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  • 1.
    • OG MANDINO’S
    • University
    • Of
    • Success
    Entrepreneurs For Christ Lesson Floyd Jones
  • 2. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
  • 3. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • “Compared to what we ought to be , we are only half awake !”
    • “We are making use of only a small part of our mental & physical resources!”
    • This was written more than fifty years ago by William James , psychologist & philosopher .
    • They are still a haunting rebuke to all of us who do little more than exist in a sea of mediocrity !
  • 4. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • “ We live in an age that has come to accept “average ” as a standard of performance & then watch in amazement when someone we know moves out from our crowd to receive all the rewards that are his or her due for excellence ”
    • “Safety & Security” have become ideals!
    • We must be willing to take risks, we must be willing to take advantage of the ninety percent of our potential that we never use!
  • 5. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • We were not placed on this earth to be little more than walking vegetables!
    • Dr. Abraham Maslow – wrote
    • “ One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth .”
    • “ Growth must be chosen again & again ; Fear must be overcome again & again .”
    • Forward or backward?
    • Which will you choose?
  • 6. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • Story of Calvin - read Do you really believe you were put here to fail?
    • CALVIN -What is you purpose down here? - read
    • Is It Wrong To Be Rich
    • It’s been with us for thousands of years; poverty either produces or proves purity !
    • The belief that wealth is wrong is more social than scriptural ! True or False
    • It is a rationalization imposed upon us by many of those who choose not to earn much wealth !
  • 7. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • Question : Is it inherently wrong to be rich ?
    • It is no more inherently wrong to acquire material wealth than it is wrong not to acquire wealth if we truly don’t desire it !
    • It’s what we do with money that matters !
    • It’s how we get it that counts!
    • Money is a measure of the services we perform for others , if its accumulation is noble !
  • 8. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • Do you have to go through hell to get to heaven?
    • Large portions of the human race still believe that for an individual to experience an eternity of happiness , he/she must first experience a lifetime of unhappiness !
    • We must suffer , they say, to earn our reward !
    • We find ourselves placed upon this planet fully equipped to contribute significantly to our own individual success !
    • If our being here proves anything, it is that we must accept the challenge of using the tools & talents that we possess !
    • Our purpose is to make our lives as successful & as happy as we possible can !
    • Rather than being a mantle of suffering , we should view our existence here as a dress rehearsal for the eternity of happiness we deserve !
  • 9. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • Isn’t being here all the permission you need ?
    • Old JESUIT saying --- “It is better to ask for forgiveness than permission .”
    • “ Mediocrity is at all times expected without someone else’s permission .”
    • Excellence , it frequently seems, requires another’s expressed approval !
    • This belief may stem from the conformity which is thrust upon us from childhood .
    • Educators call it the “ socialization ” process.
    • Learning to stand quietly in line, to answer his/her name when it is called alphabetically , to speak only when called upon & to otherwise conform to the codes & expectations imposed upon him/her .
  • 10. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • “ To succeed requires that we step out of line away from the pack & march to the sound of our personal distant drummer !”
    • SOOO – we wait for the voice of our subconscious teacher to excuse us from the room before we begin .
    • “ YET THAT VOICE WILL NEVER COME – UNLESS IT COMES FROM WITHIN!”
    • “ No one is INHERENTlY more deserving of success than another.”
    • JUST – BEING – HERE Is all the permission we need .
  • 11. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • WHO WILL CONTROL YOUR LIFE?
    • Question – Who is in charge of your life ? Read story of Calvin
    • You must control your own life !
    • You are totally responsible for the results that you obtain.
    • It’s not the breaks that control your life, It’s You
    • Don’t ever say – “ that’s the way the ball bounces, (only in sports.)
    • Don’t ever say – That’s the way the cookie crumbles. ( Only in the cookie store )
    • Don’t ever say – That’s the way the mop flops.
    • You need to understand – that you must bounce your own ball .
  • 12. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • WERE YOU DESIGNED TO BE LED ?
    • We were not equipped with minds of our own so that we could abdicate control of our destiny to someone else !
    • TRUE or FALSE
    • It makes no sense to believe that we are in any way designed to be kept under the care & control of another .
    • We were not designed to be led !
    • We were not designed to follow !
    • We were designed to achieve , to strive , to build !
  • 13. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • We were never intended to act , as does the pine caterpillar.
    • Place a series of pine caterpillars end-to-end in a circle until the circle is closed, and each will follow the caterpillar in front of it around the circle indefinitely.
    • Place food in the center of the circle, and the caterpillars will continue to follow each other around that food until they die from starvation.
    • The pine caterpillar is an insect with out imagination .
    • It lacks the ability to seek any form of independent success on its own.
    • We must control our lives !!
    • To do otherwise is to , quite literally, waste them !
  • 14. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • Papillion --- French prisoner – condemned to life imprisonment on Devil's Island.
    • Repeatedly – he dreamed that he stood before a harsh tribunal.
