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Weekly Gems 7 - Winning - Character - Mental Health

Quote I’m pondering

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing." - Vince Lombardi

Following this he also states...

"Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing." - Vince Lombardi

What kind of habits do you have? Winning or losing?

Article of the week

Here's a short list, probably a reminder, of what it takes to build good character. Only 6 simple things but as with everything Jim Rohn teaches, simple in concept doesn't mean simple in execution.

Video of the week

I introduced Neil Strauss last week with a post about love vs our culture. Here's a Tweet he posted (you can click on the link and watch the video even if you're not on Twitter) this week for World Mental Health Day. He speaks for a better awareness of psychological health as he compares statistics on various physical and psychological problems in our society.

I, for one, believe mental and psychological health is misunderstood by our society. Watch this short 2 minutes video.

From Twitter: "It's time we take our emotional & psychological health as seriously as our physical health & intellectual education #worldmentalhealthday."

From Instagram: Today is #worldmentalhealthday. From the start of life, we see physicians, dentists, and teachers - it's time we start taking our emotional & psychological health just as seriously. Healthy parenting is the key to world peace.

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Oct 20, 2016 | comment Comment

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Thanks to everyone who subscribed to my Weekly Gems Newsletter. I hope you enjoy the weekly gems of wisdom and fun I share. I know I enjoy sharing them and I love hearing back from you.

Today (and every day for that matter) take some time to be thankful for everything you have. Because fear and anger cannot co-exist with appreciation and thankfulness. Make the choice to live a life of appreciation, it'll help you in difficult time and make everyday better.

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"Live in a beautiful state everyday because life is too short to be suffering." - Tony Robbins

Oct 10, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 6 - Love - Mindfulness - Comfort Zone - Brand

It's only my 6th newsletter but I have to say the things I share in this one all have the potential of highly impacting and improving your life. It just amaze me the things we get access to, for free, in today's age. Just last Thuesday, I watched a complete Tony Robbins seminar live, for free. I know it's crazy! (I'll probably talk about this next week) But I digress, I hope you'll enjoy this week's Gems, take time to digest each one as they all offer great insights into living a better life.

Podcast with Seth Godin

As promised last week, here’s Seth Godin’s podcast from the Tim Ferriss Show on personal branding and many other awesome topics. If you only want to listen to the personal brand part it’s around the 27th minute mark but I highly recommend listening to everything. Seth’s wisdom is worth your time.

Our Culture vs Love

With Halloween coming I thought I'd share a blog post about love. Because love is something to take care of 365 days a year. Not just one day a year.

What I love about this post by Neil Strauss, seven time New York Times best selling author, is that is makes us rethink our society's interpretation of love. Shifting the focus from relying on each other for happiness to the self while building a relationship together. Read the article, it's short but very worth it.

Click here to read the article

And here's when I brag about meeting this seven time New York best selling author about a year ago. I was fortunate to be able to talk with him for a short period of time. We mostly discussed our kids which are close in age. No matter who you are, when two new parents talk it's all about their kids! His son is a real cutie. End of bragging. Bottom line, he's one of the major reasons I've progress this much in my life over the past years. So I was happy to meet him.

App I'm enjoying


Headspace is a mindfulness/meditation app. What makes this one attractive is its simplicity. They have a 10 day program which I did. You only have to take 10 minutes each morning to follow a guided session. (If you don't have 10 minutes in the morning please revisit my September 9 post and re-listen to the Tony Robbins video. Remember his words "If you don't have 10 minutes, you don't have a life")

I've tried meditation and mindfulness sessions many times. Both short and long. These just feel simple and effortless compared to heavier sessions I've done in the past. The program also have a few short videos which explains the working of the mind in simple ways. Just those are worth the time. The Take-10 program is free so you have nothing to lose in doing it!

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Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic weekend,


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Oct 9, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 5 - Wishing - Personal Brand - Beer - Notes

I hope you're pumped for the weekend! From what I've uncovered this week, you'll won't be wishing for a great weekend but be ready to have it. Plus you'll see the benefit of paying attention to what you do, what you wear and how you talk just to name a few things. Have a super weekend!!!

