Encouragement From Me to You

Maybe your parents never told you that you rock.

Well, you do.






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What Success Feels Like

I decided to publish a post I wrote on our family adventure site. It was the day that we officially made it across the country by bike. I edited very little of it. You can read about the entire journey at fourtheroad.com. I hope it inspires you to go further and climb higher.

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Your Guide to Taking Chances

I don’t often have guest posts, so if I do, there is a good reason.
Samantha Bangayan is a popular fixture in the online world. She is a chance-taker who doesn’t mind using dynamite when it comes to breaking through her comfort zones. She writes about the ‘little things‘ in life (it’s all in the details!). Make sure you read her ‘About the Blog‘ page.

Without further ado…here’s Sam!

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Conquering The World At 15

I thought that I was the writer in the family.

Shooting for the top spot!

It turns out my daughter is long winded also. 🙂

She has written a post on her piano lesson girl site that is over 2,600 words. It is a detailed account of how she intends to become Amazon’s Top Associate.

By the way, she is 15.

The post is exceptional, says a smiling proud papa.

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Joining the Club: A Day in the Life of a Family Crossing the Country on Bikes

Biking across the country with my family.

Biking across the country with my family.

This post was written by me at fourtheroad.com. I decided to share it with my THP readers in the hopes that it may encourage.

It was written on the road, and I have left it unedited.


Date: December 27, 2012

Time Pedaling: 5 hrs. 06 min.
Miles: 49.72
Avg. Speed: 9.7 mph
Max Speed: 23.3 mph
Trip Odometer: 2,320.84
Weather: sunny, windy, 62 degrees (Tacna, AZ) to (Yuma, AZ)
Time of Departure: 10:30
Arrival Time First Christian Church in Yuma, AZ: 3:30 (Mountain Time Zone)
Repairs: None

Much in life isn’t as hard as we think it will be.

We left our lodgings in Tanca at about 10:30am. That was actually a good time for us. Part of it was that there wasn’t anyone around asking questions.

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Surviving, Striving, and Arriving

Much in life can be done one pedal stroke at a time.
It doesn’t matter if it is a hill or mountain.

One pedal stroke at a time.

On January 7th, 2013 my family (wife Gail, 15 year old daughter Dakota, 8 year old son Luke) and I (Rob) dipped our bike tires in the Pacific Ocean on Coronado Island in San Diego. Our journey lasted nearly 3 months and covered over 2,500 miles.

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Mastering Your Mind by Ignoring It

Practice makes perfect!We are expert ignorers. Hey, if you practice something for 10,000 hours you become an expert, right?

Here is a scenario:

It’s late night and you’re hungry. Your stomach is growling, and even barking. There are at least a dozen thoughts are going through your mind, like, “It’s too late to eat. Just grab a half bowl of ice cream. Drink a glass of water. Eat the leftovers from dinner. There’s two pieces of pie left. I shouldn’t get up. I can’t stop thinking of food.”

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Nothing Has Been Decided

Nothing Has Been DecidedKnow a guy who was riding the real estate market high.

Real high.

In fact, his high went into the millions.

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Why Quitting is Healthy | Have You Quit Enough?

Bait and SwitchWhen reading the title to this post you may have thought that I might do the old bait-and-switch trick. You know, promise one thing, and deliver another.

Not quite.

It may be hard to grasp but the title is true.

At some point in life each one of us quits at something. We cut our losses, or more likely, the pain associated with the failing. It could be a game of Monopoly or Grad school, reading a book or writing one.

We get discouraged and it becomes easier to quit. It’s easier to fail than to go on with uncertainty.

We like comfort. In fact, we like it a lot.

The good news is that if you are a quitter, success is close at hand.

Really? Can that really be true?

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It’s Time To Take Action | Your Story Awaits

It’s Time To Take ActionIt's Time To Take Action

Quit playing around. The time has come for the work to be done and you know just what that means.

You know because you have done real work before. You may do it everyday.

Just not for yourself.

It’s time to cast aside fear and do this thing. You’ve learned enough. You have enough experience. You have all the knowledge you need because you know that it will take persistence. You know that.

But fear grips you. What if…

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