Thursday, September 11, 2014
                                      Summer Edition 268
Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator

"Things do not change; we change."

- Henry David Thoreau

"Action breeds confidence and courage. Inaction breeds doubt and fear. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."

- Dale Carnegie    


"Who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow."




"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll;
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul."


-William Ernest Henley 




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OK, it's time. You know it, and so do I. The year end rush is on. It's time to catch up on all we have yet to do. It's time to look in the mirror and make some decisions.

We are in control. It's our life. We are the captain. We have no one to blame but ourselves. Yup, it's true.

Last letter I offered my latest workbook, 13 Keys as a free download. Many of you have expressed how much you're enjoying it.  For those of you who missed this opportunity - take a quick minute to download your complimentary copy.  Then join me on September 30th for a valuable discussion where we'll review the keys together.

September 30th
10:00 a.m. EDT / 7:30 p.m. EDT.

13 Keys TeleSeminar

Last week I offered space to a few of you who wanted a coach for year end. Yes, it can be done on the phone, and you do not have to live in Rhode Island.  Call or email if interested. If I have space, I will work to fit you in. You'll be glad you did.

This week I am enjoying the great New England weather sitting in my office working. Working feels good. Do you agree?  If not, change your work, work should be fun, exciting, and challenging.

Read the article (below) on mistakes. Since 1997 I have written many newsletters, and there have been mistakes. I hesitate to say many, but I am sure some would.  Yet, I continue, ideally making fewer mistakes.


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Learn from your Mistakes    

The best learning is by making a mistake.

When we make a mistake, especially a big one, we learn, and we remember. We remember the danger and the problem created by the mistake. We don't have to memorize, we learn instantly.

As a sailor for many years, I have made a lot of mistakes. No, I won't share them, trust me, there have been plenty. Yet, because of the mistakes, I am a far better sailor today.  Mistakes, accidents, and near disasters teach unforgettable lessons.

Sometimes I reflect on my sailing mistakes, and it makes me realize how fortunate I am. Someone has to be looking out for me and protecting me, as I sure have not done the best job of it.

What mistake did you make that caused a problem or near disaster? What was the lesson? I'll bet you can recall it instantly, and you know what to do and what not to do.

Kids make mistakes. We do our best to teach and explain. But, often, kids have to make the mistake themselves to learn and truly understand.

My father was exasperated at me many times when he told me something, and I did not listen and continued to make the mistake. Once I made the mistake, his words came back to me.  

Why do we have to learn the hard way? Even when told, we often just continue to do it our way in spite of having heard the risks. Then, we learn....     We learn the hard way.

Learning by reading and listening is the norm. Yet, learning by doing is the best way of learning and the easiest to retain. Yet, there is no learning as good as making a mistake.

How often do you remember your mistakes and continue to beat yourself up over them? Oh, 'I was so stupid,' or 'I should have known better.'   Yet, the proper way to look at the mistake is to realize it was you learning. You've learned, and you won't make the same mistake again. Or, if you do, it's a decision, it's a choice. For some reason you were willing to make the mistake again.

The only way not to make a mistake is to never do anything, especially anything new. But, that is not living, it's not engaging with life, and it's not fun.  The more mistakes you make, the more you have done, and the more you have learned.

It's fall, the kids are back in school. Well, we should all be back in school, learning, growing, and trying new things.

How many mistakes can you make and learn from today?