results you want. The more you visualize, the stronger your faith grows. Also, thank God for giving you what you ask for. Obviously we should not ask for things that are not God’s will. But the more you thank God for answering your prayer, even before it gets answered, the stronger your faith becomes.

The magic of believing

Brad Stanton —  April 15, 2014 — 7 Comments

w clement stoneClaude Bristol wrote a book called The Magic of Believing. In it he expands upon the idea of Positive Mental Attitude, Power of Positive Thinking, or as Jesus called it, faith. Bristol noted that to achieve goals and dreams, it takes more than just hard work. Many people have worked very hard and never achieved their goals. Other people seem to magically achieve their goals.

Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about the power of faith, of visualizing a goal and working for it to achieve it. Tomas Edison talked about the amazing powers of the mind. The outstanding scientists Steinmetz, Tesla (invented AC motors and over a hundred other of today’s most useful inventions) and Marconi (invented the radio) all agreed that there was something very powerful in the mind, call it faith or something else, that could bring about amazing results.

Bristol studied the science of faith and taught it to some of his workers when he was a vice president. “All of the employees sat around in a half circle and as I began my remarks, I asked each man to provide himself with paper and pencil.” He told them to write down whatever it was that they most wanted in life. He told them that he would explain to them how to get it.

Some of the men laughed but Bristol told them to do it or lose their jobs. “If this stuff doesn’t work, we’ll all be out on the street.”

One of the men who laughed apologized later, but said that the idea of writing down a goal and learning how to make it happen in such a way seemed unreasonable.

But the amazing thing is that in the years that followed, Bristol asked all of the men if they obtained what they had written down. “Without exception, every man had. One had wanted a wife of a certain nationality. He got her, and there are two fine boys in the family. Another man put down the figures of a very sizable fortune. He got it. Another man wanted a beach cottage, and other a better home and so on. Steadily through the years every one of these men has constantly made money, many of them averaging monthly more than they had ever made before in their lives, much to the astonishment of many others in the same line of business.” Page 167 The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol

What was it that Bristol taught these men? It was the power of faith, of believing. It is the same stuff that I constantly blog about in this website. Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

 


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Mandino wrote the best seller The Greatest Salesman in the World. It is a fictional book which teaches the fundamentals of success in not only selling, but just about any challenge that a person might face in life. The book is about ten scrolls of wisdom that will bring success to anyone who studies them and puts the wisdom into action. 30 years after the book was written, it still sold over a million copies per year.

One of the characters in the book says that anyone who masters the principles in the ten scrolls will be able to amass as much wealth as he desires. Apparently a lot of sales managers believed this was true because many recommended the book to their sales staff.

Augustine “Og” Mandino, started life well as a bombardier in a B-24 bomber in WWII. After the war he married and sold insurance, but it seemed no matter how hard he worked, he couldn’t get out of debt. He became an alcoholic and his wife left him. He became so despondent that he almost killed himself by buying a gun from a pawn shop. He decided not to, and went to the library where he found W. Clement Stone’s classic, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, a book that changed Mandino’s life dramatically.

He became an outstanding salesman and remarried. He was promoted to manager and he trained salesmen, establishing a first rate sales team. Later he became good friends with the super successful salesman W Clement Stone who put Mandino in charge of strategic positions in his company.

 “The ten scrolls are time-tested wisdom of the ancients distilled into ten simple scrolls” which, if followed for the prescribed ten months, will as Og says, “seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend. As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I will begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. My vigor will increase, my enthusiasm will rise, my desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I will be happier than I ever believed it possible to be in this world of strife and sorrow.” (Scroll I) The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

These are a few of the powerful ideas in the book. Selling is not an easy job. Rewards are great because most succumb to despair and quit.

If you have ambition and desire and are willing to work and learn, selling is a good profession.

Prove to me that you can endure the life of a salesman. Obstructions and obstacles are necessary for success. Victory comes only after struggles and countless defeats. Each obstacle is a friend forcing you to become better. Each rebuff is an invitation to become better.

“Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough.” This phrase is repeated throughout the book.

In the book, a camel boy named Hafid is sold a cloak by a master salesman. He goes to Bethlehem, a poor town, to try to sell the cloak but instead gives it to a baby lying in a manger. A star follows Hafid back to his master, who takes it as a sign to give the scrolls with their knowledge to Hafid.

While listening to this book I asked myself: How did Hafid know that baby Jesus was worth the cloak? How do we know that Jesus is worth following? We just know, our spiritual intelligence tells us.

