It Only Takes A Minute!

It only takes a minute to tell a loved one you adore them
It only takes a minute to run towards a fear
It only takes a minute to set a big goal
It only takes a minute to drink a glass of water
It only takes a minute to read a great idea (that just might rock your world)
It only takes a minute to write the most beautiful thank you note you have ever sent your parents (or a teammate or a customer or a high school teacher who blessed your life)
It only takes a minute to smile
It only takes a minute to connect to a friend or a co-worker
It only takes a minute to help a human being in need
It only takes a minute to raise your standards to world- class
It only takes a minute to go the extra mile at work and wow a customer
It only takes a minute to reflect on what you can do today to be better than you were yesterday
It only takes a minute to embrace change
It only takes a minute to make a new choice that will lead to your best life.

Make the best of your minutes. Each one of them makes up your life - Robin Sharma

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Check out some cool music!

DJ Gabe’s website features the latest and best selection of music mixes, updated bi-weekly.

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Throughout the years, Gabriel Ghali (a.k.a DJ Gabe) went on to discover new types of sounds venturing on one great journey into sound. From an early age, music got into his soul and transformed his everyday life as he grew up, through the fun times and the odd moments, it carried him through until he discovered electronic music that inspired him to explore on deeper levels.

For years now, he has tried to understand and try DJ-ing and mixing, creating mash-ups and tracks. He has focused on mastering these skills and is always moving forward to do more and more all through his trance music mixing, track selection and his love for blending several music genres in one mix.

He has recently created the NighMusic mix series where he blends the special selection of the latest music, and creates as well an album cover for each. The music continues to inspire him, to move him forward and to shape his times as he continues to grow with the music in his blood…

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Keep yourself up to date with the latest music mixes from all music genres!!

Top 50 Twitter Topics of the Year

Presented here is a list compiled by "What The Trend". But I encourage you to check out the heavily annotated list, which appears on What the Trend's site here (some adjustments in ranking may occur today and through the end of 2009, as the list remains dynamic).

1. #iranelection
2. #musicmonday
3. Michael Jackson
4. Google Wave
5. New Moon
6. Follow Friday
7. Halloween
8. Paranormal Activity
9. Harry Potter
10. TGIF
11. BBC
12. BBQ
13. Swine Flu
14. District 9
15. Susan Boyle
16. Star Trek
17. Snow Leopard
18. Lakers
19. #SxSW
20. American Idol
21. Glee
22. Adam Lambert
23. Easter
24. Watchmen
25. True Blood
26. Dollhouse
27. #openwebawards
28. Goodmorning
29. Lady GaGa
30. Kobe
32. Nfl
34. Wolverine
35. CNN
36. AIG
37. Bruno
38. Thanksgiving
39. Oprah
40. Mexico
42. Chris Brown
43. SNL
44. Palm Pre
46. Paris
47. California
48. Transformers 2
49. MW2
50. CES

Attention grabbing, lovely treatment, right on target. Simple, effective and emotional, love it!

Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media

Shereen El Feki: Pop culture in the Arab world

Women with emotional intelligence have better sex lives

Women blessed with “emotional intelligence”  – the ability to express their feelings and read those of others – have better sex lives, research shows.

Those most in touch with their feelings have twice as many orgasms as inhibited sorts, the study found.
The finding could lead to new ways of counselling the 40 per cent of women who find it difficult or impossible to enjoy sex fully.
Researcher Tim Spector of King’s College London said there were definite advantages to being a touchy-feely type.

“These findings show that emotional intelligence is an advantage in many aspects of your life, including the bedroom,” he said.

Professor Spector questioned more than 2,000 female twins, aged between 18 and 83, about their sex lives.
They were asked to rate their ability to reach orgasm on a seven-point scale, ranging from “never” to “always”.
They also filled in a questionnaire designed to gauge their emotional intelligence and covering traits such as self expression, empathy and contentment.
Those most in touch with their feelings had the most orgasms, the Journal of Sexual Medicine reports.
Lead author, psychologist Andrea Burri, also of King’s College, London, said: “Emotional intelligence seems to have a direct impact on women’s sexual functioning by influencing her ability to communicate her sexual expectations and desires to her partner.’”

Emotional intelligence may also make it easier for women to fantasise while in the bedroom.
Relationship expert Dr Pam Spurr said it was difficult, but not impossible, for women to lose their inhibitions.
Dr Spurr, whose books include Sizzling Sex and Fabulous Foreplay, said: ‘It is not easy, the way we express ourselves is very habitual and affects our relationships and sexual relationships.
‘It is not about waving a magic wand, it takes someone who is committed to learning new ways of communicating, to being open to intimacy and to putting their emotional self out there.”
Other research has concluded that foreplay adds little to a woman’s overall enjoyment of sex.
The main event itself is far more important, the study found. The recent finding contradicts traditional bedroom etiquette, which dictates that men must take it slow.
More than 2,300 women were quizzed about their sex lives for the study, with questions covering the division of time between foreplay and intercourse, and how often the women had an orgasm.
“In contrast to the assumptions of many sex therapists and educators, more attention should be given to improve quality and duration of intercourse rather than foreplay,” the Scottish and Czech Republic researchers stated.

