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A friend gave me this: "Do not wait; the time will never be "just right", Start wheever you stand. And work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along."


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Charles Ward: From Convicted Felon to President

From Napoleon Hill's book “Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion”:

Charles Allen Ward spent much of his early life in poverty. He worked various jobs just to make ends meet. At one point, he joined Pancho Villa's army in Mexico after President Diaz of Mexico was overthrown.

There Charles saw that the soldiers were slaughtering ranchers cattles and leaving them to rot. He saw an opportunity. He got permission from Pancho Villa to get collect the hides of the dead cattles. Charles then salted them and sent them to be sold at El Paso. Eventually he managed to save up a considerable amount of money, about $70,000 in those pre-inflation days.

He left Pancho Villa's army and moved to El Paso. He gambled and spent a lot of money with the saloon's drinkers and eventually all of his hard earned money were down the drain. He moved to Denver and started living off by accepting drinks and handouts from saloon hangers-on.

In the meantime, Narcotics agents had been investigating him for two years, starting when he came to El Paso with all of his savings from the hides deal. They eventually arrested him for peddling narcotics. Charlies claimed they planted the drugs in his lodging to justify the two years they spend investigating him and coming up with nothing.

He was tried and convicted, and at thirty-four he entered Leavenworth prison to begin the long term the judge had meted out.


Charlie had never been in jail before, despite the fact that he rubbed elbows with criminals and underworld characters most of his life. Conviction for a crime he claimed not to have committed made him bitter. As soon as he arrived at Leavenworth, he vowed to himself that the place was not strong enough to hold him and immediately began to look for some means to make a break. But at this point, something important happened to Charlie Ward. Some silent power within his brain caused him to resolve to adapt himself to the prison rules and to become the most agreeable inmate in the prison. With this resolution, the entire tide of affairs of his life began to reverse. Charlie Ward had finally mastered his greatest enemy, himself. He quit hating the federal agents who, he said, had framed him. He quit hating the judge who had, in harsh language, sentenced him. For once in his life, he took a good look at the Charlie Ward he had known in the past, and the picture he saw was not pretty.

He started to look for ways to make his prison stay as pleasant as possible. His first big reward for his change was when a friendly convict clerk named Peter gave him a tip that one of the “trusties” who worked in the power plant was to be released in three months, leaving an opening for someone who knew electricity.

This happy turn of the wheel of fate gave Charlie an opportunity to move, on his own initiative, in a direction that was destined to bring good fortune. It also gave him an opportunity to learn what a man can do by going the extra mile, giving more than that for which he is paid.

Charlie knew nothing about electricity, but he got technical books from the prison library and began devoting all his spare time to learning. When three months were up, he walked into the deputy's warden's office and applied for the job. Something about his manner and his tone of voice impressed the deputy, and he got the job. That “something” was his changed mental attitude from negative to positive.

This job gave Charlie a taste of freedom, since some of the electrical work took him outside the prison walls, such as repairing electrical appliances for the warden's wife and other light jobs. In order that he might do this work, he was given a gate pass good from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.

In his second year at prison, Charlie, who had continued his night studies, became superintendent of the power plant, supervising one hundred fifty men. From the very first, he showed a kindly attitude toward these men and endeavored to help them to make the best of their situations. By this time, he had gained the confidence both of the prison officials and of his fellow convicts, and he was enjoying privileges not accorded to many of the other trusties.


Then came the biggest break Charlie had ever known: Herbert Huse Bigelow, sentenced for income tax evasion, arrived at the prison. Mr. Bigelow was the president and major stockholder of the Brown-Bigelow Calendar Company of St. Paul, at the time one of the largest of its kind in the world.

“When I saw Mr. Bigelow,” said Charlie, “something within me said, 'Here is the man who can pull you out of the mud.'”

Mr. Bigelow was fifty-three when he entered prison. He walked in with his head high, sporting an overbearing manner. The convicts, who had heard of Mr. Bigelow, did everything in their power to make life miserable for him.

Charlie watched the older man's ordeal with sympathetic interest, and he recognize that Bigelow's spirit was rapidly being broken. One day, he offered the millionaire a cigarette, and as they smoked together, he offered to act as a buffer between the cultured manufacturer and the harshness of prison life. First, he had Mr. Bigelow transferred from the small cell he occupied to his own quarters in the basement, a spacious room without bars adjoining in the showers. Next, he got Bigelow an outside job and the daylight pass that went with it. When Bigelow expressed a fear that some of his executives might mismanage his company while he was away, Charlie arranged for him to supervise his office from the penitentiary. He got a typewriter and the services of a convict stenographer to take Mr. Bigelow's dictation after prison working hours. He also managed to get the prison rules relaxed so that Mr. Bigelow could send out seventy-five to a hundred letters a day, instead of only the few that prison rules permitted.

