Magazine article Success

Starting Points for Achievers

Magazine article Success

Starting Points for Achievers

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REINVENTING AN ECONOMY

After a halt in civilian car production during World War II, Detroit automakers roared back to life, producing all-new models by the late 1940s, to the delight of car-starved Americans.

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"Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat."

NAPOLEON HILL

"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for."

SOCRATES

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning."

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

A whole-new you.

* Does your life ever feel out of sync with what's most important? Maybe it's time for reinvention. Let these stories inspire you.

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* Corporate World to Comedian

Former Intel engineer Dan Nainan took a comedy class to overcome his fear of presentations. When he lost his job, he took to the comedy stage. He eventually found a niche doing "clean comedy," landing an Apple commercial, performing with Jerry Seinfeld and others, even opening a comedy club in Bethesda, Md. He's living the dream, and has more than doubled his salary. His advice: "Put down the TV remote and beer, and pick up a pen and write your screenplay or jokes, make your movie or work on your dance steps."

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* Midlife Wake-Up Call

Claire Cook always wanted to write, but juggling teaching jobs and raising kids left little time. So she began writing in a notebook during her daughter's swim class. Her second book became the movie Must Love Dogs. She used earnings from her writing to put her kids through college. She now writes full time, has a new novel out this summer called Seven Year Switch and hosts reinvention workshops. "Rise above the negativity," Cook says. "Lots of people will tell you why you can't or shouldn't do whatever it is you want to do. …

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