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The 50 Business + Life Lessons 2012 Taught Me – by Robin Sharma


2012′s coming to a close.   I’m in reflection mode as I review the past 12 months, record what I learned in my journal and set precise and clear goals+plans for 2013.

I wanted to share 50 of my best lessons learned (or reinforced) from 2012. So here you go:


Hard work is a force multiplier.

Don’t participate in recessions.

Exercising for 20 minutes first thing in the morning is a game-changer.

If you’re not innovating daily, you’re on the path to obsolescence.

If you want an A-Level company, you can’t afford to hire B-Level players.

Procrastination is an escape mechanism for people scared to do their best work.

Give your customers 10X the value they expect and they’ll tell everyone they know about you.

Don’t do it if you’re not having fun.

If you’re not scared a lot you’re not growing very much.

Invest the time to create great social media content and your base will go global + viral.

There’s never been a better time to be a social entrepreneur.

It’s never been easier to be of service to a large amount of people (and few things are as rewarding).

When no one else believes in your vision, you absolutely must stay true to your vision. (Have the guts to stay in the game far longer than makes any sense).

The quickest way to build a superb business is to quickly develop the leadership potential of every teammate.

A job is only a job if you choose to see your work as a job. All work is a noble sport. (The reality is all work is a chance to express your genius–and to inspire the world).

People are craving transparency+authenticity and community. Give it to them.

Creativity comes in seasons. There’s a time to harvest your ideas. And there’s a time to let the field sit fallow. (I’ve been working on integrating this lesson for years).

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax (When you relax, your brain shifts into alpha state–the time when million-dollar ideas present themselves).

Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. (And without change, there is no progress).

Someone’s going to win in your space. Why not you?

10X the size of your dreams because if you don’t, you’ll wish you did.

Pursue excellence versus chasing perfection.

Celebrate small wins and you’ll unleash a huge amount of momentum and positive energy.

Learn for an hour a day, no matter what. That’s not a waste of work time. It’s a brilliant use of your work time because you’re paid to know more than anyone who has ever done your job.

Why go for good at what you do when you can stand for iconic?

Transform your fitness and you’ll transform your business.

Delete victimspeak from your languaging. No more “I can’t” and “It’s not possible” and “It’s so hard.” More “I will” and “This is awesome” and “What’s the opportunity here?”

If you inspire one person each day, your day hasn’t been a waste. It’s been a blessing.

Living in the past is disrespecting your future.

Build an amazing career but enjoy your lifestyle along the way. What’s the point of becoming a business legend but a failed human being.

Look people in the eyes when you talk to them. Smile at people when you see them. Say “please” to respect them. And “thank you” to appreciate them.

Don’t be on time–Be early.

The person who tries to do everything achieves nothing. Focus. Focus. Focus.

Spend the first 90 minutes of your work day on real work versus fake work. (Another game-changing tactic that served me so very well in 2012).

Spend time in silence each day. You’ll never do Jay-Z level work if you’re overstimulated by technology.

Goal-setting is mission-critical. (Review your Big 5, quarterly goals and daily goals constantly).

Your daily behavior broadcasts your truest beliefs.

To have the results only 5% of businesspeople have, have the guts to do what only 5% of businesspeople are willing to do.

World-class begins when you think you’ve done a great job but know you can do a better job.

Remember that your greatest gift is so much stronger than your deepest fear.

Everyone’s in Human Resources. And we are all paid to develop the talents of the people we work with.

Mediocrity is a mindset. Avoid the mental viruses of negative people.

Be the most honest person you know. It generally takes 30 years to build a fantastic reputation. And 30 seconds to lose it by a single silly move.

Become a lion–not a sheep.

People are always willing to pay for the best.

The more devoted you become to serving others, the more your career begins to build itself.

Problems come to test your commitment to your goals, hopes and dreams.

As you become more successful, get more hungry.

Join Traffic University. Use every possible moment in the car to upgrade your skills, polish your gifts and elevate your mindset.

Use your life to make the world a better place.

Smart Ass Answers


It was mealtime during an airline flight.
‘Would you like dinner?’, the flight attendant asked John, seated in front.
‘What are my choices?’ John asked.
‘Yes or no,’ she replied.


A flight attendant was stationed at the departure gate to check tickets. As a man approached, she extended her hand for the ticket and he opened his trench coat and flashed her.
Without missing a beat, she said, ‘Sir, I need to see your ticket, not your stub.’


A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store but she couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, ‘ Do these turkeys get any bigger?’
The stock boy replied, ‘No ma’am, they’re dead…’


The police officer got out of his car as the kid who was stopped for speeding rolled down his window. ‘I’ve been waiting for you all day,’ the officer said.
The kid replied, Yeah, well I got here as fast as I could.’
When the cop finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a ticket.


A truck driver was driving along on the freeway and noticed a sign that read: Low Bridge Ahead. Before he knows it, the bridge is right in front of him and his truck gets wedged under it. Cars are backed up for miles.
Finally a police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and walks to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, ‘Got stuck, huh?’
The truck driver says, ‘No, I was delivering this bridge and I ran out of gas.’


A college teacher reminds her class of tomorrow’s final exam. ‘Now class, I won’t tolerate any excuses for you not being here tomorrow. I might consider a nuclear attack or a serious personal injury, illness, or a death in your immediate family, but that’s it, no other excuses whatsoever!’
A smart-ass student in the back of the room raised his hand and asked, ‘What would you say if tomorrow I said I was suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?’
The entire class is reduced to laughter and snickering. When silence was restored, the teacher smiled knowingly at the student, shook her head and sweetly said, ‘Well, I guess you’d have to write the exam with your other hand.’


A woman is standing nude looking in the bedroom mirror. She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, ‘I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly… I really need you to pay me a compliment.’
The husband replies, ‘Your eyesight’s damn near perfect.

Stratford’s own Justin Bieber…

Watch and listen to the beautiful and talented Celine Dion sing another amazing Christmas classic. We never get tired of listening to her sing praise to the Almighty!

Amazing Perth Christmas Lights 2012 “Gangnam Style” by Kym Illman

“NASA Johnson Style” (“Gangnam Style” Parody)

Hand Made CANDY CANES at Chocolate Barr’s in Stratford!


Chocolate Barr’s in Stratford is located right across the street from our book store. For the Christmas season, they will be making hand-made candy canes every Saturday! Enjoy viewing the video below if you are curious how this is done.

Chocolate Barr’s specializes in handmade candy and chocolate and was established in 2003. They are our first choice for candy when the craving for sweets hit… be sure to check them out!!

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Reasons to allow drinking at work


The below are valid reasons as to why drinking should be allowed at work. If you use them wisely, you may even be able to convince your boss into allowing alcohol.


1.  It’s an incentive to show up.


2. It reduces stress.


3. It leads to more honest communications.


4. It reduces complaints about low pay.


5. It cuts down on time off because you can work with a hangover.


6. Employees tell management what they think, not what management wants to hear.


7. It helps save on heating costs in the winter.


8. It encourages carpooling.


9. Increases job satisfaction because if you have a bad job you don’t care.


10. It eliminates vacations because people would rather come to work.


11. It makes fellow employees look better.


12. It makes the cafeteria food taste better.


13. Bosses are more likely to hand out raises when they are wasted.


14. Salary negotiations are a lot more profitable.


15. If someone does something stupid on the job, it will be quickly forgotten.