December 14, 2010 Edition 50
The Ultimate Optimist
By Zig Ziglar
Most people consider me an optimist because I laughingly state that I would take my last two dollars and buy a money belt. I'd even go after Moby Dick in a rowboat, and take the tartar sauce with me! However, I've got to confess that I don't hold a candle to the ultimate lady optimist who lived in a retirement home. One day, a distinguished-looking gentleman also became a resident. As luck would have it, the first day they sat across the table from each other at lunch. After a few minutes he grew uncomfortable because she was staring intently at him. He finally expressed his discomfort and queried her as to why she was staring. She responded that she was staring because he reminded her so much of her third husband - same demeanor, same smile, same height, weight - everything. The gentleman replied in some shock, "Third husband! How many times have you been married?" The lady smilingly said, "Twice." Yup. That's optimism!
I've got to confess I'm a pragmatic optimist myself. I love the story of the gentleman who was being given a tour of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Tel Aviv. The tour guide was pointing out the features of the incredible structure. The stonework was unbelievably beautiful. The wall tapestries, paintings, gold inlays, etc., were absolutely gorgeous. Finally, the tourist said, "I assume you named the facility for Horace Mann, the famous author." The tour guide answered with a smile, "No, we named it after Frederick Mann from Philadelphia." The tourist remarked, "Frederick Mann? What did he write?" The tour guide said, "A check." Now, that's being pragmatic!
It might interest you to know that the 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary identifies the optimist in complimentary terms, but says nothing about the pessimist. The word "pessimist" was not in our vocabulary at that time. It's a modern "invention" which I believe we should "dis-invent." I encourage you to become an optimist - a pragmatic one, that is, because if you do, I'll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator. He is the author of 29 books and numerous audio and video recordings. He brings his message of hope to thousands on the stages at the Get Motivated Seminars. See him in action!
I’m so optimistic I’d go after Moby Dick in a row boat and take the tartar sauce with me. ~Zig Ziglar
Game Plans for Winning at Life
By Rudy Ruettiger
Be the person you want to be. "Make the decision to take action and move closer to your Dream. Create daily success habits and surround yourself with information that will empower and inspire you."
Use anger in a positive way to get results. "Anger is a normal reaction. It's what you do with anger that makes a difference in your life ... direct your anger towards a goal ... use anger in a positive way to get results ... from anger comes determination ... comes triumph."
It starts with a Dream. "Visualize your Dream and make a commitment. Having a Dream is what makes life exciting. Never underestimate the power of a Dream. It will change your life. A Dream gives you the ability to determine your future."
Eliminate the confusion. "Find mentors who encourage you. The right information will eliminate confusion. Visualize exactly what you want to be ... and focus on that ... believe in yourself and don't let anything stop you. Reinforce your Dream every day with positive information from tapes, books, and mentors. Each day you will get closer to your Dream. Eliminate the confusion and fears, and make it happen."
The greater the struggle, the greater the victory. "Most people allow struggles and fear of failure to stop them. The key is to learn from your struggles and move on. Failures will make you stronger and give you the information you need to reach your Dream. Struggle will prepare you for success. Without struggle there is no success."
Follow your passion instead of the dollar. "There's nothing wrong with making money ... but, it's important to focus on your passion instead of the dollar. For me, decisions based on my passion brought me closer to my Dream, while decisions based only on money took me further away. If you focus on what really fulfills you, you will have success. The dollar alone does not bring happiness."
Excuses will kill your Dream. "What we're really talking about here is commitment. Until you make a commitment to your Dream, it's not really a Dream ... it's just another fantasy full of excuses. Fantasies don't come true because they're not real, we're not committed to them. When we make commitments, we eliminate excuses and they become Dreams ... and Dreams are definitely real."
Prepare for your Dream. "Preparation is what comes from struggle. Knowledge comes from preparation. These are the elements that pave the road to your Dream. If we do not prepare we will not succeed. Set your goals and pursue your Dreams with all your heart. If you miss a goal, don't quit, reset it! You just need to learn more ... step by step you will win!"
Focus on your Dream and Never Quit. It is always too soon to quit. If you quit, you can't succeed. By achieving your Dream you will be an inspiration to others. You will set the example and make an enormous impact on the world. Make it happen!"
Always have a Dream. "Dreams give us energy to go to new levels. Dreams change lives ... the power of life is in your Dreams!"
Rudy Ruettiger, from the TRISTAR hit movie RUDY, is an author and inspirational speaker. He will be featured in the December 15, 2010, webcast. Find out more (it’s FREE!). Learn more about Rudy by visiting his website.
Get Inspired by Rudy!
An interview by Howard Partridge
with Rudy Ruettiger
Hear from Rudy, the inspiration behind Tri Star Pictures' Rudy, the Notre Dame Football Story.
Date and Time: December 15, 2010
2:00 p.m. (Central)
Word of the Week
1. Manner or bearing, especially as expressive of mood, attitude, or personality; demeanor.
2. Aspect; appearance.
He read the Christmas story from the Bible with a peaceful mien.
By Croft M. Pentz
The world is more interested in what you practice than in what you profess.
Learning the golden rule is of no value until you practice it.
Whatever makes men good Christians makes them good citizens.
My life helps to paint my neighbor’s picture of God.
The world is looking for good examples—not advice.
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