The first edition of Curious magazine is out now!

In this pdf file, a selection of photos, illustrations, website design, identity...etc
a selection of interesting work for designers and graphic enthusiasts.

Curious Magazine will be a monthly publication.
Feel free to forward and share with friends, designers, and interested people.

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The 4 ways sound affects us

NightMusic: Propulsion

Click on the play button to listen and enjoy my latest mix:

01- Timmy & Tommy - Ascension (Original Mix)
02- Dyor - Positive Day (Progressive Dub Mix)
03- Estiva - Lifting Leaves (Original Mix)
04- Cosmic Gate feat. Aruna - Under Your Spell (Duderstadt remix)... Read More
05- Estiva - I Feel Fine (Piano Mix)
06- Kyau & Albert - I love You (Cosmic Gate Remix)
07- Dash Berlin feat. Idaho - To Be The One
08- Lange pres. Firewall - Wanderlust
09- Akira Kayosa - Sunrise Over Sendai (Suncatcher Remix)
10- Zirenz vs Saint Rush - Shine On Me (Ayana Vocal Mix)
11- Filo And Peri feat. Aruna - Ashley (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
12- Akesson - Flavour Park
13- Jon O Callaghan feat. Josie - Out Of Nowhere (Stoneface and Terminal Remix)
14- Gaia - Tuvan (Andy Blueman Remix)
15- Paul Webster feat. Amanda - Time (Sean Tyas Remix)
16- Vengeance - Dawn Of The Uprising (Denga vs. Manus Mix)

The rapid evolution of Mankind (orgami)

AXA_EVOLUTION from TronicStudio on Vimeo.
A commercial for the insurance company AXA, directed and animated by Tronic. “The spot highlights the rapid evolution of mankind by showcasing an origami man transforming himself into some of the most important inventions throughout history” description of project by Tronic studio.

30 ways for better days

You don’t like your life? Change it! Change your life for the better! Don’t have any clue on how to do it? Here’s a list of a few ways you can try to help you out get the best out of your life...

1. Accept Your Mistakes

You’re human. We, humans, are making mistakes. Accept what you did wrong and try to do better next time. No need to punish yourself forever. In fact, accepting your mistakes is the only way to make them disappear.

2. Build Self Discipline

Don’t wait for other people to impose discipline on you. Start early. Create your own discipline. Although it sounds a little bit harsh, self discipline is a facilitator for many things in your life. It’s hard to get but great to have.

3. Make New Friends

Reach out. Don’t be afraid. Establish new contacts. The worst thing that may happen to you is to be rejected. Well, if that’s the case, move on. The reward of having true, long-lasting friendship is worth all the potential rejection.

4. Strengthen Your Strengths

Sometimes we focus too much on trying to strengthen our weaknesses when we should be concentrating on strengthening our strengths.

5. Laugh More Often

Watch comedies, read comics. Throw away that ugly seriousness form your face. Laughing is a safety valve for your stress relief mechanism. It actually let it out from your body in bursts. And while you’re laughing you can still learn new stuff, like personal development lessons from Dumbo.

6. Take A Risk

Life would be boring without ever having taken a risk in your life. Do something that you didn’t want to do because you thought you wouldn’t be any good at it. This totally smashes the boundaries of your comfort zone and your life could change forever. Read This Post by Robin Easton

7. Risk Embarrassment

Imagine if you had seen the person of your dreams on a bus, or at the store and you didn’t do anything about it how much would you kick yourself. If this happens to you, do something about it, don’t keep it hidden. Just say to them you thought you would come over and say how attractive they looked and felt you had to tell them. You never know what will happen and how much your life could be changed. Obviously don’t turn into a weirdo and do it with every good looking person on the street.

8. Create A Custom Environment

You can’t be motivated if you work in an environment which does not represent you. Make changes, adjust, improve. Doesn’t matter if it’s about your job office or your home. Whatever the space you work in, make it yours somehow, that will lower your unconscious adaptation efforts and you’ll have more time dedicated to the actual tasks.

9. Write Clear Goals

Most of the time that translates to actually write down your goals, you already have them clear in your mind. But take them out of your mind, put them in a trusted system and move on. Your mind works better when it knows what it has to do not when it spends time figuring what it has to do.

10. Exercise Satisfaction

Once you finished some task, reward yourself. Give yourself a prize. No need to be a huge one, but just enough to create the habit. Look forward to it while you’re working, wait for it, praise for it. In time you’ll become addicted to this fulfillment satisfaction and you won’t stop until you reach it.

11. Accept Failure

As part of the game. Failure, like success, is just a result of your actions, nothing more. One of the biggest motivation enemies is fear of failure. Fear that your outcome will turn bad. Accept it. It may turn bad, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you’re doing. Give your best and hope for the best.

