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Fence Huggers

You hold on to the thin pieces of steel.

You grip ever so tightly, that imprints are left in the palm of your hands.

You are not alone. There are others along side of you. You don’t consider yourself a gang. But looking at the imprints of your hands, you might as well be.

You contemplate and agonize, but your feelings of uncomfortableness never cause you to take action.

You live in a state of regret, constantly watching.

You inwardly despise people when you see others that are doing what you are supposed to be doing. But actually you’re hating on yourself.

You and your spouse are tired of your one more “brand new idea” for the 50th time this year.

You are not the biggest loser, because you haven’t attempted anything.

You are a fence hugger.

That’s right. Someone that clings to shoulda, coulda, woulda! (did I spell that right?)

Fence huggers are obsessed with the paralysis of analysis.

Fence huggers never try anything, except sayings like “I’m gonna.”

Fence huggers are too afraid to take step one.

Fence huggers blame everyone else for their problems.

Fence huggers are often consumed with anxiety about being stuck like chuck. 🙂 That’s not funny 🙁 It’s sad.

Fence huggers are ________ (you fill in the blank).

Fence huggers read a post like this and don’t leave a comment.

Are you a fence hugger?

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Brand vs Filter- Part 2

I posted part one of Brand vs Filter last month. I didn’t think that it would be this long before I reflected back on the topic, but something is brewing in me that I can’t quite explain.

The three words that I remember the most from the earlier post are: “change, impact, action.” Filters, in my opinion, have the unique ability to get people headed in the direction that they want to go. Not forced, not persuaded, not even manipulated. But because of their unique ability to inspire people to look inwardly at their own potential to dream like never before that cause people to CHANGE, ACT, and undoubtedly make an impact within their sphere of influence.

What does this have to do with The Grind & The Glory? I’m glad you asked.

Filters, release what’s good only because they were willing to keep back all the bad stuff in their “filter.” A water filter is not best known for how good it looks. Instead filters are known for how much great tasting water they release.

If we are to be quality filters. We must learn how to release the fruit from our frustrations. I know we’ve all had some very difficult episodes in life. These historical events only have an impact on our future if we allow them to control our next steps.

We should make it our goal to become quality filters in the earth so that others may not look at us, but at themselves to become all that God intended them to be.

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5 Microfinance Sites

The thought and idea of microfinancing is nothing new. I have a few thoughts that are brewing. I am not ready to release them, but it ties in with the book The Grind & The Glory.

Doing a bit of research on the topic of microfinancing here are five sites that may be of interest to you for more information on the topic:

1. Progress Out Of Poverty- www.progressoutofpoverty.org

2. Consultive Group To Assist The Poor- www.cgap.org

3. Grameen Foundation- www.grameenfoundation.org

4. Kiva- www.kiva.org

5. Accion- www.accion.org

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Turning A Corner

We’re turning a corner with The Grind & The Glory. In the upcoming days, I hope to share stories of triumph and victory from folks that have overcome setbacks to make a success out of their situation. It’s not enough to be frustrated, it must be turned into fruit.

Don’t allow IT to make you bitter, allow IT to make you better!

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The Grind & The Glory!

The process of the e-book has been insightful, confusing, eye-opening, insightful, frustrating, perplexing, a joy and fruitful…..such is life!

We all have this happy versus hardship mentality at times. I am not sure who said it first, but I have heard it a million times- it’s not what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you that determines your success. 

Make a decision today to turn whatever it is around to work for your advantage. 

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