2009 is flying by; before you know it we are approaching midway. Have you got done what you were set out to do? How are you doing with your goals for 2009? Have you achieved them already? Are you on track for reaching them?
This is a great time to take a look at where you are for this year’s goals? If you have achieved your goals, congratulations! The year is early, what more do you wish to achieve? If you found that you have falling behind or maybe you have forgotten all about your goals. This is the time to rally back! And make a run for it.
90% of people who made goals at the beginning of the year never reach them by the end of that year. Most time it is because they forget to work on their goals on a regular basis and then they realized the year is 3 quarters of ways gone. So these people give up on their goals and they wait for a new year to make their new goals. As a result a lot of people have unreached goals for many years.
So, today let’s take a look at everyone’s goal together.
What are your goals for 2009?
Are they realistic? If not, adjust them so that they are possible to reach.
What have you done toward your goals?
What is still left to be done, in order for you to reach your goals?
Break down the steps you are going to take to reach your goals with time line?
Now, answer the follow question with complete honesty:
How committed are in achieving your goals?
The true answer to this question is your odds in achieving your goals.
What I mean by that is, when a person is interested in their goal. They will do what it takes for their goals, as long as it is easy or convenience. Meaning this person will stop reaching for his or her goal, when the ride starts to get bumpy. It is because of their interest level to their goals.
Therefore, a person who is more interested in reaching his or her goals then the group above; will last longer in their bumpy ride. It is because they are more interested in reaching their goals. This group will have better odds in achieving.
Lastly, people who are committed to achieving their goals will not stop no matter what. This group will endure the long bumpy ride, pay the price and do whatever it takes. It is because of their commitment level. For this group, odds are on their side.
So there it is: If you got off track, you can get back on track today! You don’t have to wait until the next year’s resolutions to pick up where you left off. Today is just as good of a day to reset your sight on your goals. Rally Back for the Year!
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
Right now many people are going through changes. Some people are in the middle of looking for new job. Some people are in the middle of changing career. Others are relocating their residences, new school for their kids etc.. It is understandable that all of these can give the feeling of uneasiness.
I like to take a moment to remind every one that: Changes create the rhythm of our life. Without changes our lives would be very flat and uneventful. Yes, sometimes change can be stressful, and our initial reaction might be, “Changes are bad!” But if you look closely, changes are opportunities under cover.
I have told the following story before; however, a great story should be told many times over. So, here it goes again.
Let me tell you a story about a man name Richard. Richard worked for a family business. One day Richard decided to leave the family business and go out on his own to start a high-end electronics store. Richard was doing great on his own. By the ended of his first year in business he had opened 3 stores. By the third year he had a total of 6 stores. 15 years went by and Richard was doing fantastic. He had 9 stores and everything was going his way. Then one day a tornado hit the Midwest. It nearly wiped out one of his most profitable stores. This was his money machine.
Everyone in town was frantic about their own losses and everywhere you looked was chaos. Richard on the other hand, saw something different. He saw an opportunity to have a Tornado Sale. The day of the Tornado Sale Richard realized there were more cars than he had ever seen and the line of customers was so long that it wrapped around the parking lot. In his 15 years of business there had never been a sale that was this successful.
Why? What was the difference? The theme to this Sale was “Good brand name electronics at a discounted price.” So Richard changed his entire company model. He changed High End Electronics to Good brand name electronics at a Discounted Price! As a result, Richard became the electronics retail Giant, the nation’s biggest consumer electronics chain with over 500 stores in the US. Richard is Best Buy! Best Buy was born out of a disaster.
Richard was on the verge of losing everything. His Best Store was destroyed! When all of his fellow shop owners were saying what bad luck they had and were asking why this happened to them, Richard saw an Opportunity to do something new. He never had a Tornado Sale before! Sure, he had done all kinds of sales, but not a Tornado Sale!
Thanks to his ability to deal with changes, a tornado became his best friend. Richard Schulze is estimated at 3.4 billion dollars Net worth. Not bad for someone with just a High School Diploma.
