*********Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wander about makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you just don't give up." Stephen Hawkins!!********
‘Prayer for the Future.’ ” Edmond closed his eyes and spoke slowly, with startling assurance. “May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies. May our compassion keep pace with our powers. And may love, not fear, be the engine of change.”
One's ability to succeed, Matt, is always proportional to one's willingness to fail.
Entrepreneurship is like skinny in alligator pit at night in the dark.
“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Colin Powell
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There is always an elephant watcing.
Taking massive action on massive dreams amidst massive uncertainties, Matt, is pretty much where anyone who's ever done anything massive had to start. And then things got way easier.
Matt, the trick is learning to maintain an unwavering focus upon your desired end result, your completed dream, the "finish line," without insisting upon or contemplating its means of attainment, no matter how logical, obvious, or tempting it may seem.
Sometimes, Matt, having more fun and being happier comes from looking for each in crazy, new places; instead of waiting for them to come from where you've found them before or where others are now finding them.
"You will never win if you never begin."
Did you know, Matt, that whenever you say, "I think I'm onto something HUGE, I'm so excited, I love my life, I have total clarity..." it's like hitting an "ON" button that throws countless supernatural, invisible mechanisms into action that gradually begin physically rearranging the props and events of your life so that they'll soon yield something HUGE, generate excitement, inspire love, and provide clarity?
And that whenever you say, "I don't know what to do, it's all so hard, I hate my life, I don't ever want to return to time and space..." it's like hitting an "OFF" button.
So the trick then, to being happy, is learning to experience it even though you don't yet have all you want.
“Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call ‘life’ was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that
“Weirdness is why we adore our friends. . . . Weirdness is what bonds us to our colleagues. Weirdness is what sets us apart, gets us hired. Be your unapologetically weird self. In fact, being weird may even find you the ultimate happiness.”
Failure is a good thing when done with integrity and honesty. Alexander Rolinitis
The difference between how you sometimes see yourself, Matt, and how I see you, could be summed up like this:You wonder, at times, what it is you might do that you'd be wildly successful at. And I wonder, at times, how you seem to miss that you already are.
Crazy wild -
The BIG THING, Matt, rarely happens when you ask for it, nor does it typically come from who or where you expect. It usually comes a bit later, from someone you didn't even know when you first asked, as a result of some weird turn of events that were impossible to foresee.
So, chill. Be patient. Enjoy the moment. And let your friends, employers, and partners off the hook. Besides, they're going to have enough to deal with when the BIG THING does arrive, if you know what I mean.
Won't be long,
And I do mean crazy. Not just from the old standbys of travel, adventure, and romance, but from stretching, reaching, and growing. Accepting new responsibilities for your happiness, totally accepting others, and grasping even higher ideals. Philosophically taking yourself to places few have dared to go.
“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”
“It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”
“Be ready. Work. Hard. Enjoy it!
Believing you can, you can. Though you might not.
Believing you can't, won't change that you can. It just hides it.
Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Mark Cuban quit these 3 bad habits
Procrastinating, caffeine, and yelling/noneffective communication
I am a big believer that if you have a very clear vision of where you want to go, then the rest of it is much easier.
Whereas simply getting started, however timid your first steps are, Matt, and consistently moving in the direction of your dreams day after day, will eventually create such unstoppable momentum, you'll find it nearly impossible to believe that there was ever a time when you wavered. Let's give them something to talk about
Right this very moment, on a distant farm, there basks a fig, a nut, or a berry, whose very life force will soon be your own. But that's not all...Right this very moment, there's a gorgeous home on a splendid property with a spectacular view, whose roof will someday give you shelter. But that's not all...Right this very moment, there are beautiful souls on your beautiful planet, whom you do not even know, yet through your meanderings and theirs, paths will cross, love will be shared, and eternal friendships will be created. I'm still not done...And nothing you do, or don't do, can prevent these serendipities I've just shared and so, so many more.
Amen, hallelujah, rock me Amadeus -
As if the most accomplished amongst you didn't have their own piercing doubts, fears, and worries. Didn't have spells when they believed they were inadequate, lost, and dependent. Hadn't at times felt downhearted, discouraged, and all alone in the world.Yet still, Matt... you know their names.
You are no less,
Better to try and fail, Matt, than forever wonder what might have been….
