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One More Round

Lost The Job

Adversity

They Will Never

Optimism Of Matthew

Blind To The Truth

A Smile Is Important

Enthusiasm Can

Overcoming Obstacles

No Need To Worry

One Makes The Difference

One More Round!

James J. Corbett, a great heavyweight fighter, gave good advice about never giving up:
“Fight one more round.
When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring,
fight one more round.
When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard,
fight one more round.

When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black
and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you on the jaw
and put you to sleep, fight one more round --
remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped."

They Will Never!

A negative thinker is the attitude of the old farmer who walked with his wife
down to the train station to see their first train.

When the farmer saw how large and heavy the engine was, he said,
"They'll never get that thing to move."

In a few minutes the engineer boarded, and the train started moving down the track.

The old farmer looked at his wife and said,
"Well, I'll tell you one thing. They'll never get it stopped."
This man had made up his mind to be negative.

Optimism Of Matthew

One evening on the way home from his office, Matthew Henry was robbed.
Before going to bed, he wrote in his diary, "Let me be thankful,
first, because I was never robbed before;
second, because although they took my purse, they did not take my life;
third, because although  they took my all, it was not much; and
fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed
."    
                                           

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Enthusiasm Can!

A wise man once said, "Apathy can only be overcome by enthusiasm.”
Enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things:
first, an ideal that takes the imagination by storm;
second, a definite wise plan carrying that ideal into practice."

Enthusiasm can be developed by thinking about a worthwhile goal until it obsesses you.
Enthusiasm is a faith that has been set fire.
Enthusiasm is as contagious as measles and as powerful as dynamite.
 It can move mountains of apathy and produce a victory never dreamed of.                    

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Lost The Job

Several years ago a young man saw  a "Help Wanted" sign in the window
of the drugstore in his hometown.
He went in and asked to see the owner.
"I'd like to check on the job you have advertised in the window," he said.

"Fine," said the druggist. "We need someone to help us in our business. "
He told the boy that they needed someone to make deliveries to customers
who telephoned their orders to the drugstore.

The  young man said, "I have six questions I want to ask you."
The druggist replied, "Very well! Ask them."

"First," the boy said, "I want to know how much you pay.
Then I want to know what kind of health insurance program you provide.
I want to find out how many days of vacation time I'll get each year.
Then tell me how many holidays and sick days you provide annually.
And also, how much time do I get off for lunch every day?
And I have one more question
."

"Sure," the druggist said. "I'm glad to answer all your questions."

"Well," the boy remarked,
"I want to know if you have a bicycle I can ride to deliver the orders."

The druggist responded, "No, I'm sorry, we don't have a bicycle."
The boy quickly answered, "Well, you can forget it. I wouldn't have this job."
And he walked out in a huff.

About two hours later, another young boy walked by and saw the "Help Wanted," sign

He walked in with a big smile and asked to see the boss.
A clerk pointed toward the druggist, and the boy went to the back of the store and waited patiently
while the druggist filled a prescription for a customer.

He then introduced himself and said that he wanted the job.
The druggist said, "Well, do you want to know how much we pay?"

"No sir," the boy replied, 
"That is not necessary because I believe that you will treat me right."
The boy  continued, "You see, sir, my mother is out of work, and we need the money,
so I'm ready to start working right now
."

The druggist said to the young boy, "I have to tell you about a boy
who came in about two hours ago, and who also wanted this job
.

He had six questions which he asked me, and I answered each of them quite honestly.
His last question was, 'Do you have a bicycle that I can ride to deliver the orders?

I told him we didn't have one, and he walked out of the store after telling me that he wouldn't have this job.

I was very truthful with him.
You see, we don't have a bicycle, but we do have a new station wagon you can use to make the deliveries.”

How many times have being implusive and false assumptions have caused you misery?           

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A Smile Is Important

I read about a young boy in a wheelchair, smiling from ear to ear.
 A man asked the boy if he had been in a wheelchair all his life.

 The boy looked up at him  with a surprising answer, "Not yet I ain't, Mister."

The man did not know how long the boy had been crippled, but he could see
that the boy had a positive  belief that some day he would be better.
This is the kind of attitude that caused him to smile.                                                           

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Blind To The Truth

There is an old story about a desert nomad who awakened in the middle of the night.
He lit a candle and began eating dates from a bowl beside his bed.
He took bite from one and saw a worm in it; so he threw it out of the tent.

He picked up a second date, took a bite out of it, and found another worm.
He threw that date out of the tent also.
He picked up a third date, took a bite out of it, and found another worm.
He threw it away also.

He was so hungry, and thinking that he wouldn't have any dates left to eat if he continued like that,
so he blew out the candle and very quickly ate the rest of the dates.

Many of us are like that.
We prefer darkness and denial to the light of reality.

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One Makes A Difference

As an old man walked along the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man picking up starfish
and placing them back into the ocean.
He asked the young man what he was doing.

The boy answered, "The stranded starfish will die if left until the morning sun."

The old man answered, "The beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish.
How can your effort make any difference
?
"

The boy looked at the starfish in his hand and threw it into the safety of the ocean.
"It makes a difference to this one," he answered.

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No Need To Worry

The philosophy this soldier had could apply to many of us:
One of two things is certain: either you're mobilized, or you're not mobilized. 
If you're not mobilized, there is no need to worry; if you are mobilized, one of two things is certain:
either you're behind the lines, or you're at the front.

If you're behind the lines, there is no need to worry; if you are at the front,
one of two things is certain: either you're resting in a safe place, or you're exposed to danger.
If you are resting in a safe place, there is no need to worry; if you're exposed to danger,
one of two things is certain: either you're wounded, or you're not wounded.

If you're not wounded, there is no need to worry; if you're wounded seriously, or if you're wounded slightly.
If you're wounded slightly, there is no need to worry; if you're wounded seriously,
one of two things is certain: either you recover, or you die.
If you recover, there is no need to worry; if you die, you can't worry.                         

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Overcoming Obstacles

Demosthenes, the great orator, had a speech  impediment which he conquered by placing pebbles
in his mouth and shouting.

Beethoven, one of the world's greatest composers, was deaf.
Milton, the great poet, was blind.
Abraham Lincoln was almost completely self-educated.
The Wright Brothers were bicycle mechanics by trade, not scientists.

Winston Churchill overcame a speech impediment to become one of this century's greatest orators.

Helen Keller, blind and deaf, became one of the great women of our nation and was admired
throughout the world.

Don't ever give up!                                                                                         

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Adversity

The sun and the wind were arguing who's power was greatest.

 The wind proposed this test: “See the man walking on that road.
The one who can take his cloak shall be determined most powerful
."

Since the wind devised the test, he chose to go first.
He blew very hard but for all his bluster the man only clutched the cloak the tighter.

The sun was now offered his chance.
The sun smiled down on the man and soon he began to grow warm.
By and by the man removed his cloak and sat down on a log to enjoy the sun.

When the man arose he forgot that he had left his cloak lying on the log and happily continued
on his way.

Moral: Adversity makes one more determined to hold to what protection he has while prosperity
can easily loosen his grip.                                                             

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