Saturday, April 19th, 2014

If you’re on my email list, you already know about my good friend, Steve, but I wanted to follow up a little more in this blog. If you’ve been to his site, you know how valuable the information is and how committed he is to helping everyone find their perfect business that will deliver the [...]

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You might be wondering why I’m writing about Jasper Schuringa in a blog post about self transformation. His heroism is obviously a great example to us, but, besides that, he serves as a terrific model of the difference between living by Core Desires versus living by goal-setting, affirmations, and (the dreaded) New Year’s Resolutions. If you read my last blog, you know that in crisis moments, heroes probably aren’t sitting down and listing goals, baby steps, affirmations and rewards. Heroes see what they want and they go get it!

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Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors. It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving. It was Christmas Eve 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn’t been enough money to buy me the rifle that I’d wanted for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible.

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Yesterday I shared an article with you from my friend Roger
Allen from the Human Development Institute, on the gifts of
giving. Today I wish to share with you a story to warm your
heart!

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I love this time of year! It is Christmas time all around the world! I love this season because it causes people to be nicer, more giving and focused on others. Just as gifts were brought and given to the Christ child so we, in similitude, give gifts to those we love. There are two parts to this letter.

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Alan Axler, Vice President of Springfield Smoked Fish, had a problem. His Springfield, Mass company had been providing New Englanders lox, gefilte fish and other traditional kosher fish products since 1934. But in recent years, the company has barely been staying afloat. Axler attempted to boost sales in 2007 by investing thousands of dollars into his new product: Brekfish, a smoked salmon – healthier — substitute for bacon. It was well-received by samplers, but to Axler’s discouragement, supermarkets didn’t put it on their shelves. In 2008, sales were a full 20% down from where they’d been in 2000.

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This is where I had to disagree with Brandy. It’s true that there are people in the world who are truly living hand to mouth – living under a corrugated tin roof and counting on strangers to bring them bowls of rice to fill their bellies. There’s an old saying, “Of whom much is given, much is expected.” Brandy, believe it or not, is one of those people. As you are. As I am.

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“I’ve had some bad experiences with trust at work,” Jim wrote. “At my last job, my boss didn’t trust anyone, and it showed. He was completely disorganized, but he blamed me when he lost his paperwork. He tried to micromanage everything, and he was always spying on me and the other employees. I’d turn around from my computer and he’d be reading over my shoulder. He actually went through people’s desks a couple of time. He was always talking about honesty – how it was dishonest to get paid for a full day’s work without giving it – but he made all kinds of promises he never kept.”

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Jeff Greene was the son of working-class Jewish parents from Worcester, Mass. His parents struggled to support their family, and Green paid his way into Johns Hopkins by selling circus tickets over the phone. In 2009, he ranked 559th on Forbes list of the wealthiest people in the world. How did he make his fortune?

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Go to work and sit at a desk for 8 hours a day, 5-6 days per week, 52 weeks per year. Give it everything you’ve got for forty-plus years. Invest in your 401(k). Pray over the stock market and stress over your pension. Sacrifice to pay off your house before your income plummets.

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