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eBOOK $PDF The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change FULL-PAGE Click button below to download or. In The Shark and the Goldfish, Jon Gordon shares an inspiring fable about Gordy , a pampered goldfish who gets swept out to sea. Desperate for food. Ships from and sold by The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change Hardcover – September 22, In The Shark and the Goldfish, Jon Gordon shares an inspiring fable about Gordy, a pampered goldfish who gets swept out to sea.

I lost my job in during the dot-com bust. The company was losing money faster than we could raise it and eventually the company sank faster than the Titanic. I thought it was the worst event of my life. I was two months away from being bankrupt. I had a wife, two young children, a mortgage, no health insurance, and very little savings and was a paycheck away from losing it all.

So I ask you, if neither the positive or negative future has happened yet, why not choose to believe in a positive future? Why not believe that great things are coming your way? What not have faith in the future and in your ability to create it? They choose to believe that their best days are behind them, not in front of them. They choose to believe in the chorus of negativity.

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As a result, this fear either paralyzes them from taking action to find food or causes them to swim frantically around the ocean wasting time and scattering their energy. Fear of change. Fear of failing. Fear of not being strong enough or fast enough or good enough. Fear of starving. Even fear of fear. Faith helps you overcome the fear that sabotages your joy and success.

It helps you get through tough times when you just want to give up. Faith gives you energy and hope and inspiration. Your faith and belief in a positive future leads to powerful actions today. Because you believe in yourself and the future, you take the actions necessary to create it. Whatever you believe, you will find. While others are paralyzed by fear and negative beliefs you go about your business of finding food.

While others choose to focus on the stories that demonstrate a lack of food, opportunity, and hope, you stay positive, believe there is food to be found, continue searching for it, and then create your own positive story. Sure, you may have to move to a different part of the ocean. You may need to innovate and find a better way of finding food. But the key here is that the ocean is huge and full of resources and opportunity.

Why choose to limit the possibilities when history has shown that anything is possible? You need to think big and expect there is enough for everyone, especially you. Expect success and you will find more of it. But the fish who jeered at him yesterday had left him with a nagging negative feeling.

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If he could shake it he would, but the negativity lingered. How do I overcome the feeling of defeat I was hit with by the naysayers? Then you decide to pick yourself up and turn it around.

To do that you do what you did this morning. You find the ray of hope and eternal optimism that exists inside you. It was planted in your heart to let you know you are more than your failures and greater than your defeats.

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It tells you that today will be better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today. You keep swimming forward with faith and optimism. Instead of starting your morning by turning on the negative news, consider taking a swim of prayer. Instead of listening to the chorus of negativity, take a swim, close your eyes, smell the seaweed, and discover the real peace and strength you seek.

This is the antidote to fear and it is what you need in order to succeed right now.

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Gordy laughed and cheered as he held on for an exhilarating ride. He was now more prepared and ready to find food. Along the way he wrote a few more notes to himself so he would have positive reminders the next time he faced the chorus of negativity. As he swam around the ocean, he reminded himself that he was not a goldfish anymore.

He was not a victim but an overcomer.

He was faithful and fearless. He looked out into the ocean and realized how big it really was. Surely there is enough food for a little belly like mine, he told himself. This new approach and perspective energized him as he swam from place to place in search of food. Most importantly it helped him stay positive when he once again swam by the jeering fish who shouted insults at him. We thought we had seen the last of you. The signs said: Food supply down 10 percent.

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Is this the end? Chance of starving rises from 6 percent to 10 percent. What now? Confidence index down 50 percent. Are we headed for an ocean depression? He remembered what Sammy had said about tuning out the negative voices and focusing on the positive aspects. In that moment he made a conscious decision to create his own positive story instead of listening to the negative comments of others.

Instead of a feeling of defeat this time, he was empowered with a belief that there was food to be found and he would be the one who found it. By the mid-afternoon his new attitude and perspective helped him find twice as much food as he had found yesterday. He decided he had enough to survive and made his way to a quiet place where he would relax and take the rest of the afternoon off.

He was still a little hungry and knew he could find even more food if he had the energy.

If the ocean was a place of abundance, then he wanted to thrive. And as he dozed off to sleep, dreaming of finding piles and piles of food, he thought of a few questions he should ask Sammy the next day.

I want to thrive. If you want to thrive, then you must not only think like a shark, but act like one, too. He found more food in an hour than Gordy caught all day. He continued searching for food throughout the day, 53 Thrive because of Change taking short breaks and then resuming his search with more focus and intensity than before.

