Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Insight of the Day

One of my mentors, Bob Proctor, writes and "Insight of the Day" email. I though I would share with all of you what he recently sent me:

"I want to tell you a story that has the potential to really impact your life. It sure has mine. I would imagine you've listened to a number of radio shows. Well I'm interviewed on them frequently. I was on a radio show one morning many years ago, and the host and I were really involved with the concept that one idea can change your business, in fact can change your entire life. The host himself was a pretty positive guy and we really had the show rocking. It was one of those call-in shows, and we had the lines plugged. All the callers were enthusiastic, telling us how much they were enjoying our conversation, how it was helping them.
And then, all of a sudden, like a huge clap of thunder, a woman came roaring on the line and really unloaded on the two of us. Our conversation obviously had her upset. It quickly became apparent that her life was very frustrating for her. While she was listening to us, she must have drifted back in time and space to a time when she was in college, thinking about all the enthusiastic plans she had at that time in her life and then comparing them with the reality of how her life had turned out. It was truly a reality crisis that was happening with this woman. It was almost like we were the bad guys; that it was our fault that the plans she made as a young woman never materialized. She started out saying, "You guys are wrong. Life is not how you are talking about it. It's totally different. When I was in college I wanted to be an author, I wanted to write books. Now I'm stuck here with three little kids. I can't just pick up and go to some South Sea Island to write books."

I guess the South Sea Island was part of the plan when she was in college. I was tempted to ask her who decided to have 3 kids, but I didn't dare make her any more upset. I explained to her that I knew a number of authors and none of them went to the South Seas to write their books. Most of the ones I knew were writing while they were busy working at their job or their business or whatever else they were doing. I pointed out one exception -- John Graham who is the creative director of the Nightingale Conant Corporation took a whole stack of Earl Nightingale's radio shows and went to Bimini for a week and turned the shows into a book called This is Earl Nightingale. It's a really excellent book. You might want one for your library.

Outside of that, I told her, I didn't know any authors that went down South to write a book. Then I suggested to her that she should get up an hour early every morning ahead of the family, make herself a pot of coffee and write a page, just a page. At the end of the year she'd have 365 pages written. Even if she were to miss a number of days she'd have 200 to 300 pages. Then she could take the following year to edit what she had written. That way every couple of years she'd be able to turn out a new book, all the while being with and enjoying her family.

As I said this I thought to myself that's a heck of a good idea. I don't know if she did it, but at 6am the following morning I was up writing. I got so enthused about it I was not only up at 6am writing, I was writing on planes, writing in hotel rooms, writing in between meetings. Before I knew it, I had an enormous folder of hand written pages and my book was finished. Because I carried it with me all the time, I didn't have my name or phone number or anything written on the folder.. You guessed it. I lost the folder. I couldn't believe it; I had left it in the taxi. About an hour after I got home, it suddenly dawned on me that I didn't have my folder with me. A cold chill ran through my body as I told my wife Linda what I had done. She peppered me with questions - "What was the name of the cab company? What was the phone number? What was the cab driver's name?" I didn't have answers for any of her questions, just a blank screen. But I remained calm. Linda wanted to know why I wasn't upset. I explained that with something so bad there had to be something really good about it. The book probably wasn't any good. So I let it go and set out to rewrite the entire book. That book You Were Born Rich has been sold all over the world in a number of different languages. We're constantly receiving letters from people about how the book has changed their life. 

Now here's an interesting twist - it was the woman on the radio show that motivated me to write the book. But it was a man who ultimately became my business partner, Gerry Robert, that gave me a suggestion that turned the book into a piece of gold, when I think of what it did for me and my business. And believe me, a book could do the same for you. I believe everyone has a book in them. At any rate, Gerry said, "Bob, rather than sell the book, why don't you give it away. Just sell enough to pay for the books you give away." I looked at him like he had a few screws loose, but he explained that business people spend absolute fortunes on brochures. And yet no one has a brochure case. Lots of people have bookcases, but no brochure cases. And that's because people don't keep brochures. They do keep books. Once it's written, a book doesn't cost much more than a brochure. In fact, in some cases, it costs less. So Gerry said, "Why not use your book as a brochure that will market your business." The more I thought about it, the more I realized it made a lot of sense. It was a very solid, creative concept. I did what Gerry suggested and that idea changed my business like night and day.

Shortly after that, Gerry and I got together to talk about forming a publishing company to help business people write books. We got excited about how much it could help their business grow. We decided to do it. We hired ghost writers, marketing people and designers. Today we've helped between 200 to 300 people create books that they use as their brochure to market their business. It's making as big a difference in their business, just asYou Were Born Rich did in mine. The Born Rich book is not just an interesting story, it's the cause of numerous interesting stories. As I'm writing this, I'm sitting in my library surrounded by about 3,000 books, yet none of the books here has helped my business like the Born Rich book has. I think of all the people struggling in business right now that are letting the economy affect them. If they only knew how much a book could help their business, they'd start writing now.

