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Coming Events & Deadlines ---------------------------------------- What Would I Do If I Knew I Could Not Fail? Ah, the things I would do if I knew I could not fail! Do you ever think about life in this way? Sometimes when I am contemplative, thinking back over the sum of my life’s accomplishments, I ask myself this question. What would I do if I knew I could not fail? I would write a juicy historical romance novel. I would sew all my own clothes, including dressy evening gowns. I would cantor at my church—maybe sing on Broadway (can you not hear me belt out “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady?). I would be a concert pianist and play at Carnegie Hall. I would own my own money management business, helping senior citizens keep their finances straight, and I would set my own working hours. I would go back to school and get my Ph.D. I would study languages and be multi-lingual. In your chapter and state meetings, ask yourselves, “What would we do if we knew we could not fail?” Make a list and go through the items one by one, discussing the possible obstacles to success. Address ways to counteract failure. By thinking ideas through, you can see the big picture of how something works and the pitfalls that might derail it. When you are done, what you have are THINK BIG! ideas. Remember, we sometimes get bogged down with fear—fear of losing what we already have rather than risking it to attempt something new. Always ask yourself these questions: “What is the worst thing that can happen?” and “What is the best thing that can happen?” Strength and growth come from facing the challenges of seeing big ideas come to fruition! Do not be afraid to try. What would YOU do if you knew you could not fail? Ah, the possibilities! Embrace the journey, my friends. Patricia E. Infanti, PP, PLS NALS President infanti@ballardspahr.com June 23 (Online Learning Center) 8:00 p.m. Central - 1 hour CLE Employment Discrimination June 24 (WebEd) 8:00 p.m. Central - 1 hour CLE It’s All About Style! (Word 2007) June 24-26 Region 7 Conference Crowne Plaza Seattle, Washington July 1 Early-Bird Registration Deadline for the 59th Annual Education Conference & National Forum (www.nals.org/?page_id=97) the NALS docket Brought to you by the NALS Marketing and @Law Committees with the contributions of the NALS Board of Directors and Resource Center Staff. ©NALS, Inc. All rights reserved. The views expressed in articles published in the NALS docket are those of the authors alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of NALS, Inc.

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What Would I Do If I Knew I Could Not Fail?<br /> <br /> Ah, the things I would do if I knew I could not fail! Do you ever think about life in this way? Sometimes when I am contemplative, thinking back over the sum of my life’s accomplishments, I ask myself this question.<br /> <br /> What would I do if I knew I could not fail?<br /> <br /> I would write a juicy historical romance novel. I would sew all my own clothes, including dressy evening gowns. I would cantor at my church—maybe sing on Broadway (can you not hear me belt out “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady?). I would be a concert pianist and play at Carnegie Hall. I would own my own money management business, helping senior citizens keep their finances straight, and I would set my own working hours. I would go back to school and get my Ph.D. I would study languages and be multilingual.<br /> <br /> In your chapter and state meetings, ask yourselves, “What would we do if we knew we could not fail?” Make a list and go through the items one by one, discussing the possible obstacles to success. Address ways to counteract failure. By thinking ideas through, you can see the big picture of how something works and the pitfalls that might derail it.<br /> <br /> When you are done, what you have are THINK BIG! Ideas.<br /> <br /> Remember, we sometimes get bogged down with fear—fear of losing what we already have rather than risking it to attempt something new.<br /> <br /> Always ask yourself these questions: “What is the worst thing that can happen?” and “What is the best thing that can happen?” Strength and growth come from facing the challenges of seeing big ideas come to fruition! Do not be afraid to try.<br /> <br /> What would YOU do if you knew you could not fail?<br /> <br /> Ah, the possibilities! Embrace the journey, my friends.

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