Desination or a Journey ???

Success is not a destination, it’s a journey.

From Zig Ziglar’s Little Book of Big Quotes.

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Getting to the top

It is easy to get to the top after you get through the crowd at the bottom.

From Zig Ziglar’s Little Book of Big Quotes.

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Of Course They Will Fly!


When your daughters are older and move away and leave home. I told this to myself when I was missing them – “we gave our kids the world and wings, why wouldn’t they fly?”

Doubt and Certainty

Doubt and Certainty

by Jim Stovall


I believe that we achieve a healthy balance in our personal and professional lives when we have a curious spirit and question everything while gaining all the knowledge possible and applying it in the form of wisdom.  As we achieve more understanding and awareness, we possess knowledge and are constantly in a state of knowing more than we have ever known, but this knowledge comes with a fascinating byproduct which is the growing awareness of the things we don’t know.


Voltaire said, “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.” 


Here in the 21st century, we achieve success and build wealth by creating value in the lives of others.  Most often, the value we provide is something we know as opposed to something we do.  Even people who succeed in providing services, at some point on their success ladder, stop providing the service directly and train others to do it so their efforts are multiplied. 


Ideally, we should always be in the position of being aware of what we know and having an awareness that there are many things we don’t know.  It’s perfectly acceptable and even natural to not know many things, but an awareness of this ignorance is imperative.  The most dangerous people I have ever met don’t know what they don’t know.  These individuals assume they know everything which, of course, is impossible.  Even if someone is a world-renowned expert and knows more about their field than anyone else, in order to succeed, they must be aware that there are many things yet to be known. 


There was a time when Orville and Wilbur Wright probably knew more about aviation than anyone in the world, but if they could get a glimpse of 21st century air travel, they would immediately become aware that there was much they didn’t know. 


Gandhi said, “Every person is my superior in that I can learn something from them.”  Even the most naïve or ignorant person you ever meet can teach you something if only that you don’t want to be naïve and ignorant.  The people who make discoveries, breakthroughs, and creative quantum leaps are those who approach every day assuming there is something waiting to be known, understood, and mastered. 


The legendary filmmaker Frank Capra said, “Don’t follow trends.  Start them.”  In our fast-paced, technological world, it is a mistake to pursue the state-of-the-art because by the time you get there, it will have moved ahead leaving you obsolete.  This was best illustrated by Wayne Gretzky the great hockey star who said, “Don’t skate to where the puck is.  Skate to where it will be.” 


Release your dreams, imagine the world in which you want to live, and move toward it.


As you go through your day today, know all that you can, and embrace the fact there is much yet to know.


Today’s the day!


Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift.  He is also a columnist and motivational speaker.  He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK74145-9082; by email at; on Twitter at; or on Facebook at

The Compound Effect

In his book, The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy explains that the compound effects are a series of small, smart choices that are developed into habits.  The steps "at the moment" don't seem that significant.  Whatever you are trying to improve, business, home, social, physical, mental, or spiritual . . . the change is subtle.  Because the changes are subtle, most people simply quit the steps in developing the habits required for the compound effect.  After the eight day of running, they quit because they are still overweight.  After two months of piano lessons they quite because they can't play their favorite song yet.  Or they stop makinig contributions to their IRA because they have another use for that cash.  

The small and seemingly insignificant steps moving them toward their goal, over time will make a radical difference in their life.

Small, Smart Choices + Cionsistency + Time = Radical Difference

Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich Movie

by Jim Stovall


If you were to ask the most successful people in the world in business, sports, politics, or any other arena of life what single book and author has been most instrumental in their success, you would inevitably hear Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill more than any other answer.  I am very excited to be involved both onscreen and behind the scenes in the upcoming Think and Grow Rich movie project.


You, along with your family, friends, and colleagues, can get involved with this monumental project from the ground up.  I have written more than 30 books.  Six have been turned into motion pictures thus far with two more in the works.  I remain convinced that if literary giants such as Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, or Napoleon Hill were alive today, they would not only be writing more books, but they would also be presenting their messages via motion pictures.  I have over 10 million books in print, but I remain keenly aware that there are countless people around the world who will never receive my message through the printed word but will get it via the silver screen. 


