8 Secrets to Success in Life and Work

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This was sent to me in PDF form by an internet marketer who goes by the name Peter Sz. I took the liberty of changing the layout and some of the text.

In 1997, when author Michael Jeffreys was prepping for an upcoming book, he took the time to  personally interview 15 top motivational experts. After conferring with gurus like Brian Tracy and Dr. Wayne Dyer, to name a couple, he listed the 8 Secrets all of them agreed with. These concepts are still as “on the money” today as they were in 1997.

Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life

Every day you hear about people who blame everyone else – whether it’s their parents, friends, associates, or government – for all of their problems and their failures. But, blaming someone else is admitting  that “they” have more control of your life than you do. People who succeed don’t buy into this mentality and do not succumb to the "victim" way of thinking. Remember,  other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.

Live Your Life On Purpose

Motivational thinkers are successful because they truly believe they are doing what they were always meant to do. The unmotivated are “just living” – just trying to get through the week with the fewest number of problems. When you live your life purposefully, you focus on getting the job done – and done right.

For entrepreneurs this means finding something you truly believe in, and building a focused business around it.

Cover of "Chicken Soup for the Soul"

Be Willing to Pay the Price

Sometimes you have to pay a high price to fulfill your dreams. Everyone wants a fancy house, or a luxury car, or a million dollars in the bank, or some other grandiose dream. These are all very nice, but are you really willing to pay the price to get them?

Successful people know out that they need to make some sacrifices to get their desires, the unsuccessful do not.

Stay Focused

(Personally, my biggest problem). We are constantly bombarded with hundreds of tasks, phone calls, emails, instant messages, and other people demanding and competing for our time. Focus requires giving up (sacrificing) some shiny object in the present and investing your time in pursuing something that will pay big dividends down the road.

Jack Canfield and Mark Hanson, when they submitted the first "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book, were rejected by 30 publishers. Did they give up? No. They stayed focused on their goal by doing multiple radio, TV and newspaper interviews on weekdays for an entire year. Finally, a small publisher took a chance on them, and the book became a best-seller that spawned an entire series that has sold millions of copies.

Become An Expert in Your Field

Nearly all successful people have one thing in common, and that is how seriously they take their profession. They become experts, strive to be the very best at what they do, and do almost anything to improve their expertise.

Pretend that someone followed you around all day and record a video of you at work. Would it be a video that you'd be proud of? Or, would you be embarrassed about it?

Make the conscious decision today that you will always try to be the best in your field. How? By finding someone else who is already doing the best, and do what they do.

Swooshable Planning

Write Out a Plan for Achieving Your Goals

An action plan or map for what you want to achieve, and how you're going to do it, is a must.

“Plan your work, and work your plan”. Trying to do it without a plan is like trying to drive across the country without using a map – you’ll find yourself going down the wrong road and getting lost.

A goal that isn't written down is merely a wish or fantasy. I was once told, “That which can be recorded, can be controlled”.

Never Give Up

Sometimes easier said than done. But, if you are really committed to reaching your goal, giving up is not an option. You need to do whatever it takes to make something happen. The power of perseverance is an awesome force.

It has been said, "inch by inch it's a cinch". Think of the lowly inchworm - if it considered how far it has to go from start to finish before starting out, it would likely never even move. To a worm's point-of-view, the garden path must look like a trip to the moon.

Cheque

Never give up! Keep on going like the Eveready bunny, and before you know it, you'll be there.

Don't Delay

Nobody really knows how much time they have to fulfill their dreams. None of us has forever. Tick-tock, tick-tock. Sooner or later your number comes up – and you're gone.

Successful people understand this, but they don't see it as a "negative". They use it to motivate themselves and  go after what they want as energetically and as passionately as possible.

Someone once said, "Today is a check - cash it! Yesterday is an I.O.U. - forget it! Tomorrow is a promissory note, don't bank on it!"

That seem like a pretty good recap of life, so go out there and cash in on that "today" check.

 

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    • Mrfrudd2006
    • December 5, 2013
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    What Self Help/Improvement Books Had Most Positive Effect For Your Desired Goals And Changes? After seeing Larry King’s show last night on “The Secret” I am interested in what other people have read regarding self improvement for gaining more success and life fulfillment. The Secret to me seems to be repetitive as far as other self help methods plus “Law of Attraction” principles written about from everyone Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, Norman V Peal, The Magic of Believing and of course the Bible is filled with “ask and ye shall receive.” Of course things aren’t always that simple for everyone, especially that people’s mind sets are unique and what works for one doesn’t necessarily work beneficially to others. There are so many self help method books and DVD’s out there now, so I would like to see what you guys have used that made real life changing breakthroughs and helped improve your finances, relationships, goals, jobs, whatever

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      I haven’t read many, but I did like “Your Erroneous Zones” by Wayne Dyer.