I have wondered why W. Clement Stone chose Mandino to be a close friend and business partner. Maybe it is because he demonstrated he was trustworthy by his devotion to Jesus. He also had certain skills, such as a burning desire to succeed and strong faith (some call it positive mental attitude), that Stone must have realized were necessary to succeed.

Mandino says that in some places each bull is tested on its courage to see how well it will do in a bullfight. The bull is allowed to charge the picador in the ring. It will be rated by how many times it is willing to charge even though it feels the pain of the blade. Mandino says we are like the bull and life is like the picador. Each day I am tested by life in the same way. If I continue to try, to charge forward, I will succeed. I am a lion. I refuse to walk, talk and sleep with the weak. I will persist. The prizes of life are near the end of the journey. I may encounter failure at even the thousandth step, but I will keep walking. One step at a time is not too difficult. I will consider each day as a blow of the lance of the picador.

Even a child can chop down a mighty oak tree if he persists on chopping one day at a time. I will remove from my vocabulary words like can’t, quit, impossible, retreat, give up. Where dry desert ends, green grass grows. I will persist because each failure brings me closer to success. I must fail often to succeed only once. Must have the night to understand how good the day is. I will persist until I succeed.

Every day I will say “This is the best day of my life.” I will persist, I will win. “Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough.”

You can listen to the audio book free on Youtube. There are a few sentences of Chinese at the beginning for some reason. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy3JnxaimUs


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This idea can be used to lose weight, I’ll tell you why later in this post.

You have probably heard that sugar pills (placebos) can heal people if the person taking the pill thinks it is real medicine. A study showed that people who thought they received knee surgery did just as well as people who really did get knee surgery. Incisions were made in the knees of both groups, although some patients did not receive anything more than two small cuts on their knees. The other group had full surgery to correct joint problems. Two years later both groups reported the same improvements in their knees.

Chris Berdik, who is a science journalist wrote a book called Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations. In it he discusses how powerful the mind is to bring about positive change in a person’s life.

One amazing study he writes about was done by Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer. Hotel maids were studied. Some were told that the daily work they did such as vacuuming, changing beds and general cleaning is good exercise. A control group of maids was not told this. After four weeks, the groups who had been told about the exercise lost more weight, had lower blood pressure, reduced waist to hip measurement and improved body mass compared to those who had not been told.

Another study involved people throwing balls at a target. After throwing the balls they answered two questionnaires. After completing the questions, one group was told that their answers indicated that they would perform well under pressure. All of the participants were videotaped and offered prizes for improving their throwing accuracy. It was found that 90% of the people who were told that they would do well reached their accuracy goal. Of the people who were not told they would do well, only 27% improved their throwing skills.

So what does this mean? Can we lose weight by thinking about the benefit of the physical exercise we get every day? Apparently some people can. And many studies have shown that when people are told they are doing a good job, it helps them perform even better.

The moral of the true stories is that you can strengthen people with praise. The more you strengthen them, the more they will strengthen you. But the opposite is almost always true, the more you say hurtful words to others, the more they will weaken you in return.


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神 爱 你,并 且 为 你 的 生 命 有 一 奇 妙 的 计 划。

Do you believe that you reap what you sow? In other words do you actually get the results that you caused to come about by your actions? I include a fun mental exercise at the end of this post. This post will be hard for many people to understand.

Negative thoughts bring about some sort of negative consequence. Negative thoughts are those dealing with the fearsome foursome:

1. Fear  2. Anger  3. Depression  4. Guilt

It is said that all negative thoughts fall into one or more of these four categories. For example, worry is a kind of fear. Shame is a form of guilt. Sadness is a form of depression. Frustration and lack of forgiveness is anger.

These negative thoughts cause the body to make toxic chemicals flow into the bloodstream. They also tend to bring about more negative thoughts, more intense negative thoughts. If a person keeps thinking negative thoughts it almost always causes him to do negative things or say negative words that can cause serious problems. A business speaker said that negative thoughts can put enough toxins in the blood stream of a man or woman that if you drew a sample of blood and injected it into a rat, it would kill the rat.

If we sow positive thoughts we get stronger and more loveable. To think about things that we like, love or are attracted to is sowing positive thoughts. We are able to deal with pressure at work better, handle relationships better and just about every aspect of life. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Love makes a person stronger and happier. This is true for every person and it is true all the time.

