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29Jul/104

A Pot O’ Gold

My daughter asked me the other day: "How do you find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?" My first impulse was to tell her that it didn't exist, but she insisted that because she saw it in a story book that it must be real.

Then I got to thinking that as adults many of us have abandoned our dreams for our own version of "reality", and given up on constantly seeking out the pot of gold in our own lives.

When we were little, we didn't dream of growing up to become corporate CEOs or bank clerks. No, we dreamed of becoming jet fighter pilots, ballerinas, and sports celebrities but we eventually "learned" that it's just not possible for us normal people to achieve that kind of success.

An acquaintance of mine told me that he had always wanted to get into CG animation, but he's too busy and doesn't have enough money to learn. I had a look at some of his work, and it was rough, but he had potential, so I told him he should put more time into learning it and doing it full-time, but he just couldn't bring himself to make the commitment--there were too many reasons why he just couldn't. Most importantly he couldn't make a break with his old, comfortable, yet unsatisfying life. Trying to convince him that he could was starting to agitate him so I left it at that.

Like Tony Robbins put it - "The only thing that's keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself about why you can't have it"

As long as you're breathing and your heart is beating you have the power to follow your dreams and to make them a reality.

I told my daughter while holding her hand and looking at the rainbow arching across the sky that when she finds her pot of gold to let me know and meanwhile I'll be finding my own pot of gold.

22Jul/101

4 Hour Work Week

Do you want to be a millionaire? Billionaire?
This is not a trick question, but if you answered yes, then I'd like to ask you another question:
What is it that you'd like to do once you've earned a million dollars? Unless you're seriously obsessed with pictures of dead US presidents, then you're probably like the rest of us, who just want what the money can do for us.
Tim Ferriss, author of the bestseller 4 Hour Work Week talks in detail about how you can get the things you want in life, the things most people think only millionaires can afford, at a pretty normal price!
Shortcuts to achieve what the millionaires have, without the millions. He teaches how we can become the NR, or New Rich, by copying what they are doing and reaching success the way they do.
A large part of the book is dedicated to his D-E-A-L system, standing for Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation. Defining what it is you need and want in your life, Eliminating all else, Automating and remote tasking as much as possible, and finally, achieve Liberation.
He uses his own life as an example, citing his personal accomplishments such as World Champion in Chinese Kickboxing, Guinness record for Tango dancing, and much more.
The part that appealed to me was his idea of mini-retirements. Why wait until your peak physical years are over before retiring? Retire now, for a short period of time, and then get back on the saddle and set your goal for your next mini-retirement.

20Jul/102

Death Comes Unexpectedly

(cut to shot of chandelier rattling)

Now watch this TV commercial below if you haven't seen it already.

I don't think I would add to or take anything away from this sad yet beautiful piece.

Now wipe your tears away and go love those who are closest to you. Love those who you are not so close to, and to your children: Tell them you love them. They need to hear it, they need to see it, and most of all they need to feel it. Love is something that we just can't fake to our own children. They're smart, and they can sense a fake smile and half-assed hug before it even hits them.
When our loved ones mess up, even if it's really big time messing up, love them even more, hold them closer and forgive unconditionally--always!

What I described above is not me, this is simply what I want to be, and what I need to be, what by God's grace I will be.

And if you aren't crying yet, here's another tear-jerker:

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19Jul/101

Drip drip drip

Some people seem to be able to save up large amounts of money while others are always flat broke. Sometimes these people are receiving the exact same salary, so what gives?
First of all, understanding the intrinsic difference between an asset and a liability is a must. If you haven't read it yet, pick up a copy of Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

Put simply, an asset is something that puts money IN your pocket while a liability is something that COSTS money to keep. For example if you own your own house and are living in it, it's a liability. If you own the car you are driving, it's a liability. If you own a house and are renting it out, it's an asset. If you own stocks, it's an asset. If you have capital, it's an asset as long as you are investing it.

My dad told me something the other day that I thought was very interesting:

Suppose your only source of water is a dripping tap, and you have a glass to drink out of. Most people will hold their glass under the tap and let it fill until about half, just enough so that they can enjoy a drink of water, and then hold it there again until it fills enough to be satisfying.

A wise investor however, will hold his glass under the tap until it fills completely, and then let it overflow and drink only what drips down from the full glass.

Wise investors NEVER spend their capital, only invest it. Spending your capital is like a farmer eating his seed corn, or drinking the water needed to prime the pump. Just don't do it! Find worthy investments that will bring you income while at the same time increasing your capital so that you can invest in bigger things in the future.

