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Kris Heap is an author, public speaker, success coach, dentist, husband and father. His goal in life is to make the biggest difference to the greatest number of people. He lives in Mesa, AZ with his wife and 4 children.

You Were Born for This!

Born for This

Why are you here? Have you ever stopped to wonder?

Some would have you believe that you are merely here because of a reaction between two complex molecules. They would have you believe that there is no purpose to your life other than to procreate and advance the species. You are not special. You are nothing more than a random mixture of DNA. Born DNA

They will tell you that the world is made up of only greed, selfishness, and misery. They will tell you it is okay to become cynical, negative, and depressed because that’s how life is. They will be angry with envy when you succeed. They will be content and self-congratulating when you are down. They will never stop criticizing everything else because “life’s not fair.”

They will tell you that your biggest dreams are foolish and that your deep emotions are over-exaggerated.…

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The Inevitable Battle Within

Jesse Owens (1913-1980) was an African-American track and field athlete who became a sports legend during the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party had been in power for three years and the Berlin games was the perfect way to showcase the might and efficiency of Germany’s new political regime. Hitler believed that the Aryan master race (white, blonde hair, blue eyes) was superior to all other races and was looking forward to this being proved at the Berlin games. But Jesse Owens burst his bubble by winning four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, long-jump and 4x100m relay.

This is another awesome cartoon from Gavin Than at ZenPencils.com. Check out his site, it is awesome!

Inevitable Battle

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John F. Kennedy’s Case for Dreaming Big

JFK moonThis weekend I was reading John F. Kennedy’s speech at Rice University in 1962. You may know it as the speech in which he declared that we would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

This speech is fascinating because at the time it was given, the United States hadn’t even put a man into space yet. The U.S. was repeatedly getting embarrassed by Russia, whose space program was breaking new ground over and over again. In the space race, the U.S. was falling way behind.

When Kennedy took the stage that day he knew he needed to do something to inspire the American people; to wake the ingenuity and creativity of a country. He knew it would take the strength and support of an entire nation to achieve such a lofty goal.…

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The 8 Amazing Habits of Abraham Lincoln

abraham lincoln
One of my favorite figures in all of world history is Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. Much has been written about him lately: his childhood, his presidency, his assassination (his days as a Vampire hunter). I love just about everything about him. From his upbringing as a farmer in Indiana and Illinois, to his pursuit of education and becoming a lawyer, to his time serving as the President. I don’t think another man serving in that office before or since has had to lead the country through such an enormous constitutional, military and moral crisis. In my humble opinion, he was maybe the greatest type of leader.

Lincoln had a number of habits that I believe set him apart and prepared him for the incredible burdens he bore while in office.…

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An Open Letter to My Critics

This morning I read this wonderful post from a man named Russ Hill. If you haven’t read any of his stuff, it is very well-written. His blog is here: www.russhillmedia.com.

We all have critics. Especially when we set lofty goals or dare to try something new. Even if you are just trying to express your feelings, there are people who are waiting to pounce and discredit everything you feel. I really enjoy the thoughts in the following letter:

An Open Letter to My Critics

by Russ Hill on March 25, 2013

The truth is you’ve existed as long as I have.

I didn’t realize you were there until my early teenage years.  It was then I began to hear your whisperings.

As I’ve gotten older you seem to have multiplied. …

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Obstacle or Advantage? – The Incredible Story of Anthony Robles

Anthony Robles

This weekend was the collegiate national wrestling championships. As I watched it briefly I was reminded of a great wrestler named Anthony Robles. I first heard about Anthony when he was in high school, he being from my home town of Mesa, AZ. He later wrestled at my Alma Mater, Arizona State University. But these aren’t the reasons I followed Anthony. I was more intrigued by the fact that he was having so much success in spite of being born with just one leg.

That’s right. For no known reason, he was born without one leg. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have any kind of a stump, so there are no prosthetic legs that will work for him. From a young age he had to learn how to manage with crutches or by hopping on his left leg.…

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What if money was no object?

This is such a hard principle to teach people because we have been programmed to think of success and satisfaction completely backwards.
I hope you enjoy it. Remember to chase your dreams!

Kris…

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Your Dying Words

I am very interested to see how this incredible group of readers responds to this. Leave a comment below!

Last Words

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Kris

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The Fire Within

The Fire Within

I am a big fan of the work done by Gavin of www.ZenPencils.com. He does a beautiful job of taking inspirational quotes and adding them to his artwork. He has been featured here a number of times and I love this one he sent out today! Enjoy

The Fire Within

Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) was a German activist who is famous for speaking out against the Nazi regime. Scholl was a member of a protest group called The White Rose, which was formed by her brother Hans, and some of his university friends. The group mainly consisted of students in their early twenties who were fed up with the totalitarian rule of the government. The Nazis controlled every aspect of society – the media, police, military, judiciary system, communication system, all levels of education and all cultural and religious institutions.…

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13 Ways to Deal with the Loss of a Loved One

Grief-and-Grieving

Last week a reader named Mike mentioned that he was having a hard time dealing with the sudden passing of his father. I was very humbled by the responses from our other readers who gave advice on how to deal with the grieving process. The comments were so wonderful and heartfelt that I thought they would be nice to share with everyone. So here they are. I have edited a few of them just to add detail or bring consistency to the overall post.

Thank you so much for making Successify! such an incredible online community.

1. Embrace the sorrow. Sorrow is not the opposite of happiness. Sorrow can be called the “beautiful sadness” when the feeling comes from a mixture of great appreciation and extreme longing for the loved one who has passed.…

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