Ideas@Work! - Strategies for Success

November 6, 2007

In this issue...
Point to Ponder
Give Thanks Every Day - Secret of Success
Last minute thoughts and ideas
Thanks for reading

Point to Ponder

The Gratitude Prayer as written by best selling author and speaker Napoleon Hill

"I give thanks daily, not for mere riches, but for wisdom with which to recognize, embrace, and properly use the great abundance of riches I now have at my command. I have no enemies because I injure no man for any cause, but I try to benefit all with whom I come in contact by teaching them the way to enduring riches. I have more material wealth than I need because I am free from greed and covet only the material things I can use while I live."

Our Canadian readers have already celebrated Thanksgiving and our American cousins will be celebrating on November 22nd. I felt a short nudge about a Success Secret based on gratitude and thanksgiving might be in order. I have discovered the law of gratitude works in my own life. If you reflect quietly, perhaps you will see where it is at work in your own.

In the Seattle airport on the way back from Denver, I discovered a little novel by Wallace D. Wattles (The Science of Getting Rich) which was one of the motivational resources for The Secret movie and book. Wattles studied extensively prior to writing this book in 1910, a year or so before he passed away. The truths he shared are just as just as relevant and valuable today as they were then.

He wrote, "The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best or character of the best, and will receive the best."

He also shared, "The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith... without a living faith you cannot get rich by the creative method..."

  • What are you grateful for in your life and career?
  • How do you express your thanksgiving for the blessings, challenges and tests in your life?

I believe we all have many things to be grateful for:

  • Challenges and tests help us maintain a more creative perspective and positive energy in successfully overcoming them and applying their lessons.
  • Loved ones, close friends and supportive colleagues expand and enhance our relationships and the quality of the love and laughter we share.
  • Clients or customers give us the chance to serve them and to demonstrate our commitment to their success, thereby enhancing the richness of the  relationship. It also enhances referrals and repeat business as a byproduct of these relationships.
  • Professional colleagues and staff who support, befriend, and encourage us, spur us to great heights, undertaking challenges that stretch our growth, and allow us to give to those who follow along the same path.
  • Audiences give me the gift of listening to my ideas, challenging me to dig deeper into my soul and my experience to find and share relevant, value-added material and ideas for their consideration.
  • Readers (like you) give me the gift of reading my thoughts made visible (words, if you will) challenging me to re-think and clarify what I wish to convey in an easily understood and applicable fashion. Thanks!
  • The wisdom captured in good books, CDs, and DVDs allow us to grow and to challenge our assumptions or incomplete knowledge. This allows us to expand our experience, and leverage the wisdom of many in support of those we serve.
  • God's guidance and blessing in my life leads me to share what I have been given with those who cross my path and to being open to new ideas and paths as they appear.
  • Blessings and success in our lives, challenges overcome, and times of enjoyment of the fruits of our labor enrich our souls and allow us to restore our energy and excitement for life.

I believe living and acting from an "attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving" is one of the secrets of success.

Whether you have already celebrated Thanksgiving or are looking forward to it... I wish for each of you a daily spot of gratitude and thanksgiving which will enrich your soul, bring love and laughter, good fellowship, and amazing success into your life.

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, Take some time to enjoy this short Video on Business Planning (follow link to view) 


Give Thanks Every Day - Secret of Success

by Napoleon Hill

Many successful men and women claim they are "self-made." But the fact is that no one reaches the pinnacle without help. Once you have set your definite major goal for success—and taken your first steps to achieve it—you find yourself receiving help from many unexpected quarters. You must be prepared to give thanks for both the human and Divine help you receive.

Gratitude is a beautiful word. It is beautiful because it describes a state of mind that is deeply spiritual in nature. It enhances one’s personality with magnetic charm, and it is the master key that opens the door to the magic powers and the beauty of Infinite Intelligence. Gratitude, like other traits of the pleasing personality, is simply a matter of habit. But it’s also a state of mind. Unless you sincerely feel the gratitude you express, your words will be hollow and empty—and sound as phony as the sentiment you offer.

