How to be Happy — Success, Money and Happiness

How to be happy

The formula for success is obsolete.

It’s the model that dictates how we’re supposed to live.

We chase success expecting that happiness is on the other end. It’s not.

But if happiness is your focus you will never find it. Happiness cannot be pursued. The more you aim, the more you’ll miss.

Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, but instead a search for love and significance.

In other words, you will find happiness when you find a reason to be happy. Once you find that reason, happiness follows automatically.

The greatest challenge is to find meaning. Here’s how… Continue reading

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Never Be Influenced by Guilt, Obligation or Manipulation

obligationThe programming began when you were young.

You’ve been manipulated.

Told to sacrifice.

Taught to avoid self-satisfaction.

Parents, teachers, bosses, spouses, and politicians have told you that what you want is wrong.

They’ve sold you on self-sacrifice to make you a more obedient servant of others.

In other words, they’ve conditioned you to be a damn good slave.

And when you’re obedient the system loves you. When you rebel, there are consequences. Continue reading

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Why Take the Risk of Traveling? My Kidnapping Experience.

I walked out of the terminal with my backpack tightly clinched across my chest to ward off the criminals.

I read the travel guides. I saw Man on Fire. Kidnapping was my real fear.

That’s why I decided to skip Mexico City (pics). Instead I was heading to Cuernavaca, but to get there, I had to take a bus through the capital which had the second highest kidnapping statistic in Latin American.

But, Mexico City was not where it happened.

We pulled up to the bus stop and I re-read the warning from my travel guide:

“Do NOT take the green taxis. The yellow cabs are safe.”

That seemed simple enough — until I got off the bus at midnight and a line of green taxis was all that was waiting for me.

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Get Things Done: The Definitive Guide to Ruthless Time Management

time-managementTime management is about power. It has nothing to do with iPhone apps or colored office labels.

It’s about ruthlessly controlling your time so you can accomplish more.

These ideas will offend some and inspire a few–but there’s a reason only the minority are successful.

Why do so many feel overwhelmed so much of the time?

Years ago, I was running ragged, trying to work a full-time job, running two business and juggling a family with a newborn. I couldn’t keep up. I had to slow down and figure out where my time was going or I was going to lose my mind.

When I reviewed my schedule, I realized I was “busy” most of the time, but I wasn’t accomplishing much.

Back then my days as a detective started out like the movie Groundhog Day. I got to my desk at 7:15 AM — not because I was productive then, but because my boss showed up at 7:30. As long as we beat him in, I was good. 

I would fire up my computer and just stare at it like the scene in Office Space. When my boss walked in, we gathered around and talked about nothing for an hour. Seriously nothing, but my boss liked it, so we complied.
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Inspirational Quotes

inspirational quotesGreat inspirational quotes capture the essence of our hopes, dreams and values in elegant, yet tidy prose. 

I’ve always wanted a place to keep and share the great ones — now I have it.

This is a living document. If you share one that has a significant impact on me, I will happily add it to the list so… 

 …PLEASE share your favorite quotes in the comments below.

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“Many are afraid of death. I fear missing life.” Chuck J. Rylant  Continue reading

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