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Monday Morning Motivation – Obscure

(Sharing Resources to Help You Grow Personally, Professionally & Financially)

Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement — along with a good cup of coffee! — to start the day.

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


As I often due, I’m going to start with Mr. Webster’s definition for our word this Monday, “obscure”:

  • Not discovered or known about; uncertain
  • Keep from being seen; conceal

Let’s look at each of these definitions in the context of our day-to-day life:

  • Are there things in your life that your friends and family do not know about you – both good and bad?
  • Are there things in your life that you are intentionally keeping from your friends and family – both good and bad?

One of my favorite sayings is “All things in life come down to faith over fear”.  When it comes to “obscure”, it definitely fits in with this saying.

We are often afraid to open ourselves up to others.  We are often afraid that they will think less of us or avoid us when they find out more about us.  But, yet we ALL want to know MORE about our friends and family.  And we ALL love our friends and family (except of course for that one crazy aunt or cousin – just kidding!) imperfections and all.  Why is it then that we are so nervous to share more about ourselves with others?  Why is it that we often obscure parts of our lives from those that we love?

It’s because we lack faith and are led by fear.  And that is NO way to lead life!

This week’s question is a two-parter.  It is going to be scary for many.  It requires that you look deep inside yourself and challenge yourself to have faith in your friends and family:

  • What’s the one thing in your life that you have been obscuring from your friends and family? When are you going to stop obscuring it?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning and I wish you all the best for the week.



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Curt Stowers

Curt Stowers

Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.