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Thank you to Justin Jacobsen–a friend from LoanToolBox–for showing me this truly inspirational short film!

My good friend and fellow…um…buffalope, Dr. Vincent Kituku, has this to say in his e-newsletter that hit my inbox today.

I encourage you to ponder his points and then go sign up for his newsletter at







Vision, decision, action and persistence are the ingredients you need in these unpredictable times.
Vision overshadows inadequacies related to skills, resources and abilities. It has been said, and proven to be true, that what your mind can conceive, and you believe in your heart, you can achieve. “The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the power of all true art and science” (Albert Einstein). Dreams are the seeds of success.
A firm decision to make your dream a reality gives the universe a go-ahead in equipping you with the necessary tools. In your decision-making process, formulate your vision into specific objectives with measurable results within a given period of time.
Act on your decision. Faith and decision without action produce ZERO results.
Be persistent with your dream. At times, you will be at the “bottom of the valley” of your dream project. Things won’t work as planned. Learn to jump from one failing (learning) experience to another with a positive attitude. In case you need a “push,” read about the failures of Abraham Lincoln. A successful person is a failure who persists in his or her dreams.
Yesterday has passed to oblivion. We may have had disappointments because of unfulfilled dreams, uncompleted projects, broken promises and relationships. The past is not a place to dwell. It’s a reference point.
Beware of dream-busters, such as hanging around negative associates, your own fear and reading or watching insignificant materials. Ponder this: Watching TV for six hours per day translates to fifteen years of one’s life at 60 years of age.


“Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success.”
— Bo Bennett, Author

I imagine that you may have seen this clip before, but I have to tell you that it’s more applicable now than ever.

Tony talks about managing emotion and state of mind.  If you, like most of the world right now, find that your emotional state seems to run up and down like a rogue rollercoaster, you’ll probably appreciate this clip!

Warm Regards…

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
— St. Francis of Assisi

I love this quote!

So, here’s how to manage a serious “crunch time” crisis:

Step 1). Start by doing what’s NECESSARY.  We usually can figure that out.  What can I do right now that is necessary?  Usually the answer to that question is right in front of our nose–like…return the phone calls, clear undewriting conditions, pay the bills, etc.  Usually this step involves work that we’ve been avoiding for whatever reason.

Usually, by taking decisive action on simple things that we KNOW to do, we break the power of inertia and get into practical forward motion.

Step 2).  Next do what’s possible.  We often create impossibilities in our mind-space when we are experiencing “down” emotions.  By starting with Step 1 (do what’s necessary!), we can often begin to see what’s possible and start to also do that.  After we’ve done what’s necessary in a day (start with the least-pleasant task on the list and just decimate it!), then we almost certainly experience the rush of emotional energy needed to do the “What’s possible” on the list.

Step 3). Enjoy the winner’s edge.  We often look at record-breaking performances and think, “wow!  how did they capture the magic?  why can’t I do that, too?”.  Well, the formula is simple.  Do what’s necessary.  Do what’s possible.  Day after day.  With passion and patience.  Then, suddenly, we are enjoying the fruits that only champions experience.  Ask most high achievers and you’ll discover that they don’t feel like it all happened overnight.  It’s almost always a process of time and perseverance.

My fellow Jackalopes…I bring you this in hopes that the words encourage you as they have me!

Make it a great day!

Jacob Nordby

PS…I thought you’d enjoy this little YouTube clip that became YouTube Video Of The Year!




This time I don’t have a glossy, grinning picture of myself (hey, be nice!), but I wanted to share another milestone reached in my quest for continued fitness.

I live out in what’s known as “South Boise”.  When I was a kid in this town, there was no such section.  Mainly there was sagebrush and cattle farms out here.  Now it has become a sort of mixed suburbia, with housing tracts pushing out into the prairie.

Anyway, when I started my journey of weight loss and fitness, I began a practice of jogging the roads in a sort of big square route.  I measured the distance at 4.25 miles after one frustrating early run (ok…mostly it was a walk-and-hold-my-aching-sides).

I am, as you know, a dashingly handsome man, but I am also of Norwegian descent.  This means that, while extremely strong and intelligent, my body was designed with short (less diplomatic observers have used the wrong-headed term “stumpy”) legs.   Must have been an evolutionary thing having to do with the need for stability on board mighty Viking ships and whatnot.