9Jul/1016

Hackers

My mother-in-law who lives in the P.I. had recently gotten her email address hacked. I had an interesting email dialogue with the hacker, and decided to just paste the whole thing here. Enjoy!

ABI:

Hope you get this on time, sorry I didn't inform you about my trip to UK for a program. I am having some difficulty here because i misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel which contained some cash, credit cards and some other valuable things. I am so confused right now.

I need you to assist me with a loan of $1,850 (figured out by now that it's a 100% scam)to sort out my hotel bills and get myself back home. I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me with, i will refund the money back to you as soon as i return, let me know if you can be of any help? ASAP.
please let me know immediately.
Love,
Abigail

KEN:

Hi Abi, (AKA: lowlife hacker)

So sorry to hear about your loss.
Please let me know how I can assist you, like bank details. (suckers!)

-Ken

ABI:

Hi Ken,

Thanks for your response and concern towards my present situation. Please, it will be helpful if you can send the money to me through Western Union Money Transfer. Kindly forward the information given to you as it will facilitate my collecting the money over here since I will have to pay for my hotel bills in cash.

Name: Abigail Biard
Address: 34 Massetts Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7DS
United Kingdom (checked out this hotel & reported it, but nothing happened)

Thank you very much, i truly appreciate this kind gesture of yours. Looking forward to hearing from you soonest. (Sucker!)

Love,
Abigail

KEN:

Abi,

I just remembered that I have a colleague who lives near Crawley, (right next to the address above)and I can ask him to bring you the money from me to your hotel. (trying to draw him out) Anyhow, I need a recent pic of you so that I can send it to him to recognize you. Can you mail one here to me? His name is Adam S. Sincher, (initials spell ASS!!)and I don't think it will be a problem for him to do that.
Wishing you all the best,(NOT!)

-Ken

ABI:

Ken,
You should understand my present situation. I am not in the mood to see any body. (wow, you're sounding less and less like the sociable Abi who I know) Please can you send the money directly to me so i can start making arrangement to return. I really need to leave this place as soon as possible. I have not even eaten anything today.(Really? I'll bet you're a fat kid who whomps down burgers all day while trying to steal other people's money.)

Love,
Abi

KEN:

Ok Abi,

I want to send the money to you, but as you know, it's nearly impossible to send money from Mongolia(pushing it) through western union.  My colleague Adam already agreed to take the money to you and you don't even have to worry about paying me back. Consider it a small gift from me to you for all the times you helped me make it through the nights after my wife and children were killed in the accident. (testing to see how heartless this lowlife really is)
Also please get over your mood and see my friend Adam. He's a really great guy and he's actually looking for someone like himself who's transitioning to female. You did so well yourself and I think he'd appreciate it. (are you getting a little scared now, or is this turning you on?)
Anyhow he's going to be there sometime tomorrow or the day after so please send that picture quick! I'd have to be honest and say I can hardly remember what you look like after so long.

-Ken

ABI:

Can you use Money gram? i don't want to meet him. I can leave here myself. (not much to say anymore, eh?)

Abi

KEN:

Abi,

I talked with Adam and he agreed and sent you the money with W.U. I told him to use your real name, to be safe.(You do remember your REAL name, don't you?)
Good luck!

-Ken

ABI:

Thank you very much. Please make sure he sends the money first things in the morning so i can start making arrangements to return. I will be waiting to hear from you.

Thanks,
Abi

KEN:

Sure thing, just me know if there is any trouble. (I'll be there will be!)

-Ken

ABI:

It's 09:00PM here. Was as he able to send the money? Please let me know as soon as possible.

Love,
Abi

KEN:

Hi,

Adam decided to go there after all to deliver it to you in person, but he said that you hadn't checked in there. Are you sure you got the address right? (pushing, pushing...) Anyhow I found an old picture of you and sent it to him, although you must look quite different now, but nobody at the place knew. A thought just came to me -- why don't you get your son Dom(you remember him, don't you?) to swing by and take care of the payment? He's loaded and lives less than an hour away. He could at least send his chauffeur with the limo to you.
Do you want me to contact Dom for you?
-Ken

ABI (for real):(finally!)

TXS Ken,
Got to be able to finally get back into my Yahoo with a new more complicated password
Good try about the Limo and Adam I am so upset right now at the bastards and hackers
oh my God's justice will fall on their heads
Abi
see u soon
'they' deleted all my contacts addresses

(I love her unique style of writing--it's pretty hard to fake it.)

Ps. to Abi:

So glad you got your email thing sorted out. I hope that you were able to recover most of your contacts.

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