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4 Life Lessons Revealed Watching Top Chef

Top Chef = Real Life. Last night on Bravo, the season finale of Top Chef was a dramatic, “foodie” roller coaster ride! Personally, I feel Nina should have taken it, but that’s the way it goes.

Top Chef

Top Chef


In this guest post from Lauren Ready (a first!), she lays out four valuable life lessons witnessed in this season of Top Chef. More about Lauren at the end of this post.
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4 Life Lessons Revealed Watching Top Chef

I love watching Top Chef. I enjoy the competition and watching chefs prepare foods that I can’t afford or never knew existed. This morning my husband and I were discussing last night’s show. I said to him we can all learn some lessons from watching it. He challenged me to write what they were.

1. Don’t show off. Many times over the years we have watched chefs attempt to make a dish in a few hours that isn’t possible. They think they will stand out if they succeed. They end up standing out by being eliminated.
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Taking ProBlogger Advice! Time Management Quotes that Help me Cope

It’s Thursday morning, my scheduled weekly deadline for this blog, and yet I have been too busy to generate any new posts this week. So what to do? Just yesterday I tweeted this post from Darren Rowse’s excellent blog (@ProBlogger):
One Activity You Should Do On Your Blog Every Day
In it, Darren talks about publishing new posts from older ones that have performed well in the past, a way to expose new readers to previously generated content. SO, that fits in perfectly with my situation this morning!

I hope you enjoy the quotes, songs and tips here, things that help me cope with one of my biggest headaches in life, Time Management!

Thanks for tuning in, Trace

Waking up to a mental list of tasks, agonizing over opportunities missed, juggling work and home life AND time to write consistently for this blog, it all gives me a headache! As an entrepreneur (freelancer) I constantly struggle with “time management”. How do I keep groceries on the table, and pursue tasks that are closer to my own personal visions for the rest of my days? The only ANSWER I know is – Keep working on it. It’s easy to let the multitude of tasks and commitments at hand get the best of us, if we let it.

Wait a minute!

There are many great articles written from a practical business standpoint which address this issue. Most boil down to some simple ideas:
1. Make lists of tasks and then prioritize: Work on the most important things first.
2. Give yourself credit for small things, simple tasks completed. Pat yourself on the back when you reach small milestones. Many people are waiting for the BIG GLORIOUS VICTORY before they give themselves any credit. Sometimes that victory never comes. Don’t worry about it, celebrate small victories as they happen.
3. Schedule specific times for specific tasks. Like this blog, I schedule every Wednesday evening and early Thursday mornings to complete at least one post a week. It’s HARD, amidst everything else in my life, but I get it done because I have it SCHEDULED.

There is an interesting and in depth post this week from Entrepreneur Magazine – Read it here > 10 Time Management Tips that Work

“I am guilty of a dreadful selfish crime. I have robbed myself of all my precious time” – Robert Earl Keen

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The Thing About Obstacles: We can’t make them go away…

The thing about obstacles is that they will always be there. Sometimes the obstacle is something lurking in the shadows, sometimes they are smack in front of you in a glaring light. No matter how much money we make or power we gain, for most of us, there is a desire for something “more” or something “new.” As long as that desire exists, there will be someone or something in the way, an obstacle to achievement.

Whether you want a greater understanding of God, a new car or just a new pair of shoes, there’s always an obstacle.

Uh oh... small problem... photo courtesy NCWpics.com


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You are What You DO, Not What You Say

I did a lot of needless yapping before realizing this simple truth: People don’t pay much attention to what you say, all that matters is What You DO.

Lauren's Flowers, Photo by Tracy Ready

Want to be a writer?
Start writing.
Want to be a painter?
Start painting.
Want to be a photographer?
Start Shooting

Now you are one.
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Focus On What You CAN Do, Not What You CAN’T

I had a horrible dream last night.
Riding in the very back seat of a passenger van on a two lane blacktop highway at night, I looked up to see that I was the only one in the van. No driver, no other passengers and the van was starting to veer off of the road. I struggled to unstrap myself from the seat so that I could somehow climb over all the seats, get behind the wheel and save myself from certain disaster. I woke up sweating. When I told my wife about the dream she pointed out how symbolic it was for my life at this time. Strange, I couldn’t even see the symbolism until she pointed it out to me.
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