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When you decided on which goals you wanted to achieve this year, did you make an outline of the steps you will take to achieve them? Did you list how you will accomplish your goals, or did you simply write what you want to get done? There is a subtle difference between what and how, yet the critical distinction is part of what determines your success. Continue Reading…

This documentary, Not Business as Usual, explores some of the major trends in business and ethical capitalism. It’s worth watching this hour-length film. See more at Institute B.

A private music instructor, Mrs. Dixon (who retired from teaching in the public schools), told me yesterday her students don’t like to do improvisation. I asked her, why not? She said, “They’re afraid of making a mistake.”

I replied, “It’s hard to make a mistake if you know what key you’re in!”

She said that they just can’t get over messing up. Continue Reading…

So many of us worry about failure, when, in fact, what we should fear more than failure is succeeding at the wrong thing.

Succeeding at the wrong thing? Quote from Jeff Goins

One of my creative project goals (not a resolution) this year is to finish the manuscript for my book The Jack of One Trade. This is the sequel to A Couple with Common Cents. I have the draft of the story complete; I need to work the story through subsequent drafts this year and write the non-fiction (study guide) part to complete the book.

Here’s my goal in proper form: Continue Reading…

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“grandma #1” by flickr user Piotr | cc by 2.0

A year and a half ago I met a local author at a craft show. She is a retired schoolteacher and was selling her series of three children’s books. The books were beautifully done and even included matching bookmarks.

I asked her about the books and why she wrote for children. I quickly looked through one of the stories and complemented her on her work.

Then I asked, “You have three. Will you write more books?”

“No,” she said, “I’m too old for that.” Continue Reading…