In an Over-Communicated, Intrusive World, Simple is Better
Ed

Clason’s “The Richest Man in Babylon” Part 2 – The 7 Cures for a Lean Wallet and The 5 Laws of Money

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

Part 1 of this 2 Part series ends the synopsis of George Clason’s book “The Richest Man in Babylon,” but Clason raises an important question: Why should
so few men be able to acquire so much gold?

The answer is because they know how.

One may not condemn a man for succeeding because he knows how. Neither may one with justice take away from a man what he has fairly earned, to give to men of less ability.

And so it was that the good king of Babylon sought out the richest man in Babylon to teach to others in his kingdom the secrets of his success.

This is a synopsis of what the richest man taught to the people
of Babylon:

The Seven Cures for a Lean Wallet

1) Start your wallet to fattening. Save one-tenth of all you earn. Remember that a part
of all I earn is mine to keep. Do this faithfully. Do not let the simplicity of this escape you.

When I ceased to pay out more than nine-tenths of my earnings,
I got along just as well.
I was not shorter than before, and, money came to me more easily than before.

2) Control your expenses. How is it that all do not earn the same yet all have lean wallets? Here is the truth: That which each of us calls our “necessary expenses” will always grow to equal our incomes unless we protest to
the contrary.

Confuse not necessary expenses with desires. We all have more desires than our earnings can gratify. Examine which of the accepted expenses of living can be reduced or eliminated. Let your motto be 100% of appreciated value demanded for every dollar spent.

Budget your expenses so that your actual necessities are met without spending more than nine-tenths of your earnings.

3) Make your money multiply. Protect your growing treasure by putting it to labor and increasing. Money in your wallet earns nothing. Money that we earn from our money is but a start; it is the earnings generating earnings that builds fortunes.

When the richest man in Babylon loaned money to the shield maker to buy bronze, he said this: “Each time I loaned money to the shield maker, I loaned back also the rental he had paid me. Therefore not only did my capital increase, but its earnings likewise increased.”

4) Guard your money from loss. Everyone has an idea of how to make quick money; few, however, have the evidence of making money to justify their idea, scheme or offer of quick riches. The first sound principle of investment is security for your principal.

Before you loan your money to any man assure yourself of his ability to repay your loan, and of his reputation to do so. Make no one a present of your hard-earned treasure.

Consult the wisdom of those experienced in handling money for profit. Such advice is often freely given for
the asking, and may possess more value than the amount you
are about to invest.

5) Make your home a profitable investment. When you can set aside only nine-tenths of what you earn to live, and can use a part of that nine-tenths to improve the investment in your housing, do it; owning your own home is also an investment that grows with your wealth.

Your family deserves a home they can enjoy and call their own. It builds a sense of stability and well-being.

6) Ensure a future income. Build income-producing assets that do not require you to work forever. We will all grow old and die.

You should prepare a suitable income for the days to come when you are no longer younger and cannot work as hard, and to make preparations for your family should you no longer be with them to comfort and support them. Provide in advance for the needs of your growing age, and the protection of your family.

7) Increase your
ability to earn.
Desire precedes accomplishment, and the desire must be strong and definite. When you have backed your desire for saving $1,000 with the strength and purpose to secure it, you can then save $2,000.

Desires must be simple and definite. Desires defeat their own purpose when they are too many, too confusing, or too difficult to accomplish. Cultivate your own powers to study and become wiser, more skillful, and more productive.

Here is more sage advice from Clason’s masterpiece on financial matters:

The 5 Laws of Money

If you had to choose, would you choose tons of money or wisdom? Most men would take the money, ignore the wisdom, and waste the money. Here is the wisdom:

1) Money comes gladly and in increasing quantities to any man who will put aside not less than one-tenth of his earnings to create an estate for his future and the future of his family.

2) Money labors diligently and contently for the wise owner who finds for it profitable employment, multiplying unto itself in infinity if kept working diligently. Money multiplies itself in surprising fashion.

3) Money clings to
the protection of the cautious owner who invests it with the advice of men wise
in its handling.

4) Money slips away from the man who invests it in businesses or purposes that he is not familiar with, or which are not approved by those skilled in its keep. The inexperienced handler of money who trusts his own judgment, and puts his money in investments which he is not familiar, always pays with his money for his experience.

5) Money flees the man who would force it to impossible earnings, or who follows the alluring advice of tricksters and schemers, or who
trusts it to his own inexperience and romantic desires in investment.

