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when to quit!

“Like creating a masterpiece, quitting is an art: you have to decide what to keep within the frame and what to keep out.” — Richie Norton

 

How do you know when to hold ‘em?

 

How do you know when to fold ‘em?

 

How do you know when to walk away … or when to run?

 

Quitting isn’t always obvious.

 

You might have grown up hearing that winners never quit and quitters never win, but it’s not true.  Unfortunately, it’s bad advice when you take it to the extreme.

 

Winners quit all the time.  But they know when to quit, and when to dig in.

 

In the book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life, Scott Adams shares what he learned about knowing when to quit and when to stick with something.

 

Which Path Will Be Most Fruitful?

 

How do you know which way to go, and whether you are even on the right path?  And if you stick with it, how do you know whether it will yield any fruitful results?

 

Via How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life:

 

“Childhood obsessions and tolerance for risk are only rough guides to talent at best.  As you grow and acquire more talents, your potential paths to success multiply quickly.  That makes it extra hard to know which possibility among many would put you in a position of competitive advantage.  Should you pursuit a career that uses your knowledge of photography and software, or something that uses your public-speaking skills and your gift for writing? There’s no way to be completely sure which path will be most fruitful

 

Try Lots of Different Things

 

Experiment.   How do you know if you’ll be a good swimmer or even like swimming, if you never go in the water?  How do you know if your idea is any good, if you don’t test it with real users?

 

Via How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life:

 

“The smartest system for discerning  your best path to success involves trying lots of different things – sampling, if you will.  For entrepreneurial ventures it might mean quickly  bailing out if things don’t come together quickly.”

 

You Need to Know When to Quit

 

If quitting is not a part of your vocabulary, you’ll set yourself up for failure by taking away your flexibility to invest in better bets, and let the bad ones go.

 

Via How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life:

 

“That approach might conflict  with the advice you’ve heard all of your life – that sticking with something, no matter the obstacles, is important to success.  Indeed, most successful people had to chew through a wall at some point.  Overcoming obstacles is normally an unavoidable part of the process.  But you also need to know when to quit.  Persistence is useful, but there’s no point in being an idiot about it.”

 

Things that Will Work Out Well, Start Out Well

 

You can’t quit everything you start, or you’ll never get over the humps.  But not all humps are created equal.  Even the little humps up front show signs of potential.

 

Via How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life:

 

“My guideline for deciding when to quit is informed by a lifetime of trying dozens of business ideas, most of them failures.  I’ve also carefully observed others struggling with the stay-or-quit decision. There have been times I stuck with bad ideas for far too long out of a misguided sense that persistence is a virtue.  The pattern I notice was this:  Things that will someday work out well start out well.  Things that will never work start out bad and stay that way.  What you rarely see is a stillborn failure that transmogrifies into a stellar success.  Small successes can grow into big ones, but failures rarely grow into successes.”

 

Are you holding on to success?

 

Or, is it time to let things go, and would a change of pace do you good?

 

 

 

Your Sweet Honey!

 

M. R. W

M. R. W

Keep remembering
When the rains wipe the smile off my face
Yours puts mine right back on
When the clouds are dark on wet days
You brighten mine like the sun
When the day seems long and dreary
Day dreaming of you makes it worthwhile
When am all tired and weary
Knowing that you are there I can walk an extra mile
When the days seem long and never ending
Or the work load keeps pending
and the machines quit the mending
with all the emails am sending
and no time is bending
your love I will keep remembering…..

17 Counterintuitive Things Successful People Do

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1) They pick fights to test others resolve in their own beliefs.

in business you can’t turn over the reins to someone who doesn’t know how to defend their own ideas and plans.

2) Isolate yourself to re-energize

if you charge when you are by yourself you need to seek out isolation from time to time.

3)Purposefully offend

Sometimes the only way to get someones attention is to call him or her out

4)Hyper self critical

of your own standards and choices

5)Peacock

Don’t give others the option not to see you or hear your message.

6)Repeat mistakes enough times until we really learn the lesson

We hardly learn anything truly worthwhile one try.

7)Seek out rejection to get dis-sensitized to the fear of it

Once we lose the fear of rejection, we more easily go after what we want, and thus get more of it.

8)Ignore consensus

when your own data and foresight is convincingly contrary to the wisdom of the crowd

9)Expect nothing in return for helping your peers

10)Quit those en devours you will never win at and take a new swing at the plate

don’t double down on a losing effort by not knowing when to walk away.

11)Play possum with your competitors

Don’t be so eager to show off your strengths until it’s the perfect time to strike

12)Get C’s instead of A’s

If you excel in non-traditional environments (like Entrepreneurs) & can justify the opportunity cost of your time.

