I had the good fortune of receiving an advance copy last week. It's another ground-breaking work that in one hour could free yourself from thinking like the masses and really, REALLY distinguish yourself in some way that matters to you. You will gain power, fame and joy by doing so.
Cut the Leash!!
Your weirdo friend,
The heights by great men [and women] reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I'm not suggesting that you have to be the best at whatever you choose to do with your life. You can live a wonderfully happy and rewarding life without being the best at what you choose to do, whether that be a tailor, high school basketball coach, parent, owner of an organic food store, being in great shape, or whatever.
However, we get one chance at life. And, if you're the type of person who wants to be the best at what you do, there is no shortcut. You have to "do the work." That includes doing both the physical and the emotional labor. That means working even when you don't feel like it and when you can come up with dozens of reasons to take the day off.
Steven Pressfield in his easy-to-read masterpiece Do The Work says that "Stephen King has confessed that he works every day. Fourth of July, his birthday, Christmas."
If you want to be the best, it comes down to this: "How much time are you willing to spare each day to do the work?"
Your friend in Frederick, Maryland,
Most people, they lose, they whine and quit.
But you gotta be there for the turns.
Everybody's got good luck.
Everybody's got bad luck.
Don't run when you lose.
Don't whine when it hurts.
Nobody likes a crybaby.
Confidence, protection and good humor.
Very special GONZO power words from Anita Thompson this evening, interwoven with wickedly delightful conversation.
And now it's time to savor a glass of our soon-to-be-released very limited "Secret Stash" Harvest Ale. A truly kick-ass beer brewed with LOCAL hops, corn, potatoes, wheat and honey and with original label art from the WORLDLY genius Ralph Steadman.
Love and Godspeed,
Respect the Elders
Teach the Young
Cooperate with the Pack
Play when you can
Hunt when you must
Rest in between
Share your affections
Voice your feelings
Leave your Mark
Whenever you feel your MoJo flagging you may want to re-read this and give yourself a kick in the ass.
Rock on, Warriors!
Phot0 courtesy of a warrior-blooded Flying Dog.
Grandmaster (10th degree black belt) Frank F. Kovacs celebrated his 90th birthday today. He was born on July 8, 1921 in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania (Romania).
After high school Frank enrolled in the Ludovica Military Academy, the Hungarian "West Point." He was graduated from the Academy in 1943 with the rank of Second Lieutenant and immediately went into combat as a border patrol guard on the Hungarian-Romanina border during WWII. He earned the Hungarian Medal of Honor after a fight in which he was hit with 13 bullets from submachine gun fire.
Frank, who had been studying various forms of martial arts since age 6, relocated to Austria soon after WWII and began teaching martial arts to military academies, including the British commandos.
Frank relocated to the United States in 1949 and in 1955 founded a style of martial arts called Minna-Jiu-Jitsu, which means "More Arts Together." The core techniques of Minna-Jiu-Jitsu include techniques from Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Savate, and Muay Thai. Minna-Jiu-Jitsu is a practical, effective style that empowers individuals to defend themselves from almost any type of attack, whether against single or multiple opponents and whether armed or unarmed.
Happy birthday, Frank, my teacher and friend!
With deepest gratitude,
A "Committee of Five" wrote the Declaration of Independence. That Committee included John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence is a powerful statement of LIBERTY and HUMAN RIGHTS:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson became the 2nd and 3rd Presidents of the United States, respectively.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, fifty years after writing the Declaration of Independence. Volumes have been written about the genius of both men.
You are standing on the shoulders of these giants.