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Persistence and Hope

“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
                                                                                                – Jacob Riis

There is probably nothing more important in our struggle for self-improvement than persistence and hope. Persistence produces the results, while hope pushes us to take another step. These two go hand in hand just the way faith and works do.

If I hope to reach a goal but give up trying whenever I face an obstacle, I will never reach any goal worth achieving.…

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The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind

Picture William Kamkwamba was born on August 5th, 1987 in a small village in Malawi. He was the only boy among seven children. William attended a small primary school until he was 14, completing the 8th grade. In 2001, harsh famine hit Malawi. William’s family lived in a small community maintained by the sale of crops. In a matter of a few months, the entire livelihood of the village literally dried up. Without crops to sell, there was no money to continue paying William’s yearly tuition of $80. William was forced to drop out of school at the age of 14.

William was determined to continue learning. He would walk a few miles to a community library in a nearby village and borrow whatever book he could.…

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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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