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Building Your House Brick by Brick

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What would you be willing to sacrifice now to build something that would vastly improve your future?

How long would you have the patience to prepare before you saw any results?

I recently spent 10 days in the Dominican Republic doing dental work for impoverished people with no access to care. While I was there with my team, we talked to a man named Jairol who was born and raised in the area we were serving. Jairol told us that a major goal for any Dominican family was to one day own a house made out of blocks or bricks. DR Wood house

A block house has the benefit of greater protection and stability. The wind and rain don’t come through the walls and you don’t have to worry about it being blown over during a tropical storm. …

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A Letter to My Son About Failure


Hey buddy,

I can still picture the excitement on your face when I came to pick you up from your karate lesson tonight.

“Get your phone ready, I’m going to break a brick!” you said.

I admit, on the inside I was a little worried that you wouldn’t be able to do it, but you’ve surprised me in the past when you’ve broken through really thick boards.

I can still picture the determination in your eyes as you positioned yourself behind the brick, took a deep breath and, with a yell, brought your fist down as hard and fast as you could. The brick didn’t break that time. Or the next time. Or the next.

I watched with sadness in my heart as you fought back tears and walked to the side of the group.…

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Don’t Scratch the Itch!

Itch 2All people are tempted. There is no one that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot. – Henry Ward Beecher

I found this article from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and I absolutely love it. It talks about avoiding those urges that keep us from getting the things done that we need to. Enjoy!

Don’t Scratch the Itch

One thing I learned from a week-long bout with poison oak … is a lot about itches.

I’ve become somewhat of a minor expert on itches.

I’ve learned to watch the itch and not scratch it.

Now, why  is that useful or even noteworthy? Because if you can learn to not scratch an itch, you can do anything.

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Kites, Kids, and the 2 Necessities for Success

Kids Flying Kites Fall has finally arrived and nobody is more excited than those of us in Arizona! Last weekend the cooler weather rolled in with a lot of cool wind. So we celebrated by flying kites with the kids. As the kites soared higher and higher, my oldest son had a great idea.

“Let’s cut the string and watch it fly away!”

I tried to explain to him that it might not work the way he was hoping but he was adamant that we needed to cut the string.

Seeing an opportunity to teach a life lesson, I agreed. We cut the rope and to my son’s dismay, the kite slowly drifted straight down to the ground.

When I turned around, my son had a look of disbelief on his face.…

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It’s the 4th Quarter, Time to Step Up!

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This is it! October is here and it is the start of the 4th quarter for 2013. Remember those goals you set back in January…? Seems like a long time ago doesn’t it?

As we enter the fourth quarter, the government of America is shutting down because of an inability to act, but you don’t have to!

Cam Newton, Nate AllenHave no fear, there is still time to do great things! Did you know that on average 40% of the points scored in an NFL game come in the 4th quarter? That doesn’t make sense does it? If every player is a professional and giving a 100% effort from the start to the finish of a game, the breakdown should be 25% of the points in each of the four quarters.…

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Are You Better Today Than Yesterday? 7 Ways to Always Answer “Yes!”

Better than YesterdayI believe the purpose of life comes down to three words: constant forward progress. We exist to improve ourselves and improve the world around us. So the questions that should be asked at the end of every day include:

What did I accomplish today?

What experiences did I have that I can learn from?

Who did I meet today and what did I learn about them?

Am I any better today than I was yesterday?

Better than Before 2If you can’t answer positively to some of those questions at the end of every day, maybe you need to start stretching yourself a little bit. The world and society we live in are designed to work like a machine where all of the moving parts do the same thing every day without complaining and without wearing out.…

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6 Forgotten Truths About Time

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One of the greatest indicators of personal success is how well we manage our time.

This morning I received an e-mail from a friend, Dr. Jerry Simon, that complied a couple of different, well-known, thoughts about time. I don’t know the original authors of each thought but I like the way they work together in this post. Enjoy!

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank…time.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as “lost” whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can’t hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it.

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The Success Auction: How Much Would You Pay?

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“Bidding will start at $100 for this next item. Do I hear $100?”

A number of hands rose up and the auction was under way. The bidding started off in a frenzy as everybody looked to get the object for a low price.

“$150, thank you sir. $200 to the lady in the yellow hat. $250? Yes, thank you young man.”

The price climbed steadily higher and higher. As the price rose it started to eliminate the people who decided they didn’t want to pay that much to win.

Within minutes the auctioneer found that he had to work much harder to get bidders.

“The bid is at $1100, do I hear $1100? It is a bargain at this price ladies and gentlemen. Thank you madam!”

“$1200 then.…

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Newton’s 3rd Law of Success: Action and Reaction


Today we finish our series on Isaac Newton’s 3 Laws of Success. In case you missed them, you can check out the other two here:

Newton’s 1st Law of Success: Perpetual Motion, Newton’s 2nd Law of Success: Acceleration

Today we will talk about Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion and how it applies to our journey towards happiness and success.

Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion basically states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Some examples of this would be someone shooting a rifle where the force to propel the bullet forward also produces a force in the opposite direction that kicks back against the shoulder of the shooter. Newtons 3rd 1If two people wearing roller skates put their hands together and push off, they will both shoot off with equal force but in opposite directions.…

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48 Ways to Get Your Life in Order

48 Ways to Get Your Life in Order

Get Organized

This is an article by guest writer Mark Foo, author of The 77 Traits of Highly Successful People.

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of chaos in your life. As Albert Einstein once stated, “Three rules of work: out of clutter find simplicity, from discord find harmony, in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Unexpected challenges are what make us stronger, so don’t avoid them. Keep in mind the following 48 tips and you’ll be able to streamline your life and get back on track moving forward.

  1. Recycle old papers that are filling drawers in your house. If you’re anything like me, you have drawers overflowing with old receipts, junk mail, records, and notes to myself. Get rid of all of this. Invest in a paper shredder to reduce clutter and maintain privacy.

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