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THE SUCCESS TRAIN



You’re
the boss.



     How
should a book about the success train start? I could tell you some stuff about
freight trains but a freight train isn’t the success train. A freight train is
good for hauling stuff. You can haul trucks on a freight train. That’s
interesting but doesn’t tell us much about the success train. We’ll need a
better way than that to start this book.


     What
about passenger trains? They are a good way to get to places you want to go.
They have nice seats and some passenger trains have a dining car where you can
have a snack. Wonder why you never see a freight, passenger train? That’s a
train with some cars for people and some cars to haul stuff. You see passenger
trains and you see freight trains but don’t see passenger, freight trains.
That’s interesting but doesn’t help much with learning about the success train.
We’ll need a better way than that to start this book.


     You’ve
probably seen a toy train. Maybe you own one yourself. Some run on electricity.
Some you just push along on the floor.


     What did
you say? Is that you talking to me? Are you saying, “Get this book
started. I want to learn about the success train. That’s enough stuff about
other kinds of trains. Let’s get down to some important business.”


     Well,
okay. We’ll do it. Let’s get focused. Let’s think about the success train.
Toot! Toot! Here we go, clickety-clack, clickety-clack down the success track.
It’s time to say “Yes,” to success.


     Did you
notice? There were a couple of little rhymes there: clickety-clack down the
track and yes to success. What do you think? Is that some fun stuff to put in
this book?


     If it’s
okay with you, I’ll hide some other little rhymes here and there. If you have
time for a rhyme, you can try to spy them as you read. When you find one, let’s
hear a “CHOO-CHOO!” from you. Is a “CHOO-CHOO!” from you a
good way to remind everyone that you’re the success train boss? Sure it is.
It’s a real deal.


     Okay,
you’re right. It’s time to focus on the success train. It’s hard to get down to
business, isn’t it? That is too true sometimes. That’s why you’ll need this
totally terrific success tip. It’ll help you be a spectacular success train
boss.


!    Your success starts with
Focus, Focus, Focus.


     Are you
ready to climb aboard the success train? I sure hope so. It’s pulling out of
the station right now. It’ll be great if you’re not late but don’t complain if
you miss the train.


     What you
do is up to you. Are you going to say “Yes,” to success? Sure you
are. I know it’s true because I know something special about you. I know that
you’re way too smart to let the success train leave the station without you.
How smart are you? You’re sooo smart. That’s why you’re the success train boss.


     Please
lean down very close to the page and listen carefully. I need to whisper
because no one else gets to know this stuff. It’s an important secret just for
the success train boss. That’s you and here it is.


     Some
people don’t know that success starts with focus, focus, focus. They think it’s
okay to fool around and never get down to business. They don’t say
“Yes,” to success. They don’t understand that when it’s time to do
it, you have to get down to it.


     Did you
spy that one? It’s right there: time to do it and get down to it. Let’s hear
it. Go ahead and say it. “CHOO-CHOO!”


     That
makes me wonder. Can a choo-choo train chew chewing gum? Okay, I’m being silly.
Thanks for reminding me. Success starts with focus, focus, focus. Let’s see if
we can get back on track.


     The
success train is pulling out of the station and you’re already aboard. You
figured out the next totally terrific success tip all by yourself.


!    Your success depends on
Timing, Timing, Timing.


     You’re
always there when it’s time to climb aboard the success train and get down to
business. You definitely know when it’s time to go. That’s because you’re sooo
smart.


     Can you
handle another little secret? Of course you can and here it is. Some people
focus on what they need to do. They also understand how important timing is.
They try to do what they need to do when they need to do it. Here’s the
problem. They don’t have the success attitude.


!    Your success depends on
Attitude, Attitude, Attitude.


     Well,
okay. You’re right. I slipped that totally terrific success tip in there
without explaining it first. I slipped the tip right in there, yes I did. I’m
not surprised you noticed. You notice things like that because you’re soooo
smart.


     What’s
the success attitude? There’s something you need to do. It might be your
homework or cleaning your room. It might be playing a game or sitting still
while you get your hair cut. It might be studying for a test or learning how to
swim. Whatever it is, it’s there for you to do.


     The
success attitude begins with knowing what your goal is. If you don’t know what
your goal is, you won’t succeed. This is a little complicated but that’s okay.
You can handle complicated stuff like this. I can tell you this part because
you’re soooo smart.


     Your goal
isn’t doing your homework. It’s getting your homework back after your teacher
looks at it and lets you know that you did a good job. You need to do your
homework. Your goal is knowing that you did your best.


     Your goal
isn’t cleaning your room. Your goal is to look around your room and see how
clean and neat it is. You need to clean your room. Your goal is feeling good
about what a totally terrific job you did cleaning your room.


     Your goal
isn’t playing a game. It’s knowing that you played the game as well as you can.
Your goal isn’t sitting still while you get your hair cut. It’s having a
totally cool haircut and looking good.


     Your goal
isn’t studying for a test. It’s taking the test and knowing that you did your
best. Your goal isn’t learning how to swim. It’s being a good swimmer.


     Do you
see how it works? You have stuff you need to do. It’s waiting for you to do it.
You need to do it now. Your goal is on down the track. You’ll need to climb
aboard the success train and get headed that way.


     You know
what your goal is. You know what you have to do to get there. Do you have the
success attitude?


     Turn your
neck so you can check. Check each side so no one can hide. If it’s clear so
only you can hear, I have another secret for you.


     Some
people don’t have the success attitude. They get moody and pout. They don’t
care whether they do a good job or not. They don’t just go ahead and do it.
They don’t climb aboard the success train and head on down the track toward
their goal.


     Do you
know some people who don’t have the success attitude? Sure you do. They like to
complain when they miss the train. They have stuff to do just like you. They
think they’ll do it when they get around to it. They’d rather fool around or
take a rest than climb aboard and give it their best.


!    You know what you need to do.


    


!    You know what your goal is.


!    You Focus, Focus, Focus on
reaching your goal.


!    You know that Timing, Timing,
Timing is important and you try to do what you need to do when you need to do
it.


!    You never forget that your
success depends on Attitude, Attitude, Attitude and you have the attitude it
takes to reach your goal. You always say “Yes,” to success.


     There’s
one more totally terrific success tip that goes in this chapter. I’ll share it
with you before this chapter is through. It’s an eleven letter word you may not
have heard. The word is persistence.


!    Your success depends on
Persistence, Persistence, Persistence.


     “Okay,”
you say. That’s definitely an eleven letter word. It’s not the longest word
you’ve ever seen but what does it mean?


     It means
that you aren’t a quitter. You don’t give up. Anyone can do the easy stuff but
it takes persistence when the job gets difficult. When the job is hard, you
just work harder. You hang in there until you reach your goal.


     Whether
the success train is going fast or slow, this is what you need to know. You’re
the boss. You’re in charge. It’s up to you to say “Yes,” to success.


     You did
it. You climbed aboard the success train and made it all the way through this
chapter. What do you need if you want to succeed?


     You need:


!    Focus, Focus, Focus


!    Timing, Timing, Timing


!    Attitude, Attitude, Attitude


!    Persistence, Persistence,
Persistence


     That’s
all. Maybe you should stop an play some ball. When you get back, we’ll take the
success train on down the track.





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