Saturday, January 24, 2009

The 48 Laws of Power

So I spent the last two days reading The 48 Laws of Power which is a collection of laws based on historical short tales or stories. These laws don’t take into account any sense of right or wrong. Instead, the laws focus on how one can increase their influence over any situation, regardless of the moral consequences of doing so.

In other words, this book focuses on how to gain power in any situation, regardless of whether it’s morally right or wrong, and it uses specific stories from history to illustrate these rules of power.

Here is a piece of the book that stood out for me personally.

Half of your power comes from what you do not do. What you do not allow yourself to get dragged into. For this skill you must learn to judge all things by what they cost you. As the famous Nietzsche wrote " The value of a thing sometimes lies not in what one attains with it, but in what one pays for it - what it costs to us "

In the end life is short, opportunities are few and you have only so much energy to draw on.

Power is a social game to learn and master it you must develop the ability to study and understand people.

I found this to be a very interesting book for both my business and personal life I also enjoy studying people and there behaviors. I encourage each and everyone of you to read it especially if you are in an office setting. Use it to understand the behavior of others and those who are overly power hungry.

The way I was raised and my belief is that real power comes from earning respect.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My Two Cents

Since this is a new year. I have decided to go with a fresh new start.

Previously my blog was titled " Residual Income Marketing Strategies " which was the direction that I started with and was very excited about. I soon came to realize that I was very short of knowledge in this area. I have been involved in the direct sales internet marketing field part time for the past five years now and as of May 2007 I decided finnaly to go full time as one would say.

Though the past years I have studied and read everything possible on the subject and learned like we all do the truth about trying to make a living online. The path has been a bumpy road Plain and simple it's not as easy as everyone likes to make it sound. Through my scars and bruises gains and loses and many life long friendships I have made I have come to this conclusion. I still have a lot to learn. I also am very open to learning from each and everyone of you.

With that said through my studying and experience I also have a lot to share. I feel like I know what works and what doesn't only through trial and error am I really able to say that it takes dedication and commitment to be able really to make it online. A monthly residual income is not given but earned.

So I want this site to be more about personal development and growth both on a personal level and a professional level. If you read my previous posts then you will understand where I am now coming from and if you subscribe then you will see the direction that I am now going in.

I really and truly believe the time is now with where we are as a global economy and the current position we are all in. Supplementing your income full time or part time is necessary. A residual income I truly believe at this current economic time is stronger then any 401k or retirement plan available. I know many who have lost everything in thinking and believing that they had a retirement fund waiting for them only to come to find it is all now gone with no true explanation.

I also want this to site to be on a more personal level. I am going to be posting a lot more about all kinds of issues and topics. Personal daily experiences along with challenges to you my readers to change your mindset and the way we are told to think. Follow your heart and your passion in life. Trust your instinct.

Simply put this site will be the way EYE see everything. Take it or leave as you will I look forward to growing and also producing a relationship with each and everyone of you.

Feel free to email me

From now on you will get my two cents out of daily life.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays

I wish each and everyone of you a Happy Holiday and my gift to you is the words below.

The good fruit you find in others, is also in you.

The faults you find in others, are your faults as well.

After all, to recognize something you must know it.

The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well.

The beauty you see around you, is your beauty.

The world around you is a reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are.

To change your world, you must change yourself.

To blame and complain will only make matters worse.

Whatever you care about, is your responsibility.

What you see in others, shows you yourself.

See the best in others, and you will be your best.

Give to others, and you give to yourself.

Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful.

Admire creativity, and you will be creative.

Love, and you will be loved.

Seek to understand, and you will be understood.

Listen, and your voice will be heard.

Teach, and you will learn.

Show your best face to the mirror, and you'll be happy with the face looking back at you

Happy Holidays,


Sunday, November 30, 2008

That's your pitch ?

How many times have you given up on the first NO ? You can't get the sale if you don't ask. It's that simple. So the next time someone says no to you don't give up. Ask yourself why they are saying no ? Listen to what reasons they give you. Then build your conversation from there. The only time you should pitch to someone is when you have a uniform on and a glove in your hand.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Time is NOW !

