Everything Old is New Again (Part 2)

About a month ago I updated a few posts from my archives. Here is the next lot of posts from my archives, also updated. I couldn’t stop myself.

1. Can I Convert an Image from RGB to CMYK? ~ First posted on January 16, 2010

2. Laughter is the Only Answer ~ First posted on April 03, 2004

3. Optimise your Chances of Being Seen Online ~ First posted on Aug 1, 2006

4. Connection with Like-Minded Creators is Important ~ First posted on October 13, 2006 as ‘Written not Spoken’. Some titles just don’t make sense.

5. Sixteen Signs of Resignation ~ First posted on October 15, 2006

6. How a Canon 50D can Improve your Life ~ First posted on Aug 31, 2010. Originally titled ‘How a Canon 50D can Improve your Photography’, but I wanted to have a laugh.

7. The Pursuit of Happiness ~ First posted on October 22, 2006

I have managed to get this completed whilst big changes are happening in our family life – but I will tell you more about that in early February 2017.

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How to Make Life A Lot More Enjoyable

Evening Tea I have had good reason to enjoy the internet over the last few years.

It contains many forums and similar sites to connect and chat with like-minded people easily, then get involved with either their real or online lives.

To help you understand, here are the websites that take up much of my time:

  1. Early in 2006 I discovered Australian Opinions (AO) [RIP, date unknown].
  2. When not waiting for my next $200 million instalment, I am lurking around the port80 forum threads. I have lurked a few forums over the past few years. After helping noobs on ‘bloggerhelp’, I yearned for more. There were people asking questions than giving answers: I wanted a few answers myself, but there was rarely anyone experienced enough.
    When I discovered port80 early this year, I thought nothing of it. Considering it is based in Perth I thought it would not be beneficial to me. But when I recently returned to their forum it dawned on me that distance means absolutely nothing – on the internet. The difference between Adelaide and Perth is the speed of our modems. Consequently, I am slowly becoming a regular. [Membership deleted after many years unused, date unknown]
  3. Currently my fixation is blogshares. [RIP, December 2016] .

Where do you hang out on the web?

Connection with Like-Minded Creators is Important

For a few months now I have been reading posts by Chris Pearson over at Pearsonified.

Chris writes posts that are always informative and teach old-tricks in new ways and in a different light. This may sound like what every one is doing these days – but Chris puts a particularly good spin on everything that entices you to read on!

A recent post of his says

Really good, really smart people actively seek out those with whom they share an intrinsic kinship.

Xmas Presents 2007 Later it says:

You want to catch the attention of the other intelligent people out there who will listen to you and appreciate you because of who you are? … Be an anomaly.

This is a great idea, but it reminds me of an old adage: “It’s hard to fly like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys.” In order to get noticed, one needs to be recognised/seen by people who care and/or understand what it is that makes you believe you are great.

If I sound in anyway negative, it’s because I have lived long enough to know that the “I am great therefore I am” method is only one step in the equation. Believing you are something is one thing. Making others believe is whole new ball game.

Sticky, the Sticky-Tape Dispenser When I finished high school in 1986, I honestly had no conception of where life was going to take me. I didn’t have any plans, or any real concerns about the future: I was prepared to let life drag me along without direction. The words “self-belief” were not yet in my vocabulary. Wondering where I was heading didn’t even rate as a concept in my way of thinking.

For a short time (1987-1989) I spent time at TAFE doing a “Associate Diploma in Architectural Drafting“. However, for some silly reason -which is not worth mentioning – I quit. How stupid was I?! Do not answer that. All the what-if’s in the world won’t bring back those years.

I dragged my carcass along life’s freeway for a few years, working in a MOBIL carwash for some time (If you know the Adelaide CBD, you’ll know the place!), and numerous odd jobs. I even worked as a door-to-door salesperson. It was during these odd jobs that I met and talked with some interesting people in Adelaide. The experiences taught me about self-belief, motivation, inspiration, gaining confidence, and aspirations.

#45 Drawing up a new Design During 1990’s I started purchasing self-help books that would hopefully inspire me. At that time the CES allowed me to attend free training for a few months a time.

Consequently, I had the opportunity to listen to both local and national public speakers,. During one session we watched a video (anyone old enough to remember BETA?) of Anthony Robbins telling us how small changes can make a difference. He also convinced us to purchase his book: “Giant Steps“. It promotes the idea that we should not concentrate on the final goal, which may seem impossible, but on the small attainable goals on the way to your final destination.

There is one page that is most important and relates to motivation and ongoing personal performance:

“A fundamental law of conditioning is that any pattern that is continuously reinforced will become an automatic and conditioned response. Anything we fail to reinforce will eventually dissipate. / Page 143

Then I went on to get many more books: (as gifts, bought at retail, and bought at garage-sales!)

[EDIT 18.Jan.2017 – Those crossed off have been sold or given away.]

  1. Begin It Now – You Have a Purpose by S. Hayward
  2. Bag of Jewels by S. Hayward & M. Cohan
  3. Getting past NO – Negotiating with Difficult People by W. Ury
  4. Live and Learn and Pass It On by H.J. Brown, Jnr
  5. Secrets of Power Persuasion – Everything You’ll Ever Need to get Anything You’ll Ever Want by R. Dawson
  6. Just Do It – Inspirational & Quotable Gems by H. Mills
  7. Mediations from the Road – 365 Daily Lessons by M.S. Peck
  8. There’s More to Life than Sex and Money by S. Calwell & D. Johnson
  9. When They Zig, You Zag – How to Achieve Success, Health and Happiness by Doing the Opposite to Everyone Else by S. Reynolds
  10. Everyone Remembers the Elephant in the Pink Tutu – How to Promote and Publicise Your Business with Impact and Style by M.M. Cronin and S. Caplan
  11. Rich Dad, Poor Dad – What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by R.T. Kiyosaki
  12. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – at Work – Simple Ways to Minimise Stress and Conflict While Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others by R.Carlson
  13. Secret Men’s Business – Manhood: The Big Gig by J. Marsden
  14. The Millionaire Mind by T.J. Stanley
  15. Extreme Success – 7-Part Program That Shows You How to Succeed Without Struggle by R.Fettke
  16. Giants of Enterprise – Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built by R.S. Tedlow

Motivation for Footballers Although there are many good motivational books, there are only two books truly worthy of reading. I believe high-school students should read them. Forget reciting Shakespeare and contemplating Plato – read these two books:

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  2. The Official Guide to Success by Tom Hopkins

Life has changed considerably since 1986. Only two weeks ago was my twenty year high school reunion. Unfortunately I was unable to attend – but it got me thinking about those things that had the most influence on the person I have become today.

Was it the books? The people? The experiences and free-training? Was it the persistence in learning web-design – or just parental influence?

Both of these are my personal favorite books of all times. Both have had influences on the way I interact with people, particularly those who work in the retail industry who want to fleece a few extra dollars out of me.

Anyone else got any good books worth reading?