Act Now

Although I cannot verify the author of the story below, it surely passes the message of why we must act on our goals early enough in life.

“I got a masters in mathematics from Columbia, and for twelve years I worked as an investor. I made good money the whole time.

On some days I’d lose, but on most days I’d win, and every year I made good money. But then I got greedy.

I thought I’d found a sure thing.

There was a pharmaceutical company coming out with a new drug, and I got a tip that it was going to be approved by the FDA. And the sources who were telling me this had always been right before.

So I bet everything. I thought: ‘I’m going to double my money really quick, and then I’m getting out. I’m going to use the money to start my own business.’ I even borrowed money to put into this stock. I was that sure. 99%.

And the next day I got a call from my broker: ‘I don’t know what’s happening,’ he said. ‘It’s dropping fast.’ And sure enough, later that day they announced that the FDA had rejected the drug. Suddenly I’d lost everything, and I didn’t even own my apartment anymore.

I couldn’t get out of bed for months. I stopped eating and dropped to 125 lbs. Then one day my girlfriend tells me, ‘If you don’t get out of bed, you’re going to die.’ So I got a job as a stock boy at a retail store.

Twenty years later, I’m managing ten of those stores. I wish that I’d just become a stock boy in the first place.”

The best time to have planted a tree is twenty years ago, the next best time is now. Action Changes Things (ACT now).

Yes you should do it NOW.

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Playing Safe

The story is told of a farmer who was sitting on his front steps during a planting season. A stranger stopped at the farmer’s house to ask for a drink of water.

“How’s the wheat coming along?” asked the stranger.
“Didn’t plant none,” replied the farmer.
“Really?” said the stranger.
“I thought this was good wheat country.”
“I was afraid it wouldn’t rain,” said the farmer.
“Oh, well, how’s the corn crop?” asked the stranger.
“Ain’t got none,” said the farmer.
“You didn’t plant any corn either?” asked the puzzled stranger.
“Nope,” said the farmer.
“Afraid of corn blight.”
“For heaven’s sake,” shouted the stranger, “what did you plant?”
“Nothing!” said the farmer. I just played it safe.”
 
Henry Ford thought of the possibility of everyone having access to automobiles and The Wright Brothers thought about the flying object and they acted on it.

Most of the inventions we enjoy today wouldn’t have been possible if men didn’t act on their dreams.
 
According to Og Mandino “I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words again and again, each hour, each day, every day, until the words become a habit as my breathing and the actions which follows become as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every act necessary for my success. With these words I can condition my mind to meet every challenge.”

It was Aristotle that said “Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just: By doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave.”

People will judge you by your actions, not by your intentions. You may have a heart of gold – but so does a hard–boiled egg.

Do that which you have been putting off.

What’s your Excuse?

She overcame a lot of obstacle in her career, and she never let failure get the better of her. Her fist career was in direct sales and she was quite successful.

But she also found that it was difficult for a woman to progress in the corporate world especially in the 1950s and 1960s – even after twenty–five years of success.

She says, “I had worked my way up to being a member of the board of the company only to find that, even though our sales force was made up entirely of women, governed by an all male board, my opinions were of no value. I constantly heard, ‘You are thinking like a woman again!’ I felt rejection in the worst form. So l decided to retire.”

Her retirement didn’t last long. By the time a month passed, the idleness became unbearable. She was ready to start her own business.

If she was going to encounter obstacles, they would be there only because that would give every woman who worked in it unlimited opportunities.

She purchased the formulas to the best beauty product she’d ever found, worked up a marketing plan, and prepared to set up a corporation.

It didn’t take long for her to hit her first obstacle. When she visited her attorney to make legal arrangements for the corporation, he insulted her and predicted her failure.

He told her, “If you are going to throw away your life savings, why don’t you just go directly to the trash can? It will be so much easier than what you are proposing.” Her accountant spoke to her in similar terms.

Despite their attempts to discourage her, she moved ahead. She sank her $5,000 life savings into her new business – every cent she had.

She put her husband in charge of the administrative side of things as she worked feverishly to prepare the products, design the packaging, write the training materials, and recruit consultants.

They were making wonderful prayers. But then a month before she was to open for business, her husband died of heart attack right at their kitchen table.

Most people would never have been able to go on after that. They would have accepted defeat and faded away. But not her. She kept going, and on September 13, 1963, she launched her business.

Today, the company has more than $1billion in annual sales, employ more than 3,500 people, and empowers 500,000 direct-sales consultants in 29 markets worldwide.

She received just about every award an entrepreneur could dream of. Despite all the rejections, Mary Kay Ash made it to the top before her death.

What’s your excuse?

