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  • 1. “Breakthrough Power will encourage and inspire readers.” — David Green, CEO and Founder, Hobby LobbyBreakthrough PowerA Daily Guide to an Extraordinary Life David Young
  • 2. WelcomeY our ebook includes the first 31 days of Breakthrough Power. Why is it free? I think you’ll like it so much you’llwant to read all 366 days, which is available in paperback atInsightsOnSuccess.com.P.S. If you like the ebook, please share it with others by givingthem this link: InsightsOnSuccess.com.P.P.S. InsightsOnSuccess.com provides daily inspirationalquotes. Each day we focus on an aspect of success. You canalso get these quotes by email, and it’s free. Simply fill out theform at InsightsOnSuccess.com.Terms of UseYou may copy this ebook and give it to others in either electronicor print format, but you may not sell or modify it. You may alsogive it away free on your website or blog.
  • 3. Breakthrough PowerA Daily Guide to an Extraordinary Life David Young Wind Runner Press Round Rock, Texas
  • 4. Breakthrough PowerCopyright © 2010 by David YoungPublished by Wind Runner PressP.O. Box 5730, Round Rock, TX 78683Printed in the United States of AmericaAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted inany form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying,recording, or by an information storage and retrieval system – except by areviewer who may quote brief passages in a review to be printed in a magazine,newspaper, or on the Web – without permission from the publisher.Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION.®Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permis-sion of Zondervan Publishing House.Breakthrough power : a daily guide to an extraordinary life / [compiled by]David Young. –1st ed. p. cm.LCCN 2009935242ISBN-13: 978-1-936179-00-8ISBN-10: 1-936179-00-81. Success–Quotations, maxims, etc. 2. Conduct of life–Quotations, maxims,etc. I. Young, David, 1957-PN6084.S78B74 2010 646.7 QBI09-600147Quantity discounts are available. For information, please write to Wind RunnerPress, P.O. Box 5730, Round Rock, TX 78683.
  • 5. DedicationTo my mother, Mina, and the memory of my father, Dayton, whotaught me the value of hard work. And to my wife, Christina,who showed me the power of love.
  • 6. IntroductionD o you have a goal or dream that seems out of reach? Maybe it’s a career goal, a dream of being financially secure or thedesire to make a significant contribution to society. Did you trybefore but fall short? Perhaps you read a book that explained thekeys to success, got excited about the possibilities, tried to makethe suggested changes, but struggled and lost your enthusiasma few months later. If so, you’re not alone. The road to successis usually under construction. Bumpy roads, stop-and-go traf-fic and countless detours can wear you down and leave youconfused about what to do next. You need more than a few tipson how to succeed; you also need motivation to push forwardwhen success seems far away or impossible. Breakthrough Powerprovides both. It provides tools for building a successful andrewarding life and daily motivation to help you persevere untilyou achieve your dreams. For each day of the year, Breakthrough Power provides fourgreat quotes, usually from people known for their outstandingaccomplishments. Their insights are based on years of experi-ence. You can read all four quotes in one minute, so you cansqueeze them in before you start your breakthrough day. The first quote is humorous, which will put you in a goodmood, ready to face life’s challenges. The second one will helpBreakthrough Power 7
  • 7. you focus on the important things in life, such as developingintegrity, building a strong family, making a difference in thelives of others, enjoying simple pleasures and finding time forrenewal, all critical to laying an unshakeable foundation. Thethird quote will help you overcome the weaknesses and seem-ingly impossible circumstances that have held you back. Andthe forth one will help you seize the summits. These will encour-age you to dream big, set goals, develop effective plans of action,follow through with superior work and persevere, even aftersetbacks or failures. In short, Breakthrough Power will help youleave a legacy of greatness and enjoy the journey along the way. Dusty roads lead to the most interesting places. Dust offyour dreams and enjoy the journey.