As Mr. Bigelow's term approached its completion, he said to Charlie, “You've been good to me, and I want to show you that I appreciate it. When I leave here, I'm going to stop off in Kansas City and deposit $15,000 in your name, so you will have something to go on when you get out.”

Charlie thanked him, but declined the offer.

A little later, the manufacturer was paroled, and on bidding Charlie good-bye he said, “You'll be out in another month, Charlie. I want you to come to St. Paul and go to work for me. I'll never forget what you did for me.”


Five weeks later, Charlie arrived in St. Paul and was met at the station by Mr. Bigelow, who drove him to his home for luncheon. After luncheon, he drove Ward to a rooming house near the plant, where he had rented a room for his friend.

On Monday morning, Charlie reported for work at the Bigelow plant and was assigned to a job, at $25 a week, feeding raw rubber into a processing machine.

After all that Charlie had done for Mr. Bigelow, his assignment to a dirty job at starvation wages seemed the last word in ingratitude, but instead of quitting in disgust, or complaining to Mr. Bigelow, Charlie did what most men would not have done under the same circumstances. He worked hard and did such a good job that Mr. Bigelow began to think of letting Charlie work where his positive mental attitude would be of most help to the company.

Within two months, Charlie was a foreman.

Personal initiative and the habit of going the extra mile had paid off for Charlie. Every subsequent job he has assigned was handled so efficiently that the company felt obliged to promote him to a higher one.

Finally, the directors proved that they recognized Charlie's value by creating the job of vice-president and general manager at a salary that was second only to the president's.

Eight months later, Mr. Bigelow died and the directors appointed Charlie to take his place. From that time, the financial sheets of Brown-Bigelow Calendar Company saw nothing but black ink.

Then came the biggest surprise of Charlie's life. He discovered that Mr. Bigelow had left him a third interest in his estate. Charlie continued to prosper until it became known that his personal net work was in the millions. He was received by the leading business and political figures of St. Paul. He joined the best clubs and became a thirty-second degree Mason. President Franklin D. Roosevets officially restored his civil rights as a citizen as a token of appreciation for his “exemplary life.” As one of his close friends said, “When Charlie rises, he invariably pulls many others along with him.”

This story proves once again that a man can change his world and his entire life by changing his mental attitude from negative to positive. It proves that the habit of going the extra mile is without equal as a means of lifting oneself to higher levels in life. It also proves that “every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”

There is no mystery about Charlie Ward's rise to fame and fortune. He did it by following principles of success which can make any other person as successful as he became. You have a right to use those same principles. What are you going to do with your right?


Charlie Ward first came to the attention of Napoleon Hill when an autographed copy of Think and Grow Rich was presented to Franklin D. Roosevelt by the author. The President thumbed through the book for a few minutes, read some of the names of the successful men it described, then exclaimed, “I don't see Charlie Ward's name here. If you want a success story running all the way from rags to riches, meet Charlie Ward and you will have it. He is the smartest of all big fellows now living, and a rich man who has not become a slave to money. Charlie's hobby is sharing himself and his blessing with others, You will like Charlie and he will like you.””


Warren Greshes on Falling while Ice Skating

Warren Greshes writes in the book edited by Robert Sommers, "The Winning Spirit":

"When you ask someone just returning from ice-skating, "How was it?" he or she usually says something like, "I only fell once!" Big deal: If you hold on to the railing, you won't fall, but you're not really skating, either. Even professional skaters fall. If you want to be successful, you have to let go of the railing.

Dan Jansen, the Olympic gold medal speed-skater fell twice (1988 and 1992) in his quest for the gold medal. He obviously didn't fall because he was a lousy skater. Falling is a risk inherent to skating and in order to win the gold medal, he had to take risks, he had to skate to win. He couldn't skate just not to fall."


Batman Begin

I saw the movie Batman Begins a few days ago. There were two lines that I really liked, especially the second. Both relate to this blog.

The first is

"The reason you fall is so that you learn to pick yourself back up."

