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Fly Me To The Moon
by Joe Bonura, CSP



I recall as a boy that I saw the movie “Thief of Baghdad” in which the hero used a magic carpet to fly through the air. Later that day, after I painted magical designs on a bed sheet, I sat for hours on my painted sheet and imagined myself sailing through the air on my very own magic carpet. Unfortunately, I didn’t escape the floor of my bedroom, but I continued to dream of conquering the skies.


Since that time, I have flown on many magic carpets courtesy of Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest, and many more airlines than I could ever recall. As I write this, I am waiting for a flight to Orlando, Florida. Because I love to fly, I have owned four magic carpets: a Cessna 178, Cessna 172, Cessna 210, and a Beech Baron.


If you have the right belief system, you can achieve anything. When, as a boy, I sat on my magic carpet, I was not speculating on the cost of an airline ticket or on the monthly payments on a Beech Baron; I was simply focused on my dream of flying.


As a young man, Luciano Pavarotti contemplated whether he would become a singer or a teacher. He asked his father if he could do both, and his father replied that a man, who tries to sit in two chairs, will fall between the chairs. In reality, you must choose one chair and work hard at becoming the best that you can achieve while occupying that chair. Thank goodness that Pavarotti decided to sit in the musical chair, for we were richer for the experience of hearing his powerful voice.


It took Pavarotti seven years to make his first professional singing debut, and then another seven years before he appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, but once he set his course, he soared. He moved forward because he followed his passion. Passion plus purpose equals POWER.


The harder you work to achieve your goals, the more successful you will be in your achievements. H. Ross Perot says that continuous success builds arrogance and complacency. He is most impressed with people who love the battlefield and who are willing to go to the wall. If you read his book “Where Eagles Dare,” you will understand how much he believes in that philosophy.


My Dad came home from work one day with a deflated red balloon. To my urgent pleas, he put the balloon to his lips and began to blow. Nothing happened because the balloon was too stiff, and Dad could not blow hard enough to inflate the balloon. He held the balloon between the thumb and index fingers of each hand and stretched the balloon as far as he could. I asked Dad why he was doing that, and he replied that it was easier to inflate the balloon after he stretched it. When he tried again, the balloon inflated easily.


Are you stretching yourself mentally every day? The more you stretch your mind, the more malleable it becomes. Prompted by new thinking, new ideas will begin to flow. When you stretch your mind with knowledge, there is no limit to what you can accomplish. Your mind can stretch like the balloon, and even beyond the balloon. The balloon stretches until it pops, but when you flex your mind to the ultimate, you will enter a new unlimited dimension of success and personal development.


You can have, be, or do what you want, if you know what you want. Take some time to think about how you arrived where you are presently. If you are pleased with the journey so far, that is fine; however, it may be time to stretch yourself to reach new heights. If you are not pleased with your status, it is time to ignite your fire. Treat today as the first day of the rest of your life.


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About Joe Bonura

His background is unique. Joe owned and operated a highly successful advertising agency for 18 years. During that time, he found his advertising campaigns were more effective when he educated his clients in the areas of sales and service. He conducted training seminars for his clients as added value. Word spread that Joe was a quality speaker and more and more people asked him to speak. The demand became so high that he sold the agency to three of his associates to start his own speaking and consulting company, Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.

Joe is past President of the Kentucky Speakers Association and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a prestigious designation earned by only 8% of the 3,600 member National Speakers Association. Joe presently serves on the board of directors of NSA.

He is author of the audio learning systems "Three-Dimensional Selling®" and "Turning Customer Satisfaction Into Customer Excitement®." He is author of the book Throw the Rabbit—The Ultimate Approach to Three-Dimensional Selling.




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