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As Peter Pan reminds Wendy, John, and Michael, we must "think happy thoughts!" before we can fly. Henry Ford, the great Model T producer and the man who popularized the assembly line, gives similar advice: "Whether you believe you can do a thing or not... you are right." There is a strong connection between thought and reality. If we cannot have faith in ourselves, who can have faith in us? Many successful business people will give similar advice: be confident! Don't think that something is too difficult; for if you think it, it will be so. Focus on the positive.
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by C. David McKirachan
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