Isaac Newton said that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is a law of nature that has been proven for hundreds of years in physics. But the amazing thing is that this is just another way of saying you reap what you sow. Some call it the Law of Attraction or Karma.

People who are successful in life (by just about any definition of success) are the ones who think positive thoughts and therefore use the power of love. Some achieve great success through hard work and talent, some have little talent but apply lots of hard work and the power of love.

An Olympic athlete competes because he loves the sport or he loves the idea of becoming a champion or he loves being in front of a crowd of people. He/she has to somehow be attracted to a sport. That person has to have faith, or you could call it confidence, that he can do well at the sport, otherwise he won’t be willing to do the work required to be successful.

If you want the life of your dreams, visualize it every day, love the idea and have faith. Be willing to love your work so that you work hard. The more you visualize it and love the idea, the stronger you will become. Think about things your like, food you like, places you like, things you like, TV shows, music, movies, sports, food that you like.

Many believe that everything that happens to you is a result of what you sowed, or planted in life with your thoughts, words or actions. Some don’t want to believe it because it puts too much pressure on them. Others want to believe it because it means that they can control everything that happens in their life. What do you think? Leave a reply and let us know.

Exercise:

Imagine for five minutes that you really can control everything that happens to you by reaping what you sow. What would you sow? How would you live your life? What would you do and think about? Many of the most respected life coaches say that you really do control your life. If you believe in God, and that he has the power to control everything and that he loves you, it becomes easy to believe that you reap what you sow, and reap only what you sow. Why did the Apostle Paul emphasize this point so much? Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

Ten Keys to Success http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/


00Brian_TracyI enjoy listening to Brian Tracy (shown at left) because he became successful through brute determination and willingness to learn. He flunked out of high school, didn’t have good people skills, wasn’t good at anything until he decided to turn his life around by learning. He did laboring jobs until he couldn’t find another job after losing the other jobs. He began selling and didn’t start well at it. But he was willing to learn. He found one salesman sold ten times more than the others even though he sold the same product to the same people under all the same circumstances. He asked that salesman how he did it, then Brian became a millionaire. But he didn’t make it because he was born with talent. He did it like you and I will have to do it, through learning how to do it and hard work.

I took these notes from a lecture Brian gave about the secrets of self-made millionaires.

What are all the things I could do to double my income in one year. Write 20 answers to this question. For example, work harder, work smarter, go to seminars, etc. more people have become millionaires through this method of mind storming than anything else.

To accomplish a big goal in life, like to start a business, write a book that sells well, become financially independent, start a charity or any number of things, you have to be willing to become a different person. The qualities you need to succeed are those that make u better in charity, decision making, determination, strength, etc.

Skills are learnable. If you can drive a car, you can learn the skills you need to succeed. If you do these things you WILL succeed.

You are one skill away from doubling your income. You just need to find that skill.

