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!”


Peter Diamandis and the Xprize

Dr. Peter Diamandis is the founder of the Xprize and the Zero-G gravity company. The Xprize was won last year by Burt Rutan and his SpaceShipOne. SpaceShipOne was the first ever privately financed and privately built spacecraft to go into space. Here are two quotes from Peter Diamandis from the ISCD Conference in Washington DC in May of 2005. .

“For the Xprize, I visited 100+ CEOs and took “no” over and over. There were times I did not know if we had enough money to last another day.” He says “You get up again and push for it. Don't do it for others, do it because you want to do it! Have to believe in yourself.”

Concerning the Zero-G Company, he said “The Zero-G Company is an overnight success 11 years in the making. We received letter from FAA in 95 that it would be granted by the year end. Took until 2004 to receive the actual license to start operating the flights.”


Meeting Madonna

OrlandoDisney71 wrote on the Tony Robbins forum:

"Anyway, can anyone share how specially Tony has improved their life? For me, Tony gave me the belief that anything is possible. Tony said at Orlando 2004 UPW that I would get one of my most fervent goals that year if I put a huge amount of effort toward it. I decided to test this theory - and made it something unique. I wanted to meet my idol - Madonna. A job, a relationship or losing weight seemed kind of trite, and could always be attributed to something else. Meeting Madonna was a lifelong dream I never thought Id get. I committed to it, though, and ****6 months later**** it happened! On July 29, 2004 at 8:35 pm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I met Madonna during her Re-Invention Tour concert! The funny thing was, I had tried to get tickets to the VIP pit pass area, which were worth literally thousands or you had to win them via VH1 or MTV. But one day I gave a friend at work an expensive ticket for no reason at all just to be nice, and the next night I got the thought: "Just ask for it."

I went online to a Madonna forum and asked. (It was like asking for a brand new car, thank you very much!) TEN MINUTES LATER a girl called saying she had won the Vh1 contest but had no way to get to Florida. If I would buy her a plane ticket, I could go into the VIP area with her. I bought her the ticket, and that Thursday night I shook Madonna's hand and told her I loved her. She even blew me a kiss!"


George Patton "Keep driving your body on"

The famous World War 2 General George S. Patton, Jr. said:

"You've got to drive the body to the last inch of energy, and then go on. You gain nothing by just going up to where you are exhausted.

The body will only build and grow to fit the demands which the mind makes. If all you do is exercise until the body is tired, the body will get lazy and stop a bit shorter every time.

You have to go to the point of exhaustion and go on. That way, the body will figure out, "We've got to build up more body strength if that crazy mind of going to drive this hard."

If you always quit when you are merely tired, you will not gain. Once you let the body tell the mind when to quit, you are whipped for sure. You cannot gain listening to the body.

We can become stronger. We only use about half the available strenth of our bodies and less than that of our minds.

We can always take one more step. When we are on the attack, we can always go one more mile.


Agassi's Almost Impossible Comeback in a Tennis Game

Poster Brian26 in the Anthony Robbins Forum wrote:

"I just saw the re-run of the game on USA or ESPN, I forget which - started watching mid-game with Agassi down 2 sets to none. Then, he does the impossible and wins the next 2 sets to even up the game. In the fifth set, he was down again 5 to 3 games, with Blake, who already had momentum with 19 aces and 70% 1st serve in, serving to finish the game. However, Agassi does the impossible again and forces a tie-break set. Again, Blake goes up 3-0 and is feeling good now about victory. And again, Agassi comes back and it goes back and forth, back and forth, with Agassi finally coming off with the most impossible come-from-behind win I've ever seen, personally, in tennis.
Anyway, I don't watch much TV much less tennis, but this was an excellent re-run of perseverance and goal setting/achievement if I have ever seen one. I've always liked ole Agassi - 35 years old and still kickin' butt!!!"


Ok, that's it from my old website

Ok, that's about all the stories that I had on my old website. I have a few pages of quotes on there that I might post on here later on. I started posting the pages from my old website on here by looking at my old html code on my computer. It was only halfway through that I realized my old website might still be up on the internet, and voila there it was! I still kept on putting the stories on here for the sake of having it all on one place.

