The buildings people live in can be surprisingly fragile things. Even though they are made from wood, metal, and stone, they will often bear the brunt of mother nature’s fury, being exposed to the elements for their entire life. But, what exactly does this sort of issue mean for your home, and how can you work to make it better? This post is here to answer these questions for you, while also saving you some money in the process.
What Could Go Wrong? Adverse conditions can have a huge impact on your home. With heat causing things like tar to melt, damaging roofing and other parts of the home during extreme periods. Cold, on the other hand, can result in hail stones which can chip windows and cause pipes to freeze, making them crack. Of course, there are loads of different ways that the weather can impact your home. When you’re first buying your home, it could be worth doing some research to make sure that it isn’t somewhere prone to very bad weather.
Can It Be Fixed? Of course, sometimes, you may want to live somewhere despite the risks of damage to your home, and this means that you’ll be looking for ways to solve the issue, not run from it. Websites like heatline.com have a huge variety of different tools available which are all designed to make your home more resilient when it comes to bad weather. In a lot of cases, the best people to help you choose things like this will be local builders. With the most experience fixing the issues caused by bad conditions, they will know the best ways to solve them.
Is The Risk Worth It? For certain kinds of weather, like flooding and tornados, the defences you need will often be very expensive. This can make it hard to justify living in locations which are prone to them, as you may have to invest a huge amount to do it. If you decide to move somewhere which is likely to hurt your home, it’s always worth making sure that you will be getting exactly what you want out of it.
Set The Budget: Giving yourself a financial target to aim for will make a huge difference when it comes to understanding the worth in your move. While property values are lower in places like this, you have to make sure that you’ll be able to afford the changes required before you take the plunge. Having a budget in place will always make it easy to avoid overspending when you find a home which you think you can’t live without.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the ways that you protect your home from Mother Nature. A lot of people find it hard to handle this side of life, falling prey to bad weather within a few years of moving. But, with the right research and preparation, you should find it nice and easy to avoid a home-based storm.
When all is said and done, to create a NEW habit, you have to STOP old, bad ones.
The video below is the best strategy to STOP ALL YOUR OLD BAD HABITS.
This is only 15,000 dominoes, but it still is MESMERISING!
What is antimimeticisomorphic about this is that INSTEAD of trying to break a WORLD RECORD, she decided to make it INTERESTING. It only took her 25 hours to get a BETTER outcome that a world record (7+ million YouTube views). If that’s not a classic case of antimimeticisomorphism, I don’t know what is!
Today’s post will make you smile and warm your heart with appreciation for the good people who “go above and beyond” to create value for their clients. Click here to read a MARVELous story about Grime Fighters, sent to me by Andrew Powell of Montreal, Canada.
These are NOT Steve Jobs’ Last Words — but they are making their way through the Internet as such. I share them with you here because even if they aren’t, I am sure they will ring true with you as an honourable principle to LIVE your LIFE.
“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.
However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.
At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.
In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…
Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…
Should be something that is more important:
Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days
Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.
The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.
That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.
Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.
What is the most expensive bed in the world? Sick bed…
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.
Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life.
When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – Book of Healthy Life.
Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.
Treat yourself well. Cherish others.”
Wise words to live by as you try to create the masterpiece that is YOUR life, a life without regrets.
Want some help to get your priorities re-aligned, check out My Best Year Ever Program.
The world has sadly lost a true cultural and musical ICON – David Bowie.
One of his many legacies is his 23-year love story with Iman. Below is a prescient tweet she posted two days before he passed…
Yes, it’s that time of year again – time to do your New Year’s Resolutions!
Einstein said it best…
If you want 2016 to be DIFFERENT/BETTER than 2015, you have to do something DIFFERENT, change something…
The best way to make a change is to make New Year’s Resolutions!
At a recent workshop, we discussed how to make good business decisions in quite a bit of details. Today’s post is about how smart people make good decisions in general, published by The Huffington Post. Enjoy and may your decisions for 2016 be good ones!
Every once in a while there is a video (or commercial that needs no introduction or explanation… This is one of those. Watch and weep.
You just have to see these two jet pack flyers take on an Emirates A380 over the skies of Dubai… Amazing!
If you’ve never seen this amazing artist… Be amazed by what can be done with sand and a light table!
As much as I am an optimist, sometimes I admit finding it hard to see the “good in society” these days…
This weekend I saw goodness first hand.
A (previously unknown) neighbour, who parks two car spaces away from me in my underground parking garage left a note on my car window to call him. When I did, he revealed he found a wallet on the roof of my car, with $1,300 in it and wanted to return it to its rightful owner.
I was shocked at all the steps he had taken to find out who it belonged to. We found out that it belonged to the person who rents my second car space… It took +/-10 calls to reunite the wallet to its rightful owner*, demonstrating there are still nice people out there!
* As it turns out, the wallet belonged to a lawyer and the $1,300 were donations he was to deposit in a charity’s account… So you see, when you do good, you DO get rewarded!
I am a firm believer in the Law Of Attraction and the principle of “paying it forward”.
Just remember: Your acts of kindness, generosity never go unnoticed and even if they do – do them anyway. The world will be a better place for it.
We all know the expression “Life’s too short to be too serious”… Today’s video clip gives you an excuse to watch a dog having the time of his/her life, giving us the thrill to see what a master “showdog” can do – truly amazing!
If you’re wondering what this has to do with Personal Mastery, think about it… If you can’t take 5 minutes to enjoy a video like this, what’s the point of whatever you’re doing. No one on their deathbed was ever heard saying “I wish I would have spent more time working…”
The common reflection is “I wish I would have taken the time to enjoy my “moments” more… To fully live them “in the moment”.
Take 5 minutes and live the joy and exuberance of one dog doing what he/she loves to do… Catch those frisbees!
I have blogged about this before, warning all my readers and subscribers about what’s coming. After visiting China, I am even more convinced than ever… Read on.
Interestingly, if you have followed Harry Dent’s predictions, you’d agree that he’s practically a clairvoyant – predicting everything that’s been happening lately – well in advance.
I call it 20/20 Foresight. I have prepared myself and in the process of protecting myself and my portfolio, I have done so with NO risk, NO cost and have even made a handsome profit while doing it… It’s easy when you know AHEAD of time what is going to happen. It’s like having a crystal ball!
I have shared this knowledge with my clients and just want to go on the record as having stated my position well in advance of the upcoming reset, correction and or “cliff” as Harry calls it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m an optimist. I am NOT a conspiracy theorist nor am I am doomsdayer.
I am hopeful and optimistic about the future, but that does not mean I am going to sit back and be a victim of what is “inevitable”…
All financial experts <<when pressed>> admit to “something has to give/change” and soon. The only questions are (1) not if but WHEN and (2) how deep will the correction/reset be.
What am I really saying?
Don’t get caught in the tsunami -
get on high ground and play it safe.
Why am I repeating myself again?
Awesome. Incredible. Amazing.
Undeniable. Inevitable. Predictable.
For those unaware or unbelieving, all I can say is, don’t you remember:
What would you PAY to go back in time and take advantage of 20/20 Hindsight?
There is no need – if you have 20/20 Foresight!
I will come back to this post in the future… Not to say I told you so, but to say, I tried to protect you, but you weren’t listening. That’s OK, I can (now) live with that decision. Can you?
Still not convinced? Watch this one-minute video that explains you might be getting your financial advice from a butcher rather than a dietician…
The “feel good” story below has a sad element – the mother is dying of breast cancer and creates a collection of cards for her daughter…
It got me thinking about people who regret not spending more (quality) time with their families while they could… That, in my view is just as sad. Sometimes, you think you would “like to” spend more time with friends and family, but truthfully, you don’t. That is different than wanting to spend time that you don’t have, in this case because of a terminal illness.
I advise all my clients and friends that they must say what needs to be said because you just never know if another opportunity will come to actually say it. Once relieved of the burden, you will feel the freedom to be – authentic and genuine – without restraint.
Try it and see what happens. At least you have the option. Some people aren’t so lucky/fortunate.
A great movie that had a similar theme is “P.S. I love You“, released in 2007.
Will it be as funny as this one published in The Star.
According to a Danish study as reported in the July 11th edition of The Economist Magazine, the lifetime benefits to men who give up smoking at 35 are around €25,000 ($27,400), most of that in increased productivity. So if you never smoked in the first place… It’s even more than that.
So what’s the moral of this story? Well, there are a few.
I am not advocating the removal of all vices – just this one. It’s a disgusting, repulsive habit that is costly to you and society with no redeeming qualities or benefits that can’t be acquired otherwise. If you don’t quit, you’re in for a lot more than $27,000.*
* The benefits alluded to in the Danish study do not take into consideration the costs associated with the purchase of the cigarettes that could be put to much better use… But that is another discussion for another day.
If you’ve never heard of the Pont des Arts bridge that used to hold tens of thousands of lover’s padlocks… You are not a true romantic… Click on the URL above to see the removal of an iconic symbol of romanticism.
I can’t believe the city of Paris was not willing to move the padlocks to the shoreline, preserving the legacy for past lovers and enabling future lovers the privilege and opportunity to declare themselves in this unique manner.
Practicality 1, Romance 0.
“We Are Rules OR We’re Rewards”
–Dr Marc Dussault
A RULE is EVERYTHING that HAS TO HAPPEN to feel X. A reward is what you are aiming to achieve.
For example, a mother might have RULES that to be happy (Reward):
A business person might have RULES that:
The more extreme the list of RULES – the WORSE it is.
When it gets out of hand, it’s OCD (Obssessive Compulsive Disorder), but it’s destructive way before it gets to that point.
RULES are insidious – they kill relationships and create conflict and confrontation where there is no “logical” reason for it.
Most arguments are rules-based.
Y’see what I mean?
It,s much harder than it sounds to reduce the number of RULES that RUIN your life, but start the process by writing them down – AS THEY OCCUR.
These are not the same as disempowering beliefs or thoughts.. RULES are things that MUST happen for you to feel X…
Review the lists above and give it a go – you can’t get it wrong… You can only ignore it at your peril.
Psst! If you can’t do it to yourself – OBSERVE others – You’ll quickly recognise them when you realise how ridiculous most of them are!
To raise awareness among the general public about the global clean water crisis, the artist Belo created an image composed of 66,000 cups of colored rainwater simulating levels of impurities found in water all over the planet. This major work of 3,600 square feet, representing a fetus in the maternal womb, emphasizes the necessity of water, even before birth, for each living person. The goals of 66,000 were many: taking up the artistic and material challenges inherent to this monumental production, and informing the public of the dramatic consequences of a lack of drinkable water.
Thank you to Andrew Powell for forwarding this on to me.
What 3 words would you say to a new graduate entering the workforce today?
I like these challenges because brevity forces clarity of thought (and intent).
Provide your contribution as a comment below.
It is not often that a stranger’s story can affect you beyond words, but we discovered one person’s story that did just that – and I had to share it. I won’t reveal too much, other than ask that you read this story with an open heart and an open mind. Let me know what you think in the comments.
When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes. Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly.
She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why? I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore. I just pitied her!
With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.
The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane. When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.
In the morning she presented her divorce conditions. She didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month, we both try to live as normal a life as possible. Her reason for this conditions were simple. Our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.
This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month’s duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.
I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully.
My wife and I hadn’t had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mommy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don’t tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.
On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.
On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.
She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily. Suddenly it hit me. She had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.
Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it’s time to carry mom out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last-minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly, it was just like our wedding day.
But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy. I drove to office and jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind. I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.
She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart.
Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away. At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The sales girl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, “I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart”.
That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed – dead.
My wife had been fighting cancer for months and I was so busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we push through with the divorce. At least, in the eyes of our son— I’m a loving husband.
This is a classic, with different variations. This one came from http://www.snopes.com/glurge/carry.asp
This is from a parody account, one of several on Twitter… But its wisdom is worth sharing here with you.
Think about yourself when you were ten, would you be disappointed in the person you are now?
Now take that to the next level and ask yourself who you want to become in the NEXT 10 years or at your next milestone decade (30, 40, 50, 60….).
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll get there”
– Dr Marc Dussault
One of the easiest ways to start the process is to do New Year’s Resolutions. I have a program specifically designed to take you through the process AND you can start it ANYTIME.
There is nothing worse than not knowing where you’re going and then being disappointed when you get there!
Today’s blog post is a reminder we all need – especially when the new year starts and we’re filled with optimism and hope for things to change.
Without wanting to sound heavy-handed, cynical or critical – no one aims to become overweight, fat or obese and yet in the developed world, the statistics are staggering – 2 out of every 3 people is considered overweight…
How does that happen?
One bite at a time.
The concept is called inertia: Defined as “The predisposition for a body to remain in the state that it’s in.”
We know the feeling when we’re lying in a warm, soft bed, the last thing we want is to get out of bed.
Inertia is the #1 force that prevents us from achieving our goals, dreams and aspirations.
The following 3 blog posts are “classics” – I encourage you to read them and make the decision to overcome your inertia – TODAY, THIS YEAR.
Are you a champion? Do you have what it takes to become one?
How to create momentum from motivation
Why smart business people fail
My approach to live and business is uniquely “different” – if you want extra-ordinary results in your business, read the summary of my mentoring methodology.
If you want to make this year your best year ever, this is my all-time most popular program:
If you want to understand my bias, have a look at my personal and professional profile. I have lived these strategies and boundless possibility thinking to create my own ultimate destiny.
Psst! Even though we are just starting the month of February, most people have already forgotten their New Year’s Resolutions… Isn’t that shocking?
Oops… Am I talking about you?
Sorry… but it is what it is – unless you have a system or process that works. Check out My Best Year Ever program. You can start it today and make 2015 DIFFERENT and BETTER than 2014.
The photo below, from Twitter reminded me that we’re just a few weeks into the new year and most people have already forgotten their New Year’s Resolutions…
There are only a FEW people who wake up every morning with this level of enthusiasm and optimism.
Click on the image or one of the hyperlinks and I’ll help you make 2015 – Your Best Year Ever.
As a reader or subscriber to this blog, you know I am an avid proponent of New Year’s Resolutions. One of the challenges you will face is creating NEW HABITS to support your NEW RESOLUTIONS.
This presentation, by Matt Cutts is an outstanding example of how one simple idea/concept can make ALL the difference between success (creating a new habit) and failure (getting stuck with the old habit).
If you manage to do this – please commit to sharing your success below…
It”s that time of year, when the calendar ticks down to the end and the new year peeks its nose around the corner, enticing you to “change and improve” in the “new year”… Many make New Year’s Resolutions… But only a few write them down, remind themselves of their commitment on an on-going basis and actually follow through.
Why is that?
I have blogged about this in hundreds of blog posts, dealing with procrastination, inertia, momentum, motivation, etc. When all is said and done – you need a compelling reason, a driving force to make you want to change. Without THAT, it’s all INTENT and no follow-through.
The system I use to achieve my goals is called “My Best Year Ever Program“. Click on the hyperlink and see if you can make 2015 your best ever…
When it comes to getting better results in your career, your business, your health, wealth, relationships or any domain of life; people love to complicate things for some reason – WHY?!?! Well I’ve got something for you that’s so simple that it’s almost unbelievable. This simple SECRET is used by more than 500+ PEAK PERFORMERS in the world of business and sport and when you start using it you’ll find your self-doubt disappearing and the destiny you desire appearing faster than you ever imagined.
This is so important to YOUR success I’m not going to intellectualise and ANALyse it. I’ll get straight to the point…
Start using AFFIRMATIONS. Affirmations are simply positive statements that succinctly describe a future desired scenario that YOU really want.
Did you know the unconscious mind, or subconscious mind as some people prefer to call it is 30,000 times more powerful than the conscious mind? So your subconscious mind runs the show – be careful what you tell yourself!
The key to adding REAL POWER to your affirmations is to repeat them many times (I say mine 500 times) so they carve a deep groove in your subconscious mind and trigger it into consistent positive action. If you’re a winner and want to super-charge your results, you HAVE TO repeat them OUT LOUD with a SMILE on your face and with full attention, intention, conviction, and fire.
START WITH 3 TO GET STARTED – then you can add to your list
So TAKE ACTION NOW and get yourself a journal that you will use EXCLUSIVELY to write down your own affirmations and CREATE your first THREE within the next 24 hours. Do them while you go for a walk, run, swim or ride EVERYDAY and just watch your results multiply again and again and again.
If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?
I recently received an email from an American (in California) explaining how to protect yourself from Ebola…
I actually laughed out loud!
This is a smart individual and after the laughter and giggling died down, I had to ask myself how can smart people be led to believe such ridiculous things?
I understand that IN AFRICA, this is a major crisis.
Not in the United States of America, Canada or Australia.
And yet the US media (we all know which network feeds on fear and propaganda…) is proliferating and promoting FEAR like it’s armageddon. Fear is..
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As The Exponential Growth Strategist, my “job” is to decipher messages like this and explain WHY it happens.
First, people are fearful and vulnerable as the result of the Global Financial Crisis and the never-ending “War On Terror”.
Second, ignorance plays a big part when there is information asymmetry. The media loves to exploit this for as long as they can. In this instance, the issue is not understanding the vital difference between a disease that is contagious versus infectious.
Infectious diseases are caused by microscopic germs (such as bacteria or viruses) that get into the body and cause adverse health problems. Some infections spread to people from an animal or insect, but are not contagious from another human. Lyme disease is one such example: You can’t catch it from someone you’re hanging out with or pass in the street. It comes from the bite of an infected tick. Another way is when an infectious microbe travels through the air after someone nearby sneezes or coughs.
Contagious diseases on the other hand, are spread from person to person. Contagious diseases (such as the flu, colds, or strep throat) spread from person to person in several ways. One way is through direct physical contact, like touching or kissing a person who has the infection. Sometimes people get contagious diseases by touching or using something an infected person has touched or used — like sharing a straw with someone who has mono or stepping into the shower after someone who has athlete’s foot. And sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are spread through all types of sex. It is the exchange or contact of body fluids that enable the transmission of the disease.
Ebola is contagious – NOT infectious.
Therefore, you can help protect yourself against contagious diseases (like Ebola) by washing your hands well and often, staying away from those who are sick, making sure you’re up to date on all vaccinations, and always using condoms during any type of sex.
Simply put – unless you directly touch or exchange body fluids with an Ebola sufferer – you’re safe.
In Africa, their issues are cleanliness, control of infected patients and “health standards” for containment. These are not issues in developed countries.
The real reason I am blogging about this is because this is yet another distraction that people don’t need in their lives and/or business.
If you are distracted to the point of “falling for” propaganda like this – you have to ask yourself a few questions:
At the Exponential Growth Strategist, I assist my clients to cut through all the noise and get to the essence of what’s important versus the media’s self-serving SMOKE AND MIRRORS.
Too many people are distracted by Ebola to see what is looming on the horizon that will have more a much more detrimental effect than Ebola…
My clients are ready. Are you?
Do you attract people to you like a magnet? If not, how can you do it? First I’m going to reveal the secret to you and then I’m going to give you some context to think about.
THINK ABOUT THIS – Have you ever noticed how you are just drawn to some people? When they walk in the room, you just can’t stop staring at them. You want to be around them, you hope they will notice you and just give you some little sign, no matter how small, that they notice you…you may even seek their approval.
What is it they possess that makes them so intriguing, inspiring, attractive or appealing? The truth is, you have the EXACT same qualities as them. If YOU spot it, YOU’VE got it!
You can only admire a quality in another person if you also have that quality – so that’s the good news.
Now the not so good news, most people have no clue that they have qualities, talents and gifts that others find attractive. Most of us like playing things down, you know, keeping a lid on it we would rather shrink instead of SHINE.
After coaching people for many years, here’s one thing I’ve noticed; there are so many of us that would never ever even dream of admitting to ourselves, let alone others, that we are incredible, awesome, amazing, intelligent, inspirational and the list goes on. In fact, I find it so crazy that so many people actually feel like publicly acknowledging their strengths is a negative quality.
For whatever reason, we can tell ourselves that letting people know what we’re great at is equivalent to bragging, showing off or being cocky. I’ve met people where I couldn’t find their strengths with a search warrant… seriously they’re so hell bent on PLAYING SMALL that finding their strengths feels like trying to find the Da Vinci Code!
NEWSFLASH – There are things you can do that no one else in the world can do. There is something that you are THE BEST in the world at! So what are you the BEST AT?
Is it inspiring people, is it being cool under pressure, is it caring about other people, is it having an entrepreneurial mind, is it setting goals, is it being a methodical planner, is it always raising people’s spirits…you get the drift.
So what does this have to do with being attractive?
You can NEVER be attractive to other people unless you are first attractive to yourself. Now I know you may be thinking, “what the hell does that mean?”
It simply means acknowledging to yourself that you possess amazing qualities. I know you still may be thinking, “yeah so what does this have to do with being attractive?”.
So here’s the answer. Self acknowledgement leads to self confidence AND self confidence, is the key to maintaining a POSITIVE mindset.
REMEMBER – Be The MOST POSITIVE Person YOU KNOW. Instead of explaining why, I’ll ask you some questions.
Qualities that REPEL others – sarcasm, gossiping, being a victim, neediness, low energy, cynicism, bragging, showing no emotion, inability to apologise, not recognising others contributions, being stingy with compliments, talking yourself up, talking others down, greediness, attention seeking, sucking up to people, cracking personal jokes without any rapport amongst, being too busy for people who are lower than you on the corporate ladder.
Qualities that ATTRACT others – warmth, laughter, generousity, holding the door open for someone, saying good morning/good night/have a nice weekend, praising people publicly/privately, saying sorry, treating ALL people equally, forgiveness, humility, intelligence, openness, acceptance, congruence, straight forwardness, reliability, keeping commitments, thanking people for their time, creating value for others without asking for anything in return and more.
ACTION STEP – No one ever ruined their eyesight by looking on the bright side. Do ONE thing daily to make someone’s day. Acknowledge a co-worker, compliment someone, acknowledge how much you value a friend, leave a surprise hand written note of thanks, tell someone’s boss how good they are, be the first to say sorry, call instead of text/email and KEEP doing it. Do this and you will more people throwing themselves at you than you can handle.
Do it, do it NOW!
Seriously, play along with me for a few minutes.
What if you could go back in time?
These are interesting questions and we know the saying – Hindsight is 20/20.
Exponential Mindset Thinking includes developing 20/20 Foresight – creating your ultimate life, your future destiny.
That being said, there are rare instances when principles can be “taught” in Real Time…
This is one such time.
If you KNEW the real estate and stock markets
were about to crash, would you prepare accordingly?
Even though I am not a fatalist, pessimist, conspiracy theorist or doomsdayer, I’m with Harry S. Dent on what’s coming, what he calls the Demographic Cliff.
There are countless signs that the global economy is weak and near its breaking point. Even the Australian Economy which is one of the strongest and most robust, is fragile. A recent report shows Australians at record levels of debt, on the verge of credit default…
Here’s the thing – most people think it will happen to someone else… But this is going to happen to EVERYONE all at ONCE, indiscriminately – just like the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and the Dot Com Crash of 2000.
This is a FREE BLOG and in as much as I believe in paying it forward, all I am willing to share (and date stamp) is that this is coming – it’s not a question of IF, but WHEN.
If you want to know WHAT to do to protect yourself, you need to become a client. Contact us, otherwise good luck and let me know how it all works out when this all plays itself out.
Note for future reference: Please look at the date this was published… which can also be confirmed as published on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.
I know, don’t you wish you had (1) read this before it happened? and (2) if you did read it, that you had taken it more seriously?
Exponential thinking is powerful, but not ‘natural’ or easy for the novice to grasp. It is at the core of leverage, how successful people are able to achieve more by doing less. Even though it is largely conceptual for personal development purposes, exponential is very real and very effective.
The example below is an example of how elegantly powerful exponential thinking is…
Did you know that if you could fold a piece of typical paper 42 times you would have a tower that would stretch to the moon?
Ahh you say, but it’s impossible to fold a piece of paper more than eight times. Turns out, like so many unreferenced claims, that isn’t true. The record is in fact 12.
Still that twelve-fold piece of paper isn’t even table height – it’s hard to imagine getting from table height to the Moon in 30 more folds. That’s because our brains are inclined to think linearly, not exponentially.
Imagine what would happen if you adopted Exponential Mindset Thinking?!?!
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You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.
If you want to create the ultimate destiny for yourself, I invite you to do My Best Year Ever Program – based on the well known process of New Year’s Resolutions.
Most people struggle with NOT KNOWING what they want. This step-by-step program will help you determine what you want so you can write the next chapter of your life as you would like it to unfold.
How exciting would it be if you could write your own future? I call that 20/20 Foresight – it’s a skill I teach ambitious business people. The hardest part of the process is knowing what you want.
Living a life that matters… WhatWillMatter
Thank you to Judy Casanola at Classic Coatings Systems in Corona, California for sharing this with me, so I could share it with you.
I know my recent blog posts have been lighthearted, because life is a balance between the serious achievement orientation that discipline requires and the creative, fun and adhoc contribution that humour provides. Taking life too seriously serves no purpose – it’s to be lived and enjoyed.
Success is in the journey – NOT the destination.
It’s easy to forget that…
If you could write to your younger self, using only two words, what would they be?
Respond by placing a comment below.
Every once in a while you witness something special – at this year’s Oscars, Matthew McConaughey wowed me with his acceptance speech for Best Actor. It is well worth the 3 minute investment.
I think his sources of inspiration are powerful and priceless:
There are many life-defining moments, statements, incantations, words of wisdom and mantras.
#3 for me is priceless and timeless – embracing the concepts of gratitude and excellence from within.
That is an acceptance speech worthy of its own Oscar!
You’re on holidays, your first getaway in ages actually, brimming with tension and residual fatigue; a good time seems almost impossible, as smart devices introduce your boss to the concept of unlimited availability. Pity your salary doesn’t meet similar expectations.
The sun rises and sets, over and over, yet you never seem to make it far from the hotel; wi-fi is rarely portable and your inbox is flooding. Letting go is hard to do and you’re tied up inside and out with stress and responsibility. Too busy.
Once described as happy-go-lucky, the life of the party, a lover of life and all things wonderful, you suddenly find yourself without a moment to spare and lose touch with everyone and everything. Including your spouse, children, friends and family. Your life has become a task list, mediated by an ever increasing expectation of right-here-right-now and the joys of technology; a relaxed lifestyle, or any lifestyle other than work, becomes a distant memory to take off the shelf from time to time.
Stop mourning what you’ve lost and find your inner energy again; here are some ways you can begin to un-busy your life.
Life coaching has recently experienced a renaissance. Think about it, our lives often dangle by tenuous threads, threatening to unravel at anything unexpected or over-weighted. And you know you’re the monarch of taking on too much. Have you seen those successful people on the TV, crowing and grinning, content with their lucky break or long term investment? Everything seems to just fall into their lap, doesn’t it? You can’t help but wonder how they did it; after all, they aren’t any different from you when you get down to it. Secret truth? Almost every successful person in any context has a life coach or a business mentor. Having an outside perspective on your life can be one of the most helpful steps you take. The life experts at Talking Minds list some of the areas that life coaching focuses on:
There is a huge connection between your internal and external environment. If your house is a mess, chances are your mind is a mess. One area of life spills into another. Go through your home and get rid of anything that you have not used in over one year. A spacious and clean living area will have a significant impact on your psyche and your emotions.
There is a ton of conversation brewing over the validity and effectiveness of multitasking. The consensus in research is affirming that multitasking only weakens your focus and ability compared to doing one task at a time. A balanced approach is to narrow all of your tasks down to 3 things. So whichever you determine to be most important and most relevant to your desires, go ahead and prune your work down to three. Then get them finished and out of the way before you move onto anything else. You will want to do this also with your daily tasks- get up in the morning and after you have made your list, underline the three most important that you will want to get done for the day.
Take some time out each day to spend by yourself. It is intriguing to see how many successful entrepreneurs attribute meditation as a key to their success and allowing them to feel less busy and stressed. Whether you decide on a ritual in the morning or later in the evening, completely disconnect from all forms of social media and take ten long deep breaths. Notice when thoughts enter into your mind and distract you and pull your mind back to solely focusing on your breath.
Remember that it is a daily challenge to deal with busyness in life, but putting into place these habits will certainly allow you to gain the upper hand and control the day rather than have the day control you.
This has been a guest post. If you would like to contribute to this or any one of our blogs, please contact us and we’ll send you our publishing terms and conditions.
This has been circulating the Internet… It’s best I don’t comment or add a caption to it. You can voice your opinions by placing a comment below!
I think we have all heard the expression – pay it forward – be nice to someone without any expectation of reciprocation and at some point in the future, someone else will do the same for you.
I saw this note on our building’s bulletin board and thought it was sweet for someone to be kind and purchase the macaroons, but then the recipient wanted to publicly (yet anonymously) thank him/her.
It made my day to realise that there are still a lot of really, nice, kind, generous people in the world!
Have a fabulous day and “pay it forward” in your own way.
Every once in a while – take a moment to notice and revel in the beauty and majesty of the world, the earth, those around you…
Take a moment, breathe…
I’ve blogged about this concept before. The beauty premium, erotic capital, why you can’t afford to be ugly and of course how tall people make more money than their shorter colleagues. You need to take pride in your appearance, not for superficial reasons, but because it makes a difference. And yet The Economist Magazine recently explained why attractive women should not include a photo with a job application. Even though the “beauty premium” is almost a quarter of a million dollars”.
What this means is that without focusing on the superficial aspect of looking good, there are quick, easy and inexpensive things you can do to look better and therefore improve your results – in your personal and professional life.
As a reader and/or subscriber to this blog, you know that it’s the little things that add up to make a big difference. The key is knowing what to do and then just… doing them!
I previously blogged about how to get motivated to make a change. Sometimes it means facing reality head-on, even though we don’t really want to. Sometimes the catalyst is thrust upon us, serendipitously!
