Mindset Mastery 183 – Momentous Decisions

Mindset Mastery eBookThe most momentous of occasions had their start in a single momentous decision. This is the course of our lessons from Napoleon Hill most recently.

When In The Course…

The document was drawn, and on June 28, the original draft was read before the Congress. For several days it was discussed, altered, and made ready. On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson stood before the Assembly, and fearlessly read the most momentous decision ever placed on paper.

“When in the course of human events it is necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of Nature, and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…”

The Privilege To Decide

When Jefferson finished, the document was voted on, accepted, and signed by the fifty-six men, every one staking his own life upon his decision to write his name. By that decision came into existence a nation destined to bring to mankind forever, the privilege of making decisions.

By decisions made in a similar spirit of Faith, and only by such decisions, can men solve their personal problems, and win for themselves high estates of material and spiritual wealth. Let us not forget this!

Analyze the events which led to the Declaration of Independence, and be convinced that this nation, which now holds a position of commanding respect and power among all nations of the world, was born of a decision created by a Master Mind, consisting of fifty-six men. Note well, the fact that it was their decision which insured the success of Washington’s armies, because the spirit of that decision was in the heart of every soldier who fought with him, and served as a spiritual power which recognizes no such thing as failure.

Born Of Decision

We all have the right and privilege to decide our own future (and fortunes!) for ourselves. That is precisely the lesson that Napoleon Hill wants us to learn, so that we can take that decision and make a better future for ourselves and those we support.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2010

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.

Comments

  1. It’s great to live in a country like Australia where we are fortunate enough to have that right and privilege to decide our own future too.
    .-= Colin Schedler´s last blog ..Inspirational People – Anthony Robbins =-.

  2. I love this topic because it is right up the ally of what I am doing. I think a lot of people forget that they have been given the privilege to decide their own futures and instead decide to do what the majority does. I think it is wrong that people feel they only deserve 4 weeks holiday a year or that they can’t do a certain task because it is OK for others but ‘too hard’ for them. If you can decide what you want, the only other decisions to make are how are you going to get there and the decision to persist as obstacles are placed along the way.
    .-= Chris Bellesini´s last blog ..24 – Crazy Or Committed? =-.

    • Most people are probably far too comfortable in their comfort zone, Chris. That is not a place for successful people or people who plan to experience success

      • Sean and Chris, this is so correct. We all get into “our comfort zones” and that is exactly why people do not experience success for happiness. In order to be what we want to really be we have to be our “authentic selves.” With that said, turning to leanring as much about The Law of Attraction can and will change lives, if we let it.

    • Chris

      I like your attitude. We are in control of our own destiny more than often we realize. It is great to be reminded that all life requires is courage and commitment. As an American I am thrilled that our founding fathers had those qualities and with them created a nation where I was lucky enough to be born.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  3. We do live in a very lucky country and I have never understood why we complain about our conditions as much as we do. We have so much freedom to make the changes necessary to be satisfied and happy but yet many of us choose to complain. I don’t get it.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Sign Language for Babies =-.

    • There is a Chinese proverb that says: “Wealth Never Passes 3 Generations”.
      People who get too much given too them, take it for granted and therefore do not possess the life skills requited to be successful (work for their success).

      • Diana Kavanagh says:

        Sean,
        I agree with you about the Chinese proverb – I’ve seen it happen in real life. When you have to work for something, you appreciate it, but when things are just given to you for nothing, you take for granted – like everything just happens by magic – because you don’t appreciate what effort has gone into getting the things in the first place.

    • Lisa

      I agree with you. Since I adopted Australia as my place of residence I have a lot of great things to say about this country. However, I do agree with you that complaining to the extent that we hear it every day is very difficult to understand.

      If we go back to 1776 and look at what the founding fathers of the USA faced, we certainly should be ashamed at complaining about anything.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

      • Dobbs…

        If Aussies truly appreciated what the people went thru when they arrived in Australia way back in 1778 – they had “nothing” but their determination, knowing there was no turning back.

        It strikes me as odd that people complain about “how hard they have it.”
        .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

    • Lisa

      Yes it is a lucky country. One only has to read the news or watch the news to know how very lucky we are. Of course, the temptation is to become complacent and not take advantage of the opportunities we have in this country. I know that we can truly have a great life if we decide. It’s up to us and sometimes that makes it even more difficult.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  4. Jen Nelson (nee Xuereb) says:

    Sean,

    My comment isn’t really relevant to your blog, but I wanted to share it anyway.

