How to Win Carnival Games

Ethan Trex has done the world a great favor. He has studied carnival games and devised a winning strategy. Follow these simple tips and you can be the king of carnivals, a prince to preschoolers. Let’s start with the “Balloon Dart Throw.” The scam is that the darts are dull and much lighter than normal darts. And the balloons are under inflated, which makes them harder to pop. The strategy is to not hurl the darts hard, but to loft them up, so they can come down onto their target with the assistance of gravity.

Ever tried the “Basketball Shoot”? The rims are smaller than regulation and oval-shaped. The backboards have a harder bounce, the balls are overinflated, and the rims are higher. The trick is to toss the ball underhanded; it’s all about getting a good arc on the ball.

Then there’s the “Milk Bottle Pyramid.” The bottoms are heavier. So if you aim for the middle, you’ll never win. You must go low!

Now let’s talk about the “Game of Life.” The scam is that it looks like you can win by your own strength. The trick is to recognize you can’t win unless you depend totally on God. God said, back in the first book of the Bible, “I will go with you to Egypt, and I will bring you up again.”

All in a Day

September 29. It’s just one day. But it is a day that will soon be gone. So make the most of today that you can. Today is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.

A lot can happen in a day – this day. Let me illustrate.

September 29, 1399

King Richard II became the first English monarch to abdicate his throne.

September 29. 1829

The Metropolitan Police of London, later known simply as the Met, was founded.

September 29, 1951

The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States was broadcast by NBC. The event was a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh.

September 29, 1954

The convention that established the European Organization for Nuclear Research was signed. It would be known as CERN.

September 29, 1984

The Chicago Tylenol murders began when the first of seven individuals died in metropolitan Chicago.

September 29, 2017

This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it!


The Rushmore Report: Tony Robbins’ 2-Step Strategy to Daily Success

Each year Tony Robbins, best-selling author and speaker, takes on seven high-profile clients, which include tennis champion Serena Williams and award-winning actor Hugh Jackman. To get his one-on-one training costs $1 million, and there is a five-year waiting list. But Robbins doesn’t keep all his training a secret. At a recent meeting in Florida, he recommended two steps to personal success.

1. Daily reflection

Robbins says to set aside ten minutes each morning for personal reflection and mindful breathing. He says this is a process that keeps him focused and motivated each day. Robbins says to take the first three minutes to think about things you are grateful for. Spend the next three minutes feeling at peace and thinking about people you care about. Then spend the remaining time envisioning three things you want to accomplish.

2. Read a book on overcoming

Make time to read a physical book, or listen to an audiobook that helps you overcome. If you don’t have time to read a book, listen to an audiobook while exercising or driving. Robbins says to “prime yourself for courage, rather than hoping you show up that way, based on the triggers of your environment.”

With daily practice, Robbins says, anyone can get control of their lives and be highly successful. But it starts with doing the right things daily – establishing good habits that have worked for countless others.

Abe Didn’t Quit

Abraham Lincoln said, “The sense of obligation to continue is present in all of us. A duty to strive is the duty of us all. I felt a call to that duty.”

And Abe didn’t quit, despite all the failures he had known in life. In 1816, his family was forced out of their home. In 1818, his mother died. In 1831, he failed in business. In 1832, he ran for the state legislature and lost. That same year, he lost his job. In 1833, he borrowed money to live on, and took 17 years to pay it back. In 1835, his fiance died. In 1836, he had a nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.

In 1838, Lincoln made it to the state legislature, but lost in his race to become speaker. In 1843, Lincoln ran for Congress and lost. In 1846, he ran again, and won. He ran for re-election in 1848 and lost. In 1849, he sought a job as land officer and was rejected. In 1854, he ran for Senate and lost. Two years later, he sought the vice-presidential nomination and lost. In 1858, he ran for Senate and lost again. And in 1860, he was elected President of the United States.

Lincoln said, after one defeat, “The path was worn and slippery. My foot slipped from under me, but I said, ‘It’s only a slip, not a fall.'”

That is the key to success: not avoiding loss, defeat, and mistakes, but learning from them.

Buy Ducks

There was a chicken farmer whose land was flooded every spring. He didn’t want to give up his farm, but when the water backed up onto his land and flooded his chicken coops, it was always a struggle to get his chickens to higher ground. Some years he couldn’t move fast enough and hundreds of his chickens drowned.

