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The Secret to Career Success? Enthusiasm
CBS News ^ | 7/27

Posted on 08/01/2014 4:51:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway

In 1980, Morley Safer traveled to Dallas to uncover the multimillion-dollar industry that was making people richer, better, and happier

This week, Morley Safer reported on a job-training boot camp that places disadvantaged youth in positions at some of the country's most competitive companies.

Nearly 35 years ago, Safer reported on another tool job-hunters were using to gain an edge in the workforce.

The year was 1980 and Safer found himself in Dallas at a $900, three-day seminar where average Joes were being taught the secret to success: enthusiasm.

The man behind the seminar, Ed Foreman, claimed he could make individuals richer, better and happier just by changing their mindset from "a frightened little church mouse" to that of a "super mouse."

Some advice was as simple as answering, "Terrific!" when asked, "How are you?" Other advice included filling out goal planners and a creative ideas manual.

Foreman's gospel and that of his competitor, Zig Ziglar (referred to as the "most fantastic man outside of God" by a loyal follower), earned both men millions.

Puzzled by the simplicity of the seminars, Safer asked whether Foreman was stating the obvious when he preached "life is for laughing, loving, and living."

"Well, it might be the obvious, but very few people, in fact, in life practice it," Foreman told Safer. "A positive mental attitude and action plus a specific, identifiable, written goal equals supper on the table, equals health, wealth and happiness."


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: enthusiasm; success

1 posted on 08/01/2014 4:51:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

These days?

A) Be a crony

B) Tow the liberal party line, or else its firing time.


2 posted on 08/01/2014 4:56:25 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: nickcarraway
It's hard to be enthusiastic when you didn't build that, your work is plundered [either by the company or the government stealing your wages], and all your effort yields naught but scorn.
3 posted on 08/01/2014 4:56:28 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Viennacon
B) Tow the liberal party line, or else its firing time.

It's Toe the line.

4 posted on 08/01/2014 4:56:54 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Stand corrected. Thanks “”


5 posted on 08/01/2014 4:57:45 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: nickcarraway
Always!

A positive attitude coupled with the energy of enthusiasm is what won WWII and wins in everyday business.

If you have that and good Christian values, you cannot lose.

6 posted on 08/01/2014 5:00:07 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Some advice was as simple as answering, “Terrific!” when asked”

I always answer “marvelous” or “fantastic” or “fan-dam taskic”.

I really do believe that attitude makes up 90% of our reality and our world...


7 posted on 08/01/2014 5:00:47 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve wondered since Zig Ziglar died - did Obama’s re-election kill him? He was over 80, but he seemed very healthy. I am very familiar with Zig’s work, and the America where that worked, is not the America today.


8 posted on 08/01/2014 5:04:01 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: OneWingedShark

To be enthusiastic you must act enthusiastic!


9 posted on 08/01/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: OneWingedShark

Frankly, it would be far harder to *tow* the liberal party line. Gotta be a drag...


10 posted on 08/01/2014 5:09:09 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: Viennacon
These days?

A) Be a crony

B) Tow the liberal party line, or else its firing time.

C. Don't be too White

D. Don't dare be too seasoned (Old, you will be too experienced to hire)

11 posted on 08/01/2014 5:17:34 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 1010RD
To be enthusiastic you must act enthusiastic!

Heh.
The beatings will continue until morale improves.
and the advice just choose to be outgoing to people with social anxiety.

12 posted on 08/01/2014 5:21:26 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Zig was slowing down, but he especially wouldn’t let the disaster known as Obama get him down. Everytime I saw him it was:

Hi/how you doing, Zig?

Better than good


13 posted on 08/01/2014 5:25:31 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: nickcarraway

That was a Terrific article!

Some Brainy Quotes:
Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman - not the attitude of the prospect.

In business, you’re the Chief Salesman. Create a sense of demand, rather than waiting to have demand.

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?


14 posted on 08/01/2014 5:37:24 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: nickcarraway
The way to rise to the top on my crew was always ATTITUDE.

You need not be the best at a given task, but if you had a good enthusiastic attitude and tried your best, you were on your way to a promotion.

In way too many commands, the way to the top was knowing when and what to kiss.

15 posted on 08/01/2014 9:55:03 PM PDT by capt. norm
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Well I only have a theory. Zig was positive, but it was not a phony positivity. It was based on the truth of our great free enterprise system, and how “you can get what you want by helping enough other people get what they want.” He was a big risk reward type guy.

He had to see that the new model was cronyism, and that successful entrepreneurs are being punished and vilified - undermining the very free enterprise system and the very America upon which Zig built his entire motivational template.


16 posted on 08/02/2014 4:15:06 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I don’t know how he felt about political issues as he was such a positive guy, he would not let on (publicly at least) on the corruption and problems we have

I think he was more of a Will Rogers type, though less political in his jokes and speeches. Humor all around. He was also a VERY devout Christian. Both he and “The Redhead” (his wife)


17 posted on 08/02/2014 6:40:41 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

He was a staunch conservative. He was not overtly political - for business reasons - but his message was based on the conservative principles of devout Biblical Christianity and faith, and the free enterprise system operating as intended in the American experiment.

HIs positivity was based on certain fundamentals, and many of those fundamentals are no longer true in America. I suspect he knew this.


18 posted on 08/02/2014 6:53:29 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Agree on all parts. He was quite the guy


19 posted on 08/02/2014 6:57:35 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

And to be fair, I may be projecting. Zig’s teachings - and I was first exposed to them in about 80 or 81 - greatly impacted me. I still quote him from time to time, off memory.

However, in the past 5-6 years, I have not been able to really embrace them. I have an over active truth meter - and the foundations upon which Zig based his message are no longer what they’ve essentially been for many decades. I just was not able to over look that. Maybe that’s a weakness of mine, maybe a strength. Maybe both. But it’s who I am.

Just struck me he did shortly after Obama re-elected. At any rate, his eternity is secure, and Obama’s America no longer bothers Zig. I would say RIP, but I know he is.


20 posted on 08/02/2014 7:05:55 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

His Wiki entry makes no bones about his Republican/conservative views, that he wove those values into his motivational works.

Tragedy was no stranger to this gentleman:

In 1931, when Ziglar was five years old, his father took a management position at a Mississippi farm, and his family moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, where he spent most of his early childhood. The next year, his father died of a stroke, and his younger sister died two days later.

I also recall hearing of his incredible Christian faith as he walked down the aisle to view the casket of his deceased daughter. Wiki says she died in 1995 so she could not have been that old (his YOB 1926)


21 posted on 08/02/2014 7:21:28 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Neither was failure - in the early years - and poor health at times. All added to the richness of his messages.


22 posted on 08/02/2014 7:33:50 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: nickcarraway

I had a friend who applied for a top management job and the only qualification she met was that she was enthusiastic. She got the job.


23 posted on 08/02/2014 3:29:27 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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24 posted on 08/02/2014 3:30:11 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway

I had a friend who applied for a top management job and the only qualification she met was that she was enthusiastic. She got the job.


25 posted on 08/02/2014 3:35:43 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: capt. norm
In way too many commands, the way to the top was knowing when and what to kiss.

There's a lot to be said for enthusiasm. But just as important are hard work, skill, and moral decency.

Even given that, you can still lose out to a butt-kisser.

We're not promised worldly success in this life.

26 posted on 08/02/2014 3:50:08 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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