“That’s Life!!!”

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“I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king,

I’ve been up and down and over and out and I know one thing.

Each time I find myself flat on my face,

I PULL MYSELF UP and get back in the race…

That’s Life!!!”

-Frank Sinatra

Quitting just cannot be an option.  If we start something & are excited about it & it brings the passion out of us, then it is our responsibility to ourselves to stick with it.  I see so many people start a business that they absolutely love & then, when it gets hard, they quit.  I can totally relate because I was that guy.  I poured my heart & soul into the business I was working on years ago.  I served people, I invested time, money & sacrificed.  It was MY fault because I lost clarity & vision of what I was working to accomplish.  That’s on me & no one else.

The point in sharing that is because we will ALWAYS fail at whatever we are working on IF we do NOT have clarity & vision of what our goal is.  It HAS to be a burning desire.  It HAS to stir your emotions & your soul.  It cannot be something you just want.  It HAS to be something you NEED.  When you know what you want & WHY you want it, that is when it becomes a need.

I heard a story about a guy who wanted success really bad.  The wise old sage took him to the beach & asked him, “how bad do you want to succeed?” to which he replied “more than anything.”  The sage led him out, waist deep into the water & proceeded to stick his head under water & not letting him breath.  The man was obviously shocked & scared.  He was under water & could not breath & was fighting to get up but the sage would NOT let him.  Finally, when the man felt like he was going to pass out & die for lack of breath, the wise old sage let him up.  The man was gasping for breath, petrified & emotionally distraught, as you can imagine.    He asked the sage, “WHY did you do that to me?  I thought you were trying to kill me.”  To which the wise sage replied, “when you want success as bad as you wanted that air, THAT is when you will succeed!!!”

The ONLY way to get ahead in life & reach the goals we have that are important to us is to NEVER quit, get back up & keep moving forward. That is how we succeed!!!

Do you have clarity in your own life of what you want to accomplish?  Have you WRITTEN DOWN your goals on paper?  Have you invested time to figure out what drives you, what you are passionate about, what inspires you?  DON’T do work just for the money, DO work you love.  You owe it to yourself.  We only get one shot at this thing called life & NONE of us should live with regret.

– Ed

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What is Love, really?

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On this Valentine’s Day, it makes for a great time to reflect on what love truly is. Love is NOT just a feeling, it’s a decision.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

REAL love is this kind of love. I fight daily to love my wife like this. While I may fall short at times, I keep working on progressing daily. It’s all a matter of the attitude of the heart.

My challenge to ALL of us is to live out love in our lives in this manner.  It is NOT easy but it will, without question, be worth it !!!

Focus on Your Greatness

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I’ve heard so many people say things like “don’t keep your hopes up” or “just be happy with what you’ve got.” There’s nothing more important than being thankful for what you have but there is NOTHING wrong with wanting more as long as it doesn’t take you out of balance.  Then again, balance is NOT necessarily necessary.  We are always fighting to stay in our comfort zone & have balance.  Sometimes, I suppose, we really need to let go & get ourselves out there, trying new things, falling down & getting back up.  I find myself needing to venture out even more.  Who knows what is out there for each of us.  We need to be able to lose sight of the shore if we are ever going to find out what lies out in deep waters for us.  

We are all capable of WAY more than we think & we should start thinking & believing that we have greatness within us. Our ability to harness & direct that greatness will allow each of us to fulfill our potential & make a positive impact on those around us.

BELIEVE you are worthy of more.  BELIEVE that you have greatness to offer the world.  BELIEVE that your contributions are necessary in a world where there is so much fear, negative & lack of unity.  Go out & take action KNOWING that you people meeting you will be better off for doing so!!!

Be True to YOU

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I think too many people compare themselves to others…what they have or don’t have, the things they get to do or not do…

All too often, it leaves us unsatisfied feeling like we are missing out. We MUST learn to be authentic & true to ourselves. We need to live OUR lives & stop caring or worrying what people think. There is never a reason to apologize for who you are, what you love to do & how you want to live your life.

God does NOT make any junk & we are all to fulfill our potential & live our lives true to our gifts & strengths.