5 Books That Will Guide You To Greatness

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Love Yourself is a book that teaches you to come into terms with yourself and your situation. Written by someone who has fought depression and suicidal thoughts, Kamal tells you how he…

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Do A Lot Of People Really Do All They Can Do?

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DannyThe other day Tremaine at A Cornered Gurl (give her a visit!!) and I had a discussion in the comments of one of my posts about life not owing you anything. You can read the thread here  The basic premise of Tre’s comment was that there are tons of people who do everything in their power to get ahead and fail to do so because of people in higher positions not giving them the opportunity to advance.  My return question to Tre was to ask if there really are “a ton” of people who do all they can do.

My opinion on this is based on my experience and other’s opinions will vary, but I don’t see a lot of people in this world doing everything in their power to advance.  Are there people who give their all?  Yes.  Are there a ton of people who do so?  No.

To give one’s all is to use every moment of every day to figure out a way to achieve one’s goal.  To do everything in one’s power does not mean to work hard.  To give one’s all supersedes hard work; it is an unquenchable, burning flame of desire to possess what it is one wants.  To give one’s all is an obsessive, definiteness of purpose.    It is more than showing up every day.  To give one’s all means someone is so determined to get to their goal that they will do anything and everything necessary to do so.  I don’t know many people who possess this type of drive; present company included.

So I stand by my assertion that very few people actually give their all.  Very few people do everything in their power.  And when I say very few I am guessing that number is in the low single-digit percentile.

What Choice Do You Make Today?

DannyThere is a truth that exists in this world–no one owes you anything.  It doesn’t matter if you are different, odd, weird, pretty, ugly, successful, smart, dumb, etc.  Life owes you zero, nada, nothing, zilch.  You can pout and complain all you want, but it isn’t going to change your circumstances.

You can hope, wish and beg.

Ultimately you have a decision to make.  Will you be the hunter or will you be the hunted?  Are you a wisher or are you a doer?  And make no mistake about it, it is a decision.  Trust me when I say that there have been people far worse off than most of my readers who have dug themselves out of less than nothing to reach their goals.

Which choice do you make today?  Do you get outside today and walk even though your legs scream at you to stop?  Do you choose to eat some vegetables today instead of fast food?  Do you choose to eliminate pay television today in order to reduce your debt?  Do you choose to read the Power of Habit today instead of watching television?

What do you choose today?

 

3 Rejection Letters Indie Authors Receive

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I didn’t intend on posting again today but one of my favorite authors posted something to her IG that sparked something I had to share. As you see above, this author is Bernice McFadden and this is her sharing the rejection letters she received for her novel Sugar. I have this book as well as her novels This Bitter Earth, Glorious and I’d like to get my hands on Nowhere is a Place and The Book of Harlan but I digress. Needless to say, the writing is on point. Long story short, you all know that Sugar has gone on to do very well despite the 75 (yes, seventy-five…let that settle) rejection letters. For Indie Authors, we may not be looking for publishers, but we have rejection letters too. I want to encourage you not to give up when you get one:

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Danny’s World: Last Night I Rocked Out Like I Was 21 Again!

Uh, negative Ghost Rider!  Last night I fell asleep before 9 pm and didn’t wake up until 7 am this morning!  I rarely ever sleep this late, but it is Sunday and it seems my body needed the rest.  We don’t have big plans today, but I would like to get to the park for a little walk.  Have a great day folks!

I Get Why Some People Don’t Put In Much Effort

Danny's iphone 022I understand effort is relative.  As I listen to comments and watch people’s actions I notice there are people who truly believe they are working hard, but when compared to my work ethic they certainly are not.  Then you can take my effort level and compare to others and you get the same result.  As in life most things are completely depending on comparison; unless of course max effort is defined as one doing the best they can do.

When I think about effort I can also understand why some learn to only give a little.  Maybe life has taught them that their best effort will not always result in them “winning” therefore they decided early in life that the effort was not worth it.  Maybe some people don’t like to put in max effort because they want to fly under the radar.  I know several people who have this attitude.

There are no guarantees, but that shouldn’t deter us from working to our max ability.

Danny’s World: Today’s Going To Be a Great Day!

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Today is going to be a great day!  The weekends seem to go by so quickly with Friday afternoon turning into Monday morning in the blink of an eye.  I’ve got a couple appointments today that I have been looking forward to for some time now.  I have to take life and grab it by the tail, then hang on for dear life. I hope you have a great Monday also!

Danny’s World: I Think It’s All Coming To An End

I’m not sure what is going on, but there is this huge fire thing in the sky.  I keep seeing it peek through the clouds and I am concerned for all of humanity.  I believe the end of the world is at hand and this giant fire is here to purge the world.   Now I’m sad.

2 Things That Have Made Me A Better Person

Danny's iphone 022If you have followed my blog for any length of time you will know that it wasn’t too long ago that I didn’t have much focus.  I was floundering, lost, disorganized. I longed to tap into my greater potential, but couldn’t escape the feeling of being an underachiever.

Then in 2014 something clicked and there were two things that made me a better person: paying attention to details and becoming more organized.  The simple fact was that of all the successful people I knew, not one of them was disorganized.  And every single one of them paid attention to small details.

Till this day I pay attention to small details like doing exactly what I say I’m going to do.  Returning phone calls in a timely manner (within 1 hour), answering emails immediately upon receipt, showing up to appointments 10 minutes early and taking detailed notes are a few of my “best practices” that have allowed me more success.

I truly believe that success in anything is found in paying attention to the small details.

Today’s Featured Blog…Exploring Consciousness!

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I’ve realized that life can be pretty simple. It’s usually (not always) as hard as you make it. Many aspects of life work this way – relationships, “success”, self-acceptance, etc.

A major part of living a simple life is having basic principles that guide you. While I definitely don’t have the entire key to a good life, I can share some insight that I’ve gained from experience, and some that I’ve stolen from various other smart people over time.

DSC_0044 This dragonfly lives simply. It striked some fab poses for me as well. Be like the dragonfly.

This will likely be a multi-post series, because that’s only necessary for something of this nature. Life is always changing, and I definitely don’t wish to impose any of these ideas on anyone. If anything, I hope they can inspire you or make you think at the very least.

(hold your applause…)

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