Bruce Elkin

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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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“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 they care to believe in a dream and pursue it in spite of what has happened to them. Life happens …


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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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Sarah: A Personal Coaching Success Story

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, ‘press on’ has solved, and always …

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The Structure Of Success

ED’S STORY: FROM OSCILLATION TO INTEGRITY When Ed, a business man who had fallen on hard times, signed up for personal coaching, he told me he desperately wanted to change. As well spending five years in psychoanalysis, he’d spent over $20,000 attending motivational sessions with Anthony Robbins, Jay Levinson, Tom Peters, and others. When conventional …

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