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January 2, 2013

Finding Motivation and a Positive Attitude in the New Year

Since it’s a new year and most of us set new goals or resolutions, I am trying to get motivated by reading a book about business. This week I read another book by author OG Mandino The Greatest Salesman in the World, Part II : The end of the story. It inspired me and at the same time made me feel guilty about my lack of “GO” power.

This is a second book that I have read by Mr. Mandino, not as captivating as The Greatest Salesman in the World, but maybe a stronger message. It is still all about sales, how it all starts within yourself, keeping a positive attitude, and working hard at networking but some of the tools are more usable in day-to-day life.

Some concepts that stood out to me are listed below:

Page 9: All wealthy people salve (soothe) their conscience with gifts to the poor. This is an interesting idea, probably true, though I wonder what would happen if all the wealthy people stopped giving?

Page 44: Tell others of your hardships along the way. I think this is so true! Many people we meet have no idea where our roots are or what our background is and vice versa. A great example of this is that my wife, Karen, and I worked our way through college. We each had a small scholarship, but we worked 20+ hours a week. Some highlights of our glamorous early careers include the dorm cafeteria, local stores as cooks and as a janitor. Most summers I worked 2 full time jobs to save enough money so we could pay our living expenses for the rest of the school year. We borrowed lots, although maybe not as much as some students do these days. We owed thousands of dollars in a combination of student loans and money from family that we paid off after college. One winter we were so poor we ate for $1.10 a week for 6 weeks. We lived on Campbell’s Tomato Soup, saltine crackers and peanut butter. So, we definitely both know what it is like to be poor.

Page 79: 3 Classes of People

  • Those who learn from their own experience. They are considered wise.
  • Those who learn from the experiences of others. These people are happiest.
  • Those that learn neither from their own experience nor from the experiences of others. These are fools.

Page 92: Never again will I consider what I do to support my existence, labor. I have usually enjoyed my jobs in my career. This wisdom came from my mother. When I went off to my first job at Chevrolet in Flint she told me, “10% of people really hate their jobs, 80% just exist and then there are the 10% that REALLY love their jobs. Be one of the 10% that love their jobs.”

Page 98: My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end. In my opinion, I don’t whine much…although I am sure I have my moments!!

It isn’t easy to be a success, but it is possible! When you get off track, remind yourself of these 10 thoughts below. Here is a quick reference to OG Mandino’s 10 Vows of Success, with my own twist:

1. Never again will I pity or belittle myself.

2. Never again will I greet the dawn without a map; for today and the rest of my life. I recommend having a daily Things To Do (TTD) list and a 20-year Life Goal list.

3. Always will I bathe my days in the golden glow of enthusiasm

4. Never again will I be disagreeable to a living soul (oops, need to work on this one)

5. Always will I seek the seed of triumph in every adversity

6. Never again will I perform any task at less than my best. It only takes a few seconds longer to clean and put away a tool after you have used it. Although, I guess I could help Karen a little more in the kitchen with this philosophy…

7. Always will I throw my whole self into the task at hand

8. Never again will I wait and hope for the opportunity to embrace me

9. Always will I examine, each night, my deeds of the fading day

  • Did I survive the day without pitying myself?
  • Did I greet the dawn with a map and a goal?
  • Was I pleasant and agreeable with all I met?
  • Did I attempt to go the extra mile?
  • Did I search for the good in every problem?
  • Did I smile in the faces of anger and hatred?
  • Did I concentrate my strength and purpose?

10. Always will I maintain contact, through prayer, with my creator. Pray at every stop light, or while you wait in line; say a little prayer of thanks for all you have will help you remember all your blessings.

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