Life Is Hard

Sep 11, 2014

As I was sitting in front of my computer, pondering what message I wanted to convey to you all today, I was struck by the realization that what I want to tell you is not nearly as important as what you all need to hear. Quincy, you say, what is it that I need to hear? Well, dear friend, I will tell you what you need to hear. You need to hear what most all human beings on this green earth need to hear, the truth.
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Shit Happens

Aug 22, 2014

“Shit happens.”

A common phrase. It reminds me of the character in Forrest Gump who made loads of money off of this very simple statement, brought on by Forrest stepping in a pile of dog excrement. The key thing to remember about this part of the movie is that Forrest keeps right on running, he doesn’t even stop to wipe off his shoes. He runs all the way across the country.
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Persistence

Aug 13, 2014

Today I want to talk to you about persistence. Merriam-Webster defines persistence as,

1. The quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people. 2.The state of occurring or existing beyond the usual, expected, or normal time.

Let’s look at the first part of that definition. Persistence means doing something in spite of the fact that it is difficult or opposed by other people. I know that many people spend a lot of time worried about what others think of their actions; this can make making the decision to follow your own path very difficult. Pressure frpersistence3om your parents, your colleagues, or your friends can lead you to believe that the actions you want to take or the path you want to follow is not feasible. Or perhaps the path you want to take is difficult for entirely different reasons. Continue Reading

4 Steps to Effective Decision Making

Aug 1, 2014

In this life, we will all have to make decisions. Some of them will be simple, like deciding what to eat for lunch. Some of them will be more complex, like choosing the best job opportunity. For those decisions that require a little more thought, and especially those that have more lasting impacts, practicing effective decision making is an invaluable skill that will most certainly drive your success.

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Building Your Sense of Self

Jul 25, 2014

This week, I received an awesome and very touching message from one of my readers. In it, he said the following:

I guess if I had anything to ask I would wonder if you had any comments or advice as to cope with an unfamiliar environment such as being in a house with a bunch of strangers. Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying to be accepted for who you are and what your beliefs are is definitely easier said than done.

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Taking Chances

Jul 19, 2014

Taking chances, road less traveledIn this life, we have a choice; taking the safe route, that is more clearly defined and has fewer obstacles, or taking a chance and taking the road that is less traveled. This road is not paved. It has grooves and ruts and debris. Sometimes it gets very thin and its hard to tell how to continue. Sometimes it gets rained out and you can’t see the road at all and have to move forward on instinct. Continue Reading

Setting Realistic (i.e. Attainable) Goals

Jul 10, 2014

Mom always said that you can be anything you want to be when you grow up. Shoot for the stars, etc. etc. But did mom follow that lovely advice with any operational guidance on just HOW to be whatever you want to be? Most likely, she did not. Thanks a lot Mom.
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Motivation

Jun 26, 2014

 


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Motivation; actors are constantly asking what theirs is, musicians have used it as the title to songs and albums. It is the burning question behind any goal, project, or endeavor.
What motivates you? What is my motivation? The quote above reminds me of a very important fact. Often, when you start a new project, whether it is personal or professional, the motivation is flowing over. It’s new, it’s exciting, and you have so many ideas. Eventually, however, that overflowing motivation begins to wane; as time passes, obstacles present themselves, excitement dwindles, competing priorities pop up, generally, the going gets tougher. At this point, it is very easy to letContinue Reading

Acting Is Your Decision

May 30, 2014

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart

Writing the first sentence.

Making the first phone call.

Taking the first step.
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Use Fear As A Motivator

Apr 23, 2014

Ever hear how people who are in dangerous situations feel like they can run faster and longer, jump higher, or somehow have super-human strength? While one factor involved is adrenaline another important fear is your motivatorfactor is fear.
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