Saturday, February 27, 2010

Quotes # 324 and 325

Here goes Blog quote #324( and 325 below)...

"You must start with a positive attitude or you will surely end without one."
-Carrie Latet-

A bad attitude... what 'good' does it do for you?Where does it get you? And given an option...why CHOOSE a poor attitude?
With so many benefits coming from feeling good, optimism, positive thinking, enthusiam, etc etc, it is absolutely mind boggling why so many start their day without a good attitude.

A quote I've used here before at the Think Tank is worth repeating. Perhaps 46 times. Be sure to jot this down copy it off, hang it on your wall somewhere that you can read it every day until it sinks in. The Peace Pilgrim was quoted as saying(#325)...

"If we ever truly knew just how powerful our thoughts were, we would never allow a negative thought."

That's my view... what say you?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Quote #323, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes Blog quote #323...

"Agree to disagree,agreeably."
-Rev Arthur 'Grampa' Oudemool-

Grampas advice: 4 simple words to a successful and long term marriage.
Pretty sound and sage wisdom there.

Thats my view...what say you?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Quote #322, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes Blog quote #322...

There are 10,000 books in my library, and it will keep growing until I die. This has exasperated my daughters,amused my friends,and baffled my accountant. If I had not picked up this habit in the library years ago, I would have more money in the bank today. But I would not be richer."
-Newspaper columnist, Pete Hamill-

A long, yet interestingly captivating quote. Short commentary needed.
Drink deeply of good books. The value is priceless.

Thats my view...what say you?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Quote #321, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes Blog #321...

"You can never learn less, you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made so many mistakes."
-Buckminster Fuller-

Who better than Buckminster Fuller to make this statement. Why? Here is a scholored mathmatician and philosopher who never graduated from college but received 46 doctorates. Forty -six!

A word on the word 'mistake.' I put this word in the same category as 'failure.' Mistakes and failures are life's teachers. Life's personal classrooms. Life's professors. If you let them be. If you don't, they can eat you up. Literally.

Look at mistakes and faliures as stepping stones closer to your goals and desires. You will come to find they are blessings in disguise. If you let them be. Ooh, is this deja vu? Didn't we already use that statement? We did, because if its importance. If you LET THEM BE.

Thats my view...what say you?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Quote #320, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes Blog quote #320...

An athlete may run ten thousand miles in order to prepare for one hundred yards. Quantity gives experience."
-Ray Bradbury-

With the Olympics in the forefront, I thought this quote was good timing. It truly is incredible just how much these athletes work to get ready for a very brief exposition of their talents in their respective sports.

I agree with Bradbury in that quantity definitely yields experience. Simply stated, the more you do, the more you learn.

Also, in general, preperation usually yields good things. Just ask the Boy Scouts.

That's my view...what say you?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Quote #319, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes Blog quote #319...

"Pity the man who inherits a million dollars and is not a millionaire. Here's what would be pitiful: If your income grew and you didn't."
-Jim Rohn-

Reminds me of a comment I once read that we'll be the same people we were five years ago except for the people we meet and the books we read. Rohn's quote above hits a home run because he's saying it would be sad to come into a fortune and not protect it and/or multiply it.

He further states, more importantly what a waste if you personally didn't grow. Money is material. Your personal growth has real meaning.

What are you doing to improve and grow yourself? Taking any classes,drinking from good books, listening to any educational tapes or CD's? Meeting new people? Taking on new and exciting challanges. It's a pretty big world out there with a huge library of information.
Money is nice. Personal growth is much more satisfying and gratifying.

And if you haven't checked out Mr Jim Rohn, it's well worth the time(www.jimrohn .com)

Thats my view...what say you?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Quote #318, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes Blog quote #318...

"Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself "I have failed three times," and what happens when he says "I am a failure." "
-S.I. Hayakawa-

Remember that all things are created twice. First in our minds, then in reality.

The man above, after making the first statement has some more work to do. He has a mission to accomplish. Call it some 'unfinished business.'

The same man after making the second statement has already closed the books and is done. Sadly, as stated above, it's a choice, and it all starts with the mind. Same man, same circumstance, and two totally different outcomes, due to the choice, attitude and path that the mind has CHOSEN to take.

That's my view...what say you?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Quote #317, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes Blog quote #317...

