13 November 2016

posted 12 Nov 2016, 22:39 by C S Paul

13 November 2016

Quotes to Inspire

  • It matters not what a person is born, but (whom) they choose to be." – J. K. Rowling
  • "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." – Frank A. Clark
  • "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home." – John Stuart Mill
  • "What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere." – Ovid, Roman poet
  • "A man may learn wisdom even from a foe." – Aristophanes
  • "The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward." – Igor Sikorsky
  • "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." – Albert Einstein
  • "Learn to differentiate between what is truly important and what can be dealt with at another time." – Mia Hamm, soccer champion
  • "Rudeness is a weak man's imitation of strength." – Eric Hoffer
  • "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." – Carl Jung
  • "Everyone wants to be appreciated. So if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret."– Mary Kay Ash,
  • "Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones." – Phillips Brooks
The Status Badge Game
By Dr. Anthony Fernando PhD.

In today’s materialistic society most of us have been conditioned to make snap judgments about a person’s level of success based on the ’status badges’ that they own and display.

These status badges include the sunglasses they own, the watch on their arm, the car they drive, the handbag they carry and the shoes they wear.

The big problem with this ‘Status Badge Game’ is that in an attempt to look successful to others, many people fall into the trap of purchasing status badges instead of managing their money wisely in order to achieve true financial independence.

One of the best decisions you can ever make for yourself and your family is to elect not to play the Status Badge Game.

Let’s take a look at an example that illustrates what this means in the real world.

Cameron was looking to purchase a new pair of sunglasses. After looking around the local shopping center he identified three options:

Status Example

Cameron began his decision making process by excluding the cheap sunglasses because they did not have a UV Rating and he was not prepared to compromise his health to save a few dollars.

The Oceangear glasses were sturdy, had the highest UV Protection Rating possible and came with a 1 year guarantee. To Cameron’s way of thinking these glasses represented good value for money.

The Monage glasses were also well made and had the highest UR Protection Rating. However, they were also $210.05 more expensive than the Oceangear glasses. Cameron realized that this difference in price was the cost of the ’status badge’ associated with wearing the Monage brand.

Since Cameron and his wife had decided not to play the Status Badge Game, he bought the Oceangear glasses and kept the $210.05 cost of the status badge in his bank account.

It’s important to note that deciding not to play the Status Badge Game is not about becoming a cheap miser who refuses to spend a cent.

Instead, it is about identifying items that represent good value for money without paying the large overheads necessary to accumulate high status badges. Always remember to:

“Shop For Value Not Status” 
- Dr. Anthony Fernando

By applying this simple financial philosophy to your personal items, your clothes, your car and your home you can save many thousands of dollars over your lifetime. You can then redirect this money into acquiring income producing assets and enjoying meaningful life experiences with the people you love.

So today I’d like to encourage you to see the Status Badge Game for what it really is – An elaborate conditioning process devised by savvy marketers attempting to maximize company profits.

As soon as you understand this and make the decision not to play the Status Badge Game, your whole perspective will shift. You will find yourself free of the burden of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ and will soon be on the path to achieving true financial freedom.

The Richest Man In The World
By Guy Finley 

There was once a small community of people who lived in a remote valley surrounded on all sides by huge, towering mountains. Although the mountains protected the township from the severe weather common to the area, they also prevented the residents from accessing fertile fields located nearby.

One day, a large earthquake jolted the area, and in the aftermath it was discovered that a path had opened up leading to those rich fields. Chaos ensued as individuals and families rushed to the area, hoping to claim the new land as their own.

Sensing a great opportunity for himself in the growing confusion as to ownership of these new lands, the city mayor, a wealthy, crooked, and cunning man, devised a plan. Through clever persuasion he convinced the town council that since these valleys now represented the most fertile land in the area, it only made sense that the wealthiest family should own them. After all, the mayor reasoned, surely the wisest among them would know the best way to divide up the new wealth. The town council, relieved just to have a plan for resolving the problem, agreed to the mayor's proposal.

The mayor knew quite well his own secret superior financial position, but he also knew that the residents would never take him just on his word. So he had a huge set of scales constructed in the town center, and then sent invitations to those people who wished to vie for the land. They were instructed to bring all their valuable possessions to the town center the next morning for a friendly competition to determine who was the wealthiest.

As the next day dawned, thirty families lined up at the scales, eagerly anticipating the start of the competition. Their carts brimmed with gold and silver coins, precious gems, and various other treasures. One by one, the townspeople poured their belongings on to one side of the giant scales. And one by one, weighing in against the mayor's riches, they saw their fortunes fail to tilt the scales in their favor.

