3 Keys to Overcoming Procrastination

  The topic for this Golden Nugget is Procrastination, and I think that we’re all guilty of procrastination. I’d like to start off by asking you to name one person who had anything to do with inventing the telephone. Yes, I’m talking about the ones with wires. I’m gonna guess that most of you thought of Alexander Graham Bell. That’s who I thought of. But this Golden Nugget is about procrastination, and I’ve got a story for you that illustrates that you’ve got to develop an unwavering belief in the value of what you’re doing. You see, way back in 1874, an inventor named Elisha Gray developed a very basic type of telephone and he gave a public demonstration, to show how it worked. The New York Times wrote that telegraph operators would soon “transmit the sound of their own voices over the wire, and talk with one another instead of telegraphing.” Unfortunately, not everyone shared the opinion of the New York Times. Neither private industry, Gray’s business partners, or Gray’s own patent attorney saw a profitable future for his findings. Surrounded by negativity, Gray gave up.  He quit. A year later, he discovered a “missing ingredient” that would make his telephone a viable idea, but his self-doubt caused him to wait for more than two months before he attempted to patent his idea. He finally got up enough courage to ignore those who had belittled his idea, and he went down to the patent office… only to find out that Alexander Graham Bell had submitted a similar set of drawings just two hours earlier. And as a result, many people have heard of Alexander Graham Bell, but very few have heard of Elisha Gray, even though Elisha Gray went on to invent many things and holds 70 patents. So what’s the point? Overcoming Procrastination!

1. Well, first of all, develop an unwavering belief in the value of what you’re doing.

2. Carefully choose those who you allow to influence you.

3. And third, don’t procrastinate.

I know that you know these things, but isn’t it good to be reminded? Yes, you know these things because you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL Win – Yes, you ARE a Winner.  
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Full Transcript: Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is Procrastination, and I think that we’re all guilty of procrastination. I’d like to start off by asking you to name one person who had anything to do with inventing the telephone. Yes, I’m talking about the ones with wires. I’m gonna guess that most of you thought of Alexander Graham Bell. That’s who I thought of. But this Golden Nugget is about procrastination, and I’ve got a story for you that illustrates that you’ve got to develop an unwavering belief in the value of what you’re doing. You see, way back in 1874, an inventor named Elisha Gray developed a very basic type of telephone and he gave a public demonstration, to show how it worked. The New York Times wrote that telegraph operators would soon “transmit the sound of their own voices over the wire, and talk with one another instead of telegraphing.” Unfortunately, not everyone shared the opinion of the New York Times. Neither private industry, Gray’s business partners, or Gray’s own patent attorney saw a profitable future for his findings. Surrounded by negativity, Gray gave up.  He quit. A year later, he discovered a “missing ingredient” that would make his telephone a viable idea, but his self-doubt caused him to wait for more than two months before he attempted to patent his idea. He finally got up enough courage to ignore those who had belittled his idea, and he went down to the patent office… only to find out that Alexander Graham Bell had submitted a similar set of drawings just two hours earlier. And as a result, many people have heard of Alexander Graham Bell, but very few have heard of Elisha Gray, even though Elisha Gray went on to invent many things and holds 70 patents. So what’s the point. Well, first of all, develop an unwavering belief in the value of what you’re doing. Second, carefully choose those who you allow to influence you. And third, don’t procrastinate. I know that you know these things, but isn’t it good to be reminded? Yes, you know these things because you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL Win – Yes, you ARE a Winner.
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