21 Suggestions for SUCCESS

Yesterday I had the opportunity to read a very powerful poster. I have read many motivational posters before since my Dad works for Succesories, a company that specializes in this kind of item. However this was the first time I ever read this collection by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

21 Suggestions for SUCCESS

1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.

2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.

3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.

6. Be generous.

7. Have a grateful heart.

8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.

10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.

12. Commit yourself to quality.

13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.

14. Be loyal.

15. Be honest.

16. Be a self-starter.

17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.

18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.

19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

20. Take good care of those you love.

21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.
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War of The Worlds 2005 (***)

Sure, I am overoptimistic at times, but this movie was the definition of jaw dropping when it came to special effects. My expectations were not that high, which always helps when watching a movie. The beginning of the movie was somewhat slow, but it kept me interested enough to fill the lame character buildup. At times I was too aware that I was a movie theater, which I dislike when I am watching a movie. As I started to wander if it was just that I think Cruise is a bad actor at time, the first tripod burst out of the ground and for the rest of the movie every single action sequence had my full attention. *Spoilers*
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Harry Potter Mania

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince comes out July 16, 2005. Don’t worry no book 6 spoilers here. Potter Mania is out in full force once again. It has even captured my household, I realized it when Cielo was sitting reading The Sorcerers Stone, Ty was looking over The Goblet of Fire and I was deep into The Order of the Phoenix the other night.

I used to be a Potter maniac. Right before book 5 came out my addiction to the series was at an all time high. I was participating in 2 newsgroups and a message board. I also kept a couple of coworkers that were really into the book up to date with rumors that I had found. I re-read the whole series before book 5 came out and set my expectation level way too high. Then when I read book 5 I was highly disappointed. The book was great like the other ones, but the character that passed on left a big hole. It was so bad that I even considered not reading the rest of the series. How would you feel if the character that you loved in a series was gone…

Cielo started to read the book, I had encouraged it before and I was glad when she did. She seems to be enjoying it and along with Ty expressing some interest my liking of the series has been rekindled. It is not as high as it used to be, I am not going to wait at a store for the book to come out, but I am going to buy it that day if I get a chance. I might even wait until I finish rereading book 5, did not do the whole series this time just the last book. I am not sure if any of you likes the series… and even thought I am not as much of a fan I still recommend it. You might not think the character that passes on in book 5 is that important. Happy reading to all the Potter fans!
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The importnace of a local mechanic

I have had my share of woes with my vehicle. One of the added benefits of meeting Cielo is that she knew a good mechanic, and believe me dealing with car trouble becomes a total different experience. You stop feeling like you are getting ripped off every time something happens to your car and start feeling like you get a deal.

I just got my breaks done, after they had started grinding pretty bad. I took my car to the local tire place (I bought my tires there) to get them rotated, balanced and get an alignment I thought I needed. They immediately told me my breaks were bad (which I was aware off), but not before trying to tell me that unless they replaced the struts in my car they could not do an alignment. I don’t know all that much about cars but it sounded pretty bad to me. I could not afford the 400 bucks to do all that they wanted to do, and after the initial shock and talking to Cielo I went and picked up my car from those crooks.

When I picked it up, the guy said that my car did not need alignment, that the wheels just needed balancing. No mention of the breaks or the struts. My car started grinding bad after that and got worse to the point that we stopped driving it since we have the convenience of having two vehicles. I called our local mechanic but unfortunately he was booked for the week and was taking a vacation right after.

I left him a message during his vacation and he called me this week. He thought I would have already gotten the car fixed, but I said no I wanted to wait for you. He checked my car and told me the struts were fine, they were not leaking and in no need to be replaced. I get my car back today and could not be happier. I totally support finding a local guy that you can trust to work on your vehicles. Dealers and other chains are nothing but trouble.