Thursday, March 13, 2014
                                      Winter Edition 260
Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator


"Take the job you would take if you were independently wealthy. You're going to do well at it."


- Warren Buffett

"The work that is really a man's own work is play and not work at all. When we talk about the great workers of the world, we really mean the players of the world."


- Mark Twain 


"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."


-Steve Jobs


"I would never use a long word where a short one would answer the purpose. I know there are professors in this country who "ligate" arteries. Other surgeons only tie them, and it stops the bleeding just as well."



Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr 


Quick Links




First I must wish my middle child a HAPPY BIRTHDAY as it's her birthday today.  

We are back from our annual ski trip. Travel is refreshing and you are apt to come back recharged and even more productive. I know, I am.  My next scheduled vacation is seven months away.

So, I'm willing to add a maximum of three new clients for a six month or less program. It can be accountability coaching, finding my purpose coaching, new job/new career coaching, or small business tune up. What do you need?

People usually wait until they are in pain to ask for help. Often, they feel they can't afford it and, in the end, they realize they could not afford NOT to obtain the help needed. The help will create increased income.

Most people take summer vacations. Are you one of them? If so, it's time to be productive so that when you do take your vacation you won't feel guilty, but proud of what you have accomplished so far in 2014. Otherwise, you'll feel guilty taking a vacation when your work is not up to date.

You can read about your LIFELINE below. The real key is to work on yours. It takes time to get it right. You are already working on it. Look back at the history of your LIFELINE and what you have done and accomplished. Satisfied? Enough said.  It's time to create your ideal LIFELINE and then live to it. It's easier than you think and far more rewarding, exciting, and empowering. 

I have not done a teleseminar for my subscribers in a while. If you would like one on the LIFELINE hit reply to this newsletter and tell me. I might just do one for you! 



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Author, Speaker, Navigator 


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Who is, Where is, What is, Your Lifeline?

If you want a lifeline, you need to build it NOW, now before you look back on your life wishing you had one.

Here are 2 samples:  


Here's another sample, complete, full of life and adventure. Which one is yours? What have you done about it? How much of that lifeline have you wasted? 


Life is to be lived and living starts today, right here, right now - this very minute!  You can decide to live. You can decide to engage in life. You can decide to recognize you are the captain, you are in control, and it is your life. 



Too often, we have to die first in order to live. A near death experience often awakens us to the value of life itself. It awakens us to our mortality. It makes us aware of what we have done, and what we have yet to do, with our time on earth. 



The majority of people live each year as a repeat of the last year. Little change. There are the same old goals that never seem to be accomplished. Life is boring and one wonders, 'is this all there is to life?'



If you don't change, if you don't have a plan, a lifeline to follow, life is boring and without much meaning. If one day is just like the next, it's time to live, it's time to engage. It's time. 


There are many possible approaches. The key is to find the one that motivates you, and use it. 


Here are some options to consider:

* At what age do I want to retire? 

* How much money do I need? 


* What things do I want to have (boats, cars, houses, art)?
 * What adventures do I want in my lifetime?
 * What skills do I want to learn?
 * What career and income goals do I have?
 * Where do I want to live? When?
 * What do I want to accomplish in my life? 

degree in


educating grandchildren


community work




personal  (travel, education, adventures, free time)


You can answer the questions and then put the answers on the lifeline. Then back up to today filling in what you have to do when to accomplish your goal at the stated age. If you are going to retire at 65 with $5,000,000 you need to schedule that back to today as to what has to be done in order to accomplish the goal. 


As you chart your lifeline you'll see how fast life goes, what has to be done when, and how fast the time disappears. You'll find conflicting goals and will have to choose which ones to keep, which ones to delay, and which ones to eliminate. 


No, you can't do it all. There are conflicts; and building the lifeline will help you to determine which has the greatest value and which can be eliminated. It's an interesting and insightful process. It's fun too. 


Imagine, it's your life, it's an open slate, it's your design, and today is the day to design it. Make it an exciting adventure. Make it something worth jumping out of bed for in the morning. 


Filling the lifeline is exciting and empowering. The visualization works and helps to keep you focused on that which has the most value for you. 


Try it. Start with just one item. Start wtih your retirement date. What comes up, and what is needed between now and then will surprise you. 


Your lifeline needs your attention NOW. Start. Start to work on it. It's always a work in progress, and it will change based on your changing priorities. That's OK.  The key is to know where you are going and when.  Then you can adjust as needed and still keep your focus on the life you want to live - the things you want to do. Live your life on purpose.