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Saturday, July 09, 2005
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Wednesday, July 06, 2005
How Much Fight is in You?
"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. " - Walt Disney

Walt Disney, who often struggled just to feed himself, had to declare bankruptcy in 1920. In 1923, he made his way to Hollywood with just $40 in his pocket. $40 and a sketchbook!

In 1928 Walt and a few friends, by the names Mickey and Minnie, took the world by storm in "Steamboat Willie". Unsuspecting movie viewers were witnessing the birth of a legend! The rest is most definitely Entertainment History.

Can you imagine the flack Walt Disney must have caught when, penniless, he'd sit in the corner sketching?! No doubt he was called everything from a dreamer to a loser. Fortunately, he knew that it's not the name they call you that matters. It's the name you answer to that counts.

"If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse." - Walt Disney

The creator of an absolute empire was knocked down more than once, but he came out a winner because he never stayed down.

How about you?

How much fight is in you? Has life knocked you around - maybe even knocked you down? Are you on the ground, cowering in the corner, or are you up fighting back with all that's in you?

The fight isn't over until someone's knocked out or gives up. Instead of throwing in the towel, use it to slap life on the butt with a resounding snap!

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney

Go do something impossible!

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Find the Work You Enjoy!
Happiness lies not in the mere possesion of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Every year millions of people change their jobs. It's because they don't find happiness in their work. It's estimated that not more than 3 people out of 10 in the United States are employed in the type of work that they like to do best. That leaves 70 % of Americans willing to jump occupations, if the opportunity arises. The result is most people don't get much joy from their work and society never gets their best production.

The job that will make you the happiest is the one that allows you to EXPRESS your real self. Your natural interests and aptitudes; your mental and physical abilities. Your PERSONALITY.

Find your happiness in your work or you will never know what happiness is. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Life, as you heard at a high school and/or college graduation, is like a road.
For the average person, there are many roads open. Smooth roads, rough roads, alleys and super-highways. Each one goes in a different direction and at a different speed. Some lead you to obscurity, some to mediocrity. Some take you on fantastic journeys to heights you never thought you'd see.

Along the road of life, you're going to need some guidance. Those who have traveled before you may be your best source of guidance. Seek out information from as many people as possible when choosing your path. But always remember, they cannot live you life for you. You alone are solely responsible for choosing your road. Choose the one that allows you to be CREATIVE and you'll have a leg up on finding the happiness that most people never find.

For me, it's sales and marketing. It allows me to be creative and have some freedom of choice in determining my yearly income. If I want to make more money, all I have to do is find a way to work smarter, harder or more efficiently. Leveraging other people's efforts also helps.

I have 3 daughter's and I'm sure I've said 1000 times. Find something you like to do and then find someone that wants to pay you to do it. Simple.

If you like to read, find someone looking for an editor or proofreader. You like to cook ? Finding work as a sous chef should be fairly easy. You like selling ? The newspapers are full of ads looking for people to rep them. Be warned, though. If you don't believe in the product, you will not be able to sell it. Not for very long and not very successfully. Find a product you are willing to fight for and you can sell it like icewater in the desert.

Ultimately, no person is permanently happy until he/she finds an avenue for the natural expression of their ego, their desires, their likes & dislikes. If you are not able to EXPRESS yourself during your working hours, find a hobby or after work outlet for the pent up interests. Otherwise, complications far too deep for this discussion will arise. You have to be able to allow the creative juices to escape or they will slowly drown themselves and your creativity with them.

Here's an idea starter for you. Make a written analysis of yourself.

1) Your strong points and how you could best use them.
2) Your vocational aptitudes and how can you develop them.
3) Your weaknesses and how can you overcome them.
4) Your interests, ideals, desires and capabilities.
5) Where do you want to be in 1 year, 5 years & 10 years.