Here is the hard lesson of the 5 Laws of Money: You cannot measure the value of wisdom in bags of money. Without wisdom, those who have it quickly lose money, but with wisdom, money can be secured by those who have it not.

This ends the condensation.

Self-Improvement and Communication

Multi-tasking, checking your e-mail, operating at peak RPMs (revolutions per minute), continually answering cell phone calls and pagers, continually being disturbed by outside noise, intrusive people and unwanted distractions, and always being available, we have become addicted to a wireless life, and as a result, a thought-deadening existence.

Unfortunately, today’s businesspeople live in an over-communicated world.  Never being out of touch means never being able to get away.  We want to slow down, but we will not allow ourselves to slow down.  There are too many web sites, too many reports, too many bits of information bidding for our immediate attention.

We speed through our tasks so we can cover as much ground as possible, answering dozens of e-mails at a sitting, and scrolling past dozens more.  After all, the main scarcity in our life is time.  We guard every precious second, the way a desert wanderer guards his water.

The problem with all this speed, and the frantic energy that is spent using time efficiently, is that it undermines creativity.  If our brain is always multi-tasking, or responding to techno-prompts, there is no time or energy for undirected mental play.

Furthermore, if we are consumed by the same information loop circulating around everyone else, we do not have anything to stimulate us into thinking differently.

We do not have time to read the history book, finance book, philosophy book or self-help book that may actually prompt us to see ourselves, or our business, in a different light.

We do not have access to unexpected knowledge.  We are just swept along in the same narrow current as everyone else, which is swift but not deep.

When we can unplug, and learn to think differently from the crowd, we will be able to experience life instead of information.

We will be able to reflect instead of react.

We will learn to think differently, and truly enjoy the difference in our life.

December 26, 2007 – Ed Bagley

Was It Really Written in 1692?

(Ed’s Note: When I first read “Desiderata” many years ago, I was struck by the simplicity and significance of its message. With all the hustle and bustle at Christmas, New Year’s and the holiday season, it seems more timely today than when it was supposedly written in 1692. Desiderata was thought to be found in Old Saint Paul’s Church in Baltimore (MD). Imagine penning this brilliant piece of writing and never being recognized for your thought or work. The author was apparently unknown. We have now learned that Desiderata was in fact written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. Check out Snopes.com for the full story. If you are wondering, desiderata is plural for desideratum (Latin), for something that is needed or wanted: integrity was a desideratum.)

Enjoy “Desiderata”

Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

Copyright © 2012 Ed Bagley

Thomas Edison said it and I believe it: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

There are more losers than winners in the game of life because losers many times are people who tried something with all their effort and failed. Because they failed rather than succeeded, they became reluctant to try again. Thomas Edison was not one of those people.

One of the first lessons athletes are taught in competition is that when you give your full effort and are knocked down, you must get up and try again, and again, and again until you succeed. Once you are successful one time, you can hone your talents and use your skills to succeed again and again.

One of the critical areas of life where people fail at an amazing rate is in their relationships. Once involved in a relationship, when faced with challenges and hardships, many more people decide to move on to another partner rather than work through the problems and hardships with the partner they have. There are reasons why marriages fail and giving up too soon is one of them.

Thomas Edison is arguably one of the greatest inventors in the history of the world. He is certainly one of the most prolific, holding 1,093 United States patents in his name as well as patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Edison would be dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” for the impact of his inventions, which included originating the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses and factories, a crucial development in the modern industrialized world. He would create the first industrial research laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ.

Edison, who was home schooled by his mother, spent only 3 months in formal schooling before his teacher declared him “addled” and unfit for learning. His schoolteacher would go on to no great acclaim.

Edison would patent the stock ticker, phonograph, fluoroscope (x-ray machine), and the first commercially practical incandescent light (light bulb) among his 1,093 patents, and form 14 companies (including General Electric, one of the largest publicly traded companies in the world). Edison virtually created the electric industry.

One account claims that Edison and his associates tried 5,000+ different elements before using a lower current electricity, a small carbonized filament and an improved vacuum inside a globe to produce the light bulb, the first reliable, long-lasting source of light that would literally light up the world.

The business world is littered with entrepreneurs who started and bankrupted 1, 2 and even 3 companies before starting a 4th company and succeeding beyond their wildest dreams. These entrepreneurs got knocked down, got back up, did not repeat their mistakes and moved on.

Thomas Edison also said this: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Consistent, persistent effort combined with learning from mistakes is a big factor in overcoming failure. To Edison’s credit, failure was not a word used in his vocabulary.

As Mark Twain said, Edison “never allowed schooling to interfere with his education.”

