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Week 3 – A penny dropped!

Whilst reading through the Master Keys this week I felt I’d ‘read this‘ somewhere before. The message felt familiar. Then the penny dropped! I went back to Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, chapter 11, Transmutation, The Tenth Step Toward Riches.  “The meaning of the word “transmute” is, in simple language, “the changing, or transferring of one element, or form of energy, into another.” And a little further on…..  “A teacher, who has trained and directed the efforts of more than 30,000 sales people, made the astounding discovery that highly sexed men are the most efficient salesmen. The explanation is, that the factor of personality known as “personal magnetism” is nothing more nor less than sex energy. Highly sexed people always have a plentiful supply of magnetism. Through cultivation and understanding, this vital force may be drawn upon and used to great advantage in the relationships between people.” Then I went back to Haanel’s Master Keys, Part three, paragraph 6 ………… “6.  If this radiation is sufficiently strong the person is called magnetic; he is said to be filled with personal magnetism. Such a person may wield an immense power for good. His presence alone will often bring comfort to the troubled minds with which he comes in contact.” There are links all over the place! And before I close off for this week ………… I noticed that I have an incredible amount of energy. Far more than normal! And all I can attribute this to, at this stage, is what is going on between my ears right...

Week 2- Conscious of my own Incompetence!

These past two weeks have been a huge awakening for me! I have lived all the years of my life, up to now, believing that I had it ‘together’. Reading Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World” and Charles F. Haanel’s “The Master Keys System” these last two weeks has made me realize just how little I actually know.  And something even more profound is I’ve come to realise that I don’t know what I don’t know! Back in the ‘70’s,  I believe it was a guy by the name of Noel Burch, developed a ‘tool’ he called the Conscious Competence Ladder, also known as  the Conscious Competence Matrix, to help us understand our thoughts and emotions during the sometimes-dispiriting learning process. The best way to understand this model, which tries to explain how we get better at acquiring a skill, is to think back when you were first trying to learn to ride a bike or drive a car. I have used this model many times throughout my career to help explain the learning process to folk. These past two weeks I have come to realise that there is another side to this model, or an addition to the model that could be made to help our understanding even further. From birth we begin to learn new skills and habits.  Many of these skills and habits we acquire unconsciously.  In other words we are not conscious that we are actually learning something new or developing a new habit. Throughout my life many of the things I have learned have been as a result of a conscious decision...

Week 1 – Where from?

As far back as I can remember I have wondered why I am here. What is the reason for my being? What is life about? What is my purpose on this planet? As a young man I thought that the object was to go out and make as much money as possible. I’d then be able to live in a great home, wear smart clothes and drive a fancy car. I thought that if I could get that right I’d be made! And so for the first thirty odd years of my working career I set out to make that happen. I’ve enjoyed good times along the way but have always felt that there was something missing. I enjoyed a good life but was never really able to get to the GREAT life! And it always felt as though there was something more out there.  “If I could just make a bit more money then I’d be able to buy a better home, a smarter car and go on fancier holidays ………….. then I’d truly be happy!” I saw a sign once that read – “We buy goodies we don’t really want, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t even like!”  Something rang true! What was I chasing? Just over two years ago I lost my brother to cancer. That, along with a whole lot of other ‘stuff’ that was going on in my life had me take a good look at myself and where I was going.  I had spent thirty something years chasing the ‘buck’ in the belief that if I could just make more it would...