Monthly Archives: August 2012

Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open

Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open

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How Teenagers Listen To Music, In 1 Chart

I saw this on and found it quite interesting, FYI

How Teens Listen To Music

Source: Nielsen

Credit: Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Radio and iTunes, sure.

But we wouldn’t have guessed that more kids these days listen to music on YouTube than on anything else. Also surprising: The continued survival of CDs.

But maybe it shouldn’t be. Year after year, people want to write the CDs-are-over story. And, yes, CD sales are falling — but they aren’t falling that fast. Sales fell by 3 percent in the first half of this year, and the music industry is on pace to sell about 300 million CDs this year.

The figures in the chart come from a report Nielsen released yesterday. It has lots more on how people discover and listen to music.

Source: Nielsen

Credit: Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Tell me again what your excuse is….?

We all have excuses and we use them at different times.

I certainly have done my share of making excuses. I am good at using technology to justify my lack of action – “our computer doesn’t have that capability”, “I can’t make a video, we don’t have a video camera that works” – all things that can be overcome but I use to procrastinate. I also get caught up in watching movies and avoiding action – I make excuses.

Sometimes fear, laziness, ignorance, whatever.

Just the other day I saw a news brief about a father and son team called Team Hoyt.

Take a look at this site and/or the video.

NOW  – IMAGINE THIS – you’re sitting next to Team Hoyt. They are intent and listening to you.

Tell them the excuse you’re using at the moment for not doing whatever it is you know that you should do?

Are you really able to use that excuse with an honest and frank conversation with Team Hoyt after knowing the challenges that they face?

Go do it.

Simple Stuff 7

(SIMPLE STUFF is a short bit of ideas, quotes, phrases, and ‘stuff’ to help you stay focused, stay loose, ask better questions, and laugh a bit.)

“If you’re alive, you’re on some team. It can be your family, your relationship, your business, your city, your country, your world. You can sit on the bench and watch, or you can get up and play. My advice to you is to be a player. Join the hunt. Share your world. Because the more you give, the more you get…”
— Unlimited Power, page 408

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
Mother Teresa
If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners.
Johnny Carson

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.
Johnny Carson

Words To Live By: Celebration

(This is one of a part of a series of WORDS TO LIVE BY. This series grew out of a workbook I first made for my young daughters and discussed at the dinner table. These Words include values, good ideas, and Words to aspire to….and learn from….enjoy!)

(Photo – Jim Carrey, Ace Ventura, Warner Bros. 1994)

I know right away some people may question why or what I mean by celebration and why it is a Word To Live By.

I think we all need to celebrate more often.

Yes, I said we. As I’ve mentioned before, I am naturally a low-key guy. I think part of me tries to downplay things. I notice that especially with friends, with my sisters, and relatives – those with which I grew up – when something good happens or when I’m excited about something – I try to act cool, calm, and un-excited when I tell them about it.

The other day I was excited about a project at work. I was telling a relative and I noticed that right way, I downplayed the whole thing. It came off like I was actually down about it. He tried to give me some encouragement. I was actually excited. I needed and wanted to celebrate with him. We both would have enjoyed it and benefited, right?

In any case, celebrating is something I believe to be a key issue in life, here’s why:

  • We need to celebrate things each day, even the little things – we paid the bills, we have good health, we took some kind of action and had some kind of success, we did something good for someone else, etc.
  • So many times we actually did something good, accomplished something, took action and we don’t take a moment to celebrate.
  • Celebrating in the present moment allows us and helps us to focus on the now, what is going on – whether it be with our family, friends, work, or fun things.
  • We can benefit greatly from celebrating future events – here’s what I mean – if you act as if what you want in life is already a reality, celebrating “IT” as already being reality brings in all kinds of good emotions, eliminates thoughts of conditions, limitations. Your brain doesn’t know that the difference between the imagination and reality of it all – so Celebration for something as if it has already happened is very powerful.

Imagine that you already have “it” or that you’ve already accomplished “it” – then celebrate! Wayne Dyer says “Highly realized people learn to think from the end- that is, they experience what they wish to intend before it shows up in the material form.” Celebrate that car, that job, that improved relationship, that newly thinner, leaner body. Enjoy it.

I practice money coming in and I get the feeling like I’m winning the lottery. I hold my arms up like Rocky on the top of the Philly steps and I jump around. I visualize and celebrate. I enjoy it.

