Monday, December 30, 2013

So it's your birthday!

Wow, ten years ago, no gray hair! Almost.

While reading 'The Art of being Unmistakable' again, this powerful little book, has true meaning!

May I suggest some good small reads? For the family. With quotes.

Tuesday's With Morrie, Mitch Albom   “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” 
              ― Mitch AlbomTuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

The Five People you meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom   “All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.” 

             ― Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven
Just One More Day, Mitch Albom   “Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go you whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.” 
             ― Mitch AlbomFor One More Day
Who Moved My Cheese, Dr. Spencer Johnson   
Four characters live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. The maze is where you spend time looking for what you want. It may be the organization you work in, the relationships you have in your life, or the community you live in.

Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks, The Beatty Boys

Teen authors The Beatty Brothers offer an account of common financial insecurities in their inspirational how-to, Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks. Heeding their parents advice, David, Devin, and Deric Beatty have spent their childhood and adolescent years pulling weeds for extra cash, preparing and presenting marketing strategies, picking stocks, and investing in their future. Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks includes their easy-to-follow tips for being rich at fifteen, thirteen, and seven, such as budget worksheets, work ethics, asset liability evaluation, and tithing. No matter what age, you can follow these practical guidelines to make cents of the change in your life.

The Art of being Unmistakable, Srinivas Rao   We live in such a hyper-connected society today flooded with so much talent and so much noise. Talent alone won’t cut it. Whether you’re an artist, musician, writer or creator of sorts, to stand out in the world you must be unmistakable. 

It’s the only option. 
To create unmistakable work, you must take risks. You must cross lines, personal and professional. You must go to the point of a no return. On my 34th birthday, I asked myself a question. "If this had been the last year of my life, would I have been ok with how I'd lived?" When my answer was a resounding NO, I knew that something had to change. 
One More Birthday, 11:28 pm almost over!
What happens on your birthday, you come a year closer to dying. Or maybe you hadn't thought about the dying part. 
Do you wake up each day with a plan?  All the books above are about a plan.  Each story could help you create a plan. Morrie had a plan, he was dying, but he wanted to give back.  The Beatty boys wanted to tell other kids the lessons they had learned.  The mice were lost in the maze, but they were about to learn an important life lesson.   Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart.  Charles, just wanted one more conversation.  Each story powerful, sometimes your day, your month, your life will change with just the right words.

I ask you on your birthday make a plan, change a life, mentor a child, leave your heart on the big stage, stop in on to playa see blog ( Break Down the Wall ).  Be unmistakable.
You don't have to be rich, just be real!

York  12:05 am

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