Keep on Hanging On

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."  - Harriet Beecher Stowe -


Why a Professional Business Portrait???

When you own or run a business, people associate your face with your business. That’s why it so important that you have a high-quality, professional business portrait. Doing it yourself may not be your best option for your “First Impression”  

Most people want know with whom they’re doing business.  When you include a business portrait on your website, your business becomes more personal, making their first impress feel warmer and more human.


Because your biography or “about” page usually gets the most web traffic, it’s critical that it includes a business portrait. When people log on to your bio page, they want to connect a business with a face and not just read narrative about the person running the company. Furthermore, adding a headshot to a biography gives the page more professionalism, besides makes your business seem friendlier.


Branding is much more than just a catchy logo or tagline. It’s also an emotional tie that you make with your clients. Your face is your company brand. Business owners use marketing collateral to talk about pertinent information, regarding their merchandise and services. Your business portrait or headshot is a significant part of your marketing collateral.  If you own your business, you are the branding

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

by Jim Stovall


This week, the United States is celebrating its birthday.  While the focus of the 4th of July has become fireworks, family, friends, food, and a midsummer holiday, it is important to remember why we celebrate. 


The United States of America is a beacon of hope and possibility for people around the world.  As a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, we are imperfect because we are people.  We make mistakes, we disagree, and we debate, but like any other family, we have always pulled together and united whenever confronted or threatened. 


I realize the latest election cycle has left a lot of Americans disappointed and disillusioned.  It is important in America that we focus our feelings of discontent into positive and productive pursuits.  If you are among those who did not like the last election, the midterm campaigns are already organizing, and they will provide you with an outlet for your efforts and energy. 


Democracy is an exercise in compromise which inevitably means that no one gets all of what they want, but all of us get some of what we want.  Just as in our legal system, we derive our closest version of truth and justice by having a jury of citizens evaluate and decide between two opposing positions, our government functions best when the various factions work out their differences in the public forum. 


Democracy is never efficient, clean, nor streamlined, but it is the best chance we humans have to provide everyone with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  You can find a smooth, efficiently-running government in North Korea.  A completely new policy can be imagined in the morning, drafted during the day, and implemented by nightfall.  There will be no debate, dissent, or dispute, but I can’t imagine any of us here in America wanting to trade our turmoil for that brand of false tranquility. 


Even in the midst of the most turbulent political process in recent memory, this grand ideal we call America worked well.  Our greatness is symbolized and lived out when one administration relinquishes control and voluntarily turns it over to an incoming administration even though the two groups may be polar opposites and diametrically opposed to one another.  Our system is not always comfortable or attractive.  It is simply the best one the world has ever known.


As you go through your day today, celebrate what America is and what it can be.


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.  

All the world is a stage . . .


If, according to the familiar saying, “All the world’s a stage,” why do so many settle for just being a part of the audience, watching others enjoying success?  Remember, life is not a spectaror sport.  Get in the game and participate!  Follow your heart’s desires.  Make your dreams come true and create a masterpiece of your life.  -- Bruce Garrabrandt

A Perspective from the Past

A Perspective from the Past

by Jim Stovall


The media and the Internet bombard us with dire predictions countless times each day.  It sometimes seems everyone we encounter is preaching gloom and doom, so every once in a while, it’s good to bring a little sanity into our lives by introducing perspective from the past. 


In 1955, our parents or grandparents would have heard the following statements from the media or people they encountered. 


·       Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?

·       If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

·       When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon?  Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.

·       Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball?  It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the president.

·       It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays.  I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

·       It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

·       I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

·       Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the government takes half our income in taxes.  I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.

·       The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

·       There is no sense going on short trips any more for a weekend.  It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

·       No one can afford to be sick any more.  At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood.

·       If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.


It’s important for us to remember that the pessimists are generally wrong, and the optimists are usually right.  If you maintain a good attitude and share it with everyone around you, you will be proven right most of the time, and you will enjoy a far better life as you encounter the nay-sayers in the media or in person.


We can never control the things around us, but we can always control our attitude.  Ironically, whether you believe your future will be bright or you believe you are facing bad days ahead, you are inevitably right.


As you go through your day today, remember the past and look forward to a bright future.


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.

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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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