Many of us may feel like we are in a Tornado right now. However, if you look closely you might see your opportunity to do something new. Don’t fight the Tornado; just make the best of it.
Bruce Lee is universally known as “The King of Martial Art”. He became an icon and a legend after making only one Hollywood movie. He dies at the age of 32, yet Bruce Lee went on to becoming one of the biggest movie stars in history.
Bruce Lee was much more than a Martial Art Master, there are many people who appreciated Bruce Lee as philosopher and instructor. He was a thinker, his unique insight and special brand of wisdom made him one of the most influential and inspiring human being of the 20th century.
The following quotes will give you an insight into Bruce Lee’s mind and his philosophy. Tell me which 3 of his quotes are your favorites?
“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
“If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll make it impossible.”
“If you want to learn to swim, jump into the water.”
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
“It 217;s not what you give; it’s the way you give it.”
“Mista kes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
“The mind is like a fertile garden in which anything that is planted, flowers or weeds, will grow.”
“Ideas are the beginning of all achievement.”
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” “As you think, so shall you become.”
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
“To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.”
“Believe me that in every big thing or achievement there are always obstacles-big or small- and the reaction one shows to such obstacles is what counts, not the obstacle itself.”
“I did what I came here to do. What I’ve done I’ve done with sincerity and to the best of my ability. You can’t expect much more from life.”
“You just wait. I’m going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.”
Was Bruce Lee a philosopher or a fighter?
Some people say he changed the world. To learn more about Bruce Lee go to the official website BruceLee.com.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
If you love what you do and every day you do it the best you can. Than it doesn’t matter what it is. You can be very successful at that, even if it is selling bags of peanuts.
Roger Owens is the internationally-famous peanut guy at the Dodger Stadium. A vendor who can pitch a bag of nuts under his leg and into your seat from 40 rows away. Roger has been a peanut vendor at the Stadium since 1962. His consistent hard work and showmanship throughout the years not only helped increase his growing fan base who was thrilled with his amazing tosses. It has also made Roger Owens an icon of Dodger Stadium.
Roger have a lot of loyal fans, he lovingly call some of them season peanut holders. These are business men who have season tickets that would send Roger checks before the season to ensure Roger will toss free peanuts to their guests who attends to the game. Many others are fans of this peanut man since they were kids, and who now bring their own children to games.
Fame has offered Roger countless experiences throughout the years, including guest spots on ”The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, a role in the movie ”Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” he has throw out the first pitch at games. Roger even got his picture in the Hall of Fame.
Looking at this legendary peanut vendor it is hard to image what tough life Roger came from.
The Owens family when through some hard times, Roger and his eight siblings had to be broken up and sent to foster homes in the early 1950s, after his mother, Mary, suffered a mental breakdown and was admitted to a hospital. The family was too poor to survive without her. After several years, when Roger turned 15 he convinced his father, Ross, to pull the family back together, promising to find work to support the family staying together.
Roger began working as a stock boy at a drug store, and slowly advanced his way into the Dodger organization as a crowd vendor, selling soda, then ice cream and finally selling peanuts.
You can learn more about Roger Owens at his website Roger Owens Peanut Man and also pick up a copy of the book “The Perfect Pitch” to read about his wonderful life story.
Roger sees his job as more than selling peanuts, but also setting a good example.
“There are just certain things that apply in being successful and those are: Sincerity, honesty, good communication and extra effort!” By Roger Owens
No matter what you do, give it your best. It does matter! That is what I got from the Peanut Man.
By renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
Furthermore, the site teaches us the spirit of Memorial Day, which is so much more than just one day. Too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, we often do not thinking about those who served our country in a day to day basis. Not only we should take Memorial Day to properly “Memorial” and actively thanks our National Heroes. We should also remember them every day and show them our appreciation whenever possible.
Memorial Day at the cemetery
In January 2009 Tiger Woods was invited to speak at President Obama’s Inauguration. Tiger Woods’s speech shows us that, he remember those who served. Even at the day of Inauguration Celebration, Tiger still remember of our National Heroes. He demonstrated to us that every day is a day to remember and honored those who served our country.
