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Jeffrey Kale Flagg | Why it’s Okay to Rock the Boat

In Finance on October 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm
Jeffrey Kale Flagg

Jeffrey Kale Flagg

In 2009, Jeffrey Kale Flagg co-founded Eternity Medicine Institute. Eternity, an innovative and pro-active medical institute, equips clients to stay healthy with state of the art diagnostic & therapeutic programs.  Flagg was the co-founder and COO of Stable Development and is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Array Asset Management, and the General Partner of the real estate development fund American Redevelopment Fund, LP.

Do yourself a favor, says Jeffrey Kale Flagg, don’t get caught in the same trap as 90% of the population.  Instead of doing the same thing day in and day out expecting to accomplish a different result, suggests Jeffrey Kale Flagg, change your actions so that you can change your results.  Many of us, says Flagg, have heard insanity defined as “doing the same thing, day in and day out, expecting a different result.” Yet how many people do you know, asks Flagg, that complain every day about what they do for a living, then go right back the next day and do the exact same thing?  Do they want to be unhappy, broke and miserable?  If they don’t, asks Jeffrey Kale Flagg, why do they keep doing the things that make them unhappy, broke and miserable?

Queries Jeffrey Kale Flagg, “Why isn’t everyone happy?  Why isn’t everyone in the career of his or her dreams?  Why isn’t everyone financially successful?”  According to Flagg, everyone would like to be happy, fulfilled and loved—so why don’t they take the steps to insure that this becomes their reality?  The reason he hears most often, reports Jeffrey Kale Flagg, is that “they would if they could.”  Flagg does not buy that excuse.  He says that too many people don’t even try. Jeffrey Kale Flagg believes that it is not the lack of skill that prevents success and it is not the lack of opportunity either.  It is the lack of effort and the lack of Getting Started.

If that is true, asks Jeffrey Kale Flagg, then why don’t people try?  Is it because they are afraid of failing?  Is it because they are afraid of what people will say about them?  Or is it because they are afraid of success? According to Jeffrey Kale Flagg, it is probably all of these things and one more. People are afraid of change. Flagg says that change makes most people nervous and uncomfortable because by definition it is different, new and unfamiliar.

The concept, according to Jeffrey Kale Flagg, is similar to moving a boat out of the anchored spot where it has been floating idle its entire life.  The anchored spot is hot.  It has no shade.  It is in the middle of rough water and it makes for a very uncomfortable life.  It is not a good docking station—which is why the boat owner wanted to move it in the first place.  And, says Jeffrey Kale Flagg, that is a good decision.  There are other resting places that are better, more comfortable, and safer and more rewarding.  But, points out Jeffrey Kale Flagg, when you start the boat’s engine and move, you are going to create waves.  Now that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t move, says according to Jeffrey Kale Flagg, you absolutely should.  What it means is that you shouldn’t be surprised when people yell out trying to get you to stop making waves.

It’s the same way in business, according to Jeffrey Kale Flagg. Making waves isn’t necessarily a bad thing—it is simply reality.  Once you understand that other people don’t want you to move even though better options are available, says Jeffrey Kale Flagg, that should be a huge motivator for you to never stop moving your boat—to never stop trying to improve your life.

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