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NOT Steve Job’s Last Words

These are NOT Steve Jobs’ Last Words — but they are making their way through the Internet as such. I share them with you here because even if they aren’t, I am sure they will ring true with you as an honourable principle to LIVE your LIFE.

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.

However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.

At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…

Should be something that is more important:
Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days

Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.

God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.

That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.

Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.

What is the most expensive bed in the world? Sick bed…

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.

Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life.

When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – Book of Healthy Life.

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.

Treat yourself well. Cherish others.”

Wise words to live by as you try to create the masterpiece that is YOUR life, a life without regrets.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Yes, it’s that time of year again – time to do your New Year’s Resolutions!

Einstein said it best…
Einstein Insanity Quote

If you want 2016 to be DIFFERENT/BETTER than 2015, you have to do something DIFFERENT, change something…

The best way to make a change is to make New Year’s Resolutions!

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How smart people make good decisions

At a recent workshop, we discussed how to make good business decisions in quite a bit of details. Today’s post is about how smart people make good decisions in general, published by The Huffington Post. Enjoy and may your decisions for 2016 be good ones!

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Recent Market Volatility

I have blogged about this before, warning all my readers and subscribers about what’s coming. After visiting China, I am even more convinced than ever… Read on.

Interestingly, if you have followed Harry Dent’s predictions, you’d agree that he’s practically a clairvoyant – predicting everything that’s been happening lately – well in advance.

I call it 20/20 Foresight. I have prepared myself and in the process of protecting myself and my portfolio, I have done so with NO risk, NO cost and have even made a handsome profit while doing it… It’s easy when you know AHEAD of time what is going to happen. It’s like having a crystal ball!

I have shared this knowledge with my clients and just want to go on the record as having stated my position well in advance of the upcoming reset, correction and or “cliff” as Harry calls it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m an optimist. I am NOT a conspiracy theorist nor am I am doomsdayer.

I am hopeful and optimistic about the future, but that does not mean I am going to sit back and be a victim of what is “inevitable”…

All financial experts <<when pressed>> admit to “something has to give/change” and soon. The only questions are (1) not if but WHEN and (2) how deep will the correction/reset be.

What am I really saying?
Don’t get caught in the tsunami -
get on high ground and play it safe.

Why am I repeating myself again?

  1. Because I want to be absolved of any responsibility for not telling (and reminding) you. I have to try, more than once.
  2. Because I just came back from China. I visited Shanghai and took the 4.5 hour bullet train (307 kph) to Beijing. I saw what Harry has been writing about with my own eyes.

Awesome. Incredible. Amazing.
Undeniable. Inevitable. Predictable.

For those unaware or unbelieving, all I can say is, don’t you remember:

  1. The 1981-82 recession? And the echo 1991-92 recession?
  2. The 2000 Dot Com crash?
  3. The 2008/09 Global Financial Crisis?

What would you PAY to go back in time and take advantage of 20/20 Hindsight?

There is no need – if you have 20/20 Foresight!

I will come back to this post in the future… Not to say I told you so, but to say, I tried to protect you, but you weren’t listening. That’s OK, I can (now) live with that decision. Can you?

Still not convinced? Watch this one-minute video that explains you might be getting your financial advice from a butcher rather than a dietician…

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What will your legacy be?

Will it be as funny as this one published in The Star.

OBITUARY
STOCKS, Mary Patricia (nee Morris) —Pat Stocks, 94, passed away peacefully at her home in bed July 1, 2015. It is believed it was caused from carrying her oxygen tank up the long flight of stairs to her bedroom that made her heart give out. She left behind a hell of a lot of stuff to her daughter and sons who have no idea what to do with it. So if you’re looking for 2 extremely large TV’s from the 90s, a large ceramic stork (we think) umbrella/cane stand, a toaster oven (slightly used) or even a 2001 Oldsmobile with a spoiler (she loved putting the pedal to the metal), with only 71,000 kilometers and 1,000 tools that we aren’t sure what they’re used for. You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch. Tomorrow would be fine.

