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The Story behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Over the summer, people from more than 100 countries poured buckets of ice water over their heads in an effort to bring attention to ALS, a neurological disorder characterized by nerve degeneration, paralysis, and eventually death. In this video, Nancy Frates tells the story of her 29-year-old son, Pete, the man behind the movement that has raised $125 million to support the search for a cure.

As a deeply positive person, Pete chose to see his ALS diagnosis as an opportunity instead of an obstacle. 

“[Pete] said, ‘There will be no wallowing, people,’ ” his mother says. “He goes, ‘We’re not looking back; we’re looking forward. What an amazing opportunity we have to change the world.’ ”

Did you participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Post a link to your video below!

Read about how Michael J. Fox has fought to overcome his own medical challenges.

Why Nothing Is Impossible

When Orville and Wilbur Wright decided that man could fly, most of their peers wrote the idea off as impossible. It was by enlisting the help of a few that they were able to achieve their goal. After all, "extraordinary things are possible" with the help of others, says the late Jim Rohn.

“If two or three agree on a common purpose, nothing is impossible,” Rohn says.

What impossible goal are you working toward? Now get out there and find a few like-minded souls to help you achieve it.  

Hear what Jim Rohn had to say about the power of influence.

Deepak Chopra’s 5 Fundamentals to Healthy Living

Author and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra says our bodies—and lives—are in a constant state of change. In this TEDx Talk, he describes five ways to maximize your spiritual and physical health and happiness.

“Once you understand that your body is a process, then you can engage in reinventing the body,” he says. “You do so by very simple, fundamental activities that you pay attention to.”

Which of Chopra’s five fundamentals resonated with you?

Deepak Chopra made our inaugural SUCCESS 25 list. Check out tips, tricks and timeless wisdom from 24 other high achievers.

The Best Piece of Advice Tony Robbins Has Ever Gotten

As a speaker and author of the new book, MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom, our January 2015 cover guy Tony Robbins gives advice on anything from overcoming fear to managing money. In this video, Robbins provides us with the best piece of advice he’s ever gotten, which comes from the late Jim Rohn: Find a way to add more value to your life and to the lives of others.

“He said the way to do that is, every day, work harder on yourself than anything else,” Robbins says. “Because if you become more intelligent, more valuable, more skilled, you can add more value to other people.”

Stick around for Robbins’ favorite tech item—it’s definitely not a smart phone.

What skills do you plan to improve? Tell us below!

Read more about how Jim Rohn inspires Tony Robbins.

This Trait Is Essential for Success

What’s the most important personality trait when determining someone’s future success? While studying incoming West Point cadets, new teachers and sales staff, psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth discovered the surprising answer to that question.

“In those very different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success,” she says. “It wasn’t social intelligence, it wasn’t good looks [or] physical health, and it wasn’t IQ. It was grit.”

How gritty are you when the going gets tough?    

Find out how mental strength can help you reach your goals.

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