    I could really relate to what you said about a monumental decision & I took as a sign.

    I myself made a monumental (health) decision yesterday afternoon. For almost 12 months I’ve been loading myself with information that was relevant, but I couldn’t commit. I kept starting & stopping. But now my attitude has changed. I’ve decided to make myself uncomfortable so that the results that I’ve been craving for so long can happen.
    Although my change will only have effective positive results on me, I still consider it to be monumental.

    Thank you for a blog that re-inforced my decision.

    Have an awesome week!
    Jen 🙂

    Ps the festive mood of Adelaide would’ve been fantastic!

  5. Australia what a great place to live we have so many opportunities to follow precisely the lessons that Napoleon Hill wants us to learn, so we do take the decision and make a better future for ourselves and our family’s, friends, and those special projects we have.

  6. Its amazing that the lessons from Naopleon Hill have been around for quite some time and still it seems to be a big secret to most people.

    I agree, it’s great to live in a country (and a time) where we have so many opportunities and so much freedom to choose to do what we want, it’s just hard to understand that so few people actually take that decision. We have become very complacent, very comfortable in our comfort zone and have developed more a mindset of entitlement than of activity or decision taking.

    Let’s get out of our comfort zone, let’s take passionate decisions that can change the world, at least our own.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker – Book review =-.

    • Renee

      As I am a senior citizen I more than most realize how very lucky we are to live here.

      As an American who has adopted Australia as home I feel that I have the best of both worlds. I am very aware of the courage of Thomas Jefferson and that it was that kind of courage that led to the creation of that great nation where I was fortunate enough to be born.

      But I am not going to sit back in my senior years and live off the easy way of life that is here. I am determined to stay alive and continue living my dream.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  7. Very true Sean,
    Anyone who can think for themselves has the ability to decide for themselves, being able to make decisions helps for you to move forward with action.

    A wise man once said to me “Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true”.

    Cade
    .-= Cade Arnel´s last blog ..By: Trend Hunter =-.

  8. Very true Sean,
    Anyone who can think for themselves has the ability to decide for themselves, being able to make decisions helps for you to move forward with action.

    A wise man once said to me “Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true”.

    Cade
    .-= Cade Arnel´s last undefined ..Response cached until Tue 9 @ 3:54 GMT (Refreshes in 23.99 Hours) =-.

    • Cade

      I am not sure what thinking for oneself actually means. I have heard the expression all my life, but I feel that many influences have shaped my life and continue to keep me many times from thinking for myself. I feel I often am just recycling the influences that have made me what I am.

      However, I agree that to be original and try to do what is really unique and personal is a good thing, I am just not sure exactly how to go about it or even how to recognize it if I manage it.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

      • Hi Dobbs

        To me, thinking for oneself means to be active in your own decision making. Of course, we’ll always be influenced by other people, our experiences, our culture and so many other things. But we can still be clear about our own desires, dreams and opinions. Then to take action that truly is right for us. I think that’s what it kind of means.
        .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Hate to tell you, but… They think you’re a Spammer =-.

        • I agree, Lina. Thinking of oneself is so crucial to the progress of today’s society as if we lose ourselves we lose a vital part of what we are to become. We lose our way for the sake of someone else and no one should ever ask us to do that. Although we could love someone enough to die for them we should never love someone enough to change for them as well they shouldn’t need us to change for them to love us.
          .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..Attracting Good People and Good Books =-.

  9. I need to get the book on cd so I can listen to it in the car instead of the radio, which just keep repeating itself. As when you listen to things like this it help you to motivate oneself.

    • Hey Karen,

      Have you taken a look for the audio book for Think and Grow Rich @
      http://www.seanrasmussen.com/napoleon-hill/download-think-and-grow-rich

      I am not sure if its available as yet – I’m still working my way through the book 🙂
      .-= Cemil´s last blog ..Outsourcing Content Writing =-.

    • Karen

      I have heard of many people who listen to books and such things in the car.

      Personally I find that dodging the crazy driving in Melbourne and staying alive is quite a distraction from listening to words in the car. I can listen to music without concentrating as much as I would at home, but listening to words I find that either I come close to collecting another car or get distracted and really don’t concentrate on the words that are coming at me.

