Excuses! Excuses!

One of the greatest hindrances in making any progress in life, business or personal, is our lamentable habit of making excuses for ourselves! Whether it's a pain in the head, a pain in your heart, or that eternal pain in the butt (!), we almost always have a good reason - and probably several - for why we did not live up to our potential, or achieve the success that we felt we deserved. However, the sorry fact of the matter is this. Excuses are just excuses, and what was left unachieved remains unachieved. Maybe the excuses make you feel better for a while, and they help you save face in front of other people. However, in the depths of the night, when you are all by yourself and have time to ponder at leisure about all that might have been... what about then?

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How One Book Can Change Your Life!….

One book can change your life. I remember when I worked for a major investment bank. They had just had a staff reshuffle. I survived it because I had only just joined the place as a trainee a mere two months earlier. All the people who had hired me were now gone, and I was left at a loose end. Anyway, I found a book that interested me. It was about the whole science/art of forecasting financial markets by using price charts. So I asked the company to buy it for me, and they did. The book cost about $25. I studied it and liked what I read.....

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Terror, Terrorism & Sep 11th

Just after september 11th 2001, I wrote some articles that, with the benefit of hindsight, almost read like prophecies! They were highly unpopular with a large number of my ezine's readership then. Then again, America was in a state of total denial at the time. I think the following years have brought forth a lot more understanding of the role of Cause & Effect in world events, and of the so-called Terrorism going on. . So I doubt that my comments are quite as "offensive" as they seemed then. Time and recent events have brought a lot of people around to many of the sentiments I expressed in the first article. Please note that it was written before Iraq, Afganistan, or the present morbid absorption with Terrorism that the world seems caught up with today. But I warned about a lot of what was to come FIVE YEARS ago. Read for yourself and then come back and post your thoughts here...

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The Terrorist Granny….

60-year old in-flight granny panics with claustrophobia! Next thing.. she's handcuffed! Suspicious "notes" are found, two F-16 fight jets are scrambled (just in case the plane needs to be shot down), flight gets diverted, delayed on tarmac for hours, sniffer dogs checking everyone's baggage. And the whole thing makes it onto worldwide TV. Didn't do much for her claustrophobia, I guess.

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Friendship

Friendship was an important aspect of my life this past week, from helping a neighbor assemble a planter/garden arch and plant flowers to surprise his wife, to connecting with former coworkers at a corporate function to which I was invited. To tell the truth, I was a bit surprised by an “Ah-ha!” moment about the strength and duration of friendships, past and present, and these are the thoughts I share with you.

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How To Develop Absolute Courage

Courage is the backbone of man. The man with courage has persistence. He states what he believes and puts it into execution. The courageous man has confidence. He draws to himself all the moral qualities and mental forces which go to make up a strong man. Whereas, the man without courage draws to himself all the qualities of a weak man, vacillation, doubt, hesitancy, and unsteadiness of purpose. You can therefore see the value of concentration on courage. It is a most vital element of success.

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