You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit. —HARRY S. TRUMAN1
**Find the simplest solution to a problem; test early, test often; question, never defend, have fun while doing all of this.
Happiness leads to success in nearly every domain of our lives, including marriage, health, friendship, community involvement, creativity, and, in particular, our jobs, careers, and businesses.1
It's working, Matt! Every day you're getting closer! Everything you've ever wanted is being pressed toward you. Everything is clicking. Don't let the illusions trick you. Don't let the events of today dampen your spirits. Things couldn't be any better than they now are. You couldn't have more reasons to celebrate. Continue! Press on! The hardest work is done! Keep showing up, be present, open every door and let events unfold. Life is your stage. This is your parade.
Together we can do anything.I love it when you're hot,
"The secret of happiness is something to do."
If you're promoting someone in your life that doesn't bring much to the table or as much as you do, you're fucking with the system. Heed the warning!
Matt, living the life of your dreams is a lot like sailing.
You pick your destination, hoist up your sail, make minor adjustments while the journey is underway, and let the wind do all the hard work.
In other words, imagine the end result, do what little you can, make minor adjustments while the journey is underway, and let me blow your mind
Jeff Bezos - "Success is going to require talented experts, a beginner's mind, and a long-term orientation."
Life, Matt, is not what you see, but what you've projected. It's not what you've felt, but what you've decided. It's not what you've experienced, but how you've remembered it. It's not what you've forged, but what you've allowed. And it's not who's appeared, but who you've summoned.
And this should serve you well, beloved, until you find what you already have.
A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune."
We’re working on it. We’re getting closer. When setbacks come, we respond by working twice as hard.
Don't be afraid to go where you've never gone and do what you've never done, Matt, because both are necessary to have what you've never had and be who you've never been.
Thank you. just trying make a difference, be a influencer, and see the world (me)
Matt, I can't even remember the last time I was this excited for you for all that you're on the verge of doing, being, and having.
Everyone, Matt, lives the life of their choosing. Not just what they chose, but what they're choosing.
You can look at life like this, Matt: If you're not now surrounded by laughing friends, taking amazing journeys, and constantly choosing between lots of fun things to do, it's just because you haven't gotten to that part yet.
"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
..’Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we missed.’
"The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next."
Of course you don't know "how."
It's OK that you don't know "how."
To be honest, Matt, you're not really supposed to know "how," because it's when you don't know that you're pressed hardest to learn that I do; to see that the hows are my domain and that your job is only to define the end result and keep showing up.
All so that you might quicker learn that the path you sought lies beneath your skipping feet.
However long your dreams take to come true,Matt; no matter how prickly, thorny, or bumpy the path; and whether or not you even remember these words, if you stay the course, I can promise you this:
1. They will come true.
2. You'll recall the entire journey with fondness.
3. You're going to miss shopping in complete anonymity.
Sure as sugar.
I know you,
Buy something special for yourself, Matt. Be proud. Flaunt your style. Love yourself. Daydream, wonder, and make a few mistakes. Stay up too late every so often and sleep in too long. Sometimes wake up crazy early to doodle or journal or go for a walk. Play loud music. Celebrate everything. And when no one is looking, as often as you can remember, kiss the back of each of your hands in quick succession.
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions."
It's not the size of your dreams, Matt, that determines whether or not they come true, but the size of the actions you take that implies their inevitable arrival.
Your greatest admirer,
"Don't aspire to make a living, make a difference!"
"For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance."
"Paths are made for walking"
"What good is this life if we only stay in one place!"
"Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way."
In the end, Matt, all you have are memories, and usually the ones you have with friends are the ones you treasure most.
Odd, isn't it, how folks will look back to great milestones in their life - to when they met someone, fortuitously changed careers, or were somehow found to be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time - and consider such incidents turning points?Because actually, Matt, the real turning points in any life always occur well before such manifestations, in the moments when they finally began thinking, speaking, and behaving like never before.
“You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.”
Sure, there may be a lot of "real estate" between here and where you dream of being, Matt, but the road, if you notice, happens to run straight through the middle of paradise.
Like A1A in the Florida Keys,
Matt, long weekend?
I get it... politics, chaos, a polarized world. You probably won't believe this, but I'm as powerless as you when it comes to living other people's lives.
