Bruce Elkin

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Don’t Just Survive — Thrive!

There are 3 types of people in life: Victims, Survivors and Thrivers.Victims allow bad experiences to define their life.Survivors do just enough to “make it” from day to day.But Thrivers realize they have a purpose and pursue it in spite of what has happened to them.  – Pervis Taylor Most of us have a little …

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In my Life Design Coaching practice, I work with clients who want to create results that truly matter to them, but, so far, have not been successful in doing so. Many, if not most, are stuck because they confuse the relationship between process and results. Journey or destination? My approach advocates and embraces both journey …


A photo of the philosopher, Denis Diderot, at his writing desk, wearing his elegant, new dressing robe. Beside the picture, these words: "My friends, keep your old friends. My friends, fear the touch of wealth. Let my example teach you a lesson. Poverty has its freedoms; opulence has its obstacles."

Living Simple in the City

In his essay “On Parting with My Old Dressing Gown,” French philosopher Denis Diderot told about receiving an elegant, velvet robe as gift from a woman friend.  Shortly thereafter, he notices that the new robe makes his drapes look shabby.  So, he buys new drapes. But they make his desk and reading chair look shabby. …

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Beware The Verb “To Be”

A few years back, a woman from California called me, asking for help in turning her life around.  She was in her 50’s, and unhappy, working as a retail clerk. She lived in a trailer park, and complained that her place was “always” messy.  Though she had a degree in Education, she couldn’t get herself …

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One Small Word Can Make A Big Difference “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”— Samuel Beckett Ever have someone dismiss your point, saying, “It’s semantics, just words?”  Or done it yourself? Be careful. Words map our worlds. If I ask you to meet me in Montreal, but mean Montreux, is the difference just words? No! Montreal is in Canada. Montreux …

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What To Do When Motivation Flags or Fails Thanksgiving morning. I’m alone. The house is quiet. No plans. Perfect day to write.   “But,” I hear my inner sloth whine, “I don’t feel like writing. I’m tired. It’s a holiday. I shouldn’t have to work. ” I just finished writing a chapter for my book. I want to write another. But …

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The Power Of Practice

A tourist new to Manhattan stopped a balding, white haired gentleman who carried a violin case, and asked, “Sir, what’s the best way to get to Carnegie Hall?  “My son,” said world-famous violinist, Jascha Heifetz, “there is only one way to get to Carnegie Hall.  Practice, practice, practice!” Practice leads to mastery, and success.  A survey of …

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React? Respond? Or Create?

“Experience is not what happens to you. Experience is what you do with what happens to you.” — Aldous Huxley Some of us react. We take action determined by the external stimulus and the emotions it evokes. Some of us respond. We acknowledge the stimulus and the immediate emotions as part of current reality. Then we …

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Minimalism: Declutter? Simplify? Or Both?

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”  – Albert Einstein Creating Rich, Simple, Successful Lives Readers interested in minimalism and creating a simple life often ask me, “What’s the difference between de-cluttering and simplifying?” And, then, they add, “Does it matter? If so, why?” I’ll try to answer the “what…” question first. …

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A Small Business Success Story

“Successful entrepreneurs find the balance between listening to their inner voice and staying persistent in driving for success “ because sometimes success is waiting right across from the transitional bump that’s disguised as failure. “ — Naveen Jain An Entrepreneur Figures Out What Truly Matters Murray and his family had recently removed to a West …

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