Sunday, March 19, 2006

My Fortune - Live!

Well, I ate at a Chinese buffet a few nights ago. This morning I discovered I still had an unopened fortune cookie in my coat. I thought it might be fun to open it and type my thoughts on its wisdom.

I'm going to do this 'live' as I open it. So, here goes...

I am opening the plastic wrapping now. Next I am breaking the cookie. I am slipping the fortune out of the, isn't this exciting ;)

It says: "Love is the only medicine for a broken heart"

Ok, my first thought is: Obviously they are not familiar with Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream or the concept of a triple chocolate doughnut.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Good News Flash

Seems that cigarette sales in the U.S. are at a 55 year low. That's good news. Even better news is that it is a downward trend. You can read the full article here.

I would like to think of every pack of cigarettes not purchased as an investment in one's health. Plus, the money (which adds up fast) can be used for better things.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Entertaining Introspection

One of the hallmarks of a successful life is personal reflection. We may not always like what we find, but the successful among us are willing to change what needs changing. In that vein, here is a little quiz I took and decided to share. This one seems to make sense. I think it re-enforces my blogging philosophy as well.





























What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
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Language, philosophy, and people. Put them all together and add a touch of positive thinking and there you go!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

I Wish!

Think for a bit before completing this sentence. Try to really internalize it, feel it, and be honest. Here is the sentence:

"I wish ..."

Simple, right? In fact, I'm willing to bet with a little bit of time, most would be able to come up with several good answers. What do you wish? What would you change? Write it all down (in complete sentences).

After you write out each wish, think about how much better things would be, if only your wishes would come true. Now, I want you to go back over each wish sentence and change one little thing. Every place you have written the word wish, cross it out and replace it with the word will.

Read each one out loud and notice how much better it sounds. Every wish has now become your will.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Congrats! To The Powerball Winners

Looks like eight co-workers are going to share the largest U.S. lottery jackpot ($365,000,000US). I don't exactly know why, but I am really happy for them and wish them all the best.

Though I usually can't resist the temptation to buy a ticket when the jackpot gets really high, I decided not to this time. I know there will be people who will actually be angry that someone else won. Not me, because I think half the fun is just the imagining what to do with that kind of money. And yes, I could figure out what to do with it.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

The 367 1/2 Day Year

There are 365 days in a normal year. Here is a near painless way to squeeze an extra 2 1/2 days into every year. It is very simple. In fact, it is so simple that many who learn of the technique laugh at it, and never take advantage of it.

To others, this simple plan is more like a slowly dawning revelation; one that they use to win back some time and improve their lives. Now, before I tell you what it is, you must promise not to laugh. Maybe, you could even try it, embrace, and share results with us and others.

The trick is to create small bits of time that add up to much larger amounts of time. So, here is a simple way to gain an extra 2 1/2 days every year. All you have to do is (remember, you promised not to laugh) get up five minutes earlier each morning, and stay awake five minutes longer each evening. Simple? Maybe too simple.

What you choose to do with this time can make a huge difference for the better in your life. If you simply waste this ten minutes a day, you will over the course of a year, wasted 2 1/2 days. If you find productive things to do, or re-charge, or anything else good, then I promise those 2 1/2 days will be worth ten minutes a day.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Old Is New Again

Well, I tried everything I was capable of to make The Success Spot look good to Firefox users. I just couldn't figure it out. So, I switched back to the basic template I started with back in October, 2004.

I hope you like it. I wasn't sure if I wanted to change or not. Then I decided that it is more about what is being posted, than how it looks. The driving force behind The Success Spot is information that empowers people, not art.

Let me know what think. Should I switch back, keep what it is now, or...?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valent?ne's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to all. Here are a few thoughts on the subject.

Any day where love is the focus is a good one.

Let's all remember it is a day about love, not consumerism.

On the other hand, a gift thoughtfully purchased may do wonders.

Warning, brief rant ahead: Valentine's cards in school are not what they used to be. When I was a kid, they were bigger, more varied, cuter, and much less commercial. When my young one came home from school today all of the valentines were a small piece of slightly thick paper folded in half. Without fail each sported what was basically an advertisement. Barbie, Scooby-Doo, Peter Jackson's King Kong, Bratz, NBA, Shrek, and other of that ilk. Ok, sorry about the negative bit there - back to normal.

One final thought. Valentine's Day is traditionally about romantic love. How about holidays for unselfish love, altruistic love, love of fellowman (and fellowwoman), or my personal favorite - Love of Life Day.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Successful Motivation

Success is next to impossible without some form of motivation to thrust you forward. Without motivation you would have no reason to succeed, less the sheer idea of success itself. There are those who succeed only to succeed, they are driven by nothing except the wild goose chase of a success they will never find.

There are different types of motivation: Recognition, money, the things money can by, self-betterment, social status, and even revenge may contain the seeds of motivation. While these things, among many others, are forms of motivation, we can classify motivation into to main types – internal and external.

External motivation is usually a form of avoidance. A potential criminal act may be prevented because the motivation of not being caught is present. Pursuing a path of success as prescribed by one’s parents is another example of external motivation.

It is easy to see why external motivation can be ineffectual, misguided, fleeting, and unrewarding. That is not to say it does not have its place; for it can serve a useful purpose, and in the long run, may turn into its preferred form – internal motivation.

Internal motivation is derived from personal desire and belief. It leads to all-important success factors like: Persistence, drive, consistency, discipline, ambition, and purpose. Internal motivation also reduces bitterness, thereby leading to happiness. This happiness may manifest itself through charity, sharing, mentoring, volunteering, contentment, and other such things.

Another benefit of internal motivation is the ability to correct your course as you see fit. It allows for true growth. External motivation does not allow you to change, unless the external influence demands it.

The good news is you get to choose the type of motivation you will primarily use to succeed. Choose wisely.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

An Ancient Quote

"Success is dependent on effort"
- Sophocles

I will not attempt to improve on such a concise truth. Yet, there are too many people who wait for that mystical thing called luck to happen to them. "Someday" (along with its nasty cousin "if only") seems to be their universal refrain.

Successful people hardly even think of these words. Instead, like the above quote, they put forth effort to achieve their well-deserved successes.