It was spoken the first time by the father when Bruce Bruce fell into a "long pit". It's quite an eloquent way of saying Ok, you've fallen down, now figure out how you can pick yourself up and go do it.

The second line I especially treasure is spoken by the DA to Wayne when Bruce Wayne was acting being a playboy to hide (unknown to the DA) his being batman.

"It's now who you are underneath, but what you do that really defines you.".

So many people have good intentions but don't act on them. I feel this says that we must go and act and do instead of simply wishing.


LeTourneau: from defeat to victory

Napoleon Hill wrote in the book "Napoelon Hill's A Year of Growing Rich":

"Without humility, you will never be able to find what I call the "seed of equivalent benefit" in adversity and defeat. Every setback carries something with it to help you overcome it -- and even rise above it. For example, R. G. LeTourneau started in business as a garage operator, failed at that, and went into the contracting business. He was a subcontractor on the Hoover Dam project when he ran into an unexpected strata of hard stone. The difficulties and delays in removing the stubborn rock cost him everything he had.

LeTourneau didn't blame others or complain about fate treating him poorly, nor did he blame the forces of nature for his losses. He took responsibility himself. After each setback, he found comfort in prayer. It was while praying for guidance that he found the "seed of an equivalent benefit" from his last defeat. He decided to go into the business of manufacturing machines that could move any kind of rock or earth.

As a result, LeTourneau earth-moving machinery is now in use throughout the world. LeTourneau has several manufacturing plants and he amassed a personal fortune that ran into the millions."


Mike Jordan and continuing no matter what

Pat Williams writes in his book "How to be like Mike":

"I will die with no bullets in my holster", Jordan said. "Like with injuries, you have to ask yourself what they mean. How bad are they? One time I sprained my ankle, and my whole foot was huge. It happened in a game, and I retaped it, laced up my shoe and kept playing. We traveled home and I kept it in ice and elevated it, iced it the whole next day, and that night I scored sixty-four against Orlando....It's all a mind game. Maybe some of it is genetic. I don't know if you can teach it, because it's internal. . . . I hope people who hear my stories can look inside themselves and maybe push a little harder.""

Vision from Tiger Woods and Mike Jordan

Pat Williams writes in his book "How to be like Mike":

"Wayne Gretzky's statement about ... Tiger Woods: "When I watch golf and hear other players interviewed, most of them sound like they can't believe they won. Then you hear from Tiger, and he either expected to win or he can't believe he didn't. It's a
different mind-set altogether.""

Michael Jordan also said: "The successes I had didn't suprise me because I'd already experienced them in my mind."


Chinese Cookie Saying

I opened up a chinese cookie a few days ago and here is what it said:

"Meeting adversity well is the source of your strength."

I think that's a fine statement that can apply to all of us. We must constantly pratice meeting adversity well so that it does become our strength, instead of our weakness.

Johnny Rutherford on winning race after race

Johnny Rutherford, a three-time Indy 500 Champion and twenty-seven CART winner wrote in the book "What Makes Winners Win":

“Another aspect of this whole thing is that when you do win, you have to watch out, because for some winners, the pomp and pageantry, Victory Lane, press conferences, newspaper interviews, television interviews, the glitz and the glitter is so blinding that they lose track of what got them there.

That's why so often you see a winner of a race, particularly at Indianapolis, come up the next year and not be able to buy one, because he gets so enamored with the press clippings that he forgets all of the hard work that it takes to stay there.

That was the one thing I was always aware of ... why I had such a long string of success. My first thought after I started winning race was, “Well, we did what we came here to do today. Let's get ready for next week.” And you start preparing immediately for the next week, mentally. What has happened has happened. Let's go for the future.”


Quotes from Michael Jordan, Vince Lombardi, and Coach Wooden

Michael Jordan: "Take small steps. Don't let anything trip you up. All those steps are like pieces of a puzzle. They come together to form a picture. When it's complete, you've reached your ultimate goal, step by step. I can't see any other way of accomplishing anything."

Vince Lombardi: "Once you learn to quit it becomes a habit."

John Wooden: "If you get yourself too engrossed in things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect the things over which you do have control."


Louis Eytinge serving a life sentence

Napoleon Hill writes in the book “Napoleon Hill's A Year Of Growing Rich”:

“Louis Victor Eytinge was service a life sentence in an Arizona State Prison. He had no friends, no lawyer and no money. But he did have enthusiasm which he used so effectively that it bought him his freedom.

