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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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神 爱 你,并 且 为 你 的 生 命 有 一 奇 妙 的 计 划。

“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” ~Jim Elliot

“No matter where you are, no matter how difficult things might appear to be, you are always being moved toward magnificence. Always.” Rhonda Byrne

God adores you and is guiding you and communicating with you every hour of every day. In fact, his Spirit, the Holy Spirit is helping you every second of every day. Of course he speaks to you through the Bible, but he also guides you with your conscience. It is through something that we feel, or that we know is true or right that he guides us.

Contrary to what some people think, God is not judging you. We know from the Bible that God is bragging on us in heaven. That’s what he did for Job in the Old Testament. Sure, God does discipline us sometimes, but just because it is for our good. He is a heavenly father who loves us more then we love ourselves.

Love, joy and peace are some of the fruits of the spirit. When you don’t feel joyful it means you are thinking about things you don’t love. When you think of things you don’t love it ruins your peace and causes negative emotions.

Tune in to communication with God as much as you can. The more you do it, the easier it gets and the more often you can do it. God is always there, loving you and guiding you, but you have to listen.

It has been said that God cares more about your character than your comfort. But he cares more about your happiness than you do. Just as an earthly father makes a child get up a go to school even when it is cold outside, God disciplines us to do what is best for us.

Does this sound selfish? Well, if all we care about is ourselves, then yes, it is. The only way to truly be happy in life is to love God because that is the purpose for which we were created. A man usually doesn’t like wearing women’s clothes in public because he was not created that way. A greyhound doesn’t like being in the house all day, he likes to be outside where he can run. Fish don’t like being out of water because they were created to be in water. If you don’t love God, you are not doing what you were created to do and it leaves an empty hole in the soul. It leaves discomfort or loneliness, dissatisfaction of some kind.

Loving God puts you on a higher plane. It not only pleases God, but it also makes your spirit stronger. Your spirit lasts forever, your body only lasts for a short time. Jesus told us to store up treasure in heaven because it lasts forever and we don’t have to worry about losing it.

When I was a kid I would spend all my money on fireworks on the 4th of July. All the money I saved would be blown up in a matter of days. It was fun, and it seemed worth it, but now I want to save treasure that will last forever. It would be foolish to work only for money or fame or anything that lasts this lifetime only. This life is over as quickly as the blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things.

Every penny I make from my book “Keys To Powerful Prayer” goes to spread faith, hope and love to people around the world through this blog and charity. https://www.createspace.com/4540174 Doing the research for this book really changed my life for the better. CreateSpace is an Amazon company. Or read sample pages of the same book as an ebook on Amazon entitled “Amazing Power of Prayer.” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008EOCODK


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

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.


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.


When one door closes, God will open another one for you!

Faith House, Tufton Street, Westminster

Faith House, Tufton Street, Westminster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The key to finding open doors in life is thankfulness. You may be facing difficulties in life right now, or you may be living the best time of your life. I know at times being thankful may be the most difficult thing to do. When people like you and me face difficulties, when it seems that problems outweigh opportunities it is easy to get disillusioned. But it is important to remember that we reap what we sow. If we reap thankfulness, it plants ideas in our subconscious mind that enable us to find open doors that we would not have seen otherwise.

I read a story about a man and his wife who went through the darkest time of their life. She had to undergo emergency surgery. She came through it ok, but was told that she could not work for at least six months. She had no insurance to cover her hospital bills. After she was discharged from the hospital her husband lost his job.

It was winter and snow was covering the ground. They both wondered how they would pay their bills, because they had not saved money and had only $5 left to their name. it would have been easy to give in to discouragement, but they remembered hearing a man talk about faith and the importance of giving. Jesus said “give and it will be given to you in abundance.” It would have been easy to say, “let’s not give away our last five dollars, what will we do for food?” But they had faith that God was a good God and that he would take care of them.