After his worst spring ever, and having lost his entire flock, he came into his farmhouse and said to his wife, “I’ve had it. I can’t afford to buy another place. I can’t sell this one. I don’t know what to do.”

His wife offered the obvious. “Buy ducks.”

Author Neale Donald Walsh asserted, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

If you’re like me, you’ve been through a few floods in your life. But remember, Psalm 23 promises God will carry us through the valley, not just into it.

President Kennedy was asked how he became a war hero. “It was easy,” he said. “Somebody sunk my boat.”

Charles Kettering, of General Motors, said, “You never stub your toe standing still.”

Sometimes, life sends you a flood. And sometimes, that’s okay. You just need to learn to buy ducks.

The Rushmore Report: How Michael Jordan Helped Jordan Spieth Win the Open

To say Jordan Spieth was leaking oil on Sunday at The Open Championship would be an affront to the Exxon Valdez. Spieth had bogeyed three of his first four holes and was fading hard. That’s when his caddie Michael Greller stepped in with a reminder. Much like Rory McIlroy’s caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald, reminded him earlier in the week, Greller shared a similar sentiment with Spieth.

A few weeks ago, Spieth took a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with his girlfriend and some friends to charge his batteries before The Open. He met up with Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, Russell Wilson, and others. Spieth tweeted out a photo of them together at dinner.

On Sunday, when it was all going sideways at Royal Birkdale, Greller reminded Spieth of that photo.

Spieth said, “Michael did a great thing today. He said, ‘Do you remember that group you were with in Cabo last week? You belong in that group.’ This was on seven tee box. We walked off the tee box, and he made me come back. He said, ‘I’ve got something to say to you.’ He said, ‘Do you remember that group you were with? You’re that caliber of an athlete. But I need you to believe that right now because you’re in a great position in this tournament. This is a new tournament. We’re starting over here.'”

Heady stuff, and Spieth said it carried him throughout the rest of the round.

“I definitely thought about what he was saying while I was over some of those key putts I made. I mean, for the way it was looking, those weren’t easy; those 3-footers were like 10-footers to me. And all of a sudden the lid came off. And the 30-footers were 2-footers to me. I don’t know why I can’t make it a little more boring sometimes.”

Spieth went on to explain why self belief is so important in golf and how he’s able to channel it in the most absurd moments (which is what I think makes him so great).

“I think just a little bit of belief that you are the best, you know?” said Spieth. “Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps are the greatest to ever do what they did, and I’m not. But if you believe that you are, then you’re almost as good as being that. And it’s so hard in that situation to believe that, but just having the slightest bit of belief in it makes you so confident. And I thought that that was so well said. It was just such the right time.

“I’ll never forget what Michael – how he told me that, when he told me that and the significance that it had. And just that bit of confidence that when he had said that early in the round and then he had another thing to say – that momentum is on our side. ‘Just do exactly what you’ve been doing, it’s going to go your way.’ Just his belief, when I know him so well, just fed over a bit.”

Greller certainly was worth every bit of his 10 percent of Spieth’s $1.85 million payday on Sunday. And now his boss has three major championships with a fourth on deck.

About the Author

Kyle Porter is a writer for CBS Sports.

Facing Opposition

There once lived a man named Nehemiah. He built a wall of Biblical proportions. In fact, you can read about it in the Bible in the book that bears his name. In 52 days, Nehemiah built a massive wall to protect Jerusalem against enemy attack.

But he built more than a wall. Nehemiah built the nation’s self-esteem, beauty, and pride. But at every step, he faced opposition. And from his experience, we learn two valuable truths that apply only to people who try to do something bigger than themselves.

First, we learn to expect opposition. The only person who faces no opposition is the person sitting still. Expect criticism, but don’t take it personally. Remember, you will be criticized for doing anything, so make sure you are doing the right thing.

The second truth is that you must keep on track. Keep working as though it all depends on you. And keep praying as though it all depends on God. Don’t give up, and don’t get discouraged.

Jerry Falwell was right when he said, “You can define the greatness of a man by what it takes to discourage him.”

