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frog in a pot 2

Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

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Originally published on September 20th, 2011.

A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things: it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.

— Don Marquis

Over and over again, in the self-help literature, you read, “It’s all a matter of how you look at it.” In other words, you can choose a viewpoint which could help you feel better.

While this may be good advice on the surface, it may be ignoring an underlying problem. If over a long period of time you are finding it hard to accept your life as it is, it’s quite possible that Continue reading » Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

Looking for Rocks

Now is NOT the Time for Sorting Gravel

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information, emails, work, and interactions that barrage you each and every day, here’s some advice from, “Schedule the big rocks, don’t sort gravel…”

Time was once just a clock to me
And life was just a book a biography
Success was something you just had to be
And I would spend myself unknowingly

— John Prine

Many of us “spend ourselves unknowingly” as we tackle the urgent but not necessarily important tasks.  We fritter away our time working on a myriad of demanding tasks that move us no closer to becoming “what we would be.”  Trouble is, doing “what you have to do” to achieve your dream means dealing with those Continue reading » Now is NOT the Time for Sorting Gravel

Opportunity Center

Relative Reality

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

— Winston Churchill

Google defines reality as “The world or state of things as they actually exist.”  Seems pretty clear, doesn’t it?  Reality is what’s real – right?

Yes and no.

Our reality is how we perceive the world – and that’s the key… how we perceive the world.  As much as we’d like to be able to say that there is an objective reality, “objective reality” is always perceived/reported by the observer.  We may think that we can take the individual out of the picture by inserting some measurement device, but in the end, it’s still us observing the Continue reading » Relative Reality


Moving Towards Happy

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The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

— John Milton

When I got hired into my first “professional” job in Corporate America, I was ecstatic.  Although when I went back to college, I hadn’t even thought about where I would work after I graduated, I knew one thing – I’d be entitled to respect.

As I made my way through the “more advanced” accounting classes, a lot of it just seemed arbitrary and boring.  As I got to work with “real accountants” I also saw how different our views of the world were.  So, with a nudge from my marketing professor, I dropped my accounting major and leapt – into Continue reading » Moving Towards Happy


Paying the Rent

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Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Back when I was working in Corporate America, we used to “joke”, though I’m not sure how funny we thought it was, that no matter how much we had done, the next question out of our boss’s mouth would be “What have you done for me lately?”

To be fair, we did work in the sales division of the company and as I’ve learned while investing, you’re either green and growing (selling) or brown and rotting (not selling).  And, as much as everyone has Continue reading » Paying the Rent