12. Use Affirmations

Like writing down your intentions, your goals, your current status. Affirmations are a very powerful tool, hugely underrated. People find it awkward to write self-directed messages and read them out loud. News flash: you’re doing this all the time, unconsciously. So why not doing it consciously? Start with a morning phrase.

13. Look For Positive People

Sadness, whining and complaining doesn’t play well with motivation. On the contrary. But positive, optimistic, energetic people will always shift your vibration in the right direction. Search them, find them and become their friend. Sometimes all you need to get motivated is to be surrounded by shiny happy people.

14. Difficulty Is Part Of The Game

Learn to work under pressure. Some things are more difficult than other. Accept that fact and focus on doing what you have to do not on your feelings of dissatisfaction. Difficulty is often what makes things worth doing. No sweat, no glory. Whenever I feel something is going to be tough, I’m usually more motivated to do it. The reward will be higher.

15. Create Personal Challenges

Personal challenges are short term goals, usually from 15 to 90 days. Like starting to exercise, or creating a habit from scratch in 15 days. Using personal challenges strengthen your inner power the same way exercising is strengthening your muscles. The more you do, the more motivated you feel to do even more.

16. Ignore The Unimportant

Learning to ignore is a fantastic lesson. Much more rewarding that you think. There must be an art of ignoring and they should teach it in universities. Spanning your focus in so many areas will only weaken you. Ignoring what’s unimportant will free up energy and help you stay focused and productive.

17. Use Affirmations

Like writing down your intentions, your goals, your current status. Affirmations are a very powerful tool, hugely underrated. People find it awkward to write self-directed messages and read them out loud. News flash: you’re doing this all the time, unconsciously. So why not doing it consciously?

18. Play Games

Impersonate people. Imitate animals. Pretend you’re Sindbad the Sailor. Playing challenging games will relax your mind and at the same time will gather more resources from secret sources. A good motivation is always blended with joy.

19. Say “No”

Say “no” to distractions, to trolls, to depression. Exercising “no”’s is liberating. Too often too many commitments are making your life a continuous chore. Limit your promises and only get into things you really want to finish. Once you do that, go to a mirror, smile and start to politely exercise your “no”’s.

20. Look For Positive People

Sadness, whining and complaining doesn’t play well with motivation. On the contrary. But positive, optimistic, energetic people will always shift your vibration in the right direction. Search them, find them and become their friend. Sometimes all you need to get motivated is to be surrounded by shiny happy people.

21. Chose Positive Motivation

Whenever you lock in your motivation, do your best to keep it on the positive side, which is rooted in service. As opposed to the negative motivation, which is basically rooted in fear. Negative motivation works just the same, only it lasts significantly less than positive motivation.

22. Put On Some Good Music

Just let it there, floating around, don’t turn the volume knob. Just enough to recreate a pleasant atmosphere. Music speaks to areas you can’t control with logical tools, yet is so powerful that can completely shift your mood in a second. The only thing better than silence is good music.

23. Forgive Behavior

The way we behave doesn’t necessarily reflect our true thoughts. Remember this when someone acts out of character and behaves in a way you don’t approve of.

24. Allow Yourself To Be A Lazy Git

We are so used to filling our time with useful things to do and being productive we have forgotten the art of laziness. Being lazy is good every ONCE IN A WHILE and it allows our mind to slow down and relax.

25. Change Your Thinking Style

If something is not working out, try and change your thinking style and come at it from another angle. This is true of everything in life.

26. Drink Coffee And Tea

Despite evidence to the contrary coffee and tea have been shown to help the brain. Antioxidants and/or caffeine may help fight the onset of Alzheimer’s by 30-60% drinking 30 cups a day is obviously not good but 3-5 cups per day is okay.

27. Learn To Ignore

I think they should be teaching this one in schools. We’re so focused on so many topics and think we have to do so many stuff, that our life is literally clogged with stuff. It’s good to do stuff, but learning to ignore stuff is much better.

28. Build Different Skills

Don’t stop learning. Don’t remain stuck in a single career, it’s boring and limiting. Learn different skills, possibly from completely unrelated fields. You never know when life will ask you to use them. Besides, it’s a lot of fun.

29. Forgive Somebody Out Of The Blue

Don’t hold that grudge for that past insult. Grudges are heavy and tend to make the take off for a new life a little bit difficult. The longer you hold that grudge, the more difficult the take off will be. Forgiveness will lift you off.

30. Stop Solving The Wrong Problems

You are not here to witness the bad things in your life. Nor the performance in itself. You are here to enjoy a journey. To become aware, To grow. So, stop solving the wrong problem and focus on what really matters.

*do comment, your ideas & thoughts are much appreciated

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Curious Magazine (Pre-release Edition)

I recently started a new design inspiration and showcase magazine called Curious. This is the first trial version. From this on, every month expect a new edition with cool designs, pictures, typefaces and more!

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This Cat Betrayed His Girlfriend (HILARIOUS!!)

Neuforma Motion Identity

NEUFORMA FONT #HFT002 IDENT from HypeForType on Vimeo.

