Posted on October 3, 2012
I spent most of last night writing the final piece to the book. It was my goal this year to finally finish the whole thing in terms of material, and now all I have to do is get it printed and send it away to publishing houses and see what they think. I know that I will try and try until it does get put into book form. It is just a dream of mine. Today, I really have a short message because it isn’t that complicated.
I have always believed that Luck is what happens when preparation and opportunity meet. I don’t believe in dumb luck, because that really takes all of my ability to impact the world out of the equation. However, I do believe that if you are living with an idea in your mind, you are essentially radiating a certain type of energy, and you tend to run into things that you wouldn’t have if you weren’t thinking that way. You kind of understand what I am saying so far? We have to keep our hands and our hearts open. When you start closing doors, you can’t see what is on the other side. Especially if you start closing doors on people or things in the past, they will never come back again because you aren’t looking for them. Don’t get me wrong, you cannot live in the past because you miss out on everything that is happening right now. However, to have a black and white attitude about things that has happened is shorting yourself on the amazing things that life brings. In effect, life acts in a big cycle. The things we do, good and bad, come back to us. I have always kept this in mind, and when out of nowhere good things come, I know that I was doing something and acting in a way that deserved good things to happen.
Directed luck is simple. Set your mind to something, jump right in, and things will start happening for you and to you that you couldn’t have predicted if you were just thinking about them. You have to act. Action is bliss. Battle planning…well anyone can do that.
I think tomorrow I am going to give everyone a sneak peek at what I was working on all last night. Without you guys, and without your help, I would probably not be where I am today. So to all those die-hards and to the ones that have been there since the beginning, thank you. Every single comment really makes me work harder and strive to be better. It’s amazing to think that there are 5,000 people who read this. Who are interested in what I have to say. It is really humbling and exciting at the same time. I feel overwhelmed when I speak to a hundred people…I can’t imagine thousands. But hopefully one day, when my words are on paper, and you open those pages, you will hear my voice as if it was right next to you. I try to keep that as one of my goals when writing. Speak to them. Right to them. Not at them. Thank you again.
The Better Man Project
I belive that you are one of the few that can talk with crowds and keep your virtue walk with kings and not lose that common touch. So talking in front of thousand will never be a problem you face. You seem to a man that can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch and toss, and lose, and start again at your beginnings, and never breathe a word about your loss. That is probable what I like most about you. Your lot like guy I strive to be in so many ways. You dream—and you do not make dreams your master you think—and you do not make thoughts your aim, you meet with Triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same. I am willing to bet that you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and stop and build’em up with worn-out tools. I bet you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. You can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too. You have learned to wait and not be tired by waiting,Or, being lied about, but you don’t deal in lies,Or being hated but not given way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise. Your not just a man but you are the better man. You inspire me you Inspire other to do great thing with there life and i cant wait to read your book. I would put all my life saving on a table to bet that it will be America’s # 1 best seller. A majority of this comes from Rudyard Kipling’s poem if. I think that poem speak’s to how you are and who I wish I was.
During SELP, I met a guy who was in the publishing industry. I was seeking his advice for publishing books on my SELP project and he highly recommended self publishing. There is apparently plenty of resources for it now available.
I am not sure how distribution works but if you can skip an intermediate level why not
PS: if you don’t remember me, we actually met during Advanced in San Jose.