Standing in a pool in chest high water, I encouraged my three year old son Jack, who was perched at the edge, to take the plunge.
"Jump Jack, I'll catch you".
To my delight, he did not hesitate, despite the fact that he hasn’t yet learned how to swim. He bent his knees, and with a big smile, he leaped out towards the water and my outstretched arms. With that first jump he was hooked, and we repeated this routine until I was tired.
This started me thinking about taking risks in general and a leap of faith that I took a few years ago. I didn't come to furniture making by working with a grandfather, nor through a college or vocational program. I was never "in the trades". Rather, I did the thing that kids who have an aptitude for math and science are encouraged to do -- I went to college, worked hard and graduated with an engineering degree. My parents were thrilled. I followed this up by continuing on the traditional path and I found a job in my field. Fifteen years and a few employers later, I had a well established career, a 401k and solid future in my profession.
Read more: http://castlewerks.blogspot.com/2010/07/leap-of-faith.html
Take a Leap of Faith
Faith is not trying to believe something regardless of the evidence; faith is daring something regardless of the consequences.
5 Simple Ways to Overcome Challenges
Over the many years I’ve worked with business owners and sales people there is this one characteristic that makes the very successful stand out from the rest. It is always there, without exception.
So what is it?
It’s their ability to overcome obstacles (препятствия/премеждия).
It doesn’t matter what challenge or obstacle they are faced with.
Read more: http://www.increaseyoursalesin30days.com/5-simple-ways-overcome-obstacles-stuck/
The specific thing that got me thinking was when I first noticed somebody with a disability, yet they made it possible for themselves to do what it was in life that they wanted. They did this by putting their mind to it, and making something that nobody would of ever thought possible. But by shear determination, it was made a reality.
No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and prepared to assume responsibilities.
William J. H. Boetcker
Read more: http://www.the-arthouse.org.uk/blog/view/16
The Beauty in Challenge – the more you overcome it the stronger you will become
Challenge is an opportunity: make it gold or a tough stone, it only depends on you, you are your own alchemist.
Every time you overcome a challenge, it will lift you up, build you strong and make it easier for you to overcome your next trial. But if you surrender to the challenge, it will downsize you, break a piece of confidence in you and make it harder for you to overcome it the next time. It’s like building muscle – the more you train it the stronger it will become. Once you lift 50 lbs, then adding 5 lbs more is easy. By adding a harmless 5 lbs each time, with consistent practice you will eventually lift a magnificent 100 lbs of challenge, effortlessly. But if you give up on your first 20, 30 lbs, you will never build strong enough muscles. Make a decision now – do you want to live with powerful muscles or saggy fat?
Personal story: I overcame my food cravings by passing over my favorite food stores again and again.
Very interesting blog post! Please read more: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/the-beauty-in-challenge-%E2%80%93-the-more-you-overcome-it-the-stronger-you-will-become/
Overcoming Fear and Obstacles
Have you tried to put a plan in place and found that you were staring fear in the face? Have you found that things often don’t go as predicted. Things that you thought you had under control can suddenly become your greatest challenges.
Step five of making your dreams come true is to overcome obstacles and overcome fear. You’ve got to keep your forward momentum and embrace change.
Read more: http://robinsmith.ca/2012/10/30/overcoming-fear-and-obstacles/
Stick - Stuck - Stuck
5 Reasons People Stay Stuck in Their Careers
Here are five reasons people stay stuck in their careers and what you must avoid to find satisfaction and success in yours:
Stuck Factor #1: Avoid Confronting Change
Get out of your comfort zone and open your eyes to the most obvious opportunities in front of you.
Stuck Factor #2: Resist Growth and Maturity
Do you know someone that has had the same type of job for over 10 years? Some people stop learning new things and resist getting trained in new areas that can make them eligible for the next promotion with the organization.
Stuck Factor #3: Have Trouble Selling Themselves
Some of the smartest people I know don’t know how to sell themselves.
Stuck Factor #4: Associate Themselves with the Wrong People
This is the one thing that impacts people the most. Their inner circle of friends and associates add limited value to their career. Successful people are surrounded by others that want their success to continue. Success breeds success – and you associate yourself with ambitious people, it makes you want to be more ambitious.
Stuck Factor #5: People Don’t Value Time
Times flies when you’re having fun. This idiom is indeed the truth. Time slows down considerably when things are difficult and they are not fun. This is the case for people that are stuck in their careers. Because they are not managing their time effectively and productively, they are wasting and not valuing their time. Getting unstuck requires you to think about ways that make every hour count. Time is our most valuable asset yet people still don’t value it enough.
Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2012/04/16/5-reasons-people-stay-stuck-in-their-careers/
Are you frustrated and feeling stuck? Each of us has been there. You feel like at every turn there is another dead-end waiting to greet you. You are stuck, and trying really hard only seems to make it worse. Sound familiar?
I’ve been frustrated and stuck many times in my life. I just wanted to throw in the towel and walk away.
Trials in life can be tragedies or triumphs, depending on how we handle them. Triumph don’t come without effort.
A biology teacher was teaching his students how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. He told the students that in the next couple of hours, the butterfly would struggle to come out of the cocoon, but no one should help the butterfly. Then he left.
The students were waiting and it happened. The butterfly struggled to get out of the cocoon and against the advice of the teacher, one of the students took pity on it and decided to help the butterfly so it didn’t have to struggle anymore. But, shortly afterwards, the butterfly died.
The struggle between heart and mind
The central activity in the quality development process related to defects and assuring quality for the software products is the implementation of particular quality assurance activities. Accordingly, these activities have to and typically require a lot of human efforts as well as using of computing and related resources.
This morning I was chatting with my first client, Anika, and she mentioned how nice it is that Scott and I are on the same page with regards to our decisions and desires to make such a huge life change.
It’s the No. 1 conversation etiquette mistake, committed by everybody at one time or another. It’s unbearable (unpleasant) for the one getting cut off, and it shows the interrupter truly has no interest in hearing what the other party has to say. The easiest way to avoid it is simple: just listen.http://www.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/top-10-conversation-etiquette-mistakes_1.html
How to Join a Conversation
'Are you ready to cut off your head and place your foot on it? If so, come; Love awaits you! Love is not grown in a garden, nor sold in the marketplace; whether you are a king or a servant, the price is your head, and nothing less. Yes, the cost of the elixir of love is your head! Do you hesitate? 0 miser, It is cheap at that price!'
Abu Hamid Al-Ghazzali