Daily Quote


You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.

-Paulo Coelho

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Quote of the day


It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.

-Bruce Lee

The American dream


An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.

“How long did it take you to catch them?” the American asked.

“Only a little while” the Mexican replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” the American then asked.

“I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs” the Mexican said.

“But” the American then asked, “What do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said: “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American scoffed: “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds you could buy a bigger boat and, with the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked: “But senor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied: “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?”

The American laughed and said: “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you would announce an IPO – an Initial Public Offering – and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.”

“Millions, senor? Then what?”

The American said slowly: “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”

Early bird


The saying goes the early bird catches the worm. This is TRUE, if you have an idea run with it because you can be sure that if you drop the ball your competition will pick it up and run.

But don’t rest on your laurels, your opponents will be watching to see where your weaknesses lie, just waiting to exploit them for their own gain.

So the moral of this post is, you have an idea, nuture it, develop it, expand it. Help turn it into something great, do not be afraid to adapt it, get outside help if needed and keep an eye on the competitor activity out there.

We all have the ability to be great but only if we believe in ourselves.

Stay hungry and don’t be afraid to go that extra proverbial mile.

Now go make your mark

Are you in the right career?


Here’s an article that will interest you if you’re looking to make a change. It’s by Kathleen Gage,
a keynote speaker and business advisor.
Take it away Kathleen:
Ever wonder if you are in the right career? If you are like most people you have. Did you know that 80% of people are currently misemployed? They are either underemployed, not happy with their current position or not fairly compensated for their skill and/or function set. If so many people are misemployed, why do they stay in their current situation? Why do they not take the necessary steps to move into something that will be fulfilling and something they can look forward to doing every day – a situation they can truly be proud of?
The following are some of the most common reasons:

  • Complacency
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of change
  • Not knowing what their options are
  • Don’t want to give up the familiar, no matter how uncomfortable the familiar is
  • Staying within their comfort zone
  • No time to search for something new
  • They just don’t know how to make a change
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of success (they may actually get what they dreamed of)
  • They fear the job search is more frustrating than their current unsatisfactory job
  • Not knowing where to begin
    How often have we heard others give these reasons for not moving out of an unpleasant situation? How often have we said this to ourselves if we are actually misemployed? Imagine looking back over your life and saying, “I wish I would have done it differently.”
    So often in life, it is not what we do that we regret, rather what we don’t do that we regret the most. Things like not making a change when we knew a change was in order, or not taking the appropriate steps to move into a situation that would lend itself to a more fulfilling life both personally and professionally.
    If you or anyone you know are looking to make a career change, the following steps will help to make a smoother transition and find the courage to make that shift:
    1. Evaluate your current situation
  • 2. Decide you are ready to change
  • 3. Give yourself a timeframe for making the change
  • 4. Get excited about the change
  • 5. Become enlightened about your own values and realize you are worth a great situation
  • 6. Decide what kind of career would truly make you happy
  • 7. Determine what would bring you fulfillment
  • 8. Believe you deserve it
  • 9. Be willing to put time and effort into you transition
  • 10. Have a plan of action
  • 11. Take action on a daily basis
  • 12. Consult with people who have been successful in their own career shift
  • 13. Be willing to invest in yourself
  • 14. Work with a coach to keep you motivated
  • 15. Go after what you want
    Most of all – be willing to acknowledge that life is not a dress rehearsal, this is the real thing. When you look back over your life are you going to wish you had it to do all over and you had taken risks to move you into situation that would bring a deep level of satisfaction to you and your loved ones? The reality is that when we are in a career that brings us a deep sense of satisfaction, all those around us benefit from the fact that we are more fully present in life rather than constantly talking about wishing things would change. The truly successful people in life are the ones who are willing to create their happiness on a daily basis with the minute-by-minute actions they take and the thoughts they entertain.