Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Do You Have A Question?

Yo-Yo Ma's Tips For Success

Yo-Yo Ma is a 53 year old cellist who is arguably the best-known face in classical music. Here are Yo-Yo Ma's Tips for Success.
  • Take the high road. "If you're given the choice between two paths - one the easy route and one the harder, but more rewarding path - take the latter. The path it'll take you later will be worth the hardship now."
  • Play the guest. "When you're learning something new, find a friend or teacher to guide you and play as if you're a guest in their home. Look at pictures and ask who they are. Inquire about interesting keepsakes on display. Ask questions so they'll open up to you, and you can learn all about their world."
  • Qualify your criticism. "No one wants to hear harsh criticism, but it's important to think through the criticism and qualify it. Think about where they're coming from, and why they're saying this. If they're a respected person in your life, listen to it. If they're not a credible figure to you, disregard it as their opinion."

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving

If there's something that I'm thankful for...I'm thankful for you visiting my blog. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving day.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Need By the Numbers

  • More than 40 percent of your people doubt they can achieve their goals.
  • 70 percent wish they had more opportunities to help them fulfill their dreams.
  • Fewer than 60 percent feel a sense of purpose
  • Fewer than 65 percent are motivated to achieve
  • Fewer than 30 percent feel they have skills like planning and decision-making.
  • 25 percent of all public high school students fail to graduate on time, if at all.
  • 50 percent of Afican-Americans and Hispanics fail to gradate on time, if at all.
  • 75 percent of those incarcerated did not graduate from high school.
  • 85 percent of adolescents who get training in success skills graduate on time, resulting in a 50 percent drop in welfare dependency.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Do You Have Fear of Success or Fear of Failure?

No one wants to fail. Fear of failure is common, even immobilizing people, hindering them from pursuing or achieving your goals. But for some, success is an even greater source of fear, also resulting in inaction. "The fear of success is an expression of inadequacy in believing we don't deserve to achieve, combined with emotions of guilt when we do better than expected," says Denis Waitley, speaker, author and productivity coach. When you don't really believe in the validity of your dreams and you aren't prepared for achievements, you will fall short in and again, says Waitley, who has coached astronauts, CEOs and Olympic athletes. "I call this curse of permanent potential." While a fear of failure is more internal, fear of success is external, says performance Coach Joseph McClendon. "What does society say about people who are successful? We have been taught they are selfish, evil, bad or wrong." Gilda Carle, an educational leadership expert and counselor, suggests people become more aware of their "deserve level." "Who you are today and how successful you are is based directly upon what you think you deserve," she says. "What you think you deserve manifests itself." Experts say overcoming fears, either success or failure, involves taking deliberate action. Rather than taking a huge, scary leap toward your goals, Waitley suggests taking small, incremental steps. Each small accomplishment will bolster your confidence, giving you the oomph to tackle the next hurdle.

Monday, November 17, 2008

What does life mean to you and me?

I have been asking myself this great question, and for so long I had no clue, having come from a poverty environment, I got programmed mentally (my deeper mind) to accept these circumstances as a regular part of life, not really knowing I could do something about it, if I so desired, years went by, and over time that way of stinking thinking became an every day affair, a way of life, if you would.

But, and here's the big but, somehow deep in my soul, I knew that something was so terrible wrong, I just didn't know where or how, and by this time I had developed some nasty habits, not even worth talking about, however they were there, and were mine to live with.

It is my findings from some great people in the personal development, and personal growth fields, that about 97% of the population suffer from the disease, I just described above.

By way of asking the question, "What does life mean to you and to me?"

We get different answers, but usually never the truth. Food for thought.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

And life must go on!

A week after my 1st post something happened in this country of ours, we elected an African American man as president, and as I think about it, I can only realize what a great triumph this is for mankind, only 48 years ago it was something not anyone would mention, and yet here we are, Barack Obama is the next president of the USA.

So what is the point of this comment, Napoleon Hill, said way back in the day,


I've come to the conclusion that today more than ever, this is a great example as to how anyone can fulfill their dreams, this is not something to take as just another event, this is BIG.

For anyone who has struggled in life to become a better person, this is more than a reason to fight back against any labels, any disgraces, any shortcomings, he or she might have experienced in life, it is now time to raise up, and go after those big dreams we've forgotten about, it is time to stand up for our beliefs, knowing only that YES WE CAN, SI SE PUEDE!

You and I must come as one, for no man is an island, I need YOU whoever you are, it doesn't matter where we come from, we are one with the Most High, because in the end whatever hurts you, my brother and sister, hurts me as well, and we have yet to experience the riches of the universe, but we have to be willing to come after our glory, we are only one decision away from getting on the path of success, excellent health, and personal wealth.

Monday, November 3, 2008

What is life all about?

Hi everyone and welcome to my first blog.

This is a very important step in my life, and as some people keep saying, "Just take the first step and get the ball rolling."

My name is Gerson Martinez and my life is full of opportunities and grace. I, like millions of people came to this country looking for a better way of life...and I've found it. However there is more to life than just working for someone else. For quite some time, I've been thinking and wondering how do I go about getting things better. I mean, who doesn't want to travel the world, and see exotic places, have the means to be better and help others, be a great example in the lives of their children, and provide for everything and anything that his/her family may want.

Yet, despite the fact we live in the greatest country in the world, about 97% of the population don't realize there's a way out of this mess, a mess of our own creation by the way we think, by the way we go about every day living, running on fear, being
skeptical about the abundance in life, such as, having plenty of water, enough fresh air for everyone to breathe, and light from the sun, the moon , and the stars.

I suppose my goal in life is to be, and become a better person, true to my own self,
by applying the principles of honesty, truth, and a belief that indeed life is really good, and that by changing my perspective to these fundamental principals, I can change my life, and influence others to do the same, as long as they, whoever they are, are looking and willing to change.