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The Scroll Marked V
Og Mandino

Thoughts on Successful People
Chris Widener

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Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once one grows up.   -Pablo Picasso

Only the weak are cruel.  Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.   -Leo Buscaglia

Let advertisers spend the same amount of money improving their product that they do on advertising and they wouldn't have to advertise it.   -Will Rogers

Perfectionism is so widespread in this culture that we actually have had to invent another word for love.  "Unconditional love," we say.  Yet, all love is unconditional.  Anything else is just approval.   -Rachel Naomi Remen


The Scroll Marked V
Og Mandino

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And what shall I do with this last precious day which remains in my keeping?  First, I will seal up its container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand.  I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday's misfortunes, yesterday's defeats, yesterday's aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?

Can sand flow upward in the hour glass?  Will the sun rise where it sets and set where it rises?  Can I relive the errors of yesterday and right them?  Can I call back yesterday's wounds and make them whole?  Can I become younger than yesterday?  Can I take back the evil that was spoken, the blows that were struck, the pain that was caused?  No.  Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And what then shall I do?  Forgetting yesterday neither will I think of tomorrow.  Why should I throw now after maybe?  Can tomorrow's sand flow through the glass before today's?  Will the sun rise twice this morning?  Can I perform tomorrow's deeds while standing in today's path?

Can I place tomorrow's gold in today's purse?  Can tomorrow's child be born today?  Can tomorrow's death cast its shadow backward and darken today's joy?  Should I concern myself over events which I may never witness?

Should I torment myself with problems that may never come to pass?  No!  Tomorrow lies buried with yesterday, and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity.  I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death.  I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.  So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday's sunrise who are no longer with the living today.  I am indeed a fortunate man and today's hours are but a bonus, undeserved.  Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I, have departed?  Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved?  Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?  Is there a purpose in nature?  Is this my day to excel?

I will live this day as if it is my last.

I have not but one life and life is naught but a measurement of time.  When I waste one I destroy the other.  If I waste today I destroy the last page of my life.  Therefore, each hour of this day will I cherish for it can never return.  It cannot be banked today to be withdrawn on the morrow, for who can trap the wind?  Each minute of this day will I grasp with both hands and fondle with love for its value is beyond price.  What dying man can purchase another breath though he willingly give all his gold?  What price dare I place on the hours ahead?  I will make them priceless!

I will live this day as if it is my last.

I will avoid with fury the killers of time.  Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith; fear I will dismember with confidence.  Where there are idle mouths I will listen not; where there are idle hands I will linger not; where there are idle bodies I will visit not.  Henceforth I know that to court idleness is to steal food, clothing, and warmth from those I love.  I am not a thief.  I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove my love and my greatness.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

The duties of today I shall fulfill today.  Today I shall fondle my children while they are young; tomorrow they will be gone, and so will I.  Today I shall embrace my woman with sweet kisses; tomorrow she will be gone, and so shall I.  Today I shall lift up a friend in need; tomorrow he will no longer cry for help, nor will I hear his cries.  Today I shall give myself in sacrifice and work; tomorrow I will have nothing to give, and there will be none to receive.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And if it is my last, it will be my greatest monument.  This day I will make the best day of my life.  This day I will drink every minute to its full.  I will savor its taste and give thanks.  I will make every hour count and each minute I will trade only for something of value.  I will labor harder than ever before and push my muscles until they cry for relief, and then I will continue.  I will make more calls than ever before.  I will sell more goods than ever before.  I will earn more gold than ever before.  Each minute of today will be more fruitful than hours of yesterday.  My last must be my best.

I will live this day as if it is my last.  And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.

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Thoughts on Successful People
Chris Widener

I was hired to do some training for a sales team from one of the largest companies in America. There were 16 people on this team. That year their sales (for the 16 of them) were close to 250 million - that's right, a quarter of a billion - dollars! Needless to say, it was an excellent and fascinating time. I decided to learn a little bit myself, so I watched them closely to see what kind of people they were and to see what common denominators they shared. Below is what I found. I think you will find the elements applicable to your own life.

The first thing I noticed about this successful sales team was that they had a sense of humor! They simply weren't a terribly serious bunch of people. Instead, they saw that life was to be enjoyed and that means they were able to laugh a little bit. Sure, there were varying levels in this but they all had a sense of humor. They were able to laugh at circumstances, and they were able to laugh at themselves. It was quite refreshing and a core element of their success, I'm sure.

The second thing I found out about this group was that they did not achieve their success through pedigree, but through hard work. They didn't come from families that gave them a free pass into the upper echelon of the corporate world and they didn't get a head start from upper crust universities. What got them to where they are now? Hard work! That's right, another example that if you put your mind to it, work hard and get in the right situation, you can achieve great things! These folks work long hours and are disciplined in the work they do. And it is paying off.

