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THIS WEEKS THOUGHT   Milo the Greek  - 23rd September 2007

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 Milo the Great


Well I often get some great ideas from the stories I read but this week the story from Peter Thomson (author of the achievers edge) is so good, I'd thought I'd share it as Peter wrote it


Milo the Greek was a remarkable man.

Born in the Greek Colony of Croton in the late 6th century BC he was a six times Olympic champion.

And boy! Was he strong!


One story about his incredible strength tells how he became so – here it is:

 To demonstrate his power he told friends that he would lift a full grown cow above his head.

He tried and somehow despite his strength he couldn’t do it.


So he bought a young calf – and picked it up – easily.

Each day, as the calf grew, he picked it up again.

Day by day, week by week, month by month – as the calf grew in size and weight so Milo grew in strength.


Legend has it that - 4 years later he hoisted above his shoulders the now 4˝ years old cow which he carried the length of the arena then killed and ate it.


Ah – now I see how it’s done:


So the way we get ‘strong’ is to start small and increase the difficulty of the task as we continue to practice – make sense doesn’t it?

I wonder if you and I are using this idea enough in our lives.


Get a little bit better at what your practicing

Till next week


David Gardner

 Recommended Audio CD's
By Peter Thompson
More Great CD Programs
 Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
 Good to Great - Jim Collins
 Psychology of Achievement - Brian Tracy
 Discover Your Strengths - M Buckingham
 7 Habits of Highly Effective- Stephen Covey
 Rich Dads Secrets - Robert Kiyosaki
 Maverick Mindset - John Elliot
 Vocal Power - Roger Love
 Quantum Memory - Dominic O'Brien
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson


 Recommended Books

 Good to Great - Jim Collins 
  7 Habits - Stephen Covey
  Discover you Strengths - M Buckingham 
  Richard Branson's Auto biography
  Brilliant Memory - Dominic O'Brien
  Think & Grow Rich -  Napoleon Hill 
  Freakonomics - Stephen Levitt
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
 The Machine That Changed the World
 Watching the English - Kate Fox
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson



Milo the Greek

A Boy called No

Bluebird - A pint of Ale &  water speed record

Visualising an Argument with Alien Bowling

Old Friends lead to New Thoughts

Bad Driver

Space Shuttle designed on a horses backside

Back to the Future

The Mexican Boatman & "Harvard MBA".

The World in Perspective

Acres of Diamonds

First impressions in 30s

The Two Minute Rule

 Noughts and Crosses

 Think and Grow Rich

 3 Blind Men & An Elephant
Someone Everyone Anyone No-one
12 Questions to High Performance
The Bee Can't Fly but No-one told the bee
The Maverick Mindset of Baseball
Three Men and a Boat
Two Cannibals & a Beautiful Girl
The Meaning of Life  
What was your name again?
Two Frogs
Is Common Sense Possible
An Architects Vision
Does Edison Turn Your Light On


Other books and CDs I've mentioned can be found here

There are loads of great audio programs at Nightingale Conant's ,web site here,