How would you react if you won the lottery? Got a perfect job? Had that perfect car/house/relationship/health? OK, now go ahead and practice celebrating it so that when it arrives, you’ll be ready. In the meantime, you’ll feel great.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know if it will always work, but EVERYTIME I feel really great afterwards! I’m smiling, happier, energized, and guess what? I’m now looking for good things to come, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Celebrate what you’ve accomplished in your life! Too many of us don’t give ourselves enough credit. Look into the past, briefly, get those good references and celebrate them. You endured hurdles and mistakes and you are now the person you are because you kept moving. Celebrate it!

Celebrate the present – your family, friends, work, life, health – even if it isn’t perfect. Sure you can want to improve something but hell, if you didn’t have your situation now, you wouldn’t have the perspective, wisdom, and knowledge to make it better, right? Guess what, you can help yourself now, you can even help others, you have choices, that’s great, celebrate! Celebrate your health and life – would you prefer the alternative?

I know that there are some days when you don’t feel like celebrating. Use Tony Robbins’ method “What could I celebrate today? (then even if you can’t think of something ask:) If I could think of something to celebrate, what would it be?”

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey

Celebrate the future as if it is already happened! Celebrate the person you want to be, the thing you want to have, the issue you want to resolve, the situation that you want to improve! Enjoy it! Feel the fun!

Celebrate what you want to see more of. – Tom Peters (author of In Search of Excellence and other books)

Feeling happy/celebratory/abundant/whatever surpasses the money in your bank account, the report from the doctor, the whatever – and transcends what others may think of you. Genuinely feeling a certain way is possible when you detach yourself from the things you desire and then celebrating it.

Dream on it. Let your mind take you to places you would like to go, and then think about it and plan it and celebrate the possibilities. And don’t listen to anyone who doesn’t know how to dream.
Liza Minnelli

Don’t you think that you’re more attractive to others when you’re thinking celebrating rather than the “ho-hum” you? Wouldn’t your career be a little different if you approached it in a ‘celebrating-way’ rather that complaining, whining and doing the minimum as so many people do? (not you of course)

Celebrating sends a message to others around you, even to the Universe (if you believe in such)

“Don’t forget to CELEBRATE!!! Anchor the experience of doing something truly extraordinary with an awesome celebration.”- Tony Robbins

Celebrating brings smiles and laughter. It brings joy and happiness. Enough said.

Good Luck Bad Luck!

This is always a good reminder about life and the things that happen to us.

I recall once when I thought something terrible happened (in my career) but it turned out to be a great thing. My daughters were pretty small, just barely old enough to take them to Disney and make it worthwhile. We spent a few days there and then went to visit my parents in Sarasota. We were enjoying ourselves and life was good. Then I got a call out of the blue, my manager said that the parent company had a problem with a newsletter I sent out.

Meanwhile I got some great feedback from friends and clients who read the newsletter. I was surprised. They said that they were uncomfortable with me and that I was a loose cannon. I didn’t even understand where they were coming from. Eventually he and I decided to split company. There I was with a young family and I lost a chunk of income.

However, I later found out that the company didn’t feel that way, that he was trying to get out of our contract because of something regarding his cashflow. He and I never really clicked, he was not a fun guy to work with and in retrospect, I was glad to be rid of him.

As it happened, I soon found another opportunity with more independence, more potential, and I didn’t have his personality and limiting guidelines to deal with anymore – it turned out to be a much better thing for me.

One never knows. Did you ever have something like that happen?

Chinese Word for Luck!

Good Luck Bad Luck!

There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?

Who knows?

Everything that seems on the surface to be an evil may be a good in disguise. And everything that seems good on the surface may really be an evil.

So we are wise when we leave it to God, the Universe, the Source, or simply to let go.  It is foolish and short sighted to try and decide what is good fortune and what misfortune. I believe that we can all benefit from simply being grateful for the present and for accepting where we are in life, then focus on what we want and what actions we can take next.

Author Unknown

Sweet thing….? or Toxic?

Not long ago I came across a book (The Belly Fat Cure, by Jorge Cruise) about cutting down my sugar intake and how it affects our energy and health – not just our weight. I’m not talking just cutting back on carbs or loading up on protein and it isn’t just about going on a diet or losing a few pounds. …..

I followed the suggestions in that book and found my energy and health improved greatly. I felt much better. The more I read in other journals the more I learned that sugar may not only be just an obesity / weight issue for all of us but it may really negatively have an impact on heart health and cancer.

There was a recent re-run on 60 Minutes Aug 5th, 2012 of how sugar may be toxic. I recommend that you watch that when you have the time.

Please, for your own health and those around you, watch these clips!

Here are a few short video summaries

Is sugar toxic?

Can Sugar affect the heart?

Addicted to sugar

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