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Simple Ways to Make Bath Bombs

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Store purchased fizzies frequently contain compounds like Sodium Laureth Sulfate that’s a foaming agent. I could be very harsh on skin, however, so create your personal fizzies readily and prevent unnecessary ingredients such as this. Citric acid may be found on the internet readily, you will find two ranges and frequently providers are not apparent on which level they take. Ive found the finer tier labeled as ‘food grade’, ‘grade A’ and ‘Super Fine’ that this grade is favored, its simpler to make bath bombs however the coarser grade will probably be just fine also.

The recipe and instructions are fairly easy:

Dry ingredients:

1 piece corn starch

1/2 component Epsom Salt

Wet components:

2 1/2 T. oil

3/4 T. water

2-4tsp. fragrance

First off the dry ingredients and blend them well. Then blend the wet ingredients together into a jar or jar and shake well. Slowly drizzle the wet to the dry and mix thoroughly and quickly before it is going to maintain its shape such as moist sand does if you squeeze it into your hands. Here is actually the hardest aspect of earning bath fizzies, after a couple of attempts you’ll have the ability to identify just how much fluid you want to use. As soon as you’ve attained the moist sand consistency its own time to mould your bombs. The simplest way to do so is at a muffin pan, then simply package the mixture into the muffin pan, then wait for a few minutes and then turn them out quite carefully. If all of them crumble you have to package them utilize additional liquid. You are able to use these immediately but they’re best as soon as they’ve dried completely.

Making bath bombs are very easy to do, make yours today! and follow our link below for more complete easy guide on how to make bath bombs : https://ianschoice.com/ultimate-guide-make-bath-bombs-recipes/

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A Way to Speed It Up

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Using a hack for Virtual Families 2 certainly speeds things up a bit, although usually I’m fine with just following the pace of the game and enjoying it. I used to play all the loud, chaotic shoot ’em up games back when I was younger, but as I got older I developed a real appreciation for what they call sim games as well as idle games. These are games that essentially have no ending and that you play whenever you want over the course of years. Virtual Families is one of these types of games and a very good one at that.

In this game, you create characters who build homes and start raising families. Continue reading

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Finding Cheats for Forge of Empires

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There is nothing more fun than playing a game on the computer or on your smartphone. It can be a relaxing escape when you get home from work, or it can be a fun leisure task you do on your days off. Either way, it is an entertaining way to spend some of your free time. Forge of Empires is one of the more popular games. It is a game which allows you to build a city in the Stone Age, and progress through different time periods. You can find Forge of Empires cheat codes online as well, which can make the game more fun. There is some strategy involved to make the gameplay more fun and exciting.

Game cheats have been around for a long time. They allow the player to do one of two things. Continue reading

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Social Media Provides Quick Look into My Life and Business

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I recently spent a week in Florida visiting my brother, his wife and their two sons. My nephews are very into all things technical and love communicating with their friends via social media. While my brother had to spend a day of my visit finishing up a work project, I spent the time with my nephews learning that my Facebook account was lame and downloading Snapchat to share some of my vacation photos. I was worried about a snapchat password hack but my eldest nephew explained that my photos on Snapchat would be set to only be viewable for a few seconds and were not meant to be anything more than quick fun photos of what I was seeing in the world around me and nothing that I would feel uncomfortable or worried about posting.

After downloading the app and adding my nephews as friends, I received some photos from them that were silly and fun little glimpses into their personalities. Continue reading

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The Tree Was Costing Me Too Much Money

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When my sewer pipes were backed up, I hired a professional to come out and inspect my drains. The news he gave me was not good. There is an old tree about ten feet away from the pipes, and the roots were slowly overtaking it. I knew that I was going to have to take care of both issues, the one with the pipes as well as the tree itself. I contacted a company that does tree removal in Long Island, and they came out to give me a free estimate on what could be done.

I had been feeling bad about wanting to take the tree down in the first place, but I just could not afford to keep replacing the pipes since the roots were evidently strong. The good news, in a way, was that the tree was not as healthy as I had thought it was, so taking it down was actually the right thing to do anyway. They gave me the estimate on taking the tree down, including removing the stump and the roots, and it was a really good offer. Continue reading

Book Review, In the Neighborhood by Peter Lovenheim, Searching For Community One Sleepover at a Time

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Peter Lovenheim lives in an affluent Rochester, New York suburb. In February 2000, a murder-suicide involving a physician couple occurred in a house on his street. Two children ran from the house after 10 pm shouting that their father had killed their mother. No one in the neighborhood knew the family well, which had lived there for seven years. Lovenheim was bewildered how a street of 36 homes lacked a sense of community. He desired to know the people whose houses he passed each day, beyond their professions or number of children. He wanted to know the depth of their experience and their essence. Lovenheim knew from childhood sleepovers and summer house exchanges that waking in their beds, fixing meals in their kitchen and walking their neighborhoods provided insight conversation alone could not do. His mission would require a sleepover. Some residents declined; and yet, many said yes. In The Neighborhood: The Search For Community on An American Street One Sleepover At A Time, is Lovenheim’s near-decade experience to embrace his neighborhood.

Eighty-one-year-old Lou was the first resident to honor Lovenheim’s request to sleep overnight. Lou, a retired surgeon, lost Edie, his wife of 52 years, five years ago and misses her dearly. They raised six children who now live throughout the U.S. Lou welcomes Lovenheim’s company, as his schnauzer, Heidi is his only companion. Lovenheim accompanies Lou to the local Y where he exercises. There, his regular workout buddies laud Lou’s arrival. He appreciates their acclaim, reminding him of his popularity during his surgeon days. Yet, when he returns home to an empty house, as Lou says, “My life is zero.”

Forty-something Patti, lives just doors down from Lou and they’re unconnected. Patti, a radiologist, diagnosed her own aggressive form of breast cancer. She abandoned medicine to undergo chemotherapy. Lovenheim befriends Patti, a divorced mother of two pre-teen daughters. She too accepts his sleepover request. Lovenheim witnesses her health decline over time and helps whenever he can.

