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The Businessman and the Fisherman

One of my favorite stories of all time….

The Businessman and the Fisherman

An American businessman took a vacation to a small coastal Mexican village on doctor’s orders. Unable to sleep after an urgent phone call from the office the first morning, he walked out to the pier to clear his head. A small boat with just one fisherman had docked and inside the boat were several large Yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican of the quality of his fish.

“How long it took you to catch them?” The American asked.

“Only a little while.” The Mexican replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The American then asked.

“I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs and give a few to my friends,.” The Mexican said.

“But,” The American then asked, “What do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds you buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”

“Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?”

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions, senor? Then what?”

The American said slowly, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”

The Story of The Businessman and the Fisherman


Wits of Wisdom

Just some of my favorite words of wisdom from everyone….

“Women will never be as successful as men because they have no wives to advise them.” ~Dick Van Dyke.

“If you don’t like your job, you don’t strike! You just go in every day, and do it really half assed. That’s the American way.” ~Homer

“The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away.”  ~Tom Waits

“There are 3 kinds of people in this world… those that can count…. and those that can’t.”

“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. “

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh – at yourself.”

“You have a right to your opinions. I just don’t want to hear them.”

“You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is.” ~Ellen Degeneres

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” ~Robin Williams

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~Thomas Edison.

“A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills than men. I just have one thing to say to the authors of that study: Duh.” ~Conan O’Brien

“The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.”

“Never play leap-frog with a unicorn” …. ouch!!!!

“Have no fear of perfection–you’ll never reach it.” ~Salvador Dali

“When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun.'”

“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.”  ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

“You can’t have everything… where would you put it?”  ~Steven Wright

“Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.” ~Homer Simpson

“Plastic surgeons are always making mountains out of molehills.” ~Dolly Parton

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”

“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.”

“I plan on living forever.  So far, so good.”

“There are two different kinds of people in this world: those who finish what they start, and”


IF~

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

If you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. … If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?

If you want to succeed sooner, double your failure rate.

If you can dish it, make sure you can take it.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it ’til it is.

If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

If in doubt, throw it out (my nutritionist’s rule for food).

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you fall seven times, get up eight.

If anything can go wrong, it probably will (Murphy’s Law), have a backup plan ready.

If they can do it, so can you! The only difference is your desire and drive to do so.

If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can’t I paint you….?

If you don’t know – ASK. Now you know.

If you can’t beat ’em, don’t stop trying ’til you do.

If it rains, it pours, but don’t forget about the rainbow soon after.

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.

If something’s beyond your control, why worry about it?

If you want to look young and thin, hang around old fat people.

If someone else messed up, pretend you didn’t notice.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

If you wish to make a man your enemy, tell him simply, “You are wrong.” This method works every time.

If you can do something today, do it today!

If you fear dying, then you’re already dead.

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” – Winnie the Pooh Bear

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Slow Dance

I always go by my everyday tasks in a rush. I’m always eager to do the next mundane chore on my never-ending list. I kept rushing through life, and now I’m realizing that I’ve missed out on so many things.

I used to hate being caught in traffic; I needed to get somewhere and I needed to get there quick! But now, I enjoy the moment. I sit back and reflect on my day, I listen to an audio book, or I get to know the people I am in the car with. I’m learning to dance slow…. I’m learning to live!


Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids
on a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last

Do you run through each day on the fly
When you ask “How are you?”
do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
running through your head?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow
And in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
‘Cause you never had time
to call and say “Hi”?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….
Thrown away…

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

– David L. Weatherford

Cocky Sonofa…

Overconfidence?

Is there such a thing? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds”
– Albert Einstein.

This quote has played a very big role in my own self esteem and can really be very positive, while being very egotistical and counter-productive at the same time.

I often reflect back to Bill Gates when he decided to drop out of Harvard in order to pursue his dreams. Imagine what his guidance councilor’s reaction to this was? I have so many different scenarios playing in my head, most of which involves the councilor calling Bill F-ing crazy, insane and absolutely idiotic, not necessarily in that order. Bill Gates, and anyone who walks the halls of Harvard, is pretty much guaranteed a six figure income right off the bat. Yet, Bill decided to take the chance, follow his own heart and do his own thing. Today, he is the most financially secure person in the world, to say the least.

But of course, we have to be realistic. We always hear about the amazing success stories but there are probably 10 (or more) failures for every victory. So how can one balance out between having our heads in the clouds but our feet on the ground?

Personally, I’ve always leaned toward taking the chance. Every mistake you make is one that you will learn from. Every mistake you make is one less mistake you will repeat.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one”
–Elbert Hubbard.

Yes this may sound too aggressive and outlandish, and yes it is so much easier said than done, especially when you consider having to invest your life savings into your new widget. But I’m not talking about gambling when the odds are stacked in the favor of the casino, no, not gambling, but taking calculated risks in life. There are ways to plan things out, to stack the odds in your favor.

