Friday, April 03, 2009
In the late nineteenth century Russell H. Cromwell delivered a speech entitled "Acres of Diamonds" over 6000 times and amassed quite a fortune in speaking fees which was used to fund a scholarship program. The speech begins with the story of Ali Hafid who was a rich man but who heard of diamonds and went off in search of diamonds, traveling the known world but never finding diamonds. Later, it was discovered that Ali Hafid's house sat on land which later was to become the Golconda Diamond Mines, the most prolific diamond mines in the world.
Mr. Cromwell then goes on and cites nearly countless anecdotes of people who had left their home and gone off in search of fame and fortune only to have it discovered that what they were seeking was to be found at their home. Statistically, most fortunes are made within fifty miles of a person's homeplace.
Before you go off seeking riches or fame, stop and ask yourself, "What is it that I really want?" and "Is there a way I can obtain it right here at home?" In a vast majority of cases, the answer to the second question is "Yes". If your goal is to become a member of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican, there is no way you can do that in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA, but that is exactly where Sam Walton started WalMart.
Somebody once defined an expert as anyone who traveled more than fifty miles to render an opinion. Another definition breaks the word down. The prefix "ex" means past, once was but is no more and the root spurt means a small drip under pressure. This is not so flattering a definition.
Look around you. There is a myriad of opportunity right where you stand. Keep an open mind and look for opportunities, they are there for you. Remember, opportunity often knocks on the door disguised as hard work.
If you are interested, a Google search of "Acres of Diamonds" will lead you to both the text of the speech and an audio so you can listen to it.
You live among acres of diamonds, mine them!
Thursday, April 02, 2009
I am taking the easy way out today and forwarding the contents of an e-mail I received this morning. It is short and simple but also succinct and pertinent
Life is short,
Break the rules,
And never regret anything that made you smile.
Life is Short. Break the Rules
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
In the '50, IBM's slogan was "Think". Somewhere along the line that evolved into "Think Big". Several years ago I read a book entitled "The Magic of Thinking Big". The underlying theme of the book is that there is nothing to be lost and everything to be gained by thinking BIG.
Suppose there is a scale of 1 to 100 and you set your goal at 50 and achieve your goal. Suppose however, you set your goal at 80 and only achieve 75% success. You are still at 60, ten points higher than having achieved your goal of 50.
Oftentimes people look at the road ahead and think it just cannot be traveled in the time available. Maybe so, maybe not. Getting into the weight loss arena, we ned to take the Think Big Thoughts idea and temper it with some reality and combination.
Suppose you have to lose 100 pounds. That is a lot of weight to lose and it looks like a big project. So what should we do, set our goal for fifty pounds? No, because when we achieved the fifty pound goal, we are still only half way there. Set the goal at 100 pounds and set it aside. Now establish a second project. That project is to lose ten pounds ten times. Ten pounds is a manageable number. Some people may feel more comfortable with five pounds. Weight Watchers uses five pound increments and give an award at each five pound mile post. Why do they do this? Because they are amassing little successes to achieve the big success and to maintain interest.
So you have your big goal of losing 100 pounds but we have redefined it as lose ten pounds ten times. Each of the ten pound goals is achievable in a reasonable period of time and the achievement of each of these goals represents progress toward the ultimate goal of 100 pounds. I can wrap my mind around five pounds or ten pounds real easily and then I can reward myself with a non-food reward as I reach each intermediate goal.
Break them into smaller pieces if you must but Think big thoughts!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This is a bit long for a Blog entry but it came in my e-mail inbox and I wanted to share it since the message is so important.
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a
Saturday morning is most enjoyable.
A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time.
Let me tell you about it.
I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way,I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business He was telling whomever he was talking with something about 'a thousand marbles.' I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.
'Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. It's too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital' he continued. 'Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities.' And that's when he began to explain his theory of a 'thousand marbles.'
'You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.'
'Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now, stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the important part. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail', he went on, 'and by that time I ha d lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear.'
'Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.'
'There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.'
'Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.'
'It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 Year old Man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!'
You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.
Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. 'C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast.' 'What brought this on' she asked with a smile.' 'Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles.'
A friend sent this to me, so I to you, my friend.
And so, as one smart bear once said...'If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.' - Winnie the Pooh.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Monday brings us a brand new week. Seven glorious days, each of them twenty-four hours long, each hour containing sixty minutes and each minute sixty seconds. The seconds are too small to keep track of but minutes count. It's now 9:50. That means that 590 of today's minutes have already passed us by. How have we spent those 590 minutes and what can we do with the 850 remaining minutes?
I have decided that this week begins the in earnest quest towards healthy living and good health. I have been following the program and logging my food and exercise but I have not been seriously fanatic about it. As a result, I have been in a holding pattern. I've not been gaining weight which is good but I have not been losing any either and that is not quite as good. Once a year, I enter a phase of fanaticism, increasing my exercise routine and decreasing my caloric intake in an attempt to jump start my metabolism and shed some pounds in a group. It just feels better to see the pounds fall of in 3-4 pound clumps rather than .5 pound baby steps. It is the first of April for all intents and purposes and by the time the green flag drops for the Indianapolis 500 I look to have 25-30 pounds less of me to watch the race.
Sometimes, we need an artificial marker for a starting point. new Years Day is a popular choice when everybody who is anybody goes on a diet and joins a gym. A friend of mine who ran a gym called January "go get'em days". He said if you couldn't make money running a gym in January, you were for sure going to fail in the fall. It is not necessary to wait until New Years Day though, any day will do. I chose March 30 because it is today.
A new week a new you
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