  • 8. January 1 Start with a smileNever tell a woman that you didn’t realize she was pregnantunless you’re certain that she is. — Dave BarryFocus on what’s importantCharacter may be manifested in the great moments, but it ismade in the small ones. — Phillips BrooksBreak the barriersI would never have amounted to anything were it not for adver-sity. I was forced to come up the hard way. — J.C. PenneySeize the summitsYou must have long-range goals to keep you from being frus-trated by short-range failures. — Charles NobleBreakthrough Power 9
  • 9.  January 2Start with a smileI’ve decided to never sky dive. It would scare the heck out ofmy dog. — Gretchen Alexander, when asked if there is anything she wouldn’t try as a blind womanFocus on what’s importantWhen you’re not thinking about yourself, you’re usually happy. — Al PacinoBreak the barriersNothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talentwill not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful individu-als with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost aproverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated der-elicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. — Calvin CoolidgeSeize the summitsSuccess is 99 percent failure. — Soichire Honda10 Breakthrough Power
  • 10. January 3 Start with a smileWhen a man says, “Honey, there are only two minutes left inthe football game,” it is the same amount of time as when hiswife says, “Honey, I’ll be ready in two minutes.” — Ann LandersFocus on what’s importantIf a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streetseven as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music orShakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well thatall the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived agreat streetsweeper who did his job well. — Martin Luther King, Jr.Break the barriersA man learns to skate by staggering about making a fool ofhimself; indeed, he progresses in all things by making a foolof himself. — George Bernard ShawSeize the summitsWhatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness hasgenius, power and magic in it. — Johann von GoetheBreakthrough Power 11
  • 11.  January 4Start with a smileThe human brain starts working the moment you are born andnever stops until you stand up to speak in public. — Sir George JesselFocus on what’s importantEverything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and Ilearn whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. — Helen KellerBreak the barriersThe more concerned we become over the things we can’t control,the less we will do with the things we can control. — John WoodenSeize the summitsCharacter is the ability to carry out a good resolution long afterthe excitement of the moment has passed. — Cavett Robert12 Breakthrough Power
  • 12. January 5 Start with a smileA word to new brides: if you want to be remembered forever,don’t write a thank-you note for a wedding gift. — Edward Rankin, Jr.Focus on what’s importantThe friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing ismade of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. — Barbara KingsolverBreak the barriersBe so good they can’t ignore you. — Jerry DunnSeize the summitsThe key to successful time management is doing the mostimportant task first, and giving it your full concentration, tothe exclusion of everything else. — Alex MacKenzieBreakthrough Power 13
  • 13.  January 6Start with a smileEloquence: The ability to describe Pamela Anderson withoutusing one’s hands. — Michael HarknessFocus on what’s importantI have learned that people will forget what you said, peoplewill forget what you did, but people will never forget how youmade them feel. — Maya AngelouBreak the barriersNurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroicmakes heroes. — Benjamin DisraeliSeize the summitsAll great and honorable actions are accompanied with greatdifficulties. — William Bradford14 Breakthrough Power
  • 14. January 7 Start with a smileThere are only two things that are really impossible: puttingtoothpaste back in the tube and getting off a mailing list. — AnonymousFocus on what’s importantLook for ways to make your boss look good. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Break the barriersWhat we learn to do, we learn by doing. — AristotleSeize the summitsSet higher standards for your own performance than anyonearound you, and it won’t matter whether you have a tough bossor an easy one. It won’t matter whether the competition is push-ing you hard, because you’ll be competing with yourself. — Rick PitinoBreakthrough Power 15
  • 15.  January 8Start with a smileMake money and the whole world will conspire to call you agentleman. — Mark TwainFocus on what’s importantIt is necessary for me to be extremely frugal for some time, tillI have paid what I owe. — Benjamin FranklinBreak the barriersTo ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own. — Abraham LincolnSeize the summitsIf a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps itis because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to themusic he hears, however measured or far away. — Henry David Thoreau16 Breakthrough Power
  • 16. January 9 Start with a smileLeisure time is when your wife can’t find you. — AnonymousFocus on what’s importantThe highest calling of a human being is unselfish love – to lovewithout being loved back, without any self-interest. — Reinhold NiebuhrBreak the barriersLearning the truth about the value of relaxation and reflectiondidn’t happen overnight, but I did learn. I’ve made the effort totake the frenzy and sense of emergency out of my daily life. I’vemade the effort to put playfulness, serenity and, dare I say, evenlaziness into my life. I consider the latter the most luxuriousand definitely the most difficult. — Joan LundenSeize the summitsLosing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. Itteaches you to work harder. It’s also a powerful motivator. — Yogi BerraBreakthrough Power 17
