Sunday, April 15, 2012

Step it up-Caught up in the rat race

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~Arnold H. Glasow
Arnold H. Glasow was an American Humorist who lived in Fond-du-lac Wisconsin. Born in 1905 and died at the age of 93 in 1998. Glasow work began with an idea. His business was a humor magazine that he marketed to firms nationally, which firms would turn into their “house organ” to send to customers. He carried on this business for over 60 years, publishing his first book at age 92. The book is titled, “Glasow’s Gloombusters,” one of many in his career. He was cited frequently in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune and many other major organs.  He was a regular contributor to the humor sections of Reader’s Digest.  sixty years of productive work.  A real American thinker, self-effacing and generous of spirit, he shunned the national spotlight (
Several points in Glasow’s quotes caught my interest:
1.      You must set yourself on fire
2.      His first book written at age 90
3.      People love humor
4.      He was a thinker
5.      Self-effacing
6.      Generous spirit
7.      He ignored the spotlight

Setting your-self on fire
We are all familiar with the word fire its’ hot and will move people quickly.  The flames last for a long time.  His analogy of setting your-self on fire does not mean take a match and light your-self I felt the need to clarify this statement.  It means get worked up, excited, and motivated.

In the beginning of a horse race fans making wages, talking to one another about their famous favorite horse, the race begins and the stands are full with people cheering their horse and jockey on.  When the race ends and there is need for a photo finish.  When the results come in the winners cheer and tickets are tossed up in the air by the losers.  As the winners make their way up the steps to the ticket booth laughter is heard across the stands.  The winners go and collect their winnings. 

Down below on the track the jockey, owner and horse take photos, the horse is adorned with a beautiful wreath, and the race develops a new beginning another race.  The business you currently own fire it up and maintain that fire with excitement, discussions on its progression and share your dreams.  This will keep the fire lit.  Just in case it dies down start the fire again and step it up.  

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Carolyn Coleman-Grady-Step it up


  1. Great Post Carolyn. Thanks for putting some fire to my thoughts to get moving. As usual, always good blog content.

    1. You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read. I appreciate your comment.

  2. Carolyn, I truly enjoyed this blog and this was part 1, just getting started. Really raised my enthusiasm. Just mention getting fired up and I'm on my way! Liked and tweetd
    Joan Hall from IBOTOOLBOX

  3. Excellent post Carolyn. It really made my Sunday. I will share for everyone to see:)

  4. To succeed we need to get on fire and take massive action or success will stay out of our reach.

  5. You hit the nail on the head with this blog Carolyn. I am just about to add some more fire to my website homepage.

  6. That was really an inspiring read! Sharing for you :)

  7. The main thing is that you have to have a burning desire and do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals!

    Lawrence Bergfeld