Old Zig gave many “takeaways” – but perhaps the biggest one to stick was when he said something like (and I’m paraphrasing here): “I always give credit to the people I learn from, not just because they deserve the credit – but because it’s the right thing to do.”
Never forgot that.
To this day I am stunned when I see and hear authors as well as speakers, use Ziglar phrases like, “A check up from the neck up” – and “Your attitude determines your altitude” – and they absolutely refuse to give old Zig the credit for that line.
Yep, twas Zig’s line. Not yours. And I know the difference.
Not giving others credit is a modern day plague. There are many Internet marketers who teach their plebes to steal. They even use terms like “steal and distribute” in their talks – instructing them to take whatever they see that is selling, and rob the person blind so that they can make a buck, too.
And their advice is sound, supposedly. It’s sound until the Internet marketer gets robbed himself, by the very people he taught this philosophy. Uh, I didn’t mean to steal MY stuff – just everyone else’s.
About nine years ago I was advised to stop using Dr. Maltz name in my emails, articles and so on – because “I was better than him.”
I replied that I wasn’t going to do such a thing, so long as I was using concepts he taught. Nor was I interested in appeals to my ego of being “better.”
Better or not – what is the right thing to do?
It’s to give credit where it’s due.
I realize there are those who don’t share my belief. They actually think it’s a great idea to steal your ideas, knowledge, time, energy and more. And they’re precisely the people I don’t want around.
On the other hand, I have worked with many, many authors and creators who have received my okay to use quotes, techniques, exercises and so on, in their own products.
In fact, as unbelieveable as it seemed to me at the time, and still is, a number of fiction writers have inserted Ole Furecat and/or his exercises into their best-selling books.
Really? Are you kidding me?
You can verify this for yourself in Barry Eisler’s “John Rain” series, as well as some of the Sci-Fi written by John Meaney.
Anyway, regardless of this, that and the other, I’m committed to finding a way to serve those who want to learn from me.
That’s why I’m so excited with all the great information and knowledge being given to members of the Furey Faithful.
They’re learning, perhaps for the first time, a body/breath/brain approach to living life to the full.
People aren’t just getting Combat Conditioning 2.0 – they’re getting the positive feelings that naturally come to you as a result of doing these powerful mind-body exercises.
Meet me on the INSIDE, my friend, and get the BEST information available on the Internet.
And when you’re on board, just keep in mind that I’m NOT giving you permission to steal. I reveal my sources as well as what I figured out on my own. It’d be great if you share the same philosophy.
Matt “Coach” Furey