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Prosperity: The Choice Is Yours
March 15, 2002
Do You Have Big Dreams?
By: Dave Cole
Way back in the third grade, Eddie Robinson had
a dream. His dream was big, but to many folks,
it seemed too big for Eddie to ever attain.
For Eddie Robinson was poor, black, and he lived
in the segregated South. Three big strikes against
him. In his book, "Never Before, Never Again,"
Robinson wrote, "Society said I would never be
able to reach my third grade dream of coaching
Eddie Robinson went on to prove "society" quite
wrong. And he did it because of 3 big reasons:
1. He was determined to live out his dream.
2. He educated himself about all aspects of his profession.
3. He gave 100% of his efforts at whatever he did.
After working his way through Leland College, he
landed a job at Grambling State in 1941. Fifty seven
years later he retired with 408 career victories, the
most in college football history.
To his players Robinson was far more than just a
winning coach. He highly stressed the importance of
getting a good education. Robinson knew that he had a
big responsibility to set an example for his players on
and off the field and often thought of himself as a
"surrogate" parent to the kids while they were at Grambling.
He also taught that winning does not have to be at any cost.
He used football to teach kids honesty, integrity, and
to help shape them into men.
On the field he demanded his players to get their plays
right. Execution of the play was taught over and over
and over until it was done right.
It is a remarkable credit to him because over 200 of
his players eventually made it into the NFL.
Robinson says, "I wanted to be with the best and I
wanted to be good enough to coach the sons of
mothers and fathers. I didn't care whether the son was
white or black. Some have called me a great coach.
Some have called me a great black coach. All my
life I have simply wanted to be a great American."
Coach Eddie Robinson had a big dream which he never
believed wasn't possible to achieve.
What is your dream today?
I know many of our readers have the dream of being able to quit their day jobs and be supported by their own home business.
The Internet has made that a distinct possibility and many folks are achieving their dreams. Everyone of those who have accomplished this will tell you their success came about because of the same qualities Eddie Robinson displayed to achieve his dreams.
1. He was determined to make it happen.
2. He never quit educating himself in his chosen field.
3. He put 100% effort into everything he did.
You may not desire to be a head football coach for a
college, but whatever your dream is.....
It's your dream and it's important!
And even if you never quite make it all totally come true, just think how you'll feel later if you don't give it your best shot.
You Can Dream
You Can Try
You Can Learn
You Can Give It Your Best Shot
The only one stopping you is you.
"If you don't have success, don't look for an excuse.
Look for a way to get the success."
~ Eddie Robinson ~
This One Is For All You Heavy Hitters
Tom Staley's 60 Second Commercial
Now Tom Staley is a man who is going places.....
He regularly resells himself on himself 3 times every day
with his "Tom Staleys 60-second commercial."
Here it is:
Tom Staley, meet Tom Staley - an Important, a Really
Important person. Tom, you're a BIG Thinker, so think
BIG. Think BIG about everything. You've got plenty
of ability to do a first class job so do a first class job.
Tom, you believe in Happiness, Progress, and Prosperity.
Talk only Happiness
Talk only Progress
Talk only Prosperity
You have lots of drive, Tom, lots of drive.
So put that drive to work. Nothing can stop you Tom,
nothing. You look good, Tom, and you feel good.
Stay that way. Tom, you're enthusiastic. Let your enthusiasm show through.
Tom Staley, you were one great fellow yesterday and
you're going to be even a greater person today.
Now go to it Tom, Go Forward.
Before Tom started using his 60-second commercial,
he believed he was inferior to just about anybody
and everybody, now he realizes he's got what it takes
to win and he does go out and win a lot of the time.
Write your own 60-second commercial. Everyday
before you make those calls and contacts, say to
yourself that commercial.
Be direct, be bold, use definite and certain terms of
Success in selling comes from managed thinking.
You can't sell yourself on some one else, until you sell
yourself on you!
Did You Realize That.....
Frank Lloyd Wright completed one of his masterpieces,
the Guggenheim Museum, at age 89.
Michelangelo painted the frescoes in the Vatican's Pauline chapel at age 88.
Wolfgang Mozart pictured results, not obstacles as he
wrote his operas.
While doing an experiment, scientist Roy Plunkett
accidentally left a can of chlorofluorocarbon on his
laboratory radiator. By the next morning the "accident"
had polymerized, creating a resistant surface on the
bottom of the can. Instead of tossing it off as a
mistake, he analyzed it and the result became teflon.
At age 26 Steve Allen found himself out of work.
He took an offer from a local radio station to spin
records. After a few months he started experimenting
with the show format. He turned the show into a
popular talk show. That led to a show on CBS TV.
That led to a late night show on NBC which was
"Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try
new things. The saddest summary of a life contains
three descriptions: could have, might have, and
~ Louis Boone ~
He May Just Be Right About That......
The old Cherokee chief sat in his reservation hut,
smoking the ceremonial pipe, eyeing the two U.S.
government officials sent to interview him.
"Chief Two Eagles," one official began, "you have
observed the white man for many generations, you
have seen his wars and his products, you have
seen all his progress, and all his problems."
The chief nodded.
The official continued, "Considering recent events, in
your opinion, where has the white man gone wrong?"
The chief stared at the government officials for over a
minute, and then calmly replied.
"When white man found the land, Indians were running it.
Women did most of the work.
Medicine man free.
Indian men hunted and fished all the time."
The chief smiled, and added quietly, "White man dumb
enough to think he could improve system like that."
"I was always willing to say Let's see what happens
when something came up that looked like it might
help me get a little closer to where I wanted to be."
~ Count Basie ~
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