Overnight Success via the Fast Track

There are two types of people in this world.  Those that believe success is determined by an individual’s hard work, and those that believe it’s a matter of luck.  While there is some merit to both sides (those that were born into certain economic statuses are more apt to enjoy success than those who were not; financially speaking anyway), there’s a common theme about those that tend to be the most successful.

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It turns out that success doesn’t just mean making a bunch of money.  In fact, somewhere in history we got caught up in the notion that those with more money are more successful.  But we also know that being financially successful will often lead to some severe mental illness.

So, how do we combat all of this?  How do we move from the feeling that we’re not successful, to one of being successful, but at the same time recognize the success and prevent the success depression that hits a lot of those at the top?

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Pyle Audio Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

As you may have read, my hobby when I’m not pounding away at the keyboard creating some of the best content on the internet (or practicing my humility), is updating my old house.  My domicile is approaching 70 years old, and while there haven’t been any major issues that have come along, there are quite a few little updates that need to be done to bring her into the 21st century.  I have that original post linked to above, and the latest where I talk about solar panels that were installed last fall.

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From March until October-ish, we love to entertain.  We skip the cold months because the interior of the house is a wee bit tight; not small, just tight.  That means when we can’t get outdoors, the parties turn off (or at least reduce in size).  In order to entertain outdoors properly, you need some music.  Blasting beats out of the built-in speaker on the iPhone just won’t cut it; I needed something with a little more oomph.

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Or Are You a Learner?

When we are born, and through the first few years of our lives, we have an insatiable appetite for learning.  Everything is new; we explore, test, try, and more often than not, fail.  We get right back up, try again, and keep practicing until we are able to master the skill.  But at some point, that switch turns off.  Somewhere along the way, many people stop trying.  They fail once, twice, or a few times and begin to think they simply don’t have the ability.

Are you a failure?

Can you imagine what the world would be like if half of the babies learning to walk gave up after failing 10 times?  They simply thought, “I just wasn’t born a gifted child, there’s no sense in trying because I’ll never master it.”  We would have a few billion adults crawling around the world because they thought they were unable to walk!

What this all boils down to is your mindset.  Specifically, is it fixed or open for growth?

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The Basic Principles of an Honorable Company

I work closely with quite a few small businesses here in Billings.  As I get more and more plugged into the business world, I notice the same thing pop up over and over.  The businesses that succeed have a strong standard of integrity.  They hold this in high regard, and won’t waiver on it (sometimes it means they lose money).  For instance, take a look at this post from Big Sky Collision Center.

During a recent quiet time, a time that I often get ideas for my posts and are usually spurred on by a single verse or two, I read 1 Corinthians 13:6-7.  For those familiar you will recognize that as the love chapter.  For those unfamiliar, it’s quoted below.  The idea, however, is that it doesn’t just apply to love; it also applies to a business that is setting itself up to succeed.

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“it [Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 ESV.
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Success Begins in the Heart

Most of us want to be successful.  I have yet to talk to anyone that said, “I woke up one day and decided to fail.” Or a new high school graduate that said, “My goal in life is to be as mediocre as possible.”  No, we want to be successful, we want to soar and do better than anyone imagined.

Yet many won’t.  Many will end up in the doldrums of life and have achieved that mediocrity that nobody wanted.  They will go to a job they don’t like, to a home without love, drive a car they can’t afford, and overall not be happy with what they have.

Fortunately, the secret to success and happiness is far easier than most imagine.  It’s not a long self-help book that will get you there.  It consists of five simple words.

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“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 ESV

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Are We Losing our Ability to be Creative?

I recently started a new book.  “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman is about a man that’s almost 60 years old.  His wife died recently, and he was recently laid off (forced to retire) from his job.  He is bitter, doesn’t like it when people don’t “follow the rules” however arbitrary they may be, and isn’t too fond of his neighbors.

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While there are a lot of great little one-liners in the book, one stood out especially.  The book describes his morning routine, and how he percolates his coffee each morning rather than buying a latte; and it talks about the value of a hand-written note.  Ove critiques modern culture as having forgotten how to do anything for themselves, and today it’s all “computers and espresso machines.”

I pondered that for a bit.
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Be Still and Wait

Last night my 74 year old dad fell in his bathroom.  For most of us that wouldn’t be a big deal.  But a unique set of circumstances turned this into quite the ordeal.  Because he has had his knee replaced, there is a metal rod that is embedded several inches into the bone in his femur.  That metal rod provided a sturdy structure against which the rest of the bone pivoted, and the result was that the femur snapped in two.

Despite his ailments, he is still tough and strong.  He managed to crawl out of the bathroom, through the bedroom, down the hall, and into the kitchen (probably around 75 feet of crawling).  He pulled himself upright and found his phone to call me.  Long story short, he is now awaiting a pretty big surgery to put his leg back together.

His recent health issues have reminded me of an important verse; a promise that God has given us.

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“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 ESV More »

The American Stupidity Epidemic

There is an epidemic in America.  It’s not one of obesity; although that is a problem and has been a problem.  It is not an epidemic of political polarization; although our viewpoints are becoming much more dichotomized.  It’s not an epidemic of violence and violent crimes; although violence is still a huge issue.  It’s not an epidemic of a decline in morals; although many would say that the country has lost its moral compass.  It’s not even an epidemic of Godlessness; although many believe that the US is no longer a Christian nation, and that certainly is a factor in the epidemic we are facing today.

The American Stupidity EpidemicThe epidemic that we are facing is that we are growing stupid.  Despite the fact that American adults are better educated than ever before; we are collectively becoming stupider.
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Prayer has Become a Lost “Art”

One of the easiest aspects of life is communicating with our Savior.  As we drive we can have a conversation.  While we shower, we can talk with Him.  In the stillness of the morning, we are able to praise Him, offer thanksgiving for what He’s given us, and make our requests known to him.

If it’s so easy, why does it get pushed to the side so often?  If all we have to do is talk with Him, not even out loud, then why is it that we go through many days with only a short “thanks for the day” in the morning, and a “sorry for not doing enough for you, help me to try harder tomorrow” at night?

Let’s make it a habit to pray; let’s do that over the next few weeks.

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Winning Doesn’t Mean they Lose

Whether you’re a business owner, a manager, or a professional, you are competing for business with someone else.  Most people believe that in order for their business to succeed, their competitors should fail.  That, however, is a fallacy.

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“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,” Proverbs 24:17 ESV.

In the book of Proverbs we learn about being a good sport.  It’s a great way to make sure your heart stays kind, and it’s a great way to ensure that your life remains stress free (not to mention you show the love of Christ).  But we can extrapolate this to more than just being a kind person.

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