"My Birthday Surprise"
was created especially for
with love from
July 30, 2011
Yes, it was birthday time
again, July 30. John Lennon of
Hawaii, had reached yet another
major plateau in his life - age 35.
John was a high flier, a born
leader, and a man of many
accomplishments. There was no
doubt about it - John was a
legend in his own mind.
Paul, George and Ringo had
planned a big birthday bash for
John this year. Hand-written
invitations had been sent to all
Fortunately for Paul, George and
Ringo, the job had been very
easy. Only a few invitations had
to be written.
Paul, George and Ringo had
spent a lot of time developing a
theme for this special birthday
party. It was
The ten keys to success
in your life
Obviously, the theme was a
very popular one. The party room
Paul, George and Ringo started
his success story by explaining that
the path John had followed
through life had been met with a
series of closed doors.
Over the years,judging from the
shape of his beak, many of these
doors had been slammed in his face.
Despite these setbacks,
John had still managed to become
a success in Hawaii. It was evident
that these ten keys had worked a
miracle for John.
John and the rest of the
party group were quiet when
Paul, George and Ringo announced the
first key to his success.
"Always be full of hot air"
John had devoted much of
his life to achieving this goal.
Those who knew him agreed that he
was definitely full of it.
The second key of success was
John maintained his
youthful appearance by following a
strict exercise program. His
favorite activity seemed to be
jogging to the refrigerator.
Unfortunately, staying young
was difficult after 35 birthday
celebrations. In fact, lighting the
candles on his birthday cake was
considered a fire hazard for
John and everyone else present
at the party.
"No mountain is too hard to climb"
was another component of the success
formula for John.
Anyone who had ever seen
John demolish a mountain of ice
cream topped with whipped cream and
a cherry realized the truth of this
statement. He could whittle it down
The fourth key was a critical
factor in making John the
success he is.
"Surround yourself with intelligent,
John always kept snapshots
of his trusted friends in his
wallet. Come to think of it, that
was about all you could ever find in
his wallet !
The excitement of the party
had almost been too much for
everyone. They decided to briefly
interrupt this spell-binding
'Success Story" and have John
open his many gifts.
Nobody had trouble buying
John a present. After all,
what can't you buy for a man who
After watching John open
his gifts, the anxious crowd was
eager to hear the fifth key to his
success. It was
Don't be a horse's... behind.
couldn't help himself. It was just
The saga of John continued.
The next key to his success was
"Enjoy the sweet things in life."
There are many sweet things in
life: the presence of a wonderful
companion, adventure-filled vacations
and lots of money.
Whenever John wanted to enjoy
sweet things, he went to his pantry.
This was the only source of sweet
things for John.
The seventh key was vitally
important for social climbers like
"Don't forget from whence
On his long climb up the ladder
of success, John never once
forgot his roots. He was so very
proud of all his ancestors.
To really be successful, you must
"Only play games you can win."
Talented individuals like
John pride themselves on their
athletic and business prowess.
Very few adults had ever beaten
John at any of his favorite
games. Everybody knew he would
have a temper tantrum if they did.
"Blow your own horn"
was certainly another vital part of
his success formula.
Everyone agreed that if John
didn't blow his own horn, nobody
would do it for him. In fact, he
kept stacks of horns and whistles
handy for all the important moments
in his life. John would do almost
anything to call attention to
John always maintained that, to
be successful, you must
"Picture yourself as you want to be."
John thought that once he
was successful, his portrait would be
hung in the homes of all of his
Now you know the ten keys to
the success in your life. We had
originally planned to have you say a
few words, but we remembered that
brevity is not one of your ten keys.
Congratulations on yet another
"successful" year. Happy Birthday!
July 30, 2011