I hope to eventually have stories of overcoming obstacles and bad beginnings from non-famous people as well.

Spielberg and his beginnings

Here are two stories about Steven Spielbergs. This first one is written by Anthony Robbins in his book "Unlimited Powers":

"From the age of twelve or thirteen, Spielberg knew he wanted to be a movie director. His life changed when he took a tour of Universal Studios one afternoon when he was seventeen years old. The tour didn't quite make it to the sound states, where all the action was, so Spielberg, knowing his outcomes took action. He snuck off by himself to watch the filming of a real movie. He ended up meeting the head of Universal's editorial department, who talked with him for an hour and expressed an interest in Spielberg's film.

The next day, he put on a suit, brought along his father's briefcase, loaded with only a sandwich and two candy bars, and returned to the lot as if he belonged there. He strode purposefully past the gate guard that day. He found an abandoned trailer and, using some plastic letters put Steven Spielberg, Director, on the door. Then he went on to spend his summer meeting directors, writers, and editors, lingering at the edges of the world he craved, learning from every conversation, observing and developing more and more sensory acuity about what worked in moviemaking.

Finally, at age twenty, after becoming a regular on the lot, Steven showed Universal a modest film he had put together, and was offered a seven-year contract to direct a TV series. He'd made his dream come true."

This second story is from an article by Business Week July 13th, 1998 Magazine.

"It was his senior year, and the family had just moved from Phoenix to Saratoga, Calif., an affluent San Francisco suburb. There, Spielberg says, he was tormented by anti-Semitic remarks from his classmates, who would sneeze ''Hah-Jew'' when he passed in the halls. After school, jocks often beat him up. With his parents' divorce looming, Spielberg's grades sank. He barely graduated from high school and was rejected from both UCLA and USC film schools. Settling for California State University at Long Beach because it was close to Hollywood, Spielberg got a C in his television production course. He dropped out in his senior year.

Now, he is easily Hollywood's most successful director and producer, with credits that read like guideposts to an entire generation's pop culture. Beginning with his 1975 summer horror-adventure, Jaws, Spielberg has directed 6 of the 25 top-grossing films, including Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T., the Extraterrestrial. In an industry where only 3 out of every 10 movies make money, 13 of the 16 films he's directed have been in the black. All told, they've pulled in an astounding $5 billion worldwide. As a producer, Spielberg has brought in another $4 billion"

Tyra Banks and her big forehead

I found this story on compuserve:

"Supermodel Teased For Her Big...
...forehead. That's the confession of "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" model Tyra Banks, who reassured girls and women everywhere when she told The Associated Press that classic beauty is not what makes a woman supermodel material. Instead, it's all about "having some quirk, having something interesting and different about you."

That quirk, for Tyra, is her big forehead. It's so big she says she endured years of childhood taunts. Everyone called her "five-head." Ouch. But the teasing stopped the day she walked into a modeling agency. The first thing she was told was that her forehead made her special. In fact, the agency informed her that if her forehead was shorter, she would have been "too safe-looking and too boring." And what supermodel is safe-looking?"

Quezon's quest to free the Phillippine Islands

Napoleon writes in the book "Grow Rich! With Peace Of Mind":

"In 1910, I became the personal counselor of Manuel L. Quezon. I not only counseled him politically but, perhaps more importantly, I taught him the Science of Personal Achievement which then was quite new.

Senor Quezon was the first President of the Philippine Islands when they gained their freedom. In 1910, however, that time was far in the future. The goal of freeing his people possessed Quezon's mind, and he saw himself as the first President of the new nation. I assured him he could realize both ambitions, yet we knew that such great events do not come to pas overnight.

