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Why do some people almost always seem to get what they want?

They get the promotion they’ve been dreaming about. They get their dream house…for $20,000 less than market value. They seem to attract new business no matter what the economists say on the news. No matter what it is, they seem to get it.

The truth is, they have to wait just like you…but they wait differently.

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We spend a lot of time waiting in life.

Waiting for a new job or promotion. Waiting for the right person to spend life with. Waiting for our health to get better or our finances to improve. Waiting for this and that.

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I never expected to leave the amusement park feeling the way that I did.

I didn’t expect to leave there learning life lessons. I didn’t expect to walk away with a sense of accomplishment or pride.

But I did. I left there learning 4 powerful lessons about life, fear, leadership, and even parenting.

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Last week, Tara and I went to Cedar Point in Ohio. It was our birthday present to ourselves.

It was a three-day getaway for the two of us and I enjoyed the time off. But, I also had my eyes open for learning opportunities and stories to share with you. That’s what I do, after all.

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What three things would you do differently as a leader?

That was the question posed to me from a good friend of mine. Three years into our business, we had more than fifty team members and were on pace to have more than $18 million in revenue in year four. It was a wild ride but I left knowing that I had made numerous costly mistakes.

So when he asked me this question, I had no shortage of things I would have done differently. The hard part was narrowing it down to three.

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Within seconds, though, the answers became clear…and surprising to me. They had nothing to do with strategy or specific moments in time. Nothing to do with bad hires or bad financial moves. Nothing at all to do with marketing or our IT infrastructure. Those were easily identifiable areas where we made mistakes and that had tangible monetary losses attached to them.

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Have you ever wanted to kill your boss?

I don’t mean literally. Maybe more along the lines of hoping he or she comes down with a bad case of food poisoning and misses the next, say, 3 1/2 years of work.

I know the feeling. It’s one of the reasons I went scorched earth and got rid of bosses altogether. But what if that’s not for you? What if you’re stuck with a boss that is (gasp!) imperfect?

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The good news that there is hope. You don’t have to “just deal with it” and you certainly don’t need to daydream about 37 ways to get your boss to stand on an unstable cliff.

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