Gratitude and graciousness are closely akin. By consciously developing a sense of gratitude, your personality will become more courtly, dignified and gracious. Never let a day pass without a few minutes spent in giving thanks for your blessings. Remember that gratitude is a matter of comparison. Compare circumstances and events against what they might have been. You’ll become aware that no matter how bad things are, they could be much worse—and you’ll be grateful they aren’t.

Three phrases should be among the most common in your daily usage. They are "Thank you." "I’m grateful . . .," and "I appreciate . . . ."

Be thoughtful. Try to find new and unique ways to express your gratitude. Not necessarily in material gifts, however. Time and effort are more precious, and the amount of these you dispense in showing gratefulness will be well worthwhile.

And don’t forget to be thankful to those who are closest to you—your wife or husband, other relatives, and those you associate with daily, whom you might tend to neglect. You are probably more indebted to them than you realize.

Gratitude takes on new meaning—new life and power—when spoken aloud. Your family probably knows you are grateful for their faith and hope in you. But tell them so! Frequently! You’ll find a new spirit pervading the household.

Make your gratitude creative. Make it work for you. For example, have you ever thought of writing the boss a simple note telling him how much you like your job and how grateful you are for the opportunities it offers? The shock power of such creative gratitude will bring you to his attention—and could even bring you a raise. Gratitude is infectious. He might catch the bug and find concrete ways of expressing his gratefulness for the good services you are rendering.

Remember there’s always something to be grateful for. Even the prospect who turned down a salesman should be thanked for the time he spent listening. He’ll be more likely to buy next time.

Gratitude costs nothing. But it’s a big investment in the future.

Source: Success Unlimited. November, 1961. Pgs. 28-28


Last minute thoughts and ideas

October opened many doors.

  • Amazing trip to Denver, Colorado which included lunch with my friend Scott Friedman, a visit to NSA-Colorado, being hosted at a reception by the Canadian Consulate as well as exhibiting in the International Pavilion at CSIA's DemoGala2007. Amazing what you can pull together in a short time. Met some great people and look forward to following up to exchange ideas.
  • Met with Jim Reis who is the president of the World Trade Center Denver. I happen to be a member of the World Trade Center Edmonton and it is nice to be able to connect when you travel. Will drop into the Halifax WTC in December. The WTC's from around North America will be coming to Edmonton next year.  
  • Had an enaging discussion on education and how people learn with Patrick Engstrom who founded the Knowledge Factor and whose work is dedicated to improving the educational system. We talked about the concept of mastery versus just being educated. We are going to explore ways we can assist each other.
  • Went into the studio to record additional Secret Selling Tips videos for our online sales leaders success system. We now have 33 (simple 20-30 sec. clips) recorded, edited, and converted to flash. Follow link to view a sample video clip. (Requires flash player. Please adjust volume as needed.) Looking to record more in November and December to get our series up to at least 52 recordings by year end.
  • Shared some ideas and got my fellow speakers thinking at the CAPS Edmonton Chapter meeting. (link to 27 minute video of that presentation)
  • Traveled to Calgary to see Scott Friedman and W. Mitchell in a special CAPS Calgary meeting. Also attended The Power Within which featured speakers like Jack Canfield, Amanda Gore, W. Mitchell and Sir Richard Branson. Always open to learn from other professionals in this field. Nicer when they are colleagues you know from NSA or CAPS events.
  • Facilitated a teamwork and communication workshop for Community Futures in Grande Prairie. Great team of people and lots of fun too.
  • Spoke for Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Small Business Week  on Secrets Top Sales Professionals use to work smarter, make more money and have more fun. Works for me. Thanks to my Chamber Champions, Linda Pavelich and Elizabeth Taylor for their support in making this event successful. Thanks too, to my friend Irene, from Vitrak Creative Services, who played videograher for this event and my fellow Alberta Speakers promotion partner, Freddi Dogterom for coming out to support me. Great evening and some great people in attendance. Thanks!
  • Facilitated a full day workshop for a team from Agrium in which we created definitive Mission and Vision Statements for their EH&S team.
  • Small Business Week in Alberta video for Business Link (about 4 minutes), along with several other speakers and experts.
  • Joined NSA-Arizona as a strategic step to my intention to winter in warmer climates. Am considering joining NSA-Las Vegas and NSA-San Diego in the new year for the same reason.
  • As usual, lots of tweaks and internet work on our websites. Registered a few more to support a new initiative I have in mind. Some of them are now up and running and featured in "What's New" Column to the right. More to follow.

