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As human beings we are torn. We want more stuff, better relationships, richer experiences and to be known and appreciated and applauded. Our insecurities are legion and they hound us into frenetic activity as we try to quiet the shrieking, howling feverish monkey of our mind.

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The Little Known Secret to Achieving Incredible Success

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I made a mistake when I was young.

It took me decades to recognize that I had made the mistake.

I will do what I can to make sure that you don’t make the same error.

What was that mistake?

I’ll tell you. But first some background.

Buddhist sages have exhorted lay followers to practice Dharma and consciously follow a spiritual path. The Indian sage Shankara spoke about the endless striving after pleasure, sex and wealth and how this led persons astray and away from the path of genuine happiness.

St. Timothy beseeched everyone to flee youthful passions, pursue righteousness and call on the Lord from a pure heart.

My mother knew about all of them and more and tried hard to get me to read works by the Great Masters and live by their words.

I wasn’t having any of it.

I wanted ‘success’ now. Far from fleeing youthful pleasure, I indulged to the hilt. And I continued to batter my head on brick walls until I realized a great truth.

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Donald Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Dishonest Politicians and a Lesson For You!

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Reading the newspaper each day is a surreal experience. Doubtless you feel you have entered The Looking Glass World.

But there is a lesson here for you. A lesson that will serve you well in business and in life.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a noble politician to vote for?

A high-principled one who would instinctively and always do the right thing?

Perhaps someone like Abraham Lincoln?

Unfortunately it turns out that Honest Abe “…dissembled, waffled, told racist stories and consorted with corrupt politicians.” He also planned dirty tricks to counteract his opponent’s antics including a scheme to harvest large numbers of illegal votes. Read more about this in an article by Garry Wills in the October 5, 1992 issue of Time magazine.

Fast forward to today and the New York Times reports that many Republicans are whipsawed “between two unpalatable options: alienating much of their party’s base, or standing behind a nominee who is unacceptable to most mainstream voters.”

Donald Trump has set new records for mendacity and the House Speaker, Paul Ryan, is giving a celebrated imitation of a human pretzel as he tries to “explain” his position.

I have some advice for all these torn politicians.

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No, You DON’T Know, Dummy! And That is Why You Suffer!!

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Why you keep doing stuff that harms you and you know it harms you.

He was a diligent student. He did all the exercises and assignments in my program and
benefited greatly. And one day he approached me about a serious problem he had. He was an
alcoholic. He had kicked the habit numerous times but, somehow, he always relapsed.

“I know its bad for me,” he said. “I know it very clearly but I just can’t stop myself.
Can you help me?”

And I thought about the numerous persons I know who have participated in Creativity and
Personal Mastery over the decades who have expressed something similar to me.

I have my own thorns. I ‘know’ that salty Indian snacks are bad for me but I indulge anyway.

How about you? Are there things you do that you clearly ‘know’ are not in your best interest?
Like checking email compulsively? Or being driven by overweening ambition? Like ignoring your
family while you climb your career ladder?

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It’s Better Than Loving What You Do!

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Sometimes the lesson you need to learn is right at home but you have spent a lifetime avoiding it.

And you have suffered much totally unnecessary misery as a result.

To give you some background, I do not like gardening.

I do like beautiful gardens with colorful flowers with butterflies flitting to and fro but they do not make my heart soar.

And I emphatically do not like planting and weeding and watering and fertilizing and all the stuff you have to do to create a beautiful garden.

My wife, on the other hand, LOVES gardening. Which is fine by me. But what is NOT fine is the way in which she tries to rope me in to ‘help’ her in the misguided hope that I will start liking it. Keep Reading

The Telemarketer and Me – a Valuable Lesson

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If I were to make a list of my five favorite activities, ‘Listening to a telemarketer make his pitch’ would not make it.

Between you and me it would not make the ‘2,000 activities I enjoy’ list.

When the National Do-Not-Call list was announced a few years ago, I signed up immediately.

It does not work. Those pesky creatures get through anyway.

What REALLY annoys me is that, starting recently, telemarketers have started calling me on my cell phone.

Two days ago I was talking to my daughter shortly before I was due to drive her to the airport. We were having a lively discussion on a topic that escapes me.

My cell phone rang.

I did not recognize the number but had recently posted a blog that was well received so I took the call in case it was a fan.

A somewhat nasal voice mispronounced my name and wanted to know how my day was going.

“Who are you and why are you calling?” I responded. I was loud and not very polite. Keep Reading