"You learn something every day, if you live long enough."
-UCLA coach Ducky Drake-

I thoroughly enjoy reading stories of seniors who are accomplishing more today than some of the youth of the world. They have that thirst to always be learning, always be doing more, always trying to grow and improve themselves. It's been said that kids don't think us adults know much, but as they get older we suddenly seem smarter and more 'on the ball.'

Consider the great Michelangelo, at 13, applied for apprenticeship in art.When asked if he could draw, he replied, 'I have the capacity to learn.' At 84, nearing his death, someone asked him his philosophy on life. He replied "Ancora imparo." In the event your Italian is as elusive as mine, I'll translate for you. In English, "And I still learn."

Part of the fun of life is that we can always learn something. From anybody. And everybody. Even if its what not to do.

Thats my view...what say you?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Quote #316, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes Blog quote #316...

"So the writer who breeds more words than he making a chore for the reader who reads."
-Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr Seuss-

The more Seuss I read... the more Doc creates, a craving need.
His quotes are filled with such humor and meaning... if I don't slow down, I may need some weaning.

This quote above is so on the mark...please get to your point , so we're home before dark.
FDR once stated "be sincere, be brief, be seated..." that's all for today's Think Tank, for now were completed.

Thats my view... what say you?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Quote #315, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #315

"It is better to sleep on things beforehand, than to lie awake about them afterward."
-Baltasar Gracian-

This wonderful sage advice from Baltasar usually is learned a little bit later in life. I have found it to be quite valuable, and heeding to it has come in handy more than once.

When in doubt, don't say it. Don't write it. Don't record it. Don't repeat it (unless to self).

SLEEP ON IT! Your thoughts will be much clearer in the morning.

That's my view...what say you?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Quote #314, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #314

"Leadership is more than about more than just forcing people to do what you say. A prison guard does that. A good leader creates belief--in the leaders philosophy, in the organization, in the mission."
-John Wooden-

Just back from skiing in Colorado, where I had a chance to catch up on some reading. I'm on "How to be like Coach Wooden", by Pat Williams. I am SO JACKED UP on this book I am buying as many as $1000 will get me and distributing it to people that I think will benefit. Needless to say, Mr Wooden is one of my mentors of life. Just as solid as they come.

On the quote, how good is the prison guard comment? Forcing can only work for as long as you have the upper hand. As the saying goes, you get more bees with honey than vinegar. Leaders inspire people to follow by want, not by force. Wooden will go down in history as the greatest coach, EVER, not only because of his winning basketball record, but for how many kids he taught life to, OFF THE COURT.

By the way, if any of you readers want a copy of the book... just email me and I'll mail you a copy, courtesy of Smile-Therapy. It's THAT GOOD, that I want to share with whomever has an interest!

Thats my view, what say you?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Quote #313, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #313...

"A woman is like a tea bag.You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."
-Eleanor Roosevelt-

What a great analogy by the former first lady. No arguments from this guy. I have no ego and I'm certainly not a male chauvinist.

In my humble opinion, women are much tougher than guys. How about the birthing process for starters. Could there be anything more painful? Then that 'raising the kids thing' in the 0 to 18 age range. Yes us guys have to work to bring home the bread, but ask any man if he'd trade his job/career, for changing diapers, cooking, cleaning, and teaching them to read and write, along with everything else. Bet he wouldn't trade his 9 to 5 for Mr Mom. Yes dad's play a large part here, but it's likely fair to say, the majority of the burden falls on the women.

And we didn't even mention all the women who work a full job AND carry out the motherly responsibilites as well. And then there's that monthly thing. There's also woman's equality, which is getting much better at least in the states. To top it all off, they have to put up with us GUYS!

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. My vote goes with Ms. Roosevelt. Women are as tough as a Goodyear tire. Men? we're just guys. Tough on the outside, mallable on the inside.

That's my view...what say you?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Quote #312, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #312...

"The most profitless thing to manufacture, is an excuse."

Wow, there is a profound statement. And think of it's validity.

How much time do we spend wasting on excuses? And for what. To make someone else feel better? To make ourselves feel better? What about taking the time spent (and all the energy and worry) and putting that into going forward, or solving what originally was the problem/issue at hand.

Someone once said excuses are for losers. I think we ALL CAN AGREE that we'd much rather have Results than Excuses. So, next time, fess up quickly and with guts, and move toward some results oriented action. It's more respectable, credible and much more productive. That's all for today, class.

That's my view...what say you?