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Things to Think About - We don’t regret the risks we took and failed. We regret the risks we failed to take.

By Pepper de Callier

“We don’t regret the risks we took and failed.  We regret the risks we failed to take.”
Marshall Goldsmith

Much has been written about the things one regrets as they look back on their lives in old age, but this is the most concise and coherent statement about that topic I have come across.  Stop for a moment and think about how you would tell the story of your life in your final hours.  What would you want it to be?  What would the theme of your story be?  What would be the title of your life story?  Would it be something that inspires others to act in some way to be the best them they can be?

If you want your story to be about someone who made their life a wonderful journey—a journey that combined the courage to challenge yourself, to step out your comfort zone from time to time, to bounce back from failures and setbacks in the quest for  personal growth, the best time to begin writing that story is now.  It could involve accepting a tough assignment, a new position, new responsibilities, making the move to a new employer, or starting your own business.  There are as many options as there are people.  The key is to choose to become the author of a story worth telling to future generations.

Till next time…

Things to Think About Series by Pepper de Callier:

Things to Think About (By Pepper de Callier)
Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying
The secret to success is to maintain enthusiasm between failures
When you are the anvil, hold you still.  But, when you are the hammer, strike your fill
Success is getting what you want.  Happiness is wanting what you get
I am not an Athenian, I am not a Greek, I am a citizen of the world
When I’m afraid of losing, I never win
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear
Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, ... 
How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.
We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves 
If you believe everything you read, better not read 
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care
Winning is as much about attitude as aptitude especially when the chips are down 
The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd 
If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself
There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts 
Go beyond the dominant voices to ask, ‘Who are the missing voices. 
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret
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About the Author: Pepper de Callier is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at

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