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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
Once 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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Rick Little was only 19 years old when he decided to start an organization to help school kids with self-esteem, setting life goals, handling conflict and other important life skills. He began writing proposals and sent them to over 155 foundations. He got rejected over and over again, but he kept trying. He slept in his car and ate mostly peanut butter and crackers for almost a year.
But he never gave up on his dream. Finally, the Kellogg Foundation gave Rick $130,000. That was just a start. Rick had big goals so he kept working. Rick began forming a team of people and together they raised $100 million to start an organization called the Quest program. Three million kids in over 30,000 schools around the world work together with Quest to help kids have a better life.
Rick Little and his team worked hard and because they helped so many people he received a grant for $65,000,000. This is the second largest grant ever given in US history. He used it to start the International Youth foundation.
Rick got so many rejections, but what would have happened to him and all those kids if he had given up after he got one hundred rejections?
I first read about Rick Little in a book called The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, the bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books which have sold over 150 million copies around the world. Jack was rejected by 144 different publishers before he was finally accepted for his book.
Novelist Steven King threw away the manuscript for Carrie because he was rejected over and over again, but his wife retrieved it from the garbage and the book went on to sell over 4 million copies and was made into a blockbuster movie.
Never give up on your dreams and goals in life.
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.
This story has a powerful moral that will make your life better if you think about it and put it into practice every day.
“Many of life’s failures were people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas Edison
Many years ago a man from Europe took a ship to the United States. He had planned this trip for years and saved every penny he could for the boat ticket. His relatives were proud of him because he had worked so hard to make a better life for himself.
Day after day on the ship, while the other passengers were going into the cafeteria he would sit and eat cheese and crackers because that was what he had the money to buy for the trip and they were items that didn’t spoil. But as the weeks wore on, he became rather despondent. He felt sad that he had to eat this same food every day, while the other passengers at the declivous food in the cafeteria. He could smell the wonderful smell of the different foods each day and it made him long for even just a taste of it.
Finally one day a man from the same country he was from came up to him and spoke in his native language. “Why are you sitting out here eating that tasteless food when you could be in here enjoying the food with us?”
The man hung his head and said “I don’t have the money for this food. It took all my savings to buy the ticket.”
His compatriot replied “The cost of the meals is included in the price of the ticket! You can eat this food with us every day.”
The man was shocked. He had been eating the plain, flavorless food when he could have been enjoying the better food with his friends. He quickly went into the cafeteria, sat down with his compatriot and they enjoyed a meal together.
You and I are the same as that man. We trudge through life without enjoying many of the things we could be enjoying because we think we don’t have the right stuff to have the blessings we want.
Many intelligent people drop out of college because they fail one or two tests and conclude that they are not smart enough to make it
Many young men quit courting the woman of their dreams because she told them she wasn’t interested and they gave up on her.
Many people get mad at the company they work for and change jobs just when they were near success.
Many give up on relationships too early.
Many of the most successful people have said that faith (confidence, positive mental attitude, positive thinking, whatever you want to call it) is important to achieving your goals and dreams in life.
The man who started Walmart (he would be the richest man in the world if he was still alive) Sam Walton said “It is amazing what a person can accomplish if they believe in themselves.”
Jesus said basically the same thing. More than a dozen times he talked about the importance of faith.
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can tell a mountain to move, and it will. NOTHING will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
Also, many people don’t get what they want because they don’t ask. Just think what would have happened if the man in the story asked about the food. He would have found out it was already paid for! Don’t be afraid to ask. Just think about the possiblities!
*Make your own fate happen!
Some fun facts from Zig Ziglar:
A blood sample of several people in the audience was taken at Zig’s seminar before and after he delivered a motivational speech. It was found the endorphins in the blood were 300% higher after the speech than before. [Endorphins are the feel-good chemicals that help us feel peaceful and happy. I hope reading this raises your endorphin level!]
80% of millionaires in the USA are first generation millionaires. That means that the majority of them made their own fortunes.
Legal immigrants to the USA, no matter where they came from, are four times more likely to become millionaires than those born here. [Darn, I guess that means I’m less likely to become a millionaire.] Many people had to accomplish very difficult tasks just to come here.
People who set goals in the US earn $4000 a year month more than those who don’t. Goal setters are happier and healthier than those who don’t set goals. [My note: I read that one class of Yale graduates was tracked during and after graduation. It was found that the 4% who had clear, definite goals accomplished more than the 96% who didn’t have goals.]
