Over the years, I have kept a file full of notes and inspiring quotes on success and achievement. Recently I revisited this file. Many of the writings no longer apply to my belief system--for instance, a lot of the quotes were quite action-oriented. However, I did come across a few gems which I only now realize (after my education on Inward Quest), prove beyond a doubt the power of belief and positive expectation.
I've pasted the best ones below. I think the inspiring thing about these incidents is that they already happened to people who are now known across the entire world, and the proof of their positive expectation is available in the open-source historical literature.
Please add to these anecdotes to any you may have heard of or come across yourself. My hope is that this can become a page of inspiration, which we can revisit anytime we began to experience doubt in our manifesting processes. The proof is right here!
Thanks, and all the best.
-- Quoted in Ida Tarbell's The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln: Containing Many Unpublished Documents and Unpublished Reminiscences of Lincoln's Early Friends
-- The Education Of A Bodybuilder By Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1977
From an author's account of a meeting that happened in 1978:
-- from a video interview as Governor, several years ago.
-- Oprah Winfrey, Interview, 2/21/1991, Academy of Achievement
-- Oprah Winfrey, 1987
And here is a great video of Oprah explaining how she used "the secret" to attain success:
-- Paul McCartney on his early years, from a CNN interview in 1988
-- Jim Henson, It's Not Easy Being Green, p. 68
-- Martin Sheen, quoted by Mark Litwak in Reel Power, 1986
-- Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey Show, 1997
-- Chris Gardner
-- From a school essay he wrote at age 15 entitled "The Pursuit of happiness" - Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's
-- Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko's
-- From her biography.
-- Will Smith
-- Walt Disney
EDIT 9/10/2012 - added a few clips:
Great clip of Steve Jobs, early in his career, speaking on the "secrets of life":
Captain Sullenberger on safely landing a passenger plane in the Hudson River: "I was sure I could do it."
Tyler Perry explains the secret of his success:
My grandfather had lost everything in the Great Depression. He got overextended like many people on credit and buying stock on the margin. My father went from very rich to dirt poor almost overnight.
When he was mustered out of the Navy, he bought a ramshackle house and land with the small amount of cash he had. A small farm in a depressed neighborhood. 1946. A tiny town south of Atlanta. I was three. Our heat was a coal stove. Our bathroom was an outhouse. (Watch out for spiders and hornets!)
My sister and I took baths in a washtub. There were cracks in the floors where the boards did not meet and the winter wind whistled through them.
I began education in a poor school, many of the kids did not even have shoes.
One day the teacher gave us an assignment. Write about what you will be when you grow up. I wrote that one day I would be very wealthy and described the things I would do. Don't remember what all I put down, but it angered the teacher. She told me what I haad written was "foolishness" and put down what I really thought I could accomplish.
I quietly told her that was what I had done. She grew angrier and told me that I was going to get an "F" on the paper unless I rewrote it. I gently and respectfully, but firmly told her that I was going to do all the things on that paper. She gave me an "F".
Though I was an otherwise good student, I felt no emotion. Just certainty. I was going to have the life I had described. That other people did not believe it was possible meant nothing to me.
I took my paper home and told my mother what had happened. She cried, but told me to hold onto that dream. Though I can't find that paper, I think that I have done everything on it and more with one exception, that one day I will celebrate my birthday on Mars.
But there is still time left!
answered 01 Sep '12, 10:31
Ok I have not won the lottery(yet) but I always get parking spaces that are perfect. I don't even bother to look at the back of the lot I always drive to the front as close as I can get. If i don't get up close there is always a good reason.(cool car parked close by that I might have missed otherwise).
answered 03 Sep '12, 18:10
Dr. Joe Vitale - What was your turning point in going from homeless to becoming the successful author (and more) you are today? The one thing I did to get me out of poverty and homeless was everything. I read all the books and listened to all the cassettes back then. I attended every free seminar I could get into about self-improvement. I took all the action I could think of. I wanted to be an author so I wrote things and sent them out. When they were returned to me I took some time to recover and sent them back out. I did everything that came to mind.
Brain Tracy Early life
After dropping out of high school before graduation, Tracy got a job on a tramp steamer and traveled around the world for eight years, eventually visiting more than eighty countries on five continents.
When he could no longer find a job as a laborer, he went into sales. Struggling at first, he decided to ask other successful salesmen for advice, and then to emulate them. By the end of his first year, he attained the status of top salesman. After his second year, he was made a Vice President in charge of 95 people. At the time he was only 25 years old.
Bob Proctor knows how to help you because he too came from a life of want and limitation. In 1960, he was a high-school dropout with a resume of dead-end jobs and a future clouded in debt. One book was placed in his hands - Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich - which planted the seed of hope in Bob's mind. In just months, and with further support from the works of Earl Nightingale, Bob's life literally spun on a dime. In a year, he was making more than $100,000, and soon topped the $1 million mark.
As a Depression-era child, Earl Nightingale was hungry for knowledge. From the time he was a young boy, he would frequent the Long Beach Public Library in California, searching for the answer to the question, “How can a person, starting from scratch, who has no particular advantage in the world, reach the goals that he feels are important to him, and by so doing, make a major contribution to others?” His desire to find an answer, coupled with his natural curiosity about the world and its workings spurred him to become one of the world’s foremost experts on success and what makes people successful.
Sir Richard Branson
Born July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson struggled in school and dropped out at age 16, a decision that ultimately lead to the creation of Virgin Records. His entrepreneurial projects started in the music industry and expanded into other sectors making Branson a billionaire. His Virgin Group holds more than 200 companies, including the recent Virgin Galactic,
Note: Although this was originally mentioned at the end of my question, I'm moving and expanding it here, since I think it's worthy of examination. Also quoting the articles rather than just providing hyperlinks...in case these cease to work at some point. :)
There are an extraordinary number of cases wherein people "just knew" they were going to win the lottery...and did!
The woman who wrote and visualized that she would win precisely $112 million...and did:
From the UK:
Another one from Caerleon, south Wales:
Idaho’s biggest lottery winner knew he would win:
Daughter of California jackpot winner "had a strong intuitive feeling that they would win":
What I really find interesting about this last incident, is how illustrative it is of the manifesting principles here on Inwardquest. You basically had strong desire, positive expectation, and positive belief on behalf of the daughter. The parents had "given up" on the desire completely, releasing all resistance. And even though the daughter "knew they would win," she had evidently released all resistance as well, as she wasn't event watching the results--but was unconcernedly digging tumbleweed.
"You can live in a universe where two plus two equals four. Two plus two only equals four if you accept it equals four. Two plus two is gonna be what I want it to be!" Love it :)
"And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice, right now, between fear and love." :)
"I surrender all, I surrender all"
Electrons behaving differently when they are watched. Haven't looked much into this but it's interesting.
answered 12 Sep '12, 00:25
My life is a testimony to making, keeping ,changing beliefs. To trusting my own instincts and finding the teachers that will help me the most. My life is better than I could have imagined, and I imagine it will always be that way.
answered 11 Nov '12, 12:51
Eckhart Tolle is a perfect example for manifesting without setting goals or doing anything. he just lives in the moment without expectations for the future. he teaches just to let go of the past and the future (resistance) and to live in the now all the time. just follow some inspirations here and there.
with this attitude now he is a famous spiritual teacher and millionaire.
answered 13 Nov '12, 11:20
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