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

True or False?

‘extreme hiking’ Last October, while I was training to climb Mt. Whitney (14,495 ft) I made a 10-hour hike up and down Mt. Gorgonio in the San Bernardino National Forest. This was my eighth full day of hiking to get my legs in shape for the 15-hour hike up Whitney, 22 miles there and back, starting at 5:00 am and getting back to the car at about 9:00 pm, in the dark. On this last training hike, something went wrong with my ankles. They became so sore and painful during the last two or three hours that, by the time I got back to the car, I was using my hiking poles as crutches and taking baby steps. For the… Read more

The Secret

You become what you think about most of the time. It was Aristotle who wrote, "Try not to be so much a man of wealth, but a man of character." It never fails to amaze me how good and honorable most people are. You read continually about crime and dishonesty, lying and stealing, but I think about 95% of people are genuinely good at heart. It is the bad apples who get all the press and notoriety. Someone wrote me an email last week about the movie "The Secret" and said that viewing it had changed his life. Wow! In my 1990 book "Maximum Achievement," Chapter One, I explained the seven basic mental laws, including the "Law of Attraction," in… Read more

Win Ribbons

It takes drive, discipline and determination for you to compete and win in our economy. Last week, I drove out to Indio, about 150 miles northeast of San Diego, to watch my daughter, Catherine, compete in a horse show. When Catherine was nine, she announced that she wanted to “ride horses.” We dutifully got her a couple of pony rides at a local barn. But that was not what she had in mind. She really wanted to learn to ride. Flash forward six years. Catherine is now 15, and an accomplished equestrian, on both “hunters” and “jumpers.” She owns three horses and competes in “A” shows with some of the best riders in the country, and wins walls full of… Read more

Break Away From Old Ideas

Highly creative people tend to have fluid, flexible, adaptive minds. Here are three statements that creative people can make easily and which you learn by regular practice. Admit It When You Are WrongThe first is simply, "I was wrong." Many people are so concerned with being right that all their mental energy is consumed by stonewalling, bluffing, blaming and denying. If you’re wrong, admit it and get on to the solution or the next step.  Face Up to MistakesSecond, non-creative people think that it is a sign of weakness to say, "I made a mistake." On the contrary, it is actually a sign of mental maturity, personal strength and individual character. Remember, everybody makes mistakes every single day.  Be Flexible… Read more

Building Unshakable Self-Confidence

What difference would it make in your life if you had an absolutely unshakable confidence in your ability to achieve anything you really put your mind to? Identify Your Biggest Dream A young woman wrote to me recently, telling me that her whole life had taken a different turn since she heard me ask the question, “What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew you could not fail?” She wrote that, up to that time, this was a question she had never even dared to consider, but now, she thought of nothing else. She had realized, in a great, blinding flash of clarity, that the main thing separating her from her hopes and dreams was the… Read more

Select Your Company Carefully!

Only the truly competent individual can be free of politics in an organization. When you’re really good at what you do, you can rise above politics. It’s the mediocrities at work who have to play games and every study shows that although they sometimes succeed in the short-term, they invariably fail when everyone figures them out.  Do What You Have To DoSelect your work carefully and if you don’t love what you’re doing enough to want to be the best at it, get out! Flee from the boring or unsatisfying job as you would from a burning building. Working at something you don’t care about is the very best way to waste your life. Remember, this life is not a… Read more

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