13)Become indifferent to slights

Because time and energy are too valuable to waste on petty matters

14)Self Sabotage yourself when you find yourself mired in complacency

Don’t ever get too comfortable  with the status quo, always be willing to blow it up and start all over again to truly create something better

15)Abstain from work which others can do for you

Delegate every task that others can do 80% as well as you, and focus on those items that only you can achieve that have big payoffs.

16)Plot and scheme your next couple moves ahead

know where you are going far in advance of making your first move.

17)Underestimate demand for your products and services

Don’t ever assume people want what you got, and you will always have the appropriate amount of urgency and hustle to validate what you are trying to achieve.

`10 takeaways from the desert safari!

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1) the journey is more important than the destination

2)be remarkable/different/unique/peculiar

3)be missed/connect/create a meaning/matter

4)don’t burn bridges/change is a constant

5)don’t wait for perfect/life is short/maximize every opportunity

6)be in it for the long haul/make the journey worth it

7)change the frame to change your game/re-frame things to change your perspective

8)live with passion/follow your heart/make your work play and play at your work

9)smile, it’s contagious/don’t take yourself too seriously

10)make meaning over money/there are some things money just can’t buy

Why you should be a leader!

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Why You Are Not A Leader

Here is a thought. Out of every twenty people nineteen will follow and one will be a leader of sort and to be numero uno the odds are 1000 to 1. We might all want to be but for every General there are minimum of 25,000 troops and 300 officers in a division. So how does one get to the summit? While there is doubt that you have to be good at what you do and then better than good don’t fall for the line that luck has a lot to do with it. Sure, you get some breaks but, by and large, if you don’t  deliver you are going to be prematurely knocked off that pedestal. The truth is that getting to the top is a lot easier than staying there.

So, what is the road map, the route to the top and why do only so few make it? So often we watch others climbing past us and we find it so easy to blame other circumstances without ever recognizing the possibility that we might be the biggest brake on ourselves.

The energy exhausted in moaning and groaning and could be better channeled into positive growth but we do not do it. Instead we like to con ourselves that the other party got ahead by underhand means, by using nepotism and influence, is corrupt or simply lucky. While these elements may be short cuts in themselves and do kick a person up the ladder the rungs they stand on are the weak ones and can break any time. The ones who stand on strong rungs are the ones who work a plan.

The word ‘vision’ is often misused and put out of context. But vision is integral to doing well because if you cannot think of the next ‘x’ number of steps and also consider other options in case the first plan fails then you will be leading yourself into the proverbial rut. Who is to blame? You, ‘for getting through the day, getting through the week, getting through rather than building a career’.

The other area where we lose out in the long run is by doing a job we don’t like because we just needed the job so we took it and now it has been five years and there are no choices, we are stuck with it. If you did not fit into the job from Day One how can you get into the frontline, there is too much resentment in you to give your best, so you will settle for survival. If you are still young enough or gutsy enough get off this but and take the one going the way you want to go. It is one life; don’t travel in the wrong direction.

The third aspect that impacts on one’s career negatively is negativity. Many of us spend our lives living in the shadows, afraid to take a chance and making a pact with ourselves that we will stay mediocre. Consequently, that is all we do, keeping our noses above the water but never going into the deep end. So, we never inspire, lead, give others a benchmark or show the way, we are happy being anonymous. The cruel fact is that anonymous people do not become leaders.

Four and this is vital. You must bat for your team, take responsibility, create an atmosphere where they can trust you and believe you and know that you care for their welfare. You also must be fair, and as they say in the army shoot straighter than your staff. If they are actually better than you, why would they want you to lead them?

Finally, one line common sense. Maybe you don’t want to be a leader, maybe you are happier being one of the 999…………………. Some folks are. ‘Nothing to be ashamed of, just don’t complain, that is all.

 

Happy New Year Wish

  

My Happy New Year wish for you
Is for your best year yet,
A year where life is peaceful,
And what you want, you get. 

A year in which you cherish
The past year’s memories,
And live your life each new day,
Full of bright expectancies. 

I wish for you a holiday
With happiness galore;
And when it’s done, I wish you
Happy New Year, and many more. 

By Joanna Fuchs

Happiness

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What’s important is how frequently you’re happy, not how intensely. Those peaks of happiness – getting swept off your feet, scaling a mountain top, winning a bundle in Las Vegas – are nice, but happiness comes down to being quietly content most of the time. Dr. Joyce Brothers

Grammar

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Live in the active voice, rather than passive.
Think more about what you happen than what is happening to you.

 

Live in the indicative mood, rather than in the subjunctive.
Be concerned with things as they are, rather than as they might be

Live in the present tense, facing the duty at hand
without regret for the past or worry over the future.

Live in the singular number, caring more for the approval of your own conscience
than for the applause of the crowd.

