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always there." Norman Vincent Peale
Today's issue includes:
1. Your Achievement Article - Nitty-Gritty Reasons by Jim Rohn
2. Your Achievement Quotes - Planning, Positive vs. Negative and Potential/Possibilities
3. Your Achievement Tips - Succeeding in Tough Times by Kyle Wilson
4. Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul
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1. Your Achievement Article
Nitty-Gritty Reasons by Jim Rohn (excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul)
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be motivated to achievement by such a lofty goal as
benevolence? I must confess, however, that in the early years of my struggle to
succeed, my motivation was a lot more down-to-earth. My reason for succeeding
was more basic. In fact, it fell into the category of what I like to call
"nitty-gritty reasons." A nitty-gritty reason is the kind that any one of us can
have -- at any time, on any day -- and it can cause our lives to change. Let me
tell you what happened to me...
Shortly before I met Mr. Shoaff, I was lounging at home one day when I heard a
knock at the door. It was a timid, hesitant knock. When I opened the door I
looked down to see a pair of big brown eyes staring up at me. There stood a
frail little girl of about ten. She told me, with all the courage and
determination her little heart could muster, that she was selling Girl Scout
cookies. It was a masterful presentation -- several flavors, a special deal, and
only two dollars per box. How could anyone refuse? Finally, with a big smile and
ever-so politely, she asked me to buy. And I wanted to. Oh, how I wanted to!
Except for one thing. I didn't have two dollars! Boy, was I embarrassed! Here I
was -- a father, had been to college, was gainfully employed -- and yet I didn't
have two dollars to my name.
Naturally I couldn't tell this to the little girl with the big brown eyes. So I
did the next best thing. I lied to her. I said, "Thanks, but I've already bought
Girl Scout cookies this year. And I've still got plenty stacked in the house."
Now that simply wasn't true. But it was the only thing I could think of to get
me off the hook. And it did. The little girl said, "That's okay, sir. Thank you
very much." And with that she turned around and went on her way.
I stared after her for what seemed like a very long time. Finally, I closed the
door behind me and, leaning my back to it, cried out, "I don't want to live like
this anymore. I've had it with being broke, and I've had it with lying. I'll
never be embarrassed again by not having any money in my pocket." That day I
promised myself to earn enough to always have several hundred dollars in my
pocket at all times.
This is what I mean by a nitty-gritty reason. It may not win me any prize for
greatness, but it was enough to have a permanent effect on the rest of my life.
My Girl-Scout-cookie story does have a happy ending. Several years later, as I
was walking out of my bank where I had just made a hefty deposit and was
crossing the street to get into my car, I saw two little girls who were selling
candy for some girls' organization. One of them approached me, saying, "Mister,
would you like to buy some candy?"
"I probably would," I said playfully. "What kind of candy do you have?"
"It's almond roca."
"Almond roca. That's my favorite. How much is it?"
"It's only two dollars."
Two dollars. It couldn't be! I was excited. "How many boxes of candy have you
"I've got five."
Looking at her friend, I said, "And how many boxes do you have left?"
"I've got four."
"That's nine. Okay, I'll take them all."
At this, both girls' mouths fell open as they exclaimed in unison, "Really?"
"Sure," I said. "I've got some friends that I'll pass some around to."
Excitedly, they scurried to stack all the boxes together. I reached into my
pocket and gave them eighteen dollars. As I was about to leave, the boxes tucked
under my arm, one of the girls looked up and said, "Mister, you're really
something!" How about that! Can you imagine spending only eighteen dollars and
having someone look you in the face and say, "You're really something!"
Now you know why I always carry a few hundred dollars on me. I'm not about to
miss chances like that ever again.
And to think it all resulted from my own embarrassment, that when properly
channeled, acted as a powerful motivator to help me achieve.
How about you? What nitty-gritty reasons do you have waiting to challenging and
provoke you into change for the better? Look for them, they are there. Sometimes
it can be as simple as a brown-eyed girl selling Girl Scout cookies.
To Your Success,
This story by Jim Rohn is featured in the New Release, Chicken Soup
for the Entrepreneur's Soul. Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul is a
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2. Your Achievement Quotes
"I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care
than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than
change." -- Jim Rohn
"Every evening, write down the six most important things that you must do the
next day. Then while you sleep your subconscious will work on the best ways for
you to accomplish them. Your next day will go much more smoothly." -- Tom
"Planning is a real waste of time.... for those who waste time." -- Doug
"Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a
rainy Sunday afternoon." -- Susan Ertz
POSITIVE vs. NEGATIVE
"Don't let negative people determine your self-worth." -- Denis Waitley
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." -- Charles A. Beard
"If you train your mind to search for the positive things about other people,
you will be surprised at how many good things you can observe in them and
comment upon." -- Alan Loy Mcginnis
"Keep your face in the sunshine and you can never see the shadow." -- Helen
"Refrain from asking what is going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that
fortune grants you, count as gain." -- Horace
"There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it perhaps for the
rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less." -- Kurt Hahn
"Life can be lived more fully if people simply quit pretending to be who they
were told to be, and be who they really are…" -- Doug Firebaugh
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan
but also believe." -- Anatole France
"The important thing is this: To be able
at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become." Charles du Bois
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3. Your Achievement Tips -
Succeeding in Tough Times by Kyle Wilson (Excerpted from Week Twenty-One of the Jim Rohn One-Year Success Plan)
I've been noticing (and I'm sure you have to), while many companies and
individuals might be struggling right now, that there is also a group of
companies and individuals flourishing. I've also noticed there are some common
characteristics found in these companies and individuals who seem to be doing
well during some of these uncertain times. Here are five characteristics that
1) These companies and individuals operate from a win/win philosophy and
inherently value their business relationships (customers, employees and
vendors). When you understand and appreciate this principle it allows you to
create and receive value both on a short and long-term basis, as well as
recognize and be in line for new opportunities that begin to present themselves.
