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Your Word Is What Counts - Can you or can’t you trust yourself to do what you say you’re going to do? Why or why not? When and when not? With whom and with whom not? Man oh man, if you could just trust yourself in this one area, you could accomplish almost anything you David R. Sep 18, 2014 2:02 AM
The Gathering of Allies - Want to know where you will end up in life? Just add up all your friends and divide by the number of friends. You'll be right in the middle of the pack. Want a better destiny? Improve the quality of your associations. As cruel as that David R. Sep 17, 2014 2:04 AM
Walk with courage - “Briefly speaking, ‘fear’ kidnaps the ability to think clearly, increasing the possibility of being led into error, and decreasing the chance of opening the positive exit doors that may be available. Depending upon the context, ‘fear’ c David R. Sep 16, 2014 2:48 AM
Failure - This process has to do with abstaining from inappropriate judgment. In this state of mind there is no failure, for instance—although there are actions and their results. The actions and the results are “what is.” The concept of “fai David R. Sep 15, 2014 2:10 AM
Fear as a gift - "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along."--Eleanor Roosevelt. David R. Sep 14, 2014 2:02 AM
Be A Fool! - "A good knave, i'faith, and well fed"--All's Well That Ends Well What is the best friend? One who supports you in all you do? Or one who will call you on your b.s. when you need it? One who is scrupulously committed to telling the trut David R. Sep 13, 2014 2:06 AM
Heartbeat Meditation - The simplest, most powerful and safest meditation I know. Simply sit or stand quietly and listen to your heartbeat. If you have SERIOUS emotional issues, you will tend to fall asleep or be deviled with horrifically compelling distractions. Sta David R. Sep 12, 2014 2:31 AM
On Meditation - "The practice of meditation takes us on a fabulous journey into the gap between our thoughts, where all the advantages of a peaceful, stress-free, healthier, fatigue-free life are available, but are simply side benefits. The paramount David R. Sep 11, 2014 2:03 AM
discipline - The odd paradox is that we must both love ourselves absolutely, and be capable of criticizing our behaviors and/or the way we manifest in the world. To hold both unquestioning love and severe evaluation is the challenge for adult human beings, an David R. Sep 10, 2014 2:33 AM
Many Paths, One Mountain - Seeing a thing, and watching people that I love floundering in their lives, blinded with pain and fear, and wondering how in the living hell I could help them... that has led me down some strange paths, to the point where I see this thing t David R. Sep 9, 2014 2:02 AM
Good and Bad - Scott Sonnon posted this on Facebook: "Playing catch with my kids, my daughter dejectedly pouted that she was bad at throwing. I replied, "Good and bad don't exist, only getting better, or not practicing. One or the other." She placed David R. Sep 8, 2014 2:04 AM
Religion and Science - In a binary sense, science chunks "up" from tiny bits, and religion/spirituality chunks "down" from infinity. Neither approach allows understanding of the totality of existence, but the capacity to embrace both gives a sense of a dynamic sphere o David R. Sep 7, 2014 2:21 AM
Flow and Core Transformation - "Contrary to expectation, "flow" usually happens not during relaxing moments of leisure and entertainment, but rather when we are actively involved in a difficult enterprise, in a task that stretches our mental and physical abilities…"-- Mihaly David R. Sep 6, 2014 3:51 AM
Sexual Transmutation - The questions of sexual addiction and sexual transmutation fly thick and fast...one of the 101 students applied some of my techniques in this arena, so I thought I'd share them. The basic thought is that we (guys, especially) think about sex many David R. Sep 5, 2014 3:27 AM
focus our energies - "Hence is it that we make trifles of terrors, ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear..." The Bard, again, from a comedy no less. The Enneagram is a fascinating pattern, nine poin David R. Sep 4, 2014 2:33 AM
Four Steps To Tripling Your Energy - Tired? Tired of being tired? You aren’t alone. There are few human qualities more highly sought than energy. It determines our ability to enjoy life, to attract mates, to finish projects, to protect our families, to shape our bodies effectively David R. Sep 3, 2014 2:49 AM
the weak link - Yesterday I had a coaching call where in twenty minutes I broke through a client's denial and went straight to the heart. I asked her what she wanted in a perfect partner, and she described him. Mind alone mattered, she said. This, I pointed out, David R. Sep 2, 2014 2:08 AM
