How I nearly made a stupid mistake with an important report

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I write many reports for people, but I’m picky about what sort of projects I take on.

I’ve made mistakes.

One of the mistakes I clearly remember is writing a report for a prospectus for a cannabis farm that had a license for farming medicinal-quality cannabis.

I went through all the information that the business owner gave me. The project itself was interesting because cannabis farming is so popular these days.

But it was missing something.

I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

So what I did was write back to the business owner and his associate and told them that they needed to come up with a strategy before I could write the report.

I think there must have been some puzzled faces when they opened the email.

I didn’t want to sound impudent, but it was obvious that a regurgitation and summary of what was in their documents wouldn’t be appealing.

I had to wait a long time before they came back to me. 

They eventually did. The penny dropped for them. They realized that something was missing. They gave me their strategy to target a particular group of potential investors.

This strategy made all the difference. 

From then on, with their strategy in mind, it was exciting to write the report for these business owners. 

I’m glad I sent everything back to them to re-evaluate. 

It helped them and it helped me.

If I didn’t stop and think about what was happening and what they were trying to do, I think I would have done them a disservice.

I’m like this.

I enjoy optimizing things. I get satisfaction out of trying to obtain the most possible value that I can out of anything, whether it’s a report or some pastime or hobby. 

This is called excellence, but I’m also lucky to work with exclusive clients who can take feedback well and respect my questions and doubts with their initial approach.

I think this trust between the report writer and the client is important. 

It’s not only about having the right strategy, but it’s also about all the various ways of being dead honest, but as persuasive as you can and to do it convincingly for the client’s audience. 

That reminds me, if you are interested in having your report written, especially an important report, we’re not talking about a mundane report that you have to do weekly and just all about the facts of a situation. What we’re talking about here is reports that are going to make a meaningful difference to your business or even your personal life. 

Sometimes you only have one chance to make a good impression and when it comes to persuasive writing, you may only have one chance to get your client or customer to act. 

It’s fine having something that is interesting to read, but unless it motivates your client or customer to do something, well then, quite honestly, it’s failed. 

If you want to get results, then contact me via email. I’ll have a look at your stuff and see if I can help. If I can’t, I’d rather be honest with you and let you know up front.

Chesney Bradshaw

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No time to write your report, then read this now

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Many of us are so overwhelmed by all we have to do that we often have no time to write a report. By reports, I mean a concise piece of writing that uses facts and evidence to look at issues, situations, events, or findings. Reports are informative texts that analyse different topics with a specific purpose and audience in mind (source: Twinkl).

Keep reading this if you have little or no time to write your report and battle with reports

Whether you are writing a business report or a report on a patient or client, you may not have enough time to do so.

Reports are often important for your business or for your consulting service. You may even be a student or researcher who needs to compile a report at short notice.

All my reports that I write for clients are strictly private and confidential. In certain cases where a non-disclosure agreement is required, this can be arranged.

It is tempting to think that you can write a report using a word generator from an artificial intelligence desktop or mobile app. However, this is not always possible because you will have information from various sources. This information needs to be collated, analyzed, and presented in a form that can be easily read by your client. Your stakeholder could be a business partner, a supplier, a manager, or an employee.

I have written countless reports for various types of businesses, consultants, and even marketing case study reports for graduates.

My rates are reasonable and will pay you back in terms of your time and opportunity cost if you don’t get the report out on time and it isn’t impactful.

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Reports play a critical role in your success, whether you are an occupational therapist, lawyer, doctor, auditor, engineer, consultant, business continuity manager, or specialist, and in many other professions.

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A clear, objective, well-thought-out, and easy-to-read report can bring you results.

The results could include recognition for your work, promotion, satisfaction from your client, and even pride in your work.

I have been writing reports for various people, including university students, business people, NGOs, entrepreneurs, and even a proposal for a cannabis farm in an African country to raise investment.

If you wish me to assist you in writing your report, we can connect and go over your expectations and what you want your report to achieve.

You can take advantage of my report-writing skills as well as my knowledge and expertise in different fields over many years.

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Make money in hard times

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How do you make money if you are caught in the poverty trap?

An American union boss said this:

“I define a recession as when your neighbor loses his job, but a depression is when you lose your own.”