Napoleon Hill was born in the 19th century, made his contribution to humanity in the 20th century, and remains one of the most influential figures here in the 21st century.  Any person, particularly pioneers, can only be judged against the backdrop of the time and place in which they lived.  Orville and Wilbur Wright’s historic flight only lasted a few seconds and traveled less than the length of a football field, but it forever changed the world in which we live. 


Any success or personal development author, including myself, who has written a book in the last 75 years invariably owes a debt of gratitude to Napoleon Hill.  The wisdom and perspective I am able to share through these weekly columns, my books, the motion pictures based on them, as well as my speeches are only possible because I, like all of my colleagues in the success field, stand on the shoulders of giants like Napoleon Hill. 

Christopher Columbus, Daniel Boone, Neil Armstrong, and Napoleon Hill have indelibly made their mark in history not only for where they took us but because they were the first to brave the elements and go where no one had been before.  

As you go through your day today, learn from the masters and get involved with the Think and Grow Rich movie. 

Today’s the day! 

Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift.  He is also a columnist and motivational speaker.  He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK74145-9082

He was 11 years old . . .

A little boy was 11 years old and was begging his daddy to let him go to school. He always wanted to go to school, and finally one day his daddy takes him by the hand and takes him to school. All of his brothers and sisters went to school. They walked for seven miles to get to the school. His dad walks him into the school room at 11 years old. It’s 1854 in Port Huron, Michigan He’s going to be a student and he is so happy. (I was never that happy to be going to school) Six weeks later his dad shows up in his great big hands and his weather beaten face and says “come on we’ve got to go.” That was it. Six weeks of school and he’s walking home with his dad and he’s crying all the way home because that is the extent of his education. He has to work now because his family is starving.

 At 11 years old he is now working on the Grand Trunk Railroad selling news papers to help support his family. Sleeping . . . not even on a seat, but sleeping behind a seat on a rail car.

 Today - There are 1500 patents in Washington DC with his name on them and there are 10 billion light bulbs that light up the world today that are a testimony that when you start something, you don’t have to stop it until you finish.

 It’s not what we try that lights the world.

It’s what we do that makes a difference.

As Yoda said to Luke Skywalker

        Try Not

                There is no try

                        There is only DO.

The Money Shortage Myth

The Money Shortage Myth

by Jim Stovall


Experts tell us that the number one cause of divorce, domestic abuse, suicide, and stress in our society today stems from money shortages.  As a blind person myself who started my business and financial life with less than nothing, I understand this dynamic; however, as a long-term chronic condition, I do not believe in the concept of a money shortage.  Money is not a cause.  It’s a result.


If the electricity is cut off at your house, you might instantly believe you have a light shortage, but in reality, the light is the result and the electricity or lack thereof is the cause.  Many people who believe they are the victims of a money shortage would be shocked to discover they are predominantly the cause of the money shortage.  While I don’t believe people have money shortages, I do believe they experience shortages of ideas, motivation, persistence, creativity, and vision. 


As someone who has worked in the financial services and financial planning industries for over a quarter of a century, I have met many people who were broke when they graduated from college and began their careers.  It is not unusual to experience a tight budget when you are first starting out; but ironically, the majority of these people are experiencing a lifetime money shortage even though today many of them are earning six-figure incomes and beyond.  We can always outspend our income and create a money shortage.  One need look no further than the United States Federal Government to see this phenomenon in action. 


Most of the problems that individuals, couples, and families suffer through that are labeled as a money shortage could have been avoided with a few hundred or a few thousand dollars.  As a multimillionaire today, I certainly can vividly remember when the lack of a few hundred or a few thousand dollars created a crisis in my life, but I see so many people today who can’t afford to replace the worn-out tires on their BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes.  I was shocked to learn in a recent national study that most significant home repairs on million-dollar houses have to be financed. 


We create money shortages in the same way that the federal government does.  We spend all we have and all we can borrow.  Using this formula, you can double your income today or multiply it by ten, and in a very short period of time, you will be experiencing a money shortage. 


The positive side of realizing that we are our own worst enemy financially is that we come to understand that we are in control.  Taking control is the first step to solving any problem.  The next time you feel like you and your family are experiencing a money shortage, examine the numbers closely, and you will likely discover you have a control shortage. 


As you go through your day today, control your money before it takes control of you.


Today’s the day!


Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift.  He is also a columnist and motivational speaker.  He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK74145-9082; by email; on Twitter at; or on Facebook