Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Mastermind Power Principle by Napoleon Hill

The Mastermind Power Principle by Napoleon Hill

Having clearly defined your goals and purposes in thought and in writing, it is advisable to select an individual or individuals with whom you can share your plan for achievement. The mastermind principle is defined as an alliance of two or more people, working together in a spirit of perfect harmony to accomplish a definite purpose. The value of the “gathering together of those of like mind” is self-evident. Harmony in a home results when a man and woman work toward the establishment of a relationship that is mutually satisfying and productive of comfort and happiness for both.
Your mutual agreement with your employer to work toward high sales is a form of masterminding. If your major purpose in life is an ambitious one that extends beyond the accumulation of the ordinary requirements of subsistence, you will probably need the help of others in achieving it.
The mastermind principle is a means by which you may use the experience, the education, the talent, the influence, and perhaps the finances of other people to aid you in carrying out your major purpose. Your mastermind alliance may begin with your association with one other person. The number of alliances you will require directly depends entirely on the nature and the extent of the purposes of your alliance. A “meeting of the minds” must be regular, must be mutually beneficial, and must always be harmonious in the basic matters of sincerity and trust.
Source: Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion. The Napoleon Hill Foundation. Penguin Books. 1991. Pgs. Pgs. 79-80.

Friday, January 30, 2015

What Should Be the Legacy of a Successful Leader?

Legacies that matter are connected with people. A hundred years from now all that will matter is the people that you connected with in such a way that you added value and meaning to their lives. Political commentator Walter Lippmann said, “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind in others the conviction and will to carry on.” Ultimately, if your people can’t do it without you, you haven’t been successful in raising up other leaders.
We have all heard that “when the student is ready, the teacher appears.” I also believe that when the teacher is ready, the student appears. There are people in your world who would be thrilled to learn from you—not just the person who will succeed you in your leadership position, but people in every area of your life.
I believe the greatest legacy a leader can leave is having developed other leaders. Develop them as widely and as deeply as you can. I’ve spent more than thirty years teaching leadership to leaders from every walk of life and nearly a hundred countries. My organizations have trained millions of leaders in nearly every country. In the last few years, I’ve begun to personally invest in coaches and speakers who are actively teaching to others the values and principles I embrace. And I’m investing deeply in a handful of leaders in my inner circle.
If you want to leave a legacy, invest in people, and encourage those you develop to pass on everything they learn from you to others who will do the same. People are what matter in this world—not money or fame or buildings or organizations or institutions. Only people.
Achievement comes to people who are able to do great things for themselves. Success comes when they lead followers to do great things for them. But a legacy is created only when leaders put their people into a position to do great things without them. The legacy of successful leaders lives on through the people they touch along the way. The only things you can change permanently are the hearts of the people you lead.
Article by: John C. Maxwell.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Who ViSalus Is, What ViSalus Does, and How ViSalus Transforms Lives

Who ViSalus Is, What ViSalus Does, and How ViSalus Transforms Lives

Our Mission
ViSalus Sciences LogoViSalus is a healthy lifestyle company committed to transforming Life,
Health and Prosperity around the world by creating meaningful
connections, supporting physical transformations, and promoting
entrepreneurial freedom; we are up for The Challenge of continually
building better versions of ourselves and others. Our vision is to become
the world’s most trusted and recognized healthy lifestyle brand

