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Day 1: Life Lessons

Well today starts the journey of discovery into the lessons of life. I thought of no better place to begin than with the father of my good friend that had originally come up with the idea, for this inquiry.

Here´s basically the transcript from our call.


Name: M.B.
Country: USA
Age: 73
Occupation: 50 Years As  A Consultant  in Sales and Promotional Products

Btang:  So M.B. Thank you for your time. What type of advice or wisdom would you have for someone to avoid making mistakes in their lives? Or things that you have learned or things that you would like to pass on?

M.B. : First of all, I´m just going to talk randomly, because that´s just how I am, don´t trust everyone you meet in life.

With the internet and information there´s so much to learn about people. That before going into any venture with anybody make sure they´re checked out thoroughly. I learned this, of course, the hard way.

And some of the things I have learned is that the only real way to make a living, is have a strong work ethic. That means not getting up at 9 or 10 in the morning and quitting work at 5.  As I have had salesmen say to me, ¨I write $1 million a year. ¨ And I know for a fact, they don´t , but I said you can´t write a $1 million a year going to work from 9 to 5.  The only way to do that, is too work hard, 7 days a week. When you´re young. This person never wrote more than a $250,000 because in the afternoons he was playing basketball.

So you can´t fool anybody, but yourself in thinking that there´s just  gold on the street and that it´s coming to you. You have to aggressively work, early to late, because you only have so many years of your life to do that. And now that I´m 73 I´m not working and I could sleep late, and do whatever I want. But I miss the camaraderie of all the people in the business world.

Because it´s very motivating to you and to me to keep my mind going and all that. And that´s important for anybody as I have told my son all the time, you have to get not only motivated but you have to join organizations and business groups to keep you fully informed of what´s going in the world in your business field. To always be the top in that area.

And also have a very very clean, reputation. Squeaky clean. As nobody can say anything bad about me, per se, because I know in my heart I´ve worked hard, and always looked out for my sales people, and the company, and not always did I look out for myself, but you have to remember that your life comes first. Especially family life, and make sure that as you get older and have children and all that, you have to spend time with them but yet aggressively work and know that if you´re working hard, you´ll be successful.

There is no-o secret to making money per se. It´s only hard work. Unless you´re married to somebody that has lots of money. So I don´t know if that´s anything that you´re looking for? I sure couldn´t put it into words, but I just speak from the heart. To me, it´s just work, work, work, I don´t care , because I tease my son all the time, I say, you can tell me how great business is, but the bottom line is, are you working the hours, to really do the business? Because if you´re not, sooner or later it´s going to catch up with you.

In conclusion, it was a great conversation and as always very illuminating. In short, always do your vetting and don´t always trust at first glance, do your homework. Work hard, a good work ethic and reputation, because there are no free lunches, success comes to those that go after it. Keep abreast of what´s going on in your field of expertise, and sharpen the saw. And that it takes a lifetime to build a reputation so make constant deposits into your trust account, whereby those around you have the full faith and trust that you say what you do and do what you say. And the importance of family and relationships and connections. All very important Life Lessons, thank you M.B.

365 Days A Year – Life Lessons

A few weeks ago I was walking early in the morning in the local park near my house, in the small Spanish town of Aranjuez. As I ventured into an unknown path, I found myself looking upon what seemed to be an old stone structure directly at the end of the river. I asked a older Spanish gentleman passing by, what exactly was it that I was looking at? And he confirmed that it was indeed an old castle.

I then summoned up the courage and asked him, “Excuse me, I have  a question for you. What advice would you have for a young person such as myself, to avoid making mistakes in the future?” And I just shut my mouth and waited. He paused for a brief moment and then said, “To be honest, to live a life of dignity and honor. You must be a good worker, work hard in whatever you do. Enjoy your work.  Be good, be a good person with honor. ” Then he paused one more time to reflect for a brief second and proceeded to say, “To have tranquility inside. Calmness inside.”

Although the conversation took no more than a minute, it felt like a lifetime in the presence of an elderly wise man. I could see that he too felt somewhat more alive with a perk in his step, after sharing a bit of his own personal wisdom. We parted ways as he embraced my hand  with both of his hands in a gesture of thankfulness for allowing one human being to connect and impart their own life lessons unto another.

I was hooked!

I first got the idea from my good friend, who mentioned of his own experience and the incredible encounter he had with doing the exact same thing, asking an elderly stranger, for some sage advice.

Which leads me to my next adventure. For the next 365 days I am going to ask a different person each day, What advice do you have for a young person to avoid making mistakes?

I am not entirely sure what will happen over the course of the next 365 days, lets wait and see. If anything it will be a great experience and discovery into the hearts and minds of those that have been on this planet far longer than I.




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Follow Your Passions, Follow Your Dreams

As I write to you from Las Vegas, Nevada, I am wondering where did all the time go. Its Spring time and I came back to the states, in truth, to make a stake here. To get a part of the so called American Dream.  (What was I thinking?) What I found was, that I was already living my dream life in Europe. I certainly don’t view coming back to the states as any type of failure or mistake, simply a lesson. A lesson that life wanted to show me. As you can imagine, there really is nothing to do in Las Vegas, albeit the climate and natural surroundings are quite spectacular this time of year. Only in July and August are really the most unbearable months to live here.

Well with so much free time on my hands, I simply did nothing. Time to simply just re-group and rejoice. I entitled this blog post, Follow Your Passions, Follow Your Dreams, because one never really knows where life will take you. I realized that the time I had was precious and trust me I used it wisely. With that being said I am on my way back to Europe, and plan on leaving in the next couple of weeks. As well as resurrecting this blog on a continuous basis.

Who knows what great adventures await me. I know that as long as I follow my passions and follow my dreams all the other stuff will work itself out, it always does.

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