  • 17.  January 10Start with a smileI bought a tube of Krazy Glue and the label fell off. — Jay LenoFocus on what’s importantThe more money you have, the more problems you have. I wentfrom having no money to making comparatively a lot and allI’ve had are problems. Life was simpler when I had no money,when I just barely survived. — MadonnaBreak the barriersHe has power who can keep silent in an argument, even thoughhe is right. — Leo TolstoySeize the summitsPeople who chase their dreams do what they love and they gofor greatness. Those kinds of dreams, the dreams that fill theirminds with purposeful energy, are the most potent source ofmotivation I know. — Dr. Bob Rotella18 Breakthrough Power
  • 18. January 11 Start with a smileThe supervisor is the leader of the herd. When he’s happy, hisemployees are happy. When he’s upset, his employees are upset.When he’s on vacation . . . — Gene PerretFocus on what’s importantThe happiness of married life depends upon making small sac-rifices with readiness and cheerfulness. — John SeldenBreak the barriersYou may succeed when others do not believe in you, but neverwhen you do not believe in yourself. — AnonymousSeize the summitsI have never known a really successful man who deep in hisheart did not understand the grind, the discipline it takes to win. — Vince LombardiBreakthrough Power 19
  • 19.  January 12Start with a smileMy dental hygienist is cute. Every time I visit, I eat a whole pack-age of Oreo cookies while waiting in the lobby. Sometimes shehas to cancel the rest of her afternoon appointments. — Steven WrightFocus on what’s importantQuiet play can bring the child in you to the surface. I once sawan executive in the business-class section of an airplane pulla large coloring book from his briefcase and set to work. “Myhobby,” he told me as I shot him a questioning glance. Try it.Buy a box of crayons – splurge on the super-duper box of sixty-four colors – and spend an hour coloring. — Thomas KinkadeBreak the barriersIf you can’t excel with talent, triumph with effort. — Dave WeinbaumSeize the summitsNobody who ever gave his best regretted it. — George Halas20 Breakthrough Power
  • 20. January 13  Start with a smile“Do you know someone perfect? Of course, not one of us does.” But then a hand went up. “Do you mean to say you know of someone perfect?” “Yes, my wife’s first husband.” — AnonymousFocus on what’s importantIf you can’t think of something nice to say, keep thinking. — Criswell FreemanBreak the barriersA strong body makes the mind strong. — Thomas JeffersonSeize the summitsNo matter how small and unimportant what we are doing mayseem, if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will leadus to better things. — Channing PollockBreakthrough Power 21
  • 21.  January 14Start with a smileI want a man who is kind and understanding. Is that too muchto ask of a millionaire? — Zsa Zsa GaborFocus on what’s importantForgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge thefuture. — Paul BoeseBreak the barriersThe longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. — Frank Lloyd WrightSeize the summitsA man watches his pear tree, day after day, impatient for theripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, andhe may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, andthe ripe pear, at length, falls into his lap. — Abraham Lincoln22 Breakthrough Power
  • 22. January 15 Start with a smileThank heaven we don’t get all the government we pay for. — Will RogersFocus on what’s importantGratitude. More aware of what you have than what you don’t.Recognizing the treasure in the simple – a child’s hug, fertile soil,a golden sunset. Relishing in the comfort of the common – awarm bed, a hot meal, a clean shirt. — Max LucadoBreak the barriersIf all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence every-one must take an equal portion, most people would be contentedto take their own and depart. — SocratesSeize the summitsOnly those who risk going too far can possibly find out howfar one can go. — T.S. EliotBreakthrough Power 23
  • 23.  January 16Start with a smileA shortcut is the longest distance between two points. — AnonymousFocus on what’s importantTo have a passion for life is not only to wake up in the morningand hear birds singing, but it is taking the time to open thewindow to see where they are perched on the tree. That is oneof the side benefits of passion. You pay attention to details. Andit is the details that determine the quality of life. — Neil SimonBreak the barriersAll I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I havenot seen. — Ralph Waldo EmersonSeize the summitsAs for worrying about what other people might think – forgetit. They aren’t concerned about you. They’re too busy worryingabout what you and other people think of them. — Michael le Boeuf24 Breakthrough Power
  • 24. January 17 Start with a smileMiddle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist beginto change places. — E. Joseph CossmanFocus on what’s importantWhat will your children remember? Moments spent listening,talking, playing and sharing together may be the most impor-tant times of all. — Gloria GaitherBreak the barriersBefore a person can achieve the kind of life he wants, he mustthink, act, walk, talk and conduct himself in all of his affairsas would the person he wishes to become. — Zig ZiglerSeize the summitsYou must do the things today that others will not do so that youcan have the things tomorrow that others will not have. — AnonymousBreakthrough Power 25