I am all for positive thinking and optimism, but every once in a while we all need a good dose of reality to make that change we’ve been meaning to get around to…
This honest short “story” about a photo that changed someone’s life really hit home because it’s refreshingly genuine and honest. Self-awareness requires we see ourselves as we are and sometimes that’s not an easy thing to do.
Let me know if you come across any other life-changing photo or videos I can share with our readers.
“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
This is one of those quotes that for me, recently, has been life changing – literally.
I have known and understood that YOUR perception is YOUR reality for a long time, but what and how that perception is warped and distorted has just recently come to light with the full appreciation of its influence. Several recent books have assessed and analysed this with fMRI and other analysis techniques to reveal the neurological evidence of how profound this new distinction is.
Not only is it based on how you are feeling right now, but it’s also been shown scientifically to be based on your personality predispositions which we have known for decades affects behaviour. What was not known is that perception is also distorted…
So that brings up the all-important question: Is it the distorted perception that creates the behaviour or is it the other way around?
Instinctively, I am in the perceiver camp – your perception affects your behaviour since I believe that you need to have a view of the world BEFORE you take action. That distorted, warped, modified, filtered perception is YOURS and ONLY yours.
Therein lies the challenge we all have – to reconcile our behaviour (our actions) within different and sometimes opposing (perceived) realities.
That being said, dealing with introspective insights like this is part of the journey we are all on. How you use and leverage them is what makes our Platinum Program unique and special. Imagine having access to this level of insight, self-reflection and awareness to truly craft the life(style) you want for yourself and your family…
It’s easier said than done, but with access to cutting edge research that is transforming how we see the world and ourselves, you will enter a journey of self-discovery that I promise will not only be enlightening, but equally rewarding – financially, emotionally, spiritually, professionally, socially and personally.
A holistic approach to life is no longer a “new age” approach. It is the only way to approach success and achievement.
I don’t know if you “do” New Year’s Resolutions, but I do… It’s one of a handful of strategies that changed my life – literally.
It’s a quick and easy thing to do, the challenge is to stick with it beyond February 1st!
Most people can’t even list 5 of their top 10 New Year’s Resolutions by the time Valentine’s Day comes around… Which reflects the poor results they get, however those that DO remember them achieve much more.
How much more?
A LOT more. I have developed a New Year’s Resolutions ‘system’ that I call My Best Year Ever. Click on the hyperlink and have a look. It’s not to late to make 2014 YOUR best year ever.
2013 has been quite a year. Below is a list of the top 10 blog posts of the year. Enjoy a quick review and use the tips and techniques to make 2014 your best year ever!
Did you make New Year’s Resolutions last year?
How’d you go with them?
Can you even remember what they were?
Do you feel like time has gotten away from you, sometimes spinning out of control?
If you’re like most people, you do it as an annual ritual (if you think about it in time) and then once they are ‘done’, you quickly forget about them.
I’ve devised a simple and easy program to make sure you not only create your list of New Year’s Resolutions, but stick with them and achieve more of them.
Click on one of the hyperlinks and decide that 2014 will be your best year ever!
New Year’s Resolutions are one of the easiest ways to set the wheels of success in motion. They can be the catalyst to create your ultimate dream destiny…
Those are two very powerful words.
Here’s the thing. Some people get what they want while others don’t.
What if… you could learn how to accomplish all your goals?
What if… it took less than 5 minutes a week to implement?
What if… the strategies were proven and tested?
What if… they cost LESS than going to McDonald’s?
Just let yourself imagine those words.
Let your thoughts wander.
Listen to what you would say in the privacy of your own mind.
Feel what it would be like to have those things most important to you.
What if… You believed it was possible.
What if… You learned the strategies, techniques and tips you need.
What if… You applied them, one day at a time.
What if… You achieved one goal, then another, then another.
How different would your life be?
How much more could you do and contribute to others?
What if… you had a system to make them all come true?
What if… I gave you the link – would you make 2014 your best year ever?
Why not give yourself this Christmas gift?
I love inspirational quotes like this one. Especially when it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. We all need motivation and inspiration to create our ultimate destiny…
This was just too funny not to share it with you. If you scroll down this page, you’ll see the Woofs Of Wisdom that I created, you can download them and have a few more laughs… Enjoy!
I have always been a fan of Jean Claude Van Damme. But this, this is unbelievable.
Today’s blog post is provided by the “Queen Of Organizing”, Maria Gracia.
Do you find yourself drawn to the elegant, peaceful room photos in home magazines and online? Do you look at gorgeously put-together people and wonder how on earth they manage it?
Do you find yourself at the point of chaos on a daily basis, and long for something a bit less frantic?
Habits that encourage simplicity are a fantastic way to fulfill a desire for elegance and sophistication in every area of life. Consider the following:
Whether at work or at home, maintaining only those items that you find useful or beautiful leaves you with streamlined spaces that feel inherently more peaceful. Consider taking a snapshot of your current spaces. Then spend a bit of time mentally creating the space you’d love to walk into. You may be a lot closer to your ideal than you initially think. From streamlining, to simple rearrangement, to painting and refurbishment, you can simplify to your ideal point of beauty and serenity.
At work, treat your spaces as a peaceful extension of home. Do you need to reorganize your files or desktop? What could be visually simplified to be more functional? Something as simple as condensing personal photos from multiple frames or pin-ups into a single flip-style photo album can bring polished refinement to the space. A single fantastic mug, your favorite pen, a lovely plant… having one great version of your useful tools lets you enjoy the restful simplicity of your workspace, regardless of the busy pace of your tasks.
Examine your obligations and commitments. Are you feeling frantic because you’re living in the thick of thin things?
Sometimes it’s necessary to streamline your schedule, and carefully include activities that restore your sense of
worth and fulfillment. It’s nice to be needed, but be frank: are you saying yes to every invitation because you feel insecure about your own worth? Seeking simplicity in how you use your time can restore a better balance, and help you focus on commitments that make the most of your
unique abilities, and fulfill both your needs and the needs of others.
Are there patterns to your work life, positive or negative?
Look for ways to streamline your use of time at work, and you’ll be on your way to your goal of the in-control, relaxed work style you crave. This could be as easy as printing shipping labels at your desk and arranging package pickups, rather than running out to the shipping carrier three times a week, or grouping all your email correspondence for a half-hour block early in the day. Small changes toward simplicity in your use of time can make a big impact on the rest of your day.
It’s too easy to add, add, add. Take time to refine your habits, remove lingering remnants of old habits, and gain a more polished end result. Find the three cleaning products you love and use most, and toss the rest. Find the health or beauty regimen that suits your needs best, and free yourself from the dregs of past attempts. Curate a simple wardrobe that meets your daily needs and delights your personal sense of style, and clear out everything that doesn’t work for you.
Have you fallen into ruts with your habits at work?
Choose just one aspect of your work life and find a way to restore conscious simplicity to your habit. Something as small as requesting email-receipt notification for only the most vital messages, or training yourself to write focused, clear messages and email can bring greater efficiency to your communication habits, and a much more graceful pace to your work.
Many times, outer chaos is just a signal of inner turmoil. Cultivate your inner sophistication with the studied use of ‘mind-drain’ brainstorming and project lists when you’re feeling overwhelmed, with choosing to express gratitude or thanks in the moment, rather than at some later date, or
with relaxation and meditation practice. ‘Inner peace’ looks different for every person, but everyone can take one chaotic element and choose a different way to handle those stresses. Being able to find serenity within your own mind, regardless of your external circumstances, is a fantastic
key to greater refinement and simplicity in even challenging circumstances.
In pursuit of your ideal lifestyle, where will you seek the ultimate sophistication of simplicity?
Ever wonder how smart people differ from the rest of “us”? Check out the Infographic below that reveals habits based on IQ.
Thank you to Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours for sending this through. You may or may not know that more than 60% of this and my other blogs‘ content is user-submitted. If you come across any interesting content, send it through and you’ll gain a valuable backlink to your website or blog.
I love this quote… Makes me smile every time I hear it. Especially because I use the metaphor of two guys in the forest who come across a bear and the first one says “Oh No! There’s a bear… we have to outrun it!” when the second one says “No mate, I just have to outrun you!”
It’s a metaphor I use for online marketing, that all you need to do is stay one step ahead of the competition, or ideally – stay out of the forest! But that is a discussion for another day, on my Internet Marketing Blog.
Thank you Bree Robbins of Paddington Pups in Brisbane for supplying this great image!
You may or may not know that I wrote and produced a rap album in 2010, launched under the name curvaceous, self-titled Exponential, featuring Rasi Caprice. Today’s blog post echoes that same level and intensity of creativity and boundless thinking.
One of my many subscribers sent me the following submission that I just had to share with you. It is one of the most creative and inspirational contributions I have received in quite a long time.
The contributor, who shall remain anonymous for now, came up with this concept from my sign-off “Onward and upward!”
He was also inspired from the different ‘On-Up!’ songs out there…
Since this was not created to a particular melody, you can say the words to music, picking your own style, rhythm and tempo.
He mentioned that one of he first lessons he remembered was to just get started, that even a process like writing songs doesn’t require that you know how to play an instrument or even have a song track to work with… You can always adapt and refine the words to the chosen melody, style and format.
It’s an iterative process that can get refined, massaged and adapted quite easily… Not a bad lesson to learn!
The links below will give you a choice of music / song styles to pick from:
A psychadelic James Brown Get On Up
A Jodeci Get On Up
Curtis Mayfield: Move On Up
everyone wants to be…. Movin on Up
Move On Up Outta Da Billabong
Something tells me that for this mo
I’ll go with the flo.
I’ve never been no poet but in life you gotta go it to know it.
So let it roll, I’ll have a go, to hold me true to it.
Whether you’re up or down,
You wanna look like you own this town.
Twist the cube, use the law to attract,
throw a curve ball straight round the probability stack.
Increase the frequency till it’s a matter of fact.
When you’re down on your ass,
shoot by numbers for a hail pass, a mate’s pass, even a bus pass.
Just get on the next gig you already know how to razz.
Anything to not end up at the under pass.
Gotta go whilst there’s some petrol in the tank.
But I’ll be back, to stoke the Exp-On-Up-tial memory bank.
That’s Exp-One-tial, high frequency with Marc to thank.
Anyone who’s anyone
wants to make their own.
On Up… Up!
Stop your rot, quit your spit,
it’s you whose gotta quit
all your caribou shit.
If you ain’t On Up! You gotta Ka-ching, Ka-change.
There ain’t no honor in a flop.
There ain’t no give if you ain’t got.
Their ain’t no use for high fuletin values
if you don’t provide someone else their value.
Gotta be wise, to see past traps and all those damn lies.
Don’t rely on a one off shot at the sky.
When you’ve got none, you got to try-try-try-angulate for a slice of the pie. Before you can multipli, you gotta create meaning beyond I.
In Oz we got a game called 2-up.
But if you got no coins it’s none up.
Don’t get down. So what’s up?
You gonna be the one up to play On-Up?!?
For those wanting short cuts,
they’re out there waiting for you schmucks.
Ohh no one told you the deck was stacked.
Guess what? You gonna get smacked.
Straight cut to go-to-jail cards.
In the real monopoly world there ain’t no get-out-of-jail-free cards.
Forget your escape. There ain’t nowhere to hide.
So it’s life, get over yourself, get on, let’s ride.
Don’t share the pain, people don’t want to hear it, even if it goes deep.
You gotta create, share the love and earn your keep.
Glue to true on you
or you’re thru.
You better learn to be quick on your feet.
What you learn it better work on the street.
It be easy, it better add value and feel like a treat.
Word on the street is Dr Marc Dussault is the man to meet.
If, if, if, if, if, if you want to do it neat.
So do ya wanna get On Up!?!?!
Get On Up!
Get On Up!
Get On Up!…
Outta da billabong!
I myself am entirely made of flaws stitched together with good intentions.
I had not heard this quote before and I thought the visual was interesting.
I wanted to share it with you to give you something to reflect on. Without wanting to sound judgmental or accusatory, what good intentions are you not acting on that you think or know you should take action on? What flaws do you think you need to reduce or eliminate?
Something we can all benefit from – not trying to be perfect, just better versions of ourselves.
Have you ever wondered why time seems to pass more quickly as you age? Or how vacations seem to flash by as work days never seem to end?
There are several reasons for these perceptual and temporal distortions. One interesting explanation is offered by Scott H Young on his blog dedicated to getting more from life.
Simply stated, there are two explanations for why this happens.
The first is that, as you age, each year becomes a proportionally smaller amount of your life. The last five years of a 15 year-old’s life make up one third. By the time you’re fifty, it’s only 10%.
From this perspective, time accelerates because we judge time relative to the totality of our other experiences. There is no scientific proof this hypothesis is correct, but scientists could discover some neurological basis for this time gestalt in the future.
The second, and in my (and Scott’s) opinion, more likely perspective is that time seems to accelerate because our lives become more routine. For a teenager, every year is different. For a middle-aged office worker, change is gradual (or nonexistent).
Of course, if the second hypothesis is correct, that the acceleration of time isn’t a natural byproduct of aging, but due to life becoming increasingly stable (or boring), that suggests an alternative for stretching psychological time.
So if you feel like this is trickling by at an agonizingly slow pace, try something new, change your patterns and habits…
See what happens and let us know how you go!
As a reader or subscriber to this blog, you’ll enjoy today’s image – I am sure there are a few people you’ll want to forward it to!
Every once in a while someone sends me something that is nothing short of AMAZING.
This video is one such example – it needs NO introduction, NO explanation. That is how good it is, no make that excellent, no scratch that – OUTSTANDING!
Antimimeticisomorphism is one of those unique concepts that when you grasp the full value of what it can mean to your business and life(style), you literally won’t want to look back(wards)….
Especially if you suffer from anatidaephobia!
How scary can a fee ducks actually be?!?!?
Thanks to Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours in Melbourne, Australia for sending this through… The link to Antimimeticisomorphism is that if you are part of the herd, you can only expect to get average results. If you want to get extra-ordinary results in your business or career, contact us and we’ll show you how while still having fun!
We have all had to do it – suspending disbelief – when watching movies or reading fiction. Simply stated, suspension of disbelief is possible when there is enough “human interest and a semblance of truth” in a fantastic tale or movie script so that you can suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. Otherwise the illusion is shattered and the movie, story or script fall apart.
You might be wondering what this has to do with personal motivation and development.
Sometimes, a strategy, tool, tactic or technique you learn might seem “too good to be true”. Unless you suspend your disbelief, you will prevent yourself from giving it an honest ‘go’ or attempt. That suspension of disbelief is really important in nuanced situations if you are going to marshal all the power of the Law Of Attraction that NECESSITATES belief.
Can you see the circular reasoning at play here?
Herein lies the dilemma of many of the most powerful personal development strategies – they are so quick, easy and simple that UNLESS you suspend your disbelief, you simply won’t believe they will work for you and you will only prove yourself right.
And that would be wrong.
First of all, this is not a rant, but an exposé on how most people live their lives insanely…
Albert Einstein said it best when he uttered these pivotal words “Insanity is doing the SAME things over and over again, expecting a DIFFERENT result.”
Now before you get your back up and claim you’re happy and content – you’re missing the point.
I am not advocating that you are not happy or content with your life. What I am suggesting is that maybe, just maybe there is MORE for you out there…
More passion and energy for what fuels your dreams and desires.
More excitement, adventure and variety for the things you love doing.
More challenge, growth and contribution to the causes you feel most attached to.
More love, engagement and interaction with those most precious to you.
More vitality, health and fitness to live life full-on.
More of what you already have.
More of what you don’t have, but would like to have.
Not because you’re depressed or demoralised, but because you want to grow and become…
If any of this resonates with you, consider the fact that it’s all within your reach – with a simple, easy and straightforward process called New Year’s Resolutions.
Now before you frown on something as simple as this – I have a special step-by-step process that is unique, fun and special.
Click on the hyperlink to have a look at what it’s all about – BEFORE you write it off.
Too many people write themselves off before the process even starts.
Too many people would “like their lives to be better” but can’t be bothered to make the SMALL investment necessary to get a lifetime of rewards…
If you are one of these people, you have already clicked off this page and have gone on to something else…
So if you are still reading this, there is a chance you might take the first step today.
But y’know what?
The odds are you won’t.
Most people have given up – on themselves.
They have given up on their ultimate dream and destiny.
I know it sounds pessimistic, sad and cynical. It is and it’s a statistical fact.
MOST people do not achieve their dream goals or live their dream life.
Somewhere along the path, they lose their way, they lose their motivation, they lose their belief, they lose their faith.
Rarely do they seek assistance or guidance.
For some it’s an ego thing – they want to do it on their own, even if that means they will fail or come up short.
For others, they simply have no belief it’s possible – for them.
But there is a small minority of people who have not given up. That small minority still has belief that all it takes is ONE decision – ONE step and their destiny can be altered.
That’s all it takes. You know what that is – make that ONE decision that will make 2013 your best year ever and learn to do your New Year’s Resolutions in a new, fun and exciting way.
This is one of those videos you’re going to want to have your friends and family watch… There is no need to preface it other than click on the YouTube image and be amazed!
Today’s blog post is about one of those images / quotes that for me represents a much deeper meaning than the self evident message of overcoming procrastination.
Often, in life as well as your professional career, you get to a fork in the road and the two paths in front of you are perplexing, confusing and maybe even scary.
Regardless of which path you take, your life, your destiny will be altered, changed forever.
“It is in our moments of INdecision
that our destinies are destroyed.”
– Dr Marc Dussault
Take the time to re-read that.
Let it sink in and the next time you are faced with a tough or difficult decision, just fast forward 10, 20 or 30 years and ask yourself… in hindsight (from your future self), “regardless of the potential outcomes, how will I feel about NOT making this decision?”
Regardless of the potential outcomes is a key distinction. Sure we all want to make the right decisions and avoid mistakes, but he/she who decides because he must, is a courageous, brave person.
Often, we hesitate and avoid the most important decisions in our lives. A non-decision is a decision, one that may haunt you for a lifetime.
Perplexed with a tough decision, take Pablo Picasso’s advice to heart: “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” That should spur you to a more proactive decision making paradigm!
Often, decisions are avoided because of the confusion between the WHAT and the HOW of the decision. Simply put, WHAT you need to decide should be independent and separate from the HOW following the decision.
Once the WHAT has been decided, the HOW will find a way. Where there’s a will, there’s a way…
But first you must commit 1,000% to the WHAT.
Easier said than done.
First, let me say that I am not a pessimist nor a fatalist. However, I do believe in what I call having 20/20 foresight. When it comes to life, we all know we’re going to die, it’s just a question of how and when. Here’s the thing about not facing your mortality: You might not have as much time as you think OR WORSE, the people you care most about may have less than time than you would like.
After the fact, it’s too late.
After the fact, you can’t do anything about it.
Now, you can. I suggest you listen to the top 5 regrets of the dying to make the most of your life – what’s left of it, which when you think about it – it’s all of it because you CAN’T GO BACK…
I want to thank Mark Mackenzie of The Graffiti Eaters for sending this article to me. He’s an ambitious high achiever who places his family as his top priority, so I know he takes these recommendations to heart as I hope you will too.
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
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Today’s video was sent to me by a client, FinPacific who provides financial treasury management software solutions to medium and large businesses. They have a corporate culture based on authenticity, congruency and honesty that is truly remarkable. It did not surprise me that they would have come across this incredibly inspirational video of a 15 year-old girl. You simply have to start watching and you’ll find yourself mesmerised by her wisdom, maturity and eloquence. She can teach us all a few life lessons!
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http://www.INKtalks.com Like Voltaire, she believes a shipwreck gives us an opportunity to sing in the life boats. Little Aisha Chaudhary, the first INK Youth Fellow, teaches us a big lesson even as she is battling a life-threatening medical condition. All of 15, Aisha has taught herself to paint, take pictures, run with her dog and dance at her cousin’s wedding, not just once but twice. Aisha learned art at the American Embassy School. “You live every moment twice, once in your mind and once when you actually live it,” she said to a standing ovation.
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Before you read what’s next, you need to know I have been fortunate not to have had any significant family tragedies and dramas. You also should know I live halfway around the world from family and friends when I left North America to live in Sydney, Australia over a decade ago.
Over the years, I have traveled around-the-world dropping by my home town of Montreal (and Toronto) to see friends and family. I don’t know about you, but time sure seems to have a way of passing quickly as we get older…
Anyway, in recent years, I’ve lost some dear friends to breast cancer and other ailments and they’ve all shared the same realisations, understanding, philosophy that the metaphoric parable below illustrates so well.
Do with it what you may, but rest assured of one thing:
Something left unsaid is something left undone.
My rule of thumb is simple. If you can live with taking it to your grave with it unsaid, that’s OK, otherwise get in touch and tell those closest and dearest to you how you feel. I promise you it will be life changing.
If you need a little motivation to have the guts to open your heart (and mouth), go out and rent or buy the movie City Of Angels starring Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage. I am sure it will convince you of the risk of counting on a second chance to make things right.
A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, When 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two beers story. It goes like this.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full?
The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed!
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
The sand is everything else – the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children.
Spend time with your parents.
Visit with grandparents.
Take your spouse/partner out to dinner.
Play another 18 holes of golf.
There will always be time to clean the house, fix the disposal or deal with things from your job.
Take care of the golf balls first. The things that really matter.
Set your priorities.
The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.
The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’
The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.
Please share this with someone you care about, send them the link to this blog post,
it might just change their lives, it sure has mine.
When you stop chasing the wrong things you give
the right things a chance to catch you.
As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
We’re on the eve of the 2012 London Olympics when the very best athletes converge on London to put it all on the line.
For many, it’s the make-or-break moment of their (athletic) careers yet it’s been easier for them to train than the average person.
Let me explain.
Olympians have a 4-year timeline to work towards. It’s a FIXED DATE with FIXED RULES. That’s what makes it “easy”.
Everyday people don’t have that level of focus and accountability. They just live their lives, one day at a time not recognising that each day is either SPENT or INVESTED.
Olympic athletes know all too well that not only are the Olympics only once every 4 years, their biological clocks are ticking down every single day.
So what can YOU learn from Olympic athletes?
Imagine holding yourself to an Olympic ideal from this day forward – WOW!
Does all this sound a little daunting?
It is. And it’s why there are so few “Olympic” level successes in the world – most people just don’t want “it” bad enough.
Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use.
However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules.
The first set of rules would be:
Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
You may only spend it.
Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.
The second set of rules:
The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Its over, the game is over!” It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted right?
Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right?
Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?
ACTUALLY This GAME is REALITY!
Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can’t seem to see it.
The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!
Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.
What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost.
Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time….WITHOUT WARNING.
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in money
Think about that, and always think of this:
Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.
So take care of yourself, be Happy, Love Deeply and enjoy life!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.
Thank you to Brendan Rigby from Inspire Fitness in Melbourne.
As a reader and/or subscriber of my blog, you know one of the foundational principles of personal mastery is what I call the 1 Percent Improvement Doctrine. It’s simple enough to understand, but one of our Melbourne-based clients, Frank Unger, has taken it to a new level that I’m sure is going to be an inspiration to participants of our Best Year Ever Program. You’ll want to read his brief summary of what it took to achieve this incredible feat… click on the links below!
Frank went from 108 kilos to 84.5 kilos via the Max Challenge Muscle UP Challenge losing 13 kilos in 11 weeks!
Click here for Frank Unger’s Max Challenge Profile
Click here for Frank Unger’s Facebook link to the event
There are many times when you do stuff that needs to be done, for all the right reasons and no one is there to applaud you. No one celebrates a non-failure.
That’s why politicians are so reluctant to err on the side or PREVENTION – they would rather deal with a CLEANUP effort than a costly avoidance of a catastrophe.
For example,the Brisbane CBD flood that could have been avoided/substantially reduced with advance minor flooding instead of the disaster it was.
In personal development (and sports mental toughness) it’s a hard concept for MOST people to understand.
MOST people are NOT champions. MOST people are CARIBOU, happy to be in the herd and not have to deal with extreme emotions and THANKLESS efforts.
That’s where maturity and self-knowledge comes in. Doing what’s right and necessary rather than what’s “quick and easy”.
I see it often with parents and their kids. The kid pulls a tantrum and they give in to the “easy” solution.
In one case, a friend gave in to his single daughter’s pleas to sleep in their bed on a REGULAR basis until she was more than 8 years old – all because he didn’t want to deal with ONE WEEK OF WEANING HER OFF THE HABIT (and deal with the nightly tantrums…)
An ounce of perspiration is worth a gallon of blood.
You have no one applauding your efforts – YOU NEVER WILL.
It’s sad. It’s not fair. It’s life.
It’s why CARIBOU stay in the herd. It’s easier not to venture out.
I know this doesn’t really help motivate you, it just explains that there is NO MOTIVATION coming.
You have to be INTRINSICALLY MOTIVATED (from within).
If not, you’ll eventually lose your drive and determination.
You need to believe it’s all worth it.
When you lose that belief, then it all unravels pretty quickly.
Don’t hold on for that reason. Hold on BECAUSE you know this patch of S_ _ T HAPPENING is temporary.
It can and will get better – everything happens in waves. Right now, you might be at the bottom (or near it).
That means there is only one way —- UP!
Stick with what you’re doing and it’ll be a great story to remind yourself of the perseverance, tenacity and devotion you had – to yourself, your ideals, principles and your family.
That’s why you want to do this – BECAUSE IT’S WHO YOU ARE.
You would not want to be anything less.
The ultimate YOU you can be.
Someone to be proud of.
A legacy no one can ever take away from you.
A legacy that will continue to pay off for a lifetime and BEYOND – because it does and WILL have an impact on your family, friends and acquaintances.
You are the start of the ripple that affects the universe.
Stick with your plan and tap into your personal power.
You Are The Voice.
You Will Lead Not Follow,
You Will Believe Not Doubt,
You Will Create Not Destroy,
You Are A Leader.
That is a saying I overheard recently that is so powerful it’s all I really have to say.
Think about what your means are and if you’re living at, below or above them.
Then think about your needs – what are they really? Are they reasonable? Excessive? Low? High?
I teach a concept called Voluntary Simplexity… This is one of the foundational principles.
“Live below your means, above your needs.”
I know you enjoy this series of Antimimeticisomorphism examples… Here’s another one for you – a Super Slim House In Tokyo Japan where space is at a premium! Click on the photo to see more views of the house – truly incredible what can be done when forced to MAXIMISE space!
We just staged our Platinum Program Event – Personal Productivity Principles event and we’re staging The Exponential Extravaganza in a few weeks where we’ll get into the details of what the following table means… The thing is time is the great equalizer – everyone of us has the same 168 hours in a week, it’s what we do with those hours that separates the successful from the also-rans. I know it’s harsh, but it’s true.
If you can’t master your time, you become a slave to the clock – your business (or boss’) clock, your home (wife’s/husband’s) clock and of course the ever-present biological clock!
One of the most powerful and liberating things you can learn is TIME MANAGEMENT – but you need a holistic, purpose-driven approach that ensures you attain life-work balance without compromising your goals, dreams and aspirations.
Easier said than done, I know. That’s why I’d like you to come to The Exponential Extravaganza to explore Exponential Mindset Thinking as an alternative to a stress-filled week of unmet deadlines and never-ending to do lists.
In the meantime, which one of these are you? Monochronic or polychronic?
you’ll have to attend The Exponential Extravaganza to learn what you need to work on – DEPENDING on which type of person you are.
Do you have your own list of Money Facts? If you’d like to share, please send them by placing a comment below (which will be confidential) and we’ll contact you directly to exchange emails.
We all have aging parents and/or relatives. Just the thought of Alzheimer’s affecting them can be quite traumatic.
“The idea that Alzheimer’s is entirely genetic and unpreventable is perhaps the greatest misconception about the disease,” says Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Center on Aging. Researchers now know that Alzheimer’s, like heart disease and cancer, develops over decades and can be influenced by lifestyle factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, depression, education, nutrition, sleep and mental, physical and social activity.
The big news: Mountains of research reveals that simple things you do every day might cut your odds of losing your mind to Alzheimer’s.
In search of scientific ways to delay and outlive Alzheimer’s and other dementias, the following suggestions are excerpted from Jean Carper’s newest book: “100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s”. She tracked down thousands of studies and interviewed dozens of experts. Here are 10 strategies that you might find most surprising.
Now Alzheimer’s isn’t just a disease that starts in old age. What happens to your child’s brain seems to have a dramatic impact on his or her likelihood of Alzheimer’s many decades later. Here are five things you can do now to help save your child from Alzheimer’s and memory loss later in life, according to the latest research.
Andrew Powell of Montreal, Canada sent me the video below.
It’s such a good example of antimimeticisomorphism that I had to share it with you.
For me, what I found astonishing is how I never would have thought it would be valuable to have such a limited ‘tool’ – until I realised the immense power of its simplicity and the huge reach such simplicity gives it – making it totally exponential!
For more information, go to http://www.nokero.com/blog/ or http://www.ompt.org/
A lot of people ask me what the difference is between antimimeticisomorphism and thinking outside the box. The most expedient response is that outside the box thinking presupposes there is a box. Even Edward De Bono’s Lateral Thinking concept assumes a datum reference way of thing.
Antimimeticisomorphism has no such preconditions. The only constraint is that it be focused on a predetermined outcome, goal or target, otherwise it has no purpose, direction or vector in which to point.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for creative thinking and expression, by antimimeticisomorphism has a very pragmatic role. Its definition makes that crystal clear:
is having fun
doing out-of-the-ordinary things
that create extra-ordinary results
with the least amount of effor
and lowest cost
If you want to see examples of antimimeticisomorphism in action, click on the following hyperlinks to access:
The antimimeticisomorphism video
The antimimeticisomorphism website
A secret antimimeticisomorphism website with cool photos and videos
Antimimeticisomorphism blog posts
As one of the chosen ones in the movie The Matrix explained to Neo “There is no spoon.”
We’ve all tried to fix things that are beyond our capabilities… Some of us more than others…
Ray Keefe, an electronics engineer based in Melbourne sent me the flowchart below. I thought it was funny enough to share with you. Ray and I are both engineers so we can laugh at this and ourselves.
