This has been a week with a twist.

If you have read a few of my blogs by now you know that I enjoy cycling as a sport / exercise. So to up the ante over the festive season (allowing me to enjoy a few more mince pies) I set my self a goal to cycle a certain number of kilometres for the period 24 to 31 December. I achieved the goal admittedly there were one or two occasions I wanted to quit especially after hot windy rides (sunburn and gusting winds of 45Km/hr). On many of these rides I listened to my recording (DMP, WPOA, Service card and affirmations) and The Strangest Secret (Earl Nightingale – the link takes you to the audio and a transcript of the recording. If you have not read or listened to it I recommend you do) and on occasion the World’s Laziest Networker going on about the Hero’s Journey from the Go90Grow course.

So even though I was going through the motions I was still battling within – my old Blueprint. I then read Davene’s blog – Emails From The MKMMA – Week 12 and the following paragraph hit me like a ton of bricks. “It’s something I guarantee, we are all addicts and we will all create the circumstances to reinforce and feed those addicted peptides because your subconscious mind believes what it has been told for the last 10, 20, 30, 40 or more year.” So I have subconsciously been hijacking / sabotaging myself to feed my peptide addiction – procrastination, self-pity, etc.

For those who are on the MKMMA course some of the following immediately come to mind

– Og Mandino Greatest Sales Man in the World
* I great each day with love in my heart
* I persist until I succeed
* for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking

– Hannel – Master Keys Part 14
* 18. Back of every effect there is a cause, and if we follow the trail to its starting point, we shall find the creative principle out of which it grew. Proofs of this are now so complete that this truth is generally accepted.
* 24. Yet there are many who are not ready to enter into the discipline necessary to think correctly, even though it is evident that wrong thinking has brought failure.

– The Strangest Secret – Earl Nightingale
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
If someone is working toward a predetermined goal and knows where they are going, that person is a success. If they are not doing that, they are a failure.

So having written all of this and realising as part of our MKMMA course I have already started creating a new blueprint and can say that “I persist until I succeed” I have entered into the discipline necessary to think correctly and that I have a worthy ideal as part of my written DMP.

When Earl Nightingale died on March 28, 1989, Paul Harvey broke the news to the country on his radio program with the words, “The sonorous voice of the nightingale was stilled.” In the words of his good friend and commercial announcer, Steve King, “Earl Nightingale never let a day go by that he didn’t learn something new and, in turn, pass it on to others. It was his consuming passion.”

As part of our homework over the past week (New Year) we were tasked to watch movies, October Sky, Cool Runnings, Door ‐ to ‐ Door, Rudy all based on true stories. Not having watched Door ‐ to ‐ Door and Rudy I watched them.

Door to Door is the inspirational true story of a man who refused to let severe physical debilitation get in the way of his life’s goal. William H. Macy (who also co-wrote the script) stars as Bill Porter, a Portland, OR, native born with cerebral palsy. Despite his spastic walk and oddly shaped countenance, Bill intends to succeed in life on ability ratherdoor to door_det than the pity of the unafflicted. Thus, in 1955, he manages to land a job as a door-to-door salesman for the Watkins Company. At first, Bill meets with nothing but slammed doors, hostile dogs, and unashamed hostility from “normal” people; but after making his first sale to a reclusive alcoholic named Gladys (Kathy Baker), there is literally no stopping him. For next 40 years, Bill walks some eight to ten miles per day plying his trade, winning one “salesman of the year” award after another. Also in the cast is Helen Mirren as Bill’s supportive but aphasic mother, and Kyra Sedgwick as Bill’s young assistant, Shelley, whose Herculean efforts to get the hero to “modernize” his tried-and-true methods invariably come a cropper. (

Rudy – Since he was a little boy, Rudy Ruttinger (Sean Astin) has idolized the University of Notre Dame and its football team. However, he is a small boy who will inevitably grow up to be a small man. Not onlyRudy_det that, but he is not an outstanding student or even a particularly good athlete. His blue-collar family is convinced that he is only asking for heartache by aspiring so far beyond his abilities. For a while Rudy grudgingly accepts this assessment and goes to work in the local steel mill. His dream just won’t die, and he eventually wins admission to the college of his dreams, In his junior year he tries out for the football team, but is able only to serve as a live tackle-dummy. Bruised and battered though he is, he is proud to have any connection with his team. By his senior year, the team has grown so fond of the boy that on the day of the final game, every member shows up at the coach’s office and offers to give up his place on the squad in order to give Rudy one chance to suit up as a team member. The coach, moved and impressed, allows Rudy to suit up and lead the team to the benches. Then, once victory is assured, he lets Rudy participate in the final scrimmage of the game. Rudy acquits himself well, and his loving friends hoist him onto their shoulders and carry him off the field. This “men’s weepie” is based on the true story of Rudy Ruttinger. (

Door to Door and Bill Porter I am humbled to see his “Patience” and “Persistence” (clearly depicted in the film when his mother prints them on his sandwiches). But I could clearly see the quotes from Og Mandino, Hannel , Earl Nightingale coming through and sections from “Think And Grow Rich” coming through . Think and Grow rich

I was particularly amazed at how many of the components of Napoleon Hill’s “Think And Grow Rich” success formula kept coming through in Rudy. As well as Rudy refusing to give up on his dream. One of the sobering statements made by a teacher in Rudy is “dreamers are not doers” and compare this to Hannel “only things the dreamer’s make live on”. Our schooling systems are killing our dreams!!!  I then read the following extract by Davene which is most sobering – “Think And Grow Rich” states unequivocally, “The reason most people fail is because they listen to well meaning friends and family.”

Be inspired by these examples of consuming passion

Note: I have linked the references to the sources for information. Should you require the source please contact me.


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