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The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you cannot accept regret.

—Henri Frédéric Amiel (Public Domain)

I have spent a lot of time in my life regretting past decisions. Far too much time. Our souls were placed here to learn; to make mistakes; to keep moving spiritually forward. Instead of lamenting past decisions made, we should embrace them…all of them! Once we accept that God led us down a particular path for a reason, we can begin to understand this spiritual journey we are on.

So, think of a decision in your life which you later regretted, or even something that happened to you out of the blue that made you feel forsaken, and say to yourself, “Brilliant! Thank God I was led down this path, for the destination will be glorious!

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

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—Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.

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—Peter Drucker

…Although the word “exploit” has a negative connotation, that is certainly not what we should infer from Drucker’s quote. More than at any other point in time, change is taking place at breakneck speed, and even the smallest change—in society, in technology, in business, et al.—creates an opportunity for the astute entrepreneur.

Consider marketing. Less than a generation ago, we could market our enterprise through radio, print media, television, word of mouth, or flyers tacked to a wall or mailed out to prospective customers. Expensive and/or ineffective methods unless we had a serious budget to work with. Now, thanks to incredible advances in information technology and some very entrepreneurial minds, we can market our business through a number of different platforms. But, these platforms are always undergoing changes, and new methods and systems are always coming along—change to be exploited.

I am always taking online courses on platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, and Lynda. I began another one yesterday on digital marketing, and within thirty minutes the instructor introduced three fantastic tools I had never heard of, and all were free!

The entrepreneurial lifestyle can be tough, and it is easy to get mentally down and feel as if we are spinning our wheels for nothing. However, by constantly searching for the smallest changes in our industry or area of expertise, and then coming up with ways to exploit these changes and turn them into opportunities, we remain focused on our destination—leaving less room for worry. Here’s to the journey!

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Time is the wisest counselor of all.

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—Pericles (495-429 BC; Greek statesman and Athenian general)

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There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’

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— C.S. Lewis

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If you are in Gyaros, do not let your mind dwell upon life in Rome, and all the pleasures it offered to you when living there, and all that would attend your return. Rather, be intent on this—how he that lives in Gyaros may live in Gyaros like a man of spirit. And if you are in Rome, do not let your mind dwell upon life in Athens, but study only how to live in Rome. 

Finally, in the room of all other pleasures put this—the pleasure which springs from conscious acquiescence to God.

Epictetus, public domain

Epictetus (Public domain)

(Gyaros is a small, desolate island in the Aegean Sea which served as a place of exile in the early Roman Empire.)

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Opportunity

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

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— Demosthenes (Public Domain)

…And small opportunities swirl everywhere around you, it just takes the right perspective to see them with clarity.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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