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How To Accidentally Waste 12 Months of Potential + a must read

06/19/2011

So I’m going through my Dreamline…

A Dreamline is your list of goals, all the things you’d love to have, be and do (see the Four Hour Workweek page 54). Think of it as a 12 month bucket list (see 5 Things You Must Have on Your Bucket List).

Download your own 4HWW Dreamline here for free!

… and I noticed something rather interesting. Since writing my dreamline 12 months ago:

  1. I had completed over 85% of the items on the list! This is a known phenomenon to success, that by merely writing down your dreams and goals you are a major step closer to achieving them! Which brought me to realization number…
  2. My goals were too small! Some goals were as small as “purchase 2TB hard drive” “join a gym”. Now although I went way past these 2 incredibly simple tasks…
  3. I forgot to follow through on my goals. You see, in every aspect of life, from golf to martial arts to design to friendship, it’s all about staying with your intensity as far as it will carry. This is why…
  4. I had never heard of Action Method. Action Method is a productivity app based on the book Making Ideas Happen. You can find the iPhone/iPad app in the iTunes store ($3) or at the website ActionMethod.com (basic is free; premium version $13 a month). Action Method had has a profound impact on my productivity. Where once there was a To-Do list, there is now a series of projects (prioritized by energy levels), tasks (specified by urgency), and focus items (up to 5 per day).

All in all, I can only imagine how much I could have accomplished if I would have caught my mistakes 12 months ago.

Using a Priority Inbox system. Every single email that arrives in your inbox should be either:

  • Actionable – placed into Action Method as an actionable/delegated task).
  • Backburner – things to catch up on at a later time. (I create new folders like “To Read” “To Do” for emails I’d like to come back to) and
  • Reference – information which requires neither action or follow-up. Evernote (another amazing app you can download for free here) works great for this storing 10,000’s of notes stored on cloud that you can access anywhere at anytime.
Get used to sending yourself emails containing action tasks or information to direct into either Actionable, Backburner or Reference. Both Action Method and Evernote offer you email addresses so you can process things directly.

The Importance of Organization

Everyone can juggle things in their heads. Some go even further and think of new and creative ways to keep an unbelievable amount of conscious information in their minds at once.

However, when you are focusing on actionable tasks there must be both fluidity and renewal. Items must be completed, delegated, altered or discarded. Then, if the project is expected to move forward, a new action task must fill its place.

Getting Motivated Inspired!

People don’t need motivation, they need inspiration. And its often the case that we are fully capable of inspiring ourselves. A dream, a goal, a passion, a need — anything that engages and penetrates our emotional essence is a great source of inspiration. Some people make collages of all the things they can buy with a million dollars (you’d be surprised!). Some drive after every hard day’s work and pay a visit to the house they intend to buy some day. Some people photoshop their bodies to what they expect to look like after they hit the gym every day for the next 12 months.

The 3 Keys to Getting Things Done

Here are 3 activities that have enabled me to be my most productive and get the most productive work done in incredibly brief spurts of time:

  1. Focus! It’s not enough to just create powerful goals. There must also be an unwavering commitment to achieving them. If your goals get boring, there’s a good chance that they aren’t powerful or meaningful enough. If you must accomplish one menial task in order to reach a more meaningful one, focus on the passion of the end-result. This will often make the prerequisite task much easier.
  2. Ritualize! What do you do first thing when you wake up? How about after that? How about after work? Before you go to sleep? Everything in your life has a place and for that you need a ritual. Anyone who follows a ritual will immediately begin to see more purpose and productivity to their day.
  3. JFDI! This stands for “Just Do It” with an added acronym. This is the only poster on my wall, and its done wonders. There is no more powerful trait than the ability to make swift and intelligent decisions. If you are going to do it anyway, why not do it right now? Moreover, there’s usually some sort of pain or discomfort with doing it later. So… Just Freakin’ Do It!