10 Bizarre Occupations

There are many jobs to be had out in this vast world of ours, but there are some bizarre, odd, and weird jobs out there that some people would never consider doing or have even heard of. Maybe these jobs are for you and maybe they aren’t, but you can be the judge.

Ant Picker
An ant picker has the privilege of digging up ants, in order, to place then into the plastic ant farms that kids love.

Brain Picker
A brain picker is the person in a slaughterhouse that will place an animal’s head on either a table or a hook. They will split the skull and pick out every part of the brain.

Odor Judger
This job consists of smelling the armpits of volunteers all day long to determine whether or not a deodorant works.

Chicken Sexer
The person with this job gets to sort out the baby chicks. Once they have determined of the chicks are male or female they will separate them and place them on the proper nutritional track, so that they can fulfill their lives for commercial purposes.

Wrinkle Chaser
A wrinkle chaser is the person that will iron out the wrinkles in shoes that are being made. They do this so that the shoes are smooth when you purchase them.

A boner inserts either bones or a steel piece; also know as a stay, into the prepared openings of a woman’s under garments. The garments that include the stays are a brassiere or a corset.

Celluloid Trimmer
The person with this job has to shave down a golf club and then ass the celluloid bands to the golf club. This process will help the leather hand grips to stay in place.

Egg Smeller
This person will break open an egg and smell it on order to determine if it has been spoiled.

Pillowcase Turner
A pillowcase turner will take a fresh made pillowcase and turn it right side out. Then, they will stretch the material to remove all the wrinkles.

A cowpuncher will herd, castrate, and brand cattle. When these things are finished, then you will move onto repairing fences, watering troughs, and doing other maintenance jobs on the ranch become your work.

Why Guys Like Girls

Here’s a few reasons why guys like girls… just found some of it somewhere, edited a few and here it is. Seems a fitting time to post it.
[dedicated to a one time special someone]

1. They will always smell good even if its just shampoo
2. The way their heads always find the right spot on our shoulder
3. How cute they look when they sleep
4. The ease in which they fit into our arms
5. The way they kiss you and all of a sudden everything is right in the world
6. How cute they are when they eat
7. The way they take hours to get dressed but in the end makes it all worth while
8. Because they are always warm even when its minus 30 out side
9. The way they look good no matter what they wear
10. The way they fish for compliments even though you both know that you think she’s the most beautiful thing on this earth
11. How cute they are when they argue
12. The way her hand always finds yours
13. The way they smile
14. The way you feel when you see their name on the call ID after you just had a big fight
15. The way she says “lets not fight anymore” even though you know that an hour later you will be arguing about something
16. The way they kiss when you do something nice for them
17. The way they kiss you when you say “I love you’
18. Actually … just the way they kiss you…
19. The way they fall into your arms when they cry
20. Then the way they apologize for crying over something that silly
21. The way they hit you and expect it to hurt
22. Then the way they apologize when it does hurt . (even though we don’t admit it)!
23. The way they say “I miss you”
24. The way you miss them
25. The way their tears make you want to change the world so that it doesn’t hurt her anymore…..

Yet regardless if you love them, hate them, wish they would die or know that you would die without them … it doesn't matter.

Because once in your life, whatever they were to the world they become everything to you. When you look them in the eyes, traveling to the depths of their souls and you say a million things without trace of a sound, you know that your own life is inevitably consumed within the rhythmic beatings of her very heart. We love them for a million reasons, No paper would do it justice. It is a thing not of the mind but of the heart.

The power of Time off

NightMusic: Evolution

Fueled With Passion, Both Caught Greatness

coca-cola and condoms?!?! what's that all about!?

It is rumored that in many third world countries, a popular contraceptive is Coca-Cola. It seems that the drink is very acidic and when used as a douche, it annihilates everything in its path. Pow! Zap! Wham! Harvard University actually did a scientific study of this and confirmed that it works. Should you ever decide to use this method (I hope you are very desperate if you do), be aware that Diet Coke is better than Classic Coke.

On of the earliest methods for birth control was devised by the ancient Chinese. Women inserted Quicksilver (mercury) to abort the fetus. Worked well, but I'll venture a guess that the women died at a young age.
Later the ancient Egyptians came up with a safer method - honey was mixed with crocodile dung. The acidity of the dung killed the sperm.
The ancient Romans had a very effective method. Women were instructed to jump, cough, and sneeze immediately after intercourse!
Ancient Greeks told women to scoop out the seeds of a pomegranate half and insert it as a cervical cap.

We come now to the condom....So who did invent it?

A man famous for a part of the woman's anatomy - Gabriel Fallopius (you can fill in what he is honored for). In the mid 1500's, he designed a medicated sheath to go over the tip of the penis and under the foreskin. It was held on by a pink ribbon so that it would appeal to women.

He was then forced to design one for the circumcised guys - a standard of eight inches (The average man must have been bigger back in those days). It was tested on over 1000 men with overwhelming success.
One would guess that they were trying to prevent pregnancy, but that was the woman's problem in those days. They were actually used to prevent the spread of venereal diseases, syphilis in particular. Men hated them, and gave them the name overcoats.

