Jackie O’Quinn Said It


I ran across this motivational article written by Mr Jackie O’Quinn successful Business Developer, Coastal Director, Author and Featured Speaker. Caution this one will hit you in the gut he pulls no punches.

by Jackie O’Quinn, 14 June 2004
“We are, what we have chosen to be” –Author Unknown

In a Democratic nation we have many choices. The sum of our choices will determine the level of success we will reach. You will hear people say, “One day I am going to have a bigger home” or “I will make more money” or “I will drive a better car.” The question you have to ask yourself if you have said these things is, “Do I really mean it?” If you do, do you have a plan? Will your current plan get you the things that you have said you wanted? If you answered no, to one of the last three questions, then you are only dreaming. You are wishing with no real desire and will likely have no more than you currently have in life. You see we have to make a conscious decision to succeed in life or to just have something more. If you are unhappy with your life then look in the mirror because in all likelihood you have no one else to blame but yourself. Sure, there are circumstances OUT of our control; but how we deal with and overcome those circumstances IS within our control!

We can choose what to wear. We can choose the hairstyle or haircut we want. We choose who our friends are. We choose what jobs to apply for. We decide whether or not to show up at work on time. Does it not stand to reason, that if we have so many choices in life? We can make choices that will allow us to be successful? If you wanted to start a business and didn’t have the money, you can choose to save, beg, borrow, and scrap the money until you have enough to get started. The great thing about Coastal as we know is it didn’t take that much to get started. Let’s face it; if one’s life depended on it 90% of the people in a Democratic nation could come up with at least $5000 within 72 hours. So the real question is how bad do you want it? If you choose to just work your nine to five J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) and choose not to get anymore out of life. Please do me this one favor, don’t be envious or hateful as I become more and more successful just because you have chosen not to.

It amazes me at the number of people who are unhappy in life and are quick to ridicule those that seem to have more; but yet they refuse to make choices that would allow them to get more out of life. If you have chosen to join this amazing business of ours, then congratulations! You are making a choice to get more out of life and to succeed in some way. However, if you are in Coastal and you are making $50,000 to $60,000 a year but continue to say you want to make $100,000. Ask yourself, “Am I making the choice to do that or am I just wishing it?” It is ok to wish and to fantasize about things just make sure that you are honest with yourself and you recognize the difference between wishing and choosing.

If you are just starting with Coastal make a CHOICE right away to be successful. If your business is not doing as well as you would like, that’s great! You can choose to change that! Make a CHOICE to grow your business to where you want it. If you want to make $50,000 in this business then CHOOSE that. If you want to make $100,000 then CHOOSE that. If you want to make $1,000,000 then CHOOSE that. Just remember success is a choice!


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