The high price of avoidance

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009 It’s unfortunate, but most people tend to avoid doing the things which will have the biggest impact on their lives. We’ve been taught since childhood to be careful, to avoid failure, and to stay away from danger. We’ve become conditioned to steer clear of conflict and problems and to avoid threats to our sense of self. But avoidance comes with a price. All worthy goals in life require us to try something new, to explore unknown territory, to …
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Leave work at work

My father taught me to work, but he did not teach me to love it. Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865 A while back, my daughter shared a satirical article from The Onion that had a strong element of truth to it. The article states that health experts observed immediate and lasting changes in mood and stress levels when people stood up at their desks a single time, then left the office forever. While the story is funny, it highlights the fact that many people are very unhappy at work. This unhappiness frequently ends up bleeding into the rest of their lives, affecting …
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When you must win

Life does not give itself to one who tries to keep all its advantages at once. Leon Blum 1872 – 1950 In 210 B.C., a Chinese commander named Xiang Yu was leading his forces against the Qin dynasty. They had crossed the Yangtze River and were preparing for battle. Xiang Yu ordered all the boats sunk or burned, told the men to gather three days of provisions each and then ordered all the cooking pots destroyed. He told his troops they would battle to victory or death. Xiang Yu didn’t want his troops to believe they had the option to …
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