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Day 1: Maximize Yourself and Opportunities (Part 1)
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Think a minute… “The reason many people don’t climb the ladder of success is they are waiting for the elevator.” But we cannot “wait” our way to the top, we must “work” our way up. We just need to be sure which steps will get us there, so we don’t waste our life climbing the wrong ladder! Today and tomorrow we will look at some right steps to success.

The first step is learning from experience. As one successful person says: “I prefer to profit from the mistakes others have already made and paid for!” People who do not learn from experience waste much of their life going around in circles making the same mistakes again and again.

A second step to success is both “seeing” and “seizing” good opportunities. Successful people don’t just talk about what they plan to do, they get on with doing it. They recognize a good opportunity and grab it before it is too late. They know timing is everything, so they are not afraid to take risks since they are more afraid of losing a good opportunity. The first step is usually the hardest, but it gets easier once you get moving toward your goal.

The person who is waiting for someone to give him a good tip on an opportunity will probably wait a long time! “The important thing is not to wait until opportunity knocks—it’s to know the sound of opportunity when it is just a tap.” Good opportunities are like diamonds in the rough: most people walk right by them because they are not already polished and cut to size.

A third step to success is to recognize when and where there is not much opportunity for future improvement and promotion. Some people cannot read the warning signs telling them they are wasting their time in a dead-end job where the road to their success is closed. Someone wisely said: “Don’t stay where you’re tolerated, go where you’re celebrated.” Find a job or business where you fit, and can keep climbing as high as your ability and desire will take you.

Today, why not ask the One Who knows your personality and abilities better than anyone to become your career partner? The One who designed and made you knows exactly the right steps for you to reach your full potential and success He has planned for you. Just think a minute…

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Day 2: Maximize Yourself and Opportunities (Part 2)
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Think a minute… “Everyone wants to succeed. Some are even willing to work for it.” There simply is no substitute for work. But we must make sure our work is working for us. Today we will look at the final steps we need to take to climb the right ladder to real success.

Another important step is to work using your own abilities and personality. A wise man said: “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” One of your greatest feelings and accomplishments will be when you discover what you do well and enjoy doing.

Your own special abilities are like power tools with which to build your life of success. An Olympic coach said: “You cannot put in what God left out.” So make the most of what your Maker has put in you. Do what you were specially designed to do. “Dogs cannot fly and fish cannot climb trees.” But neither do they try! They simply do what they were created to do naturally. So learn your own special abilities and match them with your job and career.

The final, most important step is to make sure you are pursuing the best opportunity that will give you the best life. Remember, success is not having money, it is having a high-quality life. That is real wealth. Just as we want to get the most value for our money, even more we need to get the most value for our time, since time is what life is made of! When you run out of time, you run out of life. So make sure you don’t get “ripped off” by spending your life’s time on things that do not give you real, lasting value in return. You only get one life to live, so get the best deal possible for what you spend your life on.

Ask yourself: Is the extra money I’m getting from working extra hours worth every hour I spend away from my spouse and children? Remember: “Overtime pays more because of what you’re missing.” Don’t get ripped off by working hard all your life just for money and then learn too late you did not get the quality of life and love you’ve always wanted and were created to have.

It only makes sense to ask the One Who gave you your life’s time and talents, to start leading your life and career? Each day He will help you take the right steps to your true success He planned for you to have and enjoy. But it can only start happening if you ask Him to take full charge of your life. Just think a minute…

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Day 3: Use All You’ve Got
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Think a minute… Have you ever felt like you did not get a fair start in life? Do you feel that the cards you were dealt have made it impossible for you to win? Listen to this true story.

John Herreshoff was just 14-years-old in Rhode Island, U.S.A. when he built his first sailboat: a racing yacht called the Meteor. By the time he was 20 he had built another boat called Faustine. It was the first boat of its size to cross the Atlantic Ocean in only 17 days. Later when John was 27-years-old he built a steam yacht called the Annie Morse. At age 37 John formed his own boat building company named Herreshoff Manufacturing. Together with his brother Nathaniel they built steam yachts and torpedo boats.

Then in 1892, England challenged America for the America’s Cup, the leading international trophy for yachting or sailing. Sir Thomas Lipton’s yacht called the Shamrock represented England in this world-famous competition. America had to choose its best boat to compete for this highly prestigious prize. Every boat builder in the U.S. was hoping to be given such an honor. Finally, based on his past achievements, John Herreshoff’s company was chosen. So John and his brother Nathaniel designed and built a racing yacht named Vigilant. It won the race.

In the following years, John and his brother designed and built many more winning boats. But you have not yet heard the most amazing part of this true story. John, who built his first boat at age 14… and went on to set many world-records in yacht racing… whose second handmade boat set a trans-Atlantic record… and whose boats won the America’s Cup 5 times in 10 years… was totally blind from the age of 12.

