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The power of difficulty

Growth is only possible when you are out of your element. In the evolution of becoming the best possible you, you must venture outside of your comfort zone. The first step in

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Surviving and growth

mastering a skill or developing a talent is doing something poorly. No amount of natural talent replaces practice.  A couple of weeks ago I was watching Oprah interview Mark Nepo. Mark has amazing spiritual depth. One of the crucibles of his growth as a poet was his three year battle with cancer. He emerged from that experience with an incredible depth and understanding. Unpredictable events come into all of our lives. What we do with those events has everything to do with who we become.

Sooner or later, just by living, we are reduced to what matters, as so many things we thought were important and irreplaceable are broken or snapped like small branches in a storm. And somehow, we stand taller with less coverings. It is then we begin to feel gratitude, even though it’s hard to be grateful for what is difficult. In this regard, all poems are expressions of truth and gratitude.

I Bow To All

I keep telling strangers that

to be in the presence of those

with whom you can both share

pain and celebrate just waking

is the answer to loneliness.

via I Bow To All | the Promise of the Inner World

The gift of mistakes

Every major opportunity in my life was the gift of a colossal mistake.  Life is an adventure. Twenty years ago the mortgage market changed overnight from mostly the refinance of existing mortgages to a purchase money new mortgage environment. My business model was consumer direct. I was spending $50,000 per month on TV and radio driving leads to a phone room and converting those leads to refinance mortgage loans. I

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was making a fortune. When the market tuned  consumer direct was no longer viable. The purchase mortgage business is done largely by referral. Referrals come from relationships that are built over time with realtors, builders and past clients. The end result was going from being rich and ready to retire to being broke in a matter of months. It was a sobering experience. Over the subsequent 20 years, I’ve discovered some amazing things. That path has lead me to the creation of a personal and business development course that is being released in January 2014. Early reviews of the material have been stellar. I have never had so much fun with any project I’ve worked. None of which would be possible absent the journey of that last two decades. “Designing Success Strategies 2014” Check out this module form the course. I think you will find it empowering. To your success

Take every available opportunity to improve yourself. You should not fear making decisions even if you do not feel as sure about it as you would like to be. Good instincts derive from making successful decisions. Even mistaken decisions are valuable because they provide instructive learning experiences. When you learn from your mistakes, you are less likely to repeat them.  Try to maximize your work time and get more work done. Take an ample amount of breaks when you are working hard. This might seem counter intuitive at first, but taking more breaks actually gives your mind a chance to recover, which improves concentration when you return to work. via Great Personal Development Advice Anyone Can Use | iGodMind

 The creative genius within

We all have a creative genius within. Some of us have developed it over a lifetime and others have lost the creative belief. For those of you that have fallen prey to the false idea

Mind map for creativelty

The creative mind map

that you either have it or you don’t there is good news. You do have it. Its just been sleeping. Time to wake the creative genius within and take back the wonder you were born with as a child. Start by creating a mind map. A simple idea written down in the middle of a large blank page. I started with “create a personal development course that will transform people’s lives” and ended up with an amazing journey of personal growth.

When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find their creative confidence.

David and his brother Tom Kelley just published the book Creative Confidence,which will hit the stores soon.

via The Importance of Fostering Kids’ Creative Confidence | MindShift

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About davemac2200

This has been my journey of discovery. I started my career path as a profession musician. The nest step in the journey was selling guitars and managing a music store. Selling guitars turned into to selling cars and then becoming a new car sales manager of a dealership. While managing the dealership, I stared investing in real estate and studying mortgage lending, gaining more control of the finance process. Soon I became a mortgage loan officer, manager and finally, owner of a mortgage company. After the financial melt down in 2009, I transitioned to foreclosure defense. Many of my clients were losing their homes as a result of unemployment. Countless talented individuals had lost their jobs and not found a suitable replacement. Executive from 45-65 were competing with young college graduates, who willing to work for 25% of that of the seasoned professional. There is a substantial need for executive re-education programs. To that purpose, I founded "Income Alternatives” to assist displaced executives in finding alternative sources of income. The path I've outlined could never have been imagined, in advance of the journey. Please share your journey in a comment here. Thanks
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