But none of them can make me smoke or pick paint colors worth a damn.
Where I bean?
We're repainting the inside and the outside of the house so my brother and I are adding to the handrails and patching the rear deck while the painters are doing the inside.
We had a bunch of too many people picking paint colors and having the painter put it on the exterior wainscot and stucco and everyone was getting desperate.
Picking paint colors is so frustrating for me because often, the samples don't look the same as you imagined they would when they're on the wall.
Anyway, I got to make the final decision because everyone else gave up.
The yellow background (Moonraker) will be the stucco and the eaves.
The darker color (Clary Sage) will be the wainscot to ground the house and will also be used for the front door and all trim and the garage door. The Dover White will be the stairs deck and railings in the back.
Who knows what it will look like. The gold looked more yellow than gold when he put it on the wall.
I'd love to have someone paint a mural on the wall above the garage. Missy?
and then the landscaping.
Oh Boy, I got my compressor working correctly after replacing parts for a month until I got the right one.
Keep your quit. It's something you have control of.
If I told you that sipping orange juice through a straw in your right nostril every time you thought of smoking would guarantee you a successful quit and you did it, you would be successful, you would be.
It's not what you use, it's the reminder that you would've smoked but aren't.
"On the one hand, perseverance and grit are key to achieving success in any field. Anyone who masters their craft will face moments of doubt and somehow find the inner resolve to keep going. If you want to build a successful business or create a great marriage or learn a new skill then “sticking with it” is perhaps the most critical trait to possess.
On the other hand, telling someone to never give up is terrible advice. Successful people give up all the time. If something is not working, smart people don’t repeat it endlessly. They revise. They adjust. They pivot. They quit. As the saying goes, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Life requires both strategies. Sometimes you need to display unwavering confidence and double down on your efforts. Sometimes you need to abandon the things that aren’t working and try something new. The key question is: how do you know when to give up and when to stick with it?"
The 3 Stages of Failure
This framework helps clarify things by breaking down challenges into three stages of failure:
Stage 1 is a Failure of Tactics. These are HOW mistakes. They occur when you fail to build robust systems, forget to measure carefully, and get lazy with the details. A Failure of Tactics is a failure to execute on a good plan and a clear vision.
Stage 2 is a Failure of Strategy. These are WHAT mistakes. They occur when you follow a strategy that fails to deliver the results you want. You can know why you do the things you do and you can know how to do the work, but still choose the wrong what to make it happen.
Stage 3 is a Failure of Vision. These are WHY mistakes. They occur when you don't set a clear direction for yourself, follow a vision that doesn't fulfill you, or otherwise fail to understand why you do the things you do.
I know this may be sensitive to some who didn't have ideal family lives. It's not meant to offend but to open eyes and help us reach who we want to be rather than remain products of negative feelings we've experienced.
"If our parents didn’t love and understand each other, how are we to know what love looks like? … The most precious inheritance that parents can give their children is their own happiness. Our parents may be able to leave us money, houses, and land, but they may not be happy people. If we have happy parents, we have received the richest inheritance of all."
"There is no “how.” It’s all in your head. There is literally nothing to do here other than mentally try on new perspectives and ask yourself, “What if [thing that is opposite of my assumption] were true about me? What would that mean?”