  • 25.  January 18Start with a smileMap: Handy schematic representation of all the various roads inthe area which, unlike the one you are now on or are currentlylooking for, are large enough to be shown on a map. — Henry Beard and Roy McKieFocus on what’s importantHumility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of your-self less. — Rick WarrenBreak the barriersThe world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has broughtprogress. — Charles KetteringSeize the summitsWhen everybody tells you that you are being idealistic orimpractical, consider the possibility that everybody could bewrong about what is right for you. — Gilbert Kaplan26 Breakthrough Power
  • 26. January 19 Start with a smileKnowing all about baseball is just about as profitable as beinga good whittler. — Kin HubbardFocus on what’s importantMaking a decision usually means taking one of two roads. Oneis doing the right thing. To take the other road, you have to sitback and spin a story around the decision or action you aretaking. If you find yourself thinking up an elaborate justifica-tion for what you are doing, you are not doing the right thing. — Wayne SalesBreak the barriersTo acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom,one must observe. — Marilyn vos SavantSeize the summitsCareful planning helps us maintain a sense of perspective, pur-pose and ordered priorities. — Stephen CoveyBreakthrough Power 27
  • 27.  January 20Start with a smileThe key to success? Work hard, stay focused and marry aKennedy. — Arnold SchwarzeneggerFocus on what’s importantDo not run after happiness, but seek to do good, and you willfind that happiness will run after you. — James ClarkeBreak the barriersThe secret of survival is not simply enjoying life’s joys and endur-ing its sorrows, it is in sharing both with others. We gain per-spective by having somebody at our side. We gain objectivity.We gain courage in threatening situations. Having others neartempers our dogmatism and softens our intolerance. We gainanother opinion. — Charles SwindollSeize the summitsStay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in yourapproach. It’s the end you’re after. — Anthony Robbins28 Breakthrough Power
  • 28. January 21 Start with a smileI got into an argument with my girlfriend inside a tent. A tentis not a good place for an argument. I tried to walk out on herand had to slam the flap. — Mitch HedbergFocus on what’s importantHang out with people in the slow lane. Take the time to learn,make friends, appreciate things. The fast life is over quick. — Rudy SanchezBreak the barriersThe greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. — EpicurusSeize the summitsThe moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts ofunforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance will riseup to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerfulmagnet for help. — Napoleon HillBreakthrough Power 29
  • 29.  January 22Start with a smileYou can quietly watch a game with your buddy for hours withoutever thinking, “He’s mad at me.” — Anonymous, on why it’s great to be a manFocus on what’s importantNo matter how horrible someone is, there is always somethingabout them that is good. Your job is to find that good bit andhighlight it, speak about it, draw attention to it. — Richard TemplarBreak the barriersYou can’t create the perception you are content with yourknowledge base. Things are moving too quickly. You must doeverything in your power to keep up. If you don’t, you are allbut hanging a sign around your neck and labeling yourself asobsolete. — Rick PitinoSeize the summitsA hard beginning hath a good ending. — James Howell30 Breakthrough Power
  • 30. January 23 Start with a smileIntuition: That strange instinct that tells a woman she is right,whether she is or not. — AnonymousFocus on what’s importantSuccess is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bedbecause there’s something out there that you love to do, that youbelieve in, that you’re good at – something that’s bigger than youare, and you can hardly wait to get at it again. — Whit HobbsBreak the barriersFinancial freedom comes to people who save 10 percent or moreof their income throughout their lifetime. — Brian TracySeize the summitsDecide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. — Bill CosbyBreakthrough Power 31
  • 31.  January 24Start with a smileMost people want to be delivered from temptation but wouldlike it to keep in touch. — Robert OrbenFocus on what’s importantBless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. — Romans 12:14Break the barriersIf people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, itwouldn’t seem so wonderful. — MichelangeloSeize the summitsAfter investigating a problem in all directions, ideas come unex-pectedly, without effort, like an inspiration. — H.L. von Helmholtz32 Breakthrough Power
  • 32. January 25 Start with a smileI never know what to get my father for his birthday. Once I gavehim a hundred dollars and said, “Buy yourself something thatwill make your life easier.” So he went out and bought a presentfor my mother. — Rita RudnerFocus on what’s importantThe less you talk, the more you’re listened to. — Abigail Van BurenBreak the barriersThe iron crown of suffering precedes the golden crown of glory. — AnonymousSeize the summitsIf your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dreammore, learn more, do more and become more, then you are anexcellent leader. — Dolly PartonBreakthrough Power 33
