Sunday, November 11, 2018

Review: The Magic of Thinking Big

The Magic of Thinking Big The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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HOW TO USE THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG IN LIFE’S MOST CRUCIAL SITUATIONS 

There is magic in thinking big. But it is so easy to forget. When you hit some rough spots, there is danger that your thinking will shrink in size. And when it does, you lose. Below are some brief guides for staying big when you’re tempted to use the small approach. Perhaps you’ll want to put these guides on small cards for even handier reference.

A. When Little People Try to Drive You Down, THINK BIG To be sure, there are some people who want you to lose, to experience misfortune, to be reprimanded. But these people can’t hurt you if you’ll remember three things:
1. You win when you refuse to fight petty people. Fighting little people reduces you to their size. Stay big.
2. Expect to be sniped at. It’s proof you’re growing.
3. Remind yourself that snipers are psychologically sick. Be Big. Feel sorry for them. Think Big Enough to be immune to the attacks of petty people.

B. When That “I-Haven’t-Got-What-It-Takes” Feeling Creeps Up on You, THINK BIG Remember: if you think you are weak, you are. If you think you’re inadequate, you are. If you think you’re second-class, you are. Whip that natural tendency to sell yourself short with these tools:
1. Look important. It helps you think important. How you look on the outside has a lot to do with how you feel on the inside.
2. Concentrate on your assets. Build a sell-yourself-to-yourself commercial and use it. Learn to supercharge yourself. Know your positive self.
3. Put other people in proper perspective. The other person is just another human being, so why be afraid of him? Think Big Enough to see how good you really are!

C. When an Argument or Quarrel Seems Inevitable, THINK BIG. Successfully resist the temptation to argue and quarrel by:
1. Asking yourself, “Honestly now, is this thing really important enough to argue about?”
2. Reminding yourself, you never gain anything from an argument but you always lose something. Think Big Enough to see that quarrels, arguments, feuds, and fusses will never help you get where you want to go.

D. When You Feel Defeated, THINK BIG. It is not possible to achieve large success without hardships and setbacks. But it is possible to live the rest of your life without defeat. Big thinkers react to setbacks this way:
1. Regard the setback as a lesson. Learn from it. Research it. Use it to propel you forward. Salvage something from every setback.
2. Blend persistence with experimentation. Back off and start afresh with a new approach. Think Big Enough to see that defeat is a state of mind, nothing more.

E. When Romance Starts to Slip, THINK BIG Negative, petty, “She’s-(He’s)-unfair-to-me-so-I’ll-get-even” type of thinking slaughters romance, destroys the affection that can be yours. Do this when things aren’t going right in the love department:
1. Concentrate on the biggest qualities in the person you want to love you. Put little things where they belong—in second place.
2. Do something special for your mate—and do it often. Think Big Enough to find the secret to marital joys.

F. When You Feel Your Progress on the Job Is Slowing Down, THINK BIG No matter what you do and regardless of your occupation, higher status, higher pay come from one thing: increasing the quality and quantity of your output. Do this: Think, “I can do better.” The best is not unattainable. There is room for doing everything better. Nothing in this world is being done as well as it could be. And when you think, “I can do better,” ways to do better will appear. Thinking “I can do better” switches on your creative power. Think Big Enough to see that if you put service first, money takes care of itself.

In the words of Publilius Syrus: A wise man will be master of his mind, A fool will be its slave.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Review: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent well written book about the story of beginnings of Nike.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: The Motivation Switch: 77 Ways to Get Motivated, Avoid Procrastination, and Achieve Success

The Motivation Switch: 77 Ways to Get Motivated, Avoid Procrastination, and Achieve Success The Motivation Switch: 77 Ways to Get Motivated, Avoid Procrastination, and Achieve Success by A.J. Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book can be read in an hour or less. It basically gives you 77 tips of how to improve your motivation.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Obstacle Is the Way

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into TriumphThe Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great motivational book of how to change obstacles in the way to what we want to achieve.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

1 Year

If their first year “chair” pictures are any indication of what their lives will be like, we had chairs pictures taken in Switzerland and Spain, a homemade sign chair picture in the US. By 10 months the chair was sold and by 12 months, their chair became a couch in a completely new apartment on their 3rd continent. If anything, they’ve learned to be flexible, deal with different time zones and that life is an adventure with the parents they chose! We survived thanks to so many of you! And amazingly, we are in one piece...barely, but in 1 piece. 馃槈 Happy 1st bday 2 days late!






Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Thank you Switzerland! Hello Thailand!

After 5+ of grateful years in Switzerland 馃嚚馃嚟 and surviving a long flight with a couple of light suitcases, our new adventure in Thailand 馃嚬馃嚟 begins!! Visitors welcome!




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Thank you Beekeeper




Maverick and Malena - 10 Months