Excuses are so easy to come by on the road to mediocrity. Get off that road! If you choose, you can always find hundreds of reasons why something cannot or should not be done, and precious few why it should or could. It is easier to tell yourself that it’s too difficult, too expensive, or too time-consuming than to accept the idea that if we are willing to work hard enough, smart enough, and long enough we can accomplish anything. Instead of making a commitment, we make up an alibi. If you find that you frequently invent excuses for why you didn’t do something or have a billion reasons why something didn’t work out as planned, it’s time for a reality check. Stop explaining and start doing! Be Jun E! Unleash the lion within!
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“Anytime you see someone more successful
than you are, they are doing something you’re not”
I couldn’t wait on success, so I had to go on without it. A wise poet once said, “They also serve who only stand and wait” although this statement may be profound and genuine, true riches of life are far more likely to accrue to those who actively go out and seek them. I have yet to see success come marching in accompanied by a brass band in full regalia. Success more often is achieved by those who labor long and hard. Those who dare to step out and take the chances on themselves.
Take the initiative and create your own opportunities. Remember, success more often follows action than instigates! We are all different people with different hopes, dreams, desires, and goals for our lives, but the application of passion, love, action and initiative towards our goals will benefit everyone who applies them. Be Jun E! Create and go get your success!
“What lies before us
and what lies after us
are tiny matters compared
to what lies within us”
Sometimes we can be our worst enemies. We all have those moments when, no matter how hard we try things don’t seem to work out right, when everything goes wrong, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. It’s interesting because we can also be our own best friend through adversity. Getting to this pivotal stage is one of the most difficult tasks on earth. This transition comes when we discover that the only person on earth who can determine our failure or success is ourselves.
You may discover yourself when you develop the maturity and strength of character to accept yourself for the person you are and take the actions necessary to become the person you wish to be. When you discover that Jun E Lion within and learn how to awaken it, miraculous things happen. When you do, you will realize that the only person who stands in the way of your success is you. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, persons, and material assistance which you could never have dreamed will come your way. It’s in you! It’s in us! Jun E!
From time to time we occasionally hear people call someone else lazy. Well the truth is, no one is inherently lazy. It is human nature to want to be doing things unless we are ill. A sign of the beginning of a recovery from illness is the desire to get up and around, to go back to work, to do something-anything. Inactivity leads to boredom, and boredom leads to “laziness.” On the flip side, activity leads to interest, and interest leads to enthusiasm and ambition.
The wise W. Clement Stone once said, ” The emotions are not always subject to reason, but they are always subject to action!” We must find out what we are best at and what we like to do, and develop a burning desire to be the best we can be at it. Then get into action! You see, life is all about finding that lion inside of you and then taking action to wake it up, and develop it. It is our goal at Jun E Caniel to grow a culture of greatness throughout the world. So the next time someone says you, or someone else is lazy, tell them you have just not found what you are great at, as of yet.
“Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity”
A wise man once said, ” you should always work at two jobs simultaneously: the one you have and the one you desire. When you work hard at both the goals you want and the job you must do, you are preparing yourself for a Jun E future. You must always work on skills that will grow you beyond your present position, so when the time comes you will be ready.
Never be satisfied! When you’ve mastered one task, don’t rest on your laurels. We challenge you to constantly think about your future, about how you can improve what you’re doing now, and what you can learn that will allow you to progress in the future. The future is written in all the beautiful minds that our world contains. The future is limitless. The future is bright as a Columbia, South Carolina summer day. To succeed today requires continuous learning, collaboration, innovative thinking, and action. Stay Jun E!
“What we do upon some great occasion
will probably depend on what we already are
and what we are will be the result of previous
years of self-discipline”
“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” Who are you? You ever take a minute in silence to figure out who you are. How are you defined? Why do you do the things you? Is it because your brother, father, mother, sister, uncle, or friend do it? Why? I have discovered that most people do not know themselves. Scared of their own shadows, they would rather live in societal shadows instead of stepping out into the sunshine of leadership and originality. Why not step out and create your own shadow? Soak up the greatness of being who you really are without apologies? Others are constantly searching for things, people, words, and societal doodads to define them. You do not need those things! Bombarded with traditions, and other people’s perceptions that imply that “something must be wrong with me”, we turn away from our true selves and fall into place with the ordinary shadows/shells of people who pursue to be nothing more than mediocre. They are only following the made up perception that they were given, but they have so much more to offer. It is startling at times the depths of the things a person will do to feel loved, cool and wanted, when the answer seems so simple. We are all in search of our own significance, and it stares us in the face when we hurriedly give ourselves a once-over in the bathroom mirror before rushing to our pressing mediocrity. Life and the beautiful discovery of yourself are hard yet worthwhile. Why take the detour through The Land of Shadows? Be yourself, as God has made you and love that person.
