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New Blogging Website: Check out Kalatu Through the Empower Network!

I movedI’m writing this blog post to let you know that I haven’t abandoned blogging and left all of you hanging. I know that there have not been any postings on here since December, and I’m sorry about that because I enjoy writing, blogging and getting all my stories out into the mainstream.

I know there are people that like to read my stories and articles and of course some people who are not fond of how I put together a sentence, a paragraph or an article. I can no more stop writing and blogging than I could stop breathing. I enjoy the creative process of crafting sentences, paragraphs and the final post itself.

I am going to be exclusively blogging on a new platform. The genesis of this platform began about five months ago. I have been involved in a blogging platform through the Empower Network that was not as sophisticated as I wanted it to be. Within the last five months the new Kalatu blogging platform was rolled-out and replaced the original platform that was there when I started blogging with Empower. I am completely dedicated to the new blogging platform. This platform is easy to use, and the different templates available for your blogging website will let you build the site exactly the way you want it to look.

Please click the link below and take a look at the new blogging platform. You will not be disappointed if you decide to join me in blogging on the new Kalatu platform.

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Let me know if you have any questions, I would be glad to answer them for you.

I hope you will visit my new site and read all of my upcoming blog posts, but if you decide not to follow it has been a wonderful ride to have you all checking out my content whenever you got a chance. Thank you for taking the time to read one of my blogs every now and then.

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Think and Grow Rich: Chapter 6: A Book Review

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In chapter 6, Napoleon Hill gives us the impression that ideas can have power in terms of how we can get to the riches we seek. He lays out the tenets that there are two types of imagination.

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The first type of imagination that he speaks of is Synthetic Imagination.

“Through this faculty, one may arrange old concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations. This faculty creates nothing. It merely works with the material of experience, education, and observation with which it is fed. It is the faculty used most by the inventor, with the exception of the “genius” who draws upon the creative imagination, when he cannot solve his problem through synthetic imagination.”1

The other type of imagination that Hill writes about is the Creative Imagination.

“Through the faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with infinite intelligence. It is the faculty through which “hunches” and “inspirations” are received is by this faculty that all basic, or new ideas are handed over to man.”2

In making the case for these two different types of imagination and thought process, what is very clear is that creative imagination can be the direct result of synthetic imagination. In other words, taking information that has been previously known and thinking about a different way to use that information to create something that has never been thought of before can be the basis for successful and truly enriching business experience.

Build Your Vision

What I got from reading this chapter pertains to the ability to think and create without tethers. It brought to mind many of the old dictums of how man is only restricted by the bounds of his imagination. If you can think of something it can be done. This is what makes building a business in an entrepreneurial fashion such an exhilarating task. Instead of being put in a situation where you are trading time and experience for money to an employer, now you are using the progeny of your own mind and thinking to create a basis of wealth for your good and the good of your family. There is no higher cause then using your God-given talents, stretching them to the limit and beyond, and making a sustainable income beyond your wildest dreams.

In these endeavors you do not have to be the expert. Again, Hill discusses his relationship with Andrew Carnegie and how the “Steel Baron” had absolutely no idea about the process of steelmaking. What he did have was a genius for pulling in those people who had the information that he needed and using them to create his corporate structure. Although Hill never mentioned this person, another person who used his imagination to the utmost and was a contemporary of Hill’s, was Walt Disney. Disney founded a company based on a mouse. That mouse became the most famous rodent in the history of the world. Imagination can even turn a household pest into a viable corporate structure.

Coke and Learning

In this chapter Hill also gives us two examples where imagination played an incredible role in final success. The first example, of the clerk in the general store, Asa Candler, who pays $500 for a recipe, a kettle and a paddle to stir the kettle, was a lesson in foresight and vision. Candler used this recipe and kettle to make the most famous soft drink in history, Coca-Cola. The other example, was Pastor Frank W. Gunsaulus who used his imagination to craft a homily that was responsible for giving him the $1 million that he needed to build his university, The Armour Institute of Technology (named after the man who gave the $1 million to Pastor Gunsaulus: Phillip D. Armour).

What did Candler and Gunsaulus have in common?

They had a burning desire to be successful and they set their minds to the task of building their dreams by tapping into their imagination.