Some Tips for Productivity:

  • Get up early! And finish something important before the world awakens! I trained myself to wake up at 7 am every morning and working on getting that closer to 5 am! It also helps to familiarize yourself with the concept of sleep cycles.
  • Set daily ass-kicking! Ask yourself “If I could only accomplish one thing today, what would it be”.
  • Check email only twice a day. And see if the world will still rotate as before. Although this is not possible in all professions, you don’t need to be like a dog on a leash either.
  • Wire-in! You know what this is if you write code or watched “The Social Network”. It’s when you zero in completely at the task at hand, and nothing else matters. In sports this is imperative. Kobe fans will remember this.
  • Batch. The mind takes time from move from one type task to another. Batching similar tasks — such as making phone calls, answering emails, doing interviews, and running errands — can suddenly open up huge windows of time you never knew you had.
  • Automate similar tasks as much as possible. Can it be delegated (to someone competent enough)? Can it be taken care of later (like an old video rental)? Does it have to be done at all?
  • Let small bad things happen. This one fascinates me. We all have just a short window of opportunity each day consisting of approximately 16 hours. Yet some of us do great things, while others waste it all on petty tasks. The key then is to allow small bad things to go wrong, while we focus on larger, more important and meaningful tasks.
  • Eat elephants one bite at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but one day at a time. Divide larger tasks into short smaller actionable ones and you’ll be astounded at your gradual yet forward progress.
  • keep everything stupidly simple
  • Create a NOT to do list. Think of your bottlenecks, things that slow you down or circular jobs you keep doing that end in a downward spiral of unproductive time-wasting. Add them to your NOT TO DO list.
  • Remember the 3 C’s: conceive, comprehend, connect.
  • Clear inbox + clear desk = clear conscience. 
  • Take a day off once a week. No work, no phone, no TV. Just be.
  • Now get back to work! 🙂

Check out Action Method today! (trust me)

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A MUST Read:

I want to just add a sub-note regarding something I came across while I was backpacking through Vietnam a month ago. It’s a book called The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida. Some have labeled it sexist (although all the women I have suggested it to have approved of its almost utopian ideal), and the author himself states the thoughts therein may seem controversial (often with those content with mediocrity and the status quo). Yet, there is little doubt in my mind that many of the problems we face today with regard to personal fulfillment, sense of purpose, a better life – physically emotionally and spiritually – stem from a lack of understanding of the gems hidden in “The Way of the Superior Man”.

The book will teach you about the true dynamics between man and women, libido, creativity, purposeful living and it might just change your life!

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Ancient Lions and The Modern Man

11/28/2010

By Tzvi Greenberg

Roman and Germanic Armies Battle

Understanding the past is critical to understanding the present. Attention to history slows the racings of contemporary life. It lends context to confusion and provides the lens which sharpens our perspective.

So let us survey the plains of the past. Let us gather ourselves about the hearth of lore and legend and perhaps be enlightened.

There was a time when every sunrise was the dawning of a fresh terror. The crowing of the rooster was a lament for a day that had not yet begun. It was the age when violence was the language of nature. A time when nation confronted nation with the glint of the sword held high, as the hooves of their armored horses scarred the ground in the exaltation of war.

Despair consumed the hearts of those who surveyed the wealth of tradition as it lay trampled beneath the feet of advancing civilizations.

Yet throughout, men and children whispered beneath the floor boards, their eyes straining over forbidden text as small prayers issued from their trembling lips. And at night, hunched against the cold, ignoring the protest of their stomachs, some of them had the nerve to dream of freedom.

Today, we are the children of ancient endurance. We eat warm meals in brightly lit homes and are free to pursue a livelihood in an environment that poses no threat to our lives. We can enjoy our parks, museums, cafés, and all the allure of culture unhindered.

Basic comfort is not a pursuit; it is a given. Today, true horror is the stuff of film and the business of far away countries. And although misfortune visits everyone from time to time, it does not afflict our country on a large scale.

It appears that we are witnessing the triumph of civilization. Mans turbulent past has given birth to his relatively stable present. We live in a time when different beliefs and religions, once the instigators of conflict, coexist in relative peace and understanding. Leaders of various faiths meet at the lectern as opposed to the battlefield. People have graduated from the duel to the debate, and our liberty and ingenuity have allowed us to capitalize on the error and industry of millennia.

Yet, in the background of our culture some critical alarms are begging to be heard. There is something about our alleged progress that speaks of sinister regression. It warns that amidst the intricacy of our advancement, there might very well be the symptom of a subtle retardation of the psyche.

