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Taking Chances

Thursday April 17, 2014 #619

“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”



It is interesting that the lure of “easy money” drives people to repeatedly gamble on winning the lottery, and yet they won’t take the actions that could lead to a financially comfortable retirement, a dream job, a relationship, or an athletic achievement. The lottery is almost guaranteed to bring you nothing but lost money, while your actions, when made intentionally, provide a significant chance of success. Keep yourself out there – learning, trying, and taking calculated risks.


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Push Beyond Fear

Tuesday April 15, 2014 #618

 “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

 ~Richard Branson


 Just as the toddler only learns to walk by repeatedly trying, failing, and trying again until he succeeds, we only master life-changing skills and wisdom by trying before we are “ready”. Sure, you can learn the basics and philosophy of most things from Google or books. But to truly learn a skill, or gain wisdom, you must put yourself out there – and likely fail – before you can master it.

 Push beyond your fears and try. When (not if) you stumble, use it as the gift it is along your learning path. The alternative is to do nothing and remain mediocre at best. But that is not you! Make your move today.

April 19, 2014 Posted by | learning, Success, Wisdom | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Taking Chances

Thursday April 10, 2014 #617

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”

~Mary Tyler Moore


Both effective leadership and personal growth require the courage to move forward and take risks, despite the chances of failure and pain. Fear can be debilitating or it can be a powerful motivator to practice courage and bravery. Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the ability to push through despite fear, leveraging the fear to motivate you and stimulate innovative solutions.

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Tuesday April 8, 2014 #616

 “The nature of creativity is to make space for things to happen… We can drive it out with our busyness and plans.”

 ~Iain McGilchrist


 If you are like most, you allow the busyness of life to remove almost all moments of quiet reflection, time to think, develop new ideas, dream of possibilities, and to create. Everyone possesses the power of creativity and innovation. But few give themselves the time or even the permission to do so. Don’t deprive yourself or the world your potential and abilities. Allow yourself a bit of time to free the creativity within you.

April 19, 2014 Posted by | innovation | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


Thursday April 3, 2014 #615

“If we only wanted to be happy, this would soon be done. But we want to be happier than others and that is almost always difficult, because we see them happier than they actually are.”

~Charles de Montesquieu


The path to sustainable joy and moments of intense happiness stem from our ability to realize with gratitude all that we are fortunate to have in this life. Unfortunately, our human tendency is to compare ourselves and what we have with others – particularly our perception of others’ happiness. Too often our lens is one of scarcity rather than abundance and we subconsciously or even consciously covet others’ possessions, relationships, and perceived happiness. We must fight this human tendency by consciously recognizing our own gifts and realizing everyone has their own challenges and limitations. Focus less on comparisons and more on gratitude. Decide to be happy and you’ll likely find your way there.

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Learn in the Moment

Tuesday April 1, 2014 #614

 “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”

 ~Willa Cather


 All experiences in life are opportunities for learning if we pay attention in the moment. Sometimes life will give you stretches of relative ease, with many things coming easily and with little effort. Other times life will seem cruel as you face significant challenges and nothing seems to go your way. In both situations, there is much to learn and if you are able to pause and reflect on both the situation and your reaction to it and to those around you. Whatever the lesson, take it in and grow your ability to appreciate moments of calm and build your courage and capabilities during difficult times.

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