By the end of the day Sammy had found more food than Gordy had seen in a lifetime. He was amazed. The difference lies in three simple but very important reasons. Would you agree with that? But to thrive you must work harder than everyone in the ocean. They think that I was chosen to find food and born 55 Thrive because of Change lucky. I believe the harder you work and the more positive you are, the luckier you become. I focus more than others.

It is a skill. You just need to practice and commit to it. Instead of wandering around the ocean he needed to have a plan of action.

He needed to identify what food he wanted to find, where he wanted to find it, and get better at finding it. That is in fact the third reason why I thrive. You have to work hard and focus on thriving. Gordy hesitated, feeling ashamed. Now you know—you do not settle for anything less than a great day. You keep going until you thrive. Each day you keep learning, growing, and improving.

It may take you a while to become a great food finder like me, but every day that you choose to work hard and not settle is a day that leads to the life that you want. Most importantly, now is a time when those with a positive attitude, a desire to improve, a great work ethic, and an ability to focus will shine.

The ocean is filled with food for those who are ready to work hard and 59 Thrive because of Change find it. So, are you ready to go find some food?

And off they swam side by side with focus and intensity to find all the food that was available to them. While others were paralyzed by fear, he took action every day and his initiative helped him thrive. He also chose not to settle and made it a point to continuously improve and seek out new ideas and new strategies. He theorized that if you believed it was too late in life to create the life you want, then it was; but if you were willing to improve and learn a new skill, you would.

Some of these new ideas came from Sammy and others came to him while he rested in the evening. He knew that no matter how much food he caught and how much he thrived he needed to stay humble and hungry. Humble enough to learn every day and hungry with a passion to become the best food finder he could be.

He was so thankful that Sammy had taught him everything he knew. He realized that finding food made him stronger and wiser and more appreciative of the food he caught.

And he also realized that there were far too many fish like him simply waiting to be fed. They were fearful, scared, and hungry just like he had been. He wanted to give back and help others the way Sammy helped him.

If he could change, he knew others could change, too. They just needed to be informed, empowered, and inspired the way he was. It was the least he could do. He decided that if he truly believed the ocean was a place of abundance it was his duty to help others realize there was more food available for everyone. He also believed that the more you give the more you receive. It was a law of the ocean. Gordy taught them that the ocean is not your enemy, but your friend.

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He taught them that it is a place of abundance, not scarcity. He told them that in his school they would learn how to transform adversity into a wave of prosperity and he wrote a few important lessons on a big rock board: l l Ride the waves of change You have more control than you think you do l Focus on the opportunity, not the challenge l You are not a victim but a hero in your own inspirational story 68 The Shark and the Goldfish The fish were amazed at his teachings and they went back to their families, friends, and communities and told everyone what they had learned.

The following day hundreds of new students arrived at the shark school and Gordy taught them everything he knew.

He taught the bottom feeders how to take initiative, he taught the naysayers to be more positive, he taught the octopus how to focus, and he taught everyone how to think and act like a shark.

He knew, however, that his students represented only a small percentage of the total fish in the ocean. There would be those who would believe and receive his message and apply the principles and those who would ignore the teachings and spend a lifetime complaining, blaming, and wondering why they were starving.

But those who applied the principles and lessons would navigate the sea of adversity and waves of change and enjoy a full stomach and a life of abundance. He had seen it happen in his own life and knew that life was too short to live any other way. The End. Using proven principles and practical tools based on The Shark and the Goldfish, by Jon Gordon, you will inspire and empower your people to thrive during waves of change.

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While you can reflect on these questions by yourself it is recommended that you gather friends, coworkers, colleagues, and your team and discuss these questions together. A Wave of Change r Describe a time when you were hit with a wave of change. What kind of change was it?

What happened? What did you think? Did it work? Embrace and Ride the Waves of Change r What are the challenges associated with the change you are facing? What is your vision? What bigger purpose will inspire you to make a positive change? If you're facing tough economic times, The Shark and the Goldfish will motivate you, inspire you, and give you the confidence you need to thrive during changing times.

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An illustrated business fable that gives you the faith, courage and confidence to win in today's tough economic climate Fear and uncertainty are staples of daily life in today's struggling economy. A business fable that teaches valuable lessons on the importance of working hard, maintaining a locus of control and focusing on positive choices instead of negative voices, Written by Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The No Complaining Rule Reveals how change is inevitable-but that you can make it your friend or foe.

Provides an action plan filled with tips and strategies to thrive during change and adversity If you're facing tough economic times, The Shark and the Goldfish will motivate you, inspire you, and give you the confidence you need to thrive during changing times.