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Janice and I have enjoyed spending this past week with most of our children and grandchildren in Orlando and I have come away with some new ideas (worth sharing) and great memories. We’ve had a lot of fun and this trip has continued a three decade family tradition.

Our son Kyle and I have been talking, and he contributed to this week’s thought.

It comes from the movie Finding Nemo. After the tragic loss of his mate, Marlin convinces himself that the only way to avoid similar pain is to overprotect his son by switching into safe mode. The adventure is worth watching and the story rings true to the difficulties many face today.

My point though is not just referring to repairing relationships, but is also about your business or career.

2011 may not have turned out as well as you had hoped. Even if it was a good year, I’d be willing to wager that if you put yourself out there every day, you had some failures.

Every successful person I know has learned that to have big wins, you have to have some spectacular losses. Thomas Edison once said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” You and I are not likely close to that kind of persistence no matter what our expertise.

OG Mandino said it this way. “Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough”

Go ahead, make the next several years your best ever by taking some new risks. And let me know how it all works out. I’d love to know. Have a Happy New Year!

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