November will never be the same

  • D42 Toastmasters Fall Conference in Calgary (Nov 2-4) where many of my fellow CAPS speakers were presenting. Had the pleasure of introducing my long time friend and colleague, Dan Ohler on Sat. What a great guy and a great speaker. Also had a chance to reconnect with another CAPS friend Wayne Lee who also helped us out by doing an ed session. With friends like these two, I am truly blessed. My friend Judy Mooney, DTM and her crew did an amazing job to make us all welcome and to provide an educational and enjoyable weekend.
  • My next door neighbor, Steve turns 95 on Friday. I won't be here, but plan to celebrate it tomorrow. He is a special part of my life and an inspiration as well.
  • Applied Improv Network workshop at the Banff Center (Nov 9-13th). Each year hundreds of leaders from around the globe, in applied improv (ie at work), gather to share ideas and to learn from each other. This year meeting is in Banff.
  • Spirit of NSA Day (Nov 14th) 1st National awareness day to honor NSA founder, Cavett Robert's legacy of sharing and giving. Cavett's legacy includes CAPS and what a lot of our Canadian Speakers have enjoyed. So plan to celebrate it in a special way. Have a long time involvement with NSA and am a member of NSA-Arizona, so this has a special place. NSA is located in Tempe, AZ.
  • Alberta Entrepreneur Association (Nov. 20th) Featuring Secret Selling Tips
  • Catching up on websites, writing, blogs, article placement and other areas that need proactive attention.
  • Waiting to hear from a client in Baton Rouge before deciding about attending NSA Product lab in New Orleans prior to the CAPS Convention in Halifax.

December Ideas @ Work issue will come to you from Halifax, Nova Scotia (Dec. 5-9) where I will be attending our CAPS Annual Convention. I'm taking a lower key this year. Simply one of the Meet The Experts on Thursday evening and otherwise going to relax and have fun with my fellow speakers.

PS: Photo is Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr visiting my booth during CSIA DEMO Gala2007


Thanks for reading

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey would be pleased to be a part of your success team and to work with you for your conference, meeting or training event. For more information about customized keynotes, professional/personal leadership training and coaching, seminars/retreats, please visit or call our Creative Office at: (780) 736-0009

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New Websites to check out:

Edmonton Speakers

Calgary Speakers

These two grew out of our Alberta Speakers Ad-venture project. Both of these will be expanded to include additional speakers working in or wanting to work in these two amazing Alberta areas.

More geographical joint venture speaker promotional sites are on the drawing boards for Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.

The following are strategically 'targeted' websites for areas I like to visit and work. My thought is to make it easier for those meeting planners looking for a speaker for one of these locations. As I say, 'They'll never hire you, if they've never heard of you!'

In some cases, I hope to eventually winter and write in one or more of them. I'll let you guess which ones are targeted for the winter*.

Nova Scotia Speaker

Las Vegas Speaker*

Phoenix Speaker*

Honolulu Speaker*

Seattle Speaker

Kelowna Speaker

Vancouver Speaker

Victoria Speaker

Saskatchewan Speaker

More targeted sites are in the works.


Life is funny at times

Sometimes life can be funny. I have long been an advocate of people taking personal leadership in their own lives and in helping them become more successful. My speaking, writing and coaching have this focus.

I 'just' did a Google search for Success Speaker a few minutes ago. I check various words from time to time, and put this one in for fun. Might change, but guess who comes up, #1, #2 and #4 (two different sites) out of 41,200,000 listings for those two words. And I wasn't even looking for those in the two sites they found. Life is funny at times... To your success!


#10, Creativity Corner
Egremont, AB T0A 0Z0