There is a well-recognized power in setting up a definite goal. Few, however, realize the power of setting a realistic time limit in which one intends to attain that goal. After having counseled Senor Quezon for some years, I induced him to set a definite time limit for freeing the Philippines and becoming the new nation's leader. I also prepared an affirmation which he repeated to himself daily. It closed with a statement of this nature. "I will allow no person's opinion, no influence to enter my mind which does not harmonize with my purpose." Both the time limit and the affirmation were of great help to Quezon in knowing his own mind and keeping his own direction in the face of the enormous difficulties which besets him.

Twenty-four years and six months from the day Quezon began to use the Science of Personal Achievement, he became the first President of the free Philippine Islands."

Napoleon Hill's own story

Napoleon Hill writes in "Napoleon's Hill Key to Success":

"In my youth, I founded a magazine in Chicago dedicated to exhorting readers to strive for success. I lacked the capital for this venture, so I entered into a partnership with my printer. The magazine was a success, and even though I had to work long, endless hours, I was happy.

But I was not paying attention. My success threatened another publisher, and without my knowledge he bought out my printer partner and took over my magazine. I was out of work and separated from my labor of love in a most humiliating way.

Many of the above causes for failure were responsible for my defeat. The most important was that I had neglected to cooperate with my partner in a spirit of harmony; I bickered with him often about trivial details of publication. When the opportunity came to be free of me -- and to make a profit doing it--he jumped at the chance. My egotism and vanity were responsible for much of this, as were my general lack of caution in business affairs and my sharp tongue.

But--and this is an important "but"--I did manage to find the seed of equivalent benefit by seeing these flaws in my way of doing business. I left Chicago for New York, where I founded a new magazine, one over which I retained control. To achieve this end, I truly had to inspire cooperation in my new business partners, who were risking their money without the power my former partner had kept. I also had to be much more cautious in my business planning since I depended more deeply on my own resources.

The result was a magazine that, within a year, had more then twice the circulation of my previous venture. And it was a part of my efforts to build the profits of that magazine that I conceived a series of correspondence courses which were the first codification of the science of personal achievement.

I stood at a fork in the road when I was dethroned from my Chicago magazine. I could have given up and returned to the quiet lawyer's job my wife's family urged on me. Instead I recognized the seeds of equivalent benefit in my defeat, and I nurtured that seed beyond my wildest dream."

Milo Jones and Jones Farm Sausages

Napoleon Hill writes in the book "Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion":

"Achievement is a result of controlling the mind. Practice insures control at all times. Even when the situation seems disastrous, there is the possibility of a positive attitude.

This is best exemplified in the story of a strong and healthy farmer who was stricken with double paralysis. Discouraged and apparently helpless, he faced the reality that his days of farming were over forever. He remembered having read a book in which the author stated, "Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit." He searched for that seed and he found it.

Calling his family together, he announced that he wanted every acre of his farm planted in corn. He wanted the corn fed to hogs, and he wanted the young pigs made into little sausages. Milo Jones became a millionaire from the products of the same small farm that had once afforded only a modest living. Today, Jones Farm Sausages are a favorite all over America and the company Jones founded employs thousands of people."

Jim Carey and the $10 Million Check

I was channel flipping through TV when I caught a segment of an interview with Jim Carey. The interviewer asked him about the famous $10 million check he wrote himself years before he ever made that sum.

He not only confirmed it, but elaborated. He said he wrote the check for services rendered not simply because it was about the money, but because earning that amount of money would mean he was in the top category of comedians. Furthermore, every single night after finishing his routine at the Comedy Club where he was working at the time, he would go up night on this mountain that overlooked Los Angeles and sit there watching the view. He would imagine that he already had earned that $10 million check. At the time, he currently lived in a small apartment, sleeping on a mattress that lay on the floor. Nevertheless, on top of that mountain, he would in his own words, whip himself into an emotional frenzy and really truly believe and feel like he had earned all that money, that it was in his possession and he felt so great about it. After feeling this high, he would then proceed to drive back down to his apartment.

A number of years later, near the date he had written on that check, he received exactly 10 million dollars for his role in a movie.

Hemingway and the lost manuscripts

Denis Waitley writes in the book "Empires of the Mind":

"In the 1920s, when Ernest Hemingway was working hard to perfect his craft, he lost a suitcase containing all his manuscripts--many stories he'd laboriously polished to jewellike perfection--which he'd been planning to publish as a book.