Wisdom - Wisdom comes from grasping the cycles of our past experiences, relating them to the present, and using that knowledge to prepare for the future. Taking responsibility for our actions and emotions is critical: children blame others for their feeli David R. Sep 1, 2014 2:25 AM
...warped reality maps... - I became convinced that the difficulty is that most "transformational" workshops are more context than content. In other words, things like est actually can produce breakthroughs in perception, but you have to keep coming back to them, because David R. Aug 31, 2014 6:47 AM
Health is not fitness - The cause of lost flexibility: free radical damage. Yoga is the best publicly-available discipline for health, hands down. But flexibility of body seems to also relate to flexibility of mind and emotions--the benefits are simply amazing. Health i David R. Aug 30, 2014 2:18 AM
once survival is dealt with... - Both Maslow's hierarchy and the yogic chakras suggest that once survival is dealt with, we begin to address more evolved needs. Even among America's poor, the television can be on for hours a day, suggesting that the core struggle for food and sh David R. Aug 29, 2014 2:05 AM
Shh...the children are sleeping - I have a friend locked in a loveless marriage for decades. She is finally about to make a move, and trust me, she is absolutely raving with fear, and that fear is biting her butt every time she turns around. Recently, she was speaking to David R. Aug 28, 2014 2:06 AM
fit and healthy - While entropy is a part of life--we WILL eventually fall apart--most people are woefully ignorant about what it actually takes to be fit and healthy. Or even that "fit" and "healthy" are not the same things at all. In terms of exercise, start wit David R. Aug 27, 2014 2:16 AM
fill your cup - I absolutely know it is possible to be content, and happy in life. I am. But that doesn't mean "happy all the time"--not sure I believe that, and have certainly never seen it, although I've known some extraordinary people. "For all practical purp David R. Aug 26, 2014 2:54 AM
Seven-Level meditation - Shall we forgive? Forget? And if we cannot forgive others, how can we ever forgive ourselves for our own failings? And yet if we forgive too much, aren't we exposing ourselves to danger? Are we at the most basic level good? Or evil? Can we David R. Aug 25, 2014 2:28 AM
short, healthy workouts - The idea of short, healthy workouts is important for multiple reasons. First, they are efficient, and can be implemented easily in a condensed time frame--ten or fifteen minutes a day. Second, if you had the commitment to exercising thirty minute David R. Aug 24, 2014 2:36 AM
Flow state - "Flow" state is the most sought-after athletic experience, and probably the highest common state of consciousness before we tiptoe into genuinely esoteric realms. Any physical activity sufficiently intense to require real attention, but graduated David R. Aug 23, 2014 2:11 AM
Heal your Heart, Strengthen your body, Free your mind - That is the road to mastery, and that is what we're talking about here. Not survival, not success in some limited sense. Mastery. It is a lifetime's endeavor, and is a road, a process, not just a place. True, there will be evidences along the David R. Aug 22, 2014 2:16 AM
Is It Useful? - Truth, in an ultimate sense, is often outside our ability to error-check. And some mighty smart people have chased their tails into a knot trying to determine, finally, what is truth in arenas where our perceptions are inextricably intertwined wi David R. Aug 21, 2014 2:20 AM
different rules - I think that being a good person is a bit different from being a "good man" or a "good woman" if we judge by cultural reactions to men and women. Separate from political rhetoric, there has always been a difference between what women and men expe David R. Aug 20, 2014 2:41 AM
What you know that ain't so - "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." -- Mark Twain I don't know about you, but over the course of my life, peeling away the lies I've told myself... or been t David R. Aug 19, 2014 2:12 AM
fear and loneliness - Human beings as a group aren't either good or evil. They commit acts that are perceived as good or evil, and sometimes do this consistently, and take pleasure in it. But there is no objective "weight" to any of this. Does one act of child abuse o David R. Aug 18, 2014 2:04 AM
the physical doorway - Performed the first 4 days of TacFit as of yesterday, and back on Recovery today. It is FIERCE stuff. This is fitness at the level of warrior-readiness, something very different from even professional athletics. Olympic or professional athletes David R. Aug 17, 2014 2:17 AM
the most important qualities or habit patterns - The "way out" of a dire economic or social circumstance revolve around: 1) Taking personal responsibility 2) Accepting the need to work long and hard to raise yourself up 3) Surrounding yourself with people who can help you reach your go David R. Aug 16, 2014 2:12 AM
