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Process Over Product – The Truth About Success

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Let me start this post with a math problem. Wait! Don’t click away so fast. I hate math too but bear with me for just a moment. I promise it will be worth it.

Think of some possible solutions for the following equation:

(______ + ______ – _______) x ______ = 100

The truth is that there are literally an infinite combination of numbers that you could put into those spaces to get the answer of 100.

Now let’s look at another equation:

(25 + 40 – 15) x 2 = ________

This equation gives us just one answer: 100. Every time, no question.

What’s the point?

Look at the first equation again. You could stare at the answer (100) all day long and come up with a number of different ways to fill in those blanks, but in the end you would realize that you couldn’t even make a dent in the number of possibilities.…

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Caught In The Undertow – Can You Afford to Take a Break?

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Last week I got to spend some time in California on the beach with my family. It finally took the opportunity to try something I’ve always wanted to do: surfing.

I had watched a bunch of instructional videos on YouTube and in my mind I would be able to stand right up on the first try and cut back and forth across the crashing wave. I imagined it would look like the GoPro videos, with me inside a curling tube of water.

Imagination is a funny thing.

Let’s just say it was two days before I was even able to stand up on the board and catch a wave. I felt like the most unathletic and awkward person on the planet.

One thing I noticed during the week was that not far from the shore there was a slight undertow that would slowly pull me down the beach away from where my family was playing.…

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Don’t Scratch the Itch!

Itch 2All people are tempted. There is no one that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot. – Henry Ward Beecher

I found this article from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and I absolutely love it. It talks about avoiding those urges that keep us from getting the things done that we need to. Enjoy!

Don’t Scratch the Itch

One thing I learned from a week-long bout with poison oak … is a lot about itches.

I’ve become somewhat of a minor expert on itches.

I’ve learned to watch the itch and not scratch it.

Now, why  is that useful or even noteworthy? Because if you can learn to not scratch an itch, you can do anything.

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Are You Better Today Than Yesterday? 7 Ways to Always Answer “Yes!”

Better than YesterdayI believe the purpose of life comes down to three words: constant forward progress. We exist to improve ourselves and improve the world around us. So the questions that should be asked at the end of every day include:

What did I accomplish today?

What experiences did I have that I can learn from?

Who did I meet today and what did I learn about them?

Am I any better today than I was yesterday?

Better than Before 2If you can’t answer positively to some of those questions at the end of every day, maybe you need to start stretching yourself a little bit. The world and society we live in are designed to work like a machine where all of the moving parts do the same thing every day without complaining and without wearing out.…

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The Roads of Boston – 4 Tricks for Developing Better Habits

Boston_MaWhen I was a teenager my dad took me on a history trip to Boston. As we navigated our way through the streets looking for different historical landmarks I was amazed at the random pattern of the streets. They seemed to branch off in nonsensical directions in no uniform pattern. This was hard on me because back home in Mesa, Arizona the streets were on a grid. Every street ran east-west or north-south so it was easy to find everything and almost impossible to get lost or turned around.

After a long day of taking unwanted detours and retracing our steps, we asked the concierge in the hotel how anybody got around in the city. He smiled and said, “You know, I have a lot of people ask me that question.…

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6 Forgotten Truths About Time

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One of the greatest indicators of personal success is how well we manage our time.

This morning I received an e-mail from a friend, Dr. Jerry Simon, that complied a couple of different, well-known, thoughts about time. I don’t know the original authors of each thought but I like the way they work together in this post. Enjoy!

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank…time.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as “lost” whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can’t hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it.

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Carving the Canyon: 4 Strategies for Improving Your Habits

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     A few weeks ago I got to be a chaperone for my son’s 4th grade trip to the Grand Canyon. I’ll say this, controlling a group of 10 year-old boys as they hike along the side of a few 1000 ft. cliffs added it’s fair share of grey hairs to my head. But we all survived and had a great time.

     On the long bus ride home I had time to reflect on what we had seen during the day and I began see a correlation between the Grand Canyon and our personal habits. I know that sounds strange but that’s just the way my brain works. At least it makes for interesting blogging.

    Anyway, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon flows the mighty Colorado River.…

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Mind Control Tricks of Successful People

mind_controlOne Sunday afternoon a crowd of people went to watch an Oakland Raiders game. During the second quarter, 5 different people came to the infirmary feeling ill and vomiting. The doctor on staff found that most of them were sitting in one end of the stadium. Suspecting food poisoning, he had security shut down the concessions stands on that side of the building and had stadium officials make a public announcement over the loud speakers instructing fans not to visit concession stands in that area due to the possibility of food poisoning.

Before long, almost 200 people from that part of the stadium came to the infirmary feeling sick and showing other symptoms of food poisoning. The staff began sending people over to the hospital for treatment when the doctor made a discovery.…

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The 8 Amazing Habits of Abraham Lincoln

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One of my favorite figures in all of world history is Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. Much has been written about him lately: his childhood, his presidency, his assassination (his days as a Vampire hunter). I love just about everything about him. From his upbringing as a farmer in Indiana and Illinois, to his pursuit of education and becoming a lawyer, to his time serving as the President. I don’t think another man serving in that office before or since has had to lead the country through such an enormous constitutional, military and moral crisis. In my humble opinion, he was maybe the greatest type of leader.

Lincoln had a number of habits that I believe set him apart and prepared him for the incredible burdens he bore while in office.…

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48 Ways to Get Your Life in Order

48 Ways to Get Your Life in Order

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This is an article by guest writer Mark Foo, author of The 77 Traits of Highly Successful People.

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of chaos in your life. As Albert Einstein once stated, “Three rules of work: out of clutter find simplicity, from discord find harmony, in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Unexpected challenges are what make us stronger, so don’t avoid them. Keep in mind the following 48 tips and you’ll be able to streamline your life and get back on track moving forward.

  1. Recycle old papers that are filling drawers in your house. If you’re anything like me, you have drawers overflowing with old receipts, junk mail, records, and notes to myself. Get rid of all of this. Invest in a paper shredder to reduce clutter and maintain privacy.

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