October 2010

“Let today be a day to spend time alone in nature, if possible. Take a walk as far from the hustle and bustle as you can. Take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass to reconnect with nature.”


Did you ever add up the time you spend browsing the net, going on Facebook, Youtube and Linkedin?

According to recent surveys, more than 500 million people spend 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.  700 billion minutes…

The Internet can save us a lot of time when we search for something useful for our job or for school. We can also pay our bills, do our banking online and do a lot of other useful tasks. There are lots of benefits of using the web but we must discipline ourselves to use our time wisely. It is tempting to go on the Internet and spend an hour to look at random stuff.  We must check our habits and set boundaries to avoid wasting precious time.

We all have 168 hours every week. How many of these hours do you invest or waste on the Web?

Donna Karan had planned to be a stay-at-home mom, but when her boss and mentor, Anne Klein, passed away, Donna stepped up and created a line just days after her daughter was born. And guess what?   It has been a huge success…


“You’ve gotta to live in the moment, be prepared for anything at any time in your life”

  • Donna Karan
  • Founder DKNY

    Life is similar to lying in bed; it’s easier to hit snooze and delay what you must do.

    Whenever you get that hit-the-snooze feeling, try do go against your natural response, try to get out of your comfort zone. Sometimes it is as hard to  do what we must do as it is to get out of bed in the morning.

    No more delay. No more hesitation. Stand up and start your life.

    Are you ready?

    “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, … you’re wasting your life.”

    Jackie Robinson


    Do you prefer to watch “So You Think You Can Dance” or take dancing lessons with your partner?

    Do you prefer to watch ” Property Virgins” or to invest your time taking care of  your own property?

    Do you prefer to watch a “NHL game” or to go play hockey with your friends?

    Do you prefer to live your life or watch other people live their own?

    Personally I prefer the acting part…because life is in the living.

    What do you prefer?

    “To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.”

    Theodore H. White


     This is risky business! But when we are convinced that our ideas are the right ones, we must fight for them. Just think of Galileo, Martin Luther, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King…

    “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

    “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

    Mother Teresa


    When we jugde people, we waste our time and we hurt other people’s feelings. I have never seen any good coming out of it when I found myself guilty of judging others. I have never seen any good when I witness others judging others.

    So my question to you is; why do we keep falling in this trap?

    Two problems with whining

    The first is that it doesn’t work. You can whine about the government or your friends or your job or your family, but nothing will happen except that you’ll waste time.

    Worse… far worse… is that whining is a reverse placebo. When you get good at whining, you start noticing evidence that makes your whining more true. So you amplify that and immerse yourself in it, thus creating more evidence, more stuff worth complaining about.

    If you spent the same time prattling on about how optimistic you are, you’d have to work hard to make that true…

    “To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”

    Kofi Annan


    It’s not always easy to choose because we must take responsibility for our choices. In my opinion, when we choose for ourselves, we increase our own personal  freedom  and we cannot blame others for what happens or what doesn’t happen to us.

    Another difficulty with choosing is that when we say YES to one thing, we are saying NO to another thing because our time and space are limited.



    “Old age is always fifteen years older than I am.”

     Oliver Wendell Holmes


    This is exactly the way I always felt…but didn’t find a way to express it…in a polite way.

    Well said Oliver!

    “My Mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.”

    From the movie Forrest Gump


    “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of the dream”

    Eleanor Roosevelt


    The beauty of the dream is what keeps us going when the going gets tough. In the face of many obstacles, it is what gives us the strength and what tests our resolution to persevere all the way until the end.

    “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”



    We are so good at making  life complicated. Don’t you find it amazing that we can send people on the moon and bring them back and yet,  so many of us have a hard dealing with their  day to day lives?

    The more we practice being thankful, the more we experience the feeling of gratitude and thankfulness.

    The action precedes the feeling.

    Stephen Lafond


    Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

    Helen Keller


    Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was 19 months old that she contracted an illness described by doctors as “an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain”, which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her deaf and blind.

    For the rest of her life, she has learned many lessons even with what most of us would consider severe handicaps.

    “Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends”

    Courtland Milloy



    Talk is cheap!

    It’s not that we want to yap all the time, it’s just that it’s so much easier to yap than to work.

    When I find myself yapping and not doing, I try to remember that with just a little more focus and concentration, I can move forward instead of thinkin’ about progress or talkin’ about why others are not moving forward.

    Yes the choice is to do or talk about doing. Create or critique.

    Recently , the movie The Social Network (apparently this movie is more a fiction than reality) shows an example of some people yapping and other people doing.

     Let me give you an example…

    Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss , identical twins and members of Harvard’s rowing team, and their business partner Divya Narendra have an idea of creating the Harvard Connection, this is the idea, it is not the execution of the idea. This is the thinking and the yapping. Mark Zuckerberg is definitely the doer in this project and while his best friend, Eduardo Saverin  takes the risk of lending some money for the Facebook project, Mark is the one doing the coding and strategic planning side of the business.  Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are yapping and becoming very frustrated, but since they cannot execute themselves, and even if they had the good idea, they have no legitimate right on the new venture, note that I didn’t say legal right; I said legitimate right.

    Sean Parker eventually becomes involved in the project and he acts as a doer as long as he bring some value, in his case, it is to get the venture capitalists to invest their cash in the dream. As long as he does that, he is “in the doing” because he brings a value that nobody else in the team can supply. But when he over-indulges in partying, drugs and sex scandals, he doesn’t bring value to the team project anymore.

    The only one who keeps bringing value is Mark; the reason is not because he’s doing most of the coding, it’s because his heart and soul are linked to the dream.

