“If you think shy, you act shy.”

My personal growth lessons often come from unexpected sources.

Today I read about the passing of a 16-year-old computer programming prodigy, Arfa Karim Randhawa, who became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at nine-years-old.

She’d been in the hospital for a short time after suffering an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest. Bill Gates heard about her hospitalization and sent his doctors and medical assistance. After an initial improvement Arfa “crossed the river” this week.

You can read a good story about her here, and the end of it includes her philosophy of life. An amazing philosophy for anyone, much less a 10-year-old, which she was when she first shared it. Isn’t this amazing: “If you want to do something big in your life, you must remember that shyness is only the mind,” she said. “If you think shy, you act shy. If you think confident, you act confident. Therefore never let shyness conquer your mind.”

David Freese Proves YOU Can Live Your Dream!

I love it when I watch someone finally live their dream — especially after overcoming all kinds of defeat and obstacles.  It gives me the fire and the hope to keep working toward mine.

Tonight I watched David Freese lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series Championship and along the way win the Most Valuable Player award in the Series.

This was the realization of a dream David had since he was a young boy playing baseball in the St. Louis area and rooting on the Cardinals.

But just ten years ago David had quit baseball and given up (temporarily).  As the Associated Press reported, “David Freese had given up on baseball. His passion for the game had vanished, and not even a scholarship offer from Missouri could lure him back to the field.

“I was burnt out,” Freese recalled. “I lost the love.”

Freese was content to live the life of a college student, rebuffing the Missouri coaches every time they called to see if he’d changed his mind. It wasn’t until about a year out of high school that the itch to play finally came back, and it grew to the point where scratching it no longer worked.

Freese gave in and enrolled at Meramec Community College, and his play there caught the attention of the coaching staff at South Alabama. The fifth-year senior eventually blossomed into the San Diego Padres’ ninth-round selection in the 2006 draft.

Fast forward through a trade to the Cardinals and couple years of growth, and Freese ends up as the third baseman for the Cardinals in the World Series.

As I watched him accept his MVP award tonight it sure looked like he was connecting everything that happened to him in the last few days with that long ago dream as a child. He didn’t say very much in accepting his award, but it was very telling, “This is why you keep battling. Sometimes things don’t work out.”

And that gives me more than just hope. It renews my persistence to keep battling. And I hope it does for you as well.

The Mighty Macs

I love sports movies about underdogs, overcoming and realizing your dream. That’s why Rudy, Hoosiers, Field of Dreams, The Blind Side and Chariots of Fire are among my all-time favorites. I’ve watched each of those movies more times than I can remember. And I’m not ashamed to admit my eyes still get moist at some point in the stories even though I know what’s going to happen.

This weekend another movie premieres that might fit in that category.  It’s called “The Mighty Macs” and its based on a true story, which is even more special to me.

And I love this  quote from the movie, “When you believe in your dreams miracles happen.”

Watch this preview and then find it in a theater near you this weekend…

The Fourth Quarter is The Only One That Counts

In just a few days we’ll be entering the fourth quarter of the year and many of us have lost focus on the goals we set during January.

It’s always hard to keep your eye on the ball for the entire year, but this year has been even more challenging than most for many people.

Well there’s still hope. In fact, the 90 days we have in the fourth quarter (beginning October 1) is more than enough time to achieve some pretty incredible results. Stop and think about it:

90 days is usually plenty of time to see a significant result from a weight loss plan. Most businesses are launched during a 90-day period and many, many books are written in 90 days. In fact, Napoleon Hill wrote the classic Think and Grow Rich in under 90 days.

Our four seasons are 90 days apart. You can go from the harshest of Winter to the overflowing, abundant life of Spring in just 90 days. Most of our agricultural crops have a 90-day growing period. From seed to harvest in 90 days. It works with plants…and it works with dreams and goals.

Does that give you some hope that you might have a shot at turning this year around in the next few months?

Watch this video and get some tips on how you can do that. And please leave your comments below after you’ve watched the video  🙂

Lessons for Life

My friend Brian Bartes has a blockbuster book launching today at Amazon. I had the honor of having my feedback included in the book and part of what I wrote was “These are the timeless principles we should all learn (and relearn), regardless of our age. Just as good a retirement gift as it is for graduations.” Includes a Foreword by Joan Lunden, who you may remember from Good Morning America. Buy the book today and you can get a load of free gifts from folks like Brian Tracy, Jack Canfield and others. Check it out here…

Motivation and inspiration to maximize your personal growth from motivational speaker and author Vic Johnson.