05/04/15 – DISCARD

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON THE 80/20 RULE

The vast majority of you, over 60%, have heard of the 80/20 rule, believe it works and have or will apply the rule.

A large number of you, 25%, had never heard of the rule; so I am glad something new has been brought to your attention whether or not you care to make use of it.

And around 12% of you don’t believe it works.

 

THIS WEEK’S THEME: DISCARD

I was reading the April 20th edition of USA Today and in the Money section of the paper, there was an interesting article on de-cluttering, plus this season is noted for Spring Cleaning, so this week’s theme is on discarding.

 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE 

A teacher, a garbage collector, and a lawyer were told by Saint Peter that to get into Heaven, they would each have to answer one question.

Saint Peter asked the teacher, “What was the name of the ship that crashed into the iceberg? They just made a movie about it.”

The teacher answered, “Titanic.”

Saint Peter let her through the gate.

Next, Saint Peter turned to the garbage man thinking Heaven didn’t really need all the odors that this guy would bring with him, so Saint Peter decided to make the question a little harder. Saint Peter asked, “How many people died on the ship?”

The garbage man, having recently seen the movie and answered, “about 1,500.”

“That’s right! You may enter.”

Saint Peter then turned to the lawyer, “Name them.”

 

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WEEK 22: DISCARD – REDUCE CLUTTER IN YOUR LIFE

Clutter is the enemy of the extraordinary person.  You have to learn to let go of material objects, ideas, memories and sometimes people that are stopping you from being the person you want to become.

It is easy to acquire so many material objects, that you can’t find what you are looking for and have to buy it again.   You may have so much paper laying around that a important bill gets lost and you have to pay a late fee.

When young, we are sometimes programmed to think in certain ways.   As we grow older and learn more about the world or society changes, these old ways of thinking just hold us back from experiencing all the wonder the world is offering us.

As for memories, some inspire us, but others just sadden us.  If we live in our memories, we will neglect the opportunities of the presence.

As for people, as we evolve and grow; some of the people in our lives will feel we are betraying them.  They may become jealous of the new and extraordinary life we are creating for ourselves by getting an education or training, giving up bad habits, accepting a promotion, etc.

 

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.  This week’s recommendation has some good tips on clearing clutter.  

Throw Out Fifty Things

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

As with books, I also never suggest a movie I have not watched at least one time, if not more.  I think this week’s movie will give you a good appreciation of the value of all those material objects you have spent your life accumulating.

Everything Must Go

 

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“When every possession is special,

none of them are.”

Source: Kathi Lipp

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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.  For the second week in a row, I had another three people liked my Facebook page, bringing the total up to 43.  I sent each one of them a “Thank You”.

You can help make this blog more valuable to others by posting your perspectives via Leave a comment.  It would make things so much more interesting and informative for all, if you would post your feelings on the trait, movie, book, quote or anything at all.

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 again left a reply.  Thank you Mary Ellen.  

And for those of you who 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

I want to thank my friends, Judith, Betty Carolyn & Ron, along with PeterPicker (I’m not sure who this is) for leaving their reviews on Amazon.  I very much appreciate those reviews. 

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.  

I mentioned last week that I donated two copies of my book to the 10th annual MOM 5K run/walk race for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.  I also ran in the race Saturday morning, and I hope some of you did also.  If not, hopefully you will next year.  It is a very nice and relaxed race, with plenty of walkers.

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:

harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

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:

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

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:

harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

04/20/15 LIMITATIONS

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON CHANGE

Almost 60% of you plan to make changes impacting three or more of your traits.  I hope this blog as well as my book helps you.

 

THIS WEEK’S THEME: LIMITATIONS

I’m disturbed by the harm being done to the social fabric of the USA by the images and stories of police brutality.  I believe most law enforcement officers live by a code of “to defend and to serve”.  However, we seem to be seeing and hearing of many police officers who are exceeding the limitations of their role and becoming judge, jury and in some cases executioner.  

 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (Source:  The New York Times, Sunday, April 12, 2015, The Strip by Brian McFadden)

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WEEK 11: LIMITATIONS – EXTREMES ARE HARMFUL

Sometimes, those in positions of authority, exceed the authority they have been granted, and end up either losing that authority or having limitations placed upon that authority.  This certainly happens in management and it is starting to happen with our police, as one hears more and more demand for additional citizen oversight over our police departments.

On a more personal level, each of us needs to keep our natural limitations in mind.  For instance, in an effort to become strong, one may try lifting so much weight that they hurt themselves and end up weaker than when they started out.

However, I am not saying practice moderation in everything you do, as I have been told that yes it can lead to a long life, but also a boring life.  So, occasionally the extraordinary person goes right up to the edge of a cliff, but is wise enough to not go over the edge.

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

I’ve actually have read every book that I recommend and if the book isn’t a fairly easy to read book, which is my favorite kind of book, I point that out.

Below is a book I have read and reviewed often in the last 15+ years and I believe you will find many valuable lessons among its pages.

Do Less Achieve More

For anyone tired of chasing ever–elusive desires, of doing more only to find that more needs doing, and of making more money only to need more money, best–selling author Chin–Ning Chu shows you that life was meant to be easy, if you know the secrets. (Source of Description:  Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city’s undesirables. (Source:  IMDB)

Magnum Force

 

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“Moderation in all things, especially moderation.”

Source: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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.  Currently, 37 of you have been kind enough to like my Facebook page.  

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 author, Monica Sholar and my neighbor, Mary Ellen, both left replies.  Monica and Mary Ellen, thank you very much.

And for those of you who 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

My friends, Judith and Betty, 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.  

I was able this past week to 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 Saturday morning, May 2 in Royal Oak, Michigan.  For more information about this organization and the race, please click on the link below:

http://www.momrace.org/

I will also being giving a very brief talk at the May 21 BCBSM Retiree Luncheon and I will be donating $7.00 of each book sold at the lunch to that organization.

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:

harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net