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Out of Order
The only way to take control of your life, raise your standard of living and move beyond merely surviving is to create your own unique product or service that you offer to increasing numbers of people in exchange for the things of value that you desire. This simple formula applies to countries as well as people. A self-sufficient economy has its own products or services of value to export to the world. Similarly, a self-sufficient individual has something of value to exchange in the global marketplace. That thing of value is based on your natural talent, skill, or interest—in other words, your passion!
Remember this as you strive for your goals
If everything in life
happens according to plan
then nothing can ever really be late
as you reach for your dreams
and it'll help pass the time
while you wait
For if a leads to b
and then b leads to c
then by design does
your daily life move
It might not seem to fit
any schedule or plan
but there's order
and this I shall prove
Like each note in a song
played too soon and it's wrong
out of time
and the tune goes astray
It's not due to ill will
but a sequence to fill
that's at cause
when things don't go your way
Would a playwright begin
without pencil or pen?
would a bird dare to perch
in mid flight?
It seems the trick then to get
any goal that you set
is know the steps
and then order them right!
COMMENTARY: (this rhymes too)
I ran into a naysayer (a dream stealer) last week, who tried his best to rain on my parade. My feelings were hurt, my resolve called to bear, all from a single biting comment he made.
The sentiment he expressed really threw me for a loop, and I was tempted to respond and cut ties. But I took time to think, and finding no evil intent, I concluded he was simply unwise.
“Who are you to think that all my dreams will fall flat? That was so out of order,” I did muse. But if his concept of things were so out of order it seems, then so too would be all of his views.
Anyone who insists that a thing can't be done suffers not just from merely poor sight. But convinced that no path leads to where they would dwell, are then doomed to fail... try as they might.
The naysayers are unwise to the order of things. Be on guard lest you too be mislead. Every point does connect to one point just before, all you need is to know where to tread.
This week’s column is a reminder that you need to be careful about who you share your dreams with. Not everyone has the same vision and optimism about life and what is possible. Even those people who claim to have your best interests at heart may be limiting you based on their own perceived limitations. Sharing your dreams with the “wrong” person can result in you being discouraged by their negativity and pessimism.
Last week, we concluded the seven-step process for creating the life of your dreams. This week’s life rhyme is a reminder that all goals are reachable if you tread wisely and in the right sequence!
Remind yourself that every journey from one place to another is simply a sequence of steps. Once you’ve got your map and route laid out, take the steps in the correct order, and you’ll be fine!
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Until next week, remember, success is a journey, not a destination!--Walt
Send article suggestions, entrepreneur nominations and feedback about this article to firstname.lastname@example.org. Walt F.J. Goodridge is author of 16 books including Turn Your Passion Into Profit. Walt offers coaching and workshops to help people pursue and profit from their passions. Originally from the island of Jamaica, Walt has grown several successful businesses in the US, and now makes his home here on Saipan. To learn more, visit www.passionprofit.com and follow Walt on Twitter (waltonsaipan)
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