“I grew up in a military family - and my role models in life were my Mom and Dad, Lt. Colonel Earl Woods. My dad was a Special Forces operator and many nights friends would visit our home. They represented every branch of the service, and every rank.
“In my Dad, and in those guests, I saw first hand the dedication and commitment of those who serve. They come from every walk of life. From every part of our country. Time and again, across generations, they have defended our safety in the dark of night and far from home.
“Each day — and particularly on this historic day — we honor the men and women in uniform who serve our country and protect our freedom. They travel to the dangerous corners of the world, and we must remember that for every person who is in uniform, there are families who wait for them to come home safely.
“I am honored that the military is such an important part, not just of my personal life, but of my professional one as well. The golf tournament we do each year here in Washington is a testament to those unsung heroes.
“I am the son of a man who dedicated his life to his country, family and the military, and I am a better person for it.
“In the summer of 1864, Abraham Lincoln, the man at whose memorial we stand, spoke to the 164th Ohio Regiment and said: ‘I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country.’
“Just as they have stood tall for our country - we must always stand by and support the men and women in uniform and their families.
“Thank you, and it is now my pleasure to introduce the US Naval Glee Club.”
Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Take an act of remembrance for those who have served our national. Share with me about your thoughts on this very special day.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
Which life will you choose to live… a life with passion and risk or a life of safety in your comfort zone?
A life of safety in your comfort zone might sounded good, but what about the burden of coming to the end of your life and never finding out what could have been?
Are you settling for comfort zone and never finding out what you could have been…be honest!?
How will anyone ever find out what they can achieve, if they never take any risk?
To dream is to have passion and its often require the person to do something new. He or she must paid their dues in learning and doing something new. And that my friend cause discomfort. Most people related discomfort to the feeling of unsafe and out of the control. As a result, many good people live safely in their comfort zone but lacking passion in their life.
What if the passion of doing something new, happened 10 years ago; and you never went for it…because you have been staying safe. Now, fast forward to 2019. Which life will you be living? Will you have 10 more years of safety and comfort or will you have taken the risk to find out what it is like to living your dream and enjoying the reward?
My guess is that nobody ever tells themselves that they are going to wait around 10 years before they go on to pursuit their dream. The reality is, this is exactly what happen to most people’s dream. And before anyone realized, years has gone by without any notice.
Do you know what your passion is?
Not everyone knows the answer to this question, and it is okay to not have the answer yet.
The point is, if you know what your passion is already.Don’t wait for another day to run after it!
If you don’t know what your passion is yet, take this opportunity to explore your life. Look for ways and things to do that can put you in touch with your passion. This is a journey that will improve the quality of your life.
In today’s world we are so trained to live in our head! We need to live more in our HEART! Get out of your head, and you will get out of the way! Connect to your heart and you will connect to your passion!
Open up your heart today and be ready to receive your dream. Your dream is waiting to come home to you, keep the door to your heart open. So your dream can find its way back to you.
Do it quickly, before you become comfortably numb.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
What would you do if you were robbed at knife point?
Julio Diaz is s social worker who lives in New York City and every night at the end of his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx. Julio stops for dinner at his favorite diner.
One night in February 2008 , as Julio stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn. He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached him and pulled out a knife. The boy ask Julio for his money and Julio handed over his wallet.
As the teen began to walk away, Julio told him, “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”
The teen look at Julio with a puzzled look on his face than said to Julio, “Why are you doing this?’”
Julio replied: “If you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, all I wanted to do was get dinner and if you really want to join me … hey, you’re more than welcome.
Julio later told reports: “You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help.” He and the teen went into the diner and sat in a booth together. During dinner the manager, dishwashers and waiters all stop by to say hi to Julio and his teenage dinner guest.
The teen said to Julio, “You know everybody here. Do you own this place?”
Julio replied, “No, I just eat here a lot.” The teen said, “But you’re even nice to the dishwasher.”
Julio said, “Well, haven’t you been taught you should be nice to everybody?”
