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May 20th, 2018

Life Goes On

If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future, look into your present actions. Chinese proverb.

This week I returned home after a wonderful three week holiday in Spain.

Three weeks off the grid. No constantly my checking my email on my phone or my MacBook. No texting. No TV. No internet. No radio. Not even reading the headlines on the newspaper as I strolled by the news stands. No weekly magazines. A print and digital detox.

There is nothing like dropping out for an extended period  to clarify your thinking and put things back into perspective.

The trip was way overdue. It was only the second time in my life that I had the opportunity to take off three weeks back-to-back, made even extraordinarily special by the warm reception of some friends and their and families. We were truly blessed and will be forever grateful.

Life is very special and so precious. It is so easy to get all caught up in the daily routine and surface interests, the meaningless and the idleness of the media that clutter up your mind and serve to distract you from what you think is truly important.

This isn’t meant as a rant. Life is too complex for that. The speed we going, the pressure we’re living under and the demands placed upon each of us are unending. 24/7. The pressure is intense. I don’t have to tell you.

Life is a dance, two steps forward, one step back. Each day we show up, living out our personal destinies, dancing as fast as we can.

Yet we keep on. Doing what we think we are sent here to do. Learning, growing, seeking improvement, helping others, doing the best we can with what we have. That’s what humankind does.

We are all a work in progress. It isn’t over until it’s over… and as I begin to put on the years, sometimes I’m not even entirely sure about that.

It’s something we each have to decide for ourselves.

All I know for sure is that life goes on.

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May 15th, 2018

Time To Move On?

Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your own experience or your own convictions. Dag Hammarskjold.

Have you ever found yourself sitting quietly at 35,000 feet, on your way to a business meeting or perhaps coming back from a holiday, your mind wandering, quietly looking out the window, thinking, “Do I have this picture right? Could someone have switched the script when I wasn’t watching?

Could it be that you have outgrown your present situation? Could a change be in the works?

So, here you are. Doing all the right things, playing by the rules, but there is a void in your life… a feeling that something is missing. It’s kind of like getting up from the table after a delicious meal, but still feeling hungry.

Sound familiar? Relax, it isn’t only you. You are not the first person to ask these or similar questions.

It’s just that now it’s your turn.

You are not who you were when you started out. None of us are. Subject to the shifting currents, as we make our way through life, living our personal destinies, we pass through a number of phases, like taking off an old coat and putting on a new one.

Change isn’t without risk, it’s true, and it’s not for everyone, but it’s equally true that being willing to put down your old stories doesn’t always mean giving up the “good life” and all that for which you have worked so hard. Nor does it mean you can’t be consistent with your entrepreneurial, money-making instincts and skills.

What is has everything to do with is your attitude, your willingness to believe in yourself and in your innate, unique talents.

Letting go of the familiar isn’t for everyone, but if you feel in your gut that you have plateaued and think that there is brighter, more exciting future beckoning, there isn’t a better time than today.

There will be some scary moments, that’s for sure, but you’ll handle them.

Our world is changing, bringing with it new opportunities and broader horizons open to those willing to seek them out.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you.

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April 22nd, 2018

Yes, You Can…!

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but the thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. Frederick Douglas.

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There will always be a surplus of people, eager to find fault, to criticize and urge caution, but your job right now is to reinforce the power of yes and put your work out there anyway.

Yes, you are capable of making a difference.

Yes, it’s important.

Yes, you can ignore the cynics and naysayers.

Yes, people believe in you.

Yes, this is an opportunity and a responsibility.

It’s not easy, but nothing of any value comes without commitment, application and hard work.

But, hey, nobody ever promised easy.

Note: With the posting of this article,  I will be travelling for three weeks, taking a brief sabbatical to rest, empty my mind and refresh my spirit. I will be back here May 15 with some exciting news about a new book I am writing and, more importantly, why. I look forward to continuing our relationship when I return. See you then.

Keep up your good work.

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April 15th, 2018

With An Eye To The Future

The future is called ‘perhaps,’ which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you. Tennessee Williams.

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The other thing to remember is that your future, in large part, has a lot to do with what you are doing today.

So here’s the question:

Is what you are doing today moving you towards or away from how you see the future?

Doing some future planning? Could you use a fresh pair of eyes? Let’s chat. I’m easily reachable at drew@drewsimmie.com or call direct 416.450.8867. Follow me on Twitter.

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April 13th, 2018

Attitude

“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” Wayne Dyer.

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The road of life is long. The challenges are many. There are invariably occasions that can try your soul, particularly if you are doing something you have never done before.

It’s at those times when your character kicks in and helps you through.

Of all the keys that are available to you, few are as critical as personal resolve.

Oh, and did I say attitude?

Attitude is more important than education, than what people say or think, what you’ve done in the past, or appearances, or money. It’s everything.

Want to step up your game or perhaps explore starting a new one? Let’s chat. I’m easily reachable at drew@drewsimmie.com or call direct 416.450.8867. Follow me on Twitter.

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