Learn to Embrace Failure

Coats hanging on wall hooksIt often comes when we tackle new work.

By Bill Reeb

The learning process is often frustrating. So why is it so difficult to learn new things?

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One answer is that we don’t have “hooks” for what we don’t know (neither the mental acuity nor the physical skills). An example of this is found anytime businesses train their employees.
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How to Attract Clients Like a Magnet

By demonstrating your specialized expertise, you become their first choice.

By Jody Grunden
Building the Virtual CFO Firm in the Cloud

Thought leadership is where you are really going to reap success. You want to be that person who everybody will come to.

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I just got off a call with a prospective client who had never met me or even seen me speak, but discovered us through a web search and saw that we are thought leaders in the industry. That discovery brought her directly to us, and it was important to her that the CFO she hires fully understands her industry.
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What a Pro Knows

Golf club by tee at tee box, looking downhill at holeWhy brutal realism is the only true path to achievement.

By Bill Reeb

During golf season, I like to hit practice balls at the driving range.

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I also like to take lessons with my golf professional – mostly playing lessons as opposed to ball striking lessons, because just hitting the ball is far less of a problem than the lapse of synapses striking properly in my brain.

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Appreciate the Joy That Comes From Work

Climber standing atop mountain with another in distanceStop wishing your life away.

By Bill Reeb

We spend about 99.7 percent (statistic totally fabricated but the phrase “vast majority” would certainly apply) of our time en route to some objective. If you can find happiness, serenity or a feeling of success only when you arrive at your intended destinations, then you are destined to be unhappy or feeling unsuccessful almost all of the time.

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I remember my wife and I vacationing in Puerto Rico many years ago. We decided to go to the El Yunque National Forest Reserve and walk up to the top of one of the El Yunque mountains. Given that we like to hike, this was not a difficult climb because it was only about five miles roundtrip on a paved path.
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What Would Make You Happy?

woman ladder binoculars city view outlook vision success climb AdobeStock_57204649.jpegBONUS: A flowchart of desire.

By Bill Reeb

I believe that every day, in a way, we do exactly what we want to do or what we desire. For instance, you might be frustrated by your present weight, but if you don’t change your eating habits or exercise regimen, then you clearly do not desire to lose weight.

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Another idea that complicates determining what we want, which is far more subtle and complex, is that we subconsciously or consciously suppress many of our desires.
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Don’t Let Opportunities Become Detours

Perception vs. reality: How opportunities can cause chaos.

How to stay on track toward your goals amid chaos and confusion.

By Bill Reeb

Without clear direction, every alternative seems like an opportunity.

But with direction comes a course of action, whether that is to preserve what you have or achieve something different.

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Knowing what direction you want to head will drive the creation of a plan. And the greatest benefit of planning is that it provides you with a sanity check to know when you are drifting off course.

Regardless of whether we are talking about your personal life, career, or business, I believe it is nearly impossible to get to your desired destination or to accomplish your goals in a straight line.

We end up straying from our original course because of the mistakes we make along the way. Opportunities become detours. And chaos ensues
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Covid Crisis Requires New Mindsets

Train tracks going both ahead and off to leftDon’t let inertia choose for you.

By Bill Reeb

Inertia can be like drifting, which actually describes what many people do. What I mean is, many people just do more of what they did yesterday to keep afloat, or robotically attempt the next incremental step forward from where they are right now. It is as if they are treading water working hard throughout life and just letting the current take them wherever it is going.

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The breakdown in this approach is that it presumes you are exactly where you want to be right now and that the current is going in the direction you want to go. Overachievers often find themselves in this predicament: working hard treading water going with the current without a clear direction in mind.
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Do You Have a Goal or Just a Speed?

Businessman crossing finish line after leaping hurdlesKnow where you are running to.

By Bill Reeb

If you decide you want to make some changes, that’s great.

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But before you start running away from whatever it is that you don’t like, make sure you know what you are running toward.

Consider this scenario…
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