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Carving Out A Life

The Effort’s The Same

How Do You Keep Your Fire Alive?
How Do You Keep Your Fire Alive?

Work hard to get organized. Work hard to stay organized.

Or…

Worry a lot about not being organized. Worry a lot about how much work it is.

In either case, the effort, the workload, is the same.

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Nine Months Later

Finally

Bring On 2010
Bring On 2010

Finally.

Some will say, “Finally, 2009 is over.”

Some will say, “Finally, 2010 is here.”

Some may say both.

Where would you put yourself?

It seems, time and time again, it all comes down to attitude.

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End Of The First Year

Five Times A Day – Part One

Most posts I write are relatively brief; however, this one may take a while. And bailing at this point is up to you.

But may I just say one thing before you go, and it’s something I’ve always known.  In fact, I honestly believe every one knows this.

The difference between those who are excellent, versus those who are good or very good, is three things:

  1. Focus
  2. Discipline
  3. Hard Work

In February, I recall a conversation with our son (then eight) that went like this, “If you want to be a good reader, you should read a lot.  If you want to be a good runner, you should run a lot.”

He was doing his nightly reading homework, and I was doing my nightly stretching in preparation for the August Masters Track & Field World Championships in Finland.

Then the epiphany, “If you want to be a good writer, you should write a lot.”

So I set out on a 100-day challenge.  Write every day. Perhaps a stretch with one daily blog, but I had set up five blogs.

How in the hell heck does a person write five blogs a day, every day?

Impossible.

Well, maybe not impossible for 100 days, right?  I mean, apply the keys to success – focus, discipline and hard work.

One-hundred days.  “You can do it, dude”, I said to myself.

To be continued….

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October 2009

What Would You Do?

If you knew you could not fail, what would you do differently?  Know what I’ve learned in 50 years? All these quotes, cliches, sayings, parables, etc. – they only work if you do.

“No rules for success will work if you don’t”.

“Everything takes longer than we think it will, or longer than we want it to”.

“If your goal isn’t impossible, you’re not reaching high enough”.

Quote me.  Love me.  Hate me.  It doesn’t matter.  What matters is what you do.  Got it?

For anyone thinking it’s more sophisticated than this, it ain’t.  Carpe diem!

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October 2009

Michael Jordan On Failure

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I have lost almost 300 games.  On 28 occasions, I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and missed.  I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”. —  Michael Jordan

Boy this sure sounds familiar….