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of Ink To Make Millions Think (1985) Dianne Vecchiet and Helen
I found a
filthy, dilapidated copy of this 92-page book during a walk among
sheoaks and "prickly acacia" on unused land on Kangaroo Island.
represents a cross-section of "Thoughts for the Day" shared by
attendees at S.W.A.P. breakfasts to inspire one another.
stands for "Salesmen With A Purpose".
SWAP Clubs Australia was founded by John Nevin in 1973 to encourage
high standards among sales and business people and included a weekly
inspiring ideas in A Drop of Ink To Make Millions Think start
in the Introduction where Dianne Vecchiet writes:
vision without a task is a dream,
A task without
a vision is drudgery —
combined make for SUCCESS.
"thoughts" are organized into fifteen chapters.
Many come from Power Ideas for Happy Family and Discover
Your Possibilities (1972 & 1978) by Robert H. Schuller, Gentle
Freedom, Gentle Courage (1980) Diane Westlake, and This Is Your
Life (1978) Susan Polis Schutz.
thoughts on page 76 are typical and include:
turns the ordinary into the extraordinary is the extra you put into it.
- No one
can make you feel inferior without your consent.
And a few
from page 77:
apology is better than an explanation — and quicker.
does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
essential qualities that are the key to success: sincerity, personal
integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom and charity.
religious in character. Andrew West, writing in the Sydney Morning
Herald, reported there were three SWAP clubs in Sydney with 350
members and says: “A SWAP breakfast … begins with a prayer and the
national anthem…” (June 8, 1988)
thoughts in A Drop of Ink To Make Millions Think are meant to
advance your personal growth and goals, encourage you to become better
than you are, and increase your