Inspirational books, CD's and seminars, all of which reportedly fetch the self-help industry an estimated $11 billion year over year.

Meanwhile, day after day, folks from all walks and are helping themselves to happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives by submitting to one simple and common creed:

Do the work. Do it well. And do it often.

For the record, I'd just like to say that it's these folks who I find most inspiring, and it's the profound sense of personal satisfaction that comes from doing this work that Ingzig is all about.

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Hello, I'm Pat Lange, and I'd like to welcome you to Ingzig, my cyber home for celebrating what I've affectionately come to know as the unadorned art of Everyday Earnest Effort.

The motto 'round here is Keeep It Up. The mission is pretty straightforward:

Ship the 100 tees needed to fund the first few rounds of The Keeep It Up Give It Back Giveaway.

Now just so we're clear I'm not here to rip the self-help community, it's just that as anyone who's ever had a lick of ambition will tell you, it takes a good deal more than inspiration and/or instruction to remain actively engaged in any worthwhile activity. 

Among other things it takes resources, resources that at times may be beyond one's own means.

Hence "The Keeep It Up Give It Back Giveaway" where each month one deserving hard-at-work winner will receive a $100 gift card.

Granted 100 bucks isn't much these days, but hey, it's a start. Besides, sometimes it doesn't take much.

A new pair of running shoes or a fresh set of guitar strings. How 'bout a mouthwatering meal for two at your favorite local bar and grill?

Why not? After all you've earned it right? Right!

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English writer and poet Samuel Johnson once said, "People often need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed," and that's exactly what I hope to do here at Ingzig; to serve as an unbroken reminder of just what a little stick-to-itiveness can achieve, how incredible it can feel, and, with any luck, wallow in the opportunity to lend a hand every now and again along the way.    

"Blessed is he who has found his work," wrote Thomas Carlyle, "let him ask for no other blessing."

Here's to you and yours. Keeep It Up!

Thanks for your support.

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I went into the bookstore and asked the woman, "Where's the self-help    section?" She said if she told me it would defeat the purpose.                                                                                               - George Carlin