The military teaches discipline and many qualities that are required for success. In fact, 175 of the 500 CEOs of Fortune Five Hundred companies were formerly in the Marines.
Has something ruined your past? Don’t give it permission to ruin your future!
A friend sent this to me on facebook:
This is one of the greatest stories ever told in Hollywood. His name is Sylvester Stallone, one of the most famous American Movie superstars. Back in the day, Stallone was a struggling actor in every definition. Things got so bad that he even ended up homeless. He slept at the New York bus station for 3 days because he was unable to pay rent or afford food. His lowest point came when he tried to sell his dog at a liquor store to any stranger because he didn’t have money to feed the dog anymore. He sold it for only $25 and walked away crying.
Two weeks later, he saw a boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Chuck Wepner and that match gave him the inspiration to write the script for the famous movie, ROCKY. He wrote the script in only 20 hours! He tried to sell it and got an offer for $125,000 for the script. But he had just one request. He wanted to star in the movie. He wanted to be the main actor, but the studio said no. They wanted an established actor.
They said he “Looked funny and talked funny”. He left with his script. A few weeks later, the studio offered him $250,000 for the script. He refused. They even offered $350,000. He still refused. They wanted his movie, but not him. He said no. He had to be in that movie.
After a while, the studio agreed, gave him $35,000 for the script and let him star in it! The rest is history! The movie won Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Film Editing at the prestigious Oscar Awards. He was even nominated for BEST ACTOR! The Movie ROCKY was even inducted into the American National Film Registry as one of the greatest movies ever!
And do You know the first thing he bought with the $35,000? THE DOG HE SOLD. Yes, Stallone LOVED HIS DOG SO MUCH that he stood at the liquor store for 3 days waiting for the man he sold his dog to. And on the 3rd day, he saw the man coming with the dog. Stallone explained why he sold the dog and begged for the dog back. The man refused. Stallone offered him $100. The man refused. He offered him $500. And the guy refused. Yes, he refused even $1000. And, believe it or not, Stallone had to pay $15,000 for the same dog he sold for $25! But he finally got his dog back.
And today, the same Stallone who slept in the streets and sold his dog JUST BECAUSE he couldn’t even feed it anymore, is one of the greatest Movie Stars ever.
Being broke is tough, really hard. Have you ever had a dream–a wonderful dream? But you are too broke to implement it? Too unsuccessful to do it? Too small to accomplish it? I’ve been there too many times!
Life is tough. Opportunities will pass you by, just because you are a nobody. People will want your products but NOT YOU. It’s a tough world. If you aren’t already famous, or rich or “connected” you will find it rough.
Doors will be shut on you. People will steal your glory and crash your hopes. You will push and push. And yet it might seem that nothing good is happening to you.
And then your hopes will be crushed. You might even be broke. You will do odd jobs for survival. You will be unable to feed yourself. And yes, you may end up sleeping in the streets. It happens. Yes, it does.
But never let them crush that dream. . Whatever happens to
You, Keep Dreaming. Even when they crush your hopes, Keep Dreaming. Even when they turn you away, Keep Dreaming. Even when they shut you down, Keep Dreaming.
NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EXCEPT YOURSELF! People may judge You by HOW you look and by WHAT You have. But please, Fight on! Fight for Your place in history. Fight for your glory. NEVER EVER GIVE UP!
Even if it means selling all your clothes and sleeping with the dogs, ITS OKAY! But AS LONG AS YOU ARE STILL ALIVE, Your STORY IS NOT OVER. TRUST ME.
Keep Up the Fight. Keep your dreams and hope alive. Go get it.
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“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete, or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win—if you don’t, you won’t. ~Bruce Jenner, Olympic gold medalist.
George Zimmer is an amazing success story. Even though he was fired from Men’s Wearhouse, no one can argue that he is rich and famous. Not a bad life for a man who built Men’s Wearhouse Inc. from one small Houston store using a cigar box as a cash register to one of North America’s largest men’s clothing sellers with 1,143 locations.
Zimmer said this: “Over the last 40 years, I have built The Men’s Wearhouse into a multi-billion dollar company with amazing employees and loyal customers who value the products and service they receive at The Men’s Wearhouse.”
He didn’t do background checks on potential employees for his company because he believes everyone deserves a second chance.
In his younger days he carried his material and suits in the trunk of his car and went around selling them to potential buyers.
