How comfortable are you?

I don’t like to be out of my comfort zone, which is about a half an inch wide. Larry David 1947 – Most people live their lives inside fairly well-defined boundaries. They determine the scope of their comfort zone and rarely stray beyond those borders. And as people age, their comfort zone tends to shrink: they stop trying new things and spend more and more time on activities that are familiar and comfortable. Unfortunately, you can’t grow as a person when you’re maintaining the status quo. Growth only comes through challenges and change – conditions that don’t exist in a …
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How big is your circus?

Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems. Scott Adams 1957 – Recently, my daughter introduced me to a wonderful Polish saying that many of us should take to heart. The phrase captures a wealth of wisdom in its few words: “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” The essence of the phrase is simple: the situation at hand isn’t yours to manage; it’s someone else’s problem. But the truth is, a lot of us go out of our way to take on other people’s problems. So why do we get involved with …
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The study of 4,000

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. Seneca 4 B.C – 65 A.D. A few years back, Dr. Gerald Bell, a business school professor at the University of North Carolina, conducted a study of 4,000 retired executives. The average age of this group was 70. He asked them just one question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?” Before you read the responses, take a moment to think about this question: when you’re past the …
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