“Yea, but I didn’t think people actually behaved that way,” the teen said.
Julio asked the teen what he wanted out of life? The boy couldn’t answer and his face got very sad face.
When the bill arrived, Julio told the teen, “Look, I guess you’re going to have to pay for this bill ’cause you have my money and I can’t pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I’ll gladly treat you.”
The teen didn’t even think about it and he returned the wallet. Julio than give the boy $20, Julio also asked the teen’s for the knife and he did give his knife to Julio.
After the evening was over Julio told his mother what happened and she said, “You’re the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch.”
Julio Diaz said “I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”
Do you think this one dinner could change the boy’s life? What comment do you have about what Julio Diaz did? Would you do the same?
Is this one man’s Imperfect Action to change the world?
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
Recently I had the pleasure to interview an Emmy Award-winning Anchor Nancy Loo form Fox News Chicago for my book that I am working on. My book will not be out until the later part of this year. However, Ms. Nancy Loo is such an inspiring woman that I feel my blog readers can use some of Nancy’s special inspiration today. Nancy inspires with kindness, honor and her own example of hard work.
Nancy Loo and Giovanna Garcia
Ms. Nancy Loo is a first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong, not only was she able to master English; she also speaks German and does sign language.
Nancy grew up at her parent’s Chinese restaurant. From the age of 8 Nancy worked as a hostess, waitress and helped in the kitchen. All of that helped her with: English, math, service and communication, which helped prepare Nancy for her career in becoming a Journalist.
Nancy describes her childhood as “very unusual” because unlike other children who go home after school, Nancy goes to her family restaurant after school. She did her homework at the restaurant and she saw first hand her parents’ hard work. Nancy follows her parent’s role models of hard work; she light-heartedly said the ancient Chinese secret to success is– “Hard work”.
Nancy said: “Every generation before us did Hard Work. We grew up witnessing our parents and we carry that through out our lives, than hopefully we pass it onto our children and they will work hard and succeeded too!”
She earned her Emmy for a newscast which she did the show while she was in active labor with her daughter. Her labor became a part of the newscast and the Emmy that Nancy received has the date of her daughter’s birthday on it, because her daughter was born on that very same day.
Nancy also talked about how in the Chinese Culture, respecting the elderly is very important. She said: “Often times we feel that everything we do directly reflects up on our elders and we have a great sense of duty to work hard to make our elders proud”. She also said: “If every generation feels that way, then we have a cycle of generations aspiring to succeed”.
One thing this Emmy Award winner said that touch me the most was, she said: “I am hardly perfect, but it’s better to work hard and get things done as best as possible.” She is a woman with the same kind of philosophy as all of us here at Imperfect Action…is better than No Action and look where her philosophy have gotten her in life.
Nancy Loo is a highly successful Journalist; yet very down to earth, she is one of the nicest people you will ever come across. You can connect with her on twitter and Facebook. Believe me when I say, “You will be glad you did”.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
What would you do if you witnessing an accident, would you call for help? Would you stop at placing the phone call or would you go above a phone call and actually try to help to the victim?
Even though I am not a trained medical professional; I believe if I see a drowning person or a person trapped in a car that is about to blow up, I would try to go pull the victim out. I would try to save a life; knowing that I may not be doing the rescue perfectly I would still give it my best. My thinking is it is better to try to save someone and fail; than to not try to save a life at all.
However, recently I have learned about lawsuit between a victim and a Good Samaritan.
The story was one Halloween night, Alexandra Van Horn and several friends had just left a bar at 1:30AM when Alexandra’s car lost control and she slammed into a light pole at 45 Mph. Following behind Alexandra in a second car was her friend, co worker Lisa Torti, who stopped and rushed to help. Torti said she saw smoke and feared that the wrecked car would catch fire or explode, so Lisa pulled the incapacitated Van Horn from the passenger’s seat.
Alexandra who now a paraplegic sued Lisa Torti, saying that her spinal injuries from the accident were made worse by Torti dragging her from the car “like a rag doll.” Alexandra’s Lawyer said: “Careless rescuers are not good Samaritans, really, we don’t want people interfering with other people and hurting them a lot worse, right?”
