My wife Kathy has never been a big fan of my work. She's a wonderful editor of my books, and she will be a big part of organizing the Club Fearless membership in 2009, but she is not much of a follower of business success books or the latest in personal growth psychology. In fact, one of her biggest benefits to me is in not letting me get too carried away with my inflated career and false sense of self importance ... she never wants anything I do to ever be taken too seriously... which is good....HOWEVER she did pass this along to me recently ... she said she got it from a friend:
I am passing this on to you because it definitely works, and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives. By following simple advice heard on the Dr. Phil show, you too can find inner peace. Dr. Phil proclaimed, "The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished."
So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished, and before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of White Zinfandel, a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream, a package of Oreos, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos, and a box of chocolates. You have no idea how freaking good I feel right now. Pass this on to those whom you think might be in need of inner peace.
Tanya Streeter has been called The World's Most Perfect Athlete .... she is a world champion free diver, who made her first important breakthrough in 1998 when she dove for a record total depth of 370 feet. Streeter has been known to hold her breath under water for up to 6 minutes.
Streeter was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in March 2000. In 2002, she broke the men's no limit world diving record by diving to a depth of 525 feet near the Turks and Caicos Islands.
She says, "But I grew up a total chicken. I trained to be brave. Fear doesn't have to be a negative. I take energy from it, harness it."
If you, too, grew up a total chicken, join the club. My own book FEARLESS starts out this way:
They say never push a coward.
They say if you push a coward far enough, he will snap like no other. Like no brave man will snap. Push a brave man, and the brave man will push back. He won't allow himself to be pushed.
Push a coward and he won't push back. Push him more, and he'll still take it. But push him too far….well, then you must watch out.
Because a coward will come back out the other side. He won't just be a brave guy, he'll be insane. You'll be introduced to his wild animal insanity.
I'm a coward myself.
The great contemporary economist Thomas Sowell writes, "A renowned economist of the past, J.A. Schumpeter, used to refer to progress under capitalism as "creative destruction" - the replacement of businesses that have outlived their usefulness with businesses that carry technological and organizational creativity forward, raising standards of living in the process. Indeed, this is very much like what happened a hundred years ago, when that new technological wonder, the automobile, wreaked havoc on all the forms of transportation built up around horses."
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Samuel Adams (American revolutionary):
the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your
counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"
A good thing to read regularly in these provocative times is Tom Peters' blog. I go there at least once a week, and am always uplifted. Recently he shared this:
his pal, Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more
money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel
Catch-22 over its whole history. Heller responds, "Yes, but I have something he
will never have ... enough."
—John Bogle, "Enough. The Measures of Money, Business, and Life."
We are launching club fearless: world mastermind in a few days. If you have always imagined living a fearless life, join the club. It is a club for people who are tired of being afraid...............and tired of being made afraid by the media and family members who buy into all the latest fears. People who would rather be inspired and unafraid, and therefore in action CREATING the COURAGE to change the things they can.
If you've been chicken to do that, join the club.