Let us return to the past and ask a question. What served as the fuel for the ancient extreme take on life and events that gave rise to those ensuing chaotic periods? What mentality supported the epic violence and massacres? Could such capacity for destruction and cruelty be conceived in a vacuum?

There is certainly an explanation and we shall endeavor to bring it forth with an analysis, however briefly, of the relationship of man and his ideas.

On the one hand, there is the “isolated idea” that is, the idea itself, the theory, formula, belief. It is impersonal, and its uses and responsibilities have no bearing on the individual. It exists in the mind as an apple might in the hand, and cannot nourish the person so long as he is holding it.

The second relationship between the individual and his idea is the “personalized idea.” It is the conscious joining of the man and his beliefs, the two separate entities becoming one. This is the consumption of the apple and its ingestion. Man and his thought merged into a single being and the intellectual wall and distance is removed. The idea is allowed access into his perspective, and given the discretion to influence his attitudes and decisions.

In ancient times, man and his ideas were indivisible and indistinguishable. Man did not “practice” religion, he was religious. He was his thoughts and his thoughts were one with him. He was the embodiment of the “personalized idea.”

There is a strong aesthetic appeal to this composite unity, this vibrant picture of the ancient personality.

On the negative side, this ancient beauty only worked for a single person or a single faith and left no room for any contrary opinion. The natural attitude that results from this mentality is, “if I am right then you are wrong, you must join me willingly, by force or be destroyed, for you cannot be saved if you do not believe as I do.” In addition, as a byproduct of this outlook; intellectualism and abstract thought were considered vanities or even heretical, and were often forbidden in any form. Ancient mans’ holistic beauty was also the most fertile environment for his dogmatism and intolerance. It resulted in the death of millions.

Extremism and tolerance cannot coexist, and therefore we must pronounce him a colossal failure.
Contrast this with today where the situation is quite different. We are tolerant and understanding. We can listen to discussions about the validity of faith with total calm. We debate religion and topics that once shook the very foundations of the world with objectivity and personal detachment. We have learned that violence is not the appropriate response to our differences.

Yet what effect has this tolerance exacted on our collective psyche?

It has come at the cost of the “isolated idea.”

Our “open mindedness” and “understanding” has left the inner pillar of human identity fractured. Our reaction to historical intolerance is indiscriminate acceptance. The cosmic embrace of modern man is his very loss of self. Our individual devotion and passion, the very essence of the individual, has been diluted by excessive acceptance of parallel devotions and foreign faiths. In our uniting with others we have divided ourselves.

Our very language betrays this internal division when terms like “family life,” “business life,” and “married life” become commonplace. Whatever happened to just, “life?” We adapt technology to provide endless forms of entertainment and distraction, and we become easy targets for the influence of advertizing which teaches us to want things that we don’t need. And when the tides of distraction dissipate and we reach a fickle moment above the fray, we remain dehydrated of meaning and thirst for answers to unarticulated questions.

Ancient man was at peace with himself and at war with his neighbor. Modern man is at peace with his neighbor and at war with himself.

The result is the stranger that stares back from the mirror.

The solution is balance. We must join the strengths of the past with the strengths of the present and fix them in their appropriate places.

When reflecting on oneself, one must take the “personalized idea” approach. We cannot afford to compromise on truth merely because someone else has a different definition of the term. We must pursue our individual purpose with discipline, focus, and yes, “narrow-mindedness.” It is our ultimate imperative to synchronize ourselves with our service to G-d, and the fulfillment of His commandments. We must strive to reflect our faith and conviction in our thought, speech, and action.

Extremism, that firebrand, does have a place where it does not destroy; in our hearts where it warms our lives and ignites that passion in our eyes. And when channeled only toward the self, endows man with the strength, energy, and beauty that reflect his Creator.

When viewing the world and the opinions of others, one must take the “isolated idea” perspective.

We must respect another’s right to search for truth, purpose, and meaning. It is not our task to respect a different faith, but it is our responsibility to respect another’s right to practice it. For G-d has many children, and who can fathom what he might desire from your neighbor?

