Kahlil Gibran

November 4, 2009

“I have learned silence from the talkative,
toleration from the intolerant,
and kindness from the unkind;
yet strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.”

Kahlil Gibran


Uneasy Truth

November 4, 2009

Initially, I felt discomfort every time I read ETR, because it wasn’t always easy having to admit and face some rather brutal home truths. Then I started implementing your advice and learned to turn all that firepower to my advantage. I look forward to ETR every new day now. It is changing the way I do many things.

What Are You Waiting For?

November 4, 2009

Have You Done That One Great Thing? NO? What Are You Waiting For?
By Michael Masterson

Time passes so damn quickly. And as you get older, it speeds up so much that, if you don’t do something about it, your life will take place without including the person who’s buried deep inside you.

What did you want to be… or do… when you were a child? And what kind of dreams have you had since?

Do you still have ambitions you haven’t achieved? Of course you do.

We all have dreams. And we’re all guilty of putting off those dreams.

In my case, fiction writing too often takes the back seat to other things. During the course of a normal workweek, I manage a half-dozen sizeable businesses, consult with a half-dozen more, write ETR, write business books, learn languages, and practice new skills. I’m no goof-off.

But I still regret every morning I don’t work on a novel or short story or screenplay or poem.

So be honest with yourself. Have you achieved all of your most cherished dreams? Are you even working toward them? Do you even remember what they were?


subconscious rewiring

November 4, 2009

‘subconscious rewiring’ effective:

1. Intensity – Imagine putting your hand on a hot stove… that’ll
teach you!

2. Repetition – Remember learning poems… We can still recite some
on autopilot!

3. Synergy – When conscious mind and subconscious mind are aligned
and work together… that’s what you’re really after.

Attitude determines everything

November 4, 2009

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do. I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Plan a ME day for doing only things that YOU want

November 3, 2009


Plan a ME day for doing only things that YOU want: Are there things that you love to do but feel silly indulging them? Does guilt prevent you from not making time for things that don’t seem important but you’d get pleasure from? A wonderful gift of self-love is taking a whole day off from doing work to just do fun things. I don’t just mean the work that pays bills. It’s healthy to spend free time NOT doing laundry, cleaning, and other chores. Declare a ME day! Call in sick and just stay home alone, preferably when everyone is out. Then look in the mirror and declare, “I deserve to do whatever makes me happy!” And cater to yourself!

Do you want to spend the whole day in bed reading or watching old movies? Do it! You don’t have to tell anyone what you did if you feel funny. I once had an exhausting few weeks. I scheduled a ME day to take advantage of my video store’s two for the price of one special rentals. I got four videos the night before my day of indulgence! I also bought some fattening treats that I rarely allow myself – a small bag of chips, a candy bar, and some splurges for lunch and dinner. Notice I got small things so I wouldn’t have leftovers beyond my ME day.

I slept late. Then I watched a movie, in bed with breakfast. After the first movie, I checked out things on the Internet that I normally have no time for. At lunchtime I watched another movie in bed. I did some stretching and got back into bed with my third movie and the snacks. I read during dinner and then took a leisurely bath with some wine. The last movie lasted till bedtime. Oh, I was already in bed! So I happily went to sleep.

That day relaxed me in an amazing way. We owe it to ourselves to consciously experience joy. Figure out what you’d like to do and do it! Watch cartoons, old movies, read, play video games, sleep, go hiking, have lunch out with a book, shop, go to the movies, or anything that puts a smile on your face. I’ve occasionally taken a bus from Manhattan to Atlantic City, just to wander on the beach for the day. Me days are for YOU. Make them yours. I plan smaller ME times regularly and look forward to doing what I want, all for ME! Having a ME day is a great way to reinforce self-love.

The 4 Stages of Learning a New Skill

November 3, 2009

The 4 Stages of Learning a New Skill

Stage 1. Unconscious Incompetence. This is when you don’t know how to do it, and you don’t even know that you don’t know.

