Inspirational Business Stories from Joel Weldon

 

When you need a spark of hope or a nugget of inspirational gold, this collection of wisdom from Joel Weldon will refresh your entrepreneurial spirit.

The Corporal Meets The Commander In Chief

...and learns the importance of leadership by example. As Commander in Chief of the Continental Army that won American independence from England, president of the convention that wrote the U.S. Constitution, the first man elected President of the United States, and...

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Sweeney’s Miracle

Amazing potential, just begging to be released. A professor of industrial management at Tulane University in New Orleans, Dr. James Sweeney’s lectures on human potential were powerful, but he lacked concrete proof to back up his theories. One day he met a new...

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Burt And The Goddess

Communication and acceptance cause vengeful plan to backfire. As he stalked into the marriage counselor’s office, Burt was fed up. He was sure the counselor would be unable to help. “Look,” Burt said, “I want a divorce and nothing you can say will change my mind. The...

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Success Comes In Cans!

Some said, “It can’t be done!” But “Success comes in CANS, not in cannots!” The first successful cast iron plow invented in the United States in 1797 was rejected by New Jersey farmers under the theory that cast iron poisoned the land and stimulated growth of weeds....

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The Chair

A story about service: why it earns money and future patronage. “I was looking for a chair last Christmas,” explained Earl Nightingale, “I wanted to buy my wife a small telephone chair, something special, a conversational piece, something that would delight her.”...

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Put Your Plan In A Can

A well-learned presentation is the mark of a true professional. After a professional golfer hits a poor shot and ends up with a bad lie, perhaps in the weeds near a lake, what does he think about as he takes that next swing? His hands? Keeping his head down? His...

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Overcoming FEAR

False Evidence Appearing Real Motivation springs from one of two emotions: fear or desire. Fear and desire are equally strong motivators, but their effects are light years apart. Fear is the negative inhibitor which causes you to tighten up and panic. It forces you to...

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Breaking Free From The Past

You are what you choose today, not what you’ve chosen before. “I’m nervous.” “I’m shy.” “I’m not musical at all.” “I’m clumsy.” “I’m terrible with names.” When people describe themselves, they often use labels like these. Some labels are positive, such as “I’m...

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Can’t fix it? Feature it!

When faced with pending tragedy or sudden difficulties that could demoralize the team, effective leaders can decide instead to CELEBRATE! That’s right! If you can’t “fix it” you can create events to foster joy, gratitude, humor or hope! You can celebrate what you...

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Two-Legged Thinking

One-legged athlete proves human potential is unlimited. The things a human being can do are amazing. Most people act like they are only capable of ordinary things. But not Carl Joseph. Carl knows the truth. He’s done plenty of amazing things, all with just one leg....

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Be A “Salesfriend”

In your relationships with customers, develop the qualities of a close friendship. Your phone rings, and you pick it up. “Hello,” you say. “Hi! I represent the Bay City Pest Control Company, and we’re offering a special this week...” You hang up, feeling a little...

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No More: “I’m Dumb.”

A fateful day in Chad Howey’s young life — ten minutes under water. The term “cold water drowning” was used to describe his condition. At age 2 1⁄2 his mind was swept clear of the alphabet and other things he had learned. Even though he was alive, and left with full...

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A $600 Wrinkle

How a "wrinkle" can make or break your success. Brooke and Steve are a successful young couple. Both professionals, they earn an excellent income. Both are aware of how important it is to make a good visual impression. That’s why they decided to have one of Brooke’s...

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University of the imagination

The perfect way to tap your unlimited potential. They learned foreign languages, designed buildings, and invented products. They played their favorite sports, repeatedly hitting home runs and scoring touchdowns. Had they not been locked in tiny, filthy cells, fed like...

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You Can’t Save It So Spend It Wisely.

Looking for ways to save time? Well, forget it. You can’t “save” time. But you can spend it wisely. First, accept this premise:THERE IS NOT NOW AND THERE NEVER WILL BE ENOUGH TIME FOR ALL THE WORTHWHILE AND IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE. Think of all the places you’d love...

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Merchant Of Death

How do you want to be remembered? Imagine waking up one morning, stumbling into the kitchen, and sitting down with a fresh cup of coffee as you begin reading the daily newspaper. As you flip through the pages of events, your eyes fall on the obituary column. What’s...

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Meet Stuart Jenkins

He’s standing on top of a box! Have you ever wondered about the word “discipline”? What images does it conjure up in your mind? Doing what you have to do? Towing the mark? Keeping your nose to the grindstone? Putting restrictions on your behavior and actions? Setting...

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What are you chasing and why?

Take time now to answer this question. The C.E.O. of a multi-million dollar corporation died in his Chicago office at age 57. When his huge, solid-oak desk was later cleaned out, a hand fishing line, with hook, sinker and bobber attached, was found at the bottom of...

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It’s My Daddy’s Store

Profits jump as employees feel more personally responsible. Many years ago, the legendary Marshall Field developed one of Chicago’s outstanding department stores. Much of his success has been attributed to the time he spent on the sales floor, among his employees and...

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Acres of Diamonds

Your greatest career opportunity is right where you are, prepare to find it. Somewhere in your present job is the opportunity which will bring you everything you could possibly want. In his classic audio album titled “Lead the Field”, the late Earl Nightingale has...