His story reminds me of a friend I had in California. He and his wife are from Hong Kong. His father escaped from mainland China and arrived in Hong Kong, his trade was to sew clothes. He began by mending and making clothes as he sat beside the road. He worked hard and dreamed of ways he could build a business.
Eventually, due to his business skills, friendly personality and excellent service, he was able to hire an employee to help him sew clothes. After training one, he trained others and soon he had the money to buy a small factory. As years passed he had grown his business to the point that he was selling containers of clothes to the USA and had become rich.
Success in relationships, career, business, getting out of debt, overcoming an addiction is possible. You really will achieve success if you have faith, work hard and follow the principles for success that the experts write about, and that I put on this blog.
Usually it boils down to how bad you want it. If you want something so much that you are willing to sacrifice for it, it will almost certainly come about.
More information at: http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/
神 爱 你，并 且 为 你 的 生 命 有 一 奇 妙 的 计 划。http://bradstanton.com/2012/05/27/does-confidence-make-a-difference
Have you ever stopped to think that the more you enjoy something the better you will do at it? For example Michael Jordan loves basketball. He would have to love the game to be willing to put in the incredible number of practice hours that he did. And Einstein loved physics. He would have to really enjoy it to work as a patent clerk in the daytime and work on his Theory of Relativity in the evening and during his free hours at work.
A husband who really enjoys his wife and children will be a better husband and father. He will not only be more loved by them, but he will love them more and be happier with the results of their lives. http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/
We can take a look at two hypothetical employees, Bill and Tom. Bill has learned to love his job and continues to learn to love his wife more and more. Tom hates his job and does not get along well with his wife. His boss would tell you he has a bad attitude and doesn’t get along well with others.
Bill comes in to work about fifteen or twenty minutes early almost every day. He has plenty of time to go to the coffee machine and buy a steaming cup of black coffee, just the way he likes it. He goes to his desk and organizes his day so that he can control events instead of events controlling him. He is relaxed and ready for a brand new day.
Tom often comes in ten minutes late. He is in a rush every day and it stresses him out. When he arrives at his desk a coworker is already waiting for him with a question about a project he is working on. Tom doesn’t have time to relax with a cup of coffee and his day is already set – stress and frustration.
Bill likes his job. He is grateful for it. That does not mean he never faces problems or difficulties. But he has a good attitude and that helps him cope with anything that goes wrong.
A couple of years ago I did some studying on what American companies are looking for when they hire employees. I found that attitude is considered very important by most companies. In fact many large companies say they prefer a person with a good attitude over a person with more experience and skill.
The Apostle Paul told us to be overflowing with thankfulness. A person who is really thankful for what he has will enjoy life more and be more excellent in his relationships and his job. When Bill drives home from work he begins to look forward to seeing his wife and children. He enjoys them. He takes time every now and then to think about the benefits of being married to his wife and the joy of each of his children. http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/
When Tom is driving home from work he is thinking critical thoughts about his wife and children. Probably the dinner will be late and he is very hungry. The kids will be naughty and noisy and he won’t be able to rest. He will probably lose his temper with either his wife or one of his children and then everyone in the family will be unhappy for awhile. They will sit down and eat together, but it will be very quiet and rather tense.
If dinner is late for Bill he eats a snack or lies down for awhile until he is rested and refreshed enough to face this new challenge. He enjoys the noise the children make because he knows they are having fun, and he enjoys seeing (or hearing) them have fun. If the dinner is late, it doesn’t matter, he knows his wife has been busy with many different tasks around the house all day and she won’t finish work until all the kids are in bed.
Psychologists and business experts tell us that positive reinforcement is more effective than negative. That means if we want to change other people’s behavior it is better to tell them what they are doing right instead of what they are doing wrong. Getting angry and shouting at people may change them for awhile, but it usually brings about more harm than good in the long run. http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/
神 爱 你，并 且 为 你 的 生 命 有 一 奇 妙 的 计 划。http://bradstanton.com/2012/05/27/does-confidence-make-a-difference/
Is it possible for you to get out of debt, have extra money for your family and have an extra $40,000 to give away to help orphans around the world? Yes it is.
A man named Napoleon Hill spent years studying 500 of the most successful people in the world. He found that certain qualities were important to create success, influence and financial freedom. I can’t write about all of the things he found in this blog post, but I dedicate this blog to sharing what I found from Hill and other great leaders such as Edison, Einstein, Lincoln, Jesus and others. If you spend at least 5 minutes a day reading motivational material, it will help you become more successful in relationships, career and your goals and dreams.
