“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

Pericles

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Wow!  I like this quote from Pericles.

It reminded me of what was woven into my own life.

The person who had the most influence on my of thinking has passed away in 1912.

How did he influence me?

With a great book that he had published in 1902-03.

This book that he left is his legacy to the world. Millions of people have been influenced by this masterpiece and still are today.

The title of the book is: As_a_Man_Thinketh . It is available for free on the web at many places.

It is now in the public domain within the United States and most other countries. It was released the 1st of October 2003 as a Project Gutenberg eText edition

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The mystery litterary Man: James_Allen_(author)

This book is one of the shortest I ever read, one of the easiest to understand, and yet, one of the hardest to put into practice.

I have read this book dozens of time and plan to read it over and over again.

Why will I read it again and again? Because even if I understand it very well, I still don’t apply many of its principles.

I recommend  this book to you very much. To read with absolutely no distraction or noise…

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One of my kids was asking me recently why I was buying blank notebooks.

My daughter said: “Daddy, this is so weird…”

Blank Books?

I am a buyer of blank notebooks. My kids find it interesting (read: weird) that I would buy a blank book. They say: 14 dollars for a blank book! Why would you pay that?” (Thinking what I could buy them with the $ 14…) 

The reason I pay 14 dollars is to challenge myself to find something worth 14 dollars to put in there.

I must admit, if you got a glimpse of my notebooks, you’d have to say that I dream Big Dreams ( read: very unrealistic in the eyes of many) .

Writing down my ideas is very important. Re-writing my ideas over and over again is even more important.

Why? It seems to me that the more I juggle with an idea, the more I dream about it, the more I entertain it, the more it has a tendency to become a reality. It seems to work even with crazy ideas. I can’t prove it, but somehow, it seems to work. It seems to save me time because this one of ways that make me focus on a clear idea, a clear goal with a direction.

Where do you write down your crazy ideas?

My life is the result of my hourly and daily choices. My number of days is limited and this is why I must make the choices that I really care about.

A good book to read that illustrates this point of view is CHASING DAYLIGHT by Eugene O’Kelly, a story of a successful executive who learns that he has brain cancer and about 100 days left to live. His priorities turned upside down and he explains to us in his own words that what used to be his “KING VALUES”, commitment to his family, job and responsabilities became, after receiving his diagnosis awareness,complete awareness of the time left. 

Shouldn’t we review our values and priorities before Life forces us to do it?