The best way to point yourself in the right direction is to do EVERYTHING you can to ensure success. There are so many other factors that are out of your hands, and those are meant to be left alone. However, aspects that you can control should be researched, planned, understood, structured, studied, debated, marinated, contemplated, practiced, innovated, re-contemplated and any other buzzword you could think of! Oh, and do come up with a plans A, B, C and D.

So far, you need to have confidence and believe in yourself then do everything you can to head towards the right direction. What’s next? *Now what?* (*refer back to previous blog post.)

“Now”, you have to listen.

Listening is a virtue. It’s so easily said, so frequently misused and too often forgotten.

Overconfidence only happens, when one forgets to listen. When one tunes out everyone else and only hears what you want to hear. You don’t have to agree or disagree with anyone, but you have to listen.

How do you listen? Well you need to be patient with the people who give you advice, but be careful whose advice you take.

There’s one more really, really important thing I need to tell you, which would pretty much make everything I said make so much more sense… it is the key to balancing your confidence….. it is something that one of my greatest mentors had taught me…. Umm it goes something like….. ummmm….. I can’t really remember it….. ahhhhh I wasn’t really listening….

Philosophy of Life

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2″ in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. This time the students were sure and they responded with a unanimous “YES!”

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour their entire contents into the jar — effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children. Things that, if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.

“Take care of the rocks first — the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers.”


Old Wisdom

First I was dying to finish high school and start college.

And then, I was dying to finish college and start working.

Then, I was dying to marry and have children.

And then, I was dying for my children to grow old enough for school so I could return to work.

But then, I was dying to retire.

And now, I am dying……

And suddenly realized, I forgot to live.

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To make money we lose our health,

and then to restore our health we lose our money…

We live as if we are never going to die,

and we die as if we never lived….

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More on staying young:

How To Stay Forever Young

George Carlin’s Views on Aging

Song and Video that Will Make You Want to Live Forever, Forever…

Wonderful, Busy & Fun

Whenever people ask me, “How’s life?” I tend to always say “Wonderful, busy and fun!”

It’s wonderful because I surround myself with  amazing people who love me. It’s busy because I keep it that way so that I can keep growing and learning. It’s fun because I never shy away from adventure and anything that will allow me to tell a funny story after doing it.

Just got me thinking, that if you can’t sum up how life is, in that kind of a sentence with those kind of words then maybe there are changes past due that you need to adhere to in your life.

Life should really be simple, with a few complexities shared with those closest to you. If life isn’t “Wonderful, busy and fun” for you, how would you describe it then?

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There is No Plan Baby, Thats the Fun in Life!

“There is no plan baby, thats the fun in life!”

Chatting with one of my best friends from San Diego, Gloria Tan, who moved to Australia and I asked her what her plan is? She responded with the quote above and it just really made my day.

It’s nice to know that I’ve surrounded myself with people who have the same values as me. People who enjoy life for what it is and who appreciate the uncertainty and irregularities of existence.

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So next time someone asks you what the plan is…

“There is no plan baby, thats the fun in life!”

-Gloria Tan

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Asking the Right Questions

Random Person: “So what do you do?”

Vince: “I do a lot, but mostly I’m a creative writer and a travel blogger.”

Random Person: “Oh… so how do you make money with that?”

Vince: “Ummm… lots of ways. What do you do?”

Random Person: “I’m an accountant.”

Vince: “Oh… so how do you have fun with that…?”

Random Person: ” …… “


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Three Skills – the unexpected skills you need in life

Vince graduating from SDSU and the school of hard knocks with skills like no other With all the adventures and stories I’ve had this far in my life, both professionally and personally, I’ve come to find that there are three skills not taught in school, that have always made life easier for me. These skills have helped me stand out in positive ways and I think everyone should take the time to better themselves in these three little areas:

  1. Storytelling – Everyone LOVES a great story teller. It’s a wonderful way to capture the attention of an audience, whether you’re a talking to an entire auditorium, or just to your friend. The secret to telling eventful stories fall under your expressions.
    • Being able to connote the right feeling at the right time with a simple tone adjustment of your voice is often overlooked. Speak softer when you’re just building up the story then speak louder when you’re talking about the climactic finale of your story. “The princess walked into the dimly lit room then BOOM! OUT OF NOWHERE COMES THIS CRAZY MONKEY!”
    • Don’t be afraid to exaggerate for the sake of good story telling. Saying that was “THE BEST BURGER IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE” gets the point across much easier than simply saying it was a good burger. Even though it would be difficult to prove that that burger is in fact better than the ones they serve on Saturn…
    • Pause… while speaking… people take for granted the power of silence. Take your time… try it out… you’ll notice that you’re much more engaging to listen to if you pause when you speak. It makes what you’re saying more momentous. But don’t overdo it and be sure to still be within a time frame where people will listen to you.
  2. Writing – Who would’ve known that writing would be an important factor for both my professional and personal life? It’s such a big part of me now and I have no clue how I would survive without being able to express myself this way. Some tips for writing…
    • If you think what you’re writing is boring, your readers will think so too. Make sure you like what you’re writing so that your readers will like it too.
    • Get to the point! We’re in a world of Twitters and Twitterers. Keep it short and move on. I have a million other things to read…
    • The more you write, the better you will be at writing. The more you read, the better you will be at writing. Read lots of books. Word on the street is that you get smarter when reading too…
  3. Smiling – Really! Never underestimate the power or being nice. Everyone, everywhere, at any time, is going through a battle within their lives that you may or may not know of. The power of being positive and uplifting is one that is compounded and spreads much further than you can ever imagine.
    • When you ask someone, “How are you?” Mean it, and actually listen for their response.
    • Don’t be shy, go up to someone and say hi. Chances are that they wanted to do the same thing, but were too shy to do so.
    • Did I mention that you should smile…? =)