David Conroy, of The Lone Drainer And Pronto – Sydney’s premier plumber doesn’t find it as funny since he and his team often have to repair what you’ve fixed!
Regardless, have a quick look and don’t laugh too hard!
For more engineering humour like this, <- click here!
There are few blog posts that need no introduction or explanation. This is one of them – Enjoy!
At the beginning of the year, I blogged about my yoga class being full because people started their New Year’s Resolutions… We’re not even into March and my yoga class is essentially ‘empty’.
There’s no surprise, most people just don’t commit to their goals and therefore never realise their ultimate dreams or destinies.
I used to think it was sad, but no longer.
People who don’t want to commit to any level of discipline aren’t committed enough, don’t want it enough to bother so they haven’t lost anything of value because if it was valuable to them, they’d do something about it… Or so you’d think!
There is nothing wrong with settling for mediocrity – that’s where most people are – the average, the mean, median.
That’s where the NORMAL probability distribution curve’s name comes from.
It’s called NORMAL for a reason.
In fact, the curve kinda looks like a few of the people who were in yoga class, lying on their backs, at the beginning of the year… But I digress…
To get extra-ordinary results means you have to do what others aren’t willing to do.
Go to yoga class, go for a run, get to the gym, get on your bike, have a swim… Do something that will get you moving TOWARDS your goal/outcome/dream.
The great news IF you do actually show up and do ‘something’ – is that it gets easier. First of all, like in yoga class – 2/3 of the people are no longer attending. That puts you in the top 1/3 JUST BY SHOWING UP.
Within 3 to 4 weeks (experts claim it takes “21 days” to change a habit) you’ll start to feel, think and act differently – as if by magic.
But y’know what? I won’t waste your time or mine – you know where you’re at.
If you’re at the top end of the probability distribution curve – you’ll click on the hyperlink to determine how to make THIS YEAR YOUR BEST YEAR EVER!
If you’re in the BLUE ZONE of the curve above, all of this falls on deaf ears and you’ll just click away on to another page (if you haven’t already), chase another thought or idea and not following it up with any action.
Don’t worry, you’re in good company – MOST PEOPLE are dabblers. They fool themselves by starting a whole bunch of things, never finishing or following through on any of them so they FEEL like they’re doing something, but it’s all a waste of time, money and effort.
How do you STOP IT?
You just don’t do it.
It’s rare that one image “says” it all… This is one of them… Enjoy!
As a subscriber to this blog, you know by now that one of my foundational principles is called Exponential Mindset Thinking, which means…
doing out-of-the-ordinary things
that create extra-ordinary results
with the least amount of effort
and lowest cost
The video below is just another example of how you can have FUN with concepts like this – to brighten up people’s lives with a little humour.
I know it sounds trite that “life’s too short to be too serious”, but it’s true. Too many people take business way too seriously.
As I’ve said many times, there is a balance between humour/fun and ‘official’ business, but WITHOUT ANY humour or fun, there is NO balance.
Just start thinking of ways to lighten things up – I am sure you’ll come with something…
Whenever a poor person or to be politically correct a non-wealthy person starts to whinge about how rich people get rich, I often get my back up. That’s because being rich or wealthy is no different than being poor or destitute. You have to work at it. Poor doesn’t just happen, you have to DO certain things or NOT DO certain things to become and STAY poor.
Let me give you an example from an email I received – from an investment advisor (to the rich and wealthy)…
When you are next at a dinner party and the conversation slows, ask your fellow diners what is the all-time closing high of the Dow Jones Industrial Average?
The answer is 14,164, hit on the 9th of October 2007.
To keep the conversation going, then ask them what percentage the Dow is current below that record closing high and then what percentage it is above its Global Financial Crisis (GFC) low.
The answer is -10.2% and +93%.
I believe most people who aren’t as close to equity markets as the readers of these notes would be stunned to know the Dow is only -10% below its all-time high and +93% above its GFC low.
I realise there is a big business in the scaring the hell out of uneducated investors, but I believe over the short, medium and long term all those who have capitulated from equities to less volatile, yet grossly overpriced “safe” asset classes, will regret it in an absolute and real return sense.
I have seen others describe the switch from equities to other “less volatile” asset classes as “asset allocation”. That’s a very convenient way of describing what is a classic capitulation, but particularly by those approaching retirement who believe they are protecting their lifestyle expectations.
However, at the end of the day all investors must do what they are comfortable with. I have no issue with that and perhaps my relative youth leads me to be far more risk tolerant and volatility tolerant than my investment strategy writing peers.
Interesting perspective isn’t it?
I’ve been advocating alternative investments to create wealth and abundance for years – with a contrarian approach that is endorsed by none other than Warren Buffett.
Of course the poor person might shout as loud as he/she can that it’s the perspective of a BILLIONAIRE… But how does one BECOME a billionaire?
Hmmm… Something to think about.
I just wanted to share this with you because when it’s all said and done, if you do what everyone else does, you get the same results they do – AVERAGE RETURNS.
To get BETTER results, you have to think differently. It’s what I call antimimeticisomorphism.
If you want to determine your Next Best Step, click on the hyperlink… There are a handful of financial advice bonuses available for you.
I’ve blogged about Professor Dr Malcolm Simons on this and other blogs several times. I am sad to say Malcolm passed away on 25 January 2012, at 10.14 pm.
He was surrounded by family and friends and achieved his wish to die peacefully and with dignity. He did this (as always) on his own terms, and those with him felt privileged to witness such a beautiful exit.
While his family is heart-broken and will miss him terribly, they are extremely proud of him. As Mal’s life was lived almost entirely in overdrive, with such passion and untiring focus, none of us really believed in our heart of hearts that he’d achieve the serene departure we were honored to be part of.
We invite you to the celebration of Malcolm’s life at 10.30am, on Thursday, February 2, at the Katsumata Centre at Kardinia International College, Geelong. Further funeral details will follow. See Saturday’s Age and Geelong Advertiser.
Love Ann and Family”
Please click here to access a Legacy Interview I recorded with Malcolm only a few short months ago, on 11 November 2011.
There is an audio recording you can download as well as a word-for-word transcript. It is Malcolm’s gift, part of his enduring legacy.
I just got back from my yoga class – it was full. Must be a New Year…
Lots of people TRYING to make a change, based on their New Year’s Resolutions…
What’s too bad is most will stop coming to class – probably before the end of January.
Not surprisingly, 88 percent of New Year’s Resolutions fail. Alarmingly, research shows that 25% of 1 out of every 4 people give up in the first WEEK.
Whether it’s yoga, a new diet (even though I don’t believe in diets) or something else, the odds are against you achieving your goals or dreams.
You need a SYSTEM, a PROCESS to take the guesswork out of it.
Too many people think that luck and chance are cornerstones of ‘success, wealth and happiness’… Even though luck and fate do have a role, the question is simple:
Are you the type of person who makes things happen?
Or are you a person that things happen to?
Out of the 20 ‘newbies’ at yoga today, only 1 will make it past the initial introductory period.
Of course for some, yoga’s not for them, I get that, but for the majority who do want the benefits of yoga – they’re just not going to make it. That is the fate of the majority of the population – it’s inertia that’s hard to overcome. Most succumb to its force – I call it the Vortex Of Mediocrity.
Will 2012 be your best year ever?
Why not this year? It’s a leap year – you have an extra 24 hours to make it happen!
Click here to make 2012 “My Best Year Ever“
There is no doubt about it, New Year’s Resolutions are a powerful tool to achieve goals, yet only a few follow up and follow through on their resolutions…
Why is that?
One simple reason is that most people forget that decisions are made every minute of every day and they add up at the end of the week/month/year.
Non-decisions are the same – the decision NOT made to put your runners on to go for a run. The decision NOT to turn down the (extra) piece of pie. The decision NOT to get up early.
“It is in the moments of INdecision
that dreams are destroyed.” – Dr Marc Dussault
If you made a list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 – take them out right now and re-commit yourself to following through.
If you’re not motivated – the problem is you have impotent goals.
You need something that will MOTIVATE, INSPIRE and MOVE YOU TO ACTION.
Pick something exciting, but within the realm of possibility – something you can really get enthused about – something that would CHANGE you and your life.
I know too many “people who end up where they don’t want to be” simply through lack of planning and commitment.
No decision IS a decision – it’s the worst one of all – one made by someone else for all the wrong reasons.
There is no joy in living a life by default.
To live a life by design, you need to know what YOU want and desire.
By NOT deciding, all you’re doing is letting yourself down – no one cares that you don’t make a decision. That’s why it’s so easy.
One day leads to a week then to a month and before you know it, another year has passed. If you get lulled into complacency, a whole decade can pass you buy.
Don’t just sit there – do something!
If you didn’t create a list of New Year’s Resolutions – do it now!
Today’s collection of time honored truths is courtesy of Angela Muzyczka of Sydney’s Adult Shop in the CBD. They are a priceless source of comic relief that I know you’ll want to forward on to friends and family!
Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things.
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.
One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.
To be intoxicated is to feel sophisticated but not be able to say it.
The older you get, the better you realize you were.
I doubt, therefore I might be.
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
More Time Honored Truths
If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
If God dropped acid, would he see people?
If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?
If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?
If work is so terrific, how come they have to pay you to do it?
If you’re born again, do you have two bellybuttons?
If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
Why is it called tourist season if we can’t shoot at them?
Even More Time Honored Truths
Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?
Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
If you ate pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?
A fool and his money are soon partying.
Women like silent men, they think they’re listening.
Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
Why is it called tourist season if we can’t shoot at them?
Do pediatricians play miniature golf on Wednesdays?
Just to be antimimeticisomorphic, my Happy New Year wishes will be in multiple languages, courtesy of Rakesh Kumar who sent them to me via Linked In.
Afgani Saale Nao Mubbarak
Afrikaans Gelukkige nuwe jaar
Albanian Gezuar Vitin e Ri
Armenian Snorhavor Nor Tari
Arabic Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair
Assyrian Sheta Brikhta
Bengali Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Bulgarian ×åñòèòà Íîâà Ãîäèíà(pronounced “Chestita Nova Godina”)
Cambodian Soursdey Chhnam Tmei
Chinese Xin Nian Kuai Le
Croatian Sretna Nova godina!
Czech Štastný Nový rok ( Stastny Novy rok)
Denish Godt Nytår
Dutch GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR!
English Happy New Year
Eskimo Kiortame pivdluaritlo
Esperanto Felican Novan Jaron
Ethiopian: MELKAM ADDIS AMET YIHUNELIWO!
Ethiopian RUHUS HADUSH AMET
Finnish Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French Bonne Annee
German Prosit Neujahr
Georgian GILOTSAVT AKHAL TSELS!
Greek Kenourios Chronos
Gujarati Nutan Varshbhinandan
Hebrew L’Shannah Tovah
Hindi Naye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen
Hong kong (Cantonese) Sun Leen Fai Lok
Hungarian Boldog Új Évet Kivánok
Indonesian Selamat Tahun Baru
Iranian Sal -e- no mobarak
Iraqi Sanah Jadidah
Irish Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian Felice anno nuovo
Japan Akimashite Omedetto Gozaimasu
Kannada Hosa Varushadha Shubhashayagalu
Korea Saehae Bock Mani ba deu sei yo!
Lithuanian Laimingu Naujuju Metu
Madagascar Tratry ny taona
Marathi Nveen Varshachy Shubhechcha
Malayalam Puthuvatsara Aashamsakal
Nepal Nawa Barsha ko Shuvakamana
Oriya Nua Barshara Subhechha
Persian Sal -e- no mobarak
Philippines Manigong Bagong Taon!
Portuguese Feliz Ano Novo
Punjabi Nave sal di mubarak
Romanian AN NOU FERICIT
Russian S Novim Godom
Sindhi Nayou Saal Mubbarak Hoje
Singhalese Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Spanish “Feliz Año Nuevo”
Tamil Eniya Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal
Telugu Noothana samvatsara shubhakankshalu
Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Urdu Naya Saal Mubbarak Ho
Vietnamese Chuc Mung Tan Nien
If you didn’t already know, most of the cells in your body will regenerate themselves within the next 12 months, which means you’ll have a brand new body – literally…
Though you can’t see it happening, every minute of the day we lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells off the surface of our skin. So just in the time it took you to read this far, you’ve probably lost about 20,000 cells.
That’s almost 9 pounds (4 kilograms) of cells every year! But don’t think your skin might wear out someday. Your epidermis is always making new skin cells that rise to the top to replace the old ones. Most of the cells in your epidermis (95%) work to make new skin cells.
The question is – which (new) body do you want?
Given the choice, which one would you prefer?
Here’s the thing – you have the choice… Click on the image to see how you can have a great ‘new body’ in 2012!
Deciding or NOT deciding are both decisions. One gets you the body you want, the other well…
New Year’s Resolutions are one of the easiest ways to set the wheels of success in motion. They can be the catalyst to create your ultimate dream destiny…
What if… your childhood dreams actually came true…
What if… you could wave a magic wand and get anything you want…
What if… you could rub Aladdin’s Lamp and get any 3 wishes granted…
Those are two very powerful words.
Here’s the thing. Some people get what they want while others don’t.
What if… you could learn how to accomplish all your goals?
What if… it took less than 5 minutes a week to implement?
What if… the strategies were proven and tested?
What if… they cost LESS than going to McDonald’s?
Just let yourself imagine those words.
Let your thoughts wander.
Listen to what you would say in the privacy of your own mind.
Feel what it would be like to have those things most important to you.
What if… You believed it was possible.
What if… You learned the strategies, techniques and tips you need.
What if… You applied them, one day at a time.
What if… You achieved one goal, then another, then another.
How different would your life be?
How much more could you do and contribute to others?
What if… you had a system to make them all come true?
What if… I gave you the link – would you make 2012 your best year ever?
Why not give yourself this Christmas gift?
The graphic for today’s blog post was contributed by Andrew Powell of Montreal, Canada. It’s brilliant don’t you think?
Are you ready to take A Short Neurological Test? Angela Muzyczka supplied this one – it’s worth focusing for the next 60 seconds…
1- Find the C below.. Please do not use any cursor help.
2- If you already found the C, now find the 6 below.
3 – Now find the N below. It’s a little more difficult.
This is NOT a joke. If you were able to pass these 3 tests, you can cancel your annual visit to your neurologist. Your brain is great and you’re far from having a close relationship with Alzheimer.
eonvrye that can raed this rsaie your hnad.
To my ‘selected’ strange-minded friends:
If you can read the following paragraph, forward it on to your friends and the person that sent it to you with ‘yes’ in the subject line.
Only great minds can read this
This is weird, but interesting!
If you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid too
Can you raed this? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.
I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Want To Understand The European Debt Crisis?
Mary is the proprietor of a bar in Dublin.
She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar.
To solve this problem, she comes up with a new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).
Word gets around about Mary’s “drink now, pay later” marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Mary’s bar.
Soon she has the largest sales volume of any bar in Dublin.
By providing her customers freedom from immediate payment demands, Mary gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages.
Consequently, Mary’s gross sales volume increases massively.
A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognizes that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Mary’s borrowing limit.
He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral.
At the bank’s corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS, ALCOBONDS and PUKEBONDS.
These securities are then bundled and traded on international security markets.
Naive investors don’t really understand that the securities being sold to them as AAA secured bonds are really the debts of unemployed alcoholics.
Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb, and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation’s leading brokerage houses.
One day, even though the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Mary’s bar. He so informs Mary.
Mary then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but being unemployed alcoholics they cannot pay back their drinking debts.
Since, Mary cannot fulfill her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy.
The bar closes and the eleven employees lose their jobs.
Overnight, DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS drop in price by 90%.
The collapsed bond asset value destroys the banks liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community.
The suppliers of Mary’s bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms’ pension funds in the various BOND securities.
They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds. Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.
Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multi-billion euro no-strings attached cash infusion from their cronies in Government.
The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers who have never been in Mary’s bar.
Now, that’s current economics, explained simply !
Thank you Farhad Khurshed for this brilliant analysis/explanation!
This is another example of what I love about the Internet – the creativity and innovation it has spawned and continues to inspire is truly enlightening to say the least.
When you click on the URL below, you will see two unique clocks, with men marching in perfect time.
Click anywhere in the clock and it becomes digital, another click and it returns to a normal clock with hours minutes and seconds.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW
to see this amazing clock!
I just finished the Biography of Steve Jobs – I bought the iBook version and read it on my iPhone (3G, upgraded to the new OS5). I have to admit, the iPhone is a great reading device – with the thin columns, it’s easy to speed read and so convenient to fill in gaps when waiting for someone or something and there’s nothing else to do…
I highly recommend it if you want to get into the mindset of a genius. I wouldn’t advise you mirror his abrasive, self-centered and egotistical personality traits, but then he’s got a lot of great characteristics and superb talents for you to choose from!
Anyway, this collection of cartoons honoring Steve Jobs was sent to me by Karen Bonanno, a School Library Management System Specialist.
Thanks Karen for sharing.
It’s quite a legacy he leaves behind – kind of makes you reflect on your own legacy doesn’t it?
Today’s blog post says it better than (most) words ever could.
Life is to be lived, shared and enjoyed with others. Enough said.
Here I am in front of my beautiful 27″ iMac and I am still in shock. I can’t believe Steve Jobs died. 56 years old. It’s not fair. The world still needs him. His family still needs him. He did so much good so many. It’s just not fair…
I have been blessed with very little tragedy in my life/family, which is one of the reasons deaths like this hit me so hard.
He believed in a vision for the world and created magic. Mac-gic that we fell in love with. Magic that is timeless and now his legacy.
Which brings me to today’s topic.
What is YOUR LEGACY?
What will you leave behind when you leave this earth?
What will people say/think/feel about WHO you were and what you DID?
This is a day to reflect on it.
Tomorrow is the day to set your new path.
Steve would want you to explore your ultimate dreams and aspirations – he certainly did, all the way to the very end.
The Michael Jackson trial is going on in the United States, at the center of it all is Michael’s long-term battle with insomnia (among other ailments).
Sleep deprivation is considered a form of torture which tells you how important it actually is.
That being said, not many people take it seriously as a performance enhancer or inhibitor.*
As a public speaker, I see it all the time at seminars, workshops and events. People drifting off – not because of the content, but because they are dead tired.
They openly acknowledge lack of sleep and on-going fatigue… Yet very few deal with it, claiming there is too much to do, not enough time.
Today, I just wanted to share with you an infographic that is a great reminder of the importance of good, sound sleep.
Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.
All elite athletes recognise the importance of sleep and recovery. There is a balance to be achieved and it’s different for each person and it varies from season to season and at different times in your life. One thing is for sure – it is either enhancing your performance (in business, sport, life) or inhibiting it.
Simple as that.
Think about it – in fact, sleep on it and let me know what you think tomorrow morning.
Have you ever seen a ‘still’ photo move? Artists develop amazing cinemagraphs that take ‘stills’ to the next level. It is, in their own words, ‘something more than a photo but less than a video’. This submission is courtesy of Farhad Khurshed, a professional copywriter.
Two artists have created a new way to to record your special moments – pictures with movement. The ‘cinemagraphs’ look like still photos but actually feature a subtle area of movement designed to grab your eye and keep you looking. The effect is slightly eerie – but utterly captivating.
Hair-raising: Cinemagraphs may look like stills, but they feature a subtle area of movement designed to grab your eye.
These animated photos are the work of Jamie Beck (pictured) and her fellow artist Kevin Burg.
The picture of photographer Jamie Beck, one of the two behind the project, leaps off the screen when her hair starts to blow in a breeze. Miss Beck has worked with motion graphics artist Kevin Burg to make the cinemagraphs by using GIFs, a type of picture format similar to a JPEG which has been around since the invention of home computers.
Only now with broadband Internet are they bringing it to life with a startling effect. ‘Our cinemagraphs are a way of adding motion to a still image,’ Miss Beck said.
Turning a page: The cinemagraphs work by using GIFs, a type of picture format similar to a JPEG which has been around since the invention of home computers but has come into its own with broadband Internet.
In one shot of a crowded square, bodies are frozen in time, but one man quietly turns the pages of his newspaper.
Another photo of a restaurant terrace is brought to life by the reflection of a taxi going past in the window.
Not as simple as they look: The more complex animated photos take the artists an entire day to pull together. In most cases, she shoots the photos and Mr Burg adds on motion-graphics over several hours of painstaking editing. The more complex ones take an entire day to pull together.
New York-based Miss Beck told The Atlantic magazine: ‘There’s something magical about a still photograph – a captured moment in time – that can simultaneously exist outside the fraction of a second the shutter captures. ‘We feel there are many exciting applications for this type of moving image.
‘There’s movement in everything and by capturing that plus the great things about a still photograph you get to experience what a video has to offer without the time commitment a video requires.’ She added that sharing websites such as Tumblr have been essential for helping them publish their work and getting them an audience.
Eerie effect: Cinemagraphs are calming to watch as only one area moves – and they are silent
Don’t read this blog post until you’ve read part one. This is the ANSWER to last week’s test. CLICK HERE to determine if you can think creatively, out of the box.
The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.
“Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”
Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Most complex problems do have a solution, sometimes we have to think about them in a different way.
Think you can think out of the box, laterally, creatively? Hmm… Let’s test you!
Many hundreds of years ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant’s beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchant’ debt if he could marry the merchant’s daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. The cunning money lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter.
The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender’s wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.
They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the merchant’s garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.
Now, imagine you were standing in the merchant’s garden. What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her? Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:
Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and logical thinking. The girl’s dilemma cannot be solved with traditional logical thinking.
Think of the consequences if she chooses the logical answers.
What would you recommend the girl do?
Just in case you think your personal finances are in bad shape, have a look at the US DEBT CLOCK. This is why the global markets are in turmoil and governments struggling under the debt load.
I previously blogged about a conspiracy theory about Lincoln and Kennedy – here’s another one that’s equally creative. Enjoy!
Dai Haifei, a 24-year-old architect in Beijing, China, found an ingenious solution to live rent-free. He built himself a mobile egg-shaped house that is powered by the sun. The 6-foot-high structure, which is small enough to fit on a sidewalk, is made of bamboo strips, wood chippings, sack bags, and grass seed that’s expected to grow in the spring. The pod features a solar panel on the roof that powers a lamp in the cozy space. The house cost around $1,000 to build (6427 yen), according to China Daily. It seems Haifei has taken the trend of living in tiny spaces to a whole new level and is definitely another case study example of antimimeticisomorphism in action!
As part of the antimimeticisomorphism series, I am constantly looking for fresh new ideas. Today’s video is a bike or stairmaster – you decide!
Today’s image is spectacular… Every once in a while, it’s worth taking a break just to admire the view… Even though it may not always be this magnificent!
The intrigue with this video is the size, level of detail and authenticity the artist is able to capture – truly a trip back to yesteryear and proof positive that the human imagination is literally boundless in its creative possibilities and talents!
This is so out-there, you have to see it to believe it. Posing With Potholes. Who wooda thunk it?
You have to admit – it’s pretty darn original!
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I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories, but every once in a while a fun one crosses my desk and is worth sharing. This one was totally new to me. Enjoy!
This is a great example of what out-of-the-box thinking can do… Enjoy!
This video has become a YouTube sensation. I include it here just in case you’re one of the 10 people on the planet who hasn’t seen it. Even if you have seen it, have a quick look – it never loses it’s appeal!
Farhard Khurshed, a professional copywriter sent me this. It kind of makes you wonder…
This year we will experience 4 unusual dates….
1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 …
NOW go figure this out….
Take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it WILL EQUAL TO 111.
Hmmm… Something to think about!
This is a classic motivational story worth sharing…
I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job, a flat tyre made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one-ton truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.
On arriving he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked towards the front door, he paused briefly at a tree, touching the tips of the tree. When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation.
His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.
Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing’s for sure, those troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children.
So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them. Then in the morning I pick them up again.
“Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”
While driving around, I spotted this vanity plate and the setting was perfect…
I thought it would be a great visual to ask you the question “Do you feel lucky?”
If you don’t feel lucky, why not? You can create your own luck when you adopt Exponential Mindset Thinking™.
As Norman Vincent Peale professed “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Feeling angry, envious or resentful toward someone who appears “luckier” than you is not the way to be successful.
What you want to do is getting into the right “mindspace” and manifest those things you want – FIRST by BELIEVING they can happen.
Then by MAKING them happen.
It’s what I do for my clients – creating success with a work-life balance approach that doesn’t compromise your RESULTS.
What I like about this series is that there is always something fresh, new and exciting to share with you – like today’s video – spray on clothing… Yep! Believe it.
This series of blog posts spotlighting examples of antimimeticisomorphism are aimed at triggering your Reticular Activation System (RAS) to seek out and find similar examples that can help you grow your business, advance your career and/or improve your life(style). When you do come across something that is truly out-of-the-ordinary, please pay it forward by sharing it with me so I can keep this going indefinitely.
A friend of mine just made the cover of the Chinese Journal Of Cancer Dr Malcom Simons. I’ve blogged about his inspirational perspective several times on this and other blogs.
The cover portrait entitled, “Dr DNA”, is of Professor Malcolm James Simons. Born in 1939 in New Zealand, Simons was Director of the WHO Immunology Research & Training Centre, University of Singapore, from 1970 to 1976, during which time he established an HLA genetic laboratory for Chinese, Malays, and Indians and discovered HLA genetic associations with diseases including nasopharyngeal carcinoma and hepatitis B-associated hepatocyte carcinoma.
Perhaps best known as the inventor of the 1989/90 “junk DNA” patents that found diagnostic value for genome-wide association studies in non-coding DNA, Simons created another suite of far-reaching patents on single chromosome analysis of linear DNA and of epigenetic haplotypes starting in 2005.
In 1979, Simons and his life-long colleague, Brian Tait, were the first foreigners to conduct an HLA and NPC Workshop in China at the Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center. In 2010, now a visiting professor in the same university, Simons is bringing a lifetime of experience to HLA and whole-genome data analysis of NPC that he expects will reveal hitherto-unrecognised genetic characteristics.
Simons is eight years out from a diagnosis of the currently incurable cancer multiple myeloma. During this time, he has continued working throughout his various treatments. As befits an indomitable spirit with a formidable focus, Simons has been even more productive, using the cancer as a means of reevaluating his life, researching, and developing another biotechnology company.
The cover portrait, created by Ann Abrahmsen, an artist and Simons’ wife, shows him serene yet slightly quizzical, surrounded by a sea of DNA printouts, his hands at rest, and his contribution to the work complete. To read his latest editorial and related manuscripts in this issue of the Chinese Journal of Cancer, please see pages 79-123.
The New Year is one of the most popular times of year for people to set goals – New Year’s Resolutions… This quote puts it all in perspective doesn’t it?
If you want a second chance at THIS year’s New Year’s Resolutions <- Click here.
“I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations
with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is
because escape is easier than change.”
- Jim Rohn
This quote was provided to me by the Gourmet Guardian, Gavin Buckett.
When I saw this, I just couldn’t resist – who thinks of this stuff?!?!?
Every 823 years, there is a month with 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays and guess what? This January, 2011 is it!
This is the universe’s way of saying “TAKE THE TIME TO ENJOY YOURSELF, I’m giving you an extra weekend!”
Make the most (or least) of it!
If you’ve created a Fantasy board / dream board / Vision Board… Then you might want to cut and paste this photo. It’s one of the many techniques I teach clients to help them reach their goals and live their dream. It all starts in the mind – whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve… That’s classic Norman Vincent Peale positive thinking. If you come across anything else like this, of course PLEASE SHARE!
Today’s blog post was sent to me by Toni Fitzgerald of Purpose Marketing. It’s an inspirational and motivational message that is worth sharing. Download it now and share it with friends and family! If you come across anything like this, please share it with me. I have thousands of blog readers and subscribers who love to get access to stuff like this!
Click Here to download the New Year New Destiny Message in PDF format
The new year is a great time to do – New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, I have a 52-week program that can help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions more easily, but that’s not the purpose of today’s post. As author Bryce Courtenay explains in his bestseller, The Power Of One, it’s all about “One idea, one heart, one mind, one plan, one determination.”
Furthermore, “The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, often well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated. The mind is the athlete; the body is simply the means it uses to run faster or longer, jump higher, shoot straighter, kick better, swim harder, hit further, or box better. First with the head, then with the heart, you’ll be ahead from the start was more than simply mixing brains with guts. It meant thinking well beyond the powers of normal concentration and then daring your courage to follow your thoughts.”
That should be powerful enough to get you motivated to start writing your New Year’s Resolutions right now, or if you’ve already written them down, review them and take ONE action to making them a reality. Get to it!
These images were sent to me by Christine Lenghaus in Victoria. I think there are brilliant and funny. When you come across anything like this, please forward it to me and I’ll make sure I share it with as many people as possible!
This blog is all about sharing personal strategies to get life-work balance. That includes having fun with images like these – just to break the monotony of the day, spark a new idea, have a giggle. Life is too short to be too serious.
You never know who’s sitting next to you… This inspirational video was sent to be by Ioho de Beer – it’s topical for the holiday season. It reinforces the positive force that’s out there, making a difference in the world. One shopping experience at a time!
Along with the emotional toll of divorce, separating couples often face financial devastation. But there may be a simple way to avoid both – put more time in at the coalface. A new study by the Melbourne Institute found men who work long hours are no more likely to put their marriage at risk than anyone else.
Indeed, the incidence of a break-up is relatively low among couples where the man is working more than 40 hours each week.
According to the institute’s Professor Mark Wooden: “The optimal work arrangement appears to be where the man works a 41 to 49-hour week. Beyond this the risk of separation does rise, but it is still lower than for couples where the male works a 35 to 40-hour work week.”
In an environment of rising unemployment the findings may be reassuring to men who are spending more time at work in a bid to impress the boss. But while long work hours may not harm our love lives, they can certainly be detrimental to good health, especially if you’re a smoker.
The same study identified a significant association between long hours of work and smoking, but only among men. The theory goes that long hours at work act as a barrier to quitting.
