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Are you willing to change?


When is the last time you challenged yourself?

Often we don’t because growth is painful. Think about it for a minute. If you want to build muscle mass you must put strain on specific muscle groups and create micro-tears that will rebuild and increase your mass. If you want to become a better public speaker you may have to screw up on a few occasions and use those teachable moments to improve. 

Many life coaches warn against falling into a velvet rut. A nice comfortable place where we can exist for years on end without knowing we’re stuck. 

Simply put, comfort is the kiss of death to progress and improvement. That which stops growing begins to die. And that which is untested becomes weak. 

So this weekend ask yourself, “Am I stuck in a rut?” “Am I addicted to comfort despite the ultimate cost?” And most importantly, “Am I willing to change and pursue change and growth even if it hurts like hell?” 

Seneca the philosopher said those who have never lived through misfortune are unfortunate. They’ve coasted through life with no opponent and consequently have no clue what they’re capable of.

Will you challenge yourself or stay in the velvet rut? 


Editor in Chief:
As a prominent commentator and Editor in Chief at, Shannon Hicks has played a pivotal role in reshaping the conversation around reverse mortgages. His unique perspectives and deep understanding of the industry have not only educated countless readers but has also contributed to introducing practical strategies utilizing housing wealth with a reverse mortgage.
Shannon’s journey into the world of reverse mortgages began in 2002 as an originator and his prior work in the financial services industry. Shannon has been covering reverse mortgage news stories since 2008 when he launched the podcast HECMWorld Weekly. Later, in 2010 he began producing the weekly video series The Industry Leader Update and Friday’s Food for Thought.
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