This is not an ad for a pawn shop, but an obituary for a great Woman, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother born on May 12, 1921 in Toronto, the daughter of the late Pop (Alexander C.) and Granny (Annie Nigh) Morris. She leaves behind a very dysfunctional family that she was very proud of. Pat was world-renowned for her lack of patience, not holding back her opinion and a knack for telling it like it is. She always told you the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. It was the school of hard knocks and yes we were told many times how she had to walk for miles in a blizzard to get to school, so suck it up.
With that said she was genuine to a fault, a pussy cat at heart (or lion) and yet she sugar coated nothing. Her extensive vocabulary was more than highly proficient at knowing more curse words than most people learned in a lifetime. She liked four letter words as much as she loved her rock garden and trust us she LOVED to weed that garden with us as her helpers, when child labour was legal or so we were told. These words of encouragement, wisdom, and sometimes comfort, kept us in line, taught us the “school of hard knocks” and gave us something to pass down to our children.
Everyone always knew where you stood with her. She liked you or she didn’t, it was black or white. As her children we are still trying to figure out which one it was for us (we know she loved us). She was a master cook in the kitchen. She believed in overcooking everything until it chewed like rubber so you would never get sick because all germs would be nuked. Freezing germs also worked, so by Friday our school sandwiches were hard and chewy, but totally germ free. All four of us learned to use a napkin. You would pretend to cough, spit the food into it and thus was born the Stocks diet. If anyone would like a copy of her homemade gravy, we would suggest you don’t.
She will be sorely missed and survived by her brother George Morris, children: Shauna (Stocks) Perreault, Paul/Sandy (Debbie) Stocks and Kirk Stocks, son-in-law Ian Milnes and son from another mother, John McCleery, grandchildren: Lesley (Sean), Lindsay (Lucas), Ashley (James), David (Tia), Brett, Erin (Brian), Sean, Alex, Courtney and Taylor and great-grandchildren: Connor, Emily, Ainsley, Tyler and Jack. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Paul (Moo) Stocks and eldest daughter Shelley (Stocks) Milnes and beloved pets Tag, Tag, Tag and Tag. All whom loved her dearly and will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm, grace (when pertinent) and undying love and caring for them.
Please give generously to covenanthousetoronto.ca “in memory”. A private family ‘Celebration of Life’ will be held, in lieu of a service, due to her friends not being able to attend, because they decided to beat her to the Pearly Gates. Please note her change of address to her new place of residence, St John’s York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive, 12 doors away from Shelley’s place.
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This of course is all tongue-in-cheek and we have to believe Mary would get a good laugh out of it. On a more serious note, we are all destined to have an obituary written about us — one day. Without being morbid, what would you like yours to say?
Now is the time for you to create that legacy, the memories that people will recall once you are no longer around. What would you like them to say about you, your life, your virtues, your vices?
Take the time while you have it, to create the life you will be proud of, the legacy that will outlive you and endure for generations to come.

 

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Rules Or Rewards

“We Are Rules OR We’re Rewards”
–Dr Marc Dussault

A RULE is EVERYTHING that HAS TO HAPPEN to feel X. A reward is what you are aiming to achieve.

For example, a mother might have RULES that to be happy (Reward):

  • The house has to be spotless.
  • All the kids are in a good mood every day.
  • All the kids are getting straight As.
  • Her husband NEVER works late.
  • The garden is perfectly groomed.

A business person might have RULES that:

  • They have to win EVERY JOB that comes in.
  • Employees all have to do to their jobs PERFECTLY.
  • Nothing ever goes wrong.
  • ALL his/her to do list items are completed EVERY day.

The more extreme the list of RULES – the WORSE it is.

When it gets out of hand, it’s OCD (Obssessive Compulsive Disorder), but it’s destructive way before it gets to that point.