Imagination, dreams, desires, these are the building blocks that successful entrepreneurs build on. Withstanding the disbelief of others is of paramount importance at this crucial point in time. The people who do not follow their dreams are the ones who are never happy in their employment situation.

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In Closing

Follow your dreams, the going may get tough, but in the end when you reach the successful finish line it will be so worth it!

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Online Holiday Shopping for Cash Back

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Holiday Shopping

Elf Kahuna knows holiday shopping. He also knows that you have to get things done and accomplished so that your own Mrs. Elf Kahuna can get a nice piece of jewelry from the CASH-back. Make sure you don’t let her down!

Home Delivery or Store Pick-up

If you want to wait and get your holiday purchases delivered, you can handle your online shopping that way. If you want faster access to whatever you’re buying, you can order it online and then go pick it up at your favorite store, whatever that store may be.

Travel Time After the Holidays

If you are like Elf Kahuna, you will be really happy when the holidays have been completed. Instead of thinking about all the work that’s getting done and how much you have to do before that magical day, wouldn’t it be nice to go online and plan a trip, with airfare, hotel, car rental and anything else that you want to include at a big discount with CASH-back for you? I think the time is right, so click here—

It’s YOUR Man CAVE, So Build It

When you know the big game is coming and you want to have all your friends over to watch at your place, not just any TV is going to cut it.  Build your MAN-CAVE the way you want it and get the BIG Screen TV and all the electronics and accessories to outfit your domicile.


Pet Food With Cash Back

You can order anything you need for your dog, cat, bird, rodent, rabbit, or lizard online and then either have it delivered or available for pick-up at the local store.  You chose the most convenient way you want to receive your purchase.


Holiday Decorations from the Hardware Stores

When you need a tree, some lights, or decorations that need to be replaced, remember to order online and then pick up from the Big Hardware stores.  You’ll love getting the CASH Back!


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New York Islanders Resurgence, 2014

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Over the last couple of weeks a very interesting occurrence has transpired. It doesn’t have anything to do with politics or the economy, or any news about celebrity dating habits. No, this occurrence comes from the world of sports. Before I start to embellish you with what this means, I want to give a little history lesson and a personal history lesson as well.

I went to college at a small SUNY school in upstate New York. My undergraduate alma mater is SUNY Potsdam. I started school at SUNY Potsdam in the fall of 1979. My initial time was very uneventful. My grades were passable but not exemplary. I was underage when I first got into college and had never really been a partier, and this meant that I spent my first semester studying very hard on the weekends. At a certain point I decided that I needed to branch out and open up my mind to complete the college experience. In other words, Beer Blasts were okay in my book!

This idyllic college experience went on for one year. In my second year, my father passed away from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. While my father was in the hospital, I made a promise to him that I would finish my schooling at Potsdam and get my degree. Little did I know that this would be one of the most difficult things that I would ever have to finish. A week after my father was buried, I was driving back to school, but this time I had a small black and white television in tow with me.

My Therapy Begins

Now you might be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with the New York Islanders?” When I was driving home from my first year of school, I was listening to the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals on my radio in the car. I actually heard the Islanders win the Stanley Cup on Bobby Nystrom’s overtime goal at 7:11 of Overtime as I was on the road. This whole “winning a championship thing” was unknown on Long Island. At first the powers that be did not know what to do. They thought about having a parade in Manhattan, but then again they were not the New York City Islanders, they were the New York Islanders geographically and fan-base-wise from Long Island. Also, I believe New York City turned the Islanders down about having a parade there. They eventually settled on having a parade down Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County.

That was in Spring, 1980, but now I was staring at a whole different set of personal circumstances in the early part of 1981. My father’s passing and funeral occurred in November 1980. I drove back up to school with a million different things running through my head. The grief was unbelievable. I felt like I was someone else, someone who was in pain all the time, not a physical pain just this incredible annoying pressure that was there all the time. I knew I had to find an outlet. I talked to some counselors at school and they suggested that I should find something that could take my mind off the pain and grief even for small periods of time. With this in mind I knew exactly what I needed to do. I found an open cable outlet in the bowels of my dorm: Lehman House 2.

