Let’s Go Crazy: It’s Just About… Life

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If you want to reach the higher shelves in life, then you must stand on the books you read. – Jim Rohn

Time and time again this proves to be right on target, especially when those books help educate, motivate and inspire you with great ideas and just as importantly spur you into action. We all need help because we can only think of so many ideas, and too many times those thoughts can actually get in your way if they go south, because if your thinkin’ is stinkin’ – so is your life.

A good book talks to you and makes you talk to yourself – so now you can listen and feed your mind with words and encouragement to help you reach your potential. Currently I am reading The Carpenter, (http://jongordon.com/carpenter/), one of the newest books by author John Gordon and this excerpt I am about to share with you made me stand up and take notice, made me want to go crazy:

“If you are not crazy enough to declare what you want to achieve and receive, then you aren’t crazy enough to succeed. I don’t know if you’ve realized this or not, but you have to be a little crazy to be a big success. Throughout history every genius and great idea has been deemed crazy by those who were too ‘normal’ to see and understand the ‘crazy’ person’s vision. Small minds can’t understand big dreams. You have to be a little crazy to want to attempt it, (to do what has yet to be done), knowing that failure is very likely. And now you have to be a little crazy in your thoughts and beliefs about the future. Don’t get normal. Stay crazy.”

Talk to yourself, don’t just listen to your thoughts. Go bold. Dream big. Never settle for less. Go crazy.

Until next time thanks for taking the time,
Mark (Still crazy after all these years)

Mark Brodinsky, Author, Huffington Post Blogger, Financial Services

The #1 Amazon Best Seller: It Takes 2. Surviving Breast Cancer: A Spouse’s Story
(http://www.spouses-story.com/)

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The Sunday Series @ One Year – A Book?

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A year of stories. A year of courage, hope and inspiration. A year that is just the beginning. A book? More on that in a moment.

I’m not going to spend a lot of time reminiscing here – just a moment to reflect and to thank all of those who agreed to participate because Sunday has become the most fulfilling day of the week. Now mind you we are not at 52 posts, there have been 44 Sunday Series, but a calendar year has passed since my first Sunday Series. There have been some weeks I didn’t post, stories which for whatever reason fell apart, interviews that couldn’t be done at the last second because of circumstances, both the interviewees and my own. Sometimes life gets in the way…after all the other half of this blog is called, It’s Just About… Life, right?

Now as a tribute I could easily post the links to all 44 Sunday Series so far right on this page, but I won’t. You will have to wait for the book. At least that’s my idea right now, to turn this Sunday Series into my next book – Courage, Hope & Inspiration: The Sunday Series, with Mark Brodinsky. I’ve mentioned this idea out loud a few times, I believe it possible and I have an action plan I am creating… sometimes that’s all it takes, it can be just that simple. In my mind, and I hope yours, I believe it a worthwhile endeavour to share other people’s stories with the world and make them permanent inside the pages of a book. I think around the time we get to 50 posts on the Sunday Series would be a good time to start – maybe even before.

Understand I will need help, support (editing, graphic artist work, printing assistance, maybe even crowd funding) and permission from those inside these stories to agree to be part of the book, but I believe together we can create something special, something unique, something to stand for all time. The stories on this Sunday Series deserve such a showcase for others to be inspired by those who overcome, fight to survive, live through trying times, or are living their purpose.

But at the one year mark I figure it most appropriate to reprint the first Sunday Series – after all you never forget your first.  More thought and detail on a book idea in the weeks and months to come – for now, thank you for the inspiration and the honor of sharing your stories with the world. Now a look back at the very first Sunday Series: Ian’s Story. Please click the link below:
http://markbrodinsky.com/the-sunday-series-begins-its-just-about-life/

Until next time, thanks for taking the time
Mark

Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Financial Services
The #1 Amazon Best-Seller: It Takes 2. Surviving Breast Cancer: A Spouse’s Story (http://www.spouses-story.com/)
The referral vault for The Sunday Series is always open: markbrodinsky@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Ouch!: It’s Just About… Life

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We all fail sometimes. The question is in which direction?

