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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

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Natalie Babbit has written an eventual classic, which to me stand for something.  Often nowadays, people will label something as an instant classic, which I am afraid is used too loosely and to broad.  In fact, I think that instant classic, in itself is an oxymoron.  To be a classic, the thing pointed to must stand the test of time.

The wonderful and relatively short-story (although it isn’t labelled a formal short story) there are so many things that Natalie Babbit does to get a foot into the door of your mind.  Winifred, Milo, Jesse and the Tuck’s along with the man in the yellow suit pose not just an engaging story of discovery and fantasy, but moreso of ideals as far as ethics, virtues and abilities. 

Questions like:

Should anybody live in this life forever?

When is it okay to push the limits of parental control?

When do we trust others?

Are there times when the “law of the land” doesn’t impose fairness and what can you do about it?

In Tuck Everlasting, tens and hundreds of questions are posed in the minds of the ready to determine where the footing of the reader is.  Where do you stand when considering the right and wrong of the given situation.

Clearly, the the story of Winifred, it isn’t difficult to understand where she views and does what she does, dispite the gray area she may drift into in making good moral decisions.  This book, though simple and great for young readers as well as adults, should penetrate deeper into the considerations of the mind. 

The crowning lesson for me personally is that life is intended to be temporary and because of that, life can be rich and valued – even in the good or bad times.  Life does end (this life) and your legacy can enrich those who will be bequithed your influence.

Watch the movie too – a bit different in the exact following of the book’s reading, but the story is told from end to end.

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Reaching For Salvation

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Reaching For Salvation

Jim Collin’s fantastic book, “How The Mighty Fall”, teaches that the third stage for a company that is falling or failing is “Reaching For Salvation”.

This imparts a sense severe desperation on behave of the company and big decision makers. As the once success of the company seems to be under the examination by a higher power, beyond the control of the company, who is slow separating, cutting, pulling and breaking parts of what the company was once so solid in.

In an attempt to halting this operation, those with the most beneficial interest in stopping the fall and the torture are those able to make the significant decision that will “save” the company.

The situation has put everyone who really cares (those not sharpening and sending out resume’s as a fail safe) in a need, hope and fear position.  Hardly what is healthy for correcting wrongs, identifying corrective actions and pursuing initiatives with passion.  Struggling to come up with an answer when you have tried cause you to reach for salvation, not because you want to, but because you feel like you need to.

The action typically involves some sort of “savior” solution.  A person or product or structure where all the eggs are put into.  It is like being in Vegas, not having enough money to get home because weekend had started off well, but quick dissolved and with you last dollar you put it into the slot machine, literally praying for some divine intervention that can save you bacon.

There isn’t a calculated solution or a proven process, just a final change in an attempt to succeed.  At first there is a positive reaction.  Not because of the reach but because all others have a renewed hope and work effectively and with passion toward effective, high performance.  It is short-term.

Eventually, the reality comes to fruition and all realize that it is on them, not something or someone else.  They collapse under the realization and expectation.

This is not to say that all situations play out the same way.  Not all outcomes are demise and failure.  Few learn that it is in their innate ability that they rose to greatness, and it requires the same characteristics to re-rise or rise again.  But that is for another posting.

Salvation is spiritual (an physical, in my opinion), however it is not business and there are is not a divine interest in building your company (just a divine interest in building you, in my opinion).

Reference:

“How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In”; Jim Collins; 2009

Tripping Over All This Cash . . . Or Maybe Not

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How is it possible to have loads of money and be as content and comfortable as seemingly possible and then is a relatively short amount of time be bankrupt?

Only fools would allow something like this to happen, right?  Surely it would have to be the uneducated or the superficially smart or the short-term-only thinker, right?

The answer, of course yes . . . and at the same time a fog horn – NO!

What Is Your Actual Net Worth?

I was once told that you should manage your personal finances the same way a company would manage theirs.  Balance sheets, proformas, cash flow statements, general ledgers and whatever additional form of analysis and reporting you can manage to find a use for are applicable not just to the C Corp but the Self Corp.