Can We Learn From Our Past Relationships? - Relationships are not mistakes. They are data: reflections of our self-image and current energetic state. 1) Start with self-love. Fill your heart with love and it will spill over to affect others. 2) Take responsibility for you David R. Aug 15, 2014 2:35 AM
healthy relationships - Never seek a relationship because you are lonely. Only healthy people can have healthy relationships. It is far better to be alone until you are comfortable with yourself. Then and only then is it possible to attract and hold a partner who is als David R. Aug 14, 2014 2:06 AM
You Are The Axe - I like to move back and forth between projects, but have to be careful to center myself before each day's work. Listen: everything that you write comes from where? From YOU. Your observations of the world. The books you have read, David R. Aug 13, 2014 2:07 AM
Naked Selfishness - Over on Facebook, a good friend was alarmed when I said "Don't trust people. Instead, rely upon them to do what they consider to be in their own self-interest. It's up to you to determine what that is." In other words, that you could trust people David R. Aug 12, 2014 1:59 AM
Running with the right pack - Who are your three closest friends? I heard a story recently that a famous speaker, a really excellent motivation guy, was on a program with Tony Robbins. Afterwards, they sat around talking until after midnight. This guy said: "I don't understan David R. Aug 11, 2014 4:30 AM
The Power of Inertia - I have a friend who was about to embark on major changes in his life. I warned him that unless he had a way to process the negative emotions that would come up, there would be problems. I'm not saying that correlation implies causality, but withi David R. Aug 10, 2014 2:25 AM
Leap of Faith - I came across this essay by a long-time Buddhist who said that after many many years of meditation, he was shattered to find out that his intellect wasn't the strongest arrow in his quiver. Considering the limitations of our minds, it would be ni David R. Aug 9, 2014 3:08 AM
share the external - It's been fascinating trying to "thread the needle," soliciting advice on the most important aspect of my teaching, combining that external input with my own instinct about the greatest contribution I can make at this point in my life. Sort of ne David R. Aug 8, 2014 4:50 AM
Triangle Goals - The concept of "Triangle Goals" is a natural extension of the core concepts involved here: that if you move toward goals in all three basic arenas (fitness, career, relationship) we will run into every demon, negative belief, poisonous emot David R. Aug 7, 2014 2:04 AM
Definitions - I was accused of thinking I'm enlightened recently, and I wanted to clarify a couple of terms that I use. Remember that my definitions might not be exactly what some particular teacher uses, and that's fine. The terms are Adult, Awake, and Enlig David R. Aug 6, 2014 4:57 AM
The Dynamic Sphere - About twenty-five years ago, teaching writing at UCLA, I suggested that students might profit by considering themselves characters in a story they were writing. To my surprise, when they did this, problems previously intractable began to ease. Wh David R. Aug 5, 2014 3:09 AM
What if you knew you could not fail? - Breakthrough I've been diving fairly deeply into my stuff the last 14 months, and this morning during meditation, I think I hit a new level of integration. I'd grazed across it about four months ago, then lost it... so I'm not ce David R. Aug 4, 2014 6:06 AM
Behavioral Modification - Day Ten of the 101: Behavioral Modification Changing behaviors can be extremely difficult, and there are endless approaches. The 101 chooses to offer a wide variety of options, asks you to try them, and see which ones have a natural "f David R. Aug 3, 2014 4:21 AM
Old Dogs, New Tricks - The 101 Program: Day Nine addresses energy. You could do far, far worse than aiming your life at: 1) Maximizing your energy. 2) Learning to use it as conservatively as possible, matching the curve of energy and attention to th David R. Aug 2, 2014 3:18 AM
the best and safest doorway - Day Eight of the 101 program is Heartbeat Meditation. Pure coincidence. Even if one has no metaphysical bent, this is an incredibly powerful technique. In my mind, meditation is merely the ability to maintain a particular quality and quantity of David R. Aug 1, 2014 2:20 AM
Small Steps, Big Change - In the 101 program, we discuss the concept of the "Golden Hour." In all honesty, my new website, WWW.DIAMONDHOUR.COM would have been called "Golden Hour" except that was already taken. All right, I'm flexible, and the concept of facets fits into David R. Jul 31, 2014 2:08 AM
