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    August 2007

    A champion is not a special person, but a person that does special things.

    August 30, 2007 2470 Views

    This is the first in our series of reader stories. If anyone else has a story to tell, please send it to us. This story comes from a reader named Pamela. It just goes to show you that enthusiasm and motivation are all you need to accomplish your dreams. Thanks for the story, Pamela. We're rooting for you!

    Hi my name is Pamela and I am 16 years old. I danced for 13 years. When I was 12 I started training to be a professional ballerina. I trained everyday but Sunday for 8 hours. A year and a half later, I did a jump and when I landed I snapped the main ligament in my right ankle. I had to have immediate surgery or I would never be able to dance again. I didn't have the surgery because doctors refused to do it because I was so young. The doctors told me I would never be able to dance again and that I would never be able to walk up stairs without any pain.
    Two weeks later I was on the stage dancing in competitions, despite the pain. Two months later we had our major competition. The problem was that it went for 12 hours and I would have to constantly go up and down stairs. I made it thru the competition. I didn't think about the pain but I was in absolute agony. I made it through.
    At the end of the year I gave up dancing and started elite rhythmic gymnastics. It is my passion and I am going to dedicate my life to it. The doctors told me I would never be able to dance again, let alone do gymnastics! My coaches are shocked that I could pick up such a difficult sport at 16 years old but I know I can do it. I am working to be the 2011 rhythmic gymnastics world champion and to place in the 2012 olympics. I have been doing the sport for 18 months and I can already do things that takes the girls years to learn.
    My message to people is to beleive in yourself because anything is possible. Sometimes things happen for a reason. Look at me now I can do gym and I can even walk up and down stairs without any pain! And remember:
    "A champion is not a special person, but a person that does special things."

    A simple quote

    August 29, 2007 2591 Views

    There's a quote that I've always kept close at hand for days when I can't get motivated. It always makes me remember it's my own fault if I don't get things done.

    Success is not spontaneous combustion. You have to set yourself on fire.

    Success depends entirely on your attitude and ability to get motivated. Light your own fire. Here's a match:

    The Nature of Success movie

    The best time to start

    August 27, 2007 2118 Views

    There's never a good time to start a project, or quit your job and start your business, or finish painting that room you started last year, or invest in that opportunity you don't want to miss. The timing never works out. The best possible opportunities always tend to present themselves at the worst possible times. Seth Godin wrote a great article about it a while back.

    The best time to start was last year. The second best time to start is right now.

    You can read the original article at Seth's blog.

    Blog Action Day is October 15

    August 24, 2007 2002 Views

    Over 2,500 blogs are united in a new campaign to reach an audience of over 2.5 million people. The brilliant idea is to get as many blogs as possible to come together on one day and write about one topic, the environment. This is a great experiment in using the social nature of the web to inspire change. We're getting involved and so should you.

    Head over to Blog Action Day's website to find out more. They just launched the site 9 days ago, and already have all sorts of support. Many major internet companies are jumping on the band wagon. Any of you readers who write your own blogs should take a minute to have a look at their site.

    And most of all, if you do get involved, let us know! We love hearing from you, and we'd be interested to know how you're participating in the event.

    5 other blogs to get you motivated

    August 23, 2007 2056 Views

    Here's a nice list of sites geared towards productivity, success, and keeping you motivated. Warning, some posts on these sites may change your life. Feel free to comment and add your own links.

    1. 43 Folders: based on the Getting Things Done program, but the site offers many tips and tricks for everyone to make your job, your life, and the universe better.
    2. Life Hacker: For the more tech savvy, this site offers tips and downloads to help you increase productivity in your business life.
    3. Pick the Brain: I love this site. Sample posts include: "21 Proven Motivation Tactics" and "Top 5 ways to build a wonderful life"
    4. Chief Happiness Officer: Learn to love the job you hate.
    5. LifeDev: Life development, one post at a time

    What are some of your favorite sites that help you get back on track?

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