Spreading Good News (Part 453 – The Secret to Success)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.







The Secret to Success

~ Author unknown

During a meeting of top salespeople from around the country, the “big cheese” himself, a man who’d consistently had the highest sales figures for the last 20 years, and who earned more money than even the owner of his company, got up to speak.

“I am now going to reveal the secret of my success,” he said. “I wrote it down on a piece of paper, and I put it in this envelope. But success must be earned. So I’m going to sell the envelope to the highest bidder. You have my word that it contains what I said—the Secret to Success, not only as a salesman, but also in life.”

The bidding started slowly. . .$5, then $10, then $50, $100, $130, $150, $200. Finally one of his colleagues bought the envelope for $1,000. The happy buyer took the envelope and kept it to himself until he got home that night. Only then did he open it to learn THE SECRET TO SUCCESS.

What do you think was written on the piece of paper?

Think about it. Make a mental note of whatever comes to mind before reading the answer and, in my opinion, what was written on that piece of paper, is worth much more than $1,000.

The winner of the auction tore open the envelope, unfolded the piece of paper and read the following hand-written words: THE SECRET TO SUCCESS IS. . .



MY TAKE ON THIS PIECE:  I agree with this.  Ask:  What is my passion?  Ask:  What can I contribute to make this world a better place?  Ask:  Where can I improve?  Ask:  Am I doing my best?  Ask:  Am I setting a good example?  Ask questions of others, as well.  Only you know what questions you want to ask.

What’s YOUR take on this piece?


NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed and/or learned from this blog, please leave a comment and send the link to others.  Thanks!!

If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334.


~ Joyce Fields


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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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