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The Power Within You
A Message from the 2012 Sunshine Food and Fuel Expo’s Keynote Speaker
Mikki Williams, CSP
may be cultural, ethnic and geographic diﬀerences in people, but the common thread is the human element. 5. Turn your weaknesses into strengths. Franklin Roosevelt served as president from a wheelchair. Beethoven composed his greatest symphony when he was deaf. Take an honest look at your weaknesses. Give yourself a mental workout and develop your mental muscles by analyzing your weaknesses and maximizing them into strengths. 6. Your network is important to your net-worth. Networking is the contact sport of the millennium. Never mind the old connotation... learn how to work a room. Meet as many people as you can. Network on trains, planes, stores, hotels, schools, work – there are networking opportunities everywhere. Networking takes tenacity. Your eﬀorts of today are the payoﬀs of tomorrow. 7. Get self-ish. Develop your selfesteem, self-discipline, self-control. Each little accomplishment adds to your own self-worth. They become stepping stones to build upon. Take time for yourself by believing that you deserve it. Every opportunity you have ask yourself these two profound questions, (1) “What did I learn from this experience?” and (2), “How would I do it diﬀerently?” As that great philospher, Yoda said, “There is no try, only do!” ❍ Mikki Williams, CSP, is our keynote speaker at Sunshine Food and Fuel Expo in July. Her mantra sums her up… “Be outrageous, it’s the only place that isn’t crowded.” For more information, visit www.mikkiwilliams.com.
f change is inevitable and growth is optional, I wish someone had told me that in school before I embarked on Real Life 101. I did not go to an institute of higher learning filled with entrepreneurial studies, nor was I born with a silver spoon in my mouth nor an MBA in my briefcase. I achieved my nine successful entrepreneurial careers through something they never taught me in school: “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” 1. Develop a positive attitude. “The greatest discovery in our generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” Develop an optimistic outlook on life through self-aﬃrmations and visualization techniques. Live in the moment and stop fretting about a past you cannot change or a future in which you have no control. Look at every diﬃculty as an opportunity, seize the moment and
be thankful for every minute of “nowness.” Happiness is an inside job. 2. Take action. Winners make things happen, and losers ﬁnd that the greatest labor-saving device ever invented is “tomorrow.” Develop an action-oriented mentality, and you’ll always be one step ahead of the crowd. 3. Look for the beneﬁt. Like the ageold story of a little boy who walked into a room ﬁlled with manure and exclaimed, “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!” Learn to look far below the surface by turning obstacles into challenges. The quest for excellence is a life-long process and begins by ﬁnding a beneﬁt in the most challenging of situations. 4. Admit your mistakes. By admitting your mistakes, you raise your level of integrity and other people’s perception of your honesty. You become real, human, vulnerable and magically, others relate to you more and open the channels of communication through a certain comfortability factor. There
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram -Spring 2012
Out and About the Industry
Won’t Pay, Won’t Go... What’s Next?
Advertisers’ Centerspread Marketplace
NACA Partnership with FPMA
Th e Power Within You
Meet the 2012 Sunshine Food and Fuel Expo Keynote Speaker
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram -Spring 2012