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    • Steven
    • December 21, 2013
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    What Good Novels Are There To Read? Some authors I like: Michael Crichton, Jeffrey Archer, Anthony Horowitz, Robert Muchamore. I mostly like spy, mystery thrillers, sci-fi thrillers (NOT hardcore sci-fi, just a bit of science will do). Please suggest some new authors, or books not by these authors. And I don’t have time to read a really long book. thank you.

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      • Admin
      • December 21, 2013
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      —– The Twilight series ~ Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

      —– The Artemis Fowl series ~ Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident, The Eternity Code, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, and The Time Paradox.

      —– The Gemma Doyle trilogy ~ A Great and Terribly Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing

      —– The Inkworld series ~ Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath

      —– The Uglies series ~ Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras

      —– Blue is For Nighmares series ~ Blue is For Nightmares, White is For Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance

      —– The Septimus Heap series ~ Magyk, Flyte, Physik, and Queste

      —– The Marked series ~ Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, and Untamed

      —– The Harry Potter series ~ Sorcerours Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblit of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows

      —— The Host

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    • Rose
    • January 4, 2014
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    Is There A Formula To Use When You’re Doing The Under Binding Of A Fishing Rod? We’re building fishing rods at school, and I’ve done the first under bind, and I’m afraid to start the rest because I’m not sure if there is a formula to use to make each bind and trim symmetrical as they get smaller.

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      Use a tapered strip if you want a continuous bind with decreasing width.
      Whatever taper you choose.
      If the total length of the bound section is 10 inches the tape length you need is the number of times the tape goes round the rod in that 10 inches times the circumference of the rod.
      If the tape is one inch wide tapering to half an inch the average width is 3/4 inches so you need 10 divided by 3 / 4 turns which is 10 times 4 over 3 , 40/3 or 13.33 turns in decimals.
      If the rod is 1 inch diameter it’s Pi x 1 inch round which is 3.14 inches and the length of the tape you need is
      3.14 inches x 13.33 turns which is 41.88 inches, say 41.9.
      In practice, you’d cut the 1-inch tape to 44 or even 46 inches long and then cut the taper on it using a very sharp craft knife and a steel straight edge so it tapers to half an inch at one end and you have a little bit left over, and then you can trim it neatly when you get to the end.
      Cutting the tape a little bit longer will change the exact taper of course unless you mark the tape at 41.9 inches and lay the straight edge over that, but it makes less difference than the accuracy with which you measured the rod diameter and making the tape a bit longer allows for the error in measurement of the diameter.
      The bit of tape you don’t use will have the same taper of course and you could use half the length of tape to start with and then use both of the cut bits to get the full length of tape for the rod but then you’ll a have join half way and it’s not so good, but you could use the other half of the full length tape to bind the rod again going the other way so the edges of the turns will lay across the middles of the turns of tape underneath and it makes a stronger bind.
      Bricks in a wall are offset for the same reason. It makes a stronger wall.
      It’s called the overlay, where the joints overlay brick instead of them all being in a continuous line which isn’t so strong.
      Like this
      http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://speedwelltargets.com/cart/images/speedwell/528.jpg&imgrefurl=http://speedwelltargets.com/cart/index.php%3Fmain_page%3Dindex%26cPath%3D53_54&usg=__RvrthHIsO2sSraTmwxOSsnKFK60=&h=629&w=408&sz=75&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=okJ4Y2ojpkEXQM:&tbnh=139&tbnw=86&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dl%2Bbrick%2Boverlay%2Bwall%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3DBbG%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official%26biw%3D1024%26bih%3D587%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=120&vpy=37&dur=2893&hovh=279&hovw=181&tx=107&ty=159&ei=EpWlTP76BMvqOb_L8LUM&oei=EpWlTP76BMvqOb_L8LUM&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0
      . . . . .

      Yes…nice one Peter. I assumed it was what was wanted from the Q but I may have it wrong.
      A good addition to the quest anyway, great info, and it’s a very fine answer.
      Cheers.

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    • Mm92280
    • January 12, 2014
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    What Improvements To Make To My Fantasy Baseball Team? I???m thinking the one area where improvement would be needed would be among my relievers, as my 3 closers are Rivera, Fuentes and Torres. I will say that I???ve been surprised by Torres so far in the first couple of weeks but who knows if it will continue.

    In particular, I???ve been looking at possibly using Torii Hunter as trade bait, as he currently serves as my #4 outfielder and only occasionally slips into my lineup. Of course, if one of my outfielders got hurt, I might regret letting him go.
    So, I guess what I would like to know is:

    1) Should I trade Hunter at all?

    2) If so, what position should be I looking to upgrade (RP, SP, 1B)?

    C: Piazza
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Roberts
    SS: H. Ramirez
    3B: D. Wright
    OF: Beltran
    OF: Holliday
    OF: Swisher
    Util: Delgado
    Bench: T. Hunter
    Bench: H. Kendrick
    Bench: C. Tracy

    SP: Sabathia
    SP: Lackey
    SP: Sheets
    SP: Schilling
    SP: Harden
    SP: A. Sanchez
    SP: J. Patterson

    RP: Rivera
    RP: Fuentes
    RP: Torres

    Thanks for the input!

