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By: ricderr , 4:06 PM GMT on July 21, 2007
I am a fan of motivational books. One of my favorites is "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson, MD, I was given it by a friend years ago and I still pull it from the bookshelf periodically and read it once again. I know it was meant to be useful across the workforce, but I think it is a great read for those in the building industry because the industry and the way it does business changes so regularly. And it changes fast, a year ago I was in outside sales for a residential builder supply company and here on the Treasure Coast it was a common occurrence for salesmen to earn a 6 figure salary, I saw the market slowdown coming and accepted a salary based position and yesterday I was speaking with a friend from that old company and their top salesman who was earning in the mid 200's, earned in June, a monthly check of 6,000 bucks. At the beginning of 2006 there was an estimated 16,000 workers in the construction field in our area and as of last report an estimated 8,000 of those workers are in other arenas or unemployed. I got lucky, I was recruited by a firm that over half of their revenue comes from the commercial sector which analysts say will be strong through 2009 but even we, can't rely on that or our past successes and must come up with new strategies for future success. Over the last month our owner has been challenging us to not focus on the past glories and instead come up with new programs and new ideas to garner future business and has been sending us "emails of encouragement." Now it's no different with our personal lives, things change, today, we're not who we were years ago, months ago, even yesterday and how we deal with that change defines how we will succeed in our daily lives today and so the "emails of encouragement" can just as well apply to our daily lives and I'd like to share them.
"It is one thing to learn about the past; it is another to wallow in it."
-- Kenneth Auchincloss
"Nostalgia is a seductive liar."
-- George W. Ball
"The past should be a springboard, not a hammock."
-- Ivern Ball
"Many are always praising the by-gone time, for it is natural that the old should extol the days of their youth; the weak, the time of their strength; the sick, the season of their vigor; and the disappointed, the spring-tide of their hopes."
-- Caleb Bingham
"Yesterday is a canceled check: Forget it. Tomorrow is a promissory note: Don't count on it. Today is ready cash: Use it!"
-- Edwin C. Bliss
"If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present."
-- Les Brown
"The investor of today does not profit from yesterday's growth."
-- Warren Buffett
"If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians."
-- Warren Buffett
"Your past is important, but it is not nearly as important to your present as the way you see your future."
-- Tony Campolo
"All the king's horses and all the king's men can't put the past together again. So let's remember: Don't try to saw sawdust."
-- Dale Carnegie
"One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out o-- Michael Cibenko
"Mr. Meant-to has a friend, his name is Didn't-Do. Have you met them? They live together in a house called Never-Win. And I am told that it is haunted by the Ghost of Might-have-Been."
-- Marva Collins
"To look back to antiquity is one thing, to go back to it is another."
-- Charles Caleb Colton
And my favorite which was penned by the owner of our company:
"Each day we wake up and our belly is empty. So, don't remind us of the steak we ate yesterday. Instead, make sure we at least eat a burger today and work so we will have a meal tomorrow.
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