There is no silver bullet

June 2, 2010...

Some people seem to be on a perpetual quest to find that once-in-a-lifetime get-rich-quick scheme.

"If I can only find that one opportunity...everything will just come easy!"

My experience is that achieving legitimate financial success comes wrapped in hard work. There is no easy way. There is no magical money-making elixir. There is no silver bullet.

Just hard work.

And time.

How lucky can we get?

June 1, 2010...

"Statistically, the probability of any of us being here is so small that you'd think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise."
   - Lewis Thomas, Biologist

It's a miracle!

Your life. My Life.

It's all a miracle! And we are so lucky!

If on one of those days you ever start feeling unlucky, dare to be dazzled by the miracle of life...YOUR life.

"It is what it is."

May 31, 2010...

"It is what it is."

That's how I have learned to deal with news. The bad kind.

Instead of creating an emotional frenzy for myself, I accept it.

Again, "It is what it is."

At the surface, news is just news. We determine what kind of emotional spin we are going to associate with it. The more emotional we make the news...casting it in either a negative or positive direction...determines how are brain starts to handle it.

"An Attitude of Gratitude"

May 30, 2010...

I have two kinds of goals in my life. External goals. And internal goals.

The external goals? Well, they give my life purpose. They are the goals that are tied to making my life count. They are the goals that can be seen. They are the "bricks" of my life.

The internal goals? They are the goals that help me become the best person I can be. They are the goals that my character is a witness to. They are the "mortar" that holds my "bricks" together.

Throwing in the Towel

May 29, 2010...

It's easy to want to do at times.

To throw in the towel.

To wave the white flag.

To quit.

A relationship sours. A job becomes stressful. An idea is shot down.

The easy thing to do is to abandon something that once was inspiring to your spirit.

But is that the best thing? Is that what will make you feel the best ten years down the road?

"I am just trying to survive!"

May 28, 2010...

The events and circumstances of our individual lives can take a toll.

From them, it is easy to grow weary and make much less effort to dream and push ourselves. Our biggest goal simply becomes coping. At times, most of us have fallen victim to this "I am just trying to survive!" mentality.

The real danger, however, is the risk of not coming back from our "Just survive!" moment. Instead of rebounding, we grow hard inside. Hard to our dreams. Hard to others. Hard to ourselves.

Will tomorrow be better?

May 27, 2010...

I was sent an email recently that when melted down to its core simply read: "I hate my life. Can you guarantee tomorrow will be any better?"

Hmmm...can I really guarantee tomorrow will be better?

Everyday Lessons

May 26, 2010...

I was asked where I get my ideas for my newsletter and my blogs.

The answer is easy: I get ideas from everywhere.

In conversations. From books. From the news. From a movie. From something I see while running.

Everyday, new experiences, conversations, and events enter our lives. Everyday, there is a new story or lesson waiting to be learned. Looking for those stories and lessons daily is what makes each day so extraordinary in comparison to another. Each day truly is unique.

"Later" Starts "NOW"!

May 25, 2010...

Later, when the dust clears and you can see the consequences of previous individual decisions, you'll notice a trend: It feels better to have made the hard choice.

1. Later, you wish you had had one less drink.

2. Later, you wish you would have made the decision that pushed you outside your comfort zone.

3. Later, you wish you had exercised.

4. Later, you wish you had made more of an effort.

5. Later, you wish you would have trusted your instinct and taken the risk.

The other end of the phone...

May 24, 2010...

Courtesy and kindness go a long, long way to making life better.

Conflicts in one form or another are inevitable. All of us have had a moment...or two...or three... where we have had some need to contact the infamous customer service line or talk with a representative regarding a problem we are having. The reason for the call has caused us some inconvenience and often we don't go into the conversation with the best attitude or disposition.

Sometimes even, we are flat out irritated.

And it shows.

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