It is only G-d who can make ultimate decisions and judgments. The individual can only make a judgment for himself alone. Tolerance and acceptance toward others are not pursuits in their own right, but are the natural byproducts of the understanding of the human condition.

The knowledge is there, the facts have been presented. And now action is the task at hand.

Writing History

08/01/2010

“In a few hundred years, when the history of our time is written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event those historians will see is not technology, not the internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time, literally, substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves.
“And society is totally unprepared for it.”

~ Peter Drucker

Maybe It’s My Fault – Michael Jordan

06/29/2010

“Maybe you’re just making excuses”

Your Goal In Life

05/06/2010

Your goal in life is to achieve that which you were not wired to achieve.

People go day by day, consciously or otherwise, in a fervent search. It’s a search for purpose, although not everyone shares the same purpose, and sometimes our differences are dramatic, even clashing.

But to live on purpose, with a sense of knowing who you are, what you are doing here and being good at it is something we all strive for.

Everyone Has Their Own Wiring

Each of us has our own unique and specialty that makes us different, however slightly, from the person next to us. And when we use the word “wiring” we mean that everything from our expression, to the way we process information, to how we make our decisions, to how we implement those decisions, to the views and values we were brought up with, to our genes and internal DNA – it’s all part of what makes you YOU.

The Four Temperaments

Early philosophers and play-writers profiled 4 distinct personalities, and they differ from each other like night and day, winter and summer, right and left.

Plato called them: Artisans, Guardians, Rationals and Idealists.

Each has their own preconceived “purpose” or primary focus in life.

The Artisan wants Play. Everything is about doing what you do best in the mot creative, most impactful way possible (Famous Artisans include Wolfgang Mozart, Winston Churchill, Elvis Presley and Michael Jordan).

The Guardian wants Help. They dvote their lives to the duties of the world, to provide everyone with their physical and social needs. (Famous Guardians include George Washington, Queen Victoria, Mother Teresa and Warren Buffett).

The Rational wants Mind. Thinking is the greatest virtue and configuration is their greatest glee. Ideas are power-points to build on and create brilliant frameworks. (Famous Rationals include Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein and Bill Gates).

The Idealist wants Soul. Nothing is without meaning, and nothing is here without purpose. This type are often promoters of peace, love and purpose. (Famous Idealists include Mohandas Gandhi, Alexander Hamilton, Eleanor Roosevelt and Oprah Winfrey).

It’s fascinating to note that some of those who came under pressure for their novel, even radical views were often merely representing their own perspectives.

The psychological arguments between Sigmund Freud and Viktor Frankl become far more transparent once we realize that Freud was an Artisan (who focused on play, stimulation and physical needs) and Frankl an Idealist (who focused on soul, purpose and esoteric needs).

Similarly, one finds the differences between Harry Sullivan, who placed such a high value on social status, was indeed himself a Guardian, while Alfred Adler, a Rational, stated that the quest for power and technological advancement was they key motive in life.

The Common Ground

Yet we all share a common ground. We each have our own goals. And YOUR goal is to achieve that which you were not wired to achieve.

This means that whichever situation you find yourself in, whatever circumstance or psychological “wiring” you find yourself endowed with, there is always a challenge, always something greater than your preconceived abilities. That is your greatness. That is where your greatest strengths are focused and once you succeed through them you transcend your preconceived limits, self-imposed or otherwise, and you become able – psychologically, physically and passionately – to do whatever it is you please.

If you were born with autism. To become the captain of your basketball team; that’s your goal in life.

If the doctor tells you you’ll never walk again. To become the fastest man on earth; that’s your goal in life.

If you wake up addicted to Smoking. To Quit; that’s your goal in life.

If you (insert major challenge). To (insert major achievement); that’s YOUR goal in life!

To merely achieve a goal for a goal’s sake is foolish. True, there may be some achievements that will far outshine all others, but maturity and growth comes through resetting your goals and renewing your vows to play harder, to help more people, to generate better ideas, to make this world a happier place!

 

 

Further Reading:

Please Understand Me II” by David Keirsey


The Ultimate Investment – Yourself!

