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Taking calculated risks is about assessing potential gains versus potential losses, and making wise decisions accordingly.”

When you get an out-of-the-box idea or an opportunity arises that would be a departure from your normal way of doing things, your immediate reaction might be to play it safe—to shy away from the idea, or to hesitate to capitalize on the opportunity because it’s new and untried and seems risky. But if you wait too long to decide what to do, the opportunity may pass you by. At times like that, you need to calculate the risk.
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“If that man can be happy, cheerful, and confident,” Harold said to himself, “how much more can I.”

Harrold Abbot was a chronic warrior. That is until one spring day in 1934 when, as he was walking down the street, he saw something that put an end to all his worries. “It all happened in ten seconds,” he told a friend years later, “but during those ten seconds I learned more about how to live than I had learned in the previous ten years.” At the time, Harold had been trying to run a grocery store—not easy in the middle of the Great Depression. He had gone heavily into debt, and had been forced to close his store a few days before.
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A determined soul (a maximizer) will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.

—Rupert Hughes

Most people, it seems, fall into one of three broad groups when it comes to their level of dedication and initiative, their work ethic, and how much they’re able to accomplish.

These three groups are the minimizers, the maintainers, and the maximizers. Minimizers do as little as they can get away with, and maintainers do only what is needed to maintain the status quo, but maximizers are ready and willing to go the distance; they are focused on moving closer to their goal, even though they know it will cost them in time and energy.
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Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
—Henry Ford

Synergy—the combined efforts of two or more people or things where the result is greater than the sum of their individual efforts or capabilities—has become a workplace buzzword.

We’ve all heard lots about the benefits of teamworking. Pool your talents and work together, and you generate more ideas, a greater effort and subsequently better results. Two and two don’t always equal four; in teamwork they can equal six or eight.
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Welcome alternatives and opposing views. Remind yourself that the goal is not to prove yourself right, but to make the right decision.”

Perfect decisions are few and far between because life is messy. A great decision is always possible, however. Great decisions don’t all have fairytale endings, but they do achieve the best possible outcome under the circumstances. The most successful decision-makers don’t act on impulse, intuition, or even experience alone; they have a system that they work through step by step.

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However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”—Sir Winston Churchill

Faced with a major project or challenge? You probably have a general idea of where you want to go, but you’ll need a strategy, a plan of steps to take in order to reach that objective.

Planning is an investment. To plan wisely and well takes time, effort, patience‚ good research, and counsel. But a well-formed plan will pay for itself many times over.

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