I CHALLENGE YOU to Be Playful. Be Powerful. Be Bold.  Live YOUR Life and join me, GJ Reynolds on The CHALLENGE!
GJ Reynolds, simply known as “G”, is a passionate playful & powerful warrior entrepreneur, business developer, trainer, public speaker, life transformer and author. G is driven to assist others to reach their full potential and to reclaim their personal power and transform their life, health, and prosperity. He loves to teach the individuals and entrepreneurs he works with, to live in their magnificence and be the playful and powerful warriors they are.
G loves people and loves life. He loves to have fun, is playful, and jokes around with all people! G is at his best when working with like-minded entrepreneurs and professionals. He chooses to live a life of purpose, on purpose and for purpose.
G’s Definition of Success: One of G’s mentors, Coach John Wooden (former UCLA Basketball) taught him this and he has adopted it for himself: Success is peace of mind that is obtained from the self-satisfaction of knowing that I have made the effort to do the very best of which I am capable.
G became an entrepreneur in 1991 and since then has owned or operated several successful telecommunications, direct sales, marketing, and development companies.  In 2002 he also started a NASCAR sanctioned truck team, with his partners. He has led the entire operations for several of these companies, which have assisted other entrepreneurs in telecommunications, sales and marketing, market research, business plan development, and funding. These companies have yielded billions of dollars in revenues. G has also assembled, trained, lead, coached, and mentored sales and marketing teams of two to over 100,000.
G co-founded BeachLifestyle, a community on how to live the BeachLifestyle.  In 2012 BeachLifestyle transitioned to the Simply G Media Network.   The network has a variety of programming and has an international reach both via the Internet and syndicated terrestrial radio stations.  The network continues to grow and has monthly listening audience in excess of several million listeners.
Since 2006, G has been with ViSalus and is a co-founder of the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge and Project 10 Challenge.  It is the leading platform for weight-loss and fitness results, making it fun and easy to set and achieve a 90 day goal.  With good nutrition as our foundation and a powerful social network as our mobilizer, we’re committed to working together, as a company and a community, to provide a real solutions to the global obesity epidemic.
G is one of the original founding members (equity holders), Ambassadors and Director of Sales.  G and his wife are 5 Star Ambassadors and Vi Millionaires.  They currently have Promoters in the United States of America, Canada, Jamaica, and through out Europe.  G’s global reach continues to grow and his goal of impacting One Billion lives is in process, one person at a time.  In the coming years, the company goal is to be the number one company with transformations, healthy fast food and to own the healthy breakfast markets, globally.  We know the tip of the arrow and are moving fast to achieve the lofty goals set.  Since ViSalus launched The Body by Vi Challenge and Project 10 Challenge in 2009, it has completed the following:
    • Over One and Half Billion Dollars in Sales
    • Over 3.5 million Challenge transformations to date
    • Over $175 million in free products and prizes given away
    • Over 4 million meals donated through the Vi Community Challenge & PROJECT 10 Kids
    • Over 750,000 Free Challenge Kits already given away
    • North America’s #1 Weight-Loss Shake Mix*  (*2012)
Vi is well on its way to being the number one global company in personal Transformations, the Healthy Fast Food of choice, the Breakfast market and number one in Challenges.   The Challenge is simple. It’s fun. And it WORKS, it WORKS, it WORKS!  G challenges YOU to transform your Life, Health and Prosperity.  Accept the Challenge!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Richard Branson to Young Entrepreneurs: ‘Just Do It’

