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May 30, 2018

There is no such thing as a safe victory. In our modern world we are constantly looking to achieve success or victory without risk. It does not work that way. Nature prohibits it. “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything its value.” Thomas Paine.


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

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*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Hello and welcome back to Morning Mindset. I am your host Paul Markel and uh well, I'm a little bit sad to tell you this because I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to do the Morning Mindset podcast. You see I just checked my inbox, I checked my email and it looks as if for that I'm being recruited by both Uber and Lyft, as a driver.

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Yes. Well, apparently Uber and Lyft are going to be in a bidding war for my services according to my inbox. Uh, I must be in hot Demand by them. So I don't know if I'm gonna be able to keep doing this. I'm kidding. I'm joking with you. Anybody else in the audience out there, uh find it odd that Uber and Lyft seem to have gotten your email address and every single week, I get spam mails from Lyft and Uber wanting to know if I want to drive from them or for them and the answer is no Uber. No Lyft. I'm a busy man, and I don't want to drive for you right now.

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All right a Safe Victory. Can we achieve a safe victory? You say “Well, yeah sure we can Paul” no you can't! Because nature prohibits it. All right, there is no such thing as a safe victory in our modern world. We are constantly looking to achieve success or Victory without risk. How many times have you been at work or I'm just gonna say it work primarily and you're taught about risk management or safety protocols.

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And uh, I I know that at least some of you work where they have a big sign that says “safety is our number one priority” right? “Safety is our number-one priority” or you know, everything is about safety or all these all this nonsensical. So you’re like “Paul. Do you want people to be not safe?” Well, if you work in a manufacturing facility, all right, let's say you have industrial presses and you have lathes you have CNC machines and you have the, you have forklifts and you've got all this heavy machinery moving in and around, uh your place of business right now that stuff, poses a potential risk, right?

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If you work around heavy machinery, there is a chance though small, but there is a chance that someone could get hurt. If you allow people to operate heavy machinery, is there a chance that someone could get hurt? If you allow someone to operate a torch or a welding machine if you do welding cutting torching if you're cutting anything-- is there a chance that someone could get injured?

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You say “well he is a small chance, but is there a chance? Well, yeah, there is”, okay. Well, but there's a great big green and white sign over the break room that says safety is our number one priority. You say “Yes, it is Paul, it really, really, really is.” Well if safety was your number one priority, was if it was the number one priority for that business you would never turn on a machine.

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You would never turn on a lathe, or a press, or a mill. You wouldn't allow anyone to light a torch or plug in a welder, an arc welder. You certainly wouldn't allow people to get up on heavy machinery and move around big heavy boxes and barrels and drums and so forth, because someone could get hurt. You know, like “well, that's silly Paul that's ridiculous. Obviously we have to do the job. We have to make the stuff right we have to because if we don't make the stuff and we don't sell the stuff. We don't produce the stuff. Nobody here gets paid.” So safety isn’t our number one priority because if it is, if safety is our number-one priority then no one would do anything-- there would be no sharp objects.

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There'd be no electricity, there would be no fire. There would be no heavy equipment or power tools, because all those things are dangerous. You say “well Paul you're being ridiculous.” Am I really? In our modern world, we are so wrapped up in the this illusion of safety or comfort, psychologically. People don't want to take any kind of a risk. If they take a risk and they fail then they'll become psychologically uncomfortable.

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They'll feel bad you say. Well, yeah, I mean you fail and you feel bad about failing. Yeah, but what are we teaching our youths what about teaching our youths in junior high and high school and college we're teaching them that if they fail and they feel bad. It's not their fault. Someone shouldn't have made them feel bad.

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There is no such thing as a safe victory. In order to achieve, in order to gain success or victory, in any aspect of your life. You're going to have to take some risk. You might risk getting your feelings hurt. You might risk losing a job. You might risk- Capitalists, yes capitalists. I know that's a bad word in colleges today across America, but even though that the colleges were founded in built by money from capitalists, capitalists risked their money.

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That's right. They invest money in businesses and not all those businesses pan out. “What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything value”, and that is a quote from Thomas Paine, from his essay The Crisis. So the next time someone tries to convince you. Or you hear of your children being convinced, uh that they can have a safe risk-free victory that they can achieve success with no risk at all.

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It's not true. Sometimes you have to risk. Sometimes you have to take risks. Sometimes you need to engage in activities that aren't 100% or a thousand percent safe. Like the manufacturing plant, you know the big sign number safety is our number one goal. Then why do we keep turning on these machines?

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Why do we fire up the furnace and melt the steel and pour it? I mean that's dangerous, right? If safety was our number one goal, we would wrap everyone in bubble wrap and no one would do anything you say, “but then we wouldn't achieve anything Paul”. That's right, that's right. So what is important to you?

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You're not going to get out of this life alive? I'm I hate to break your heart, but there is no such thing as a safe Victory. There is no success or Victory without risk. And if you've been considering reaching for the stars or making a change or trying to achieve something, don't be afraid to take a risk.

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Sometimes you have to risk. Sometimes you have to put yourself out there and if it fails pick yourself back up and dust yourself off and try it again, man. It's not the end of the world. People lose jobs. People are fired from jobs. Some of the most successful people in the world today, started out being fired from jobs, and it was one of the best things that could have possibly ever happened to them.

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So stop worrying about trying to be safe all the time and not take any risks instead worry about Victory and success. All right, that's it. That's it for today. I'm going to remind you to if you want to treat your dad this Father's Day. Go to Amazon pick up the book “Dad Rules: Wit and Wisdom from a Dad to Whom It May Concern” or if they are a budding Cigar Aficionado or amateur cigar enthusiast.

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Your dad will probably appreciate the book “Cigar Etiquette for Barbarians”. Both of those are available from Amazon by Paul Markel. That's me. And if you order today, I bet you'll have before Father's Day. There you go. All right, ladies and gentlemen, that's it for today. I'm Paul Markel and I'll talk to you again real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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