|“Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.”
Tax day again, even though it was postponed…
and it’s a ritual we endure for the sake of our freedoms.
Outside of any particular political perspectives the subject brings up, Benjamin Franklin points out the far more costly “taxes” we pay ongoingly.
Especially in these most interesting times, it’s easy to fall idle or numb given the back-and-forth of information, policies, hope, despair, and uncertain future we face as individuals, families, localities, the US society as a whole, and even the world community.
It’s also easy to let our pride, based on how things used to be, get in our way of moving forward TODAY.
As for “folly,” of course, mistakes can be costly…but a bigger mistake is not taking new and different actions TODAY because of the fear of making one. I believe it’s better to “fail forward fast” than to sit and try to dot every i and cross every t before getting on the playing field.
These times are challenging, for sure, and nobody can Pollyanna our way out of this.
But, if we use this time as an opportunity to quit looking outside of ourselves and, instead, turn to our own inner direction and guidance for how we want to come out of this, then something unique may be possible that wouldn’t have been had these times not come about.
Is it time to make that long-pondered career shift?
Is it time to restructure and point your business in a different direction?
There’s still more time on our hands right now than there used to be. Using it most effectively can be a far less taxing option.
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In making the most out of these taxing times, be sure to avail yourself of free, no-strings support that may be around you in more ways than you know. It’s a far less taxing option.
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“I have lived by one crucial principle since I was 24 years old. I don’t blame or complain about things like the economy, the government, taxes, employees, gas prices, or any of the external things that I don’t have control over. The only thing I have control over is my response to these things.”
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.