The third thing I noticed about this team is that they are learners. They were always engaged in the learning process. During my sessions they were engaged and listening. You could see their minds processing the information. They were asking questions and applying the material to their work and their lives. They wanted to improve in any way that they could. It was also interesting to watch them in their team meetings led by their sales manager. They were very interactive and were learning from one another. None of them was above learning from a peer.

What did I see in these successful people? The same things that can make you a success as you apply the principles to your own life: A sense of humor, hard work, and a desire to learn at every turn.

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If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving
thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.

George MacDonald



It truly is a shame that so many people "learn" so early in life that failure is a negative thing.  After all, failure is one of the most important elements of our lives, for it's through failure that we do our best learning of all.  A lack of success teaches us what doesn't work and allows us to focus on other strategies that may prove more successful.  Yet we demonize failure, and we treat it as a terrible part of life--we even allow it to contribute to our self-perception and self-esteem, two places where failure doesn't even belong.  We can not and should not define ourselves ourselves by something that we tried and didn't succeed at, especially if we've learned from the failure.

Personally, I'm very grateful for the failures in my life, for they've shown me some very important aspects of myself that I hadn't known about before.  In fact, I often put myself in situations in which failure is probably, first to see if I can avoid that failure, and second because I want to learn how to deal with failure if it does come to pass.  It's only when I enter situations with a true respect for the possibility of failure that I can put my all into them without having the illusion that my all isn't necessary.

It is a common mistake to think of failure as the enemy of success.
Failure is a teacher--a harsh one, but the best.  Pull your failures
to pieces looking for the reason.  Put your failure to work for you.

Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

As much as we may hate to admit it, failure very well could be what Thomas Watson calls the best teacher in our lives.  Let's face it--as much as we like to succeed, we don't learn a whole lot from our successes, because we usually have a very good idea how to proceed before we succeed.  When we undertake a task that's truly daunting, though, we face a greater possibility of failure, and we pay much closer attention to all that we do.  If I'm setting up a stereo out of a box, there's very little chance of failure, for all the wires are color-coded or they have connections of unique shapes.  If I'm building something of my own that I've never built before, though, it's important that I pay close attention to every step so that I maximize my potential for success, and minimize my potential for failure.

So many of what we call failures, though, have to do with other people.  Do we fail if we lost a basketball game because the other team played better?  Do we fail as a salesman if that couple that were just in decided not to buy my product after all?  Other people make decisions in life, and their decisions usually don't have anything to do with us.  Someone may decide not to buy a car from us not because we failed at selling it to them, but because their financial situation doesn't allow them to afford it right now.  I may lose a tennis match not because I failed to defeat my opponent, but because my opponent is better than me, or because he or she simply had an awesome match.

In either case, defining our lack of success as "failure" is inaccurate--those were just the ways that things turned out.  If the customer is having money problems, do I truly want to sell him or her something that could add to those problems?  And when I lose a match, I really look forward to the next one to see how and if I improve.

Failure is a reality; we all fail at times and itís painful when we do.
But itís better to fail while striving for something wonderful,
challenging, adventurous and uncertain than to say, ďI donít want
to try, because I may not succeed completely.Ē

Jimmy Carter

The most tragic part of failure that I witness, though, is when people allow the fear of failure to keep them from even trying something important.  I see this very often in the schools where I teach--students who don't even start to do the work because they're afraid they're going to do it poorly and thus fail.  These are students who are fully capable of doing the work at a "C" level, at least, but who end up failing not because of their efforts, but because they don't allow themselves even to try to do the work.

In this situation, "failures" of the past have led to criticism and/or ridicule, and the person has had a hard time dealing with the ways that other people have treated him or her.  So they just close themselves off to possibility and never even try something that may turn out to be actually easy, or at least something that they definitely can accomplish.  Almost everyone on this planet, for example, can write a simple five-paragraph essay with the right training and practice, yet I've seen many, many students not even try to do so because of their fear of failure.  And when they do that, they keep themselves from finding the small successes in life, the ones that build upon each other to make a pattern of success that will help them eventually to eliminate or greatly lessen their fear of failure.

You need the ability to fail.  I'm amazed at the number of
organizations that set up an environment where they do not
permit their people to be wrong.  You cannot innovate
unless you are willing to accept some mistakes.

Charles Knight

"Failure" is not a dirty word.  In fact, it may be one aspect of our lives that's absolutely necessary if we're ever to live fully, meet our potential, and learn the lessons that we're supposed to learn in life.  Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, mostly dealing with people who fail because they simply don't care about what they're doing, but when we redefine failure as a positive in our lives, we can actually learn from it and allow it to help us to grow and become better people because of our failures than we would have been had we succeeded.

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Elaine St. James



Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
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