Chuck Yeager was the first man in the world to fly faster than the speed of sound. Many people said it was impossible for man to break the sound barrier. Many had tried and found the airplane they flew began to vibrate terribly. Some were even torn apart and the pilots killed. But Yeager had faith that it could be done. After a horse riding accident he was suffering severe pain due to broken ribs, but he climbed into the airplane to break the sound barrier. When he reached 700 miles an hour, the airplane was vibrating violently. That was the time that many pilots had lost faith and pulled back on the power to slow the plane down. But Yeager had unshakeable faith—a trait that is very difficult to find. He kept flying and broke the sound barrier, passing through into smooth, calm flight.
If you are going to raise your income 20% and become financially able to give lots of money to help others, you will have to have a lot of faith. It probably won’t happen overnight, or maybe even in a year. But if you keep believing and stay persistent in your plans, you can make it happen.
Here are six of the steps Hill found was important to achieve success.
1. Fix in your mind the exact goal you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say, “I want success.” Be definite as to what that means to you. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which was described in earlier posts).
2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the goal you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)
3. Establish a definite plan date when you intend to possess the goal you desire.
4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
5. Write out a clear, concise statement of what you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for it, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to achieve it.
6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before sleeping at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ–—SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE GOAL. It is very important to FEEL it!
It is important that you follow the instructions described in these six steps. It is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of a goal” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.
A success story: “Hamdi Ulukaya borrowed $1 million to buy an 85-year-old factory in upstate New York, came up with a new recipe for an ancient product and took on Fortune 500 giants in a consumer category that most experts figured was locked up.
Five years after selling the first case of his Greek-style yogurt, Chobani, in October 2007, Ulukaya reached $1 billion in annual revenue. This kind of growth is unheard of, particularly for a startup, in the packaged-goods business—and rare in the tech world.” From Fortune news.
Throughout my life I have seen numerous miracles. The more miracles I saw, the more I believed that they would happen in the future.
I read about many people who sell insurance so well that it seems like a miracle because they can sell to people that the other salesmen can’t persuade. I have seen people healed miraculously, and I have been healed myself in this way.
There is an ancient story about a man who had a number of students. This man could do amazing things and soon his students could do miracles also. One thing the man did was that when he was told he must pay tax, he simply told one of his students to go fishing and open the mouth of the first fish he caught. In it would be a coin valuable enough to pay the tax for all of them.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to perform miracles like this? You wouldn’t even have to pay tax from your own money anymore. What a selfish idea, right? Most people would think this is either a crazy idea or selfish. But since Jesus himself did this, I say it is neither crazy nor selfish. Want to be like Jesus? Try doing that!
I know what you are thinking, it won’t work for me. And it is certainly true, if you believe it won’t happen, it won’t. Jesus said that many times. He said that if you have faith even as small as a mustard seed you can move a mountain, nothing will be impossible for you.
The world tells us “Well, we can’t all be Billy Grahams.” That is a lie. Jesus said that everyone who has faith in him will do what he did and even more. The problem is, it takes years to develop this kind of faith, at least for most people.
John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
“A failure establishes only this: that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.”
“Sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure.”
– Donald Trump
“More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.” – Bill Sunday
Thomas Edison probably failed more times than any other scientist/inventor of the last two centuries. However, he also succeeded more times than any other inventors. He received patents for well over a thousand useful inventions.
Babe Ruth struck out more times in a year than any other person in his baseball league. However, he also hit more home runs than anyone else.
This means that we don’t need to fear failure. In fact, if we learn from our failures, they can be very good things. Edison tried over 10,000 ways to design a long lasting light bulb. When asked if all those failures discouraged him he said “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
“How many people are completely successful in every department of life? Not one. The most successful people are the ones who learn from their mistakes and turn their failures into opportunities.” – Zig Ziglar
Sometimes failure makes us stronger. Michael Jordan was cut from the varsity basketball team when he was a freshman, and the agony he experienced from that pushed him to work much harder than he already was. The player that beat him for the top spot must have been outstanding. If that player was not very good, Jordan would have made the team without learning to put extra effort into his goals and dreams. He might not have been such an outstanding player in college.