Don’t you enjoy a film or story about someone who gets into a deep hole and battles to find their way out?

Your interest suddenly piques, and all you want to do is find out how they can free themselves.

It’s frightening when you fall into a deep hole and there is seemingly no escape. 

I came across a story about a woman who was a zoologist and her husband, a building contractor, who have now been reduced to poverty. The woman is begging on the streets in a coastal village.

This is a tragedy for many people in the times we are living in.

Now what’s interesting about the story is that a young man stopped to get this woman’s story and is now trying to raise funds on an internet site. What this young man will need is business writing skills to persuade people to help this elderly couple in distress.

If you had to ask me what I am for, I would probably tell you that I am for assisting people to use their creativity to make income, whatever the source. I am also for honest people who can work and persist. I am for people who want to acquire skills that can help them grow.

What I am against are promises from big corporations that quickly fire even their best staff during difficult times. I am against governments that profess to create jobs but, in reality, are unable to do so (without great cost to taxpayers’ money). I am against people who give the wrong advice and mislead people.

So with that said, if you want to make money from your business writing, one of the first things you can do is learn to be more persuasive with the written word. You need to learn all you can.

You may begin by assisting family and friends with, for example, writing their Facebook ads. A well-written, persuasive, classified ad on Facebook can help people sell things, sell their services, and make money.

Something else you can do is make a list of areas that interest you and that you would like to write about. For example, if you are in the fashion business, then explore opportunities to write for the fashion industry. The same could be said of a host of other areas.

Now, it’s always good to have a sideline income when you hit a dry season in your life. You can build that sideline into a full-time business.

If you wish to increase your business writing skills, I can simplify things for you. Contact me by email, and let’s find out what we can do.

When starting out with anything, you will nearly always have to learn new skills. If you sit around talking about something or even just thinking about something, you’ll never get off the ground.

You have to take the first step. That first step helps you build momentum. Someone said something wise to me the other day, which was to take action first, and then you will feel the motivation.

People fear making a decision. It’s up to you to put your fear behind you and make a decision that will be an important, small step in the right direction.

 Chesney Bradshaw

Will you survive this crash?

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Have you ever been captivated by a movie or story about someone facing adversity and digging themselves out of a deep hole?

Their journey becomes a source of intrigue and inspiration, leaving you wanting to know how they managed to overcome their challenges.

But what happens when you find yourself in a deep hole with no way out?

It can be a terrifying and overwhelming experience.

You have to adapt and survive on a whole new level, unlike anything you’ve ever encountered before.

Recently, I came across a heart-wrenching story of a zoologist and a building contractor who were once prosperous but are now living in poverty. The woman has resorted to begging on the streets of a coastal village. Sadly, this is not an isolated tragedy in our current times.

However, something caught my attention in this story. A young man took the time to listen to this woman’s plight and is now raising funds for her and her husband through an online platform. But to succeed in his mission, he needs a crucial skill: persuasive business writing.

If you asked me what I stand for, I will say that I’m committed to helping people harness their creativity to generate income, regardless of the source. I support hardworking individuals who are persistent and seek to acquire skills that propel their growth.

What I’m against are big corporations that make empty promises and easily let go of their valuable employees during difficult times. I resist governments that claim to create jobs but fail to do so without burdening taxpayers. I also have no tolerance for individuals who mislead and provide incorrect guidance.

I remember being in a similar hole many years ago when my income was meager, and the future was uncertain.

It was then that I realized the power of business writing. I invested time and effort into honing my skills, and that decision propelled me towards achieving my goals and improving my family’s quality of life.

Now, let’s simplify things. If you want to make money from your business writing, the first step is to master the art of persuasion with the written word. Educate yourself and learn all you can about effective business writing techniques.

Start small and be humble. You can begin by offering your assistance to friends and family, helping them with tasks like writing their Facebook ads. I know someone who started their journey by crafting persuasive classified ads on Facebook, assisting individuals in selling their products and services.

Make a list of topics that interest you and delve into writing opportunities within those areas. For instance, if you have a passion for fashion, explore the fashion industry and its writing prospects. This applies to various other fields.

Having a side income is always beneficial during challenging times. You can gradually build that sideline into a full-time business.

