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The Longshot Linebacker

Picture        On a hot August evening in Mesa, Arizona, a player wearing jersey #24 runs onto the football field.  He is the starting middle linebacker for the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds. Underneath the pads and uniform, however, there is something different about this player; something that the crowd in the stands doesn’t realize. #24 is about to live his lifelong dream.

Lincoln Proctor is from St. John’s, Arizona, a small town near the New Mexico border. He played football in high school and then left the country to serve a 2-year mission for his church in Ecuador.

Upon his return, he worked for a company building custom iron fences.  In 2006, he started his own business in the iron fence industry. As the economy turned, so did the business and he eventually closed up shop. …

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Are You Fully Committed?

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A friend of mine, Stuart Anderson, once told me a great story about commitment which I will try to share here:
To the left is the symbol known as the “Red Hand of Ulster”. It is found on the flag of Northern Ireland. Where did it come from?The legend goes that in about 500 B.C. the chief baron of Ireland passed away leaving no apparent leader to rule in his stead. Two men came forward claiming the throne. A man named McDermott and another man named Heremon O’Niell. The argument over who would be the leader threatened to divide the kingdom into warring factions.

As an alternative, the two men decided to have a race. Whoever could row their boat to the other side and touch the land on the far bank first would become the king.

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To Get What You Want, Be Like Robin Hood!

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“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.” — Mark Twain


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    In the first part of the 1900’s lived a man named Howard HIll. He was a football and basketball star but became famous for archery. He may, in fact, be the greatest archer that ever lived. He won 196 consecutive archery tournaments, never being beat.      He would perform by doing difficult trick shots like shooting an apple or even a prune off of someone’s head from as far as sixty feet, and then would likely top that by shooting at an even smaller target from the same distance or maybe even longer. He could also shoot a flipped coin from a distance or split a rolling ball made of wood.

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The Power of Make Believe

Picture     I was at Wal-Mart today and walked past some kind of Sony product. The box had their new slogan on it which was “Make.Believe”. I don’t really know the meaning they intended from the statement but to me it sounded like the perfect two-word formula for success. Make. Believe. Let me explain.
   

    The first step for a successful and meaningful life, business, or family is a vision. You have to be able to close your eyes and imagine exactly what it is you want out of life. Most people have never really done this. They say they want to be rich or live on the beach or own a company, but they have never taken the time to really imagine it or to write it down.

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The Shrinking of Mount Everest: A Story About Perspective

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At 29,029 ft. in altitude, Mount Everest is the highest mountain on the earth. It was first summited in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Since then many people have made the climb…and many people have died. In fact, there are currently over 200 bodies on Mt. Everest! It is safe to say that climbing Mt. Everest is a daunting and perilous task for even the most experienced climbers. It is an enormous and imposing landmark.

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    But what does it look like from space? The picture to the right is an image of the Himalayas and Mt. Everest taken by a satellite in orbit. Can you spot Mt. Everest? It is that tiny dot right in the middle. From that height, you can barely even see it.

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The Day Michael Phelps Went Blind

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The summer Olympics are almost upon us and I thought it would be a good time to reflect on one of my favorite moments in recent Olympic history.

We all remember the scenes from 4 years ago when Michael Phelps broke just about every Olympic swimming record there was. He won 8 gold medals in Beijing in dramatic fashion.

But the race that I found the most impressive was the 200-meter butterfly. In this race, Phelps was going for the 10th gold medal of his career, making him the winningest Olympian of all time.
    Phelps already held the world record in this event and was looking to improve on his previous time. All indications were that he would win by a comfortable margin.

    Then disaster struck.

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“Successify” Your Life!

I am excited and happy for today’s launch of Successify.net. My dream is that you will not only find this site to be informative and helpful, but that you will be able to incorporate some of the ideas presented here into your personal life. The basic principles of success have been taught by thousands of people for many thousands of years. I want to simplify them and present them in a way that allows you to “successify” your life!

Kris Heap…

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