  1. Dream big dreams. Develop a vision of yourself as happy healthy wealth y thin. Lots of time friends experience. If you could be have or do anything in life, what would it be? They have found that this is the starting point of success. Make a dream list.
  2. Do what you love to do. Find a way to make a living doing it. What did you want to do as a child?
  3. Commit to excellence. Brian Tracy was not good at anything, he failed in school, did not have good people skills, got fired often, he went from job to job. It takes 5 to 7 years to become the top in your field.
  4. Develop your unique talents and abilities. Everyone is born to do something well. In this blog I have written about people who seemed to have no abilities, but found something they were good at and succeeded.
  5. See yourself as self-employed. The top 5% of successful people see themselves as self-employed. All exceptional people are highly responsible people. You work for yourself. The most valuable people in the company are those who feel that they are working for themselves, as if they are self-employed. They are like cream they rise to the top.
  6. Develop a clear sense of direction, become intensely goal oriented. You can’t hit a target you can’t see. One of the richest self-made millionaires said there are two things you need to do to become rich. H L Hunt made $3 million a day. He was asked what the secret to success is. He said the first is to decide what you want in life, to set goals. The second is to determine the price you will have to pay to get it and be willing to do whatever it takes to reach those goals. Take a piece of paper and write ten goals. If you could accomplish only one goal, but had to accomplish it in 24 hours, what would it be? That goal is probably the one you want most. Circle that goal. Turn the paper over and write a list of things you can do to reach that goal. Do something every day to accomplish that goal. It is the secret to success in life. People become great when they do this. A man told Brian Tracy that he was broke, divorced, alcoholic, but he did this goal exercise and ten years later had earned $40 million. He said this exercise changed his life.
  7. Refuse to consider the possibility of failure. Most people quit before they start because they are afraid they can’t accomplish the goal. Everyone fails, probably 9 out of 10 things that we try, fail. It is the fear of failure that holds you back. If you learn from your mistakes you will succeed. Henry Ford said failures just teach us how to win. Winners find the lesson in the failure, they learn from their mistakes. Your biggest problem today can bring your best learning and be your biggest help.
  8. Dedicate yourself to lifelong learning. Knowledge and skill are the keys. Learning new skills are important because things change so quickly, the old things you learned.
    1. Read 30 to 60 minutes a day in your field. Read bestselling books written by successful people.
    2. Take every course that you possibly can. Take the ones taught by professionals. You will learn enough in one or two days as you would learn in years on your own. Some have learned enough from one seminar is they became millionaire.
    3. Listen to audio programs in your car. It is like taking a class at a university, or even better because you can study exactly what you want to learn.
  9. Be a workaholic. You really have to work hard. My note, learn to love your work, really enjoy it. Every hour you work over 40 hours brings you closer to your goal. The average self-made millionaire works 59 hours a week, also the average top executive also works 59 hours a week. When you work, really work, don’t waste time. The average person might only work fifty percent of the time at work because they come in a little late, leave early, take long lunch, talk to others, etc.
  10. Get around the right people. As much as 99% of your success in life is who you spend time with. Do you spend time with successful people? We absorb the opinions of the people we associate with. Bad relationships drag you down. One negative coworker can drag down the whole office.
  11. Be prepared to climb from peak to peak. You won’t be up all the time, you will be down part of the time. Life is two steps forward and one step back. Realize you won’t win all the time
  12. Develop resilience and bounce back. You will be knocked down many times, be ready to bounce back.
  13. Become an unshakable optimist. Think and talk about what you want most of the time. Look for the good in every situation. 3 qualities: a. they learn more things, b. try more things, c. they persist – they never give up.
  14. Develop the qualities of courage and persistence. Two types are needed to succeed. First the courage to begin. Secondly the courage to persist. No matter what happens you will never give up.
  15. Quality of self-discipline. Be able to make yourself do what you should do when you should do it.

You can watch the 46 minute speech by Brian Tracy at http://youtu.be/la6S-2bvme0

They achieved their dreams

Brad Stanton —  February 7, 2014 — 9 Comments

fdasdfasdfFred Couples, pictured at left, and Jim Mans both studied at the University of Houston. Every Saturday for three years they would get together to play act out their dreams and goals in life. Fred Couples pretended he had won the Masters Golf Tournament and Jim Mans pretended he was a famous reporter, interviewing him.

Seven years later Fred Couples won the Masters Tournament. After finishing the course, he walked into Butler cabin and saw Jim Mans sitting there, waiting to interview him. By this time Mans was a famous reporter. Their eyes met, and they both began to weep. They were overwhelmed by the joy of achieving their dreams together.

Couples and Mann both understood the importance visualizing success. This technique was used by East Germany to achieve the distinction of having more gold medal Olympic athletes per capita than any other country. Each athlete would visualize himself going through his routine perfectly. Afterward, he would visualize himself standing on the gold medal platform.

It is best to visualize first thing in the morning after waking and last thing at night before sleeping because the brain is in the alpha state and more receptive to the power of visualization.

Jack Canfield made a fake $1 million dollar bill and attached it to his ceiling so that it was the first thing he saw every morning. When he awoke, he would look at the bill and visualize the lifestyle it would bring him and feel the emotions of achieving his goal. That was one thing that helped him maintain faith that he could achieve his goals. Later he ending up selling over 150 million books and achieved his goal of making lots of money.

What would you do if you had one million dollars? You could help lots of people, pay off your house, send your kids to college, feed the hungry and much more. Is it wrong to want to be financially secure? Leave a reply.

Do you have what it takes?

Brad Stanton —  January 29, 2014 — 1 Comment

Paul Orfalea

Paul Orfalea

You think you lack talent? Take a look at a lot of the super high achievers who have much less talent than you. God has put in you everything you need to achieve all he has in store for you.

It is not a coincidence that you are reading this blog post. Many people have prayed that the right people will be drawn to this information and I pray often that it will help you enormously.

