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“You Are a Product of Your Environment.” – W. Clement Stone

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“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective . . . Are the things around you helping you toward success—or are they holding you back?”

W. Clement Stone

What is around you propels you forward.  If you think you can “put up” with an environment, please think again.

It could be delaying your future.

It could be delaying your calling.

It could be delaying that the right person in your personal life, or the right business partner, are coming into your life.

It could be holding your heart down.  Reducing your energy.  Taking up mindspace that can be more joyously used. 

It’s one thing to be perseverant. Life is not humanly perfect… but to exist in a situation which is propelling you backwards, doesn’t make sense —  to you,  or to the world who is waiting your unique gift.

Don’t let a person or situation tie you up. Come up with a clear plan. It’s time to run forward to your goals and to a free heart!

William Clement Stone (May 4, 1902 – September 3, 2002) was a businessman, philanthropist and “New Thought” self-help book author. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Stone was the living example of the proverbial rags-to-riches. His father died when he was 3, leaving the family impoverished because of his gambling losses. At the age of 6, Stone began hawking newspapers on Chicago’s South Side, while his mother worked as a dressmaker. At 13, he owned his own newsstand.

At the age of 16, Stone went to Detroit to help his mother in the insurance agency she had opened there. One of his favorite expressions when describing his cold calling and sales abilities was that he “…Mowed them down”. He devoured the Horatio Alger stories, where poor boys overcome adversity to make good. Eventually he became an ‘angel’ to others lifting some from the gutter, to incredible heights. In 1919, Stone founded Combined Insurance Co., a multibillion-dollar insurance empire with $100 and sought to buck up the world with the idea that anyone might do the same; all they need is “positive mental attitude.” His most notable publication was written with Napoleon Hill and titled Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, published in 1960.