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Growing Up

Great news: Kids are not afraid of failing

We weren’t afraid to fail as a child.

Now look at us.

If you’re not prepared to fail, you’ll never create anything original.

As you age, you lose the appetite, and the capacity, to be wrong.

My 72-hour challenge to you is simple. Attempt something that will probably fail, but your failure will get you closer than you were before.

And on the off-chance that you don’t fail…congratulations.

Now keep repeating this process.

You’re welcome.

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He's Just Lucky

Sir, i’m sorry but you’re going to have to leave

Disney Keynote Speaker
Gambled that i’d be the only one on the back wall if i simply opened the door and walked in. i was correct.

 

Michael Jr and jeff noel
Michael Jr initiated the photo opportunity. i simply piggy-backed on his first move.

 

Michael Jr and jeff noel
We reversed the roles.

 

Disney Keynote Speaker
This young man witnessed the interaction with Michael Jr becasue he was there to drive me to the airport – i carved out time to mentor this college sophomore who wants to eventually work for Disney. We talked on the drive and at the airport Starbucks.

 

jeff noel
Demonstrating how to make selfies more interesting.

 

Disney leadership coaching
Three quick photos. Different angles. Looking at things differently helps you to .think .differently

 

My peripheral vision detected a person approaching me as a stood against the back wall watching Michael Jr speak..

Sir, i’m sorry but you’re going to have to leave.

Nope.

She didn’t say that.

She asked if i’d like to join her and her group.

Saw the last 30 minutes guilt free.

As i waited in the lobby for a ride to the airport, Michael Jr. and i had a chance to talk just before he drove to his next gig in Chicago.

PS. During Michael Jr’s speech, i got a little teary-eyed trying to comprehend Melissa’s generosity. Her invitation to stay blew my mind.

 

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Uncommon Sense

Today’s posts could be a mistake to publish

 

Today’s posts could be a mistake to publish.

You know, a strength overused becomes a liability.

A glaring blind spot for the perpetrator (me).

That said, here’s my bottom line…

There is no progress without failure…

No forward movement of society without making many uncomfortable…

No boundary expanded by playing it safe…

And when your time on earth has run out, no second chance to take the risks you wished you had taken.

Shouda, woulda, coulda.

Don’t die with regret.

Die with failure – and what you learned and taught from it – but please don’t die with regret.

 

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Jokers Are Wild

The odds of failing vs the odds of succeeding

Gym
It was cold yesterday as i began the 13-mile bike ride to the gym. But it was the heavy rain that caused my retreat and ultimately i drove a car. It would have been much easier to cancel yesterday’s workout. It’s 30 degrees as i type this january 4, 2018.

 

The odds of people sticking to their New Year resolution is roughly 1 in 10.

The odds of someone starting a business and making it sustainable is less than 1 in 10.

Here’s what this reveals:

  1. Accept that it’s going to be challenging and the odds of failure are astronomical.
  2. The people who “make it” are rewarded, over time, with enough lucky breaks to tip the scale.
  3. Longevity and desire is the recipe for lucky breaks.
  4. Remember that things turn out better or worse than you dream.
  5. When it’s worse, it’s only temporary.
  6. Quitting never leads to lucky breaks.

Sorry, wish it was more complicated than that.

Go.

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Are You?

This feeds on itself

iPhone weather app screen shot
Some people still wait for the TV weather person for the forecast. Others find out in seconds.

 

Most people have no idea how much their disorganization is slowly destroying their spirit.

Being unorganized feeds on itself.

It can never get better, and in fact can only get worse, if we never get better.

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