Rejection gives direction

Think a minute… James Macie was a child born outside of marriage. Tragically this marked him for the rest of his life as a second-class citizen in England’s 18th century society.

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Famous Failures

Think a minute… All of us at times feel like we will never achieve the full success in our career that we want. But it helps us to know that nearly every successful person had to overcome huge hurdles before they reached his or her goal of success.

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Made for love

Think a minute...A medical school examined 260 different studies of young adults to learn what they essentially need in life to be healthy, happy human beings. After studying all the results, they renamed the entire study, Hardwired to Connect.

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Master plan

Think a minute… Ben Banneker was a respected African-American scholar who became a brilliant mathematician, designer and engineer. In fact, Ben was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of State to a top team of engineers to design the master plan for a modern city.

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Work till you win

Think a minute… One day in 1894, Guglielmo returned to his room on the third floor of his parents’ house. He had spent several months of reading books and filling notebooks with detailed drawings and diagrams. Now it was time to work at bringing those drawings from paper into practical inventions to use in real life.

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Your little voice

Think a minute… A man named John bought a fancy new car loaded with modern technology. It included a recording of a voice that reminded him if he had forgotten to put on his seat belt, or warned him if he was running low on fuel.

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Get hold of happiness

Think a minute… There is an emotional sickness called Sudden Wealth Syndrome. It happens to people who suddenly become wealthy by winning a lottery jackpot or inheriting heaps of money.

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Use all you’ve got

Think a minute… Have you ever felt like you did not get a fair start in life? Do you feel that the cards you were dealt have made it impossible for you to win? Listen to this true story.

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The Sound of Silence

Think a minute…”People would be happier if they were as good at silence as they are at speaking.” Studies have shown that constant noise is one of the biggest causes of our daily stress.

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Favorite Child

Think a minute...Throughout history the hopes of a family often depended on the son. Parents and daughters would sacrifice to help the son succeed. Nearly 200 years ago a family in Yorkshire, England had three daughters and only one son, Branwell.

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Success is mostly failure

Think a minute…A wise, respected man said: “Success is mostly failing.” What we often do not know about the world’s most successful people is how many times they failed before they finally succeeded.

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The Best Policy

Think a minute…A survey was given to thousands of people: 91% said they regularly tell lies and 50% call in to their jobs saying they are sick when they’re not. In fact, over half of all stealing from stores and businesses is done by their own employees.

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Talk about teens

Think a minute… Do you live with strangers in your house? It can feel that way when our kids change into teenagers and the generation gap between us gets even wider. Now more than ever, we need to stay close to our kids during these crucial, changing years of their life.

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Use all you’ve got

Think a minute… Have you ever felt like you did not get a fair start in life? Do you feel that the cards you were dealt have made it impossible for you to win? Listen to this true story.

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Battling Boredom

Think a minute…Are you bored? It is a sad life when we “outlive our enthusiasm” for it. That is why “Our big challenge is not to add years to our life, but life to our years.” That way “Our spirit will not grow gray before our hair does.”

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Living with Fear

Think a minute….Little Al was a sweet five-year-old boy and quite the little Englishman with his proper clothes and manners. His father, a successful businessman in London, called him his “little lamb.” Yet for some reason this daddy was setting up little Al for the shock of his life.

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Make a Stand

Think a minute…Former American President, Harry Truman, said that every president has been attacked by the news media and press. President Truman further concluded that a U.S. president who had never fought with Congress or the Supreme Court had not really done his job.

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Is your family climate-controlled?

Think a minute…What is your dream climate to live in? A warm one or a cold one? A sunny one or a rainy one? Did you know that you can live in the climate you have always wanted? I’m not talking about the weather climate, but the far more important climate of your home.

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The Sweat of Success

Think a minute…Former prime minister of England, Winston Churchill, became so famous for his speeches that he was called “the greatest speaker of the 20th century.” He was also famous for his quick wit.

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Work Till You Win

Think a minute… One day in 1894, Guglielmo returned to his room on the third floor of his parents’ house. He had spent several months of reading books and filling notebooks with detailed drawings and diagrams.

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Editorial

Promoting tobacco products to the detriment of our health outcomes

It was only two weeks ago when the Government announced plans to introduce legislation to make it legal for an 18-year-old to sell alcohol. And just the other day we were alerted to another Government-sponsored legislation – which Parliament passed into law last month – that now gives a child 15-years or older the authority to sell cigarettes.

Letters to the Editor

The importance Samoa’s General Price Order

Dear Editor, In especially times of Economic strife where every cent does count it is perhaps wise to have regular reference to the General Price Order. Accessible on MCIL’s website, the price order could save one a couple of tala in making purchases for products considering it clearly lays out legally established maximum prices for products being sold on the shelves of shops, supermarkets etc in Samoa.

Street Talk

Anesone Elama, 43

Govt. policy versus freedom of opinion

The Government’s decision to sack the Nofoali’i village mayor over his comments against the Government’s land law reforms has raised a rather interesting question. Can the Government sack village mayors who are appointed by the villages? What’s more, where does this leave Government employees when it comes to the question of freedom and rights? Talaia Mika and Misiona Simo discussed the issue with members of the public and these are their views:

Columns

The bus artists inspire and those false promises

The rain drops on the road, pot holes, running children in front of the open houses, mothers and sisters sweeping the aftermath in the mornings and boys idly standing by, till the rubbish of leaves and dirt are ready to be collected.

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

Sunday Reading

Alpha Cafe and Chemist owners Nataivai Siitia and her husband Junior Siitia.

A café and a pharmacy - service with a difference

The Alpha Café and Chemist is not your everyday kind of pharmacy – it offers a service with a difference and is within the vicinity of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

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