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Be the Awesome Man

A Handbook for Young Men in Pursuing Happiness
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Always Change a Losing Game

Always Change a Losing Game

Winning Strategies for Work, Home and Health
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Let That Sh*t Go

Let That Sh*t Go

Find Peace of Mind and Happiness in Your Everyday
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Personal Power Mastery
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Personal Power Mastery is a no-nonsense, experiential growth masterpiece that encourages you to make shifts in your beliefs. Making these shifts will create paradigm shifts in your life. The power thoughts, stories, lessons, exercises and questions to consider presented in this book are inspiring and thought-provoking. This book encourages you to be a doer, not a talker. As Doug shares within the pages of Personal Power Mastery, the concepts in the book are simple to read; however, it’s the doing that will make the difference in the results you will achieve.

It’s amazing what Douglas Vermeeren has created in his life. He’s directed and appeared in three inspiring personal development movies, authored books and series, such as Guerrilla Marketing and Amazing Success. He gets to share his mission and message with rooms filled with people who are perfectly ready to hear his message. Douglas is a walking, talking demonstration of the lessons you’ll learn while reading this book.

Having mentors and inspiring books in your life is good, but more importantly, it’s what you do with the information that will create change. Doug Vermeeren’s life was forever changed by Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, just as mine was. We both learned that repetition and action are what creates a paradigm shift.

In 1961, I met a man named Ray Stanford. I was cleaning offices for a living at that time. He said, “If you do exactly what I tell you, you can have anything you want.” I didn’t really believe that at the time, but I believed he believed it, and I just made the decision I was going to do what he said. It was strange because I had never done that with anyone before in my life. I was always going in the wrong direction, and anybody who had tried to help me was unsuccessful.

One of the things Ray did was give me a copy of Think and Grow Rich and he said, “Read this every day.” That was on October 21, 1961. I’m still reading it every day and I carry it everywhere I go. I also listened every day to Earl Nightingale’s condensed narration of Think and Grow Rich. I couldn’t stop listening to it. The repetition of the positive reprogramming was sure making me feel different.

It wasn’t long before I had earned over a million dollars in one year. It was almost like a self-realization crisis. I thought, How in the heck did this happen? When somebody asked me what I was doing, I would say, “I was cleaning offices.” But there were a lot of people cleaning offices that weren’t doing what I was doing. I also said, “I’m listening to Think and Grow Rich.” There were a lot of people reading Think and Grow Rich – they weren’t doing what I was doing. Then, I thought of all the repetition I had with the book and the recordings. I would listen to the recordings every day; I still do. I still read the book every day, 57 years later. I realized that I had reprogrammed my subconscious mind. I changed my paradigm.

A paradigm is a multitude of habits in the subconscious mind. Our self-image is part of the paradigm, and if that isn’t changed, nothing changes. When it does change, everything changes. It doesn’t change like throwing on a light switch, it’s a process – and through the repetition, everything changes. Once I became clear on why things had changed for me, all I wanted to do was share it with everybody I could. I wanted to teach this to everybody I could reach.

I think Einstein had it down pat. He said that our only purpose being here is to serve. If you’re really locked into that, and all you want to do is help, when you see a person get it, it’s so rewarding.

In this book, you’ll learn about the power of choice, the power of your thoughts, the power of perception and beliefs, the power of change, and the power of mastery. Doing the processes, answering the questions, and more importantly reading this book over and over again will create a shift in your paradigm. Get this information in every form available; repeat the power thoughts over and over again. Repetition is key. I can assure you that if you wear this book out, you will see positive change in your life.

Enjoy the journey,

Bob Proctor Author, speaker and featured teacher in the hit movie The Secret

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Making Men from "The Boys"

Making Men from "The Boys"

Winning Life Lessons Every Young Man Needs to Succeed
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Another loss meant another 3 a.m. lecture. We’d unload our gear, exhausted from a four-hour post-game bus ride. Then we’d sit. And sit. And sit. We’d all sit in a two lines of folding chairs in “the dungeon” waiting for Lloyd to yell at us.

