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24Feb/101

The Alchemist

Last night I sat down and read the entire book "The Alchemist."
I had never even heard of this international best-seller until a couple of weeks ago when I happened to see an interview with Will Smith talking about this book, and how much meaning it had to him and his personal success.

I thought I might give it a try. It arrived from Amazon three days ago, but I didn't open the box until just yesterday.

19Feb/101

The Amazing Race

My wife and I have been watching episodes of "The Amazing Race".  It's been quite entertaining and edited well to emphasize the excitement in the race.

For those who have never watched it, it's an American reality show where teams of two will race around the world against each other and have to complete various tasks along the way.
One thing I noticed while watching the shows is that it's not usually the physically strongest teams, or the most intellectually advantaged ones who win in the end, but it's the ones who have the most positive attitude throughout the competition.
These teams encourage each other, forgive easily for mistakes, and are polite or at least decent to the other teams.
Life is a race in many ways, and I want to emulate these winners and find my winning team!

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10Feb/101

Making Money For Schools

Tonight I took a very good friend of mine to a fundraiser event for building schools for underprivileged children in Cambodia. The food was great, the entertainment ... entertaining, and the hall was fabulous. Everyone was dressed in their best suits and dresses. All in all it was a great evening!
But I'm not posting this just to brag about the great evening I just had. I wanted to tell you about my favorite part.

2Feb/100

What do I want to do?

Last night I talked with a friend of mine on the phone for about half an hour. Although we've met before, I didn't really know him very well because we didn't seem to have much in common. A couple weeks back though, I met him again and discovered that he, like myself, is looking for ways to transform his life into something else, something more. Although our means may be vary, we both have a desire to stop doing those things in life that are not contributing to our personal success, and to start doing more things that will add value to our lives and to those around us.

His talents lie in the field of personal entertainment, this is not his end goal, but is a means to reach his goals. He is already on step one climbing up to where he wants to be in the future: he is building capital through his personal entertainment business.
But he wants more! Although he finds enough satisfaction doing what he's doing right now, he does not want to keep this as his life-long career. His goal is to become a well recognized celebrity personality through his skills as an entertainer.

When I talked with him in person I could feel his excitement about his future, about his goals and about the new direction in his life.
He's doing a lot of things right, according to the books I've read lately. (I'm no expert on the subject, just a mindful observer hoping to learn)

He's got long term and short term goals.
He's has a positive attitude.
He doesn't easily take no for an answer.
He's not afraid of tackling difficult tasks that he feels will being him closer to his goals.
He's networking with those who are talented in the fields where he is weak.

Then he asked me:

"What are you doing now to reach your goals?"

I told him that I was learning and researching about small businesses and entrepreneurship and self-motivation.

He didn't seem to quite get it because he asked me again:

"But what are you actually going to DO?"

It was then that I realized that for many people making progress in life translates to: getting a better paying job; working harder to get a raise in the job you already have; earning that extra degree; or making a business career based on your current skills set.

None of the above are bad, but none of the above are what I want to do long term.

What I want is to be able to recognize opportunity when it presents itself, and I believe that the more finely tuned my senses are to finding those opportunities, the more I will find are just sitting there all around me.
I need to guard myself against feeling locked into any one skill and becoming a really great technician. I need to keep myself open to grab those opportunities as they come my way.
I need basic training in small business management which I can adapt to fit the opportunities that I choose to adopt.

With these elements I hope to be prepared to take that one bold step into the start of my changed life.

So for me it's not so much what I am doing right now, but rather what I am learning and preparing myself for.
Education is one of the few things in life that you can invest in without fear of losing it. Once you learn something new, it becomes a part of you, adds value to your life, and increases the opportunities that you can capably take on.

The bottom line:

I don't know what exactly I want to do yet!