Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kit Grant: Your Keeping In Touch (K.I.T.) newsletter April 3, 2012

“Men are disturbed not by things that happen but by their opinion of the things that happen.” … Epictetus.

This Greek philosopher figured it out. In so-called tough economic times, isn’t it amazing that some people do so well while others are overwhelmed. It’s most often not because the one’s who prosper are more talented, intelligent or gifted — it’s usually because they see what others see in a different way. They chose to control their environment rather than allowing their environment, others or even circumstances beyond their control determine how they will respond. The phrase “circumstances beyond my control” is a convenient cop-out for not seeing the opportunity behind every thing that happens or simply an unwillingness to do what a very few others are willing to do. Notice it is seldom an inability … rather an unwillingness.

If you believe survival is a worthy goal and you have tucked yourself into a 40 hour (or less) work week, that’s choice you made somewhere along the line. You can whine about the privileged few who always have more without admitting it’s probably because they are willing to do more. The tiny number who had wealth thrust upon them through inheritance, lottery proceeds or even just having won the lucky sperm lottery are not really the people who bother those who chose the safe pathways in life. No, it is those who have made different choices and succeeded who really annoy the many who complain about “rich” people.
Here’s a bit of good news — you can always make new choices and age is seldom a factor. As Epictetus stated … you would first have to change your opinion of both the circumstances and of yourself. Isn’t it amazing how so little has really changed since he was around in 55AD? Don’t forget you will always be your own biggest roadblock and you will usually hit what you aim at … good, bad or nothing. What’s your target look like? Make 2012 work for you.

Purchase any product during this month and we’ll waive the shipping and handling charges. I recently sent out a notice to several people reminding them their vehicle has the potential to become a personal “University On Wheels”. I have interviewed more than 70 experts in areas such as sales, team building, marketing, leadership, health & wellness, business planning, advertising and promotion, communication skills and others. Each of these 35-40 minute interviews is now available in audio CD format so you can listen and learn while your driving. Make your commute a valuable learning experience — send me an e-mail at with CDs in the subject line and I’ll send you the complete listing — remember … no S &H charges for the month of April.
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I need to get in better shape to play decent golf this year so the month of April is lose 10lbs. month. Anyone care to match that? Let me know and I’ll have prizes for anyone who beats that target. You need to declare before the end of this week in order to be eligible for the prizes. Just e-mail me your name and you are entered.

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