Even though he lived his life in the dark, he did not let that stop him from doing His very best and making his mark in the world. You may not have every ability and advantage that someone else does, but that does not mean you do not have all you need to be successful. So won’t you ask Jesus to take complete control of your heart and way of living? Only your Maker is the One Who can help you start making your mark and filling your place in the world. Just think a minute…

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Day 4: Made for Love
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Think a minute...A medical school examined 260 different studies of young adults to learn what they essentially need in life to be healthy, happy human beings. After studying all the results, they renamed the entire study, Hardwired to Connect. Just like an electronic machine is wired to work only with the right connections, we humans must have the right connections of love with each other. From the moment we are born, we need love from other people. It is basic biology.

The results of another study by Columbia University showed that a father’s love for his children, or lack of it, has a powerful and permanent impact on his kids for good or for bad. When a father did not have an involved, close relationship with his children, those kids were 68% more likely to get into trouble with drugs, alcohol, and violence. But when children did have a close, caring father, less than 6% of those kids were likely to get into trouble.

Even though he is gone, Michael Jackson is still famous as the King of Pop music; and his album, Thriller, is still the #1 selling album in history. His amazing career started when he was only 5-years-old and the lead singer of his family’s music group the Jackson 5 who became world famous. Some years ago Jackson shared in an interview that during his family’s first music practice, something went wrong and little 5-year-old Michael called out, “Daddy!” His father stopped everything to harshly scold and yell at Michael, saying: “I am not your father! I’m your manager! And don’t you ever forget it!” Michael says he never could forget it!

A few years ago Michael Jackson was giving a speech at Oxford University. He was talking about his foundation called Helping the Children. Suddenly he broke down crying so emotionally and uncontrollably that he could not speak. Finally, Michael Jackson said: “I just wanted a dad. A father who showed me love. And my father never did that. He never said to me: ‘Michael, I love you.’”

Maybe you did not grow up in a close relationship with your parents, or your father never showed you much love. Today, that can all change. You can come home to your true Father Who gave you life, and will always love and accept you. He also wants to show you His awesome plan and purpose for your life. So won’t you ask Jesus to take full control of your heart and life every day? He is the only One who can give you the real love you need and were made for. Just think a minute…

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Day 5: Recognizing Royalty
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Think a minute… Successful country singer Lonzo Green was visiting his relatives. His teenage nephew, Jim, and all his friends gathered in Jim’s house to meet his famous uncle. But there was one quiet 15-year-old boy whom Jim’s parents would not allow to come inside their house. Simply because this kid was poor, they treated him as an inferior, lower-class person, even calling him “white trash.”

When Jim told Uncle Lonzo that this boy outside had a guitar but did not know how to tune it, Lonzo gladly offered to show the boy how. Since he was not allowed inside the house, they arranged to meet outside by the street.

It was obvious to Lonzo that this teenage boy was embarrassed and felt out of place in this upper class neighborhood. The boy’s guitar was old, cheap, and hung around his neck with just a piece of string. After Lonzo showed the shy teenager how to tune his guitar, he offered to teach him some songs. The boy was so surprised and happy that Lonzo would spend two whole hours playing and singing with him, he actually started feeling confident in his own ability to play and sing.

Lonzo never met that boy again, at least not face to face. For that same boy who was not allowed to come inside the house, became the King of Rock n’ Roll: Elvis Presley.

There is a similar true story about another king who was not allowed to come inside people’s homes and hearts. In fact, He is the King of all kings. Yet even though He is the Maker of the universe, He chose 2,000 years ago to humiliate Himself by becoming a human being born into a poor, working-class family. Most people did not even recognize Him. In fact, not only was He rejected by His own people then, but by most of us today.

Remember, Jesus never said He was only a good man, teacher, or prophet. He absolutely claimed that He is God Himself. God the Son Who came to save us, and will also come again to judge the entire world for all of our wrong, sinful living. So either Jesus is a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord of everyone, whom He clearly proved to be. No other religious leader in history claimed to be God, except Jesus.

He desperately wants to forgive us for all our wrongs, so He can give us His full and everlasting life. He has done everything He possibly can, to the point of sacrificing His own life for our sins, to make the way for us to come home to Him. But it is our choice!

Will you recognize your King today? Won’t you ask Him to forgive you and take full charge of every area of your life? Until you do, you can never have His true, full life of love, satisfaction, and peace of mind He created you to have now and forever. Remember, Jesus Himself said: If you refuse to recognize Him daily as your personal Lord now, by free choice, you will be forced to later after it’s too late, and will suffer everlasting separation from Him and His true family of followers who chose to wholeheartedly love and live for Him. Just think a minute…

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