In this issue...
• Point to
• Give Thanks Every Day - Secret of
• Last minute thoughts and ideas
• Thanks for
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
What are you grateful for in your life
How do you express your thanksgiving
for the blessings, challenges and tests in your
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
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
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
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
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, Take some time to enjoy
this short Video on Business Planning (follow link to
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Gratitude costs nothing. But it’s a big
investment in the future.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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coaching have this focus.
I 'just' did a Google search for
Success Speaker a few minutes ago. I check various
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