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15 Apr 2011


Friday’s Food for Thought: What It Feels Like to Be a Winner

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? How many times in your life have you actually won an award? Was it the 5th grade spelling be you won? Yes, winning accolades from your respective industry is a very big deal. And, it is one of the few times in life that you truly get to bask in glory. Well, unless you are Bono, then you get to experience this feeling pretty much on a nightly basis. So, where are we going with this? USGIF is opening the submission process for its 2011 USGIF Awards Program on Monday. Yes, this is a pretty big deal. As such, today’s FFFT post theme is all about winning. We hope you enjoy and happy Friday!

2011 USGIF Awards Program
Each year, the Foundation honors those who are really making a difference in the GEOINT sector with its USGIF Awards Program. There are three awards categories recognize outstanding achievements and innovations made within the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. The Geospatial Intelligence Achievement Awards and Geospatial Academic Achievement Awards are presented to those nominated by the GEOINT Community and selected by the Awards Subcommittee. The Arthur C. Lundahl Lifetime Achievement Award is nominated and selected by the USGIF Board of Directors. The Intelligence Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the tradecraft by an individual or team from the military, government and industry sectors. Learn more about the USGIF Awards Program here…oh, and as we mentioned, USGIF will begin accepting award applications on Monday!

What It Takes to Be a Winner
Winners are not born so; they make themselves winners in life by charting the paths leading to their
goals and aims in life. A winner is a self-made person. You must face all eventualities, obstacles and adversities with vigor and passion just as you deal with happy times in your life. Do not accept unexpected challenges of
life meekly, sit back, watch, or let things take their own course. Use your fighting spirit to battle any
adversities. You are a winner, cheering others guiding, and mentoring them while also pursuing your own goals in
life. Your spirit to excel will establish yourself on your chosen path. This positive attitude adds quality to your life and also helps to develop a better quality of life for those around you. You can improve the quality of life of all who meet you. Inspirational, huh? Check out more here.

50 Famously Successful People Who Failed At First
Not everyone who’s on top today got there with success after success. More often than not, those who history best remembers were faced with numerous obstacles that forced them to work harder and show more determination than others. Next time you’re feeling down about your failures in college or in a career, keep these fifty famous people in mind and remind yourself that sometimes failure is just the first step towards success. See who the 50 most famously successful people who failed at first here.

How She Did It: Oprah’s Success Factors
“What I know for sure is that if you want to have success, you can’t make success your goal,” says Oprah Winfrey. “The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant – and the success will naturally follow.” Oprah’s success has not come easily, but rather as the result of a number of crucial factors: A Goal-Oriented Focus: “You become what you believe,” says Oprah. “You are where you are today in your life based on everything you have believed.” Oprah’s unwavering belief in her abilities is what drove her to focus all of her life’s energy on reaching her objectives. Focused on a career in broadcasting, Oprah ignored all other diversions until she had achieved her goals. Once a successful talk show host, she continued to diversify in areas within broadcasting. Oprah’s single-minded focus allowed her to concentrate all of her time and energy into achieving the life of her dreams. Check out more about the secret of Oprah’s mojo here.

Quotes to Inspire You to Win
Let’s face it. We all like reading inspirational quotes from the wealthy and famous. It gives us insights into what they did to become winners, and it allows us to ponder our own fates. Well, we have been kind enough to pull together some very inspirational quotes from some very inspirational people. We hope you enjoy.

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
–Vincent T. Lombardi

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
–Mario Andretti

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.”
-Helen Keller

“The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in the mind.”
- Henry David Thoreau

“Believe It Or Not, I’m Walking on Air”
Now that you are feeling truly inspired, let’s take a moment to honor the Greatest American Hero. Yes, if you win one of the USGIF awards, you will feel like you are actually walking on air. We hope you enjoy the amazing theme song from the TV show “Greatest American Hero.”

Happy Friday!

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