Just something to think about.
Can you believe this was all found money? That’s right, just sitting there on the ground, ready to be picked up. Hundreds of dollars. My father-in-law is the one with the “eagle eye” for coins and even bills that no one else seems to see! It just proves once again… “You get what you focus on!”
New Year’s Resolutions… they are aspirational, yet often vague and almost always corrective. People promise to spend more time with family, get fit, lose weight, quit smoking, reduce debt, consume less alcohol… yet just end up cataloguing the failings of the past year. As with most customs, New Year’s Resolutions are observed in gesture only, not followed up nor followed through. It’s a reflexive act rather than one of resolution or commitment.
People have been making New Year’s Resolutions since the time of ancient Rome, when the Julian Calendar was adopted in 45 BC. January 1 was introduced as the first day of the year after the Roman God, Janus (pictured left). Janus was the God of beginnings and endings, represented with two faces looking toward the future as well as the past.
Romans, believing that the gods witnessed the failures and shortcomings of the past year made promises to rectify the situation in the next year ahead.
Not surprisingly, 88 percent of New Year’s Resolutions fail. One of the reasons is that people tend to make the same ones over and over and over again without conviction or belief they can really change. Statistically, it takes up to 10 attempts to change which is well beyond most people’s attention span let alone level of discipline to make the change a reality.
Alarmingly, research shows that 25% of 1 out of every 4 people give up in the first WEEK.
So why is the prognosis so poor? One reason is that success is limited, yet most people (wrongly) believe it is achievable (when statistically it’s not – only 1 person can win a Gold Medal amongst hundreds of competitors).
Take quitting smoking as an example: It takes 6 to 12 attempts to stop smoking. One survey in 2008 reported that only 11%, 1 out of 9, people who set that as a New Year’s Resolution achieved their goal and stopped smoking.
There is hope – people who did achieve their New Year’s Resolutions did so, on average after 6 attempts.
To achieve your New Year’s Resolutions, you need a plan, simple as that. Ideally, you write a PLEDGE to yourself and you marshall help from others close to you who can help you. For example, if you want to get fit, get a buddy to walk or run with you, play a sport… If you want to lose weight, have family members help by reducing fatty or high calorie foods.
Without a plan, it’s simple – put your list away because nothing’s going to change. The odds are stacked against you.
Of course as you’d expect, there is a way to stack the odds in your favour… CLICK HERE -> To Make Next Year Your Best Year Ever.
This is one of the many emails I get that illustrates how the strategies I teach are so simple, yet so effective.
Just had to share with you.
The RPM/Gap Management session we did on Wed has got me so focused. And those plastic files, so simple BUT what a difference – I’m just dying to cross everything off my lists!
Off I went to my hairdressers appointment files in hand. In between hair colouring, setting, washing, trimming and blow-waving I literally crossed off 6 things from my list that have been waiting months and occupying mindspace. They were some outstanding appointments, claims and follow-ups. Man – how free do I feel!?!?!
The only thing I didn’t do which would’ve been so cool was to get them to take a photo of me… Next time.
Buy Nothing Day is your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind. Relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself – at least for a single day.
Can you really buy absolutely nothing for just one day? You might say “Sure!” but can you ACTUALLY go one whole day without transacting ANY business? Are you totally debt free so that you can go a whole day without accruing interest on your mortgage? Are you off the grid so that you can go a whole day without paying the power company? Do you have ANY utilities? Water, Sewer etc? Do you have a cell phone? Do you have stocks or other investments that transact business in your name every day without your input? Do you have other debts, such as credit cards that accrue interest? Can you really go one whole day without buying anything? Try it!
Of course, we say this not to push you to attempt the impossible or go to extremes. We just want everyone to think about how integrated these transactions are into our daily routines.
Definitely something worth thinking about!
This is a concept based on the Voluntary Simplicity movement – it’s something I teach my elite Platinum Members. Without going overboard, it helps you focus on what’s most important in life so that you get more enjoyment, fulfillment and satisfaction with less stress, pressure and frustration.
Here is what comedian Jeff Foxworthy
has to say about Canadians:
If someone in a Home Depot store
offers you assistance and they don’t work there,
You may live in Canada.
If your local Dairy Queen is closed from
September through May,
You may live in Canada.
If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time,
You may live in Canada.
If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation
With someone who dialled a wrong number,
You may live in Canada.
If ‘Vacation’ means going anywhere
South of Detroit for the weekend,
You may live in Canada.
If you measure distance in hours,
You may live in Canada.
If you know several people
Who have hit a deer more than once,
You may live in Canada.
If you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’
In the same day and back again,
You may live in Canada.
If you can drive 90 km/hr through 2 feet of snow
During a raging blizzard without flinching,
You may live in Canada.
If you install security lights on your house and garage,
But leave both unlocked,
You may live in Canada.
If you carry jumper cables in your car
And your wife knows how to use them,
You may live in Canada.
If you design your kid’s Halloween costume
To fit over a snowsuit,
You may live in Canada.
If the speed limit on the highway is 100 km –
You’re going 130 and everybody is passing you,
You may live in Canada.
If driving is better in the winter
Because the potholes are filled with snow,
You may live in Canada.
If you know all 4 seasons:
Almost winter, winter, still winter,
and road construction,
You may live in Canada.
If you have more miles
On your snow blower than your car,
You may live in Canada.
If you find -12 degrees ‘a little chilly’,
You may live in Canada.
If you actually understand these jokes,
and forward them to all your friends,
you definitely are Canadian and proud to be.
I recently blogged about great quotes and our mothers’ wisdom. This one builds on that theme with a little more humour…
A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It’s hard to believe these were actually done by first graders.. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!
|1||Don’t change horses||until they stop running.|
|2||Strike while the||bug is close.|
|3||It’s always darkest before||Daylight Saving Time.|
|4||Never underestimate the power of||termites.|
|5||You can lead a horse to water but||How?|
|6||Don’t bite the hand that||Looks dirty.|
|7||No news is||impossible|
|8||A miss is as good as a||Mr.|
|9||You can’t teach an old dog new||Math|
|10||If you lie down with dogs, you’ll||stink in the morning.|
|11||Love all, trust||Me.|
|12||The pen is mightier than the||pigs..|
|13||An idle mind is||the best way to relax.|
|14||Where there’s smoke there’s||pollution.|
|15||Happy the bride who||gets all the presents.|
|16||A penny saved is||not much.|
|17||Two’s company, three’s||the Musketeers.|
|18||Don’t put off till tomorrow what||you put on to go to bed.|
|19||Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and||You have to blow your nose.|
|20||There are none so blind as||Stevie Wonder.|
|21||Children should be seen and not||spanked or grounded.|
|22||If at first you don’t succeed||get new batteries..|
|23||You get out of something only what you||See in the picture on the box|
|24||When the blind lead the blind||get out of the way.|
|25||A bird in the hand||is going to poop on you.|
|26||Better late||than pregnant.|
I’ve blogged about Dr Simons on numerous occasions quoting motivational stories his view on following your destiny and passion, his groundbreaking research on Cell Language Theory and of course some of his many Words OF Wisdom. Today’s post is an email I received from him this week…
I’m excited to show you Ann’s second art work titled “More than One Wisdom” that is hung in the Lobby of the Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center (SYSUCC) in Guangzhou, China.
Some of you have seen the “Pillar of Life” triptych that Ann created in July with two Guangzhou artists which extends over two floors below ground level in the Radiation Center of the Cancer Center. The work can be viewed at Ann’s website, ‘Gallery’-(top right, then) ‘China Collaborative’ – 40 images and at
Since completion of “Pillar of Life”, a plaque has been erected, a picture of which I have attached. The words are:
“This painting combines Western and Chinese styles. The vine represents the interconnectedness of all life, reaching up towards the sun. The branches consist of torn small pieces of DNA sequence paper; the code of life that is written in the genes of all living things. Like the blue torn paper at the edge of the vine our lives can feel ragged and torn when we experience any change including the diagnosis of cancer which affects the lives of patients, their families and friends. No matter how challenging, our lives are what we create out of whatever is in front of us. So we create whatever we can, looking for ways to contribute to the world during the brief time that we have on planet earth. Ann dedicated this art work to her husband, Malcolm Simons, a cancer patient and a Professor at this Cancer Center, and to all other cancer patients. Ann and the local artists hope that this painting will contribute to the creation of a healing environment by bringing calm and comfort to patients, dedicated doctors, nurses and support staff, and helping to create a sense of hope in all who come here.”
Ann and I have just returned from a third visit to Guangzhou. A photo taken on a Pearl River Cruise will remind some of you how young one of us remains, and how the other is so happy to be aging, just by still being here!
At her meeting with SYSUCC President Professor Zeng Yi-Xin on this last visit, Ann came up with the idea of “More Than One Wisdom” when talking about my Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment that she prepares for me. The idea is that modern western medicine is a development from natural products having medicinal qualities. Using materials from both Pharmacies (natural products, pill boxes, capsules, tablets, rice) and DNA paper, Ann created the work over five days that is shown in two attachments – one showing her manager assisting with erection, and the second a close up of the work.
Thank you for those of you who kindly ask how I’m travelling, now 8 years since diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma. While Ann and I were in Guangzhou in September my myeloma broke out from a 15-month long ‘remission’ of wellness, the first hint of which was fracturing a rib by a seemingly innocuous cough. Now, back home in Geelong, I’m reviewing experimental drugs under trial since there are no drugs remaining with proven clinical efficacy. I’m very fortunate to have the choices that medical science continues to reveal, the privilege of which sustains my spirit. If circumstances change for the worse, either I or Ann will notify you. Otherwise, assume that every second of life is a joy, and any departure from complete wellness is being managed by the realisation that the alternative doesn’t bear contemplation!
Love from us both
Malcolm and Ann
Professor Malcolm Simons
Department of Experimental Research
State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China
Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center
651 Dongfeng Road East,
Guangzhou 510060, Guangdong Province, PR CHINA
Simons Haplomics Limited
Founder/Chief Scientific Officer
Room A, 7/F, China Overseas Building
139 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
Hong Kong SAR, PR CHINA
I wonder if Apple is going to have an iPod version like this soon?
This is one of my favorite images – I know the saying is trite that a picture is worth a thousand words… I can’t even fathom how many words this one’s worth! I know the Burj Dubai is now complete and is a magnificent building, but this picture captures the ultimate scale of it all.
Just in case you weren’t feeling too old today…
> The people who are starting college this fall were born in 1992.
> They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
> Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
> The CD was introduced two years before they were born.
> They have always had an answering machine.
> They have always had cable.
> Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
> Popcorn has always been microwaved.
> They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
> They don’t know who Mork was or where he was from.
> They never heard: ‘Where’s the Beef?’, ‘I’d walk a mile for a Camel ‘ or ‘de plane Boss, de plane’.
> McDonald’s never came in Styrofoam containers.
> They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.
> Pass this on to the other old fogies on your list.
> Notice the larger type?
> That’s for those of us who have trouble reading.
> P.S. Save the earth. It’s the only planet with chocolate.
This is probably the best I have ever heard life explained, it’s from Daniel Doiron in Montreal, Canada.
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
“One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Earlier this year, I spent 2 full days with squash legend, former World #1 and current world #8 David Palmer… What I learned from him has added 1-2 points to my squash game ALREADY.
We ALL need coaches, advisors, mentors, but most people focus on LACK rather than opportunity and ABUNDANCE.
The ABUNDANCE they want.
The ABUNDANCE they can create.
The ABUNDANCE that is within reach.
The ABUNDANCE that is right there, but out of sight because the focus is on something else.
The ABUNDANCE that is literally UNLIMITED and BOUNDLESS.
The ABUNDANCE that turns work into play and a life into a lifestyle.
The ABUNDANCE that is ultimate freedom and independence.
The ABUNDANCE that is the foundation of peace and serenity.
The ABUNDANCE they will never have – UNLESS they shift their focus and mindset.
You get what you focus on… So choose your target carefully!
Farhad Khurshed a Sydney Copywriter is one of the many people who make this blog the success that it is. With more than 50% user-generated content, I am able to keep offering you intriguing, interesting and creative ideas. This short YouTube video shows what you can do when you are an architect with an Exponential Mindset™.
You may or may not know that I have a best-selling study book and a blog filled with study tips. You can access them by clicking on the hyperlinks. Recently, I launched a new product called Study MasterMind Groups to help students use the concept of MasterMind Groups to get better grades with a lot less stress and effort. I adapted my original book specifically for students. If you are, or know a student, it’s worth letting him or her know that this is one way to get the best grades leveraging a concept that is easy to learn.
This video is really creative. I am often amazed at our ability to be creative and innovative to make a point. I am sure you’ll enjoy this short YouTube video as you’ve enjoyed the others in this antimimeticisomorphism series. If you want to access them quickly, select the Antimimeticisomorphism category on this blog and you can also go to my website that is dedicated to this concept… Antimimeticisomorphism.com on it you’ll be able to access a ‘secret’ site at Antimimeticisomorphism.info.
As the story goes, when an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in North Platte, Nebraska, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Missouri.
The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.
What do you see nurses? .. . . .. . What do you see?
What are you thinking . .. . . . when you’re looking at me?
A crabby old man . . . . .. not very wise,
Uncertain of habit . . . . . with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food . .. . . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . . . .. . ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice .. .. . . . the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . .. . . . lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding .. . . . . The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? . . .. . . Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am. .. . . . . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten .. .. .. . .. with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters . . . . . who love one another.
A young boy of Sixteen . .. . . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now . .. . . . a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . .. . . . my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows . . . . . that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . .. .. . . I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . .. . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . . .. . .. My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . . .. . With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. . . . . have grown and are gone,
But my woman’s beside me .. . . .. … to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children .. . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . .. . . . my wife is now dead.
I look at the future . . .. . . shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . .. . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . . . and the love that I’ve known
I’m now an old man . . . .. . and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age .. . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles . .. . . . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . .. . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . . . .. .. a young guy still dwells,
And now and again . . . .. . my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys . . .. . . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few .. . . . . gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people . . . . .. open and see.
Not a crabby old man . . . Look closer .. . . see ME!!
Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too! The best and most beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart.
Please note: The story about the crabby old man (in some versions described as 100 years old) is a fabrication.
The poem, titled “Too Soon Old”, was written by Dave Griffith of Fort Worth, Texas.
Griffith told TruthOrFiction.com that he wrote the poem more than 20 years ago and that he meant for it to be simple, and too the point, from youth through old age in his own personal life, high school football, Marines, marriage, the ravages of his own disabilities. Someone took the poem from his site, created a false story about it, and started it circulating on the Internet. Griffith is the author of more than 500 poems, which are posted on his personal website (Which I have not linked to since there was a notice about malware active on it – according to Google.)
1. My mom taught me to APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside.. I just finished cleaning.”
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet..”
3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
“ Because I said so, that’s why.”
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
7. My mother taught me IRONY.
“Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
” I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..”
14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
“Stop acting like your father!”
15.. My mother taught me about ENVY.
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”
16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
“Just wait until we get home.”
17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .
“You are going to get it when you get home!”
18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”
19. My mother taught me ESP.
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”
20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”
22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
“You’re just like your father.”
23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
“Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”
24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
And my favorite:
25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”
I thought I would try something new – asking you to send me any great quotes you have. My father in law, Kurt Derrer, sent me this one which prompted this idea. He was going through some old papers and came across this one…
“ Man Who Says….. ‘It cannot be done’
should not interrupt ‘ Woman who is doing it’”
There’s this one from Gavin Buckett, Australian Food Safety Specialist and Gourmet Guardian…
“Thinking that you can only get paid while working is like thinking
you can only listen to music while someone is playing an instrument.”
- Steve Pavlina
I have a collection of my favorite quotes called Exponential Words Of Wisdom, that are business related. I am looking for comments posted to this post to create a stream of miscellaneous quotes – just for fun! In a previous post I started a list of truisms. Either one is a good place to submit your contribution!
This list has been going around the Internet recently – I figured I would post it here and invite you to ADD to it by posting a comment. It would be great to have a COMPLETE list all in one place!
A good friend of mine Dr Malcolm Simons whom I’ve blogged about on several occasions on my Mindset Of A Champion Blog and this Personal Mastery Blog, sent me these photos of his wife’s art work called Pillar of Life that is displayed at Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center. I just think it’s important that we all follow our dreams to fulfill our destinies – like Ann is doing with her art. I thought I would honor that with excerpts from her speech at the unveiling of her masterpiece
I wish to thank Professors ZENG Yi-xin and LIU Meng-zhong and their staffs at the SYSU Cancer Centre for providing such a wonderful opportunity for me and for fellow artists to experience the richness of cultural collaboration in such a heartfelt project.
How wonderful to work with artists when we do not share a common tongue but we do share the common language of paint, colour and of feeling. At least by the end of our work, Zhun Qiang and Gui Sheng were both fluent in ‘Thumbs up!’ which means ‘Very good’ in many languages!
My thanks also to Peter Chen, Xiong Geng and Bei Jin-xin for providing translation when we needed to discuss more complex matters, and to photographer (Liang Junbin) for recording the creation.
Also my sincere thanks to Liao Wei Biao. On my first visit to his place of work, without knowing anything about me, he agreed to oversee this project, and to recruit two such gifted artists as Shuz Qiang and Gui Sheng to assist who so generously gave of their time and their talent.
Of course I was sad to leave before the project was finished but I knew it was in very good hands and I am with you all today in spirit, confident that my presence will be well represented by my husband to whom this work is dedicated.
For those of you who are curious as to why I included torn paper in the work, it serves two purposes.
Firstly the paper is DNA sequence read-out paper: the symbol of the code of life that is written in our genes. My husband pioneered research into this area in the hope of bringing understanding and with it healing to those with cancer. DNA is essential to all life and the vine I enclosed it in is symbolic of the connection of all living things.
Secondly, the blue torn paper is like our lives, when things change we can feel torn and ragged, but nevertheless our lives are what we create out of whatever is in front of us, no matter how challenging. We each have a part to play even if, at times, we do not understand what that part might be.
For those of us dealing with cancer, whether we have the disease or we are caring for someone who does, we know how therapy challenges the body and the spirit. When my husband contracted cancer our whole world changed. Things we thought were important fell away; other things became highly important. We used the cancer to set our relationship right and to heal our family and then to make priorities of what matters to us most; looking for ways to contribute to the world during the brief time that we have on planet earth.
It is the hope of the artists that our work will bring calm and comfort, a healing of spirit to those who come here hoping to be well again, or at least to gain some extended time. And that the dedicated doctors, nurses and support staff working here each day will feel the paintings warmth and remind themselves how much their contribution is valued. It is our privilege to contribute in this small way to help create a sense of hope in all those who come here, to contribute to the creation of a healing environment for those we love.
At the recent Exponential Extravaganza, I showed a fabulous video that encapsulates what motivation is all about. Creating a positive mental mindset that triggers momentum.
Jessica’s affirmation is captivating and exhilarating to watch and listen to. Bookmark this post and come back to it anytime you need a positive boost.
Today’s post is an interview with the Doctor Of The Year, Dr Kno Mak Cens.
Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that’s it… don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.
Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiency. What does cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So steak is nothing more than efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And pork chop can give you 100% of recommended daily allowance of vegetable product.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can’t think of single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No pain… good!
Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food are fried these day in vegetable oil. In fact, they permeated by it. How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!?
Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..
Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! ‘Round’ a shape!
Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride!!”
For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
You might not realise it, but each day, we have 20,000 waking moments – according to one Nobel Prize Laureate who studied human psychology in depth. Others have estimated that men and women speak 5,000 and 10,000 words daily (respectively, but maybe not respectfully!).
The bad news is that 90% of these moments and words are re-lived the following day and the day after that – like the movie Ground Hog Day.
To avoid this trap, make a conscious effort to do something new, think something new by CHANGING something about what, how and who you do it with.
It’s actually not that hard to do.
The point is to just interrupt the pattern you’re in and see what happens – you will be FORCED to think and act differently at least in that moment and for several moments later.
I know I sound like a broken record sometimes, but it needs to be said:
“ It’s the little things that make a BIG difference.”
The more you stop trying to change the (your) world in one massive effort, the faster and sooner you’ll realise that the 1 Percent Improvement Doctrine is the way to go to effect long-lasting change.
The primary reason is the HABIT you form is 1 Percent shifts which are not alien or foreign (which means your amygdala in your brain won’t see them as a threat) and will become who you are. A constantly evolving being…
If you think a blog post like this is interesting, imagine spending a day with me… At the upcoming Exponential Extravaganza event, I’m going to reveal hundreds of tips and techniques like this… I hope you’ll attend – it’s going to be a lot of fun!
We’ve all heard the expression that we are what we eat… But who would have thought that the concept has been around for hundreds of years… I am not sure this is progress…
then he got modern…
If you’re addicted to this series of antimimeticisomorphism videos, you’re not alone. So am I! Don’t forget, I either find them or someone sends them to me… So I get the same thrill you get when you see it for the first time PLUS I get the satisfaction of knowing I’m the one who ‘sent it to you’. You’re welcome. It’s who I am and what I do as an Exponential Growth Strategist.
Today’s blog post was sent to me by David Conroy of The Lone Drainer And Pronto. It’s another example of what happens when you think antimimeticisomorphically – doing out-of-the-ordinary things that produce extra-ordinary results!
Have you ever collected spare change in a jar or piggy bank? Well guess what? There’s a high tech way to do it now. Many banks and credit unions will top up your purchases on your credit card to a selected savings account – automatically.
If you buy something for $10.73, the 27 cents are rounded up and placed in your savings account. If you spend $19.95, then five cents are saved and if the total is $20,11, 89 cents are put aside for that rainy day.
Not all banks and credit unions offer this, but I am sure you could find one that can.
The benefit of doing this is the same as putting spare change in a jar, with the added benefit of compounding the interest for you automatically.
Don’t think it’s worth it? Think again.
Coinstar estimates there is $10.5 Billion in loose change in US households right now. That’s BILLION, not MILLION.
I bet if you scrounge around, you’ll find a few dollars of your own!
Add to that foreign currencies and well, you get the picture.
As I’ve said countless times, it’s all about applying the 1 Percent Improvement Doctrine, doing the little things SYSTEMATICALLY that end up making a BIG difference.
Einstein once said the goal of science and innovation is to “make things as simple as necessary, but no simpler.” Wise words to guide us.. This short video extols this concept revealing what top researchers are thinking to save millions of people from preventable diseases at little or no cost…
If you haven’t seen this before, the next 60 seconds will have you mesmerised. You’ll be thinking “who thinks of this stuff?’
That’s what I do for you as an Exponential Growth Strategist. I expose you to interesting, out-of-the-ordinary things that trigger your Reticular Activation System to seek alternative solutions to whatever problems or challenges you may face. Helping you tap into your creative and innovative genius that is there within you, just waiting to get out and play!
Click here for >>> an amazing illustration demonstration <<<
I just saw Dan Dunn do this on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno. It’s so incredible to watch, I won’t preframe you other than to say it’s mesmerising to see the final product ‘emerge’ so quickly.
If you come across anything like this, please share it with me. I’ll increase your website or blog traffic by creating a high-value backlink to your site.
As reader or subscriber to this blog, you’ve come to expect to see things that are different, or the same things you’ve always seen, but from a different perspective. Today’s post is about maps. How different can maps be? After all they represent what’s there… Or do they? If you think you know how maps are created and what they represent, think again!
I came up with my onward and upward! sign off more than 20 years ago… The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver had fabulous graphics and what can I say, a great tagline…
If you want to take advantage of the one-time-only Olympic Bundle Offer, act now by clicking on the hyperlink.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone comes up with a new twist, a new way to get you to do a double-take and ask “What the #$$#%#^@*&???”
This is one of those videos that you KNOW what’s being done, but how the heck does he actually do it?!? Only a very creative and talented person can pull this off. What can I say other than “WOW!”
This video was sent to me by Andrew Powell of Montreal, Canada – Thank you!!!!
WHAT’S a marriage worth? To an Aussie male, about $32,000. That’s the lump sum Professor Paul Frijters says the man would need to receive out of the blue to make him as happy as his marriage will over his lifetime. An Aussie woman would need much less, about $16,000.
But when it comes to divorce, the Aussie male will be so devastated it would be as if he had lost $110,000. An Aussie woman would be less traumatised, feeling as if she had lost only $9000.
Recently named this year’s Best Australian Economist under 40 by the Economic Society of Australia, the Queensland University of Technology professor knows this because he has been mining a unique set of data that has tracked the happiness and major life events of about 10,000 Australians once a year since 2001.
”These are real people to whom unexpected things happen. They weren’t selected because these things would happen, and we can compare their happiness before and after,” Professor Frijters told the Herald after presenting his findings at the Australian National University.
Asked to describe how satisfied they are with their lives on a scale of 0 to 10, the Australians surveyed most often use the number eight, but the answers change after (and sometimes in anticipation of) major life events and also after sudden changes in income.
That has enabled the professor to put dollar values on the effects on happiness of major events such as marriage, divorce and birth, or as he puts it to calculate their ”psychic costs” or ”psychic benefits”.
The birth of a child turns out to bring both. It makes parents the happiest before it happens and then after some months slightly less happy than they would have been without the birth, which is why Professor Frijters puts low dollar values on the lifetime boost to happiness that flows from a birth – for the mother around $8700, for the father $32,600.
”Losing a loved one has a much bigger effect than gaining a loved one. There’s a real asymetry between life and death,” he says. ”This shouldn’t surprise us. Human beings seem primed to notice losses more than gains.”
The death of a spouse or child causes a woman $130,900 worth of grief, according to Frijters’s calculations. It costs a man $627,300.
”This isn’t the value of the life that’s lost. That would be much higher,” he says. ”This is just the effect on the happiness of one person flowing from a death.”
Asked why his calculations show men much more affected by life’s events than women, Professor Frijters says he doesn’t know. ”But it does tend to give me confidence in the calculations. We know, for instance, that marriage improves the lives of men much more than women.”
Some of the results fit in with stereotypes. Women get a psychic boost of $2600 from moving house. Men suffer psychic pain of $16,000.
Professor Frijters’s dollar figures are lower than those arrived at by other methods. He says that is because he finds that money has a greater effect on happiness than previously thought.
”Losing or gaining money can offset the effect of other life events quite well, and that is what we are formally looking at – the amount needed to offset an event or keep someone happiness-neutral,” he says.
Insurance companies and lawyers take a keen interest in the research, he says, because of the need for dollar compensation.
Now, 30 years after “2001″ author Arthur C. Clarke wrote about an elevator that rises into outer space, serious research is happening all over the world in an effort to make the far-fetched-sounding idea a reality.
The benefits of a fully realized elevator would make carrying people and goods into space cheaper, easier and safer than with rocket launches, proponents say, opening up a host of possibilities.
“The question Artsutanov asked himself had the childlike brilliance of true genius. A merely clever man could never have thought of it — or would have dismissed it instantly as absurd. If the laws of celestial mechanics make it possible for an object to stay fixed in the sky, might it not be possible to lower a cable down to the surface, and so to establish an elevator system linking earth to space?” — Arthur C. Clarke, 1979, “The Fountains of Paradise”
It sounds like science fiction. And it was.
But what does this have to do with Personal Mastery and Exponential Mindset Thinking?
Thinking antimimeticisomorphically takes time and practice. With tools like the Marc-Ka-Ching Kube, people can learn to “Twist The Kube”, but in absence of a Kube, how can you learn to as Apple’s 2008 advertising slogan said “Think Different”?
It starts by asking and trying to answer questions like this one – it’s stuff of science fiction, but it challenges the intellect AND your sense of adventure and creativity. Try it before you keep reading and try to come up with as many of the challenges and solutions as you can.
Go on, don’t cheat, play along – THEN continue reading.
Restaurants and hotels for space tourists. Wind turbines that provide energy by spinning 24 hours a day. A cheaper, easier and more environmentally friendly way to launch rockets.
Scientists envision all of the above — possibly within our lifetimes.
“Space elevator-related research is valid, but there are hurdles to overcome,” said David Smitherman, a space architect at NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.
Recently in the Mojave Desert, three teams of engineers were competing for $2 million offered up by NASA for anyone who can build a prototype of an elevator able to crawl up a kilometer-high tether while hauling a heavy payload.
“We haven’t had any winners yet, but we truly do expect to have at least one winner, probably more [this year],” said Ted Semon, spokesman for The Spaceward Foundation, which has run the competition for the past several years.
Most models for an elevator into space involve attaching a cable from a satellite, space station or other counterweight to a base on Earth’s surface.
Scientists say inertia would keep the cable tight enough to allow an elevator to climb it.
The inspiration for researchers to pursue a space elevator started, as many scientific advances have, in the fantastical world of science fiction.
In Clarke’s 1979 novel “The Fountains of Paradise,” he writes about a scientist battling technological, political and ethical difficulties involved in creating a space elevator.
In the years that followed, Clarke, who died in 2008, remained an outspoken advocate for researching and funding the elevator.
Others are now carrying the torch.
“Space elevator research is important because it is a way to build a bridge to space instead of ferrying everything by rocket,” said Smitherman, who has conducted research and published findings on the effort.
“Look at the cost and efficiency of a bridge versus a ferry on Earth and then look at the cost and inefficiency of the rocket ferries we use today and you will see why so many people are looking for a ‘bridge’ solution like the space elevator.”
Microsoft is among the sponsors an annual space elevator conference, and teams in Japan and Russia are among those working to turn the theory into reality — even if they all admit they have a long way to go.
Even the most avid proponents of the research admit there are big hurdles that need to be overcome.
The first, scientists say, is that there’s currently not a viable material strong enough to make the cables that will support heavy loads of passengers or cargo into orbit. According to NASA research, the space elevator cable would need to be about 22,000 miles long. That’s how far away a satellite must be to maintain orbit above a fixed spot on the Earth’s equator.
“Right now, if you use the strongest material in the world, the weight of the tether would be so much that it would actually snap,” said Semon, a retired software engineer. He said the super-light material would probably need to be about 25 times stronger than what’s now commercially available.
