Publisher of Networking Times, Bob Proctor is a world-renowned author, lecturer, counselor, business consultant, entrepreneur, and teacher preaching the gospel of positive thinking, self motivation and maximizing human potential. His new book The ABCs of Success is now available for sale.
Many years ago, I made a very interesting observation that has proved to be very beneficial. The world’s most powerful, successful, service-oriented individuals frequently quote others who had gone down in history as having made a difference.
Kennedy would quote Lincoln, or Churchill would quote Aristotle. As I observed and thought about this golden thread that ran through their lives, I realized to quote leaders of the past, they must have studied what these leaders had said or done.
They were attempting to learn something from advice that was offered by great men and women who had proved they knew what they were talking about. Because I had a desire to emulate many of these achievers, I began to study their lives and the advice they gave us.
If you are not doing this now, you might try it.
During the Second World War, General Patton studied the life and philosophy of his opponent, Field Marshal Rommel, who commanded enemy forces. It paid off for Patton. He defeated his opponent, better known as the Desert Fox.
Every one of the giants had taken the advice of Harry Emerson Fosdick, who said,
“No horse gets anywhere until it is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is channeled. And, no life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, and disciplined.”
Mentally play with that quote for a while and you will learn something. Internalize Fosdick’s advice and act on it, and you will realize just how effective you can become. You certainly will not go down in history as an also-ran. Try it and see what happens!
If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
From THE ABCs OF SUCCESS by Bob Proctor, published June 9 by Tarcher, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2015, Bob Proctor.