Success is a state of mind = integrity + action & balance

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Life is what you make it but it only occurs in the present: NOW. No one forces us to do anything, but every decision that we make has an impact on the quality of our present moment.

Success is a state of mind! and not only of mind but also of body and soul

Successful men and women become successful because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of success. Get the success habit in the small circumstances you control, and soon youll be controlling the bigger ones. -Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich)

How can we get to that state of mind?

The past should only equal= great memories and experiences while the future should contain our dreams and hopes

You do not believe me? Ask Viktor E. Frankl. He was put into the most limiting conditions that a human been can experience: in a concentration camp during the second world war, but still under this situation and under constant pain and suffering, his memories, experiences, dreams and hopes, kept him alive.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. -Viktor E. Frankl

Life is like riding a bicycle to keep your balance you most keep moving

How right was Einstein! , once again.

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True professionals dont fear amateurs…

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Professional farmers dont begrudge the backyard gardener his tomato harvest. Thats silly.

And talented mechanics certainly dont mind the antics of the Car Talk guys (or their listeners). Sooner or later, if you need a real mechanic, youll find one, and if you dont, well, thats fine too.

A few years ago, typesetting, wedding photography, graphic design and other endeavors that were previously off limits to all but the most passionate amateurs started to become more common. The insecure careerists fought off the amateurs at the gate, insisting that it was both a degradation of their art as well as a waste of time for the amateurs. The professionals, though, those with real talent, used the technological shift to move up the food chain. It was easy to encourage amateurs to go ahead and explore and experiment professionals bring more than just good tools to their work as professionals.

The best professionals love it when a passionate amateur shows up. The clarity and intelligence of a smart customer pushes both client and craftsman to do better work.

Gifted college professors dont fear online courses. Talented web designers dont fear cloud services. Bring them on! When you need something worth paying for, they say, well be here. And what well sell you will be worth more than we charge you.

If youre upset that the hoi polloi are busy doing what you used to do, get better instead of getting angry.

Think Consumption Is The ‘Engine’ Of Our Economy? Think Again.

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There is a fundamental illogic to the notion that an economy can be grown by encouraging consumption. When a person consumes, by definition, they use things up. The very process leaves us with less than before. Growing the availability of valuable goods and services for society by using them up is not just an impossibilityits an absurdity. Consumption is the goal, but it is production that is the means.

For most of human history, ordinary people had to spend their lives growing food. Today, we have many billions more people on the planet. And yet food is cheaper, better and of greater variety than ever before. Still, almost nobody works in agriculture. We didnt create this wealthy, amazing world… by eating. We did it by saving our seed corn, investing and ultimately inventing our way out of farming jobs. Thank heavens we did.

There are important lessons for public policy that come from these classical insights. Any program which accelerates the consumption of value, or worse, the destruction of value, ultimately make our society poorer. Despite what Keynes and his modern followers claim, Wars, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, faked alien invasions, or programs that encourage us to destroy our used cars — all make us poorer. These schemes reduce the amount of valuable goods and services available for society. Some may consider unemployment benefits to be a necessary policy on humanitarian grounds, but they by no means stimulate the economy. The recipient, after all, is consuming without producing any value for others. Disincentives for people to be productive, which have exploded in recent years, not only reduce employment, but reduce output and growth as well. This last point used to be widely believed by economists–including the immensely popular and polarizing economist, Paul Krugman, whose own 2009 textbook blamed extended unemployment benefits as one of the main reasons for decades of European stagnation and high structural unemployment. Now, I fear that a decade of Keynesian macro follies may have brought Eurosclerosis to the rest of the world.

Savings and investment which enable increased productivity, greater specialization and trade are the true engines of economic growth. Increasing consumption is a result of that growth, never the cause of it. If we want sound and sustainable economic growth, each of us has to discover the most valuable ways to serve others and contribute to the supply of wealth before we can take from it. Much like everyone else, even Santa Claus must produce all year long before people get to enjoy their presents.

Marketing Defined…

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I think that any time reality doesn’t match your expectations, it means that marketing was involved.

Perhaps it was advertising, or perhaps deliberate story telling by an industry. Or perhaps it was just the stories we tell one another in our daily lives.

It’s sort of amazing, even to me, how much marketing colors the way we see the world or our reaction (either way).

Do not take industry conditions as given, set out to reshape them in your favor

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As Steve Jobs put it, You tend to get told that the world is the way it is.. But thats a very limited {View}. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. And that is everything around you that we call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use.

And the minute you understand that you can poke life..that you can change it, you can mold it. Thats maybe the most important thing —to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you are just going to live in it. And once you learn that, you will never be the same again