Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Site

I was bored so I surfed a little and found one of these free site makers.
I desided to try it out.

This is the result:


Now, if you are bored go check it out!

It was fun making it ....


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Paradox of Giving

I recently returned from presenting a workshop, and when I pulled up to the parking attendant's booth at the airport, I handed him my ticket and he flashed me a huge grin and said, "Hello! That'll be $30.50."

"$30.50?" I echoed, incredulous. "I was only here for 24 hours. I just want to pay for parking-I don't want to buy the place!"

He laughed and said, "Yep, it's $30.50 for 24 hours' parking. So how was your trip? Did you have a good time?"

I was still in a bit of shock at the price, but he was being so friendly that any temptation I had to become frustrated started to fade away. I chatted with him a little about my trip, asked him about his day, and paid my bill, feeling a lot better than I probably would have if he hadn't been so nice.

Now, some people might say that this gentleman had a right to be unhappy and cranky, after all, his job probably isn't always very pleasant. He has to deal with grouchy people who resent paying $30.50 for 24 hours' parking, he has to work in a closed space without much opportunity to move around or get visual stimulation, and he probably doesn't make all that much money. Yet this fellow was giving value unconditionally, without an obvious or immediate payback for doing so.

What he understood, which I try to help others understand, is that the more value you offer unconditionally, the more abundance you'll enjoy. Giving with strings attached creates feelings of fear (What if I don't get a return on what I give?) and lack (I don't have enough to justify giving to others without a clear benefit to me). Giving unconditionally creates feelings of abundance.

People who feel wealthy and blessed and who bring value to their jobs regardless of their pay let the Universe know that they're ready to receive even more wealth. They may get a raise or an unexpected windfall, or they could attract the attention of someone who wants to hire them for a better job. As I drove away from that parking garage, I thought about how much value and enthusiasm that gentleman brings to his work if he is able to deal with grumpy customers all day long and by early evening still have joy to share with others. I thought, I would like to hire that fellow! I wouldn't be at all surprised if he gets a promotion, a raise, or a more lucrative position somewhere, and I imagine that he leads a rich and abundant life outside of his job.

When you give value unconditionally, you'll receive it in return-and the more you give, the more value and abundance you'll receive. People, who offer the minimal amount at their job, always rushing out the door at exactly 5 p.m. and never showing any initiative, are missing the opportunity to create abundance or value and reap the benefits.

There are many ways to offer value. My husband, son, and I live next to a golf course. At the end of the week, Michel will gather up all of the balls in our yard, put them in egg cartons, and sell them to golfers at a fraction of the cost of new ones. When he approaches a potential customer, he'll give them a free ball. Whether or not they decide to buy a dozen from him, this ball is theirs to keep. The golfers feel positive about him and are more inspired to buy a box from him, if not today, then sometime in the future.

You can offer value through creative ideas, suggestions for how to make your company work more efficiently, enthusiasm that inspires others, hard work, diligence and attention to detail, and going the extra mile in a crisis.

If you're thinking of finding different work, or you've been
considering making a change for a long time but feel paralyzed and unsure of what to do next, start by creating positive feelings so that you can access your passion and creativity. You'll get clarity about what you want to do next and avoid making the kind of mistakes we commit when we operate from negative feelings such as fear and lack. You won't jump from one unrewarding job to the next; instead, you'll find new, better opportunities opening up for you in response to the feelings of abundance, enthusiasm, and worthiness you've created. You'll recognize your beneficial purpose, value it, and attract more resources and wealth by giving unconditionally, letting your abundance flow into the Universe, and opening yourself to receive.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Love and Loss or From 386 to Freedom

I never met him. Until a few years ago didn't even care that much about him and what he did. I never had been a real computer fan in my life, mainly because I believe that computers are made to assist us, to make life easier and as most of us, at least the ones in my age, probably our first computer has been a Commodore or IBM 386 - basically a typewriter with a screen and since than, an entire series of PC's and their upgrade’s. And they haven’t been a total ease as I expected them to be.

With every PC came a new version of a well known operating system, tons of useless programs that rarely worked properly, thick manuals that you had to read to be able to operate it and best of all - hundred’s of new viruses. This, long before Internet. Every time you stuck one of them floppy disks in you PC, you needed to pray not to get infected. And as long as I recall it, there has never, ever been a proper vaccine to assure your machine's health.

And than, and for no particular reason and full of doubts I bought my first Mac.

My life has never been the same since. Literally. All my life changed. I spent fewer hours in front of the computer because everything became so easy. I rarely get stressed working because I never again worried about viruses, programs that won’t work, system upgrades, you name it.

Yeah, right, I know! Mac is no perfect - but who is? What I know, it was the best acquisition I made in my life. It does everything I need, the way I need it and never, ever gave me a headache... this I cannot say about the other ones I had before.

And than, I found the man and the mind behind all this, and I became his fan.

I want to thank Steve Jobs for dreaming and believing, for loving and for all that he has done for me, though I know that he didn't do anything specifically for "me" but for people like me and that is more than enough. I want to thank him for making my life easier, for giving me more time, for me, my family and friends, for making one part of my work as pleasurable as the others and giving me back the fun I have doing it. I want to thank you for making a difference.