If you would like to find out how a book can help you or your business, send an email to And here's the beautiful part about it, you don't even have to know how to write a book. We do, and we can do it for you or with you. I'll promise you one thing, you put a book out with your name on it and it's not going to get thrown away like so many of the brochures that you've printed in the past. A book changed my life and it can change yours."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Swimming to My Ship

Jonathan Winters, an American comedian and actor, once said, “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it”. I think this quote is a beautiful metaphor that reminds us to go after what we want in life, rather than wait for it to come to us.

I went to see the film The Titanic when it came out a while back. The Titanic saga has captivated me ever since I was a small child. I feel a personal connection because hundreds of passengers on board were immigrants fleeing their homeland and traveling to America, considered the new world, to pursue their dream of starting a new life.

After watching the movie I was captivated even more and seized the opportunity to get as close to the real Titanic any person can.

I think my experience and drive to see this mystical ship really embodies the quote that Jonathan Winters said many years ago. Because my ship couldn’t’ come to me I went after it.

Live with passion and dare to dream. Make your life an epic extraordinary adventure.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Reject the Conventional

Consider a mousetrap and a mouse.  What do most mice do? They come head on into the trap, flirt with the cheese and get caught. I keep a picture on my wall of a mouse and it’s trap. However, this picture is a little more unconventional. This astute mouse has shimmied down on a vertical wire to the mousetrap to claim its cheese reward.

I keep this photo to remind me to think outside the square, just like this mouse had done. I keep this photo to remind me to approach life from a different angle. It is mandatory for us to cultivate our mind and allow it to blossom beyond our expectations. I sincerely believe this is the secret to happiness, where we truly find what we dearly love to do and then direct all of or energy toward doing it.

Live with passion and dare to dream. Make your life an epic extraordinary adventure

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Go After It!

We know so little about the deep blue sea. Only three percent of the world’s oceans have ever been explored. We actually know a lot more about space than we do about our oceans. Consider what part of the Earth you want to explore further and go after it! There is an entire world to see. Embrace the adventure of life.

For me, I wanted more than anything to visit the shipwreck of the Titanic (among many other things). I find shipwrecks utterly intriguing. They are time capsules. The clock stopped the moment they sank. If there were a time machine I would much prefer to go back in time then forward to the future. We cannot turn back time, nor can we travel through the chapters of history, but shipwrecks are perhaps the closest we come to a true time warp.

Where on Earth are you most drawn? Wherever it may be, don’t be afraid venture out and find it, even if is it one the bottom of the ocean floor. Remember, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look ounce in a while, you’ll miss it.

Live with passion and dare to dream. Make your life an epic extraordinary adventure.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Titanic's Sister Ship: The Britannic

The Britannic lies at a depth of 500 feet of the island of Kea, near Athens, Greece. So far there have only been three major expeditions down to Britannic. The first was the 1976 discovery of the wreak, which was led by legendary explorer Jacques Couteau. The second was in 1998 and the only other was in 2003.

Built in the same shipyard as the Titanic, the Britannic was the new unsinkable ship – over 30 meters longer than the Titanic. But when WWI broke out, the opulent cruise liner was re-commishioned and taken over by the Admiralty as a Red Cross hospital ship. She was never to sail as the luxury liner that her owners had in mind.

She sailed off the was with crew, doctors, burses and Royal Army Medical Corps personnel on board. On November 21, 1916 she was stuck off the coast of the Kea channel and was struck, either by a mine or U-boat. She sank in 55 minutes, three times faster than the Titanic. The Brittannic is still in one piece and the radio room is still intact.

Having witnessed the awesome beauty of the Titanic, now it’s my dream to explore her sister ship. 

Thursday, August 20, 2009

We Are All Born Rich

My former mentor Bob Proctor instilled in me the belief that we are all born rich. Until I met Bob Proctor, I used to regard the word rich from a monetary perspective, but later I developed the faculty awareness to drill deeper on what he said.

Bob did not mean we are all born monetarily wealthy, rich kids having rich dads. Rather, he recalled that we are all born equal, with equal opportunities and an abundance of potential. Prosperity is our natural birthright and we all posses the same coloring marker set with which we can mark in life.

Consider Bob’s advice. It reduces the most complicated concept in life to the simplest form. We can all create the same opportunities for ourselves and can use as many colors as we like when marking up our lives.

Live with passion and dare to dream. Make your life an epic extraordinary adventure.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Make A Bucket List

When I was a young boy, I developed my Top 10 ‘Hit List,' or bucket list, of goals to achieve in my life. Years later, I have accomplished seven of those ten goals. I am still working to cross the last three off my list. These include: climbing Mount Everest, visiting a space station orbiting up to 300 miles above Earth and to explore the lunar surface of the moon.

Creating a hit list of your own can help motivate you to pursue your life goals, pushing you to dream big and accomplish those dreams. I strongly believe that there are no coincidences in life. A higher conscious individual understands how prosperity laws work. A person with a compelling dream actually bends the universe to their will and strives for a unique constellation of attributes.


Live with passion and dare to dream. Make your life an epic extraordinary adventure.