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                                             Learning from it…

Good afternoon dear reader & welcome to my world for another week. Following on from our wonderful weekend & being announced:   Winners ~ Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Awards for NZME Customer Service Excellence Award, I have been reflecting on how one can learn from our experiences & move on, often to further success.

I read a wonderful story during the week. One day seven-year-old Walter noticed an owl sleeping on a branch. Thinking it would make a great pet he approached quietly & grabbed its leg. In a panic. The bird fought so much the boy threw it down & stamped it to death.

Horrified by his actions, he ran away. When he returned later to bury it, each shovel full of earth was mixed with tears. The incident haunted him & he told no one about it until years later when it had created in him a fresh appreciation for life. All the regret in the world could not bring back this one owl, however, through its death a world of animals was born.

The name of the boy was Walter Elias… we know him today as Walt Disney.           Famous English writer Charles Dickens once said: ‘Reflect on your blessings of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.’  1

Do you believe we can train ourselves to become motivated for success? Today you may be saying, “I need to be motivated to get anything done,” If you have taught yourself to believe certain limitations, then you can also teach yourself to break through them.

The patterns you repeat on a daily basis will eventually form the identity you believe in & the actions you take. You can transform your identity & become the type of person who does not need motivation to perform well.

This is the difference between approaching life as a professional or an amateur.

If you only work when you feel motivated, then you will never be consistent enough to become a pro. But if you build small routines & patterns to help you overcome the daily battles, then you will continue the slow march towards greatness even when it gets tough.

Accordingly, my message today dear friends; we need to learn from our past, absolutely, but we should not live in it. We need to use the things one has been through, good & bad, a springboard to the future. Can you really do this, I believe one can & the Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Business Award sitting on my desk is there, just to remind me every day ~ yes we can…

Thank you for taking the time to be with me once again. I hope my journey may encourage you also. This is Kenn Butler in Paradise, Nelson, with my best wishes for the week ahead. I look forward to being with you all again next weekend.


1  Inspired from Bob Gass an American-based former Christian pastor, broadcaster & author of several books & his daily devotional, called The Word for Today (Friday November 10th 2017), which has a circulation of over one million copies quarterly.

Kenn Butler
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