Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Opportunities are always there

People are always looking for that next big thing and waiting to jump all over it. Trying to find that get rich quick scheme and retire early. We think that opportunities are only going to come in this prepackaged box or it's going to be so big we can't miss it. But opportunities are always there and in every size. It's the people that take the time to respond to that email, be friendly and ask questions who get the breaks. They are always listening, asking and aware of their ever changing environment. Winning the game is mostly staying in the game and never giving up. I use to think that to get my work done or get a head I needed certain things in place, or I needed to live in a certain area for it to be possible. I always felt that where I was and what I had was stopping me from getting ahead. Only if I lived where the things where happening and only if I could buy that thing everybody else had. Those are excuses that were stopping me, not my situation. We are capable of greatness from anywhere at anytime, we just need to want it and believe it. A lot of times the greatest things that happen to us just happen without us even noticing. And we only notice after we go chasing something bigger, only later to look back and see what we left behind. It's always hard to pass on great opportunities in favor of others that don't seem so great. But it's even harder to chase the wrong one and wish you could go back.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Success is Planed

As much as people talk about good / bad luck, in the end it's us who bring it on ourselves. When you land that great new job it's because of the things you've done to get there. You got good grades, took the right classes, meet the right people and just focused on seeing yourself there.

I read Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell and at first I really felt disappointed by the book and how it said nothing is by chance. If we look at the greatest people in each business, sport or whatever there is a clear history of events that lead them to be great. Looking back this makes sense but it doesn't give up hope for people like myself. What I learned is that you need to always be thinking about where you want to go and doing everything you can to get there. If I want to be a hockey player then I play hockey non stop. If I want to great in business then I need to be reading, meeting the right people, and completely put myself in that life.

I read a blog this morning from this guy Darren Hardy called "It Doesn't Just Happen" it's a great read and this one line really stuck out to me: Everything in one’s life is in direct proportion to the attention, effort and importance given to it.

The difference between good and bad luck is how bad you want something. We always see stories of people that beat all odds to rise up and get what they want. And we also see people that have it all and then loose it. If you want it you have to make it happen.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Making Stuff Happen

I did a quick google for quotes about "Making Stuff Happen" and I found this site with a ton of great quotes. I've been writing more about trusting yourself, gut feelings and all that stuff, but in the end you still have to act on those feelings in order to move forward. Nobody gets anywhere by standing still, and you can't go somewhere that you don't know where you want to go. So you need to make a choice and act on it

And that's why this quote is so awesome because once you put your mind to something, it well become true. As long as you focus on it and always work towards that choice. I've seen this too many times over and over again. Where people make the impossible possible simply by choosing to believe and to never give up.

I love this one because if you think about all the day when the impossible has happened to you or you just seen something crazy, it makes you think that anything is possible and it's possible at any moment. Time doesn't wait for the perfect moment, it juts happens.

If you don't make things happen then things will happen to you.
Robert Collier

Out of all the quotes this is the one that puts into perspective. It's up to you to make your own future and to grab the opportunities. Or better yet to make your own opportunities. Life is what you make of it so what not work to make it what you want it to be.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Forget the excuses

"Today can be a day full of excuses and regrets, or it can be a day full of progress and achievement. The choice is completely up to you." - Ralph Marston - Daily Motivator

The choice is yours, always yours. I hate hearing people say, "You're making me do this". We each live our own life and we control our own life. I know I write this a lot but it's so true. So this is my first blog since making my own big choice, and here I am happy of the choice I made. It was tough to make and everybody else told me to do it, but my gut told me no. And in the end it's my life and my own choice to make. I know other great opportunities will present themselves to me and some already have.

I just watched the A-Team movie (loved it), and I love Hannibal's quote:

I believe, no matter how random things may appear, there's still a plan,”

because live is not chance and the things that happen to us are of our own doing, so we need to embrace each moment and learn from each lesson. Things happen for a reason and if we learn from them then we'll always be moving forward in the direction we are suppose to, as long as we live our life right and make our own choices.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Trusting Yourself

I've been presented with some very tough choices in the last while, once I never thought I'd have to make. These are choices that anybody would love to be presented with, and I know what most people would choose. But I guess I'm not normal.

