Doing good work is something to be rewarded, not compromised

Doing good work is something to be rewarded, not compromised

“Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful — be concerned with doing good work.” – William S. Burroughs Years ago, doing good work was something lauded by organizations and businesses across our nation. My grandfather was an incredibly wise man, and a firm believer in that notion. Growing up, he always instilled in me that a strong work ethic – one bursting with morals and…

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Frugality puts emphasis on happiness, not material possessions

Frugality puts emphasis on happiness, not material possessions

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”  ― Elise Boulding The concept of “frugality” is often met with negative reactions, and truthfully, I’m not sure it’s deserving. It’s been defined as “the quality of being economical”…

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They make really good money, but are they really happy?

They make really good money, but are they really happy?

“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey I’m sure you’ve all heard a friend, a coworker or a family member say the following when referring to another person: “they make really good money”. Let’s think about that statement for a moment. Yes, money helps provide for the necessities we as human beings all require: food, clothing, shelter. But…

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Comfort zones prevent us from truly living

Comfort zones prevent us from truly living

“Living in your comfort zone can even be more stressful than pursuing your dream. So why are you accustomed to your stagnant life?” ― Oscar Bimpong Far too many of us live in a bubble, otherwise known as our comfort zone. We like what’s familiar, what makes us feel at ease – in a word, secure. But change is difficult if you never step outside the familiarity of your environment and try something new. I know people who will only…

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Confidence – the person you think you’re not in life

Confidence – the person you think you’re not in life

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”  ― Norman Vincent Peale The other day someone told me how they wished they had the same confidence that I had. I was dumbfounded to say the least. While there are many words one might use to describe me, to say I’m a man of confidence seems inaccurate. That is to me. But then I came across…

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