Get To Work

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“A young man once made an appointment to interview a well known author. As he began the conversation, the author interrupted and asked, “Why did you want to see me?” The young man paused, and then replied, “Well, I am a writer, too. I was hoping you could share your keys for success.”

“What have you written?” the author quizzed. “Nothing,” his visitor replied. “At least nothing that is complete.” The writer stood up before asking another question. “Well if you haven’t written anything, what are you writing?”

His guest responded, “Well, I am currently in school and I am hoping to find the time to pen a few thoughts.” As the author walked toward the door, he fired one final question before cutting the interview short. “So why do you call yourself a writer?”

Do you have a dream, a vision, a plan? Get to work, take the steps to make your dream a reality. Until you begin you are just a mere dreamer. Remember nothing works until you work it. Your dreams won’t build themselves, neither can you become anything by wishing.

Folks, writers write; Singers sing; Teachers teach; Preachers preach; Coaches coach; Painters paint, Workers work. You see what you do determines what you become. It doesn’t matter how terrible you may be now, just keep doing it. All masters were once apprentices, and perfection is achieved through repetition.

Hard Work Makes The Difference


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“One day a woman was working in the garden outside of her house when a travelling minister stopped by. “What a lovely garden,” he exclaimed, getting out of his horse – drawn buggy. Full of roses, orchids, and other beautiful flowers, the garden was bothered by sculpted hedges and stood out from the other gardens in the neighbourhood.

“My good woman. God has certainly blessed you with an extraordinary garden.”

The woman stood up and wiped her brow.

“Yes and I am grateful. But you should have seen this place when He had it all to Himself!”

As he rode away, the minister realized that every gardener along this road had been blessed with the same soil, the same opportunity, and that each garden was a reflection of the people who created it. What someone does with their garden is their business. While each gardener had similar materials to work with, this woman had done something truly extraordinary, for her garden had so far surpassed her neighbours’. Continue reading

What Will Be Said About You?

Steve Jobs once said; “Remembering I will be dead soon is the best tool I have encountered to help me make the big choices in my life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment, or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Folks death is inevitable. One day, when it’s all said and done, we will die. But have you ever thought about what will be said about you on your funeral? What does it all come down to?

We sweat and labour to find our place here on earth, to fulfil our dreams. Sometimes we take our selves so seriously, overreacting to the insignificant events of each passing day. Then finally, even for the kindest, wisest, and richest among us, upon our death all these experiences fade into history and our lives are summarized in a few minutes speech and a moment of silence. Continue reading

You Have Tremendous Value

“A poor woman rummaged the back shelves of a rundown country store searching for something she could use as a paperweight. After finding a beautiful piece of burl wood, she approached the owner and asked its price.

“Let me see”, the owner replied, placing the piece of wood on the counter. “Well, it’s nearly a pound. I guess that will be a dollar.”

When the woman handed him the dollar, the owner said, “Isn’t it funny – that small piece of wood is only worth a dollar. But just think, if you carved it into a chess piece that worthless piece of wood would be worth ten times as much! As a matter of fact,” he added, “If that same piece of wood were made into a carved jewellery box, its value would increase another tenfold.”

But most important, he said, if you took this piece of wood and created a holy cross, the type used by a minister of a church, why ma’am, your worthless paperweight would indeed be priceless.” Continue reading

Only You Can Stop You

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In the journey towards success in life I have discovered that more often than not there are more people who will try to stop you than aid you, even from among our family and friends. And if we give in to their words and pressures, we give them the power to control our lives. So no matter what stage you are in the pursuit of your dreams, remember this; your success or failure…boils down to you, and no one else.

There are people who will discourage you if you set ambitious goals, but never you mind them because, without goals there can be no achievement. There are people who will frown upon you as you seek a better life, but keep seeking because it is essential that all of us find our true place if happiness is to be found. There are those who will laugh and ridicule you as you increase your level of knowledge, but don’t let them stop you. Remember; there is little difference between those who cannot read and those who will not read. There are some who will gossip about you, and yet there can be no cause for rejoicing without overcoming these naysayers. There are those who will despise you when you achieve the improved life, but you must keep in mind that happiness is seldom found in poverty.

