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Set Sail

“To reach a port, we must sail —
Sail, not tie at anchor —
Sail, not drift.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

In 1932, at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt sailed into office. Energized by his personal victory over polio, FDR’s unfailing optimism and activism contributed to a renewal of the national spirit. In his first hundred days in office, Roosevelt spearheaded major legislation that instituted the New Deal which helped the economy rapidly improve. Even a economic relapse and World War II did not cause FDR to drift; he sailed forth and went on to become a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century.

In our business and executive coaching practice we work with companies and individuals who face roadblocks and challenges. We help them chart our course, set sail, and remind them not to forget to look at the map!

If we stay at anchor or just drift we will never reach our destination.

Progress Involves Risks

“Progress always involves risks.
You can’t steal second base and
keep your foot on first.”

Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training – guess that’s what inspired me to use this Frederick Wilcox quote.

Have you ever told yourself a little hard work would solve your problem? Far too many people make the mistake of believing that you just have to work harder. Sometimes success requires doing things in a dramatically different way or making radical changes. Being in business invariably involves taking risk. What are you doing personally, professionally, and organizationally to make sure the future isn’t missed and is more of what you want it to be?

 Best regards,

Ebbe Skovdal and Sandy Mitchell


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This was published as an iDIMENSIONS e-mail newsletter on 22 February 2013.