Quote on Greatness

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“Find a better way to do just about anything. There’s nothing that can’t be improved. You just need to be curious, aware, and go deep below the surface to find those 1,001 little things that can be the difference between mediocrity and greatness.”

 

Danny Gilbert

January 29, 2007. life, Passion, personal, Personal Development, Work. Leave a comment.

Push Your Advantage

“Identify where you can have or can create an edge over the rest of the world doing something you enjoy. Then push that advantage to extremes.”

Otis Booth

January 29, 2007. Passion, Personal Development, Work. Leave a comment.

Great Quote, “Listen To Yourself”

Listen to yourself. Be guided by your real passions and convictions, not just by what you think might get you ahead in life.

James Sorenson

January 29, 2007. life, Passion, personal, Personal Development, Work. 1 comment.

Give *Yourself* Permission

“Don’t make the mistake of waiting for someone to give you permission to do what you love.”

Unknown

January 29, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

To Succumb to Violence: Modern Life

The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence.

The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his work for peace. It destroys her own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.

– Thomas Merton

January 29, 2007. life. Leave a comment.

There are No Limits

positive-emotions-3.jpgThere are no limits.

The thing about life is that it is so simple. What you perceive and believe, becomes real.

So all of this “stuff” that we carry around with us about our childhood, our not being good enough, or feeling insecure – THAT becomes real.

But if you continually think about and visualize success and abundance, these perceptions create a reality that aligns with your belief of success

Remember, above all else: Beliefs become things.

January 27, 2007. life, Passion, personal, Personal Development. 9 comments.

Who Prospers?

Salon recently ran an article about the website Prosper.com, a site that allows individuals to lend money to strangers. The article explains:

“Prosper is a marketplace brimming with woe. In this respect it is not so different from a dating site, except that on Prosper people are looking for money, which is immeasurably more useful, and often harder to come by, than love. Love will sometimes find you in the dark when you least expect it, and change your life. This almost never happens with money. If you aren’t born with it, there are really only two legitimate ways to get it: You work for it, trading your time and effort, or you borrow it, putting on the line your reputation, assets and future income. For vast numbers of Americans today, the first option simply isn’t working out, and the second choice — borrowing — has become a way of life. (emphasis added)

As the Salon article pointed out, many Americans simply do not earn enough even enough to get by.

While many people carry on their lives as if this is somehow normal or inevitable, a recent talk I had with a homeless man provides a dead-on metaphor. This particular gentleman is well-spoken and friendly, but he is also homeless and is therefore forced to spend his days asking for money outside of a local drugstore (enough to eat and hopefully get a cheap room for the night). I chatted with him during several trips to the drugstore before deciding to have a real conversation. I asked him about his situation, how he’d ended up homeless, and whether he had any family to help him out. He said that, yes, several family members back home in Indiana had begged him to come home and had offered to send him a bus ticket. I asked him why he did not go home to Indiana. “Because,” he answered, “things haven’t gotten bad enough yet.”

When you don’t have a roof over your head or money to pay the bills without resorting to debt, things are certainly bad enough.

This is a drastic example of your prosperity consciousness manifesting in your life. For this man, having a roof over his head that he paid for was “too much” to envision — at least for now. For many, having a home/apt., food to eat, decent clothes and a bit of spending money is enough.

For those with an abundance of prosperity consciousness, life is about freedom and having enough to have the great home/clothes/education, etc. while also having enough money to allow for freedom to travel, write, spend time with family, or do whatever makes you happy. Life is meant to be abundant.

January 27, 2007. life, personal, Personal Development. Leave a comment.

What is Your Purpose?

runners-images.gifWe are all here for a purpose, because we chose to be here.

This purpose is not necessarily one thing, but several or many.

Many of us are dissatisfied with our daily lives because we feel it is just that – another 24 hours spent doing our job and then going home, doing what we are told to do.

You are here, in this lifetime, because you have a purpose or perhaps several. All of these purposes are exemplary because they are yours, and yours alone. If you do not pursue them, your life will begin to eventually unravel as you pursue that which is not yours and is not meant to be yours. You will encounter obstacles, setbacks, and disappointments, some of which will seem baffling.

Yet once you acknowledge and pursue what you truly enjoy, obstacles will fall away, chance encounters will occur, and life will become easier, richer, and more abundant.

January 27, 2007. life, Passion, personal, Personal Development, Work. Leave a comment.

How to Decide to Live With Passion

I believe we are all here on this Earth for a purpose. Actually, probably many purposes. But there is one overriding purpose for which we are uniquely qualified.

Many of us are in the continual mode of thinking, “Why I am here?”, “What should I be doing?”, “Why am I not yet successful?”

But these ways of thinking are unhelpful and inapposite.

Instead, we need to think about our death.

When you truly, unflinchingly think about your own death, you will start moving and manifesting like you never dreamed possible.

It is not theoretical. It is a fact, and it will happen – for most of us — sooner than you think.

A couple of weeks ago I viewed the just-released Annie Lebowitz collection in which she documented her life with Susan Sontag. Susan was wickedly and visibly intelligent and strong in early and mid-life pictures. She never smiled, but you could tell she was enjoying life in the way that only a mildly depressed yet extremely artistic person can.

Cut to thirty or so years later. Susan is on her death bed looking like what she is – a sick, very sick, old lady. But I think to myself, “But this is SUSAN SONTAG!!”

Precisely. No matter how fierce we are or how creative or bright we are, we will – if we are lucky – end up as the old person in the bed.

So, you will die. Probably soon. Hopefully not so soon.

In the meantime, get busy.

Leave something that reminds us that you lived.

And leave it courageously. Don’t tiptoe around who you are just to feel comfortable or to prevent someone from being angry with you.

It really, really won’t matter when you’re dead. And that is our life mission – to do all that we can to leave our impact or an imprint of our unique soul upon the world before we go.
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January 27, 2007. life, Passion, personal, Personal Development, Work. 1 comment.