Thursday, November 3, 2011 — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Fall Edition #190
Russell R. Shippee
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Lucky is what we are. Luckier than we realize.

Blue skies and the wind at your back -- a sailor's luck for sure!

The photo above is from the 2011 Wickford Classic Boat Race

Then just last weekend, here in New England, we had an old fashioned Nor'Eastor storm. Rain, wind, and even snow in October. Me, I rushed to get the rubber raft out of the water, and make sure the Golden Goose was secured for the wind. Whew . . . lucky again! The storm allowed me to sit home and read. Oh, and play with my grandsons.

I was even lucky on Halloween. Yes, the candy, but also seeing my grandchildren so excited to be dressed in costumes. Parents, too. We are never too old to get in a costume and laugh. As we said last week, be A Crazy One.

Some of you are doing holiday shopping for gifts. We'll be listing things in addition to the books we recommend in the bookstore. We'll recommend things that help people to be the BEST they can be. They're the gifts that keep on giving.This year give the gift of education and encouragement.

We'll all be lucky if you continue to tell your friends to sign up for the newsletter. Hey, it's a gift you can give to someone and it won't even cost you any money. Perfect!

A reader, BSR, liked last week's article. She's in a club and mentioned that when someone says they will 'try' it usually means no, they won't do it. She's right! So were others who decided it was time to make a commitment.

What commitment are you going to do to attract more luck?



"You can’t get to the next chapter of your life if you keep rereading the last one."


"Don’t wait, the time will never be just right."


"If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?"


"If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress. "


Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.

Steve Jobs built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

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Can you count the ways you are lucky?

If you do, you’ll be surprised. Surprised at how lucky you are. Perhaps, even more surprised that you created your own luck.

You may think of it as luck. It’s luck; but luck is based on what you have and haven’t done. Luck is based on people, places, and things. It’s luck based not on what has happened to you, but based on how you reacted to what has happened to you.

We make our own luck.

Most importantly, is how lucky we are with our close relationships. If we are lucky enough to have people who love us, why, we also, love them. We pay attention to them, and they to us. In a relationship, both parties are lucky, and both work at their luck.

I was lucky last weekend. I had the sailboat of my dreams, and I was racing her in a big wind with a crew made up of friends, most of whom where good sailors. I was lucky to have the friends, the boat, and the chance to sail in a race with big wind.

The luck of the boat was in searching for her, buying her, and now, taking care of her. It’s an investment in money and time. But, I get so much more back from the boat in enjoyment. I am so lucky to have the boat and the friends to sail with, as well as living in a great area that is conducive to sailing.

I’m lucky to have a great relationship with my older grandson. With kids relationships are spelled: t-i-m-e. I assist in babysitting during the week on several afternoons. It’s a commitment of time. I’m lucky to be able to commit the time, and lucky that I have the chance to do so. Ideally, it will be a lifelong relationship. Now, with my second grandchild, I hope to be just as lucky with him. To obtain the luck, I just have to sure to spend t-i-m-e with him, also.

I’m lucky to live near the water. It’s where I want to be. So, I’m here. I’ve arranged my work such that I can live near the water. It’s a choice. I created my own luck.

I’m lucky to earn a living. At the same time, I work at it, I study, and I put the time in. Having been in sales, I know that when you call on enough people with something they need, you’ll sell some of them. You’ll earn a good living. Luck is doing the work, and in doing the work, the luck will come.

Want to be luckier? Be nice to everyone. Learn. Grow. Do. Reach out, stretch. Do what you want. Help others to do what they want. Enjoy yourself. Smile. You’ll be lucky.