I few years back I bought my Mother a book, Trusting Yourself by Mary Jane Ryan, and in true form I read it before I sent it to her (I hate to give a book I've never read myself). From this book I learned that we are our own persons and we make our own choices. We each have that little voice that is always telling us what we should be doing, even when it goes against everything that we think. But there is the difference, thinking vs. feeling. I'm not a emotional person but I do know when my gut is telling me what I should be doing.

I'm writing this before I actual make the decision and I'm publishing it after, so I can only hope I follow through. But regardless, even if I go with what I think is right, I still did it on my own. I beleive in myself and I have people around me that beleive in me, which is all we need to always win.

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” — Benjamin Spock

The purpose of this blog is to show that we should always follow our instincts and trust yourself. I've always found that just going with your first instinct is always the right choice, and all time does when making a choice is helping you change your mind and help you justify why you should do what you think and not what you know.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


One thing I hate most is people that say "You're making me do this" or "You made me do it".

You ALWAYS have a choice!!!

We can always change our minds, we can always take a different path, we can choose to keep our mouth shut or our hands in our pockets. Or we can choose to help or get involved. The choice is our own and nobody else. Once we realize that we are the ones that choose what we do any every situation then it opens our eyes to see life in a different light -- Our possibilities are endless. Letting others control our choices is like letting others control our future and we are being held back from what we really want and can do. Once that chain is broken life becomes more fun, more exciting and our own.

It's your life to live, so why would you want anybody else to tell you how to live it.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010


"By doing what you must do, you learn what you can do. By learning what you can do, you raise your expectations." - The Daily Motivator

It's crazy when you are presented with a situation in life that is outside your norm, and you conquer it. The feeling of doing something that is not normal to you and being good at is such an amazing thing. This simple concept was never something I knew much about until one day we decided to start our own company. That act in itself a big step outside the comfort zone, but being self employeed and providing for my family has put me in more uncomfortable situations than I can think of.

"It's comfortable to stick with what you know. Yet the time will come when just doing what you already know you can do won't be sufficient." - The Daily Motivator

The biggest lesson is learning to trust yourself in any situation and knowing you are capable of almost anything. We are people living in the same world and sharing the same experiences. Any of us are capable of doing great things, as long as we are willing to try them.

We should never wait for those uncomfortable situations to find us, but we should be out finding them and putting ourselves in them. We reach an age where we feel we are grownup, but in each of us there is so much more growing we can do.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

There's always a way

"When it's something you truly wish to do, there's a way to get it done. There's a way to cut through all the objections, obstacles and excuses, and to make it happen." From The Daily Motivator

I'm always very careful of what I focus my mind. I feel that as soon as I put my attention to something then that thing quickly becomes reality. Example would be me wanting a Jeep again. I would drive by everyday but I could force myself to not think about how much I wanted one, and that worked perfectly for 3 years. The once I knew the time was right for me to get one, I opened my mind to think about getting it and owing it. And within less than 30 days I had the Jeep I wanted.

The power of the mind and attraction are strong and everybody has it. We all make our own futures and lives from what we do, think and feel. That's why it's so important to always be positive and never focus on the negative. Life is too short not to have fun and it's way to short to always be living in the past. When a mistake is made the best option is to learn and move forward, every time.

The hardest part in getting what I want, for me, is knowing what it is I want. But once I know there is nothing that stops me from getting it.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Transform Sadness Into Motivation

"You can easily and naturally transform sadness into motivation. You can transform the regrets into powerful and unstoppable determination." Found @ The Daily Motivator

I'm personally going through some hard business issues right now and I read this today and it made me stop feeling sorry for myself. It opened my eyes to realize that there are no mistakes only lessons to learn from. All the looking back to the past, feeling sorry, getting angry are just forms of emotion I can easily transform into positive ones.

My focus is to look at how I can improve the situation with the resources I have and the things I know now. I can use the motivation to never let it happen again to improve every aspect of my business and life. By always having those lessons in my mind I can better avoid those from happening again.

Life isn't about regretting or "what ifs" it's about living, loving and enjoying every moment you have. No matter what the outcome I'm still here and that in itself is gift to be treasured.

Time is more valuable than money. Because you can always make more money but you can never make more time. It's a hard thing to sallow when there are large amounts of money to be lost but I would rather loose that money than the time I could spend worrying about it.

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