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Success Starts On The Inside

A friend of mine was relaxing on the boardwalk during his lunch hour, enjoying the fresh air. That’s when he noticed a little girl walking toward him, trailing her mother. She had both hands wrapped around a paper cone capped by a great pink stack of cotton candy.

She couldn’t have been much more than eight or nine years old. As she passed by, my friend leaned down and said to her, “Little girl, how can someone as tiny as you eat all that cotton candy?” Without missing a step, the little girl looked up at him and said, “Mister, I’m a whole lot bigger on the inside than I am on the outside.”

Yes, success starts on the inside. Inside, after all, is where we store our core values. Inside is where we maintain our dignity, where we harbor our capacity for love and compassion. Inside is the good earth in which everything we show to the outside world has taken root. What’s inside drives our behavior – crafts our thoughts – shapes our words – influences our decisions – defines our relationships – and, in good part, determines our future. We are known by what we show on the outside but motivated by what we are on the inside.

These words and thoughts were stolen from an amiable and soft-spoken gentleman named Chuck. Chuck Ferguson serves as Chairman for GISI Marketing Group. It was Chuck and his friend, Steve Duin, who authored the book, Indomitable Spirit – Life-Changing Lessons in Leadership. This book led to the development of The Values We Live By, and comprises the inside of GISI Marketing Group. Without doubt, GISI Marketing Group a company of people who believe that it’s what’s on the inside (in the heart) that sows the seeds of success.

As we approach the end of a year and the beginning of another, we may wonder what the future holds. One thing’s sure, all of us are a whole lot bigger on the inside than we are on the outside. In our hearts we know simple truths. We know that a little girl can consume a great pink stack of cotton candy. We know that it’s what’s inside a house that makes it a home. We know that success starts on the inside.

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If you’d like a free copy of Indomitable Spirit – Life-Changing Lessons in Leadership, please email your request and mailing address to info@gisimarketing.com.

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