Remember, every new endeavor requires learning new skills. If you spend all your time talking or pondering without taking action, you will never make progress. Taking the first step is crucial as it sets the momentum for your journey. As someone once told me, take action first, and motivation will follow.

How much longer will you sit idle, doing nothing to improve your situation?

Many individuals fear making decisions, especially when it involves investing in something new. The comfort of staying in the safe and familiar is what we naturally gravitate towards.

However, if you want to grow and succeed, you must confront decisions head-on. You must overcome the fear of taking risks and weigh them against the potential rewards. Successful people understand this and make informed decisions.

The decision that can change your life for the better lies in your hands. It may seem insignificant, but it represents an essential step towards progress.

Overnight success stories are rare. To excel at anything, you must dedicate time and effort to improve continuously. Life consists of a series of choices and decisions that have led you to where you are today. If you desire future success, start making the right choices and decisions now.

If you want to enhance your business writing skills, take the first step and listen to this informative video for free. If you think I can help you, then contact me by email and let’s find out what we can do.

Looking for some easy money?

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It seems that the internet is full of people telling you how you can make easy money.

It reminds me of the song by Ricky Lee Jones, “Easy Money”:

They flipped a dime
One said “Well, I’ll take heads this time”
One stepped up
One stepped back
One loosened her shoulder strap
She couldn’t speak
Her knees got weak
She could almost taste that easy money

I don’t know about you, but I’m suspicious of these offers about easy money.

Yes, there are a lot of promises about making easy money on the internet, emails that pop into your mailbox, or spam or junk mail telling you so.

The problem is, there doesn’t seem to be such a thing as easy money.

Of course, some people may be lucky and find a way out to make easy money.

But for the rest of us, it’s not easy.

Making money requires planning, diligence, and an offer. That item, an offer, is important. Because if you don’t have anything to sell, then what are you doing?

Your offer needs to be attractive in a number of ways, mostly to offer someone some value. Whether it’s a solution, a better way of working, or even entertainment.

Another thing is that you see many internet offers and email offers telling you how you can make easy money. But if you look at those offers, you’ll find it’s about improving or increasing your marketing.

It’s absolutely important to reach people with your offer. But if you don’t have an offer, then it doesn’t matter who you reach.

Here’s a commercial warning. On the top right of this page, you’ll see that I make a free offer for something that will help you find your voice and style. You can’t market without a personality.

This video shows you how to do it. Now you may think there are a lot of those types of videos around. Of course, there are. But this one is a genuine and sincere attempt to show you how. It was recorded in one shot. No splicing of videos, nothing like that. Spontaneous communication.

That’s part of the offer I make for you to watch that video. I’m not saying it’s going to help you make easy money. But it will help with your marketing messages.

But as I said, you need to have something to offer. Perhaps you have several offers. Then make sure that you know how to present those offers and the key features and benefits.

Your offer will need to stand out against many other offers. So make sure that you differentiate your offer.

As I said, there’s no easy way to make money unless you’re lucky or buy a lottery ticket and get the lucky number.

For the rest of us, it’s hard work. Sometimes excruciatingly hard work. Another singer had a song about money and chicks for free. The song seems a bit sexist these days. But I think he was taking a dig at the lifestyle of instant music stars.

Forget easy money if you want to make real money. Making real money and making it regularly requires a genuine and effective product or service.

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Side hustles for surviving: how to make ends meet with a side income

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Life can sometimes throw you a curveball or two, and let’s be real, those monthly bills don’t care about our struggles. If you find yourself in a tight spot financially, it’s time to get creative and explore some side hustle ideas. Whether you’re saving up for a rainy day, paying off debt, or just trying to make ends meet, there are several ways to earn some extra cash on the side.

  1. Freelancing: Unleash Your Inner Creative Beast

Do you have a hidden talent, like graphic design, writing, or social media management? Put your skills to use as a freelancer. Websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer connect you with clients looking for your expertise. You can set your own rates, work from home, and tackle projects on your terms.

  1. Dog Walking: Get Paid to Play with Furry Friends

Are you an animal lover? Offer your dog-walking services to neighbors and friends. It’s a win-win: you get some exercise, and they get a happy and tired pup. You can even sign up on platforms like Rover or Wag to find clients and make some extra cash.

