Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The best advice

There are few things in life more annoying than good advice from someone you dislike or disrespect.   So I'm not going to run the risk of annoying anyone today.   Just wanted to share a few quotes that amuse me.

"Too bad all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair"  (George Burns)

"A word to the wise isn't necessary, it's the stupid one's who need advice"   (Bill Cosby)

"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't"  (Erica Jong)

"The last person to ask if you need a haircut is your barber"   (unknown)

and finally...

"The best thing to do when offered good advice is to pass it on.  Good advice is far too annoying to keep it all to yourself"  (Guru Eduardo)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How to make the world a better place

Humble everyone on the planet!

That’s it….my plan! Ok, sure I’ve got a few details to work out. Like how to go about humbling everyone. So if you have any ideas, I could use a little help here. I figure that if everyone was humble, then we would all be nice to each other. There would be no jealousy, envy, arrogance and the world would have to be a better place. Imagine if we treated everyone with dignity and respect? How cool would that be?

“if you haven’t learned to be humble don’t worry sooner or later the universe will teach you”

In forming my thesis, I noticed that those ‘big brains’ like; Aristotle, Einstein and Socrates were actually quite humble. They didn’t brag about the size of their cerebral cortex. Instead, they were smart enough to realize how much they didn’t know. And what about those world changers like; Jesus, Mohammed, Ghandi and Buddha, they were the epitomy of humble. They had no interest in possessions, no Armani suits and no need to impress. And yet they changed the world!

“arrogance is born from insecurity and a choice to be humble is a show of strength and confidence”

How humble should we be? Only as humble as sincerity will permit. Being humble has many advantages. We like people who are humble, so we cheer for them to win and are happy to help them. And when they do win, we are still happy to keep cheering them on. Do you know what they call successful people who remain humble? Confident! With arrogance, someone is always plotting behind you back to undermine you and cheer at your demise. Remember this, no amount of money can stop people from talking about you behind your back.

I hope you don’t get the idea that I’ve mastered this humble thing!

Nope, I’m just barely  humble enough to realize that I am a work in progress. Fear not my friends, the universe and some of you have been working diligently to find ways to speed up my development (now that I think about it, perhaps you are working a little too hard on it).

Dang….I just realized something, too much humble is pride. Go figure!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"the simpler we create our lives the more room we leave for what matters most"

I've been thinking about all the people who share jokes, inspirational messages and beautiful pictures.  Some come to me through emails and some on facebook.  I appreciate them all because it means that someone cares enough to think of me and share something that made them smile.

I know there are some that say why bother?   Some people think a moment of inspiration or appreciation is not worth their time.   It's like the shower I take first thing each morning.   Why bother?   I'll only need another one the next morning.  Ah, but it is so refreshing just like a good joke or an inspiring thought. 

So to those of you who take the time to send me good stuff know this;   you are like my shower buddy!


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Sunday, April 17, 2011

The power of positive action

"somethings are so powerfully simple that I'm amazed I was stuck on stupid for so long"

From the first time I picked up Norman Vincent Peale's book "The Power of Positive Thinking' I became a big time believer.     And for most of life I have faithfully practised what the preacher preached.  Through thick and thin, ups and down and surges and setbacks I've always tried to stay positive.   I still do and always will.   For the most part it has worked quite well.   However, not as well as it could have.  Something was missing?

"you can't think your way into success or happiness with only positive thoughts"

One of the reasons that 'The Secret' didn't work as well as it should have for many well intentioned followers is that there wasn't enough emphasis put on 'positive action'.   You may well reach enlightenment like the Buddha if you sit under a tree and contemplate something greater than you for days and weeks.   However, when you get up you will still be only as wealthy as you were when you first sat down.  Something has to happen, something has to change and that only happens with positive action. 

It's like little Eduardo as a child.  I dreamed of being a professional ball player.  I could imagine what it would be like.   I could hear the crowd cheering me on and the pretty girls begging for my attention.   I dreamed the dream for many years but alas poor little Eduardo never became the star he wanted to be.    Why?   He was stuck on stupid!  He didn't realize the effort, training and dedication that needed to go with that beautfiul dream. 

Sometimes I think about the other dreams I've had in my life and it makes me a little sad that someone hadn't taken me aside and explained how the world works.   Dreams are beautiful things, they open our eyes to possibilities.  Positive thoughts are our protection against getting lost on the path to our dreams and goals.  However without postive action nothing happens!