Poet: William de Witt Hyde

 

May You Have

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May you have……

Enough happiness
to keep you sweet,

Enough trials
to keep you strong,
Enough sorrow
to keep you human,

Enough hope
to keep you happy;
Enough failure
to keep you humble,

Enough success
to keep you eager,
Enough friends
to give you comfort,

Enough wealth
to meet your needs;
Enough enthusiasm
to look forward,

Enough faith
to banish depression,
Enough determination
to make each day better than yesterday.

Poet Unknown

My Creed

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To live as gently as I can;
To be, no matter where, a man;
To take what comes of good or ill
And cling to faith and honor still;
To do my best, and let that stand
The record of my brain and hand;
And then, should failure come to me,
Still work and hope for victory.

To have no secret place wherein
I stoop unseen to shame or sin;
To be the same when I’m alone
As when my every deed is known
To live undaunted, unafraid
Of any step that I have made;
To be without pretense or sham
Exactly what men think I am.

To leave some simple mark behind
To keep my having lived in mind,
If enmity to aught I show,
To be an honest, generous foe,
To play my little part, nor whine
That greater honors are not mine.

This, I believe, is all I need
For my philosophy and creed.


Poet: Edgar A. Guest

 

Believe In Yourself

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There may be days when you get up in the morning
and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be,
that’s when you have to tell yourself
that things will get better.

There are times when people disappoint you and let you down,
but those are the times when you must remind yourself
to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your
life focused on believing in yourself
and all that you are capable of.

There will be challenges to face and
changes to make in your life,
and it is up to you to accept them.

Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you.

It may not be easy at times,
but in those times of struggle
you will find a stronger sense of who you are,
so when the days come that are filled with
frustration and unexpected responsibilities,
remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be,
because the challenges and changes will only help you to
find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.

Keep believing in yourself.

By Author Unknown

 

A – Z of Quotes

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A—”Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz

B— “Believing in yourself is not for you; it’s for every person who has touched your life in a significant way and for every person your life will touch the same way five minutes from now, or five centuries from now.” Jaye Miller

C—”Change is as inexorable as time, yet nothing meets with more resistance.” Benjamin Disraeli

D—”Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the action stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.” Anais Nin

E—”Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.” Norman Vincent Peale

F—”Focused will is incredible. If you have a dream and you don’t give up no matter what obstacles come up, then life’s problems will fall away and you will get what you want. It happens. It works.” Yanni

G—”Goals are like a map. They help us determine where we want to end up, and give us personal direction on which to focus our energy.” Catherine Pulsifer

H—”Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Aristotle

I—”Ideas won’t keep; something must be done about them.” Alfred North Whitehead

J—”Joy is not in things; it is in us.”Richard Wagner

K—“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.” Samuel Johnson

L—”Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.” Arnold Glasow

M—”Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.” Peter Davies

N—”Nature does nothing uselessly.” Aristotle

O—”Opportunity dances with those who are ready on the dance floor.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

P—”Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams

Q—”Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” Anthony Robbins

R—”Results! Why, man I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison

S—”Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo DaVinci

T—”Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” Diogenes Laetius

U—”Use your unique abilities to shake the world.” Wendy Hearn

V—”Victory belongs to the most persevering.” Napoleon Bonaparte

W—”Wisdom is the daughter of experience.” Leonardo da Vinci

X—”X-ray your life, are you where you want to be, if not set your goals, take action.” Catherine Pulsifer

Y—”Youth teaches, age puts what we have learned into practice, teaching us wisdom.” Catherine Pulsifer

Z—”Zone into your comfort zone, and, then zone into where you want to be. Be all that you can be.” Catherine Pulsifer

 

 

Making Life Worth While

Schönbrunn Palace

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Every soul that touches yours -
Be it the slightest contact -
Get there from some good;
Some little grace; one kindly thought;
One aspiration yet unfelt;
One bit of courage
For the darkening sky;
One gleam of faith
To brave the thickening ills of life;
One glimpse of brighter skies –
To make this life worthwhile
And heaven a surer heritage.

Poet: George Eliot

 

Success


Success is more than arriving – it is also attempting; more than realizing -it is also reaching.
Happiness comes not from having much to live on but having much to live for.
Success never resides in the world of weak wishes, but in the palace of purposeful plans and prayerful persistence.
Pessimism achieves no success over persistence.
Temporary defeat never spells total failure; one victory never assures permanent success.
A real success is one who makes his mark in life without smearing others.
Excellence without effort is as futile as progress without preparation
Work can be our friend or foe, or joy or our woe.
Success, like happiness, is more than a destination – it is a venture; more than an achievement – it is an attitude.
The greatest failure is the failure to try.
Alter your attitude and you will change your life.
Who seeks success, let him prepare.
Improvement is the son of discontent; success is the offspring of preparation.
To emphasize the positive – the affirmative – is to travel the high road of joy.

by William Arthur Ward


 

It’s The Journey That’s Important…

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Life, sometimes so wearying
Is worth its weight in gold
The experience of traveling
Lends a wisdom that is old
Beyond our ‘living memory’
A softly spoken prayer:

“It’s the journey that’s important,
Not the getting there!”

