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What’s Your Brand of Courage?

What’s Your Brand of Courage?
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    Starting a business takes courage. You have to do the job of six people at once, deal with income that is variable at best, and non-existent at worst, and face all the other risks that come with walking where most others don’t dare to tread.

    But that’s old news – anyone who’s been doing this for any length of time knows what’s involved, and has chosen to keep on going. So the question is: Why is it so hard? Why is it that in spite of the good days and the successes, there are so many nights that we feel tired and beaten, wondering where our courage has gone?

    The answer is that the courage you need to get started is very different from the courage that you need to keep on going. When you’re just starting out, you need courage that is flashy and fiery – the kind that involves great leaps and inspiring speeches. To keep on going, you need a much less dramatic courage in the face of a far more exhausting reality. This kind of courage is much harder to come by.

    Let’s start by understanding what we’re really talking about…

    Flashy and Fiery: Braveheart Courage

    The first kind of courage is Braveheart Courage, which I’ve named after Mel Gibson’s popular film.

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    This is the kind of courage that you read about in storybooks – the courage to take a stand against great adversity, face the monsters and confront overwhelming odds.

    This is the kind of courage that is called for in the darkest moments with the most at stake, and it takes great strength of character to muster it up and get going.

    But while this courage can get you going, it can’t keep you going over a long stretch of time.

    Braveheart Courage is like gearing up to write a term paper in 24 hours; it’s doable, but you can’t keep that pace going for an entire semester – not just because you’ll get tired and run out of steam, but because an entrepreneur’s journey is more like a four year degree program than one brutal weekend of cramming.

    And the degree program calls for a very different kind of courage…

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    Day after Day: Shawshank Courage

    Shawshank courage is the kind of courage exemplified in the Shawshank Redemption.

    In that film, Tim Robbins’ character is convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit, and sentenced to life in prison. Despite losing everything in his life, his spirit never wavers, and he digs his way to freedom, one spoonful of dirt at a time, over the course decades.

    Braveheart Courage can get you to cannonball dive into a cold ocean, but Shawshank Courage will keep you swimming for hours and hours until you make it to shore. We relate best to examples, so here are some examples Shawshank Courage:

    Now tell me – what kind of courage does an entrepreneur need? And which is harder to cultivate?

    I think it’s Shawshank Courage – but where does it come from?

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    “Courage Doesn’t Always Roar…”

    As difficult as it is, there are many wells from which you can draw strength and courage when you don’t have the strength to take even one more hopeless step.

    You can think of your family, friends, business partners, and community – the faith that they’ve placed in you, and the love and support that they offer.

    You can think of those who struggle even harder than you do, against far greater odds, and with far less to work with than you do.

    You can think of what you’re doing it all for – the goals that you want to achieve, the life that you are working to provide for your family, and the impact that you’re trying to make in the world.

    And if all fails, you think of a quote that has held me in very good stead, from Mary Anne Radmacher, who says that “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow’.”

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    Write it down, and put it up on your wall. You can even get a fancy, framed version if you like.

    The next time you feel that you need a little help trying again tomorrow, read that note, and remember that this is what courage is really about.

    Then say in a quiet voice that you’ll try again tomorrow.

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    Last Updated on August 21, 2018

    30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

    30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

    Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

    That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

     1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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      Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

      2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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        If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

        3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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          It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

          4. Corn chips for kindling!

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            Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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            5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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              Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

              6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                  You never know when you might need some.

                  8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                    Get all the info you need here.

                    9. Sangria!

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                      We know what’s really important. How to here!

                      10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                        By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                        11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                          Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                          12. DIY shower.

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                            All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                            13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                              Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                              14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                  Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                  16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                    Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                    17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                      It’s that easy!

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                                      18. Grits repel ants.

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                                        Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                        19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                          20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                            That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                            21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                              For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                              22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                  Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                  24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                    By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                    25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                      26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                        Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                        27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                          That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                          28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                            Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                            29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                              Get them while you can!

                                                              30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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