Jim Treliving and Arlene Dickinson have added published author to their lists of career achievements. Harper Collins has published Jim's Decisions: Making the Right Ones, Righting the Wrong Ones (Get it online from Amazon or Indigo) and Arlene's Persuasion: A New Approach to Changing Minds" (Get it online from Amazon or Indigo.

Every week we'll publish an excerpt from one of these books that ties into the lessons from that week's episode. This week we turn to page 79 from Jim's Decisions:

"Surround Yourself with People Who Want You to Succeed.

This is tricky. Sometimes people with bad ideas continue down a destructive path because they're surrounded by people who tell them only what they want to hear. That's not what I'm talking about. If a big decision has passed your head, heart and gut test, and you know you're on the right path, you have to tune out the naysayers. As happy as some of my fellow officers were for me when I told them I was leaving the force, many weren't. Some tried talking me out of it. Some dropped subtle hints that I might not be cut out for the work of running a restaurant. Maybe it was jealousy, I don't know. But it's a crucial stage when you've made a big decision. I've come to realize the fundamental importance of surrounding yourself with people who genuinely want you to succeed. They can oftentimes carry your enthusiasm for you in those moments when it all gets to be too much.

A decision isn't an Action; it's Just a Decision.

Think of the old adage about three birds sitting on a wire. One makes the decision to fly away. How many birds are left? Lots of people answer "two," but it's actually three. The bird made only a decision. The pointy is, get cracking. This goes back to my police training. Always do something."

Excerpt from: Decisions by Jim Treliving. Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Copyright © 2012 by James Treliving Media Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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