About 100 years later, England's King Charles II requested his physician, the Earl of Condom, to devise something to protect him from syphilis. He came up with an oiled sheath made from sheep intestine. No one is really sure if he knew about Fallopius' contraption. Soon all the noblemen were using them.

The problem? They reused them (yeah...yuk) without washing them (double yuk). Therefore, they still ended up getting that dreaded disease.
The modern rubber was invented in 1870, but was not the thin latex type we see today. Those were developed in the 1930's.

Ready-Made Greatness

Michelangelo was asked how he created his masterpieces. He replied that he simply saw the works of art embedded within the slabs of marble and then set about chipping away at everything that wasn't of that work of art. Which brings me to you. And your ready-made-greatness.

Just maybe your job is not to become someone other than who you currently are. Just maybe, the Main Aim is to access and remember and reconnect with the best that already resides within you. In this very moment. Right here. Right now. And how can you recall your personal greatness?
By starting the process of chipping away everything that is not truly you. The fears you have picked up. The limiting beliefs you have accumulated.
The false assumptions that divorce you from your most authentic - and staggeringly brilliant - self.

Self-remembering (and personal leadership) is a journey. Took you many years to forget the personal greatness that you once knew as a kid (before the disappointments and negativity of the world began to blind you to the truth of your bigness). You may have been thinking you have been designed for mediocrity for 30 or 40 or 50 years. So that reconnection with your best won't happen in a week. But chip away - bit by bit- at everything that is not that work of art - day by day. You know that small, daily improvements stack into massive results over time (that idea just might transform your life so please let it settle in).

The difference between a remarkable life and a mediocre one is not nearly as large as you might imagine. Nope, we all pretty much start out with the same raw stuff. Most of us are cut from the same cloth. We all can be a hero if we choose. And it just isn't that hard. Greatness comes by doing a few small and smart things each and every day. Comes from taking little steps, consistently. Comes from a making a few small chips against everything in your professional and personal life that is ordinary, so that a day eventually arrives when all that's left is The Extraordinary. Just something to think about. From a man who wants you to shine.

A Must See Documentary

Brain In Love


Ideas Are Worthless

Controversial title? Well maybe. But I think it's true. I've heard so many gurus say that ideas are the currency of success and thinking drives the New Economy and we become what we consider all day long. But, to me, creating an idea in your mind will not get it into an actual reality. Ideas without the proper execution are just mere thinking processes with nowhere to go. Its just delusion. In other words, an idea - no matter how big - only assumes value when it's acted upon and brought to life.

This world is full of great thinkers who never realized their greatness. They were strong on the thinking piece but weak on the execution side. And they suffered as a result of that constraint. World-class people get both right. They are superb strategically and brilliant tactically. Really creative and really good at getting things done.

So jump start your commitment around execution. Yes, capture your ideas and bask in the glow of a brilliant thought. And then reach deep into your inner power and have the discipline to do whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. This will accelerate the processes that will get that idea on the road to you and to reality. It is in fact when the idea starts getting executed that it gets even stronger in the mind as concrete evidence of its existence start showing up for real. This builds excitement and pleasure in the execution. So why be sacred? I have no idea...

Do New Things

Human beings crave control-just the way we are. A survival mechanism that goes right back to the days when we lived in caves. We need certainty and anything less makes us uncomfortable. But leadership of your life and work is all about visiting your discomfort. It's about running,not so far away from the things that intimidate and frighten you. And leadership in life is about trying new things.

It's so easy to eat the same food each day. But if you don't try new foods, you just might miss out on your new favorite dish (think about that one for a moment). It's easy to associate with the same people and have the same conversations each day. Look around you for examples of people doing just the same as you. Its so common to start of our days on "common grounds" and take it off from there, and while our minds are imagining some new adventures in our thoughts, pretty much the same is going on in the filed. But if you don't expand your community, you just might miss out on meeting your new best friend when this relates to the people you interact with.
It's so easy to do the same things at work each day. But if you don't stretch, you just might miss out on an achievement that will flood you will a sense of confidence and fulfillment that will be the start of a whole new world of work showing up. And this goes along in much of life's situations! I've talked a lot about the "stretching principle" with a friend of mine, a girl who was going through some challenges at a certain time, its all in the stretching out starting with a smile. I can never forget how this simple word would ease things out for her and she would smile, breathe and move along. Which got her to where she is now, happily enjoying her ride through life, although challenges keep coming, she knows she will get to her aspirations and dreams at some point or another, and that is very much the way to go.

So I invite you to use each day as a platform for filling your life with more adventure, passion and energy by injecting more new things into it. Listen to whatever African tribal music if you usually listen to Bach. Eat Malaysian food if you usually do meat and potatoes. Get out of the usual shell that keeps you away from spectacular surprises. Life is filled with surprises just around the corner, and there is always good in everything if you look closely.

It's a big, interesting world out there. And it's yours for the taking.

listen to my mix NightMusic: Escape (click on title to download as well)

Gateways to a Beautiful Life

1. The main work of every human being is inner work. Each day, do something significant to deepen yourself. To have more of the life that you truly want, you must first become more of who you truly are.