Grace, nearly 90, had walked Lovenheim’s neighborhood almost everyday for forty years without acknowledgment. She lived in a nearby town but chose to exercise among the Rochester suburb’s beautiful surroundings. Residents named her “The Walker” from afar. Lovenheim approached Grace during one of her strolls and explained his book project. She invited him to her apartment where he learned her fascinating background. She once lived in New York City and was an accomplished pianist and harpist. Once while walking, she fell. She crawled across the street back to her car and drove herself to the emergency room. Lovenheim questions if a place where an elderly woman falls and is unattended to can fairly be called a “neighborhood.”

Married couple, Deb 32, and Doug, 42 represent the younger faces of Lovenheim’s street. Lovenheim spends the night and senses a more self-sufficient couple. Both are on the fast track in corporate America, childless, and trying to conceive. They’re active members of the local country club. Deb tells Lovenheim she once needed vanilla for cookies and made Dave drive in a snowstorm to buy some. Ideally, he thought, she should have been able to borrow some from him as her neighbor.

Lovenheim rides with Brian, the newspaper deliveryman at 4:00 am to experience his street from a different perspective. He also walks along Postman Ralph’s delivery truck (Postal regulations prevent vehicle passengers) as he does his daily route. Ralph chronicles helping residents, including recognizing the signs of stroke in a customer and calling for help. Lovenheim believes Ralph knows more about his neighbors than they do: “I began to realize that in some ways he was a better neighbor to us than we were to each other.”

Lovenheim validates his neighboring efforts by introducing Patti to Lou. Lou welcomes the opportunity to drive Patti to her doctor’s appointments; making him feel needed. Lovenheim borrows sidewalk salt from Deb; and she agrees to take Patti’s daughter to the skating rink as her health deteriorates. When Lovenheim’s romantic interest ends, he turns to Lou for comfort. They share breakfast almost daily for two weeks as Lovenheim readjusts. “That it would end up being me who would find shelter at a neighbor’s house is something that never occurred to me when I started my journey, yet there it was,” says Lovenheim.

Lovenheim deserves credit for taking on such an assertive project. He displayed immense patience as he befriended his neighbors for some time before requesting to sleepover. He faced rejections too by those weary of his intentions.

In an age of social media where we’re quick to boast 50,000+ Twitter “followers,” reading Lovenheim’s narrative poses the question: Do we in fact know our next door neighbor?

For thought-provoking questions about neighborhoods, view In The Neighborhood’s Reading Guide: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/rguides/us/in_the_neighborhood.html.

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Hair Loss No More Book Review

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Hair Loss No More author Jonathon E. Phillips is a leading hair loss analyst who has helped many people including celebrities and sports personalities to combat hair loss.

His extensive experience has enabled him to put together a 168 page ebook which provides a solid education in the way hair grows, why it stops growing, and a whole body approach to minimizing the effects of hair loss and promoting new hair growth.

Hair loss is suffered by millions of men and women the world over, hence, the insatiable appetite for trying anything that claims to stop hair loss and get hair to regrow. Therein lies the danger. This desperate mindset can lead many an unsuspecting consumer into parting with their money for very dubious hair loss remedies.

In Hair Loss No More the author approaches the subject of hair loss in 3 parts.

Part 1 provides an in-depth background of the hair growth mechanism and the main causes of hair loss in men and women.

An interesting section on hair shampoo gives a warning against alkaline based shampoos which can give the appearance of more body and volume but which actually are only of cosmetic value and in some cases they can even damage the hair.

Part 2 is the main section of the book introducing what the author terms a revolutionary Step-By-Step Hair Power Regimen.

Mr. Phillips firmly believes in controlling hair loss from within rather than hoping a magic potion or even a prescription drug will solve the problem. His reasoning makes much sense.

Proper attention to diet, nutrition, regular exercise, and proper breathing are all involved in making sure the scalp gets what it needs to supply the hair follicles responsible for hair growth.

Part 3 goes into detail on modern hair replacement techniques and procedures. If you have any questions about hair transplantation you will no doubt find the answers here.

Finally an Appendix section provides additional resources for keeping the body in a healthy condition with emphasis on coping with stress and learning how to relax.

I personally found the second section on the Hair Power Regimen very helpful. I practice the exercise program outlined in this book and it certainly does much for blood circulation and a general feeling of well-being.

As hair follicles rely on a healthy blood supply delivering the nutrients they need, it is crucial we do everything possible to make sure our diet supports healthy blood and we avoid a sedentary lifestyle and smoking which can have such an adverse impact on our circulatory system.

Background on Rogaine

One very interesting section in this book gives a detailed background to the launch of Rogaine, the hair growth medication approved by the FDA back in 1988. The sales of this drug have been nothing short of phenomenal making billions of dollars for the companies involved.

Not so well known is the fact that comments were made both by the pharmaceutical company representatives and doctors on the advisory board which appeared before the FDA to the effect that this was not a breakthrough medical discovery and the results vary greatly.

However, due to the public’s desperation for a remedy and the media spotlight on this product, sales continue to go through the roof. Mr. Phillips provides documentation to substantiate his observations. Certainly the product helps many with hair loss but be careful in how the results are interpreted and analyze closely the limitations.

In Conclusion

If you or a loved one are anxious about hair loss then this inexpensive downloadable ebook is certainly a worthy read.

It provides common sense, practical steps anyone can take to control hair loss and promote healthy hair growth without having to dip deep into the pocket. A welcome change indeed when it comes to the hair loss industry!

Title: Hair Loss No More

Author: Jonathon E. Phillips

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Please Don’t Just Do What I Tell You! (Book Review)

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By: Bob Nelson (2001)

ISBN 0-7868-6729-9

Book Price: $24.95

Management training and consulting

Bob Nelson, Ph.D., is the president of Nelson Motivation, Inc., a management training and consulting company. He has written numerous books on management and business skills, including the bestselling 1001 Ways series (1001 Ways to Reward Employees, 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, & 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work).

Address what needs to be done at work

In five parts Bob Nelson reveals what employees can do to address what needs to be done at work. He covers, thinking how things could be improved, turn needs into opportunities, develop options and a plan of action, don’t play games at work (Pt. 3); overcome fear, frustration, and failure (Pt. 4); realize your potential (Pt. 5), and more.