NY Islanders Dynasty 1980-1984

I would get the New York Times and mark the calendar for days when there would be a game. On those days I would trudge down into the basement of the dorm, attach the cable, and turn on WOR channel 9 and watch the Islanders seasons unfold before me. I didn’t become a fan just because I loved hockey, I became a fan because I needed an outlet that reminded me of home and kept me in touch with who I was. I was also thinking about the future of success and happiness I was grappling toward. The fact that I learned to love hockey in this process is a delightful afterthought for what they did for me.

Bossy, Trottier, Smitty, Potvin, Morrow, Langevin, Sutter, these names mean nothing to the average person, but these were the guys who helped me more than they will ever know. I watched as Mike Bossy scored 50 goals in 50 games, I watched as the team powered its way to its second Stanley Cup in 1981, and then a third Stanley Cup in 1982, and then the most satisfying Stanley Cup of all was number four when they swept the Edmonton (Oilers) Gretzky’s in 1983.  As fate would have it, the Islanders and Oilers faced off in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1984, but this time the result was different.  On the day that I graduated from SUNY Potsdam, May 19, 1984, the Islanders lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Edmonton Oilers.  I always look at that moment in a surreal, dreamlike fashion. It was as though the Islanders were saying, “we helped you get through college, and now our work is done!”  I know this is just my musings, but it does seem very coincidental that this was the last time the NY Islanders made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

We Move on and Overcome the Pain

Little things keep us focused. Little things help us stay sane. Little things can erase pain for a period of time. The New York Islanders did that for me. I know I would’ve found a way to get through the worst period in my life if there were no New York Islanders. All I know is that there was a New York Islanders team that was amazingly good at a time when I needed them and they helped me through the roughest period in my life.

I will always be an NY Islanders fan. It doesn’t matter where I live, or where they are in the standings. Of all of my sports allegiances, this is the one that can never be broken.

Now that I live in Denver I went to the game on October 30 between the Islanders and the Avalanche. Unfortunately, it was not a good game for the Islanders who ended up getting shut out 5-0. It doesn’t matter, they are still my team but I do hope this winning thing they have going on is not just a flash in the pan. I support them either way, but it’s so much sweeter when they are good and winning. Islanders vs Avalanche here in Denver on Wed. Janu..._5488588043848733757_Photo Start the Chant…

Funny that this fan has a story to tell… I’m sure there are others out there with a similar story.   Let’s Go Islanders!   Let’s Go Islanders! Let’s Go Islanders!

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Think and Grow Rich: Book Review-Chapter 5: General Versus Specialized Knowledge

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Chapter 5:  Specialized Knowledge

This is another blog post that is going to continue with my journey through the book Think and Grow Rich that was written by Napoleon Hill and published in 1937.

In chapter 5 we are confronted with a dilemma of what specific knowledge is necessary to the entrepreneurial mind. Hill goes very far to say that book intelligence is general intelligence and is not necessarily what is needed when looking to start a business or begin an entrepreneurial venture. When dealing directly with those who teach in universities and colleges, Hill had this to say:

“Most of the professors have but little or no money. They specialize on teaching knowledge but they do not specialize on the organization, or the use of knowledge.”1

The knowledge that you need to be an effective businessman or woman in this particular day and age is not all that different from what you needed in 1937. Robert Kiyosaki is the modern-day business maven who also calls for a revision of what is taught in schools and universities. Children need to be taught about money, about credit, about assets, and about liabilities and how all of these financial tools are used to build wealth.

Ford’s Got A Better Idea

Napoleon Hill used as an example Henry Ford. Hill relates the story that during the First World War, Henry Ford was labeled an “Ignorant Pacifist.” We are not told directly if Ford was more upset about being be called ignorant or a pacifist but he decided to take the Chicago paper that labeled him to court for libel. During the course of the trial it was brought out that although Ford did not possess a large amount of classical education, he was a man who knew how to put together the teams of specialists who could get to the desired result he envisioned. In some respects this is a much greater gift than having all the book smarts of every library in the world. He could use his ability to set goals, integrate teams of specialists and get his cars off the production line as he saw fit. Ford also answered one question that particularly made him angry. When asked one particularly offensive question, Ford’s response was:

“If I should really want to answer the foolish question you have just asked or any of the other questions you have been asking me let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer any question I desire to ask concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts.”2

Others who were mentioned in this particular chapter were Thomas Edison, who did not have a formal education, and Andrew Carnegie, who knew nothing about the steel industry but was another who knew exactly what specialists to speak to when he needed to get things accomplished.

