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23Aug/103

A Cancelled Breakthrough

Some of you may have guessed by now that I'm a bit of a Tony Robbins fan, and as such am disappointed at NBC's decision to pull the plug on his reality show "Breakthrough with Tony Robbins" after only two episodes.

It brings me back to the reality that no matter how hard you try, and no matter how much good you do to bring happiness to others, if it ain't popular with the big money-making (network) boys, then you're out of business, at least their businesses.

Another reality that stabbed through my fluffy feel good thoughts is that he's just not mean enough. Increasingly each year more mean, cutting, and just plain rude shows are climbing TV's popularity charts. What is the object of most reality shows these days? To win at all costs, and the more you cut down and sabotage your competition, the more popular the show is.

Tony's show is about a win-win situation where everyone is happy in the end, but most people want to see someone lose, someone humiliated, someone hurt, or even physically injured.

My only wish now is that another network will pick up the remaining 4 episodes and market them to a more receptive audience that will appreciate the quality content that Tony provides.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

--Thomas H. Palmer

18Aug/102

Making Money Online

I know that I told you all before that I quit affiliate marketing because I did not like it one bit. At the time that was true, as I really had no desire to continue on doing something that I wasn't enjoying, or seeing enough success in.

Then something happened.

I did some research and found the source that many gurus base their affiliate marketing training programs on. It turns out that the creators of the various materials are members of a company called Wealthy Affiliate University.

I checked them out, and found that they were expensive! ($97 a month) I figured that I already wasted enough money on so many other programs, so why not one more? (Pretty intelligent reasoning, no?)

Anyhow, I signed up for one month, just to check it out and was initially overwhelmed by the huge amount of information there, but felt a little bit more stabilized when I found the action plan as a good starting point. I already knew a lot of the information in the beginner parts, but I went through all the lessons anyhow.

Fastforward to present day:

I signed up six weeks ago, and am only only on week 3 of the action plan putting in an average of 2 hours a week, I know, I have a lazy streak. But amazingly enough, I already have a monthly passive income that exceeds my monthly membership fee by more than double. There are people who signed up at the same time as I did who are putting in a full day's work and already making over $200 a day!

I was about to cancel my membership, hoping to save money, but seeing the progress made me start to love it, and to want to put more effort into it, making it work for me even more, though stopping now wouldn't stop my income stream.

The reason I'm bringing out this subject is that I know that as a friend, I would be holding back from you if I were to not share this with you. When going through changes in our lives, securing a stable income can be challenging, but I know that if you put in the effort and have enough persistence (with the right tools), you can and will make money. The importance of skills are far below the importance I would put on faith and persistence.

If I had given up when I felt like it, then I would never have seen the income that I'm getting now, as little is is it, but I have proven that the system works, and now that I know how to do it, I just have to multiply my efforts in order to multiply my income.

16Aug/101

Fricking Fat People

Do you have any bad habits that you know you need to kick, but haven't done it yet? Maybe it's biting your nails, overeating, or overspending. Whatever the case is, the reason you haven't been able to kick that bad habit yet is because you have not associated enough pain with the bad habit to make it unbearable to you anymore. Instead you came up with euphemisms for it, saying stuff like "I'm just a nervous guy so I bite my nails," or "It runs in the family--we're terrible with numbers so we always overspend."

At UPW Tony Robbins said of overweight people: "Don't tell me that you're "a little on the chunky side," or "have big bones"! What a joke! What are big bones anyhow? Tell me and do yourself a favor by saying "I'm fucking fat!" Does that make you feel uncomfortable? Well I sure hope it does because as long as you keep making yourself feel good for doing things you know are not good for you, then you will not make progress in your life. I'm not afraid to tell you the truth in saying that you're a fucking fat person."

So to all my friends out there, do yourself a favor and say it how it is. Stop making yourself feel even slightly comfortable doing things that are not the absolute BEST for you. Settle for nothing less than what you know you need to make that next hurdle in your life.

Stop telling yourself that you will try to improve later when you can. Learn to associate pain by using language to paint a different picture of your reality. Learn to hate it!

As Tony Robbins so elegantly put it: "Say it out loud! I'M FUCKING FAT AND I FUCKING HATE IT!"

8Aug/104

Scarecrow

I was driving through the rice paddies yesterday and to my left I saw dozens of scarecrows standing soaking up some sun while silently staring at each other through their cloth covered faces.

Near them I could see a bird dipping in and out of the rice paddies presumably eating the grain, but no crows in sight.

Could it be that the crows, being the most intelligent bird species is smart enough to recognize that the scarecrows resemble humans,  but their limited intelligence fails to realize that they are not alive?

Might it also be possible that this particular bird species is not smart enough to recognize the figure of a human, and therefore has no reason to be afraid of the scarecrows?

Intelligence is not everything and neither is knowledge, and sometimes the ones who know the least are the ones who finish first in life.

It's a bit like the bumble bee who doesn't know that it's aerodynamically impossible for it's body to take flight or the Wright brothers who didn't know humans could not fly or Thomas Edison who didn't know it was impossible to make an electric light bulb.

“The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.”

—Motto of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II