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Monday Morning Motivation – Silver Bullets

(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.

Silver Bullets

For the next couple of months, I am going to draw motivation for my Monday Morning Motivation from Steven Pressfield’s The 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.

The Lone Ranger had them. You need them to kill werewolves. And we buy into the belief that they exist to take away all of our troubles.

The magical silver bullet.

While we all know deep down in our heart that they do not exist, we often find ourselves searching for that one magical trick that will make things easy. I, for one, spend WAY too much time looking for that magical solution that will make it all easier.  I continue to search, spend hours researching, and get frustrated when I cannot find an easier way.

And if I had just rolled up my sleeves and done the work, the challenge I am facing would be behind me. ARRGGH! Why do I do things this way!!! Sidebar – check out Romans 7:14-20 for a commentary on EXACTLY this topic!

There is nothing wrong with spending some time looking for new approaches. However, there comes a time when we need to “do the work,” which is the basic premise behind The War of Art.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Would you be better off putting aside your search for silver bullets and doing the work?

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


(Note:  Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least 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.)

Blog post from this past week:

Monday Morning Motivation – Disciplined

At F5 Financial Planning we focus on helping individuals and families find balance between faith, friends and family, fitness and finance.  We make sure that they have the financial freedom to enjoy those things in life that are important to them.  And while we believe the left-brain facts and data are critical; we work with our clients to get them in the right state of mind to focus on the goals they want to achieve.

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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.