How are you perceived?

Mistaken Identity

A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard.  Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him.  He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.

He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door.

She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, ‘I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing up a streak at him.’

I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk; naturally … I assumed you had stolen the car.’

Priceless.  sent in by Marie Snow

The morale of this story; your thoughts and actions create the results!  Cause and effect.

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Climate Bill Bonus: It’ll Save Americans Up to $23 a Month

Climate Bill Bonus: It’ll Save Americans Up to $23 a Month on Gas from Recent Posts by TreeHugger’s Brian Merchant, Brooklyn, New York

climate bill gas savings Image via NRDC The questions are still swirling around the Waxman-Markey climate bill, which just passed the House of Reps by the narrowest margins–is it too weak? Does it cater too much to coal companies and heavy industry? Will it pass the Senate? Will it be the “biggest tax hike” ever perpetrated on Americans, as the Wall Street Journal says it will? Yet one overlooked element of the bill has been quietly revealed by the good folks at the NRDC: it will save Americans an average of $13.93 a month on fuel by 2020–and depending on the state, it could save far more.
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EPA Proposes First Nationwide Greenhouse Gas Reporting System

by Brian Merchant, Brooklyn, New York

In a promising new development, the EPA has announced for the first time that intends create a comprehensive, national system for reporting CO2 emissions. The system will require around 13,000 facilities, or 85-90% of all the places generating greenhouse gases, to report their emissions—and would be a huge step towards realizing the agency’s goal of regulating carbon dioxide emissions.

The proposed system, which is slated to have the first annual emission reports due by 2011, would mark great progress in effectively assessing industry generated emissions. Ideally, it could provide an important roadmap for moving towards better CO2 regulation, and will be absolutely necessary if and when Obama’s Cap and Trade plans come to fruition. Basically, it shows that the EPA means business.

But how will it work? (from the EPA)

The new reporting requirements would apply to suppliers of fossil fuel and industrial chemicals, manufacturers of motor vehicles and engines, as well as large direct emitters of greenhouse gases with emissions equal to or greater than a threshold of 25,000 metric tons per year. This threshold is roughly equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from just over 4,500 passenger vehicles.

The main targets would of course be the worst CO2 spewers:

The direct emission sources covered under the reporting requirement would include energy intensive sectors such as cement production, iron and steel production, and electricity generation, among others.

The move has, as should be expected, impressed environmental groups. David Doniger of the NRDC says: “The EPA is laying the foundation for strong action on global warming this year. Accurate monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gases will provide the vital framework for an effective program to cap and reduce America’s global warming pollution.”

Indeed it shall—let’s hope this emboldened EPA keeps on rolling. So far, so good.

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Assessing Your Own Leadership Skills

… by Dr. John C. Maxwell

When I was a kid, every once in a while my parents would back my brother, Larry, and I up to a door frame, lay a ruler across our heads, and mark a line with a pencil to chart our growth. They would then write the date next to it. It was always exciting to see how much I’d grown since my last measurement.

If only measuring our effectiveness as a leader was so easy. Why is it so hard to get a clear picture of our own strengths and weaknesses?

Self evaluation means:

* Being willing to critique myself.

* Asking for and accepting honest feedback from those who can most accurately assess our leadership-those who follow us.

* Exercising self-discipline.

This last point is perhaps the hardest. I define self-control, in the beginning of life, as the choice of achieving what I really want by doing things I really don’t want to do. Once this becomes a habit, discipline becomes the choice of achieving what I really want by doing the very things I now want to do! I really believe that a disciplined life becomes a joy – but only after we have worked hard to practice it.

All great leaders have understood that their number one responsibility is cultivating their own discipline and personal growth. Those who cannot lead themselves cannot lead others.

Here’s what I call the START plan for becoming a disciplined leader.

* START ON YOURSELF – We’d all rather focus on changing everyone else to conform to us. The only problem with that is we end up with an organization full of people who reflect our weaknesses!

* START EARLY – I’m grateful for parents who taught me the value of a disciplined lifestyle early on.

* START SMALL – A simple plan will more likely bear fruit than anything elaborate will. Remember the value of small things, consistently practiced over time, in transforming a life.