The MasterMind

Everything revolves around how you can get your knowledge, but not just any knowledge. Everyone who aspires to be an Entrepreneur needs to find a mentor and a group of those who are on a higher level in the particular field to become a Mastermind group. The Mastermind group can completely transform the abilities of one individual by utilizing the specialized knowledge of the many for a desired outcome. Hill was very specific on how this knowledge was to be attained. He was also very specific about the leadership qualities of those who sought out this particular type of knowledge. The main avenue of knowledge that was proposed in 1937 was the Home Study Course. The amount of writing that Hill gave to this avenue of study leads me to believe that he was a firm devotee of home-study as a way to rise to the top of one’s profession. In this day and age an online degree or specialized courses in whatever an individual’s field of employment would seem to be the closest relation to the Home Study Courses in 2014.

In this chapter Hill specifically points out that lack of ambition is a killer in today’s workplace. You have to be driven, you have to use your specialized knowledge, and you have to use all of the first chapters in this particular book to achieve your final goal of riches. You can also use the ability to purchase specialized knowledge as well, and knowing where to purchase the specialized knowledge is also a well-respected trait for any businessman or businesswoman.

Success through Imagination and Application

Finally in this chapter, Hill has two specific examples where people use their knowledge and ideas to build a business that was outside the realm of the everyday individual. The first example he gave was of a Mr. Wier who had been let go from his previous employer where he was a Construction Engineer. Mr. Wier took this time to go back to law school and complete his degree in a much accelerated fashion. Now Mr. Wier was over 40 years old when he made this change, but he decided that his prospects were better if he took this step and applied himself to becoming a lawyer. Once his law firm was up and running, he was hugely successful and even had to turn clients away at certain points in time.

The other example was of the woman who put together the marketing packets in book form for her son. He was just out of school and did not have a large array of experiences in the workplace to draw from, but his mother put together a booklet that allowed him to highlight various points in his life that could show experiences that would cross over into the workplace. He ended up getting a position where he started as a junior executive instead of at the bottom of the corporate ladder.

This chapter is all about cultivating your desire, seeking an opportunity, and applying your imagination to come up with an idea that sets you apart from all other businessmen. The ability to solve a problem in a unique and innovative way is paramount to setting you apart as an individual.  

1 and 2  Hill, Napoleon:  Think and Grow Rich, 1937

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Think and Grow Rich Book Review: Chapter 4- Autosuggestion

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In chapter 4 we learn all the nuances of Autosuggestion.

What are the things that hold us back from attaining what we want in life?

In some respects we are held back by a system that makes us into employees as soon as we are old enough to go to school. Autosuggestion can be a tool that helps us to break the cycle of continuous training for a cubicle world. In 1937 Napoleon Hill was not looking at a culture of cubicles, but was staring down the barrel of a factory populace who trudged off to work every day at the car plant, or the steel mill, or the defense plant, or the Tennessee Valley Authority. They needed Autosuggestion as badly then as we need it now.

What is Autosuggestion?

Our mental capabilities are composed of the conscious day-to-day world which is fed by all of our senses. The underlying drive for who we are and what we can become is contained more in the subconscious then in the conscious narrative. To get to a point where we are bringing success and riches into our lives, we have to focus on building dreams and goals and voicing them repetitively every single day. You have to get to the point where you are repetitively speaking with emotion about your goals and your dreams. Over time, the consistent repetition of voicing your dreams will begin to make them move from only a thought into the concrete world of reality.

Voice your Desires

The example that I gave in my YouTube video was if you know you want to make $30,000 a month by March 2015, then you must repetitively speak to the universe and give voice to the stream constantly. If you can continue to give voice to the stream of consciousness on a consistent daily basis, then this dream will move from dream state to a reality state.

