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DECIDE SUCCESS Released on Audio-book

Contents

What can you do to be more successful? …. xv

 

THE MAPPING PHASE

 

Chapter 1: Conducting an Assessment

Conducting an Assessment …………………………………………….. 1

Be Aware of Weaknesses ………………………………………………. 2

Discover Your Unique Talents and Natural Abilities …………….. 4

Identify Areas of Intelligence …………………………………………… 9

Explore Your Interests ………………………………………………….. 11

Success You Truly Desire …………………………………………….. 12

Describe Yourself Today ………………………………………………. 15

Play to Your Strengths …………………………………………………. 18

Who Do You Ask? ……………………………………………………….. 22

Consider Playing to Your Strengths ………………………………… 22

Afford a Brick ………………………………………………………………. 23

 

Chapter 2: Experiencing Your End-vision

Make-a-Wish ………………………………………………………………. 27

End-Vision as a Reward ……………………………………………….. 28

End-Vision to Prove You Can ………………………………………… 29

End-Vision in a Profession ……………………………………………. 30

End-Vision: A Life-Changing Condition ……………………………. 32

End-Vision: A Dramatic Life Renovation ………………………….. 32

Inspirational Speaker ……………………………………………………. 34

The Secret: Vision without Steps ……………………………………. 35

Specific Actions: Beyond the Secret ……………………………….. 35

Plan Step by Step………………………………………………………… 37

Babe Ruth and the Not-so-Famous Rick Ankiel ………………… 38

Unsolvable Math Problem Solved …………………………………… 39

 

THE WORK PHASE

 

Chapter 3: Putting Forth Your Best Effort

Best Effort: Door-to-door Sales ………………………………………. 45

Championship: A True Team Effort …………………………………. 46

A Proud Trinity Dad ……………………………………………………… 48

You are Not College Material: Motivation for Best Effort …….. 49

Beatles Outlier Effort…………………………………………………….. 50

Albert J. Deluca …………………………………………………………… 51

 

Chapter 4: Preparing and Practicing

“P” for Perseverance…………………………………………………….. 53

Stalking: Interview Preparedness……………………………………. 54

School is My Job: Class Preparedness ……………………………. 55

Study Group: Exam Preparedness …………………………………. 56

Availability of Prior Exams to Prepare ……………………………… 57

NFL Head Coaches: Game Preparedness ……………………….. 57

ST. Patrick’s Football: Sports Preparedness …………………….. 58

Trial Preparedness ………………………………………………………. 58

 

Chapter 5: Raising Your Level of Intensity

Perfection is the Only Option …………………………………………. 62

Football Championship Game Intensity …………………………… 62

My Parents: Forms of Intensity ………………………………………. 63

Competition and Intensity ……………………………………………… 64

Unlocking Intensity in Others …………………………………………. 65

Motivations to be Intense ………………………………………………. 66

Last But Not Least: Emotion as a Motivator ……………………… 67

Cherish Intensity ………………………………………………………….. 67

Legacy: A Motivator of Intensity ……………………………………… 69

Top Gun Intensity ………………………………………………………… 70

Raise your Hand: Intensity from the Get-go ……………………… 70

Intensity in Sports ………………………………………………………… 71

Intensity: Asking Dirty Questions ……………………………………. 71

The Hunting Dog: One Intense Animal ……………………………. 71

Top Athletes Starting Over from Scratch: Intensity ……………. 72

Did Terrence not believe the coach?

Blinker Story: Focus……………………………………………………… 73

Who are you? What Have you Done with my Father? ……….. 74

Life Balance: Intensity as a Choice …………………………………. 75

Adrenaline’s Role in Intensity ………………………………………… 76

Inspirational Presentations: Adrenaline …………………………… 76

Helping Others: Adrenaline …………………………………………… 80

Intensity Creates Energy ………………………………………………. 83

 

THE ACTIVE PHASE

 

Chapter 6: Seeking Out Experiences

Experience …………………………………………………………………. 87

Experience as an Attorney ……………………………………………. 88

Experience Develops Gut ……………………………………………… 89

Experience Gained from Observing Others ……………………… 91

Practical Experience: Sheriff at the Back Door …………………. 92

Stretch Experiences …………………………………………………….. 95

First Trial Experience …………………………………………………… 95

A Variety of Experiences ………………………………………………. 97

Never Stop Experiencing Life ………………………………………… 98

Unintended Experiences …………………………………………….. 100

Possession of Stolen Goods:

Experience of Being the Accused …………………………………. 100

Being Fired: A Surreal Experience ……………………………….. 101

Life-Changing Medical Condition Experience …………………. 103

Experiencing the Worst Thing………………………………………. 104

Chapter 7: Developing Contacts and Resources

General Counsel: Job of Contacts and Resources ………….. 113

Reservation ………………………………………………………………. 113

Mystery Man ……………………………………………………………… 114

Favorite Day: Contacts can Surprise You ………………………. 115

Keeping in Touch with Contacts …………………………………… 116

Mentoring by Your Contacts ………………………………………… 116

 

