How Walt Disney Got His Bankers To Believe

Just wanted to share a great story
that Mike Vance, Walt's head of creative
thinking at the Disney Corporation shared.

Here's the story:

Walt Disney went to the bank and told
them he wanted this HUGE LINE of credit.

When they asked him what he was going
to do with all that money...

Walt told them:

"I'm going to buy this giant swamp in
the middle of Florida".

The bankers were a bit puzzled and then
asked him what he was going to do with
all that useless swampland.

Walt answered:

"I'm going to build a castle right in the
middle of the swamp".

The bankers then asked:

And what are you going to do with a castle
in the middle of the swamp?

Walt replied:

"I'm going to put a mouse in the castle
and he's going to live there with all his pals."

What happens then?  the bankers asked.

Walt then said:

"Well, once I get the castle built and
the mouse has moved into the castle, people
are going to come from all over the world and
they're going to bring buckets of money
with them."

And then? the bankers demanded.

Walt answered,

"Well then the people are going to take
the buckets of money into the castle and
they are going to give it to the mouse."

The bankers asked That's it?

Pretty much replied Walt.

And just exactly how big a line of credit
are you going to need? asked the bankers.

Walt said "Oh...we're going to need a big one"

And that was it.  Four years later Disney
World opened it's doors to the world and the
rest is history.

I hope you enjoyed this story and the lesson
here is to dream of your castle and take action.

Today, you don't need a line of credit.

You just need a great system and a model to

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Double blessings

Every positive thing in your life represents a single unique blessing.

Every negative thing in your life has the opportunity to become a double blessing.

For when you turn a negative into a positive, you gain twice.

You are no longer burdened with the negative situation, and in addition to that you are strengthened by a new positive force.

Heal a strained relationship and not only do you lose an enemy, you also gain a friend.

Turn a weakness into a strength, and not only are you no longer held back by the weakness, you are pushed forward by the strength.

Every negative situation carries its own energy.

When you turn that energy around, the effort involved brings a double reward.

The weaknesses, liabilities, nuisances and troubles are no cause for despair.

They are assets, conveniences, joys and riches waiting to be manifested through your efforts.

Don't seek to merely get rid of the negative things in your life.

Instead, transform their energy into something of real positive value.

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You can and will succeed, in anything, providing you can focus on your goal and not dwell on the obstacles.
"Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal".  Cavitt Robert.
Everyone—everyday can find a reason to not do the things that they need to do in order to be successful in their chosen endeavor.  Whether it’s ASN or any other business, the easiest thing in the world is to make excuses.  Want success? Get rid of excuses!
If you focus on doing the things that you know need to be done, eventually you will have the positive outcome you are after.  When you focus on your objective, obstacles simply become stepping stones.  When you focus on obstacles, they become brick walls and the objectives that serve to motivate and inspire you, become invisible It bears repeating…  Obstacles are those things you see, when you take your eyes off the goal.
Don’t focus on problems—focus on Goals and Solutions.
I’m not saying ignore problems.  What I’m saying is give them only the weight and concern they deserve and only when they deserve it.  Do you have to go to court? The day of court, go!  But don’t worry about it for the prior 2 weeks.  Worrying accomplishes nothing other than to create constant anxiety that diminishes your performance on productive endeavors by sucking your energy and focus away from productive thoughts and activities.  Worrying about finances?  Don’t worry about it… DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.  Every moment that you spend simply worrying, is a moment that you are not working on and focusing on fixing it.  PLAN! DO!... but Don't Worry. 
Time spent worrying NEVER accomplishes anything!  It’s the time spent finding the solution that matters.  There is always a solution.  It’s up to you to find it. 

Don’t dwell on the problems, concentrate on the goals, the things you have to do. Then when you must deal with the obstacles, do it- but not until it is necessary, once it's dealt with?  Get right back to your objective.  Get back to the big picture.
No Excuses—don’t let anything stop you!

Persist Without Exception!!!!

