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The 4th Grade Expert

edisonRemember when we started school? Remember how we looked up to the older kids? I do.

I remember being ‘in awe’ of the older kids and how they seemed to navigate through school, classes, students and teachers with ease, while I never seemed to know which way to turn.

We are all experts (to a degree) … the 4th grader is an expert in all things … to the 3rd grader! Picture of Thomas Edison … who didn’t manage well in public school and was taught primarily by his mother!

The question is this … will YOU seek the advice of the 4th grader, the high school grad, or the college grad? Will you do your ‘homework’ to find out who is the best?

Experts are people who have done deep study in an area over time, who have embodied that study, live it, walk it and talk it, and now teach it to people who get consistent results, measurable, over time.  Leslie Flowers

I don’t confuse having a college degree with affording someone expert status in that field. They are not necessarily synonymous.

If I need heart surgery, not only had there better be a big fat degree on the wall, but he/she also must have done hundreds (if not thousands) of these surgeries and have consistent measurable results over time.

So it’s not about degrees. Jobs that require saving lives, require degrees and certifications.

There are however many industries that do not require degrees or certifications to be an expert.

Speakers, authors, coaches, facilitators, and online product marketers do not need a degree or a certification. Some coaches as example have certifications. Some do not. The certification does not make the expert coach. It is via the application of the ‘art’ that expertise arises.

Because a coach paid and passed written work, does not mean they engage well with human beings. Or that they practice their craft. It only means they took and passed a course.

In the same light, a person can learn to coach without getting a certification and become a world class expert!

You can also look at cub reporter Napoleon Hill who was engaged by Andrew Carnegie (steel magnate) almost 100 years ago to interview successful members of our society. The reporter became an “expert in success.’ He studied it, lived it, walked it talked it, and wrote what most consider to be the greatest contribution to the 20th century Think and Grow Rich.

Don’t hold yourself back in stepping out in your field because you don’t ‘think’ you are, or could be, an expert!

You are an expert if your area of expertise is one that people gain consistent measurable results over time when learning with you! If you love the field you are in — really LOVE it — take the time and revel in the results of those you teach. For their results constitute your expertise.

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You well know the experience during an inspired interchange with someone like minded, how ideas begin to flow and ‘pop’ into your mind. When this occurs you are not creating a third mind, but exponential minds. You get all sorts of ideas that you may never note again when engaged with another.

When asked why it is we can see what others cannot see about hidden behaviors, yet cannot do this for ourselves, I got to thinking. Perhaps the reason we cannot do this for ourselves is that we are ‘meant to’ engage with other human beings.

There are only two ways of which I am aware that we ‘receive’ information we require to reach what it is we want. The information can be positive or negative. Seems positive makes sense, yet we receive a lot of information by default – that is, we receive it and are simply unaware. That’s how the negative thinking seeps in and eventually becomes a belief. And of course in every case, whether we are aware or not,  what we believe we get. Results match our belief in our own abilities. We can talk about how capable we are, yet the hidden part of our personality may not be in alignment with what we ‘say.’

The first way is via intuition. Wayne Dyer says that if prayer is when we speak to God; his answers come via intuition. That sense of right or wrong. Going to bed with a problem and waking up with the answer – that’s God or spirit or the Universe accessing our conscious mind and placing the answer for our awakening.  Intuition can however be blocked by fear. That is why the early morning ‘answers’ are the best as there is no time to second guess the message.

The other way we receive the information we need is through other people. So if we’re the kind of person who does everything ourselves and rebuffs contribution by others, we are cutting off the voice of God! That leaves only one way … intuition.

You’ve likely experienced what is often called a coincidence by those who do not yet understand that there is no such thing – when an answer to a question we have shows up ‘unexpectedly.’ As we believe and move toward what it is we want, what we want is “already moving toward us!”

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau.

This is what Thoreau was pointing to … that success, true wealth, health and happiness does not routinely come from a job we hold so we can STOP looking to our career and employers to make us wealthy, regardless of how good we are at what we do. It will come as we are called to our purpose – to serve others, rarely from a job-job.

Keep your eyes and ears open. Accept contribution from others. Be in places where others congregate. Watch for the unexpected surprise offer or contribution. Say YES when someone offers to help, even though you may want to do it yourself.

Masterminding with others who are like minded – thinkers! – allows YOU to do the things you are passionate about … while they do the things they are passionate about, but you are not. So gather people who you love and respect; who believe in lifelong continuous learning; and share your ideas with them. They will come up with answers you never even considered! Meeting weekly with one or more folks like this at a prescribed time and day, will enrich and enhance your journey to higher awareness.