Eytinge wrote to the Remington Typewriter Company (before the days of the personal computers) relating his plight and asking the company to sell him a typewriter on credit. The company did better than that. It gave him a typewriter.

He began writing business firms asking for their sales literature – which he rewrote and returned to them. His copywriting was so effective that he soon had enough money, from voluntary donations, to hire a lawyer. His work was so good, in fact, that it caught the attention of a big New York advertising agency which, with the help of his lawyer, got him pardoned. As he walked out of prison, he was met by the agency head who greeted him with these words: “Well, Eytinge, your enthusiasm has proved more powerful than the iron bars of this prison.”

The agency had a job waiting for him.”


Tom Cruise Overcoming Dyslexic

Meg Grant writes in the June 2005 edition of Readers Digest in an interview between Readers Digest and Tom Cruise:

"RD: Growing up, you must have wished for some help yourself. Your parents divorced, your mother juggled jobs, and your family didn't have much money.

Cruise: We helped each other. Either you can look at something in a negative way or you can look in a positive way, and then reach to improve. I always thought, How am I going to make this better?

RD: You were diagnosed dyslexic as a child, right?

Cruise: Yes, but I didn't buy it. [When I got older] I tried speed-reading. I hired tutors. And I was just hitting a wall. It never made sense to me. I was very, very frustrated. I had a reading problem, no question. I was, from their definition, dyslexic, and in their definition, I probably had ADD. I would ask, "Why am I having this problem? How do I resolve this?" They can't tell you why. There's no resolution.

RD: When did things begin to change?

Cruise: In my 20s, I went through the basic Scientology tools and realized instantly that I'd found the answer. I was able to read.

RD: That was an important lesson for you. What do you most want your children to learn about life?

Cruise: I've told them anything is possible. But unless they know it for themselves and you give them the tools, it doesn't mean anything."


Marshal Field

Napoleon Writes in one of his books:

"Marshal Field lost his retail store in the great Chicago fire, and with it almost all his money. Pointing to the smoldering ashes, he said, “On this very spot, I will build the greatest retail store in the world.” The great Marshal Field and Company, which now stands at State and Randolph streets in Chicago, testifies that there is the seed of an equivalent benefit in every adversity."

Space Tourist Greg Olsen

From http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9742587/site/newsweek/ :

"On Oct. 1, after eight months and 900 hours of training in Russia, Olsen, 60, blasted into space in a bell-shaped Soyuz capsule destined for the International Space Station. During his 10-day adventure, Olsen logged three million miles, orbiting the Earth 100 times, 250 miles above the ground.

How do you beat this experience?
You don't. You just continue living your life. That's a lesson in life. 2004 started out gloriously for me, with all the hoopla. Then it took that nosedive when I got the medical disqualification from Russia [for an undisclosed medical condition—which later went away]. The last half of last year was pretty bleak for me. But I toughed it out."

Persistence Quotes, Mostly.


Robert Kraft: “Perseverance is how most things get done and deals get made, because eventually, most of the world will just give up.”

Arnold Palmer: “A man might be walking around lucky, and not know it unless he tries.”

Michael Jordan: “Success isn't something you chase. It is something you have to put forth the effort for constantly; then maybe it'll come when you least expect it. Most people don't understand that.”

Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

James J. Corbett, Heavyweight Boxer: “Fight on more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight on more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight on more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight on more round – remember that the man who always fight on more round is never whipped.”

Junko Tabei, first female to climb Mount Everest in 1975: “Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is willpower that is the most important – it rises in your heart.”

And a different type of quote:

Mark Twain: “Do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”


Vince and Table Topics in Toastmasters

Sometimes, just showing up is half the battle. We may make ourselves think we have no chance of winning, but when we do show up, we actually win because we are the better one at that particular time, despite our thinking. That is what happened to a member of my Toastmasters club. For those who don't know, Toastmasters is a public speaking club, and Table Topic is the portion of the meetings where we pratice impromptu speaking.

We held a club level competition to select the winner of the Table Topic Competition. Out of four competitors, Vince didn't place first or second place. However, the first and second place winner could not go to the next level of competition (the Area Table Topic Contest) due to both of them being out of town during that time.

So when asked for volunteers, Vince agreed to represent us in the Area Level Contest. One would think that since he didn't win first or second place in our club, he wouldn't have a chance against the winners of other clubs. I admit to thinking along those lines - I sure know I'd have been intimated if I hadn't won first place and had been sent to the Area Contest.