      I know this is the season and cult of multi-tasking, but I wonder if it really works. Personally I feel much better and more productive doing one thing at a time and doing it as well as I can without interference or distraction. Also I have been in a near fatal car accident (the radio was not on or any other form of words or music) and I am very aware of how much concentration it takes to drive safely these days.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  10. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret MEAD

  11. Each and everyone one of us has the inner strength and ability to reach beyond the stars once we make ‘that’ decision.
    .-= Cheryl Griffin´s last blog ..The Dangers – all Traders need to face at some point. =-.

  12. Having the right Mindset, positive thinking in any thing you tackle, will propel you forward, to the unknown, inspiring. 🙂
    .-= Sandra Sentance´s last blog ..Persona =-.

    • Having a positive mindset is a good start Sandra. Being positive about things you tackle is great too. But many people don’t always take action to do everything that is required. Sure they may do some things but can fail to follow through or perhaps leave things they don’t like to do undone even though they know they should be doing them. I had a boss who often got enthusiastic about things but failed to follw through. The devil’s in the detail they say and for him – yes it was.

    • Sandra

      True, but after being propelled to the unknown it sure takes a lot of hard work and dedication to take advantage of it.

      But, I agree that first you do have to have the right attitude and dream.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  13. I am always inspired by humans who decide to stand up for what is good and true, come what may. Thank you for this post, and for Mindset Mastery.
    .-= jo´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Purpose =-.

    • Jo

      I certainly agree with you. My father is my hero. He was a clergyman and actually lived what he preached. He told me that the first compromise was the toughest. It took me a long time to understand what he meant. But, it is true if you don’t compromise your principles and/or integrity you don’t get into the habit and the first compromise is indeed harder than any that come after. It seems that they get easier for most people the more they do.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  14. Napolean Hill was indeed a great writer who was driven to achieve great things. He could have remained just another small town newspaper journalist however after he did a story on the powerful industrialist Andrew Carnegie, he made a decision to follow his beliefs that greatness could be achieved by anyone and undertook to interview many powerful people of his time. Names like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John D Rockerfeller and more. We all have heard about or read his book “Think and Grow Rich” and it certainly is an inspiration to take action.

    Think, decide, and take action should be everyones mantra. One without the others won’t be good enough.

    • Ray

      Well said and well put.

      It is a shame that the easy life we have is such a temptation not to heed Napolean Hill and such people.

      Taking action is not always the easiest thing to do. I am constantly disappointed by how many people in this lucky country as well as in my native USA take what they consider the easy way out when in fact it is in the end the worst way out.

      We are so lucky to have all this inspiration for motivation to take action and make our life what we dream.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  15. Decisions definitely determine our destiny. It only takes one decision to change one’s life (and the lives of others around him). In the case of Jefferson, he has changed the face of the whole world. Imagine if Britain is still the most powerful country today. Australia may not be as culturally rich and diverse as it is today if America didn’t gain its freedom, and Britain still holds the reigns of World politics!
    .-= Kelvin Lim´s last blog ..Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2009 =-.

    • Kelvin

      As an American I love the way you think and express yourself.

      We indeed have had many brave and courageous men in the history of making the USA what it is today. Certainly one can argue that we Americans could do with more of the same. Today we seem frequently swamped by people without the vision and/or courage of our founding fathers and many after them such as Abraham Lincoln etc.

      But, if we look we will be able to find many men who can be major inspiration because of their courage, commitment and dedication.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  16. I decided to write a slightly different blog to what I normally write… it felt slightly uncomfortable as there are parts to it that expose myself. But I kept going because I decided I was going to do it. I continued until it was finished – so there was no going back and no, “I’ll finish it later”. Inevitably, when I say that other things get in the way. I feel I have accomplished something tonight. And it feels really good!
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Ultimate Dream Jobs… =-.

    • Samantha

      How wonderful to feel good about accomplishing something. I agree that writing honestly and from the inside can be confronting and at times even difficult or possibly embarrassing, but you know now that in the end it is the only way to approach this business of writing – from the heart and hang the consequences.

