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Weekend Quote: Success with a Side of Dr. Seuss

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OK, guys, a bit late with the weekend quote but I HAD to post one. Admittedly, as I prepare for my audition tomorrow, this may be more for me then you, but I hope you find it inspirational all the same.

This weekend’s quote inspires me on a few different levels. I think that’s why it works so well, you can apply it to your specific goals, no matter what they are, weight loss or otherwise. Being someone who tried repeatedly to get control of my diet and now someone who is attempting find her way in a new career I simply find it encouraging…

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

It’s another, "let’s try to change our mindsets about failure", type of quotes. This is why I get so worked up when people use one "screw up" as an excuse to go off plan and quite all together. We have to stop that mentality and look at it as a learning experience. Why did you pig out? Why didn’t you stop at 1, 2 or even 5 cookies? Why did you order the fried crazy appetizer, a complete meal and continue to eat until stuffed? Why’d ya grab the bag of chips instead of measuring out a serving? (again, all things I did/do) When we do those types things, and let’s lay this out on the table right now, we WILL do those types of things, it’s inevitable. Don’t use it as an excuse to give up on the day, week or even month. LEARN from it so you are more prepared next time. Don’t think of it as a failure, think of it as a learning experience, as one of the 10,000 things that didn’t work. :)

Now, and as usual I’m trying to kill too many birds with my one little stone. The toddler asked me to read one specific book tonight. Which made me remember that I have tons of footage from my Roni’s Day in the Life video series still to edit. This will all make sense in a minute, I promise. This specific book is my absolute favorite Dr. Seuss story of all time. Like the quote above, you can really apply it’s message to anything you want, dieting, career goals, whatever, as it’s just about life.

So here’s a preview of the footage from my N96 Trial, A Day in the Life video series (coming soon-hopefully this week). I’m skipping to this later in the day video considering it’s pretty relevant as I get ready for tomorrows audition.

I’m NOT lying when I say favorite time of day AND favorite book. Seriously. I read it to him again tonight, just like this and tonight, it was his choice, which made me smile. :)

Ok…I’ll be twittering from New York tomorrow, can’t wait!! Now… Off to get the train schedule!

P.S.Contest winners will be announced tomorrow night along with a surprise!




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    Gina

    December 7, 2008

    One of my favorite quotes about success and failure…

    “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan

    Christie

    December 7, 2008

    Dr. Suess always makes me sappy. I feel like I have a tear or two to shed now. Great post Roni! Good luck tomorrow!

    Christy

    December 8, 2008

    Ah that was really nice and heartwarming. Thank you for share a special moment with us.

    Sally

    December 8, 2008

    Have you ever read “Fox in Socks” by Dr. Suess? That is my favorite!

    http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/dreeves/Fox-In-Socks.txt

    Its a real tongue twister but its so much better when you read it out loud! =]

    MizFit

    December 8, 2008

    Im a huge seuss fan (new tat coming 12.23 :)) but my fave is, today anyway, DID I EVER TELL YOU HOW LUCKY YOU ARE?

    Brandi

    December 8, 2008

    Oh how I love Dr. Suess! I think I they were the first books I really ‘read’ when I was learning the in’s and out’s of the english language!

    Charlie Hills

    December 8, 2008

    I love Fox in Sox, especially the tweetle beetle battle…

    Debbie

    December 8, 2008

    Loads of luck to ya! Although you wont need it lol

    Krista S.

    December 8, 2008

    My boys’ favorite Dr. Seuss book is/was (they are 9 & 13 now) I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew. It is a great motivational book, too! http://www.amazon.com/Had-Trouble-Getting-Solla-Sollew/dp/0394800923 Watching you read to Ryan is bittersweet. It’s been so long since I had littles! You’re a great mom, Roni. <3

    Bonnie

    December 8, 2008

    Kids are all alike….I remember from reading to my kids and now reading to my grandkids, they won’t let you read that page and then talk, they talk the whole time you’re trying to read the page……or they’re looking at the next book while you’re reading the first one. Cracks me up! But they do say some funny things during that time. I have my oldest son (now 35) on audio tape, reading Dumbo to me (from memory) when he was 3 years old. It is so cute when he says Timothy. You’ll love these videos when he’s older.

    Laura Brandon

    December 8, 2008

    LOVE the quote! will watch the video later when I’m not at school.

    Natalia Burleson

    December 8, 2008

    Love the quote! :)

    Runeatrepeat

    December 8, 2008

    That is my favorite book ever! Love it. I actually don’t own it and was thinking about buying it this weekend. I swear, what a coincidence!? I guess I better buy it since now I want to read it again.

    Fitness Surfer

    December 8, 2008

    I love that book. My grandma gave it wo me when i graduated from college. In High School on Friday nights my mom would read Dr. Seuss to my friends and i before we all went out to play basketball. She would even ask us what the moral of the story was. That was in High School. I guess were never too old for Dr. Seuss.

    roni

    December 8, 2008

    Sally… LOVE Fox in Sox!!

    roni

    December 8, 2008

    Krista – Thanks! Didn’t know that one!

    Sherri

    December 8, 2008

    Not only is this book inspirational. My favorite part is when you ask your husband for the blue blanket and he immediately jumps up to get the blanket. I’ll have to ask at least 5 times then I get frustrate and start yelling only to have his repy be “why are you yelling.” You are so lucky.

    Giyen

    December 9, 2008

    Hope the audition went well. I thought about you all day and was sending positive vibes. Can’t wait to hear how it went.

    Susan

    December 9, 2008

    I failed this week. But I won’t give up. Thanks for the inspirational post!

    roni

    December 11, 2008

    Sherri – That is SO funny and normally I have to scream it like 5 times too! LOL

    roni

    December 11, 2008

    Susan – you are welcome… NEVER give up! The bumps are ALL part of the ride. :)