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Staying Afloat or Sailing to Your Next Port

You could make a lot of analogies about how life is like sailing a ship. And today, allow me to make some comparisons about how we need to take care of our ship (stay afloat) and also move toward our intended destination.

Taking care of your ship is critical to your mission. Without your ship in good condition, you won’t be able to weather the storms, and you’ll be unable to make safe and steady progress to your objectives.

But some people seem to get stuck in maintenance—fixing problems, making things look and work better. That’s good, but if that’s ALL you do, then you won’t be able to get to your next port of call. You’ll be stuck in home port getting ready to go.

It’s a balancing game for sure. And lots of things can keep us caught up in the staying afloat mode. Fear of the unknown, perfectionism, being too busy, not being clear on which port or why you want to go can easily keep you motionless.

You will never have a perfect ship. You can always make it better, safer and more attractive. But ships are made for sailing. They rust in port.

Fix leaks? You bet. Test the equipment? Sure. Take on reserve supplies of food, fuel and water? Good idea.

But at some point you have to set sail. You can’t only do maintenance and make improvements. And you have to continue making forward progress and all the while work at staying afloat.

There are risks upon the sea. There always will be. And challenges can be painful even though they make us better and stronger. But the pain of regret is greater than the pain of discipline.

You may not have the safest ship in the world. It may be smaller or it may not look as good as others. But if you wait for the perfect vessel, the ideal winds or the optimum tide, you may never get under way.

Your dreams lie in distant ports. Cast off, weigh anchor and set sail.

And continue to maintain and improve your ship as you go. Train your crew, maintain the boat, improve your skills and enjoy the adventure as you steadily make progress to your next destination.

Look at your goals, your projects and your task list. Are you just working at staying afloat or are you also making good forward progress?

Make it a great one.

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My Declaration of Interdependence

In the course of human evolution it becomes necessary to acknowledge that we are interdependent beings living in a complex and interconnected world. I’ve learned that we move from dependency to independence to the awareness and appreciation of interdependence.

I hold these truths to be self-evident:

That all people are created equal, that all men and women have the right and the responsibility to use this equality and their talents to better themselves and their fellow Earthlings.

No one is an island unto themselves. We need people and they need us. We’re all valuable and important in the grand scheme of things.

Everything I do affects everything else—even though I may not know what my actions, beliefs and presence will ultimately influence.

I therefore declare myself a free yet interdependent man.

I commit to doing my best in making my life, my family, my community, my country and my world a better place.

I promise to value and acknowledge the contribution other people and organizations make to me, my life and my mission. I pledge to regularly thank and appreciate everyone who adds value.

I will focus my talents and resources in order to effectively help people to increase their performance, profits and potential.

I vow to be a life-long learner. I pledge to seek out the teaching in every person, event and experience—to learn and to share my learning.

I commit to optimizing the hard-earned freedoms we enjoy—and often take for granted—in order to fully realize the dream of our founding fathers. I will do all I can to promote and secure our God-given, inalienable rights for all members of “Spaceship Earth.”

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.

An Invitation to MasterMind with Me Personally

In just the past few days, 3 different people asked me to to offer a personal mastermind program.

This is in addition to our Diamond Club MasterMind.

They told me they wanted more of me—specifically to master mind with me and have me personally mentor them to create breakthroughs—in their lives and in their businesses.

That’s all very flattering.

But . . . I’ve facilitated a year-long master mind before, and frankly, it was pretty demanding. When I work with people this closely, I put a LOT into it.

However I stand in the service of others. And if that’s what people want, I will make it happen.

So starting next month, I will personally lead, facilitate and manage a master mind of no more than 5 business owners.

If you think this might be for you, then I urge you to take a look right now . . .
See for yourself here . . .

If it’s a fit, you can make your application with no obligation.

And don’t delay. The last time I did something like this, it filled up in less than 48 hours.

PS: This year we’re going to build a social network for Authentic Entrepreneurs. I also plan to write a book and launch several other exciting projects. As part of my Inner Circle Master Mind, I will let you behind the curtain as we create these programs. I will share what works and what doesn’t—and you will learn a lot.Be part of the journey, maybe even partner with me as we MasterMind our way to the next level in our respective businesses. It’ll be fun.

Fun, growth, wealth and prosperity—what a concept!
See for yourself here . . .