      Congratulations. Keep it up.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  17. Patti Szczygiel Jennings says:

    In 2004 something traumatic happened to me that was a wake up call for me. It was the catapult to a decision that would change my choice of career. I was enjoying my hotel management career, 10 years into it and moving up the executive ladder, when I was assaulted and nearly murdered. I SURVIVED!!!! I came out the winner in the court battle. The injuries I sustained ended my hotel management career, but I did not falter…as I was thrown on the welfare system and now on disability I am happy to say that even without the help of Think and Grow Rich” I used an old high school passion to begin a new path to success. I enjoy writing stories and poetry. I have a website with published poetry and had a few anthologies chosen to be published. I have returned to college to major in English Literature and Creative Writing. I am working on putting a poetry book together and perhaps a fiction novel in the coming years.

    I now have a copy of Think and Grow Rich and have read it very slowly to soak in everything and learn to make what comes my way adapt to my desires. I no longer think that I have to adapt to what is thrown my way.

    My intention is simple. To not remain on disability forever. This is why I am focused on my new career, a new dream.

    • Congrats to all of you who have realized your potential and are standing up for yourself.

      Patti, it’s too bad that you had to experience such cruelty to embrace your ability. Too many people get caught in such a comfort zone which they use for an excuse and never get out of. Best of good luck in your writing career.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..My Book Review of Wondrous Strange by Leslie Livingston =-.

    • Patti

      What a wonderful story. I am proud of you and wish you the very best. I know you will succeed and probably be much happier than in the hotel business.

      I had a near fatal car accident (not my fault) nearly four years ago. I was given less than 2% chance of surviving and when it looked like I might live my wife was told I would never walk. Well, here I am working, walking without aids and getting on with my life. It has been a hard row to hoe, but with a dream and a determination I truly believe anything is possible.

      Congratulations for your life and dreams.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  18. Yolanda Walsh says:

    I read Think and Grow Rich many years ago and it really changed my way of thinking. I came from a very negative back ground and this book helped me immensely!

    • Yolanda

      Isn’t is wonderful to find something like Think and Grow Rich. It seems to me that if we are open and receptive something like this will come along just when we need it most. Surely we need to stay focused and work hard to realize our dream. If we do with the fewest distractions possible, all will be accomplished.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  19. The book helped me become a better person. It changed my perspective in almost all things positively and I believe that eventually, after persistent practice of the principle, I would be more in control of my mind and faith shall always lives on in me.

    • Cordelyn

      What a great thing to have happened. To find something like a book which helps transform the mundane into something important and meaningful can only be mind blowing.

      It is terrific that you have found this. Don’t lose it. Remember that when things go wrong it just gives you the chance to learn how to avoid them in the future.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  20. Nancy Moyle says:

    Yes, it is a privilege to be able to decide for ourselves what our future could be.We all know though, that indecision is the enemy of progress!

    • Nancy

      Well said. When we find the secret that we really can control our future and make our dreams reality it is such a wonderful feeling. I hope that I never face indecision again. I am determined, as you seem to be, to move forward full speed ahead.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  21. Ilse Aschenbrenner says:

    We all have the right, but do we still all have the privilege? There is much in our “modern” society that we should be ashamed of that has taken other people’s privilege away. It is important that those of us who still have the privilege act at every opportunity to have the same privilege returned to everyone. It is important that those who do, do make themselves financially not only independent, but influential, so that they can influence society in a positive way.

    • Ilse

      I am sure that what you say is true. But surely the best way for us to help ‘everyone’ is to be true to ourselves and to proceed toward our own goals and dreams with dedication and hard work. Worrying about others in a general sense is, for me, a useless exercise. Everyone has the chance to take care of his own life but not everyone will.

      Of course we are lucky to be exposed to all this help to find the way to live our dreams, but I don’t think we can worry overly about those who aren’t as fortunate. Only by being true to ourselves and setting the right example can we have any hope of positive influences.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

      • Ilse Aschenbrenner says:

        Hi Dobbs, I can’t agree that everyone has the chance to take care of his own life. Close experience with people with mental health issues for instance, or other disabled people reveals that many don’t. I agree, overly worrying doesn’t achieve anything, but we are clever enough people to find win win solutions. Not that I think charitable handouts ever solves the problem. Business ventures that make profit for those who are improving the lives of the less fortunate, however, can be self perpetuating and make long term, positive changes. A quote I like is from Steven K.Scott, multi-millionaire businessman:
        “Significance can last for eternity, success is only a temporary thing”

  22. Here in America we are brought up with a sense of entitlement and I believe with that comes an obligation to understand how we got to where we are. There were great men (and women) with great minds who realized that their strengths, when combined, far surpassed what they could achieve alone.

