Monday, April 30, 2018

The Twenty Dollar Bill Story

 A well known speaker started his talk by holding up a $20 bill.  "Who would like this $20 bill he asked the people in the audience?"

Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you here today, but first, let me do this."

He then crumpled the 20 dollar bill up and asked, "Who wants it now?" Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?" He dropped it on the floor and started to grind it into the floor with his shoes. He picked it up, now all crumpled up and dirty. 

"Now, who wants it?"  Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.

Many times in our lives, we are dropped to our knees, crumpled up, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless, but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.

Dirty or clean, crumpled up or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who care about you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but by, Who We Are. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The $1000.00 Secret

The top salesman for a large corporation got up to speak; he had been top salesman with the company for several years. He had won many awards over his career and was about to retire.

He said, “Tonight I am going to reveal the secret of my success. I wrote it down on a piece of paper and I put it in this envelope. But success must be earned so I can’t just give it away. I'm going to sell the envelope to the highest bidder. You have my word that it contains my true secret to success not only as a salesman, but also in life.”

The bidding started at $5.

Then it quickly jumped to $10.

Then $50, $100, $200.

Finally one of the salesmen bought the envelope for $1000. The excited buyer took the envelope and kept it to himself until he got home that night.

What was written on the piece of paper?

How was he able to make more sales than anybody else for so many years?

What was this high priced secret?

That night at home the auction winner locked himself in his room and opened the envelope, unfolded the piece of paper and read the following seven words:

"The Secret To Success is To ASK."

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Eagle In The Storm

It seems that the eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it comes. The eagle flies to some high spot and waits for the high wind to come. When the storm approaches, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm.  It simply uses the storm to lift it higher.

The lesson: When the storms of life come upon us, and all of us will experience them, we can rise above them by simply setting our minds to sail a little higher.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Two Opposite Opinions

A shoe company sent two salesmen to Africa to determine the market potential for their products. One salesman was sent to the north part of Africa, while the other salesman was sent to the south part of Africa. Both the salesmen completed a survey of the target market and called back to the home office. The salesman sent to the north part of Africa reported “No one here wears any shoes, there is no market for us here!”. The other salesman sent a message “No one here wears any shoes, there is a huge market for us, send inventory fast!”.

The Value Of An Idea