This leads me wondering about my believe system in helping people…should Lisa Torti just stood by and let Alexandra trapped in her car and watching it go up in flame!? I just had a visit with a friend of my Hilary Melton-Butcher of Positive Letters from England. And Hilary shared with me a recent cast in the U.K. Two policemen watching a young boy drowned to his death, because the policemen were told that they are not properly trained in rescues. Therefore, the policemen called for the help and just stood there.
Is this what we have become as a society? If someone crashed into a light pole and we see it, we shouldn’t try to help her… If we see a drowning boy we shouldn’t try to save him…All because we are not properly trained and we could cause the victim more harmed?! Have anyone gone to interview the drowned boy’s mother in U.K. what would she had hope for…2 UN trained rescuers who was there at the time of the drowning or 2 trained rescuers who arrived after her son have already drowned?
Whatever happened to just owning the reasonability of the situation we got ourselves into and just be thankful for the Good Samaritan who are just trying to help?!
What are your feelings in this matter? If you were the victim would you want to be help by Good Samaritan? If you are a witness would you help a life in danger?
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
In 2007 a story broke out on ABC News about an 83 years old Granny name Betty Jean Jennings Bartik – a devoted bridge player and grandmother of five – had a secret past that was invisible to many who knew her. Betty Jean’s grandson Alex knew her story and he told his teacher about his granny was a computer pioneer who had calculated firing tables and ballistic trajectories during World War II.
Alex’s teacher refused to believe him and his parents had to and explain to the teacher that Betty Jean and 5 other women had indeed, legally hacked the world’s first programmable computer, converting it into a stored machine and eventually helping to usher in the digital age.
This teacher and the historians were all dumbfounded. No one had the acknowledged the wartime contributions of the 6 women who programming the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC)
In 1945, Betty Jean was one of a handful of female math majors at what was then Northwest Missouri State Teachers College. As the war came to a close, the Army had run out of male mathematicians. Betty Jean answered a recruitment ad for women “computers” in a classified project. She said: “I wanted to do something exciting, adventuresome and I wanted to get to the big city and see what life was like.”
Betty Jean went on to help program the BINAC for Northrop Aircraft Company in 1949 and design logic for UNIVAC I, the first commercial computer delivered to the U.S. Census Bureau in 1951. After that, she took time off to raise three children, but then returned in 1967 to help businesses understand the new microcomputers. Betty Jean’s story — a sort of Rosie the Riveter meets Bill Gates — recalls the enormous talent women have brought to computer technology and illustrates the challenges today’s women face in what’s still a male-dominated field.
But Betty Jean and her colleagues wereignored by History. At the 40th anniversary of the ENIAC project at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946, the women were initially not invited — only one was on the list as a spouse. But now, a documentary film — “Invisible Computers: The Story of the ENIAC Programmers”
Betty Jean lives in New Jersey and, after the incident with her grandson Alex’s teacher; she visits schools to tell her story. She also stays involved her alma mater, now Northwest Missouri University, which named its computer museum in her honor.
Betty Jean said: “Do what you love, because it’s not really work,” Her advises to girls are: “There are no stupid questions. Act as if you have permission to do things and don’t let anyone intimidates you.” Betty tells young women: “What I did seemed like play because it was fun; even though we were pushing back frontiers.”
For more information on the documentary, visit http://eniacprogrammers.org/" target="external">Invisible Computers: The Untold Story of the ENIAC Programmers.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
A little boy alone in the baseball field, he tossed the ball up in the air, and said: “I’m the greatest hitter in the world,” Then, he swung at the ball, and missed. “Strike One!” he said.
The boy picked up the ball, tossed it up in the air the second time and said, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!”When the ball came down he swung again and missed. “Strike Two!” The boy said to himself.
The boy then paused a moment to examine his bat and ball. He spit on his hands and rubbed them together. He straightened his cap and said once more, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” Again he tossed the ball up in the air and swung at it. He missed. “Strike Three!”
