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Why are you failing?

What have you done with your life so far?  Are you where you wanted to be?  Do you have a plan?

Abraham Lincoln would say,  “Give me eight hours to chop down a tree, I’ll spend six sharpening my ax!”

Check out this great video with motivational speaker, Les Brown.

Here’s what you should take away from this:  If you’re not where you want to be, it’s not too late.  There’s no point living life as though you have no choices.  Not in America!  You have a choice to stay where you are, or move forward.  All you need is a goal, and a plan to reach that goal.

You know the story.  The young man said to his friends, “Someday I shall be president.”  That young man worked on farms, ran a ferry boat across a river, kept a store and split great logs to make fences.  And then one day in 1861, he became the sixteenth president of the United States!

What did he have that you don’t?  The answer is a goal, a plan, or both.

Fill in the blank, “Someday I shall do __________.”

Then take a piece of paper and write down what you plan to do in order to get there.  Aim high!  Don’t worry too much about the details.  But you have to write it down!  Put it up on your refrigerator.  It’ll give your eyeballs something to look at.  And the mental push to go for it!

To the gentleman from Las Vegas who wrote to me and said that he was breaking into the copy writing business  “from nothing”.  I say to him, thumbs up for having a goal!  Now if you prepare well, you’re well on your way.


  1. This is so true. As I am about to finish a goal I set out to complete 33 years ago, yes, 33 years ago, and I am excited that completing my degree is one goal I can cross off my list. This means that I need to replace it with another. For the first time, an MBA is not out of my reach and I am seriously considering doing that at my age.
    Thank you for sharing this website and the marvelous things you are writing about. I await more.

    • Donnie:
      Thanks for the update. You’re persistence has paid off and you have indeed accomplished a very desirable goal! An MBA is a wise investment, even at your tender age! Keep aiming high, success is right around the corner! Thank you for your readership.

  2. Well said, Patricia.

    I would recommend changing
    “Someday I shall be __________.”
    “Someday I shall do __________.”

    Many of us have done quite a few things but never gotten the title.


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