* START NOW – The will to prepare is more important than the will to succeed. The dream to succeed, apart from the will to prepare, is simply wishful thinking.

* START ORGANIZED – Those who take time to organize have a special power. Organizational skills allow for the possibility of gaining stamina and momentum as your successes build. You gain a reputation as the person who always follows through.

Now that you’ve started down the road of self-evaluation, receiving constructive criticism, and self-discipline, you’re ready to determine where you are as an effective leader.

To Achieve

… is to complete, accomplish, succeed, meet your expectations or those imposed by others.

What is on your list to achieve today?

by Rick Anderson

by Rick Anderson

Get some sleep or quiet time?

A healthy meal for the family?

A special treat for someone?

Pay the bills?

Enroll someone into your business?

Get a paycheck?

Whatever your personal or professional goals, they likely roll together.  At least they should in order to maintain the pertinent balance needed in life.  Our attitude is the very first element to achieve greatness or status quo.  You choose.

Is your primary goal today self serving or about others?  What about the secondary goals you desire to achieve?

Mastering your thoughts rather than allowing circumstances to control you is easier than most will accept.  Is it harder to be positive or more difficult for you to be negative.  What comes natural to you?

Are you happy with this answer or wish to change it?  Are you where you want to be in life?  If not, yes indeed, it is up to you to change it.  Many opportunities comes along, commit to those that will empower you and the people around you.

Accepting less is a choice not serving you well and directly impacts the relationships in your life, personal and professional.

Do you desire to lead your life in a different direction?  Have you written down a plan?  Do you plan your work and work your plan?

Discipline may be needed for more people than not.  Amazing how exciting it is to achieve what was written down.  That feeling of accomplishment creates the desire to achieve even more.  Being in gratitude for the success and the failure will lead you forward rather than holding you back.

It is what it is, created by your attitude.  Thoughts are things and things have wings.  Accept it.

When you slip and fall into a mud puddle, what do you do?  Get up, wash off and start over.  Yes you reacted and needed to do something constructive.

If you get into a fender bender, what do you do?  Get the insurance company claim processed, collect your money, price the repairs, get the repairs done or keep the money.  You reacted because of an incident requiring your attention.  You got it done, whether pocketing the money or repairing the vehicle to prevent rust and other consequences that will cost more money down the road.

The point being, we are mostly having to react to issues / situations throughout every day.  There is that 20% not even considered in this category; they start and end the day in gratitude.

Taking a proactive posture greatly reduces the need to react.  Take a look at the past week.  Take a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle and put a + on one side and a – on the other.  Now think back to last Saturday and start putting a tick mark on the + or – side insofar as being in a situation of proactivity vs reactionary.  I won’t ask the results but when you look at the imbalance you quickly know if you are in control of your life or it is controlling you.

Allow this little exercise to guide you to more balance, more achievement and powerful results… CSea Perkins

A Key to Motivation

… by Brian Tracy  (Replace Staff with Team and you will relate quite well to these keys to achieve optimum results)

Key to Success

Key to Success

Give Regular Feedback

One empowering behavior practiced by transformational leaders is regular feedback on performance and results. People need to know how they’re doing so they can improve if performance is below standards and so that they can be proud of their successes. The more feedback you give to people, the better it is, as long as the feedback is objective and not critical. My friend, Ken Blanchard, says that, “Positive feedback is the breakfast of champions.”

Praise Generously

Be generous with your praise and encouragement. Remember, people are the only asset that can be made to appreciate in value by giving them warmth, respect, approval and by creating a climate of positive expectations.

Set High Standards for Yourself

What companies and countries and institutions need today are courageous visionary leaders who are committed to creating an exciting future for themselves and others. You have within yourself the ability to evolve and grow as a leader and to make a real difference in the world around you. And the one thing you can know for sure about yourself is that, no matter what you’ve accomplished up to now, there is far more that you can do.

As you practice the behaviors of effective leaders, you will grow more and more toward the realization of your full potential. It’s completely up to you.

Action Exercises

Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action in your work.

First, hold regular meetings with your staff and tell them everything that is going on. Invite their comments, questions and concerns. Make everybody feel as if he or she was an insider in the organization.

Second, continually look for opportunities to give positive feedback, praise and encouragement. People need praise and encouragement like roses need rain and sunshine. Take very opportunity to make people feel better about themselves and their work.