And I'd like to close today by citing one of his many memorable speeches, one that made me admire him even more. Steve Jobs gave this at Stanford University on June 12, 2005.

Love and Loss
I was lucky. I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation - the Macintosh - a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started?

Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me - I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT.

I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple.It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.

Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

Steve Jobs

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How to Become The Next Millionaire

Regardless of where you go in the world, money is the basic universal measurement for being "rich", or becoming a millionaire. And it seems like everyone wants to be a millionaire these days. So why not give it a try?

I went trough almost everything written, related to becoming rich, I could find in the net and discovered, that basically all say the same. Obviously there are only a few ways to become rich, all well known but not regularly practiced by most of us and therefore only few actually become millionaires.

Here is a fine resume on the basic techniques for us to follow so that we all become the next to top the most rich of lists of funny magazines.

Please let me know if you do follow these steps and when you get your first million together.

Steps – The Do’s
Open a savings account! Having a savings account is one of the many ways where you can set your money up to work for you. Your initial deposit of money grows whether or not you make additional deposits by interest. Learn the different types of accounts, including accounts like IRAs.
Buy stocks! If you are gung-ho for individual stocks, you should buy stocks of the companies whose products and services you use or purchase. One of the best ways to invest in individual stocks, is through an investment club; you may want to consider forming one with your friends.
Buy mutual funds. Mutual funds are really an investment of other investments. When you own a mutual fund, you actually own the securities (stocks, bonds, cash) within the mutual. With mutual funds, you are pooling your money with other investors and diversifying your investment.
Audition for game shows. Game shows earn their money by the audience, not the contestants.
Find a "system" that has been proven to make people become millionaires. The top five producers of millionaires today are: technology - internet marketing, direct marketing, home-based business, product distribution, and investments (stocks, bonds, real estate investment / development). Usually, the most stable and reliable forms of income would be from internet marketing, technology, and real estate, with internet marketing, and home based businesses requiring the least money to set up. Investments like real estate and stocks are usually quite risky and time consuming.
Find a mentor who has walked the walk and seek advice. Surround yourself with already-made millionaires. They can be found in several places, there's even a private online club where you can have a millionaire mentor personally show you how to make money in many areas online.
Win who wants to be a Millionaire. If you don't know the answer to the question, just guess you have a 25% chance of getting it right, if you do know the answer, then say it.
Have Fun. When you become wealthy doing something you love, your life will be much better than if you were to do something you hate or don't care about. Make a smart decision.

Tips – The Don’t Do’s

  • Don't use a credit card much, all of the excessive spending will come back to haunt you, and you may end up in debt. Try getting a debit card for daily purchases, they're a lot easier to deal with. Use your credit card only for emergencies, and to establish your good credit.
  • Try not to take any big loans, because that's "big" money that you'll just have to pay back, and you could end up in debt for that also.
  • Control your expenses. You get rich on the difference between that and what you make
  • Make it a game. Looking for opportunities to make money is supposed to be fun. Never sweat it.
  • Read. The more you know the more you will perceive to be possible, the more you can make.
  • Make it about something else than money. It has to be fun. Fair enough you are doing it to become financially well off but few wealthy get off on that alone.
  • Make friends with people who share the same goals and values. It will reduce your downtime, and give you pleasure when you are down.
  • Make friends with people who are different than you. They can be the greatest source of inspiration and guidance if you are open to their different perspective.
  • Help others. Learn to be a caring individual that makes the world better for people around yourself. It will lead to more positivity coming your way. Also, donating to charities can come back to you in the form of tax deductions.
  • Plan. Define what you want, Act on it, and Evaluate often to see how you are going.
  • It is OK to be cheap, but never be cheap on things that give you value.
  • Never invest more than you are willing to lose. This is particularly important when you start. The older and more experienced you get the less risk you are likely to take, or the better you are capable of taking it.
  • Think a lot on why you want to become rich, what exactly you want to buy, what lifestyle you want. Make it specific, and date your time for having it and why it matters to you.
  • Money represents value. You might come to the understanding that you make money on giving something that other value more than what they pay. You spend the money to get something that is more valuable.
  • If possible, make the maximum out your retirement fund provided either by your government or your work. Then proceed to put as much money in to an account like a Roth IRA.
  • Whoever said money can't buy happiness has never driven a sports car!
  • Money can never buy true happiness. Do not lose your friends and family over making money.

 Warnings – The Wake Up’s

  • Unless you are the wealthiest person in the world, there will always be someone with more money than you; there will always be someone with less money than you.
  • Be prepared to make choices that are different than most people around you.
  • Keep riches and wealth in perspective i.e. don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg. In other words, avoid neglecting the source of the wealth e.g. decent health.
  • Money doesn't always buy happiness (but it can take care of almost everything else).
  • Never steal money. So don't get any ideas about robbing the bank.
  • Do not brag about how much money you have. Thieves will be more likely to target you.
  • Outside of saving your money, there is no guarantee that you will make money through stocks. You should be wary of anyone who tells you otherwise.
  • The internet is full of scams. Do not invest any money in them unless you know they are legit.
  • Have a clear conscience, and make sure you as well don't lose all the other important things in life like relationships and social interactions. Money has no worth without these.