  1. Ridesharing: Turn Your Car into a Money-Maker

If you’ve got a car and some free time, driving for a ridesharing service can be a way to earn money on your terms. You decide when and where you want to work, making it a flexible option for those juggling multiple responsibilities.

  1. Selling Your Stuff: Declutter and Cash In

Take a good look around your home; chances are there’s a bunch of stuff you no longer need. You can sell unused items on online platforms or even host a garage sale. It’s a great way to declutter your space while putting some money in your pocket.

  1. Online Surveys and Market Research: Make Your Opinions Count

Believe it or not, your opinion is valuable. Sign up for online survey websites. You’ll get paid for sharing your thoughts on products and services. It might not make you rich, but every little bit counts!

  1. Babysitting: Caring for Kids

If you have experience with kids, babysitting can be a rewarding way to make extra money. Advertise your services in your local community or join a babysitting platform to connect with families in need.

  1. Food Delivery: Satisfy Hunger and Your Wallet

Food delivery services are always on the lookout for drivers. If you have a car and know your way around town, you can deliver delicious meals to hungry customers and earn tips.

  1. Online Hosting: Share Your Space

If you have a spare room or an extra property, consider listing it on an online website. You can rent it out to travelers and make some money. Plus, it’s an opportunity to meet new people from all around the world.

  1. Tutoring or Coaching: Share Your Knowledge

Are you a math whiz, a fitness guru, or a language aficionado? Offer tutoring or coaching services to those who need your expertise. Websites can help you connect with students seeking guidance.

  1. Remote Gig Economy Jobs: Working from Home

Many companies offer remote gig opportunities that allow you to work from home, such as virtual assistants, customer service, and transcription jobs. Check out job boards and websites.

Remember, finding a side hustle that works for you might take some trial and error. Don’t be discouraged if one option doesn’t pan out, and always be cautious of scams. With persistence, dedication, and a dash of creativity, you can create a dependable sideline income that helps you make ends meet.

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What’s behind rampant scare-mongering?

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Maybe it’s the times that are so uncertain, but there seems to be so much more scaremongering among people, institutions and even friends.

Financial advisors are having a field day with scare-mongering about the country’s collapse and the need to get money out fast and keep it away from the state.

There have been many fears about nationalizing the banks, nationalizing the reserve bank, removing property rights, and stealing land.

Yes, some of these things are warnings and have truth in them, but the glee that one detects in the scaremongering is worrying.

In the commercial sector, scare-mongering is used as a sales tactic. Buy insurance now to protect your home, your motor vehicle, and your other assets. Get the highest medical aid package in case you have a life-threatening illness. Buy this data special now before it expires. The companies play on our personal fears.

Now, scaremongering doesn’t just happen on a national level; it happens with friends and family. These days, you get all sorts of WhatsApp messages about a high-speed train coming through your property, your property under threat of being vandalized and razed by drug addicts, and dire warnings about health, finances, and debt.

What is it about scare-mongering that is so juicy? People seem to revel in it. But as I said, it’s understandable when times are so uncertain. It’s not something to be made light of.

Estate agents say that the looting, plunder, and violence in the KZN and Gauteng provinces have woken up a lot of people to the potential reality that could await this country.

Some people saw this as the beginning of the end and have been emigrating as fast as they can.

Scare mongering. It’s a term we’ve all heard, but what does it really mean? Is it simply a matter of warning people of impending danger or disaster? Or is there more to it than meets the eye?

As a society, we have become accustomed to living in a world where scaremongering is the norm. We are bombarded with news and warnings, both from the media and even from our friends and loved ones. It seems as though bad dreams have become an all-day affair, infiltrating our thoughts and creating a sense of constant fear.

But is this fear justified? Are we truly in danger, or are we simply succumbing to the overwhelming power of scaremongering? These are questions that require careful consideration and a healthy dose of wisdom and insight.

Yes, it is important to be aware of potential threats and dangers that may be lurking on the horizon. After all, knowledge is important, and being prepared can often make a world of difference. However, when fear mongering becomes a constant presence in our lives, it can have a detrimental effect on our mental well-being, leading to unnecessary panic and anxiety.