Fail and fall back and never get up, or fail forward, learn the lesson and get going. It’s not always easy since mistakes, lack of judgment and the like can be easy to do and harder to get back up from. The challenge is not to make the same mistake twice. The challenge is to get up and move forward and make a difference in your own life and in the lives of others.

John C. Maxwell wrote an entire book on the subject, Failing Forward, how mistakes are stepping-stones to success, that the not-talked-about, terrible truth is that all roads to achievement lead through the land of failure. So much success from so much failure.

It can happen in all facets of life from health, to wealth, to relationships. The idea then is to not repeat the same mistakes, to take better care of yourself, to take charge of responsibilities and to mend the fences of human interaction, since relationships are the foundation of everything.  No one is perfect. Perfection is an illusion, but success is not. The road to richness in life is paved with speed bumps and potholes. The trick is not to fall in too deep, or to get stuck where there seems to be no way out and to get back on track. Trust in the process in business, in family… in life.

It comes from words and from actions. Ideas and visions are wonderful, but there is no substitution for implementation. Even the smallest step is a move in the right direction.  What sometimes seems to be the most insignificant activity, the smallest gesture, over time can lead to massive results.

Fail?  Then learn. At least you did something, the question you must then ask yourself is was it the right thing? If not, how can you do better next time? Analysis, not paralysis, will lead you to take the next step, the right step. You can’t afford to go back, only to move forward, even if it’s failing forward that gets you to where you eventually want to go.

Keep on the journey.

Until next time, thanks for taking the time.

Mark

Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Financial Services

The #1 Amazon Best-Seller: It Takes Two. Surviving Breast Cancer: A Spouse’s Story

(http://www.spouses-story.com/

Connect with Mark: markbrodinsky@gmail.com

 

 

The First Time in Forever: It’s Just About… Life

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It ain’t easy, but it ain’t over.

Anything worth doing, worth accomplishing, worth fighting for is rarely easy. Some might look at the difficult situation and say the following:

“It’s never been done before.”
“There’s just no way.”
“It’s destiny, you can’t change it.”
“It’s impossible.”

Yet ordinary people do extraordinary things all the time. Electricity. Automobiles. A cure for polio. The 4-minute mile.

So many said it was just too hard, it couldn’t be done, others had tried and failed, so why even give it a shot?

“Just give up.”

So then what’s the point. If it was a foregone conclusion, why even try? You know why? Because it’s not. It’s why we live life. It’s why we play the game, for the chance to do something extraordinary, something which has never been done before.

The Orioles are down 0-2 in the ALCS, after dropping the first two games at home. The road team, after going up 2-0 has never failed to make it to the World Series. There’s no way the Orioles can come back.

Never say never. It’s only never been done before, doesn’t mean it won’t.

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Last night my family and I traveled to the Ronald McDonald House for activity hour, a chance to interact and connect with the children and families living in the temporary home, as the kids go through treatments at local hospitals. Do you think a few of these families, with children facing possibly life-long physical challenges, or critical illnesses, have heard words like, “it’s never been done before”, “there’s just no way”, “you can’t”, “you won’t”. Maybe. And just maybe they are fighting long odds, or fighting against all odds. But they do fight, because they believe, and because the human experience will frequently take you to places you never thought you could go and do things other people thought were impossible. Only impossible, because they were never faced with the challenge, or couldn’t find the will to fight.

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There can always be a first time, just like my daughters and a young girl staying at RMH sang about last night. Just click on the link below:

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The first time in forever. There’s always a chance.

Until next time, thanks for taking the time.

Mark

Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Financial Services

The #1 Amazon Best-Seller: It Takes 2. Surviving Breast Cancer: A Spouse’s Story

(http://www.spouses-story.com/)

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