RULES are insidious – they kill relationships and create conflict and confrontation where there is no “logical” reason for it.

Most arguments are rules-based.

  • I want the towel hung up on THIS hook.
  • Why can’t you put the dishes in the dishwasher instead of the counter/sink?
  • Why do you have to put so much toothpaste on your brush?
  • I wanted my egg soft-boiled, now it’s hard boiled!

Y’see what I mean?

It,s much harder than it sounds to reduce the number of RULES that RUIN your life, but start the process by writing them down – AS THEY OCCUR.

These are not the same as disempowering beliefs or thoughts.. RULES are things that MUST happen for you to feel X…

Review the lists above and give it a go – you can’t get it wrong… You can only ignore it at your peril.

Psst! If you can’t do it to yourself – OBSERVE others – You’ll quickly recognise them when you realise how ridiculous most of them are!

 

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New Graduates – 3 words

What 3 words would you say to a new graduate entering the workforce today?3 words

I like these challenges because brevity forces clarity of thought (and intent).

Provide your contribution as a comment below.

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Your 10-year old self…

This is from a parody account, one of several on Twitter… But its wisdom is worth sharing here with you.

Think about yourself when you were ten, would you be disappointed in the person you are now?

Twitter Wisdom

Now take that to the next level and ask yourself who you want to become in the NEXT 10 years or at your next milestone decade (30, 40, 50, 60….).

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll get there”
– Dr Marc Dussault

One of the easiest ways to start the process is to do New Year’s Resolutions. I have a program specifically designed to take you through the process AND you can start it ANYTIME.

There is nothing worse than not knowing where you’re going and then being disappointed when you get there!

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Inertia – the hardest force to overcome

Today’s blog post is a reminder we all need – especially when the new year starts and we’re filled with optimism and hope for things to change.

Without wanting to sound heavy-handed, cynical or critical – no one aims to become overweight, fat or obese and yet in the developed world, the statistics are staggering – 2 out of every 3 people is considered overweight…

How does that happen?

One bite at a time.

The concept is called inertia: Defined as “The predisposition for a body to remain in the state that it’s in.”

We know the feeling when we’re lying in a warm, soft bed, the last thing we want is to get out of bed.

That’s inertia.

Inertia is the #1 force that prevents us from achieving our goals, dreams and aspirations.

The following 3 blog posts are “classics” – I encourage you to read them and make the decision to overcome your inertia – TODAY, THIS YEAR.

Are you a champion? Do you have what it takes to become one?

How to create momentum from motivation

Why smart business people fail

My approach to live and business is uniquely “different” – if you want extra-ordinary results in your business, read the summary of my mentoring methodology.

http://www.exponentialprograms.com/business/blog/business-coaching-and-mentoring/coaching-philosophy/

If you want to make this year your best year ever, this is my all-time most popular program:

http://www.exponentialprograms.com/personal/my-best-year-ever/

If you want to understand my bias, have a look at my personal and professional profile. I have lived these strategies and boundless possibility thinking to create my own ultimate destiny.

http://www.exponentialprograms.com/business/blog/business-coaching-and-mentoring/dr-marc-dussault/

Psst! Even though we are just starting the month of February, most people have already forgotten their New Year’s Resolutions… Isn’t that shocking?

Oops… Am I talking about you?

Sorry… but it is what it is – unless you have a system or process that works. Check out My Best Year Ever program. You can start it today and make 2015 DIFFERENT and BETTER than 2014.

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Are you achieving your New Year’s Resolutions?

The photo below, from Twitter reminded me that we’re just a few weeks into the new year and most people have already forgotten their New Year’s Resolutions

There are only a FEW people who wake up every morning with this level of enthusiasm and optimism.

Twitter - Happy To Sleep 5 more minutes

Click on the image or one of the hyperlinks and I’ll help you make 2015 – Your Best Year Ever.

 

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