With all of these tracking and analysis pieces, how could a person or company lose track of what is most vital in running a business and in the very same sense, how could a person lose track of their ability to provide for themselves or even a family when they see everything going on?  CASH is the problem.

In every case, whether it is as grand as a company like GM or as small as a person recently into their profession, cash flow builds them up or cash flow crumbs them and their ego into nothing.

You could have the strongest heart in the world and without blood and good blood, your body will, in very short order stop working.  Cashflow is the bloodflow of operating and sustaining.  Having a net worth of a million or billion or several billion, can do little to support you if that “worth” if stuck.  If you have your money tied up in, you name it, a house, a product, a marketing plan, an accounts receivable, and accounts payable, whatever.  If you are in a hands tied position with your value, your worth, something that is not money but has a dollar sign tied to it, and you actually need cash, immediately transferable value, in other words “liquidity”, it doesn’t matter how much you are worth.

Cash Is King

In short order your cashflow net worth can be zero or negative when it comes to cashflow; in turn reducing your ability to draw out any value in your actual net worth.

The caution: You are only as valuable as you have cash to operate.  Don’t put all of your liquidity into less than immediate returns.

Good Day.

Escaping the 9 to 5 – I LOVE THIS BOOK!

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The Four Hour Work Week – What a freakin concept!

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I recall seeing this book on the bookshelf at a Borders and thought, “yeah right, who is gonna fall for that?”  I, of course, didn’t buy the book and didn’t even consider it, the title was way to unrealistic and far beyond achieving, except for some heir to a fortune, which I am not.  I don’t know what book I bought that day, but I am sure it was some educational, “how-to”, mechanical book on climbing the ranks or mustering the courage to be just different enough to leave the dungeon of corporate expectation and take a chance in order to climb the ranks.

Holy cow, was I wrong.  A close friend MONTHS later said he picked up this book and read it and found Tim Ferriss to be a fascinating personality, presenting a concept that is not far fetched and in fact is rather logical in so many ways.  The premise being that we all think that there is a magic number out there that we need to get to in order to say, “Yes, I have made it, I can now do nothing for the rest of my days.”  Mr. Ferriss says that this very common approach is a gross indication of a strong desire to be lazy, not to live the life you wish to live.

Living the life you dream about and say “wouldn’t it be nice” or try to image what that thing/place/freedom/etc would feel like is what Mr. Ferriss calls Lifestyle Design or basically, creating the circumstances that all you to be, do and go where whatever you want.  It isn’t the million bucks that you want, it is what the million bucks will do for you that you want; and in most cases, you don’t really need a million bucks to achieve what you really want.

Don’t be the “fat man in the red BMW”.  The concept of the corporate employee who is climbing the ranks, who buys the fancy BMW because it is the cool new car (not necessarily the car he wants) and ends up fat because he spends his 80 hours a week at work and only drives the fancy car to and from work.  This indicator has been adopted by my friend and I in order to remind each other where we want to go (in life) and how we want to live it.

That is truely the basis of Mr. Ferriss’s work – Living the life that you would like to live.  What kind of time freedom are you looking for and what lifestyle do you want to maintain in order to achieve that  freedom (essentially, how much money, if you break it down to the penny, do you need to earn in order to get there).  Consider how little you would have to do; the least amount of time and effort to establish that lifestyle.  This isn’t a substitute for being lazy, in fact this is just the opposite.  The Lifestyle Design of the New Rich (NR) is to free up your time from doing the things you don’t want to do, so you can spend the maximum amount of your time doing what you want to do.

I have personally adopting a new approach to my current “job” and how I spend my time there in order to get to where I want to go with my time and money.  I see things changing and hope to publish a case study for Mr. Ferriss when the day arrives.

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eBooks – The New Fountain Of Learning

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Learning has become more accessible, quicker and less costly. Where common resources have restricted potential learners in the past, the ebook turns yesterday’s library on its ear, allowing libraries of information to fit in your pocket.

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February 27, 2009 at 5:51 am