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Repacking My Bags…

So with the new year, I know everyone likes to make changes or resolutions.

One of my favorite things to do is “re-pack my bags”.

My mentor taught me this a few years ago and I absolutely love it.

Basically, what you do is just go through all your things and throw a bunch of stuff away!

If feels soooooo good when you’re done because you have more space and less clutter.

I got rid of at least 2 trash bags of clothes, and 2 trash bags of trash…just junk laying around I never use and never will.

You can also take this practice to the garage and attic and your car!

This can be tough to do but I challenge you to do it…at least once a year!

You can should on yourself all day…

You can should on yourself all day…but that won’t get you anywhere.

Take action.

Sir Richard Branson on Happiness

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How happy are you?

How much has your company grossed this quarter?

Which question is more important to you? If you are more concerned about the latter, then one suspects the answer to the former is not going to be very positive.

With this in mind, I was delighted to hear the Bhutanese have introduced a Minister for Happiness.

This Himalayan kingdom has a new measurement of national prosperity too – “gross national happiness”. By focussing on people’s well-being rather than economic productivity, there is likely to be a knock-on effect for business too. After all, a happy workforce makes for a more successful and productive team.

Success and money can contribute to happiness, but happiness itself is another thing altogether. Words like ‘family’, ‘friends’, ‘love’ and ‘laughter’ have a lot more to do with happiness than words like ‘gross’, ‘capital’ and ‘revenue’.

Money is a by-product of bigger, more meaningful goals such as passion, fun and wisdom. As I’ve said before, have fun, do good, and the money will come.

Perhaps we could learn a thing or two from the Bhutanese and their Minister for Happiness. What other measurements for success are important to you?

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Death and Insignificance

I heard a saying once in business that you want your organization to be like a bucket of water.

If you take a cup and dip it in a bucket of water, before you can even get the cup of water out of the bucket, the water has already replaced the hole the cup left in it…

The thought was that in a good, duplicateable system, anyone in your organization should be that replaceable (like the water).

Recently, my best friends’ best friend died. He was young and it was sudden and unexpected. But yet, the next day, the world still went on as if nothing tragic had happened.

Recently, a huge hurricane swept through the east coast of the US. Thousands and thousands of lives were affected in a very negative way. But I live in the middle of the US and the next day, life went on as normal as if nothing had happened.

These circumstances remind me of how insignificant it seems to be a human. We are like water in a bucket. Even though the cup may come down and take one of us out of the bucket, life seems to replace us very quickly and life seems to continue as normal, as if you never existed in the first place.

Atlus Shrugged 2 and Rant

Finally, a movie worth watching…Atlus Shrugged

Some friends and I went and watched this last night. Of course we watched the first one as well.

I am challenging myself to read the book.

I know this movie may seem a little over board for some people but I think it is a pretty accurate depiction of how far out of touch the government has become with the economy and what works and what doesn’t work.

Here’s an example. The other day a local, city government employee walked into my gold store and told me that my advertising sign in the back of my truck, parked out by the road, was illegal.

I told him I was unaware of that and asked if there was a work around. Here’s how the conversation went.

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Me: I didn’t know they were illegal because I’ve seen one of our competitors doing it for month’s now and that’s where we got the idea.

Him: Well tell me where they’re at and I’ll “go get them too.”

Me: They’re friends of ours. I’m not giving you that information. I’m sure you can find them if you want to…but is there some type of work around for this sign issue. We rely a lot on that sign out there and without it we might not be able to stay in business.

Him: Well if you have enough money to buy gold, then you have enough money to stay in business.

-Make sure you read that part again very slowly-

Me: Smiled at him (Inside: Did he really just $*%&#!@ say that???)

Him: And I’m not sure about your wrapped truck being parked by the road either…

Me: Well how can that be illegal? We own the truck and the owner of this building owns the parking lot it’s in…wouldn’t that be the owner of the parking lots’ decision on who and what can park there???

Him: Well you’d be surprised of the ordinances they can come up with.