In a separate competition, his group offers a prize to any team that can build a tether that’s at least twice as strong as what’s currently on the market.
Another issue, scientists say, is how to keep the cable, or the elevator itself, from getting clobbered by meteorites or space junk floating around in space. Some suggest a massive cleanup of Earth’s near orbit would be required.
And then there’s the cost. Estimates are as high as $20 billion for a working system that would stretch into orbit.
Many think it would be private enterprise, not a government, that would spring for the earliest versions of the elevator.
Professor Brendan Quine and his team at York University in Toronto, Canada, think they have the answers to at least some of those problems.
They’ve built a three-story high prototype of an elevator tower that would rise roughly 13 miles (20 kilometers) — high enough to escape most of the earth’s atmosphere.
“At 20 kilometers, you still have gravity; you’re not in orbit,” Quine said. “But for a tourist, you can see basically the same things an astronaut sees — the blackness of space, the horizon of the Earth.”
In the stratosphere, the tower also could potentially be used to launch rockets, he said. The most expensive and energy-sucking part of any space launch now is blasting from the ground out of the atmosphere.
Constructed from Kevlar, the free-standing structure would use pneumatically inflated sections pressurized with a lightweight gas, such as hydrogen or helium, to actively stabilize itself and allow for flexibility. A series of platforms or pods, supported by the elevator, would be used to launch payloads into Earth’s orbit.
Quine acknowledged that the prototype is just a first step toward realizing the elevator and that several more prototypes are needed to fine-tune details.
He estimated that the cost of the basic tower would be about $2 billion — the equivalent of a massive skyscraper in places like New York — and that the technology to build it could be ready in less than 10 years.
He said a more advanced — and expensive — elevator tower could be built to go higher into the stratosphere.
But for the purposes of actually ferrying everyday people into space, 20 kilometers makes the most sense, Quine said.
“The tower might be economically viable if you’re able to transport 1,000 people a day to the to of it for about $1,000 a ticket,” he said. “At the top, you’d probably want amenities — hotels, restaurants. It could be a very pleasant experience, in contrast to zero gravity, which makes many people sick.”
For now, advocates of making the elevator a reality say they’ll keep at it. They’ll continue reminding themselves that they wouldn’t be the first to turn what started as an outlandish idea into good science.
“Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction,” Clarke once said. “They may be summed up by the phrases: One, it’s completely impossible. Two, it’s possible, but it’s not worth doing. Three, I said it was a good idea all along.”
So how’d you do?
Now you’re on your way to developing an Exponential Mindset!
A big thank you to Andrew Powell once again for sending me the original link!
New year, new life, new destiny. But what destiny do you really want? That’s the question Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO answers with his commencement address at Standford University. It’s worth the 15 minutes to sit back, listen and ponder what you’re doing with yourself and your life in 2010. What I really like about this video is that hindsight is always 20/20, but what if you could have 20/20 foresight?
That’s what I teach my clients – 20/20 foresight – to connect the dots as Steve explains, by PLACING them in front of you instead of as a bread crumb trail behind you.
Imagine if it was possible to set a course to ANY DESTINATION, ANY CAREER, ANY GOAL…
Norman Vincent Peale said it first ” Whatever the mind can Believe and Conceive, it can Achieve.”
It call it the ABCs of Personal Mastery.
It all starts by BELIEVING in yourself as Steve tells some of the brightest graduates…
The sad part is only a very small fraction will actually listen to what he’s saying.
If this resonates with you – contact us regarding our Personal Mastery Programs – we’ll help you achieve life balance without compromising your results because YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL.
You just need to know what “all is”!
I created a quick YES/NO poll on LinkedIn to see how many people actually made the effort to make New Year’s Resolutions for 2010. CLICK HERE to vote in this poll now. That’s it for today. Short and sweet. Vote in the poll now – it’s JUST ONE CLICK.
If you know me, you know I love all animals and I’m an absolute dog lover which kind of means I’m not really into cats. That being said, this 17 second YouTube video is so adorable, cute and funny that you just want to get this kitten and play with it all day long!
It doesn’t really matter where or how you get your inspiration.
It just matters that you get it.
Videos like this one inspires and recharges my soul and spirit every time I watch them. I have half a dozen video like this one that I can count on to give me that emotional boost.
It’s one of the strategies I teach in my programs to get into and stay in a peak performance state.
I mean c’mon, you simply can’t be in a bad mood after watching this video – and it only takes 17 seconds…
OK so it takes 51 seconds because you have to watch it 3 times, STILL THAT’S ONLY 1 MINUTE!!!
Here is the proof that I am growing a MO for Movember! Please donate generously by clicking here – Donate To Marc Dussault – it helps men with Depression and Prostate Cancer Research… I thought it was an opportune place to take the picture – we are all seeking the secret to eternal youth. This was a sign part of the Sculpture By The Sea Exhibition that ends on November 15. Thank you for your kind and generous donation. Someone somewhere will be helped and they will have you to thank for it. I want to thank James Grima of Positive Training Solutions for getting me on his team. I’ve been ‘meaning to do this’ for several years. I’m doing it to help him out -he’s got personal reasons for doing this with people close to him affected by both depression and Prostate Cancer. By the way, all donations above $2 are tax deductible.
I don’t get involved in many charities and non-profit organisations, but this one’s great and FUN – you get to NOT shave for a month to create awareness for depression in men and prostate cancer. How great is that? HELPING people, saving lives and NOT have to shave for a month, is that like totally cool or what?!
I’d like you to join James Grima’s team – he’s the TEAM LEADER on this. Click the hyper link now to join the MO-MEN-TUM we’re creating… We’re counting on you to make this an awesome campaign! Donations of ALL SIZES are welcome!!!
In my opinion, Albert Einstein was simply one of the greatest if not THE greatest thinker the world has ever seen… This 1 minute 19 second YouTube video
exemplifies this logical reasoning that the world so desperately needs – I am not advocating any religious agenda, but one for the clarity of reasoned thinking that this video illustrates. Enjoy!
This video was sent to me by Bruce Hildebrand of Balance and Control Pilates in Melbourne. He knows I am always looking for that special twist of the Kube so-to-speak.
Today’s post is essentially a joke, but there is a great SALES LESSON in it that I thought I would share with you.
A young guy from Darwin moves to Sydney and goes to a big department store looking for a job. The manager says, do you have any sales experience?
The kid says, yes, I was a salesman back home in Northern Territory.
Well, the boss liked the kid so he gave him the job, you start tomorrow.
I’ll come down after we close and see how you did. His first day on the job was rough but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down, how many sales did you make today?
The kid says, One.
The boss says, just one? Our sales people average 20 or 30 sales a day.
How much was the sale for?
The kid says $161,237.64.
The boss says $161,237.64? What the hell did you sell him?
First I sold him a small fish hook, then I sold him a medium fish hook, then I sold him a larger fish hook, then a new fishing rod. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down at the coast, so I told him he was gonna need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him that twin engine Chris Craft. Then he said he didn’t think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that Land Cruiser”
The boss said, the man came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat and truck?
Kid says, No, he came in here to buy a box of tampons for his wife and I said, well, your weekend’s shot, you might as well go fishing.
I am sure you’ve noticed I’ve changed the banner to reflect the fourth dimension of Mastery – Personal Mastery. The first two we launched were Business and Internet Mastery followed by Professional Mastery and now my personal blog will transform into the Personal Mastery Blog – with a focus on making sure you maintain a work/career-life balance without compromising your results and rewards.
That way you know exactly where to go for inspiration, ideas and insights.
This is another one of those examples of you have to see it to believe it. This guy’s talent is well… indescribeable.
Today’s post is hilarious and totally and absolutely antimimeticisomorphic – Evian hit the big time with this video. Proving once again that having fun, doing out-of-the-ordinary things create extra-ordinary results with the least amount of effort at the lowest cost. This video has been viewed by more than 6 million people – including you. ALL forwarded at NO cost to Evian. Say it with me… Ka-Ching!
Of course as an Exponential Mindset Enthusiast, you know that watching this on my blog means I get your attention for at least 1 minute, increasing my Google rankings and traffic stats – which is FREE for me… That’s why this stuff is TOTALLY exponential. If you want to learn more, go to my Internet Mastery site…
Bu y’know what? The best part is having FUN – you have to smile once you’ve watched this video – that’s my gift to you today…
Spread the word and get people back to this blog post!
By the way, there are other funny videos listed in the antimimeticisomorphism category —>>>
Today’s post is Van Gogh’s Family Tree in a way you may never have seen it. There were a lot more members than you’d think!
His dizzy aunt
The brother who ate prunes
The brother who worked at a convenience store
———————————————–Stop n Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia
The cousin from Illinois
———————————————— Chi-ca Gogh
His magician uncle
His Mexican cousin
———————————- A mee Gogh
The Mexican cousin’s American half-brother
————————————————— Gring Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach
The constipated uncle
——————————— Cant Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt
——————————————— Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle
His nephew psychoanalyst
——————————– E Gogh
The fruit loving cousin
An aunt who taught positive thinking —————- Way-to Gogh
The little bouncy nephew
———————————————————– Poe Gogh
A sister who loved disco
——————————– Go Gogh
And his niece who travels the country in a van (you guessed it!)
——————————–Winnie Bay Gogh
And there ya Gogh
We oughta be able to locate more of his relatives. For example, I just met a distant relative working on the docks ——-Car Gogh
And a painter ——-Fres Gogh
A slippery member of the family—–Cris Gogh
His married sisters——Erin Gogh-Bra, Heidi Gogh-Seek and, Happy Gogh-Lucky
The Gourmet Guardian sent me today’s post, because he knows that I am always looking for something new, fresh and insightful with a twist of irony and when there’s a meaningful lesson or moral it makes it even better! I know you’ll enjoy this one as much as I did…
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The donkey cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. If you’ve ever heard a donkey ‘cry’ you know how loud and upsetting it is.
Finally, the farmer decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried even more loudly in panic and fear.
Then, to everyone’s amazement the donkey quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his
back, the donkey was doing something amazing.
He would shake off the dirt and take a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the donkey, he would shake it off and take another step up.
Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
***** MORAL OF THE STORY AND LIFE LESSON *****
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
NOW IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED …….
Enough of this ‘feel good’ crap.
The donkey later came back, and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the donkey bite got infected and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.
When you do something wrong, and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you.
Without getting too serious about this, life is what YOU make it to be.
I’ve attended more than my share of motivational events and programs and now stage them myself. I have seen both farmers and donkeys sitting in those seats.
The thing is some of those donkeys just can’t see they’ve put themselves into their own wells…
They keep screaming for help, but no one’s coming to their rescue because – you guessed it – they’re asses.
No one wants to help them out of the well.
Others unfortunately have fallen into the well (of disappointment, despair, discouragement, failure…) and instead of shaking off the dirt, they just sit there complaining, winging and blaming others instead of ‘looking for’ a way out AND DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Then there are the farmers who didn’t realise there are donkeys smarter than them who can teach them lessons.
There are smart farmers who knew how to solve this problem so they were able to deal with this situation stress-free.
There are exponential farmers who have a connection with their donkey and with just a ‘look’ it’s understood that the problem is solved, there is no panic and ‘she WILL be right mate’…
So your exponential lesson for today is to start looking for farmers, donkeys and asses.
You’ll quickly realise their destinies are pre-destined not by their FATE, but by their THOUGHTS, ACTIONS and REACTIONS.
Thank you Gavin for this priceless lesson – it’s as hilarious as it is valuable!
We all hear the saying one-time-only, especially in marketing… but there is a moment that will never, ever happen ever again… Sure there was the 08/08/08 for the start of the Beijing Olympics, how about when the clock strikes 12:34:56 on the 07/08/09… That’ll never happen again – ever. Just thought you’d want to know – it’s coming up soon…
Every once in a while I get an e-mail from a client that is so powerful that I have to share it with you. This one’s anonymous for obvious reasons. It puts things in perspective because UNLESS YOU take note of your own progress, you might not realise HOW MUCH YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING…
This e-mail response is only slightly edited:
In a BUSY week, I:
I am with you for guidance.
I love it.
No ifs, buts or reasons, I do want results.
I knew from the moment I saw you at the Hilton last year you were the person to steer or mentor me.
If I had 1 tenth of your skills my business would be national.
You have a great sense of humour, but please don’t forget I am human.
If I sometimes seem a little sluggish, I am!
I am on juice plus and trying to get up earlier to “get fit”
Beyond all that you’re a good bloke.
Chances are you’re on my mailing list as a subscriber to this blog. But if you’re not, you don’t want to miss out on this incredible 4-day sale that just launched today. Click on the hyperlink to get your hands on business building tools with the story of why I am letting them go at such a ridiculously low price. Just so you know, this is the only blog post I will publish on this since it’s for a limited time and I know you’ll take advantage of it right away.
You may or may not know that I have been a guest on a local radio show hosted by David Haseldine, called “Money Talks” on Sydney’s 2RRR FM 88.5 on Wednesday mornings. Be that as it may, I took my video camera to the studio on my first day to capture the event for you. It’s a short 4 minute video of the beginning of the broadcast…
Of course while you’re watching it – you can RATE the VIDEO add comments and maybe even post a video response while you’re at it – why not? You’re there anyway…
This is called having fun doing out-of-the-ordinary things that create extra-ordinary results with the least amount of effort at the lowest cost. Yes, I know you know it’s called antimimeticisomorphism…
But I also know the 1 Percent Improvement Doctrine of doing the little things that make a big difference… MOST people don’t do them.
Don’t be most people – be one of the few – post a comment on the video and tick off your 1% for today!
Even though saving coupons is much more prevalent in the United States than it is in Australia or Canada, this short video shows how someone with concentration of focus can achieve extra-ordinary results like save 97% of the grocery bill. It’s a short video that explains how she does it. I challenge you to watch it and take notes – I am sure there is AT LEAST ONE MONEY-SAVING TIP you can pick up.
Of course, when you do, it really would be nice if you posted a comment here for others to learn from!
I hope you’re enjoying these antimimeticisormorphism examples – I can tell you I AM! This one proves there is hope for the human race – caught totally off guard, this crowd was given the gift of ‘joy’ for a few minutes that I am sure made their day, week and in some cases their MONTH. Of course it took a coordinated effort, but otherwise it was ‘FREE’. Now that’s Exponential!
Today’s post is funny but at the same time relevant to the turbulent times we live in. When the going gets tough, the tough get going – LITERALLY. They get going and growing. The article below is a tongue-in-cheek perspective, but shows you that we are ALL affected and adapting to the environment in different ways it appeared in this week’s BRW Magazine:
What have you stopped doing in the last few months? What have you started doing?
Post your comments here – I’d love to hear about it and I’m sure other readers would too!
Today’s example of an antimimeticisomorphic advertisement is an Air New Zealand commercial that has its actual staff stripped down and in full body paint to show they have the best prices with nothing to hide! Plus, they’re setting up a party flight from Los Angeles to Auckland to match up singles with a party upon departure and arrival…. PARTY!
If you’re new to this series of blog posts, search the blog to see othe examples of antimimeticisomorphism, it’s about doing out-of-the-ordinary things to get extra-ordinary results with the least amount of effort.
Recently, I was at Anthony Robbins‘ last Australian Date With Destiny Event on the Gold Coast – WOW. It’s sad to think it’s over. I knew this day would come and I’ve been telling people for the past ten years that it won’t last forever and once it’s gone, it’s gone… Anyway – one of the KEY SUCCESS principles Tony teaches is called Sensory Acuity.
Test yours now…
Quick, read the sentence out loud…
More than likely you said, “A bird in the bush,” and…….. if this IS what YOU said, then you failed to see
that the word THE is repeated twice!
Sorry, look again.
Need another test?
Count every ” F” in the following text:
FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT
OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY
COMBINED WITH THE
EXPERIENCE OF YEARS…
HOW MANY ?
WRONG, THERE ARE 6 — no joke.
READ IT AGAIN !
Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F’s before you scroll down.
The reasoning behind is further down.
The brain cannot process “OF”.
Anyone who counts all 6 “F’s” on the first go is a genius.
Three is normal, four is quite rare.
This blog post proves we all have some way to go to improve our sensory acuity to a level of mastery or ‘genius’… So we might as well have some fun along the way!
Today’s post is hilarious – if you have a dry sense of humour and are NOT offended by 4-letter words and other profanity. If you are, just don’t click on the READ MORE.. Button. I realise this is not for everyone, but for those of us who like to laugh at modern life – this is priceless. Enjoy!
Only Click on the More Button if you are NOT offended by profanity.
We need more truth, but I’m not sure we need this much…
Or this much…
But one thing is for sure, we need more truth and honesty from our corporate leaders.
Onward and upward!
Let’s inspire the next generation to see the world in a better way shall we?
As part of my on-going series of lighthearted blog posts, the following is a list of comments a physician claimed are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:
1. ‘Take it easy, Doc. You’re boldly going where no man has gone before!
2. ‘Find Amelia Earhart yet?’
3. ‘Can you hear me NOW?’
4. ‘Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?’
5. ‘You know, in Arkansas, we’re now legally married.’
6. ‘Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?’
7. ‘You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out…’
8. ‘Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!’
9. ‘If your hand doesn’t fit, you must quit!
10. ‘Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.’
11. ‘You used to be an executive at Enron, didn’t you?’
12. ‘God, now I know why I am not gay.’
And the best one of all.
13. ‘Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there.’
The point of these jokes is that we ALL have the opportunity to be witty, funny and make light of a situation without hurting anyone. I recently received a photo of a male friend with his daughter swimming with dolphins. He sent to all his friends and one remarked “Who’s the old guy in the photo?”
I replied – a PODOPHILE… Dolphins swim in PODS…. Get it?!?!
Life’s too short to be too serious – have fun playing with words, being witty, humorous – you’ll soon see what happens to your relationships. They’ll lighten up and you’ll soon realise EVERYONE is more enjoyable and fun to be around when they’re in a good mood.
You could reward your clients with a ‘best joke of the month award’… Blog about it…
A sMILE goes a long way…
This is the last of this incredible series of antimimeticisomorphic phenomena in nature. A circumhorizontal fire rainbow arc occurs at a rare confluence of right time and right place for the sun and certain clouds. Crystals within the clouds refract light into the various visible waves of the spectrum but only if they are arrayed correctly relative to the ground below. Due to the rarity with which all of these events happen in conjunction with one another, there are relatively few remarkable photos of this phenomena.
This is the second to last of the seven Natural Wonders of antimimeticisomorphism that occur without human intervention. True to their ominous appearance, mammatus clouds are often harbingers of a coming storm or other extreme weather system. Typically composed primarily of ice, they can extend for hundreds of miles in each direction and individual formations can remain visibly static for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. While they may appear foreboding they are merely the messengers – appearing around, before or even after severe weather.
Looks like cellulite!
This is the third to last in this series of Mother Nature’s antimimeticisomorphic behaviour… I can’t say I’ve seen any of these in Canada – While many see these apparently perfect ice circles as worthy of conspiracy theorizing, scientists generally accept that they are formed by eddies in the water that spin a sizable piece of ice in a circular motion. As a result of this rotation, other pieces of ice and flotsam wear relatively evenly at the edges of the ice until it slowly forms into an essentially ideal circle. Ice circles have been seen with diameters of over 500 feet and can also at times be found in clusters and groups at different sizes as shown above.
If you haven’t been to Anthony Robbins‘ Date With Destiny – you’ve missed out on a magical opportunity to well, create your ultimate destiny. The program format and content cannot be summarised in a blog post, but what I do what to share with you is one of the PIVOTAL exercises where you come up with your ‘Mission Statement’ that defines your Purpose in life.
Original Version (1997-2009)
“I, Marc Dussault, see, hear, feel and know that my purpose in life is to continue to live my dream and empower others to do the same.”
That was pretty powerful EXCEPT that because I was LIVING MY DREAM, I did not change, modify, enhance or improve it… Also the second half… AND empowering others seems like an additional task, burden or responsibility…
So I changed it to:
New Version (2009- )
“I, Marc Dussault, see, hear, feel and know that my purpose in life is to live and expand my dream empowering others to live theirs.”
This is a MUCH more EXCITING destiny to have. It embraces GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT as well as INTEGRATES leading by example rather than making it a separate undertaking…
I am energised, excited and committed to this new destiny even MORE than the previous one!
Watch this space to see what happens!
This is the fourth of seven occurences of antimimeticisomorphism that occur in nature. Just when you thought you’ve seen everything… Red tides are also known as algal blooms – sudden influxes of massive amounts of colored single-cell algae that can convert entire areas of an ocean or beach into a blood red color. While some of these can be relatively harmless, others can be harbingers of deadly toxins that cause the deaths of fish, birds and marine mammals. In some cases, even humans have been harmed by red tides though no human exposure are known to have been fatal. While they can be fatal, the constituent phytoplankton in ride tides are not harmful in small numbers.
This is the third in a series of amazing natural phenomena… Blue holes are giant and sudden drops in underwater elevation that get their name from the dark and foreboding blue tone they exhibit when viewed from above in relationship to surrounding waters. They can be hundreds of feet deep and while divers are able to explore some of them they are largely devoid of oxygen that would support sea life due to poor water circulation – leaving them eerily empty. Some blue holes, however, contain ancient fossil remains that have been discovered, preserved in their depths.
This is the second edition of the antimimeticisomorphism series…
When a thick lava flow cools it contracts vertically but cracks perpendicular to its directional flow with remarkable geometric regularity – in most cases forming a regular grid of remarkable hexagonal extrusions that almost appear to be made by man. One of the most famous such examples is the Giant’s Causeway on the coast of Ireland (shown above) though the largest and most widely recognized would be Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. Basalt also forms different but equally fascinating ways when eruptions are exposed to air or water.
This series will have you looking at nature in a completely different way. Over the next week, I will be sending you one example of Nature’s antimimeticisomorphic tendencies… I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did when I first saw it!
The mysterious moving stones of the packed-mud desert of Death Valley have been a center of scientific controversy for decades. Rocks weighing up to hundreds of pounds have been known to move up to hundreds of yards at a time. Some scientists have proposed that a combination of strong winds and surface ice account for these movements. However, this theory does not explain evidence of different rocks starting side by side and moving at different rates and in disparate directions. Moreover, the physics calculations do not fully support this theory as wind speeds of hundreds of miles per hour would be needed to move some of the stones.
Vision Boards are a great motivational tool – you should try scrapbooking – it can be a lot of fun – turning your dreary old photos and mementos into real keepsakes… like this one!
Below is a quick chart that a lot of people can relate to. I call it the Then and Now Chart. It’s not meant to be a value judgment, just a realisation some people have about some of the disappointments they have.
Someone very wise drew this for me in my early twenties (and I can’t for the life of me remember who it was…). I’ve quite a few really good mentors and I didn’t note who said what – I just committed WHAT they ALL said to memory…
But here’s the thing…
What my mentor told me is that IF you think ahead (something I now call 20/20 foresight, all you need to do is KNOW where you want to be THEN and plan for it NOW.
I know this sounds complicated, but I’ll give you a very specific example. When I took a sabbatical to finish my doctorate degree, I decided to go work for a company that I selected according to a 20+ point ‘checklist’… One of the conditions I set for myself was that I would be there for 3 years and once I attained my financial and personal goals, I would leave.
It took 3 1/2 years instead of 3, but by the time I left, I had:
What’s the point?
I set out to achieve ALL those outcomes BEFORE I ever applied for a job. I knew THEN what I would want ‘NOW’ 3 years later. I made a pact with myself that I would not ‘sell myself short’ for a job. That wasn’t the outcome I wanted.
With 20/20 foresight it’s easier to PLAN FOR SUCCESS than it is to look back with regret.
I am not saying YOU have regrets – what I am saying is that some people do end up where they don’t want to be and for many, the ONLY reason is because they never set out to be anywhere or anything else.
They ‘evolved by default’ rather than ‘revolutionise themselves by design‘.
It’s easy to hit a target you can see and KNOW what it looks like…
Nearly impossible when you don’t know WHERE it is or WHAT it looks like.
If you’d like to start planning NOW to achieve your life goals and dreams, take a look at my programs – I’ve designed them to be accessible for everyone with a model to fit any budget. Go to www.ExponentialPrograms.com and take a look around at both the Business and Internet Mastery Membership Programs.
I have a very unique and exponential way of seeing the world – it’s a mindset I can teach you, so you start
“Live a life of revolution by design rather than
evolution by default to avoid extinction by stagnation.”
– Dr Marc Dussault –
Today’s post is something that is truly amazing… A close friend of mine was his room mate. This was TRAGIC when it happened, shocking us all that it would happen in Sydney AND to such a nice guy…
I don’t know about the whole miracle thing, but I do know that you should NEVER, EVER GIVE UP…
Read the story here –> Sydney attack victim David Keohane wakes from coma!
People who know me are usually astonished by my ‘keen’ sense of urgency. I’ve been told I have the attention span of a goldfish (3 seconds)… But the reality is that I can focus on ONE thing for HOURS if and ONLY IF it is the highest and best use of my time. I never could have completed my Ph.D. thesis in 3 months without that level of singular focus and concentration…
That being said, several people in the last few weeks have asked me where I got this ‘sense of urgency’ and even though I was partially ‘born with a proactive’ and optimistic attitude, my training in the printing / reprographics industry is where it was ingrained in me at the tender age of 15 when I started working full time as a student.
Printing is NOT about the photocopies, the prints, the binding of the reports, the business cards…
It’s ONLY about TIME.
Doing it FAST.
It doesn’t matter that the brochures are perfect if they are delivered the day AFTER the trade show.
Some people just don’t get that.
Of course you have to do the job right, but that is SECOND to doing it ON TIME.
We used to manage our priorities by changing them AT LEAST EVERY 15 minutes – ALL DAY LONG… Can you imagine juggling 10, 20 or even 30 balls in the air at the same time?
That’s what it was like. I learned from the best. The SINGULAR focus on DELIVERY and SPEED was pervasive.
Back in the 1980′s we spent $1 Million out of +/-$10 Million in Revenue picking up and delivery jobs.
How’s that for commitment? We ran our own fleet of cars and trucks with a full-time dispatcher across 5 branches.
What’s the point?
You need to know WHAT INDUSTRY YOU’RE in so you can have a sense of urgency and IMPORTANCE about what you need to focus on.
So how can you learn to be more PROactive?
Set your deadlines and FORCE yourself to meet them. If that means you have to stay up late until 2 AM – DO IT. Set deadlines that SEEM to be unrealistic and see what happens. I just did a website makeover for a client in 3 days “for the fun of it” to see if it could be done. Now I know that it could be done in 24 hours with ONE day of planning.
Push yourself to keep chasing the clock and you’ll soon realise that your competitors will be left in the dust with nowhere to go.
Or just ignore this blog post and hope your competitors don’t lift their game!
This suggestion from a worried American – he suggests patriotic retirement: There are about 40 million people over 50 in the workforce – pay them $1 million apiece severance with the following stipulations:
Can’t get any easier than that!
Have a nice day.
This men’s underwear commercial is antimimeticisomorphic… Another instalment of fun videos that get you to see the world from a different perspective and viewpoint. I promised you a lot more FUN in 2009 – am I delivering on that promise or what?
I don’t know about you, but I’m having a lot more FUN this year – and people around me keep telling me we’re in a recession… So what?!?! Life’s too short to be too serious.
Start having MORE fun and see what happens to your results and your relationships!
Today’s blog post is courtesy of Personal Breakthrough Creator Yvonne McIntosh. It’s a 16 minute YouTube video that I promise you is worth watching on so many levels. When you have an Exponential Mindset, you understand your role and responsibility in this world is BIGGER than you.
This inspirational video will touch you as it did me – watch it to the end to get the FULL moral of the story.
I have a similar story that ‘validated’ what I did for many employees – about 7 years after-the-fact. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, just believe it’s worth it…
Because you’re GREAT, an AWESOME force for good in this world. Every person you touch is someone who is better off for knowing you. That includes your family, friends, clients and COMPLETE strangers on the street that you come in contact with via a smile, nod or other acknowledgment and validation.
You deserve it because you are fantastic!
As a reader or subscriber to this blog, you’ve now had access to what I call the Exponential Mindset – doing out-of-the-ordinary things to get extra-ordinary results. It’s been fun hasn’t it? Well guess what? You can apply this mindset to investing as easily as you can to Personal Mastery and Development.
I can remember in my early twenties – I bought a handful of investment and wealth creation programs on cassette tapes at the time and my friends at the time thought I was wasting my money. Little did they know how quickly I picked up the strategies of the super rich and ultra wealthy.
I learnt that rich people do stuff ‘the average person’ never hears about. Rich people think and invest DIFFERENTLY. Once I started, I was hooked. I would get returns of 25 to 40% when my friends were struggling to get past 10% annual returns. That was then this is now.
Now, the world is a complicated place with the real estate and stock markets in turmoil, the global economies in a recession – I ask myself an Exponential Question:
What are RICH people doing right now to grow their wealth in the middle of a recession?
The answer: Some of them are leveraging the Internet via VIRTUAL REAL ESTATE.
I have been building my own Virtual Real Estate Empire for some time now and my portfolio has more than quadrupled in the past year – DURING THE COLLAPSE of the stock markets…
So I guess I am a little biased and excited to let you in on this well-kept secret.
I’m having an event in Sydney and Melbourne in May – it’s an Investor Briefing called Wealth Without Worries.
As a reader of this blog – you know how powerful ONE IDEA CAN BE. Imagine if you added them all up and put them to use on a portfolio of sites… What would the result be?
But here’s the thing. Last year, the program completely sold out and that was when the economy was still booming. Now that the stock markets have crashed and the financial and banking crisis have hit hard, SMART investors are jumping into this new wealth creation vehicle.
Go to the events page to find out how you can create Wealth Without Worries leveraging your Internet skills.
I have kept this blog post short because we’re only looking for 20 to 30 people who want to create a passive income portfolio. Last year the program sold out and we’re expecting the same thing to happen this year.
