Yes I have got a bit of time on my hands at the moment, but this next book was a very easy read.
Richard Hammond’s, Life on the Edge, tells the story of how Richard got to be a Top Gear presenter, the 288mph crash he survived and his recovery from it. The book is written with his wife Mindy and tells her side of the story as well.
I like Top Gear, and ‘Hamster’ would have been sorely sorely missed. Its amazing he survived and I recommend this book if you like Top Gear, want to know more about Richard and his life before and after the crash.
A common question over the last 4 or so years I have been writing the MondayMotivator is, “How do you come up with something every week?”.
Answer; I read, a lot. I really like it and find as much time as possible to do so. Here are the books I have read this month.
Look me in the eye by John Elder Robison is great.
John was diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of forty and the story is about his life growing up not knowing why he was different, dealing with crazy parents, literally, success, and up to where he is now. I really enjoyed the way it was written and found it hard to put down. Find out more about John here, http://www.johnrobison.com/.
Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis is an interesting book. I wasn’t sure what to expect but the guy was/is crazy. From drugs to jumping of buildings into swimming pools to the world of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers he has really been there, got the t-shirt.
I liked it. A very honest account of his life and interesting to learn about the Chilli Peppers and where they get inspiration for their songs.
I re-read one of my favourite books, The Redemption of Althalus, by David and Leigh Eddings.
Pure fantasy. I highly recommend it.
I also finished The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. A book of theirs I had never heard of about the power of asking. Interesting and gave my the inspiration for a few MondayMotivators.
I have been looking forward to sending this weeks Monday Motivator since I read an article about Steve Jobs in the April 15th Canvas (comes with the Weekend Herald). Steve is the guy who gave us the Apple computer and the iPod.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told to get his affairs in order ‘you only have 3 to six months to live’. Having thought he was going to die Steve had an epiphany which he shared with Stanford University students. What he told them is succinct and a lesson to live by.
‘Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.’ – Steve Jobs
Now I have some questions for you.
Why do we wait until we think we are going to die before we live how we are meant to, as ourselves?
Why is it we dont live like this now?
Live like Steve’s lesson says NOW and don’t wait. You might not be able to be cured like Steve was.
Have a terrific week, and tomorrow, please take a minute to think of the heroes who died so we may live how we want to.
“Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.” Hugh Allen
What is opportunity and why do successful people appear to get more opportunities?
- a favourable juncture of circumstances;
- a good chance for advancement or progress.
Opportunity is like luck, you have to work hard to create it, and is the result of your habits. Life doesn’t just happen to you. It’s all about choices and how you respond to every situation. If you are in the habit of continually making bad choices, disaster often occurs.
Successful people have successful habits – unsuccessful people don’t!
Habits can be changed any time you choose to do so, but they wont change overnight. If you’ve had a habit for 30 years it might take a year or more to break it and ensure that, even under stress, your new successful habit controls your choices.
The culture of living for now and putting off payment until later has become a habit for many people. Instant gratification is not a successful habit and one you must work at resisting to have a successful, healthy and long life.
Have a terrific week Glenn and keep an eye out for the opportunities, no matter how big or small, that will propel you to success.
P.S. Life never completely closes the door on opportunity.
“Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” Charles Schulz
“The secret of good health is to move,” says 88-year-old Hoei Tabaru.
Hoei was interviewed for an article in the National Geographic about super seniors.
You can bet he uses all his gears……
This year I have written about everything from, hunger to humour, and lots in between. But what about living a long healthy life so you can enjoy your success? The latest National Geographic has an amazing article about ‘Super Seniors’. It focus’ on Sardinians, Okinawans and Adventists from California. These groups of people have the highest rates of centenarians on the planet.
How do these people live longer? The three groups shared a number of habits despite the differences in where they live, beliefs and backgrounds. They all;
A few of the different things they did were; keep lifelong friends, find purpose, have faith, eat small portions, drink red wine, observe the Sabbath and share the work burden with their spouse.
Pretty simple stuff that could add 10 years to your life and let you enjoy your success.
Have a terrific week.
P.S. To read the article in the National Geographic click here.
“One-half of life is luck; the other half is discipline – and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with luck.” Carl Zuckmeyer
Luck. Some say it is when preparation meets opportunity and others… “you lucky bugger!”. However it is seen, luck is something every successful person can claim has helped them get to where they are today.
So you want to be lucky? What are you prepared to do to become lucky? How about saying to yourself each morning, ” I am a lucky person and today is another lucky day”. Successful people know the other half of luck is discipline. Would you have the discipline to say this affirmation every morning if you knew it would make you even luckier?
Successful people enjoy meeting and being with other people. You can increase your chance of having a lucky encounter that will change your life by;
Telephoning friends you haven’t seen for awhile to ask what’s happening in their life
Make the time to be at the party you didn’t think you had time to be at
Find something that really interests you and find others interested in the same thing
Say hi instead of rushing on
Sign up for an evening class.
Try out the examples on this list and make up some of your own. For example; go a different way to work or start a luck diary. Everyday write down lucky things that happened to you during that day. The next morning read the lucky things that happened to you. You will be surprised how lucky you are.
Have a lucky week.
P.S. Sometimes you may make a bad decision, but remember this; it takes less than a second to make that decision and since there are 8,640 seconds in a day you have quite a few opportunities to make good ones.