Thursday, April 4, 2013
                                      Spring Edition 247
russell_newRussell R. Shippee
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 "One song can spark a moment. One flower can wake the dream. One tree can start a forest. One bird can herald spring. One vote can change a nation. One sunbeam lights a room. One candle wipes out darkness. One laughter will conquer gloom. One step must start each journey. One word must start a prayer. One hope will raise our spirits. One touch can show you care. One voice can speak with wisdom. One heart can know what's true. One life can make a difference. That difference can start with you."

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."

-Karen Lamb


"If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen."  



"If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most."   
-E B White

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Ahoy Captain 

The letter last week on the water slide brought back good memories to many of you.  Enjoy the wonderful memories.

D commented that it seemed I was always on vacation. No, I just wrote about a past vacation. Reliving the experience of a great time, such as the water slide, creates a little mini vacation in our minds. Try it. Enjoy it.

Now, the fact is that many of us are not up to date on our goals. This week is 'Smarter than I'. Everyone is smarter in a certain area. But, you are also smarter in your area of unique ability.

As others can help you, and you should take advantage of their skills, they will also take advantage of yours. You do have more to offer than you realize. Be proud, you are smarter in your area of expertise.

Our area of expertise, whatever that may be, comes to us easily. So easily that we often don't realize the value of it or how it can help others. Well, it does. We are all of great value.

As promised last week, the new tele seminar schedule is on the left. Be sure to sign up.

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Smarter than I 

When I started to race my new sailboat I knew what I needed.

I needed racers smarter than I. How would I ever learn, and ever win a race, if I didn't have people who knew how to race. If they knew how to race, they were smarter than I, as I only wanted to race, but had not learned the skill.

If you are the smartest person on the team, you are on the wrong team. If you are there to teach, it's perfect. If you are there to learn and grow, it's the wrong team.

Ideally, we always have people who are smarter and from whom we can learn. If they are not smarter, we are not going to get the value we are looking for.

My race team was great. I had four people who were better racers, smarter than I. Each one had a unique ability for an aspect of the race. Together they made a winning team. Me, I had the boat, and I was willing and anxious to learn. Learn I did, and improve I did.

I was the captain. But, I took orders, I listened, I learned, and I followed instructions. Sure, I owned the boat, I was the captain, but they had the knowledge and the skills. So, I followed, I studied, and I learned.  Over the next few years I became better and better. Well, I thought so. You might want to ask them.

Always try to be on a team and associate with people who are smarter than you are. That way, you learn and grow. We learn many different ways, but following a role model, a coach, or a mentor is a great ways to learn one on one, hands on.

In our second year of racing, we came in first place and continued in first place. We were the team to beat. It was a team, it was skilled people who worked together taking advantage of each member's unique abilities. We all learned from each other. We all won.

Alone it is difficult to win. Together it is much easier and more rewarding. Sharing the excitement of winning makes it all the more exciting and valuable. Truly, no one member of the team wins. Together, we all win.

Where do you want to learn and grow? Who can be part of your team? Who can mentor you? Who can coach you?  Find the best and join their team or have them join yours. Do what it takes.

I have a team for the newsletter and for the articles. The articles are edited and improved by the team as is the rest of the newsletter. When you write to me, you are also writing to them. It's us, all of us, that make it what it is.

If you own a business, job one is to build your team with people smarter than you are. Bring in those who have needed skills that you do not have. Doing so will almost guarantee your success. Failure to do so can easily lead to failure. It's that simple.

Be open, be willing, be big enough to win by having people better than you on your team. It's challenging, fun, and rewarding.