04/20/2010

How would you like to invest in yourself? How would you like to learn EVERYTHING about starting and succeeding in your own business? How would you like to skip the tenuous and length college MBA and focus instead on a 2 DAY intensive designed to teach you everything you NEED to know about entrepreneurship?

I will be attending this Dreaming Room, with E-Myth founder and author Michael E. Gerber and I’m inviting only 15 Dreamers to join me in this most amazing experience!

And best of all Michael is offering this unique and rare event on the East Coast (something he rarely does) and for only a fraction of its original price! This opportunity cannot be missed!

So What’s a Dreaming Room? The Dreaming Room is a 2-day “Entrepreneurial Incubator” with Michael E. Gerber himself, jam packed with the knowledge necessary for anyone who wishes to build the business they’ve always dreamed of or wish to dream of.

You will truly experience everything you’ve ever read about E-Myth and Entrepreneurship, and you will come to understand, in vivid, extreme and creative detail how to start the business you’ve always dreamed of.

You’ll get to know the 4 components of the Entrepreneur: 1) The Dreamer, who has a dream 2) The Thinker, who has a vision 3) The Storyteller, who has a purpose and 4) The Leader, who has a mission.

What Will You Learn In The Dreaming Room?

Such a predictable question.

I receive it every time someone is wrestling with the decision about whether or not to enroll in The Dreaming Room…whether they ask it or not!

I’ll wager you’re wrestling with that decision right now.

But, here’s the thing.

If you were buying a computer seminar, that question would be relevant.

If you were buying a cell phone seminar, that question could be answered, and should be.

If you were buying a sales training seminar, of course you would want to know that the course will provide you with the information you need to become more effective at sales.

All such events, what we’ll call training events, are designed to teach you operating skills.

Operating skills are work skills.

Work skills are those you use inside of your business to produce work results.

And therein lies the difference between The Dreaming Room and all training events.

Training Events are Right-Brained Events.  The Dreaming Room is a Left- Brained Event.

Right-Brained events teach you Work Skills.

Left-Brained events teach you Life Skills.

Right-Brained events teach you how to DO something.

Left-Brained events teach you how to SEE something.

DOING is a Right-Brained activity.

SEEING is a Left-Brained activity.

SEEING is what happens in The Dreaming Room.

It is an activity of your intuition.

It is Soul activity, not Brain activity.

It is about heightening your state of attention. Of presence.  Of imagination.  Of congruence.

SEEING is what Entrepreneurs do.

It is a completely different kind of DOING.

It is not about the DOING that technicians do.

It’s about the DOING that inventors do.

It happens inside of you, not outside of you.

Inside of you is where all the life-sourcing occurs.

It’s where all the magic lives.

It’s where all the energy resides.

It’s where the ideas come from.

The great ideas.  The powerful ideas.

The ideas that make life happen outside you.

The ideas that give birth to great companies.

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Toward that end, The Dreaming Room is designed to awaken the entrepreneur within you.  Not to make you more effective at working IN your business, but to make you more effective at working ON your business.

The entrepreneur is the one who creates the opportunities that are waiting for you in the world around you.

To fill them with your vitality.  With your spirit. With your passion.  With your imagination. With your Soul.

But in order to create opportunities, the entrepreneur within you must first recognize what an opportunity is, and what purpose it serves.

That’s what happens in The Dreaming Room.

What happens in the Dreaming Room is that each and every participant is taken on a unique, one-of-a-kind journey.  Unique, because it is their journey and their journey only.

The journey one goes on in the Dreaming Room is therefore completely unpredictable because no two participants are the same.  No two journeys are the same.

In the Dreaming Room you are not the same as the fellow or women seated to your right or to your left.

Your creative surge is yours alone.

Your path to freedom is only yours, and no one else’s.

Your personality, your history, your obstacles toward inventing a new life through the creation of a new venture, are only applicable, and therefore important, to you.  To you alone.

That’s why we say that The Dreaming Room process is no more or less than an original experience.

A deeply personal, evolutionary experience that is impossible to describe.

Since only you can know it when it happens.

And only you can do it when you are so awakened.

A blank piece of paper and beginner’s mind.

That’s all you need to know when you come to The Dreaming Room.

Along with the desire to explore your own imagination.

Are you up to that?