However, to his credit, Vince didn't let that keep him from giving his best at the Area Contest. He competed against 3 other competitors. He was even giving a subject matter (subject matter are given to the contestant right before they are to speak for 2 minutes on the subject matter - so they have absolutely no preparation time)that he knew absolutely nothing about - video games. Yet he managed to weave a speech about that topic. When he sat down, he had the look of someone who seemed defeated. Yet, when it came time to judge, the judge selected him as the winner of the Area Table Topic Contest! He defeated all of the other first place club contest winners.

So, sometimes, we must just show up - we never know what might have happened. I've heard it said that showing up is half the battle, and it sure proved right.

The story doesn't end there, Vince went to the next level of competition - the Division Level to compete against several other Area Contest winners. He also won that contest. He is now waiting for the next level of competition at the District Level. Whether he wins that or not doesn't matter in regards to this story - he's already shown that we must not limit ourselves and just go for it without imposing mental limits on our minds.

October 22 update: Vince went to the District Contest. The other two contestant did not show up, with one of them breaking her leg the night before. Since Vince was the only contestant, he automatically won the District Contest...!


Stuart Austin - from journalist to patent attorney

Napoleon Hill writes in "Napoleon Hill's A Year of Growing Rich":

"Years ago, I worked with a fellow named Stuart Austin Wier of Dallas. He was a contributor to a magazine I edited and was just getting by financially. He would probably have remained a starving writer if a story he was writing about an inventor hadn't suddenly inspired him to change his life.

Much to the surprise of those who knew him, he announced he was giving up journalism and going back to school to become a patent attorney. He wasn't going to be just any patent attorney, he was going to become "the top patent attorney in the United States." He put his plan into action with such fervor that he completed law school in record time.

When he began his practice, he deliberately sought out the toughest cases. Soon his reputation spread throughout the country and his services were in such high demand that even though his fees reached astronomical levels, he was turning away more clients than he accepted."


Losing a war and being better off for it?

Napoleon Hill writes in "Napoleon Hill's A Year of Growing Rich":

"Failures sometimes becomes a blessing when it turns one back from contemplated purposes which would have meant embarrassment or even destruction had they been carried out. It often opens new doors to opportunity and provides one firsthand knowledge of the realities of life. It exposes shortcoming sand cures vain people of their conceit.

The British suffered grave defeat and failure when Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the Americans, giving the colonies their freedom. But without such a freedom, America wouldn't have had the strength to help save the British Empire from destruction during World Wars I and II."

Thinking about what Napoleon wrote, I realized the applies to Japan. Japan lost World War 2. With the forced peace, it applied its people's energy and discipline into producing the world's second largest economy and an ultra modern society.

Furthermore, the Jewish people suffered 6 million deaths at the hand of Hitler. The benefit from that absolute horror is that it helped propel the Jewish people to getting their own country of Isreal back again for the first time in 2000 years.

Then there is the intense persecution the Christians faced the first few hundreds years of their existence - they were constantly hounded by the Romans. Now we know Christianity has lasted over well 2000 years and is still a very strong world religion.

Benjamin Disraeli

Napoleon Hill writes in "Napoleon Hill's A Year of Growing Rich":

"Benjamin Disraeli, one of England's greatest prime ministers, attained that high station through the sheer power of his will, directed by definiteness of purpose. He began his career as an author, but he was not highly successful in that field. He published a dozen or more books, but none of them made any great impression on the public. Failing in this field, he accepted his defeat only as a challenge to greater effort in some other field. Thus he entered politics with his mind definitely set upon becoming minister of the far-flung British Empire.

In 1837, he became a member of parliament from Maidstone, but his first speech in parliament was universally regarded as a flat failure. Again, he accepted his defeat as a challenge to try once more. Fighting on, with never a thought of quitting, he became a leader of the House of Commons by 1858, and later became the chancellor of the exchequer. In 1868, he realized his definite purpose by becoming prime minister.

There he met with terrific opposition (his testing time was at hand), which resulted in his resignation. But far from accepting his temporary defeat as failure, he staged a comeback and was elected prime minister a second time, after which he became the great builder of an empire and extended his influence in many different direction.

When the going was the hardest, Disreali drew on his willpower to its greatest capacity. It sustained him through the emergencies of temporary defeat and brought him through to victory. In summarizing his achievements in one short sentence, he said “The secret of success is constancy of purpose!”