Physical Flow - The 101 Day Six: The Five Minute Miracle The whole idea behind the 5MM can be broken down as follows: 1) We need to take breaks to center ourselves. We have to "shift gears" between activities, and often forget to place oursel David R. Jul 30, 2014 2:23 AM
Take A Day... - THE 101 PROGRAM: Be Breathed "Be Breathed" is the deceptively simple abdominal exercise series Coach Sonnon created. Together with the Flow State Performance Spiral, it forms the last major piece of the puzzle I've sought my entire lif David R. Jul 29, 2014 2:13 AM
align all aspects of your self - One key to success in life is to align all aspects of your "self" into coherent movement in a single direction. Your mind (goals and skills), your emotions (beliefs, positive/negative emotional anchors, value hierarchies) and your body (your phys David R. Jul 28, 2014 2:57 AM
the path to growth - Day Four of the 101 program deals with the difference between stress and strain. People try to avoid stress. They should not. Life itself is a succession of stress tests, and you are rewarded in direct proportion to your ability to handle stress David R. Jul 27, 2014 2:35 AM
primary value - Looking at the equations of beauty and power between human beings doesn't limit us at all--it sets us free. If a man's primary value in a relationship is power, and a woman's is beauty, it suggests a path of action for reaching a goal (becoming a David R. Jul 26, 2014 2:24 AM
"Cross Hatching" Goals - As you use the 5MM to increase energy, one of the most interesting approaches is goal setting, which can instantly release tons of emotional juice. Here's more detail on the vital necessity for goals in all three arenas, and the way to David R. Jul 25, 2014 2:01 AM
Of Blood and Breath - Why is breathing so important an aspect of virtually every world spiritual discipline? There is at least one simple physiological reason (and yoga suggests that the safe entrance to the realm of the spirit is found in only two places: the b David R. Jul 24, 2014 2:09 AM
Increasing ENERGY with the 5MM - There are dozens of excellent ways to increase your energy with the 5MM. Let's just touch on a couple. 1) Set a goal of doubling your energy. Clearly visualize the positive results from having this extra energy in your life: dancing, hob David R. Jul 23, 2014 3:04 AM
You Only Need One - I have a couple of clients who have recently had a devastating romantic break-up. And their first tendency is to blame the partner, of course. "How could she...?" But the instant they turn that around to: "why didn't I see what kind of person she David R. Jul 22, 2014 3:37 AM
Again, the basics... - The basics of the technology I'm looking at can be approximated by anyone who does the following: 1) 20-30 minutes of meditation, three times a week. Consider your goals in all three major arenas. 2) 20-30 minutes of some progressively in David R. Jul 21, 2014 2:40 AM
Love, Actually - The subject of love comes back again and again. While a devotee of Sri Chinmoy, I learned the Heartbeat Meditation that is the spiritual heart of my teaching. And while I matured using the bottom-up approach, I would recommend the Heart centered David R. Jul 20, 2014 2:44 AM
Root or Heart? - A reader said that reading my words about relationships makes her think of suicide. First, I take that very seriously, and suggest professional counseling, as well as a circle of loving friends. But second, and more importantly, you mu David R. Jul 19, 2014 2:13 AM
Experience and Control - Experience is not what happens to you. Experience is what you DO with what happens to you. --Aldous Huxley This is so incredibly important in growing up and getting on with your life. You may not be able to control David R. Jul 18, 2014 2:39 AM
little girls and old ladies - One of the secrets to success in life is for your actions to be in alignment with your goals, beliefs, values and emotional land mines. Another is to imagine your "inner child"--the kid you used to be. Then imagine the old person you will be one David R. Jul 17, 2014 2:35 AM
Second Chakra stuff - Over the last days I've gotten bunches of comments back about the whole sexual transmutation thing. Looking at things from the perspective of Human Adulthood, and the comment Steve Muhammad made that a male doesn't become a Man until he David R. Jul 16, 2014 3:11 AM
Sex and Spirituality - To see the value of this essay, just take a look at the comments that will follow. You will find fear of ego, performance, and seeking the smallest flaw in the way Dr. Chopra expresses himself as a way of invalidating his position. Words are alwa David R. Jul 15, 2014 2:33 AM
Re-commit daily - Suggestion for the New Year: every day, 20 minutes of meditation and/or FlowFit or Yoga. Re-commit to your goals daily, in each of the three major arenas. Remember that as you move toward them, you will be tested in every arena of your life. I David R. Jul 14, 2014 2:14 AM