What are some unexpected skills that you’ve noticed coming in handy…?

A Gift to Yourself… the Secret to Life

A Gift to Yourself… the Secret to Life

Say it with me now!

Today is the beginning of my new life

I am starting over today

All good things are coming to me today

I am grateful to be alive

I see beauty all around me

I live with passion and purpose

I take time to laugh and play everyday

I am awake, energized and alive

I focus on all  the good things in life

And give thanks for them

I am at peace and one with everything

I feel the love, the joy, the abundance

I am free to be myself

I am magnificence in human form

I am the perfection of life

I am grateful to be…

ME.

Today is the best day of my life!


Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself:

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.

To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

Top 50 Most Motivational Blogs

Thanks to Presistence Unlimited, you can now enjoy the power of motivation without having to crawl your way around the web.

Here are the top 50 motivational blogs that will unleash your inner drive, in no particular order –

  • Zen Habits
  • Make It Great! with Phil Gerbyshak
  • Today is that day
  • Dumb Little Man
  • Achieve IT!
  • Success Begins Today
  • LifeDev
  • David Seah
  • Productivity501
  • Your Life. Organized.
  • The Cranking Widgets Blog
  • Pick the Brain
  • OkDork
  • Lifehacker
  • 43 Folders
  • Lifehack.org
  • Steve Pavlina
  • Slacker Manager
  • GTD Wannabe
  • Organize IT
  • Matt’s Idea Blog
  • Ian’s Messy Desk
  • Personal Development For A Greater Life
  • The Positivity Blog
  • Change your thoughts
  • Legal Andrew
  • ProductivityGoal
  • Zoli’s Blog
  • the simple dollar
  • Steve-Olson.com
  • Thriftymommy – good for Dads too!
  • Ricky Spears’ Blog
  • My Money Blog
  • Get Rich Slowly
  • Web Worker Daily
  • Life Tips Daily
  • Career Ramblings
  • Wise Bread
  • Life Learning Today
  • Diet Hack
  • Diet Blog
  • Change Your Thoughts
  • Duct Tape Marketing
  • Scott H. Young
  • Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist
  • Instigator Blog
  • Ririan Project
  • D*I*Y Planner
  • LifeSpy
  • Management Craft
  • Life Optimizer
  • Genius Types

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Sunday Bloody Book Review 2 – “SURREALITY” by Carissa Villacorta

Sunday Bloody Book Review 2 –

“Surreality” by Carissa Villacorta

Surreality is a wonderful book about a girl who humbly finds her place in the world.

It’s a story about opening your eyes and allowing yourself to see the wonders all around you.

Carissa Villacorta has an AMAZING way of taking her readers on a “roller coaster” ride with her while she slowly realizes that being a pea in the pond just means that you have a bigger pond to love and explore.

A must read for anyone searching for their own place in this crazy big world.

My favorite quote from the author is that “Time is gold, money is paper.”

I only have three rating scales for my book reviews-

1. Must read
2. OK read but you’ll live without it
3. Don’t bother

This book, Surreality by Carissa Villacorta,  is a MUST READ! It’s a lot of fun to read and will give you some inspirational insights on the world we live in today. 

 

Surreality Summary

Contemporary life — in all its shapes, sizes and imperfections –is the subject of Surreality, Carissa Villacorta’s acclaimed collection of essays. As a young Filipina surrounded by people, events and experiences in New York City, she ponders on life’s mysteries: its joys, conflicts, and compromises. A big theme to take on, but she writes with specificity and simplicity; her heart is for the taking as she turns glib notions into impassioned dissertations for us, the living wounded. It’s old-fashioned wisdom mingled with new-age wonder: a singular mix that Surreality brims with and basks in.

Carissa’s sense of empathy is charming, natural and bountiful – the extraordinary gift that she shares with her readers. If her fan base is huge, it is no accident (see the quotes below). The effusiveness of people’s responses is matched only by Carissa’s commitment to inspire her readers in rich, incandescent ways. As you will discover by embracing this book, her words are the kind that we need to read in today’s postmodern world. The only way to get a clearer, sharper view of life would be a visit to an eye doctor: no fun compared to the wit and vitality that Ms. Villacorta brings to each of her delightfully entertaining pieces.

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