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with Corey Chambas

03/13/12

The relentless tide

A client recently gave me a book called Younger Next Year (yes, I am turning 50 soon). It's a good book. It examines the “relentless tide” of physical decay that happens as you age. Thanks for the uplifting book, Mike! The good news is you can combat the tide with minimal deterioration (until age 80, the authors promise!) primarily through rigorous cardio and strength training.

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02/14/12

Right effort

I was recently talking to someone who really needed to start putting more effort into their job, and it got me thinking about the concept of how much effort is enough. I thought back to my dad, whom I both give credit to and blame for making me as competitive as I am. In my childhood, whether it was school or sports, he was always asking me, "Did you try your best?"

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01/18/12

Hang ten

I was recently lucky enough to go on a trip that included surfing, and as usual, I found myself relating it to business. When you go surfing, you paddle out and then sit on your board, enjoying the sun, hanging out with some other surfers, and maybe even see a dolphin or turtle. It’s nice and it’s relaxing. It’s similar to doing “business as usual.” But it’s not exactly what you came out for. There is no real challenge, no risk, and no thrill of success.

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08/16/11

Fishing for a change

I was recently on a musky fishing trip where my buddy and I fished for three and a half days, 12-plus hours a day, and caught two muskies. If you're not familiar with musky fishing, that was actually a successful trip. As you can imagine, there's a lot of time between contact with fish, and often you start second-guessing your strategy.

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06/14/11

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can

Attitude equals success. Is it really as simple as that? Not exactly, but I think it’s close. I recently got a new bike, as you may know from my previous blogs, but there was a problem. My average speed on the new bike over several rides was slow and no better than I had been achieving on my old bike. I was extremely discouraged. I thought, “I know the bike’s lighter, I should be faster – am I just getting old?”

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Corey Chambas has over 30 years of business experience. He is the President and CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc., is chairman of the board of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the board of the United Way of Dane County and the 2018 Campaign Chair.

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