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I didn’t fail the test.  I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.

— Benjamin Franklin

Things are getting better.  Unemployment is moving down.  Hiring is up.  People are finding better jobs and taking the risk of moving from one job to another.  A year ago, that just wasn’t considered wise.

Nationally, we seem more hopeful.  Yet, we’re always concerned that things will suddenly go bad and we’ll be in trouble again.

Many years ago, we – the U.S. – had an emergency warning system to notify everyone of national emergencies.  It was designed and created to respond to the possibility of nuclear attack.

Thank heavens, it was never needed or used for Continue reading » This is Only a Test – 4 Ways to Prepare for Difficult Times

Sailboat Alchemy

Joy Everywhere!

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The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

— Henry David Thoreau

It’s been a week since the last big stock market crash.  How was your week? The one thing you can say for these big galumping moves is that after a while they’re almost boring.  If you haven’t figured it out by now, I can give it to you on great authority that the best thing for your peace of mind is to not watch.  Watching the market on these days is sure to put you on the funny farm.

There’s no rhyme or reason to it.  You see, it’s all done with Continue reading » Joy Everywhere!

Cockpit Questions

Is This Plane Still Flying?

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How do you hold on to your “calm” when crisis strikes?

You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.

— Pat Schroeder

It happens every so often – things are going really well and then – BAM! – Alarm bells go off in your head and you just know in your gut: Something’s gone terribly wrong! But before we shift directly into the high gear of crisis mode, let’s stop and assess the situation.  Let’s buy ourselves a moment or two of calm while we figure out whether this is real CRISIS, a false alarm or something in-between…

I got to thinking about this idea of early over-reaction and its consequences after I read Captain Alan Bean’s story about the U.S. Apollo 12 Space Mission – apparently as a part of their training, student-pilots are taught to recognize when things start to go wrong and, then, before panicking, to ask the question: Continue reading » Is This Plane Still Flying?

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”

Robert Green Ingersoll

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