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    I’ve been reading a book by Po Peabody called Lucky or Smart. There are a few morsels of wisdom that I wanted to share with you.

    “The Holy Grail of business is making money doing something you really believe in.”

    Your passion comes from doing something you believe in. When you do that, all elements of your being align and you are not only lead by your mind but by the spirit and your heart. That passion will also sustain you when the going gets tough. During those times, it becomes difficult to continue to motivate yourself by anything other than fear, unless you have an inner belief in your mission. The paradigm shifts from motivation to inspiration with the knowledge that you are doing something you believe in. Believe! Believe! And you will be inspired to not only do remarkable things but to be a remarkable person.

    American Success
    A few weeks ago I received a story from a good friend, Anjelika. It articulated my point of redefining success to include all aspects of our lives, rather than just the financial.

    A boat docked in a tiny Greek village. An American tourist complimented the Greek fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

    "Not very long," answered the Greek.

    "But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American. The Greek explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

    The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

    "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a nap with my wife. In the evenings I go into the village to see my friends, dance a little, play the bouzouki, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."

    The American interrupted: "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you.

    You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.

    Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant.

    You can then leave this little village and move to Athens, Los Angeles or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."

    "How long would that take?" asked the Greek.

    "Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

    "And after that?" "Afterwards?”

    “That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"

    "Millions? Really? And after that?"

    "After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your grandchildren, catch a few fish, take a nap with your wife, and spend your evenings singing, dancing and playing the bouzouki with your friends."

    Exercise
    I welcome you to participate with me and do the exercise below.

    • Using a more holistic approach to success, write down 5 goals you would like to achieve by the end of 2005.
    • Here are some of the goal categories you can use: career, financial, social, spiritual, creative, family, hobby, health… Make sure not to have more than 1 goal in each category.
    • Then take 30 minutes to journal what you can do to achieve these goals and what you will do when you have achieved them.
    • Have fun with the process.

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