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Self-help for the Younger Set

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THE FRIEND FACTORY

You're the boss

     Would you like to have some new friends? If
so, I have some great news for you. You can make your own friends, just the way
you want them. You make them in your friend factory.

     Here is some more great news. In the friend
factory, you're the boss. You get to make all of the rules. No one can tell you
what to do or how to behave. You're the friend factory boss. You're in charge.

     The things I'm going to tell you are
important secrets. Only the friend factory boss is allowed to know about them.
Please keep them to yourself. Please don't tell anyone else.

     The first secret is this. Before you can
find the friend factory, you need to take a very deep breath. Did you take a
really big breath? Go ahead. Take a gigantic breath and blow it out. It's just
like blowing out the candles on your birthday cake.

     Did you take a big breath and blow it out?
If so, you can use your imagination to find the friend factory. Where on Earth
do you think it is? Is it in the kitchen? If you walk into the kitchen, the
friend factory is there with you.

     Is the friend factory outside, near the
sidewalk? If you walk out the door and stand by the sidewalk, the friend
factory is there with you.

     When you go to school, is the friend
factory in your classroom? If you're very quiet and look around slowly, you
will spot it. The friend factory is there with you.

     Maybe the friend factory is on the
playground. Imagine that you're playing and having fun. Can you see yourself on
the playground? You're feeling mighty fine. Stop and look around. The friend
factory is there with you.

     Woops, you're not on the playground
anymore. Where did you go? You're at Grandma's house, eating homemade chocolate
chip cookies. Can you use your imagination to see yourself at Grandma's house?
Are those the best cookies you ever had? Of course they are. Those are
Grandma's famous chocolate chip cookies. They are the best cookies ever. Enjoy
your cookie and chew quietly. The friend factory is there with you.

     Do you know where the friend factory is?
Where on Earth is it? Let's see if we can figure out where it is.

Click to start reading The Friend Factory.

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THE SUCCESS TRAIN

You're the boss.

     How
should a book about the success train start? I could tell you some stuff about
freight trains but a freight train isn't the success train. A freight train is
good for hauling stuff. You can haul trucks on a freight train. That's
interesting but doesn't tell us much about the success train. We'll need a
better way than that to start this book.

     What
about passenger trains? They are a good way to get to places you want to go.
They have nice seats and some passenger trains have a dining car where you can
have a snack. Wonder why you never see a freight, passenger train? That's a
train with some cars for people and some cars to haul stuff. You see passenger
trains and you see freight trains but don't see passenger, freight trains.
That's interesting but doesn't help much with learning about the success train.
We'll need a better way than that to start this book.

     You've
probably seen a toy train. Maybe you own one yourself. Some run on electricity.
Some you just push along on the floor.

     What did
you say? Is that you talking to me? Are you saying, "Get this book
started. I want to learn about the success train. That's enough stuff about
other kinds of trains. Let's get down to some important business."

     Well,
okay. We'll do it. Let's get focused. Let's think about the success train.
Toot! Toot! Here we go, clickety-clack, clickety-clack down the success track.
It's time to say "Yes," to success.

     Did you
notice? There were a couple of little rhymes there: clickety-clack down the
track and yes to success. What do you think? Is that some fun stuff to put in
this book?

Click to start reading The Success Train

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THE YES BANK

You're the boss

     What is
the Yes Bank? A river has a bank on each side but they aren't Yes Banks.

     Maybe you
have a piggy bank. Can you keep a piggy in a piggy bank? That's silly, isn't
it? A piggy bank is a good place to keep money but it isn't the Yes bank.

     Here's a
hint. You can stand on a river bank but you can't stand on the Yes Bank. You
can hold a piggy bank but you can't hold the Yes Bank.

     Here's
another hint. When you ask someone to do something, what do you want their
answer to be? You want their answer to be "Yes."

     When you
ask someone to give you something, what do you want their answer to be? You
want their answer to be "Yes."

     When you
ask someone to let you do something, what do you want their answer to be. You
want their answer to be "Yes."

     When you
ask someone to help you, what do you want their answer to be? You want their
answer to be "Yes."

     What do
you think? Is "Yes" a great answer? It sure is. It's spectacular and
totally terrific.

     The Yes
Bank is full of answers. Some of the answers are "No." Some of the
answers are "Maybe." Here's the great news. Some of the answers are
"Yes."

     What
answer do you want? You want "Yes." That's why it's called the Yes
Bank. It works like this.

     When you
ask someone to do something, they give you an answer from the Yes Bank. You
hope it's "Yes."

     When you
ask someone for something, they give you an answer from the Yes Bank. You hope
it's "Yes."

     When you
ask someone to let you do something, they give you an answer from the Yes Bank.
You hope it's "Yes."

Click to start reading The Yes Bank.