Doing more than just enough brings favor

Bob Nelson uses simple language and common sense rationale in his purposeful style. He notes that employees should “Always do what most needs to be done without waiting to be asked.” Straight forward advice works best.

Mr. Nelson provides actionable ideas along with corresponding benefits. He explains, “Whenever possible… Take on work, volunteer to help others, and ask to be on projects or teams created to address pressing problems… it will show that you are a person capable and eager to take on challenges… your worth to the organization will rise… “

Bob shares from his personal experiences, fortifying ideas with practical examples. While in a management meeting, discussing the termination of an employee, he asked, “Has the person ever been told that he could lose his job if he did not improve?” His question averted a lawsuit and pointed towards the need for clear expectations.

Blunt, concise language avoids ambiguity. Nelson, relays, “Come to work to do your job and do it well.” Also: “Every problem has a positive side and provides an opportunity to shine… Be a person of action… Take the initiative.”

Bob’s clear directions pinpoint common flaws in employee mentality. His mildly confrontational tone may provoke readers toward positive change. He asserts, “Take responsibility for yourself, for your actions, and, yes, for your inactions. Hold yourself accountable to your own standard-and have that be a higher standard… “

Enhance value and promotion potential

Bob Nelson shares insights to help employees enhance their value and promotion potential at work.

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Book Review – The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen

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Reading and editing for a living, I’ve waded through a lot of books. It’s been a long time since a book grabbed me, drew me into the story, and kept me turning pages. The Face of Death, by Cody McFadyen not only grabbed me, but it took me by the collar and dragged me across the pages, while keeping me on the edge of my seat.

Written in first person, from the point of view of our protagonist, Smoky Barret, a battered and beaten but not broken FBI special agent, the reader gets a glimpse inside Smoky’s head, listening in on her thoughts. There is a very intimate feeling to the relationship between reader and Smoky.

This book stumbles into Smoky’s life about a year after she lost her husband, daughter and good friend at the hands of a serial killer, and nearly lost her own life too. Left with the emotional and physical scars–ones on her face for all to see–Smoky is trying to pick up the pieces of her life while moving forward in her job and becoming mom to her dead friend’s now mute daughter, Bonnie.

Once the reader has a handle on Smoky’s world, Smoky is called to the scene of a crime, where a sixteen-year-old, blood-covered Sarah asks for her by name. Soon, the reader is pulled into a new story, third person from Sarah’s point of view, written by Sarah. The reader is exposed to it while Smoky reads it.

This back and forth between Smoky’s thoughts and Sarah’s story is skillfully woven through the pages of the book. Sarah has been targeted by a serial killer, who considers himself an ‘artist’ who is shaping and molding Sarah’s life as a work of art–A Ruined Life–by killing most everyone Sarah could possible love, and hurting or damaging those in her life he does not kill. For ten years, Sarah lives with the horror alone.

Smoky’s job is to outwit the ‘The Stranger’ in Sarah’s life, unveil the corruption and reasons ‘The Stranger’ is doing what he considers justice, and keep everyone Sarah knows and loves alive, and with any luck, sane too.

Packed with action, a bit of blood and gore, and plenty of suspense, there were only two things that bothered me about this book that will prevent it from getting a five star rating: 1) McFadyen has Smoky revealing in dialogue to other officers things even a rookie should know (likely for the sake of the reader). It interfered with my ability to suspend disbelief. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen often. 2) The scene in which The Stranger killed Sarah’s parents, and the manner in which The Stranger creates that scene, in my opinion, loses integrity. I simply cannot bring myself to believe Sarah’s mother would respond the way McFadyen, through Sarah, says she did.

The story ends with a small twist, ties up all loose ends skillfully, answers any questions the reader might have had while reading, and brings some humor and happiness back to story. No, it’s not a perfect happily-ever-after ending, but it’s real, honest… life.

The Face of Death, by Cody McFadyen left me wanting more, and I have already decided I will be reading and reviewing the next Smoky Barret book, The Darker Side. The Face of Death receives a 4 1/2 out of a possible five-star rating from this reviewer. Good book, highly recommended.

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Scott Alexander Book Review – Rhinoceros Success

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The book Rhinoceros Success is an excellent read. The whole book is illustrated true, factual, eye opening stories.

The amazing Authors of this book is Scott Alexander. Mr Alexander authored a set of Rhino books when he was twenty-three years old:Rhino Success, Advanced Rhinocerology and Rhinocerotic Relativity. These three books have sold in an excess of two million copies.

Mr Alexander is now a world wide renowned speaker. He has traveled world wide presenting his unique and humorous philosophy of success and motivation. During his career he has been involved in such diverse business as African Arts, fossils and music.

I was introduced to Mr Alexander at a major function in the year 2000. This book is one hundred twenty two pages packed with great information to guide you to the attitude you will need to succeed in owning your own business. Mr Alexander mixes serious points with hilarious humor to lighten things up.

I read this book in a matter of a few minutes well under an hour or so. By the time I was done, it explained a lot to me about Attitude and how to help others with theirs. As soon as I was done reading it the only thing on my mind was to somehow get myself in front of Mr Alexander to pick his brain even more and of course to sign my book.

Well in the covers of this book Rhinoceros Success you will find out things like: Rhino Training, How to be a Rhino in all aspects of your life and Be prepared for Rhino problems.

In the section Rhino Training you will find that it is all in your MIND. The most important ingredient of being an effective Rhino is your ATTITUDE. By fixing your attitude you will be able to declare that you are a Rhino. There are two sayings you should say to yourself: I am a Rhino!I have a Damn the torpedoes spirit! I am full of energy and can not wait to wake up in the morning to start charging! The second saying goes like this: I am successful owner(your business name) which has earned me a full time income and has helped(the number in your group) to succeed in business and in life. By repeating both of these sayings every morning trains your mind and puts your attitude right for the rest of the day.

In the chapter of How to be a Rhino inn all aspects of your life you will find there are six major areas of your life that will extremely benefit if you take on the Rhino Attitude and they are: Family,Financial,Work or Business, physically, socially and most of all Spiritually. Mr Alexander told us a joke to remind us that your a Rhino all the time not just when you take on special projects. The joke went something like this: “Do you know how to make Rhinos float? Root beer, one scoop of vanilla ice cream and one scoop of Rhino!”

