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    Five Frogs

    There is a riddle that goes: 5 frogs are sitting on a log.4 of the frogs decide to jump off. How many frogs are left? If you are like most of us (me included), I instantly said one. But on further reflection, I realized that I was wrong. The correct answer, of course, is five. How can that be? This riddle points out the difference between thinking about something, even deciding to do it, and doing it. Intent without action is meaningless. You’re like the frogs, still sitting on the log. How often have you been sitting around and thought about doing something—going to the gym, finishing your novel (or…

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    Be Ethical

    I have chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values.—Sidney Poitier You hold great power in your words and how you use them. As Uncle Ben reminded his nephew Peter Parker (AKA Spider-Man), “With great power comes great responsibility.” We can all think of leaders and influencers who have taken advantage of their power and led people down a rabbit hole. You don’t want to be associated with any of those people. You want to stand out above the crowd as being honest and ethical. Your presence should be accurate, respecting the material and your audience. It should demonstrate a thoughtful determination of what is right and…

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    Two Truths of Life

    Having lived on this planet for a few years now, I have come to the realization that there are only TWO TRUTHS TO LIFE. I’m not talking about death and taxes or money and work or even about the birds and the bees. This is more of an awareness of how you should approach each day. The first truth seems a bit harsh, but that doesn’t make it any less factual. LIFE DOESN’T CARE WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR LIFE. It doesn’t care whether you reach your POTENTIAL, find the LOVE of your life, succeed by CHOICE or by CHANCE, or frankly, whether you succeed at all. No Jiminy Cricket…

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    7 Little Ways to Simplify Your Day

    by Courtney Carver bemorewithless Use these little ways to simplify your day to bring some intention and action to the changes you want to make in your life. It’s not about doing it all at once or overnight or pushing through but instead honoring your time and energy availability to make progress. Try one of these recommendations. The only one that is time sensitive is the first one! Don’t go it alone. Have an accountability friend to support your new habits. If you want to simplify your day, your home, your work or your life, don’t go it alone. Join the FREE, 6-day Tiny Step Simplicity Challenge. Sign up here and get my…

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    Are You Like This Person?

    You never know what’s around the bend waiting for you. And you’ll never find out unless you believe in yourself enough to persevere through all the challenges and walk away from all the neigh sayers. What would the world be like if these people had stopped when someone told them no? This person entered the John Murray Anderson Drama School in hopes of becoming an actress. The head instructor told her, ‘Try any other profession. Any other.” (Hint: A Comedienne known for her flaming red hair) This person contacted the Blue Book Modeling Agency with the hopes of becoming a model. The director [Emmeline Snively] said she didn’t have a…

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    How to Overcome ‘Impostor Syndrome’

    Imposter Syndrome On March 12, 2023, I sat down to watch the Oscars and make a list of all the great movies I hadn’t seen yet. One particular movie intrigued me, Everything Everywhere All at Once. It received eleven nominations. Daniel Kwan, and his co-writer, Daniel Scheinert, won Best Original Screenplay. When Kwan stepped to the microphone, this is what he said, “My imposter syndrome has never been so high.” What? He just won an Oscar. And in just a few minutes, the two Daniels would win best director. Then a short time after that, they took the top prize, Best Picture. How could there be any imposter syndrome? Well,…

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    Ways to Keep Your Aging Parents Active and Engaged

    As your senior parents age, it’s more important than ever to keep them both physically and mentally active. Here are 5 activities that you can encourage them to partake in so that they can stay physically active and mentally stimulated: 1. Encourage Physical Activity:Encourage your parents to stay physically active. Activities such as taking walks, gardening, or doing light exercise are ways they can get moving without causing too much strain on the body. 2. Socializing:Help your parents stay socially connected by arranging visits with friends and family, joining clubs and organizations, or volunteering. While they may be resistant to moving into a senior living facility, one of the amazing benefits…

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    Declutter These 40 Things from Your Life Today

    by Courtney Carver bemorewithless If you want to enjoy your favorite things, only own your favorite things. The LA Times has reported that the average American home contains more than 300,000 items. It’s impossible to have 300,000 favorite things! When you aren’t sure what to do with the stuff you are decluttering and wonder if you should donate it or sell it, make a rule. For instance, sell anything worth more than $100 and donate anything else. Start by decluttering duplicates and extras (especially in the closet and kitchen). 1. coffee cups and water bottles2. measuring cups & spoons3. wooden spoons & wire whisks4. random lids and containers that don’t match5.…

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    “It’s Just Fun!”

    Do you know the equation for the relationship between spin and wobble for a thrown disc?  No? Don’t worry, I don’t either.  But there’s an interesting story and valuable lesson to learn from all that information… and no, there’s no math involved. Dr. Feynman’s gaze was transfixed.  A student in the Cornell University cafeteria was tossing a plate in the air with a slight spin, and to Feynman’s amazement, the wobble was consistent.  It’s important to note that Dr. Feynman was amazed because he was a theoretical physicist, as no typical person would be so fascinated with a plate wobbling. Feynman went to work and, for months, dedicated himself to…

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    Blog: Is Never

    According to Benjamin Franklin, there are very few absolutes in this world except for death and taxes. We can rarely use words like “always” and “never” because those statements often come with asterisks, caveats, and options. But, with all due respect to Mr. Franklin, I believe I have found seven absolutes of success. The Seven Absolutes of Success Failure is never fatal. As the Dalai Lama said, “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” Learn from how you’ve failed to build your business and charge ahead. Success is never final. Earl Nightingale said, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” There is more to achieve, enjoy, pursue, grow into, and give away. Success…