The Happy Ending to my little story!

One of my dreams was to  write a book.   One day I woke up and realized it wasn't ever going to happen no matter how many dreams, affirmations or positive thoughts I had.   So I said to myself...'screw it, I'm going to do it'.    I started taking some positive action.  I started writing.  Today my book is written.   It has been edited, formatted and is in the book printers hands.  I await it's birth in approximately 30 days.  One dream is about to come true for little Eduardo!

So dream big, think bold beautiful postitive thoughts, get in vibrational harmony with your desires but never ever forget nothing happens if you don't take some positive action.   Nothing moves until you do. 

"There are two reasons to write a book.  One is to share your great ideas and insights and the other is to brag about it"

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Friday, April 15, 2011

10 Things I wish I'd learned when I was younger

" there's a temporary solution"   (Homer Simpson)

10 Things I wish I'd learned when I was younger

1.  Failure is my friend if I learn from it.

2.  Being kind is more important than being right.

3.  Intelligence is less what we are born with and more about finding something to be passionate about.

4.  I wish I'd learned to take better care of family and friends, they are worth far more than possessions.

5.  I wish I'd learned to say more often...'screw it, lets do it'.

6.  I wish I'd known that being different is an advantage not a liability.

7.  I wish I'd know that man was not born ignornant or stupid, he has to watch a hell of a lot of TV to get that way.

8.  I wish I'd known to trust my instincts over logic.

9.  I wish I'd known that 'anything is possible if you can have fun doing it'.

10.  I wish I'd known that 'everything is not as it seems, it is much funnier'.

CONFESSION TIME.....I wish I'd learned a ton more other things but when I looked at how big my list was becoming it occured to me...'.man I must have been a complete idiot'.   So I did what was necessary to appear to be brighter and  shortened up the list

And how about you?   What do you wish you'd learned?

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

If you need your spirit lifted then I urge you to listen to this!

This is the best poem ever written and put to music!

It was written in 1927 by Max Ehrman a poet and lawyer.   In his diary he wrote this about Desiderata...."I should like if I could leave a humble gift...a bit of chaste prose that had caught up some noble truths"

It became a huge hit in the 70"s.   I challenge you to tell me if any other poem can move you like this one.  Ok, I'm biased, I love it and it brings back great memories.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

When is the last time you took your inner child out for a spin?

CONFESSION TIME...."It's not my inner child I fear losing contact with, it's my outer adult"  (Guru Eduardo)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Kids say the darndest things...(when I put words in their little mouths)

and one more for good measure

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

The obvious is obviously wrong

"if the obvious was the right thing to do, why are so many unhappy and unsuccessful'

The obvious

You need a high IQ to be a genius

Why it is obviously wrong?

The two greatest scientific breakthroughs of all time are considered by many to be Eintstein's theory of relativity and the discovery of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick.   I had the good fortune to be watching PBS one night and saw a fascinating interview with James Watson.   What he said blew me away...

The interviewer Bill Mohr introduced James Watson as one of the worlds great genius's of our time.   Watson stopped him and refuted that statement.   He said, I have an IQ of 125 which I'm told is the same as the past President, George Bush.   Now he really had my attention, I mean really...the same IQ as George Bush?  He went on to explain that it wasn't the number of brain cells in his skull that led to the great discover.

He attributed it to an insatiable curiosity.   He was just plain in a hurry to find answers.   He breathed it, loved it and couldn't stop thinking about DNA.  He ended by saying words something like this...

"most great inventions were a piggy back ride on someone else's hard work"

To becom a genius it's best to let someone else do the heavy lifting.   There is no need to reinvent the wheel, just improve it. 

The obvious

'Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in work clothes and looks like work'

That is the conventional wisdom but it is also not the whole truth.  

Why it is obviously wrong

Hard work is paid for in wages.   Wages never made anyone a billionaire.   If you are to have any hope of becoming a billionaire you need to find a passion.  Doing what you are passionate about is not hard work, it's fun.   So let me rewrite  Edison's quote above...

'Opportunity is missed by many because it is dressed up play clothes and looks like fun'


(excerpt from my book ...How To Seduce Life...due in about one month)

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Sunday, April 3, 2011