    • They would shout - “ You are charged with a wasted life. How do you plead? “ GUILTY” “I PLEAD GUILITY.”
    • Papillion knew the meaning of waste , for him waste was to permit his life to be spent under the control of someone else.
    • We too , each in his own way, may be or are prisoners in our own life .
    • We must break through the bars of conformity that we have constructed around ourselve s .
  • 15. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • We must not permit our lives to be spent trudging in circles behind another , who follows another who follows another , who might ultimately be following us!
    • We are equipped with the ability to lead our own lives .
    • In Papillon’s life in prison – life was quite simply –
    • A – WASTE
    • DON’T LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU !!
  • 16. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • DO YOU PREFER MEDIOCRITY ?
    • Why do people accept mediocrity as a way of life ?
    • Mediocrity is a in-side job .
    • To overcome mediocrity you must begin by changing the inside of the affected individual & work its way out !
    • Chinese Proverb
    • “ Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish & you feed him for life.
    • Communism is the clearest example mankind has of official mediocrity . WAY
    • Socialism follows Communism – our nation is slowly headed to a form of socialism. WHY
    • We have a nation of entitlement minded people who’s lives are built around mediocrity .
  • 17. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • Most people in a meritocracy are mediocre in body mind & soul .
    • 1 - Unwilling to step out of your comfort zone 11- No dreams
    • 2 - Fear of failure 12- Inherited environment
    • 3 – Environment 13 - No sense of direction
    • 4 – Lack of money 14 - No educational skills
    • 5 – Negative attitude – outward 15 – Unwilling to accept advice
    • 6 – Stink thinking attitude – inward 16 – A know it all attitude
    • 7 – Poor programming 17 – I’m happy were I am
    • 8 – Lack of interest 18 – Entitlement mind set
    • 9 – No goals 19 – Keeping others from doing there job
    • 10 – No discipline 20 – Not willing to let God lead in your life
  • 18. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • 85% to 90%
    • of the world’s population live in a mind set of meritocracy, most by choice !
    • Where do you fit in?
    • Napoleon Hill – Think & Grow Rich
    • Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve !
  • 19. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • God would not have equipped you with the ability to imagine future accomplishments & conditions if you were not correspondingly equipped with the ability to turn those imaginings into reality!
    • Z iggy – great cartoon philosopher
    • “ Security is knowing what tomorrow will bring, boredom is knowing what the day after tomorrow will bring.”
    • Don’t let MEDIOCRITY rule your life !
  • 20. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • DO YOU ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOU !
    • We frequently use diversion in our lives as a tool to avoid direct confrontation with our innermost feelings, and to avoid accepting total responsibility for who we are and what we do !
    • Instead of working on what is going on inside us, we try to rearrange things around us.!
    • The responsibility for us is ours !
  • 21. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • WILL YOU PREVENT YOUR OWN SUCCESS !
    • Calvin – story
    • DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU DESERVE SUCCESS !
    • Question : How can you not deserve success ?
    • Your success is not measured relative to what others say or do or accomplish . It is merely the extent to which you utilize the potential that you possess .
  • 22. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • WILL YOU WAIT FOR THE WORLD TO COME TO YOU
    • We must resist our tendency to believe that the world will come to us , that things will happen to us !
    • We must go to it !
    • We must happen to things !
    • There is nothing as sad as the man who spends his entire life waiting for his ship to come in , when he never sent one out !
    • Don’t spend your life waiting for that “big break ” !
    • Don’t rely upon luck , make your own !
    • Your talent may be enormous , your potential may be great, but talent & potential unannounced to the rest of the world is wasted !
  • 23. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • WILL YOU ACT NOW
    • It is always easier to act tomorrow !
    • The world is filled with tomorrow people: those who will tell us in no uncertain terms that they’re going to get started tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow !
    • The fact is, no matter what we do, where we do it, or when we start, we’ll never do it perfectly !
    • Be for a speaker learns to bring audiences to there feet, he usually makes a complete jerk out of himself more than once !
    • Before a salesman closes that big sale that puts him on top of the world for weeks, months, or even years, he suffers hundreds of disappointments, rejections, & refusals !
    • I WOULD RATHER TRY TO SUCCEED & FAIL, THAN TRY TO DO NOTHING & SUCCEED
  • 24. HOW TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS
    • There Are Few Who Have The Right To Criticize !
    • Only those who stand by our side on the firing line, and those who, as Theodore Roosevelt said, are with us in the arena, with soiled hands & sweaty brows and a sense of purpose and daring and dedication, may critique us !
    • For now is the only time that we have !
    • It is our only negotiable currency !
    • Yesterday is a canceled check – Tomorrow is a promissory note !
    • It is only today that we may spend in the noble effort of using all the gifts
    • that God gave us !
    • CALVIN – The manufacturer ( GOD ) wants you to know that the only limitations you will ever face will be those you place upon yourself !