Paul Orfalea was born in Los Angles of parents who were Syrian Orthodox Christian. He had learning problems in school and ADD. Not a great way to start life. He was labeled a failure at an early age. But like many other people who have achieved great things in life, he found confidence and was able to work his way out of a life of mediocrity. Now he gives millions of dollars to charities and schools and helps many people.

Here are some excerpts from Wikipedia about him:

According to Orfalea, he was a woodshop major in high school, and his typical report card was “two C’s, three D’s, and an F.” Due to his dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Orfalea reportedly flunked two grades and was expelled from several schools. He later attended the University of Southern California. Despite being fired from a number of jobs, his family supported him in his determination to launch his own business. In later life he remarked on the subject of his handicaps, “I get bored easily, and that is a great motivator, I think everybody should have dyslexia and ADD.”

Orfalea decided to start up his own business while he was attending USC. With a $5,000 bank loan co-signed by his parents, Orfalea founded Kinko’s in 1970. His first store was a 100 square foot space adjacent to a hamburger stand in the Isla Vista neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California, rented for $100 a month. Orfalea began selling notebooks, pens, pencils, and the services of a copying machine at 4 cents per copy. Within ten years, Kinko’s grew to a network of over 80 stores across the country.

Kinko’s spread across the United States and internationally, and ultimately to more than 1,200 locations and 23,000 employees in 10 different countries. Orfalea put a high value on employee satisfaction, and Fortune Magazine named Kinko’s one of the best places in America to work for three years in a row. Kinko’s was acquired by Federal Express in 2004, with Orfalea no longer involved in the company’s business management. The company presently does business under the name FedEx Office.

6 steps to success

Brad Stanton —  January 27, 2014 — 3 Comments

Jentezen Franklin

Jentezen Franklin

Have you had difficulty achieving your dreams in life? Dreams of great relationships, getting out of debt, career advancement, achievement in sports, etc. Maybe you have an addiction to food, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, laziness, sexual problems or anything else. Here are five steps to get out of the pit. The six steps are from Believe That You Can by Jentezen Franklin, but I have written it in my own words.

Thought

It all starts as a thought in your mind. You see the need to quit doing something or to start doing something else. You realize your life could be better than it is now.

Caught

Not only do we see something we want, we have to take hold of the idea that we really can get it. Many people would love to get out of debt, but they don’t believe it will ever happen, so they don’t even try to find a way to become more financially secure. Some would love to be a high level manager in their company, but they just don’t think it will ever happen, so they plug away at their boring job week after week, not doing the level of work they are capable of.

Bought

You have to pay the price for your dream. Decide to take a risk, try your best to do something you didn’t think you could do in the past. Maybe your old life is too boring. Step out on your idea. You have to believe that with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Phil 4:13 “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”

Sought

After you buy into dream you really get committed. You focus on it no matter what others say. You get in the habit of seeking it with all your heart. Ask yourself: “How bad do I want it?” That is a key. If you really want it, you will be willing to do what it takes to make it happen.

“How does one become a butterfly” she asked pensively
“You must want to fly so much you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
“You mean die?”
“Yes and no,” he answered. “What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will still  live”
—–From Hope For The Flowers by Trina Paulus

Got

Now you are there, you got the prize, or are starting to get the prize. Now you don’t have to suffer regret for not trying to accomplish your goals and dreams. Maybe you have gone a week without overeating. Even if you pig out one day, don’t worry about it. Don’t let it get you down, because sadness and regret will make it all the more difficult. Tell yourself that you are a winner and will not fail next time. The more you say it to yourself, the more it will become true. If you are a Christian, the Bible promises you that you are a winner, a conqueror (which means you can conquer problems). Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Taught

No success without a successor. Whom are you mentoring? When you teach something, it helps you really get it firmly in mind, to get it deep into your subconscious. This is a very important part of any goal, to teach others how to do it. Alcoholics Anonymous stresses that to overcome an addition it is very important to mentor others to overcome. When you teach it, you learn it much better and are much more likely to continue your success over the addiction or difficulty.


waltonIf you want to get from where you are to where you want to be, of course you’re going to have to take  risk. So make the decision to stop complaining, to stop spending time with complainers, and get on with creating the life of your dreams.” Jack Canfield, author and success coach

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.” Wayne Dyer Coauther of “How to Get What You Really Really really Really Want.”

You can be successful at losing weight, relationships, career, etc. Here is a tip for it:

Take 100% responsibility for your life.