Me: Inside: Chase…don’t say or DO anything that you will go to jail for!

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This guy has no understanding of capitalism, economic growth and prosperity, business ownership, creating something out of nothing…basically anything that has to do with MAKING THIS WORLD GO ROUND!

If I can’t advertise, I can’t get customers. If I can’t get customers, I can’t stay in business.

But wait…the almighty brilliant thought process of the bureaucrats.

If you have enough money to buy gold, you can stay in business…

Yep, that’s exactly the mindset our socialistic influenced government has these days.

Oh sure they’ll say all the right things…

“A company has to produce a profit to stay in business.”

“Small business is what drives the economy.”

“Small business is what provides the bulk of employment.”

But they have no idea how a REAL business works. They don’t understand revenue, expenses and profit because they don’t have to work or provide any value to society for their revenue.

And if their expenses get to high, they just tax(steal) the people more or print more money…whatever will leave the least amount of ripple in the public water so they can get re-elected.

They don’t have to advertise for their revenue. They have no competitors. They don’t understand the concept of doing whatever it takes to make something work…showing up early, staying late, having no concept of “regular business hours.”

They leave all that up to us, the people, the producers that go out and work for money. And then they show up to collect theirs and then have the audacity to say having a sign is illegal. Or your fire extinguisher is not set high enough off the ground and is a public safety issue. Or because of budgeting, your license fees have doubled from last year. Or since you’ve been successful you need to give more of your money to pay your fair share.

Conclusion:

If you think the government can solve any issue, you are wrong. If you look to the government for solutions instead of looking at yourself and your neighbors, you are wrong. If you think this is about Republicans vs. Democrats, you’ve already lost. And most importantly…if you are watching this election and voting for Obama or Romney because “they are going to fix this” then the government has already won. They have control over you and will keep it until you take back it back. What you need to start fighting for is control of your MIND. That’s the only thing they can’t physically take from you.

 

 

 

 

 

Needs Vs Happiness

Our true physical needs are food, water, clothing, and shelter. We might also want to add human contact to that list. Anything else we call a need is, in reality, something we want or desire. We tell ourselves that if we don’t get these “needs” met, we will experience unhappiness in some form, such as disappointment, frustration, resentment, or anger.

Dunn, Joe; Apple, Mali (2011-04-26). The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships (pp. 8-9). A Higher Possibility. Kindle Edition.

You Are Right…

Understand that there is never one “right” version of what happens and that each person’s perspective on any event is what is true for them. Approach life with a ‘spirit of discovery’, be open to whatever shows up, look for hidden gifts and seek a higher possibility.

A Letter To College Graduates…

-I wrote this to a friend of mine, and thought I’d share it with rest of the world-

Congratulations on a great accomplishment and welcome to a new era of your life. You have checked off the first of two steps our culture adheres to…go to college, get a degree so you can get a “good” job. May I offer some advice on the second part?

Don’t look for a job, look for an opportunity. Don’t think of what you can get from a “job” but who you can become through the opportunity.

You are embarking on a new journey. You will either achieve your dreams and aspirations in life or you will look back with pain and regret. I hope to shed some light on how to accomplish the former; as there is no in between. You are either growing or dying; winning or losing.

Most will advise you to look for a job with a high paying salary and good benefits. Some might even suggest a nice company job where you get paid to come in late and leave early. I would suggest you look for a mentor and a pay scale based on what you produce. Benefits are nice, but commissions are better. You see, people make money based on how much value they bring to the market place; therefore, if you take a salaried position, your pay grade is based on what the position is worth, not what you, as an individual, are worth.

The “Secrets” To Success

Yeah, there are lots of tips and tricks to success. Volumes and volumes of books and thousands of pages have been written about the topic. And while I’m not discounting those thousands of pages, I’ve always reflected on these few tips to help me get to where I’ve always wanted to be…on the road less traveled.

“Formal education will make you a living, but self-education will make you wealthy.” ~Jim Rohn

You’ve covered the formal education part, let’s look at starting your self-education part.