Richard Branson talks about starting an empire in his early 20s and learning to take calculated risks.
Through the decades, entrepreneur Richard Branson has not lost that certain wunderkind vibe about him and the way he runs his brand. This aura makes him especially inspiring to entrepreneurs who are looking to start young.
“Most young people with good ideas … will find that 99 percent of people will give them every reason why their idea’s been done before or why it’s not a good idea or why they’re going to fall flat on their face,” Branson recently told Inc.’s president and editor in chief Eric Schurenberg during an exclusive sit-down interview. “In the end, you have to say, ‘Screw it. Just do it.’”
At the age of 15, Branson dropped out of high school to start his first business, a magazine for young activists titled Student.
Four years later, in 1970, Branson began selling records by mail. In 1971, he opened his first record store. In 1972, he opened a recording studio. In 1973, he started his own record label. The Virgin business empire had begun, and Branson had not yet turned 24.
Today, the Virgin Group is a well-regarded global conglomerate of about 350 companies, branching into the entertainment, travel, and mobile industries.
Not all of Branson’s big ideas have been successful. Virgin Airlines and Virgin Mobile are now flagship brands for Branson, but remember Virgin Cola? With big risks come big, public failures. Branson has a follow-up secret to success: determination even when failure seems inevitable.
“If you have enough determination…. It’s more likely that you will succeed because of what you learned from the occasions when you didn’t succeed,” Branson said. “The most important thing is to not be put off by failure.”
Article by: Richard Branson.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”
However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. Over the weekend, I was impressed by this list compiled by Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker,  that she shared in LifeHack. It impressed me enough I’d also like to share her list here along with my thoughts on how each of these items is particularly applicable to entrepreneurs.
1.    Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”
2. Give Away Their Power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.
3.    Shy Away from Change. Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear,” if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.
4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control. Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.
5. Worry About Pleasing Others. Know any people pleasers? Or, conversely, people who go out of their way to dis-please others as a way of reinforcing an image of strength? Neither position is a good one. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someone will get upset and will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace.
6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks. A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.
7. Dwell on the Past. There is strength in acknowledging the past and especially in acknowledging the things learned from past experiences—but a mentally strong person is able to avoid miring their mental energy in past disappointments or in fantasies of the “glory days” gone by. They invest the majority of their energy in creating an optimal present and future.
8. Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over. We all know the definition of insanity, right? It’s when we take the same actions again and again while hoping for a different and better outcome than we’ve gotten before. A mentally strong person accepts full responsibility for past behavior and is willing to learn from mistakes. Research shows that the ability to be self-reflective in an accurate and productive way is one of the greatest strengths of spectacularly successful executives and entrepreneurs.
9. Resent Other People’s Success. It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people’s success. Mentally strong people have this ability. They don’t become jealous or resentful when others succeed (although they may take close notes on what the individual did well). They are willing to work hard for their own chances at success, without relying on shortcuts.
10. Give Up After Failure. Every failure is a chance to improve. Even the greatest entrepreneurs are willing to admit that their early efforts invariably brought many failures. Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again, if necessary, as long as the learning experience from every “failure” can bring them closer to their ultimate goals.
11. Fear Alone Time. Mentally strong people enjoy and even treasure the time they spend alone. They use their downtime to reflect, to plan, and to be productive. Most importantly, they don’t depend on others to shore up their happiness and moods. They can be happy with others, and they can also be happy alone.
12. Feel the World Owes Them Anything. Particularly in the current economy, executives and employees at every level are gaining the realization that the world does not owe them a salary, a benefits package and a comfortable life, regardless of their preparation and schooling. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits, at every stage of the game.
13. Expect Immediate Results. Whether it’s a workout plan, a nutritional regimen, or starting a business, mentally strong people are “in it for the long haul”. They know better than to expect immediate results. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way. They have “staying power.” And they understand that genuine changes take time. Do you have mental strength? Are there elements on this list you need more of? With thanks to Amy Morin, I would like to reinforce my own abilities further in each of these areas today. How about you?
Article by: Cheryl Connor at FORBES.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Great Words on Goal-Setting By: John C. Maxwell

Great Words on Goal-Setting By: John C. Maxwell

As we approach the end of January, a time when you might begin to feel discouraged about lack of progress toward your New Year’s Resolutions, I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes on goals and planning. If we want to succeed with our resolutions, we need to make them measurable and attainable. Breaking them down into specific goals allows us to do that.
If you haven’t already broken your big dreams down into small goals, take some time to do that this week. Create manageable steps. Give yourself deadlines. And don’t let discouragement derail your dreams.
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
~Napoleon Hill
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
~Brian Tracy
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.
~Yogi Berra
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
~Henry David Thoreau
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
~Jim Rohn
If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.
~Lou Holtz
Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.
~Denis Waitley
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
~Les Brown
It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. d
~T.S. Eliot
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
~Henry David Thoreau
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~C.S. Lewis
A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.
~Bruce Lee
If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.
~Theodore Roosevelt
You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals.
~Booker T. Washington
Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.
~Elbert Hubbard
Article gathered by: John C. Maxwell

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ViSalus Ambassador’s GJ & Alita Reynolds Pass $2,000,000 in Earnings!

