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July 15th, 2019

Diamonds Under Your Feet

Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got. Jim Rohan.

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The story goes about the farmer in Africa who had heard tales about many who made their fortunes by prospecting for diamonds. Rumours abounded about the number of people staggering under the weight of the bags.

So the farmer, tired of tilling his sandy, stone strewn land for so many years, dissatisfied with the meagre results, decided one day to join them. He sold off his unproductive farm and set out prospecting, seeking his fortune.

Meanwhile, the man who had bought his farm, as he walked his property one day, tripped over a small piece of rock. He didn’t know what it was but it looked interesting so he took it home and put it up on his fireplace mantel. A curiosity piece.

Some months later, a friend of his came to visit. He spied the rock on the mantel.

“Do you know what this is,” he asked?

“No, I don’t replied the farmer. “I just saw it lying on the ground and liked it so I brought it home and put it up on the mantel.”

“Well,” responded his guest. “It’s not just a little piece of rock. It’s a diamond, in the rough.”

The idea to this story, of course, is that each of us, dissatisfied with our work, occasionally can find ourselves in the middle of our own field of diamonds, searching for greater opportunities further afield.

If only we would have the patience and the wisdom to intelligently and effectively explore the work in which we are engaged, to further explore ourselves, we would most likely find the riches we are seeking, be they financial or intangible.

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July 8th, 2019

Move Over Picasso!

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he or she (italics mine) grows up. Pablo Picasso.

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Artistry isn’t confined to the fine arts. There is artistry in business too.

There is art in creating a unique product or service. There is art in taking it to market and in the execution of the marketing plan.

Creativity is born in all of us. It’s just that by the time we have grown into adults, many have traded away most of it.

Don’t listen to the naysayers, doubters and fence sitters. Shut down your inner critics. If you’ve got a great idea, have the courage and patience you are going to need, and are willing to do the work, go for it.

Paint a bigger picture of yourself – and your business.

And tell Picasso to move over!

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July 2nd, 2019

Stay Strong

Belief is a truth held in the mind. Faith is a fire held in the heart. Joseph Newton.

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In the journey of life, being aware of who you are and what you are really all about – clearly living with intent and purpose, can change your life.

In our hyper-competitive, time-starved, distracted world, we can easily be so obsessed with taking action, doing instead of being, that we can lose sight of who we are, often unaware of the energy we are radiating – much of it negative in nature.

This can create a toxic cocktail of uncertainty, doubt and mistrust. The pressure of daily demands can wear you down, causing you to lower your expectations, settling for less, rather than continually aiming higher, expecting the best.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Not if you don’t want it to be. External circumstances do not determine your emotional state and energy. You do. Your life is not meant to always be a struggle, filled with hardship and heaviness. There needs to be time for some R and R.

What is your dominant perspective? Pause for a moment and think about it. What is really important to you? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? What expectations and beliefs do you hold? Are they big or small? Do they indicate faith and trust or fear and doubt?

You get to decide how you will live your life. This freedom is yours to choose and is always available to you, even when it feels impossible, to find a new perspective, one that radiates positive rather than negative energy.

That said, then, what’s next for you?

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June 24th, 2019

Break With Convention!

Rules?! #*%@! Hell. We’re trying to create something hereThomas Edison.

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If you’re going to create something, there will probably come a time, when you are going to have to break with  convention and think differently.

You are going to have to try something you’ve never attempted before. You may even have to go up against people who seem to know better than you do,  and just follow your intuition.

Sometimes, there’s no other way.

Be brave. Jump right in. When you’ve gone as far as you can, you’ll know what to do next.

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June 17th, 2019

The Clock Is Ticking!

Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard and have perseverance to realize the great life. Abdul Kalam.

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Last Thursday evening I watched my first NBA basketball game, the sixth match between the defending Golden State Warriors, and the contenders, the Toronto Rapters. The game was intense. If the Warriors won, they stayed alive to fight one more time. If the Rapters prevailed, they would, for the first time in the franchises’s history, take home the coveted NBA Cup.

To say the game was intense is a classic English understatement. While I am familiar with the other major sports – baseball, football, hockey and soccer, I had never experienced the same level of drama and tension as I did that evening. It was 48 minutes of on-the-edge-of-your-seat drama.

The lead continually changed hands as the players raced up and down the court, looking to score and put the ball in the basket; three points “from downtown” (going for a long shot), two for “dunking” the ball (putting it in from up close, in a mad scramble, right under the basket). There were a number of turnovers and penalties. And, unfortunately, a few injuries, too.

The pace never slowed. It was amazing. Right up to the end. And even, then, as you know, the officials pushed back the clock .09 seconds in response to a penalty before they finally called it. 48 minutes all came down to seconds. When it was over, everything changed. For the team, the players, the city and the country. Golden State Warriors 110. Raptors 114 – and for the first time, the Raptors now hold the NBA title.

It was a long time coming, 24 years since the team was founded. There were many ups and downs. Starting from zero and getting to the top  is, in many ways, like life. The game of basketball might even be considered a metaphor.

Whether it is getting to the top in the NBA, getting to the top of yourself or your business, it doesn’t come without a razor-sharp aim, unshakable belief in yourself, countless years of continuous learning, sacrifice, hard work and love and support from many people.

We are all born with a divine fire in us. The trick is to fan the flame and keep the fire burning. To be true to ourselves. We don’t all have the same talent, but all of us have an equal opportunity to develop the talents we do have and take them out to the world.

Unlike basketball, life isn’t a game, but it goes by just as fast, and the clock is ticking.

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