Yea, It’s that time of the year.
If you get the ball, will you be able to move forward? I think it’s important to know where you came from, to see where you want to go. Chris Widener was interviewing John Connors in the “Made for Success” audio/DVD series and asked him about his childhood. John spent 16 years with Microsoft and was the Chief Financial Officer who was responsible for the company’s Global Operation and Technology Group.
John was the middle child, in a family of seven kids. Chris mentioned that he had read a book titled The Birth Order Book in which the middle child is always the one, to go away. I was near the middle in my family of 14 and I was the one that went away. I traveled to seven countries on three separate continents in two separate branches of the service. I always wrote back home and went to visit when I was state-side and always appreciated family.
Early childhood, and family form our worldview. I still remember when I saw an old movie titled, “Little Big Man” in which Dustin Hoffman character’s worldview was effected, by his adopted Native American Grandfather. I served in the United States Army and knew about the Battle of Little Big Horn. I didn’t get the other side of the picture, until my mother’s funeral, when I learned that my grandfather, her father was a Native American, and that she was the last of his 33 children.
In a large family you must learn to give and to share. If your parents don’t have a lot of money you also learn, you have to go to work, to get the things you want. Material things are nice, but what’s really important are the family values of caring for each other. Yes, there is some fussing and fighting but you learn to get along. After all, we are family like the song. What are some of the things you fondly remember about your family?
John talked about being involved in sports, and how it taught him about leadership, team work and sacrifice. Everyone must do his or her part to play the game. A team with good leadership and disciple usually won the game and when they did lose, they had the right attitude. Kids played for the joy of the game. Winning and losing are a part of life.
What is happening in the world today, where is good sportsmanship being taught? What kind of message are we sending to our youth? When some athletes turn professional, it becomes much more than just a game, it turns into, a money machine. Top athletics forget, that they are also role models. Coaches still play a key role in a young person’s life. Some of the best coaches taught about life, beyond the game. Did you have a coach that left a lasting positive impression on you?
When John talked about going off to college he mentioned some good professors he met. Even though it’s been over thirty years I still remember a few professors who left a lasting impression. I was older than most of my class mates at the time, because I went to school under the GI Bill. Certain professors that left the most impact, talked about life skills. I learned that good writing and oral communication skills are very important and they follow you for the rest of your life. Being in the military just reinforced that.
When I have a conversation with people, I talk about purpose. I believe that we were all created for a specific purpose, and it’s more than just putting food on the table, even thought that is a tough task now. I say that based on, where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, and what I’ve read and heard. Listen for yourself and determine what you want to do.
I Listen to the think and grow rich master mind call every Monday thru Friday at 9:00 am EST. 1 -712-432-990 access code 565762#. You are invited to call and listen. The topic of discussion had been Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich and his first original work titled, Law of Success.
That daily call, became a movement because it has been almost five years. I just found out about it, after I came back from the Empower Network, Miami event. The Inner Circle audio program also has tons of information. I also listen to the “Made for Success” series by Chris Widener and I have accumulated a Jim Rohn library from the Success Store. This has been straight talk, beast mode. Sign in and get started now. If you don’t do something different, your past will be carried forward or will it be dropped?
Hi Earl, it’s been a while, but you always rock. Thanks for being around. Let’s keep winning! I hope you made good use of the ticket to Orlando’s Fight the Forces of Evil (you know what I mean).
Awesome post Earl. Most people want to hide from the past, not move forward from it and try to change it. I know we are here for a reason. Too many people spend their lives searching for their reason for being here, instead of taking one step forward every day.
Awesome post Earl! I resonate with it.
I love that you say, When you have a conversation with people You talk about purpose.
I strongly believe that we’re here for a specific purpose. It’s too bad that so many die, without ever discovering what their purpose was. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the comments, and yes I made it to Orlando to fight the forces of evil. Evil does exist, and the author Sharon Lechter, laid it out in Napoleon Hills book, Outwitting the Devil – The Secret to Freedom and Success. It’s his final work that was hidden since 1938. Bottom line: People without direction become tools of the devil.