ViSalus Ambassador’s GJ & Alita Reynolds Pass $2,000,000 in Earnings!

GJ & Alita Reynolds have passed the milestone of earning over $2,000,000 since being with ViSalus! They have joined a prestigious group of ViSalus Ambassadors that have earned more than $2-Million, and continue to rise through the earnings ranks! GJ & Alita, both realize it is an amazing accomplishment, but also recognize that their path to greatness involves transforming over ONE-BILLION LIVES GLOBALLY!
$2,000,000 ViSalus Career Earnings
GJ Reynolds is an original equity holder in the company Visalus, Five-Star Ambassador, VI Millionaire, and CEO of Simply G Media. He is the author of The Playful and Powerful Warrior Within You. Reynolds is known for working out over 1,000 days straight and winning the Dale Brown Challenge.
Reynolds announced that he and his team are challenging people to lose 10 pounds or build 10 pounds of muscle.
Once someone loses 10 pounds he or she is able to continue on with their challenge goal,” Reynolds said. “We have the Project 10 Ten Challenge—feed a child in need.
Reynolds goal is to lose 10 pounds and post it on the web and shoot the challenge video. Then when others in the challenge lose 10 pounds, he plans to shoot another video. Also, when people complete the challenge to lose weight they will get an “I lost it” t-shirt and be entered to win $1000.00. Every week ten people are selected and they win $1000.00.
G’s overall goal: He wants to impact a billion people in the world to be healthier, more successful and, ultimately, happier.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Life is Worthwhile if You…By: Jim Rohn

Life Tip 1) First, life is worthwhile if you LEARN. What you don’t know WILL hurt you. You have to have learning to exist, let alone succeed. Life is worthwhile if you learn from your own experiences, negative and positive. We learn to do it right by first sometimes doing it wrong. We call that a positive negative. We also learn from other people’s experiences, both positive and negative. I’ve always said it is too bad failures don’t give seminars. We don’t want to pay them so they don’t tour around giving seminars. But the information would be very valuable – how someone who had it all, messed it up. Learning from other people’s experiences and mistakes.
We learn by what we see – pay attention. By what we hear – be a good listener. Now I do suggest being a selective listener, don’t just let anybody dump into your mental factory. We learn from what we read. Learn from every source. Learn from lectures, learn from songs, learn from sermons, learn from conversations with people who care. Keep learning.
Life Tip 2) Life is worthwhile if you TRY. You can’t just learn; you now have to try something to see if you can do it. Try to make a difference, try to make some progress, try to learn a new skill, try to learn a new sport. Life is worthwhile if you try. It doesn’t mean you can do everything but there are a lot of things you can do, if you just try. Try your best. Give it every effort. Why not go all out?
Life Tip 3) Life is worthwhile if you STAY. You have to stay from spring until harvest. If you have signed up for the day or for the game or for the project – see it through. Sometimes calamity comes and then it is worth wrapping it up. And that’s the end, but just don’t end in the middle. Maybe on the next project you pass, but on this one, if you signed up, see it through.
Life Tip 4) Life is worthwhile if you CARE. If you care at all you will get some results, if you care enough you can get incredible results. Care enough to make a difference. Care enough to turn somebody around. Care enough to start a new enterprise. Care enough to change it all. Care enough to be the highest producer. Care enough to set some records. Care enough to win.
Four powerful little words: learn, try, stay and care. What difference can you make in your life today by putting these four words to work?

Monday, January 19, 2015

What is the Elliott Wave Principle?

What is the Elliott Wave Principle?

The Elliott Wave Principle is a detailed description of how groups of people behave. It reveals that mass psychology swings from pessimism to optimism and back in a natural sequence, creating specific and measurable patterns.

One of the easiest places to see the Elliott Wave Principle at work is in the financial markets, where changing investor psychology is recorded in the form of price movements. If you can identify repeating patterns in prices, and figure out where we are in those repeating patterns today, you can predict where we are going.