A Key to Motivation by Brian Tracy

Keep People in the Know
Your goal is to become a transformational leader, the kind of person that motivates and inspires people to perform at levels far beyond anything that they had previously thought possible. Transformational leaders empower others by keeping them “in the know,” by keeping them fully informed on everything that affects their jobs. People want and need to feel that they are “insiders,” that they are aware of everything that is going on. There is nothing so demoralizing to a staff member than to be kept in the dark about their work and what is going on in the company.

Give Regular Feedback
One empowering behavior practiced by transformational leaders is regular feedback on performance and results. People need to know how they’re doing so they can improve if performance is below standards and so that they can be proud of their successes. The more feedback you give to people, the better it is, as long as the feedback is objective and not critical. My friend, Ken Blanchard, says that, “Positive feedback is the breakfast of champions.”

Praise Generously
Be generous with your praise and encouragement. Remember, people are the only asset that can be made to appreciate in value by giving them warmth, respect, approval and by creating a climate of positive expectations.

Set High Standards for Yourself
What companies and countries and institutions need today are courageous visionary leaders who are committed to creating an exciting future for themselves and others. You have within yourself the ability to evolve and grow as a leader and to make a real difference in the world around you. And the one thing you can know for sure about yourself is that, no matter what you’ve accomplished up to now, there is far more that you can do.

As you practice the behaviors of effective leaders, you will grow more and more toward the realization of your full potential. It’s completely up to you.

Action Exercises
Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action in your work.

First, hold regular meetings with your staff and tell them everything that is going on. Invite their comments, questions and concerns. Make everybody feel as if he or she was an insider in the organization.

Second, continually look for opportunities to give positive feedback, praise and encouragement. People need praise and encouragement like roses need rain and sunshine. Take very opportunity to make people feel better about themselves and their work.

COMMIT, COMMIT! Where Discipline Meets Action

by Waldo Waldman

December 21, 1998, was a brisk winter day in Saudi Arabia. I was stationed on my first combat deployment, flying missions enforcing the Iraqi southern no-fly zone.

I was scheduled to take off on only the fourth combat sortie of my career, inexperienced and quite nervous. It was a mission I’ll never forget.

I was flying that day with my flight lead Lt. Col. “Hos” Hyatt, the commander of the 79th Fighter Squadron Tigers. Our “2 ship” of F-16s were charged with “sanitizing” the airspace of any enemy aircraft that might be crossing the restricted area. It could have been a routine patrol – or not.

Suddenly, our radios blared with an urgent call from the radar ground controller, “Viper flight, you’ve got a MIG-23 150 miles off your nose headed south…hostile, hostile!”

This meant the MIG had crossed the no fly zone and was headed towards us and the fuel tankers we were in charge of protecting. A split second later, my headset erupted with a call from Hos.

“Viper flight, COMMIT, COMMIT!

Almost unconsciously, I pushed up my throttle to afterburner and started to climb as I struggled to stay in perfect formation with Hos. There was no turning back. We were going after that MIG.

With those two words, “Commit, Commit,” my destiny was set in motion that day. No time to think – there was simply time to react. I was trained for that moment and my instantaneous choice was really quite clear: it was time to “commit.”

My heart raced. The intensity was beyond words. Quite frankly, there was a part of me that asked, “Am I ready to do this? Will I get shot at? What if my engine fails?”

In the moment, doubt crept in.

But deep down, I knew I was ready and I was mentally and emotionally prepared. Otherwise, I had no business being in that jet. Aborting that mission was not an option – period. I had a job to do. All of my military training boiled down to this one moment and I simply had to trust my wingman, stay in position, and execute the briefed plan. It was time to act.

That moment may have come in the extreme of combat, but it was really no different than the “call to duty” we all face in everyday life and business.

Do you have the discipline and training to commit to action in your life – to “push it up” and go after your target with confidence? Perhaps it’s the challenge of raising a family, a new job opportunity, going for a promotion, embarking on a fitness regimen or a “serious” diet, or the trust and rigors that come from a relationship. The actions you take once you commit will determine the quality of your outcome.

If you’re not ready to commit, no problem. Perhaps it’s not the right time, or you just need more time.

