ACTIVITY/LABOUR ****** You must learn to translate wisdom and strong feelings into labor. The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor. Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Only rest long enough to gather strength. Without constant activity, the threats of life will soon overwhelm the values. The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. For every promise, there is a price to pay. AMERICA ****** The Pledge of Allegiance starts with “I” and ends with ‘all.” That’s what America is all about - “I” (individual) and “all” (all of us). When all of us understand how valuable each of us is, that’s powerful. And here’s what else is powerful: When each of us understands how powerful all of us are. America is unique because it offers you an economic ladder to climb. And here’s what’s exciting: It is the bottom of the ladder that is crowded, not the top. In America we have the greatest chance for opportunity than anyone else in the past six and a half thousand years. Never in recorded history have so many different gifts been brought from all over the world and deposited in one country. In America, everything you need to succeed is within reach. ASKING/BELIEF/RESOLVE ****** Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you. There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way. Resolve says, “I will.” The man says, “I will climb this mountain. They told me it is too high, too far, too steep, too rocky, and too difficult. But it’s my mountain. I will climb it. You will soon see me waving from the top or dead on the side from trying.” Disgust and resolve are two of the great emotions that lead to change. BASICS/FUNDAMENTALS ****** Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals. There are no new fundamentals. You’ve got to be a little suspicious of someone who says, “I’ve got a new fundamental.” That’s like someone inviting you to tour a factory where they are manufacturing antiques. Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done. Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgement, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgements that leads us to either fortune or failure.