The Making of Superheroes

Zig Ziglar said you were “designed for accomplishment, engineered for success and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” In other words, YOU were born to be a superhero!  As such, your mission (you should decide to accept it) begins with the following four assignments…

  • Assignment #1:  Be intentional and be prepared. Do something everyday to learn and grow. There’s no time to waste. People are mired in mediocrity and they need a superhero you!  Prepare yourself to “save the day!”
  • Assignment #2:  The Lone Ranger had a partner known as Tonto. Batman had Robin at his side. Choose your Robin and bring him or her with you to the next superhero growth opportunity.
  • Assignment #3:  Invite your superhero colleagues to participate in superhero growth experiences. Then, help one another learn, develop, grow and sharpen each others superhero powers.


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How Hungry Are You?

Unpleasant hunger pangs, that growling stomach discomfort and awareness of sagging energy, are physical reminders that our bodies need to be refueled.  But what about our minds? Do people have a signal like an inner voice that urges them to nourish their minds and hearts? I believe some do – perhaps not everyone.

Based on my observation of human behavior it would seem whatever that voice is saying is gentler than the voice of a grinding stomach and no match for human stubbornness. However, there are some who discover a way to align their free will with their whispering conscience. A person like this responds by making good choices about feeding their body and mind and heart and spirit. No matter how crazy life gets, they are prepared at every level and able to restore balance.

Here’s what I know – people need nourishment and exercise to be healthy and happy and they know it. Still, they are inconsistent in both areas.  Tragic as this is culturally, we are significantly more neglectful about mental, emotional, creative and spiritual health.  How else can we explain the people problems that exist in every sector of society?

Here are estimates on what America spends in a year on our bodies and our physical appearances:

  • Food: Nearly $1.35 Trillion (USDA-2013)
  • Cosmetics: Nearly $60 billion
  • Tattoos: $3 Billion
  • Surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures: $12 billion
  • Fitness Industry: $40 billion
  • Hair, nails & tanning: $10 billion
  • Fashion: $250 billion
  • TOTAL: $1,745,000,000,000 ($1.745 Trillion)

Now, look at how we as a nation, after formal education, continue our personal and professional development.  Businesses and other organizations spent an estimated $55.4 billion on training in 2014.  (That’s less than $25/month per American adult.)  As the numbers show, it’s a tiny fraction of what we spend on our bodies. The ratio is approximately 97 to 3 in favor of the body.  The difference becomes even more dramatic when we add the cost of repairing our broken bodies (i.e. health care.)  Maybe if we invested more wisely, focusing more intentionally on our inner selves, we would make different choices for our outer selves.

Human bodies are like a mobile home.  It’s where a person can reside and a vehicle that moves the person from one place to another.  In these ways, the mobile home is very useful.  Therefore, we need to take good physical care of it.  However, if the person inside is neglected to the point of starvation, what’s the point of the mobile home?

None of these thoughts are intended to place moral judgments on tattoos or nice clothes nor are they to suggest we neglect our bodies.  The lesson is about prioritization. I believe Americans would be healthier, happier and more productive if we would invest more in the person inside.  This suggests we probably need to redirect some of our resources.  Oh NO!

Here’s the good news.  You can do this and you don’t have to wait until the next January 1st, spend a fortune or give up everything that is fun!  You can begin one new practice — today that will put you on a path to a better life.  Ask your self, “What could I read to get started?  What could I sign up for?  What wisdom could I seek?  Who could I reach out to for the help I need?  However, the first question you need to ask yourself I this, “Am I hungry enough to change my diet today?”

The body is a home for people.
We are wise to take good care of ours.
But if we don’t care for the person who lives there,
what’s the point? 
— Clancy Cross

Always Prepare to Win!

This message is the kind you would expect at a graduation ceremony.  However, I believe the essence of it belongs almost everywhere: in college recruiting conversations, freshmen orientation, classroom lectures, course assignments, student meetings with the dean, family meetings, parents advising their children, employee meetings with the boss, team meetings, church services and blog posts like this one.

“Knowledge gives you power… The more knowledge
you have about a subject, the better equipped
you become to link your daily experience to new opportunity.”

– Zig Ziglar and Tom Ziglar, “Born to Win”, p. 79, 81

Knowledge is Important, But…

Apparently, when it comes to formal education, we get it!  Formal education is widely considered invaluable as part of life’s preparation.  Although I tend to qualify this because the college experience is valuable only to the extent that one pays attention.  The late Jim Rohn said it this way: “Rarely does a good idea interrupt you.

Educational opportunities created in school make way for the acquisition of knowledge and a controlled environment where students can experiment with what they learn.  Of course, the diploma that one earns has value as a key credential for employment and advancement.  However, there’s one success factor that is widely overlooked — self-education.  College isn’t the only development opportunity and it doesn’t meet all growth needs.

“Formal education will make you a living.
Self-education will make you a fortune.”
– Jim Rohn

…Knowledge Without Wisdom is Impotent!

Your diploma is not a guarantee for success.  It’s not an invitation for a seat at the boardroom table.  It’s not a ticket to employment.  It’s not even a promise of getting an interview.  It is merely one of many essential credentials to be considered for employment.  While having an education will not always lead to the interview you want, you can be certain that not having one will likely disqualify from getting the interview.  The reason is simple.  Employers hire people, not repositories of knowledge.  The value you bring to the market goes beyond what you know.

Preparation Increases Your Value

Whether the task is small or large, always prepare.  Preparing means, “equipping yourself with the tools, skills, knowledge and attitudes you need to turn your plans into reality.”  Preparation includes learning, planning and practice.  Only then can you expect consistent and successful execution.

“The few who do are the envy of the many
who only watch.” – Jim Rohn

Success is the result of our daily commitment to preserving and increasing our value in the marketplace.  So, every day we should ask ourselves the following three questions:

  1. What will I do today to learn and grow?  (my promises)
  2. What will I do today to implement what I’ve learned and who I’ve become?  (my promises)
  3. How well did I do today in the areas of learning and implementation?  (assessing my promises)

“You must get good at one of two things:
planting in the spring or begging in the fall.”
– Jim Rohn

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