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Playing To Your Strengths!

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Start Small & Build Huge Success the Disney Way

By Mark Bowser

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse” Walt Disney

Think about it. It was all started with a mouse. When Walt Disney created “Steamboat Willie” in 1928, he had no idea that Mickey Mouse would be the beginning spark that would create an entertainment empire that has no equal.

In fact, in 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. How about that? Now, that is success!

But, it didn’t happen over night. It was a gradual build up of success coupled on top of success. That reminds me of a story that goes something like this.

There was a farmer who had a mule who fell in a well. As the farmer peered down the dark, deep chasm, he could see the outlines of the mule at the bottom. The mule appeared dead. He was just lying there with no movement at all. The farmer figured he was dead and thought of the only logical action. Bury the mule in the dry old well.

So, the farmer began to shovel dirt into the well. As the first sprinklings of dirt fell on the mule, he woke up. He wasn’t dead, he was only unconscious. Do you know what this stubborn old mule did? He shook off the dirt from his back and stepped on top of it. As more dirt fell from the shovels, the mule continued to shake it off and step up on top of it. He continued to do this until the well filled with dirt and then he walked up and out of the well.

Amazing! But you see, we need to be as stubborn as that old mule. When adversity hits us and knocks us in a dry old well, we need to shake it off and step up. That’s what Disney did… and it all started with a mouse.

You may be saying, “But Mark. That is Disney. I am just little ole me.” That is a terrible way to talk about yourself. You were created by God to be a champion. But, you have to choose to be a champion. That is what Disney did. He chose to be a champion. He chose to be successful and so must we.

Disney was not the only one who has done this. There are people every day who hit their stride and create huge successes. You start small and you keep building. Let me just mention a couple of those huge successes as examples of what you and I can accomplish.

First, have you ever heard of a little gizmo called a Post-it Note? Did you know it was a complete failure and then it was a flop and then finally a success. In 1968, Dr. Spencer Silver who was a chemist at 3M was attempting to perfect a super strong glue when instead and by complete accident developed a very low stick adhesive. What do you do with a low stick adhesive when you are trying to create a super strong glue? You get creative and create a new product.

Post-it Notes (then called Press ‘n Peel) were launched in 1977 in four cities with very disappointing results. It was a flop. Or was it? When adversity hits, that is when champions get stubborn like that old mule. And, on April 6, 1980, Post-it Notes exploded into the US market and as they say “the rest is history.”

Second, in May of 1886, a pharmacist from Atlanta named Dr. John Pemberton mixed a drink in his backyard in a three legged brass kettle.  John had become fascinated with the soda fountain that was in his store. So, he decided to make his kettle concoction. John mixed a unique blend of ingredients to make his brown, syrupy drink. To this day, the formula for this soft drink is one of the world’s best secrets.

This soft drink definitely wasn’t a splash when it sold its first serving on May 8, 1886 from Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta. About nine servings were sold each day resulting in a huge loss. Expenses ran away with the profits.  This ship was sinking fast.

Then, in walked Asa Chandler a year later. Asa was a fellow pharmacist and a businessman. In 1887, he bought the formula for this soft drink from John for $2,300. With assertive marketing techniques, Coca-Cola became one of America’s most popular soft drinks by the late 1890’s and today is one of the best known and most popular brands in the world. And to think… it all started with a three legged brass kettle in a backyard.

So, the questions are: What will you create? Who are you becoming? You were created by God to be a champion. Choose to be that champion. Choose to shake off adversity and step up out of your well. Because, it all started “… with a dream and a mouse.”

*Mark Bowser is one of the top Professional Speakers today and the author of several books including “Sales Success” with Zig Ziglar, “Sell Your Way to Success,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Nehemiah on Leadership,” and “Some Gave It All” with Danny Lane (endorsed by Chuck Norris).

*To book Mark Bowser for your next conference or training event then email info@MarkBowser.com or visit http://www.MarkBowser.com .

Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues for a Successful Life

Success leaves clues. In order for us to become champions, we must watch champions. If we model what they do, think what they think, believe what they believe, learn what they learned, then we will get similar results. One such champion I think we can learn from is one of the great thinkers, inventors, and leaders in history Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin had a goal of Moral Perfection. Even though he never reached that goal, Franklin believes the endeavor for perfection made him a happier, more successful person. Franklin discovered that this habit was the key to success. Franklin observed,

It was about this time I conceiv’d the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection. I wish’d to live without committing any fault at any time; I would conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other. But I soon found I had undertaken a task of more difficulty than I had imagined. While my care was emply’d in guarding against one fault, I was often surprised by another; habit took the advantage of inattention; inclination was sometimes too strong for reason. I concluded, at length, that the mere speculative conviction that it was our interest to be completely virtuous, was not sufficient to prevent our slipping; and that the contrary habits must be broken, and good ones acquired and established, before we can have any dependence on a steady, uniform rectitude of conduct. For this purpose I therefore contrived the following method.

Franklin’s method consisted of 13 virtues. He would focus on one virtue at a time. He would spend one week focusing on that virtue and then he would move on to the next virtue. Every night, Franklin would record his progress in a book. He would mark every transgression he made that day not only in the virtue he was focusing on but in all 13 virtues. We might describe this exercise as one of great difficulty or one that takes too much time. Well, the road to success has never been easy and that is why there is plenty of room at the top. I am climbing the mountain of success and I want you with me. So, I suggest that we take Benjamin Franklin as one of our guides to the top of the mountain of success. Let’s dig into each of his 13 virtues and see what we can learn.

One, TEMPERANCE.

Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

Franklin believed in being in control of mind and body. If we are out of control, then is it possible to succeed? I say no. Any success that might be accomplished while being out of control would come out of luck and would not be lasting.

Two, SILENCE.

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

We have been told since childhood that if “we can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all.” Good advice.

Three, ORDER.

Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

It has been said that many people spend an extra four hours every week looking for something they know is on their desk but still can’t find. Sound familiar? This happened to be the virtue that Franklin struggled with the most. For some of us, order is not an easy task to accomplish. But success moves with order. Athletes talk about getting “in the zone”, writers and speakers talk about the outline that flows, and mothers talk about bedrooms that-well, you know. Success and order go hand in hand. I am not saying your desk, office, or room has to be spotless. What I am saying is that you have to have an order that works for you. Arrange your space so that every thing you need on a consistent basis is in easy reach. Arrange your time in a way that improves your productivity. For me, that means Goalets List (to do list). Find what works for you and then stick with it.

Four, RESOLUTION.

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

You know what you need to do to succeed. Now, go do it!

Five, FRUGALITY.

Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.

Be wise with money. Be a good steward of everything you have been given.

Six, INDUSTRY.

Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

One of the areas that wastes a lot of my time is television. I love to veg out in front of the tube. However, I could be using that time to work on my dreams and goals. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying don’t watch T.V. I am saying that we all could probably watch a little less T.V. We need to plan our week. What shows do we really want to watch? Alright, then let’s watch those. Where we will save a lot of valuable time is when we will stop watching shows we don’t care about watching. We plop down in the chair, grab the remote, and start flipping. Don’t see anything good there so let’s flip some more. Before we know it, we have spent an hour flipping channels, watching nothing, and wasting time.

Seven, SINCERITY.

Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

I believe the best way to accomplish this is to open our Bibles and live what we commonly call The Golden Rule. “Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 NLT)

Eight, JUSTICE.

Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

The Golden Rule pretty much sums this one up too.

Nine, MODERATION.

Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

Forgive people. Most people who are rude to us or do something to hurt us are in fact hurting themselves. Find a need and fill it.

Ten, CLEANLINESS.

Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.

Is dressing for success really that important? I believe it is. I am not saying you have to have the best shoes and the most expensive outfits. Not at all. I am saying, we need to look sharp and smell good. Our first impression is important.

Eleven, TRANQUILITY.

Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

Be proactive at all times. Have some quiet time everyday. A time to reflect and to think.

Twelve, CHASTITY.

Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

King Solomon, the wisest of earthly kings had some great advise for all of us.

“Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1 NLT)

“Drink water from your own well—share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in public, having sex with just anyone? You should reserve it for yourselves. Don’t share it with strangers.” (Proverbs 5:15-17 NLT)

Thirteen, HUMILITY.

Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Many times when we think of humility, we think of mild mannered and weak. Nothing could be further from the truth. Humility is great strength. Humility is having so much confidence in yourself and the ability that God has given you that you don’t have to brag. Jesus Christ never bragged. He told the truth with great confidence and conviction.

Well, there we have it, Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues for success. If we follow them, how can we not reach the mountaintop of success? Even though we can’t keep them perfectly, I am confident that we like Franklin will say, “But, on the whole, tho’ I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavour, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it….”

*Mark Bowser is a Professional Speaker and Author who has trained some of the top organizations in the world including Southwest Airlines, United States Marine Corp, Dell Computers, Kings Daughters Medical Center, FedEx Logistics, and many many more. To book him as a speaker for your next conference or training event then email info@MarkBowser.com or visit http://www.MarkBowser.com.

Jesus, Take the Wheel — Inspiration 2

INSPIRATION #2: Make sure what goes into your mind is positive because what comes out is always what went in.

Most of us have probably heard the statement “garbage in; garbage out.” Well, that is a realistic representation of how our brains work. If we continually think depressing thoughts then we will begin to live a depressing life. But on the other hand, if we continually think happy, positive thoughts then we will live a happy, positive life. This is why it is vital that we pay attention to what we are putting into our brains. It is vital that we fill our brains with the good stuff of life. Begin reading good books. Begin watching moral entertainment. Begin focusing on what is positive, hopeful, and good. If we will do these things, then we will live a fulfilling, empowering life.

*Excerpted from “Jesus, Take the Wheel” by Mark Bowser. To get your copy, go to Amazon at http://amzn.to/TPpuOw

You Are In the Arena

“Satan always attacks those next in line for a promotion.” Dr. Mike Murdock
Are you being attacked? Is temptation driving you up the wall? This means you are in the arena. You are in the battle. The enemy only attacks those who are a threat to him. 

Stay strong! Jesus Christ gives us the power to overcome with His strength. When you feel like you can’t take it anymore, then look up and pray to the God of the universe. Read His Bible. God will overcome! He is more powerful than anything the enemy can throw at you. God is all powerful!

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Keep Your Eyes Up

“Tis well.” George Washington(Remember, God is always in control. He has good planned for you. JEREMIAH 29:11)

Believe!!

God will make a way…no matter the obstacle!  

Keep Your Faith…Up!!!

“Leave it to God. He never fails.”Mark Bowser
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Trusting God

“Trust in God. He never fails.”

Mark Bowser

Praying Big Prayers

Have you prayed big prayers lately? God is honored by big prayers. Prayers to be more and to do more for him.

Have you ever heard of a man named Jabez? His name actually means pain. How would you like to grow up with the name pain? I can hear the kids on the playground, “Hi Pain! Having a rotten day pain? You are a loser pain!”

It must have been rough for Jabez. However, his future was anything but ordinary. So, who is this guy Jabez? Well, he is only mentioned once in the Bible. In fact, it is only two verses. But significant verses they are!!

Tucked in the recesses of the book of 1 Chronicles we find Jabez. 1 Chronicles is not the most exciting book in the Bible. This is the family tree book. “So and so is the son of so and so and he is the son of so and so, etc, etc, etc.”

Then, the writer stops, and writes about Jabez.

“Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, ‘Because I bore him in pain.’ And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.” 1Chronicles 4:9-10 NKJV

Then, the writer returns to “So and so is the father of so and so who begot so and so….”

What a prayer Jabez prayed!! One that honors God. We put God in a box sometimes and define who He is in very limited ways. Let God out of the box and see what He wants to do for you.

For more information, I encourage you to read two wonderful books by Bruce Wilkinson. They are “The Prayer of Jabez” and “Beyond Jabez.”

Also, be inspired by my book “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” Get your ebook copy from Amazon at
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God bless you,

Mark

JEREMIAH 29:11