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Brad Stanton —  May 29, 2013 — 3 Comments


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.


408730_577751578906157_1311257080_nOne of the simplest, yet best quotes I ever heard was from Winston Churchill. He said “Never, never, never give up.” He had a very difficult life. His parents put him in a boarding school while they lived without him. He wrote letters begging his parents to come visit him there, but they seldom did, even though their travels sometimes took them quite near the school. But his rejections in life made him strong, strong enough to lead Great Britain through one of her most challenging and darkest periods of history, World War II. Many people couldn’t cope with the difficulties of the Nazi bombing of London, but because of the many difficulties Churchill had faced and conquered, he was able to stay strong and motivate that nation to never give up.

Harland Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders failed many times in his life. His father died when he was five years old. His mother had to find any work she could, so she worked in a tomato-canning factory. Harland dropped out of school when he was 12.

Harland had many jobs, including: steamboat pilot, railroad fireman, insurance salesman, and farmer. His marriage failed; his wife left him when he lost a job. But he did not give up on life. He started a service station in which he cooked chicken dishes, country ham and steaks for the customers at the gas station and people liked the food so well that he started a restaurant. The restaurant did well for a long time.

He experienced another failure at the age of 65 due to a new interstate being put in which took traffic away from his restaurant. But he didn’t let that deter him. He paid off all his debts which left him with very little money. He left home with $105 from his Social Security check and a pressure cooker in the back of his truck to cook chicken, he traveled around the country visiting potential franchisees. His idea of a new chicken restaurant was rejected over 300 times. But finally he met success, and the rest is history, as they say. Now there are well over ten thousand Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in over 80 countries in the world. Colonel Sanders did not let failure beat him down. He had a dream and goals and was willing to be persistent in reaching them. After years of hard work he is now known for excellence all around the world. It would not have happened if his restaurant had not failed due to the new interstate highway.

Have you failed? Everybody has. Maybe you feel you have failed more than most people. Churchill and Colonel Sanders probably felt that way. But they became champions because of their difficulties. So can you!

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“A failure establishes only this: that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.”

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Thomas Edison and his early phonograph.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

– Bovee
“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.

cole_thomas_the_voyage_of_life_childhood_1842The subconscious mind is many times more powerful than the conscious mind. To achieve big success in life, it is very important to use your subconscious mind.

Napoleon Hill devoted his life to learning what it was that made people successful. He said this:

“Every person who has accumulated great success has recognized the existence of a stream of life. It consists of one’s thinking process. The positive emotions of thought form the side of the stream which carries one to success. The negative emotions form the side which carries one down to failure.

This carries a thought of stupendous importance to the person who is reading this with the object of acquiring success.”

When you feel happy, motivated, enthusiastic or excited you know you are on the right track.


Success often seems elusive. The first step to be wildly successful is faith. You have to firmly believe you can achieve your goals and dreams, because if you don’t, you won’t be willing to do what it takes to achieve them. The more you visualize yourself already achieving your goals, the stronger your faith and willpower will become. Visualization has been used by Olympic athletes and others to achieve success. It makes a world of difference.


Secondly, desire is critical. Without strong desire a person will not be willing to work hard and enjoy his work. It is important to enjoy the work, because if you don’t, the labor will be too wearisome and you will tire out and give up.


There will be times when you want to give up. Sometimes after you have worked very hard you might feel that your goal is just too hard to get, that you can’t succeed. That is when persistence carries you on.


Few people have the faith to bring a dream into existence without taking action. Daydreaming helps achieve a goal, but if all you do is daydream, chances are it won’t come to be.

Daily Motivation

It is very important to get motivated every day. Without motivation, it is easy to run out of fuel. Say affirmations (, visualize your dreams, make plans, ask for help, get advice and work hard. Your dreams really will come to pass.

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