Are you up to experiencing a miracle inside?

Well, that’s what I do in The Dreaming Room.

Don’t ask me how I do it.

I just do.

Ask anyone who’s been there.

They’ll tell you the very same thing.

It was miraculous.

That’s why I love to do it.

That’s why I know I will love doing it with you.

Come dream with me.

Stop thinking about it.

Come dream with me.

Michael E. Gerber
Chief Dreamer
In the Dreaming Room
Carlsbad, California

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For more information about this exclusive event please email me at personalfulfillment@gmail.com

You can also find more information at the Michael E Gerber website

The Economy: Is It Really Getting Better?

03/03/2010

What We See

People are optimistic, The Dow remains above 10,000, inflation fears seem over-estimated, and the financial crisis seems isolated in places like Greece, California, and random long-expected lay-offs.

I just met with a manufacturer of fashion apparel and she was telling us how many designers who were previously afraid to launch their collections are now coming out of the woodwork with some very risky and ultra-modern designs. So we have throngs of risk-taking designers in the already cut-throat industry of fashion design. IS the economy picking up?

What We Get

Sometimes in science, and in economic models we can often assume what something is by what it’s missing. In this case: Fear. Is there caution? Absolutely. But the open-eyed cold-faced pessimism we saw in March of last year seems to have gone into a long winter hibernation. This is the problem. Fashion designers, manufacturers and central bankers are all sharing the same sense of false security.

Here are some reasons why:

  • The VIX (which tracks market volatility, otherwise known as the “Fear Index”) is touching all-time lows. This means people are discounting any chance of risk in the market.
  • Gold and Silver are slowly and quietly creeping up towards their all-time highs, a sign that financial security is again coming under question.
  • Commercial Real Estate, Rising Unemployment, Too Low Interest Rates, Government Irresponsibility, and High Stock Valuations are all playing a major role in the potential for another crisis.

Here are some insights from top banking insider and billionaire, Andy Beal: http://bit.ly/ahi5s4.

When was the last time you prepared for any worst case scenario?

What We Do

One of the best and easiest lessons I ever learned in finance was as follows, bear with me:

Income (money that comes into your pocket) – Expenses (money that leaves your pocket) = Cash Flow (“my money”)

With this in mind there are 3 things you have to do:

1) Stop Spending! Buy used, buy less, buy what you need. This is a timeless and necessary action if you ever want to be happy financially. A used book on Amazon is rarely any different than a new one… but its far cheaper.

2) Get out of debt! There’s no good reason to spend 101% of your income(s). Start paying cash, pay off far more than your minimums, and stop paying someone else 15-30% for everything you buy.

Everyone knows the first two suggestions but few focus on this next one...

3) Make More! Don’t just mope and cry about how you now have money in the bank, but feel broke. Get out there and challenge yourself! Make some more sales calls, do things to get promoted, start your own business (YES in a recession). If you want to have anything significant in life, you’ve got to go get it. Be proactive and MAKE it happen!

No matter what happens, you will always be you, and there will be good times, and not so good times. Your job is to ensure that you and your family are protected and comfortable, both financially and emotionally, no matter what life brings!

How To Find Yourself in 20 Minutes

11/08/2009

Have been thinking a lot over the past couple days. I spent a few days in New York (and attended a live viewing of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report). I was mostly on my BlackBerry so I had more time to think instead of just “surfing” the web.

One of the things that’s fascinated me recently has been Personality Profiles – Jung, Myers-Briggs, anything that categorizes us by the way we think, feel and interact with the world.

To find out your profile its really simple:

  1. Take a Personality Quiz. There are many that are free and fairly accurate. Try Kisa.
  2. Do some basic research. Identify the basic elements of each component. Click here for a good guide.
  3. Find Yourself. (No Ashram necessary). Just Google your 4-letter combination. Personality Page is great for this.

It’s a fascinating experience and one that will help you find out who you are, your strengths, your weaknesses, and how you best interact with various other types. Not to mention all the fun in getting suggested interests, find celebrities and fictional characters with similar traits and – best of all – becoming a pseudo-psychologist trying to crack the code of everyone you meet.

