Diana Nyad Raises The Bar on Goal Setting

Okay, if this story doesn’t beat all, I don’t know what does.  On September 2nd 2013, 64 year old Diana Nyad became the first person to successfully swim the Florida strait stretching 110 miles from Cuba to Key West.  It was her fifth attempt at completing the feat which took 53 hours to complete.

More astonishingly, she has tried on various occasions for the last 35 years to do this!  On top of that, she made the journey without the aid of flippers or the protection of a shark cage.  I must say, she sure looked worn out as she walked ashore in the United States.

After hearing of this extraordinary tale, I thought to myself “no more excuses.” I find myself thinking over and over, “64 years old and 35 years in the making.”  What an inspiration for mankind this woman is!  Preaching the mantra of “find a way,”  Diana Nyad serves as a standard to follow when it comes to pursuing whatever it is in life that one would hope to achieve.  “Find a way,” now those are powerful words and I hear them reverberating in my mind each and every day.

Diana Nyad’s achievement gives us all reason to think about what it is that we truly want and “find a way” to attain it.  I will say it again, 64 years old and a story 35 years in the making!  It just goes to show that it is never too late to pursue your life ambitions.  Thank you Diana for giving us all an example to follow whenever we get presented with so called obstacles as well as a source of inner strength so that each of us may “find a way.”  Our lives are all the much better as a result of your truly amazing accomplishment.

Flying lessons, here I come!


Enhanced by Zemanta

A Real Source of Inspiration

At some point in our lives we all experience a feeling of doubt as to whether or not we can accomplish something.  More often than not, we hear “No you can’t!” than “Yes you can!”  People also tend to be inclined to accept the negative influences that come their way instead of standing up to them and focusing solely on the positive.

Back in 2002 I had the experience of watching a movie titled “Door to Door” with William H. Macy.  This is the story of a remarkable individual named Bill Porter who would not take no for an answer.  Stricken with cerebral palsy, Bill Porter was basically faced with the prospect that he would not have a normal life.  Undeterred by his physical obstacles and with the unending support of his parents, Bill was determined to make his own way in life.  Landing a position with the J.R. Watkins company, Bill began his career as a door to door salesman promoting the company line of culinary, personal care and home cleaning products.

Did he get the door shut in his face?  Oh I’m sure it happened many times!  Did he worry about what people would think when they saw a physically handicapped man knocking at their door trying to sell them stuff?  Actually I don’t know but either way, Bill Porter was determined to succeed.  Over the course of time, he went on to become the top grossing salesman for the company in the United States.[1]  With relentless determination and a positive outlook, Bill had made a life for himself as an individual.  Just reading about the obstacles that he faced just made my jaw drop and say “Wow”!   The man couldn’t drive, could barely walk and spoke with difficulty.

After being hit by a car in 1997[2], Bill Porter was no longer able to travel on foot to meet with his customers.  He then resorted to keeping the business going through contacting his customers by telephone as well as having his own website on the Internet.  With the help of an assistant, he is able to get the tasks done that he is not able to complete himself.

What made me think of writing this?  I had been thinking about the “demons” that we sometime have within ourselves that hold us back from achieving or doing what we want.  For some reason, the name Bill Porter came to mind and I realized that often the biggest obstacle we have is ourselves.  For me, the life story of this truly remarkable man makes me realize that with the right mindset, anything is possible.  Take a look at the links below to learn more about someone who can be a source of inspiration for all!

p.s.  The Watkins Company looks like they have a pretty interesting product line; you should check it out!

Bill Porter’s website

Article in People Magazine about Bill Porter

[1] From http://www.who2.com/bio/bill-porter

[2] “Life of a Salesman” by Susan Horsburgh, People Magazine ; Vol58 No4, July 22,2002


If you are considering getting a Master's Degree in teaching……………..

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of 2tor. All opinions are 100% mine.

Why not become a graduate of USC (University of Southern California) as well?  Better yet, you won’t even have to visit the campus!  The USC Rossier School of Education is providing educators and those considering a career in teaching the opportunity of earning a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from a leading university.  This program allows you to incorporate the use of modern information technology so you can enjoy the ability to pursue your degree online.  Face it, this is a huge benefit!  For the modern professional who also has personal commitments,  career advancement can pose a formidable challenge.
This groundbreaking online learning program allows you to enjoy an interactive online learning environment and also offers tuition reimbursement and scholarships.  In addition, you will get to interact with USC faculty that have established themselves as leaders in modern education.  Not only that, you will have access to all the privileges and entitlements that students who are attending campus full time enjoy.  Think about it, who would not want to have a diploma from a leading university like USC hanging on their wall?
So in addition to being in a career field vital to our nation’s future as well as putting online technology to your advantage, you get to top it off with a dash of prestige as well!  Go to the link below to learn more about this leading edge study program for the educators of today and tomorrow.

Visit Sponsor's Site

Enhanced by Zemanta

The Big Apple is asking, "You Want a Piece of Me!!??"

New York City skyline with Empire State Building
Image by meironke via Flickr

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bid On The City. All opinions are 100% mine.

That’s right!  We are talking NYC as in New York City!!  Here is your chance to own a piece of the pie!  We are talking a chance for you to buy property in the Manhattan and Westchester areas of one of the greatest cities on the planet.  What’s available?  Apartments, condos, co-ops, residential and commercial properties can all be yours and you can start with a bid of just $1!   After reviewing this site I saw myself in the apartment listed at 247 W 46th looking through my spacious window at the view of the hustle and bustle down below.  My guess is that the lucky buyer of that piece of real estate is going to get it at a bargain of $675K and the condo on 513 W 135th is going to get the keys to that little palace for $162K.  As for myself, I would bid $640K and $138K (if I had it) on each but yes, of course I would start the ball rolling with $1.  But there’s more!  Try out your bidding skills and if you guess right on 10 of these properties in a row, $100,000 is yours to keep.  To learn more about the rules, go to www.bidonthecity.com.

The next bidding event is set to take place on December 11, 2010 so there is plenty of time to register and find out all you need to know on these choice properties that can be yours.  Psst, while you are there, take a look to see what might also be out in the Hamptons just in case you are in the mood to expand your horizons.  Good Luck and may the winning bid be yours!

the city

Visit Sponsor's Site

p.s.  If you are not quite ready for making a property purchase and need a good source of info on how to proceed; go to www.blog.doorfly.com to get a great start on learning how to pursue what’s right for you.

Enhanced by Zemanta