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There was a furniture store in a city next to our town that had a sign, "FINAL SALE-CLOSING SOON" for years. They never closed and and until they did, it wasn't their final sale.
And when they eventually closed down and a new furniture shop moved in, the people can't believe that they were gone.
What you say you will do matters most. It matters to your customers, to the public at large, and to anyone who cares to know.
If you tell them that you're closing, or hiring, firing, downsizing or doing a strategic planning, please take the time to do it well and within the time you committed.
Or else, it's just going to be fake news.
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We are all destined to progress from one step to another.
Yet this destiny or destination is not well explored by a lot of people because that next step is over-analyzed, overthought, and under-taken.
We debate, try to justify our next moves with excuses, and then after all the talking, the action part is less stellar.
There is no tutor, mentor, or coach for stalling progress. If you don't get the tough love from them, fire them away and get someone more strict and that should be YOU!
Personal accountability goes hand-in-hand with public accountability. You can't rely on the faceless crowd to power up your discipline. It comes from within.
The distance between your thoughts and your actions should be very narrow. If this is not the case, you won't get anything accomplished or end up with more failure work to your disadvantage.
What are moving to progress today? If it's just making your bed and cleaning the house, great! And if more than 50% of your today's priorities, well done!
It's not the volume of the action, it's taking advantage of the compounding benefits of acting now that will do you good.
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I have been volun-told and volun-steered in many ways in the communities that I navigate. At first, I am very open to the idea provided it suits my interest, talent, time, and engagement methods. Other than that, aside from what I do on a main basis, I just want to enjoy my time leisurely.
Recently, being asked to do this and that is something that I have to look closer and with more awareness that I can't possibly commit to many things and then drop them one by one.
My experience in my last volunteer advisory role was like punching your way through too many intelligent people in the room all the time. These are great people with great ideas but execution and really being common sensical is a mile a way. My contrarian position irked a lot of people (I wasn't a favorite!) and this is the risk we all take when were not sycophants. Sharing a different and vital perspective should be welcomed but people can be overly sensitive and enamored by their own views too much. If this is the environment, I might as well read a good book or play with my daughter in the playground or watch My Little Pony with her. Stumping mushrooms on the ground is fun too.
I don't want to be volun-shoved and volun-steered in the wrong direction. They might as well be barking on the wrong tree.
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This Thanksgiving Month, I've going to debunk the common myth about success and achievement. You didn't get lucky and you shouldn't thank that the stars aligned in the right time you were in that place.
It's the result of your own efforts, planning, faith, strategy, and perseverance- being in the right room, at the right time, with the right crowd.
There are many countless people that are supporting and enabling you, conscious to you and/or not, since your were in Kindergarten.
There are also many people that serves as your inspiration and challenge when you're faltering and starting to waiver in your commitment.
There are loved ones that care enough to loan their monies without the expectation of return when your first start-up was launching or you need further education.
You have tremendous amounts of ideas and sometimes talent that are enough to serve a sizable market.
There are opportunities that just opened because of political, societal, economic, and communities coming together and doing something about these issues.
There are people that you turn when you felt dejected, isolated, and need an ego boost.
If you see the value in your resume, that means your past and future employers see the best in you before you even believe that in yourself.
The truth of the matter is that luck is best served on a hot plate with rice and teriyaki chicken on top.
Don't ever believe your lucky, believe that you can always achieve when you make it happen.