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(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.


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For the next couple of months, I am going to draw motivation for my Monday Morning Motivation from Steven Pressfield’sThe War of Art.You can find a summary of this awesome book here. This book is one of my all-time favorites as it takes on the topic of “resistance,” which you might think of as that strange force that makes it difficult to accomplish things in life. Pressfield does an awesome job of describing what resistance is, discussing how to overcome it, and framing it in the context of a larger power.

I am NOT a huge pro basketball fan. But I always loved to watch Tim Duncan play. The guy was rock solid. More than that he was fundamentally sound. He was never flashy. He made a point of NOT showing off.

Too many people are constantly worried about showing off, about “putting on airs.” That is rarely the case for a professional. A professional buckles down, stays focused, works steadily, and gets the job done. They make it look easy.

Here is the thing. It is NOT easy. Being consistent and staying focused on the task at hand is difficult. Conversely, clowning around, being distracted, and showing off is easy. That’s why we see so much of this behavior in and out of the workplace. That is why we so respect professionals – like Tim Duncan – that buckle down, do the work, and do not show off.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Are you more interested in getting things done or in showing off?

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

Curt

(Note:  Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that one person will find a bit of inspiration and that inspiration will have a positive impact on their life.  My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.) Photo credit: Max Winkler on unsplash.com.


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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.