In the last chapter I picked out is Be prepared for Rhino problems. Regardless who you are or how much money you have or do not have you will run into problems. The difference is with the way people handle problems that have a Rhino Attitude. Most problems that would stop other people in there tracks do not even phase a person with a Rhino Attitude. Rhino people attach the problem and do what ever it takes to work threw the problem and solve it and charge forward. As for the aspect of an Internet Marketer or any other business owner problems are a good sign. Problems are a sign of progress and your business is growing and moving forward. So as a Rhino you will have to get really good at solving problems.

In summary: This book is a must for every one’s library of business books. If you are looking to achieve more and have a better balance in all areas of your life this is a must read book to achieve the Rhino Attitude.

Just remember: We are all on a journey to achieve our life goals and dreams. Make sure while you are on that journey you are living life to the fullest and most of all having fun while you are doing it!

written by: Mark Wezyk

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A Book Review: Prisoner Of Hope

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In September, 1940, Jesse L. Miller, a twenty-year-old from Casper, Wyoming, entered the U.S. Army Air Corps to pursue his chosen avocation of photography. Over the next five years he experienced some of the most brutal treatment of modern warfare. His is truly a remarkable story. Miller’s book represents his World War II experiences, including the surprise attack on Clark Field in the Philippines, the Battle of Bataan, the Bataan Death March, O’Donnell Hell Camp, Cabanatuan Prison Camp #1, Bilibid Camp, his transportation aboard one of the hell ships, and his slavery in Japan; but it also represents his sermons where he spoke of those horrendous imprisonment experiences. Throughout all the pain and suffering, Miller’s faith became stronger and in some instances he hoped to be with Him, his Lord, before the day was done. Miller felt that he was spared his life to bring others to the words of Christ.

Of all the men, both Filipino and American, who surrendered at Bataan, 65% did not survive the brutal imprisonment of the Japanese Imperial Forces. Unlike my uncle Charles Gregory, a member of Jesse Miller’s 20th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group, U.S. Army Air Corps, Miller survived along with Charles’ other friends, Ernest Loy, Nelson Quast, and Winifred Agnes. Other friends of Charles Gregory and Jesse Miller survived as well, including Jack Elkins, Ben Steele, Bob Mailheau, and Sydney Stewart. These Air Corpsmen were part of only 35% percent that survived. I believe that they were fortunate enough to share those experiences with others. Some of them have written or been written about in several books including, Give Us This Day, Tears in the Darkness, Resolve, and Captured Honor.

This author’s story is remarkable and uplifting. His strong faith in Christ is extremely admirable. Miller suffered from beatings, starvation, dysentery, beriberi, malaria, slavery, and humiliation, but throughout it all, he became stronger and always realized that Christ had suffered far worse than he.

After Miller’s liberation and repatriation to the U.S., the author returned to The Philippines to preach the gospel. He is truly a heroic, selfless believer. Additionally, in this book, there is a great deal of first-hand artwork by Ben Steele, one of Miller’s fellow survivors. I strongly recommend this book because it can be an anchor in the storm, especially the storm, trials, and tribulations experienced in today’s society! This book brings to mind the words from Romans 5:3-4 … but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings perseverance; and perseverance, proven character, and proven character, hope… Prisoner of Hope is an inspiring read.

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Book Review of God’s Generals by Roberts Liardon

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I am a book person and recently I have been reading a book a week, sometimes two. In the past fortnight I have read two books that I know I will continue to go back to to read again and study in more detail, one is “Time is running out” by Rheinhard Bonkke and the second is this book.

A few weeks ago I saw this book in the hands of a friend of mine and I liked the title and quickly took my interest and read with interest what the back cover had to say. I learned more from my friend Mark who was in the middle of reading it and saying that not only was it impressive how it covered the 12 lives of these famous preachers, Apostles and healing evangelists and what they taught and a detailed account of their ministry, but it also pointed out where some of them fell into error and carefully explained in a graceful way that is could happen to anyone and encouraged the reader not to fall like them.

Today I got hold of it at 7.30pm and now it’s 5 am in the morning and I am ¾ of the way through it.

Let me say this quite frankly.

Going out to the movies and for a meal at a café can be done for about $30 in Australia where I live and people think nothing of it. But when it comes to spending that sort of money on a book they want to know all about it and need some convincing.

Guys if you have a full time calling on your life in the future this book is a must for you.

The book details the lives of 12 people that were powerfully used by God with all signs and wonders following. The 12 people are

John Alexander Dowie Maria Woodworth Etter Evan Roberts Charles F Purham William J Seymour John G Lake Smith Wiggelsworth Aimee Semple Mc Pherson Kathryn Kuhlman William Branham Jack Coa A.A Allen

When I read the list of people mentioned in the book I recognized the name Karthyn Kuhlman, William Branham, Smith Wiggelsworth and John G Lake, but it was not the list of names that I was interested in, it was the title of the book.

When American first attacked Iraq on TV for everyone to watch in 1990 I learned what a general was. I learned that the American president was the commander and chief, but the man on the ground give the task of winning a war was the general. Up till that point I had not even understood what a general was.

Put in a modern context, Jesus Christ is our commander and chief in heaven in a place far away, but we are meant to come with his power and his authority and take dominion on this earth in a real war with Satan for the lives of people perishing. God needs his Apostles and prophets on the earth today, mighty men of valor in the position of general and he needed them yesterday.

I received an unlikely prophetic word of a man that was dying in a mental ward some eight years ago when he threw a cup of water over me and said, “You are God’s general, a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin”

Until I read this book I never really realized the full meaning of that prophetic utterance. I have received many prophecies about my future and they all confirm that I have a full time calling on my life and my role will be a bit of a nation shaker.

In this book John Alexander Dowie’s story really lit my heart with fire and gave me a passion to get out there and start preaching and healing. His downfall I have already fallen victim of in the past and so am wary of going down that track twice. I have to laugh, I can tell you much or I will spoil the book, but I resonated with him so strongly with his zeal for the people and for God and the way he fell.

