“No” and “Not right now”

Key philosophies for success

In my home office, beneath the triple monitors connected to my Macbook Pro reads the following quote: "Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials." Lin YutangDerek Sivers is a musician and the creator of the company CD Baby, which went on to do over $100 million in sales before he sold the company in 2008. One of my favorite articles he wrote is titled “No ”yes.“ Either ”HELL YEA...

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Motion Creates Emotion. Get Off Of Your Ass.

We cannot complain about things we refuse to change.

There were two houses out in the country, two neighbors had been next door neighbors for decades. They knew each other really well and were great friends. Their houses were side by side with a short distance in between. One of the neighbors was on his front porch enjoying coffee in the morning, like he always did. The neighbor's dog was sitting on their steps and howling, and it annoyed the neighbor so much that he finally sat down his cup of coffee, got up, went over to his neighbor's house and...

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Using Failure To Fuel Your Future

How you think about failure is a determining factor on your future success.

I was thinking as I came across an article in The Wall Street Journal this morning, and it was talking about the airline industry and how much they've been rocked and Southwest Airlines reported their profit in June last year... in June quarter last year, they made $741 million dollars last year and the June quarter this year, they lost $915 million. Again… just the same quarter a year ago, they profited $741 million in this quarter. This year they lost $915 million for the quarter. And that g...

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Life The Story You Wish To Tell.

What will people say about you when you are gone?

As I write this I am working on several huge life challenges. It seems as if the weight of the world is on my shoulders and for some reason, It’s my option to waive a white flag of surrender or willingly carry a massive, nearly impossible load on my back. I can’t speak for you, but as for me, I am wired to live a comfortable life. Everything in me wants to have a life that is on easy street… I want everyone around me happy, no drama, no tough times, no meaningless tasks… and yet life was not des...

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Your Parents Were Wrong

They were wrong about a LOT.

A young girl walks out of her bedroom down the hall and smells a lovely aroma seeping from the kitchen. She decides to investigate and walks in to the kitchen to see the familiar sight of her mother cooking intently. Her mom opens the lid of the pot on the stove and gives the contents a good stir as the oven preheat temp alarm starts to chime. She closes the lid on the stove and prepares the large ham to go in the oven. Before she places the ham in the oven, she cuts the ends off of the ham and ...

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The Most Important Story You Will Ever Read

The story you tell yourself about yourself is the most important story you will ever read.

In each of us is an author and a reader. Every day we are speaking to ourselves, creating a story about ourselves. The story you tell yourself about yourself is the most important story you will ever read. The most important human relationship you have in your lifetime is not with another human being; it’s with yourself. What is that relationship like? What story are you telling yourself about yourself every single day? What about in difficult moments? What about moments of temporary defeat or...

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Who's Paint Is On The Canvas Of Your Life?

Take control or it will become another's painting.

As I sit here I am looking up at 5 extremely tall palm trees blowing in the wind in Tijuana Mexico. I didn’t realize palm trees could grow so tall, so I did some research on Google. I was surprised to learn that there are over 2,500 species of palm trees, the tallest of which can grow as tall as 197 feet tall! Instantly I was reminded of a question Jim Rohn liked to ask his audience: “How tall will a tree grow?“ “As tall as it can.” ~Jim Rohn I read a book under the cabana by the pool this morni...

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Your Struggles And Circumstances Are Not Unique

Google them and see.

Ten years ago as a broke construction worker by day and a more than full-time college student at night, I used to believe that there was almost nothing I could do to change my circumstances. Tired of construction, I shopped my resume around looking for another job that would pay me the same amount that I was used to making in construction. I couldn't find it. I felt like a helpless victim, one that worked exceptionally hard and very long hours, went to school more than full-time hours on a very ...

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Choose Your Hard - Hard Choices In Life Make Life Easy

It's ALL hard.

I know of a guy who is outstanding to say the least. He is a best-selling self-published author. He has a supportive family. He mentors countless people. He is a phenomenal and highly requested speaker, and a very driven and determined individual. He is not afraid of hard work, gets back up when he is kicked down, and is the image of determination. He can go against insurmountable odds and crush them in order to win. In fact, he coaches other people to do the same. The only fallback he has, is h...

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A Broader Perspective

An Attitude of Gratitude

Being an entrepreneur now for over 10 years, I find myself in an exceptional attitude of gratitude. It amazes me how the infinite wisdom of God has given each of us different passions, interest and talents to make this world go around. Some say you should live life like you are dying, and some say you should prepare for the future and sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. I personally believe a healthy balance of both. The truth is, tomorrow is not promised, however, you just might live to be a...

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