W. Clement Stone was from a very poor family but he had a knack for selling insurance and became incredibly rich. He wrote books and magazines and is considered one of the best life coaches in the last two hundred years. One thing that he felt was very important for achieving success was the attitude of taking responsibility–100% responsibility for your life.

He trained many people who became fabulously successful in many different endeavors. Jack Canfield, who sold over 150 million books, was trained by Stone. From the very beginning of the training, Stone emphasized taking responsibility for your life.

If you believe in God and you are a Christian you know that God is a loving, heavenly father. If you don’t believe in God you may believe that the universe is somewhat the same. But stop and think about it, if God is a loving father and he is in control of everything, and I do mean everything, he can control everything that happens to you.

Many people who believe in the Law of Attraction (which means you attract into your life what you think about, or put it another way, you reap what you sow) believe that anything that comes into your life does so because you attracted it. The paycheck, the kids, the spouse, the car wreck, the divorce, everything. Many people don’t want to believe that they attracted a car wreck, especially if the other person was at fault.

The upside of this is that since you attracted everything into your life, you can get rid of anything you don’t want. It may take years to develop that kind of faith. But I have talked to, and read about countless people who have been healed of all sorts of illnesses that doctors could not cure and overcome difficulties that amazed me.

I have a friend whose brother was a firefighter. He was arrogant and was heading the wrong direction in life. He was a bodybuilder who enjoyed picking on people so that he could start fights and beat people up. Then one day as he fought a fire a lady drove through thick smoke and pinned him to a fire truck with her car, crushing his legs. He lost his legs and said that it was the worst day of his life and also the best day of his life because he turned his life around, became a Christian and quit his self-destructive ways.

So did he somehow bring that accident into his life? Some believe that he did. He certainly had a reckless, cavalier attitude about life before it happened. Maybe if he had been more careful he could have avoided it.

The point is, if you want to be successful at anything, relationships, career, weight loss, making money, etc. you have to take responsibility and quit blaming circumstances or other people. W. Clement Stone felt this was one of the most important attitudes to overcome obstacles and reach success.

Stone asked Canfield if he took 100% responsibility for his life. Canfield said he thought he did.

This is a yes or no question, young man. You either do or you don’t.” Stone said.

“Well, I guess I’m not sure.”

“Have you ever blamed anyone for any circumstance in your life? Have you every complained about anything?”

“Uh…yeah…I guess I have.”

“Don’t guess. Think.”

“Yes, I have.” said Canfield.

‘OK, then. That means you don’t take one hundred percent responsibility for your life. Taking one hundred percent responsibility means you acknowledge that you create everything that happens to you. It means you understand that you are the cause of all of your experience. If you want to be really successful, and I know you do, then you will have to give up blaming and complaining and take total responsibility for your life—that means all your results, both your successes and our failures. That is the prerequisite for creating a life of success. It is only by acknowledging that you have created everything up until now that you can take charge of creating the future you want.” From The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield, chapter one.

You are a victor not a victim. You are a winner, not a loser. You are a conqueror and can conquer any difficulty in life. That is a promise if you are a Christian.  Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

To be more successful, act in ways that bring success. It really is that simple, but difficult to do sometimes.

Confess it (say it out loud).

Imagine it at least 7 minutes a day (this gets easier the more you do it, and becomes very enjoyable).

Believe it.

Do it.

Confidence is key

Brad Stanton —  January 6, 2014 — 4 Comments

7232b51d1e780b1845a7bba362702254_mOnce there was a middle school boy who desperately wanted to become a professional basketball player. He was tall, and his huge feet indicated he would grow even taller. However, he was so big that it was difficult for him to get up and down the basketball court. His huge, heavy feet were often a disadvantage because they were just too big. But he was a good basketball player.

His coach had seen many students throughout the years who wanted to play pro ball. He knew that only a tiny fraction of them would ever make it to the pros. He knew that students that age needed a plan B, not just a plan A of playing pro ball, so he tried his best to instill other dreams in the kids.

The coach realized he needed to talk to the big boy who was so intent on becoming a pro basketball player, even though he was built more for football. He didn’t want to discourage the boy, but he knew how difficult it had been for other students who put all their eggs in one basket and didn’t have a plan B.

Finally after watching the boy slow down during the game because he was too heavy to continue to run up and down the court, the coach took him aside and put his arm around the boy and said “Shaq, maybe you need a plan B.” The boy’s name was Shaquille O’Neal, but he went by Shaq.