Abraham Lincoln failed many times, he went bankrupt, failed in political races many different times and married a woman who was apparently mentally ill. She was known for throwing coffee in his face in public, going on bizarre spending sprees and being especially difficult to get along with. But during one of the worst times in his marriage he wrote the Gettysburg Address which stands even today as a masterpiece. His years of being president of the US were extremely difficult, a man not as accustomed to trouble might have buckled under the pressure and let the US split into two countries.
Don’t let your failures get you down, they can raise you up.
Most people want to lose some weight, have happy relationships, achieve financial independence or get a 20% raise and be very good at their job. Some people even want to win an Olympic gold medal.
Most people who have accomplished great things in life such as becoming an outstanding athlete, musician, teacher, businessman or leader, started from the bottom without a lot of help. Many who became millionaires started out poor. Many sports stars started out awkward and slow. Many musicians started out without any apparent talent.
Kop Kopmeyer wrote four bestselling books which each contained 250 principles for success, for a total of 1000 success principles. When asked which was the most important he replied, “Self-discipline.”
Longfellow aparently felt the same way:
“Those heights by great men, won and kept,
Were not achieved by sudden flight.
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.”
A person who is willing to do what he needs to do, when he needs to do it whether he feels like it or not is going to do great things in life. Usually the only way to achieve this is to learn to enjoy your work.
Brian Tracy said:
The payoff for developing high levels of self-discipline is extraordinary! There is a direct relationship between self-discipline and self-esteem:
• The more you practice self-mastery and self-control, the more you like and value yourself;
• The more you discipline yourself, the greater is your sense of self-respect and personal pride;
• The more you practice self-discipline, the better is your self-image. You see yourself and think about yourself in a more positive way. You feel happier and more powerful as a person.
Kopmeyer said the second most important principle is “to learn from the experts.” None of us lives long enough to learn everything on our own. Reading a book about how to do whatever you want to accomplish will propel you much farther ahead than you can do on your own.
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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
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The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.—DISRAELI.
From the book Pushing to the Front by O S Marden
“There are no longer any good chances for young men,” complained a youthful law student to Daniel Webster. “There is always room at the top,” replied the great statesman and jurist.
No chance, no opportunities, in a land where thousands of poor boys become rich men, where newsboys go to Congress, and where those born in the lowest stations attain the highest positions? The world is all gates, all opportunities to him who will use them. But, like Bunyan’s Pilgrim in the dungeon of Giant Despair’s castle, who had the key of deliverance all the time with him but had forgotten it, we fail to rely wholly upon the ability to advance all that is good for us which has been given to the weakest as well as the strongest. We depend too much upon outside assistance.
“We look too high
For things close by.”
A Baltimore lady lost a valuable diamond bracelet at a ball, and supposed that it was stolen from the pocket of her cloak. Years afterward she washed the steps of the Peabody Institute, pondering how to get money to buy food. She cut up an old, worn-out, ragged cloak to make a hood, when lo! in the lining of the cloak she discovered the diamond bracelet. During all her poverty she was worth $3500, but did not know it.
Many of us who think we are poor are rich in opportunities, if we could only see them, in possibilities all about us, in faculties worth more than diamond bracelets. In our large Eastern cities it has been found that at least ninety-four out of every hundred found their first fortune at home, or near at hand, and in meeting common every-day wants. It is a sorry day for a young man who can not see any opportunities where he is, but thinks he can do better somewhere else.
Some Brazilian shepherds organized a party to go to California to dig gold, and took along a handful of translucent pebbles to play checkers with on the voyage. After arriving in San Francisco, and after they had thrown most of the pebbles away, they discovered that they were diamonds. They hastened back to Brazil, only to find that the mines from which the pebbles had been gathered had been taken up by other prospectors and sold to the government.
Orison Swett Marden. Pushing to the Front (Kindle Locations 891-908).
“Deep within man dwell these slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him…,forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.”~Orison Swett Marden
“My daddy is very important” said a pretty little girl at a children’s party in Denmark; “he is in a very high office for the king. Some people’s last name ends in the letters “sen” and they will never amount to anything. We have to work hard to keep those kind of people down, because they are not related to aristocracy.
“But my papa can buy a hundred dollars’ worth of bonbons, and give them away to children,” angrily exclaimed the daughter of the rich merchant Petersen. “Can your papa do that?”
“Yes,” chimed in the daughter of an editor, “my papa can write about your papa and everybody’s papa in the newspaper. All sorts of people are afraid of him, my papa says, for he can do as he likes with the paper.”