I say all this to point out that I am not a natural distance runner and I kept failing to complete my 4 + mile course without a short walk break or two.  It became my goal to do it all in one smooth run before the cold weather hit again this year.

So, I write this post today to report…VICTORY.

I opened my front door at 5:29 and headed out into the cool darkness.  My end of town has not been totally civilized yet, so there are only a few streetlights.  Above me, a slivered moon sailed through the early morning sky.  It was that “hour before dawn” and the stars were still brilliant against the blackness.

Something about the quiet and darkness created a space of solitary stillness in my mind as I ran.  Ideas and solutions to problems emerged.  Neuro-chemicals, activated by my breath and exertion, surged through my body.  I ran steadily and then a little faster.

I passed all the places where I would have stopped for rest before.  There was no thought of fatigue.

Almost before I knew it, I was back in my own neighborhood and then right here on my couch reporting the achievement of a goal set almost a year ago.  Did it!  I ran the whole course without a single pause.

Many of you reading this are probably much more accomplished runners–seriously.  I have friends who routinely crack off 10+ miles just as a nice little stretch of the legs. 

I share this personal victory with you to remind us all that worthy goals–even those that seem impossible at first–are unquestionably achievable.

We all need references and reminders along the way.  If we fail to see the significance of small steps, we won’t be able to see the overall progress we’ve made.

To turn that positive, ask yourself this question: “what small-but-steady accomplishments have I achieved recently that clearly move me in the direction of my deepest desires in life?”

I’ll bet you find at least a few of them.  When you do, sit quietly and ponder them.  Don’t discount your own dreams and don’t disregard the small steps you’ve taken to achieve them.

As the saying goes, “a journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first steps”.

On this Friday morning I wish all of you–my friends and fellow travellers–all the joy and success you deserve!

Jacob “The Jackalope” Nordby

Hello again, my friends.  I woke up early on this Saturday morning and walked out under the fading stars before the sun came up.

This week felt especially turbulent in my mortgage business–lots of change and demands on my time & resources.

That’s why I so treasure the weekend as an oasis.  I use the time away from my business to regain my center.

Here’s a video by James Arthur Ray (of The Secret) and I believe you will find it helpful as I did.  Especially, I recommend that you find a quiet place and absorb its messages with a single mind.  It speaks directly to those of us who have chosen to create life experiences in a stormy business environment.

Enjoy and have a peaceful weekend!


Oh, and Dave Osofsky put this poem into a comment and I wanted to be sure that everyone had a chance to see it…I’ve read it many times and Dave reminded me that it was in the cover of Think & Grow Rich

It Couldn’t Be Done
Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

I’ve mentioned this film before, but was so inspired by watching it again recently that I wanted to share one of the big highlight scenes with my fellow Jackalope Club members.

Watch this and see if it doesn’t make you more determined to create an extraordinary day…and life.



I’m sure we’ve all seen this before.  I know I have…and I can’t get enough.

Sometimes when I feel sort of kicked around, I’ll go find this and watch it.

What a great reminder to step up and let the world hear the “music within us”.  Wow…

Whether you’ve seen it before or not, this should give you some light in your day.

It doesn’t matter how much seems obviously stacked up against us…each one of us has our own special brilliance to share with the world.  It’s up to us to own it and let it out.


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You may have seen this simple presentation before.  If you haven’t, it’s one to watch.  If you have seen it (I had), it’s a wonderful time to be reminded of its truth.

I recommend that you take a short break.  Close your door, turn up your speakers, take a deep breath and watch this…


Presenting: “The Dash” Movie…Click here to watch

It was sent to me by my great friend and web/graphic designer extraordinaire, Thayne Rigby.  If you want to see what Thayne’s all about (including his abilities to create flash presentations like this one–The Dash isn’t his, but he does stuff just like it), visit him at .  He’s a special guy and can create wonderful websites and every kind of beautifully printed piece you can imagine…at a great price. (I don’t get a commission for saying that, either 🙂 )

Make it a great day.  Be mindful.  Slow Down.

Jacob Nordby

“You’ve got to get to the state in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing”
— Arthur Ashe, Tennis Player



It’s very inspiring to watch the Olympics…especially last night when Michael Phelps and Co beat the French (who had been talking SMACK all day about how they would “…smash the Americans”) in the relay swim.

Wow!  Going for it was more important than winning or losing.  How exciting and inspiring.



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