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Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 10:18:52 EDT
Subject: Essays on Excellence # 431
Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,

There is a great difference of being childlike and childish.  We went to see the new movie, Friday Night Lights, yesterday.  Throughout the U.S. high school football and basketball are driving forces in these small communities.  I can remember it like it was yesterday when at this time of year in 1959 my team was moving toward a state championship which we ultimately won.  I watched the film remembering the powerful emotions of excitement and fear.

I picked up a copy of Fahren
HYPE 9/11 yesterday which is now in stores and at the video stores for rental.  It is a documentary about unraveling the truth about Michael Moore and his Fahrenheit 9/11 propoganda film which has been clearly shown to be a totally fraudulent and misleading piece.  I urge you to watch this new documentary before the election as it will give you a wealth of information on which to help base your election vote decision.

Hope you will also think about what brick has been tossed your way.  The essays in this issue are a powerful call to thought and ACTION.

by Jim Rohn

Remember the master teacher once said 2,000 years ago, "Unless you can become
like little children, your chances are zero, you haven't got a prayer." A major
consideration for adults.

Be like children and remember there are four ways to be more like a child no
matter how old you get.

1) Curiosity - Be curious. Childish curiosity. Learn to be curious like a child.
What will kids do if they want to know something bad enough? You're right. They
will bug you. Kids can ask a million questions. You think they're through.
They've got another million. They will keep plaguing you. They can drive you
right to the brink.

Also kids use their curiosity to learn. Have you ever noticed that while adults
are stepping on ants, children are studying them? A child's curiosity is what
helps them to reach, learn and grow.

2) Excitement - Learn to get excited like a child. There is nothing that has
more magic than childish excitement. So excited you hate to go to bed at night.
Can't wait to get up in the morning. So excited that you're about to explode.
How can anyone resist that kind of childish magic? Now, once in awhile I meet
someone who says, "Well, I'm a little too mature for all that childish
excitement." Isn't that pitiful? You've got to weep for these kinds of people.
All I've got to say is, "If you're too old to get excited, you're old." Don't
get that old.

3) Faith - Faith like a child. Faith is childish. How else would you describe
it? Some people say, "Let's be adult about it." Oh no. No. Adults too often have
a tendency to be overly skeptical. Some adults even have a tendency to be
cynical. Adults say, "Yeah. I've heard that old positive line before. It will be
a long day in June before I fall for that positive line. You've got to prove to
me it's any good." See, that's adult, but kids aren't that way. Kids think you
can get anything. They are really funny. You tell kids, "We're going to have
three swimming pools." And they say, "Yeah. Three. One each. Stay out of my
swimming pool." See, they start dividing them up right away, but adults are not
like that. Adults say, "Three swimming pools? You're out of your mind. Most
people don't even have one swimming pool. You'll be lucky to get a tub in the
back yard." You notice the difference? No wonder the master teacher said,
"Unless you can become like little children, your chances, they're skinny."

4) Trust - Trust is a childish virtue, but it has great merit. Have you heard
the _expression "sleep like a baby"? That's it. Childish trust. After you've
gotten an A+ for the day, leave it in somebody else's hands.

Curiosity, excitement, faith and trust.

Wow, what a powerful combination to
bring (back) into our lives.

by Chris Widener

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." Margaret Thatcher

Failure. Even the word sounds bad, doesn't it? That is because since the time we
were just young children we were taught that failure was bad. But is that true?
Is failure bad? Let's consider some things.

I like a baseball analogy. Do you know what the record is for a season batting
average (That means how many times the batter successfully hit to get on base)?
It is a gentleman by the name of Ted Williams and his season batting average was
.411 one year. That means that out of 1000 times at bat he would get a hit 411
times. That is considered by baseball fans as one of the greatest records ever.
There are players making millions of dollars who hit .280!

But what does that stat also tell us if we flip it around? It tells us that the
best season any batter ever had in the major leagues was a FAILURE RATE of .589!
Even the best fail on a regular basis!

What about the richest people on Wall Street? Do they fail? Of course they do.
They pick the bad stocks sometimes, but they cut their loses and learn from
their failure.

Did Michael Jordan miss shots? Over 50% of them!

So what about all this? What does this mean for us? The fact is, I think we can
learn a lot about failure that will actually make us a great success. So here
are some thoughts to help you use failure to further your future!

Failure is inevitable if you are trying for greatness. Failure is something we
must accept as a part of the road we travel to success. This is a very important
item and number one on the list because a lot of what stops people from pursuing
success is their fear that they may fail and not reach their destination. When
we embrace the fact that we will fail, and that is okay, then we have nothing to
fear anymore. Instead, we keep our eyes open and pick ourselves up, adjust from
the failure, and move on.

Failure is never failure unless you fail to learn something from it. That's
right, we ought to stop calling these bumps in the road "failures" and start
calling them "Learning Experiences!" When you fail, the first thing you should
think is "What can I learn from this?" If you can pull just one idea out of that
question, then the experience was worth it.

