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Efc How To Accept The Challenge Of Success

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