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The Living Dead

July 12, 2008

I was ready to start working on my post for Friday’s blog when I let my dog Bella outside.  The neighbors behind us were outside and they hollered over that there was a strange dog they found wandering around the neighborhood.  As I looked over to answer them here comes this medium sized brown Shar Pei mix over to see me.  What a friendly dog she was except she didn’t seem to want to be friends with Bella.  So I put Bella inside and we sat on our back porch trying to find this dog’s owner.  My neighbor drove around looking for someone that was driving around looking for the dog but with no luck.  The next thing I know it is midnight.  Our neighbors took the dog back to their house for the night and I went to bed.

I was thinking about the dog being scared and nervous because she couldn’t find her way and it made me think about how most of us walk around like that poor dog in life, lost.  We never find one person let alone three or four that can help us find our way so we walk around like the living dead.  If you are thinking “what in the hell is he talking about”, take a moment and think about your life.  Are you living your dream?  Is your job or career something you dreamt about?  I bet in most cases you do dream about your job or career… but they are called nightmares and directed by Wes Craven.   If you are living your dream then stop reading I’m not talking about you. But if you aren’t then keep reading. 

Okay you say, I’m not living my dream but I’m not lost, I make it home everyday.  (If you are a guy like me then you are never lost and need directions.)  In high school and college we have counselors that are supposed to help us decide on a career path and guide us in the right direction.  Well I don’t know about you but mine didn’t help guide me very well.  There are a lot of people who will have different views of their school counselors and that’s great, you are the lucky ones.  If you didn’t have very good guidance about a career in school I bet you still don’t. 

Finding a person or a group of people to help mentor you in life is very important.  Maybe it is a senior manager in your firm that you respect and admire or a very successful friend but it is important to find someone that can help you find your way.  Another avenue that you can use is a personal coach.  A down side to having a personal coach is they cost money but I have talked to a lot of people who say it was money well spent.  That’s a personal decision you have to make yourself.  Just being involved with like minded people can help you find your true calling and passion.  If you have a mentor or coach then you can sit down and talk on a regular basis about what steps you need to take to reach your dreams and goals.

I hope that you are not lost in your career or job and that you have a mentor but if you are lost and realize there is something else you would rather do just remember that it is never to late for you to go after your dreams.  Find someone that can mentor you and start walking among the living.  If you have no clue where to start looking for a mentor just shoot me an email and I will be glad to help you anyway I can.

Wishing you the Best,


Do you Organize Your Day?

July 9, 2008

Have you ever had so many things running through your head that you didn’t know what to do fist?  I feel like that quite a bit and I am always jumping from one thing to another.  I guess that’s the price I have to pay for always having business ideas running through my head.  The problem I am sure you deal with is what to do to first to complete your goal.  I know that is one of my biggest problems, I have my idea and I am ready to start work on it but I never know what steps should be taken first. 

Right now I have two projects I am working on and jump from one to the other with no rhyme or reason.  When you work like that it gets frustrating because it seems like you never make any progress.  So I decided to look through my books for something that can help.  The book I decided to start reading is just what the doctor ordered.  Its Brian Tracy’s “Eat that Frog!” I just started reading it again and only got through the first two chapters but those two chapters are just what I needed to get me straightened out. 

My biggest problem is I never start my day off organized.  One of the suggestions Brian makes is to write down a to do list everyday.  I have tried that in the past and it works for a few days and then I forget one morning because I am running late or something else happens.  But the days that I do make a list I am not as frustrated by my lack of progress because each item on the list that is crossed off gets me one step closer to my goal.  It’s amazing how a little thing like listing the most important things you need to do each day can really make you feel better about your self, well that’s if you actually do it.  If you make a list and don’t do anything on the list you wouldn’t feel good.

That one suggestion can save you a lot of time and frustration.  I have read other books and they all say the same thing about writing down what needs done and checking them off as you do them.  So if I have read this before why didn’t I do it?  That’s a great question and one that I have asked myself. (I am still waiting for an answer.)  Some times it just takes a little extra time for things to click.  I just hope that it doesn’t take as long for things to click with you as it has for me.

Here is to starting you day off organized and to reaching all of your goals!

All the Best,


Do You Have Passion

July 8, 2008

I read an article written by William J. White titled “Do You Have Passion…For Your Profession.”  As I read the article I had to reflect on my own career and how I got to where I am now.

Way, way back when I was in college I spent more time taking up space than I did studying.  I had no clue what I wanted to do when I grew up; I just knew I wanted to be a millionaire.  That’s a great goal to have but it helps to have some kind of idea or plan to get there.  Yep, you guessed it I didn’t have any clue let alone a plan.  As I struggled with what I wanted to do with my life I made a very bad decision.  I decided on a career for all the wrong reasons….Money!!  Now you may think what’s wrong with that, well nothing if the career you pick is something that you are passionate about.  In my case it is not a field that I am passionate about so there in lays the problem and why the article struck such a nerve with me.

I am sure that there are a few of you that are in the same boat as me and here is the whole point of this article.  Find what you are passionate about and go for it. For the past 15 years I have been in a career that I am not passionate about.  Only in the past five years have I found my passion and realized what I wanted.  I realized that what I really wanted is to be a motivational speaker, writer and business owner. As of June 3rd I am a business owner with the launch of  With these articles being published on the blog I have become a writer, now all I need to do is give some speeches and I would have completed the triple play.  Although I am not where I want to be yet I am on my way.  I still have a job that I am not passionate about but each evening I take another step towards my real passion in life.  That’s all it takes is one step at a time.  Believe me I know it’s not easy to totally go in the opposite direction of where you are now.  It’s scary and I am sure that you have doubts about your ability to succeed.  You are not alone; we all have the same fears and worries. 

That’s why it’s a good idea to have a support system.  People that will encourage you and pick you up when you’re feeling down, it is not always easy to find like minded people to hang out with.    In today’s world it is easier to find people that are like minded with the internet and a little bit of searching.  I am fortunate to have two guys I work with that are like minded, we all have a passion for being entrepreneurs and together we developed a community for entrepreneurs,  It’s not easy but we have taken that first step towards a new beginning and living a life of Happiness.

All the Best,


Taking Personal Responsibility

July 1, 2008

Today I read a great article by Judy Williamson, the Director of the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center.  In the article Judy discusses how Dr. Hill would often tell people to look in the mirror and acknowledge the real person in charge of our lives.  Rather than place blame on how our life has turned out on someone or something else, we need to take the responsibility for our lives.

I agree that every one is responsible for their lives.  The problem is most people would rather blame someone or something else on their troubles than actually taking responsibility; it is easier to blame someone else.  I think that is the case because today’s parents make their kid’s lives too easy.  When something goes wrong in school or athletics it is never their kids fault it is always someone else’s fault.  Kids don’t have a chance to learn from their mistakes because parents are always there to make things better.  That hurts them when they get into the real world.

You will never have a meaningful life until you take the steps to make it meaningful.  No one is going to hand you the life you dreamed of.  If you want to live the life you have always dreamed of you will have to have the vision and put a plan in place to achieve that vision.  It takes hard work and perseverance to reach your goals and dreams.  It starts with being able to look in the mirror and realizing that you are the deciding factor in how your life will play out.  No one else will decide how successful your life will be.

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Best wishes,

Rick Hyde