How To Live A Possibility Filled Life!

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Many people may know that I started my career by being a broke and busted nightclub singer. What people may not know is how I developed and used specific life principles helped me become one of the top speakers in the world and build a successful business.

More importantly though, these are the principles I used to build a successful life! They have helped me build a marriage where we continue to be like newlyweds, even after 30 years, with no arguments, in over 25 years.

I have used these principles to help me sleep well every night…and to live well every day:

  • Be Positive – You must make a commitment to be positive, even in negative and challenging situations. Choose to be positive! Every day you have a choice whether you are going to be an optimist or a pessimist.
  • Be Purposeful – Make a decision to be purposeful in your actions. Don’t just be busy to be busy! Life is busy! And if you are busy, be busy with a purpose. Have clarity of purpose and don’t waste time on things that have no purpose in helping you achieve your goals.
  • Plan and Set Goals – Nothing great was built without a plan; a game plan, a war plan or a building plan. You need to have a plan and set goals. Goals help you focus your energies. Yet many people have not set goals because they don’t know how. We have created a page on my website specifically designed to help you set your goals for the year. Visit my Gold Medals Goals page at
  • Don’t’ Panic! – Once you start on your plan you will have setbacks, not maybe, you will! So when you do have setbacks, don’t panic! When life goes crazy, don’t go crazy with it. Whatever you do, make a point to stay calm, and think your way through the problem!
  • Only Quality People – Who you hang out with is who you will become; so only hang with quality people. If you hang out with 9 idiots, you will become #10! So, hang out only with positive people. Don’t spend time with people who talk only about other people and mindless things! Hang with people who talk about ideas and your successful ideas will grow!
  • Be Persistent – If you are going to reach your goals it is critical that you persist. Persistence is the action of continuing to try! When you first started walking, you fell down but kept getting back up, and you learned to walk, then to run. The key was you kept trying!  Imagine if you had stopped trying the first time you fell down. You must keep trying! You must persist!
  • Have Perseverance – Many think persistence and perseverance are the same thing, but they are quite different. Persistence is an action while perseverance is an attitude. It is an attitude where you make up your mind that you will not give up or give in and you will hold, hang on and endure to the end! It is a mindset where you refuse to throw in the towel.
  • Develop Impatient Patience – Anything that must grow will take time, and therefore will take patience. It is called the principle of Seed, Time & Harvest. Yet, you can have impatience with that which takes patience by helping the process. You can water, fertilize and build a shelter around that which you are trying to grow, so that you can grow it much more rapidly than others think is possible!
  • Be Passionate! – I am passionate about life, about love and about everything I do. I am even passionate about riding my bicycle and playing tennis. Whatever I decide to spend time on, I also bring passion to it. Make the decision to enjoy life fully and be passionate about it!
  • Learn to have Purposeful Prayers – Purposeful prayers are prayers that are clear and focused. When I tore my Achilles” heel playing tennis, the doctors said it would take 3 months to heal. I went to prayer, and asked my friends to pray for my foot being healed. And six weeks later, I was healed and back playing tennis! I learned there is power in purposeful prayers!
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Dr. Willie Jolley has achieved remarkable heights in the speaking industry, having come from humble beginnings of being a fired singer, who was replaced by a karaoke machine! He has gone on to be named “One of the Outstanding Five Speakers in the World” by the 175,000 members of Toastmasters International. He has also been inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame as well as achieving the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional by the National Speakers Association. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Ron Brown Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2013 he was named, “One of the Top 5 Leadership Speakers” by and Business Leader of The Year by The African American Chambers of Commerce. Dr. Willie Jolley uses his public platform to pursue his mission of empowering and encouraging people to rise above their circumstances and maximize their God given potential! Many know him as the speaker Ford Motors called on in 2006 when they were on the brink of bankruptcy, and he worked with them in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and in 2009 they were able to reject a government bailout and go on to Billion Dollar profits. No matter the venue, from his exciting television appearances to his Sirius/XM radio show, to corporate audiences like Wal-Mart, GM, Comcast, Verizon, Marriott or The Million Dollar Round Table … Dr. Willie Jolley keeps it moving with high energy and enthusiasm, as he delivers nuggets on how every person can live a better life, one day at a time! Dr. Willie Jolley is the author of several international best-selling books including It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life, A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks and An Attitude of Excellence, which was endorsed by Dr. Stephen Covey. Dr. Jolley holds a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Faith Driven Achievement from the California Graduate School of Theology, a Master Degree in Theology from Wesley Theological seminary and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from The American University.