My Birthday Surprise - Adult Version
was created especially for
at the age of 24
With Love From
February 12, 2003
Yes, it was birthday time again, February 12th. Bob Smith of Chicago, Illinois, had reached yet another major plateau in his life - age 24.
Bob was a high flier, a born leader, and a man of many accomplishments. There was no doubt about it - Bob was a legend in his own mind.
Amy, Andy and Lauren had planned a big birthday bash for Bob this year. Hand-written invitations had been sent to all his friends.
Fortunately for Amy, Andy and Lauren, the job had been very easy. Only a few invitations had to be written.
Amy, Andy and Lauren had spent a lot of time developing a theme for this special birthday party. It was
The ten keys to success
in your life
Obviously, the theme was a very popular one. The party room was packed.
Amy, Andy and Lauren started his success story by explaining that the path Bob had followed through life had been met with a series of closed doors. Over the years, judging from the shape of his beak, many of these doors had been slammed in his face.
Despite these setbacks, Bob had still managed to become a success in Chicago, Illinois. It was evident that these ten keys had worked a miracle for Bob.
Bob and the rest of the party group were quiet when Amy, Andy and Lauren announced the first key to his success.
"Always be full of hot air."
Bob had devoted much of his life to achieving this goal. Those who knew him agreed that he was definitely full of it.
The second key of success was
Bob maintained his youthful appearance by following a strict exercise program. His favorite activity seemed to be jogging to the refrigerator.
Unfortunately, staying young was difficult after 24 birthday celebrations. In fact, lighting the candles on his birthday cake was considered a fire hazard for Bob and everyone else present at the party.
"No mountain is too hard to climb"
was another component of the success formula for Bob.
Anyone who had ever seen Bob demolish a mountain of ice cream topped with whipped cream and a cherry realized the truth of this statement. He could whittle it down in seconds.
The fourth key was a critical factor in making Bob the success he is.
"Surround yourself with intelligent,
Bob always kept snapshots of his trusted friends in his wallet. Come to think of it, that was about all you could ever find in his wallet!
The excitement of the party had almost been too much for everyone. They decided to briefly interrupt this spell-binding "Success Story" and have Bob open his many gifts.
Nobody had trouble buying Bob a present. After all, what can't you buy for a man who needs everything?
After watching Bob open his gifts, the anxious crowd was eager to hear the fifth key to his success. It was
Don't be a horse's ... behind.
Unfortunately, Bob couldn't help himself. It was just his nature.
The saga of Bob continued. The next key to his success was
"Enjoy the sweet things in life."
There are many sweet things in life: the presence of a wonderful companion, adventure-filled vacations and lots of money.
Whenever Bob wanted to enjoy sweet things, he went to his pantry. This was the only source of sweet things for Bob.
The seventh key was vitally important for social climbers like Bob:
"Don't forget from whence
On his long climb up the ladder of success, Bob never once forgot his roots. He was so very proud of all his ancestors.
To really be successful, you must
"Only play games you can win."
Talented individuals like Bob pride themselves on their athletic and business prowess. Very few adults had ever beaten Bob at any of his favorite games. Everybody knew he would have a temper tantrum if they did.
"Blow your own horn"
was certainly another vital part of his success formula.
Everyone agreed that if Bob didn't blow his own horn, nobody would do it for him. In fact, he kept stacks of horns and whistles handy for all the important moments in his life. Bob would do almost anything to call attention to himself!
Bob always maintained that, to be successful, you must
"Picture yourself as you want to be."
Bob thought that once he was successful, his portrait would be hung in the homes of all of his friends.
Now you know the ten keys to the success in your life. We had originally planned to have you say a few words, but we remembered that brevity is not one of your ten keys.
Congratulations on yet another "successful" year. Happy Birthday!
February 12, 2003