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Perhaps One Day You’ll Write Your Story

The only way to take control of your life, raise your standard of living and move beyond merely surviving is to create your own unique product or service that you offer to increasing numbers of people in exchange for the things of value that you desire. This simple formula applies to countries as well as people. A self-sufficient economy has its own products or services of value to export to the world. Similarly, a self-sufficient individual has something of value to exchange in the global marketplace. That thing of value is based on your natural talent, skill, or interest—in other words, your passion!

Time once again to take a little poetic inspirational break to set some goals for the future.

Perhaps one day you’ll tell your story
as they gather at your feet
The one that you were born to tell
with encore and repeat

It will start like every other:
“...frail and helpless with eyes closed
With potential and a purpose
that in time would be exposed

Shaped and guided by the lessons
given all life’s rules and tools
Tested by the many choices
offered in life’s many schools

Joining in the quest for happiness
all on earth are bound to make
Finding meaning in the moments
and the good in each mistake

Facing fears, and trouncing failure
while defining you anew
Choosing new ways of perceiving
things you thought you really knew

And in time proudly emerging
safe, serene and satisfied
With a fruitful life constructed
honoring what lives inside

A timeless saga of your triumph
over obstacles through pain
Smiling broadly as you tell it
for you’d do it all again!"

Make your life a tale worth hearing
grasp and wield the author’s pen
Live each day to tell your story
For if you live not now..then when?

The story people will eventually tell about you is one you have the power to write and tell about yourself. If you don’t like the way the story of your life is unfolding, take heart. You can start a new chapter today. Sit down and begin to compose the story you want to be able to tell the world a year from now. Write it as if it were a magazine article chronicling your rise to prominence, fame, fortune, family, peace of mind, or whatever your definition of success. Tell it as if you were Time Magazine's Person of the Year of three to five years from now, and curious minds are eagerly reading to learn more about you and how you did it. Start with the end in mind and chronicle all the rises and falls, the desperation and the darkness and your eventual emergence. You'd be surprised the amazing power a simple exercise like that will have in actually creating the future you desire in life!

Note: For more tips on overcoming your fears, acting on your ideas, changing the game, and creating a passion-centered lifestyle, visit www.passionprofit.com!


Visa waiver comments

Do you have a concern about the pending visa waiver law? Make your voice heard! Please note that public comments must be submitted by March 17, 2009. You must reference Docket #: USCBP-2009-0001 in your letters. Send letters to:

Border Security Regulations
Branch, Office of International Trade,
Customs and Border Protection, Mint Annex,
799 9th Street, NW.,
Washington, DC 20001.

Also, submit your comments and concerns online at www.change.gov, www.whitehouse.gov, www.regulations.gov, and www. dhs.gov. The more the better.


Until next week, remember, success is a journey, not a destination!

Walt F.J. Goodridge is author of 12 books including Turn Your Passion Into Profit. Walt offers coaching and workshops to help people pursue and profit from their passions. Originally from the island of Jamaica, Walt has grown several successful businesses in the US, and now makes his home here in Saipan. To learn more about the Saipanpreneur Project and Walt's philosophy and formula visit www.saipanpreneur.com and www.passionprofit.com.


Send article suggestions, entrepreneur nominations and feedback about this article to walt@passionprofit.com.

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