2) These companies and individuals have an entrepreneurial mindset. Although,
it's true that when a boom is going on the entrepreneur is often leading the
way, I've also noticed that when the water is high (things are going good),
everything tends to even out (everyone seems to be doing well). But when it all
starts to go south, it is then that entrepreneurs can rise more quickly and
distinguish themselves. Their ability to take risks, be decisive, recognize and
seize opportunity and to basically "create", allows them to find a way to make
3) These companies and individuals have an excellent work ethic and focus. In
sports, if you were to ask, who in their respective sport has been a dominant
figure, three immediately come to my mind - Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and
Wayne Gretsky. Beyond their remarkable ability and talent, there is also
something about these three that help propel them into greatness - their fierce
competitiveness and their incredible work ethic. How do you beat the most
talented person in the world when they will also out work you and have a "will
to win" that is not to be exceeded? Well, the same is true in business. The top
performers do not get complacent. They do not rest on their laurels. And they
don't decide that because they are doing well or are on top that that is good
enough. Their work ethic and drive to be their personal best has allowed
previous victories and momentum to carry over into more success (even in
4) These companies and individuals have made a commitment to succeed. Making a
decision is the prerequisite to all successes. As Jim says, all good things are
upstream, but the natural tendency is downstream. Commitment creates the mindset
that allows us to face challenges, shut out negative circumstances and
discomfort and then move upstream towards our goals.
5) These companies and individuals operate out of faith. Without faith it is
impossible to take risk. Without faith it is impossible to make investments of
time and effort in the present hoping for a future reward. And without faith it
is impossible to make short-term sacrifices on a consistent basis. Faith allows
you to be free to give and be your best, knowing that the reward will manifest
itself sometime in the future. Faith also allows you to find the opportunity
that often comes disguised in the form of a problem or challenge. While others
are "missing it" or spending their time and energy complaining, the
person/company of faith is identifying and seizing new opportunities.
Question - how do you rate yourself in these five areas above? I would estimate
much of where you find yourself today could be directly related to how well you
have fared the past few years in regards to the five points above. The good news
is today is a new day, a new opportunity.
Life is full of opportunities. Go For It!
Kyle Wilson, co-author of the New Release, Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's
Soul is also co-founder and President of Jim Rohn International. Chicken Soup
for the Entrepreneur's Soul is a compilation of short stories from
entrepreneurs, both large and small, who share their experiences of success,
failure and courage, with a little helpful advice mixed in. To learn more or to
order this new release, scroll down to #4 below or go to
or call 877-929-0439.
"Some men see things as they are and say'‘Why?' I
dream things that never were; and say 'Why not?'" Robert F.
4. Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul
Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul
Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul is a compilation
of short stories from entrepreneurs, both large and small, who share their
experiences of success, failure and courage, with a little helpful advice mixed
Many of these stories, told for the first time here, will enlighten you to new
methods of entrepreneurship or simply help you believe in the possibilities of
getting started. People such as Doris Christopher, a stay-at-home mother,
introduced her love of cooking to others, thus founding The Pampered Chef;
sticking to his instincts and putting value at the core of his business, Tom
Chappell, founder of Tom's of Maine, explains how success can go way beyond the
balance sheet; and Carol Gardner intimately shares a desperate time of debt and
divorce, until along came a bulldog named Zelda, followed by a greeting card
Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul is for entrepreneurs and for
anyone on the verge of taking that leap into the exciting unknown.
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"Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today
best-selling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. I was
blessed to be asked to be a co-author of this terrific book. It's the
culmination of many years of work." Kyle Wilson, President of Jim Rohn
"As an Entrepreneur myself, this book is like a bible to me.
To read about very successful people who didn't take no for an answer or
realized what their passion is and stuck with it inspires me to not quit when
business gets tough. I recommend this book to anyone looking for the daily
pick-me-ups that anyone in business for themselves needs. Well done!" Kathy
"A great book written by a combination of Entrepreneurs themselves, and
authors to whom they told their stories. The stories are short - allowing the
inclusion of many - of all kinds, sizes, phases of development, and types of
"lessons learned", as well as place for you to write your own notes and
reminders. You will want to go back to many (their websites are provided with
brief comments at the end of each chapter)- so do not borrow your copy to
friends! The excitement, the challenges, and the
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