Written by David Stoddard

When this year began, there were people in Florida digging through ballots upon ballots searching for chads they could count.

Nearrepparttar end of this year, a firefighter, police officer or just some guy named Chad stood up to be counted on that September day.

It was a year where we started out feeling so safe, secure and able to do anything we wanted. Then camerepparttar 124009 fears of opening envelopes, getting on planes or shopping inrepparttar 124010 malls. We realized so much of what we have, we take for granted.

It was a year whenrepparttar 124011 most important thing to television viewers was to either watch Friends and record Survivor, or watch Survivor and record friends on Thursday nights. Funny how that isrepparttar 124012 furthest thing from anyone's mind today.

It was a year where lines atrepparttar 124013 Red Cross to donate blood were longer than lines atrepparttar 124014 DMV, Post Office, License Bureau, fast food drive-throughs, express checkouts, toll booths and banks before Y2K – combined.

It was a year whenrepparttar 124015 World Series was more than just a game. It didn't really matter to most of us who won, as long asrepparttar 124016 games were played. Sentiment was withrepparttar 124017 Yankees andrepparttar 124018 city of New York. But our underdog spirit for a young team inrepparttar 124019 league likerepparttar 124020 Arizona Diamondbacks was just as strong.

It was a year whenrepparttar 124021 hot news story ofrepparttar 124022 year was US Congressman Gary Condit and his relationship with a Washington intern. So many of us were hoping that part ofrepparttar 124023 story would just go away. Guess we need to be more careful what we wish for.

On a more individual level…

It was a year when perhaps we lost someone near and dear to us whom we've known all our lives. Maybe we didn't getrepparttar 124024 chance to see them as often as we may have liked overrepparttar 124025 years, but we are glad to have known them. Likewise, maybe someone we never really cared for overrepparttar 124026 years left us, just as we were starting to understand them and ourselves.

You Can't Hit Your Target, If You Don't Pull The Trigger!

Written by John Colanzi

How many times have you come up with a new idea that is going to make you a ton of money?

You've come with something new, that no one else is doing, and you know you'll have no competition.

You're excited, you can seerepparttar money flowing in. You're ready to act, but you hesitate.

Those nasty self doubts start creeping in:

** Who do I think I am?

** If this idea was any good, someone would already be doing it.

** What if I fail?

** What will people think?

You've gone from an excited entrepreneur, to a deer frozen in a cars headlights. You've just killed your dream.

Don't think you're alone, it can happen to anyone.

There's a story about a master swordsman in Japan that shows that it can happen to anyone.

One day while he was practicing, a stranger came in and issued him a challenge.

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