Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Seek And You Shall Find...

Nothing great was ever accomplished without inspiration. ~Earl Nightingale

There is an old biblical teaching. It goes something like this:

Seek and you shall find.
Ask and you shall receive.
Knock and it shall be opened unto you.

At first reading, most people don't quite get the meaning of these three simple sentences. 

Theologians are all pretty clear in their understanding of this. Jesus was speaking to the twelve disciples. He was telling them that "the way" lies before them; but, there was something that THEY must do. Seek, ask, knock in short, take action.

It's the same way with business. If you want to succeed at anything in life you have to take the bull by the horns— make it happen!

Nobody is going to drag you kicking and screaming to the finish line. It's up to you to decide whether or not you want something bad enough to work for it, to make it happen. That is why having a passion for what you are doing is so important.

If you are not passionate about your work you are in the wrong field. The good news is that it's seldom too late to do anything about it. Colonel Sanders did not become a success until he was in his sixties. Kentucky Fried Chicken was his great success story. Prior to KFC, the colonel had to reinvent himself. Finally, he had his day in the sun.

You can too, and it need not take four decades to get there. So, arm yourself with information. Set a goal. Create an action plan. Go for it.

Remember: The best way to get something done is to do it now!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Make the Most of Life

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. ~William Shakespeare

Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. With that being the case, isn't it about time that you decide that you are ready to take control of your own future?

You are the sum total of your thoughts. What you have believed up to this point in your life created the person you are at this very moment. If you want to improve your life, whether it be economics, love life, career, or to overcome adversity, you can start by changing the way you think.


We are all limited by doubt, intimidation, and the fear of failure. The good news is this: We are all capable of reprogramming our minds through auto-suggestion.

In short, if you think like a winner you will soon become one. First, you must believe that your success is just around the corner.

Now, I will leave you with two thoughts:

Anything in life worth having is worth working for. ~Andrew Carnegie.

The Secret to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. ~Bruce Lee

Start believing in yourself today.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Health and Fitness

At the age of fifty-nine, I felt pretty fit over all, but, I want to look and feel great thirty years in the future.

I did a lot of research into various fitness regimens— like weight-lifting workouts. I am an avid cyclist and since my riding is all on road bikes my upper body does not get the workout that my legs and backside receive.

Since I have a martial arts background I realize that the perfect scenario is one where results come quickly and I can then maintain the level of fitness by brief workouts rather than an exhaustive series of presses, and other lifting exercises. I also want to share my workout with others.

Enter Bruce Lee

The martial arts legend, Bruce Lee, did a series of workouts designed for strength. His regimen was low-weight, high repetition. That meant lots of work with dumbbells and mostly free weights rather than machines.

After lots of research, I have designed a system that is giving me massive changes in strength and body sculpting. It is entirely based on lighter weight with a larger count of repetitions increasing to double that weight while lowering the count to sets of thirty repetitions. 

I am documenting results carefully and I will be posting some results and pictures. I will follow-up with a book documenting the food I eat regularly, exercises with the bike, dumbbells, hiking, and other recreational activities that have helped me maintain good fitness over many years.

In my book (Get Happy, Write Away) I mentioned that people often join a gym and work out for a short while before they grow tired of it and either give up or get too busy with other things. It's easy to understand because working out is often too much like work. I recommended recreation that provides FUN and FITNESS. 

For general health and well-being, that is fine. If you want to work on a specific goal, like the one I have chosen at fifty-nine-years-old, then, something like this plan is perfect. In about a month's time, you will see results and in a couple more months you will be amazed. From then onward, a simple maintenance routine is all you'll need.

Stay Tuned for More Details...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Columbus Zoo

Mary Rose and I spent Sunday afternoon at the Columbus Zoo. We shot a bunch of video and I threw it all together this morning.

I was using the Canon HFS10  and my wife was using the HFR300 camcorder. I added the soundtrack I created in Mixcraft digital audio workstation.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Indian Run Falls

My wife and I went to Indian Run Falls last Sunday. We were amazed to see how many people were in the water swimming, wading, or simply playing around.

Signs are all over the place warning that being in the water is illegal. As you will see, even whole families don't seem to mind. lol


Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Lucky Find

I was lucky enough to find a really great deal on a factory refurbished Canon HFS10 camcorder.

When the HFS10 first hit the scene it was $1399.00 and there were not many of them manufactured due to the cost. The refurb cost me $333.95 delivered to my front door.

The camcorder has a CMOS sensor that is native-mode high-definition 1920 x 1080 resolution and sports a made-for-HD-video lens (10X zoom).

Here is a little video...

I composed the soundtrack in Mixcraft 8.0 and edited the video with Serif Software's MoviePlus.

So far, I am very impressed.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Thank You to My Readers

Book royalties rise and fall, depending on how you market and promote yourself. I've been so busy over the last couple of years that I have let marketing slip. It was a pleasant surprise to receive royalties from Amazon for sales in six foreign markets this month.

I'd like to thank everyone who purchased any of my books. Japan had far more sales than any other nation. I humbly bow and say, thank you.

I took a portion of the royalties and bought a new photographic studio setup. The upgraded equipment will be used for producing videos for my books and also musical instrument reviews for Ukulele Player Magazine.

One of the blessings of being a photographer and author is that I can write and use my own photographs to illustrate my books. I don't have to rely on someone else or use royalty-free images for illustration. I am also an "illustrator" and use a Wacom tablet to create images as well. Being able to do everything myself saves me money and enables me to sell my books at very affordable prices.

Thank You once again.

I hope you all enjoy success and happiness in everything you do.