So they decided to give away their last five dollars to the Lord. After doing it, they felt excited and happy about their future, which to me means they had faith. If you wonder if you have faith, check your emotions, sometimes they will let you know. They expected a miracle. Within a few days it happened. He got the best job he had ever had. Not long after that, the hospital bill was paid in an unexpected way.

No matter how insignificant you feel, or how big your problems are, how severe your shortages are in your life, God can take what you have and make it so much better. God can give you success from your failures.

We have all done things we regret doing, even things that we are ashamed of. But no matter what we have done in the past, God will forgive us and love us completely with an unconditional love. That means that no matter what we have done or will do in the future, God will love us more than we love ourselves.


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Hong Kong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“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/

Miracles

Brad Stanton —  May 29, 2013 — 3 Comments

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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.


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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.

Motivating people to achieve self-discipline is what my blog and my book are all about. http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/ Buy one book, get four free ebooks!


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My daughter’s lips have nothing to do with this story, but they are just so cute, I had to add them here.

Brian Tracy is a motivational speaker who has helped many people find ways to get motivated and live a better life. At one of his seminars a man told him that he was a plumber and had gone as high as he could go in his company. But he had bills, like everyone else, and I’m sure he had children that he wanted to send to college and a family that he wanted to take on vacations. He desired to have better finances.

The plumber said he wanted to become a salesman in the company but when he asked management about it they said he wasn’t a good fit for the job. Brian Tracy told him that his future was up to him, but he had to learn how to sell, how to do what the new position required.

The man tried convincing management again to let him try the sales position. Finally they told him that if he was willing to take classes on his own time and study the material, they would give him a try.

A year later Brian saw him again at a seminar. He had been a full-fledged salesman for five months and was earning twice as much as his highest income in the past. He was a happier person and seemed to respect himself more and was very enthusiastic about his job.

Brian Tracy then went on to say “This story is typical of countless stories that have been related to me over the years. In each case, the individual had discovered and developed his other strengths and, subsequently, improved the quality of his or her life. And you can do the same. In fact, this may be one of the most important things you ever do.”

I have read many stories like this. A person has goals and dreams and is willing to put in extra effort to achieve the goals. Some reach their goals quickly, others take a long time. But if a person really believes he/she can do it, works hard, enjoys his work and gets training, great things always happen.
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“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


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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.


1228Billionaire 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

Seeds of greatness

Brad Stanton —  March 15, 2013 — 1 Comment

163917_16 - CopyYou 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/


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Matthew 17:20

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
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It really is true, if you have faith, nothing is impossible for you, you can do anything! If you don’t believe this, then it is not for you. Only those who believe it have faith.
There are many things you can do to build stronger failth.
1. repeat affirmations (verses) on faith http://bradstanton.com/2012/08/15/faith-bible-verses
2. thank God for what you pray for, don’t beg for it, thank for it
3. imagine your prayer answered, this builds strong faith
4. hold on, it sometimes takes a long time
5. enjoy your life while you are waiting.
6. it took the apostles three years studyiing with Jesus full time, don’t expect powerful faith in just a month or two.

734538_424972How 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

 

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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


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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 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. 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 through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

Love is everything…

Brad Stanton —  February 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Sinatra is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After 53 years I finally figured it out. It’s all about love. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING. It’s all about love. The entire Bible can be summed up in one word—love. Every singer that was loved by many had one thing—love. They may have been stupid, low IQ. They may have been weak. They may have been ugly and addicted and bad. But if people loved them, it was because they loved. They loved.

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I used to judge Frank Sinatra. He was connected. Connected the wrong way—with the mafia. He must have been a very bad man, I thought. But he had one thing that many don’t have. He had love, and faith and hope.

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If a person has love, faith and hope in abundance, he/she will be loved by others. He will rise above the crowd. He will become popular, famous. It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Love is everything. Love is all there is.

. I once read that a person could tell by reading others writing whether or not he liked people. I wasn’t sure it was true at the time, but now I believe it. If a person loves, it will flow through his work, whether it is writing, song lyrics, poetry or music.

