“Finish strong” – and they did


You can’t control the outcome of anything 100%.

But what you can control 100% is to have heart. And dedication. And loyalty. And that sums up New Orleans people to a “t.”

Four and a half years ago, their city was nearly obliterated by the biggest engineering failure in American history. Scorned by the ignorant and bigoted, they were blamed for their own misfortune.

Media pundits and Congressmen alike had the gall to suggest the city be bulldozed. Government promises of help didn’t come when they were needed and all this time later, few have been fulfilled.

But New Orleans people came back and amidst frightening, gut-churning wreckage rebuilt their homes and neighborhoods and businesses one nail at a time.

You can’t always control the outcome of things, but you can control what you do.

Finish strong.

As long as you’re alive, there is always hope.

Go Saints! Go New Orleans!

And God bless all the brave people in this world who fight to the end against all odds.

– Ken McCarthy

P.S. For over 25 years I’ve been sharing the simple but powerful things that matter in business with my clients.

If you’d like direction for your business that will work today, tomorrow and twenty years from now, visit us at the System Club.

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10 Responses to “Finish strong” – and they did

  1. dan February 8, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    you bet they did finish strong. And indeed it was a victory of hope, on and off the field, where it is needed most.

    My wife has spent some time in the relief efforts in Haiti, and the same bulldoze and rebuild questions are arising… the people who have some small but semi functional roots left, they own whats left of the city and their dreams to rebuild from those anchor points is more valuable than an abtract ‘clean slate’ offered by bulldozer approaches. Good on you Ken for keeping some human interest going in the discussions of wider discusssions of personal development


  2. Ara Rubyan February 8, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    I’m not originally from Louisiana, but settled here about 6 years ago.

    That said, I will tell you that I’m a sucker for heroes who fight against impossible odds and win and that, today, describes New Orleanians.

    This is New Orleans’ glorious moment in the sun. Not quite five years after the catastrophe of Katrina, the city is back and rocking out!

    Between now and Mardi Gras Day on Feb. 16, the region will be riding a high seldom seen in decades past.

    Let the good times roll, dahlin’!

  3. Nigel J Britton February 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm #


    The people of New Orleans can be proud of their city and proud of their team.

    They have so much incommon, mainly an attitude that says..We Can!

    And they did.

    Congratulations Saints,

    You made your people proud

    Nigel J Britton

    Glasgow, Scotland

  4. Will February 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    I was never a fan of football until a few weeks ago.

    One of the things that makes me work ever harder, is when i am told “you can’t do it”; despised, all all that stuff.

    Guess what?

    I channel all of that into whatever I am doing, seek every help I can seek(read as much) and I know with prayer, patience, perseverance, i will finish strong also like the NO Saints!

    WHO DAT!!

    PS: I attended your last seminar here in chicago. First timer!

    I was super. Though don’t have the means of attending this year. But I know I will have the opportunity to grab the CD’s once it is over.

    Keep doing what you are doing and God bless.

  5. Shirley Bass February 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    While I don’t normally watch football…I did yesterday!

    Mainly because you sent us a riveting video of Drew Brees hitting the bullseye 10 out of 10 times with his tool of choice. I immediately knew he was my kind of pro. He has something I love and that’s total focus, which allows him to finish strong.

    Yea Saints!

    Thank you for the Common Sense interview with Drayton Bird.

  6. John February 8, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    What a great story for all of us struggling with internet marketing to watch and see!

    It is that “take no prisoners” attitude that wins in the end. My wife just asked me if what I am working on is worth it, and I told her “You betcha!”

    Hope to attend your next seminar because I can’t make this one. Please keep putting them on – we need you Ken.


  7. Judith & Jim February 9, 2010 at 2:19 am #

    Ken – we love feeling your heart-felt passion and while this time it’s about football, we know you feel the same way about marketing – and so do we. In fact, as former psychotherapists who’ve become Internet marketers, we look at the whole process of developing a business online as a form of spiritual therapy. Because, just like in becoming excellent playing football, everything you’ve never wanted to know about yourself is sure to come to the surface as you develop your list community, products, programs, websites and everything in between.
    We bet you can identify!
    Judith & Jim
    Judith Sherven PhD & Jim Sniechowski PhD

  8. Ken McCarthy February 9, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Ain’t that the truth!

    Business development turns out to be self development and now that I’ve been at it for a while, I’m convinced that the biggest challenge any of us ever face is dealing with ourselves, NOT the things that happen “out there.”

  9. Orestes February 9, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Hi! Ken,

    Thank you for your comment,it coudn´t have come at a better time.I´m cuban but live here in Spain and today I was feeling bad and sad with a lot of temptations.Then I open your email and the fist thing I saw were you holding the newspaper with the words Finish Strong.You really are a great inspiration for many people including myself.
    I will get out of my debts and will grab your Smart Beginner Seminar and finish strong as I love marketing and hope to learn a lot from you.
    Then Lord my God bless you!

  10. Luke Brown February 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm #


    You have probably the most sincere blog of all the business and internet marketing blogs I read (and that’s a lot of blogs!). The way you have tied in topics to current events is one of a blogger’s tools of success.

    I love football but have never been a Saints fan and wasn’t jumping on the bandwagon just because everybody else was. I was, however, exceptionally happy for the people of New Orleans. Pride in a city and its sports teams has an amazing effect on people’s spirits. Here’s hoping that the good feelings generated by the Saints Super Bowl win translate into progress and success for those negatively affected by Hurricane Katrina.

    Keep up the good work, Ken. You are a tremendous inspiration.

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