Sometimes failure is a blessing in disguise. Just ask the 3M Company. They were
looking for an incredible adhesive and actually got a sticky paste that held,
but not permanently. What a failure! No, instead, they spread some on the back
of little sheets of yellow paper and called them "Post-It Notes." Have some? I'm
sure you do. The 3M company thanks you for rewarding their "failure."

People won't think poorly of you if you fail. This is perhaps the biggest myth,
and the one that causes us to never attempt our dreams. We don't try because of
what Aunt Martha may say about us at the family reunion. The truth is, however,
that people will actually respect you for trying. The only thing I have found
that people think poorly about you is if you handle yourself badly when you
fail. Sore losers get the bad press, not people who attempt great things!

Failure isn't the end but the beginning. One of our greatest fears is that our
whole world will collapse if we fail. Or at least the project will. The truth is
that that rarely happens! Most of the time we can pick back up again, make some
adjustments and be on our way! This is a new beginning. Now there is no need to
go down the road you have already taken, so there is one less option you have to
try on your new journey.

Sometimes we miss out on success because we quit in the middle of a problem and
it becomes a failure instead of an obstacle we could have persevered through.
When people encounter trouble they have a tendency to quit. And then they see
themselves as having failed. My question is this: What if they would have kept
on going - persevered? Perhaps they would have struggled a bit and then broke
free again. The failure happened only because they quit! So don't give up - keep
pushing - and perhaps you will see yourself through to victory!

The greatest thing to overcome is the fear of failure. Most of the battle is
right between our ears. It has been said that "we have nothing to fear but fear
itself," and that is true because in most of our "failures," the end result is
usually much less than we feared it would be. Yet in giving into fear and not
trying, we suffer the ultimate consequence - no success! So begin to tell
yourself the good stuff! Change the direction of your thinking and begin to see
the possibilities of success, not failure.

Remember, properly looked at, failure can help you further your future!

Bonus: Questions to ask yourself when you "fail":

What can I learn from this?
What did I do right in this?
Where did this go wrong?
How can I start again?
What resources do I need to make sure this doesn't happen again?

Then use the answers to these questions to plot your new course.

by Mark Victor Hansen

The word 'actualize' means to make actual, to make real. And to see something
actualized requires action. As much as we'd like our dreams to be realized
through virtually no effort at all on our part, that's not the way it works.
(And we wouldn't appreciate it as much if we did nothing to achieve our goals).
To have everything we want in life we have to decide what it is that we really
want, make a plan and take action.

To transform our goals from lofty dreams to true-blue reality means that we
first have to decide on a primary goal. We can have as many things as we want,
make our goal list as long as we desire, but to make our goals 'actual' we must
concentrate on them one at a time.

Once we have our primary goal, the one we want more than anything else, then we
have to create a plan. That plan may include researching our goal, looking for
classes to take, visiting a foreign country or asking about an internship with a
company or individual. Creating a goal-achieving plan is like planning a road
trip. If you know your eventual destination, you just need to mark a route to
get there. It may take a while to get where you want to go, or you could arrive
there next week. It all depends on what your number one goal is.

The last step is to follow the plan you've created by taking action! If you have
40 steps in your plan, then decide that you're going to accomplish one or two
steps a day until you have what you want. It sounds simple, I know. And it is
simple. The hardest part of having what you want is figuring out what you want
and deciding your going to do it. The rest is just taking action.

To overcome your fear of goal setting just take action.


Author Unknown

A young and successful executive was

traveling down a neighborhood street,

going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.

He was watching for kids darting out

from between parkedcars

and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed, no children appeared.

Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!

He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to

the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver then jumped out of the car,

grabbed the nearest kid and

pushed him up against aparked car shouting,

"What was that all about and who are you?

Just what the heck are you doing?

That's a new car and that brick you threw is

going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?"

The young boy was apologetic.

"Please, mister. Please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do,"

He pleaded.

"I threw the brick because no one else would stop..."

With tears dripping down his face

and off his chin, the youth pointed to a

spot just around a parked car.

"It's my brother," he said.

"He rolled off the curb and fell

out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive

"Would you please help me get him back into his

wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me.

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling

lump in his throat

He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into

the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the

fresh scrapes and cuts.

A quick look told him everything was going to be okay..

"Thank you and may God bless you,"

the grateful child told the stranger.

Too shook up for words, the man simply watched

the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the

sidewalk toward their home

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar.

The damage was very noticeable,

but the driver neverbothered to repair the dented side

door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message

"Don't go through life so fast that someone

has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!"

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts.

Sometimes when we don't have time to listen,

He has to throw a brick at us.

It's our choice to listen or not.

Thought for the Day:

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

He sends you flowers every spring.

He sends you a sunrise every morning.

Face it, friend - He is crazy about you!

Send this to every "beautiful person " you wish to

bless, . God didn't promise days without

pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He

did promise strength for the day,

comfort for the tears,and light for the way

Peace & Love Always

Have a terrific coming week.  Think about the bricks that God has tossed your way.

William Prouty, CLU RHU CEC MBA PhD
CEO and Founder
Champions For Life Foundation
PO Box 989, Sun City, CA 92586-0989
909-301-0605  Phone
909-301-0606  FAX

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