Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Monday, October 10, 2011

Why Change?

I have spent years trying to define what change means to an individual life. Change is a constant.

There are changes we cannot control that happen in the World at large. We can not end a war.
But we can choose our habits and attitudes. This site will focus on improving our performance in the areas of our greatest influence.

Aristotle is often quoted as saying,

"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire."

"We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence is therefore not an act but a habit."

We will work on a checklist of good habits that will help you create the lifestyle of which you dream.

Reason, passion and desire will keep us motivated and help us to choose worthwhile goals. Habits will be the daily actions that move us along our path to a better life. Daily self-management is an art to be learned because lasting changes in peoples' lives is an "inside job". We need to take lessons to heart and learn about what we want our lives to be, i.e., our purpose. We may need to change some attitudes and some habits along the way to becoming more effective in creating our vision of the meaningful life.

Learning from the example of mentors and people we admire is a good place to start in refining your habits for better results. Investors often gravitate to the methodology employed by a great investor like Warren Buffet as a starting point in formulating thier approach to financial markets and the investing process. Body builders look to Arnold, Boxers look to Sugar Ray,singers to Frank Sinatra, etc. for inspiration and a method of maneuvering through thier chosen profession.

We can train ourselves using books and the Internet which has dedicated itself to open learning, giving every person with a computer and an internet source worldwide an opportunity to hear lectures and read academic papers or to take courses on-line. This fantastic development give a whole new meaning to the autodidact. The self-taught man has many more learning opportunities before him than at any time in past history. Coincidentally, this phenomena may "pop the bubble" of massive student loans given to attend over-priced universities for an education that seldom leads to employment. This may become a similar crash to the housing mortgage implosion of 2008 that is keeping banks and financial markets in a constant state of turmoil today.

The 5 Pillars of Change is my attempt to give readers a method to begin making changes in thier habits to more effectively pursue their goals.

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