No matter what you do or achieve, there will be people who will not be pleased with your success, but that shouldn’t bother you. You were placed on this planet to be successful, and that success requires no apology.

8 Virtues You Must Have For Greatness

The dreams and desires of almost everyone  is to be successful, and to live a great life. But then what makes a person great? A look into the lives of everyone who is truly great, both living and the dead, will us to find that they all possess these qualities; love, learning, forgiveness, thrift and industry, gratitude, optimism, and faith among others. The importance of these qualities in the life of an individual can be clearly seen in the way all religions of the earth emphasize them, and admonish their followers to possess the qualities.

If you want to live your greatest life, then you must strive to possess these 8 virtues:

 1. Love

“Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people or bridge the chasms of bitterness.”

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

2. Honesty

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”

 3. Learning

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”….See Full list here.

The Courage To Be Different

Author Paulo Coelho wrote this story in his blog: “A carpenter and his apprentices were travelling through the province of Qi in search of building materials.
They saw a giant tree; five men all holding hands could not encompass its girth, and its crown reached almost to the clouds.

‘Let’s not waste our time with this tree,’ said the master carpenter.
‘It would take us forever to cut it down. If we wanted to make a ship out of that heavy trunk, the ship would sink. If we tried to use it to build a roof, the walls would have to be specially reinforced.’

The group continued on its way. One of the apprentices remarked: ‘Such a big tree and no use to anyone!’ ‘That’s where you’re wrong,’ said the master carpenter. ‘The tree was true to its own destiny.“If it had been like all the others, we would have cut it down. But because it had the courage to be different, it will remain alive and strong for a long time yet.”

Folks every one of us was created for a specific purpose and destiny. Yet too many of us don’t realize this,that is why you find that instead of us being true to our destinies, we go about comparing and competing with one another. All over the place you see people trying to be and live like others, and allowing other people dictate the outcome of their lives. Little wonder there is so much mediocrity around us, and greatness seem to be something impossible, or reserved for very few people….Read complete post here

13 Quotes On Greatness By Wallace Wattles

Perhaps like me you have been told; “You can’t make it in life”, “Greatness isn’t for you”, “You don’t have the connections”, “You are too young”, “No one in your family has been great”, “You are not educated enough,” and so on. My friends these are all lies, yet too many of us have believed these lies and as a result we are living far below our capabilities.

Below are 13 truths about your true capabilities, and how far you can go from Wallace D. Wattles, an American author and pioneer success and self-help writer best known for his books; The Science of getting rich, and the science of being great:

    1. There is no possibility in any man that is not in every man
    2. The principle of power gives us just what we ask of it; if we only undertake little things, it gives us power for little things; but if we try to do great things in a great way, it gives all the power there is.
    3. Nothing was ever in any man that is not in you; no man ever had more spiritual or mental power than you can attain, or did greater things than you can accomplish. You can become what you want to be.
    4. You are not barred from attaining greatness by heredity. No matter who or what your ancestors may have been or how unlearned or lowly their station, the upward way is open for you. There is no such thing as inheriting a fixed mental position; no matter how small the mental capital we receive from our parents, it may be increased; no man is incapable of growth.
    5. The brain doesn’t make the man, the man makes the brain.
    6. Your place in life is not fixed by heredity…See complete list here

25 Robin Sharma And Richard Bach Life Changing Quotes

 

ROBIN SHARMA

1. We all travel different roads to our ultimate destinations. For some of us the path is rockier than for others. But no one reaches the end without feeling some form of adversity. So rather than fight it, why not accept it as the way of life? Why not detach yourself from the outcomes and simply experience every circumstance that enters your life to the fullest?

2. If you have never visited the valleys, the view from the mountain top is not breathtaking.

3. Remember, there are no real failures in life, only results. There are no true tragedies, only lessons. And there are no problems, only opportunities waiting to be recognized as solutions by the person of wisdom.

4. Time is your most precious commodity and yet most of us live our lives as if we have all the time in the world.

5. All too often, we spend our days waiting for the ideal path to appear in front of us. We forget that paths are made by walking, not waiting.

6. Dreaming is great, but thinking big thoughts alone will not build a business, pay your bills or make you into the person you know in your heart you can be….Read more here