But, if you really are committed to take action in your life, then you better have the discipline to do what it takes to commit with confidence and foster that level of trust others can count on.

True commitment only exists when it is aligned with action. Action that is based on disciplined preparation, laser sharp focus, and most of all – courage, the sort of courage that says even though you may get “shot at” – you will carry on regardless! This is the reality of flying fighters in combat, and it is also the reality of leading a life of passion that is based on commitment and action.

Bottom line, before you commit to anything, you have to risk getting “shot at.” You have to be willing to work and sacrifice. Let’s face it, it’s not easy to commit. If it were, everybody would be doing it!

So, here’s the wingtip: The ability to face our fears, harness courage, and commit to action when the stakes are high is made a lot easier when we act in service to others. More importantly, when we have a trusted partner on our wing backing us up, it gives us courage to press on.

Hos was on my wing. Who is on yours?

— Waldo Waldman

Always hold your ground

In January of 1945, on a French battlefield during World War II, United States 2nd Lieutenant Audie Murphy’s unit was attacked by six tanks and waves of enemy infantry.

What happened next is the stuff of legends.

In the face of a seemingly insurmountable enemy and against all odds, Audie Murphy grabbed a .50-caliber machine gun and, with bullets flying past him, held his ground.

His heroic actions saved the lives of the men in his unit and earned him recognition as a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

What’s more, Murphy, as countless other Medal of Honor recipients before and after him, forged an epic legacy and left an indelible success lesson from which we can all learn and benefit: Always hold your ground.

Audie Murphy’s story is just one of the electrifying accounts of real-life heroes from whom we can learn life’s most significant success lessons. Among the others whose stories Ron White tells are U.S. Navy Admiral James Stockdale, U.S. Army Sergeant John McVeigh, and U.S. Marine Corps PFC William Baugh.

The Power Of Network Marketing

Thank you for sharing this Brad!


Mark Yarnell, minister in a small town in Texas, was headed for bankruptcy and just about to lose his car and home. He looked for a way out and discovered network marketing. Luckily, he had a wise sponsor.

The sponsor gave Mark “THE PROMISE”. “This business can set you free financially in one to three years..” But he also gave him “THE PRICE” “To succeed, you will have to face and conquer 4 major enemies.”


Mark said, “It’s a deal.”

Mark began by inviting 200 friends over to his house to watch a video. 80 said “No, not interested”

– Mark had encountered ENEMY #1: Rejection.

He thought, “No problem. My sponsor warned me about that. I’ve got120 people still coming over.” Guess what?

– He had just encountered ENEMY #2: Deception.

Mark thought, “No problem. My sponsor warned me about that. I’ve got 70 people who watched the tape.” Guess what? 57 said “Not Interested”.

– He had just encountered ENEMY #3: Apathy.

Undaunted, Mark thought, “No problem. 13 people signed up.” Guess what? 12 of them dropped out of the business shortly thereafter.

– He had just encountered ENEMY #4: Attrition.

Attrition had left Mark with just one serious associate. But to this day, that single distributor earns Mark over $50,000 per month.

Mark Yarnell’s story is NOT Unique!

You may have heard of Bill Britt, one of the most successful distributors in Amway. Some years ago, 20/20 did a feature story on Amway. They spent 19 minutes interviewing whiners and complainers – several distributors who had failed and showed the garages full of products they couldn’t sell. During the last minute of the show, Mr. Britt was interviewed in front of his palatial home. He was asked, “Mr. Britt, this business has obviously worked for you. What’s your secret?”

He replied, “There is no secret. I simply showed the plan to 1200 people. 900 said, ‘No’ and only 300 signed up. Out of those 300, only 85 did anything at all. Out of those 85 only 35 were serious, and out of those 35, 11 made me a millionaire.” Like Mark Yarnell, Bill worked through the numbers..

Jason Boreyko, former co-founder of New Vision, told this story recently. When he was a distributor in Matol, he signed up 50 people. He heard a lot of “No’s” on the way to those 50. Jason took one man, who he knew would be terrific in the business to lunch, told him about the business and the man said “No.” Jason took the man to lunch again the next month and told him the updates. Once again the man said, “No.” Jason sent him some more information and took him to lunch again the next month. And again the man said, “No.” That went on for six months. The seventh month, something had changed for the man, and he said, “Yes.” That man made Jason over one million dollars. Jason also worked through his numbers.

