07/13/15 – WORK

THIS WEEK’S THEME: WORK

This week’s theme is work from Chapter 45 of my book.  By the way, if you have read my book; please do me a favor by letting others know what you thought of it at Amazon address below.  

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Although I am no longer in the traditional work world, I earned W2 wages from the age of 17 until I was 63.  I’ve had 5 1/2 years to reflect on these work years and realize I made many mistakes during those years, but I also did a few things right.  More importantly, I had the opportunity to observe a number of people who did a whole lot of things right.  So here are a few suggestions you may find of value.

Don’t work for the money, work for the love of the task you are doing.

Do not quit your job until you have found an equal or hopefully better job.

Speak bad of no one, control your anger and accept difficult situations as learning opportunities and stay positive regardless.

Try to lift up everyone you come into contact with be they in a low position or a high position.  You are spending the better part of your day with your co-workers, treat them like family.  Here is a photo of my family:

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SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

This week I am recommending an extremely easy to read book with lots and lots of cool pictures and very few words.  However, less is more as a fellow named Edward Everett, who spoke for two hours at Gettysburg before Lincoln gave his less than 3-minute speech.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I think you will find Horrible Bosses really funny.  However, I have to warn you that it lives up to its “R” rating.

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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Work should ennoble,

not kill,

the human spirit.

Source: George Lois

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THIS WEEK’S POLL 

You can find the results of last week’s poll by scrolling down to the prior week’s post and clicking on “view results” of that poll.

However, here is a poll that I believe you will find most interesting

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THIS WEEK’S JOKE FROM THE DAYS BEFORE CABLE & SATELLITE, WHEN WE HOPED OUR ANTENNAS WOULD WORK.

Two antennas met on a roof.

The Ceremony wasn’t much,

but the reception was excellent

CONCLUSION

Talking about getting something to work, I brought down an old 1953 Lionel train from that attic.  I don’t want to say how long it took me or what it cost; but I finally got the train working as you can see from the video below.

Something else I need to make work is this blog.  If you have any suggestions as to what I can do to make it both more helpful and entertaining, please let me know at harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net or leave a comment.  All you have to do to leave a comment is to click on the last line of the weekly post, where it says, “Leave a comment”.  

06/29/15 – Día de la Independencia

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Día de la Independencia

Since 4th of July is Independence Day in the United States, I thought it would be a good theme for this week’s post.  Although this is a United States holiday, I wish more people in the world would think of it as their holiday also.  Back in the 18th Century, many expected the United States to be a beacon of freedom and also to welcome all in search of a better life to our shores. 

I feel at times like we have lost our way, but then something happens to reassure me we are on the right course.  I guess it is a couple of steps forward and a step backwards, before we advance again.

I believe the more we can do to eliminate ignorance, the fewer backwards steps will be taken.  I devoted Chapter 44 of my book to the importance of taking time to study and to become more open to considering new approaches to every thing we encounter.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

This week’s recommendation is the book Common Sense, by Thomas Paine.  I really like the Editor’s Introduction in the Penguin Classics edition of the book, since it tells the history of Thomas Paine, one of founders of the United States of America.

As for the importance of this book, John Adams, our second president, says it far better than I can. John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I just had to recommend Independence Day.

Independence Day

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. (Description Source:  IMDB)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

I know the quote below is generally taken out of context and a couple of words are missing, but I believe Ben would have approved.

Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

Source: Benjamin Franklin

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THIS WEEK’S POLL 

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL – No poll last week

THIS WEEK’S JOKES

What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!
From Eloise, age 9, Charlottesville, VA

Teacher: “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?”
Student: “On the bottom!”
From Christy, age 14, Denver, CO

What did King George think of the American colonists?
He thought they were revolting!
From Scott, age 11, Colorado

Source: Jokes by Kids

CONCLUSION

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04/27/15 80/20 Rule

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON LIMITATIONS

Around 12% of you said you never tried so hard to accomplish something that the opposite took place.  And 5% of you frequently try so hard to achieve something that the opposite takes place.

Well, I’m thinking the 80+% of us who rarely or occasionally try too hard to achieve something that we cause the opposite to occur, are more in tune with last week’s quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said, “Moderation in all things, especially moderation.”  Sometimes, we try too hard, but we try.

 

THIS WEEK’S THEME: 80/20 Rule or Pareto Principle

When thinking about accomplishing something, it is helpful to keep the 80/20 Rule or Pareto Principle in mind, which says that 80% of our results come from a mere 20% of our efforts.  I wouldn’t get hung up on the exact percentages, but just keep in mind that the major portion of our outcomes result from a small percentage of our inputs.

On a grand level, I think this is being demonstrated by the public’s respect for police.  A friend of mine pointed out to me that after 9/11, the acts of NYC police officers raised the public image of all police officers throughout the country.

Now, we are seeing the opposite, where the acts of a few rogue police officers are lowering the public image of all police officers throughout the country.

On a personal level, if we keep the 80/20 rule in mind as we go through our lives each day, it can help us in our quest to become more than just ordinary by making us more efficient.

 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE 

A female union leader was attending a convention in Las Vegas and decided to check out the new brothels that provide women with male prostitutes.

She asked the manager of the first brothel she visited, “Is this a union house?”

When told it wasn’t, she asked, “If I pay you $100, what cut do the male prostitutes get?”

She was told that the house gets $80 and the boys get $20.

She thought this unfair and went in search of a more equitable, unionized brothel.  Eventually, she found a unionized brothel.

She asked, “If I pay $100, what cut do the male prostitutes get?”

She was told the boys get $80 and the house gets $20.

“That’s more like it!” she said, looking around the room, she pointed to an attractive young man saying she would like him.