As a matter of fact, once you get the hang of it you can become quite good at figuring people out quickly. Psychics use this to fool people into believing they know more about them then they really do. They are simply taking the major clues and tinkering with the more subtle ones.

All in all its fun. Try it!

For a quick overview of each of the 16 Types click here.

Want To Succeed?

10/23/2009

Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!

Have an amazing weekend!

30 Ways to Improve Your Life

10/16/2009
  1. Smile 🙂
  2. Stop regretting and start living.
  3. Forgive and forget.
  4. Watch a movie by yourself.
  5. Do something you really want.
  6. Be grateful.
  7. Be yourself.
  8. Attend community or religious meetings.
  9. Give more and give often.
  10. Sing in the shower.
  11. Sleep when tired. Eat when hungry.
  12. Read a book a week.
  13. Exercise daily and become physically flexible.
  14. Make meal times sacred.
  15. Talk with your parents (while they’re alive).
  16. Don’t get angry.
  17. Wear comfortable shoes. (You’ll lower your future health care costs).
  18. Keep in touch with friends.
  19. Test-drive that new car (even if you can’t afford it).
  20. Clean up (your house, room, car, computer).
  21. Write all your preconceived notions and shed them.
  22. Go on “Media Diet”. (No TV, news, radio, internet – for a week).
  23. Only take advice from people who are successful.
  24. Use “good” debt. (Low-interest that makes you money).
  25. Don’t discuss goals with naysayers.
  26. Measure against yourself not against others.
  27. Work Smarter, Not Harder.
  28. Dedicate to building a business, not just wealth.
  29. Don’t try to please all the people all time. (Won’t happen).
  30. Try things even if they hurt. No pain, no gain!

Any more suggestions?

Changing the World

10/11/2009

Here’s To The Crazy Ones

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

–  Steve Jobs

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our fears, our presence automatically liberates each other.

–  Nelson Mandela

Go Get It

Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream. You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.

Will Smith, ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’

Famous Failures

Go on! Change it!

How to Achieve Your Bucket List

10/08/2009

Two words: Energy and Focus!

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Getting Started

  • Start Small. Eat your elephants one bite at a time (weird, I know, but it works). Set micro-goals to achieve larger ones.
  • One Goal. Instead of trying to fulfill everything, focus on ONE with full energy and laser focus.
  • Examine the Motivation. Describe goal and reasons to complete it.
  • Be Passionate! Commit to it publicly. Tell your friends. Write about it in the papers. Promote your need to succeed.
  • Set a Start Date. Don’t just start. Build anticipation. When you do start, you’ll start with even more enthusiasm.
  • Create a Dream Collage. Find pictures that match your set goal. Build a short Mantra. Put it everywhere!

Staying the Course

  • Work Hard! Nothing pays off like great and relentless practice!
  • Visualize your success! Feel the benefits of completion. This should cause a sudden surge of inspiration.
  • Hold yourself back! Pace yourself. Don’t do 100%. This will make you yearn for the next opportunity to practice.
  • Check out the competition. If you’re in a competition, check out how other’s are faring. (This should ignite your rear).
  • Just Start! There’s no motivation like action, works every time. Get dressed and do one set. You’ll take off.
  • Keep your audience informed. Update your fans on the progress of your success.
  • Think only positive! Read books and success stories on it. Make prior conquerors your mentors.
  • Listen to great music. Everyone has their own preference. Create great playlists that match your moods and modes.
  • Speak with believers. Find people with the same goal as you. Call friends and family that support your ambition.
  • Celebrate! Every step is precious. Chart your progress and reward yourself for each milestone.
  • Never miss 2 days in a row! If you’re incapable, improvise. Do something that resembles your practice.

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The Legend of the Goat

09/23/2009

From the mean streets of Harlem came the greatest basketball the world has never known.

Upon his retirement Lewis Alcindor, later to become known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was asked who was the greatest player he had played with or against. After a long silence, he answered, “That would have to be “The Goat”.

From “The City Game”: In the litany of quiet misfortunes that have claimed so many young athletes in the ghetto, it may seem almost impossible to select one man and give him special importance. Yet in the stories and traditions that are recounted in the Harlem parks, one figure does emerge above the rest. Asked about the finest athletes they have seen, scores of ball players in a dozen parks mention Connie Hawkins and Lew Alcindor and similar celebrities. But almost without exception, they speak first of one star who didn’t go on: Earl Manigault.

