2020 has been a challenging year. I feel pretty confident saying that will go uncontested. Is it more difficult than other years is the real question. This year, the struggles are obvious; COVID, civil unrest, "interesting" political banter, etc... These are very easy to point to as obstacles to success. But...what happened in 2019?


When 2020 began, had you met your goals for 2019? Did you build that project, invest in a business, learn how to market effectively (talking to myself)? Or, was there an obstacle that prevented you from accomplishing your goals and dreams then too?


When business is booming, we don't often think about creating that perfect infrastructure that will help to sustain and carry us forward into the next year. The excitement of DOING the job is way more fun than building the sewage system for our business; so to speak.


Another year will pass. We will look back and evaluate. Will we be satisfied with what we see? I friend of mine, Jim Walters, told me a long time ago to "look forward to hindsight." I wish I could say (see there! I just did it) that I implemented the advice fully. Its a process and a struggle to continue to self-evaluate/critique and adjust. It is part of any strategic plan according to the textbooks but, we often miss that part.


Here's a thought. Look forward to what you want to have checked off the list for this year. Set goals working backwards attached to a specific timeline and then start. One step at a time. Even accomplishing half of those goals could very well be 100% more than the previous year. Just remember, continued effort toward an unworthy or no goal, will not make it right. What will 2020 look like when it is hindsight? Another wise man told me "more happens if you start now!"


Let's do this!

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You know, its funny how fickle we can be sometimes; at least with our feelings. Just completed another audiobook. Each time, I tell myself "ITS NOT WORTH IT!" It takes a big chunk of time to complete. And the pay, well, its not the highest.


Then I did a random web search for myself. Because I need reinforcement for some reason, and the book popped up as for sale in the search. The funny thing is, another one I completely forgot about popped up as well.


There is something about having something out there with your name on it that will be on sale in the marketplace forever (good or bad). My wife writes (books) and likely has the same feelings. I guess there may be something to the fact that those things which take the most time on the front side last the longest.


But, it will be a bit before I accept another audiobook...really!


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Voice acting is speaking words. Hopefully, they are spoken with the same "emotional content" (Bruce Lee - Enter the Dragon) with which they were written. That is the difference between reading and voice acting at the core. With that understanding, all words are not equal. Not all stories are equal. In my humble but accurate opinion, the story that I narrated about Jesus (see link below) is written with words that are truly worthy to be spoken. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the author, Blake Western, and the publisher, Emerald House Group, to bring this to life.


Please take a listen. I would love some feedback.


Disclosure: If you buy, I will make a small amount. It costs a Starbucks coffee and I may be able to get a coffee in the cafeteria.


https://www.audible.com/pd/B07SHJ6FR2/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWU-BK-ACX0-153534&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_153534_pd_us


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