be willing to take a risk in order to succeed in business and life

Life is full of risks. Waking up in the morning – risky. Crossing the street to go to work – risky. Sitting in a bungalow by the sea – risky (speaking from experience). Everything we do, everywhere we go involves risk to some level. Of course, we do our best to limit our exposure to…

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use your senses when looking for opportunities

It’s funny. Having traveled all over the world and having spent years in an International School, there is one truth about people and I believe Depeche Mode sang it best when they said, “People are people.” It’s not the color of our skin, where we were raised or what schools we attended – we each…

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any fool can complain, it takes smarts to do something about it

Brrr… I can’t think of a better word than that to start today’s post. Despite wearing leather gloves and my nice warm hat, I could still feel the biting cold as I whipped through the streets on my racer last night. It’s winter here in Japan and it’s not my favorite season. I know, I…

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just what is the difference between the ordinary and the extra-ordinary?

You’ve got an idea – great. You put together some money – great. You get a team together – great. You get to work on your idea with your team – great. Things take off – great. The money starts pouring in – great. A new car, a new house, new friends – great. And…

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no one cares about what you can do, only what you do do

Seinfeld is one of the best comedies of all time (in my opinion). A simple story of 4 friends and the escapades they get up to. One of the most memorable moments in the show was when Kramer, Seinfeld’s crazy neighbor, decides he’s going to renovate his apartment by himself – it’s entitled, “The Bet.”…

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something wicked this way comes – our financial future

My book, iSucceed, and this site are devoted to doing one thing – sharing ideas that make a difference in people’s lives. I tend to focus my posts around success principles and business ideas because I find that they are the most practical and easy to implement. In many ways they are one and the…

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how wonderful it is to know wonderful people

I’m a very lucky man. I didn’t win the lottery nor did I make the finals of American Idol. I say that because I know some wonderful people. Just this minute I got off a skype chat with my lovely wife. She really is the whole package. As a business person she’s hard-working, punctual and…

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give yourself a grade on life

Remember report cards? I sure do. At times I could hardly wait to show my parents just how well I did. At others, I was sweating bullets all the way home. How would I be able to explain this or that grade to my parents? Stress? Friends? Aliens? Report cards let us, and more importantly our parents,…

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20 years of studying self-development, marketing and more

Got a few minutes to spare? I sure hope so because I’ve got a treat for you. Just before Christmas I had the opportunity to interview a friend who has been into the self-development field for over 20 years, and he’s kindly agreed to let me share it with you. He’s got three rooms full of…

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protect yourself from what is out there

It’s official – I’m sick. And rather than push myself, I called it a night early yesterday. It’s been a tough few days over in the Shepherd household. First off, my wife gets sick but, being the warrior she is, she went to work. Then my son caught what mommy had and he was out…

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