How To Reduce The Ego

The ego is that part in us which feeds off praise, compliments and success. When we live in the ego we are inevitably subject to feelings of superiority / inferiority, pride and worthlessness, success and failure. If we want to avoid these negative emotions we need to transcend the ego. If we can transcend the ego, we will find that people are instinctively more attracted to us, even though we are no longer trying to impress. It may seem a great paradox, yet, limiting the role of our ego can make a radical difference to our lives.
These are some factors which can reduce the power of the Ego.
1. Don’t Try to impress
Don’t speak about your own achievements. Don’t drop names of great people you have met. Avoid forcing your accomplishments and success into the conversation. If you have been successful in accumulating wealth, try to keep quiet about it. All these factors may impress your own ego, but, you can guarantee they will have little impact on other people.
2. Be aware of False Modesty.
Sometimes when we say. “O I’m absolutely hopeless”. Actually what we are wanting is for people to respond. ‘O no your not, your really good.” Humility means that we don’t take excessive pride in our achievements, but, it also means we don’t exaggerate our failings in the hope of gaining sympathy.
3. Be Careful of Flattery.
We need to be careful about receiving praise, in some ways it can be as difficult as receiving criticism. The problem is that the ego likes receiving praise and so we can easily become addicted to being flattered. Don’t seek out people who are keen to flatter us, as this is only feeding the ego. Also, be wary of flattering other people in the hope that they will return the compliment.
4. Don’t use your Religion / Spirituality to Impress.
It is a mistake to feel that the practise of a religion / spiritual path gives us a moral superiority over other people. If we feel any superiority we are missing the whole point of spirituality. Spirituality is about a feeling of oneness not of proving that one path is better than others. This can be one of the most insidious types of ego. This is because when we wrap up the ego in a sense of moral superiority, we can easily trick ourselves into thinking we are reducing the ego, when actually we are strengthening it.

5. Be Aware of the extended Ego.
Ego, is not just about feeling we are better than others. Our Ego can also be expressed via national / religious feeling. When we feel a pride or superiority in our religion / nation, there is still the same problem of ego but, it is expressed through an extended sense of reality. This sense of superiority / pride is just as damaging as if it was contained to ourselves. However, we can feel that because it is not directly related to ourselves, somehow there is no ego involved.
6. Don’t Speak badly of Others.
Quite often, when we speak ill of others there is a subtle attempt to make ourselves look better. We may not explicitly say it, but, when we point to someone’s shortcomings we imply that we don’t have these, and therefore we are much better than them. The important thing here is the motive. Be very vigilant; what is your inner motive for criticising someone else? If it is to make you feel / look better, be very careful. The irony of course is that when we criticise someone, often we have the same imperfections ourselves, it is just that we find it easier to see them in other people.
7. What is Your Motivation for Doing Something?
If nobody knew that you had done it, would you still do the action with the same intensity? Can you work without expecting reward and praise? If you can do things selflessly with no desire for people to find out, this is a sign you do not give importance to the ego. If you only do things in the hope of praise, then you are working to satisfy the ego. The sad thing is that if you really work selflessly, at some point, your efforts will receive much greater recognition because people will come to also value the selfless motivation behind the action. Try doing some things but not let anybody no about it. In the NT, this is what Jesus meant when he said. “and with you left hand.
8. Don’t rely on Your Physical Appearance to Impress.
If you rely on your physical beauty to impress this is definitely coming from the ego. This is not to see beauty is bad thing, far from it. But, real beauty is heightened by modesty and the absence of ego. Avoid paying excessive interest to your physical looks.
To reduce our ego, we have to give great importance to our thoughts and motivation behind our actions. We have to be very strict with ourselves and work out why we are doing something. To reduce the ego, requires great vigilance, we need to reflect on each action and motivation. However, to reduce the influence of the ego, is of great value, it is the key to achieving a sense of inner peace.
If you have any other tips for reducing the ego, I would be interested in hearing them!

credit is given to Tejvan Pettinger for this aritcle

Franklin's 13 Virtues

From Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography…
My intention being to acquire the habitude of all these virtues, I judged it would be well not to distract my attention by attempting the whole at once, but to fix it on one of them at a time; and, when I should be master of that, then to proceed to another, and so on, till I should have gone through the thirteen; and, as the previous acquisition of some might facilitate the acquisition of certain others, I arranged them with that view, as they stand [below].
    Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
    Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid
    trifling conversation.
  3. ORDER
    Let all your things have their places; let each part of
    your business have its time.
    Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without
    fail what you resolve.
    Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself;
    i.e., waste nothing.
    Lose no time; be always employed in something
    useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
    Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly; and,
    if you speak, speak accordingly.
    Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits
    that are your duty.
    Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much
    as you think they deserve.
    Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
    Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common
    or unavoidable.
    Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to
    dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s
    peace or reputation.
    Imitate Jesus and Socrates

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