Sinatra song a song called Summer Wind, lyrics by John Herndon.

John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (1909 –1976) was an American lyricist, songwriter and singer. Mercer was also a co-founder of Capitol Records.

He is best known as a lyricist, but he also composed music. He was also a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as those written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, and won four. ~Wikipedia


00000DaniJohnsonDani Johnson went from being homeless, living in her car, to millionaire in less than two years. She had flown to Hawaii and was working as a cocktail waitress, but she was $35,000 in debt and didn’t have enough money for a hotel. She had only a few dollars in change.

Dani got stoned on coke and woke up very confused the next morning. She had grown so despondent that she decided to end it all. She was on a beach and began walking out into the ocean and dove underneath a wave. Surprisingly enough, she didn’t die, in fact her life changed dramatically at that point. She said it was like a miracle.

“I heard a voice say, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’’

She rolled up her beach mat, turned around and walked a mile to her car.

Dani had lived through terrible problems, she was sexually abused and said this about her life:

“I was stoned out of my mind for two months – sleeping with eight different guys. I got to eat only by dating all these people. I realized that I had become worse than the family I grew up in and that was devastating. My mom and dad were drug addicts and I had never seen my parents sober. My childhood was filled with threats and getting beaten daily; week in, week out. My whole life was filled with horror and terror and lies and I vowed that I would never be like my family. And there I was doing cocaine…”

“I drove 45 minutes to the beach where I was living. And the whole time I was driving, it was as if the left side of my mind was saying, ‘This is not what is intended for your life, you shouldn’t be drinking. There is more to life,’ and the right side was saying, ‘You’re a failure, you’re a loser, you’re filthy; worse than your parents. Drive this car into the ocean.’ This was like a war inside my mind with these voices and I was literally in a trance.” From Forbes Magazine online

She got in her car and suddenly realized she had a money making opportunity in the back seat. It was a weight loss product. She made a handmade flyer (this was before computers were popular) and put it up in the Post Office where everyone in town went.

She had bargained for a voice mail account and the next day she found 25 messages on it from the flyer. She ended the month with 40 checks from new customers for a total of $4000. She used a liquor store address as her own by talking the owner into it.

Dani made $250,000 the first year by selling the weight loss program. She was a millionaire by the second year and sold her business after starting 18 weight loss centers around the country. After selling her stores she was a multimillionaire. I will tell more about how she did it in my new book The Ten Keys to Success, which I will publish soon.


If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and onlyIMG_0639
five minutes finding the solution
. –Einstein, Albert

Once a Toyota executive asked a large group of employees how to increase their productivity they only gave him blank stares. He decided to change the question and asked them to tell him ways to make their job easier and got so many responses he couldn’t keep up with the number of suggestions.

That is a great way to increase your profit in business, but does it work for changing your husband (or anyone else)? You bet!

First sit down and spend time defining the problem. What is it that you really want to change about your husband or other loved one? Don’t just say you want him to love you more, take out the trash more or be more romantic, all women want this for their husband. Think of a more precise definition to the problem. The better you define the problem, the easier it will be to solve it!

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” Abraham Lincoln

Criticizing only makes the problem worse unless it is done gently and in love. But remember, don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

Quotes from Miss H Nishah about problems:

To every girl who gossiped about me in corners of parties, to those who were my slap in the face, to the close minded or misunderstanding, to those boys that broke my heart, and to those friends who turned out to be back stabbers. You all challenged me to become the person I wanted to be. I am stronger because of all the stupid things you put me through. No matter how much you have done to me, you have unknowingly done so much more for me. So, thanks.

In desperate love, we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place.


Joe Spinell at BFSB

Faithless people lost a good chance

Years ago a man named Joe Wright told me that he had a gasoline card that he prepaid and could go to the petrol gas station and fill up his car with gas. The card was going to expire at the end of the year and after he filled his tank there was still almost a hundred dollars left on the card. Since it was the last day of the year, he knew he couldn’t use the money so he walked over to a woman who just pulled into the gas station and asked her if she wanted to use the card. She looked startled and asked him what the catch was. Joe explained to her why he was giving her gas, but she refused. Apparently she didn’t believe she could get something for nothing.