Just Keep Swimming

This drops of awareness blog reveals small lessons in growing your own conscious awareness.  The idea is that we learn best in small bits, applied in equally spaced intervals, over time. With each drop you may choose to ‘get something new for yourself,’ and then you begin to see that you actually DO have infinite potential! You were born with it and by now you know that it’s the collection of non serving beliefs that stop us from reaching even the smallest goal.

Linear, bullet pointed text works for some. Non linear experiential text works for many more. These drops are developed for real implementation of the skill, which eventually, if you ‘just keep swimming …’ you will find yourself face to face with what you want. And then you’ve heard ‘be careful what you wish for,’ right?

Children’s movies often have principled lessons embedded within. Yet if the parents do not ‘get’ the message, will it be lost on the children?  I saw Finding Nemo again this weekend, this time in 3D, with two of my darling grandchildren. What struck me was the character Dorie, beautifully articulated by Ellen Degeneres, was discussing principles and universal laws! Oh, yes, and levels of conscious awareness. I saw it and you would too, but I missed it the first time.

If you’ve been reading these drops over time (or even if not), which principle of success, universal law, and level of conscious awareness to which the musical phrase,  ‘just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming ….‘ refers?

What fun I thought it would be when I am watching films with my grandchildren, to figure out how very ‘smart’ the writers really are. They are embedding powerful, life changing information in sweet children’s tales.

Principle is Persistence, the 8th principle of success (Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill)! One of two principles that are absolute requirements in reaching goal, dream, intent, vision or any kind of success. The other and first of course is DESIRE. That would KEEP you swimming, would it not?

Law is Motion, everything is always moving; we’re either moving forward or backward toward our goal!  We can reach the top of M t. Everest taking only small baby steps, we just can’t stop!

Level is Discipline! At this level you are at a point that you can give yourself an order when no one is looking and you still do it! After that comes experience as you know, and in  this film, Nemo is finally reunited with his father.

The SECRET to all of this???

When you muster desire and persistence and get in action, and keep swimming, everything you desire is already moving toward you, as you are moving toward it. Nemo was looking for his father while Dorie and dad were ‘swimming’ to find Nemo. Leslie Flowers

And with persistence and discipline and ‘singing,’ pure Faith in our ability is acquired. With perfect Faith under your wing, whatever you desire is yours! You are moved through the three levels of creating an unwavering Faith in your abilities to the point where “you know you know it” and need no measurement as proof.

The smallest things in our every day environment are filled with these messages. Each time you recognize one consciously, you have taken one more small step up the mountain of conscious awareness.

Start looking at everyday things for a big surprise! I got one at the movies this past weekend. It came as a surprise to me, but was definitely intended by the movie makers.

Napoleon Hill – The Man

What kind of man was Napoleon Hill? Was he kind? Did he treat people well? Did he respect women? Did he apply his works? Was he a cusser? A womanizer? A cheat?

How would we know these things about him to begin with? We can read about him and what he reported.  Wait, you don’t know WHO he is? Not to worry!

Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich and the 1st ever consolidated Philosophy of Personal Achievement, was a cub reporter for a newspaper when he met Andrew Carnegie, the great steel magnate!

Carnegie offered this 20-something the opportunity to meet, know, and interview more than 500 of our country’s greatest achievers in diverse areas of life and business. And there would be no pay! Hill met with them more than once and charted their businesses over a 20 year period. Who in their right mind would take on a 20 year gig without pay? Perhaps that’s an indication of who Napoleon Hill – the Man – was.

Why did Carnegie hire Hill to do these interviews anyway?  To see what those people were doing that the rest of us WERE NOT! Now there is a Blueprint for advanced achievement and wealth … and guess what? While Think and Grow Rich is the 6th best selling book of all time, PEOPLE DO NOT STUDY IT. Oh, they may read it, OR, be one of the masses who ‘buy books and NEVER READ THEM them.’ Yes, it’s true. Buying … and even reading a book does not commit it to memory or to habitual behavior … the whole point of the book!

I listen to Hill’s old recordings of the philosophy of personal achievement as often as possible. In these recordings, Hill reveals some of ‘what makes a man.’

As a young boy, Hill’s mother died and his father quickly remarried and introduced his new wife, Napoleon’s step mother, to Hill, who had decided he was not GOING TO LIKE her.  Who could replace one’s own mother anyway?

As determined as Hill was to dislike is step mother, she was the first person to see the potential within him, encourage him, and be his biggest proponent. She was a huge influence on him for this and another important incident.