2. See your life as a fantastic growth school. Everything that you experience, both good and challenging, has come to you to teach you the lesson that you most needed to learn at that particular stage of your evolution as a person. Understand this truth, and keep asking yourself, “What opportunity does this person or situation represent” in terms of your personal growth. This is a great source of inner peace.

3. Be true to yourself—the best life is the authentic life. Never betray yourself. Take off your social mask and have the personal bravery to present the real you to the world. The world will be richer for it.

4. Remember that we collect what we project. Our outer lives are nothing more than a mirror image of our inner lives. Pour light on your dark side. Become aware of the false assumptions, limiting beliefs, and fears that are keeping you small, and your exterior world will change.

5. We see the world not as it is but as we are. Know that the truth in any given circumstance is filtered through your personal stained glass window—your personal context. Clean up the windows, and you’ll clean up your life. Then you’ll see the truth.

6. Live in your heart—its wisdom never lies. Follow the quiet promptings of your heart, and you’ll be led in the direction of your destiny.

7. Stand in the curiosity of your life. In surrendering control, you’ll create a space for possibilities to enter and treasures to flow.

8. Care for yourself. Do something each day to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. These are essential acts of self-respect and self-love.

9. Build human connections. Dedicate yourself to deepening your bonds with the people around you. Focus on helping others achieve their dreams, and be more concerned with selfless service rather than self-gratification. You’re here to enrich this world, and you betray yourself once you forget this truth.

10. Leave a legacy. The deepest longing of the human heart is the need to live for a cause greater than oneself.

Excerpts by Robin Sharma

One thing I can honestly say with all my heart: what a glorious time to be alive!

Come Back To Me

You say you gotta go and find yourself
You say that you’re becoming someone else
Don’t recognize the face in the mirror looking back at you

You say you’re leaving as you look away
I know there’s really nothing left to say
Just know I’m here whenever you need me
I’ll wait for you

So I’ll let you go
I’ll set you free
And when you see what you need to see
When you find you
Come back to me

Take your time I won’t go anywhere
Picture you with the wind in your hair
I’ll keep your things right where you left them
I’ll be here for you

Oh and I’ll let you go
I’ll set you free
And when you see what you need to see
When you find you
Come back to me

And I hope you find everything that you need
I’ll be right here waiting to see
You find you come back to me

I can’t get close if your not there
I can’t get inside if there’s no soul to bear
I can’t fix you
I can’t save you
It’s something you have to do ouuuh

So I’ll let you go
I’ll set you free
And when you see what you need to see
When you find you
Come back to me

So I’ll let you go
I’ll set you free
And when you see what you need to see
When you find you
Come back to me
And I hope you find everything that you need
I’ll be right here waiting to see
You find you
Come back to me

When you find you come back to me

Face The Music

It's a glimpse of heaven,I want it inside,Of me,

There are no words to describe,it's a painting, it's a poem
It's breathing life.And the sun is a search light in the sky,Seeing, finding,
Everything,It's touching life.

Looking through the window of clouds,I see a glimpse of heaven,
and it's so beautiful,I want it.
Looking through the window of clouds,
I see a glimpse of heaven,and it's so beautiful,
That I want it inside of me,Of me,I want it

Imagine the silence of life,
Full of texture, full of colour,Starry lights,
As the moon suspending in my night,
Seeing, finding,everything,
It's breathing life, it's breathing life,
It's breathing life. Touching life

Its so beautiful

Here I am,
Starting over,Once again,
I lost my place,the edges frayed,
The story ended
It's still so hard to face

I wana cry on your shoulder,
But I'll smile,and try to find my way

seasons come and go,nothing lasts forever
were all on borrowed time and love's not set in stone
but life is now or never you and I can make the world our own

here we are,pushing forward, pulled apart
and turned around, the ties untied
the world wide open, the ever after here and now

I wana cry,on your shoulder,
But I'll smile, I know I'll feel okay

seasons come and go, nothing lasts forever
were all on borrowed time
and love's not set in stone
but life is now or never
you and I can make the world our own

Now's our time to shine, the time to stand up tall,
We can have it all, all the stars realigned,
Every ending turned around,
'cause it's our time, Starting now

You give your hand to me and then you say, "Hello."
And I can hardly speak, my heart is beating so.
And anyone can tell You think you know me well.
Well, you don't know me. No you don't know me.

No you don't know the one Who dreams of you at night;
And longs to kiss your lips and longs to hold you tight
Oh I'm just a friend.That's all I've ever been.
Cause you don't know me.

For I never knew the art of making love, though my heart aches with love for you.
Afraid and shy, I let my chance go by. A chance that you might love me too.

You give your hand to me, and then you say, "Goodbye."
I watched you walk away,beside the lucky guy
Oh, you'll never ever know the one who loved you so.
Well, you don't know me, though my heart aches with love for you.
Afraid and shy, I let my chance go by.
A chance that you might love me too.

