The Great White Yacht

By: Rick Beneteau

My intention was to write this article with a fairly clear idea of what I
wanted to express. But you know what they say about intentions –
at least good ones?:-)

I came out to my balcony with laptop in tow and I started typing.
However, the impressive powerboats and mammoth lake and ocean
freighters passing by against the magnificent backdrop of the
downtown Detroit skyline soon had my full attention.

I chose to live here just because of this million dollar view, and I
work out here in my ‘second office’ almost every day, so why would
I be so distracted this particular time?

The answer didn’t take long to appear. Coming into view a foot at a
time was this sleek, bright white yacht with blacked-out windows. It
slowly cruised by, as if to say “watch me!" She was indeed a thing
of beauty, all 120 or so feet of her. The ultimate physical statement
of success and achievement!

Suddenly, my pre-conceived notion of how this article was going to
unfold simply flew away, just like the flocks of roosting seagulls do
as I approach them on my morning walk along the river’s edge.

I began to wonder exactly who owned this stunning ship and how
he or she ‘attracted’ it into their life. No doubt the owner was taking
several weeks off, or perhaps even the entire summer, to cruise the
Great Lakes. Or even better, this yacht set to sea in the Caribbean,
headed up the Atlantic seaboard entered the St. Lawrence Seaway
and sailed down through Lake Ontario and Lake Erie to pass by my
balcony - to inspire me!

A lingering look through powerful binoculars made this ultimate
status symbol all the more beautiful!

I returned to reality, wondering who the owner could be.

One thing I can assure you is that someone created a lot of wealth
in order to be able to navigate this vessel past my building at this
most appropriate time!

You might be thinking that this came from inherited money and you
could be right.

The point remains, however, that one person, at one
time, with a single idea, put into motion “the seed" that attracted all
the money required to float this multi-million dollar ship down the
Detroit River. Let’s examine this.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that our “captain" here is
also a captain in the entrepreneurial world. He or she owns or is an
integral part of a successful company or corporation.

As is the case with most real success stories, this entrepreneur
probably started with only “the seed" and a shoestring budget. And
so, the important question becomes: how did this seed grow into
the success it is today?

Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the answer most likely lies within
the title of this article. They “thought" their way to the top! I can
guarantee you that this entrepreneur “thinks" like the world’s most
successful entrepreneurs. He or she thinks “success thoughts".

Are you wondering what success thoughts are?

Success thoughts are simply those powerful and empowering
thoughts you think, minute-to-minute, hour-by hour, day-to-day,
every day, that set into motion the Universal Law of Attraction –
what you think is what you get! Think success – achieve success.

Henry Ford thought success thoughts.

Thomas Edison thought success thoughts.

Tony Robbins and Donald Trump think success thoughts, each and
every day, as often as they can!

As human beings, we are all subject to slacking off, and no person
can honestly remain in totally “positive mode" every second of every
waking hour. However, the simple yet powerful rule is that your
thoughts dictate what happens to you, not only in business, but
also in your personal life. Think good thoughts – get good things in
return. Think GREAT thoughts – get GREAT results! Change your
belief system – change your results!

Don’t believe me?

Here’s what Henry Ford had to say on the subject: “Whether you
think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!"

Modern day master motivator Tony Robbins chimes in: “If you do
what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."
(this HAS to make sense to you:-)

Famous author, Dr. Joyce Brothers, offers this pearl: “Success is a
state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a

The Reverend Robert Schuller says: “The only place where your
dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking."

Donald Trump has it: “If you're going to be thinking, you may as
well think big."

I wouldn’t dare put myself into the same category as the above
icons but I can tell you in no uncertain terms that EVERY time I
have reaped the financial benefits and personal satisfaction from
having a project become successful, I WAS thinking the “right

Reflecting back on my entrepreneurial path, I can see that almost
every time a project failed, I was not “in-tune" with the universe nor
was I “thinking success thoughts". I was thinking limiting, negative
thoughts, such as how much money I was spending developing the
project or how much time was being spent to complete it or worse,
visualizing it as a failure, which is exactly what it became!

This is no coincidence. It’s a Universal Law. Change your thinking –
change your results!

Even The Bible says it’s so: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
[Proverbs 23:7]"

So, the burning question becomes: “Can YOU Think Your Way to
the Top!?"

And here’s the real answer: “YESFind Article, You CAN Think Your Way to the
Top by thinking the very same success thoughts as the world’s
most successful entrepreneurs!"

Let me leave you with the chorus lyrics of a song I co-wrote called
“I Will" with the hope they will begin to get you thinking the right

I Will because I can
I’ll Do cause I believe
The strength I need to make the change
Is deep inside of me
I’ll Walk where I have crawled
I will Run til I can fly
My wings will fill my dreams will soar
The moment that I say I Will

Here’s to seeing You at the Top!

? Rick Beneteau


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