Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What It Takes To Be Number One................

What It Takes To Be Number One

Commitment, Discipline, Excellence, Mental Toughness, Habits, Faith, Passion, Results, and Truth.

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." 

The Power of Discipline

"No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined."

                                                                                                                                     Harry E. Fosdick

Self-discipline and self-motivation are joined at the hip.

Why is that? When you practice self-discipline you feel like you are in control of your life. You feel content and motivated because you're moving toward your goals.

The Power of Discipline

Brian Tracy

Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority?

I started out in life with few advantages. I did not graduate from high school. I worked at menial jobs. I had limited education, limited skills and a limited future.

And then I began asking, "Why are some people more successful than others?" This question changed my life.

Over the years, I have read thousands of books and articles on the subjects of success and achievement. It seems that the reasons for these accomplishments have been discussed and written about for more than two thousand years, in every conceivable way. One quality that most philosophers, teachers and experts agree on is the importance of self-discipline. As Al Tomsik summarized it years ago, "Success is tons of discipline."

Some years ago, I attended a conference in Washington. It was the lunch break and I was eating at a nearby food fair. The area was crowded and I sat down at the last open table by myself, even though it was a table for four.

A few minutes later, an older gentleman and a younger woman who was his assistant came along carrying trays of food, obviously looking for a place to sit.

With plenty of room at my table, I immediately arose and invited the older gentleman to join me. He was hesitant, but I insisted. Finally, thanking me as he sat down, we began to chat over lunch.

It turned out that his name was Kop Kopmeyer. As it happened, I immediately knew who he was. He was a legend in the field of success and achievement. Kop Kopmeyer had written four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study. I had read all four books from cover to cover, more than once.

After we had chatted for awhile, I asked him the question that many people in this situation would ask, "Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?"

He smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye, as if he had been asked this question many times, and replied, without hesitating, "The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, "Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not."

He went on to say, "There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work."

Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.


In this interview Shiller explains why he believes the psyche of the investing class and the general economic participants are being negatively impacted by the economic malaise. He refers to it as a positive feedback loop that is very difficult to reverse. In equities, Shiller makes some rather alarming comments. He says the current volatility is not healthy and could very well be preceding a "substantial" decline in equities. 
He maintains that the current fragile environment could result in major downside movement. 

Egypt and Israel: Troubled Peace ...............................

Israel is worried by extremists on its desert border and political changes in Cairo.
Israel faces a dilemma with far-reaching strategic consequences. Thirty years of peace with Egypt have rested, above all, on a demilitarised Sinai.
The sudden change of power in Cairo has accelerated the collapse of central authority in Sinai. It has also given freer voice to a widely felt animosity towards Israel among the Egyptian public, a sentiment which the Mubarak government kept carefully muffled.
The renewed Hamas-Israel fighting along the border between Gaza and Israel sheds light yet again on the fragile Israel-Egypt relationship. This time, it is a distinctly red light. This is bad news to all those who wish to see a more stable Middle East.
It is arguably believed in Israel that the muted Israeli reaction to the latest Palestinian round of attacks on civilian Israeli targets, is largely due to a strategic decision of Netanyahu and Barak not to put in danger the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. The question aroused by many in Israel is whether the treaty is a piece of paper only or a reflection of a state of peace on the ground.

As the Egyptian army continues operations against armed terrorist groups in Sinai the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has said little about Israel's killing of five Egyptian soldiers in a cross-border attack.

The crisis erupted last Thursday when militants carried out three attacks against vehicles in the Israeli resort town of Eilat, killing eight people. Israel claimed the attackers had slipped over the border from Gaza into Egypt and thence to Eilat. Israeli security forces chased the attackers using Apache helicopters, from which they fired on an Egyptian border guard unit on duty north of Taba. Three soldiers were killed immediately. A further two died the following day from injuries sustained in the attack.

The killings sparked the most serious diplomatic crisis between Egypt and Israel since the Camp David peace accords three decades ago. Waves of contradicting reports appeared throughout Thursday night claiming there were more victims in Arish and confrontations along the Israeli-Egyptian border.

