Another jam packed week is in the books. The focus, as always, should be on being effective, not busy. This week we accomplished that goal. We are going to end the week on a lighter note with some truths about life, some brutal and some beautiful. Two contrasting yet complimentary lists that offer some reminders about the way things are. As always, please make sure you are setting aside the time today to review your calendar, task lists, etc. and set yourself up for success heading into the weekend.

Now, about the lists. Some of the truths are truly brutal. For example, we are going to die, as are everyone we love. So start structuring your life in a meaningful way and tell the people you love how you care about them. On the beautiful side, remember that you will fail and more than likely nobody will notice! We all fail so don’t beat yourself up about it. Remember, everyone is scared, not just you. All the stuff that holds you back: fear, inertia, complacency? Billions of other people also feel it. There’s no shame in fear. Just don’t let it rule you. You can’t make everyone happy, and if you try, you’ll lose yourself.

Your material wealth won’t make you a better or happier person. Your obsession with finding happiness is what prevents its attainment. Live in the moment, appreciate what you already have. Investing in yourself isn’t selfish. It’s the most worthwhile thing you can do. People might not remember your name, but they will certainly remember how you made them feel. Clich├ęs are true, and one of the truest is that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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