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Thursday, December 15, 2011 — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Fall Edition #196

Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator
So many of you made fun
of my Santa hat — well
it looks like the
Ho, Ho, Ho's are not over
and this week I've grown
a white beard.
Uh-oh,
what's next?!
ENGAGE
Forward this newsletter
to those you know
who may be inspired by it.
Help them to see
themselves in
the proper light.

Lose Yourself and you think, "I'm already lost!" Especially at year end, people feel lost and feel like they have to rush and can't catch up. No, you are not alone.

Today I am writing to you as I leave Florida. No, I have not enjoyed the warm weather, I have been in a 5 day training. 5 days, from 8 AM until after 9 PM. It's intense, it's good, and it's worth all the time and effort at this busy time of year.

The class is called the M5 and it's about creating wealth by way of different real estate strategies as well as option trading. Interestingly, the training stresses honesty and integrity in all whom you deal with and it stresses giving back. They mention God and giving to help others. While it may not be in vogue today, there were 450 people in attendance, and no one complained. They taught and they gave great value. Contact me if you want information on it.

Some were young, some you could see had trouble paying to come, some were wealthy, and one couple both had walkers and were in their eighties. But, they were there, they wanted to learn, and they needed to learn, as they needed more money. They could not afford to stay at the hotel, and they packed their own lunch and dinner. If they can do it, you can. You are not too old.

Looking around and listening made me think. They are right, any one of us can do it if we only take focused action. There is help and expertise for the asking. There are always opportunities. The opportunities and success go to those who take action, who take a risk, and engage in life.

Need a gift for someone you love? Give the gift of education. Give the gift of motivation. Give the gift of belief in them. Be a mentor or find a mentor for them.

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PS There was lots of feedback to last week's letter. It is always interesting to hear back from you and what hit a nerve. Thanks to all of you who have written and those of you who wanted to, but haven't yet.


Quotations

"I was always looking outside of myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within"

Unknown

"Always do what is right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest."

Mark Twain

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight -- it’s the size of the fight in the dog"

Dwight D Eisenhower

"If at first you do succeed try not to look too surprised.
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Unknown


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It’s time to lose yourself
so that you can find yourself.

LOSE YOURSELF
To find yourself, you must lose yourself.

We take ourselves too seriously. Often people work on themselves, or wish they could. We wonder. We look in the mirror and then look away. We wonder when we will find ourselves.

What’s our purpose? What’s our meaning? What’s our true north? Why are we here? What are we to do? Why am I in this situation? Why did this happen to me?

We can sit and wonder, read books, or talk to someone.

Stop it. Stop it right NOW.

Get over yourself. Get over your hang ups. Get over your self importance.

To find yourself you have to lose yourself. Get lost in going, doing, and being. Get lost in helping others. Get lost in being engaged.

It’s only in action and doing that’ll you find the way, the light, and the path. You can’t find anything sitting still, worrying, and thinking about yourself.

It’s the journey, it’s the action, it’s the movement that we are here for. Start down the road. Take the fork in the road. Only with the risk of doing is there a reward. If it’s the wrong road, in traveling it you’ll know and you can change.

Not happy? Then change. Change direction, change your attitude, change your friends. Do something different.

If you stop thinking about yourself, and start thinking about others, serving and doing for and with others, you’ll wake up one day knowing yourself. You can only know yourself by way of the mirror of others.

In the doing you find what works, what feels good, and what fulfills you. Books help, reading helps, but the results come from you ‘doing’.

No, you are not too busy. Yes, you have the time. You always have time to do what is important. Do you spend your time harried and scattered? Do you waste time being inefficient? Do you waste time by not planning ahead? Knowing you do these things also allows you to change them.

Don’t lose yourself in the details, doing the unimportant. Focus on the big things, the things that have meaning and value. Every day is a gift. If not used it’s lost and can never be recovered. Use it or lose it.

Only you know the truth of how busy you are and what you are accomplishing. Worrying about yourself has never worked and will never work.

It’s time for action. It’s time to try new things. It’s time to get involved. It’s time to learn. It’s time to take a risk.

Go out and fail. Go out and find what doesn’t work. Go out and you’ll find what does work, what feels good, and what fulfills you. Go out NOW and do it.

Life doesn’t wait. Time is your abundance, your wealth, and your gift. Use it or lose it. You can’t exchange it, and you can’t get it back. You don’t know how much time you have left.

It’s time to lose yourself so that you can find yourself.