Maria Woodworth Etter was the very best I have read yet as I have only completed seven. It is so refreshing that the best I read was a women preacher in the 1900’s when women preachers weren’t in vogue or allowed and her story lit a flame in my heart.

Evan Roberts lit a revival in Wales and they say the revivals in the USA came from his teaching and correspondences and prayers for people in the USA. He was a young man and had a zeal for God that was very attractive. Each of these guys I will have to go back and read again.

And the list goes on. Each person is covered in great detail and we are given a valuable glimpse into their lives and teachings as well as the well documented healings that occurred in their ministries that even the popular media published. Many of them come under great attack.

It was reported in statistics that in one city that John G Lake was ministering in, that, that city was the healthiest city in the world at that time. He did over 100,000 healings in that city, ones that were proven and documented by the press and doctors.

John G Lake in five years in South Africa, led 100,000 people to the Lord, planted over 600 churches and raised up over 1200 pastors into full time ministry. And they did it in poverty sometimes pastors dying in their calling.

To any person that wants to be used by God in the future or in full time ministry I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Such that, I just spent half an hour of my time writing this review.

For $15:63 at Amazon as I post this today I have to say invest some money into your faith. It’s an awesome book.

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A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard – Book Review

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Title and Author: A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard- Book Review

Synopsis of Content:

In February 1899 publisher, author and “New Thought” philosopher Elbert Hubbard wrote a very short little story about an event in the Spanish American War. That short story, which when first published in Hubbard’s magazine, Philistine, did not even have a title.

The short inspirational story is about Lt. Andrew Summers Rowan. He was called upon by President McKinley to deliver a special message to General Garcia. Garcia was a key player in the Cuban insurrection forces that the United States allied with during the war. As the war began it was critical for the President to get a message to Garcia to explore an alliance with him in the conflict. Garcia was hold up in the remote jungle in Cuba. No one had direct access to him. There was no way to get mail to him or send a telegraph. No one in the US government actually knew where he was located, or whether he moved regularly.

The President gave Rowan a message in a waterproof bag and directed him to deliver it to Garcia. Rowan asked no questions and made no objections. He left immediately on his mission. Four days later he landed by night on the Cuban coast. He disappeared into the jungle on foot with no assistance, no more information and no way to communicate with the outside world. Three weeks later he came out of the jungle on the other side of the island having delivered the message as ordered.

Hubbard uses this remarkable story to demonstrate the very high value of a man who takes on an assignment, asks no questions, asks for no help, makes no argument that he is not the person for the job, and just does it. He finds Garcia on his own, delivers the message and returns to report success. No objections and no excuses are made.

Such resourcefulness and determination is rare in people. In the essay he goes on to give other examples in everyday business where people given a simpler task make excuses or riddle their boss with questions or expect someone else to do the job for them. He contrasts here the tremendous accomplishment of Rowan with the weak way so many people react when sent on a mission, be it small or large. He discusses how valuable a man like Rowan is – a man (and today it would of course include a woman) who when given a task gets down to it right away and completes it. Such a person is unique and invaluable. Such a person rarely finds himself unemployed. People like this are in high demand everywhere and at every time.

Within a short time publishers were bombarding Hubbard for copies of the story. The NY Central Railroad ordered a hundred thousand copies. Eventually they published over three and a half million copies. The director of the Russian railway liked the story so much he had it translated into Russian and given to every employee of the railroad.

The story traveled from Russia to Germany, then to France, Spain, Turkey, Hindustan and China – in all these places it was published and sold by the thousands.

During the Russo-Japanese war the Russian government provided a copy to every Russian soldier. When the Japanese found it they translated into Japanese and gave it to every Japanese soldier. Ultimately over 40 million copies of this little story were printed and distributed.

During the first quarter of the 20th century this little story became one of the most inspirational stories published in the world. It was written in one hour and takes less than a half hour to read. Yet it provides a profound instruction on how to become an invaluable employee and an inspiration to anyone who seeks to achieve great things.

Usefulness:

Just as it did in 1899 A Message to Garcia is both a tremendous instructional manual on how one can become an invaluable servant of others and an inspirational piece. Everyone can benefit from spending a few minutes to read it.

Readability/Writing Quality:

The story is short and well written.

Notes on Author:

Elbert Hubbard was born in Illinois and with only a grade school education he became a successful self-made man. He was a voracious reader who continually improved his own skills and knowledge. He created the Roycroft Shop, a publishing house. He wrote 182 biographies of successful people. He published two magazines, The Philistine and The Fra. Hubbard and his wife died on the way to England in 1915 while sailing on the Lusitania which was sunk by a German torpedo.

Three Great Ideas You Can Use:

1. When given a task to perform do not object, delay or seek help. Rather, demonstrate how reliable you are by performing the task competently and speedily so that you will be seen as a reliable person.

2. Do not make excuses. Get the job done and done right. It will pay you back a hundred fold.

3. No one is highly rewarded for mediocre or “satisfactory” work. We are rewarded for doing more than we are asked to do, doing it more competently than one might expect and doing it fully. If you want to succeed in business and in life you must stand out as someone who will do more than the average person.

Publication Information:

A Message to Garcia is in the public domain. The pamphlet version I read is published by Executive Books in 2002.

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Book Review – Maximized Manhood: A Guide To Family Survival

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Edwin Louis Cole has been actively involved in men’s ministry for decades. He is direct and sincere in his approach to manhood and spirituality. In the mainstream media, he will not be politically correct. In the spiritual niche, he is refreshingly direct and sincere. His books usually focuses on man and his critical role of being a spiritual leader for his family.

In his book,”Maximized Manhood: A Guide To Family Survival”, Edwin Louis Cole discusses the critical role of men to become men. He focuses on the issue that men to ask for guidance from God to lead their families which will cure a lot of issues and problems with society today. When he discusses the importance of the man to become a man of the family, he does not ask them to be a dictator. Being a dictator will actually cause more harm to the family. He succinctly states that the bible mentions that the man should be joint heirs with their wives in leading their family.