The devastated Hemmingway couldn't conceive of redoing his work. He could think only of the months he'd devoted to his arduous writing--and for nothing, he was now convinced. But when he lamented his loss to the poet Ezra Pound, Pound called it a stroke of luck. Pound assured Hemmingway that when he rewrote the stories, he would forget the weak parts; only the best material would reappear. Instead of framing the event in disappointment, Pound cast it in the light of opportunity. Hemingway did rewrite the stories -- and the rest, as they say, is history: He became one of the major figures in American literatures."

Football halftime score of 0-22

Anthony Robbins writes in "Unlimited Powers":

"One of the best motivator I know is Dick Tomey, head football coach at the University of Hawaii (in 1986). He truly understands how people's internal representation affect their performance. Once, in a game against the University of Wyoming, his team was being pushed all over the field. At halftime the score was 0-22, and his team didn't looklike it belonged on the same field as Wyoming.

You can imagine what kind of state Tomey's players were in when they trooped into the locker room at halftime. He took one look at their bowed head and sunken expressions and realized that unless he changed their state, they didn't have a prayer in the second half. From the physiology they were in, they would be caught in a loop of feeling like failures, and out of that state they would not have the resources to succeed.

So Dick brought out a poster board of mimeographed articles that he had been collecting over the years. Each of the articles described teams that had been behind by a similar or larger margin and had rallied against these seemingly impossible odds to win the games. By having his players read the articles, he managed to instill a whole new belief, a belief that they really could come back -- and that belief created a whole new neurophysiological state.

What happened? Tomey's team came back in the second half and played the game of its life, holding Wyoming scoreless in the entire second half and winning 27-22. They did it because he was able to change their internal representations--theirbeliefs about what was possible."

Colonel Sanders and KFC

Anthony Robbins writes in "Unlimited Powers":

"Ever had a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken? Do you know how Colonel Sanders built the empire that made him a millionaire and changed the eating habits of a nation? When he started, he was nothing but a retiree with a fried-chicken recipe. That's all. No organization. No nothin'. He had owned a little restaurant that was going broke because the main highway had been routed elsewhere. When he got his first Social Security check, he decided to see if he could make some money selling his chicken recipe. His first idea was to sell the recipe to restaurant owners and have them give him a percentage of the proceeds.

Now that's not necessarily the most realistic idea for beginning a business. And as things turned out, it didn't exactly rocket him to stardom. He drove around the country, sleeping in his car, trying to find someone who would back him. He kept changing his idea and knocking on doors. He was rejected 1,009 times, and then something miraculous happened. Someone said "Yes.". The colonel was in business."

Brownie Wise and Tupperware

Napoleon Hill writes in "Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion":

"Brownie Wise was a discouraged widow without a job or money to support her invalid child, when she came across a copy of Think and Grow Rich. Fascinated by what she read, she began moving toward a better life. She organized Tupperware home parties and began to train women to sell Tupperware kitchen utensils. In a single year her sales climbed to more than $30 million, and Tupperware's headquarters near Orlando, Florida have become a showplace."


Mike Jordan's Goal Setting

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

"RE: Mike Jordan's famous basketball failure when he was in High School. It was the first hurdle Jordan was forced to overcome, when he was cut from the varsity team as a sophomore in high school, and the way he overcame it was simply by concentrating on making the team the next year, by visualizing it, by refusing to fall short of this goal. "When it happened," he said, "I set another goal . . . a reasonable, manageable goal that I could realistically achieve if I worked hard enough. I approached every-thing step by step."

For seven consecutive seasons, Jordan's scoring averages were remarkably consistent, all near or above thirty-two points per game. But he never thought of thirty-two points as eight per quarter, and eight per quarter was certainly a manageable number, four field goals in twelve minutes, something he could do rather easily most night.