“Wow!” he exclaimed… “I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”
Your attitude determines how circumstances impact your life. The little boy’s circumstances hadn’t changed, but his optimistic attitude prompted him to give an encouraging meaning to see what other things are possible instead.
What difficult time are you going through right now? Can you do something to change it? If you can, don’t wait another day… make the needed changes. If you can’t change the circumstance, can you change your attitude? If you do, you’ll discover that your circumstances don’t have the last word.
The world is setup in a way that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures, you must also endure its pains. Like it or not, you cannot have one without the other.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish. It’s measured by the opposition you encounter and the courage you have in your time of struggle against the odds.
You’ll find most things are difficult before they get to be easy. The greater your obstacles, the more glory it will be in your reward when you finally overcame. So, make your decision on what you want out of life, be prepare to pay the price. Sacrifice is part of the package. The road to success is a like a Toll Road, you have to pay first before you enter.
You might have to find out that you are not the greatest hitter first, before you learn that you are the greatest pitcher.
When things get difficult, stay optimistic and keep going. Don’t give up and you will get your answer soon enough.
Andrew Luk, is a 16 year old junior varsity swimmer at Diamond Bar High School in California. Swimming 20 laps in a race is hard enough, but what makes it even harder for Andrew; is that Andrew have to swim in darkest, Andrew Luk is blind.
When Andrew was 5, he lost his vision because a tumor damaged his optic nerves causing him to be blind and partially deaf. Andrew had swim for fun, but then in 2007 he made the decision to swim for a purpose. Andrew said: “It was a need to be part of something and get out and do something I enjoyed because for a long time I’ve been sitting around and talking about what my future could hold but never got up and did anything,”
With the support of everyone around him, Andrew enrolled in his first competitive swimming program at Mt. San Antonio College run by Jodi Lepp. Jodi said: “I thought it was awesome that he had no fears of jumping in and was willing to get his feet wet.” She taught Andrew the fundamentals of swimming in competition. Jodi said: “The thing I love about Andrew is that there are other kids who will complain, ‘My toe hurts, my leg hurts.’ And Andrew would say: ‘What’s next?’ He motivates me.”
Then in 2008 Andrew joined Diamond Bar’s swim team. The team coach Michael Spence welcomed him with open arms. Coach Spence immediately assigned one of his varsity swimmers, senior Lynn Han, to serve as Andrew mentor and personal coach.
Before each race, Lynn takes Andrew by his arm and guides him to the pool rail, where he gingerly drops into the water for competition. Lynn is one of two tappers who hold a 75-inch long white pole with a tennis ball fastened at the end to touch Luk as he nears each wall. It’s to protect Andrew in case he loses count of his strokes. Lynn said: “He’s competitive, he’s passionate. His attitude is determination.”
Andrew’s first race time in the 500 free was 9 minutes 55.14 seconds. Two days later, he was 23.31 seconds faster, then 1 minute 22.17 seconds faster. Andrew keeps working on improving.
Andrew said: “More important to winning — and I want to win badly — is just learning to work as a team, learning to be dedicated to a sport, learning to be disciplined.” Most time when Andrew competes, the opposing team would go up to him after to congratulate him. And tell Andrew that he has inspired them.
Andrew is an excellent student. He plays the piano and listens to countless radio programs. He said he might want to become a journalist because he likes to write and recently won a trip to Spain for one of his essays.
There’s always the hope that a medical breakthrough could restore his vision, but Andrew said, “That’s something that leaves you on the edge of your seat, but you don’t live your life hoping it’s going to bail you out.”
Don’t wait for the bail out, take action to do everything you can today.
When Chester Carlson was 14 years old he worked as a chief after school and on weekends to support of his family. At 17 years old he lost his mother to tuberculosis.
As a teenager he got a job working for a local printer, he traded his labor for a beat up old small printing press. He used the press to publish a little magazine for amateur chemists.