    • Heather

      What you say is true. But we still have to look at history and learn from it without too much emphasis. Today is today and what made it what it is certainly is the total of everything that has gone before. However, personally I am willing to admit and accept that and try to get on with my dreams and future with hard work and dedication to what I know is my niche and life.

      Dobbs
      .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  23. Sean

    As an American this hits home with force. The courage of our founding fathers help create the nation which I proudly call home.

    It is good to be reminded of this event. We can get too blase without meaning to.

    Thanks

    Dobbs
    .-= Dobbs Franks´s last blog ..Enhance Your Life With Your Art =-.

  24. What a great story to share. “The Privilege To Decide” – how true is that. We are very fortunate in Australia that we can make choices, and decide how to live our life. To think that back in 1776 one man was brave enough to look at and change the law, and to have 56 people follow through with signing their own name – that is gold. If only we were all brave enough to lead by example, imagine how much better the world would be. Here’s to Thomas Jefferson.
    Lisa
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Its Meant To Be =-.

  25. There is one song that really resonates with me at the moment and hits home about the decisions I make right now. And since we are discussing historical moments, the link between that & ourselves is inescapable… one day people will look back on the decisions we made. What legacy do we want to leave future generations?

    Here are the lyrics from “It’s Your Life” by Francesca Battistelli that I would like to share…

    It’s your life
    What you gonna do?
    The world is watching you
    Every day the choices you make
    Say what you are and who
    Your heart beats for
    It’s an open door
    It’s your life

    Are you who you always said you would be?
    With a sinking feeling in your chest
    Always waiting for someone else to fix you
    Tell me when did you forget

    To live the way that you believe
    This is your opportunity
    To let your life be one that lights the way
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  26. the moment you come to the realisation that you CAN make a better future for those you love and support, is indeed an enlightening moment …. now just have to put wheels on that vehicle that’s going to take me to that wonderful future!

    • So Nancy… what kind of wheels will you be putting on your vehicle that will take you to your wonderful future? I am curious. We can make a better… actually – awesome future for ourselves that will make a difference in the lives of those we love!!

      As Think & Grow Rick says, you need to think-decide-act!!!

      I just need to do a heck of alot more of the latter!!!
      .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  27. Nancy Moyle says:

    well, the first wheel I’m putting on is that I have joined a Mastermind group that is studying ‘Think & Grow Rich”
    Second wheel is determining my purpose – my ‘WHY’ and then applying it along with the plan of what I will give in return for what I want.
    MMM, now that part was hard at the time, but now seems easy compared to the discipline and work required to put the other wheels on
    basically I’m in a phase where my ‘giving’ consists of lots of volunteer work which actually brings me no monetary gain, however, I’m loving what I am doing and believe at the right time I will attract the right opportunity that will be the vehicle needed (oops sorry to be long winded!)

    • Sales must be going up for Think and Grow Rich as I’ve just discovered a need for it, too 🙂 I thought I had it but scanned my shelves and it’s not there.

      Even if it’s a volunteer position, if you’re doing what you love to do you’re going to be honing your craft so in the future you’ll get paid enough to pay bills you may have. If you haven’t found your love yet volunteering in several different fields will allow you to test the waters and experiment until you stumble upon your niche.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

  28. Well done Nancy!!

    Just get something down & the rest will come. Volunteer work is far more rewarding than one would think. You never know what you may get out of it that may take you to your “why.”

    Enjoy the journey! Remember the lessons… it will keep you on path. Deciding, just what Sean is discussing in this blog is ultra important as you keep moving forward.
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  29. Honestly speaking, I cannot remember anymore when was the last time I worry. Since I started reading the two great books that Sean posted, I began to learn how to be always thankful on everything I have and everything that’s comiing, whether big or small. And I also learned to look at the bright side of defeat. Thank you so much!

    • Bravo, Cordelyn! Although I embrace all the teachings Sean has put forth as well as other sources I have found terrible days still exist for me, some I can’t seem to get myself out of. Those days I depend too much on outside sources to lift my spirits while knowing that I should be able to get myself out of them.