One day his stepmother’s dental plate fell to the floor and broke in two. Hill’s father was able to solve a way to bond it until another could be made. The plate worked so well, the father began to offer dentistry services. All went well, finances increased and the Hill’s were on their way toward living a more than meager life.

Another day a notice arrived by mail alerting the Hill’s that to practice dentistry, one had to be ‘certified.’ At that point Mr. Hill the father was ready to give up. The step mother however, launched him into action and encouraged and inspired to take the training! And he did, achieved his dentistry certificate, and moved his family into more and more comfortable surroundings.

Napoleon Hill learned acceptance and persistence from his step mother. Then when he stood around a cast iron kettle with others, sipping the cooked product, later to be sold for $500, including the kettle, by the doctor who created the libation to a local druggist – Hill met his wife to be. They were sipping coca cola.

Highly influenced by a powerful woman 100 years ago, and then offered the opportunity to connect with 500 US greats and their habits and practices of wealth creation over time, Napoleon Hill became a man’s man. While I am clear he was not a perfect man, he did walk the walk and talk the talk for to consolidate this volume of excellent teachings would require immersion and infusion of the principles and philosophy into his own being.

One of my favorite quotes by Hill, paraphrased, from Think and Grow Rich is this ….

Successful people make quick decisions and are very slow to change them, if at all.

On September 11, I will facilitate an ABSOLUTE Mastermind™ based on Think and Grow Rich over an 8 weeks, in person, my 30th of this kind. More information HERE  on this study.

6 Ways to Identify the GO-TAKER

You may have heard of the Go-Giver … a term Napoleon Hill used some 75 years ago in his best selling personal development book,  Think and Grow Rich. Bob Burg and John David Mann titled their book The Go-Giver. I have learned that almost everyone with a voice in personal development today developed their platform based in Hill’s #1 best seller of all time. It is sixth in sales to the Bible after all.

While Burg and Mann mention the Go-Taker in their book, these 6 ways are my perspective on GO-TAKERS.

Every met the GO-TAKER? They are the opposite of the Go-Giver. And we cannot BE BOTH! They put on the go-giver mask, but are always on the ‘take.’  That’s their motive — their watch-word — let’s get something .. anything of value … for nothing. They thrive in a network like inside919 where they know people provide good value first. They just keep on taking!

  1. The GO-TAKERS are always looking for something for FREE. They actually ask for it!! They do not value themselves so they do not value you. It can be a class … or it might be a dishwasher you are giving away … they take it and STORE it to be sold for personal profit later!
  2. The GO-TAKERS want to trade or barter … any way they can … so they don’t invest one dollar. They ‘pretend’ they will invest, but never do.  They repeat this behavior with different groups of people. When people in one group figure them out, they simply move on to another group and continue taking. After all, there ARE endless groups of people, ripe for the GO-TAKERS to feed.
  3. The GO-TAKERS LEAD with their degrees, certifications, books, or honors, whether verbally or in writing. They believe they ARE these things!
  4. The GO-TAKERS often END their communications with those same degrees, certifications, written books, or honors. No matter if it goes on ad nauseum for pages and pages.
  5. The GO-TAKERS pretend they don’t know they are the TAKERS. They KNOW! And are so practiced they have you believing they ‘didn’t realize’ or ‘know’ what they were doing.
  6. The GO-TAKERS talk about success — even TEACH it — yet have never experienced it in the true sense of the word. Success comes from go-giving, not GO-TAKING.

These folks have a deeply ingrained mindset of LACK – there just isn’t enough for them, or to go around, on this planet.  Always on the prowl for free trainings and material things, they really are saying to the Universe that they are not WORTH any investment in themselves! That they can’t PAY for or afford anything. That’s LACK, pure and simple. That’s your GO-TAKER.

While I personally give or tithe as an act of generosity, there comes a time when one becomes aware that the GO-TAKER has no desire to change their scraping by, taking from others, and expecting a rescue. Perhaps when this becomes obvious, generosity can move on to a true Go-Giver.


©Leslie Flowers June 2012, exponential personal growth expert, helps mature women re-engineer their businesses and their lives by steeping them in living life with principles, virtues, and higher awareness. Faculty member in Mindset Mastery at the Ultimate Life Company, with Bob Proctor, you can catch her programs on mastermind excellence and expert goal setting and achievement at their site. You may read her archived voluminous personal growth teachings — Drops of Awareness — at PathsofChange.com, which house each step on her own path of change over the past 10 years. Enjoy Leslie’s BLOG.

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