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Basketball season is in full force, as I’m writing this.  I caught the tail-end of last night’s game when the New York Knicks with Jeremy “Linsanity” Lin smoked the Toronto Raptors at the buzzer with a last second game winning 3 pointer.  I hope you were able to watch some of the NBA Basketball season because you get to see greatness and heartbreak, in it’s purest form, all in the same breathtaking moments.

The Jeremy Lin Story
If you don’t know who Jeremy Lin is or his story (immigrant parents, Harvard grad, first American basketball player of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA), it’s pretty amazing.

It’s a story about  immigrant parents that moved here  from Taiwan, that wanted a better life for themselves and to give their children a chance in the land of opportunity.  Lin is the kid who worked his ass off and went  to Harvard University. He went undrafted in the NBA. He was a great player and playmaker on the Harvard basketball team. Lin was the kid who had been cut by the Warriors and Houston Rockets before he ended up at the end of New York Knicks bench.

Never, Ever Give Up
Everybody can see this really is a story that transcends basketball. This is the one about the kid who worked so hard on his ball-handling and his shooting, sometimes when it was just him and the machine we call “the gun” feeding him balls, that he kept burning holes in the bottom of his sneakers.

Jeremy came out of Palo Alto, but Stanford didn’t want him. So Stanford missed Jeremy Lin, too. He sent out DVD’s of himself to Ivy League schools and Harvard wanted him and Amaker showed up his sophomore year, and this was a coach’s dream, too, walking into the gym and finding a player like Jeremy Lin waiting for him.

Lin has impressed his fans not only with his skill on the court, but also with his FEARLESSNESS and DETERMINATION  to overcome setbacks and the ability to make the most of his opportunities.

Jeremy Lin didn’t make excuses or move to  VICTIMVILLE, he took responsibility for his own life, success, money, and made things happen!

I know a lot of security dealers and low voltage installers who have chosen the VICTIMVILLE route: my town or city, my techs, my staff, my  clients, my dog, my wife, my X is the reason my business is ____________________.  (doing crappy, not getting sales calls, in a slow period, etc..)

Letting fear be your guide is a huge mistake – Acknowledging you’re afraid and being able to make decisions that will help you get through the fear… are two different things.

Everyone, including me, gets the heebie-jeebies from time to time. We all feel overwhelmed and in over our heads once in a while. Especially since running a security business isn’t the only thing we’re responsible for.

We all have spouses, children, family and friends that demand our time… real estate investments, office staff, and technicians that can cause us stress… and then the “honey-do” list that never ends.

But fear is a horrible guide. It takes you into dark faraway places that have no redeemable value and it rewards you with zero. Fear has an ROI of zero.

What fear is good for, is… it tells you that you’re headed into uncharted waters.

An that’s a good thing because traveling over the same waters, again and again, means you’re not going to see or experience anything new.

And moving ahead… is the only way… to make progress.

We are 2 months into 2012… are you Acting FEARLESSLY? Are you committed to making your dreams happen? Are you getting outside of your comfort zone? Remember this about  Fear doesn’t attract money it repels it.

Have a great weekend!

Now Go Smoke Your Competition! –  Bob Maunsell
Former Sgt U.S. Air Force
Have an E.S.P style day, Easy, Successful, Profitable.

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  1. Mark says


    In my opinion this is the best article you have ever written. It cuts to the core and to the heart of what stops us. Fear is the Goliath that must be slain and it does not take anything more than the heart to get the job done. To overcome fear is to travel through the wilderness of our soul. All of us have to conquer our mind, will and EMOTIONS and determine to live on a higher plane. For me that is to live out of my spirit and not my soul. In my spirit there is no fear only the hopeful and endless possibilities that God has set before us. It has been a long while since we spoke and I am glad you put me back on your mailing list. Keep up the good work of encouragement.

    Best regards,


  2. Bob Maunsell says

    Hey Mark,

    Thanks for the kind words I appreciate it. Its good to hear from you and I’m glad things are going well. I like your point, lets remember you need a set of brass balls to walk through the fear!

    Stay in touch, hope all is well..


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  4. Bob Maunsell says

    Hey Jim,

    I’m glad we could be at service for you. Let us know if you need anything else.


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