Oh, you give your hand to me,
And then you say, "Goodbye."
I watched you walk away, beside the lucky guy
Oh, you'll never ever know the one who loved you so.
Well, you don't know me.

Problems Reveal Genius

Problems are servants. They help you grow and lead to better things, both within your organization and in your life. To resist them is to avoid growth and progress. Embrace and get the best from the challenges in front of you. And understand that the only people with no problems are dead.

An unhappy customer yelling at you might seem like a problem. But to a person thinking like a leader, that scenario is also an opportunity to improve the organization's processes to ensure that doesn't happen again. So the problem has actually helped to improve the company.

An interpersonal conflict at work can seem like a problem. But if you think like a leader and use the circumstance to build understanding, promote communication and enrich the relationship, the problem has actually made you better. It has been fodder for your growth and served you nicely.

An illness or a divorce or the loss of a loved one might seem like a problem. Sure it's painful (been there, done that). But I've been shaped by my saddest experiences. They've brought me depth, compassion and wisdom. They've made me the man that I am. I wouldn't trade them for the world.

Problems reveal genius. World-class organizations have a culture that sees problems as opportunities for improvement. A mistake is only a mistake if you make it twice. And world-class human beings use their stumbling blocks as stepping stones. They use their failures to bring them closer to success. They don't see problems. They see possibilities. And that's what makes them great.


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The Importance of Being Remarkable

Your expectations for yourself - and your life - become self fulfilling prophecies. What you intend shapes what you become. So make a commitment, today, to be remarkable.

Live full out. Vow to be brilliant at your work. Devote to getting into world-class health. Take positive risks to grow into your greatness. Love like there's no tomorrow. And enjoy every moment.

Life's an incredible adventure. Tons of highs - lots of lows. But all of it - is precious. Gorgeous. And designed with your best interests in mind. So embrace it all.

Why Be Great?

Sure it takes effort/discipline and gigantic focus to get to world-class (and live your greatest life). Sure leadership is about doing what's right versus easy. And I agree that success requires sacrifices. So why do it? Because it'll make you feel good. Which makes it all worth it.

The big idea: playing below your potential makes you feel bad about yourself. Operating below your potential diminishes your self-respect. Limiting what you can do/be/have sucks the energy out of your spirit and knocks the passion out of your heart.

Climbing your personal and professional mountaintop makes you feel good about yourself. Boost your self-respect. Heighten your self-image. Fills you with energy and faith. And joy.

Achievement and getting superb things done with the gifts that are within you is one of the best ways to fill your life with more happiness. Being great - even when it's not easy to do so - is a brilliant move. That yields handsome rewards. Always.

Simple Tactics for Great Relationship

Any good psychologist will tell you that one of the deepest needs of a human being is the need to belong. We are happiest when we feel connected to others-when we are part of a community. Top performers in business make it a priority to build relationships with their teammates and their customers. Connecting with the people who surround them is not seen as a waste of time to the best, it is an exquisitely wise use of their time.

As a leadership development expert, Robin Sharma works with his corporate clients to build cultures where people and relationships come first. This promotes communication, collaboration and strong results. When people feel appreciated, they shine.

Here are some deceptively simple ideas for building your human connections that have gotten people to a whole new level of performance:

#1. Be the most positive person you know

#2. Be candid. Speak truthfully.

#3. Be on time.

#4. Say please and thank you

#5. Underpromise and Overdeliver

#6. Leave people better than you found them

#7. Be Nice.

#8. Be a world-class listener

#9. Become wildly interested in other people

#10. Smile.

Your 4 Minute Mile

The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once observed: “most people take the limits of their vision to be the limits of the world. A few do not. Join them.” Profound point. The life you see this very moment isn't necessarily the life of your future. You might be viewing things through the eyes of your fears, limitations and false assumptions. Once you clean up the stained glass window you see the world through, guess what? A whole new set of possibilities appear. Remember, we see the world not as it is but as we are.

Years ago, it was believed that no human being could ever break the 4 minute mile barrier. But after Roger Bannister broke it, many more replicated his feat within weeks. Why? Because he showed people what was possible. And then armed with that belief, people did the impossible.

What's your “4 minute mile”? What bill of goods have you sold yourself as to what's impossible? What false assumptions are you making in terms of what you cannot have, do and be? Your thinking creates your reality. If you think something cannot occur in your life, then there's no way you will take the action required to make that goal a reality. Your “impossibility thinking” becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your perceived limitations become the chains that keep you from the greatness you were meant to be. And where's the leadership in that?

The Real Reason...

Giving space to each other is vital and love cannot flourish without it. When you have removed the two factors of destructive relationships: when the pain-body has been transmuted and you are no longer identified with mind and mental positions, and if your partner has done the same, you will experience the bliss flowering of a relationship. Instead of mirroring to each other your pain and your unconsciousness, instead of satisfying your mutual addictive ego needs, you will reflect back to each other the love that you feel deep within, the love that comes with the realization of your oneness with all that is. This is the love that has no opposite.

