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“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”
-Henry David Thoreau
I’m a sucker for a great story.
Everybody likes great stories.
We love to hear them, and we love to tell them. And, as former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill used to say, “If they have the added value of being true, that’s even better!”
Recited properly, there’s always something about the ‘story behind the story’ that arouses emotion and inspires people to take action, doing things they never knew they were capable of doing.
Here are a few simple examples:
Just about everyone loves Kentucky Fried Chicken. However… were you aware that founder Harland Sanders was 58-years old, despondent, and had faced over 1,000 rejections before somebody tried his recipe?
Henry Ford is internationally famous. But did you know he filed bankruptcy three times before the Model T hit the road?
Everyone has heard of Disneyland. Even so… did you know its creator Walt Disney was fired from his first two jobs because his bosses said he had, ‘no creativity?’
Federal Express trucks pass by us constantly on the road! Still, I bet you didn’t know that its originator Fred Smith, was told by a college professor that his dream to start a company which could ‘deliver mail overnight’ was a bad idea and would never work?
All great people started out as very ordinary.
But, they decided they would do extraordinary things with their life that would add value to the lives of others. And in doing so, they built their own brand and developed products or services the masses could benefit from and enjoy.
In turn, the lives of Americans, and even beyond… would be enriched.
You can certainly become one of those people.
It doesn’t matter where you are today in your life regarding profession, geography, or even age. You can get anywhere you desire if you want it bad enough and you’re focused upon providing service to other people.
Therein lies the story.
“Everything I know I learned in Little League” is a story of heart, determination, vision and perseverance. Even if you’ve taken the road less traveled it only serves to remind us that the American dream is alive and well.
– I learned how to deal with failure.
– I learned how to deal with pressure.
– I learned it’s OK to feel nervous before the big moment, in fact it’s great
– I learned how to deal with the expectations of others.
– I learned the importance of leadership; respecting it and providing it.
– I learned that you’re capable of more than you think you are.– I learned what it means to be a great teammate and the ability to make everyone around you better.– I learned you must give your best effort at all times and if you don’t you will regret it later, and the feeling never goes away.
Everyone’s story is unique. Every person has the potential to be great, you just have to be willing to reach into your heart to bring out the greatness. After that, the sky is the limit.
The message is simple; No matter where you start, you can get where you want, in business and in life… if you’re willing to build your reputation, your product, or your foundation, ‘one inning at a time,’ by doing the little things on a daily basis. I will prove to you that with the proper thoughts and actions, in America you positively can, ‘Get anywhere, from anywhere!’
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