Ins and outs and ups and downs
Life’s road meanders aimlessly?
Or so it seems, but somehow
Leads us where we need to be,
And being simply human
We oft question and compare….

“Is the journey so important
Or the getting there?”

And thus it’s always been
That question pondered down the ages
By simple men with simple ways
To wise and ancient sages….
How sweet then, quietly knowing
Reaching destination fair:

“It’s the journey that’s important,
Not the getting there!”

Poet: John McLeod

 

Just One

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One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,

One heart can know what’s true,

One life can
make a difference,
You see,
it’s up to you!

Poet Unknown

 

Carry On!!

It’s easy to fight when everything’s right,
And you’re mad with the thrill and the glory;
It’s easy to cheer when victory’s near,
And wallow in fields that are gory.
It’s a different song when everything’s wrong.
When you’re feeling infernally mortal;
When it’s ten against one, and hope there is none,
Buck up, little soldier, and chortle:

Carry on! Carry on!
There isn’t much punch in your blow.
You’re glaring and staring and hitting out blind;
You’re muddy and bloody, but never mind.
Carry on! Carry on!
You haven’t the ghost of a show.
It’s looking like death, but while you’ve a breath,
Carry on, my son! Carry on!

And so in the strife of the battle of life
It’s easy to fight when you’re winning;
It’s easy to slave, and starve and be brave,
When the dawn of success is beginning.
But the man who can meet despair and defeat
With a cheer, there’s a man of God’s choosing;
The man who can fight to Heaven’s own height
Is the man who can fight when he’s losing.

Carry on! Carry on!
Things never were looming so black.
But show that you haven’t a cowardly streak,
And though you’re unlucky you never are weak.
Carry on! Carry on!
Brace up for another attack.
It’s looking like hell, but – you never can tell;
Carry on, old man! Carry on!

There are some who drift out in the deserts of doubt,
And some who in brutishness wallow;
There are others, I know, who in piety go
Because of a Heaven to follow.
But to labor with zest, and to give of your best,
For the sweetness and joy of the giving;
To help folks along with a hand and a song;
Why, there’s the real sunshine of living.

Carry on! Carry on!
Fight the good fight and true;
Believe in you mission, greet life with a cheer;
There’s big work to do, and that’s why you are here.
Carry on! Carry on!
Let the world be the better for you;
And at last when you die, let this be your cry:
Carry on, my soul! Carry on!



Poet: Robert W. Service

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How I Made My Millions

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I was working all day and took a break for my supper. I was flipping through the channels and just happened to come across CNBC’s program, How I Made My Millions (http://www.cnbc.com/id/23131910/). I snickered when I saw the title of the program thinking, oh this must be one of those info commercials that promises to make you millions and most of the time you end up spending lots of money and making nothing.

The program came on and I was truly motivated by watching and listening. These were ordinary people, like you and me, with good ideas. They not only talked about their idea, they took action and persevered even though many people laughed at their idea. The last laugh is, of course, on those who originally laughed. The people featured on this show are now millionaires, and they persevered and took the steps necessary to achieve their success. Yes, they had setbacks, and rejection, but that did not deter them from continuing. And, it truly paid off for them.

So often we have a good idea but we don’t take action. Or, we are discouraged at the challenges that face us. We give up far too easily, we don’t persevere.

I can remember when I worked for a large corporation, making a decent salary, but no longer enjoying the work I was doing. I wanted to work on my websites but I could not see any way to generate an income that would support my family. After years of frustration, I finally left my corporate job and focused on the websites. With focus and perseverance, I was able to learn and apply many different theories – some worked, others were disastrous, but I never gave up. I can’t tell you how many times I read the saying on my desk – “persistence prevails when all else fails:. I am now generating a good income – I am not a millionaire – yet – but I continually learn and push the envelope.

The purpose in sharing this story with you is to encourage you to take action on your ideas, and to persist! Learn from your failures, overcome the challenges; and, as Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”



By Catherine Pulsifer, (c) 2010

 

 

wisdom

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Wisdom is the sharing of wise experiences and knowledge, but a lot of it is common sense. The difference is how we apply this common sense – we all have the ability to keep going even when we face challenges in our lives – basically it comes down to your attitude.

We can have a positive attitude towards life, or a negative attitude. We can focus on the good or we can focus on the bad. Keeping a positive mental attitude is one of the keys to success.
The choice is always up to you!