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Scott Dinsmore QuoteWhen you take a risk, there are no guarantees that it will work.

That’s the very definition of a risk.

And living your best life requires you to take risks.  Sometimes, huge ones.

Not every business you start will make you a million dollars.

It may send you broke.

Not every person you deal with will appreciate your skills.

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It-may-not-be-an-easyI recently read an article in the Boston Globe about 90 year-old Dick Dreselly, a remarkable man who had managed to climb Mount Washington.

It’s an impressive effort from a man of his age and the article is well worth a read.

How did he do it?

In the words of the man himself, “Poco a poco.”

Little by little.

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  1. 10 CommandmentsThou shalt not blame the umpire – Seriously, any time you blame an external party for your lack of success, you begin to rely on those same external parties to become successful and winners don’t do that.  Take responsibility for your results and don’t ever fall for the trap of making excuses.
  2. Thou shalt not rely on talent alone – Everyone is talented at something, but not everyone is a winner.  Remember, hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.  Identify your capabilities and work hard to develop them to an elite level.
  3. Thou shalt always get back up after falling down – If you try to do anything significant with your life, you can never guarantee that you won’t occasionally fall.  But winners always get back up and try again.
  4. Thou shalt be gracious in victory – Anyone who gloats when they are successful suddenly sounds like a loser, not a winner. Read the rest of this entry »

Its-time-to-move-fromA house isn’t a house on paper.

You can have the best architect in the world come up with an extraordinary and innovative design, but you can’t live in a sketch.

There comes a time when you need to lay the foundation, put up a frame and start laying some bricks.

Your life is similar.

You can have the best goals, the most inspiring aspirations and the most amazing dreams.

You can even write them down and have a plan.

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Go-to-them-Dont-wait-forEvery now and then I have horrible flashbacks to my old high school dances.

As an awkward teenager (as opposed to the awkward middle-aged geezer that I am now), I was one of those kids who stood against the wall, looking sheepishly at the girls on the other side of the school gym, hoping that one of them would wander over and ask me to dance.

It never happened.

What I didn’t realise until much later in life is that those same girls were possibly looking sheepishly at me and my awkward mates, waiting for one of us to go to them.

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I-want-my-kids-to-failI don’t want my kids to win every basketball, football or soccer game.

I want them to occasionally play against kids who are much bigger than them in an unfair match-up.

I want the referee to get it wrong with them sometimes.

I don’t want them to get 100% for every spelling or maths test.

I don’t want them to master every piano piece on the first attempt.

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You-dont-have-to-But-youYou don’t have to maximise your potential.

You don’t have to bring out the best in others.

You don’t have to show your art to the world.

You don’t have to do work that matters.

You don’t have to keep learning and growing.

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I-dont-know-what-willOutside your front door, there are all sorts of unknown elements.

There’s the potential for pain and the potential for joy.

There are dark clouds and warm sunshine.

There are moments when you will feel hopelessly lost and moments when you know that you are on the right path.

There are adventures and journeys with low, low valleys and magnificent mountaintops. Read the rest of this entry »

The-first-million-is-theI’ve heard it said by successful entrepreneurs that making the first million dollars is the hardest.

Once they’ve found a strategy that works, a product that sells and done the work, it’s easier to replicate in the future.

Thus, the second million may only take half as long as the first to accumulate and the momentum continues to grow from there.

I wish that I could tell you from experience that it’s true, but I’ll have to take their word for it.

I don’t have a million dollars, but this week this humble little blog passed a million views.

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They-are-our-futureThe issue of asylum seekers has been bubbling for a while and is reaching boiling point in many parts of the world, with the recent pictures of a 3 year-old Syrian boy washed up on a beach in Turkey becoming a vivid reminder of what’s a stake for many people escaping extreme repression, persecution and war in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and other parts of the world.

We don’t know how we should respond, but we are afraid of what this issue means for us and our way of life.

And that’s a problem.

So we use words and phrases like, “invasion,” “illegal, “queue-jumpers” and “potential terrorists.”

In our fear, we keep them at a distance.

We put up walls and stop the boats.

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