Thursday, April 10, 2014
                                      Spring Edition 261
Russell R. Shippee
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"You can do anything you want to do. You just can't do everything you want to do."


- George Torok

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending."     


- Jim Henson 


"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of
things which matter least."  




"We are what we imagine. Our very existence consists in our imagination of ourselves."    


N. Scott Momaday 


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I'm told it's officially spring in RI. Well, it feels like winter, it's cold, the wind is honking, and very few people are working on their boats. Yet, it is spring.

April 15th is not only tax day in the USA, it's also the day winter storage of boats ends and the boats at the dock have to leave unless they have a summer contract. My boat is going to the mooring. Hence, I'm working in the cold to get her ready to move.

This past weekend I had a choice. I could go to a non-profit board meeting or my grandson's soccer game. I'm told board meeting went well. At the soccer game the coach told the kids to give their practice balls to someone to hold as the game was starting. I got to hold his ball.  Now, that's value!  The value of being there to hold something for a grandchild.  I'm learning to make better decisions.  How about you?

The article is about questions and the answers. When it comes to some questions we need not give them a second thought. Family first.  You'll never regret putting the family first.



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The question provides the answer

If you want to find the answer, you have to ask the question.

We worry, we fret, and we fear we don't know. We waste time rather than taking the time to obtain the answer. If we have the question, we most likely have the answer.  The answer lies in the questions.

Write the question. Then, take a deep breath, and list the possible answers or solutions to the question. You'll find the answer or the guidance needed to obtain the answer. It's amazing, you might not believe it, but if you try it you'll become a believer.

You might not have the answer to the question. But, in trying to answer the question, your answers will guide you to how best to find the answer. There is always a solution, always an answer to any question.  You just might not like the answer and try to avoid it.

I arranged a meeting with an experienced investor who has been coaching me on my personal investing.  I had questions and it was time to obtain some answers and clarifications.

In preparation, I started to actually write the questions that had been clogging up my mind and bothering me over time. Phew, just putting them down on paper cleared my head and made me aware that there were not as many as I had thought. I had blown the issue out of proportion as I had only worried and not focused nor written the issues down. In our mind they always appear bigger than they are.

Then I realized I had answers. I started to write down the possible answers. I was relieved, I did know more than I thought, and, just maybe, I had some answers.  Regardless, I felt better and more prepared for the meeting. I wondered how many of my answers will be right.

Sure enough, many of my answers were on target. For those that were off, I was at least headed in the right direction.

My coach helped me greatly, and I could not have done it without him.  I needed to write down the questions and focus on them in order to answer them. My coach had already provided much of the needed information. I only had to write the questions to bring the answers back to my consciousness.

When we are first learning something new we do not even know the questions. It's only after we have some knowledge on the subject that we have questions. That's because we have the answers.

Without taking the time to write the questions my coach could not have been of as much value as he was when we had specifics to address. A coach has to know your issues and concerns.  With that, a coach can be of more value to you.

Too often we get overwhelmed with an issue and it's like an endless tape in our minds. It's like a project we have to accomplish and we spend more time worrying about how big the project is than the time it takes to get it done. Our mind does a great job of blowing things out of proportion.

Get the questions down on paper. Start the project. Take the first step. The second step comes more more quickly and easily. The questions are answered and the project is done.  Our mind is at rest.