Copyright 2012 by Ed Bagley

All speakers and writers who become great speakers and writers have two needs.

To be a great speaker you need to have:

1) a real and valuable knowledge of the subject you are addressing, and

2) a burning desire to share what you have to offer with others.

To be a great writer you need to have:

1) a real and valuable knowledge about the topic you are writing about, and

2) a burning desire to share what you have to offer with others.

In other words, be a good storyteller so people will listen to or read your stories.

We all must begin where we are at, whether we think we can become an Internet article writer or not.

So what exactly is good writing? The best writing glides along the ice like a speed skater in a 1,500-meter race. You ride on his effortless stride, you marvel at his form, you feel his intensity and sense of controlled urgency, you appreciate his sense of competitiveness, you find yourself with him, stride for stride, measuring his distance from the leader of the pack, wondering if he can actually win, suddenly you lose control and jump into the race, you lean as he leans going around the curve, you wonder if he has what it takes to close the gap, your attention becomes riveted as he begins to narrow the margin, your heartbeat increases as he gains ground, you are glued to the moment, and then he puts on a final sprint, finally draws even, and wins by the blink of an eyelash! My God, you were there. When he mounts the awards stand and the flag of his nation rises, you rise with it. He was your choice, and he won!

Is it any wonder that athletes have such a strong following among spectators? Athletes become our heroes in any vicarious way possible. We wear a jersey when we watch the game. After the game, we play a pick-up game with our kids in the back yard. We love the feel of being in the thick of the competition, and winning.

Switching back to our main topic, what exactly is good writing?

Some people think a good sentence should be short and simple.

To the point.

Obvious.

In the first example above, the sentence goes on and on and on (168 words!), and yet you kept reading.

Writing can be either way and be effective, and there are Pulitzer Prize winners to prove it. For simple writing with short sentences, read Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.” Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. For sentences that go on and on and on forever, read William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury,” it is filled with long, convoluted sentences. Nonetheless, Faulkner, like Hemingway, also won the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. Both were legendary novelists with opposite writing styles, and therein lies the easiest way to become an articles writer.

What is important is developing a style of writing that you are comfortable with. Even more important is getting your thoughts, some thoughts, any thoughts, onto your monitor. Until you put the letters on your keyboard onto your monitor, you are not a writer. The moment you do you have the potential to be an articles writer.

Once you have a sentence, any sentence, in front of you, you can pick it apart and make it better, because you have taken the thought out of your head and into the workplace of improvement. Write something on your monitor and it becomes manageable; try to formulate the perfect sentence in your head before you put it on your monitor, and your article may never get written.

The frustration of trying to write the perfect sentence brings on writer’s block, the inability to put your thoughts into meaningful sentences. Forget about being an articles writer, just get started and you will become one.

Go ahead, start. Begin now. Write anything down, and then make it better.

You are now on your way to becoming an Internet articles writer.

Copyright 2012 by Ed Bagley

Alexander Pope, best known for popularizing the heroic couplet, came to my attention in an English literature class at Michigan State University in the mid-1960s.

I was more interested in reading Pope at the time than learning about Pope because he clearly knew how to do what I call “turn a word”. That is, to write a string of words that grabs your attention and delivers a thought so profound that it cannot be ignored.

Pope was a master at this art in writing. Perhaps you have read or heard these gems:

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

To err is human, to forgive, divine.

The ends must justify the means.

More than one author has rewritten these thoughts and claimed them for monetary gain. Each of these thoughts could remind us of a stunning truth: someone said it first.

Some pundits say that England’s William Shakespeare is the most read and most quoted author ever. Many suggest that the Holy Bible is second. It has been said that British author Agatha Christie’s books have only been outsold by Shakespeare and the Bible.

Alexander Pope may not have sold as many books, but he has been cited as the second most frequently quoted writer in the English language, after William Shakespeare.

Pope (1688-1744), the master of the heroic couplet, is generally regarded as the greatest English poet of the early 18th Century. He was widely known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer.

For the uninitiated, the heroic couplet is a pair of rhyming iambic pentameters. Iambic is a verse using iambs, and an iamb is a metrical foot consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable. So there you have it, learning once again springs on your computer monitor.

The heading to this article is an example of Pope’s heroic couplet: A little learning is a dangerous thing, Drink deep or taste not the Pierian spring.

Read for a moment, appreciate just how good Pope and his verses were, and understand why he would grab my attention:

On bribery: Judges and senates have been bought for gold; Esteem and love were never to be sold.