On a beautiful day in September 2010 my husband and I rode to Raleigh, NC to meet with our printer. We had to drop off some product to be digitally printed with our designs. Not more than a few miles away from our destination, something tragic happened. On a very busy street, in the midst of fairly heavy traffic our transmission went out on our beloved 1996 Lexus SC 400. Alas, we found ourselves stranded in the parking lot of a shopping plaza, into which we were able to pull over. We quickly called one friend for a ride and another whose mother owns two mechanic shops. Our printer rescheduled us for the next day, as something came up and she was unable to meet us and pick up our product. After those things were taken care of the only thing left to do was find a place to eat and wait. Our spirits remained high as we began to map out what would need to be done.
Fast forward five months later when had finally gotten together the full $2,000 to get our car out of the shop. That was earlier this month. Since then, we have fallen out with friends, family members, and even each other. What I find amazing is our resilience, the tenacity with which we continue to press forward. What is even more unbelievable is how we have been able to do whatever we needed without a car! It made me realize that when you continuously pour positivity into other people’s lives, they in turn are more than willing to help you when you need it. I am so thankful for all those who offered their own cars, money, positivity, and listening ears. No one will ever fully understand our struggle and many would not believe it because on the outside our actions and demeanor showed otherwise. At home we still remained positive and pushed one another to be encouraged. We did not allow ourselves to sink into the ever-beckoning calls of depression and despair. I also realize the significance in our pressing forward in spite of obstacles. I am convinced that many would have given up, but I can honestly say it never crossed my mind. I only pondered on the alternative paths to venture in order to reach our goals. This way of thinking will soon prove to be much more beneficial.
Today, we are on the cusp of something very Jun E, something very great. I can see rays of Jun E sunshine just beyond the horizon and the voices that push us forward are louder than ever in our ears. We are steadily moving with sure strides toward our destiny. I feel the darkness fading each day and gladly lift my face toward the light with my husband firmly holding my hand. The beauty of the struggle manifests in the solidarity of this partnership we share and having knowledge of who is in our circle. To the young people who look up to us, I give thanks because you inspire us and your positive words are great motivation. To those of you who are more experienced, thank you for accepting us for who we are and having enough appreciation for our journey and vision to support and encourage us. What we do is for God, all of humanity, and lastly ourselves. My heart is full and my limbs are restless with the anticipation of what is to come. It can only get better from this point. I thank you in advance for sticking around. Stay Jun E!
There are many things you cannot control, but you can control the only thing that really matter: your mind and your attitude. It’s amazing how external forces have very little to do with success. Those who program themselves for success find a way to succeed even in the most difficult of circumstances. Solutions to most problems come from one source and one source alone: yourself.
Life is a true adventure for those who are courageous enough to live life to the fullest. Living life to the fullest is a lot like shooting the rapids in a rubber raft. Once you’ve made the commitment, it’s difficult to change your mind, turn around, and paddle upstream to placid waters. But it’s excitement and adventure that make it all worthwhile. If you never make the attempt, you may never know the depths of despair, but neither will you experience the exhilaration of success.
“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it”
As a go-getter and high achiever, the most dangerous, most destructive habit of all is procrastination. Procrastination robs you of your initiative. When you put things off once, it’s easier to put them off again, until the habit is so firmly ingrained that it cannot be easily broken. Have no fear the cure for procrastination is action! You will be surprised how quickly you begin to feel better about yourself and your situation when you get going on something . Anything! Remember action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. Mood more often follows action than instigates so stay Jun E! Act!
” A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.”
Initiative is that exceedingly rare quality that prompts a person to do what ought to be done without being told. It’s also a commodity upon which the world places great value. Initiative sets us apart from the competition, whether you are an entrepreneur, a professional athlete, corporate staffer, or an hourly worker. People will notice you and come to depend upon you because you have shown yourself to be a person who can be counted upon always to do the right thing. Remember, you don’t have to do more than you are paid for, but you can push yourself ahead mighty fast by doing it voluntarily. Be Jun E ! Show Initiative!