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Seven-Bullet Monday - September 5, 2022

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

"The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do." – Dennis Waitley.

Here's some advice from Dennis Waitley on how to be a winner in life. Constantly think and say the words "I can", "I will", and "I am", and avoid saying "I should have", "I would have", and "I can't".

2. A question I am asking myself:

How do I become a mirror to the people I spend time with? A mirror that positively reflects their strengths and gently reflects their weaknesses.

If I can learn the best moments to encourage and the best time to counsel and challenge, my effectiveness as a leader will increase. This is no small task and speaks to preparation before and thoughtfulness during meetings.

3. A book I am reading:

Mind Reader: The New Science of Deciphering what People Really Think, What They Really Want, and Who They Really Are - David Lieberman

You won't get to read peoples' minds flawlessly after consuming this book, but it will provide valuable clues to understanding what is going on behind written or spoken words. If you would like to discern better if someone is speaking the truth or what someone's honest thoughts and intentions are, this book will give you several tools to do that.

4. My favourite podcast this week:

Stuff You Should Know: We Need More Sustainable Packaging

Since the advent of single-use plastics, the world has become awash in waste. This podcast drives home how much waste is produced daily and highlights some innovative single-use plastic waste reduction initiatives in countries like India.

5. Hugh-Tips

Before you purchase a property, first run the best and worst-case scenarios

Property is among the safest investments and has been a source of steady wealth accumulation worldwide for centuries. We are, however, now seeing the highest interest rates in 30 years, and they are likely to go higher still. With that in mind, it is good to remind ourselves to calculate different scenarios before purchasing a property to ensure we can weather the downside if and when it should occur. Make sure to calculate a range of interest rates to check mortgage affordability and, in the case of investment properties, that you can carry the mortgage payments should you struggle to get tenants or rental rates fall.

6. My highlight this last week

A week up in beautiful North-East British Columbia

I was up in NEBC for seven days last week and had a wonderful time while I was there. Attending the two Company family barbecues and meeting a bunch of new people, attending two full training days with over 40 leaders in the business, and squeezing in several runs, a swim, a gym session and two 9-hole rounds of golf in the lovely Tumbler Ridge golf course. The weather was also fantastic. I am very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world

7. My challenge to you for this week

Think about the order and the frequency with which you eat food

I have learned a couple of things about eating in the last two months, which I think are worth sharing. The time we eat and the order in which we eat need to be considered together with the quality and volume of food we consume. Here are a few things to experiment with: limit snacking between meals and start your meals with veggies where possible. If you have a sweet tooth like I have 😊, try and consume your sugary delight after a wholesome meal, not in between. Also, drink a lot of water, especially around meal times, and even more if you are having alcohol. I have been practising this for a couple of weeks and genuinely feel the benefits.

Have a wonderful week

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