Explore. Dream. Discover.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― Mark Twain We waste far too much time thinking. Trying to predict the outcome. Then remaining exactly where we are. People worry. Contemplate. They think about the reaction of others. What the others will say. How they will be treated by the others. That all seems exhausting. Hop in the boat. Toss off the rope. Sail. The biggest regrets come from staying tied to the dock. Success is NOT an Accident,...

Don’t Join

Don’t join the crowd. Don’t join the pity party. Don’t join the misery. Don’t join the revolt. Don’t join the naysayers. Don’t join the negative. Don’t join the brigade. Don’t join the blind followers. Don’t join the cult. Don’t join the victims. Don’t join the abusers. Don’t join the dreamless. Don’t join the freebie seekers. Don’t join the clique. Don’t join the clowns. Don’t join the mess. Don’t join the...

Potential

Potential… one of the most lethal words in the success dictionary. “Why don’t you live up to your potential.” “You’ve got so much potential.” “Don’t limit yourself. Reach your potential. You could do so much more than you’re doing now.” First of all, those phrases make it sound like, “Hey, you’re worthless now, but you could be valuable!” Second, even though words of “potential” sound complementary they’re not always. They can make a person feel like they are not living up to some unseen standard. And because it’s based in potential it’s almost impossible to nail down when a person arrives at the destination. Which is actually impossible anyway. Potential is Fluid. For example… take a person who can’t read. What’s his or her potential in today’s world? Well, you really can’t answer it, can you? We haven’t talked about intelligence, athletic ability, skill set, etc. Most would say his potential to become a successful CEO would be severely hampered if not impossible. His potential in this area is low. But what happens if he learns to read? What happens to his chances then? His potential radically shifts because of a new skill. I’m not saying we shouldn’t shoot for the stars or dream big. But let’s take some of the pressure off and stop encouraging people with their potential. If we see something inside someone and we believe they could achieve great things if she applied herself, then let’s HELP her instead of telling her what she could be. The vast majority cannot see in themselves what others see in them. Let’s help them see by helping them...

So What?

A simple, brutal, two word question. “So What?” Asking that question helps us measure our actions and conversations. It can also help us challenge people around us. And I’m not talking about grand gestures. We should ask even in the mundane. Ask while filling the tank in your auto, “So what?” Now I can pick up Johnny and make sure he makes it to soccer on time. Now I can make it all the way to Kelly’s without having to stop again after it gets dark. Now I won’t have to fill up on the way home when traffic is thick. Ask when you’re in a restaurant, “So what?” Service is slow, so what, maybe he’s having a rotten day. The meal is fantastic, so what, I need to be thankful. Tipping is usually 20%, so what, I’ll do 30% and maybe life gets a little easier for the server. When someone starts to share the juicy ask, “So what?” Literally. Did you hear what happened to Fred? “So what? Are you helping or just spreading?” Did you hear the one about the priest and the nun? “So what? Is this a dirty joke or actually funny?” You won’t won’t believe how I got stabbed in the back! “So what? Are you just gonna bleed or get some stitches?” That last set seemed especially rough, right? Maybe so. The point is that we need to be measuring life better and encouraging others to do the same. We need to see that the mundane actually counts for something. We need to know that something as simple as leaving an extra...

Employee or Entrepreneur?

Becoming an online entrepreneur begins in your mind. Not with a website. Not with an autoresponder. It begins in your head. Entrepreneurs think and process differently than the mass population. The masses want to make cash online. Believe its overnight. And think they have a right to it. Then get upset when it does not happen immediately. Entrepreneurs want to build businesses. They know it will take time. They know work is involved. The results are their own. The masses want to sell an ebook (and think that’s all they will ever need to do). The entrepreneur wants to create an empire. As you can tell, there is different processing happening between these very opposite groups. Why? Because one group has been trained as an employee. The other as the owner. One group is used to being TOLD what to do (employee). While the other is used to DECIDING what to do (owner). You can follow the herd or set the course – it’s your choice – and it starts in your mind. Success is NOT an Accident!...

Stand Firm

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abraham Lincoln The two keywords… “right place.” What’s right seems to vary from individual to individual. But it’s not that difficult to set our feet in the right place. With a little thought our actions and vocabulary change. With a little thought we move from being reactive to being responsive. With a little thought we take the high road, the road less traveled and the road that leads to a desired destination. Success in NOT an Accident, Paul...