Category Archives for Success

Conquering The Fear Of Success

A famous trapeze performer was instructing his students how to perform on the trapeze bar. After full explanations and instruction in this complicated skill, he asked them to demonstrate.  However, one of the students, looking up at the insecure perch upon which he was expected to perform, was suddenly paralyzed with fear. He had a […]

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Hustle Leads To Success

When Pat Riley was coaching the New York Knicks in the early 1990s, he wanted to motivate his team. The team kept the usual stats on scoring, assists, rebounds and the like, but one year Riley decided to begin measuring hustle – how many rebounds players went for even if they didn’t succeed; how many […]

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3 Bones Lead To Success

A young woman was starting her career and leaving her parents’ home when her father pulled her aside and said, “There are only three things you need to make a big success in this world – three strong bones.” “Three bones?” the young woman asked. “Three bones,” her father repeated.  “A wishbone, a jawbone and a backbone.” “You […]

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Bill Belichick succeeds by being himself

Bill Belichick succeeds by being himself

Super Bowl LI has to be one of the greatest contests ever:  What a comeback!  For me, it brought back an incredible memory, when I had the pleasure of interviewing Bill Belichick, Super Bowl winning coach of the New England Patriots for my book “We Got Fired! … And It’s the Best Thing That Ever […]

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You can’t get out what you don’t put in

My friend, motivational speaker Zig Ziglar liked to tell the story of his friend, Walter Hailey.  Although he became a star salesman, Hailey’s early career in insurance sales was rough.  He endured frustration, anxiety, slammed doors, low sales figures, and uncertainty about his future. One day he grew so discouraged that he went to his […]

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Charisma breeds success

Some people walk into a room and all heads turn.  When they begin to speak, people are mesmerized.  They instantly gain respect and trust.  In a word, they have charisma, one of the most desirable and enviable qualities in the world. What is charisma?  It’s hard to define, but it is many things, such as […]

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Optimism is the first step to success

Two old friends met at a local social gathering and one was struck with how sad and depressed the other was. “You look like your world is about to end,” said Jack. With a sad face, Joe replied, “You don’t know the half of it.  Three weeks ago, an aunt of mine died and left […]

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Thoughts for a richer life

I’ve had this little gem tucked away for many years, and I refer to it from time to time to remind myself of what’s really important.  I’ve searched for the source, which I haven’t been able to find, because I’d like to thank the author for these wonderful lessons. Here are the original thoughts, followed […]

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How to make a good first impression

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  Truer words were never spoken.  Oftentimes, first impressions determine whether you will even get to make a second impression. We can all recall first meetings that we wish we would have handled differently.  What did we learn from those experiences? “Psychology Today” magazine gives […]

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Recommit to your goals

The famed aerialist Zumbrati once walked a shaky tightrope across Niagara Falls despite a gusty wind that almost caused him to lose his footing.  He was very relieved to have made it safely across.  Waiting for him on the other side was a fan with a wheelbarrow. “I believe you could walk back across pushing […]

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