Now, being spiritual does not mean being religious. The very foundation of any country will eventually go down to the individual family unit. Within those family units, it does matter what the members and leaders are doing. If the leader is strong, then the family unit will benefit from that strength. If the leader is weak, then the family unit and even the country will suffer from that weakness. The strength of the leader is also found on them to be yielding and kind.

His basis for the statements he make are in the bible. He quotes various biblical verses to reinforce his message about men and their families. It is noted in the book that many of our problems in society occurs because of the breakdown at the familial level. There are instances in the book in which the father figure is usually portrayed as an extreme in television. They are either bigoted and obnoxious or they are soft and wimpy. You will rarely see a strong and understanding father figure.

If you are offended by these discussions especially in relating to the bible, then this book will offend you. It will either change your ways or make you stubborn. If you are looking for a spiritual and biblical basis on what it takes to be a man, then this book will even enlighten you more. It is a book built on spiritual and biblical truths. It will definitely help any man understand Christian principles to become a better man for himself and his family.

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A Book Review: How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success In Selling by Frank Bettger

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The book How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success in Selling was written by Frank Bettger in 1947. It is considered a business classic. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed the book and found that I read it quickly and with pleasure. It was filled with fabulous stories that inspired me. The chapter and section summaries were helpful to solidify the ideas and are a handy reference for future review. Although Frank Bettger was a life insurance salesman, the information applies to all areas of sales.

Here is a brief overview of some of the key points that Bettger discussed. Begin with enthusiasm. It is said he went from failure to success in his life because he discovered the power of enthusiasm. Bettger suggests forcing yourself to act enthusiastic, and you will eventually actually be enthusiastic.

Write your sales talk out word for word and practice it over and over. Join an organization where you must speak so that you may practice and improve your public speaking ability.

Bettger recommends taking a day each week for organizing and planning the week ahead. Do what is most importance first.

In sales, you must see people and set up interviews or appointments. He recommends sharing your story with at least 4 or 5 people each day. Sell the interview not your product at first. Stop swinging for a home run and instead try to get on first base by getting an appointment.

Bettger stated, “I no longer worry about being a brilliant conversationalist. I simply try to be a good listener. I notice that people who do that are usually welcome wherever they go.”

Cultivate the art of asking questions. Be brief and don’t talk too much. Look for and find the key issue and stick to it. Ask the question “why” and “In addition to that… ?” Find out what the other person wants and help him or her find the best way to get it.

There is only one way to get someone to do something and that is to make him or her want to do it. There are generally two reasons for doing something-one reason that sounds good and the real reason. Welcome objections and find the hidden objection.

Bettger has a chapter that discusses the close of sales. There are four steps to the average close: attention, interest, desire, and close.

Know your business, and praise your competitors. Never exaggerate!

New customers are the best source of new business-referrals. Follow up on leads immediately and report back results good or bad.

Look your best, dress for success. Be a sincere friend and give everyone a genuine smile. Remember names and faces! Get a good understanding and pronunciation of the name, repeat the name often in conversation, and associate the name with an action picture if possible.

Lastly Bettger suggested deciding on thirteen personal qualities or traits to work on each week. You could also choose a part of the sales process. Put these points of focus on notecards and give your full attention to one each week and then repeat.

This summary is simply a highlight of topics that Bettger dives into with his outstanding book. I highly recommend it for anyone in sales! The book has been a testimony to the quality of Frank Bettger’s life and success in sales. He was one of the highest paid salesmen in America. Many years after his death and the era of his writing, the advice is sound and timeless. Frank Bettger died in 1988 at the age of 93.

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Book Review – 2 States-The Story of My Marriage

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In the book “2 States-The Story of My Marriage”, Chetan Bhagat has done an absolutely outstanding job in dissecting the psyche of the modern day Indian middle class family and brilliantly narrating in fiction the very real issues that people go through when inter caste/creed/religious/state marriages take place. Relationships are built. Lives are turned upside down. Humongous efforts are made to bring about even a semblance of acceptance. Relationships are broken. Sometimes they stay broken and sometimes (thankfully) things get sorted out and in the end love triumphs, as Bhagat’s characters in 2 States witness.

The book very cleverly begins with the protagonist of the story – a Punjabi boy called Krish Malhotra, in a shrink’s office, doing a class Devdas act, trying desperately to come to terms with the apparent loss of the love of his life- a Tamilian Brahmin girl called Ananya Swaminathan. It then goes into flashback mode, where the love story begins “where all love stories begin”- with Krish and Ananya meeting for the very first time at the mess counter of the IIMA, where they both are fellow student-each with ambitions of their own and the ambitions driven by their own reasons.

Krish, who shares a horribly impaired relationship with his father, also has to deal with an overprotective overzealous mother, who wants him to marry the first Punjabi girl that comes his way, strapped with a fleet of cars, house and money as dowry. The Malhotra family is as dysfunctional as any family can get, with Mr and Mrs Malhotra on non-speaking terms, Mr Malhotra with a fiery temper and unhindered rage and Mrs Malhotra’s large numbers of interfering relatives.

The vivacious and bold Ananya on the other hand, comes from a typical conventional, well educated and education hungry Tamilian Brahmin family in Chennai, completely contrasting to her rebellious, outgoing, personality. Born to a quiet, reserved father, she is closest to him, while she and her mother share a frustrating albeit interesting relationship. She also has a bookworm of a sibling, whose only aim in life seems to be to become more of a bookworm and possibly graduate from the top ranking institutions in the country.

Amidst tumultuous family issues, irate professors, truckloads of study material and raging hormones, the two meet, fall in love over many conversations, study periods, chicken and lots of chai. As they graduate and accept their respective placements, their relationship progresses to one of complete commitment but corresponding non-acceptance from the respective families.

Bhagat then plunges into knitting and weaving his way through their respective lives and the various attempts they both make to please the other’s family. After lots of emotional upheavals and a breakup, he wonderfully gives the story a turn that I definitely wasn’t expecting. Suffice it to say, the novel ends in a happy Tamil-Punjabi marriage-a freakish North meets South scenario, which brings a warm feeling to the heart and a smile to the face.