 

He walked into the room, hands in his pockets, gazing at the floor. You could hear our lounge’s blue lights buzz.

 

“I want to teach you guys a lesson.” He paused. “All night you guys were lost out there.”

 

He paused again and thought.

 

“When you’ve got a nose like mine, you know what your role is,” he said, pulling a hand out of his pocket and pointing at his face. “We need sacrifice out there…You’ve never had a doctor stick forceps up your nose after an elbow to the face, have you Davey?” He stepped right up to Kyle Davis and towered over him in his chair. Kyle shook his head.

 

“I didn’t think so. It’s because you’re soft. We lose games because you play soft. You bitch because the lounge ping-pong table is broken and you don’t have a TV in the dressing room. But guess what? You don’t deserve a TV. Winners get a TV. Winners get a ping-pong table. This place is not the country club anymore, Davey.”

 

I had seen this charade before. Lloyd would get right up in somebody’s face, usually a guy already in a bad slump, and then he’d dig into him. He’d looked you straight in the eyes, and you’d try not to stare back at the only clean scar on his face. The scar cut down the middle of his nose. It was clean because that is where the surgeon had to slice him open to rebuild that hook on his face after he broke it for the tenth time. The other scars were dirty and jagged, like leather torn on a barbwire fence. They came from sticks slashing his chin and knuckles landing on his cheekbones.

 

The truth was that every time he got right up in your face, his intermission coffee breath reeking inside your nose, you were forced to learn something from those rotten words he spit at you.

 

“Now you listen and you listen good: I do not care whether you love me or you hate me. I’m not here to make friends. But I’m going to make a winner out of you.” He stood straight and looked down the line. “I’m going to make winners out of all of you. I’ll do whatever it takes, and you can thank me later, so help me God.”

 

Often times, we did hate him. I was told early on by a veteran not to expect praise. If the coach wasn’t yelling at you that meant you were doing well. We got yelled at…a lot. Then he’d soften up and try to impart a lesson, albeit by singling somebody out.

 

“Murray, why are you here?” he said, staring down at a shaggy head of blond hair.

 

“I’m here to play hockey.”

 

Lloyd walked down, slowly, to meet Murray face to face.

 

“No. Why are you here? Why did we bring you here? Tell me why you aren’t on the oil rigs right now in minus forty with your beer-drinking buddies? Huh? What is your purpose on this club?”

 

Murray took a second and looked at the floor. A couple of the boys lifted their heads out of their hands. Somebody rattled an ice bag.

 

“I’m a digger. My job is to plant my ass in front of the net in their end and to get greasy along the boards in our end. I get the puck out, I go hard in the corners and I back-check through the middle. That’s my job.”

 

I liked Murray. He was one of those players that lived for the boys, a “beauty,” as they are called. These were the guys who knew they were either going to slug it out in the minors, or head back to their family farm or the oil rigs or a pulp mill. They played because they loved the game, yet they always had to eat shit from the coach.

 

Even though Lloyd said he didn’t care if we loved him or hated him, he loved these guys the most, the diggers earning scars. That’s why he yelled at them the most. They had the toughest role. They weren’t put on the ice to score. They scored with their face and their fists. The only thing separating them from the coach was thirty years of age and eight broken noses. As much of an asshole as Lloyd could be, he nurtured these guys. Yelling was nurturing in the dressing room. Lloyd was once one of these guys. He still wanted to be one of these guys. You could see his disgust to lose this much. That’s why you indulged him during these two hour, 3 a.m. tirades. We knew there was something to learn when he spoke.

 

“You’re damn right, Murray. That is your job. Now everybody knows your job.” Lloyd turned back to look down the line at the rest of us. “When you know what your purpose is, crystal clear, only then can you do your job properly. If we’re going to turn this ship around, each and every one of you needs to know your purpose on this club. Only then can we become winners. And you don’t need a nose like mine to become one.”

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