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Here are a few stories of people who used the Crons mentality to succeed beyond their wildest dreams.  Some are famous.  Some are not.  You can also read about ordinary people who submitted their very own Crons stories and used our special mentality and attitude to accomplish their goals.

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Erik Weihenmayer

Erik Weihenmayer had a goal. To climb Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. People thought he was crazy and told him so. They told him he couldn’t do it. They told him it was a helpless goal. That he should make other goals. Yes, Eric heard all the Noise. But his goal was more important than the Noise he heard. So he ignored that noise. Worked hard. Trained hard. Climbed other mountains in preparation. Overcame injuries. Yes, Eric ignored the noise of the doubters. But on May 25, 2001 Eric stood at the summit of Mt. Everest. He had done it! He proved the doubters and all their Noise wrong. Some of that Noise even came from those in his climbing party during the ascent. They asked him to turn back when things weren’t going so well for him. (A steep ice flow they faced normally takes 6 hours to climb—it took Eric 13 hours.) Unfortunately, Eric couldn’t enjoy the view. Because Eric Weihenmayer is blind. He is the only blind person to climb Mt. Everest. Have you ignored the doubters to go after your goals?

- John Kelly
Story John Kelly

My Dad And I

My Dad and I is a company I started representing my son Ricky and myself. My son Ricky was 2009 1st Team All -Ohio Baseball Player. He never had to attend baseball camps, or pay for private instruction like most parents are doing now. My time with Ricky was about sacrifice, empowerment, and bonding as a father and son. I have thrown countless hours of batting practice, working with Strength, Speed & Agility Training, and fielding practice. We have both outworked the competition. He being only 5' 4" and verbally committing to Bowling Green State University, and myself having "open-heart surgery" at 10 years old. I still run sprints with my son, hit and field. I still have my "swagger", and I coach through him. We're at a time when it's not alot of blacks playing baseball anymore, or the dads are not in the household. I continue to support not in the field , but in the classroom. This is the reason I started "MD&I Baseball Academy. Show dads about making sacrifices, empowering the kid,and building relationships. Thats our company mission statement. That's overcoming adversity,and still living to tell about it! Currently my son attends Sinclair,and will get his degree soon. He will also try out for a Pro Independent League.

- Rick Finley
Story Rick Finley




Taylor Swift:   Rising…and Visualizing

Taylor Swift was a freshman sitting in her high school math class in Hendersonville, Tennessee when she began writing her first hit song.  She was 14 years old.   She could just visualize herself on stage with her idols she had adorning her room on posters—the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain and Faith Hill.

Talk about visualizing your dreams.  Taylor’s rise to superstardom is a story that illustrates the mentality of an achiever and the power of visualizing your success.  It actually started way before 14 but is now in full bloom. Taylor Swift-- country music star, songwriter,  pop music star, Grammy winner, teen idol, budding actress, video editor, dress designer, poetry lover and businesswoman. 

And still only 23.

As a child she loved to write poetry and while other kids struggled with a single stanza, Taylor wrote multiple pages, even winning a national poetry contest.  She soon discovered her talent for music and started performing locally at fairs, talent contests and festivals at age 10—all the time dreaming and visualizing herself on much bigger stages. 

Her first love became singing Karaoke and she wanted to achieve one goal—win a weekly karaoke contest that would allow her to open for the Charlie Daniels Band.  For a year she entered—week after week—never winning but determined to keep on trying.  She did finally win and did open for Charlie Daniels. 

Taylor had visualized going to Nashville and being ‘discovered’ but now was the time to turn that dream into reality.  Taylor, age 11, took a trip to Nashville with her mother and passed out her karaoke tapes to record labels.

The phone didn’t ring, but that did not deter her confidence.  Taylor moved to Nashville at age 14 and kept performing, even being hired as a songwriter—the youngest ever—at a Sony Publishing House.  She wanted to achieve her country music dream and nothing was going to stop her. 

Finally at age 15, while a sophomore in high school, she signed her first record deal and went to work on her first album, “Taylor Swift.”   The rest is history.  Five singles from that album made both the Top 10 Billboard country chart at the Top 40 Billboard pop chart.  (FYI…despite her success she made it a point to finish high school and earned a 4.0 GPA.)

But Taylor wasn’t satisfied and kept on visualizing even more success.  She went hard at work on her next album and in 2008 “Fearless” debuted at #1, selling over 500,000 copies in its first week and making her—at age 19—the best selling artist of the year.  The album contained the single “Love Story” which became the most down-loaded song in country music history.

Taylor, still only in her early 20’s,  would go on to record a third album which sold 1,000,000 copies in its first week of release; headline two national and international tours; win six Grammies, one Album of the Year and two Entertainer of the Year Awards. 

Who turns her visualizing of success into superstar reality? 

A young artist who writes or co-writes almost all her songs. And a young woman who used her marvelous gifts to achieve her dreams. 



Want to Become a Seal?
Practice & Preparation to the Extreme
For America’s most elite fighting force—the Navy Seals—practice and preparation can mean the difference between life and death.
How much preparation does it take to become a Navy Seal and be deployed for action?
6 months?
12 months?
18 months?
Try 30 months. 
Thirty months of sometimes brutal training testing both mental and physical endurances.  How demanding is this preparation?  Demanding enough that dropout rates for classes of Navy Seals can range from 80% to 90%.  That means of 10 recruits that start the preparation, only two go on to complete it.
Through this uncompromising practice and preparation, the SEALS emerge ready to handle any task including diving, combat swimming, navigation, demolitions, weapons and parachuting.  They train in deserts, jungles, extreme heat and cold and in urban environments.
The first two months of preparation just involve physical fitness training so extreme that medical technicians are always on hand to examine the recruits three times a day.   That preparation culminates in Hell Week
Trainees are constantly in motion; constantly cold, hungry and wet. Mud is everywhere–it covers uniforms, hands and faces. Sand burns eyes and chafes raw skin. Medical personnel stand by for emergencies and then monitor the exhausted trainees.
Sleep is fleeting–a mere three to four hours granted near the conclusion of the week. The trainees consume up to 7,000 calories a day and still lose weight.  They run over 200 miles during the week and do physical training 20 hours a day.  They do 2-mile swims in icy cold waters.  And 17-mile boat trips where they have to paddle with oars all the way, usually at night. 
They must practice to be expert swimmers.  One training practice involves their hands and feet being tied up after which they’re thrown into a deep Olympic size swimming pool where they are expected ‘swim’ the length of the pool (with no arms or legs) and back without drowning.  Try it.  Plus, they must retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool and bring it back up to the surface—with their teeth.
Their practice and preparations involve a number of skills they have to master including:
• Mountain climbing and rappelling
• Demolition and explosives (This includes crawling a ¼ mile under low strung barb wire while holding their hands to their ears.  Try it.)
• Land warfare training
• Marksmanship—you must qualify as an expert sniper marksman to continue
• Parachuting
• Extreme cold weather survival in Alaska where they sleep in the snow for weeks (One exercise has them punching a hole in the ice and plunging into the icy waters with all their gear.  They tread water for 5 minutes then get out and must dry out their gear and clothes.)
And what does 30 months of all this practice and preparation get you?
The most elite fighting force in the world that has successfully completed a vast number of secret operations all around the world.