“Oh, if I could be one of them!” thought a little boy peeping through the crack of the door, by permission of the cook for whom he had been turning the spit. But no, his parents had not even a penny to spare, and his name ended in “sen.”
Years afterwards when the children of the party had become men and women, some of them went to see a splendid house, filled with all kinds of beautiful and valuable objects. There they met the owner, once the very boy who thought it so great a privilege to peep at them through a crack in the door as they played. He had become the great sculptor Thorwaldsen.
This sketch is adapted from a story by a poor Danish cobbler’s son, another whose name did not keep him from becoming famous,—Hans Christian Andersen. With quotes from Orison Swett Marden
There is a type of bamboo that develops very slowly after it is planted. The roots begin to spread out. The bamboo doesn’t begin to grow up until the roots are fully established. It takes four years for the roots to develop enough to support a tall bamboo plant. Then suddenly in the fifth year, the bamboo begins to grow very quickly and can grow 80 feet in one year. It can grow almost 4 inches in one day!
Many people work very hard on their dreams and goals in life. They may work hard year after year on a marriage, a relationship, a career, a business or other endeavor. They may feel that they are making no progress. But suddenly, success can come.
Jerry and Jana Lackey worked year after year in Botswana, Africa. They built orphanages and helped poor people. But they were limited by the need for money to build bigger facilities. One day they met a rich German businessman who gave them five million dollars for a huge facility to help people there in Botswana. Their year of growth appeared suddenly.
If you are working hard and don’t see any results, don’t get discouraged. God is lining up all the right people for you. Suddenly a rich businessperson can appear on the scene and help you. Suddenly a spouse or child can change. Suddenly your business can win the big client. Keep the faith and good things really will happen.
John Grisham, the famous writer, was turned down by 16 agents and a dozen publishers before he got his first book published. It is amazing that he was only turned down that many times because many great writers were turned down ten times more than that.
John was a lawyer working 60-80 hours a week in Southaven Mississippi. But he still found time to write. He would get up at 5 AM every morning to write for an hour. After three years he finished his first novel – A Time to Kill.
Actor Harrison Ford was told by the VP of Columbia that he just didn’t have what it takes to become an actor. Ford became a self-taught carpenter and made cabinets and other things for the rock band The Doors, Sally Kellerman and a recording studio for Sergio Mendes. He made cabinets in the home of Georg Lucas, who gave him a role in American Graffiti (1973). Lucas didn’t give Ford the part of Han Solo right away. It took a lot of work and persuasion by Ford, but that role made him extremely famous.
Steven Spielberg tried to go to filmmaking school but was not accepted. He visited Universal Studios and met Chuck Silvers, an executive there. Silvers invited him to come back. Spielberg did and hung around the whole summer, pretending to be an employee there, wearing a black suit and carrying his father’s briefcase with nothing inside it but his lunch.
10 years later Spielberg directed Jaws, which made more money than any other movie at that time.
Billionaire Steve Jobs was adopted into a working class family; grew up in apricot orchards that would later become Silicon Valley. Dropped out of Reed College because he couldn’t pay the tuition; co-founded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976. Ousted from the iconic brand in 1985 after power struggle with chief John Scully. Returned to Apple in 1996, creating iPod sensation. In interim, started Pixar animation, creator of hits like Toy Story and Finding Nemo, that was later sold to Disney. Jobs was on Disney’s board and is its largest shareholder. –Forbes online
Phyllis Diller was an American actress and comedienne. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired and eccentrically dressed housewife who made self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and a husband named “Fang”, while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder. ~ Wikipedia
Diller competed with many beautiful women for the top spot in humor and many say she took it. She took what she seemed to think was her liability and turned it into an asset—her appearance.
The movie Rocky, was written by Sylvester Stallone. Complications his mother suffered during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; misuse of these accidentally severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone’s face. As a result, the lower left side of his face is paralyzed – including parts of his lip, tongue, and chin – an accident which has given Stallone his snarling look and slightly slurred speech. ~ Wikipedia
Many would feel that if he had a mouth that was crooked, acting was not for him, but Stallone didn’t let it deter him. Actually, many think his mouth adds character.