In high school Shaq sometimes became discouraged about his goal to play pro ball. Then he met a college coach who understood that he needed encouragement. The coach realized he needed something to overcome his difficulty getting up and down the court. On a piece of paper he wrote out some exercises that would give Shaq more stamina. He gave him a pep talk, telling him that he really did have potential and that if he worked hard enough he might make it to the pros.

Coach Brown of LSU (shown above) was a gifted motivator and encourager. His words had a profound influence on Shaq, who later became a pretty good basketball player.

Who can you encourage? There are many people out there who rarely hear an encouraging word. One of my goals in life is to help street kids. Some of them have been abandoned by their parents, and that is definately not good for the self image. They not only need food, shelter and clothing, they also need encouragement and an education. More about street kids here http://wp.me/p2rHBL-1SB

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Motivational quotes

Brad Stanton —  December 2, 2013 — 7 Comments

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

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For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Mary Kay Ash, founder Mary Kay Cosmetics
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Difficulties are opportunities to better thinking; they are stepping-stone to greater experience. When one door closes, another always opens; as a natural law it has to, to balance. Brian Adams

It’s always too soon to quit! Norman Vincent Peale

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge

the slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge

Never give up on your hopes and dreams. Many People

Fall down seven times, get up eight times. Japanese Proverb

Don’t give up too soon. Your dreams are your real job. Joyce Spizer, author

Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. Ross Perot, self made billionaire

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually met heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. Forbes, founder Forbes magazine

They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. Forbes

He who stops being better stops being good. Oliver Cromwell

Humans were given a left foot & right foot to make a mistake first to the left, then right, left again, repeat. Buckminster Fuller

Feedback is the breakfast of champions. One Minute Manager

It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA. from rejection slip for Orwell’s Animal Farm.

I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat. Sylvester Stallone

Never give up on your dream. Perseverance is all important. Tawni O’dell, Author

If you don’t have the desire and the belief in yourself to keep trying after you’ve been told you should quit, you’ll never make it. Tawni O’Dell author

You’ve got to ask. Asking is the world’s most powerful  and neglected secret to success and happiness. Percy Ross self made millionaire


The Jewish, Muslim and Christian religion all speak of Moses, who led people out of slavery in Egypt.

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” Charles Kettering, inventor with over 140 patents

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More than three thousand years ago several million people were released from slavery and they traveled to a land that was promised to them. But because they had “grasshopper mentalities” (we are not tough enough or good enough,, we are like grasshoppers compared to them) they didn’t have the confidence to fight for the land God promisied them and instead wandered aimlessly in the desert, living a very austere life. Abundance and wealth was just beyond their grasp. They could have had it if they had faith enough to fight for it, as was proved forty years later when they fought for and won the land.

Most people believe they are not extraordinary and they will never do anything special with their life. They don’t want to get their hopes up because they have been disappointed so many times in the past. They don’t aim for any goals in life because they are afraid of failure. It has often been said “If you don’t aim for anything, you will probably get it.”

It has been said that if you ask a person in any store why they are there, they will have a good answer, they came to buy something or just came to look around. But if you ask a person why they are here in life and what their goals and dreams are, they will probably not be able to answer the question. In fact some say 8 out of 10 people don’t really have an answer to that question.

A young man was told by his parents and teachers that he wasn’t very smart. He didn’t do well in school and after leaving high school he applied for a job at a large company near his home. The company always gave IQ tests to everyone who applied and they found that he had an extremely high IQ. They put him in a position that required a lot of thinking and planning. He did extremely well, in fact he invented a couple of new things and was awarded patents. What was the difference? He suddenly had hope and faith that he could do well at his job. He was treated with respect and it caused him to respect himself.

However, it is certainly true that many people who don’t have much talent do incredible things in life. Many of the most successful businessmen, world leaders, inventors, athletes, rock stars, etc. do not have high IQ’s. It is not necessary for success in life, by any definition of success. But it seems that hope is necessary and so is faith, or confidence, whatever you want to call it.

A grasshopper mentality is the death of dreams and goals, and usually prevents people from having big dreams and plans for the future. The way to overcome it is to read/listen to positive instead of negative, every day.

“You are more than conquerors (winners) through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37


Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell

So maybe you feel that you aren’t very smart. Can you still achieve great things in life? Absolutely, yes!

The number one problem that keeps people from winning in the United States today is lack of belief in themselves.” ~Arthur L. Williams, founder of a $90 million insurance company.