On churches: Who builds a church to God, and not to Fame, Will never mark the marble with his Name.

On curiosity: One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.

On the Devil: Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.

On education: ‘Tis education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.

On expectation: Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed.

On fashion: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.

On gossip: And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.

On judgment: ‘Tis with our judgments as our watches, none go just alike, yet each believes his own.

On order: Order is Heaven’s first law; and this confess, Some are and must be greater than the rest.

On pride: What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.

On proverbs: Hope springs eternal in the human breast, Man never is, but always to be blest.

On providence: Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust, Yet cry, if man’s unhappy, God’s unjust.

On right: Always do right. That will gratify some of the people and astonish the rest.

On self-knowledge: Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, Make use of every friend and every foe.

On self-sacrifice: Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.

Here is the message: Great writing and great writers are timeless for those who seek knowledge and truth. If you care for neither then it does not matter. For example:

If today’s generation is on spring break at the beach, drinking and drugging, and running around half-naked willing to hump each other that is their business and their perfect right.

My suspicion is that their personal life is so bereft of anything meaningful that they must put on a public display to convince themselves they are having a life experience. In their effort to raise shallowness to an art form they occasionally succeed.

Now back to something worth examining, the life of Alexander Pope, who should provide inspiration for not only poets and writers but also for the handicapped.

Pope, born in London, was the son of a linen merchant and his wife. Since they were Roman Catholic, he grew up having to deal with the Church of England, which banned Catholics from teaching upon pain of perpetual imprisonment.

His aunt taught him to read and he was educated at two secret Catholic schools that, while illegal, were tolerated in some areas.

Pope suffered from Pott’s disease, a form of tuberculosis affecting the spine. This stunted his growth and deformed his body, perhaps ending his life at 56. He was only 4-foot-6 and was apparently not very attractive, which may explain why he never married.

Despite his inauspicious start in life, Louis Kronenberger in “Alexander Pope Selected Works” says “In terms of money as well as fame Pope was probably the most successful English poet who ever lived. No other in his own day—few in any day—had so many readers or received such nearly universal acclaim.”

Pope’ s works would not cause him to be forgotten, but the growth of Romanticism in the late 18th century would. Joseph Warton would deny that Pope was ever a “true poet” and dismiss him as merely a “man of wit” and a “man of sense” thus hastening the demise of the “Age of Pope”.

It would take until the 1930s to rediscover Alexander Pope and his works. By posting this article on Internet directories hopefully Alexander Pope and his works will again take their rightful place among the great works in history. With apologies to a great writer:

Then Alexander Pope who was soon forgot,
Might finally become a true juggernaut.

(Ed’s Note: We can learn a lot from stories. Jesus used parables (simple stories) to help the least educated of his followers understand his message. This clever tale from Southeast Asia teaches us the difference between first-rate work and second-rate effort. Anyone disappointed in not being promoted at your place of work would do well to read and heed the message of this story.)

Two cousins grew up side by side from the day they both entered the world. They learned to crawl and toddle together, and later how to run and swim and play ball and all the other things boys do together. They were constant and devoted friends.

But eventually they began to drift apart, as sometimes happens as even good friends move through life. One cousin took to his books, found a certain delight in learning, studied hard, and passed his exams with flying colors. The other cousin decided books weren’t such good companions. He skipped school a good bit so he could continue to swim and play ball, ignored his leaders, and ended up failing his exams.

As is usually the way of the world, fortune rewarded the first cousin, who ended up becoming an adviser to the king himself. The second cousin soon found himself employed as an oarsman on his majesty’s royal yacht.

One day the king and all his royal advisers embarked on a journey up the river. They sat under a wide canopy in the bow of the boat, where the breeze was best, and discussed affairs of state as the yacht moved along.

The sight of his cousin sitting at ease with royalty irked the oarsman no end.

“Look at that lazy fellow, lounging there in the shade, while I must break my back in the sun,” he thought as he rowed. “What gives him the right to sit up there, any more than me? After all, aren’t we both God’s creatures?”

The more he thought about it, the angrier he grew.

“Look at those useless louts,” he began grumbling to this fellow oarsmen. “They call themselves advisers, but all they do is sit and gab. Why should we sweat so hard to push their carcasses against the current? There’s nothing fair about it. They ought to be back here rowing too. Aren’t we all God’s creatures?”

That evening they tied to shore to make camp. Everyone ate and fell asleep quickly.

The oarsman woke in the middle of the night to find a firm hand shaking him by the shoulder. It was the king himself.