The road to failure is known as Chance Avenue.
Most young people start looking for a job with chance as their guide. It's one way to find a job, but it's far from the best. Work your way thru high school or college this way, if you have to. Do not choose your life's work this way. Find your love and find someone to pay you to do it ! It won't be all that hard. There are millions upon millions of jobs out there. Surely you can find someone looking for you to do what you love. The payoff will be great for you AND the employer.

If you are an employer, why not search for those that love doing what you need them to do. Turnover will be less and productivity will be far greater than just taking the first person who answers your ad. If you can't figure out how to do his, contact me and I'll help you find your ideal employees.

Visions harden into facts. When you get to retirement age, you'll look back and see that almost every major event in life has been the result of this decision. The only choice more important is the choosing of a life partner. Nearly all we are allowed to do in life, to give in life and get out of life, is influenced by the decisions you make about your life's work.

~ Mike
The Mental Fitness Center

PS - This was mainly written for our daughter's but two people gave me the spark to write this post. Neither knows they did it. Their comments on their blogs and in an email were the catalyst.

Thanks to Tim Yang
and to Jeremy Wright
Friday, July 01, 2005
Turn the Page!
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - Saint Augustine

We've had the supreme pleasure of living in lots of different cities and tasting lots of different local flavors. Each place we lived, we emersed ourselves in the region - exploring every nook and cranny. It has provided us with a wealth of photographs - (some are physical, but most are mental ) - that we wouldn't trade for two Hummers filled with Cardinals season tickets and Albert Pujols, himself. (I have a few daughters that'd disagree on that one!)

These photographs allow us to, at any time, wade through icy water from a mountain stream, walk around beautiful St. Paul, collect seashells in St. Augustine, get caught behind an Amish buggy, photograph pelians in the keys, get hoarse at an NBA game (Hornets), shoot eye love all over dolphins, splash one another in the great lakes, try frog legs, not try rattlesnake, chase stingrays in the Gulf, be amazed by the Biltmore House, eat our way through the ozarks, ride horseback in Kentucky, camel-back in Kansas (he was a tourist), sing along at concerts, climb Mt. Baldy, ride a zillion trains, take in downtown Chicago, get caught in a blizzard....the list goes on and will continue to grow, because life goes on and we'll continue to go!

"I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine." - Caskie Stinnett

When we were living in Iowa for a while, we were amazed at the number of people who had never even been out of the state. How does one live their life without getting out of a state?! Seems to me like it'd be like grabbing a Dean Koontz or John Grisham novel and never leaving Chapter 1. For all you know, Chapter 5 or 6 could have been where the fun was really at!

Now I'm not saying that everyone has to do the gypsy dance a la Sigers - heck, I think the music we dance to would drive most people batty, but we like the moves. Take weekend trips or just day-long drives - the point is just get out there and see the unseen, live the unlived, soak it all up....get off of page 1. ESPECIALLY if you have children, show them as much of the world as you can. Parks, capitals, monuments, battlefields, lakes, rivers, mountains, oceans, people, ballfields - give 'em the world.

"We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lost sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way." - Anonymous

Whatever you do, never let a moment escape your grasp - NO REGRETS! I will forever be kicking myself for dropping the ball in the keys. Michael, a.k.a. the husband, was in meetings on our second to last day there. The girls and I were looking underneath every rock, every pelican, every shell - literally soaking up everything there. We drove over the longest bridge known to man and were MINUTES away from Key West...minutes, man.....then my first class brain kicks in and thinks, "What if Michael wants to see Key West tomorrow, we just can't see it without him... (wonder just how many disasters can be traced back to female emotions?). We turned around and went back. Of course he had more meetings the next day. Of course we never saw Key West - in spite of being minutes away. Of course I have no idea when or if the opportunity will ever present itself again...regrets suck. Don't ever leave an opportunity in your rearview mirror.

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu

Next time you're trying to choose between television or surfing the web, consider a different alternative. Gas up your chariot and go grab some photographs for your mind's album. They'll last a heck of a lot longer.

The Mental Fitness Center