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posted 19 Feb 2013, 10:55 by Mpelembe
When a group of two hundred executives were asked what makes a person
successful, eighty percent listed enthusiasm as the most im­portant

quality. More important than skill. More important than training. Even
more important than experience.

Before water will produce enough steam to power an engine, it must
boil. The steam engine won't move a train an inch until the steam
gauge registers 212 degrees. Likewise, the person with­out enthusiasm

is trying to move the machinery of life with lukewarm water. Only one

thing will happen: that person will stall.

A. B. Zu Tavern asserts that en­thusiasm is electricity in the

battery. It's the vigor in the air. It's the warmth in the fire. It's
the breath in all things alive. Successful people are enthusi­as­tic

about what they do. "Good work is never done in cold blood," he says,
"heat is needed to forge any­thing. Every great achievement is the
story of a flaming heart."

You may have all of the skill, training and experience you've ever
need. Add enthusiasm to those assets and you will be truly


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