Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Qutters Never Win and Winners Never Quit

You heard about the guy who gave up on his gold mine one foot before the biggest vein in Gold Rush History didn't you? I was reminded of that the other day while reading Success Principles (Ya, the Chicken Soup for the Soul guy Jack Canfield)--Don't quit too soon. How do you tell when is too soon. I guess the headline of this blog post tells you -- Quitters never win and WINNERS NEVER QUIT.

Yesterday we went shopping and spent nearly the whole day gone. So I decided our little cat needed a toy for being home all alone all day by herself. (No she's not spoiled, {grin}.)

Long story short - what does this have to do with quitting, hang in there I'll tell you. She chews anything with a string. Buy her a mouse toy and she'll chew off the tail before you can count to five. You can't take it away from her she is like the coil of a slinky toy - impossible. She will chew the strings off a rug, the tassles off anything. No strings allowed where this cat is.

Well, we got her her first toy that hangs from a suction cup,pole and elastic string, you know with the elastic string that makes her jump and tug and play for hours. Not our Lady Slipper. She always goes for the source when she plays. She attacks the source making the movement not the toy - strangest thing. Anyway, she grabs the fish toy on her first swipe and pulls it down and holds it down while she chews the string. We tried everything to get her to stop but she wouldn't. So I thought in 3 minutes her new toy will be done. Guess what she quit - she quit with one nylon thread holding the toy to the post. One single thread that a breath of wind could have broken. She quit too soon. It reminded me I better not quit - my success could be just over the next horizon.

So could yours. Quitters never win. Onward and upward. Never give up, it may be that last nylon thread barely holding you back.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Don't Wait For Your Ship to Come in Swim out to it!

In my morning reading today I came across this quote by Jonathan Winters: "If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet it."
There was another a day or too earlier that said something, "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." Abraham Lincoln.

In other words, the only thing that will create success, or create that book you've been waiting to write, or create some other printed words you dream to have written, is ACTION. There is no way around it if you don't put your butt in a chair and write - you will never publish a word. You need to banish all fear of failing, of making a mistake -- mistakes are the lessons of life.

This Frank and Ernest cartoon strip says it all. Frank is at the counter at an employment office he has a long long sheet of paper he is apparently reading from to the guy who is taking his application. The caption says--"I don't have any formal education so I brought you a list of the mistakes I've learned from."

Feel the fear and do it anyway is almost a buzz word nowadays, but it's absolute truth. Do not be afraid of mistakes, no one is perfect. Perfectionism will stall you in your tracks. Not that you should adopt a careless, reckless, not-give-a-darn attitude. You should do the best that you can do with what you have at this very moment and let the rest happen.

"You can never learn less; you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made so many mistakes," says Buckminster Fuller (a mathematician and philosopher who never graduated from college but received 46 honorary doctorates.

Write Like The Wind
Tung Umolomo
South African Adventure
ISBN 1-4237-0092-6

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

You Are Better Than You Think You Are!

Well Okay, perhaps we don't even begin to live up to our potential. I was reading an article by a gal named Melissa Galt today--Her great grandfather was Frank Lloyd Wright famed architect, her god mother Edith Head -- do you know she was a teacher and it was a couple of her students sketches that started her on her career as the designer of Hollywood fame and fortune. Well Ms Galt's mother was Ann about blue blood - okay so maybe she wasn't rich - certainly Mr. Wright wasn't rich when he died -- he said he would rather have the luxuries of life then the necessities {grin} and Ann Baxter wasn't rich by the time she died -- but Ms Galt had a vision, and her mind was rich with possibilities and she followed it.

Some psychologist - James Joyce I think? said that we use less then ten percent of our brain - can you imagine if we engaged that whole mass what wisdom, what creative talent, what potential we would have to be as great as our greatest relative, whoever that might be.

Stretch yourself - stretch your mind - grow into what you might become. I double dog dare you to = )
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