The incident prompted an outpouring of public anger in Egypt, and almost total silence on the part of the ruling military council.


Psalm 83

1 O God, do not remain silent;
   do not turn a deaf ear,
   do not stand aloof, O God.
2 See how your enemies growl,
   how your foes rear their heads.
3 With cunning they conspire against your people;
   they plot against those you cherish.
4 "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation,
   so that Israel's name is remembered no more."

 5 With one mind they plot together;
   they form an alliance against you—
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
   of Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
   Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
8 Even Assyria has joined them
   to reinforce Lot's descendants.

 9 Do to them as you did to Midian,
   as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
10 who perished at Endor
   and became like dung on the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
   all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, "Let us take possession
   of the pasturelands of God."

 13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
   like chaff before the wind.
14 As fire consumes the forest
   or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so pursue them with your tempest
   and terrify them with your storm.
16 Cover their faces with shame, LORD,
   so that they will seek your name.

 17 May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
   may they perish in disgrace.
18 Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD—
   that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.


Below is the address of a a WEB site slide show to click on with over 140 slides

of the hurricane damage.

The slides are in no particular order - but they show more damage overall than I have seen or heard about on the TV news thus far.....

Saturday, August 27, 2011




BE SAFE...........

Saturday, August 27, 2011
  • Lo: 73° F
  • Hi: 80° F
8 am Heavy Rain 76° F 100% 81% 76° F From ENE 26 mph 73° F 90%
9 am Heavy Rain 76° F 100% 100% 76° F From ENE 28 mph 73° F 90%
10 am Heavy Rain 77° F 100% 100% 77° F From ENE 30 mph 74° F 91%
11 am Heavy Rain 77° F 100% 100% 77° F From ENE 32 mph 74° F 91%
12 pm Heavy Rain 77° F 100% 100% 77° F From ENE 33 mph 74° F 91%
1 pm Heavy Rain 77° F 100% 100% 77° F From NE 35 mph 75° F 94%
2 pm Thunderstorms 77° F 100% 100% 77° F From NE 36 mph 75° F 94%
3 pm Thunderstorms 76° F 100% 100% 76° F From NE 37 mph 75° F 97%
4 pm Thunderstorms 75° F 100% 100% 75° F From NE 39 mph 74° F 97%
5 pm Thunderstorms 74° F 100% 100% 74° F From NNE 40 mph 74° F 100%
6 pm Thunderstorms 74° F 100% 100% 74° F From NNE 41 mph 74° F 100%
7 pm Thunderstorms 73° F 100% 100% 73° F From N 42 mph 73° F 100%
Saturday, August 27, 2011
  • Lo: 73° F
  • Hi: 80° F
8 pm Thunderstorms 73° F 100% 100% 73° F From N 43 mph 73° F 100%
9 pm Thunderstorms 74° F 100% 100% 74° F From ESE 44 mph 73° F 97%
10 pm Thunderstorms 74° F 100% 100% 74° F From SW 45 mph 72° F 94%
11 pm Thunderstorms 75° F 100% 100% 75° F From NNW 46 mph 72° F 90%

Sunday, August 28, 2011
  • Lo: 73° F
  • Hi: 80° F
12 am Thunderstorms 75° F 100% 100% 75° F From NW 43 mph 72° F 90%
1 am Thunderstorms 75° F 100% 100% 75° F From NW 40 mph 71° F 87%
2 am Thunderstorms 75° F 100% 100% 75° F From NW 37 mph 71° F 87%
3 am Thunderstorms 74° F 99% 100% 74° F From NW 34 mph 70° F 87%
4 am Thunderstorms 74° F 99% 100% 74° F From NW 30 mph 70° F 87%
5 am Thunderstorms 73° F 98% 100% 73° F From NW 27 mph 69° F 87%
6 am Thunderstorms 73° F 92% 100% 73° F From NW 25 mph 68° F 84%
Sunrise: 6:33 AM
7 am Thunderstorms 72° F 85% 100% 72° F From NW 22 mph 67° F 84%