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The Lost Keys to Success and Happiness
The Sixth Key: Enthusiasm
by Trenna Pennington


While I was staying in Canterbury, I found it imperative to have a message delivered to a judge in London. A man was on trial for his life and I had found some information that could set him free. The only problem was I didn't know where the judge's primary residence was and I only had a day to find him. I mentioned my predicament to a colleague, he suggested I hire Harry. Harry took the letter, went to London and was back within the day, the message was delivered. My point is this; I gave the letter to Harry to be delivered to the judge. Harry took the letter and delivered it without asking a single question. Such as "where does the judge live? Will he be home? How long do I have? Is it very important? Truly outstanding. Many people could learn from Harry, loyalty, to act promptly, concentrate on the task and get the job done.

I was making my way back to the inn when an older man approached me. He said that he had been following my career and was impressed. He also said that I was missing something. He then shared with me the sixth key of fifteen - Enthusiasm. "The keys used together will unlock your deepest dreams and greatest successes, make your desires reality." He said "The only stipulation is that you must pass on the key to those you come in contact with."

Enthusiasm is a state of mind that inspires and arouses one to put action toward the task at hand. It is contagious, and vitally affects not only the enthusiast, but all of those he comes in contact with. The greatest leaders are those who know how to inspire enthusiasm in their followers.

Happiness, the object of all human effort, is a state of mind that can be maintained only through the hope of future achievement. Happiness lies always in the future and never in the past. The happy person is the one who dreams of heights of achievement that are yet unattained. The home you intend to own, the money you intend to make, the trip you intend to take when you can afford it, these are the things that produce happiness. These are the things which help you become enthusiastic, no matter what your present situation in life may be. You may be a long way from realizing your defining purpose, but if you will kindle the fire of enthusiasm in your heart, and keep it burning, before very long the obstacles that now stand in your way will melt away as if by the force of magic. You will find yourself in possession of power that you did not know you possessed.

The three mediums through which enthusiasm operates are what you say, what you do and what you think! When you are enthusiastic over the goods you are selling or the services you are offering, or the speech you are delivering, your state of mind becomes obvious to all who hear you, by the tone of your voice. What you say is important but not as nearly as important as how you say it and by what you do. Your acts will count for more than your words, and you will fail if the two don't harmonize. If your thoughts, your actions and your words harmonize, you are bound to influence those you come in contact.

Suggestion is one of the most subtle and powerful principles of psychology. You are making use of it in all that you do and say and think, but, unless you understand the difference between negative suggestion and positive suggestion, you may be using it in such a way that it is bringing you defeat instead of success.

It is not so much what you say as it is the TONE and MANNER in which you say it that makes a lasting impression.

Follow the passion from your heart, you can not afford to try to deceive anyone, about anything, but most importantly I know that you cannot afford to deceive yourself. To do so would destroy you. It is only when enthusiasm burns in your heart it impresses others and it is only when you speak from a heart that is bursting with belief that you can move your audience to accept that message.

All anyone really requires to be successful is a sound mind, a healthy body and a genuine desire to be of as much service as possible to as many people as possible.

Success attracts success! Therefore, if you wish to attract success make sure that you look the part of success, whether you're calling is that of day laborer or merchant prince.

I took the advice of the man and I used Harry as my inspiration. I gave my career purpose to serve as many as I could and I did it with enthusiasm. My life feels more fulfilled and I am happy as well as very successful.


The Author

The Lost Keys


Trenna Pennington is the CEO of Intrensic Integrated Business Solutions a growing business consulting firm in Canada ( She is also the author of "The World Wide What" a guide for Internet beginners originally published in 2002, as well as the "My life" series of health diaries, and The Whisper PALS series of children's books. Her most recent works are a series of articles dealing with "The Lost Keys to Success and Happiness". She is also the founder and executive director of The Welcome Inn Community Development Society.

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