The Elliott Wave Principle is named for its discoverer, Ralph Nelson Elliott.
Elliott Wave Principle measures investor psychology, which is the real engine behind the stock markets. When people are optimistic about the future of a given issue, they bid the price up.
Two observations will help you grasp this: First, for hundreds of years, investors have noticed that events external to the stock markets seem to have no consistent effect on the their progress. The same news that today seems to drive the markets up are as likely to drive them down tomorrow. The only reasonable conclusion is that the markets simply do not react consistently to outside events. Second, when you study historical charts, you see that the markets continuously unfold in waves.
Using the Elliott Wave Principle is an exercise in probability. An Elliottician is someone who is able to identify the markets structure and anticipate the most likely next move based on our position within those structures. By knowing the wave patterns, you’ll know what the markets are likely to do next and (sometimes most importantly) what they will not do next. By using the Elliott Wave Principle, you identify the highest probable moves with the least risk.
ViSalus Wave III – Interesting fact on phase three, as defined by the Elliott Wave Theory: Elliott Wave 3 Theory is usually the strongest and longest wave.
Elliott Wave (3) is usually the largest and most powerful wave in a trend. The news is now positive and fundamental analysts start to raise earnings estimates. Prices rise quickly, corrections are short-lived and shallow. Anyone looking to “get in on a pullback” will likely miss the boat. Trading the Wave (3) is usually the most profitable……….
As such, Elliott Wave (3) is usually the longest and strongest in a completed 5 wave sequence! Who is ready for wave 3?  The Vi WAVE!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Your Mind is Your Master by Napoleon Hill

Your Mind is Your Master by Napoleon Hill

You had nothing to do with your coming into this world. You may have little or nothing to do with your leaving it. But you have almost everything to do with your life while you possess that life. You can be the master of your fate, the captain of your soul by the simple process of taking possession of your own mind and using it to guide your own life without meddling in the lives of others.
Notice the connection between mastering yourself and not attempting to master others. A major reason for unhappiness is the tendency to meddle with the lives of others while we take too little time in trying to perfect our own.
Nobody else can do the job of taking possession of your mind, nor should you permit anyone else to try. Your mind is your master; yet your mind can be such a kindly master that it responds to your needs and desires and finds ways to make them come true when they are definite. All other creatures on earth are bound throughout their lives by a fixed pattern of instinct from which they cannot escape. YOU are bound only by the pattern you set up in your own mind. YOU are limited by nothing else.
Source: Grow Rich with Peace of Mind. Random House. 1996. Pg. 128.
Article By: Napoleon Hill.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Profits are Better than Wages-By: Jim Rohn

This article is a great piece of advice! When I chose to think, follow, and master this, my entire world changed for the better!
My mentor, when I was 25 years old, dropped a phrase on me that changed my life forever when he said, “profits are better than wages. Wages will make you a living, profits can make you a fortune.” You know it is a bit difficult to get rich on wages, but anybody can get rich on profits. Profits change your whole attitude, even if you start part-time. Whether it’s part-time on your entrepreneurial business, network marketing company or service business.
It can be a landscape business in the summer or hanging Christmas lights in the winter. It can be training, consulting or tutoring. It can be your hobby such as painting, writing, crafts, woodworking, computers or cooking. But once you start investing even part time effort into your own business, you will find how much more exciting it is to get up in the morning and go to work on your fortune, even if you’re only spending a few hours a week doing it.
How empowering it is to be able to go to work on your fortune every day rather than going to work to pay the rent. Now – it is noble to go to work to pay the rent, but if you could also parcel out part of your time – go to work to make your fortune. Your whole attitude changes; your spirit changes. It is in your voice. It is in your face. It is in your gestures. And then you can say, “I am now working full-time on my job and part-time on my fortune because I found a way to make profits.” Wow!
Let the adventure begin…
To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

