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Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

Don’t try to saw, sawdust! What exactly does that mean? Well, it means don’t worry about the past. What is done, is done. Don’t worry about it. I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying not to cry over spilled milk. Well, don’t try to saw sawdust is the same thing as not crying over spilled milk.

Think about! Why are these sayings about not worrying about past mistakes still around? Well, quite frankly, because they make sense, they help us avoid stress, as well as keep us from doing stupid things. And finally, these phrases of wisdom from the sages of history make our lives better.

I mean let’s go through this scenario: What would you do if I told you to go saw sawdust? You would probably look at me kind of weird. Then you would look at the sawdust and then make a funny face probably consisting of a crinkled up nose. You would think that it makes no sense to try to saw something that is already sawed. Besides, who ever heard of such a crazy thing like trying to saw sawdust. It’s not even possible to saw sawdust… So at this point you would probably turn away from the sawdust and back to me and say something like… “What?”

You would probably assume that you must have heard me wrong. Trying to saw sawdust is just absolutely ridiculous!

Well, trying to unspill, spilled milk, or undo past mistakes is ridiculous too! Don’t try to go back and fix them; it’s usually not worth it. Don’t worry about them. Just learn from them, apologize if you need to, and try to do better next time.

I know for some of you this will be a hard thing to do, but trust me, don’t worry about it. Let it go. Just vow to do better next time. If you do what I’m telling you, you’ll save yourself a lot of pain and frustration. And none of us needs anymore of that pain and frustration stuff right?

Okay, so get out there and try to win at the game of life! Don’t worry about the sawdust, just have fun and try to win!

Now, how are you going to use the secret of success of “Don’t Try To Saw Sawdust”?


Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard

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