      I’m in awe of those who have mastered this act as I’m still practicing hard.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

  30. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    The freedom to choose for ourselves how we will live our lives is something we take for granted. It is expected and sometimes we fail to take full advantage of the opportunities that are available to us to create better lives.

    I think once we throw away any excuses we have that are holding us back, we are free to move forward. If we just realize that not only is the life we want possible but ours for the taking if we decide to move forward. It’s simply a matter of learning to create the right mindset and applying what you have learned.

  31. Good point Jazz – It’s amazes me that although we live in a free country with such great opportunities presented to us daily, we don’t always step out of our comfort zones and seize these opportunities for fear of failure. We owe it to ourselves and the people who don’t have these opportunities to make the most of whatever is presented to us.
    .-= Colin´s last blog ..People Who Discourage Us =-.

    • Hi Colin – Having just come back from South Africa, I understand totally why you’re grateful to be in Australia now. Glad to have you here my friend. 🙂
      .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Green businesses in South Africa =-.

    • Hi Colin,

      Sometimes I don’t think we make the most of the opportunities that are presented to us because life is simply not bad enough to warrant a change. We might talk about wanting a better life but we don’t pursue it.

      We are in our comfort zone and while we might not be completely happy; we’re okay. As you say, it may simply be a fear of failure that holds us back. Whatever it is, we owe it to ourselves and the people who love us to become everything we were meant to be.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

      • You may well be right Jazz. Too ‘comfy’ a comfort zone can make us risk aversive – especially in this too fast paced world.

        It makes me think of China at the moment – although it is frenetically moving ahead over there – there is still no comfort zone for the vast majority and many are just taking the chance to seek, learn and jump right into what is either still somewhat strange or was forbidden 30 years ago.

    • The very freedom and security we have is porbably the very reason we are so risk aversive. We don’t ‘need’ to move out of it. Nothing really threatens us – except our ennui perhaps (?).

      Instead of ‘laid back’ we have become “laid out”.

    • Hi Colin,

      I agree. There are far too many people around the world struggling and they don’t have access to our education or our opportunities. I feel like we owe it to them to make the most of every opportunity that’s presented to us.

      Then I think we need to take our wealth and give back to people who don’t have the same chances as us.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen – Aussie Internet Marketer Making a Difference =-.

  32. Every person is born with a gift of some sort, it is up to the person to work and nurture the gift that they find inside themselves, it is sad if a person cannot find this gift as your whole world opens up when you do and the rest works along with you.
    .-= Richard Colum´s last blog ..Tips for First Time Home Buyers =-.

    • The trouble is that a lot of gifts given aren’t cherished or rewarded in today’s society so people consume themselves with paying the bills instead of discovering their true intent. Balancing finances while struggling to find time to embrace your talent is something we need to change, to give more time to being ourselves knowing the bills will be paid. Too bad the companies expect to be paid every month or we’d have many more amazing people to look up to 🙂
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

      • Part of it is the pace or busy-ness of our world. We don’t ‘take’ time to slow down and not just reflect about our own talents (fulfilled or not) but we often don’t take the time to help other realize their talents – and especially those of our kids.

        I love gardening for the very reason that it makes me take a break and smell the roses (literally in some cases!)

        Reading does it for me too – how often do people take’ time out’ and just curl up with a good thriller to relax. Sometimes the housework can wait, a little dust never hurt anyone – and so what if the grass is too long.

    • It is also sad when society does not give the freedom to people to express their gifts and be all they can be.

  33. Fully agree Sam

    Some people only live in the moment oblivious to what went before.

    Those that are aware and appreciate those sacrifices and able to move forward.
    .-= Gee´s last blog ..Why You Should Just Ignore Fad Diets (Part 2) =-.

  34. Hi Sean

    I agree with your comment “It is a privilege that some people don’t really appreciate” meaning the priveledge to decide and I would like to add ‘action’ in there, “the priveledge to decide to take acton”.

    We all have the priveledge to decide to take action. We can all make decisions, we can all think but not everyone in the world is able to take action. Here in this country, we can take action on so many things as long as we don’t break the law.

    We can have a choice. So many people in the world don’t.

  35. We are responsible ultimately for our own lives and the decisions we take. However, in our increasingly ‘nanny state’ this can be thwarted sometimes!

    In some ways that then reinforces the need to take charge and make our own way as completely as possible in the online endeavours we are pursuing.

    I think too it underlines the need to work and associate with like-minded people

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