Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Question Remains - 3 Days To Go

After almost a full year of writing about success, the big question for me, still, is: How can this bloc help the people who read it, and how can it help those who do not read it?

Obviously, getting more people to read it is important. To do that, it is imperative that the message is clear, and the writing accessible. Just now I did a search on Yahoo! using the word success. Do you know where The Success Spot ranks? Me neither, because it only shows the top 1,000 results, and it wasn't there. So one of my goals for the coming year is to improve that ranking. (Any ideas?)

Also, look for the return of the Good News feature. It may not be a weekly list of exactly three stories; it will vary. I;m thinking of adding an advice type column, if the interest is high enough. I plan on adding a blogroll in the near future, too.

All of these things should increase The Success Spot's exposure, thereby helping people approach their full potential. As always, thank you for the past year - it's been very rewarding.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A Collection of Quick Thoughts - 5 Days To Go

Here is a collection of all of the Quick Thoughts from the past year. I think I made them up, but maybe I had heard them before, and they stuck. Sometimes they are simple and other times a bit esoteric...

1. Humans are the only creatures who can consciously reduce stress.

2. Let us be quick to accept the responsibilities of our shortcomings, and always willing to help others overcome theirs.

3. It is far easier to maintain a good first impression than it is to fix a bad one.

4. The opposite of happiness is not sadness, it is anger.

5. Success and procrastination are both subject to the laws of inertia.

6. Desire alone never replaces the actions needed to achieve that desire.

7. Success is not defined by how much you move up, but how much you reach out.

8. False optimism is the result of ignored reality.

9. After many weeks of careful planning, contemplating, and preparation - I have decided to be spontaneous!

10. Beware of manipulation disguised as mutual benefit.

11. How you walk is more important than the path you choose.

Hopefully some of those make sense. Which is your favorite? Add a Quick Thought of your own if you'd like.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Most Popular - 7 Days To Go

Well, just one week until the first anniversary of The Success Spot is here. Today I thought it would be nice to re-cap the most popular posts I have written. How to determine popularity is not that easy. So, any post that has garnered five comments or more is included in the list.

Fear Of Open-Mindedness (A bit of a rant) (7 comments)

Communication Breakdown? (5 comments)

Empty Potential (8 comments)

A Quote From Live8 (5 comments)

Choices (6 comments)

A Simple Gift (8 comments)

Comments are only one measure of a posts' popularity. Also, I don't think popularity is the most important aspect of what I write -- impact is. Helping people reach their full potential, still remains my main goal.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

8 Days To Go

Eight days to go until what? In eight days The Success Spot will be one year old. Hooray!

So I decided to take a look back over the next few days. As of now there have been 103 postings spanning 357 days - this works out to a new post every 3.46 days. Obviously, consistency can be improved.

We'll examine past comments, articles, and hopefully tie up some loose ends. In a way, it's an attempt to "clean house" in preparation for the new year to come.

Also, let me take the time to say thanks to everyone who has stopped by. I truly hope these posts have helped in some small way. Thanks again.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Quick Thought

How you walk is more important than the path you choose.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Almost Impossible

How many times have you seen successful people portrayed as dishonest swindlers who stab people in the back to claw their way to the top? More times than you can remember? Me too.

Does this happen? Yes, but it is much easier for anyone to approach their full potential through service and cooperation. Think about which segment of the population commits a disproportionate amount of crime - the unsuccessful.** Here's why. When someone knows they are driving towards betterment, it creates a passion for life that eliminates many desires for ill-gotten gain. Put in other words: It's almost impossible to do wrong when you know you're moving in the right direction.

I am often asked what my definition of success is. I define it as continuously approaching one's self-defined full potential. However, if that self-definition of success includes wrong-doing, then it is, indeed, delusional.

**I was originally going to say the poor, but money in and of itself does not define success.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

My Life's Business Plan

This started as an exercise to create a business plan for my life; it went in another direction. I decide to share it with you. I was aiming for honesty, so it is not all nice.

I strive to be objective and fair. I have political, social, fiscal, and religious opinions, which I regard as correct. I enjoy engaging in conversations with others in regard to their opinions in kind.

I love my wife and kids. So much so, that I sometimes do things that scare me to protect and provide for them.

I despise bigotry, prejudice, and racism. Though I would like to think I never engage in any of these to any degree, I know I sometimes do. I have and will continue to stand up to it, but am still not ready to risk personal harm to defend people unlike myself (even though I wish I was). People are people.

I strive to know the meaning of things, and search for truth. In this regard I have a dislike for misinformation, bias, urban legends, and old wives' tales. However, I enjoy folklore, religious stories, and world mythologies.

I believe in making the world a better place. I'm just not sure how to do it, but that doesn't keep me from trying.

I am intelligent, have a good (though sometimes dry) sense of humor, and desire to help people.

I offer advice to all who request it, or guide them to better sources if I do not know.

I guess that's me in a nutshell. I know I left huge chunks out, but it's a start. I found it a very revealing exercise just to put it in print. How would you honestly describe yourself? What is important enough for you to include?

Friday, September 02, 2005

A Few Questions For You

I would like your help.

Occasionally, I think it's important to re-assess The Success Spot. In that regard, here are a few questions for all of you.

1. What is your opinion of the "Good News" segment?

2. Would you like to see more opinion?
On political issues?
On current events?
Or should I remain "anti-partisan"?

3. Would you like to have me answer reader's questions, and freely suggest advice?

4. What would you like to see more of?

5. What would you like to see less of?

6. What other feedback, suggestions, or advice do you have?

Any of these questions you answer will be greatly appreciated, and deeply considered. All comments are welcome. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help.