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Motivational Short Stories Personal Growth Newletter
November - 2009 

Motivational Short Stories

One of the greatest inventors ever, Thomas Edison, once said;

'If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.'

Here's one of my own personal motivational short stories to share with you.  When I was a kid growing up, I was a terrible swimmer.  I couldn’t tread water.  I couldn’t swim the length of a pool.  I was not comfortable in deep water.  I absolutely hated any swimming sessions at school and tried to get out of them whenever I can (I wasn't really thinking about personal growth back then!).

Then during one year at high school, I ended up with the swim coach as my gym teacher and you guessed it, he made us do lengths in the school swimming pool.  Those were tough sessions but he forced us through.  As a result, I actually started to be able to swim entire lengths of the pool.

During my adult years, I included swimming as a regular fitness activity.  Then one day, I decided to try scuba diving at a local pool just to see what it was like.  I thought about the possibilities of being in the water with beautiful marine life so soon after that, I registered for the certification course as part of my own personal growth.  I got certified as a scuba diver in 1999.

Several months later, I took an advanced scuba course down in Key Largo, Florida and my instructor took us down on a deep dive to see a sunken Coast Guard ship called the Duane.  It was down on the ocean floor at 110 feet depth.  There were beautiful giant gray angelfish and barracuda hovering near the ship.  At that moment, I thought to myself, what a long way I’ve come from that kid who could barely swim at school to now scuba diving on a shipwreck 110 feet deep in the ocean.

Since then, I’ve scuba dived in various locations around the world.  I’ve dived with all sorts of wonderful marine life including dolphins, stingrays and sharks.  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be doing something like that.  It’s been an awesome journey and I’ll still continue to dive as a regular sporting activity.

So if you ever feel a desire to do something that you’ve never done, like try a new sport, travel to an exotic location, learn a new language or change careers, don’t automatically dismiss and then forget about that thought like most people will.  Do some research and see what might be involved.  If it turns out to be feasible, then check it out and try it.  You could surprise yourself.  Who knows?  Like Thomas Edison said, you might just astonish yourself.

By the way, since we are approaching the holiday gift buying season, do you know people on your gift list who could benefit from my personal growth book "The Life Champion In You"?  Many people at my talks get extra copies as gifts for others.  This would make a very special gift with important success skills that another person can use for life.  My book/CD page and those awesome calendars are at:

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Until next month and I hope to bring more motivational short stories for you,


Motivational Speaker, Author & Karate World Champion

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