DECEMBER 2012 MONTHLY STATEMENT SERIES, Year 1, Month 7

For almost a hundred years, a huge piece of flawed carrara marble lay in the courtyard of a cathedral on Florence, Italy. Then in 1501, young sculptor was asked to do something with it. He measured the block and noted its imperfections. In his mind, he envisioned a young shepherd boy. For three years, he…

NOVEMBER 2012 MONTHLY STATEMENT SERIES, Year 1, Month 6

Fred, a clerk in a retail store, was rude to the customers and lazy. On several occasions, his boss was about to fire him. But he didn’t follow through because of his concern for Fred’s wife and children who would suffer from his dismissal. One day a regular customer stopped by and noticed that Fred…

OCTOBER 2012 MONTHLY STATEMENT SERIES, Year 1, Month 5

Some people pray only in a crisis. They have a ‘quick fix’ mentality that sees GOD mainly as a problem solver. When merciful solutions come, He is courteously thanked, then more or less forgotten until the next crisis. The story is told of a young rich girl, accustomed to servants, who was afraid to climb…

SEPTEMBER 2012 MONTHLY STATEMENT SERIES, Year 1, Month 4

Our gratitude is deepened when we remember when the price others paid to help obtain freedom. In the United States, one such person was Richard Stockton. Stockton was one of the signers of the declaration of independence. He was a prominent lawyer and a very wealthy land owner. Because he supported the war efforts, he…

11 Rules Your Kids Didnot and Willnot Learn in School

Rule 1 Life is not fair – get used to it! Rule 2 The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. Rule 3 You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a…

AUGUST 2012 MONTHLY STATEMENT SERIES, Year 1, Month 3

On November 9th 1965, there was a wide spread power outage that darkened eight states in the North East US, and portions of Ontario and Quebec in eastern Canada – covering 80,000 square miles and affecting 30 million people. With no electricity lights, candles were in great demand. An announcer on a New York radio…

JULY 2012 MONTHLY STATEMENT SERIES, Year 1, Month 2

When riding in a car, I passed a sign that warned: $100 FINE FOR THROWING LITTER ON THE HIGHWAY. Soon I saw another sign that stated LITTER BARREL – 1 MILE! A short time later, I passed a garbage truck on its way to the disposal plant. There are three things you can do with…

Creating a Polio-Free World Requires Action Now

Statement by Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on the occasion of the World Health Assembly resolutions declaring completion of polio eradication a global emergency and endorsing the Global Vaccine Action Plan “Today marks a huge victory in the fight to protect all children from vaccine-preventable diseases, no matter where they…

Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I wander’d lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils, Beside the lake, beneath the trees Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretch’d in never-ending…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 7 of 7)

Self-Discipline: Persistence “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. The slogan “Press On” has solved…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 6 of 7)

Self-Discipline: Industry Industry is working hard. In contrast to hard work, being industrious doesn’t necessarily mean doing work that’s challenging or difficult. It simply means putting in the time. You can be industrious doing easy work or hard work. Imagine you have a baby. You’ll spend a lot of time changing diapers. But that isn’t…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 5 of 7)

Self-Discipline: Hard Work The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. – Oprah Winfrey Hard work — yet another dirty word. Hard Work Defined My definition of hard work is that which challenges you. And why is challenge important?…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 4 of 7)

Self-Discipline: Willpower The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi Willpower — such a dirty word these days. How many commercials have you seen that attempt to position their products as a substitute for willpower?…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 3 of 7)

Self-Discipline: Acceptance The first of the five pillars of self-discipline is acceptance. Acceptance means that you perceive reality accurately and consciously acknowledge what you perceive. This may sound simple and obvious, but in practice it’s extremely difficult. If you experience chronic difficulties in a particular area of your life, there’s a strong chance that the…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 2 of 7)

This week I’ll be blogging a series on self-discipline. New posts on this topic will appear every day Mon-Fri. I’ve also added a new self-discipline category. In this series I’ll be focusing on what I call the five pillars of self-discipline. The Five Pillars of Self-Discipline The five pillars of self-discipline are: Acceptance, Willpower, Hard Work,…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 1 of 7)

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. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always…

JUNE 2012 MONTHLY STATEMENT SERIES, Year 1, Month 1

Inventor Charles Kettering has suggested that we must learn to fail intelligently. He said, ‘Once you’ve failed, analyse the problem and find out why, because each failure is one more step to the cathedral of success. The only time you do not want to fail is the last time you try.’ Kettering further gave these suggestions…