06/08/15 – Raw

THIS WEEK’S THEME: WINNING

This Friday, I will be in the National Raw (without wraps or similar items) Deadlift Competition for my category (Men, 65 to 69, weighing 198 or a little less).  So this week’s theme comes from Chapter 52 – “Winning” from my book.

But I didn’t select the theme because I expect to win in my category, although at my age I am often the only one who shows up.  I selected the theme because in my book, I start this chapter’s narrative with the sentence, “You will never ever be extraordinary until you stop being concerned with becoming a winner …”

I can’t recall the gang that said this to me years ago, when I expressed my doubts as to my being up to their standards, but I do recall what I was told.  You don’t have to win; you just have to fight.

Strange, where good advice comes from and the circumstances that bring it forth, but good advice is good advice period.  I long since modified that last line to say, “You just have to try.”

 

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

 

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be” by Paul Arden is one of the most easy to read books I have come across, and it makes a strong case in my opinion for trying–you just may succeed.  I will say one thing for certain, if you don’t try; you will definitely not succeed.

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If you are at all interested in being extraordinary, this super easy and fun to read book will help you.  I have read and reviewed it many times.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I think Bedazzled is a fantastic film and I urge you to watch it and find out for yourself how this film relates to this week’s theme.

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I took my own advice and watched last week’s film recommendation again and each time I see this film I become more and more impressed with it for so many reasons.  You should check this film out.

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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“What good is being the best,

if it brings out the worst in you.”

Source: Rodney Dangerfield

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I couldn’t have more respect for anyone than this guy who always claimed, “I don’t get no respect.”

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON SEEING AND HEARING

It seems that a third of us question what we see and are told.  If you wish more details, you can scroll down to last week’s post and view the complete results.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Sam was about to lose his small business, so she went to the church and prayed to win the lotto; but didn’t win.

The next day he was about to lose both his business and his car, so he went to the church and prayed he would win the lotto; but he still didn’t win.

On the third day, he was about to lose his business, his car and his house and prayed that he would win the lotto.

Suddenly he was surrounded by a blinding white light, and he heard the booming voice of God declare, “Hey, you have to meet me half way and at least buy a ticket.”

CONCLUSION

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06/01/15 – SEEING AND HEARING

THIS WEEK’S THEME: SEEING AND HEARING

This week’s theme comes from Chapter 40 of my book.

Ordinary people see and hear what they want to believe and rarely recognize things that are contrary to their beliefs.  And even when they do recognize contradictions, they tend to make excuses for what they saw and heard.

Whereas, the extraordinary person not only tries to see and hear what is really there, but even more important, the extraordinary person tries to see and hear what isn’t there.  

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

 

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, was written in 1884 about the culture in the age of Queen Victoria, as well as describing life as viewed from various dimensions.  I’ve long since lost my copy, but I believe this book is free on iTunes.  The book makes a good argument that we see the world not as it is, but as we are. 

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This mind-bending early science fiction classic imagines life in a 2-dimensional world. It’s a universe populated by lines, squares, and circles, whose perfect flatness creates all new definitions of life, art, and society. Edwin A. Abbott, writing under the pseudonym of “A Square,” combines scathing social satire with a brilliant examination on how we all accept our limits of perception, and how much people who transcend these perceptions are often met with resistance. [Source:  iTunes]

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I found Café to be a really fun and interesting movie that really illustrates this week’s theme so well.  I really hope you watch it.

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A good-hearted musician struggles to find a way to tell his beautiful barista coworker that he loves her, despite the fact that she is in a relationship. Meanwhile, regulars and customers at the café where they work have their own problems and encounters. A police officer keeps his eye on his wayward cousin, who owes money to a charismatic dealer, and a married man contemplates his relationship with a good-looking new acquaintance. However, one customer learns he is in fact (Spoiler alert, so I stopped the description here).[Source:  IMDB]

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or,

as we are conditioned to see it.”

Source: Stephen Covey

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THIS WEEK’S POLL (Please check as many as apply)

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON UNITED STATES WARS SINCE WWII

It seems 85% of you question why the U.S. always seems to be in a war; the remainder of you believe those wars have resulted in the world being a better place.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

A man instead of going home like he usually does on Friday afternoons, stayed out the entire weekend hunting with the boys and spending his entire paycheck.

When he comes home, his angry wife yells at him for over an hour.

Finally, his wife stopped yelling and simply asked, “How would you like it if you didn’t see me for two or three days?”

He replied, “That would be fine with me”.

Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife.

Tuesday he didn’t see his wife.

Wednesday he didn’t see his wife.

Finally on Thursday, the swelling went down just enough to where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.

CONCLUSION

If you have read my book, please let others know what you thought of it on Amazon at:

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

If you have ideas how I can make this blog more valuable to you and others, or if you wish to be placed on my weekly distribution email, please let me know at:

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I especially appreciate those of you that leave comments.  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”.