Stephen J. Cannell failed the first grade, he also failed the fourth and tenth grades. He realized that he was not a good student when he spent five hours with his mother studying for a test and then failed it. It didn’t help at all that his friend got an A on the test without studying.

He was crushed, but he decided to put that out of his mind. “I simply refused to think about it. Instead I focused my energies on what I was good at, and that was football. If it hadn’t been for football, which I excelled at, I don’t know what would have happened to me. I got my self-esteem from playing sports.”

“He had a good imagination, so he began writing. Eventually he formed his own production studio, where he created, produced, and wrote over 350 scripts for 38 different shows, including The A-Team, The Rockford Files, Baretta, 21 Jump Street, The Commmish, Renegade and Silk Stalkings. At the height of his studio career, he had over 2,000 people on his payroll.” From The Success Principals by Jack Canfield, chapter 5.

Many of the most creative people were not good students in school. Many of the best musicians, athletes and writers were not top students. In fact, Ian Flemming, who wrote the hugely successful James Bond novels that were later made into movies, was not a good student, and drifted through many jobs due to lack of success in them before he began to write.

All you have to do is find what you are good at. It takes a positive attitude and persistence. That is what this blog is all about.

Comfort vs. self-denial

Brad Stanton —  November 10, 2013 — 10 Comments

Everyone likes to be comfortable. Whether that means great food, a comfortable couch, staying home from work, or whatever, we like to be comfortable.

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But some people are lazy, or addicted to food, drugs, or other things to the extent that they are harming themselves.

Other people go to the opposite extreme and are so self-denying that they don’t have enough fun and cause problems for themselves and their loved ones.

Balance is the goal.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Marianne Williamson

I have seen this quote in many different places and used to agree with it and at the same time disagree. But then I read a quote from my friend’s psychology book. It said that change creates loss. Even if the change is positive, we have to let go of something. We fear failure and we fear success. Some people fear success because they will lose something from it. They might fear that if they are wildly successful they will lose the lifestyle they have now that they are comfortable with.
Many people fear change because they don’t know what lies ahead for them after the change.

Here is the rest of the powerful quotation by Marianne Williamson:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Fear & Anticipation

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English: Downtown Long Beach, California at ni...

Long Beach, Ca

Some people “play hard to get” when another person is romantically interested in them. I have seen this ruin more relationships than anything else in the world. Men and women both do this. Nowadays it is considered completely inappropriate as I will discuss later in this post.  Please leave a comment on this controversial issue.

When I lived in Long Beach, California a young man and his girlfriend met in a cozy little café by the ocean. They had been dating for some time, but the girl decided it was time to play hard to get. She insisted that she was breaking up with him, when actually she wanted to marry him. After a long, heated discussion, he went out to his car, took a gun out of the glove box and shot himself dead. She was interviewed while she was crying hysterically on the sidewalk near the car. All she could say was “I loved him so much.”

I was rather close to a family who had a teenage son. His girlfriend broke up with him, apparently playing hard to get, and invited another guy to a party she knew her ex-boyfriend was going to. She flirted all evening with the new boy toy, making sure the boy she loved saw it, just to peak his interest in her and to make her more attractive to him. He went home and killed himself. Of course his family was devastated, apparently the girlfriend was too.

Most people don’t kill themselves when the person they like or love plays hard to get. But most feel terribly sad about it. The more a man/woman respects and admires another person, the more likely he/she is to quit dating when other plays hard to get. This is because if he thinks she is totally wonderful, he feels he doesn’t really have a chance for her anyway.

If a person does stick with a partner through this torture, it means he/she is very confident or knows all about mind games, or she doesn’t really think the partner is all that special anyway and keeps trying because it is not all that painful to do so.

Honesty is a very important aspect of good relationships. People who enjoy inflicting pain on their partner for their own gain will probably also be the type to punish their spouse severely for anything he/she considers less than proper treatment.

Many large companies tell their employees every year that they can only ask a coworker out twice, any more than that is considered completely inappropriate and can be considered sexual harassment.  After this training, many people don’t ask a person out more than twice, even if he doesn’t work at the same company, so if one is playing hard to get, the relationship ends dead in its tracks.

Most men I know respect a woman for asking him out before he asks her out. Ladies, you have been set free, you can choose the man you want, in the old days it wasn’t this way. When a woman chooses to take the subservient role and plays hard to get it is very confusing to men and I notice most men bail out these days because they expect equality.

Leave a comment, feel free to disagree with this post!