Apparently, I'm stronger than I thought - "Apparently, I'm stronger than I thought... just in the wrong places!! " The above comment was part of a post over at the 101 board. I loved it. We concentrate on the trivial, the short-term, the dangerously imbalanced. We neglect the David R. Jul 13, 2014 3:03 AM
Everyone Needs a Coach - Q: Is a Master necessary for proper meditation? A: It is not obligatory to have a Master, but it is certainly advisable. You know that there is a goal, and you want to reach that goal. If you are wise, you will accept help from someone wh David R. Jul 12, 2014 2:40 AM
Functional Fixedness - "Functional fixedness" is a term in psychology. An illustration: A woman cut the ends off of her roast before cooking it. For years she did this, and then one day her daughter asked her, "Why? Does it make the meat juicier?" " David R. Jul 11, 2014 2:27 AM
Relationships and growin' up - I had a great conversation with one of my favorite Manly Men yesterday, asking questions about that pesky maturation/gender question. A little to my surprise, he insisted that a male doesn't become a man until he is married. That, in essence, his wo David R. Jul 10, 2014 3:22 AM
Procrastination - Procrastination came up repeatedly as a negative personality trait with a positive intent. Now, some procrastination might not even be bad...it depends on whether we get the job done. If so, that's just our personal style. Here is the most import David R. Jul 9, 2014 3:01 AM
Road of Trials - If you were to make a brutally honest evaluation of the skills and resources it will take to reach your goals, and subtract from that total the skills and resources you currently possess, you would have a clear view of what you must learn, expres David R. Jul 8, 2014 2:32 AM
If you can't get a job... - One of the things discussed in "Think And Grow Rich" is that you must have a definite purpose in life, a specific measurable goal, progress toward which is expressed in continuous action. In other words, you have to be able to say: "These are the David R. Jul 7, 2014 2:25 AM
just concentrate on being an adult - My coaching clients are diverse. One was born in India, and is having a difficult time finding an appropriate mate. One just lost a fiancee, and is heart-broken. The first guy I can't help directly without knowing more about his cultural values--wha David R. Jul 6, 2014 2:37 AM
The Man Project - Intelligence. Support. Honesty. Fierce love, emotional openness...these are the things women (all, I believe, over 20) have been saying they want from men. All we need to do, then, is coordinate this with what younger girls say, and see where the David R. Jul 5, 2014 2:21 AM
Breath, Heart, and Balance - I’ve thought that it might be possible to condense the basic requirements of forward motion in life to just three aspects: breath, heart, and balance. 1) If you work on the thread of breath connecting mind and body, using yoga, tai chi, Fl David R. Jul 4, 2014 2:24 AM
adult responsibility - Going back through "Think And Grow Rich" reminds me of my childhood. My mother used to have that, and "Psycho-Cybernetics" and "The Power of Positive Thinking" and other records playing in the house until I thought I'd go nuts. But they obviously David R. Jul 3, 2014 2:33 AM
Forward or Backward? - "One goes ahead, stands still, or goes backwards in life. One's object should be, of course, to go ahead..." The above quote from "Think And Grow Rich" helps explain why people don't want to set distinct goals and be held accountable for t David R. Jul 2, 2014 2:28 AM
useful lies - Think And Grow Rich insists on re-reading your goals every day. This is because repetition of emotionally charged images programs the unconscious mind. How many times have grown adults told you that childhood criticism from family has negatively David R. Jul 1, 2014 2:45 AM
Growth Without Relationship Support - "Before forming your 'Master Mind' alliance, decide what advantages and benefits you may offer the individual members of your group, in return for their compensation. No one will work indefinitely without some form of compensation. No intelligent David R. Jun 30, 2014 2:14 AM
The Master of your fate, the captain of your soul - "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." The above statement is held up as a goal of the autosuggestion and goal writing in Think And Grow Rich. I've had many conversations with successful people, and disproporti David R. Jun 29, 2014 2:22 AM
let's look at the reverse - The four principles at the core of Think And Grow Rich: 1) A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment. 2) A definite plan expressed in continuous action. 3) A mind closed tightly against all neg David R. Jun 28, 2014 2:19 AM