On the other hand, you are as powerful as I am when it comes to living your own life. You decide what's meant to be. You can have anything you want and everything is possible – whether you lean left or right, are in the top or bottom 1%, read fake news, or dispense covfefe.
Don't give away this power waiting to see what happens to the rest of the world, when you can decide what will happen in yours.
Uncle Pete: "way back then you were swimming around in your old man balls"
I rather shoot and miss than not shoot at all. Connor McGregor
“If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.”
I sometimes think that we are too much impressed by the clamor of daily events..yet it is the profound tendencies of history that will shape our future. JFK
“The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how
far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.”
For “the great aim of education,” said Herbert Spencer, “is not knowledge but action.”
A hero is someone who makes the decision every day to make a positive difference in the lives of those around them.
“Our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
― Ronald Reagan
**"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitude."
Si vis pacem, para bellum. If you wish for peace before for war.
-No matter what your past has been you have a spotless future.
-Everyone has their private mount Everest to climb.
-Without data you are just another person with an opinion
-20 yrs from now you'll be disappointed in things you didn't do than the things you did do.
-one fine day it'll be your turn. You'll leave home, cities, countries to pursue grander ambitions. You'll leave friends and lovers for a chance to roam the world to make deeper connections. You will defy your fear of change and hold your head high and do what you thought was unthinkable: walkaway. It'll be scary at first. But what I hope what you find in the end is that in leaving, you don't find love adventure or freedom. More than anything you find you.
-Perhaps the most exciting realization in the world, Matt, is finally understanding that living the life of your dreams is entirely up to you. It's also about the scariest.
-the most dangerous person is the one who listen, thinks, and observes
-Live as if ou were to die tomorrow learn as if you were to live forever
-be yourself , everyone else is already taken
-real success is finding your lifework in the work you love
-Pioneers aways have to experience being the first ones on everything. You broke their mold of a typical employee and they weren't ready for it but they saw your ambition that can't be matched by anyone else!!!!! Good for you thinking things through so completely. You'll find where you are supposed to be! Jackie Doyle
-people stay away from uninspired, ungrateful, not excited
-what is the difference of being alive and truly living? You're truly living if you love who you are, what you're doing, who you're with, and where you're going? You have a purpose. -Andrea
I hope you enjoy your trip, Matt!!! 😊 hehe I wonder if you'll see this 😉 2.22.17
Screw it just do it. Richard branson
Matt, the root of every "evil" is looking to time and space for meaning, solutions, or identity; for friends, love, and laughter; for wealth, health, and harmony.
The source of all material things is spirit, which is molded by your thoughts and then, without judgment, impressed upon matter before your very eyes. Trying to get what you want by looking to time and space is like trying to change your reflection in the mirror without changing yourself.
Instead, look within. Create images with your thoughts of your desired end results.
Grits type of hope rests on fact that our own efforts can improve tomorrow.
You can use the force on weak minds. MD
Only look at the facts and don't be swayed by social outcomes of the truth.
The two most important attributes of an operational intelligence officer is: practical flexibility and neutral perspective.
When your dreams or "end results" are stated generally, in broad brush strokes, like wealth and abundance, friends and laughter, health and harmony, then please, by all means, Matt, attach yourself to them. Attach, attach, attach. There is no limit to what you can have and no reason to expect anything less.
But when your end results are specific, like the ultimate car, a hot date, or a home in the country, do not attach, do not attach, do not attach.
Material details and specifics are always "how" to get to a grander picture of your life and are never important in and of themselves. They're "cursed hows" disguised as end results. Steps disguised as destinations. By all means, think of them, put them in your scrapbook or on your visionboard to remind yourself of the kind of possessions and adventures that are your birthright. But do not give them any importance, through attachment, greater than what you are truly after: a fuller, richer life with all cups running over, the details of which will take care of themselves when this is your end result.
Bok choi, baby -
What if every "no," Matt, meant "not yet"?
Every setback meant, "there's something way better"?
Every loss meant, "even more is on the way"?
And every disappointment meant, "pucker up, buttercup"?
Yeah, precisely -
When driving down the road of life, Matt, rarely do you know how good you have it, until you see it in the rear-view mirror.
Which is not to suggest that you should look back now, but to remind you that where you are today is more awesome and amazing than you probably realize.