According to Richard Poe in Wave Three while starting Amway, Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel, America’s eleventh richest people, recruited 500 people. 495 dropped out. The five that didn’t quit built Amway. All $7 billion of Amway’s business was built under those 5 people. Jay and Rich had to work through their numbers. There are many similar stories. Jeff, the top money earner in Mannatech, signed up 27 people his first month.

One might think that he is especially talented at sponsoring. Actually, Jeff will be the first to tell you that he is not talented at all.

In fact, he feels that he did very poorly. To recruit those 27, Jeff talked to 2000 people that first month. And of the 27, the only one who did anything significant with the business was Ray Gebauer, who has more than half of Mannatech in his downline.

Jeff’s word to you is that the numbers never lie. Pick your goal and then get into massive action. If you talk to enough people, you will make it!

Here’s the lesson: Your success is directly related to the degree to which you are willing to work to find others like yourself who are committed to succeed. Mark Yarnell’s odds were 1 out of 50. (Jeff’s were really 1 out of 2000.) Would you be willing to go through 200 people to find the 1 who will make you $50,000 a month? Or go through 200 people to become a millionaire? Or hear uncounted “No’s” to sign up 50 people to find a million dollar person? I hope you will. It’s easier when you know the odds up front.

But here’s the catch: You have your own set of odds and you won’t know what they are until AFTER YOU’VE SUCCEEDED. So if you’ve gone through 50 or 100 people and you haven’t found 1 serious person yet, you can either give up and assume the business doesn’t work or recognize that you are working through your own numbers.

Are you willing to find out what your own set of odds is?

That means that you must pay the price for freedom. Remember that the numbers never fail you. Despite where you are in your skill level, your success is assured if you talk to enough people. And as your skill improves, so will your odds.

There is no such thing as luck in this industry. Winning big is a matter of being willing to pay the price.  Are you?

Your future is in your hands!  The choices which you make today will determine the course of your entire future.


May you have a Successful Future in all aspects of Your Life!

Give value, no charge

What is the nicest thing you can do today? Compliment someone and ask; how do you do it?

Received an early call this morning, that always chipper voice greeting me!  After responding to his question, I was compelled to ask:  “With everything on your plate, all your success, how do you stay so positive, energized and organized? You have a full time job and a full time family; how do you find time to work FLIglobal part time?”

The response was of no surprise to me.  He said, “because I want it and deserve it. I have this opportunity and love my family, helping others to earn this extra income is powerful.  The number of people I have touched with our business model and fuel savings is just the beginning.

I enjoy putting a smile on someone’s face; the quickest result is when they are complimented.  I always notice something special about every person I meet and let them know it.”

Great attitudes receive great rewards.  Place value in all conversations and remember to focus on them (the person you are speaking with).

Make the most of your day by making the most of their day, today and every day!

Success / Failure

success-and-failure-road-sign… by Jim Rohn

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.

Don’t take the casual approach to life. Casualness leads to casualties.

Success is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious I and Obvious II in school.

It’s too bad failures don’t give seminars. Wouldn’t that be valuable? If you meet a guy who has messed up his life for forty years, you’ve just got to say, “John, if I bring my journal and promise to take good notes, would you spend a day with me?”

Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.

Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy. You might know how to read, but more importantly, what’s your plan to read?

Average people look for ways of getting away with it; successful people look for ways of getting on with it.

Forward Motion

First you must believe.  Know unconditionally you are in the right place at the right time to improve the lives of others.

Leave the negativity and naysayers behind; they create limitations upon you.  Ask yourself what positive benefits remain without walking away.

List who and what you must cleave (all the clutter, people and things) from your life, then do it.  Feel the freedom and be in gratitude.

Be prepared to receive all the greatness within you to be shared with others.

These clear the way for you to achieve all you desire.

Happy First Anniversary FLIglobal

Another Green Company.  This one has 25 years and 15 billion+ miles of proof of reduced emissions and improved performance.

