7 Ways to Get More Done By Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon, Author and inspirational speakerMy wife and I have an inside joke… I tell her about various authors in my field such as Wayne Dyer who go on writing retreats for a month or two at a time to write a new book.

I’ll say jokingly, “If Wayne did it with a family maybe I could too.” She responds just as I would expect. “You can go on a writing retreat but we may not be here when you get back.”

The fact is there is no way I could go or would want to go on a writing retreat even if she was ok with it.

The Lundy-Smiths By Zig Ziglar

Zig ZiglarThe Lundy-Smiths are a remarkable family from inner-city New Orleans. Susie Mae Lundy and husband, Willie J. Smith, a Baptist pastor, raised nine successful children. According to FORTUNE magazine, the parents set an entrepreneurial example built around commitment, faith and hard work. Each child grew up with assigned responsibilities. By age five the six boys were expected to hose down and sweep the driveway of the family’s Exxon gas station and auto repair shop.

Larry Lundy, owner of 31 Pizza Hut outlets, says they knew that what the family ate at the end of the day was contingent upon what they did during the day. That kind of motivation is pretty easy to understand–and can be very effective.

Labor that Works Miracles By Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn - author and business speakerTwo thousand years ago on April 15th one of Jesus’ disciples came to him and said it was time to pay taxes (that’s how I know it was around April 15th), but they had no money. In response to his disciple’s statement Jesus said “no problem”. Now why could he say “no problem”? Well, word had it that Jesus was a miracle worker. If you hand a problem to a miracle worker what they are inclined to say is “no problem”. You’ve got to hang out with people like that.

Bluntness By Dr Tony Alessandra

If you can’t understand this one, you’re pretty stupid… See what I mean? Most of us know better than to call other people names and insult their intelligence.

Being assertive about our opinions and beliefs is fine, but at some point, assertiveness crosses over into bluntness. And that means you haven’t taken the other person’s feelings into account.

Find out if bluntness is a problem for you. To do that simply ask five of the people closest to you at home and at work something like: “Do I come across as too blunt sometimes?” “Do I say things that hurt other people’s feelings without realizing it?” If you get back some “yes” answers, then you need to pay attention to the ways you communicate.

Read All the Books By Jim Rohn

Jim RohnAll of the books that we will ever need to make us as rich, as healthy, as happy, as powerful, as sophisticated and as successful as we want to be have already been written.

People from all walks of life, people with some of the most incredible life experiences, people that have gone from pennies to fortune and from failure to success have taken the time to write down their experiences so that we might share in their wealth of knowledge.

The Ultimate Classroom By Jim Stovall

You have probably heard it said that someone went to the “school of hard knocks.” This, of course, means that they may not have had any formal education, but they learned a lot from living their life.

Life is, in fact, the best teacher any of us will ever have. Our past is the lesson, our present is the exam, and our future will be the grades we receive. If we do not learn from the mistakes we have made in the past, we will fail the exam, and our future will be the same as our past. Just like in school, those who do not learn the lessons have to repeat a grade over and over again.

Natural Increase By Bob Burg

Consider this: “All human activities are based on the desire for increase. People seek more clothes, more food, better shelter, more luxury, more beauty, healthier relationships, more knowledge, more pleasure, and more life. And, there is enough universal substance (including natural resources and brain-power) that every one of these desires can be achieved by everyone.”

This philosophy, professing a “Universe of Abundance” (as opposed to a lack of abundance, with limited resources) is taught in much of the finest literature and by those who’ve dedicated their lives to the study of universal principles.

Live In The Solution By Vic Johnson

Vic Johnson - author and personal development speakerIn her outstanding book, “Choose the Happiness Habit”, Pam Golden writes: “Take the story of two brothers who are twins. One grows up to be an alcoholic bum. The other becomes an extremely successful businessman. When the alcoholic is asked why he became a drunk, he replies, “My father was a drunk.” When the successful businessman is asked why he became successful, he says, “My father was a drunk.” Same background. Same upbringing. Very different choices.”

The brothers chose different thoughts about the identical experience. Those thoughts over the years shaped the circumstances they now find themselves in.

On Doing Well By Zig Ziglar

Zig ZiglarI was in Sacramento, CA, and had an hour’s delay before my flight left. I walked over to the yogurt shop and ordered my favorite concoction, a mixture of the white chocolate mousse and fresh strawberries. As the lady was preparing it I was impressed with her complete thoroughness. When she presented me with the yogurt, it was completely and thoroughly blended and absolutely delicious.

After I finished my yogurt I engaged the lady in conversation. She was of Oriental descent, from Taiwan, and had been in America for 17 years. I asked her how long it had taken her to get a job when she came to America. She said, “One day,” with a big smile.