Friday, January 9, 2015

Experience the Miracle of Life: Master Poverty by Napoleon Hill

When I was a small boy I heard a very dramatic speech on the subject of poverty which made a lasting impression upon my mind, and I am sure that speech was responsible for my determination to master poverty despite the fact that I had been born in poverty and had never known anything except poverty. The speech came from my stepmother shortly after she came to our home and took over one of the most forlorn, poverty-stricken places I have ever known.
The speech was as follows:
“This place which we call home is a disgrace to all of us and a handicap for our children. We are all able-bodied people and there is no need for us to accept poverty when we know that it is the result of nothing but laziness or indifference.
“If we stay here and accept the conditions under which we now live, our children will grow up and accept these conditions also. I do not like poverty; I have never accepted poverty as my lot, and I shall not accept it now!
“For the moment I do not know what our first step will be in our break for freedom from poverty, but this much I do know — we shall make that break successfully, no matter how long it may take or how many sacrifices we may have to make. I intend that our children shall have the advantage of good educations, but more than this, I intend that they shall be inspired with the ambition to master poverty.
“Poverty is a disease which, once it is accepted, becomes a fixation which is hard to shake off.
“It is no disgrace to be born in poverty but it most decidedly is a disgrace to accept this birthright as irrevocable.
“We live in the richest and the greatest country civilization has yet produced. Here opportunity beckons to everyone who has the ambition to recognize and embrace it, and as far as this family is concerned, if opportunity does not beckon to us, we shall create our own opportunity to escape this sort of life.
“Poverty is like creeping paralysis! Slowly it destroys the desire for freedom, strips one of the ambition to enjoy better things of life, and undermines personal initiative. Also, it conditions one’s mind for the acceptance of myriad fears, including the fear of ill health, the fear of criticism and the fear of physical pain.
“Our children are too young to know the dangers of accepting poverty as their lot, but I shall see to it that they are made conscious of these dangers, and I shall see to it also that they become prosperity conscious, that they expect prosperity and become willing to pay the price of prosperity.
I have quoted this speech from memory, but it is substantially what my stepmother said to my father in my presence shortly after they were married. That “first step” in the break from poverty, which she mentioned in her speech, came when my stepmother inspired my father to enter Louisville Dental College and become a dentist, and paid for his training with the life insurance money she received from the death of her first husband.
With the income from that investment in my father, she sent her three children and my younger brother through college and started each of them on the road to mastery of poverty.
As for myself, she was instrumental in placing me in a position where the late Andrew Carnegie gave me an opportunity such as no other author ever received–an opportunity which permitted me to learn from more than five hundred of the top-ranking, successful men who collaborated with me in giving the world a practical philosophy of personal achievement. A philosophy based on the “know-how” of my collaborators, gained from their lifetime experiences.
Source: You Can Work Your Own Miracles. Random House. 1996. Pgs. 75-76.
Article From: The Napoleon Hill Foundation.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thanks for Being on My Train Ride

Thanks for Being on My Train Ride

This is awesome, and I pray I will leave good memories, when it is time for me to depart from the train of life.
Love and blessings to you in 2015….may your trip on the train bring you much joy!
I received this from a friend and thought it was so very good I would pass it on to you.
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,and we
believe they will always travel on our side.
However, at some station our parents will step
down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by,
other people will board the train, and they will be significant like our
siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will
step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that
we don’t realize they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full
of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.
Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers
requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves
will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and
offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when
the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should
leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on
the train of life.
Lastly, I
I wish for you
a joyful journey in 2015 and on your train of life. May you reap good relationships, lots of
love and a peaceful closeness with God on your journey.
Thank You for being
one of the passengers on my train. .

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Look Back to Plan Forward-By: John C. Maxwell

Look Back to Plan Forward-By: John C. Maxwell

Happy New Year! What did you do to welcome 2015? Throw a party? Toast at midnight? Spend time reflecting on the past year and creating a plan for making the most of the new one?
Researchers have discovered that transitional times (like the new year, or the beginning of a season) naturally motivate us as human beings to make changes and try new things. That’s probably why we make New Year’s Resolutions, vow to lose weight, and go back to the gym, only to find it full. It’s a natural time to “turn over a new leaf.”
For many years, I’ve used this time of year to look back on the previous 12 months and evaluate my experiences – as a leader, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and business owner. I’ve often said that experience alone isn’t a good teacher. But evaluated experience is.