News has surfaced recently about a Ponzi scheme involving an investment company. This is a prime example of a situation where a heads-up or warning could have made all the difference, particularly for those unfortunate investors who lost millions.

In hindsight, it is easy to say that these investors should have carefully examined the investment and recognized the warning signs or red flags. But in reality, it is not always that simple.

This is where wisdom and insight become invaluable tools. They allow us to assess the potential harm something might cause, helping us navigate the treacherous waters of scaremongering. By analyzing the situation objectively and critically, we can separate fact from fiction and make informed decisions.

So, the next time you find yourself bombarded with scaremongering news and warnings, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Seek a balance between staying informed and falling victim to unnecessary fear. Remember, knowledge is power, but it is the application of wisdom and insight that truly empowers us to see through the scare and make sound judgments.

Scaremongering may always be a part of our world, but by arming ourselves with knowledge and discernment, we can rise above the noise and navigate the path to a more informed and balanced perspective.

What can we do ourselves to curb scaremongering? It probably has to do with our own internal fears. I’ve placed a list below about scare-mongering that provides some insights.

Sometimes scare-mongering can be accurate. At other times, it can be simply false. But there’s also a time and place for warning people about potential dangers rather than just tapping into their fears.

It’s hardly polite to send scare-mongering messages at 10am at night via WhatsApp. This is totally unnecessary. If it was so urgent and important, perhaps it could be sent the next day.

Most of us are aware of what is happening around us.

So what’s the point anyway?

Scaremongering can have various motives and is often driven by a combination of factors:

  1. Sensationalism: Media outlets may engage in scaremongering to grab attention, boost ratings, or sell more newspapers. Fear-inducing headlines tend to attract more readers or viewers.
  2. Fear and Anxiety: Some individuals may share alarming information because they genuinely feel anxious about a particular issue. They might believe that raising awareness about potential threats is essential.
  3. Confirmation Bias: People may share scaremongering content that aligns with their pre-existing beliefs or fears, reinforcing their existing views and biases.
  4. Social Pressure: Peer influence can also play a role. People may spread scary stories or information to fit in with their social circles or to gain approval from friends or family.
  5. Ignorance or Misinformation: Some individuals may not have accurate information and might inadvertently spread fear due to a lack of understanding about a topic.
  6. Political or Ideological Motives: Scaremongering can be a tactic used in politics or advocacy to advance a particular agenda or viewpoint.

Understanding the motives behind scaremongering can help you critically evaluate the information you encounter and engage in more informed discussions.

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Springbok win shows the power of small teams

As the Springbok World Cup Rugby win on Saturday begins to fade as we face our every-day challenges, it’s perhaps pertinent to reflect on the power of small teams.

Let us never forget the Springboks’ determination to win so that they could bring a spirit of hope to a country of people who have been forsaken by their misrulers.

The feeling was that the people in the country are powerless in a ruined state, and they could bring a feel-good factor to people who watch the sport.

It seems correct that, at this time, the failing state is shameless about its failure. There is no shame about the destruction to the economy and the dire situation that has resulted in millions being poorer over the past 30 years. Millions more people are so desperate now that they have been driven onto the streets, begging and seeking shelter.

The rulers have no shame that all the leading world indicators put South Africa low or near the bottom of their lists. Here we are talking about leading indicators of prosperity and social good such as crime, infrastructure, economic wealth, private sector, public sector, debt, education, health, social development, poverty, environment, science and technology, trade, urban development, labour and others.

It’s no use going further into the shameless behaviour of the misrulers; most people know that already.

So now let’s take a look at the power of small teams. The Springboks were a team of 15 individuals playing in a world tournament. They were, of course, backed by a support team. They did far better than the more well-resourced countries.

If we take the idea of small teams further, we can think of the improbable schools that achieve excellent results. Here we find small teams of teachers who value education and transferring knowledge to pupils.

There are many examples in business, not of giant corporations but of small teams that are producing excellence.

A small luxury restaurant chain is now expanding with two international branches, one of which will be located in the UK. This business is owned and led by a woman who is clearly in search of excellence.

Many other walks of life provide examples of the power of small teams.

Surgeons and nurses working to save lives; farmers battling weather conditions to produce agricultural products to feed the country; small new food manufacturers being much more nimble than the behemoth corporations, bringing prices down for desperate consumers.

