Thursday, APRIL 8, 2010
Spring Edition #114

Russell Russell R. Shippee
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WELCOME to the new subscribers, receiving the newsletter for the first time. For you old timers, or regulars, it's also the first time. Wondering how that can be? Read the answer in the article below.

Today isn't the first time that one of us hasn't taken action on our goals for this year. So what? If you haven't started; that is in the past. Today, right NOW, is all you have. You can start NOW, today, doing one thing. It may be the first time you took the step, or a new first step that may well be better than the previous one. The only way to find out is to take the step and do it.

Spring is here. Summer is coming. Do you want to take some time off this summer? Relax and go to the beach, golf course, out in the boat, hiking, tennis, or a picnic? Sure, we all want to have fun. Well, start on the goals today. Take action today so you can reward yourself this summer with some time off. Prepare now, work now, do it now.

Do you have a mentor? If not, get one now. If it doesn't work you can stop. But, I bet it will work; and you will wonder what took so long to get one. What do you have to lose? Nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Yes, the books mentioned below by Jeffery Gitomer are sales books. But, they are not just for salespeople . We are all salespeople; and we can all learn and apply his teachings to our life. We are selling our family, our associates, and our friends every day. We are all in sales. Why not get better at sales? It'll serve you well.


PS: Do you need a personal sales manager - mentor? Do you want to be part of a new group being formed? Contact me for the details. It's time, the time is NOW.


"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."

--John D. Rockefeller

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."

--Sir Edmund Hillary

“The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.”

--Dale Carnegie

"And in the end it's not the years in your life 
that count. It's the life in your years."

--Abraham Lincoln


Cameron's Corner


At my age many things we do are for the first time. Many times the second or the twentieth time is also the first time. Kid's logic?

I saw Grandpa do a first. We had severe flooding in RI last week. Grandpa actually put work boots on and started to work. Now, that's what the family called a first!


As I told you last week, Grandpa reads and recommends Jeffrey Gitomer's books. OK, I read one and now he wants me to read it again. If I have to read it again then you need to read one also! Find them below at FTP Press. (Pearson Education)

Yes, it's a first for Grandpa to see me acting two. I look him in the eye, and then do what I want in spite of what he says. For Grandpa it's like the first time someone has not done what he has requested. It's great, and I'm having fun. Grandpa, well, I'm not too sure.

Spotlight Article


Does/Did the first time scare you?

Remember, the first is the worst. The first is also the current best. The glass is half full when you try, when you make an effort. We all have to start someplace, somewhere, sometime.

What about a baby learning to walk? The first thing they do, after they stand, is fall. They keep getting up and falling until they learn to stand. The fall, the risk of falling, is worth the effort, and the end results.

A life well lived is a series of firsts. You should continue to have firsts until the day you die. Living without any first is a living death. We should all strive for a first every day. It can be a brand new first, or a first best in something we have done before.

Many people read a book and then move on. Me, I read a book quickly and then, if it is a book of merit, I go back and read it a second time. Finally, I outline the book in the 3rd reading. However, I get more out of the book each time I read it, and each time is the first. It is like peeling an onion.

Each time is a first time because you, yourself have changed since you first did it. Your mood may be different, your attention level many be different, and your willingness may be different. With so many variables, it is the first time. However, the previous firsts give you a chance to do better if it is a sport or skill, and to learn more if it is a book.

Problems can occur when we decide we’ve done it before, we know how, and then we don’t focus as we should. That is when accidents happen, when we do it wrong, and when we risk getting hurt. As soon as you feel you can get your boat in the slip perfectly all the time, you become over confident, and that is when you hit the dock. When you least expect it, it happens.

Each time you do something, it is also a chance for a new personal best. It can be best delivery of a speech, it can be best time in a competition, or it can be the best test score. There is always a first time for a new personal best.

Fear prevents people from starting, from taking that first step, from doing it the first time. Isn’t life an adventure? Isn’t life to be lived? The only failure is when we don’t try, don’t make an effort, and don’t have a first.

What were your greatest firsts? What were your greatest fears that you overcame with action? What did you do that you thought you never could, but circumstances made it such you had, just had, to do it, did it, and it worked?

Make a list of your firsts. Go back as far as you can remember. For many, it will be a long list when they were young and fearless. As time goes on, the numbers of first may have diminished. If so, is life boring now? Is life not exciting? Is life the 'same old' each and every day?

Make a list of things you have always wanted to try, to do, and to improve on. Tackle one a day. Make a new first each day. You’ll be glad you did.

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