“I’m sure you would,” said was the brothel manager, but pointing to an 85 year old man in the corner, “but Bill here has seniority.”

 

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WEEK 11: 80 PERCENT OF YOUR OUTCOMES COME FROM 20 PERCENT OF YOUR INPUTS

Again, don’t get hung up on the percentages, but you need to keep this idea in mind as you go through you day.  Ordinary people tend to focus on their exertion rather than their output.  They can look busy, work late, and skip lunch; but if they produce a lot less than the person who is relaxed at work, leaves on time and rarely skips a lunch, who would you rather have working for you?

Regarding our friends, should we invest an equal amount of time and attention on each one, or do we get together more often, have more contact and fun with a smaller number of friends?

When it comes to going to the gym, do we spend hours doing a variety of exercises; when possibly doing a few key exercises yield the majority of benefits.

Are our closets full of clothes we rarely wear, because we only wear a small percentage of clothes we really like.

I believe if you think about the Pareto Principle as you go through your daily life you will find many ways where you can be far more efficient and gain more satisfaction with a lot less effort.

 

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

As I’ve mentioned before, I would never suggest a book if I had not read it and found value in it.  Most of my recommendations are “easy reads”, but sometimes a book calls for more effort, but it is still very worthwhile.  If you want to know more about the 80/20 principle and how to apply it, I suggest the following book which I read back in 1999.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I watched this movie back in 2005, when I was starting to learn how to make films.  I enjoyed the film, but the reason I watched it was because I had heard and read the stories about how Robert Rodriguez made this film from limited funds he had obtained from being a volunteer drug tester.  I understand some of the actors were just people who happened by and some of the guns used in the film were just toy guns or water pistols. 

El Mariachi

A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him. (Source of Film Description:  IMDB)

If you watch the film and want to learn more about how it was made, I recommend Robert Rodriguez’s book, Rebel Without a Crew.

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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“Nothing is less productive

than to make more efficient

what should not be done at all.”

Source: Peter Drucker

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THIS WEEK’S POLL

CONCLUSION

If you like what I am doing, I need you to show your support by passing this blog on your friends, and liking my Facebook page Harmony Books & Films, LLC.  Last week three more people liked my Facebook page, bring the total up to 40.  Thank you.

You can help make this blog more valuable to others by posting your perspectives via Leave a comment.  All you have to do to leave a reply is to click on the last line of the weekly post, where it says, “Leave a comment”.  If you check last week’s post, you see that Mary Ellen left a reply.  

And for those of you who have read my book, please let others know what you thought of it on Amazon at:

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My friends, Judith, Betty and Carolyn have been kind enough to post reviews on Amazon and I appreciate that very much.

DONATIONS

I continue being willing to donate to anyone putting on a charitable fundraiser two copies of my book to auction off or raffle as a door prize.  

As I mentioned last week, I donate two copies of my book to the 10th annual MOM 5K run/walk race for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, which will be this coming Saturday morning, May 2 in Royal Oak, Michigan.  There is still time to enter and support mental health and awareness and suicide prevention.  For more information about this organization and the race, please click on the link below:

http://www.momrace.org/

If you know anyone that is holding a charitable fundraiser and could use a couple copies of my book, please tell them about me.  I can be reached at:

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Goals

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’s POLL

Last weeks post contained a poll asking what is your favorite Thanksgiving Day movie. Twenty-four of you voted and Planes, Trains and Automobiles was the clear winner with over 50% of the votes casted.  Just click on “View Results” of last week’s posting to see the complete results.

FUTURE POLLS

If you have ideas for future polls, just leave a comment or send me an email at HarmonyBooksFlimsLLC@comcast.net

GOALS/RESOLUTIONS

This week is Thanksgiving and before we know it 2015 will be here and so I thought it was time to start thinking about New Years resolutions or goals.  I realize many ordinary people don’t believe in making New Years resolutions or setting goals and they may even be ok with not accomplishing anything particularly extraordinary in 2015.  Still, it is likely that some of these ordinary people will do a few extraordinary things during 2015.

However, I suspect that if you want more from life than just being an ordinary person, you are going to have to set some concrete goals and there is no better time than now.

By concrete, I mean they need to be objectively measurable in terms of quantity, quality and time.  For instance, I want to write a book, is not a concrete goal, merely a wish.  However, I will write and have a book published, which will sell 100 copies by December 31, 2014 is a concrete goal.  To achieve concerete goals, you need to have action plans and periodically monitor your progress towards the goal.

I would start developing my 2015 goals now, since it is likely you will want to refine them, so that come January 1, 2015 you are ready to go.

Since we are speaking of New Year’s goals or resolutions, I have to tell you about this girl I know.  She told me that she made a New Year’s resolution to eat better.  I thought that is a good start.  Then, she added, “From now on, I’m only going to date guys who can afford to take me to expensive restaurants.”

THIS WEEKS POLL

SELF-HELP BOOKS

As much as I would like everyone to read my self-help book,

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there are some great self-help books available that you must read.

One of the best and also one that changed my life was Steven Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  I am very proud that I got to speak one-on-one with the great Steven Covey and he autographed his book for me.

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If any of you have a favorite self-help book, I hope you will let us all know about it via a comment to this post.

MOVIE SUGGESTION

I really liked this movie and I think you will also; not only is it very entertaining, it contains a number of great messages, which is what being extraordinary is all about.

Bucket List

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0825232/

If you have a favorite movie related to goals/resolutions, pleasee let us all know about it via a comment to this post.

CONCLUSION

I tried making this post valuable to you and hopefully if I have succeeded, you will pass it on to your friends and people you care about.  And if you have suggestions on how I can make these Monday posts even more helpful to you, please let me know.

Thank you