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I want to talk to you about Nancy. Nancy is the kind of person you don’t want around you. I’m sure all of you listening or reading this can say you have a Nancy, maybe even more than one, around you right now.

She may be in your family. She may be at your workplace. She may even be at church. Wherever she is stay away from her.

But first, I have some good news to share with you. The last few weeks have been really busy. I had a chance to keynote some very important conferences. I was in L.A. keynoting a conference for Mark Victor Hansen.

You probably know Mark Victor Hansen by Chicken Soup for the Soul. Maybe you have a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul on your bed or around your office or in your room that you’ve read or intend to read.

The conference, the Mega Speaking Empire, was for speakers and aspiring speakers. I had a chance to share the platform not only with Mark Victor Hansen but with Brian Tracy.

Now understand when I came to this country I was 21 years old. First I was a boat carpenter in Miami. Then I was a janitorial boy in 163rd Mall picking up leftover food on the floor and mopping the floor.

I didn’t speak any English whatsoever. In my late 20’s I discovered some of Brian Tracy’s materials, tapes, and books. I started reading them. To me, Brian Tracy was way up there and rightfully so.

When you are a young immigrant, don’t speak the language, have zero connections and resources you can only look at a person like Brian Tracy in respect, awe, and amazement.

I never thought In my wildest dreams that one day I’d be able to share the platform with him. After my presentation Brian came to me. He gave me this huge bear hug and he whispered I’m just so proud of you.

There were so many people at the conference who wanted my time. Some wanted just five minutes to talk to me over coffee. Some wanted to meet for lunch, breakfast, or dinner.

And some wanted to discuss business. One man who’s starting a very successful non profit organization wanted me to be on his Board. There was even a highly successful doctor who suggested that I run for senator in Georgia. Wow! I said I’d have to think about that.

Staying for the entire conference made me exhausted. I flew back to Atlanta. I keynoted another conference two days later in Atlanta. Then I went to Palm Springs, California.

That trip was significant to me because I took my mother with me. Mama had never been to California and she always said to me that she would love to visit California one day. I bought a ticket and flew her with me.

The lady was so striking! She dressed so impeccable. You should have seen her. Mama had a ball. She walked around the hotel enjoying all of the great things in the hotel and buying stuff.

She sat in the audience during my presentation for 1500 high powered mortgage brokers. I recognized her.

She stood up and they gave her a huge standing ovation. Mama was crying. Well, she always cries when she sees me speak because she remembers how tough life was for us in Haiti.

As you can see in the picture below, that’s me on the left and that’s my mother on the right. As if you have not figured that out already. You see the line to the right going all around? You can’t see the end of the line because the camera cut part of the crowd.

That’s how many people that were waiting in line for me to autograph my books to them. Some bought five, six, seven, ten books. They bought CD’s, DVD’s. I just read my book on CD. It’s a six CD set word for word. They bought a lot of them. They were buying for their friends and family as Christmas gifts. Go figure!

My mother was also autographing books! Many people were saying, “hey Mama, I want you to autograph my book”. Now, my mother never thought in her wildest imagination that one day she’d be in California among 1500 successful people taking pictures and autographing books.

Well, it’s not her book but it’s the same thing. My book is my mother’s book. That was really great.

Alright, now let me tell you about Nancy.

A few weeks ago I went to a funeral for a family member in Connecticut. There was a lot of people from my village. Some came from Montréal, Canada. Some came from Miami.

Others came from Boston and other States. I was mingling with the people. This young lady came and she introduced herself. She said my name is Nancy. Are you Rene Godefroy? I said yes.

She said I wanted to meet you so bad. I want to tell you that I’m just so proud of you because I heard you on a radio show in Miami with a guy called Ed Lozama.

Ed Lozama is a very successful and popular radio talk show host in South Florida. So, Nancy went on to tell me that after hearing the show she was disappointed. She said that I was putting our village down. And she said that the stories I was telling are not true.

Nancy said, “I’m not familiar with all the diseases and poverty and breadfruit and all that that you’re saying”.

At that point into the conversation, I was trying to keep my composure. I didn’t want lose my cool. However, she was trying to burst my bubble. She was trying to rain on my parade.

There I was just shaking my head. I really didn’t know how to sanely confront the issue at hand.

Fortunately some of the people from my village were there. They stood up for me. They put Nancy in her place.

Now check this out.

Nancy told me, “Oh by the way, I did call Ed Lozama after the show to tell him that you were lying. The stories you are telling are not the truth.

I’m thinking to myself wow. Somebody would go to that extent to rain on my parade. I just couldn’t believe it.

But it didn’t take me long before I really why Nancy tried to rain on my parade. It’s because she doesn’t have a parade of her own. That’s always why others rain on our parade. Did you ever think about it this way?

You see, busy people don’t have time for such pettiness.

There are a lot of people out there who are up to no good. They have no plans, dreams, goals or ambitions.

Well, come to think of it, their goals and ambitions are to make sure you don’t get yours. And so, my friend, I’m asking you, I’m begging you to stay away from the Nancy’s of the world.

They will stand on your path. I’m talking about the path to success.

Now, me being Mr. Diplomat and Mr. Nice I kind of smiled very politely and I walked away. Later I gave Nancy a copy of my book. Her attitude changed on the spot. Now, she wants to take photos with me. She wants my number.

You know, the reason I gave her my book was because I wanted her to read the book so that she can have a more intelligent conversation with me next time. I wanted her to really know the truth and understand how tough I had it as a youngster.

You see, Nancy left the village when she was only about six years old and has never gone back. As you can imagine, Nancy didn’t know me. She has no idea what I had been through.

And yet, she had the audacity to call Ed Lozama and say that I was lying. And that the stories I’m telling are not the truth.

As I said before, watch out for the Nancy in your life. She may be in your family. She could be at work. Maybe she even calls herself your friend. I’m telling you, guard your mind.

Don’t share your ideals, your dreams, your ambitions, your plans, your deep desires with them. They will destroy them. They are the negative people who are there to discourage you.

I know business is tough right now. Maybe you own a small business. If you have some of those people around they can’t wait to see you close your doors and for you to fail. They will be the first to laugh and say I told him so or I told her so.

Now every time I am signing off on one of my newsletters I always say press on. I do mean it.

My friend, don’t ever give up. Press on! The boys will give up but the men will stay and hang in there. The girls will give up but the women will stay and hang in there.

Hey, after all, if so many people are giving up maybe that will give you more room to succeed. Did you ever think about it this way?

Take care, have a great day, and by all means press on!