    So Mark is doing while the others are yapping…and guess who is getting the biggest reward?

    “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim and have fixed their gaze on a goal that is high; one that sometimes seems impossible.”
     Orison Swett Marden
    The chinese people have a proverb that goes like this;
    “A journey of a 1000 miles begins with a first step”
    There is a lot of controversy about this confucean proverb but it really doesn’t matter because the principle remains the same.
    We have to actually start doing something to get somewhere. I believe that when we start something and persevere, there is a conspiracy in the universe to make us succeed. I can’t explain it ,I can’t prove it , I only witness it over and over again in the lives of many people for whom the odds were against them.
    Sometimes we just need a kick in the right place to get started, and keep persevering when the obstacles will appear in our way.

    “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”

    Jean Paul.


    According to internet guru Clay Shirky, Americans watch roughly two hundred billion hours (200 000 000 000) of TV every year. That represents about 2000 Wikipedias’ projects worth of free time annually assuming that it took one hundred  million hours (100 000 000) of human thought to build it.

    ( Source, Cognitive Surplus, by Clay Shirky, 2010, The Penguin Press).


    If we could recuperate only half of these hours doing something more useful for our society, we would recuperate 28,6 billion days.

    What do you think?


    The problem with waiting until tomorrow is that when it finally arrives, it is called today. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow. The question is what did we do with its opportunity? All too often we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday, and as we are wasting today. All that could have been accomplished can easily elude us, despite our intentions, until we inevitably discover that the things that might have been have slipped from our embrace a single, unused day at a time.

    Each of us must pause frequently to remind ourselves that the clock is ticking. The same clock that began to tick from the moment we drew our first breath will also someday cease.

    Time is the great equalizer of all mankind. It has taken away the best and the worst of us without regard for either. Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of urgency.

    When the game of life is finally over, there is no second chance to correct our errors. The clock that is ticking away the moments of our lives does not care about winners and losers. It does not care about who succeeds or who fails. It does not care about excuses, fairness or equality. The only essential issue is how we played the game.

    Regardless of a person’s current age, there is a sense of urgency that should drive them into action now—this very moment. We should be constantly aware of the value of each and every moment of our lives—moments that seem so insignificant that their loss often goes unnoticed.

    We still have all the time we need. We still have lots of chances, lots of opportunities, lots of years to show what we can do. For most of us, there will be a tomorrow, a next week, a next month, and a next year. But unless we develop a sense of urgency, those brief windows of time will be sadly wasted, as were the weeks and months and years before them. There isn’t an endless supply!

    So, as you think of your dreams and goals of your future tomorrow, begin today to take those very important first steps to making them all come to life.

    Jim Rohn

    There are two days in every week about which we should not worry.

    Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
    One of these days is yesterday with its mistakes and cares,

    Its faults and blunders, Its aches and pains.

    Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.

    All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday.

    We cannot undo a single act we performed.

    We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.
    The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow.

    With its possible adversities, Its burdens,

    Its large promise and poor performance.

    Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.

    Tomorrow’s Sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds,

    but it will rise.

    Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

    This just leaves only one day . . . Today.

    Any person can fight the battles of just one day.

    It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternity’s -

    yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.

    It is not the experience of today that drives people mad.

    It is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday

    and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.
    Let us therefore live but one day at a time.
    Author Unknown

    “Life, we learn too late, is in the living, the tissue of every day and hour.” 

    Stephen Butler Leacock


    But it’s never too late to wake up.

    “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”

    Elbert Hubbard


    Try to remember that we never made any statue to honor Critics.

    “Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.”

    John Randolph


    If this is true, why do we still waste so much of it in so many ways?


    This is a message that I picked up from my Facebook wall recently. An old friend from high school, Daniel Laporte gave me the authorization to post it on my blog. After living many years in Paris and New York city, Daniel is leaving this time to Moscow for another great life adventure. The reason why I post this message is because, Daniel, in my opinion, is a living example of someone who lives each day to the fullest and this is the spirit of the message of my daily posts.

    Here is Daniel’s message that was on Facebook this morning;

    “As I’m waiting for my plane to bring me to a new life… I feel very excited and at the same time scared from the unknown that lies ahead! This is a state I am truly grateful to be in… Getting out of your comfort zone is an amazing way to discover yourself… Love to all!”

    Daniel Laporte , Architect

    Thank you Daniel for being who you are.

    Good luck to my old friend and his wonderful spirit of adventure.

    ” All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. “

    Blaise Pascal


    While others are filling their time with entertainment and escapism,   people who are aware of the value of their time are studying and improving their craft. Having more knowledge, data, background and intelligence will always give you the upper hand in any situation.

    “When you find yourself stressed out, ask yourself this question: Will this matter five years from now?

    If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go.”


     Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. 

    Mark Twain (1835–1910) 
    American humorist and writer 


    Whenever someone is trying to discourage you by saying you are crazy, do not believe them!

    For when they say you are crazy, there is a real possibility that you are on something reaaaalllly good.

    Did you know that some critics said that Wayne Gretzky was too small and too slow to make it in the NHL. But, by the end of his 24 year career as a player, “The Great One” had amassed 60 records, including the record of the most goals : 894 in 1 487 games.

    Oh by the way, does anyone remember the names of the critics?

    Drama coaches told Lucille Ball she had “no talent for acting”. But she refused to give up a dream and became one of America’s beloved stars of her generation.

    Who were those drama coaches again?

    Trust your instincts and follow your heart!

    “It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

     J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)


    All the abilities and talents in the world will not bring us anything if there is no action.

    Action involves choices.

    With choices come risks, and with risks come uncertainty.

    But who can live a life without any risk?

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