“The person you are five years from now will depend on ONLY three things: the people you associate with, the mentors you learn under, and the books you read.” That’s the only three things you need to concern yourself with.

I would recommend starting with the book Rich Dad Poor Dad. This book has had a very profound impact on my life and the way I see the world. Beware though, this book teaches you a completely different thought process then what you’ve been brought up with…which brings me to my next point…

“To become successful, watch what everyone else does, and do the opposite.” ~Mike Waechter

It’s safe to say most people you know don’t read. So let’s start with that. Most everyone doesn’t read books, so to be successful, pick up a book.

Another book you might start with is: How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success in Selling. There’s only one way to become successful in life, and that is to learn how to work with others. This simple book is the best I’ve ever read on this topic.

This brings me to my last point… and this is the most difficult point of all.

“Winners Take Action.” ~Tom Pace

It’s easy to read books and have mentors, but where most people fail is the action part. Most people fail because they fear the unknown. Unfortunately, the ONLY way to conquer fear is with ACTION.

The best way to conquer fear is to just do something, anything and I promise you will get a result. And getting a result, negative or positive, will always lead you somewhere further down the road less traveled…the road you truly desire to be on.

There are literally hundreds of success strategies to learn about and follow. But if you follow your heart, have faith and let these simple concepts become the core of your development, all the little things in life will fall perfectly into place at the perfect, exact time you need them.

At least this is the way it has worked for me.

My day in Cozumel…

A few weeks ago I went on a cruise with two friends…bachelor party actually…my idea…brilliant!

It was a short cruise and the only island we stopped on was Cozumel. I’ve never been to Cozumel so I was pretty excited. I didn’t sign up for any tours or organized gathering like sailing with a bunch of people. Nothing against that but I’m more of a do what I want guy…

So me and my friends rented little mopeds and took off for the ancient ruins…after about 20 minutes of going in circles, the island boy had to get to the beach. So after my buds told me they didn’t mind if I left the pack, I headed west…I think.

It was pure freedom driving the moped around the island. No rules, no hustle and bustle, there was a speed limit, but no cops all over your ass about it…

I found a beach, parked the moped and headed to the water. While walking down the beach, one mexican gentlemen asked me if I wanted to rent a seadoo…sounded fun so I did.

When I got off the seadoo, they asked me if I wanted to go snorkeling. Sounded fun so I jumped on a boat with 3 strangers from Texas and we took off. I got some fantastic pics and 3 new friends.

When I got off the boat, they asked me if I wanted a massage on the beach…sounded good to me!

After that, it was time to head back to the boat. I made a few more detours, returned my moped and made my way back to the boat…

It was nearly a perfect day. I guess what this post is about is just having fun, taking chances, and saying YES!

Yesterday Was Stressful

Yesterday was stressful.

As soon as I got to the office at 10am, I didn’t look up until I scurried out the door at 4:25pm because I
was going to be late to where I was trying to get to.

I have to admit, I acted like a child. I was driving like crazy in traffic, pissed off that the cars in front of
me weren’t doing exactly what I wanted them to do…did I mention my stress level was at a 9.5!

I’m in the gold and silver business (at this point in my life)…and I had a sizable lot of silver that I needed to sell before the market closed…I was pushing it!

Luckily everything worked out and my day ended great…

But what I realized on my way to the market was this…the reason I was stressed out was nobody else’s fault
but my own. The real reason I was stressed out was because I was tied down somewhere from 10-4:30 that day.
And yes, even though it was my own business, it was still a job!

At this point, I was mad at myself and motivated to go back to trying to work on creating a real business…
one that didn’t require me to be somewhere all the time.

This is the real goal in life, to create something that pays you no matter if you’re there or not. This was my
real issue. I hadn’t created that type of business yet and it costs me a lot emotional stress and my blood
pressure to rise a few notches I’m sure…not good.

So today is a new day, and I’m focused on building a business I love to be a part of and one that doesn’t
require my physical time to keep it running!

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