In the HBO Special Rebound: The Legend of Earl “the Goat” Manigault, a young man growing up in Harlem, mentored by a janitor in the Harlem parks, builds his reputation as a star. But trouble with school and drugs brings the legend to his knees. Nevertheless, he returns to society to help the younger generation develop their abilities, their game and their potential.

Earlthegoatmanigault2We often think of success as a goal or a dream fulfilled.

We have visions of Olympian Gold Medalists or Nobel Prize winners. But in truth, motivation can being great people to do great things without much stage or hoopla involved. There is no real reason why a seasoned music artist should get any more credit than a recovering alcoholic. Everyone has to fight their own battles. Some become renown legends to the world, others become positive role-models for their families.

Success is not a destination, but a process, a relentless consciousness to do better.

To get back up when we fall, no matter how hard or sacrificing it may be. To do your best. To shake it off when you’re down, and deny righteousness to those who doubt your inner strengths. To become the greatest you could possibly become.

Earl recognized that although he could never again be the athlete he once was, he was able to influence the lives of younger, less experienced souls. Life is not about overcoming all your weaknesses. That would only make us mediocre. better to develop your strengths. That way you become proficient at one skill in a manner that makes yourself truly unique and valuable.

Everyone has to fight their own battles. And those who do fight, well… they’re all stars in my book!

A New Year, A New Ambition

09/18/2009

Tonight is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. And new years require new resolutions. Commitments to becoming better people. To assume new growth strategies in our personal lives, our families, our businesses and our communities. To excel and exceed any prior expectations.

When we are conscious, we are alive, we are energized and we become masters of our own destiny.

Let us become conscious; aware and vigilant of our atmosphere. For us to move forward we must first know where we stand. Personal “power” is the ability to “do”. And to “do” requires that we act in a way that embraces our full attention. Only then can we mold into our ultimate selves. Otherwise, we are no different than machines going through the motions with no soul, no purpose, no intention.

WHO put us here or WHY we’re here, are far less important than the fact THAT we are here.

My goal for the year is to implement the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years into practical application. Yet at the same time to constantly be observant and objective of why I do what I do. A personalized “Vision”, if you will, to guide me towards my life’s goals.

May we all have an awesome year, packed only with great things, and may it all be better than we can possibly imagine!

Buying Nice Cars And How We Think

09/15/2009

What do you get when you cross a car and the subconscious mind?

It all depends on your attitude!

Allow me to explain. You just bought a new car. And you love it. “Amazing” you think to yourself that you never thought of buying that particular model/brand/style before. You begin to feel as if you found a diamond in the rough. A secret nobody else knows about. But suddenly, as you cruise down the highway, it seems that “everyone” has your car! “They’re selling like hotcakes!” you think.

Now let’s move over to your mind. In reality there are hundreds of cars on the roads at any given moment. Thing is, you never cared to notice them all, and couldn’t possibly notice them all, as that is just too much information for your mind to process. So what the mind does, what we call RAS (Reticular Activating System) is segment your focus on the thing most relevant to you. We only notice things we care about (hence the saying “You’re one-track minded”).

How does this all relate to success?

Well, as you may have caught on by now, success too is a mindset. They say “Success is something you attract by the person you become”. In reality there are hundreds of doors and thousands of opportunities, yet like cars on the road, the mind cannot possibly process and evaluate each one. So it focuses your attention only those most interested by you. You get what you wish for because you don’t get what you don’t wish for (if that makes any sense at all).

When you condition your mind to be always optimistic and seeking success. Success in your life, your family, your business, even the people around you. You subconsciously change your perceptions into reality by filtering-out the noise and clutter that’s irrelevant and zero in on that which matters. Call it the “Find Waldow Effect”.

Next time you think about accomplishing something be positive and be proactive. Look for the opportunities and do something to move toward your success. As the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once noted “He who has a why can endure any how”. So Focus on what you truly want and let your mind figure out the rest!

Our Perception becomes our reality not as a matter of delusion, but rather by virtue of our brilliant selection process!