Done is better than perfect

Done is better than perfect.

I saw that thought on a blog yesterday.  It made me think.

In my life, and maybe in yours, I have found myself, sometimes, paralyzed when faced with choices that are important.

The choices come with risks, particularly the risk of failure.  Or worse, not only failing, but “looking stupid”.

So, during my prolonged mid-life crisis, I’ve accelerated my sense of urgency and increased my threshold for failure and looking stupid.

This thought that, done is better than perfect, was just the sort of mid-life sage advice I needed to hear.

Today’s wish from all of us at Mid Life Celebration, is that you find the courage and will to push through your fears.

I can only begin to explain the mid-life liberation it has provided – beyond my wildest dreams.

Dream big!  We only get one chance.  Carpe diem, jeff noel   🙂


Satisfied Needs Do Not Motivate

Satisfied Needs Do Not Motivate.

Do they?

This is a tricky mid-life crisis question, I think.

How do we come to mid-life, most of us anyway, and wake up one day, look in the mirror and ask, “How did I get here?  Where am I?  Who am I?  Where did all my childhood dreams go?”

Maybe our “needs” shifted.  Maybe our desire to satisfy our needs took a turn when we had so many, we couldn’t decide what to focus on, so we focused on what society was throwing in our face.

I’m not wise enough to know the answer.

All I know is that I feel like I still have valuable time left on this planet, and I want to make a difference.

Mother Theresa said, “If you can’t do great things, do small things with great love”.

At mid-life, I’ll take solace in that.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂


Mid-Life Crisis Character Builder

Mid-Life Crisis Character Builder, by Helen Keller:

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quite.  Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, and success achieved”.

In everything, give thanks.  Even our infirmities.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂


Is it worth all the hard work?

Is it worth all the hard work?

I submit to you it is worth all the hard work.

The challenge is, for most of us, we quit before we realize this.

We get so close.

So close in fact, that just a little more effort, time, patience, sweat, fear, worry, or creativity, would have led us around the corner to amazing results.

Take this past Friday for example.  A friend, colleague, partner, leader, boss, wise person, mentor, mentee, fellow human, etc., made the following comments to my new boss:

And I’m paraphrasing the best I can remember:

“No one on our team applies more of what we teach”.

And then he added:

“I’ve said this before, and it’s as true now as it was then, (at our organization) no one works harder, cares more, thinks deeper, or reaches higher than Jeff Noel”.

One word, “WOW”!

There have been times, as I’m sure there have been for you, that I’ve felt absolutely insignificant.

Self-doubt creeps in.

My advice to myself, which may or may not work for you, is:  “Stay the course”!

That brief, but significant moment on Friday has to be the highlight of my career.

Those who really know the humility I attempt to bring into daily living, will not be surprised by the boldness of today’s post.

Sometimes, in order to “prove” a point, you must put yourself out there as an example.  This time the example looks like an Olympic Gold medal.

And I humbly bow my head, as our National Anthem plays in the background, to accept the lifetime achievement award.  🙂

Carpe diem and stay the course, jeff noel

PS.  You may have to change course, to stay the course.  This is difficult, but critical to your success.

We are all metaphorically heading north and there are many ways to get there, but “north” always remains the goal.


Mid-Life Peace

Mid-Life Peace.

“There is no peace without forgiveness.  No happiness without peace”.  — unknown

Profoundly simple.  Simply profound.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