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      Actually, Hunter and Kendrick both make for quality trade bait. And if you’re high on Kendrick (like many), then trade Roberts. No reason to be carrying 2 2B given how much value they could get you.

      I’d target maybe Brian McCann to upgrade your catcher. You could try upgrading 1B, but I really like Fielder in that spot as well.

      Last shot would be to upgrade a RP, targeting perhaps even as high as a Billy Wagner. But I don’t think this option is all needed given that you have 3 pretty good closers.

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    • Rawr rawr rawrr
    • January 25, 2014
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    Question About Peter Billingsley(ralphie In A Christmas Story) Was He Really In Elf? K i saw a picture of him on this website and on google. Is it really the kid from a christmas story?

    the guy in the red in the background:

    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i.imdb.com/Photos/Ss/0319343/elf_d95-18f.jpg&imgrefurl=http://us.vdc.imdb.com/gallery/ss/0319343/elf_d95-18f.jpg.html&h=347&w=485&sz=53&hl=en&start=2&um=1&tbnid=vQ43KlmYX9WNaM:&tbnh=92&tbnw=129&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpeter%2Bbillingsley%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

    here is him in a christmas story:

    http://www.nndb.com/people/256/000026178/pbilling2-sm.jpg

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      I checked http://www.imdb.com and found Peter Billingsley listed as “elf, uncredited.”

      http://imdb.com/title/tt0319343/fullcredits#cast

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    • Gary H
    • February 10, 2014
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    Brian Tracy University? Anyone out there enrolled in Brian Tracy U? Just wondering if it is worth the bucks.

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      • Admin
      • February 10, 2014
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      Nothing comes up at the Dept. of Education’s Accreditation Search site…that is a bad sign.

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    • DBXD
    • March 14, 2014
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    Would U Please Read And Crique My Navy Commision Motivational Statement? Dont be brutal:

    There are three types of people in this country: Some of which take their liberties for granted and think nothing of it; how it was achieved or by what means is of little to no importance. On the other hand, some recognize their liberties, but do nothing in response. And then finally, some people recognize it and respond. I fall in the latter category. But there’s only one way I know want to respond–and that’s to join the United States Navy. Freedom, as its name suggests, is not free. It is paid for by the blood, sweat and tears of our humble servicemen and women. I want to stand up and be counted! It should be protected and perserved for everyone in this great country for centeries to come.

    Today I am seeking a comission as an Officer because I have the heart of a strong leader–and ther Navy would only make it stronger! My educational background confirms this. Though I never led a division of sailors, I have, on the other hand, led the young minds that may one day be one. As a teacher, I was pushed to the limits and handled a variety of situations that would make me a perfect candidate. I loved the challenge of motivating my students and to rally them when their heart wasn’t in it. I led them from a self-defeating attitude of, ‘I can’t do it,’ to one of ‘I can!’ Leading a group of students may be a little different than leading sailors, but I can tell you I am up for any challenge that comes my way!

    The program I would like to contribute to is Public Affairs because I can communicate well and convey it in many different ways–whether it by graphic design, verbal, written or audio. Kent State University has done a great job preparing me for these skills of which I have expertise in all of them–so the Navy and I would be a great fit.

    My other choice is Supply. I am very well attuned to detail. You must be if you???re a teacher! Everything I had was always in order and planned far ahead of time in case any changes needed to be made. I also instilled this in my students.

    I believe I will excel in either of these two fields and eagerly await your response.

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      When you claim to be an expert in writing, then you better knock them out with your words

      You have not done this in your words here. It is good, but I expect a lot more from a writing expert as you claim.

      Do not make claims like this unless you are one hundred percent positive that your words are of top notch quality.

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      Just buy a Link costume and improvise, but please, for the love of god, do not go with the Peter Pan.

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      Google Peter Max. That’s his style.

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    • Amanda C
    • June 1, 2014
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    What Is A Good Quote/ Motivational Words To Paint On A Wall In Your Room? I just repainted my room and everything and I am having a painter come right words above my window. what would be something good to put there?
    thanks.

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      *Funny:

      Love your enemies. It makes them so damned mad. ~P.D. East

      A compromise is an agreement whereby both parties get what neither of them wanted. ~Author Unknown

      A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. ~Attributed to Arthur McBride Bloch

      Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia. ~Charles Schulz

      An expert is a man who tells you a simple thing in a confused way in such a fashion as to make you think the confusion is your own fault. ~William Castle

      Who says nothing is impossible. I’ve been doing nothing for years. ~Author Unknown

      *Inspiring:

      Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. ~James Dean

      Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~Buddha

      Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown

      When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

      Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped. ~African Proverb

      Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm. ~Sidney J. Phillips

      The tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst. ~Henry Fosdick

      God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. ~John Aughey

      The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. ~Lucretius

      *Random Favorites:

      You only live once; but if you live it right, once is enough. ~Adam Marshall

      Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. ~Flavia Weedn

      He who has nothing to die for has nothing to live for. ~Moroccan Proverb

      Have a nice day! ?

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