Founder of World Wide Web Born 62 Years Ago Today

Tim John Berners-Lee was born in London on June 8, 1955. Not surprisingly, he was born to a family of computer scientists. Tim received a first-class degree in physics at the Queen’s College of Oxford University in 1976 and began designing computer software. After a short stint at CERN, the prestigious particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, Berners-Lee developed a prototype system called Enquire to store information that could be linked between computers, allowing scientists to share their results, techniques, and practices 24 hours a day.

He used the hypertext idea behind Enquire to create the World Wide Web. Having designed and built the first web browser between October 1990 and the summer of 1991, he became an enthusiastic early proponent of the web. Knighted in 2004, Berners-Lee subsequently received two upgrades to this honor. He became president of the Open Date Institute in 2012

Talk about a resume builder. “Inventor of the Web.”

But I can beat that. “Married 35 years.” “Follower of Jesus Christ.” “Father of amazing son.”

What’s on your resume?

The Rushmore Report: Ten Great Quotes on Success

There are many roads to success. There are countless strategies and theories on success. What there isn’t is anything new under the sun. What has worked in the past still works today. If you want to be a success, find someone who is already a success and learn from them. I know this – God wants the rest of your life to be the best of your life. Consider these ten great quotes on success from some of the most successful people in the world.

Vince Lombardi – “The price of success is hard work.”

George Patton – “Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.”

Bobby Uncer – “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”

Winston Churchill – “Success is not final, failure is final. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Albert Einstein – “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of virtue.”

Henry Ford – “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Winston Churchill – “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

John Maxwell – “The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.”

Arthur Ashe – “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”

Alexander Graham Bell – “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”


The Rushmore Report: Ten Secrets to Great Wealth

If you Google “millionaire” and “secrets,” you get more than 10 million results. I’m a veteran of the technology industry, and have spent decades studying successful leaders. I’m talking about hundreds of men and women who have become wildly successful. These are their secrets. If you want to enjoy great success financially, or otherwise, practice these steps carefully.

1. Quit reading dumb articles like this one.

Think I’m kidding? This is so not funny. None of those hundreds or thousands of successful people I’ve known wasted their time on nonsense like “the secrets of millionaires.” Quit searching for miracle solutions and silver bullets; there aren’t any.

2. Reach beyond your grasp.

Perhaps the most brilliant advice in history is Robert Browning’s famous quote, “A man’s reach should not exceed his grasp.” If you want to be successful, you have to consistently strive to tackle tough problems. There are no wealthy slackers. None.

3. Make good choices.

Becoming successful is all about making good choices. Listen to smart, accomplished people, but in the end, trust your gut.

4. Always pay down your debt.

Better still, stay out of debt. There are exceptions. It’s okay to have a mortgage, but pay it down as soon as you can. And everyone needs a car, but they don’t need a new car.

5. Work in a high-demand, low-supply field.

It’s sort of funny how the most basic economic principle, the law of supply and demand, eludes most people. It’s so simple. Demand is proportional to price. More competition means less income and wealth. It’s that simple.

6. Learn to do one thing better than anyone else.

It doesn’t matter whether you learn it in school or on the job; strive to be better than anyone else at just one thing. You do that by accomplishing one thing at a time. It helps a lot if that one thing is something you love to do.

7. Be a raging workaholic.

Look I’m not saying you can’t have a family and fun. I do. But every wealthy person is also a hard worker with a strong work ethic. In other words, they get the job done, meet their commitments, and set a fine example for others.

8. Prioritize, focus, be disciplined.

Forget all the books and blogs about personal productivity and self-improvement. All you have to do is know your priorities, focus on what matters, and be disciplined about it.

9. Get equity.

Salary pays the bills, but saving money is challenging and it’s always tempting to dip into the cookie jar. Equity from stock, options, or business ownership solves that problem because it’s not liquid. In other words, you can’t spend it. Just don’t squander it when you can. Instead of cashing out, diversify your investments.

10. Don’t do what everyone else is doing.

The key message from my new book, Real Leaders Don’t Follow, is that nobody ever got ahead by doing what everyone else is doing. Nobody. Unfortunately, social media promotes cultural conformity, herd mentality, and dopey fads like nobody’s business. Leaders lead. Followers follow. You can’t do both.

About the Author

Steve Tobak is a management consultant, executive coach, columnist, and author of Real Leaders Don’t Follow.