If your partner is still identified with the mind and the pain-body while you are already free, this will represent a major challenge, not to you but to your partner. It is not easy to live with an enlightened person; or rather it is easy that the ego finds it extremely threatening. Remember that the ego needs problems, conflict, and “enemies” to strengthen the sense of seperateness on which its identity depends. The unenlightened partner’s mind will be deeply frustrated because its fixed positions are not resisted, which means they will become shaky and weak, and there is even danger that they may collapse altogether, resulting in loss of self. The pain-body is demanding feedback and not getting it. The need for argument, drama, and conflict are not being met. Bet beware: some people who are unresponsive, withdrawn, insensitive or cut off from their feelings may think and try to convince others that they are enlightened or at least that there is “nothing wrong” with them and everything wrong with their partner.

If there isn’t an emanation of love and joy, complete presence and openness towards all beings, then that is not enlightenment. If your enlightenment is egoic self-delusion, then life will soon give you a challenge that will bring out your unconsciousness in whatever form- as fear, anger, defensiveness, judgement, depression, and so on.
When your partner behaves unconsciously, relinquish all judgment. Judgment is either to confuse someone’s unconscious behavior with who they are to project your own unconsciousness onto another person and mistake that for who they are.
To relinquish judgment does not mean that you do not recognize dysfunction and unconsciousness when you see it. It means “being the knowing” rather than “being the reaction” and the judge. You will then either be totally free of reaction or you may react and still be the knowing, the space in which the reaction is watched and allowed to be. Instead of fighting the darkness, you bring in the light. Instead of reacting to delusion, you see the delusion yet at the same time look through it. Being the knowing creates a clear space of loving presence that allows all things and all people to be as they are.

No greater catalyst for transformation exists. If you practice this, your partner cannot stay with you and remain unconscious.

If you both agree that the relationship will be your spiritual practice, so much the better. You can then express your thoughts and feelings to each other as soon as they occur, or as soon as a reaction comes up, so that you do not create a time gap in which an unexpressed or unacknowledged emotion or grievance can fester and grow. Learn to give expression to what you feel without blaming. Learn to listen to your partner in an open, non-defensive way.

Give your partner space for expressing himself or herself. Be present. If you observe unconscious behavior from your partner, hold it in the loving embrace of your knowing so that you won’t react. Unconsciousness and knowing cannot coexist for long. Love cannot flourish until you are permanently free of mind identification and your presence is intense enough to have dissolved the pain-body-or you can at least remain present as the watcher. The pain-body cannot then take you over and so become destructive of love.

Ten Rules For Being Human

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it's yours to keep for the entire period.
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, "life."
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately "work."
4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
5. Learning lessons does not end. There's no part of life that doesn't contain its lessons. If you're alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
6. "There" is no better a place than "here." When your "there" has become a "here", you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here."
7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life's questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
10. You will forget all this.

In the NOW

There is a vast difference between being "happy" and finding a genuine inner peace that "passes all understanding" to quote the book. Happiness is often confused for inner peace. The two are not the same. One can be having a miserable experience and still be at the core "at peace." You can be suffering through the loss of a loved one, career, belief or be in a health crisis an still have an inner peace. When you meet these unusual people, you remember them. The bottom line is tied directly to how one graciously accepts what is as opposed to demanding life be some other way for happiness to be. Happiness is that shallow and temporary fix one gets from stuff, position and comfort, while peace is that deep ability to not define the real self by such elusive qualities. Inner peace is the ability to say "is that so" when life does what it does and defeat the drama queen in all of us with presence.

Who’s to say what is good or bad? So often what seems so good turns out to make a miserable experience. What seems so bad turns into the greatest teacher and opportunity. Doors open to better ways of being or an opportunity that never would have come any other way.A "bad" experience can force one to let go of illusions, falsehoods and wrong concepts that will not serve one’s life experience. A "bad" experience can cause one to become more real, more humble, more compassionate and to possess an understanding . A bad experience, when viewed from the ego which is merely the mind’s false sense of the self can keep one frozen in time, bitter, angry and consumed with changing the unchangeable past. The ego is that unconscious and running mind that views itself as unique and separate from everything and everyone else. The ego views everyone and everything as a potential threat to itself and can only preserve itself with control, power, greed and attack. Ego runs and ruins organizations and sends governments off to commit genocide on those perceived as "them." All conflict is a battle of egos, and the need to be right. Give up the need to be right and you will have arrived at a state few attain to.

Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now sums it up nicely:

"When two or more egos come together, drama of some kind or another ensues. But even if you live totally alone, you still create your own drama. When you feel sorry for yourself, that’s drama. When you feel guilty or anxious , that’s drama. When you let the past or future obscure the present, you are creating .the stuff of which drama is made. Whenever you are not honoring the present moment by allowing it to be, you are creating drama."

"Most people are in love with their particular life drama. Their story IS their particular life drama. When you live with complete acceptance of what is, that is the end of all drama in your life. YOU CANNOT HAVE AN ARGUMENT WITH A FULLY CONSCIOUS PERSON."

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