Who Told You?

“You can’t have a successful business and a balanced life. You have to choose.”

“You’re not pretty enough.”

“Life is not Disneyland. You can’t have fun all the time.”

“You’re not smart enough.”

“Work is not supposed to be fun.”

“You’re too sick.”

“You’re just a sinner in the hands of an angry God.”

“The only way to make a fortune is by working hard.”

“You’re too young.”

“Sometimes bad things happen and you just can’t find any good in it. It doesn’t mean anything. It is what it is.”

“God doesn’t want you to be rich.”

“You’re too old.”

“You can’t trust anyone.”

“You’re ugly.”

“You’re fat.”

“You’re lazy.”

“Your best days are behind you.”

…and feel free insert your go-to limiting belief here, if I’ve missed it.

Question: who told you this junk?

Seriously.

Who told you?

And why are you still listening to them?

Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, Parkinson’s Disease, and Me

Recently, Robin Williams apparently chose to take his own life. The news hit me so hard that I couldn’t bring myself to write or comment about it for a while. Even had the subject not been so tender for me, I didn’t feel I had anything relevant to say.

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Now, I think I might. [Read more…]

Why The System Is Failing You

The title of this post is intentionally deceptive. It contains a presupposition, that being that the system is in fact failing you.

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The system we are talking about could be the economy, your industry, your job, marriage, church, or fantasy sports league. All these entities are systems. But in this case I am addressing the system we think of as the economy, and specifically as it relates to small business owners and entrepreneurs. [Read more…]

The Anvil Moment

When I was growing up, I loved to watch those Roadrunner vs. Coyote cartoons. They were my favorite Saturday morning cartoons.

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The Coyote, ever the trickster, was always out to “get” the Roadrunner. Coyote came up with all these elaborate schemes to kill “poor little Roadrunner.” [Read more…]

Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life

My wife Lynn and I were having coffee a few mornings ago, discussing the demands and stress young women face when raising kids, working, and caring for their marriage. Now, the days when we had a young child at home, and the unique challenges of that season in life, are long behind us. Our son is 27 years old.

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So why were we talking about it? Lynn has developed a mentoring friendships with some of the young mothers in our church. We are both amazed by the amount of time, energy, and stress these young women shoulder. They are truly amazing, taking pn what appears to me a nearly impossible array of responsibilities. [Read more…]