Fuel Legacy International introduced  their eeFuel product

8ml : 10 gallons fuel

8ml : 10 gallons fuel

 and distribution in the US and Canada at the pre-Launch event held at the Corporate Offices in CA on June 21, 2008.saturdayLaunch  This product reduces toxic emissions, cleans engine and exhaust system of carbon buildup, increases horsepower, burns all the fuel so it pays for itself.  The only product on the market to reduce NOx nitrogen oxide while reducing CO2 up to 50%.

Since the remarkable growth, positive acceptance and continued consumption of this product, they announced the companion product eeLube

protects 12 qts oil

protects 12 qts oil

 for the crankcase and upper engine preventative maintenance.  This must use nanotechnology product is the optimum preventative maintenance for your engine and related parts.  Steam cleans while optimizing performance and removing carbon build up and preventing same.

Being visionaries, prepared and proactive to the economic downturn, Fuel Legacy added another pollution mitigation technology.  The invisible frequencies penetrating our body and brain from cell phones, 

EMF harmonizer

EMF harmonizer

 electronics, appliances, power lines and the plethora of wireless technology have been proved hazardous to our health and well being.

When combining the Smog and eSmog solutions, we became known as FLIglobal, 

Pollution Solution

Pollution Solution

 the pollution solution (toxic emissions and electropollution).

The journey overcoming the economic challenges and fuel prices cut in half has fueled our success even more by entering the Commercial arena; saving millions of dollars and reducing the demand on foreign oil.

It has been Dan Atkinson, Simon Procopenko0 and Reuben Borg at the help of these successes backed by the perseverance, belief, trust and unconditional comittment from the Distributors.

You have just seen the stream turn into a river Ladies and Gentlemen. The overflowing abundance is yours for the taking.

abundance

abundance

  The best is yet to come!  Any questions, watch Distributor Training Video

Happy Father’s Day

… to all the Dads you know and love.

Feliz dia de los padres

Joyeuse Fête des Pères

Grateful for all you said and did.  Your actions spoke much louder than your words, you were / are my role model.  Whether you spoke from love or the opposite, I learned from you.

Do I mirror you?  Do I respect others as you demonstrated respect to others?  Do I honor your teachings?

Thank you Dad for genuinely being you and doing the best you could.  You proved that extra, just a little bit more, was worth the effort.

Your Own Magnificent Obsession

All enduring motivation must ultimately come from within the individual. That is why the words empower and envision are so vital to team performance. It must be your inner power and your own personal vision that propels you, not that of your leader.

The success of your efforts depends not so much on the efforts themselves, but rather on your motive for doing them.
The greatest companies and the greatest men and women in all walks of life have achieved their greatness out of a desire to express something within themselves that had to be expressed, a desire to solve a problem using their skills as best they could. This is not to say that many of these individuals did not earn a great deal of money and prestige for what they produced. Many did. But the key to their successes was that they were motivated more by an inner magnificent obsession, a passion, than by any thought of profit or identity.

You may recall from history that the exquisitely beautiful armless statue of Venus de Milo was carved by an unknown sculptor. When a farmer dug up the soon-to-be world-famous work of art while plowing his field, a renowned museum curator sadly reflected what a great pity it was that the sculptor would never be recognized by thousands of admirers, nor would he or she ever know how valuable the statue became hundreds of years later.

The farmer retorted that it must have been a labor of love for someone to be able to have envisioned such perfection and brought it forth with just a chisel and a shapeless piece of stone. “Just creating something of such quality,” said the farmer, “would have been payment in full for me.”

You can’t commission a masterpiece. Human greatness can’t be externally motivated. It must be compelled from within.
A magnificent obsession is the way you want to live, not just the things you want to own. A magnificent obsession is the person you want to be, not the title on your office door or business card. A magnificent obsession is the mind-set that you have, not the diplomas or awards you earn. It is the worldview you claim as your own, not the collection of stamps on your passport. It is uniquely yours, like your fingerprint or handwriting.

Ask yourself this question: “If it weren’t for money, time and personal responsibilities, what would I really love to do with my life?” You and I need to answer it from our own individual perspectives, not simply answer “to help my company, family or country.” In addition to these shared visions, autograph your career and life with your own signature.

By personalizing your passion, you will experience the unlimited power from within!

— Denis Waitley

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