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August 23, 2023
BG’s Positively Speaking
Learning and Growing
I have often written about success, in particular, what it is that successful people do to become successful. I’ve pointed out that success is the result of personal growth. That the ability to increase one’s knowledge, and apply it, is critical. In past messages, I have said that successful people read, attend seminars, and get around people who can encourage and mentor them. I have also noted that one of the great ways to learn and grow is through DVDs and CDs (audiobooks are a great way of learning). One of the responses I frequently get to that suggestion is, “But I don’t have time to do that.”
Let me tell you what I did.
I turned my car into a ‘Mobile Learning Centre.’ I stocked it with audio tapes and CDs of books, seminars, and talks. Whenever I started the car and before I left the driveway, I would press ‘Play.’ I would use my time driving as an opportunity to learn; it’s surprising how much you absorb even though you are concentrating on driving. I would listen to my programme even on a 5-minute trip.
Today there is almost unlimited access to this type of material, At no charge using your computer, through YouTube, Google, Ted.com and many other internet sources. If you want to learn more about ‘success principles’ … Google it!. If you would like to listen/watch a particular speaker … Google them!
If money is tight, there is another way of getting this material into your hands. I have found many CD and DVD recordings by great speakers, trainers and motivators at the library and hidden in places like the Salvation Army Store, Goodwill Store, and Habitat Re-Stores.
Get in the Habit of …. “Learning on the Go!“
The Passing Parade
Barbie mania has taken the world by storm, including in Brazil, where Burger King is selling a sandwich with a bright pink sauce that looks like “chewed bubblegum” and has a “smoky” flavour, according to Burger King. The BK Barbie Combo comes with a cheeseburger, a pink vanilla-flavoured milkshake, a doughnut sprinkled with pink frosting and an order of Ken’s potatoes (also known as fries). The combo is not expected to be offered in The US and Canada.
I got in line to watch Oppenheimer around lunchtime, but I realized it was three hours long, and I was starving. So I went to the Barbie queue instead.
Editors Quote Book
“It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult”.
— Queen Elizabeth II
The Life Of Jim
–Jim quit his job as a personal trainer because the weights were too heavy.
He has just handed in his too-weak notice.
–Jim’s doctor told him he had high blood pressure and short-term memory loss.
“At least,” Jim thought, “I don’t have high blood pressure.”
–Jim’s wife yelled, “Are you even listening to me?”
“Well,” Jim thought, “that was a weird way to start an argument.”.
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: If listened to, Gossip can only lead to problems. Keep clear of those who spread it, and support those it hurts.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Your willpower is being put to the test. Stay with it, and don’t let others steer you off course.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Check your finances before committing to help someone else. Don’t co-sign or guarantee anything for anyone.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Investing in your home could be a good move. Consider, with due diligence, refinancing and refurbishing.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Putting your best foot forward now will help you dig your heels in later. Future. It’s time to strut your stuff.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Outmoded information and aging equipment will not be the answer to your current questions. Dig deeper, and ask for help.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Great possibilities are ahead of you. Show more enthusiasm for the great things that are coming your way.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: You have ample reason for feeling positive about your personal relationships. A new love interest is coming your way.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: A new investment opportunity is offered. It could be what you need to reach your year-end goal.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Paying extra attention to your health care would not go amiss. Prevention is better than cure.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Don’t be tricked into making an unwise decision. Negotiate a fair price or walk away. You’ll be glad you did.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Your big plans may have to be changed. If so, stay positive. Change can often lead to something better.
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The Blonde Guy And The Bet
Bob walked into a sports bar around 9:58 PM. He sat down next to a blonde guy at the bar and stared at the TV. The 10:00 PM news was coming on. The news crew was covering a story of a man on a ledge of a large building preparing to jump. The blonde guy looked at Bob and said, ‘Do you think he’ll jump?’ ‘You know,’ Bob answered, ‘I bet he’ll jump.’
The blonde guy responded, ‘Well, I bet he won’t.’ Bob placed a $20 bill on the bar and said, ‘You’re on!’ The guy jumped off the building just as the blonde put his money on the bar.
This upset the blonde, but he willingly handed his $20 to Bob, saying, ‘Fair’s Fair. Here’s your money.’ Bob replied, ‘I can’t take your money, I saw this earlier on the 6 PM news, and so I knew he would jump.’ The blonde guy replied, ‘I saw it too, but I didn’t think he’d do it again.’
Bob took the money……
The Screen Door
Janice had been bugging her husband, a carpenter, for over a decade to build a screen door for the kitchen. One day, to her delight, he made and installed one in less than two hours. It was both practical and pretty. She glanced towards the front door and wistfully remarked that one would also look good there. “Are you kidding?” he gasped. “You can’t just whip these things up, you know. It takes ten years to build a door like this.
The Last Word
Smiles are Contagious ….Handle them with Abandon