Improving the Quality of Your Thinking

Anyone, Starting From Wherever They Are, Can Become Wealthy in America Anyone, Starting From Wherever They Are, Can Become Wealthy in America In one series of I.Q. tests given to children ages 2 – 4 years, 95% of the children were found to be highly creative with curious, questioning minds and an ability for abstract thinking. When the same children were tested again at age 7, only 5% still demonstrated high levels of creativity. In the ensuing years, they had learned to conform; “If you want to get along, you had better go along,” is what they had discovered. The Dangers of Conformity They had learned to color between the lines, to sit in neat little rows, to do and… Read more

Think For Yourself

seminars in Calgary, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, Las Vegas and Sacramento. This has been a busy week for me. I gave seminars in Calgary, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, Las Vegas and Sacramento. In all, my audiences tolled more than 2,000 people, almost all of them sales professionals, sales managers, entrepreneurs and business owners. As I travel, I am continually amazed at the high standard of living and affluence that we enjoy in North America. One of the things that frustrates me is the continual drumbeat of negativity in the press, almost purely for political reasons. Even though we are enjoying the strongest and most powerful economic times in all of human history, with 69% home ownership, an unemployment rate of… Read more

Traveling In Eastern Europe

The world is changing at a rapid rate today Traveling In Eastern Europe The world is changing at a rapid rate today, and in no place is it changing faster than in the old communist countries of Eastern Europe. On April 22, I flew out of Los Angeles to Munich, and then onto Bucharest in Romania. Under the communist government, Romania was a repressed state with no freedoms and the people living in terror most of the time. When the Revolution came, the Dictator and his wife were tried on television, sentenced to death, and taken out in front of the courthouse and executed by a firing squad. Everyone cheered. The people of Romania are now busy, optimistic and building… Read more

A Special Kind of Courage

There are several different aspects of courage. Perhaps the most important is the courage to endure, to persist, to “hang in there” in the face of doubt, uncertainty and criticism from others. There are several different aspects of courage. Perhaps the most important is the courage to endure, to persist, to "hang in there" in the face of doubt, uncertainty and criticism from others. Practice Patience in AdversityThis is called "courageous patience," the willingness and the ability to "stay the course" in the face of uncertainty, doubt and often criticism from many quarters. Stay the CourseIn my experience, there is a critical time period between the launching of a new venture and the results that come from that venture. During… Read more

Who Are the Millionaires?

The way you think about money will determine how much of it you accumulate more than any other factor. The way you think about money will determine how much of it you accumulate more than any other factor. Your attitude toward money affects your emotions and your motivations. The Five Ways to Become A MillionaireIf you are really serious about becoming wealthy, you will want to know the five main ways that fortunes are made in this country. Number one, top of the list, top of the hit parade throughout the history of America, is self-owned businesses. It is entrepreneurship of all kinds, including in real estate. 74% of self-made millionaires in America, not only in this generation and in this… Read more

Asian Travels

Tour of Japan, China, and Korea On March 2, I embarked on a 10-day tour of Japan, China and Korea, speaking two, three and four times in each of those countries respectively. My first trip to Asia was in 1968. At that time, Japan was rapidly recovering from World War II and throwing off its reputation for poor products by focusing on quality. China was a repressive, totalitarian, communist state, largely impoverished with starvation and even famine caused by Mao’s "Great Leap Forward." Korea in 1963 had a GNP per person of $100, and was a poor, cold, largely treeless backwater of Asia controlled by a military dictatorship with little economic activity or hope for the future. How things have changed!… Read more

Driving Through A Blizzard

There are many obstacles on the road to success, but your job is to use them as stepping-stones and to persist until you succeed. Twelve feet of snow fell in upstate New York in February. Throughout the winter, there were freak storms that dumped huge amounts of snow throughout the Midwest and down into Arkansas. Even the Florida orange crop was hit by freezing temperatures, causing massive financial losses. Two years ago, my wife and I attended a conference in Colorado Springs. We flew into Denver and rented a car for the 90-minute drive. The woman at the car rental office encouraged us to upgrade to a four-wheel drive because there was “snow in the mountain passes.” Somewhat reluctantly, we… Read more

Leaving Las Vegas

“I have just been to Hell and returned. It is a city in the Nevada desert called Las Vegas.�? Not long ago, a New York journalist wrote, “I have just been to Hell and returned. It is a city in the Nevada desert called Las Vegas.” Well, last week I was speaking to 300 people at one of the massive hotel/casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. The taxi pulls up a long sweeping driveway, after you have passed dozens of huge neon signs advertising shows, entertainment and gambling delights, and deposits you in front of huge glass doors. The registration is neatly situated about 150 feet away from the door so that you have a chance to stroll past a… Read more

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