Kamis, 03 April 2008

Success: Something to Chew On

by Traci Hayner Vanover

Even if you aren't a connoisseur of chewing gum, you'll find something to chew on in this short story:

One day, Mr. Wrigley (of chewing gum fame) was traveling on a train between New York and Chicago. His traveling companion asked him why he continued to spend so much money on advertising and publicity.

After thinking about it for a moment, Wrigley replied, "How fast is this train going?"

"About 60 miles per hour."

"Why doesn't the railroad company remove the engine and let the train travel on its own momentum?"

I love this story, particularly because it illustrates one of the best traits that all successful people possess. They keep on moving, aspiring, and creating. If you think about this for a minute, you can come up with dozens of examples -- from our founding fathers to professional athletes, and everyone in between. Were they content to sit around and rest on their laurels? No way!

You won't find folks like these sitting on the sidelines; instead, they are out there -- in the fray, making waves, creating headlines, and invariably, creating the products that will "wow" us tomorrow.

If you aspire to be one of the Wrigleys of the world, you can't expect to get there without putting forth the effort. You have to be willing to jump in, work hard, get dirty, and break a sweat.

Sure, there is a potential for failure...but guess what? Some of the greatest achievements this world has ever seen have come on the coattails of a failure.

Of course, the flip side of the coin is this - you could also knock one out of the park. But you'll never know until you step up to the plate and take the pitch.

Anyone got any gum?

About the Author

Traci Hayner Vanover, aka The Promo DivaƂ®, is the owner of The Creative Concept, http://www.TheCreativeConcept.com a freelance firm specializing in the unique writing, publicity, and marketing needs of small businesses. She is also the publisher of Create the Dream! Magazine, a bi-monthly digital magazine for small businesses. To request a free sample issue and two other promotional gifts, visit the website, located at http://www.CreateTheDream.com

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