Thick Face, Black Heart - The question of focus came up in response to the "mind tightly shut against negative influences" question. There is definitely a risk in life of not listening to anything, or anyone, and going off the edge of some social, financial or personal cl David R. Jun 27, 2014 2:41 AM
Four Basics, again - Let's look again at the four major principles of "Think And Grow Rich": 1) A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment. 2) A definite plan expressed in continuous action 3) A mind closed tightly David R. Jun 26, 2014 2:31 AM
Four Basic Principles - There are four basic principles of THINK AND GROW RICH: 1) A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment. 2) A definite plan expressed in continuous action 3) A mind closed tightly against all nega David R. Jun 25, 2014 5:03 AM
Emotion - "Think And Grow Rich" makes much use of the principle of auto-suggestion. Napoleon Hill suggests that you write out your goal, its time for accomplishment, and what you intend to give in exchange for your incoming money. This is critical, of cour David R. Jun 24, 2014 3:07 AM
Create a definite plan - "Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once to put this plan into action."--Napoleon Hill What are the presumptions in this sentence? 1) That you have clarified your wants into a very few definite aim David R. Jun 23, 2014 2:22 AM
a definite chief end - "Both Poverty and Riches are the Offspring of Thought"--Napoleon Hill. I'm about 1/4 of the way back through "Think And Grow Rich" and again, Hill has restated his basic proposition in another way. He never directly states the "secret" David R. Jun 22, 2014 3:09 AM
The overview - 1) All my life, I’ve been looking at the question of success, and how human beings can achieve their dreams in an honorable fashion. 2) The route to accomplishing this can probably be best summed up in Tim Piering’s statement that David R. Jun 21, 2014 2:16 AM
Love, Faith, and Sex - "The emotions of Faith, Love, and Sex are the most powerful of all the major emotions"--Napoleon Hill. Again, I'm looking at "Think and Grow Rich", going back to the basics of my success education, looking to shore it up and plug loopholes. This David R. Jun 20, 2014 4:49 AM
Only NOW exists - My postings haven't been as regular as I'd like, and once again, it's because life is so busy right now...in the best possible ways. Television, film, fiction, non-fiction and lecturing are all popping at the same time. I'm dealing with my son's David R. Jun 19, 2014 2:11 AM
Quantum Life Change - The note still rumbles around in my head, partially because it raises the question again of why change can be so difficult. In some cases, of course, it's easy, but in others... years of therapy, coaches, promises, courses... anything you can David R. Jun 18, 2014 3:01 AM
What has lifted you from depression? - Studying the Hero's Journey, one of the things that must be carefully considered is the "Dark Night of the Soul", which is the seventh step (in the way I reckon things.) This is the moment in any life path when it feels that all of your innate ca David R. Jun 17, 2014 4:34 AM
Lining it up - Some very interesting things happen when you line up the Chakras properly. For instance (but not limited to) what happens when you make love to someone you love with whom you share a future. In such an instance you have sex (second), love (fourth David R. Jun 16, 2014 5:02 AM
alignment with your own values - One of the only things that I'm still tweaking about the 101 program is the processing of emotional detritus. I cannot overstate how important this is: if you are moving from one level of your life to another, you have to find a way to allow your ol David R. Jun 15, 2014 2:12 AM
Can We Change? - Something I said recently triggered a flurry of comments and emails, centered around the question of whether or not human beings can change. My answer: yes and no. It's tricky. No, I don't think our absolute essence changes. B David R. Jun 14, 2014 6:24 AM
know ourselves - "To know oneself is to know everything"--this is a thought extracted from the Bagahvad Gita. I agree. If you go to Musashi "Know one thing, know ten thousand things" or even Jerry Pournelle's "If you master anything, you have the key to mastering David R. Jun 13, 2014 5:28 AM
Had a good I.D.E.A. lately? - The most elusive quality of excellence, of peak performers worldwide and throughout history is that thing called "Mastery." What is this thing, and is it possible for ordinary people, however committed, to touch this exalted state? The an David R. Jun 12, 2014 5:48 AM
Concepts of excellence applied to an "ordinary" life - Recently, in comment on my discussion of Steve Muhammad's "four rules" for life, a reader offered not everyone wants high levels of achievement. I agree. But my attitude is that "not everyone wants to build the Sistine Chapel, but no one wants to David R. Jun 11, 2014 2:40 AM

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