Stage 2. Conscious Incompetence. This is when you know what you don’t know, and you begin to work on learning it.

Stage 3. Conscious Competence. This is when you know what you need to know — and you can do it. But it takes all of your concentration.

Stage 4. Unconscious Competence. This is when you can perform the skill without even thinking about it. It’s now a habit.

pithy aphorisms of Zen / the Art of Making a Living

November 3, 2009

The scene is repeated at 7 a.m. every morning. Millions of people roll over and hit the buttons on their alarm clocks, dreading the fact that they will soon be heading off to jobs they consider drudgery, mere vehicles for paying their bills. The lucky ones will only dislike their jobs a little bit. If they’re really fortunate, they’ll find work tolerable, even though it falls short of satisfying their yearnings. A handful of blessed individuals will actually feel happy as they walk into their jobs, knowing they’re heading for work that brings them fulfillment. But once you’ve committed 40 hours a week to something, shouldn’t it give you joy?
If Zen has anything to say – about getting through life in this world, almost all of it can be summed up with the axiom – don’t plan on staying around, shed excess baggage, find what was there – before you were born! That isn’t the message in this book. It is too long-winded. The best ideas in it could have been presented in a third of the space used.

Zen, as I understand it, revolves around simplifying one’s life and shedding the burdens of the world. I didn’t see that here.

If your a painter, your not going to reach your full potential using paint by number kits. If your a web designer, you will not be at the top of your craft if you rely upon point and click software to do the work and thinking for you. You have to go out and learn it and do it for yourself to truely master anything.

As George Bernard Shaw has once said “I hope to be thuroughly used up”.

how to find happiness in your current job as well as life in general.

thought provoking and moving. Makes one, open the mind and heart to a more enjoyable experience in life/work. Several teenage friends read a few pages and had a hard time putting it down. A book for the person that is not into lying, someone that is interested in an honest life…not too many people can live a life like that. For Honest living.

a true visionary


Noam Chomsky

Shoved into square peg, deadened, working for money. –Or Doing work that is not work, Real fun. –There IS No finer, better book on this subject. Author truly Brilliant. He makes it possible to choose/Have Life meant to have. After (filling in questions) will know more about you, Right place, than imaginable. Anyone at fork in the road/’over-achiever‘/confused/
complacent/every 15 yr-old. –Or: Life as just another cog
at the whim of ‘hot field,‘ down-sizing, politics…. Bon Apetit.

hether it be by finding a “better job” or finding a job that fits your personality type. The “Zen” book goes deeper than mere quick-fix career books by presenting us the opportunity to go on a journey to discover our purpose for being here. Given the time we are living in now, I think more and more people are recognizing their desire for meaningful work.

I read prefaces to maximize the use of the book. Yes, the author gave 5 ways to use the book but to start off with this universal study of man’s place in the cosmos isn’t my ideal of how to get my career planned.

After an unsuccessful and frustrating career as a cog in the corporate wheel, I took some time off, bought this book, and sat down with a pen.

he written exercises in this book will blow your mind with their ability to clarify what is important to YOU in your life’s work! Then, after clarifying what is important, you are led through the steps of investigating your possibilities.


November 3, 2009

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*How to legally; get the answers to virtually any test ahead of time

*The 10 stupidest things students do to sabotage their own success (Do YOU do any of these dumb things!?)

*How to get your professors to give you the benefit of the doubt when grades come due

*And many, many more shameless secrets to college success!

Finding Your Passion

November 1, 2009

Finding your passion is not only the key to happiness, but also the key to business success.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.

You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.

ou basically show up every day and find a new problem waiting for you. It might be an employee threatening to quit or a customer who is upset or a problem in manufacturing, but if you love solving problems, then you will like being a chief executive. Business in general is not best learned in the college classroom but by doing it — by being in the foxhole with bullets going over your head.

You have to give things up. Safe things, sometimes things you worked hard to get. But it’s worth it.