  • 33.  January 26Start with a smileIf you want to hear the whole truth about yourself, anger yourneighbor. — AnonymousFocus on what’s importantThe New Testament is the best book the world has ever knownor will know. — Charles DickensBreak the barriersCourage means putting at risk your immediate self-interest forwhat you believe is right. — Derrick BellSeize the summitsIf you don’t fail now and again, it’s a sign you’re playing it safe. — Woody Allen34 Breakthrough Power
  • 34. January 27 Start with a smileLike so many contemporary philosophers, he especially enjoyedgiving helpful advice to people who were happier than he was. — Tom LehrerFocus on what’s importantI’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success atsomething I hate. — George BurnsBreak the barriersTo be prepared is half the victory. — Miguel de CervantesSeize the summitsYou have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed ifyou persevere. — Helen KellerBreakthrough Power 35
  • 35.  January 28Start with a smileWhen two people go to bed together at the same time, the onethat snores will fall asleep first. — Laurence PeterFocus on what’s importantI know of no great men except those who have rendered greatservice to the human race. — VoltaireBreak the barriersEvery successful man I have heard of has done the best he couldwith conditions as he found them, and not waited until the nextyear for better. — Edgar HoweSeize the summitsWe can learn from past failures and mistakes, but we shouldn’tget stuck there. We can keep future goals in mind, but weshouldn’t get stuck there, either. The only way to reach ourpotential is to focus on what we must do now – this moment,this day – to perform effectively and win. — Joe Torre36 Breakthrough Power
  • 36. January 29 Start with a smileAccordion: A bagpipe with pleats. — AnonymousFocus on what’s importantNever judge or underestimate people by their physical appear-ance. Successful people come in all weights, heights, shapes,sizes and colors. — Brian KoslowBreak the barriersCharacter – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’sown life – is the source from which self-respect springs. — Joan DidionSeize the summitsEvery memorable act in the world is a triumph of enthusiasm.Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives anychallenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or dif-ficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomedto a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles. — Og MandionBreakthrough Power 37
  • 37.  January 30Start with a smileThere is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cookand won’t, and that is the wife who can’t cook and will. — Robert FrostFocus on what’s importantNo man ever yet became great by imitation. — Samuel JohnsonBreak the barriersIt is the studying that you do after your school days that reallycounts. Otherwise, you know only that which everyone elseknows. — Henry DohertySeize the summitsSatisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effortis full victory. — Mahatma Gandhi38 Breakthrough Power
  • 38. January 31 Start with a smileThe parable of the Good Samaritan for sociologists: A man wasattacked and left bleeding in a ditch. Two sociologists passedby, and one said to the other, “We must find the man who didthis – he needs help.” — AnonymousFocus on what’s importantGive not advice without being asked; and when desired, do itbriefly. — George WashingtonBreak the barriersSelf-esteem is like a difficult-to-cultivate flower. It requiresfrequent nurturing that occurs when you keep your word andfollow through on your promises. — Derrick BellSeize the summitsThere’s no such thing as not enough time if you’re doing whatyou want to do. — Robert HalfBreakthrough Power 39
  • 39. Dear Friend,I hope you enjoyed the first 31 days of Breakthrough Power. Ifyou’d like to read all 366 days, you can order the paperback atInsightsOnSuccess.com. — David YoungP.S. If you like the ebook, please share it with others by givingthem this link: InsightsOnSuccess.com.P.P.S. InsightsOnSuccess.com provides daily inspirationalquotes. Each day we focus on an aspect of success. You canalso get these quotes by email, and it’s free. Simply fill out theform at InsightsOnSuccess.com.
  • 40. About the AuthorD avid Young is a policy advisor to the governor of Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Admin-istration degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the University ofArkansas and his Master of Business Administration degreefrom The University of Texas at Austin. David grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Both of his grand-fathers were born before the Civil War. He and his wife, Chris-tina, live in Round Rock, Texas. David has traveled extensivelythroughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and hasvisited South America, Asia and the Middle East.
  • 41. Books Coming SoonBreakthrough Power for MothersBreakthrough Power for FathersBreakthrough Power for ChristiansBreakthrough Power for LeadersBreakthrough Power for AthletesBreakthrough Power for Golfers
  • 42. One minute can change a life. One life can change the world.Do you see greatness in others, but not in yourself? If so, you can begreat too −circumstances. But you need more than a book that explains the secretsto success; you also need daily motivation to apply them, especiallywhen success seems far away or impossible. Breakthrough Powerprovides both.Inside, people known for their outstanding accomplishments will helpyou: ● Build an unshakeable foundation ● ● Impact others ● Improve your relationships ● Find time for renewalPlus, you’ll start each day with a humorous quote that will put you in agood mood, ready to face life’s challenges. Each day’s reading will takeless than a minute, so you can squeeze it in before you start yourbreakthrough day.and enjoy the journey.whole day.” — Brian Tracy, Author, How the Best Leaders Lead$14.95 U.S.Self Help/Motivationwww.dailybreakthroughs.com