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go check out the site… Tim is a “lead with the giving hand” guy and always has really solid, actionable strategies.

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…

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.

Napoleon Hill is one of the most influential thought-leaders of the last 100 years.

Dave Osofsky–a triple platinum charter member of the Jackalope Club–found and forwarded me this video and it is just dynamite.  Thank you, Dave!

As you watch this, just remember that Napoleon Hill did much of his work during the Great Depression.  His words on this short video were not born during the frothy fun of good times.  He’s talking about real stuff that really works!

Napoleon Hill put into words the early conception of ideas that have become the big deal known as The Secret

Enjoy and let us all go forth and succeed…

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