Carlson got his degree in physics and entered the job market; it was during the beginning of depression.Carlson applied to 82 companies for a job and he finally landed a job at the Bell Telephone Laboratories as a research engineer for $35 a week. Later during the height of the depression, he was laid off from Bell. Carlson earned a law degree as a patent attorney while working during the day. Eventually Carlson got a job at the Mallory’s patent department. At his work Carlson noted that there were not a lot of carbon copies patents. At the time the choices were limited to sending for expensive photo copies, or having the documents retyped. A thought came to Carlson: “It might be beneficial to an office to have a device that would accept a document and make copies of it in seconds”. For many months Carlson spent his evenings at the New York Public Library reading all he could and he began to experiments in his kitchen. It was then Carlson discovered electrophotography –later to be named xerography in his patent application filed in September, 1938.
Carlson began his work in putting his theory to practice working at his Lab, which was a rented room above a bar. His team was a German refugee named Otto Kornei and himself.
Carlson was the alone in seeing the value of xerography, he pounded the pavement for years in search of a company that would develop his invention. Between 1939 to 1944 Carlson’s invention was turned down by more than 20 companies. Even the National Inventors Council dismissed his work. Years went by without a serious nibble, he became discouraged and several times Carlson decided to drop his invention completely. But each time he returned to try again.
Finally in 1947, a small photo-paper company called Haloid (later to be known as Xerox), agree to develop a xerographic machine. It was not until 1959, twenty-one years after Carlson invented xerography, that the first convenient office copier using xerography was unveiled. It was a phenomenal success.
Today, xerography is a foundation stone of the worldwide copying industry, including Xerox and other corporations which make and market copiers and duplicators producing billions and billions of copies a year.
Carlson earned well over $150 million dollars from his remarkable invention. His determination kept him in the game for 9 years in order to find a developer for his invention, and another 12 years just to see his invention come to live. Total of 21 years of struggle, Carlson was called crazy over and over again. Then finally it pays off with fame, wealth and honor.
Your dream is worth as long as it takes.
Giovanna Garcia Imperfect Action is better than No Action
Recently I received phone calls from people who I met from different events. These messages is very important to this blog and my work. They let us know that the philosophy of Imperfect Action is better than No Action is a message that needs to be spread as far and wide as possible.
Bernadette said: “I saw you in Simi Valley and the message of Imperfect Action is better than No Action had made a big different for me and my family. I have been a perfectionist all of my life and I didn’t realize what kind of pressure I have been putting on my children. They are all so afraid of making mistake to do anything wrong. After hearing the message of Imperfect Action is better than No Action, I went home and I have a long talk with my children. I taught them Imperfect Action is better than No Action and how imperfection is a part of us. And that perfection is a journey of a lot of imperfect Actions .”
Kevin said: “After I saw you in Los Angles, when I got home I have been seeing things differently. My business is flowing better, things has been great. It is wonderful not have to be perfect all the time. I now also see perfectionist everywhere, so many people are affected by it.”
Carlos said: ” When I first came here to this country, I was a young man. I was so focus to survive and I didn’t have time to worry about being perfect of not. Then after I made a life of myself and have a family, I started to want to do better and better for my wife and kids and I never want to make any mistake because of my pride. When I heard Imperfect Action is better than No Action in New York, I realized that my pride is really my ego. And my ego have prevented me from be able to do more with my life and my family, I protected myself to ever risking looking bad. My ego had kept a wall between me and everyone.”
Mary said: ” I have been a perfectionist my whole life and I came to except that it was because of my upbringing. Then when I met you and headed the message Imperfect Action is better than No Action in San Diego, I realized that I don’t have be perfectionist forever. I can set myself free, and I can help to set my daughters free as well. It is very taxing to always have to be perfect, a lot of time I chose to not do or finish something just so I can keep my perfect record.”
These messages are about how perfectionist affects everyone around you. Perfectionist put distance between people. Perfectionist keep procrastination alive. Perfectionist is a big ego.
Let’s be The Ambassador of Imperfection; help spread the message of Imperfect Action is better than No Action and to living perfectly imperfect.
I walk down a street and there’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. It takes forever to get out. It’s my fault.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It still takes a long time to get out. It’s not my fault.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It’s becoming a habit. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street and see the deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
I walk down a different street.