Oct 4, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 4 - Fire - Social Anxiety - Courage - Self Motivation

The weekend is already here! This week’s topics are all about strengthening your inner self. Find courage to have courage and be confident in social settings. John C. Maxwell discuss the need to find motivation within. And finally, I propose an app to set things on fire… which would definitely relieve some stress!

Sep 23, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 3 - Courage - Ego - Steve Harvey - Human Resources

This week is all about you, change, success, soaring and human resources. Yes, you read that right. I DARE talk about human resources on a Friday... I apologize for my evilness but read through and you'll see it's not all that bad.

Sep 16, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 2 - Tony Robbins - Oprah - Flawsomeness - Rich Life

A little bit of everything this week. This weekend is a good time to embrace your flawsomeness! While Tony Robbins discusses his morning ritual with Oprah.

Sep 9, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 01 - Rohn - Nike - Dogs - Rockabye

I'm thrilled to start this new newsletter. I hope you'll be enjoying these small finds I do each week. There will be a little of everything. Inspiration, fun, usefulness and more.

Sep 2, 2016 | comment Comment

My 2016 reading list - What books are waiting in my library

A couple weeks ago I shared my list of favourite books that I read in 2015. I hope you enjoyed the list and got a few reading ideas from it. Now I’m always grabbing reading ideas everywhere. There's a thousand books, at least, I’d love to read.

Jan 21, 2016 | comment Comment

It All Starts With You

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years is that no one will come to rescue ourselves. If you want things to change and get better in your life you have to change.

Jan 17, 2016 | comment Comment

My Top Book Summaries of 2015

I can say that 2015 has been a very rich year in terms of reading for me. I had the chance to read many books which positively changed my life. Some others which didn’t, but I'm going to focus on the good ones.

Jan 11, 2016 | comment Comment

2016 Top Light Weight Text Editors

As a programmer and blogger I have need for both heavy weight, full IDE software and the quick and easy text editors. We all need a fast way to edit text files without anything in our way but with a tad more features then notepad.

Dec 7, 2015 | comment Comment

How to Detect Spam When Your Spam Filter Cannot

We all get spam emails which goes through our spam filters and make it to our inbox. Sometimes these are cleverly crafted messages which are hard to detect the validity even by a smart human like you.

A friend of mine asked me to look at the following message and tell him if it was spam.

Nov 25, 2015 | comment Comment

There Are No New Truths

There are no new truths.

Everything I write on my blog is old. All humans have faced the same dilemmas over the past thousands of years. We all live under the same old principles. But knowing about these truths is not enough.

Nov 11, 2015 | comment Comment

Keeping Your Mind Under The Sun

Negativity will kill your hopes for a better life. Just imagine planting two trees, one with full exposure to the morning sun and the benefit of the rain and a second tree where it’s covered in shadows most of the day and only some water find its way to nourish the roots.

Oct 23, 2015 | comment Comment

Reading Books vs Reading Articles

My Hawaiian friend, Dennis, recently asked me if there were benefits to reading books versus articles or magazines. I thought it was an interesting questions since I read both books and magazines. I enjoy both but each offers me a different experience.

Oct 17, 2015 | comment Comment

Jim Rohn An Inspiration

I want to share one of the most inspiring person I know. Jim Rohn. I honestly don't know a lot about him and his life journey. Only that he was broke at age 25 and rich at age 31 and then went on a journey to share his philosophy of success. But one thing I know for sure is that his life philosophy really resonate with me.

Oct 15, 2015 | comment Comment

Four Destructive Human Needs

When we were kids we all relied on our parents to validate who we were. To tell us our good and bad sides. To love and nurture us. But as adults these needs keeps us from growing further. Relying on others to fulfill our lives will not only slow your own growth but it will also push away your friends.

Oct 9, 2015 | comment Comment

What is responsive web site design?

If you're looking into getting a website for your business or even personal hobbies there are a few things you want to make sure your designer will provide. I'll explain after but for now there's one thing you have to learn. This simple question...

Sep 24, 2015 | comment Comment

A Simple Achiever's Mindset Shift You Can Make Today

I'll share with you a three word statement which changed the way I did things day to day. I first heard it from a Joe Navaro conference I watched years ago. It really caught my attention and I started using the concept in my day to day life. But it's only a year later that I really saw the full potential of Navaro's statement.

Sep 10, 2015 | comment Comment