THE EXPANSION PHASE

 

Chapter 8: Increasing Your Level of Awareness

Hide and Seek: Hypervigilance …………………………………….. 124

Awareness of Worth …………………………………………………… 124

Awareness of Sixth Sense …………………………………………… 125

Awareness of Standing in the Shoes of Another ……………… 126

New Orleans Awareness …………………………………………….. 128

Seeing Beyond What is Apparent: J.A. City ……………………. 129

Seeing Beyond What is Apparent: Books Target Parents …. 129

Proactively Anticipate: Avoid Regrets ……………………………. 133

Sugar Buzz: Inadvertent Mistakes ………………………………… 134

Successful Mistakes …………………………………………………… 135

Accidents: Learn from Mistakes to Avoid Future Injuries …… 135

Seventh Circuit Case Mistakes: Trying to Do It All …………… 135

A True Turkey of a Decision: Human Resources Mistakes .. 137

Societal Awareness: Click it or Ticket ……………………………. 141

Awareness: Driving While Under the Influence ……………….. 141

Personal Awareness: Truly Crazy …………………………………. 143

Overboard Awareness: Lessons in Movies …………………….. 144

Awareness from a Dynamite Obituary …………………………… 145

Awareness of the Importance of Professionals ……………….. 147

Scranton Bus Accident: Awareness of Perspective ………….. 147

Chapter 9: Trusting Your Instincts

Snowing in July: Instincts in a Crisis ……………………………… 152

In Charge of Exhibits: Instincts During Trial ……………………. 153

Instincts of a Ship Captain …………………………………………… 155

Xterra Dents: Instincts in Negotiations …………………………… 155

Instincts in Implementing a Policy Change ……………………… 156

Abusive Relationships: The Failure of Instincts ……………….. 158

Trusting Your Instincts ………………………………………………… 158

Parkinson’s Attorney: The Role of Instincts in Direction ……. 159

 

THE LEGACY PHASE

 

hapter 10: Maintaining a Positive Attitude

Becoming a Proud Person with Parkinson’s: The Role of Attitude …………………………………………………………………….. 167

Ted Williams: Mr. Attitude ……………………………………………. 169

Katie’s Election Speech: Maintaining a Positive Attitude …… 169

Miracle on Ice: Collective Attitude …………………………………. 171

Attitude in the Face of a Life-changing Medical Condition …. 171

Katie the Cheerleader: Unmatched Attitude……………………. 174

Attitude of a Wish Child ………………………………………………. 174

 

Chapter 11: Uncompromising Integrity

Front of the New York Times: Integrity ………………………….. 180

Momma Test for Integrity…………………………………………….. 180

If It Feels Right: Integrity……………………………………………… 181

Clean up on Aisle Everywhere: Integrity in Business ……….. 181

Good People at Their Worst: Failures of Integrity ……………. 182

Insider Trading: More than Just Integrity ……………………….. 183

Live up to Your Word: Integrity …………………………………….. 184

 

Chapter 12: Having Faith

Confidence of Others: Faith…………………………………………. 188

Sugarland: Faith in the Goodness of Others…………………… 189

Innocent Sons: Faith that Justice would Prevail………………. 190

Ending a Long-term Relationship: Faith…………………………. 191

Another in Need: Faith that a Reason Exists ………………….. 191

Against All Odds: Faith in Others………………………………….. 192

Faith in a Higher Power ………………………………………………. 199

Seat of the Soul…………………………………………………………. 202

 

Chapter 13: Applying the Twelve Action Steps

Applying the Decide Success Principles: Reducing Injuries. 207

Success Principles in Practice: Child’s Life-Threatening Medical Condition………………………………………………………. 210

(1) Assess: ……………………………………………………………….. 214

(2) End-vision: …………………………………………………………… 214

(3) Effort: ………………………………………………………………….. 214

(4) Prepared: …………………………………………………………….. 215

(5) Intense:……………………………………………………………….. 215

(6) Experience:………………………………………………………….. 215

(7) Contacts:……………………………………………………………… 216

(8) Awareness: ………………………………………………………….. 216

(9) Instinct: ……………………………………………………………….. 216

(10) Attitude:……………………………………………………………… 217

Elevating Business to the Next Level……………………………. 205

Decide Success ……………………………………………………….. 205

(11) Integrity: …………………………………………………………….. 217

(12) Faith: …………………………………………………………………. 217


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Feb 20 2015

    Keep on writing and chuiggng away!

  2. Feb 25 2015

    Thanks. New post in “DECIDE” tab.

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