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Creating A Climate Of Creative Discontent

December 27, 2011 • By

Have you ever looked at someone who seemed to be living a charmed life?  It appears that everything this person touches is pre-ordained to turn into gold and from outside appearances such luck seems to be unwarranted.

On the other hand, there’s another person who never seems to catch a break.  After attempting several ventures it soon becomes apparent that if it wasn’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.

It would be difficult not to become discouraged.  From outward appearances this person has the misfortune of walking around with the proverbial black cloud overhead.

Now imagine that these two glaringly different people have the same background, education and for all intents and purposes the same opportunities in life.  How does one explain such a disparate outcome?  There is one important difference; one of the two is never satisfied with the status quo.READ MORE


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Facing The Fear Of Success Head On

May 23, 2011 • By

“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.” – Robert Collier

Most people recognize the term fear of failure, where some one might be reticent to attempt a task because somewhere deep down inside they fear that they might fail.  Rather than venture into a hopeless situation, they will rationalize that the smart thing to do is to not bother at all.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained; but no chance of failure either.  Then, there’s another dynamic where some people fear what success may bring to them.  It sounds counter intuitive; don’t we all want to succeed?  Isn’t there always that burning desire to grab the brass ring, to come out on top, to be the best that you can be?  First,  let’s define what is required to become successful:

  • Success requires effort.  While looks and luck admittedly can get you some currency in this life, it takes hard work and effort to reach the finish line.  At some point, you must produce something tangible and meaningful and bullshit can be seen from a mile away.  Nothing that we truly value is won without setting specific goals and trying our best to achieve them.
  • Success requires accountability and responsibility.  To whom much is given, much is required.  No longer will you be able to live along the periphery of life.  Others will be looking at you, toward you…for guidance and leadership.  If you do not have enough faith in yourself to believe that you have the qualifications or the commitment to follow through on what is expected of you, you will fail.  Being accountable isn’t a bad thing.  It allows us to grow and become better human beings who consider the well-being of others as well as ourselves.  It makes you want to come out from the shadows and step up to the plate so that you can be an example to others seeking to follow a similar path.

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