Motivation

The Rutan Model 76 Voyager was the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. It was piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager. Chances are good you read the story then probably gave it little, if any, additional thought.  It was interesting, fascinating, unbelievable and inspiring.  At the time, you were probably thinking, "Maybe I should attempt a little more in my own life."  

The Chinese student is substantially better at math than the American student, particularly in higher math which gets into the abstract.  The primary reason is because the Chinese student is drilled so thoroughly in the multiplication tables that he could be awakened in the middle of the night and given the question, "What's x times x?" and he would give an instant reply.  What this type of training does is free the right brain, or the creative portion, to be creative.

Different people use different means of relaxing and enjoying life.  A few months ago we acquired a little Welsh Corgi whose official name is "Taffy," but for the benefit of accuracy and integrity, I have named him "Dirty Dog."  He's quite a character.  His heart is good; his intentions are the best; but his manners are questionable and, on occasion, he is a downright selfish, thoughtless little dog who thinks our sole objective in life should be to provide him with first-class living accommodations and on-going entertainment.

As a rookie salesman I had a very difficult time getting started.  However, once the ball started rolling, I enjoyed a spectacular four-year run of success.  This led to a career change and new job in New York City.  It was exciting and rewarding, but required that I leave home each morning before my two little girls were awake and most of the time when I returned at night they were already asleep.  I could not handle that style of parenting, so in just three months' time we moved back to Columbia, South Carolina.

One of the major problems in our society today is the lack of pride many people have in their personal appearance.  Research clearly proves that a neat appearance and manner of dress has a direct bearing on conduct and performance.  It is also instrumental in gaining employment and has a bearing on your future with the company which employs you.  The person who hires you forms an opinion of you in roughly three seconds and that opinion is a factor in every decision made about you for several months.

For those of you who are old enough to remember, you might recall that the Edsel automobile, when produced by the Ford Motor Company, was, in the view of the buying public, a dismal failure.  Tens of millions of dollars were lost; it was the butt of numerous jokes and was soon in the graveyard of cars that did not make it.

"Happiness is not pleasure.  It is victory."  

There's much truth in the above statement. Happiness, it is safe to assume, is something everybody wants to have.  It's true that other people can give you pleasure, but you will never be happy until you do things for other people.  Nothing brings us more joy and happiness than doing things for others which increases their enjoyment of life. Incidentally, happiness is not something you can buy with money, though it is true that an adequate amount of money helps us to eliminate some of the things which produce discomfort.

I frequently use the phrase, "You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want."  Here's a story that validates this in an interesting and life-saving way.

Most people would agree that the loss of both arms for a three-year-old would be a tragedy beyond belief, and it is tragic.  That's what happened to Jon Paul Blenke.  He and his parents quickly accepted the fact that he would be without his arms for the rest of his life and decided to adapt and use what was left and not moan about what was lost.  

Albert Einstein said, "It is essential that the student acquire an understanding of and a lively feeling for values.  He must acquire a vivid sense of the beautiful and of the morally good, otherwise he -- with a specialized knowledge -- more closely resembles a well-trained dog than a harmoniously developed person."  Daniel Webster said, "Knowledge does not comprise all which is contained in the large term of education.

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