Friday, March 25, 2011


Hello guys, I hope you are all excited as I am, that today is Friday..hurray. For the weekend I have decided to post two short stories that have touched me, ever so dearly...

Believe in yourself & Go for it

Tim Ferriss believed in himself. In fact, he believed so strongly in his abilities that he won the national San Shou Kickboxing titles just 6 weeks after being introduced to the sport.

As a prior all-American & Judo team captain at Princeton, Tim had always dreamed of winning a national title. He had worked hard. He was good at his sport. But repeated injuries over multiple seasons had continually denied him his dream.

So when a friend called one day to invite Tim to watch him in the national Chinese Kickboxing championships 6 weeks away, Tim instantly decided to join at the competition.
Because he had never been in any kind of striking competition before, he called USA boxing and asked where the best trainers could be found. He traveled to a tough neighborhood in Trenton, New Jersey, to learn from boxing coaches who had trained gold medalists. And after 4 grueling hours a day in the ring, he put in more time conditions in the weight room. To make up for his lack of time in the sport, Tim's trainers focused on exploiting his strengths instead of making up for his weaknesses. Tim didn't want to merely compete. He wanted to win.

When the competition day at last arrived, Tim defeated three highly acclaimed opponents before making it to the finals. As he anticipated what he would have to do to win in the final match, he closed his eyes and visualized defeating his opponent in the very first round.
Later Tim told me that most people fail not because they lack the skills or aptitude to reach their goal but because they simply don't believe they can reach it. Tim believed. And won.


When 20-year-old Ruben Gonzalez showed showed up at the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, he had in his pocket the business card of a Houston businessman who believed in his Olympic dream. Ruben was there to learn the sport of Luge, a sport that 9 of 10 aspirants give up after the first season. Almost everyone breaks more than one bone before mastering this 90-mile-per-hour race against time in an enclosed mile-long downhill track of concrete and ice. But Ruben had a dream, passion, a commitment not to quit, and the support of his friend, Craig, back in Houston.
When Ruben got back to his room after the first day of training, he called up Craig.
"Craig this is nuts! My side hurts. I think I broke a foot. That's it. I am going back to soccer!"
Craig interrupted him. " Ruben, get in front of a mirror!"
"I said, 'Get in front of a mirror!' "

Ruben got up, stretched the phone cord, and stood in front of a full-length mirror.
"Now repeat after me: " No matter how bad it is, and how bad it gets, I'm going to make it!"

Ruben felt like an idiot staring at himself in the mirror, so in the most wimpy, wishy-washy way possible, he said, " No matter how bad it is, and how bad it gets, I'm going t make it!"

"C'mon! Say it right. You're Mr Olympic Man! That's all you ever talk about! Are you going to do it or not?"
Ruben started getting serious. " No matter how bad it is, and how bad it gets, I'm going to make it!"
"No matter how bad it is, and how bad it gets, I'm going to make it".
And again and again and again..

About the fifth time Ruben said it, he thought, Hey, this feels kind of good. I'm standing a little bit straighter. By the tenth time he said it , he jumped up in the air and shouted, " I don't care what happens. I'm going to make it. I will be an Olympian!"

Its amazing what happens to your self confidence when you get eyeball to eyeball with yourself and you forcefully tell yourself what you're going to do. Whatever your dream is, look at yourself in the mirror and declare that you are indeed going to achieve it-no matter what the price.

Ruben Gonzales made that declaration, and it changed his life. He went on to compete in three separate winter games in the luge-Calgary in 1988, Albert ville in 1992, and Salt Lake City in 2002. And he's currently training for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, where he will be 43 years old, competing against athletes half his age..

Whoa very long if you ask me, but worth it....
Stories gotten from Jack Canfield's book, my new hero... If you can, please buy his book.. " THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES: HOW TO GET FROM WHERE YOU ARE TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE", by Jack Canfield.

Do have a lovely weekend


  1. Good and inspirational stories. When I was young, I lived in Princeton for 12 years. Now you made me think about those years. Have a nice weekend.--Inger

  2. The post title say it all, pple wld take u the way u take urself

  3. Agreed, if you accept yourself then others are more likely to accept you.

  4. Lovely motivational stories, thanks for sharing. I need all the inspiration I can get, :)

  5. @Canyon Girl thanks. its nice to reminisce.
    @Chizy K.. yep it did.
    @Abigail Ny thank you for your comment. Will check your blog.
    @Myne Whitman thanks. Don't worry you can make it.

  6. Thanks for such inspirational stories
    Self belief is a great motivator.
    However, not everyone has it .......and that's when its great to have others who believe in you also!

  7. Thats right and true! Nobody can do YOU better than YOU and the only true obstacle between YOU and success is YOU! So YOU gatta believe in YOU and push the doppelganger side of YOU to the side to succeed! :)

  8. This is a beautiful inspiring message. Anything is possible for us if we are willing to believe. It sounds like a cliche, but it is so true.

  9. @naijamum very true. Self belief is the greatest, but when we can't do it all alone it pays to have someone kick our ass once in a while.
    @Chinny very true. We just have to believe in ourselves.
    @reflectionsfromparenting thank you very much.

  10. Lovely and interesting stories. Thanks for sharing.

  11. 'No matter how BAD it gets, I am going to make it'

    One of my many 'mottos' is Proudly Desperate. Proudly Naija. Regardless.

    Your story is the expanded version of my 'regardless'. No matter what I am going through, no matter how awful things are in Nigeria, because God IS, I AM going to make it and so will Nigeria! Considering what is going on today here in Nigeria, I am so happy I came to read your post!