Invictus

I watched the movie Invictus the other day.  What a powerful and inspiring movie!  In one scene Nelson Mandela describes to François Pienaar, the rugby team captain and leader, a poem he used to endure the hardest of days in prison and to rise up to the life he ultimately led.  Phrases and words hit home to me during the movie but not until after when I read the entire poem did I really see what it meant. Your Ideal Life comes from rising above your current situation to become more than you currently see for yourself.  This may be …

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Training In Paradise

Tales from the Tropics continues with my return to the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos after 15 years.  Once upon a time this was a quiet, relatively unknown paradise with an amazing stretch of beach that went on for miles and miles with a few resorts and beach front homes sporadically situated along it shores.  The roads were few and the paved ones were fewer but it had all that was needed for an island getaway.  On top of that it had some of the best wall diving anywhere.  Things change in 15 years.  The beach is still …

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Sacrifice

Sacrifice.  The critical element to entrepreneurial success…or is it?  I read an article recently written about what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur.  The factor they listed as THE most important was sacrifice.  Unfortunately they painted a picture of the life of an entrepreneur as a life of sacrifice.  Even more unfortunate was that I was at an event recently with graduating entrepreneurs about to set out into the world to make a difference in their own unique ways and in talking with several of them FEAR that they were about to head out into a life of sacrifice …

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The Emerging Path

Freedom.  Are you free?  In business this is what most of us actually desire.  It’s true More money, promotion, a higher rate, and more clients are some of the things we think will deliver what we want but that thinking can be flawed.  What we hope to gain from these achievements is freedom.  The way I like to describe it is “having the freedom FROM your business and career to do what you want, when you want, and with whom you want while your business remains highly sustainable and actually grows even when you are not there.”  How many actually …

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Resolutions Again!

Did you make New Year’s resolutions again this year? If so you’re not alone.  Every year at this time of year an all to common occurrence happens.  It starts with this year I really resolve to … in the middle it might describe dieting, losing weight, starting an exercise program, joining a gym, stopping smoking, decreasing stress, being happier, getting a raise or a new job, starting a business, saving money and on and on and on.  Making resolutions again usually concludes with this time I really mean it.  This time it will be different. The most common resolutions are lifestyle related.  …

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