Inspiring short stories – 333 story

Reading inspiring short stories and quotes each day is something that’s worth experimenting with.

If, like me, you find it feeds your heart, mind and spirit for a much better day, then perhaps it’s something worthwhile building in a a daily routine.

Today’s choice of inspiring short stories is called the 333 story, as shared by Bob Proctor. (It can be found on Facebook here)

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This is a wonderful excerpt from Bob Proctor’s book titled, ‘You Were Born Rich’ and its a great story – I hope you enjoy it…

I was doing a seminar, which ran from Thursday night to Sunday, at the Deerhurst Lodge,which is a resort approximately 100 miles north of Toronto. On the Friday night, a tornado swept through Barrie, Ontario, a town about 40 miles south of Deerhurst. The tornado killed a dozen people and did millions of dollars worth of damage. On the Sunday night, as I was coming home, I stopped the car when I got to Barrie. I got out on the side of the highway and looked around. It was a mess. Everywhere I looked, there were smashed houses and cars turned upside down.

That same night, another gentleman, Bob Templeton, was driving down the same
highway. He and I had never met, however, an idea from my seminar was about to bring
us together in a lasting friendship. He stopped to look at the disaster, just as I had, only his thoughts were different than my own. Bob was the Vice-President of Telemedia Communications, a company which owns a string of radio stations in Ontario and Quebec. As he stood there viewing the disaster, he thought there must be something he could do for these people (with the radio stations he had). That thought kept returning to his mind that night and all the next day.

The following night, I was doing another seminar in Toronto. Bob Templeton and Bob
Johnson, another vice-president from Telemedia, came in and stood at the back of the
room. They were evaluating my seminar, trying to decide if I could help their company
reach its goals, which I ultimately did. Because of Bob Templeton’s influence, I
subsequently worked for the entire Canadian broadcasting industry. He loved what I was doing in my seminars because it was in harmony with his way of thinking.

Bob Templeton became fascinated with the laws of the universe, particularly The Law of Polarity or as it is often referred to, The Law of Opposites. This law clearly states everything has an opposite. You cannot have an up without a down, hot without cold or in without out. By the same token, if you can figure out why something you want to do cannot be done, by law, you must be able to figure out how it can be done. People who accomplish great things are aware of the negative, however, they give all of their mental energy to the positive.

After the seminar, Bob Templeton went back to his office. He told me it was late but this one idea he picked up had him excited. It also had him committed to the idea of raising millions of dollars and giving it to the people who had been caught in the tornado, and he was going to raise the money immediately! Furthermore, he was not remotely interested in why he couldn’t.

The following Friday he called all of his executives at Telemedia into his office. At the top of a flip chart in bold letters, he wrote three 3’s. He said to his executives “How would you like to raise 3 million dollars, 3 days from now, in just 3hours and give the money to the people in Barrie?” There was nothing but silence in the room.Finally someone said, “Templeton, you’re crazy. There is absolutely no way we could raise 3 million dollars, in 3 hours, 3 days from now!”
Bob said, “Wait a minute. I didn’t ask you if we could or even if we should. I just asked you if you would like to.” Bob Templeton was wise; he was appealing to the charitable side of their nature. It was important for those present to openly admit that this was something they wanted to do. Bob Templeton knew that his new idea could show anyone how to accomplish anything they wanted by working with the law.
They all said, “Sure, we’d like to.” He then drew a large T underneath the 333. On one side he wrote, ‘Why We Can’t.’ On the other side he wrote, ‘How We Can.’ Under the words, ‘Why We Can’t,’ Bob Templeton drew a large X. As he placed the X on the flip chart, he said, “Now there is no place to record the ideas we think of which explain why we can’t raise 3 million dollars, in 3 hours, 3 days from now, regardless of how valid they might be.” He continued by explaining, “When anyone calls out an idea which suggests why we can’t, everyone else must yell out as loud as they can, NEXT. That will be our command to go to the next idea.

Ideas are like the cars on a train, one always follows the other. We will keep saying Next until a positive idea arrives.” Bob smiled and continued to explain that, “Opposite the X on the other side of the flipchart, directly under the words, ‘How We Can,’ I will write down every idea that we can come up with on how we can raise 3 million dollars, in 3 hours, 3 days from now.”

He also suggested in a very serious tone of voice, that everyone will remain in the room until we figure it out. “We are not only going to think of how we can raise 3 million dollars immediately, after we originate the ideas we are going to execute them!” There was silence again.
Finally, someone said, “We could do a radio show across Canada.”
Bob said, “That’s a great idea,” and wrote it down under, ‘How We Can.’
Before he had it written on the right hand side of the flipchart, someone said, “You can’t do a radio show across Canada. We don’t have radio stations across Canada!” Since Telemedia only had stations in Ontario and Quebec, you must admit that was a pretty valid objection. However, someone in the back of the room, in a rather soft tone said,“Next.”

Bob Templeton replied, “Doing a radio show is how we can. That idea stays.” But this
truly did sound like a ridiculous idea, because radio stations are very competitive. They usually don’t work together and to get them to do so would be virtually impossible according to the standard way of thinking.
All of a sudden someone suggested, “You could get Harvey Kirk and Lloyd Robertson,
the biggest names in Canadian broadcasting, to anchor the show.” These gentlemen are
anchors of national stature in the Canadian television industry. Someone clearly spoke out saying, “They’re not going to go on radio.” But, at that point the group yelled,

“NEXT.” Bob said that was when the energy shifted; everyone got involved and it was
absolutely amazing how fast and furious the creative ideas began to flow.

That was on a Friday. The following Tuesday they had a radiothon, where 50 radio
stations, from all across the country, agreed to work in harmony for such a good cause.