Check it out now – we expect the Investor Briefings to be sold out as well since we’ve reserved only small rooms because this is not a public event – it’s by-invitation-only, for people that I know and understand the Exponential Mindset.
This investment model is founded on doing out-of-the-ordinary things to get extra-ordinary results.
If you don’t have an Exponential Mindset, you simply won’t get the true power of this wealth creation vehicle. BUT with an Exponential Mindset – WOW – you’ll totally get how you can leverage it to create a truly passive income portfolio…
BUT the program is limited to 20 to 30 people. That’s it. Why?
Go to the event page to find out. (Hint #1: Buy LOW sell HIGH and Hint #2: If a lot of people know, it creates a fake bubble = not a good idea!)
Go to the events page now to learn more about the Investor Briefing: Wealth Without Worries.
It takes 3 hours to explain all the ins and outs of this model – it’s a ‘Twist Of The Kube’ that is nothing short of incredible. I can say without hesitation that I am glad I got into this when I did – my Internet Portfolio has more than QUADRUPLED in value during the recent stock market and financial crisis.
Come to the event – the worse that can happen is that you learn some really cool stuff!
This series of antimimeticisomorphism videos is really fun. There is so much talent out there and the opportunities to leverage that are well… boundless. Enjoy today’s video. I was gobsmacked that this was even physically possible. Incredible talent is that – INCREDIBLE!
If you’ve heard the world turning off the lights for an hour, it’s called Earth Hour and IT’S TODAY… It’s a SMALL WAY to make a BIG IMPACT on getting this message across and helping save our fragile planet. Click on the hyperlink >>Earth Hour << to REGISTER so your effort gets counted.
Today’s blog post is a special invitation to an event created exclusively for our most elite Platinum Program Members. Usually, you would never know this event occurred and would not get an invitation. I’ve decided to give you the opportunity to attend BECAUSE of the life-changing aspect of this one skill.
As a reader of this blog, you’ve demonstrated your commitment to the Exponential Mindset – doing out-of-the-ordinary things that create extra-ordinary results.
It’s a one-time-only event and I wanted give you the chance to consider it. You won’t get a reminder about this.
This is a private event – NOT publicly advertised. You won’t find it anywhere on our website.
Please give it serious consideration. This skill, as unbelievable as it sounds, works.
Read the e-mail from start to finish and ask yourself just one question:
Question: What could be better than Speed Reading?!?!
Dear Exponential Mindset Enthusiast,
You should know by now that I have been speed reading for more than 10 years. I taught myself this priceless skill when I decided to go ‘back to school’ to do my MBA and Ph.D – FULL TIME.
Since I was a self-employed entrepreneur, I couldn’t afford the opportunity cost of closing my businesses to go back to school on a full-time basis. I didn’t consider the part-time study option because I don’t have the patience to take what would have been up to 10 years of study…
Just so we’re clear on the value of SPEED READING as a starting point:
If I can speed read at 1,800 words per minute and the average person can only read at 300 words a minute, that means I am 6 times faster.
It means I can read a bestselling book like The Tipping Point, Blink, Simplexity or Good To Great in 2-3 hours whereas the average reader will take 12 to 18 hours.
Those are costly hours. If someone values their time at only $100/hour, that means it costs them $1,000 to $1,500 MORE to read ONE BOOK than it costs me…
To put it another way – in the time it takes them to read 1 book, I can read 6. In the time it takes them to read 2, I can read 12. That contrast should hammer home the need to learn how to speed read NOW!
If you haven’t yet bought my speed reading video program – you simply must do it right now. Click here to DOUBLE YOUR READING SPEED IN LESS THAN 2 HOURS – GUARANTEED.
Have you heard of Quantum Reading? Some people call it ‘Photo Reading’ which I think is misleading. I’ve said over and over again that I didn’t believe it worked because I wasn’t able to find anyone who could teach me and convince me it can be taught to the average everyday person.
That changed last year when I was presenting at an event – Ioho DeBeer was in the crowd and claimed she could (1) read 25,000 words per minute, (2) she could teach me AND (3) teach anyone else.
So I called her bluff.
She trained me 1:1 with the condition that IF it worked and I was convinced it could be taught to others, that I would promote it to my clients.
But there was a problem.
Her course was 3 days long.
I couldn’t afford to spend that amount of time to learn ONE skill and neither could my clients, friends and colleagues.
So Ioho and I designed a SPECIAL EXPONENTIAL version of her Quantum Reading Course – JUST FOR YOU.
This is a one-time-only offer. One day, take-no-prisoners full-on approach to get through 3 days of content in one day.
>> Click here to register now – this is a one-time-only session <<
If you’re keen to make this QUANTUM LEAP – make the time – you’ll gain it back in the time saved Quantum Reading.
If you’re wondering how this works – you’re just going to have to trust me and take my word for it.
The only thing I strongly suggest is that you learn to speed read BEFORE you attend the first session. I believe it will greatly improve your chances of acquiring this priceless skill.
Quantum Reading, like any technique takes an investment of practice, but I am sure you’ll agree that consuming a bestselling business book in ONE HOUR means you could start to read 50 to 100 books per year EASY and that would have a DRAMATIC EFFECT on your income, wealth and/or career.
This is a one-time-only opportunity. I am not planning on promoting or scheduling another Quantum Reading event this year.
Speed Reading and Quantum Reading will become part of my Personal Mastery Program curriculum in 2010, but that’s a year away… You can’t afford to wait that long!
Here’s what you need to do.
Here’s what you will get:
If you have any doubts about this – it’s not for you.
I am only expecting 10 people to attend. This is not for everyone. In fact LESS than 1% of the population speed reads and only a small fraction of them ever go on to Quantum Read…
If you want to learn this life-changing, career-accelerating, profit-enhancing skill, there is only one thing to do – make the decision now to attend. It’s the only chance you have this year. If you don’t attend this Exponential Edition, you’ll have to spend $500 more and 3 days to learn this skill.
Once the 10 people are registered, I will focus on other e-mails and won’t be promoting this again BECAUSE it’s really only for a very select group of people.
You’ve already decided to attend – just register to secure your seat.
>> Click here to register now – this is a one-time-only session <<
Due to the compressed format of this VERSION of the course, it’s not appropriate for grade school students. Only mature high-school and uni students should consider attending. If you have sons, daughters, nieces or nephews who you think are ‘up to it’, this is the gift of a lifetime.
Imagine how this can change a student’s life?
I know that I could not have achieved what I achieved academically, acquiring 5 university-level degrees without Speed Reading – Quantum Reading is EVEN MORE powerful.
That being said, there is no need to ‘sell’ this capability – you either value your time, education and training at this most elite level or you don’t.
As I mention in my Squash Lessons For Marketing, there are spectators, social players, competitive players and Champions.
This course is for Champions.
Champions who know they can Awaken The Genius Within themselves by learning strategies like this that will make them become a lot ‘smarter’ than they are with a lot less effort.
A one day investment (two evenings in this case) that pays off for a lifetime…
I need to say this one more time – this is a one-time-only opportunity in Sydney in 2009. I won’t be promoting this again until 2010. Just so you know… I don’t want anyone saying “but I thought you’d do this again soon…” I won’t until 2010.
>> Click here to register now – this is a one-time-only session <<
This weekend, I’ve been on e-mail with a friend who’s struggling to have a breakthrough at work and I told him this story which I just had to share with you. It’s how I made $500,000 in one weekend back in 1988. it was Victoria Weekend, May 21, 22 and 23.
I started my first company in February of that year. I was so successful that we were operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I had to do something. I decided to automate the digital printing process for CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) files.
I worked 44 hours over 3 days. Literally only stopping to sleep and eat.
44 hours over 3 days. That’s +/- 15 hours a day over a 3-day long weekend.
My friends at the time spent the LONG WEEKEND going out, partying, sleeping in, going to dinner with family, cleaning out the garage, washing their cars, shopping, etc.
I invested in myself and my company. It didn’t kill me (since I am alive to tell the story).
The moral of the story is that I invested 44 hours that weekend and over the next 3 years I sold my ‘SuperCad System’ to over 50 companies across North America that generated more than $500,000 in sales from that ONE WEEKEND OF EFFORT.
7 years after-the-fact I reviewed the SOURCE CODE files and 90% of the files had NEVER BEEN UPDATED = that’s how good the programming was THAT WEEKEND.
What does this mean to you and my friend who is struggling to get a breakthrough?
You are your greatest investment – if you don’t invest in yourself, no one else will. BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE CAN!
If you don’t push yourself, you’ll never do great things.
If you don’t do great things you’ll never get the rewards.
It’s a vicious circle that STARTS AND STOPS WITH YOU.
Now to be crystal clear – I AM NOT ADVOCATING to do this EVERY WEEKEND – God forbid you’d want THAT MUCH SUCCESS…
I am just advocating that if you are struggling with a BIG BREAKTHROUGH, take care of it NOW rather than later and REAP THE REWARDS.
Just in case you thought this was a one-off, it’s not.
I completed my Doctoral Thesis in LESS than 3 months.
By the way, my 500-page thesis included more than 1,200 references, 46 summary tables, 19 figures and a whopping 8 appendices! The file size was so big, Microsoft Word kept crashing forcing me to put the appendices in a separate file! My thesis was reviewed by two International examiners and accepted as-is without a request for any revisions!
Now, I was on a sabbatical at the time, but I often worked 36 to 42 hours straight without sleep. I created 110 MAJOR revisions and DOZENS of updates for each one of those revisions, updating and refining it more than 1,000 times.
That was a MONUMENTAL EFFORT is a very short period of time – MOST Ph.D. students spend 2 to 3 YEARS writing their thesis, that’s 24 to 36 months = 8 to 12 times LONGER than I took.
Bottom line: When you COMPRESS your learning, you also IMPROVE your comprehension and SKILL LEVEL.
Think about it.
If you play a sport EVERY DAY for 4 weeks – HOW GOOD do you get? I think you’d agree you’d be a LOT BETTER than playing once every two weeks for a year…
Guess what? That’s about the same amount of TIME, but NOT anywhere the same result.
So what are YOU going to do?
The ONLY person who will ever know if YOU let yourself down is…. you.
If you have been to Antony Robbins’ Unleash The Power Within event – that’s a 4-day weekend event that changes lives… Why not change your own life THIS WEEKEND?!?!
Today’s post is a short YouTube video I created that shows some of the countries and cities I’ve been to. It was created by Silvia who is based in Bulgaria, using Google Earth via www.Guru.com. You’ll have fun travelling the world with me…
Success is all about getting balance to live a lifestyle that is both rewarding and fun!
Today’s post is a long one. It might take you up to 2 or 3 minutes to read, but trust me – you want to READ the story to get it’s full impact and message. It was sent to me by Dr Malcolm Simons of www.HaplomicTechnologies.com.
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.
To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.
Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.
And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.
Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example.
One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.
He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify
against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.
Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street . But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay.
Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.
The poem read:
The clock of life is wound but once,
and no man has the power
to tell just when the hands will stop,
at late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own.
Live, love, toil with a will.
Place no faith in time.
For the clock may soon be still.
World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare.
He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.
One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.
He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.
His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.
As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.
The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.
Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.
Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.
Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.
Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.
Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft. This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.
A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage
of this great man.
So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.
SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?
Butch O’Hare was “Easy Eddie’s” son.
(Pretty cool, eh! We must all set a good example, every day.)
Today’s post was sent to me by Andrew Powell, a friend of mine in Montreal, Canada. It’s a short 1 minute video of a guy hit by a truck AND a train and lived to talk about it… I’m serious – he got hit by the truck that was hit by the train, 3 or 4 feet from the tracks – you just have to see this to believe it!
Unfortunately you’ll have to wait 10 seconds for the commercial to play before you can see this Incredibly lucky video. Click here —-> http://watch.ctv.ca/news/top-picks/remarkable-survival/
The first moral of this story is simple – if it’s NOT your day to go, it’s not your day…
The second moral of this story is – life is to be lived, you never know when your truck AND train will come. Live it to the fullest and savour every minute of it.
As you know, I competed in the 2009 Australian Masters Games last weekend – I spent it with motivated, healthy and positive people who I find truly inspiring. If you are not physically or socially active, why not take the first step THIS WEEKEND and do something athletic or social – get out there and give it a go…
I published a post last week about my Silver Medal Victory in the 2009 Australian Masters Games and quite a few people sent me congratulatory e-mails and wanted to see what the medal looks like, so I took an up-close picture just for you!
Thanks for all the great encouragement and don’t forget to go for YOUR GOALS and DREAMS!
By now, you know all about the Exponential Mindset’s ability to Unleash The Exponential Potential that is within you and that the Law Of Attraction has a lot do with providing you with what you need, when you need it. A MasterMind Group is taking that concept and philosophy to the next level.
Today’s post is about a guy I met at the 2009 Australian Masters Games, his name is Dr Malcolm Simons.
Truth be told, Malcolm contacted me BEFORE the games because he heard that I was presenting “The Mindset Of A Champion” and was unfortunately unable to attend. He apologised for missing the presentation but said he was going to come watch me play one of my matches (squash) which he did.
That’s what Champions do.
He sent me this e-mail (presented here with permission):
I’m in my 70th year, so playing in the 65-69. In a previous life I played for Oz in 1966 and was 2nd to Geoff Hunt in the Vic State team from ~’64 to ’69. I’ve also got Multiple Myeloma, currently regarded as incurable, which I imagine I’ll transform into a chromic disease, and at which I’m not doing badly after 6 years. So 8 weeks ago I thought I’d provide further inspiration to cancer patients and their carers by starting gym work and re-emerging into squash. “You’re doing what” say most incredulous patients. My 6 children counsel “don’t over do it Dad, don’t you think that’s going a bit far”. As a physician/pathologist and a couple of other ‘ians’ and ‘ists’ I’ve diagnosed and treated patients with my affliction so I’m better connected to the process as it is known, and to the irrepressibly optimistic mindset based on a certain knowledge of the chatter between my brain and my immune system, that is much less well known.
I went on to win the Silver Medal in the Men’s 45-49 age category for squash…
Don’t give up on the story…
Stick with me here…
There IS A POINT TO ALL THIS…
After the competition Malcolm sends me this e-mail.
That’s what Champions do…
Well done on your success. I took the court, so fulfilling my quest to participate, so I’m awarding my-self (body and brain) the gold medal for application after 30 years in only 9 weeks preparation. I was easily beaten because I could barely walk let alone run. Realising that I wouldn’t put a horse back on the track if I was aware of tendon stiffness, so I defaulted to give the opportunity for my opponent to have a substitute to play.
So that’s Phase 1. Now for Phase 2, in Sydney next October! (The World Masters Games!!!!)
Mary Holmes told me that you are aiming for the top 16…
If you are aware of any situation where my person can contribute to the inspiration of others, do let me know. Whether or not, give me a few weeks before proposing to get on the court, and I’ll show you and your game how to move towards top ranking without costing you more application of time than you have apportioned for yourself. I’m aiming for number one in Sydney.
Hang on… just a little bit longer…
BE PATIENT – it’ll be worth it – I PROMISE!!!
Here’s my offer. You are much more mobile than me, both on the court as well as, in the context of my offer, off. You find a way to get to Geelong beginning from April, and I’ll help lift your horizon to mine, which is to win my age group in October. By April I expect to be sufficiently mobile to make it worth anyone’s while to be on a court with me. My time is even more valuable than yours, because I’m living on borrowed time, now for 6 years. When this current chemotherapy runs its course, I currently have only one last option available, and that has to be with an indwelling catheter. In my remaining time I’m fully committed to developing genetic and genomic diagnostic technologies that will be definitive (as detailed in my website - www.haplomictechnologies.com. That occupies me till around midnight and from 5am, or 6am, if I sleep in. So I haven’t made such an offer in the last 6 years, and I don’t expect to make it again. The principal factor in my offer is your mindset, capacity for application, focus, and willingness to learn. If you have an alternative way to accept my offer that work’s better for you, feel free to suggest. If it doesn’t work, that’s fine too, and I’ll see you in October, if not before.
Here’s the point.
Check out Malcolm’s squash accomplishments (in summary):
Plus this guy’s got a colorful life history outside of squash check it out by clicking here -> Malcolm Simons – Genius of Junk (DNA).
So what’s the point?
Here’s a former Champion, multiple-times-over, battling for his life against a deadly disease and he wants to get on the court with me…
How friggin’ crazy is that?!?! C-R-A-Z-Y….!
That’s what Champions do.
I am going to make a special trip to Geelong JUST TO GET ON COURT WITH HIM. I will be honored, privileged and forever grateful for the priceless, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This is how a MasterMind Group gets created.
It happens automatically, magically and unexpectedly BECAUSE the Law Of Attraction makes sure of it.
Put yourself out there, raise the bar and what you need to get to the next level will COME TO YOU.
That’s what Champions do.
I don’t know what you did last weekend, but I spent it with 7,500 other athletes competing in 63 sports, across 70 venues over 10 days at the 12th Australian Masters Games in Geelong, Victoria.
That’s not quite the same number of athletes as the Olympics, but it sure is close!
I competed in the Men’s 45-49 age category in Squash.
My competition started bright and early on Friday morning with a 9:00 AM game that I won 9-0, 9-1 and 9-0 followed by a mid-afternoon match I also won 9-2, 9-1 and 9-0.
What a start to the competition!
My third match of the tournament was on Saturday morning, I won that one 9-2, 9-2, 9-4, putting me into at least a Silver Medal position and into the Gold Medal Match on Sunday.
This was the confirmation I needed that the drills and routines I’d been focusing on are working. I explain in my Mindset Of A Champion Program that you either win now or win later – if you win now (during training) you won’t necessarily win when the competition comes around. By practicing what you CAN’T DO very well, means you’ll lose points now, but you’ll start to win – hopefully in time for the upcoming tournament – later.
The Gold Medal Match didn’t go my way at all, I lost 9-6, 9-2, 9-4.
I spent two hours writing a detailed synopsis of the Gold Medal match (terrible refereeing), but have chosen not to include it here, because out of context, no matter how it’s written, it appears like a poor loser winging about losing which isn’t the point. There are countless lessons learned – the post was originally 4 pages long.
So instead I’ll simply tell you a story from a high jumper who competed at the Olympics (not sure which one).
He was the only one in his sport who trained in the rain for the high jump – JUST IN CASE IT RAINED at the Olympics…
It rained at the Olympics.
He won the Gold.
I will start ‘playing squash in the rain’ so that I am ready the next time it gets messy on the court!
I trust you’re enjoying this series of antimimeticisomorphic examples as much as I am. It amazes me how many different ideas people can come up with to challenge the status quo. Today’s picture is another example of thinking outside the square by manipulating a photo to make a ‘joke’.
Antimimeticisomorphism is all about having a different perspective, prism or viewpoint on things to stimulate people’s interest and move them to action. We are bombarded with messages on a daily basis which means for YOUR message to get through the clutter, you have to come up with something original and different.
Antimimeticisomorphism is when you ‘borrow’ an idea from one industry and apply it in another. It is truly exponential, but most importantly, it’s FUN!
Today’s post was submitted by www.HomeDeclutterAndFun.com aren’t these folks antimimeticisomoprhic? Check out their website to learn exponential tips to declutter your home in fun ways.
I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but it needs to be said. I know too many people trying to get too many things done by others and it makes no sense to me. It’s a common motto in the Information Technology (IT) Software programming community that if you want to get MORE done, throw LESS people at it.
Without getting distracted with the exponential power of MasterMind Groups, when you’re struggling to get everything you need done, done – you might want to ask yourself a really obvious question:
Can I do it myself faster and better?
If the answer is yes – STOP DELEGATING.
I know this sounds self-evident – it’s not.
I am constantly sub-contracting and bringing stuff back in-house BECAUSE the balance and optimal equilibrium changes.
I recently closed my physical office – so now EVERYONE who works with me works REMOTELY. That changes things. That means I have to change. That means SOME of the things I delegated I now have to do myself BECAUSE it’s easier than to delegate REMOTELY.
That also means things I used to do now need to be delegated – sub-contracted to someone.
The lesson for today is quite straight forward:
“Are you spending MORE time trying to manage your contractors/employees than doing something yourself?”
I know what you’re thinking – “… but once I train them, they’ll be able to do it on their own”.
Yes I know the lie you tell yourself over and over again – I have heard myself tell myself this lie.
You have to get a 5:1 or 10:1 payoff for that to be worthwhile as an investment. If you don’t you’re better off doing it yourself.
Trust me a 2:1 or 3:1 just doesn’t cut it – not if you have an Exponential Mindset.
So if you’re not getting a 5:1 or 10:1 stop delegating, get a better contractor or suffer the consequences.
This series of posts is about thinking antimimeticisomorphically. Even I think this one’s ‘out there’ in boldness. It’s a YouTube video of a house shaped like a toilet, with a marketing twist that I must admit is interesting to say the least. In my Business Mastery Blog, I address branding as a key component to Exponential Marketing, but this post is here on my Personal Mastery Blog because this series is about shifting your thinking to an Exponential Mindset.
The videos, case studies and other examples give you a different twist on things that will enhance your creativity and innovative spirit – enjoy!
And don’t forget to put the seat down when you check out!
This submission is from www.HomeDeclutterAndFun.com. Go check it out for simple and easy decluterring tips.
What you say to yourself is 10 times more important than what anyone else can ever say to you – the concept is called transformational vocabulary and Anthony Robbins explains this exceptionally well his books and at his events – if you haven’t been to one of his events, you need to go before he stops doing them!
I have been in sales for more than 20 years and it astounds me how potentially great sales people come up short not because they don’t have sales talent, knowledge or expertise, but BECAUSE they have negative self-talk.
They DESTROY their own confidence when they should be BUILDING it.
In today’s lesson, I’ll pick on a conversation between a sales manager and salesperson role playing a lost sales call. The sales manager is a sales MASTER – he is so good, he could sell snowballs to eskimos!
The salesperson is playing the prospect and in the middle of the best sales call ever heard, the salesperson goes quiet. The sales manager asks “What’s up? Have you decided to buy?”
The salesperson sullenly responds “No, I am really upset at all the things you’re saying that I didn’t say on my previous calls… I can’t believe I didn’t come up with that approach and responses to objections…”
That is a DEATH SENTENCE for a sales person.
Write this down:
It’s not what you didn’t do that matters – it’s what you’re GOING TO DO that matters.
If you are shown the way to do it ‘right’ or ‘better’… TAKE IT, EMBRACE IT, REJOICE AND CELEBRATE IT!!!
Then USE IT!
In squash, the principle is “forget about the last point and focus on the next one. You can’t undo the last rally. That’s gone – forever. You have X points until someone wins the game. The ONE who wins is the one who is focused on the NEXT POINT – THIS POINT, RIGHT NOW!”
That’s today’s lesson – quick, simple and priceless.
If you catch yourself over-indulging in self-defeating, self-abusing behaviour BECAUSE you think if you punished yourself MORE, you’ll ‘get it’, that doesn’t work.
So Stop It!
Nothing is impossible unless you think it is. Watch this YouTube video to see what I mean. As you know, I teach the Exponential Mindset and for some people it’s a nebulous and vague concept. This 43-second video makes it real showing you that nothing is impossible unless you think it is.
The question of the day is:
How many bricks could you carry – in what you do?
Are you as exponential as this guy is? If not, why not? It costs him NOTHING to be TWICE as productive as the next guy – if he’s getting paid by the brick, he makes TWICE as much!
I recently read a book called Venn That Tune – It’s referenced in my Linked In Profile. It’s a unique lateral thinking concept that as a ‘hyper visual’ really hits home for me excuse the kinesthetic pun! That being said, (there I go again with an auditory reference…!) today’s post is an example of how you can describe complex ideas in very simple logic diagrams called Venn Diagrams. It’s very antimimeticisomorphic!
A picture is worth a thousand words as they say!
I was talking to someone recently who was overwhelmed with too many things on his plate and I told him something that I thought was worth repeating here…
Juggling 10 balls and dropping 6 is not like juggling 4 balls.
First of all it’s a lot harder and you don’t look very good dropping the 6 balls even though most people can’t even juggle 3 balls. That’s the point – PUT THE BALLS DOWN AND JUGGLE THE ONES you can handle THEN and ONLY THEN do you toss another ball in the air.
Successful people juggle a lot of balls and the less successful think it’s the way to go – doing MULTIPLE things at a time.
It’s not. It’s a recipe for disaster and makes you look foolish.
Stop it! Re-gain your compose, reduce your stress and improve your results.
That’s it for today – short and sweet.
Today’s post another YouTube video ‘just for fun’ – an example of antimimeticisomorphism. With on-going examples of out-of-the-ordinary things people are doing, what I’m doing is triggering your Reticular Activation System (RAS) to seek out and FIND ideas that can help YOU do the same so you can start to get extra-ordinary results.
Today’s submission is from www.HomeDeclutterAndFun.com. If you want to declutter your home or office, you’ll find great tips to simplify your surroundings so you can focus on what’s most important to you without the distraction of clutter.
If you come across something that is this out-of-the-ordinary, please post it as a comment to this blog – I would love to see it!
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We can talk about being antimimeticisomorphic, but this video says it all in less than 45 seconds. Doing out-of-the-ordinary things will get you extra-ordinary results – Sometimes the result is just something fun, different and amusing.
Of course the lesson for today is… What can you do that out-of-the-ordinary to get an extra-ordinary result?
Even if it’s to get attention and BE DIFFERENT – like this video, that’s still a great thing to do!
Go on and be courageous and daring and see what happens!
If you come across a funny video like this – please forward it on to me or insert it in a comment to this blog…
Anthony Robbins’ Continuous And Never Ending Improvement can be demoralising IF you perceive feedback as criticism, badgering and condescension. I know when I take lessons from a ‘Champion’ level coach, I never feel good about myself during the lesson, but shortly thereafter I get a high that I can’t get anywhere else… Well almost !
Continuous And Never Ending Improvement is a concept that must be used with Transformation Vocabulary when you indulge in your self-talk. If YOU start to badger and de-motivate yourself, you are triggering and reinforcing the Vortex Of Mediocrity and you need to STOP IT!
Only YOU can STOP IT!
Because YOU are the one who started it!
Transformational Vocabulary is magically powerful in its reach and effect.
For example, when I am being coached and I learn all the ways NOT to hit the ball, NOT to approach the shot, NOT to make the stroke, NOT to setup the point, I now have a FULL recipe of things to AVOID and STOP DOING.
That is priceless AND it while it hurts the ego, it’s ONLY temporarily.
You can win now, or win later… Your choice.
I prefer to win later – at the tournament when it COUNTS. But that’s me.
The worst thing that can happen is to PAY for a lesson and find out there is no room for improvement. What a waste that would be.
That has never happened BECAUSE I tell my coaches to hold NOTHING back – if they think I’m slack, I give them the PERMISSION TO TELL ME – DIRECTLY.
And they do.
So if you have a mentor, coach, advisor or REAL friend who gives you constructive feedback – TAKE IT and REVEL in it!
It’s rare that someone will be ‘real’ or authentic with you – MOST people tell you what you WANT to hear, not what you NEED to hear…
You NEED to hear where you can IMPROVE and yes often, that is hard to hear.
GET OVER IT!
If you don’t, you’ll be forever within the Vortex Of Mediocrity – not a good place to be, unless you want to be average…
But if you just wanted to settle, you wouldn’t be reading this blog post would you?
Stay tuned for transformational vocabulary suggestions coming to a blog near you!
First, take a look at this one-minute YouTube video – you’ll need to laugh before we get serious… Now is this an obedient dog or what?!?!
Now for the serious part…
What screen door is holding YOU back?
What negative beliefs are you holding on to that you don’t yet see that are preventing you from opening the door of opportunity?
Hmmmm….. Interesting isn’t it?
I told you I would have more ‘fun’ stuff for you this year. Stay tuned for more! If you haven’t yet subscribed to the RSS feed or the e-mail notices, you’re going to want to do it now so you don’t miss any of these funny posts!
Today’s post is one of those YouTube Videos that shifts your mindset, in this case in 1 minute 44 seconds. It was sent to me by Farhad Khurshed, one of our VIP Momentum Members. Have a quick look and LISTEN very carefully – the paradigm shift that happens is BRILLIANT!
Farhad’s website is www.Copywriting-Results.com go there and take a look!
His USP is:
Copywriting-Results applies unique response driven copywriting techniques that reaches out to the emotional chords of prospects, using tested psychological triggers guaranteed to triple your leads whatever the state of the economy, and is delivered on time and within budget.
Watch this video if you think you’re having a bad day. Nick has no arms and no legs and inspires these kids to ‘Finish Strong’… Get out your tissues, this is one of those incredibly touching videos…
We are either REASONS or we’re RESULTS. Nick chose RESULTS even though he has ALL the REASONS anyone could ask for —
Are you going to finish strong?
Thank You to Laura Hamilton for passing this on to me (and you!)
As I mentioned at the end of last year, I am going to be posting more fun and funny stuff on this blog – they won’t be competing with my Wizard’s Wisecracks, but will nonetheless get you to laugh out loud and hopefully get you to forward the link to friends…
This one was sent to me from a friend in Canada, but is still hilarious regardless of where you live…!
The next time you hear a politician use the
word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about
whether you want the ‘politicians’ spending
YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend,
but one advertising agency did a good job of
putting that figure into some perspective in
one of it’s releases.
A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
A billion hours ago our ancestors were
living in the Stone Age.
A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
A billion dollars ago was only
8 hours and 20 minutes,
at the rate our government
is spending it.
While this thought is still fresh in our brain…
let’s take a look at New Orleans …
It’s amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D) is presently asking
Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild
New Orleans. Interesting number… what does it mean?
Well… if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans
(every man, woman, and child)
you each get $516,528.
Or… if you have one of the 188,251 homes in
New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.
Or… if you are a family of four…
your family gets $2,066,012.
Washington , D.C.
Are all your calculators broken??
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax , Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax upon Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY???