5 Simple Steps to Living Life in the Now
  • Take notice of the world around you. No matter what you're doing, try to find something beautiful around you. Maybe on your way to work or school, you go over a beautiful bridge, or you get a view of the sunrise behind the city buildings. Realizing these small things can bring life and happiness even to the most boring or routine days. Be thankful for those little things.
  • Focus on whatever you're doing. Even if you're just walking, or wiping the counter, or shuffling cards - how does it feel? There's probably some kind of commentary spinning through your mind, and it probably has to do with something other than what you're doing. Let those thoughts go and focus on what is (not what was, or what could be). In Buddhism, this is referred to as mindfulness. Pay attention to your senses - touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste. Pretend it's the very last time you'll ever experience whatever you're experiencing. Have you ever been so engrossed in something that it seemed like the rest of the world just disappeared? Living in the moment is about creating that state of mind at any time. Slow down, and try to savor the present.
  • Smile when you wake up. You can set the tone of appreciation and awareness for the next 24 hours by simply waking up and smiling. Don't wake up with a groan and a smash of your alarm clock. There's scientific proof that the expressions that you make with your face can actually influence how you feel. In particular, true happiness is most closely tied to a Duchenne smile which involves smiling with your eyes, as well as your mouth.
  • Commit random, spontaneous acts of kindness. Whether it's donating 1 dollar to a fund at the pharmacy, picking up litter, or helping victims of natural disasters, keep alert in every moment of your day for some way in which you can make the world a better place. Even the smallest thing, like complimenting someone, can bring joy It's the most spontaneous and unexpected acts of kindness that produce the greatest impact, and you can't be sensitive to those kinds of opportunities unless you're living in the moment.
  • Minimize activities that dull your awareness of the moment. What are you doing that tempts your mind to run away from the present? For most people, watching television puts you in a passive state of mind, and time slips right by. Daydreaming and getting lost in a good movie or book isn't bad, but it's not living in the moment because it places your concentration on something that isn't right here, right now; it's a form of escapism. Don't zone out; zone in. Do things that are active, and that encourage you to look around and engage the world in that moment. Gardening, playing a game, knitting, and playing an instrument are all activities that lend themselves to mindfulness. So get off the computer after reading this article!
Easy Quick Tips
  • Play with kids! Children don't worry about the future; they play and enjoy every moment for what it is. They haven't yet learned to think ahead, or mull over the past, so take the opportunity to learn from them.
  • Forgive. Many of us carry grudges with us that haunt us, and those grudges also prevent us from opening our hearts to others because we're scared of getting hurt again.
  • Watch your breath, by noticing your breathing pattern your mind naturally quiets and pays more attention to the present moment.
  • Listen to music and enjoy it. Express your self by dancing to it or singing along.
  • Participate in active conversation and engage in the subject matter with another human.
  • Think about how happy your good deed could make someone!
  • Living in the moment is all about living like there's no tomorrow. It takes practice but in the end, you'll lead a fuller life. To do this you must realize beauty in every moment, and in everyday activities. This is your life, now live!

    Monday, November 10, 2008

    Affirm to others the vision of the world you want

    Use every letter you write

    Every conversation you have

    Every meeting you attend

    To express your fundamental beliefs and dreams

    Affirm to others the vision of the world you want

    Network through thought

    Network through action

    Network through love

    Network through the spirit

    You are the centre of a network

    You are the centre of the world

    You are a free, immensely powerful source of life and goodness

    Affirm it

    Spread it

    Radiate it

    Think night and day about it

    And you will see a miracle happen: the greatness of your own life.

    In a world of big powers, media and monopolies

    But of four and a half billion individuals

    Networking is the freedom

    The new democracy

    A new form of happiness.

    Sunday, November 2, 2008

    Play to Your Strengths

    Remember in school, when you signed up for subjects in which you were already knowledgeable? How did this make you feel? "Great! This is going to be easy."What advice did you get from your counselors? Probably, they recommended you take classes where you were weakest. What a drag!

    While learning new subjects is a great idea, striving to develop weaknesses can work against you. Conventional wisdom says we should work on improving our weaknesses. This is a terrible waste of time, talent and opportunity.

    Imagine what would have happened if Chopin, Einstein, Jack Nicklaus or Pavarotti had followed that advice. All these people devoted their life to developing their natural strengths. As a result, they each were tops in their field.

    Highly successful entrepreneurs, as well as top scientists, artists, athletes and entertainers throughout history have achieved greatness by focusing on their areas of strength.

    Everyone has a natural aptitude in something. We all have a special 'gift'. You may be especially good at working with numbers, drawing pictures, teaching children, growing plants or caring for those less fortunate than you. Your special talent may involve music, athletic ability, empathy, writing, or working with your hands.

    Chances are, you don't even recognize your own aptitude. You might think that all of us can see and appreciate the subtleties of color the same as you. You may not get that some of us are not as graceful as you. You might believe that all people are able to effortlessly grow a beautiful garden.

    The truth is that we are all very different. You are able to do some things better than I can. And, I can do some things better than you.

    How do you discover your natural talents? First, write down a list of those things that you do that seem easy for you. These are the things that you can do that seem almost effortless. Often, the tasks that are easy for us are those where we have a special aptitude.

    Next, make a list of those things you do where time just seems to fly by. When you are doing these activities, you may look up and realize that several hours have passed without you even realizing it. This is a good clue to activities where you have natural talent.

    Finally, write all the activities that make you happy. These are things that make you smile. These are the tasks you would do just for yourself, with no promise of gain, just because they're fun, interesting and fulfilling.

    Look through the three lists to find the common activities. These are likely to be the areas of your natural aptitude and talent. These are the areas of greatest potential for you. Imagine if you could spend most of your time developing and playing at something that makes you happy, where time flies and where it's easy for you. Wow!

    Don't get caught up in the old advice to work on your weaknesses. Hire someone who is good where you are weak. Delegate tasks that you don't enjoy to others who do enjoy those things. Automate the repetitious tasks. Contract out the chores that you are not great at doing.

    No matter how hard you try, it is unlikely you will ever be more than average in areas where you do not have an aptitude. Always working on your weaknesses undermines your self esteem since you will focus mostly on your deficiencies.

    On the other hand, working to develop your natural talents is self rewarding and motivating, allowing you to continually realize higher and higher levels of ability, achievement and success. Invest your time and energy in being great at something. Really great. You will be happier And the recipients of your work, your customers will reward you for your excellence. What a combination; doing what you love and people pay you for it!

    Focus on your strengths. Experience the immense satisfaction that comes with being superb at something.