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How do people become top athletes, successful entrepreneurs, millionaires, successful marriage partners? We start where we are and take one step forward at a time. Along the way, we fail, fall down, and make mistakes, but we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start again – UNTIL we succeed. You don’t wait until all the traffic lights are green before starting a journey, do you? No – you just need one green light to start.

Long ago I worked for one of our railroads whose tracks threaded the passes through [the] mountains. I frequently rode the trains. It was in the days when there were steam locomotives. Those great monsters of the rails were huge and fast and dangerous. I often wondered how the engineer dared the long journey through the night. Then I came to realize that it was not one long journey, but rather a constant continuation of a short journey. The engine had a powerful headlight that made bright the way for a distance of 400 or 500 yards. The engineer saw only that distance, and that was enough because it was constantly before him all through the night into the dawn of the new day. And so it is with our eternal journey. We take one step at a time. In doing so we reach toward the unknown, but faith lights the way. If we will cultivate that faith, we shall never walk in darkness.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

When I first started downhill snow skiing, I stop at the top of Mystery Peak on Mount Seymour and watched other skiers launching off into a misty unknown – we couldn’t see more than ten feet ahead of us from the top. It was scary. But I reckoned that if they could do it, so could I, so off I went, albeit with a little trepidation. As I went, I could see more and more. That’s a lot like life. Taking those first few steps into a new venture,. And then having the faith and guts to doggedly and consistently proceed all the way to your objective is an exciting, stimulating adventure.

Of course, if President Hinkley was teamed up with an experienced engineer on that train, it would have been infinitely easier than had he been alone. And teaming up with the right business partners, marriage partner, or sports coach is equally important. It’s possible, but hard to do it alone, albeit stimulating and invigorating, as I discovered when skiing. One gets worn down and more stressed alone or with the wrong partners in business. Good partners bring balance, perspective, and added resources.

That’s why the Mastermind concept works so well: In his famous book, “Think and Grow Rich,” Napoleon Hill explains the Mastermind as “The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony. No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the master mind.]” Mastermind groups have been around for thousands of years, helping people to make wonderful changes in their lives, other peoples’ lives and even nation’s lives.

Our business, IPS Safety Inc. utilizes this Mastermind concept very effectively through our structure of Salespeople and Distributors across North America.

Robin Elliott (The bed closest to the camera on the right was mine in our army barracks on a weekend in 1971.)

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