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Monday Morning Motivation – Success

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "success".

Hopefully, the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week. Please feel free to forward the newsletter along to others who you think would benefit from the content.


One of my favorite quotes is from Earl Nighingale:

  • Success Is The Gradual Realization of A Worthy Ideal


The two key words here are “gradual” and “worthy”.


It is quite romantic to dream of becoming an overnight success.  The reality is that the vast majority of overnight successes honed their crafts over weeks, months and years.  I would go so far as to argue that success realized quickly is rarely success that is maintainable.


Similarly, success without alignment to those things that are important to you, is also rarely maintainable.  That is why so many people that reach the top of the proverbial mountain they are climbing and realize that they are not happy.  They figure out that they climbed the wrong mountain!


With the above in mind, the question for you today is:

  • Does your current path REALLY lead you to where you want to go; and, do you have the conviction to stay on that path for the next twenty years?


As always, thanks for the time and have a great week.



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that one person will find a bit of inspiration and that inspiration will have a positive impact on their life.  My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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Monday Morning Motivation - Purpose

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Curt Stowers

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Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.