In motivational speaking circles, that is called the salami technique, because to contemplate the wholeness of the goal can often be intimidating, like staring at an entire salami in all of its greasy glory. But cut it into slices, and suddenly each pieces become its own appetizing entity."


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Steve Chandler writes in the book "100 Ways to Motivate Yourself":

"Arnold Schwarzenegger was not well-known at all in 1976 when he and I had lunch together at the Doubletree Inn in Tucson, Arizona. Not one person in the restaurant recognized him.

He was in town publicizing the movie Stay Hungry, a box-office disappointment he had just made with Jeff Bridges and Sally Field. I was a sport columnist for the Tucson Citizen at the time, and my assignment was to spend a full day, one-on-one, with Arnold and write a feature story about him for our newspaper's Sunday magazine.

I, too, had no idea who he was, or who he was going to become. I agreed to spend the day with him because I had to--it was an assignment. It was one I'd never forget.

Perhaps the most memorable part of my day with Arnold occurred when we took an hour for lunch. I had my reporter's notebook out and was asking the questions for the story while we ate. At one point I casually asked him, "Now that you have retired from bodybuilding, what are you going to do next?"

And with a voice as calm as if he were telling me about some mundane travel plans, he said, "I'm going to be the number-one box-office star in all of Hollywood."

I tried not to show my shock and amusement at his plan. After all, his first attempt at movies didn't promise much. And his Austrian accent and awkward monstrous build didn't suggest instant acceptance by movie audiences. I finally managed to match his calm demeanor, and I asked him just how he planned to become Hollywood's top star.

Mind you, this was not the slim aerobic Arnold we know today. He was pumped and huge. And so for my own physical sense of safety, I tried to appear to find his goal reasonable.

"It's the same process I used in bodybuilding," he explained. "What you do is create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that picture, as if it were already true."

It sounded ridiculously simple. But I wrote it down. And I never forgot it."


Jim Davis and Garfield

In the late 70's, Jim Davis strongly desired to become a syndicated cartoonist. After working on other people's cartoon work, he came up with an original comic strip. It was based on talking bugs with some interesting humor. The first editor rejected it quickly. Jim Davis submitted to many other editors. They continued rejecting his new comic.

For a year and a half, this cycle was continued, Jim Davis would submit his new original comics to editors, and editors would continue to reject them.

Some of the editors had remarked that they did not believed people would connect with bugs, although they themselves really enjoyed the style of humor. Therefore Jim Davis decided to try out using the exact same style of humor, but this time using it on a cat called Garfield. Soon after the change, his comic strip started being accepted by editors.

Garfield has now become one of the most successful comic strip in existence, having now just celebrated its 25th year, appeared on its own TV show for 7 seasons, spawned million of dollars worth of merchandise and is still going quite strong and is known all over the world.

Jay Leno

Jay Leno wrote in his book "Leading With My Chin":

"I always believed that being a comic required a certain tenacity, which I was lucky enough to have. To audition at places like Catch a Rising Star and The Improv, we would start lining up outside the clubs at two in the afternoon with hopes of getting onstage sometime after eleven that night. You’d spend your whole day sitting on the curb, waiting and waiting. Invevitably, somebody in front of you would say, "This sucks!" and walk away. I always enjoyed that. All of a sudden, I had moved up! Without my doing a thing, my standing in show business had just improved! And that process seemed to encompass my philosophy of life.

That’s why I originally wanted to call this book A Good Dog Will Run Till His Heart Explodes an old hunting expression that I’ve always loved. When I was a child, one image was drilled into my head and has stayed with me ever since: While I was goofing off or watching TV, Russian kids were studying math. I don’t know if that was true, but it sounded intimading. So I chose to believe that whenever I was doing nothing, someone else was catching up and taking everything I had.

The point is, any idiot can have a life. If you’re breathing, you’ve got a life. But careers are hard to come by. I’ve never been better at anything than anybody else. Which meant that I would always just have to work a little harder to keep up or maybe even pull ahead. Like the turtle who raced the hare, I plowed forward, slow and steady. Even if it meant sitting on curbs all day or sleeping in the back steps of comedy clubs all night."