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Building Your House Brick by Brick

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What would you be willing to sacrifice now to build something that would vastly improve your future?

How long would you have the patience to prepare before you saw any results?

I recently spent 10 days in the Dominican Republic doing dental work for impoverished people with no access to care. While I was there with my team, we talked to a man named Jairol who was born and raised in the area we were serving. Jairol told us that a major goal for any Dominican family was to one day own a house made out of blocks or bricks. DR Wood house

A block house has the benefit of greater protection and stability. The wind and rain don’t come through the walls and you don’t have to worry about it being blown over during a tropical storm. …

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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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Ready…Aim…Failure!

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We’ve all heard the instructions for shooting a gun: “Ready, Aim, Fire!”

Many life coaches or motivational speakers will teach people that the road to success is all about getting ready, aiming at your goal, and then going straight for it.

The problem is, they are wrong.

Life doesn’t work that way and neither does the pursuit of success or happiness.

Life works a lot more like a laser-guided missile where it is fired towards a target and then it is constantly re-aiming and adjusting its path around obstacles until it hits the target.

Yes, it is important to be prepared and it is important to have your goal in your sight, but rarely is that path a direct line without any setbacks. Constant adjusting and course correcting are needed when obstacles arise in order to achieve your goals.…

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It’s the 4th Quarter, Time to Step Up!

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This is it! October is here and it is the start of the 4th quarter for 2013. Remember those goals you set back in January…? Seems like a long time ago doesn’t it?

As we enter the fourth quarter, the government of America is shutting down because of an inability to act, but you don’t have to!

Cam Newton, Nate AllenHave no fear, there is still time to do great things! Did you know that on average 40% of the points scored in an NFL game come in the 4th quarter? That doesn’t make sense does it? If every player is a professional and giving a 100% effort from the start to the finish of a game, the breakdown should be 25% of the points in each of the four quarters.…

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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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Motivated Monday – Hoe to the End of the Row

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Today’s Motivated Monday poem is all about work and giving a little bit more effort than what is required. In his book 212 Degrees, Mac Anderson talks about how at 211 degrees, water is very hot but at 212 degrees water boils and makes steam…and steam can power a locomotive.

Most times the difference between good and great is just a little extra effort. The difference between first and second place may be less than a second. So when you read this poem, think about how that extra effort can translate into bigger success.

Enjoy!

Kris

Hoe to the End of the Row!

Bill Brown made a million,
Bill Brown, think of that.
That boy you remember,
As poor as a rat.

He hoed for the neighbors,
Did jobs by the day.…

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20 Reasons Why Intelligent People Fail

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This is a really interesting list from Robert Sternberg’s book,

In Search of the Human Mind

1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.

2. Lack of impulse control. Habitual impulsiveness gets in the way of optimal performance. Some people do not bring their full intellectual resources to bear on a problem but go with the first solution that pops into their heads.

3. Lack of perserverance and perseveration. Some people give up too easily, while others are unable to stop even when the quest will clearly be fruitless.…

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The Two Most Important Things You Can Control

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What can we really control in life?

Individually, we can’t control the economy, the weather, the performance of our favorite sports team, or the actions of other people. They happen whether we like it or not.

Everything that we can control comes from within. There are two major factors we can control that will lead to greater success and achievement.
We decide how to utilize these factors every single day.

#1. Attitude

Our attitude is purely our own choice. No matter what people say or do to us, we have the decision of how we will react. Some people choose to just have a bad attitude about almost everything. You buy them a cake and they complain about the frosting. They get a raise and promotion and they complain about the increase in responsibility.

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The Success Auction: How Much Would You Pay?

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“Bidding will start at $100 for this next item. Do I hear $100?”

A number of hands rose up and the auction was under way. The bidding started off in a frenzy as everybody looked to get the object for a low price.

“$150, thank you sir. $200 to the lady in the yellow hat. $250? Yes, thank you young man.”

The price climbed steadily higher and higher. As the price rose it started to eliminate the people who decided they didn’t want to pay that much to win.

Within minutes the auctioneer found that he had to work much harder to get bidders.

“The bid is at $1100, do I hear $1100? It is a bargain at this price ladies and gentlemen. Thank you madam!”

“$1200 then.…

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