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How To Tell If You Are One Of Those Ignorant People

IMG_7378Let’s just get this out right from the start so that no body is crying at the end.  We are ALL ignorant people in a lot of areas.  There.  That wasn’t so bad, was it?

But I want to talk about those who are “willing ignorant”  2 Pet 3:5

You and I have every opportunity to learn.

Knowledge is readily available; most for cheap or FREE.  What used to be available only in the best and most expensive universities, is now available online or in inexpensive books.

Where do the brightest minds put their best ideas?  In books or blogs, in articles or on Youtube. You and I can learn from the brightest people all over the world for almost no financial cost, all while we are sitting at home in our underwear.(You can still wear clothes if you want.)

Incredible!

And yet what are most people doing with themselves?  Being willingly ignorant.  Not because they can’t learn, but because they won’t.  Like an animal starving to death, surrounded by limitless, delicious and nutritious food.

Unbelievable!

Emerson said,

“On the brink of an ocean of life and truth we are miserably dying. Sometimes we are furthest away when we are closest by.   We stand on the brink of an ocean of power, but each must take the steps that would bring him there.”

TS Eliot wisely wrote,

“Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

We can learn languages, skills, and new information as we please. Self discipline is all that is required to learn and grow in this wonderful time in the history of the world.

With this treasure of truth readily available at our fingertips, how many great books have you read in the last 90 days?

How are you using your time?

Unfortunately for them, most people are

“willing to change their circumstances, but unwilling to change themselves.”

Until we recognize our own ignorance, and exercise the discipline to stick to a consistent learning routine, then little will change for us.

So how do we start learning?

First, commit to become a life-long learner.  There is never a graduation from education.  Never allow your ‘inner-liar’ to convince you that you ‘got your education’ or that you are already ‘educated.’

Next, start building a huge personal library and set aside time every day for study.  I am working on a growing list of over 1000 books and I get up everyday around 4 am to study.  (I know!  Crazy, huh.  But I love the quiet peace of the early morning and I have a huge list of books to read.)

That’s it.  Simple.  But you’ll be amazed at how quickly it will begin to alter your life for the better.

Start today!

A bonus thought about conventional schooling.

Though I do have a degree from a good university, my personal preference is to learn from professionals, vs. professors.  There is a huge difference between practice and theory. (Obviously, some few professors are AMAZING.)

So much of what happens in Cog-lege is not education at all. They (colleges) are doing what they have to do to make a profit, and to conform to the regulations of the Cog-master. (i.e. ‘Big Brother’ 😉 )  These institutions are in the very lucrative business of producing cogs for all the factories in society.

That presents two great disadvantages.

1 They are more worried about their bottom line than your education.

And 2, They are producing cogs. That is not what you want to become!

It’s the old 80/20 rule again. 20% of what is happening will produce 80% of the results–education. The other 80%, or more, of what they are doing is just so that they can stay in business and so that they can conform to the dictator. Yes dictator. He mandates what will be force-fed to each of the little coglings.

I’m not really that hard-core, but there are some SERIOUS flaws in the government school system.

Let’s take charge of our own education starting NOW!

For more great info on this, read Linchpin by Seth Godin   and The Art of Nonconformity, by Chris Guillebeau

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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The Supreme Power of Gentleness in Leadership and Family Life

This classic fable is a perfect illustration of the power of influence we can have on those around us IF we will treat them with kindness and respect.

Countless are the marriages and relationships that suffer because of rough treatment, tactless conversation and attempted force.

I don’t know anyone who likes to be forced to do things; and yet so many try to force their will on others, especially their children.

Abraham Lincoln said:

“If you would win a man to your cause, you must first convince him that you are his sincere friend.”

A sincere friend does not try to force, rather, he gently and firmly persuades. Gentleness!  A sincere friend will want only what is best for her friends. The truth in this principle has the power to dramatically improve all of our relationships.

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Fable number 22 The North Wind and The Sun.

“A dispute arose between the North Wind and the Sun, each claiming that he was stronger than the other. At last they agreed to try their powers upon a traveller, to see which could soonest strip him of his cloak.

The North Wind had the first try; and, gathering up all his force for the attack, he came whirling furiously down upon the man, and caught up his cloak as though he would wrest it from him by one single effort: but the harder he blew, the more closely the man wrapped it round himself.

Then came the turn of the Sun. At first he beamed gently upon the traveller, who soon unclasped his cloak and walked on with it hanging loosely about his shoulders: then he shone forth in his full strength, and the man, before he had gone many steps, was glad to throw his cloak right off and complete his journey more lightly clad.”

