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Unleashing the Power of Encouragement
The Push w/free Dvd
(Excerpt from The Push...Where Do I Go From Here? by Mac Anderson)
The year was 1998. It had been difficult to say the least. The business (Successories) was struggling and I had just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. As we all know, the "c word" gets our attention.
I was trying to re-evaluate my life and decide, "Where do I go from here?" After some real soul searching, I decided to hire a president to run the day-to-day at Successories so I could step down into an advisory role. I had been an entrepreneur
for 25 years, fighting many battles along the way...but I was yearning to move in a different direction. Don't get me wrong, I had loved doing what I was doing, but cancer always makes you re-evaluate your priorities in life. I wanted to relax and think for a while about plan B.
For almost 2 years, I did just that. I'm thankful to say that after treatment my cancer was in remission. Those 2 years felt wonderful! It gave me the opportunity to unclutter my brain to re-visit some of the good things I had done and some of the mistakes I had made. But even though my "semi-retirement" felt good, I knew I wasn't being fulfilled. At the same time, my time off caused me to ask myself some questions: "Am I ready to fight more battles? What can I do to fuel my passion to reinforce the positive in the world? Is it possible I could fail? Do I want to take that risk?"
All of these thoughts and others were causing me to sit on the "fence of indecision." It didn't feel good, but to be perfectly honest, at this point in my life, I didn't have the courage to take action. I think we've all been there.
I got a call from Rich Rush, who was our VP of Production at Successories. Rich said, "Mac, I haven't talked with you in a while and I'd love to buy you lunch."
The following week we got together, and during lunch Rich asked the question, "Mac, what do you plan to do with the rest of your life?" Not knowing exactly what to say, I said, "I might just sit it out and relax a bit." I'll never forget his face when he looked up and said, "You can't do that! You've got too much to say that could make a difference in the lives of too many people. You'll be cheating yourself and many others if you don't use the talent God has given you."
After lunch, I found myself doing a lot of thinking about what Rich had said and I knew I couldn't just sit on the sidelines and let my life go by without giving my passion another shot.
I've often thought, without that conversation, would there be a Simple Truths today? Would I have had the opportunity to write the books that I've written, and would I have had the honor to speak to hundreds of corporate audiences? I don't know for sure, but I think the answer would be no.
For some reason that day those words of encouragement turned the switch from "off" to "on" and shoved me right off the fence onto a new path that I love. In fact, I can say without a doubt, these years have been the most rewarding of my life.
Zig Ziglar said this... "You never know when one kind act, or one word of encouragement, can change a life forever." I've seen the power of kindness and encouragement countless times in my life and that's what this little book,The Push w/free Dvd is all about...how one kind act, or one word of encouragement can change a life forever!
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
When you get to your wits end, you will find, God lives there. ~Author Unknown
Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end. ~Author Unknown
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. ~Author Unknown
During the darkest indigo midnight, yet will countless stars blossom. ~Dr. SunWolf
Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese Proverb
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. ~Ivy Baker Priest
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Henry S. Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street, 1940, commonly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (Thanks, Garson O'Toole!)
Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal. ~Jerome Fleishman
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~M. Kathleen Casey
If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill
A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn. ~Author Unknown
The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief. ~William Shakespeare, Othello
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa
We acquire the strength we have overcome. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. ~Garrison Keillor
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. ~Jewish Proverb
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Kenji Miyazawa
Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. ~Agatha Christie
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters - one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. ~John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959
It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line. ~Ashleigh Brilliant
That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not. ~James K. Feibleman
The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. ~John Vance Cheney
Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. ~Edwin Markham
Adversity is the first path to truth. ~Lord Byron
The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter. ~Author Unknown
Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience. ~Author Unknown
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. ~Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, 1820
The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. ~Max Lerner, The Unfinished Country, 1950
God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with. ~Henry Ward Beecher
Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them. ~Hugh Miller, Snow on the Wind
God gave burdens, also shoulders. ~Yiddish Proverb
Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. ~William Faulkner
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. ~Winston Churchill
The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them. ~Bernard M. Baruch
It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~Cicero
I have woven a parachute out of everything broken. ~William Stafford
I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. ~James Russell Lowell, "Cambridge Thirty Years Ago," Literary Essays
Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around. ~Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb, "Rock Bottom"
If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. ~Latin Proverb
Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. ~Author Unknown
But ne'er the rose without the thorn. ~Robert Herrick
God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. ~John Aughey
Never give in... never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force... never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. ~Winston Churchill
You must be at the end of your rope. I felt a tug. ~Author Unknown