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Monday, September 19, 2011



You can become an excellent chef or cook. You need good recipes, patience and a little hard work. But you may not necessarily become Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse or Bobby Flay.

You can become a very good artist. You need some lessons on how to, some good supplies, patience and elbow grease. Bob Ross has certainly demonstrated the joys of painting and how easily you can achieve it. But you may not necessarily become DaVinci, Renoir or VanGoh.

You can learn how to sew and complete most of all your sewing needs. You need a good sewing machine, some thread, good patterns, fabric and a little know how. But you may not necessarily become Versace, Dior or Coco Chanel.

You can learn martial arts, become beyond proficient at your katas, your breaks, your one steps. You can win gold medals in tournaments. But you may not necessarily become Bruce Lee, Morihei Ueshiba, Gichin Funakoshi, Gene Lebell, Jigoro Kano or Masutatsu Oyama.

You may learn MMA, train hard, get in great shape and learn all the best moves. But you may not necessarily become George St Pierre or Randy Couture.

Where am I going with this? Anyone can learn to become accomplished at things. But to become a master at it is an entire different story. To learn basic techniques and become proficient with them will make you good at anything you apply yourself at. But the mastery comes from understanding the basic principles that lie beyond the techniques, from being able to see the building blocks and re-arrange them for the best possible outcome. It comes from the use of practical applications, knowing when theory needs to go out the window and when it’s time to adapt, re-adjust. You need to go beyond step by step instructions. But it is even more than true understanding. Anyone who has been there can testify how this flows right out of you, like you are only a conduit to the flow of energy, the inspiration, the passion within. You want to learn from a true master? First find someone who is passionate about what he/she does and has the courage to follow this passion.

I strongly believe that most everyone is meant to become a master at something. But I also strongly believe that most everyone will never achieve this level. Is it out of laziness? Fear? Lack of courage, determination, passion? It’s hard to say since so many factors can be involved. Don’t let the little voices talk you out of living your passion. Listen to your heart. It may not be easy but it certainly is worth the prize at the end of the road and the treasures you will accumulate along the way.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

Subject: Emergency
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

Subject: Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 # A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.
And Finally...

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now. This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends.