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The 10 Business Commandments

Everywhere I go there are always flyers, cards, and newspapers all around for free.  It can be a restaurant, hotel, store; you name it.  They are used for advertising, but every once in awhile hold a gem to learn from.  Call me a nerd (many do), but I always pick these items up.   I love to learn about the local community, people, and businesses.  I enjoy going to the local yard sales, estate sales, and even rummage shops to get a real sense of the people in those communities – not the hoity toity image the stores try to create.  Therefore, last week in the Keys we went to a farmers market, where yes I was passing out business cards to the people I met, but also picking up some local literature.  I came across this:

“The Second 10 Commandments” by an unknown author in the Coconut Telegraph

I have adapted this to be The 10 Business Commandments

1. Thou Shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.  Worrying about a problem, never actually solved it.

2. Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.  When we allow worry to linger it will become fear, although from a different perspective very rarely is there ever a reason to fear.

3. Thou shall not cross a bridge before you come to it, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.   Just take a problem one step at a time, no one has created a solution or won a case by skipping the steps necessary to get to the conclusion.   You don’t have to solve your issues the same day you learn of them.  Create a plan and attack strategically.

4. You shall face each problem as it comes.  You can plan for it, understand it, but you can not stress over it unless it actually arrives.  Plus, if you are concerned for problems that have not presented, then you are not giving your full attention to the ones that have.

5. Thou shall not take problems to bed with you.  The issues stay at the office, so that you and your loved ones can have peace at home.

6. Thou shall not borrow other people’s problems.  You can’t solve everyone’s issues, when the truth is you have a hard enough time with your own.

7. Thou shall forget yesterday, understand tomorrow, but live for today.  Concentrate on the blessing you have in the current day, not the mistakes you made, or the dreams of tomorrow.  Focus on the day the Lord has made at the time you are in it.

8. Thou shall be a good speaker, but a great listener.  Only from listening do you hear ideas that open your mind and allow you to understand a perspective different than your own.

9. Thou shall not wallow in frustration, for 90% is rooted in self-pity and shall only interfere with the positive encouragement you need to find the solution.

10. Thou shall count thy blessings, never overlooking the smallest ones, because it is the smallest ones that add together to create the big one you are dreaming of.

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