I love the book “From a Chicken to an Eagle.” I learned about this book while I was an Amway distributor nearly 10 years ago. This book is a quick read, but it’s really good. It really talks about the difference between winners and losers, and how they think. It focuses on what you need to do to program your brain for success.
The information will benefit network marketers, really anyone for that matter. I’ve read the books a few times now and would like to take a few moments to share some of my favorite quotes from the book. Each quote is in bold and italic. Following the quote I offer my own insights.
# 1 Everybody is your teacher. Let’s face it, we aren’t superior to anyone. We can all learn SOMETHING from everyone we meet. Everyone we meet is superior to us in at least one thing. Always keep an open mind and be nice to meet. Try to learn something from everyone you meet, whether they are a CEO, a janitor, or even an unemployed person.
# 2 The chicken philosophy says that something or some person outside ourselves is the source of our being okay, accepted and loved. If you are depending on someone else or something else for your self-worth, you are in for a big disappointment. It’s not your spouse’s job, your kid’s job, your parent’s job or your friend’s job to make you happy. Your happiness and sense of self-worth is your own responsibility.
# 3 The chicken philosophy is founded on the presuppositions that you lack something, that you are a sinner and have a fatal flaw, and that your security will come only from outside you. Losers blame their failure and shortcomings on other people, or anything but themselves. They never “man up” and look themselves int he mirror and accept responsibility for their own lives.
# 4 Everything we need for a happy life, to feel secure and worth something comes from inside ourselves. You have everything you need to live a good, happy, and fulfilling life. Look yourself in the mirror and be proud that you are unique.
# 5 Our worth is not something we can earn, but is an established fact that needs only to be accepted. You don’t need to accomplish something big to be proud of who you are. All you have to do is “accept” who you are and be proud of who you are. Your life will change the day you accept you for you.
# 6 The motivation and glue that holds relationships together are love, freedom, peace and joy. All relationships are built on these things. Without them, any relationship will fail.
# 7 The events of life are netural and tragedy is when you allow the events of life to stop you from continuing to fulffil the person you were created to be and you start dying… and that’s tragedy. Everyone faces disappointment, failure and setbacks. It’s not what happens to you, but how you react. Always get up one more time than you fall down. Never let your circumstances dictate who you are, or your self-image.
# 8 You put fourth the effort first and the results come later. Being consistently persistent in going through the process is one of the keys of gaining the results. Success comes BEFORE achievement. You have to roll up your sleeves and do the work BEFORE you can get what you want.
# 9 Death does not destroy us because life is eternal. Our time on this planet is only a small part of our entire life. Don’t fear death.
About the Book and Author
From a Chicken to an Eagle was published in 1982. It contains 63 pages. It is an out of print book, but you can buy a good, used copy on Amazon. Jerry Fankhauser was a trained psychotherapist in Houston, TX. He was also a popular speaker and author of several other books.
In summary, “From a Chicken to an Eagle” by Jerry Fankhauser is a great book. If you’re having troubles with your self-image, or don’t feel like a winner, this is the book for you. This book really helped me get my thinking right, so I could get the success I wanted and deserved. I consider it a must read and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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