Understanding Capitalism

Most people are befuddled by economics, and who can blame them? Big meaningless terms thrown around by politicians and professors – and they all seem to be saying something different.

If you are like me and enjoy it, you can learn by reading hundreds of pages from various sources. I would heartily recommend anything by Adam Smith, watch any of the interviews online at YouTube with Milton Friedman, or perhaps if you like your reality in novel form, dig into Ayn Rand’s weighty books: Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged (I liked reading them in that order).

But for the rest of the world a simple explanatory 5 minute video may accomplish the same purpose – try it:

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The Secret Way To Win

I have been sharing tips and tidbits about “Winning” for years now and looking back, the thing that stands out to me is the secret that everyone seems to miss. That secret is attitude and an unwillingness to quit trying.

Those are the very same secrets to getting a job in a tough economy. Why are there so many people out there on unemployment and/or welfare & food stamps? Everywhere I go I see “Help Wanted” signs. Could it be that some percentage of the people not working choose to be that way?

On Glen Beck’s site he has posted a short video and an article that delves into just how easy it is to find work, if you want to. The simple truth is, if you are willing to adopt the attitude “It’s not over till I win” then you simply can no fail. Click the link above or go here: http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/11/11/the-only-thing-that-could-be-below-you-is-to-not-have-a-job-glenn-offers-7-steps-to-get-people-back-to-work/?utm_source=Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2013-11-11_274554&utm_content=4891868&utm_term=_274554_274564

Your future is in your hands, isn’t it?

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A Teaching From Ashton Kutcher

I am not necessarily a fan of most media stars, I believe that their lifestyles tend to lead them down the wrong path and end up degrading them. Yet many of them, when they recall where they came from and what it took to achieve their success offer teaching points we all need to hear.

Ashton Kutcher is very popular with young people today and in this acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards August 2013, he makes some points we can all learn by.

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What Is The “Key To Change”?

Everyone has a desire to make changes in their life. The most successful people in the world have learned The Key To Change is more like something I heard from a seminar stage 20 years ago. It went like this: Just Do It.

Nearly everyone stops there and says, “But how?” Well I’ve got a serious tip to share with you. It comes from TED. If you have not checked this amazing source of ideas and information out yet, you are missing the boat.

 

Here is a link to the source for those of you who are purists.

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25 Great Truths

25 Great Truths & Possibly the 5 Best Sentences Ever

GREAT TRUTHS

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. — John Adams

2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. — Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. — Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. — Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. — George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. — G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. — James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. — Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. — P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. — Frederic Bastiat, French economist (1801-1850)

11. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. — Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. — Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free! — P.J. O’Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. — Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you! — Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. — Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it. — Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. — Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. —Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. — Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly Native American criminal class…save Congress. — Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. — Edward Langley , Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. — Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. — Aesop

FIVE BEST SENTENCES

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for…another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

Thanks to my good friend Larry C. for sharing this with me.

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Success Tool Shop

Those who follow my various endeavors are aware of my other blogs. I have made the decision to consolidate to save time, effort. and duplicate postings. My domain SuccessToolShop.com has expired and the articles that appeared there, but not here, will be slowly added. A number of them were extremely popular and I don’t want them to just disappear.

When a piece is from that source it will be noted along with the original posting date. The one below was the “sticky” post that always appeared at the top of the first page.

What is Success?

Posted to SuccessToolShop on January 5, 2010 in Category: Workbench

 

What Is Success?

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived –
This is to have succeeded.

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

 This world famous quote is seen or heard often. Do you find YOUR definition of Success within these words? Many folks will say yes but then come back with, “Idealistically yes, but in reality – success is money and things.” One way or another, we all strive for whatever meaning we personally put to the word Success.

Yet with all the effort and focus on achieving success – how many people feel they get there? NY Times author Joel Comm has written “The Top One Percent is the group of people who inspire us all by their success stories.” If so few ‘make it’ there must be a reason. We are going to pursue and expose the reasons that most people miss their goal. But we won’t stop there. We will show you what you need to do. Simply put: If one person has done it, you can do it too – by following the same patterns. The intent of this blog is to discuss and explain:
A/ What needs to be done.
B/ What is needed to do it.
C/ How to observe and overcome the obstacles on the path.
D/ Teach method and skills.
E/ Show how to Plan and Take Action.

Every resource will be examined and utilized. Join us in this journey. Read along, study together with us here and with the web community that will join us en route. Together we will expose every path and tool leading to Emerson’s vision of Success and yours.

Here you will find more than theories and ideas. We will present the actual Tools and Training needed to work your way to Success.

 

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The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding

We live during a time and in a society where people have lost sight of the fine differences between being good and feeling good. Our youth pursue pleasure believing it to be the same as happiness and most people believe the answer to all life’s troubles lies in acquiring more stuff.

An iconic figure in the world of sports, Coach John Wooden with profound simplicity redefines success in this video and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, video courtesy of TED: Ideas Worth Spreading.

Each of us must make our choice. Winning isn’t everything.Success brought about by strength of Character comes pretty close though.

Coach Wooden’s long experience with led him to develop the 12 Lessons of Leadership, also called the Pyramid of Success.

http://tobefree.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/pyramid_lg.jpg

You will find a large printable version of the Pyramid by following this link to Coach John Wooden’s website.

The color version is really nice but you may discover this black and white one to be more easy to read.

http://tobefree.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/john-woodens-pyramid-of-success.jpg

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What Do You Leave In Your Wake?

We frequently are so focused on our own goals, plans, hopes and struggles that we rush from place to place & person to person “helter skelter.”

Not only is this stressful and usually wasteful, but it often leaves behind challenges that will spring up to bite us later. In a recent post Michael Hyatt made this statement:

When we leave, people are left either …

  • Energized or depleted
  • Encouraged or discouraged
  • Inspired to tackle the next challenge or wanting to quit

You see will always leave some trace behind, watch just one forensics TV show and you know that. So when we deal with other human beings, most of whom we will have some additional contact with in the future, how do they feel about it all?

I am sure you have heard or said, “she really lights up the room” or the negative aspect of the same thing. We all know people who darken everyone’s mood by their very presence. Have you ever considered which category you fall into? If not, you really should.

I would even go so far as to suggest that you make sure that your presence brightens the room for all – and as the movie title says: Pay It Forward. If you don;t know that movie, you should. Genuine Winners create “a rising tide (that) raises all ships.”

Read Michael Hyatt’s full article here. And listen to his podcast The Five Marks of Authentic Leadership which covers this thought and much more here.

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What Are You Waiting For?

So many people are waiting for the right time, or for a lucky turn of the wheel, or to feel better. Let me give you a hint – if you are waiting the perfect time, all you are really doing is growing older in place. That’s right, it’s called “marking time.”

Do not allow yourself to fall into that hole. George Bernard Shaw said: “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

Great to the point video, titled: You’re Lucky You’re Unlucky!

Thanks to Prager University.

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Words To Live By

It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely. –Leo Buscaglia

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