“There’s a strange noise coming from over there,” he said, pointing. “I can’t go to sleep from wondering what it is. Please go find out.”

The oarsman jumped off the boat and ran up the hill. He came back a few minutes later.

“It’s nothing, your Majesty,” he said. “A cat has just given birth to a litter of noisy kittens.”

“Ah, I see,” said the king. “What kind of kittens?”

The oarsman had not looked to see. He ran up the hill again and came back.

“Siamese,” he said.

“And how many kittens are there?” the king inquired.

Again, the oarsman had not noticed. He went back.

“Six kittens,” he reported.

“How many males and how many females?” the king asked.

The oarsman ran back once again.

“Three males and three females,” he cried, beginning to lose his breath.

“I see,” said the king. “Come with me.”

They tiptoed to the bow of the boat, where the king woke the oarsman’s cousin.

“There’s a strange noise up on that hill,” he told him. “Go find out what it is.”

The adviser disappeared into the darkness and returned in a moment.

“It is a newborn litter of kittens, Your Majesty,” he said.

“What kind of kittens?” the king asked.

“Siamese,” answered his adviser.

“How many?”

“Six.”

“How man males and how many females?”

“Three males and three females. The mother gave birth in an overturned barrel just after we arrived. The cats belong to the mayor of the village. He hopes they have not disturbed you, and invites you to come take your pick if the court is in need of a royal pet.”

The king looked at the oarsman.

“I overheard your grumbling earlier today,” he said. “Yes, we are all God’s creatures. But all God’s creatures have work to do. I had to send you to shore four times for answers. My adviser went only once. This is why he is my adviser, and you must row the boat.”

Copyright 2012 by Ed Bagley

I am an average Joe in many ways, but I draw a very quick and distinct line in the sand when it comes to issues of integrity.

When I see someone lying, cheating and stealing, then acting like they are helping me when in fact they are relieving me of my money while lining their pockets, I take umbrage.

There are no excuses for wrongdoing. I could care less whether your friends, corporate fat cats or even your grandmother is doing it. To justify wrongdoing is saying that everyone else is killing people they do not like so it must be OK for me to kill people too.

I have zero interest in becoming a millionaire at the expense of others. I do not want to be sitting in my mansion counting all of my gold coins alone because I am such a despicable person that no one wants to be around me.

I have spent a good portion of my life studying self-improvement so I can become a better person than I already am. It is as Alexander Pope has said, “Know then thyself, presume not God to scan, The proper study of mankind is man.” If there is one person I want to be honest with, it is myself.

When I train at the YMCA on the treadmill I take with me my binder filled with personal quotes that are important to me and my growth.

Many people experience professional growth by earning degrees, attending seminars and training, and reading professional journals. I have had some professional growth, but I am more interested in personal growth, the kind of growth that challenges my thought process and belief system to encourage change for the better.

Here are some of my personal favorite quotes that help me to accommodate change.
Perhaps they may be of interest to you as well:

On Advice:

Seek advice from those who are competent through
their own experience and success to give it.
George Clason

On Belief:

At any given place on any given day at any given time,
something magical can happen.
It is called “belief”.
Unknown

On Change:

If you lack the will for change, there is no one
who can show you the way.
Unknown

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
Unknown

On Character:

Just as we can learn from our mistakes,
we can gain character from our disappointments.
Robert Kiyosaki

On Dreaming:

A dream is a gift you give yourself.
Unknown

On Failing:

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close
they were to success when they gave up.
Tomas Edison

On Fatigue:

Fear and fatigue block the mind.
Confront both, and courage and confidence will flow into you.
Unknown

On Imagination:

A mind once stretched by a new idea moves beyond its
old constraints, never returning to its former, limited dimensions.
It is called “imagination”.
Unknown

On Integrity:

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
Unknown

On Kindness:

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

On Luck:

Luck has a peculiar habit of favoring
those who do not depend on it.
George Clason

Good luck waits to come to those who accept opportunity.
George Clason

On Money:

Money is like a sixth sense without which we
cannot make a complete use of the other five.
W. Somerset Maugham

One may not condemn a man for succeeding financially because
he knows how. Neither may one with justice take away for a man
what he has fairly earned, to give to men of less ability.
George Clason

A part of all I earn is mine to keep.
George Clason

Earning money has a way of increasing financial intelligence quickly.
Robert Kiyosaki

Self-discipline is the No. 1 delineating factor between
the rich, the middle class and the poor.
Robert Kiyosaki

On Preparedness:

It was apparent that no one could do for the scribe
what the scribe had done for himself.
George Clason

Each man has to work out his own understanding of what
needs to be done, and then prepare himself to take advantage
of the opportunity to succeed in a big way.
George Clason

On Running:

When aerobic running becomes a daily habit,
Strength and confidence follow.
Arthur Lydiard

On Schooling:

I never let schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain

On Self-Control:

Yoga taught me “impulse control”, the ability
to feel an urge and delay acting on it.
Unknown

On Self-Image:

What you think of me is none of my business.
What is most important is what I think of myself.
Robert Kiyosaki

Always remember that no matter what anyone is saying to you
from the outside, the most important conversation is the one
you are having with yourself on the inside.
Robert Kiyosaki

On Soul:

When the mind is controlled and still, what remains is the soul.
Unknown

On Stability:

When stability becomes a habit, maturity and clarity follow.
Unknown

On Success:

Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
Albert Schweitzer

On Thinking:

The hardest thing in the world to do is to think,
and that is why people do so little of it.
Henry Ford

Your mind, more than your actions, determines your net worth.
Robert Kiyosaki

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion
without the discomfort of thought.
John F. Kennedy

Keep your thoughts positive, because thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because behavior becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because values become your destiny.
Mahatma Gahdhi
(with editing by Ed Bagley)
(Postscript: remember t-w-b-h-v-d to remember
thoughts-words-behavior-habits-values-destiny)

My own thoughts and feelings are the cause of all of my problems,
not the world or the people in it.

I have struggled by using my own negative thoughts and feelings
to negatively influence my productive thoughts and actions.

I let go of all negative thoughts and feelings by releasing them
from my subconscious mind and into oblivion.
I embrace all positive thoughts and feelings.

My conscious mind and subconscious mind are now
clear and positive. I am happy and free.
Ed Bagley

On Timing:

This time, like all times, is a very good one,
when we know what to do with it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

On Training:

My most frequent admonition to athletes
and coaches is: train, do not strain.
Arthur Lydiard

Sid Miller Wants to Know: What are you voting for?

 

That moment when someone says, “I can’t believe you would vote for Trump”

I simply reply “I’m not voting for Trump.”

I’m voting for the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech.

I’m voting for the Second Amendment and my right to defend my life and my family.

I’m voting for the next Supreme Court Justice(s) to protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I’m voting for the continued growth of my retirement investments and the stock market.

I’m voting for an end to America’s involvement in foreign conflicts.

I’m voting for the Electoral College & the Republic we live in.

I’m voting for the Police to be respected once again and to ensure Law & Order.

I’m voting for the continued appointment of Federal Judges who respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I’m voting for our jobs to remain in America and not be outsourced all over again to China, Mexico and other foreign countries.

I’m voting for secure borders and legal immigration.

I’m voting for the Military & the Veterans who fought for this Country to give the American people their freedoms.

I’m voting for the unborn babies that have a right to live.

I’m voting for continued peace progress in the Middle East.

I’m voting to fight against human/child trafficking.

I’m voting for Freedom of Religion.

I’m voting for the American Flag that is disrespected by the “mob.”

I’m voting for the right to speak my opinion & not be censored.

I’m not just voting for one person, I’m voting for the future of my Country.

I’m voting for my children and my grandchildren to ensure their freedoms and their future.

What are you voting for?

About the Source: Sid Miller is the Commissioner of Agriculture in the Great State of Texas.

(Ed’s Note: The current 2020 Presidential Election has been reduced to a choice between our “constitutional republic” form of government and creeping into a “socialist” form of government in America. We should not allow any political party in America to bring advancing socialism—example: The Green New Deal—under the guise of improving our constitutional republic. Every form of socialism as a government in history has failed to advance the welfare of the citizens therein. Smart people know that socialism does not secure our rights as citizens but rather reduces our personal rights to the point where we have none and ultimately end up as a dictatorship.)

Financial Thoughts
on Investing
by Warren Buffett

(Ed’s Note: The following condensation is from The Tao of Warren Buffett, written by Mary Buffett and David Clark and available for sale at Amazon and bookstores nationwide. I am always impressed by what Warren Buffett has to say and am doing this condensation to help promote their book.)

On Investing: Never be afraid to ask too much when selling offer too little when buying.
(Ed’s Note: How much you get from a sale or how much you have to pay when making a purchase determines whether you make or lose money and how rich you ultimately become.)

(Ed’s Note: For more of Warren Buffett’s advice go to the menu bar above and click on Financial Thoughts.)