Billionaire Ralph Lauren was the son of Russian immigrants and was born and raised in the Bronx where he shared a bedroom with two of his brothers. By age 12, worked after school to help pay for his fancy taste in clothes. At one time worked in department stores. Eventually dropped out of City College to launch Polo Fashions with a $50,000 loan. ~Forbes online
You have seeds of greatness inside you that enable you to achieve the goals and dreams in your life. When you plant a seed, you probably water it often, weed it, and put fertilizer on it. The more you cultivate it, the better the harvest will be. In the same way, your seeds of greatness need cultivation to grow and cause you to be extraordinary.
Your goals may be a happier marriage, a promotion at work, to get out of debt, or better health. These are all possible goals and dreams.
Some ways to cultivate your seeds of greatness are to think positive thoughts instead of negative. Set goals and believe that you can achieve them. Be persistent, diligent and enjoy working for the dreams and goals in your life. The more you enjoy working toward the goals, the better you will work. You will end up working smarter instead of harder. Thomas Edison said he never worked a day in his life because he enjoyed it so much it was fun, not work.
Faith, belief, optimism are powerful forces that help you achieve the extraordinary. Most people don’t even think about becoming extraordinary. They don’t believe they can do it, so they don’t even try.
Affirmations are one way many people achieve success. The famous story of the Little Engine that Could is an example. The little engine was faced with a task that seemed impossible, but he repeated “I think I can, I think I can” over and over until he mustered the gumption to pull a heavy load. He accomplished the task and all the other engines cheered.
If you are a Christian, there are plenty of powerful affirmations you can use. One of them is “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:10
The problem is, accomplishing big things takes lots of time, sometimes years. It is easy to get discouraged along the way and give up. But you have never failed until you quit. The old saying really is true: winners never quit and quitters never win. http://bradstanton.com/2013/03/09/amazing-coincidences/
How do you see yourself? If you see yourself as a winner, as capable and able, you tend to accomplish much more in life, do better at your job and relationships. I heard a PhD give a speech in which he said that bad self-image was the cause of almost all divorces. At first I did not believe it, but the more I ponder it, the more I believe it may be true. Leave a comment, what do you think about this? Have you seen instances in which a bad self-image caused problems?
There were areas in my life in which I used to feel incompetent. After I picked myself off and dusted off my poor attitude in those areas, I did much better and was much happier.
This is a pic of me taken with a distortion app. It’s a bad self image. I laughed out loud the first time I saw it.
Here are some quotes that have helped me a lot, hope they help you too:
Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. Dr. Maxwell Maltz
A man’s life is dyed by the color of his imagination.~ Marcus Aurelius
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. ~ Kiyoshaki
Vision is the art of seeing the invisible. ~Johnathon Swift
Visualizing your goal for 7 minutes a day is a huge step forward in achieving it. ~many people
Abundance is the natural state of being. ~Jack Canfield
Abundance is not something we aquire. It is something we tune into. ~Wayne Dyer
People that consistently do more than the minimum at work, have a good attitude and keep gaining skills in their area and other areas are the kind of person companies want to promote.
Once a man was asked to do his work and also help another group. He resented this and complained to his boss, and finally talked his boss into letting him avoid the extra work. Later another employee did his own job and also helped the other group. It took extra time to learn how to do their job, but he did it. Then the time came for the boss to retire. The VP in charge was looking for someone who could do both jobs to promote to manager. Guess who he picked? You bet. He picked the man who was willing to go the extra mile.
Many years ago a very rich Jewish man was looking for a wife. He came from the wealthiest, most prominent family in the land. He was getting up in the years and still not married. But he wanted a very special wife. He wanted a woman who did more than the minimum, who went the extra mile.
A servant was sent in a caravan of camels to find a wife. The caravan traveled a long way and finally stopped at a well. A beautiful woman was there, getting water. The social customs of the day mandated that she offer the visitors something to drink. So she did. But she went far beyond the minimum. She looked at the camels, probably about ten of them, and asked if she could water them as well. She knew that a camel could easily drink 30 gallons of water after a long walk, and ten camels could drink 300 gallons. That is a lot of exhausting work, pulling a bucket out of a well over and over, possibly 300 times. But she did it.
The servant brought her back home to marry his master. The woman, Rebecca, married into one of the most famous and important families in the history of the world, her husband was Isaac, son of Abraham, the father of the Jewish race. If she had done the minimum, she would not have been chosen.
Zig Ziglar said that most people quit looking for work as soon as they find the job. I find it true, most people don’t keep looking for work to do after they finish their tasks. But those that do learn important skills that make them more valuable. People who go the extra mile are rare, but like rare gems, they are extremely precious