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago…
and our nation (US) was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt…
We had the largest middle class in the world…
and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
Can you spell ‘politicians!’
And I still have to
press ’1′ for English.
I hope this goes around the
US & CANADA
at least 1 billion times
What the heck happened???
Today’s post is a simple one, but something that can IMMEDIATELY reduce your tendency to procrastinate. We all procrastinate, but successful people do it less and therefore get better results, yes with less effort.
I explain the underlying strategies this post is based on in my book “Get The Best Business Results With The Least Amount Of Effort“. If you haven’t yet purchased it, you really should. The title says it all and for $27 it’s a real bargain.
Overcoming procrastination requires that you KNOW WHY you’re procrastinating. One of the top reasons is that you MAGNIFY a problem or TO DO item automatically, without knowing it. You make it bigger than it actually is.
I’ll prove it to you.
Compare the two lists. I guarantee you your TO DO list for this/next week looks like MORE, HARDER, LONGER TO DO than your previous week’s list.
Am I right?
Just like a side rear view mirror on a car, your problems and to do list items appear bigger than they really are.
How do you get around this?
Chunk down your to dos into EASY, DIGESTIBLE PIECES… You know the joke “How do you eat an elephant? … One bite at a time”.
You get the picture. The thing is UNLESS you deal with this magnification problem, you’ll keep hesitating and procrastinating about things you really do need to get done and off your list!
Just remember you are the one HOLDING the magnifying glass!
Many people try to do New Year’s Resolutions, but very few actually achieve them. Today’s posts explains part of the reason that happens or should I say doesn’t happen – you Reticular Activation System (RAS)…
First and foremost, you need to WRITE your new year’s resolutions down on paper. Then you need to expand on each one to make sure YOU are clear about each one means.
For example, one of mine is something like “Expand my cultural horizons’ which to me means travelling, reading and watching movies that are non-blockbuster style productions.
Last night, walking back from a lovely dinner with the view of the Sydney Opera House, Istopped at one of my favorite bookstores where I picked up about a dozen ‘mini books’ on philosophers, ‘thinkers’, writers… George Orwell, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Hobbes, Michel De Montaigne, Soren Kierkegaard, Adam Smith, Voltaire, Lucretius, Leo Tolstoy, William Morris. Each book is +/-100 pages on one seminal work from that author. They are practical to travel with and easy to read in transit. Short enough to capture the essence without being too complicated or extensive to get bored if the subject is not my thing.
The point is that I would not have had the thought to buy them had I not written down my new year’s resolutions and my Reticular Activation System (RAS) would not have ‘zeroed in’ on these particular books, “TELLING ME” to buy them.
Further along on my trip back home, we dropped into the Apple store – absolutely beautiful – and I signed up for their 52 One On One tutorials for $129. Yep $3/hour for 1:1 tutoring… The goal is for them to teach you to use your Mac more so you buy MORE. Brilliant!
I will learn more advanced techniques to mix and edit my audio podcasts to inserting music and jingles, then how to edit movies and presentations and other cool stuff that will save me heaps of time…
Bottom line: Get your new year’s resolutions down on paper and define what each one means to you and watch, listen and feel what happens when your RAS kicks into gear.
That’s it for today – nice and easy and simple, as it should be!
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Today’s post is really 3 or 4 things all wrapped into one. I tripped across something that I just had to give you and it all fell into place from there… Funny how that happens eh?
You know all about my 1 percent improvement doctrine that I have ‘spoken’ about on this and my other blogs… Today’s post is about how it can happen automatically, magically and effortlessly.
By now, you know about Paul Telling’s amazing talent… If not, shame on you and search on this and my other blogs for his name to see what I’m talking about.
Anyway… I was putting the finishing touches on a 3×4 foot poster he created that summarises the 3 days of the Exponential Internet and Business Building Bootcamp AND the 32-page session-by-session MindMap booklet that some very lucky people will be receiving as my gift…
That’s when I came across a document Paul prepared that I don’t think I’ve shared with you. Click on the hyperlink to download it!
It’s the Anthony Robbins 10 Day Challenge MindMapped in full colour!
Isn’t is amazing how you trip over stuff like this when you’re not looking for it?
If you attended UPW, you know all about what this is about – if you don’t you can click on the hyperlink and check out Tony’s new blog…
But the reason I am sending you this now is because it will remind you, in a fun way, about what you should be doing, if you want to hold yourself to a new standard…
If you did do the 10 Day Challenge after UPW, it would be interesting to know what has stayed as a habit and what you’ve slipped on and WHY…
The last point is that there are COUNTLESS hidden assets on YOUR computer right now that you can leverage to YOUR advantage and to your clients’, friends’ and/or family members’ benefit and advantage…
But nothing happens unless you do your 1 percent improvement.
I got up at 2:30 AM to watch President Obama’s inauguration – what a spectacle! I never thought I would live to see the day a black man would be President of the United States, but then again the same was true of the Berlin Wall… This is a great and momentous day for the US and the World.
As a Canadian, I was brought up with full access to US television and its unique ‘culture’. So this means a lot to me. Now as an Australian resident (soon-to-be citizen), I am excited about what this can mean for the world if he lives up to the expectations and possibilities that many (including me) think he is capable of.
The reason I post about this is BECAUSE when history is made – you want to be a part of it. Monica and I have been up since 2:30 to watch it LIVE and see it unfold, much like we did when the Twin Towers were hit in 2001.
This is as much a turning point as 9-11 was for the US and the world – our thoughts are with the Obamas and the new administration as they embark on one of the most challenging but also opportunistic times for REFORM and REJUVENATION.
“Yes we can Mr President, yes we can!”
Today’s post is one of the concepts I learnt ab out 25 years ago that I attribute to giving me laser-beam clarity and focus that astonishes people who get to know me personally. It’s how I got out of technical support and into the top sales position in 12 months.
It’s disarmingly simple. When you are selling (or playing a sport), you are in your own mindspace, thinking about what you’re going to do. If for example, during a sales call, someone says something ridiculous – they take up space in your mind as you grapple with the absurdity of the statement – IF YOU LET IT.
In some cases, a disatisfied client needs to rant, sometimes you just need to listen, but when you ACCEPT it into your mind, it’s there, taking up space and paying you no rent!
You know what I’m talking about…
Otherwise you are renting out your mindspace for free and your sales are going to suffer.
You will lose more points in your game of tennis, squash or score fewer points in rugby, football, soccer…
Stop renting out your mindspace for free.
How? Simple – REJECT IT OUTRIGHT – kick it out like an unwanted visitor. Stop repeating the statements or comments and get your self-talk back on track to close the sale or win the next point.
In squash, I’ll repeat “Focus… Keep your eye on the ball… Wait before moving… Get ready… Breathe…” Near the end of a game it’s “3 more points, Breathe… 3 more points, Breathe… 3 more points, Breathe… 3 more points, Breathe…”
When I am on a sales call, I will repeat the NEXT thing I want to say INSTEAD of repeating the objection or complaint in my head. When the call is over and if the sale was not made – It stops there. I don’t re-play the words in my head again, I don’t share it with my colleagues, reinforcing it. I leave it behind once and for all.
I don’t forget it, because there is a lesson to be learnt, but I won’t let it dominate my mindspace – I can’t afford to let it.
The mind cannot think of two things at once.
You are either thinking what someone ELSE wants you to think or YOU decide.
It’s your choice, so make the choice!
I know this sounds easy to do – IT’S NOT. But it is the difference between winning and losing, making heaps of cash in sales and scrapping by to make a living…
Your 1 percent improvement for today is quick and easy – do what’s bugging you and get it out of the way, right now. You have multiple things on your to do list that have been carried over (over and over and over). Several of them are quick and easy to get rid of.
Get rid of them and witness the relief and sense of satisfaction you get. It’s disproportionate and AMPLIFIED…
I’ll talk about that in my next post, but for today, let me give you some of my simple examples:
Stay tuned for how magnification plays a role in all of this – that’s the next blog post!
In my Business and Internet Mastery Platinum Programs I explain this in much more detail, but I read something recently that really surprised me, so much so I had to publish a post about it.
According to a recent survey of 1013 women in the UK, “Fewer than one in four men give their middle-aged partners frequent compliments.” Just 23 percent of men often tell their wives or girlfriends they look good in their clothes have lovely skin or hair…
Want a more passionate relationship? Give compliments – they are as FREE as they are PRICELESS to give.
This works for both men and women – I just thought it was really disappointing that more than three quarters of the women surveyed were under-appreciated…
Onward and upward!
Part of what we teach in our Platinum Program is the Law Of Attraction – the more you GIVE, the more you GET, but that doesn’t mean you GIVE to GET, quite the opposite. Give the compliment WITHOUT the expectation of reciprocation. Give it when it’s least expected and be genuine – see what happens!
Let me know by posting a comment on this blog – I’d love to hear about it!
Every once in a while, an artist comes up with something that just defies logic and makes you watch it over and over again wondering how the heck does she do that?!?! Don’t dare to miss this amazing video, but first read the following..
This video shows the winner of “Ukraine’s Got Talent“, Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.
The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about $130,000.00
She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.
It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears.
She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.
This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house.
In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.
The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.
Kseniya Simonova says: “I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And there’s surely no bigger compliment.”
A big thank you to Peter Wilson of Oz Cakes for sending this to me. If you come across a video like this, please forward it to me so I can keep sharing incredible talent like this with as many people as possible.
I published a poll on Linked In that asked what an extra hour per day is worth and these are the results which although not scientific, do reflect my anecdotal experience…
The results say quite a bit about how much and how little people value their time.
Interestingly, the results are polarised – either people value their time or they don’t….
More telling is that the higher up the food chain they are, the more they value their time. What do you think would happen if you STARTED to value your time sooner in your career? Do you think that would accelerate your ascension to the top?
The insights continue with older people valuing their time more than younger respondents and WOMEN valuing their time much more than the MEN…!
These are NOT scientific results, just another way of triggering you to THINK about the VALUE of your time. It’s going to be one of the themes of my new Personal Mastery Program and one of the components of the Personal Prosperity Planning System™ that will bring this all together into a power-packed solution.
Stay tuned and keep pushing yourself…
Onward and upward!
To take part in this poll, click on the hyperlink to tell me what you think one extra hour per day is worth to you. More information on the Personal Prosperity Planning System™ will be available on my website – www.MarcDussault.com soon…
I recently released part two of my 1 percent improvement concept, you can view it below. As I edited this YouTube video, I realised that there is a part three that is so fundamental that I need to insert it in here until I record the third instalment of the series
Unfortunately, when I talk about 1 percent improvement, some people think it’s about ‘doing stuff’, but that’s not really the point. We all ‘do stuff’ every day. 1 percent improvement is about IMPROVING something every day. Like these examples…
Examples of 1 percent improvement:
So there you have it – it’s not about ‘doing stuff’, but IMPROVING the stuff that you are doing, 1 percent at a time. When you give it time to compound, you’ll be amazed at how EFFORTLESS it is to create results that astonish and amaze others…
Onward and upward!
I hear it all the time – “You’re so lucky”… In fact I believe in the Law Of Attraction and that you create your own luck, just like these 5 people did. Watch this YouTube Video to see what REAL LUCK is!
The point of this video is to get you excited about GETTING LUCKY – THINK LUCKY and LUCK will come your way. I’ve already published a post on you get what you focus on and a follow-up post just in case you didn’t think this stuff works…
To CREATE LUCK, you have to FEEL LUCKY… Otherwise it doesn’t work.
It’s not rocket science, it just is what it is – LUCK.
Onward and upward!
You just have to see this YouTube video to believe what one person’s act of kindness can create – an avalanche of goodwill at ‘no cost’… Truly inspirational!
Click here to see how an Exponential Mindset can make a difference!
Onward and upward!
This was forwarded to me by Platinum Member Andrew Booth from Queensland – he’s truly focused on creating goodwill in the world – thanks Andrew!
Watch this space in 2009. I am going to include a LOT more FUN stuff than ever. Life’s too short to be too serious, plus having FUN has been proven time and time again to boost productivity, creativity and innovation.
Fun is the foundation of antimimeticisomorphism, when extra-ordinary results are produced from doing things that are out-of-the-ordinary. Go on and click on the hyperlink and check it out. There’s a reason why I have a website dedicated to it!
See you in the new year!
What can I say, what a year it has been… riding the wildest roller coaster we’ve ever seen!
This is a time for reflection, introspection and yes a little bit of self analysis.
I highly recommend you write it in your journal so you have your key distinctions, insights and ideas for years to come. Of course you know to be creative, outrageous and ‘colour outside the lines’!!!
Once you’ve sat on the proverbial couch and reflected on the past, it’s then time to look to the future that awaits you… 2009.
2009 is the opportunity of a lifetime with chaos reigning everywhere, creating boundless opportunities out of thin air for all of us to leverage – exponentially. In big bites or tiny morsels, depending on your appetite for growth and expansion.
2009 is YOUR year, when all the investments of the past come together, as a ‘mind meld’ that combines your learnings to give you breakthrough after breakthrough just when you need one.
2009 is THE year when you start to TAKE ACTION, in both big and small doses because you know it’s time for you to move forward and put the past behind you once and for all. NOT because you don’t like your life, but because you know you deserve more – a lot more.
2009 is the turning point you’ll remember for a lifetime, when ‘things changed’ for you. Like turning the pages of a book, you start to write the NEW CHAPTER of your NEW LIFE, as you want to live it. You know this is now possible because you know what you know and that’s enough to get started. You also know that there is stuff you don’t know you know, but since you know it, you’ll soon discover you know you know it and voila! you’ll have a breakthrough to take you to the next level of performance, awareness and maybe even ‘sense of being’.
2009 is your ultimate performance, just as though you were in a play, on stage. It’s when you become the person you’ve always known you could be. You step onto the stage on January 1st and COMMAND THE STAGE with your PRESENCE, AURA and CONFIDENCE. You transfix the audience who are your friends, family and colleagues to utter silence and amazement that you have ‘found yourself’ and are ‘being yourself’. The performance starts on January 1, 2009 and lasts a lifetime. YOUR LIFETIME.
2009 is when the calendar switches over and in an instant puts the past behind you. Once and for all, forever. Never to be lived again. A distant memory. A recollection to help guide you in the future whilst remembering only the good and priceless lessons that needed to be learnt to bring you to this point in time. The point in time that is…
2009. Step into it…
Onward and upward!
Psst! This card was created by the one and only Paul Telling of Melbourne Australia who helps you to visualise and monetise all your sales opportunities by turning boring documents, presentations and speeches into re-usable engaging unique masterpieces that impress your audience and save you time and money!
The postscript for today is not 2008, the year that was, but 2009, the year that will be…
Here is the Wordle of the list…
I’ve been reading a book called “Made To Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath, which I highly recommend – it’s on my Linked In Reading List.
The premise of the book is that some ideas ‘stick’ and are remembered whereas others are quickly and easily forgotten.
That’s why success is like a carrot…
You know what a carrot looks like and you also know that if you have a WHOLE carrot, chances are you’ve sliced one up into like disk-shaped pieces…
That’s what success is, just like a carrot, you need to know how to slice up your understanding of what it is you’re trying to succeed at (the whole carrot). The more slices you can make (more distinctions you understand) the better the chances of succeeding and achieving the goal/outcome/result (the whole carrot!)
Of course the carrot has a motivational aspect as well – the stick versus the carrot…
I prefer to go for the carrot than avoid the stick!
That’s my thought for the day – I’ve used this concept in my product Squash Lessons For Marketing in a fun way. Highlighting 29 lessons from the court with parallels in business.
I mention this, not to sell you the product, but to highlight that you should aim to do the same as you seek to go for the carrot – whatever that may be for you…
Onward and upward!
In their book, Chip and Dan use case studies to make their points ‘stick’. You should get yourself a copy of the book because if something doesn’t stick, it gets lost – often forever.
The other aspect of getting stuff to stick is for YOU to remember important STUFF. I discuss that on my Get The Best Grades Blog, but it’s important here because a lot of people learn stuff, but for some reason it doesn’t stick.
From my Get The best Grades Blog, you know it’s what you don’t know you know that is truly exponential and the more stuff sticks, the more exponential you become BECAUSE what you don’t know you know becomes what you know you know and the process starts all over again, 1 percent improvement at a time!
You simply must view this YouTube video… SHIFT HAPPENS!
Onward and upward!
There is nothing more to say except that you need to watch this video every once in a while so that you maintain and expand your Exponential Mindset.
If you want to start making things happen NOW, you need to start learning about NLP.
Yvonne McIntosh is someone I fully endorse – she explains what Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is in plain English…
Now that you know what it’s all about, read my blog post that leverages Yvonne’s skills to help my
clients and prospects create instant breakthroughs.
Onward and upward!
If you have 20 seconds, I’d like you to answer this one-question poll…
It’s something I am testing on LinkedIn.com.
>>> Click here to vote on what one extra hour per day is worth to you <<<
That’s it for today – I am testing this and of course will let you know how it works out!
Onward and upward!
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In a previous post, I evangelised that you BECOME the Inspiration…
I got quite a few (private) responses to that post that triggered finding the list below…
Have you noticed that once you MAKE A DECISION to do ‘something’, magic starts to happen? You find stuff to help you out, people send you e-mails or call you to give you another missing piece of the puzzle…
Yeah I know it’s powerful stuff, but a discussion for another day.
Today, I want to give you list that I came across while I was training for the 2008 World Masters Squash Championships… I think, no make that I KNOW you’ll appreciate it.
Onward and upward!
If you come across lists like this, please pass them on and share them – they are much more powerful and influential when SHARED… Plus they make awesome Blog Posts!
Joe Shaw’s Mental Tip of the Day
101. The path to success consists of knowing your outcome, taking action, knowing your results and having the flexibility to change until you are successful.
100. A winner walks into the desert and views a garden.
99. The best committee is a committee of three with two absent.
98. A camel is a horse designed by a committee.
97. Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill.
96. Lead me not into temptation, for I shall find it myself.
95. Don’t straighten up the mess or you will foul up the system.
94. Only someone who knows where you come from can take you where you going.
93. It is only the mind’s capacity to believe what is possible that limits the body’s ability to achieve it.
92. Complacency is the short route to extinction.
91. People who say it can’t be done should not interrupt people doing it.
90. Happiness lies not on having what you want – but wanting what you have.
89. When you are captured by a cause, reason and tolerance disappear.
88. He who only fills stomach lets head go hungry.
87. You only fail when you have given up.
86. Learn to command by learning to obey.
85. From the moment you decide no one will defeat you – no one can defeat you.
84. It’s the last blow of all that drives the nail home.
83. If you are afraid of taking risks you join the society of failures.
82. Never lose a single chance. It doesn’t come everyday.
81. The dreams of the future are better than the history of the past.
80. Your positive thoughts should be continually re-charged and only you can do that.
79. Your problems are merely opportunities to build your future.
78. The way to prosper suddenly is by the other person’s errors.
77. The path to success consists of knowing your outcome, taking action, knowing your results and having the flexibility to change until you are successful.
76. No matter how much we believe in a concept we must remain open to other possibilities and continuous learning
75. The first step towards excellence is to find the beliefs that guide us to the result we want
74. Belief is the foundation of excellence
73. Success is the continuous journey towards the achievement of pre-determined worthwhile goals
72. I love my work – it enables me to enjoy poverty
71. The fault is not in our stars – it’s in ourselves
70. If you can control your thoughts – your body follows
69. Past thoughts equal present performance – present thoughts equal future performance
68. You become what you think of most of the time
67. Performance = self esteem
66. Without a leader you are a body without a head
65. Players are divided into three groups: 1. Those who make things happen, 2. Those who watch things happen, 3. Those who wonder what happened
64. Obstacles are the negative things you see when you take your mind off your goals
63. If it is to be – it is up to me
62. The past is the dream of yesterday – The future the dream of tomorrow
61. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak up and prove it
60. I’m not disorganised – just flexible
59. He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife.
58. A diplomat is someone who thinks twice before saying nothing.
57. Commitment – To be a winner all you need to give is all you have.
56. Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten.
55. Perception is all there is – There is no reality.
54. Where you stand on an issue depends on where you sit.
53. Height is only measured from the neck upwards.
52. Loyalty is above all values.
51. Anybody who isn’t confused doesn’t know what is going on.
50. Only the pain of a hard workout will save you the agony of defeat.
49. People often say that they have found themselves – but the self is not to be found. It is created.
48. Depression is self pity – elation is self glorification.
47. When all is said and done – there is more said than done.
46. Like pins, sports people are useless when they lose their heads.
45. A junior sports person’s hardest task is to learn manners without seeing any.
44. The greatest undeveloped territory in the world is under a sports person’s headband.
43 A player can lose many times but he is only a failure when he blames somebody else.
42. Some sports people are like blotters – they soak up everything then get it all backwards.
41. Prior planning prevents poor performance.
40. If it’s too tough – play marbles.
39. A habit cannot be tossed out of a window. It must be coaxed downstairs one step at a time.
38. You will have more spic – if you have less span
37. There is never enough time to do it correctly, but always enough time to change it.
36. The unhappiest man is the one whose expenditure of words is too great for his income of ideas.
35. Call me decisive – but never before noon.
34. A sports person who never reaches the top is similar to a bachelor – he never finds out how many faults he has.
33. Don’t give up – often it’s the last key in the bunch that opens the door.
32. If you don’t shine as you think you should – try cleaning the light before blaming the power station.
31. Drinking doesn’t drown sorrow – it irrigates it.
30. Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
29. The man who sings his own praises is a soloist.
28. If you want to break a bad habit – drop it.
27. When you argue with a fool – make sure he isn’t similarly engaged.
26. Excuses are worthless. Your coach won’t accept them and your opponents don’t need them.
25. If at first you don’t succeed – you’re like a lot of other sports people.
24. An acre of performance is worth a world of promise.
23. Why worry about which side your bread is buttered on – you eat both sides.
22. If we never make mistakes – we never make anything.
21. The pathway to enlightenment is not in the destination but in the journey.
20. Bad luck is just another name for poor performance.
19. The sports person who rests on his laurels is wearing them in the wrong place.
18. God gave us two ends – one to sit on and one to think with. Why do we get them confused?
17. The only people you should want to get even with are those who have helped you.
16. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
15. Don’t stand on your dignity – it often slips.
14. Ignorance is when you don’t know something and someone finds out you don’t know.
13. Advice is something all players need, we sometimes give, and we rarely ask for and seldom take.
12. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
11. It’s not the hours you put into your sport but what you put into the hours.
10. The player who proves to be as meek as a lamb always ends up in a stew.
9. Wisdom is remembering all of the time that you are a bit of a fool.
8. Learn from mistakes of others. You haven’t got time to repeat them.
7. It’s never too late to learn, but sometimes we learn when it’s too late.
6. It’s no good looking ahead unless you walk that way.
5. The player who aims at nothing always hits the mark.
4. The road to success has many travellers because so many people get lost trying to find the short cuts.
3. Opportunity never knocks for those not worth a rap.
2. The only thing that will come to a kid who waits is whiskers.
1. Great thinkers with knowledge will always encounter violent opposition from administrators with mediocre minds.
There is no time like the present to ‘BECOME the inspiration’.
There are two stories being played out in the media these days: (1) the financial and stock market meltdown and (2) the catalyst for change – President Elect Barack Obama.
You’ve heard enough about the financial fiasco, but you might not appreciate the Obama story and how it can apply to you…
BECOME the inspiration.
That’s right, when you get depressed or discouraged, BECOME the inspiration that others look toward for THEIR guidance, leadership and motivation.
BECOME the inspiration.
Think, act and feel as though YOU are the source of power, intelligence, solutions and boundless possibility.
Deepak Chopra said it best when he said:
Release yourself from the expectation of the outcome so you can tap into a discontinuity gap in the universe to instantly synchronise with a non-local correlation that will trigger a quantum leap of creativity and innovation to help you manifest infinite knowledge and boundless possibilities enabling a conspiracy of improbabilities that create your ultimate destiny.
Easier said than done?
Actually I think you’d agree that in this case it’s easier done than said!
With that in mind, trust your ‘gut’ instinct and do what is brave, courageous and adventurous without being reckless. Do what you know is right and needs to be done.
BECOME the inspiration and you’ll be fuelled with energy, enthusiasm and passion like never before. People will reward you in magical ways by following your lead when you…
BECOME the inspiration.
Onward and upward!
This is a concept about ‘being’ – let your intuition guide you. If you don’t know how to do this, you need to read Laura Day’s book called “Practical Intuition”. It’s a great book with a title that is self-explanatory.
It’s for anyone who knows that if they tap into their greater sense of self, they can be truer to who they are and as a result produce better results with a greater sense of authenticity and sense of ‘wellbeing’.
I realise this might be little ‘out there’ as a concept, but you know as well as I do that there are countless moments when you have a choice to make and when ‘inspired’ or ‘unmotivated’ it’s easy to take the easy way out, one that sub-optimises the result or outcome…
Make the RIGHT decision that you KNOW and FEEL is right and just observe how that transforms who you are, how others see you and the results you produce.
In these tumultuous times, there is no greater need for inspirational leaders which brings me back full circle to President Elect Obama – he is an inspiration to hundreds of millions AROUND THE WORLD because this is HIS TIME to..
BECOME the inspiration.
Make it your time too.
I am not much of a golfer, I have played a TOTAL of 20 rounds of 18 in my entire lifetime…
But I can usually play a round under 100 which is better than most social golfers.
That is a blog post for another day.
I wrote about the concept of stop doing what’s holding you back in a previous post on my Internet Mastery Blog.
Today’s lesson is the lesson of aiming for the center of the green instead of the hole.
Watch this video to fully grasp the meaning of NOT doing this.
Phil Mickelson is one of the all-time great golfers which proves that even the best struggle with this simple concept.
I often hear of people trying to thread the needle when they can’t even HOLD the needle let alone the thread in their fingers.
Simple examples include:
Aiming for the centre of the green reduced my golf score by at least 10 shots, if not 20. It’s easier said than done, but y’know what?
Once you experience it for yourself and win games BECAUSE of this one strategy, you’ll soon get hooked – TO THE STRATEGY (and maybe even golf!).
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Stephen Covey of ‘The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People” covered this in his book called “First Things First”. The reason I am posting this lesson for you is because it’s priceless in its simplicity and elegance.
In a recession when the going gets tough, you need SIMPLE and EASY strategies like this one to keep you winning the game of business and life.
Going for the center of the green means creating VALUE for clients and KNOWING that the money will flow. Once ON the green, it’s easier to putt than to chip in from the rough.
One last quick story: I had a friend who was in industrial real estate and for 3 years made $15,000 of base salary with $15,000 in operating costs (car, fuel, repairs, etc.) which meant he made no money. BUT he kept thinking he would make a killing on a big deal (the hole in one). Unfortunately he never got his hole-in-one
By the way, Ruben Putrananda who is a golf enthusiast sent me the golf video – go check out his website www.homedeclutterandfun.com. He’s upgrading it using the 1 percent improvement principle so you’ll want to bookmark it and take a look at it in a few weeks/months as it evolves!
A lot of people wonder where I get my motivation from…
Which is a hard question to answer because it’s the circular logic of RESULTS motivate me to get RESULTS that motivate me to get RESULTS…
That being said, I’ve been optimising my YouTube videos as part of my 1% improvement regimen.
In the last week, I increased my average views by 50% and 100% in the last month as shown below.
I don’t know about you, but that’s motivating!
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
I hear the REASONS all the time why people don’t get RESULTS.
The thing I don’t get is why people resist doing the 1%. I’m not being simplistic here, I really mean 1%. I spent MINUTES producing these results, not hours.
Tony Robbins calls it Continuous And Never ending Improvement (CANI!) and it works by COMPOUNDING the results which is why it’s truly exponential.
That motivates me and KEEPS me motivated.
Wouldn’t you be pumped and juiced if this was happening to your YouTube videos?!?!
So there you have it – where I get my motivation… R-E-S-U-L-T-S.
You might not know this, but I was a nerd in high school. A total nerd.
I was in the Mac I Computer Club, didn’t play any school sports, didn’t run for class president and was never part of the ‘in group of cool kids’.
What do you call a nerd 10 to 20 years after graduation?
How does that happen?
It’s either through technical genius or salesmanship.
Guess what? If you’re not born a technical genius, I can’t help you with the first way to become a millionaire, but I can help you with the second…
When I graduated from high school with honours, then went on to Pure and Applied Sciences in College followed by Engineering School, I morphed from a nerd to Geek.
That’s Geek with a capital G.
What’s the difference between a nerd and a geek? A nerd is a ‘stupid’ or unskilled/unknowledgeable geek. A geek is an ‘educated/skilled’ nerd.
I started my professional career as a Technical Support Specialist in Road Design and Surveying, making $26,000 in 1985. Even though that was a LOT more than my fellow classmates who were making $15-18,000, I wanted to make more, a LOT MORE.
That’s when I came across Brian Tracy’s tapes. Yes, they were tapes back then.
I bought his tapes and while I was driving around (20,000 to 30,000 kilometers/year) I listened to them OVER and OVER and OVER again to transform my communication from Geek to PROFESSIONAL SALESPERSON. I listed to them so often, I actually had to replace a few of them because of wear and tear!
The transformation took weeks. Not sure how many, but within one year, I switched into sales and DOUBLED my salary to $52,000 which ‘back then’ was an incredible accomplishment for a 24 year old, it’s like $100,000 today.
I bought more and more tapes and within one year launched my first company that I started with no money down, to building it 3 times faster, with double the industry average sales per employee, with a fraction of the industry’s employee attrition rate while consistently producing twice the profitability of my competitors.
I haven’t made less than $100,000/year for the past 20 years.
My secret for outstanding sales—> Brian Tracy’s Sales Strategies.