As an author, Chetan Bhagat has taken risks with some language that may not go well with the oldies, but then the book is aimed at the youth of India anyways. And they relate to him. He has fast become a youth icon and his attempts to bring about a change in the narrow mindset among our people, his entreating to young Indians to marry outside their caste to promote the feeling of Indian-ness and not be bound to one’s own caste, promises some very positive change in the county. Based on his own life, Bhagat has been fairly brave by not restraining himself in his assertions about the sexual romps of youth and his sarcasms about the Punjabi and Tamil communities, as well as his own parents, in-laws and Citibank. But this is the very reason for the original story which has a genuine, honest touch to it. That is something every reader appreciates.

Once a reader begins the book, it would be rather difficult for him/her to put it down and it would in all probability goad the reader into reading Bhagat’s previous works too namely ‘One Night @ the Call Centre’, ‘3 Mistakes of My Life’ and ‘Five Point Someone’.

Carry on Chetan-Your loyal fans await!

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Book Review – "Beyond Belief" by Josh Hamilton

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Josh Hamilton is a true success story. He has had it all, hit rock bottom, and now he is truly back at the top of the mountain. As a boy, he became interested in baseball at a very early age, and was so good at the game that he was placed in much older leagues before he was even ten years old. He had such a strong arm and powerful swing that he was thought to be a danger to the boys his own age that he played little league baseball with.

As he became older, he carried on the strong morals that his parents instilled in him while still a young boy. He was taught that family is the most important thing in life and found joy in staying home on nights when his friends were out risking trouble. He entered high school and began to realize immediately that he had major league potential and made it his goal to reach the big leagues. His dreams came true when he graduated high school and was signed number one in the major league draft, accepting an offer and signing bonus of over four million dollars.

Hamilton’s transition to stardom and becoming a man was awkward. His parents followed him through the minor leagues to make sure he did get into trouble and some of his teammates and coaches found this strange. He was sheltered all of his life, and now at his job, they were still sheltering him.

When his parents finally gave him freedom, Hamilton began to exhibit questionable behavior. He got over a dozen tattoos within a short period of time and started to experiment with drugs with the men who gave him his tattoos. Hamilton hit a slippery slope and began doing more and more drugs. Part of it was the feeling of the drugs, but the drugs also took his mind of back pains he was experiencing from a car accident.

Josh Hamilton eventually started hanging out with the wrong crowds. He started becoming paranoid about buying drugs and spending enormous sums of money to gain access to hard drugs. He passed out in random trailers and blacked out on many occasions due to the large amounts of drugs he was consuming, but always had the love of family and the natural talent in baseball to bring him back into the light.

He eventually went to his grandmother’s house in the middle of the night, and she was responsible for changing his life. She constantly told him that he would be playing baseball again one day with a reassuring confidence. She fed him all the food he could handle and gave him a place to sleep. Josh gained weight rapidly and began thinking that a comeback to baseball was a good possibility; but he had no idea who would want to give a worn-out drug-addict another chance.

Hamilton found his answer in a religious baseball group that forced him to perform janitorial chores during the day in order to gain field and batting cage practice in the evenings. He noticed that he still had an amazing swing and with weight training he was back into top shape in no time.

Josh knew the right people in the right places at the right time, and was called upon by the Cincinnati Red’s major league organization. He made an impact right away, but was eventually traded to the Texas Rangers. While in the Ranger’s organization, he began to start every game and made the All-Star Team. He proved that he had his swing all along; he just needed a push in the right direction to realize his true potential.

One thing to take away from Beyond Belief is that family is the most important thing a person will ever have. Sometimes you may not notice it, but it is easy to be lost in the world without family and the assurance that someone is there for you. Luckily for Josh Hamilton, his parents and wife stuck with him throughout his entire addiction and recovery process. His wife has proven to be a remarkable woman and his grandmother showed strength that no one else could. This autobiography is an excellent read if you like baseball or not. Hamilton’s story is an amazing success story that makes you appreciate family and living a healthy life. This book is rated an easy 5 out of 5.

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Book Review – Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer

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A very extraordinary plot which will keep you glued on the edge of the seat and a thrilling experience to go along with the author and the characters as if you are just one amongst them. Jeffrey Archer is one such author who would take you along with him right from the beginning introducing the characters in such a manner that by the end of the story, you would really know these characters and be a part of this well planned and superbly woven story. Worth the time you spend reading this novel, the best I have read in quite a long time. I would recommend this to anyone and it will surely be listed in your favorites.

The Story begins with the introduction of the main character Harvey Metcalfe as a 16 yr old messenger boy in the Stock Exchange. In a matter of time, he is quick to comprehend the ups and downs in the stock market and he takes a leap into his first venture successfully. At the age of 19, he makes his first million and there is no stopping for Harvey Metcalfe, the super mind.

The plot begins with Harvey making his money on the innocent and honest men trying their luck in shares. Harvey puts some shares into a company Prospecta Oil of which his friend is the director and with the help of his friends puts word into the market that they have found an oil dig somewhere in the north sea. David Kesler, an innocent Harvard graduate, is lured into this job who markets well for Prospecta oil. David brings in money from Stephen, Robin, Jean-Pierre and Lord James Brigsley who are the scape goats in Prospecta Oil. Little do they know about the stock market and believing David they fall trap to Harvey’s plans who sweeps off their feet without leaving any clue.

The four led by Stephen, come together to plan a revenge on Harvey and to get back the money they lost without Harvey’s knowledge. Stephen makes a thorough investigation about the history of Harvey Metcalfe, his work, routine, holidays, family etc. and prepares 4 copies of dossier.

All four agree to meet in 14 days time, with a plan of their own matching their caliber and profession in order to get back the 1 million dollars plus the interest and expenses spent in the imminent future, ‘Not a Penny Less, Not a Penny More.’ They also make a pact to keep confidentiality and each character is included to fulfill in the other’s plan.

The first step is led by Jean Pierre who is an artist by profession and has various painting exhibitions. Harvey’s weakness for a Van Gogh Painting is the stepping stone to their plan. All four make arrangements for converting Harvey’s vacation into a well- thought scheme to lead him to a Van Gogh Painting which of course is a replica of the original, but very convincingly they sell it to him for 1,70,000 pounds.

