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Happy New Year

Prisoner's Soul News – January 2, 2003

Prisoner’s Soul Friends:


Great Happenings in Prison

We receive a lot of mail and hear of many great things happening in some institutions. Be sure to let us know about the good you hear. See our Link to what happened recently at SCI-Chester with a project to give coats to those less fortunate:



Ask, Ask, Ask

by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

from the original “Chicken Soup for the Soul”


The greatest sales woman in the world today doesn't

mind if you call her a girl. That's because Markita

Andrews has generated more than eighty thousand dollars

selling Girl Scout cookies since she was seven years old.

Going door-to-door after school, the painfully shy

Markita transformed herself into a cookie-selling dynamo

when she discovered, at age 13, the secret of selling.

It starts with desire. Burning, white-hot desire.

For Markita and her mother, who worked as a waitress

in New York after her husband left them when Markita was

eight years old, their dream was to travel the globe.

"I'll work hard to make enough money to send you to

college," her mother said one day. "You'll go to college

and when you graduate, you'll make enough money to take you

and me around the world. Okay?"

So at age 13 when Markita read in her Girl Scout

magazine that the Scout who sold the most cookies would win

an all-expenses-paid trip for two around the world, she

decided to sell all the Girl Scout cookies she could - more

Girl Scout cookies than anyone in the world, ever.

But desire alone is not enough. To make her dream

come true, Markita knew she needed a plan.

"Always wear your right outfit, your professional

garb," her aunt advised. "When you are doing business,

dress like you are doing business. Wear your Girl Scout

uniform. When you go up to people in their tenement

buildings at 4:30 or 6:30 and especially on Friday night,

ask for a big order. Always smile, whether they buy or

not, always be nice. And don't ask them to buy your

cookies; ask them to invest."

Lots of other Scouts may have wanted that trip around

the world. Lots of other Scouts may have had a plan. But

only Markita went off in her uniform each day after school,

ready to ask - and keep asking - folks to invest in her

dream. "Hi. I have a dream. I'm earning a trip around

the world for me and my mom by merchandising Girl Scout

cookies," she'd say at the door. "Would you like to invest

in one dozen or two dozen boxes of cookies?"

Markita sold 3,526 boxes of Girl Scout cookies that

year and won her trip around the world. Since then, she

has sold more than 42,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies,

spoken at sales conventions across the country, starred in

a Disney movie about her adventure and had co-authored the

best seller, "How to Sell More Cookies, Condos, Cadillacs,

Computers . . . And Everything Else."

Markita is no smarter and no more extroverted than

thousands of other people, young and old, with dreams of

their own. The difference is Markita has discovered the

secret of selling: Ask, Ask, Ask! Many people fail before

they even begin because they fail to ask for what they

want. The fear of rejection leads many of us to reject

ourselves and our dreams long before anyone else ever has

the chance - no matter what we're selling.

And everyone is selling something. "You're selling

yourself everyday - in school, to your boss, to new people

you meet," said Markita at 14. "My mother is a waitress:

she sells the daily special. Mayors and presidents trying

to get votes are selling...One of my favorite teachers was

Mrs. Chapin. She made geography interesting, and that's

really selling...I see selling everywhere I look. Selling

is part of the whole world."

It takes courage to ask for what you want. Courage is

not the absence of fear. It's doing what it takes despite

one's fear. And, as Markita has discovered, the more you

ask, the easier (and more fun) it gets.

Once, on live TV, the producer decided to give Markita

her toughest selling challenge. Markita was asked to sell

Girl Scout cookies to another guest on the show. "Would

you like to invest in one dozen or two dozen boxes of Girl

Scout cookies?" she asked.

"Girl Scout cookies?! I don't buy any Girl Scout

cookies!" he replied. "I'm a Federal Penitentiary warden.

I put 2,000 rapists, robbers, criminals, muggers and child

abusers to bed every night."

Unruffled, Markita quickly countered, "Mister, if you

take some of these cookies, maybe you won't be so mean and

angry and evil. And, Mister, I think it would be a good

idea for you to take some of these cookies back for every

one of your 2,000 prisoners, too."

Markita asked.

The Warden wrote a check.

by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

from the original “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book


Reprinted by permission of Jack Canfield and Mark Victor

Hansen ©1993 from Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack

Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.


Encouraging Inmates

To join a Ministry that encourages inmates through writing to them, contact:

Romans Chapter 8

Christian Encouragers
PO Box 1703
Bloomfield NJ 07003

Year End Cartoon

by Matt Matteo

from “Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul”

See our Link at:


Matt Matteo is an award-winning artist, author of two cartoon series, book illustrator and adult tutor. He contributes much of his work to benefit charities. Matt is a contributing cartoonist in "Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul" and "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul." He is originally from Derry, Pennsylvania and may be contacted at 801 Butler Pike BS-7345, Mercer, PA 16137.


"Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul" available in bookstores and on-line. See our Links at:



"Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul" available in bookstores and on-line.
See our Links at:



"Touched by Angels of Mercy" available on-line at:


For details on how to obtain our books at a quantity discount:

e-mail: Success@TomLagana.com
Web site: http://www.TomLagana.com

To subscribe to our free monthly “Success Solutions” newsletter, send a blank e-mail to:



Happy New Year…

Co-Author "Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul"
Co-Author "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul"
Tom Lagana ~~ Success@TomLagana.com ~~ http://www.TomLagana.com
Success Solutions ~~ PO Box 7816, Wilmington DE, 19803
"Tom is a professional speaker and author, helping people become their best.”


The lotus root snaps, but its fibers stay joined.
Said of people (especially lovers) that still remain in contact though apparently separated.
Separated but still in each other's thoughts.
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