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Sales and communications is a KEY PERSONAL MASTERY SKILL. For $39 you’d be a fool to pass this up. I’ve always told people – LONG BEFORE I EVER JOINED EMPOWERNET that Tony Robbins helped me become the best person I can be, Jay Abraham assisted me to become the best business person I can aspire to be and Brian Tracy the best salesperson I can ever dream of being…
If you don’t already know, I retired from the rat race in 2005 at the age of 42. That doesn’t happen by luck. It happens by design. One of the foundational keys to that happening is Brian Tracy’s sales strategies. $39 is an absolute bargain. I paid full price when I bought my tapes – do you think I’m complaining?
Go ahead and buy them now – time is money and with this recession, you need to know how to out-sell your competitors more than ever.
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
You probably don’t know HOW I was able to build my company 3 times faster, with double the industry average sales per employee, with a fraction of the industry’s employee attrition rate while consistently producing twice the profitability of my competitors.
I used to hold 2-day retreats with my employees. They were marathon sessions. All-day Saturday and all-day Sunday from 9 AM to Midnight – WITH NO PAY. That’s right, I didn’t pay them to attend. We would spend the entire weekend focusing on personal development strategies. We would do this every 3 months, or 4 times/year.
Their reward – PERSONAL GROWTH and the FINANCIAL BONUSES I would pay based on RE$ULT$. One employee DOUBLED his salary in one year and another got a ‘surprise’ $8,000 bonus that made him cry. He thought I made a mistake on the cheque, that it should be $800, but when I told him it was correct, the bonus WAS EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS, he cried and said “I’ve never seen a cheque for that much”. I can use this as the WHOLE down payment on a condo…
It was intense, it was life changing, it was amazing. I miss those days of total intensity and focus.
I made Brian Tracy’s, Tony Robbins’ and Jay Abraham’s strategies available to my team and FACILITATED and MENTORED them as I now do with our Platinum Members. These are people who are still life-long friends.
That is how RE$ULT$ are created. Standing on the shoulders of giants like Brian, Tony and Jay.
We absolutely reveled in it.
Go on and get these classics and transform yourself into the best salesperson you know you can be.
Today’s post is from Gulliver. Gulliver works with me as our Results Catalyst.
Please note: Only edits for style have been made.
I realised today reading your Personal Mastery blog, that even though you play at a higher level, you face challenges just like me, you aren’t invincible, you aren’t superhuman.
I never thought of you before as someone who could “not win”.
Seeing that vulnerability inspired me, because in business, even though there might be no one who can compete with you, the people who let you down are your vulnerability.
Having to depend on people who don’t believe in themselves as much as you believe in them…
I have been one of them, maybe not as much as others but nevertheless I have impeded your progress with my failure to meet the standards I need to meet to succeed.
I used to have a freak out before every[(Tae Kwon Do] belt grading, but Graham [martial arts master] would say “if I am asking you to grade, you’ve already passed”.
I remember one day thinking to myself, “s_ _ _, Gulliver, he’s a freaking 5th Dan Black Belt who are you to argue?”
I still got nervous but I threw myself at every grading like I had no fear.
I need to adapt that to what I do here, if you are asking me to do it, it isn’t just possible, if YOU think it can be done, it already HAS been done.
Raising the bar to the required standard sometimes seems an almost insurmountable obstacle, especially if you “want it” but don’t believe you are capable.
Then when someone like Marc or Graham says, “you can do it” you stand in the shadow of the mountain of their achievements at the clouds above and think, REALLY?
It was like that in my relationship with Graham too, but he’s been doing it for 20 years, it’s easy for HIM.
Sometimes, OFTEN I have thought “but that’s easy for Marc to say, he’s a sales machine, a millionaire, a genius, there’s no one like him, how can I aspire to that level?”.
His expectations are just… TOO HIGH.
But today I realize something about business success, that I knew already about martial arts, luck, genius, natural talent has nothing to do with success.
You got where you are the same way I am getting where I want to be, by taking it on the chin sometimes, by failing and trying again.
I sorta forgot about logic, that everyone starts as a white belt, even guys like Marc.
That means I really can be more like you, one day. It isn’t impossible… unless I give up on myself
As a martial artist and in my life I want to be a true warrior, a great salesperson, and from what I can tell so far they are very similar…
And to excel I need your leadership, which means I needed to be able to be led, I am coachable, but like all people I sometimes lose belief in myself.
But when self belief runs out I discovered I can push myself to do things, out of the loyalty I feel toward you for the time you spend on me, that makes me able to do things I perhaps was not able do for myself.
Here is a Martial Arts Analogy
You are the Martial Arts Master, I am the student, what would I do to make sure I honored your mentoring?
What wouldn’t I do to meet the grade if this was Tae Kwon Do?
Once in the sparring ring at a grading at the parent club, I once shrank inside, quivered when I had to spar Graham, my master.
As you get more experienced you begin to realise your opponents capacity to destroy, you feel your vulnerability more keenly.
In a split second I rallied and executed a jumping turning spinning heel technique (which was far ahead of my grading material) which whizzed past his nose surprising everyone in the room most of all me…
[Click here to see the technique on YouTube].
As you can imagine that takes some doing, but never having done it before, having fallen in class trying to pull it out, what a stretch it was!
I realized later that Graham is waiting for the day I can beat him, that he LOOKS FORWARD TO IT and that to be worthy of him I needed to give like this all the time.
And on that day, I committed that I would never back down, that I would give 100% in everything I did in his class because I wanted to honor him.
I pulled a move I had never successfully executed in class and made it FLAWLESS because I didn’t want to let Graham down in front of HIS master. Every time Graham brings a student to grade, HE is being graded.
Like I said, I can use this distinction when I feel low to rally.
Would I fail to step into the ring and spar if Graham asked me?
Will I fail to step into the ring when you ask me?
Thank you for being my teacher.
You hear it all the time, people are ‘successful’ but unhappy…
That’s because they don’t have the 7th Step to Lasting Change – A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT.
Without a positive environment, you are destined to be unhappy, frustrated or otherwise unfulfilled.
That was the last step that I needed about 10 years ago when I attended Anthony Robbins’ Date With Destiny event in Palm Springs California.
Little did I know WITHIN 3 YEARS I would end up living in what I consider to be one of the most beautiful ‘big cities’ of the world – Sydney, Australia.
“It all happens for a reason.”
Even so, you can create your environment – I did that moving to Australia, living in a sub-penthouse unit with a clear and unobstructed view of Sydney Harbour and playing squash competitively.
Elite athletes are a positive bunch of people who THRIVE on a challenge, progress and self/personal development.
Create your destiny by CHOOSING your environment. You don’t have to move halfway around the world to do it, but you do have to make a conscious effort to make it happen.
In a few weeks, I’ll delve into this a little more, this week’s all about squash and the distinctions of competing at the highest world-class levels -
I played my last match today – I lost, no make that I was beaten in the semi-finals of The Mens’s 45-49 Main 8 Plate in four games.
I was beaten on the day by a player who played better all-around. I gave him a run, he was gasping for air as much as I was at the end, but when all was said and done, he won, and deserved it.
This concludes my first International Squash Tournament and I have to admit it’s been a lot of fun – eye-opening and the catalyst I need to get myself to the next level.
The best thing about this week is that I played my best in every single game – I had the consistency of mind as well as the physical stamina. I don’t feel sore, tired or drained. I expected that based on my fitness regimen and preparation. More on this in a later post…
So on this note, I’d like to say thank you for all your good wishes and encouragement – it’s helped make this experience truly memorable.
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
I’ve said it all week, but I want to repeat here one last time – surround yourself with the people who are going to help you achieve your dreams. Your current success or lack thereof is a direct reflection of your peer group.
I know that’s a value judgment because it’s a fact.
Winners like to be around winners.
The more winners you surround yourself with, the better your chances of success, but y’know what? Even if you don’t ‘ultimately succeed’ [There is only 1 champion], I know that you’ll have a LOT MORE FUN than the alternative.
I realised something quite profound this week: It’s not really fun playing in a competition. When you look at the competitor’s faces, they are focused, nervous and tense.
The FUN part is the RESULT that confirms that all the training and preparation worked.
That for me is the FUN PART. Learning a new shot, developing a new skill, improving a stroke, understanding my body better, educating myself about nutrition and maximising my agility, speed and quickness.
Competition is just an ‘exam’ that tells you how you stack up. NO ONE likes exams… But anyone who has mastered a skill understands they are necessary.
I look forward to tomorrow when I get back to Sydney and can start my training for next year’s competition…
NOW I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO WORK ON!
I won my match today. Decisively. 9-0, 9-2, 9-2.
Today’s lesson is so simple but so powerful it’s a classic.
STRATEGY will beat TACTICS 9 times out of 10.
Yesterday TACTICS won the games, but it might not have worked if I was able to apply my STRATEGY and be 2, 3 or 4% tighter with my shots… The games were not runaway victories…
Today was all about STRATEGY over TACTICS.
My opponent today has a TACTIC that he uses and I am sure it works for him – it’s the TACTIC of intimidation with a bump and grind interference game – the goal is to get in the person’s way as much as possible and get lets and strokes awarded and keep the other guy off his game and make sure he never gets to use his STRATEGY.
That works UNLESS someone has a STRATEGY to counter-act this TACTIC.
Growing up playing competitive Ice Hockey, a little intimidation and a few collisions from time to time brings back very fond memories…
So that TACTIC doesn’t work on me.
AND it works against the person who RELIES ON IT TO WIN, especially one who doesn’t have the talent or STRATEGY to adapt.
So I stuck to my STRATEGY and took the match in what must have been less than 15 minutes in total.
In case you want to know what the strategy is…
Just put the ball away from where you are – LITERALLY. That way he can’t be interfering with you if he’s chasing the ball all over the place! BECAUSE this is his TACTIC, he’s not used to running for the ball, so my shots don’t have to be as accurate which makes it EASIER for me to actually win.
It’s a great feeling when you can turn someone’s TACTIC against them – kind of like in Judo when you use the other person’s weight and momentum against them.
Fun stuff when you’re SMART enough to know the STRATEGY and then good enough to deploy it!
Now that I got the squash stuff out of the way, I guess the lesson for business and life is pretty self-evident, but just in case, here it is.
Whenever someone runs a pattern or TACTIC against you, there usually is a STRATEGY that can counteract it effectively – first, neutralising it and second, leveraging it to your advantage. If a competitor is TACTICAL and aggressive about a particular TACTIC, you can learn to counteract it and USE it to your advantage.
Competitors who are TACTICAL usually have 1, 2 or 3 TACTICS at most. With a STRATEGIC approach, you can easily win the game.
Once achieved, you dictate the game, pace and outcome.
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
As I discuss in my books “Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort” and the business person’s edition “Get The Best Business Results With The Least Amount Of Effort“, I play squash to expand my Circle Of Influence™.
As I do that in squash, I begin to see parallels and comparisons in my personal, financial, emotional and business lives that until that moment remained hidden. Those awakenings are priceless lessons in self-awareness that make the journey enlightening and rewarding beyond description.
I get to see and be with the best in the world doing what they do best. As I observe, as an ACTIVE PARTICIPANT in the process, I can extrapolate my own experiences, emotions, thoughts and feelings to other matches and situations as I simultaneously interpolate and interpret other people’s experiences within my own new, expanded Circle Of Influence™.
I urge you to do as I suggested a few days ago that you really should (if you’re not already doing it) engage in something OUTSIDE of work that inspires, motivates and empassions you to become the best at it.
This can be a sport, musical instrument, hobby or body of knowledge.
Start today and take one SMALL ACTION and you’ll soon realise you’re on the path to self-discovery that will embolden and empower you to consider boundless opportunities with timeless abandon.
When you’re ‘there’, someone will have to remind you that you’re “45″ and not a teenager running around a white room chasing a little black ball..
But it won’t matter – you won’t care because you’ll be having the time of your life, living it as you should – to the fullest, care free and with child-like abandon!
Today’s match was disappointing – the best way to put it is even Superman has Kryptonite…
I played an ‘unorthodox’ player today who wasn’t better than me technically, but came up with the non-tradition shots that I couldn’t respond to due to lack of match experience.
This was the one thing I couldn’t avoid this year because I haven’t played a single tournament in the last two years. With my travel schedule with a lot of weekend events, it just wasn’t something that was possible..
I lost in three games, knowing that there is NO CHANCE WHATSOEVER that this will happen again next year. NONE, NADA, ZIP, NYET, ZERO.
This is why competing at ‘this level’ is priceless. This isn’t a squash blog so I won’t bore you with the squash distinctions, instead I’ll give you some ‘life lessons’:
With all that in mind, I leave you with one thought.
I hate to lose, I really do.
But what I hate more than losing is NOT WINNING. Winning requires that you lose to learn the lessons that make you better. Once you let go of your ego (yes, I know that is not an easy thing to do…) and re-direct your focus to IMPROVEMENT, then and only then can you get back on the ‘winning track’.
I was speaking to a top grade player and she mentioned that everytime she got to the next higher grade, she had to run around like crazy all over again because what worked previously no longer worked at the new, higher standard… That is a priceless insight that’s hard to find anywhere else but at a world-class competition, straight from the mouth of a champion!
That means I have to MAINTAIN my fitness BECAUSE I am going to need it when I get to the next ‘level’!
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
If you know me well, you know today has been a tough day for me, but what keeps me resilient and always ‘setting a new standard’ as Tony Robbins says is that with excellence (outstandingness or extraordinariness in Tony’s terms) comes a sense of confidence that mastery gives you the ability to DICTATE the game.
That is what I am striving for and I know without a doubt I have the talent and ability to ascend to that level.
On a day like today, that’s what keeps me going. I feel the pain, hurt and disappointment like anyone else would – I wanted to win today, but I lost.
I lost because I didn’t have the level of mastery to DICTATE the game.
But I know what I need to do to get that level of Mastery. That’s what I came to discover and it’s CRYSTAL CLEAR to me know – and yes the crystal was green today… very funny!
If you’re a squash fan or addict – the reason I know what I need to do is because at championships like these, there are seeded players and unseeded players. In the first rounds, seeds play players with a lot less talent and ability – yet the ‘unorthodox’ shots don’t win the game BECAUSE they do things SPECIFICALLY to counter-act them…
That is what I didn’t know I didn’t know that I need to know!
By the way, using a metaphor like Superman and Krytonite helps me deal with the situation as I evaluate and assess my progress.
Without metaphors, the Vortex Of Mediocrity™ can have a devastating and debilitationg effect.
Today was one of those surreal experiences – we’ve all had them. Kind of like a time warp.
One minute, I’m fine tuning our Marketing Autopsy that allows people to self-diagnose where they’re at with their marketing and the next minute I’m on the court, playing at the World Masters Squash Championships…
Today’s lessons are that I learnt that I was able to win and dominate my opponent today BECAUSE I made a conscious decision MONTHS AGO to gauge where I was THEN and where I wanted to be NOW. Winning decisively tonight (9-0, 9-2, 9-0) was only possible BECAUSE I consciously made improvements in my game, strategy, mindset and EXECUTION.
I have to admit I’m pretty happy with myself right now, but I also have a serene sense of confidence that I can repeat this tomorrow and the day after that.
My Physics teacher in high school, “Mr Lancione” made a point of this that has stayed with me ever since. “The mark of a true professional is consistency.”
I saw that on the courts tonight – even at the WORLD CLASS LEVEL.
I see it in business every day. People going about their business with a hit and miss approach and ‘hoping for the best’. That just isn’t a recipe for success.
I would much rather put in the effort (investment) that pays off for a lifetime.
But then again, that’s just me.
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
I am really enjoying having this conversation with you on a DAILY basis. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am. This is an exciting experience for me and it’s part of my ‘Voluntary Simplexity‘ Philosophy of establishing balance in life.
Life is too short not to be lived to its fullest. Go ahead and do something you’ve been putting off and give it a go this week. Just have fun with it and see where it takes you.
You might be surprised where that path may lead!
Most importantly – ENJOY the journey, that’s what life is all about. We all end up in the same place at the end.
One friend says to another at their best friend’s funeral “I wonder how much he left behind?” to which the other responded “ALL of it.”
By the way, if you want to do the Marketing Autopsy, you can go ahead and do it online as my GIFT to you.
This evening I played a ‘top 8′ seeded player who taught me a few lessons:
So there you have it, my lessons from today’s match which ended 0-9, 2-9 and 3-9.
With handouts it’s very deceiving – I actually played quite well, but not good enough to win. We had 15 to 20 really good rallies that I was very happy with – for now.
With this experience I now know what to aim for. I now know, without a doubt, how good I can really be. This is the first time I saw myself in another really, really good player. That is the GIFT I take with me as turn the page and focus on tomorrow’s match!
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
If you’re wondering why I picked up squash in my mid thirties, you’d have to read my book “Get The Best Business Results With The Least Amount Of Effort” to get the full explanation of the Circle Of Influence™, but in simple terms, I use squash to expand my circle of influence by design.
I am forced to deal with issues of discipline, perseverance, challenge, confrontation, limiting and empowering beliefs, self-discovery, health, nutrition and fitness to name just a few.
For example, when I was in my twenties, I ate anything I wanted and didn’t care about ‘nutrition’ and certainly didn’t understand the biochemistry of health at all.
Squash has forced me to focus on peak physical performance that is enhanced with mental self-mastery. I am now an avid reader of mind-body, eastern-western medicine judging on RESULTS that I can produce for myself and my ‘inner circle’.
It’s made me feel 10 years younger with vital health and energy that I otherwise ‘never’ would have discovered.
But best of all, it’s been fun – in fact it’s so much fun I often have to pinch myself to believe that I get to “continue to live my dream and empower others to do the same…”
I mean c’mon.
I’m literally halfway around the world from where I grew up (Montreal, Canada), living in a beautiful city (Sydney) and now I’m in magnificent and pristine New Zealand playing squash with the best in the whole world…
It just doesn’t get any better than this!
No, no, no…
Winning is not necessary for the EXPERIENCE to be life-changing and unforgettable.
Once again, don’t forget the difference between the OUTCOME and REWARD.
I can’t make this point too strongly.
Winning is the REWARD for the OUTCOME…
My first International Squash Match ends in… victory!
I played really well against a formidable opponent. I got off to a quick start in the first game with my serve that was quite effective today.
The second game was a lot closer than the 8-2 deficit I found myself in – He got points on his serve whereas I just kept getting and losing the serve = no points for me
From 8-2 down, I came back playing MY GAME WITH DISCIPLINE. I knew if I stuck to MY GAME, I could win. It took time, but I ended up winning 10-8.
The third game was a lot closer than the first 2 and I varied the pace to upset his rhythm – that worked to give me confidence even though he got an early lead. I knew that DISCIPLINE would win the day. At 7-7 I engaged my secret ritual and brought it home.
I have to admit I am proud of myself and have to give a shout out to my training partners – Nick, Michael, Ken and Simon as well as a special mention to Paul from Adelaide – he’s knows who he is… His tips made the difference today.
Tonight’s match is with a top 8 seed player and I am going to give it my best shot.
Lessons for today:
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist and Squash Addict
As I teach in my book “Get The Best Business Results With The Least Amount Of Effor“, I took 3 pages of notes and distinctions about what I did, didn’t do, what worked and what didn’t work. There is no other time when those thoughts and ideas will clearer within my Reticular Activation System than RIGHT NOW.
Don’t forget to do this yourself when you have a big sales victory of your own…
It’s a priceless strategy to ensure your on-going progress and improvement.
Today’s post is courtesy of Sandy Boldiston.
It needs no introduction other than it ‘came to me automatically’… How freaky is that?!?!
So get to it! Create your vision and new destiny!
If you are technologically challenged, you can collect photos from magazines and create a ‘dream book’ of images…
Whatever you do, BELIEVE this stuff works – because it does!
I am competing at my first World Masters Championships – a thought I manifested YEARS AGO. I can remember the day – that’ll be a post of its own. For now, share with me another ‘dream come true’ for me.
Celebrate it with me, for me AND FOR YOU – pick a dream that is just as audacious as this one was for me…
Pick one that you’d be thrilled to have.
For me, competing at this top level is truly a dream come true. It’s a goal that has kept me focused, fit and healthy for the past several years. I feel at least 10 years younger, stronger and healthier than my birth certificate reflects.
I’m 45 and can wear the same pants I wore 20 years ago. Not many men my age can say that. As we age, it’s a struggle to keep the weight down and stay fit. Having a goal like this has been MORE than enough to keep me disciplined.
Of course the NEXT GOAL is to WIN games and at some point a division or plate…
First the dream, then the reality!
I’m off to play my first match… Wish me luck!
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
We get what we focus on – the more you focus, the more your chances of getting ‘it’.
You need to do it from a place of authenticity, honesty and integrity. Don’t force it… As Deepak Chopra states:
“Release yourself from the expectation of the outcome so you can tap into a discontinuity gap in the universe to instantly synchronise with a non-local correlation that will trigger a quantum leap of creativity and innovation to help you manifest infinite knowledge and boundless possibilities enabling a conspiracy of improbabilities that create your ultimate destiny.”
If you haven’t read the classic book by James Allen, “As A Man Thinketh” published in 1937, you simply must get it and read it.
It’s available for FREE as a PDF on the Internet although I would recommend you go out and actually buy the book – it’s a source of inspiration that I am sure you’ll agree is worth the investment.
Anyway, today’s topic is about manifesting outcomes and results that you seemingly have no control over.
Today is the day BEFORE the start of the 2008 World Masters Squash Championships and I’ve been here in beautiful Christchurch for the past 2 days to acclimatise myself to the time zone, weather and surroundings.
I know that 2-hour time zones are quite hard for me to adapt to. I’ve been around-the-world more than 10 times and found that the 6 to 8 hour time zones are easier on me than the 2-3 hour ones for some reason.
The point of today’s blog is that I needed to get on the court today and selectively chose to go to the club where I am playing my first match tomorrow. That way I know how long it takes to drive there and I can have a mental image of the courts, changing room, etc. so that I can feel more comfortable tomorrow since it won’t be ‘new’ to me.
I also chose to go WHILE the parade of nations and opening ceremonies took place to increase my chances of getting on the court to have a hit. Yesterday, at another club where the tournament is being hosted, I was told all the courts are booked non-stop until the tournament kicks off on Monday.
When I got to the club – no one was there!
The front door was open, but not a single person was there. They left the door unlocked by mistake…
So I had the whole club to myself to get on EACH court and have a hit to see what the walls, floor and tin are like…
Even I was amazed to have been able to manifest such an outcome!
I was a little concerned about the temperature since it’s cooler here than in Sydney at this time of year, but as it works out, I play on an air conditioned court and that’s more or less equivalent to the conditions in the club which will bet a lot warmer when all the players and spectators are there.
The great thing is that I got to have my hit. The great news is that I was hitting well, confident and relaxed.
Wish me luck tomorrow – I believe in luck! I want all the luck I can get!!!
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
This blog is not all about me, it’s about my personal experiences – this week my squash competition – and how they can relate to you.
I could have just as easily accepted what the person told me yesterday and NOT gone to the squash club this afternoon. I woud have ‘worried’ about things for nothing – now I feel confident and relaxed.
That’s important when you compete – to be in ‘peak state’.
In your life, your business, it’s the same thing – MANIFEST your results by being convinced they can happen and MAKE THEM HAPPEN.
I know, I know you think this is surreal and impossible – that’s why it won’t work for you.
You have to start SMALL and work your way up…
I tell people to start with parking spaces. The next time you go shopping, manifest a GREAT parking spot. Even if you don’t know where you will be shopping. THINK POSITIVE and see what happens.
When I was teaching organisational behaviour to MBA students, I challenged all 35 students to get a BETTER parking spot than me – the result: I parked the closest to the front door of the building EACH and EVERY week for 12 weeks in a row. It became the ‘introduction’ to each class as everyone compared to my spot…
The stronger the belief, the better the outcome!
This is a really tough distinction to explain.
The statistics are shocking. Only 7% of the population knows the OUTCOME they are trying to achieve, leaving a whopping 93% partially or totally clueless.
Add to that the confusion between the OUTCOME and the REWARD.
Recently, I had a conversation with an Internet Marketing enthusiast who when I asked what his OUTCOME was, responded “I want to drive a BMW and fly Business Class”.
That’s the REWARD of the OUTCOME, NOT the OUTCOME he needs to aim for.
The OUTCOME is what you want to achieve, the REWARD is what you end up with ONCE you have achieved it.
That’s a big part of the problem people have – they are focused on the wrong target.
There is no question that focusing on the BMW is motivational, but the REWARD would be a 7 or 8 series instead of a 3 series IF focus actually shifted to the OUTCOME that leads to the REWARD.
For my squash competition, the OUTCOME is for me to play my best and the REWARD is to win games.
In business, I have the OUTCOME to create MORE THAN $20 MILLION in value for my clients and the REWARD will be the profits I take home AFTER my clients have been served and paid me.
Can you see how I wake up in the morning with a completely different mindset?
If your focus is on the REWARD – you’re trying to make as much money as you can and your brain gets confused rather than clear.
You could be confusing your suspects and prospects by offering “Personal training products for 400 pound elite athletes who need to lose weight.”
If you had clarity of OUTCOME, you’d have focus and you’d go full-on with an approach that could be directed toward
I am sure you’ll agree that either one of these strategies can work to give you the REWARD – the issue is that the OUTCOMES are completely different even though the REWARD is essentially the same!
Yeah I know it’s a “conundrum and dilemma wrapped up in a paradox.”
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
This is not semantics – this stuff is THAT important.
It might take a while, but when you do ‘get it’, it will Unleash The Exponential Potential™ that is within you, waiting to be set free.
If you don’t know your OUTCOME, how can you possibly expect your suspects and prospects to select you and do business with you?!?!
If you are focused on your REWARD – the client has no place in your mind – NONE.
That is one of the reasons you’re not succeeding as much or as quickly as you would like.
Yes it’s here – my Personal Mastery Blog!
I know quite a few of you were wondering when it would happen…
After all I have a Business Mastery Blog an Internet Mastery Blog and a Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort Blog…
Why not add the PERSONAL component to triangulate the Exponential Mindset™?
I wasn’t ready until now AND I wanted it to be launched commemorating my entry into the 2008 World Masters Squash Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Yes, if you don’t know, this is my first international competition after winning an Open Men’s B Championship in my very first squash competition in 2005 and my first Master’s State Divisional Championship that same year.
That’s when I decided I wanted to give the international ‘circuit’ a go…
So here I am in Christchurch… Playing in the 45 to 49 age category to see where I rank within the top 100 in the world…
It’s going to be fun. LITERALLY.
This year is all about surveying the terrain, determining where I am within the top 100 to determine where I want to be NEXT YEAR when the Championships are in my home town of Sydney, Australia!
In fact next year it’s the World Masters Games that include ALL the other sports! It’s an event even BIGGER than the Olympics due to the sheer number of competitors.
NEXT YEAR is when I want to ‘peak’. That’s what THIS YEAR is all about -> NEXT YEAR’S COMPETITION.
I hear it all the time in business – everyone wants to make a quick buck TODAY. They rarely think of the consequences, costs and risks of such a short term strategy.
In my case, this is an ‘open draw’ which means the luck of the draw will determine who I play. I can end up playing 5 players who are way, way better than me. I have no ‘say’ in that whatsoever. That’s just the way it happens.
NEXT year it’s ‘divisional’ which means the draw is set according to ability, so unless someone outright cheats, players of ‘equal’ ability compete to win their ‘division’.
That’s what I plan to do – determine where I am NOW in the top 100 and set my sights on X positions higher NEXT YEAR.
In business it’s no different. If you plan to try to win ‘NOW’ and don’t know the rules in play, how can you possibly EXPECT TO WIN? If you just took a little longer to analyse the situation and ask a DIFFERENT QUESTION, you’d get a different ANSWER.
In my case, my ultimate outcome is that I want to get to play my BEST squash before I turn 50.
Once the DECISION has been made (WHAT), then and only then do I figure out HOW I am going to achieve that.
I need ‘match experience’ and I also need to know how good the top 100 really are. I need to get on the court and slug it out to see where my strengths and weaknesses are WITH players my age – back home, everyone I play is younger and fitter than I am, with one exception (more about him later).
There is NO SUBSTITUTE to being here.
But I am not here to WIN – I am here to PLAY MY ABSOLUTE BEST.
Yes there is a difference.
You know what I’m talking about consciously or subconsciously.
I want to PLAY MY BEST so that I know what to IMPROVE for next year.
If I came here just to win, I would have reinforced really bad habits that might have worked to improve my chances to win NOW, but would reduce my chances to ‘peak’ next year.
I’ll give you an example. I do what’s called ‘breaking my wrist’ on my backhand swing. It reduces the power I can get from the stroke. If I just wanted to ‘win now’, I would keep breaking it and would be playing ‘better’ right now. By not breaking my wrist, I am not as ‘good’ right now as I could be, but by NOT doing it I will have SOLVED the problem by the time next year’s competition comes around. If I kept breaking it NOW, it would take me MONTHS of practice to undo the accumulated ‘muscle memory’.
Does that make sense?
In business the same thing applies. Often, I really, really want to help someone, but their bad habits are so ingrained that after 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years that they are too hard to change and he/she doesn’t have the discipline to create a NEW, BETTER HABIT.
In reality it’s not as much about discipline as it is VISION – seeing beyond TODAY to lay the foundation of a BETTER tomorrow. I call it a decision-making horizon.
So there you have it – the FIRST POST of my Personal Mastery Blog. Two years in the planning, it’s finally here!
The final point I want to make for today – I mentioned it earlier, is that SUCCESS, any success is all about the OUTCOME…
Mine is to PEAK at playing squash before I am 50. There are several reasons for this.
I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I will have fun writing it. It will truly be a labour of love for me as I know that there are a lot of people like me out there who want to ‘get into the mind of a champion’…
With your permission, I will invite you into this world as I continue to push…
Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault
Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist
If you want to wish me luck, please ‘Dussault’ by adding comments to this blog as the DAILY entries are posted. That will totally make my day and my experience that much more special!
Throughout the week, channel positive thoughts and energy to me – squash, like many other sports requires luck. All the shots that are up count even when they are hit off the frame… I need and want ALL THE LUCK you can send me!