Persuasion is better than force.

How I love this fable! It teaches us such a fantastic and critical principle which is we all work with others, thus we’ve got to learn how to do that effectively especially if we wish to have the power of influence.

Management Vs Leadership

Managers are trying to tell people what to do and always watching over their shoulders and being administering instead of ministering. While in leadership, people choose to follow you. You can’t be a leader by force!

It is the whole ‘telling’ vs ‘yelling’. In order to be a leader, you have to praise, lift and build and not tear down.

You can’t force people and then expect them to do the right thing. The last thing people need is somebody tearing them down, because they will simply resist.

Emerson said:

“In my walks of life, every man I meet is my superior in some way and in that I learn from him.”

All people, including children, deserve our respect!

George Bernard Shaw said:

“If we all realized that we were the children of one father, we would stop shouting each other as much as we do.”

Someone said:

“Trying to resolve things by physical force is evidence of a small mind.”

We need to, like the sun, use gentleness and persuasion and then show full strength of inspiration and influence.

Greg Denning IndiaMy friends, we’ve got to learn to apply these great lessons. We need to use gentleness and persuasion and to be kind with others.

☑Let’s become people who constantly complement and build, lift and praise.

☑Let’s make it our personal mission, to make everyone we meet feel better!

☑Let’s be like the sun, shining, inspiring, offering light and a great attitude.

Here are some goals for you:

☑Change your attitude.

☑Change the way you view people.

☑Use compliments and praise.

☑Wherever you go, build and inspire people.

☑Get rid of your ego.

☑Look for the good in people and let them know.

☑Let’s decide today to work with others with persuasion and kindness.

If you reach these goals, I promise you that you will be able to have and increase your circle of influence and be able to accomplish great things in this world!

Let’s reach upward to be people of great influence by learning these great truths and principles and learning how to work better with people.

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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Develop An Attitude of Gratitude

Haitian kidsThis little guy and his baby sister are from Haiti.  Their parents fled from their home country and moved to the DR searching for a better life for their family.  They lived in a tiny wood shack and operated a poorly stocked store to try to cover their living expenses.

I loved to go support their store and play with the kids.  They were so happy and energetic, and so fun to be around.  This little family was grateful for the better life they were building.

I hope that hearing their story is helping you feel more grateful for the good things you have in your life, especially the opportunities that abound around you.

In the wonderful book Robinson Crusoe, he reflects on the attitude he first had when he came to the island.  Later, because of his regular study of the Bible, he acknowledges his blessings from God and is filled with gratitude for his blessings, even though stranded on a deserted island all alone.

He says, “I frequently sat down to meat with thankfulness, and admired the hand of God’s providence which had thus spread my table in the wilderness.  I learned to look more on the bright side of my condition, and less on the dark side, and consider what I enjoyed rather than what I wanted.  This gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that I cannot express them, and which I take notice of here to put those discontented people in mind of it, who cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them because they see and covet something that He has not given them.  All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.”  (Emphasis added, pg 117)

“It put me upon reflecting how little repining there would be among mankind at any condition of life, if people would rather compare their condition with those that were worse, in order to be thankful, than be always comparing them with those which are better, to assist their murmurings and complainings.” (pg 160)

Oh, That is GOOD!

I know times can be tough.   I’ve lived in the streets with little to eat and no where to stay.  But even in those conditions, there are things to be grateful for.

Gratitude is more about attitude than about circumstances.  And a grateful attitude will always bring us good things!  Develop an attitude of gratitude that you will carry with you the rest of your life.

Let’s begin today to focus on the good we do have and cease to complain about what we do not!

Please share a few things that you are most grateful for in the comments below.  I’m grateful for you and for your comments. 😉

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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9 Ideas That Change Your Life

Here are 9 ideas that change your life.

❶ “Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.”

❷ “People are always blaming their circumstances. I do not believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world get up and find the circumstances they want. And if they cannot find them, make them.” George Bernard Shaw

❸  Kill the rats in your cellar. (No, I’m not actually talking about a real cellar, silly.  Hint: It’s about your bad habits and attitudes that you try to keep hidden from others.  KILL THEM!)

❹  Forgive in order to be forgiven.

❺  1 Pet 5:5  “For God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace unto the humble.” Grace has been defined as “enabling power.” God resists the proud and gives power to the humble. I know which one I want to strive for.

❻  If you don’t sow, you can’t reap.

❼  Deliver the goods.

❽  Nothing gets better until you do.

❾  Everything gets better when you do.

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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