As the competition was about to close, with his confidence and conceit reaching their peak, the mayor's glance happened to fall upon the "town fool" standing nearby. This man was a calm fellow, relatively small in stature, and well liked by the people who took the time to know him. With an evil grin the mayor called out, "Hey, Joseph, don't you want to be in the competition?"

"Uh . . . no," replied Joseph quietly.

"Oh come on, Joseph, come on. Bring your things up - come on, what have you got?"

"Nothing, really," replied Joseph.

"Well then, you get on the scale," the mayor scoffed. "Come on, you get up there and we'll see how far YOU tilt the scale!" And with this the crowd began to call upon Joseph to accept the challenge.

A man standing next to Joseph turned to him and said, "Go on, Joe, give them their fun. Besides," he winked, "you never know what might happen!"

So Joseph walked over and stepped on to the scales. The people gasped at what happened next. Joseph tilted them all the way to the ground! He outweighed the mayor's riches!

The townspeople looked on in utter disbelief, stunned into silence by what they saw. Their eyes widened and their mouths fell open as voices exclaimed, "Did that just...? Did you...? How... ? What in the world just happened?"

And the man who was Joseph's close friend said to those who could hear him, "The real wealth of a man is his character."

The Power of Words
-- By Author Unknown

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.

The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out.

When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?" The frog explained to them that he was practically deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

The moral of this story: Be careful of what you say. 
1. Encouraging words to people who are down can motivate them to achieve their goals. 
2. Destructive words to people who are down can have a devastating effect.

Consider this statement as it relates to Words...
"The Snow may look smooth and soft, but the rocks underneath are sharp!" 
-- Mark Russell
Phrase your words so they inspire and encourage, not hurt or destroy.

Blessings From Giving
-- By Author Unknown

Three young men were once given three kernels of corn apiece by a wise old sage, who admonished them to go out into the world, and use the corn to bring themselves good fortune.

The first young man put his three kernels of corn into a bowl of hot broth and ate them.

The second thought, I can do better than that, and he planted his three kernels of corn. Within a few months, he had three stalks of corn. He took the ears of corn from the stalks, boiled them, and had enough corn for three meals.

The third man said to himself, I can do better than that! He also planted his three kernels of corn, but when his three stalks of corn produced, he stripped one of the stalks and replanted all of the seeds in it, gave the second stalk of corn to a sweet maiden, and ate the third.

His one full stalk’s worth of replanted corn kernels gave him 200 stalks of corn! And the kernels of these he continued to replant, setting aside only a bare minimum to eat. He eventually planted a hundred acres of corn.With his fortune, he not only won the hand of the sweet maiden but purchased the land owned by the sweet maiden’s father. And he never hungered again.
It is possible to give freely to GOD and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything. The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:24-25

The more you give, the more you get. 
However that should NOT be the reason for your giving.

Women Over 40
-- By Author Unknown

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think.

If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it's usually something more interesting.

A woman over 40 knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom.

Few women past the age of 40 give a hoot what you might think about her or what she's doing.

Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated.

Women over 40 couldn't care less if you're attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won't betray her.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. They always know.

Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk or if you are acting like one! You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with women over 40.

Did You Know?
  • It is interesting to know that in the last 10,000 years, India never invaded any country. The name of the country “India” has derived from the Indus river.
  • When many cultures were only nomadic over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley known as Indus Valley Civilization.
  • There are 1,652 dialects and languages spoken in India. It is not at all unusual for an Indian to speak at least two and often more languages well.
  • Recognized languages: There are currently 22 recognized languages in India, with Standard Hindi and English being the standard languages.
  • A giraffe can run faster than a horse and go longer without water than a camel.
  • Crocodiles can't move their tongues.
  • Most wild birds live only 10% of their normal life span.
  • The pouch on a pelican's beak can hold up to 2 gallons of water.
  • Pigeons have three sets of eyelids.
  • A homing pigeon will not be able to find its way home if a magnet it attached to their neck.
    Just For Laughs

    Catholic Heart Attack

    A man suffered a serious heart attack and had open heart bypass surgery. 

    He wakened from the surgery to find himself in the care of nuns at a Catholic hospital As he was recovering, a nun asked him questions regarding how he would like to pay for his treatment. She asked if he had health insurance. 

    He replied, in a raspy voice, "No health insurance." 

    The nun asked if he had money in the bank. 

    He replied, "No money in the bank." 

    The nun asked, "Do you have a relative who could help you?" 

    He said, "I only have a spinster sister, who is a nun." 

    The nun became agitated and announced loudly, "Nuns are not spinsters! Nuns are married to God." 

    The patient replied, "Send the bill to my brother in law.