Sunday, January 5, 2014

Changing your mind!

" All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become." BUDDHA

Happy New Year!  What exactly does, or better yet what do we mean Happy New Year?  Do we hope to leave 2013 behind,  or was it a great year?

Have you ever thought about having your birthday at the end of the year?  You can combine all the thoughts of your better days, cry because your (older), or decide it's not to late to make changes!

Change what?  Yes the Budda is such a smart guy, lets follows his words.  Let's improve our minds?
Ok, I talk a lot about reading here, da! On this Blog:, featuring the book below. And try Yesware, it's cool.

Each day I wake thinking what am I going to do with the rest of my life?  Do you? Will 2014, be different? Maybe you want to go to the 'palya', and meet the burners. In my blog 'Break Down the Wall'  in this special book 'The Art of Being Unmistakable" the author Srinivas Rao,
"The future belongs to the misfits?

Perhaps it always has.
It seems fitting that I'm writing this at Burning Man, a strange and alternative pop-up city that had to venture into the middle of nowhere - an ancient lakebed in the Nevada desert, known as playa - to bring itself into being near the end of every August.
  Each time I come here, to this world of portapotties, alkaline dust storms, sweltering days, freezing nights, and no Starbucks - I swear to myself, this is the last freaking time.  And yet there's a point when something in me shifts over and I know I will return.  How could I not? "Welcome home," Burners say as we reunite with each other on the playa, and it's true.  Even if you've never been here before, the playa calls you home."

Friends what is that wall, or is it just something you built?  Can you take your car and crash through it, or just have another beer, or burn another one to break it down! Or is it being told, your to old, your to dumb, you can't do that? 

Does age have anything to do with the wall?

When Cornell Sanders built KFC ' Kentucky Fried Chicken' at the age 67, do you think he was up against a wall!  Do you think Morrie 'Tuesday's with Morrie' cared about the wall, he was dying!  Do you think Albert Einstein cared, when his teacher told his parents he was to dumb?  These people have done their part to change the world, how about you?

So how do you be come unmistakable, I have some ideas.  

Now you think who is this guy York, he's not a doctor, a educator, a millionaire, Dr. Oz or even DR. Phil or a World Class anything?  He is just a guy who was thrown of the 9th grade at 16, not recommended.

 True, but I am what I write. Not like those who claim to lead our country!  Friends when you make it not about the money, not about the power, maybe it's  just like going to the 'playa'. When you read my blog ' The Kids Say Thank You ' the focus of your life, you are taking a giant step to breaking down that wall!

Just in case your new here, YSTA is about the future. My experience now with teaching the art of public speaking to children, is a powerful experience. Do I have any a PHD, BA or MA, not one.  One time many years ago a friend of mine who had just received her PHD said "York you have more commonsense than most people."  Have you ever had that ah ha moment, over the years I have tried to make sense of my so called commonsense, eke!

It's a powerful moment, when you have a part in building our future leaders.

How do you sift through all the noise, yes the noise is part of the wall.  Is the noise powerful, you bet. The  best medicine for breaking down the wall I believe is reading....

  • If your depressed it's much cheaper that the doctor
  • Much cheaper than pills
  • You can learn how real people like you overcame the wall
  • Your gain knowledge
Recommended reading, for breaking down that wall!

  • Rory Vaden:Take the Stairs   

No matter how you define success, it always requires one thing: self-discipline. But as popular speaker and strategist Rory Vaden explains, we live in an "escalator world"-one that's filled with shortcuts, quick fixes, and distractions that make it all too easy to slide into procrastination, compromise, and mediocrity. What seems like an easier path is really much harder in the end-and, most important, it won't take you where you want to go.
How do successful people stay focused and achieve results? This lively and insightful guide presents a simple program for taking the stairs-that is, for overcoming the temptations of quick fixes and procrastination, conquering creative avoidance, and transcending personal setbacks in order to tackle the work that leads to real success.

  • Sam Walton: Made In America
Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world.  The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch.  Here, finally, inimitable words.  Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and achievements.  Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style. 

In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, heart, a
nd optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.

  • John Corcoran: The Teacher Who Couldn't Read: One Man's Triumph Over Illiteracy

I'll say it here, upfront, to make sure you do too: It is as important in America Today to teach an adult to read as it is a child.

  • Dan Millman:  

    Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

During his junior year at the University of California, while training to become a world-champion gymnast, Dan Millman stumbled on a 94-year-old mentor nicknamed Socrates, a powerful, unpredictable, and elusive character. He taught a way to maximize performance using a unique blend of Eastern philosophy and Western fitness to cultivate the true essence of a champion - the "way of the peaceful warrior." Millman's first-person account of his odyssey into realms of light, darkness, mind, body, and spirit has since become an international bestseller about the universal quest for happiness.

  • Mitch Albom:Tuesdays with Morrie

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

  • Mitch Albom:The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.

One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself

  • Sam Nall:  Dick and Rick HoytIt's Only a Mountain, Men of Iron 

The inspirational story of Dick Hoyt and his son Rick who was born with cerebral palsy and is a non-vocal quadriplegic.

  • Lee Iacocca:Talking Straight

This is a continuation of Lee Iacocca's autobiography which is one of the all-time best-selling hardcovers and sold 6.5 million copies worldwide. Iacocca recounts some untold life experiences as son, husband, father and friend as well as Chrysler Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He also writes candidly on world economic issues and provides insights into achieving business success.

  • Glenn Beck: Being George Washington


This is the amazing true story of a real-life superhero who wore no cape and possessed no special powers—yet changed the world forever. 

His life reads as if it were torn from the pages of an action novel: Bullet holes through his clothing. Horses shot out from under him. Unimaginable hardship. Disease. Spies and double-agents. And while we celebrate his great heroism and character, we discover he was also a flawed man. It’s those flaws that should give us hope for today. Understanding the very human way he turned himself from an uneducated farmer into the Indispensable (yet imperfect) Man is the only way to build a new generation of George Washingtons who can take on the extraordinary challenges that America is once again facing.

  • Norman Doidge,MD:The Brain That Changes Itself

What is neuroplasticity? Is it possible to change your brain? Norman Doidge’s inspiring guide to the new brain science explains all of this and more 
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable, and proving that it is, in fact, possible to change your brain. Psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity, its healing powers, and the people whose lives they’ve transformed—people whose mental limitations, brain damage or brain trauma were seen as unalterable. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed. Using these marvelous stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

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