A positive attitude will not solve all problems, but will annoy enough people to make it worth it.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
― Bil Keane
Big jobs usually go to the individual who prove their ability to outgrow small ones."
Nothing is so corrupting as a great idea whose time is past. —John P. Grier
Mankind is composed of two sorts of men—those who love and create, and those who hate and destroy
Perception Management for Very Advanced Souls (a.k.a. Matt)
The next time someone upsets you, think, "Thanks for pointing out that I've begun depending on you. Time I lose the expectations."
And the next time someone doesn't take your view into account, think, "That's okay, I was once like that."
And if someone steals from you, think, "It was nothing, my supply is the Universe."
Or lies to you, think, "I'm sorry you feel that need."
Violates you, "All for my growth and glory."
Is rude to you, "Cheer up, dear soul, it'll be okay."
Judges you, "Thanks for sharing your truth."
Drives by you like a bat out of hell, "Be careful, my friend. I love you."
And the next time someone greets you with a smile, smile back, like you're sharing a secret.
Michelle D's Quotes:
-I gave the verbal version of robert dinero with baseball bat
-I don't want you to suffer in since.
go to a strip club, they are much better overseas. Best way get on blotter
Of course, even with all the advice and hindsight in the world, hard things will continue to be hard things. So, in closing, I just say peace to all those engaged in the struggle to fulfill their dreams.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —H. JACKSON BROWN’S MOTHER
"You’ve got to find what you love…. [T]he only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle." - Steve jobs
"The linchpin is able to invent a future, fall in love with it, live in it—and then abandon it on a moment’s notice."
Do you remember the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button? There’s a line from that movie that has always stuck with me: “It’s a funny thing about coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you.”
"The system we grew up with is a mess. It’s falling apart at the seams and a lot of people I care about are in pain because the things we thought would work don’t. Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. They have become victims, pawns in a senseless system that uses them up and undervalues them. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map."
From book Linchpin by Seth godin
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. —HERMANN HESSE
"And so, at the ripe old age of 30, I finally came to understand what it meant to live my life as an adult. That it’s the ability to choose: what pleasure is worthwhile, what pain is worthwhile, to pursue and love unconditionally, without judgment or shame. So I chose to celebrate. Me and eight of my closest friends went to Las Vegas and drank about $1,000 of alcohol in one night. And it was wonderful."
“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. . . . Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.” —Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference."
Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them
Herb Kelleher famously said, “You don’t hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills.”
Matt, about your dream home , and that one day soon you will travel more of the world ambitious and help othe... have you considered that once these dreams come to pass, you may become too popular to even grocery shop for yourself?
Yeah, peeps can do it for you.
"Don't forget the maple syrup!"
Be careful and enjoy what is in front of you today for tomorrow it can all change... Lamar from USBICES-X
Quickie Happiness Workshop for Increasing Profits at Times of Seeming Peril:
Think as much, if not more, about growing your income as you do of trimming your expenses.
And for extra credit, Matt, focus on customers more than vendors; smiles more than frowns; possibilities more than risks; options more than commitments; vacations more than overtime; detours more than setbacks; opportunities more than obstacles; and Goldilocks more than the bears.
End of Workshop -
"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."
If it's in the bowl ya gotta smoke it ...w hb
"I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right." -einstein
if you don’t take care of that mind and that body, they’ll be a wreck forty years later, just like the car would be. “It’s what you do right now, today, that determines how your mind and body will operate ten, twenty, and thirty years from now.” -Warren buffet
To the students, he explained his “Twenty Punches” approach to investing. “You’d get very rich,” he said, “if you thought of yourself as having a card with only twenty punches in a lifetime, and every financial decision used up one punch. You’d resist the temptation to dabble. You’d make more good decisions and you’d make more big decisions.”.
Jobs’s basic operating principles have become the stuff of legend: (1) imagine a product that is “insanely great,” (2) assemble a small team of the very best engineers and designers in the world, (3) make the product visually stunning and easy to use, pouring innovation into the user interface, (4) tell the world how cool and trendy the product is with innovative advertising.
“ If the business is really successful, then there is usually a good strategic logic behind that success, be it hidden or not. But the truth is that many companies, especially large complex companies, don’t really have strategies. At the core, strategy is about focus, and most complex organizations don’t focus their resources. Instead, they pursue multiple goals at once, not concentrating enough resources to achieve a breakthrough in any of them.”