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This Week’s Theme: Blue

The Loud and Lovable Skipper Doodle, feeling a little blue

I know this is late, but I did not want to miss another week and I have been walking around trying to find something “blue”. Although taking the pictures of the dog brings upon him high anxiety, he does just sit there and look guilty, or in some cases “blue” as well.

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“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”

—Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007); author

When we find the answer we stop looking, but continually searching and learning is the way we have to be to grow and flourish.


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“Oh, you should never, never doubt what nobody is sure about.”
––Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

You could get really philosophical here with this quote, but being successful this is accurate. Can it be done? Thankfully there have been some very diligent people in History have not doubted their actions or what could not be done (at that point in time).


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“So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
––Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

This is such a Back to Basics concept… but if you look deeper into the quote you see the word “weary” which is relative. The world is not the same for anyone of us, even twins have different takes on the world. Sure there are events that cause us to experience those feelings as a society or as a whole, but even those events can be broken down to smaller experiences.
[ed. I am trying hard not to use mathematical (factoring) or scientific (fission) to talk about breaking into smaller units.]
Although this is a good philosophical quote, I think it would be best reworded for Success Sunday to be
“So shines a good deed [to one in their] weary world”
Need some examples?
Here are some People who ALREADY are being a Shining Light
Here are some ways to be that Shining Light
Here is a charity to pass the Light
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
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“Fax mentis incendium gloria cultum”
––Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Although released with highly psychedelic under/over tones, there is quite a bit of wisdom toss around here and there. Since September is my birthday month, and I share the year that this film was released, I am going to make each of my Success Sundays a reference from the movie.
So what does the above quote say?
Translated it means: the torch of the mind lights the path to glory

It’s not saying that it would be an easy path, but when we concentrate and focus with our mind, our path is easier to see and we can see further. This is what Napoleon Hill wrote about in the 1937 book, Think and Grow Rich and what also The Secret rehashed and repackaged recently. This is a philosophy that I subscribe to and it’s applicable to every one in every walk of life. Don’t be your own stumbling block, be your own stepping stone.


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“If you want to be somebody else,
If you’re tired of fighting battles with yourself
If you want to be somebody else
Change your mind…”

–Sister Hazel

With the Holiday Weekend, it “feels” like a Sunday. So it’s a virtual Success Sunday-Monday. Of course, it’s Monday and I am listening to College Football. I am going to be so confused.

I was listening to my iPod Running Songs this weekend and this came on and I really listened to the words. It struck home because one of my friends has made a change for the better. How we are IS in our mind and we can change our minds. However, it’s not always easy and often requires help.

So not only do you need to change your mind, but you need to get people to help you network.


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“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
–Voltaire (1694-1778), writer, satirist, author, humanist
I thought that this was most appropriate seeing that we are traveling home from Dallas from the Mary Kay Seminar. Seminar is the annual event which MK Corporate celebrates the achievements of the past MK year (July-June) and motivates for the upcoming year. Mary Kay was created as a company that would appreciate women and their accomplishments. Created 45 years ago, it was the brain child of Mary Kay Ash, an incredibly successful but under appreciated sales person who was tired of seeing men promoted and advance ahead of her (and some she even personally trained) created a company that would have no limit to what a woman could make.
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“Imagine a donut, fired from a cannon at the speed of light while rotating. Time is like that, except without the cannon and the donut. “
–Dilbert
A little “Off the Wall”? Well, yes… what would you expect. I tried to look for something on Tardiness and Late seeing that it’s Monday when I am posting Success Sunday. What I found were some great “Time” quotes and this one is just up my alley. We have our Donuts, our Quantum Mechanics and our large device to propel things at high velocity, what else is there? (Oh, those donuts are Chocolate Creme Filled by the way)This week is going to seem much faster as we go to Dallas for our annual trip to the MK Seminar. Should be exciting as always, but we will be busy!

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“Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-da
If you’re not greedy, you will go far
You will live in happiness too
Like the Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do”

–Oompa Loompa song from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
I recently came across this because I was was playing with my hair and I noticed that it look similar to the Oompa Loompa’s from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factor. So, I took a picture and with a little amateurish photoshoping, I turned myself into an Oompa Loompa.

This is the chorus of the song that the Oompa Loompa’s sing throughout the movie. This is the main theme of the movie, Charlie isn’t greedy at the end and returns the Everlasting Gobstopper when he could have fetched a handsome sum from Slugworth. His reward for his honesty and character is the inheritance of the Wonka Factory in its entirety. By sticking to his character even when he was mad and upset at Willy Wonka (and Uncle Joe was pressuring him to give it to Slugworth as vengence against Wonka), it paid off for him. Being a movie, it paid off immediately, but in our lives doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily pay off and sometimes the rewards we reap aren’t tangible.

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“The closer one gets to the top, the more one finds there is no “top.”
–Nancy Barcus
There’s more room as you move up, because too many people are wallowing at the bottom. Most of the things that we experience are our own perceptions and if we can alter our perception to be limitless, there is greater chance that we will make it our reality.
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