Helping Business Owners who feel unfulfilled with the status quo in their life and business create change. Life is too short to settle for mediocrity!
@BiggSuccess @Ali_Davies@PointA_PointBThat is the thing my uncle always stressed. The risk must be calculated. I think it is a really important distinction to make because there is so much noise out there telling business owners to take more risks without including this important point. I remember reading an article once by Richard Branson that went along similar lines that anything other than a calculated risk is just gambling with your business.
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@PointA_PointB @Ali_DaviesCatherine, his advice is even more poignant now as he has incurable cancer. He is also the person who taught me that "life is too short to settle for mediocrity."
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Something that has always stuck with me since I was younger is something my Uncle Chris said to me "life and business isn't about taking risks, it is about knowing which risks to take." That advice has served me well through the years and helped me keep focussed on calculated risks versus just taking risks.
My three words are experiment, simplicity and relationships. My phrase is "stepping up and being bold" - a phrase I used a few years back that served me well so I am re-instating it as a permanent fixture in my life and business.
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When the brown stuff hits the fan there is always an opportunity lurking in there somewhere.
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@Sandi Amorim Gosh, don't ask me that Sandi - we will be here for hours!!! Will just pick a couple from major changes this year - living in Vancouver and starting to homeschool our son. And on the business front - being self employed which gives me the freedom to change my focus when I want (major biz change just being born!!)
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Really enjoyed reading your list Sandi. Based on your comment below re 67 and 69, I am a brave soul!!!!!
I read your post with interest as our 9 year old son left traditional bricks and mortar school yesterday to follow a self designed educational path to match who he is as a person and how he learns best and to follow his passions and interests. A journey of experimentation and adventure ahead which we are very excited about. Looking forward to seeing how your journey unfolds too.
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As I read your post this quote jumped to mind-> "The aim of an argument or discussion should not be
victory, but progress." - Joseph Joubert. Am thinking the world might be a lot better place if this was a standard more people held themselves to.
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I think you hit the nail on the head early on in your post when you say it is about habits. Creating intentional habits with strong boundaries around them. Gadgets aren't the problem. Lack of self discipline and intentional use is the problem
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@Diana Schneidman I agree Diana. When to-do lists are driven by vision they become very powerful. It is to-do lists driven by day to day noise that are the problem. Stephen Covey's book "first things first" offers some great food for thought on this topic
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@Unmana I'm in
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@Word Ninja I do that too. I do it annually. I find it acts like a compass to keep me heading in the direction of what is most important.
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@jasonkonopinski I like that Jason. For me, there is just life. Everything else in life is an activity. To use your word, how we blend those activities to achieve a meaningful and fulfilling life is the challenge. And I think that is were the design focus comes in.
Always good to meet another paper and pen fan. I think the benefits of using paper and pen for all sorts of things is highly underrated. I am a raving paper and pen fan. Use it for organising myself, business planning, meetings and even my diary is a paper one.
I think chasing the outdated and mythical concept of work life balance is so last century. I suspect the quest for balance in itself is part of the problem. For me, I prefer to substitute "balance" with "design." Far better to design the life you want based on your values, what is most important to you and you own definition of success and design life and work around that. I love my work and business. But I want it to serve and protect what I value more - not balance with it.
We have faced quite a bit of adversity over the last few years with Mr D suffering serious health issues that spanned over 5 years (including two situations that were potentially life threatening). Two things we found really powerful during this time were taking a back to basics approach to life and work. We often over complicate life unnecessarily and stripping everything back, simplifying and gonig back to basics helpsenormously. The second thing was having a string self care programme. In the face of adversity it is easy to neglect yourself but that only makes things harder. Prioritising a self care programme really helps navigate the storms of prolonged periods of adversity.
I am abig believer that mindset does play a big part too.
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Happy birthday to the whole Spin Sucks team. And thanks for the reminder that this whole blogging malarkey is a process that keeps on evolving, consistently - as do we.
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@caroljsroth @Ali_Davies Wow, that really surprises me Carol. Did they elaborate on why they want to look like a celebrity? Am curious as to why that is important to some folks. Maybe my naivety knows no bounds because not sure why being seen as a celebrity is something to aspire too and alter your behaviour to achieve (whether on twitter or any other form)
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Why I Follow so Damn Many People on Twitter
Always interesting to see different folks approach to twitter and how they choose to use it. Thanks for sharing yours. And for me that is the bottom line - personal choice. None of us know, unless we are specifically told by an individual, why they follow a shed load of people or why they choose to follow just a few. Saying "I am secure with who I am: I guess some people think that it
makes them look more important or cool or something to have lots of
followers and only follow a few back" is one option. MAybe some do. But there is, of course, a whole load of other possibilities. As someone who currently doesn't follow many people on twitter, I can say that it isn't to make me look more important or cool. My purpose on twitter currently is maybe just different from someone who follows loads. There is no right or wrong way to use twitter - just personal choice (I would caviat that with saying as long is it isn't used in a way to hurt others or is offensive). I think we all need to avoid casting judgement on people and making assumptions about them based on how many people they follow and the choices they make that might be different to ours.