The Seven Practical Steps To Achieve Your Goals

Sometimes in the journey to chase our goals, we get confused on what steps to take. Below are seven practical steps that helps in giving that goal/dream the light of day.

STEP ONE: Decide exactly what you want. Most people never do this.

STEP TWO: Write it down in clear, specific, detailed language

STEP THREE: Set deadline. Set sub deadlines if the goal is large, long term or complicated.

STEP FOUR: Make a list of everything you can think of doing to achieve your goal.

STEP FIVE: Organize your list into a plan based on priorities and sequence, based on what comes first and then what must be done before something else can be done.

STEP SIX: Take action on your plan immediately. Don’t delay.

STEP SEVEN: Do something every day, no matter how small, that moves you toward your goal.

Like my mentor will say, if you fail it is your fault and if you succeed it is your fault. Just choose which fault you want to befall you.

Culled from Olugbenga Asaolu

What is the Catch?

There are actions carried out today, which we pay dearly for, tomorrow.

The story is told about a hustler who knocked on the door of a farmhouse to scrounge some milk and a few eggs. An old lady answered the door and gave him the eggs and milk he had asked for.

He was well known in the district, and he wasn’t particularly surprised when the old lady invited him in for coffee. 

Once inside the farmhouse, the old lady pointed out through the kitchen window to her lovely daughter, who was at the time feeding the chickens.

The girl had an hourglass figure, long blonde hair and pretty face. “If you take my daughter’s hand in marriage,” the old lady told him, “you can have the farm and the money we have in the bank.”
 
The hustler gulped down his coffee, fled the farmhouse and drove his horse and cart back to his mother’s dilapidated cottage.

When the hustler told his mother of the incident, they were both of the same opinion. There must be a catch; they would be sure to lose something. They spent many hours puzzling over this but came to no conclusion.
 
Some years later, the hustler was in the same area and again came across the farmhouse where the incident took place, although by that time he had forgotten all about it.

He knocked on the door to ask for some eggs and to his surprise the beautiful daughter opened it. His mind raced back and he remembered her mother asking him to take the daughter’s hand in marriage, the farm and the money.
 
Curious, the hustler could not help asking, “What was the catch, years ago, when your mother asked me to marry you?”

The girl replied, “No catch at all, I simply fell in love with you, but was too shy to get to know you. So my mother asked for me. Alas, she is dead now and I have married the farmer on yonder farm.”
 
Beloved, be ready to take your opportunities when they come. According to William Feather, “Opportunities are seldom labeled.”

Culled from Uju Onyechere

Who pays?

In his book Seizing the Moment, James W. Moore recounted his experience when he was in college.

A new student has just been transferred to their school and who in their classroom sat opposite him in semicircle arrangement. Often he would look across and see him sitting there.

He had the saddest face. He seemed lonely, and understandably so. He had arrived at mid-semester, didn’t seem to know anyone, and was always alone. He remembers feeling sorry for him and thinking he ought to make an effort to welcome him, get to know him, introduce him around, befriend him. But somehow he just never got around to it.
 
Then one morning he picked up a paper and was shocked to read the headline: “Local College Student Commits Suicide”.

It was the transferred student! He had left a note saying he couldn’t go on because he felt so lonely. It was then that James realized he had missed his moment of caring. 

Beloved, now is the best time to show someone you care. This is the best moment to do that which you have been putting of for ages.

The next second, minute, hour or day maybe too late. You and I do not know what will happen next except our creator.

According to Napoleon Bonaparte “Every moment lost gives an opportunity for misfortune.”

It is said that tomorrow is pregnant and neither of us knows what the outcome will be. So now is the time to do it. Or else someone may pay with his life.

Culled from Uju Onyechere

The Magic of Daniel Webster

He was just beginning his career as a lawyer; he took a case for a fee of $20. The case turned out to be a very difficult one, and in preparing for it, he had to make a trip to Boston, which in itself cost more than he was going to earn as a fee.

He was determined, however, to do a thorough job on the case and win it, which he did. In retrospect, it seemed like a small case, but at the time, it was a big victory. Years later, a large company approached him on short notice, asking him to undertake a case for which they were willing to pay a very handsome fee – in fact, a fee quite stunning at the time.

As Daniel Webster reviewed the case, he found that it was almost identical to the one he had researched and won nearly twenty years before for the fee of only $20. He took the case, and just as before, the verdict was in favour of his client. Mike Murdock said, “The quality of your preparation determines the quality of your performance.”

Stop thinking about the money; rather think of how to do a good job first. If you deliver quality job, surely, the money will come. Target to be indispensable. Autograph your job with excellence, and the rest will be history.

Culled from Uju Onyechere.

…to change the world, be an agent of change and be the change.

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