Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.

''Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!" I write the days perspective every day. I have for over 4 years now. Sometimes I come across something that is sent to me that I just have to share. Consider this today's perspective. It was sent to me by my Mother-in-law. The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them and you'll get the point. 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. 2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. 3. Name the last five winners of ...

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There are few real accidents.

There are few real accidents. We live in a world of blame. The economy is responsible for my BBQ not turning out well. I didn't catch the fish because the boat wasn't big enough. The girl never called back because my neighbor picked on me in grade two. I can't get ahead because of the thunderstorm. I hope the illustration of the ridiculous nature of the blame or excuses accentuates the point. The fourth leading cause of failure is excusitis. Taking responsibility for our current state of affairs needs to find a resurgence in society. An excuse blames away the ...

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Don't ever stop asking

Don't ever stop asking. The great clue of what will bring us what we need is clearly cited in the bible. It states, "Ask and ye shall receive". It doesn't say think about asking. It says ask. Funny thing that happens on the way through life. Over and over and over again this great philosophy is beaten out of us. "You should not ask for too much. Don't be greedy. Wait until someone offers. Never ask first" and so it goes. This would appear from all sides to be a flawed philosophy. This is completely counter to the Law of ...

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Step out for your break time

Step out for your break time. One of the aspect of business life that I see people challenged by over and over again is the roller coaster of life. It is one of the great frustrations especially for those who are self-employed or who live in a commission based world. Here is the scenario. The individual has no new clients and no new business so they panic and work like crazy lining up appointments and as they call it "fill the hopper" with new potential business. Then as the appointments begin and business picks up all focus goes on closing ...

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The magic has always been inside

"The magic has always been inside". "Where will I find it"? is the misguided question asked over and over again millions of time a day throughout the world. Belief is everything and if we are looking for what we need "out there" rather than "in here". As Emerson once said, "what lies before us or behind us is nothing compared to what lies inside of us". This truly must be maintained as one of the guiding principles of life. I was delighted to run into an old friend over the weekend at an event I was asked to emcee. It ...

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Born fearless

"Born fearless". The consistent theme to what I write and what I believe and what I teach is that the absolute majority of the challenges in life that keep out dreams at bay are the behaviors and negative beliefs we develop over the years. What I see happen again and again is that a negative experience leads to doubt, doubt to fear, fear to paralysis. The question I am sure that many have today is "But once I have a behavior or fear can I get rid of it"? The answer is every time. What was created can be undone. ...

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The thief of the calendar

"The thief of the calendar". There are so many different parts of life that we will pass through. From infancy through our toddler years into childhood, teenage angst and our adult years all bring their own unique qualities and challenges. I remember like it was yesterday that I was the kid. For the longest time I was referred to as just that. The kid. I was 16 when I began working full time. 18 when I owned my first business. 21 when I landed a job in sales with a fortune 500 company. And so it went. Somewhere between those days and today it ...

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But will I continue to grow?

"But I will continue to grow". Nothing on earth is static. Every thought. Every action. Every interaction creates something new. Its easy to feel stuck in a certain situation when circumstances and outcomes don't appear to change. We've often heard of the statement that "its like watching paint dry". Even the drying of paint is a process in motion. Just because we can't see it change or don't feel like it will doesn't mean it is not or it can't. I had a discussion with a client earlier today over this exact same topic. They had reached a point and ...

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Words to live by. Your own.

"Words to live by. Your own. Words carry such power. I make my living as a wordsmith. My challenge each and every day is to try and find the words that can help you see more that you believe is currently there. There is a fine line and a bit of a tricky business with whose words we choose to make our own. The great prize for us all is living an authentic life. True success, as Jim Rohn once said is to, "Design our own lives and pull it off". Quotes are a favorite of a great many and ...

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Sometimes its messy

"Sometimes it's messy". It would be great if the route to what we wanted, where we wanted to go and who we wanted to become was a clean process unfettered by challenge and struggle. Until we get our own planet I expect this will not be the case. I don't want to make the point that all we do is fraught with difficulty. Often times the days are bright and the road is smooth. There are days however when we must be prepared to get our hands dirty. If we know this and accept that this will come from the ...

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