Permanent Success

Napoleon Hill wrote, “No person has a chance to enjoy permanent success until he begins to look in a mirror for the real cause of all his mistakes.”

I was at a conference the past few days where they were teaching about obtaining funding for charities and businesses. Part of the program was set up with around 10 investors and around 20 individuals were given the opportunity to pitch to the investors. It wasn’t designed around you really getting the money (although that could happen), but to give you feedback about what was missing in the presentation, and how they could improve.

Out of the 20 probably 2 or 3 did a good job. Most of them didn’t have it practiced enough, didn’t cover what all needed to be covered and repeated almost verbatim the same mistakes. It was interesting how because they were so nervous and focused on what they were going to say when they went on the stage, that they didn’t take the opportunity presented as they watched, to edit what they were doing to avoid the same mistakes.

How many times in our lives have we watched someone walk down the wrong path, and because we were so invested in what we were doing have we repeated the same mistake in ours?

What I also thought was interesting, was how many people pitch to investors looking for money and come away thinking that there isn’t any money available? When the real reason they didn’t get funded, is that they didn’t hook or engage the investor because they weren’t prepared with the right information.

How many people today go into a job interview and blow it, and walk away saying that there aren’t any jobs?

Real success is admitting when you blow it, and not trying to hide behind blaming someone or something else. I would rather work with someone who admits their mistake, learns from it where they went wrong and doesn’t repeat it.

That is a person of integrity, because none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes, the key is admitting and learning from them. That baggage is actually honed life skills. A different perspective is all that is needed to turn lemons into lemonade.

I like that thought – I don’t have baggage, I have honed life skills. Instead of baggage, I have a tool belt that has my honed life skills, ready to be used for any future life storm. My life skills are an asset instead of a liability, because I learned valuable lessons that enable me to make better choices, not bitter ones.

Isn’t life interesting?

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Never Too Late

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
“Decide where you are going and how you are to get there. Then make a start from where you now stand.” – Napoleon Hill

Two “brilliant” quotes today that go together. Fear breeds a multitude of excuses. I read where a grandmother with 41 (omg!) grandchildren graduated from college. She didn’t let the excuse of being too old stop her; she didn’t let the thought stop her that she wouldn’t be able to get a job in her chosen field (so why bother?). She didn’t let the thought of all of the study and hard work scare her away or any of the multitude of fears/excuses stop her. Why? Because she had a dream to be a college graduate and she decided to make it come true. 

As a side note, she probably didn’t understand what a inspiration she was on that campus everyday as she went to class. She probably thought she was an embarrassment. Our internal fears turn everything into a negative, when for the most part people are celebrating us! Think about your own life and where have you done this to yourself?

Our happiness in many ways ties directly to our “inner voice” that forever asks the question…”Are you moving toward your dream?” If your answer is “yes,” then hope breeds contentment. However, if the answer is “no, because (insert fear excuse here)…..,” then this is probably the reason that your life lacks joy, or has depression. Because subconsciously we are breeding despair, with the false thinking that it is too late, too hard, not worth trying to live our dreams.

So sign up for one class at the local community college; take dancing or yoga lessons; rent an instrument and begin lessons; open a savings account and start putting in all your space change for your trip to Europe. Pick up the phone and reconnect with an old friend or relative that you lost touch with. If you always wanted to write a book, start by typing your thoughts on facebook (lol). Just take one small step and do something that you have always thought of doing. Then take a bigger step, and a bigger one and pretty soon your like my granddaughter Claire and running all over creation with a happy smile on your face!

As my friend Mark Hoover says “Be Brilliant!”

Strong Desire

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.” – Napoleon Hill
I have a strong desire and Saturday put a kettle on to boil to take several things that I have wanted to make a difference about and bring them into existence through the medium of a TV show.
It will take me about a month to put the structure together and then I will be sharing with everyone and asking for “mastermind” ideas and contacts to make it happen. In research mode now.
Just remember that big dreams can become reality if they come from a place of big desire. It is something that builds fire in the belly, heart and brain – it unites them into a single focus of achievement. It makes the things that normally take you out of the game seem unimportant until I get this thing done. Everything else can take a back seat to this one thing.
I wish all of you to have this same desire to that one thing that you came here to do. I know that you all have this and that you can all do it!