Thursday, May 23, 2013
square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have
no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the
human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world - are the ones who Do!"
For those of you who remember, this was said by Steve Jobs when he was working to unveil a new ad campaign as new 'interim' CEO of Apple Computers in 1997; the beginning of the 'Think Different' campaign. It was inspired by the original Macintosh group from the eighties and how 'crazy' they all were. This quote perfectly illustrates the truth I wish to share with you today. That truth is: The more unrealistic the goal the easier it is to achieve.
Steve Jobs epitomized this truth, he was a rebel, a purist, and a control freak but the greatest attribute about him was most definitely his passion. A passion for products, he would dream up these products and desire to make them aesthetically pleasing and tell the engineers to put in the components after wards, instead of letting the engineers create their boards and circuits then building the computer around them. He changed the world because he never excepted 'good enough' or 'ok' . He strived for perfection and didn't care about hurting feelings along the way. With that we have ipods, ipads, iphones, technology that has changed the world and the way we communicate.
Another example of someone who strives for perfection and set lofty goals even though they were completely unrealistic was a man by the name of Henry Ford. When he met with his engineers to discuss a new design for an engine they were astounded by what he had suggested, with them replying it was impossible.
This was the incredible V8 that Ford was dreaming about, he demanded that his engineers find a way to develop an engine with 8 cylinders cast in a solid block. Like I said they all said it was impossible, he just said to them, I don't care how long it takes I just want the plans for it so we can put it into production. You will find a way. For a whole year he continued to apply pressure on his engineers while they worked away and kept being met with failure he kept pushing them to continue to try no matter how much time they needed. You will find a way.
After that year he met with his engineers and they miraculously found a way to make the V8 cast in a single block. Amazing, determination and motivation led to; Success. Funny how that happens, something that was impossible wasn't.
These stories should help us realize the fact that just because it isn't accepted as possible doesn't mean it isn't. It only means that no one has tried hard enough to complete the task to find the right applications necessary to bring the impossible into the possible. Think about 30 years ago when no one had a cell phone, now you can buy things from your phone.
So be crazy and determined, you will change the world if your intentions are true enough.
Friday, May 10, 2013
1. Mark TwainTwenty 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.
2. Luigi PirandelloIn bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.
3. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
4. Zig ZiglarPeople often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
5. T. S. ElliotOnly those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
6. BuddhaAll that we are is the result of what we have thought.
7. Ralph Waldo EmersonDo not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
8. Peter F. DruckerWe know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it.
9. Nora RobertsIf you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.
10. Stephen CoveyBegin with the end in mind.
The following ten articles were compiled by By Simran Khurana from About.com. We are grateful for being able to share such great wisdom, and my hope is that this post can help just one person a day.
Friday, May 3, 2013
This blog post is sort of an explanation of the blog itself and my website. It's an answer to the question; what is this guy trying to do? or who is this guy trying to help? It is my ambition to better organize the site and the blog in the coming weeks to make it easier to identify with but in the mean time I figure I would just write a post about it.
My products are going to include books, workbooks, audio cds, video, and e-book downloads. I want to help everyone I can, from the struggling business owner to the high school kid with a negative attitude. I want to cater to the needs of them and everyone in between. That is why I am putting an excerpt of my book on the post. I am looking for a little feedback, the book is almost through the editing process; and I wanted to give anyone out there who is intrigued about my book a little glimpse of what they will be getting if they do decide to purchase. Here is a little bit of chapter two from my book; ' Success through Failure' :
We become the decisions that we make, the paths that we choose. We become the experiences that we encounter with those decisions that we make. My experiences differ from yours because we are all different and have made different choices in our lives. What we do share in our commonalities is how we learn from our different experiences; we may choose to foolishly disregard learning from a certain experience or we may take the lesson and apply it to our lives for the betterment of ourselves and those around us.
For example, I have an interesting story involving my kayak and a waterfall. About five miles from my house is a state forest with a large creek running through it. The state land is about 2,400 acres and consists of a gorge ranging from 350 to 480 feet deep, to where the creek is at the bottom. It is made up of some of the oldest forests in New York, multiple ponds and over a dozen waterfalls. The story starts about fourteen miles upstream from the state land, where I had decided to enjoy a beautiful summers day by kayaking the creek. I launched my boat and set off by myself, not letting the fact that no one could join me deter me from the fun I was going to have. Considering that there are a lot of class two rapids and even a couple class threes, I left my phone and wallet in the car so they wouldn’t get destroyed. I jumped in my boat and paddled through the rocks. As I rounded the gentle flowing bends in the creek, taking in the scenery and a bald eagle perched on top of a giant pine tree, I noticed a patch of rapids followed by a drop of about 500 yards ahead of me in the creek. So after I traversed the minor rapids I paddled over to the shore to scope out the drop. I beached my boat to view a small waterfall of about ten feet. At the base of the waterfall was a tangled mess of massive trees broken, and twisted together from the last flood. I wouldn’t be able to go over the falls so I put my paddle in my boat and climbed down the rocks to launch at a safer point about 50 yards upstream. I climbed over the rocks and dragged my kayak back to the creek, went to grab my paddle and realized it was gone.
I am sure you could imagine the panic that came over me at that moment. I paced up and down the beach where I had carried my boat all the while hoping that it had just fallen out and was lying there somewhere. For about a half an hour I searched and concluded that it must have went over the falls and gotten stuck under the trees, a place I couldn’t safely go, especially by myself. So there I was: no phone, all alone and way too far to walk with the kayak, with no roads in sight. I was literally up the creek without a paddle. Instead of letting my situation get the best of me, I immediately started to form a strategy. I found an L shaped branch about four feet long that was about three inches in diameter on the one end to about a four inch diameter on the shorter end. That was my new paddle. I used it to navigate the remainder of the five miles downstream to where I was going to be picked up; needless to say it was not easy or safe. Looking back on the situation, I am glad I made the right choice not to get discouraged and let that situation ruin an otherwise beautiful trip. I was actually laughing about losing my paddle and being able to say that I have been ‘up the creek without a paddle’ and actually mean it literally. I will always remember the wonderful time I had that day. Also, I now have a hilarious story to share with other about my experiences.
Any feedback would be appreciated and if you would like a copy of it please go to www.attitudedriveslife.com and pre order yours today. Thank you for taking the time to read it and comment.