Successful People 10-24-14

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No 42 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, October 24, 2014

Successful People

If successful people have one common trait, it’s an utter lack of
cynicism. The world owes them nothing. They go out and find what they
need without asking for permission; they’re driven, talented, and
work through negatives by focusing on the positives.– Mike Zimmerman

I am driven and I work through the negatives by focusing on the positive. The only reason I am here today is because of the wonderful friends and mentors who have guided me to this point in my life.

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We must find time to stop and thank the people who have made a
difference in our lives.– Dan Zadra

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people
living ordinary lives.– Tracy Chapman

Thank you to my great parents, family, friends, Arthur Murray Family, St. Monica Team, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce leaders, dance competitors, fitness friends, WeightWatchers, and especially my partner, Joel Rieck. I am aware that we have not chosen the easy path in life. We are all the powerful Icebreaker ships that open the path for other ships in the seas. We create a road across rivers, through mountains, rough terrain, so that others may have an easier time in their lives on their road of success.

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The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing
would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.– Mahatma Gandhi

Am I doing what I am capable of doing? The answer is no. I’m 58 and still I have not reached my potential. I see a work ethic all around me that says work less, delegate, slow down. Yet, I just can’t slow down. I love my life and I love what I do.

Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced.– John Keats

I want to feel real. Happiness, sorrow, success, failure, the good and the bad. I want to feel life and learn from all that it has to give. Now, I see a success as someone who gives life and leadership to others. The great leaders in my life have won awards, received special recognition. But what I notice the most of all is that after they receive their accolades, they continue doing the work that got them there. They don’t just do the work and receive the plaque and then rest, they continue with the same actions of service that brought them to the light in the first place.

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind
word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act
of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.– Leo Buscaglia

Go out there and be successful, but do it while you are turning someone’s life around to be better and more successful!

Love you all,

David Woodbury



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