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Power Up Passages

Paying Your Dues.
September 26, 2002

"You've got to pay your dues". I bet I have heard that phrase hundreds if not thousands of times over the years. If you are like me, you have listened to the so-called experts tell you that in order for you to get to the top of the heap, you have got to pay your dues along the way.

Paying your dues – what does this statement really mean anyway? To most people, paying your dues means putting in a lot of years of hard work, keeping your nose to the grindstone and patiently wait your turn. Then, after you have paid your dues, there might be a place for you at the top. Then again, maybe not.

What's wrong with this picture? For starters, by agreeing to pay your dues to someone other than yourself, you are needlessly relinquishing control of your life. Additionally, you agree to put your success on the back burner, waiting in line as you wait for your turn. Then, after you have waited and waited for who knows how long, there are no assurances that your turn will ever actually come around. Isn’t there a better way to get where you want to go? You bet there is!

You need to etch your name alongside a select group of individuals who have elected to take their turn in the game of life rather than wait for their turn to come around. These top achievers know what they want and not surprisingly, they want it as quickly as possible. These folks don't get to the top by accident, far from it. These winners are known for working their game plan with every ounce of strength and determination they can muster. These champions are successful at compressing the timetable for reaching the top by following their well defined game plan and choosing to invest in themselves instead of paying their dues to someone else.

This hard working group meticulously plans to win, prepares to win, expects to win, plays to win, and guess what ... they WIN time and time again. They have found that the best things in life are absolutely free. Hey, you do not have to pay your dues to reach the top nor does it take an entire lifetime to get there. Admission to the top is and always has been free to anyone who is ready, willing and able to give life his or her absolute best shot each and every day.

Why waste time patiently waiting your turn and paying your dues when you can get where you want to go right now? When you start thinking super big, working super smart and making the most of every moment, you'll start living your dreams today.

Sounds like a great game plan, doesn't it? So go ahead and take your turn today.

The Power Up Passage is brought to you each weekday by The Motivational and Inspirational Corner.

Author: Greg Hickman


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