Later a man drove in and Joe motioned for him to roll down his window. The man opened it a crack and Joe asked him if he wanted to use the card for free gasoline. The man said no.

Joe didn’t give up and asked one more man who gladly accepted the offer and thanked Joe profusely. There was still money left on the card, so Joe waited and asked other people. Most didn’t believe they would get something for nothing. A few who had faith got rewarded for their faith.

Do you have faith?

If a rich person came to you and said he would give you a million dollars to write a song, would you do it? I certainly would, but it probably wouldn’t be a very good song. Yet hundreds of people write songs and make millions of dollars off their music. They had to start with the belief that they could write a song that many people would like, they had to have faith. Most people don’t try to write music or books because they don’t think they can do it well.

My blog posts are all about how to be successful in anything. But it all starts with faith. Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes (Mark 9:23). Jesus spoke of the power of faith about 40 times in the Gospels.  Buddha said similar things, so do virtually all the success coaches and many psychologists. .

The problem is that it is very difficult to maintain faith in your ability to reach your goals and dreams. Here are some things that help:

Say affirmations every day.

An affirmation is simply a short phrase that says you have achieved your dreams. Jack Canfield, the writer, used this affirmation daily: “God is my infinite supply and large sums of money come to me quickly and easily under the grace of God for the highest good of all concerned. I am happily and easily earning, saving and investing $100,000 a year.”

Jack went from a very low salary to becoming a multimillionaire with this affirmation and a lot of hard work.

Change happens

Your life can change for the better at any time. Suddenly a goal you have been working on can come to fruition. Stay optimistic, you really can reach your goals and dreams in life!

More on affirmations. http://wp.me/p2rHBL-lb Or scroll down the right hand column to “Posts by category” and click affirmations.


English: Michael S. Hyatt, Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Michael S. Hyatt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever worked hard for a family member or boss or coworkers and then when you presented your work they were dissatisfied? It doesn’t feel good, does it? It doesn’t make you want to keep working hard for that person or people.

Michael Hyatt has a very successful blog and he travels the States speaking on leadership. In his latest blog post he talks about when he was a top leader in a publishing company and his team had worked very hard for a writer. They flew up to show him what they had accomplished to promote his book, but he didn’t seem happy with their efforts at all. He told them they were not selling enough of his books and scolded them. On the way home, they all felt unmotivated to help the writer in the future. If he had acknowledged their hard work before making some helpful suggestions, the whole situation would have gone much better.

I remember once I agreed to take on more housework chores, but instead of being thanked for it, someone angrily said I didn’t do enough housework. I felt as if I already did more than my share, so it demotivated me completely. I didn’t want to take on the additional task at all after that.

Michael Hyatt gives the following five pointers:

  1. Assume others are smart and working hard.
  2. Listen intently and ask thoughtful questions.
  3. Acknowledge the sacrifices others have made on your behalf.
  4. Express gratitude for their effort and their results.
  5. Remind them why their work is so important and the difference they are making.

http://michaelhyatt.com/5-ways-to-energize-your-team.html

By the way, Michael started a blog about eight years ago. His progress was slow at first, but now he gets hundreds of thousands of visitors to his blog. Others have done the same thing, and some have reached the point where they can make over $10,000 a month on advertising, selling items, etc. from their blog.

Daily Prompt: all about me

Brad Stanton —  February 12, 2013 — 4 Comments

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Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

Simple, I read a book called Platform that said my blog should have my name. Why I say “Give me 5 minutes a day and I’ll give you a happier, more successful life” is that I believe the ideas I post really will help you and me be more successful and happier. They really have worked for me and as I continue to write about them, they continue to make me happy and more successful than I would otherwise be.

It is interesting that when I do my best to give others what they want, I get what I want.