They felt it didn’t matter who got the credit, as long as the people in Barrie got the money. Harvey Kirk and Lloyd Robertson anchored the show and they succeeded in
raising 3 million dollars, in 3 hours, within 3 business days!
You see, you can have whatever you want; all things are possible when you put your
focus on how you can and “Next” every idea telling you why you can’t.

This may be a difficult exercise in the beginning, however when you persist “Nexting”
any and all negative concepts, the flow of positive ideas will roar into your marvelous mind.

Alfred Adler, the renowned psychologist, coined the extraordinary phrase “I am grateful to the idea that has used me.” There can be no doubt that creative, forward-thinking ideas literally breathe new life into every fibre of your being. They awaken a part of you that you never even knew was sleeping.

Bob Templeton never received five cents for the leadership role he played, in marshalling 50 radio stations from right across Canada, to raise the three million dollars for the people of Barrie, Ontario in Canada. However, you must remember that this is truly an orderly universe; God’s way of running this show is exact—when you put good out, it must come back.

I shared this story, when it happened, with two good friends of mine, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. They were so intrigued by the story, they published it in their book Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A while back I was doing a satellite television broadcast for RE/MAX Real Estate with
Mark Victor Hansen and he was telling me that, at last count, they had sold six million copies of their book. He also told me they are constantly receiving letters from people who read the ‘333 story’ and use it to perform similar mental magic in their lives.

Think of it, millions upon millions of people are making positive things happen in their lives because Bob Templeton would not listen to the reasons why he and his staff could not raise 3 million dollars, in 3 hours, just 3 days after they began to brainstorm the idea.

By the way, Bob Templeton has told me he and his staff have formed the habit of
‘333ing’ their wants and, as a result, he has gone on to become the President of NewCap Broadcasting company, a highly profitable corporation, with stations right across Canada.

It is my opinion that Bob Templeton has set up a force for good that will follow him
wherever he goes. Profit has become his second name. Begin at once to ‘333’ all of your wants and profit will follow you as well.

This is one of a few inspiring short stories that I find makes a difference in my thinking whenever a challenge arises that just seems impossible. Bob Proctor shares many inspiring short stories in his book “You Were Born Rich”

Richard Branson at the National Achievers Congress

Get a front row seat and see Richard in London on July 2nd


Richard’s got such a clear and simple view of doing business it’s quite an inspiration. I’ve dug in and read a few of his books, I’ve even took a plane to see him in Canada in 2009 live.

Strangely enough I must admit he’s quite an inspiration just to listen to, and his insightful, hype-free genuine insights on business are gems to hear, digest and apply.

Listening to a man that believes he can do whatever he puts his mind to with the help of the right people has a certain energy to it. It’s an uplifting energy.

Believing you can do and achieve whatever you want is quite freeing, especially from those taunts of doubt.

And being free is a wonderful feeling for action to arise from. Whether you’re in business or not I would recommend just being in the same room as Richard when you get the chance, you’ll take away far more than some business insights.

For me it’s impacted the way I bring up my kids let alone do business.

I’ve heard it whispered on the grape vine that you can see Richard in London on or around the 2nd of July (I found the info with more details here).

So: “What if the world was your oyster, and you believed you could do whatever you put your mind to.. could you make an impact to positively effect the lives of others..?”

Personally I think this is an ideal opportunity to see and meet Richard in London… no plane flights for me this time around. There’s even a chance of having drinks and a meal with him, if you choose to.

Just to experience the type of energy this man has about him is an instruction in itself.

There’s more details of location, times and a choice of options here.

Let me know what you think.. if you do choose to go let me know… we could meet up for lunch.

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What are you driven by – Can you decide?

Do you know how to make a real decision?.. or do you just dip your toe in half expecting to fail..?

What do you choose to be your motivating feeling and emotion?

Is it one to make you move forward.. or one to make you shrink back?

The power of the questions you ask yourself.. whether you want to focus on the negative less inspiring aspects.. or the positive moving forward and growing aspects.. the choice always lies with you, no matter what circumstances arise.

Who is right: the man who thinks he can.. or the man who thinks he can’t?

They are both right. They have both chosen what they think.. and what they think will direct and dictate their behaviours and actions.

How do you want to condition yourself.. Do you want to condition your repetition muscle to put you in a more consistent peak state.. moving you towards getting what you want more freely?..

Or do you want to be conditioned for more of the same old same old..?

Your peak state can inspire and motivate those around you, let alone yourself. It’s wonderful having choices. It’s wonderful being alive. It’s wonderful to connect and live with inspiration.

So the question isn’t “Can you decide..?”.. you can always do that.. you’re doing it every minute of the day.. you’re even doing it right now.

The question is “what will you decide”.. What state are you going to allow to rule you?

Do you work on your Strengths..

Some people concentrate on working on their weaknesses and miss out on a whole new level of living. It has been said that whatever you focus on you get more of. So if you are focusing on ‘a lack of something’ what are you going to get? Are you going to get more lack, more friction, more stress and more strain?
Now I’m not saying that you should ignore areas that can be improved upon but our time and attention could be prioritised far more efficiently. Usually what we are strong in is an area we naturally enjoy. An areas we naturally have a god given aptitude for.
Sadly we can miss out on this. Focusing on our strengths is where our growth and natural talents will spring and catapult forth. It is an interesting area to become aware of.
An interesting area to observe. But more importantly an area to act up on.
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Are You Crazy?

This video puts a beautiful perspective on ‘being crazy’… On some level are you crazy?

Have you ever had those feelings of being different?

Is that good.. Is that bad.. or is it just so..? .. beauty in action..?