The second research is done by Robin who is a doctor by profession. He has a complete training prearranged for the other three to fulfill the requirements of his plan from knowing the medical necessities, playing blackjack and casino games and record timing to beat the traffic. All of them excel in their roles to beat Harvey again by making him believe that he has a gall bladder stone and in need of an emergency operation, save his life for a huge sum of 1,50,000 dollars.

Then comes the mastermind Stephen who is a mathematics professor and his calculations lead Harvey into Oxford university meeting with the chancellor and vice-chancellor and honouring him with the Doctorate of Letters, encashes another sum of 2,50,000 dollars.

Meanwhile, Lord James Brigsley who considers himself no good in any profession, lands up dating a girl Anne Summerton and confides in her about the secret mission they are on to avenge Harvey Metcalfe. To his utter revelation, he finds that Anne Summerton is the daughter of Harvey who is called as Anne Rosalie Metcalfe. He is astounded when he discovers that Harvey couldn’t recognize James as he was in a disguise in all the three missions. James invites Stephen, Robin and Jean pierre to his wedding, before the final mission which he is yet to disclose. At the wedding, they get a bolt from the blue when Harvey steps aside to give away his daughter in the church to Lord James Brigsley. They go unnoticed by Harvey and finally he presents the wedding gift to his daughter a cheque of 2,50,000 dollars which she signs off to Stephen from the 4th mission.

The author has reserved so many climax situations and has put forth each and every event in such a manner that the reader can feel his goose bumps and will surely forego everything around to know what happens next!!! Jeffrey Archer has all the details and settings established in a very unique style, giving significance to the planning which truly is the winner in the mastermind narrative.

They are all glad about their accomplishments when they stumble upon the news of Prospecta oil which has found an oil dig and the shares seem to have reached $12.75.

Jeffrey Archer is an extraordinary mind who has shown the significance of planning and he has narrated such a fine story that the reader is bound to be a part of it. It surely returns every penny you spent on the book and the time you splurge reading this wonderful tale. It has now become one of my favorites.

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Book Review – A Better Way to Live

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Og Mandino is a best-selling author. His most popular book is the book, “The Greatest Salesman in the World”. He has sold millions of books that has been translated to many languages.

As appealing his books are to people, his personal background and life is fascinating. In many of his books, Og Mandino gives a hint about his life and struggles. In this book, “A Better Way to Live”, he openly talks about his struggles and how he overcame them. As usual, he also incorporates the concepts of lessons and scrolls as learning points in the book. This is why his books are beneficial to the readers.

Og Mandino almost committed suicide in his younger years. He was down and depressed. Fortunately for him (and for us), he took a different route and decided to better his life. He found a better way to live. It would not seem after his many publishing successes that he experienced great tribulations in his life. Yet, he did lost his family and was on the brink of suicide. Through his experience, he is able to relate to his readers.

His rules in this book are rules for a better way to live. They include:

1) Count your blessings.
2) Deliver more than what you are getting paid to do.
3) Do not dwell on your past mistakes.
4) Surround yourself with your family especially if you spend long hours away from them.
5) Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts.
6) Let your action speak louder than your words. But be careful of conceit and pride.
7) Look at each day as a gift from God.
8) Do not spend your days on unnecessary clutter but on productive tasks.
9) Live each day as though it was your last.
10) Treat everyone you know or meet as though you will be dead by midnight.
11) Laugh at yourself and at life.
12) Never neglect the little things.
13) Welcome every morning with a smile.
14) Set your goals on a daily basis.
15) Never allow anyone or anything to rain on your parade.
16) Search for the seed of good in every adversity.
17) Realize that true happiness lies within you.

He expands on each of his rules. Og Mandino portrays that the time we have on earth is limited. We should make the most of each and every minute in order to live a better way of live.

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I Found a New Roommate

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Of course I was not in a position to be too picky, since Johnny packed up all his stuff and vanished while I was at class and left me on the hook for his part of the rent. I told the landlord about it, but he had little sympathy and was not interested in collecting half the rent. At any rate I started asking around and I found this guy. He is a little strange and this morning I realized that he was trying to figure out how to hack an instagram account. I did not want to get involved in that, but I realized pretty quickly that he is obsessed with his ex girlfriend. She is the reason that he needed a new place to stay, and from the picture he showed me, I suppose there is a good reason for him to be upset. Continue reading

Book Review – The Go-Getter

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Along with other short but powerful classics such as “Acres of Diamonds”, this book, “The Go-Getter” was written many decades ago (back in the 1920’s). It is entertaining yet enlightening tale of a go-getter who will do what it takes to get the job done.

There is something about someone who does what it takes to get the job done. There is something about someone who despite physical limitations still get the job done. There is something about someone who could make excuses but makes reasons to get the job done. They are the “go-getters”.

This classic book, “The Go-Getter”, by Peter Kyne shows how you can become a go-getter. Any industry or job could use more go-getter type of people. Rather than talk about what is a go-getter, you can learn and practice on being a go-getter by following the actions and attitude of William Peck. He is the main character of the story.

William Peck is a veteran who learned how to be a go-getter when he was in the military. Despite his physical handicap and limitations, he was able to pass the test to get the blue vase. It is more important to recognize his attitude of intestinal fortitude (aka guts) and single purpose. He was asked to get a blue vase at a store in San Francisco.

It seemed like a simple task. It became a lesson on patience, persistence, and focus. It was much easier and convenient to say that it was not possible to get the vase for many reasons such as the store was closed and it was a weekend. It was much easier to make a report on the many obstacles or excuses on why he was not able to get the blue vase. It is those rare individuals who accomplish this task that become the go-getter.

Throughout the short story, I thought that Mr. Peck was justified to not get the blue vase. His visible handicap seem to justify that excuse. His invisible persistence eliminated his handicap. This is what makes the story inspiring. I have to read this book every now and then to remind myself about what it takes to be a go-getter.

Many industries such as the insurance industry rewards and recognizes its top performers with the blue vase. It is symbolic of the awardee’s accomplishments. That award came from this book.

It is worth a few minutes of your time to read this book and picture yourself as being the main character whose job is to get a blue vase. Are you a go-getter?

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