Yes, it is good to remember how the Springboks team won the Rugby World Cup. They showed that a small team can make a massive difference to the feeling of well-being and goodwill in a country forsaken by its shameless rulers.

May many small teams in all walks of life show what can be done despite the government and political party that pretend to have but have no care for people.


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Faced with boredom, this is what you could do

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When you’ve got plenty time on your hands, you can suddenly find yourself facing boredom. It can be a terrible experience.

Let’s be clear. I’m not talking about the boredom you find listening to self-promoting people at conferences on sustainability, energy efficiency, greening the planet, and making a difference. Nor am I talking about EU trade negotiations or the communist-inspired bills that are debated in this society.

Boredom can creep into our lives at any stage. I recently met a man in his early 40s who was having a stumbling block in mid-career. He couldn’t go anywhere further. His job had become boring. So he enrolled in a life-drawing class.

There are many other examples of people who find themselves in a situation where they are not receiving enough stimulation. A retired university professor recently wrote a poem on boredom to while away the hours.

Boredom can lead to poor personal behavior. I have found that some men turn to drinking. Boredom leads them to the pub. A man I knew lost his job at 50 with a bank. He was driven to drink and eventually lost his car. This accident woke him up and led to him moderating his behavior.

Another man had a high-paying job in the Middle East. He turned 60 and couldn’t find more work. This led him to drinking to such an extent that he even neglected his personal hygiene.

This is not to say that men always start drinking because of boredom. That would be a generalization, but often men do turn to drink. It starts off with going to the pub and socializing, and then it becomes a habit.

It’s also difficult to generalize about what happens to women when they have a life change and find themselves bored. Some, it seems, turn to overeating, or some eat very little and become anorexic. But as I say, it’s unfair to generalize.

Boredom is a state in which there is inactivity. This inactivity, some say, is similar to death. You find yourself in a static situation, and this is not good for the mind, body, or soul. A person requires stimulation to be fulfilled and happy.

Without stimulation, depression sets in and boredom also results in low self-esteem. This is more or less a psychological explanation. It probably sounds right because boredom begins with frustration and perhaps a search for what to do with yourself. But the longer you are bored, the more inactive you become. It snowballs and soon you find yourself sitting around doing nothing. If you don’t get fed up with yourself, you start getting upset or irritated with others — even to the point of starting arguments and being belligerent towards them.

I don’t have any special advice on how to alleviate boredom. There are many people who will and can advise you. There’s plenty of information on the internet.

I think what I can suggest is that the solution lies with you. It depends on your temperament, your interests, your inclinations, and the stuff that gets you fired in life. Basically, your, to coin a cliché, passion.

I’m not so sure about people saying that you have to get creative and innovative. These terms are often meaningless and put people off.

I think a more gentle approach would be to ease into things slowly, discover things in yourself or about yourself that you wanted to do when you were young or couldn’t afford. Now you may have an opportunity to learn something and socialize with people you enjoy being with. There are probably several avenues that you can explore.

Remember that even if you have a passionate hobby or other pastime that you do on a regular basis, you will still have times when you are bored.

You will need to manage these in-between times. It’s all about knowing yourself and your moods. For example, some days we are out of kilter and feel depressed. We just have to deal with it knowing that it will pass. And as things change during the course of a day or the next day, you’ll start to get excited about doing something. It’s not possible to be simulated all the time.

There is also a need for quiet time, to read a book, to go for a walk, to clean up or pack away things in your house. Life is multifaceted. Over-stimulation can also leave you downbeat after your high, so you need to manage the ebb and flow of your moods as well.

Remember too, that when you try out something new, it’s going to be exciting in the beginning, but as you progress, there will be challenges and maybe obstacles, so you need to handle times when you are not making the progress you thought you could make.

Other times you may feel elated that you’ve produced something or done something wonderful, but as they say, you can only get good at something if you practice through repetition. Some of this practice and repetition is boring, and you have to be able to delay gratification. Once you’ve put in the practice, then you will bear the rewards or fruit of your energies or labor.

I leave you with a last word from Matt Furey:

When you think big,
you stumble on every twig. 
When you think small,
you realize you can have it all. 


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