Chapter 4 was the shortest chapter of the book so far, but if length were a measure of importance, then this chapter would not even rank on the list of most influential chapters of this book. But length is not a measure of importance in Think and Grow Rich, and this is probably one of the most important chapters Hill wrote. The central theme of this book, to think and grow rich, cannot occur unless the individual has already established a mindset that attracts and visualizes long-term success. Without a background of fervent desire and an indomitable spirit that fosters a given result, the other tenets contained in the book will not be able to produce results. The dreams and desires that are obsessively believed are the foundation of success in an entrepreneurial venture.

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Autosuggestion is the act of continually and repetitively voicing your inner-most dreams and desires. Once these are continually voiced and thought about, the garden of your subconscious will begin to germinate these ideas. Once they have taken root in the fertile ground of the subconscious through constant invoking, the reality will begin to merge with the mind-set to forge a phalanx of success.

Let your DREAMS live and voice them loudly DAILY!

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Think and Grow Rich: Book Review Chapter 3

New Photo w Logos There is nothing more fervent than the devotion of someone who believes. The belief pattern

is something that is forged and cultivated with extreme care. In my review of the classic

book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, I have been delving into all nuances of this

title to give a 360 degree view of what the author was trying to accomplish with this

groundbreaking book. Keep in mind that this book was written in 1937 and the reader

must be prepared for cultural changes that exist between that time period and the present.

Chapter 3: FAITH

Chapter 3 revolves around an idea. That idea is to have Faith. Now Hill

propounded that faith was part of a Trinity that also included love and sex.

“Love and faith are psychic; related to the spiritual side of man. Sex is purely

biological, and related only to the physical. The mixing, or blending, of these

three emotions has the effect of opening a direct line of communication between

the finite, thinking mind of man, and Infinite Intelligence. “1

What is the highest order of faith? One of the precepts that Hill recognizes is the

strong portion of faith within Christianity. Without faith, there is no religion of this

particular type. He sees the intricate mesh of faith in a Supreme Being and also faith

in an idea that can be the basis for a long-term financial windfall. One of the most

successful historical figures that Hill uses as an example was Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi had nothing but an idea that swayed the popular opinion of 200 million of his

countrymen. This idea did not depend on whether he had a home, suit of clothes, or

a $10 bill in his pocket. It was faith and his force of Will and ideas that shaped

the destiny of the Indian people.

US Steel

Another example of an idea having omnipotent power had to do with Charles Schwab

and the formation of United States Steel in the early 1900s. Schwab had developed an

idea based on the interactions of various competing steel mills to unite them all under a

Trust of one unified corporate structure. To make this opportunity work correctly, there

needed to be a massive influx of capital investment and unification of all the other steel

mills with Jay Pierpont Morgan as the titular head of this corporate behemoth. Schwab was able

to take this idea, have faith in this idea, and present this idea for final input and buy-in. His

ultimate faith in his idea and himself would be the basis for one of the largest corporate

mergers in American history. He was also able to secure for Andrew Carnegie, his boss and

benefactor, the retirement sum of $400 million. Now even in 1900, $400 million was a huge

sum. How do we get to this arena of faith? What is it that drives our psyche to believe in where

we want to go and what we want to do? The answer revolves around Autosuggestion.

Autosuggestion is the continuous repeating of ideas and wants that may be out of reach in the

present, but highly attainable in a prescribed amount of time. Autosuggestion can change someone’s

life if they implement this tenet and continue to do so for as long as it takes to change their thought patterns.

Don’t Do The Crime…

A criminologist was consulted who gave testimony that someone who is law-abiding will see an illegal

act as abhorrent when initially confronted with it. If continuously put in a situation where this act is committed

and witnessed by the same test subject, little by little the just man will turn. Continuously confronted with

illegal actions will eventually turn a righteous man into a criminal. By the same token, continuously reinforcing

an idea of faith with positive information through autosuggestion will turn that idea into a reality.

Highly negative thoughts can only produce a negative effect. Highly positive thoughts can be the foundation

of a future that is well-financed and shaped by whatever vision the seer views and expounds.

1.  Think and Grow Rich:  Napoleon Hill


Always have ideas and dreams and use autosuggestion to build and maintain your faith. The results will be a successful conclusion to whatever you desire.

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