In 1939 a little girl name Anna Mae Bullock was born and when she was 10 years old her mother abandoned her. Then at 13 years old her father left as well. Anna Mae was raised by her sister, her cousins and her grandmother. When Anna Mae was 17 she met Ike Turner and his band ‘Kings of Rhythm’. Anna Mae began to hang around Ike and his band. When Ike realize that Anna Mae would make a necessary part in his quest for international stardom, Ike married her and he changed her name to Tina Turner.
Ike and Tina toured successfully throughout the decade, including in England, where they toured with the Rolling Stones. In all appearances, the Turner couple were a resounding success, both personally and professionally. Unfortunately, they hid a dark secret: Ike was excessive with alcohol and drugs, domineering and violent with Tina. As a result Tina was frequently beaten by Ike, Tina had a broken nose and she had attempted suicide.
In 1976 after a violent argument right before an appearance in Dallas. Tina abruptly left Ike, fleeing with nothing more than $0.36 and a gas card. She spent the next few months hiding from him while staying with various friends.
Tina would later credit it was her newfound Buddhist faith, that gave her the courage to strike out on her own. Because she walked out on Ike in the middle of a tour, Tina was legally responsible for the all of the debts incurred by the canceled tour as well as a significant IRS lien. Needing to earn a living, she became a solo performer, supplementing her income with TV appearances.
After her divorce was finalized Tina Turner openly accused Ike of years of severe spousal abuse rampant drug addiction in her autobiography ‘I, Tina’. Which was made into a movie ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’ Tina might walked away with only her stage name , 36 cents and a gas card. However, everything was worth it for Tina, in order for her to regain her dignity, her freedom and her life.
From touring with the Rolling Stone to 36 cents in her pocket, Tina Turner rise again better than ever with her head held up high.
Never settle for less than what you are worth, do the right thing and have faith that it will work out for the better. As long as you take Action to do something about it and you will win in the end.
In 1948 a machine shop manger name George de Mestral went on a hike near his home in the Swiss Alps with his dog. At the end of this hike both George and his dog were covered with burrs. George suddenly got a burning curiosity; he put one burr under his microscope. Because he wanted to find out how the burrs stuck to his pants.
Through his microscope, George saw all the small hooks that enabled the seed-bearing burr to cling so viciously to the tiny loops in the fabric of his pants. The idea of “hook and loop fastener was born.
George got his dream in designing a unique, two-sided fastener, one side with stiff hooks like the burrs and the other side with soft loops like the fabric of my pants. And he would call his invention ‘velcro’ a combination of the word velour and crochet.
The road to Velcro was not as easy as George thought it was going to be. He went to Lyon, France; to present his concept to textile experts. The experts laughed at him. But one weaver from a textile plant took an interest in George’s idea. The two began working together and succeeded in producing a workable prototype.
George then found a Swiss loom manufacturer who agreed to manufacture their product. Than the manufacturer found the prototype to be too difficult to duplicate and they decided to give up on George’s invention. George was forced to take on the task alone, for months he carried out various experiments. Months went by, still no solution. George had lost all of his backers support. He went broke and in his desperation, George retreated to a mountain cabin to think the problem over.
When George return, he re contacted his weaver friend to work on a new approach to Velcro. By trial and error, the two found a solution and as a result they build a special loom that would work and George found an investor who agreed to finance the venture.
In 1955 George De Mestral patented Velcro and since 1959 over 60 million yards of Velcro were sold per year. Today the company has over $250,000,000 annual sales, and it employed 3,300 employees.
So many people laughed in George’s face, all of his ups and downs including going broke. Yet, George’s never gave up. Thank goodness for his Velcro like stickiness to his dream and eight years of determination and actions. George De Mestral’s reward is a multi-million dollar industry. I wonder what would some those textile experts back in Lyon, France have to say about Velcro now.
Stick to your dream like Velcro. Do let anyone crush you. Not even the experts. Take action on it everyday, so what if it takes eight years….remember George De Mestral.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
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