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The Most Important Words

What do you think the “most important” words are that you can say to another person? Would it be I love you? You’re special? You’re wonderful? You can do it? All of these could be. Of course, it would depend on the situation and the condition, right? It also depends...

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Opportunityisnowhere!

How and where to find opportunities. What is the title of this article? “Opportunity is nowhere” or “Opportunity is now here?” That’s right. The second one is correct. But far more important than deciphering titles is the ability to recognize opportunities in life....

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The Winners Are Still Winning

You can prosper, regardless of the current economic situation. A management psychologist described a conversation he once had with his banker in which he was asked the following question: “Jim, you get around behind the scenes in a lot of businesses. What do you make...

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Help The Best!

A risky but potentially rewarding approach to leadership Let’s say you are a sales manager. On your team are a few professionals who always do well, several average producers, and some marginal hangers on. Who do you invest your time with? Do you divide it equally...

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A Leading Question

How can I help my people enjoy their work more, Joel? Question to you: What makes YOU enjoy your work more? If you’re like most people, you enjoy doing things you’re good at. Ever notice that? What you like to do, you’re good at, and what you don’t like to do, you’re...

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Creativity Is Within Reach

  Just find out what everyone else is doing and don’t do it! A client of ours, John Westman, had been looking for a creative way to deliver a message of love to his wife on her 35th birthday—he’d heard about the idea of a sign behind a small airplane, or spelling it...

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Form Follows Function

An architectural theory you can use every day. When the Board of Directors of a mid-sized Eastern college decided to build an extensive addition to their campus, their first step was to hire an architect. Being intelligent men and women, they chose a particularly...

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Forget Luck

“Good luck,” said the manager to the salesperson leaving for an important sales call. “Wish me luck,” said the student to his mother as he left for school to take an important test. “Boy, were we lucky,” said the lawyer to his partner after winning the case.  You’ve...

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I-B-M, R&D, And Y-O-U

The best investment you can make. I-B-M stands for International Business Machines--- what a brilliantly successful company! Sales are approaching $100 billion dollars annually!  R&D stands for research and development, something IBM spends over 6% of its gross income...

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John T. Smith, Professional

More than anything else, what do you think sets the true professional apart from the others? Chances are, nearly everything a true professional does will set him or her apart as someone special. But, if you don’t want to identify who’s a pro and who isn’t, you don’t...

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Old Dogs And New Tricks

How to stay young despite your age. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But what do you think about that? Is improving and growing a trick? No! And people aren’t dogs! People can continue to learn and improve regardless of the dates on their birth...

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Pistons Of Power

Anything is possible, if you never look back. What limitation, right now, seems to be keeping you from doing something you want to do? Regardless of your answer, there’s a person who would vehemently disagree with you. She proved that whatever it is you think you...

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Places In The Mind

Man continually proves he can do anything. On May 6, 1954 a British medical student stunned the world by running one mile in three minutes, 59.4 seconds. Until then a sub-four-minute mile was believed impossible. Doctors said nobody’s heart and lungs could pump blood...

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The Little Things Really Are The Big Things

When asked to name the three most important things in their lives, most people include the word “family.” In fact, a good many of those put the word “family” at the very top of their list. And yet in many cases there is a significant gap between their desire for a...

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The Man Who Could Do Everything

Now that he’s gone, you must accept greater responsibility. The death of Someone Else, the man who could do everything, recently gave rise to mourning and lamentation all over the world. Else was the most talented person of all time. Perhaps his greatest talent was...

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You Too Can Be A Champion

No one could even remember someone so highly skilled and ranked failing to even qualify. Yet, Dan O’Brien did just that. It’s history now—but when sitting on Delta flights #1862, from Salt Lake City to Spokane, it was real. It was Monday, the day after watching Dan...

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Cultivate Your Garden

"Be sure that what you allow to engage your attention is of value." Each day, you’re bombarded with hundreds of messages: BUY IT! READ IT! DO IT! SEE IT! TRY IT! EAT IT! NEW! HURRY! SALE! HERE! NOW! They reach you via radio, computer, television, newspapers, books,...

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The Tale of Two Dogs

"A reminder about the benefits of positive reinforcement..." As a first time dog owner, he failed. He would call “Ginger!” but Ginger wouldn’t respond. She continued wandering and sniffing bushes, as dogs are wont to do, and only returned when she wanted to, which was...

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A Shoe Box Of Wins

Twenty years in a tough job and Barbara still has a positive, expectant attitude. What’s her secret? The State Department of Education is a tough place to work. The employee turnover rate is high, because people find it too stressful being the “rope” in a non-stop...

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A Piece Of Fuzz In The Machinery

To stay responsive to prospects, sales people need fuzz detectors. A man entered a large hardware store and walked to the household-appliances department. “I need a replacement blade for my food processor,” he said. “Oh well, we only have two kinds,” the clerk said in...

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The Winding River

"You’re only responsible for making it to the next bend..."   The young man had done well during his first two years with the company, but he began to feel anxious. He wasn’t sure where his career would take him, if indeed it would take him anywhere. He wondered what...

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