First, I pull out my calendar and make a list of significant events, tasks, meetings, decisions, and accomplishments. I spend time reflecting, in order to remember and write down every experience that stood out in the past year. I write down both positive and negative experiences, because I know that I learn more from losing than from winning.


What did I do that I shouldn’t have done?
What did I spend a lot of time on? Was it a priority? Was it in my strength zone? Was it something only I could do, or should I have delegated it? What will I do differently this year?
What didn’t I do that I should have done?
What’s missing from the calendar? What did I neglect that I should have been a priority? What action didn’t I take, that really should have been done? What will I do differently this year?
What is the most important thing I did this year to help someone else?
Can I do it again next year (for them or another person)? Did I do it as effectively as possible? How could I do it better in the future?
What did I do this year that helped me grow more than anything else?
Is it repeatable? Do I want to make it a regular habit? How can I break it down into manageable “chunks” to make it happen again this year? What else can I do to grow?
Where do I need to be more intentional?
Where did I let things happen to me, instead of making them happen? What bad habits do I need to break? In what areas do I need to focus more attention, make important decisions, and take steps in a positive direction?
How can I take things to the next level?
How can I take a good experience and make it somehow better? How can I grow more this year? How can I make something that was satisfying even more satisfying? How can I top last year’s accomplishments? How can I exceed my own expectations, as well as the expectations of others? Don’t settle for good when great is a possibility.
By listing and asking questions about my experiences, I’m able to truly learn from them. Then I can apply the lessons learned to the coming year. This allows me to be as intentional as possible in how I grow personally and add value to others.
Making resolutions or goals that are disconnected from your current habits and recent experience often doesn’t work. You must connect what you desire to do and change to evaluation of your experience, or you will end up like many others who make resolutions on New Year’s Day and break them by the end of January.
If you haven’t already looked back at 2014, take the time to study your wins and losses, then ask yourself the questions above. You too can use coming of the New Year to make important changes and grow to be more effective in every area of life.
Article by: John C. Maxwell.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Love The Opportunity-By: Jim Rohn

Love The Opportunity-By: Jim Rohn

Somebody said you have to love what you do, but that’s not necessarily true. What is true is that you have to love the opportunity. The opportunity to build life, future, health, success and fortune. Knocking on someone’s door may not be something you love to do, but you love the opportunity of what might be behind that door.
For example, a guy says, “I’m digging ditches. Should I love digging ditches?” The answer is, “No, you don’t have to love digging ditches, but if it is your first entry onto the ladder of success, you say, ‘I’m glad somebody gave me the opportunity to dig ditches and I’m going to do it so well, I won’t be here long.'”

You can be inspired by having found something; even though you are making mistakes in the beginning and even though it is a little distasteful taking on a new discipline that you haven’t learned before. You don’t have to love it, you just have to learn to appreciate America, appreciate opportunity and appreciate the person who brought you the good news; that found you.
Appreciate the person who believed in you before you believed in yourself, appreciate the person who said, “Hey, if I can do it, you can do it.”
If you will embrace the disciplines associated with the new opportunity you will soon find that your self-confidence starts to grow, that you go from being a skeptic to being a believer. And soon when you go out person to person, talking to people, you will find it to be the most thrilling opportunity in the world. Every person you meet – what could it be? Unlimited! Maybe a friend for life. The next person could be an open door to retiring. The next person could be a colleague for years to come. It’s big time stuff. And sometimes in the beginning when we are just getting started we don’t always see how big it is.
So, before you are tempted to give up or get discouraged, remember all success is based on long term commitment, faith, discipline, attitude and a few stepping stones along the way. You might not like the stone you are on right now, but it’s sure to be one of the stones that lead to great opportunities in the future.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn