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5 minutes | Jan 21, 2014
Desiring Nothing While Having Everything
"The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul." -Isadora Duncan Most of our lives are driven by desire. Whether it is desire for physical things, emotional fulfillment or physical experiences, all of us end up moving from one desire to another. Not only that, but the majority of us will have tens, if not hundreds, of desires at any one time. Desires are so multiple that they come into our realm of consciousness at least a dozen times a day. If a beautiful woman or a handsome man walk by the desire to posses her/him will arise within you. If you see the car of your dreams, the desire to have it will immediately re-appear in your realm of consciousness. This keeps going, day after day, year after year, throughout our lives. We all have desires. They might range from person to person, but undeniably human beings are created with desires running through their blood. While some people might desire to have one consistent meal a day (because they cannot afford more than that), others desire to lose 150 lbs because they have too much food in their lives. While some long for riches and power, others crave piece of mind and solitude. Whatever it might be, there is no denying that all of us want something. Yet, for most, desires will always remain just that. Something that they want, but are unable to obtain. What if it was possible to manifest and materialize every single one of your desires with 100% assurance? Well, it is possible. Not only is it possible, but it is attainable with 100% certainty. Your desires are nothing more than energy patterns described earlier in this book. Remember, all of your desires already exist in the Unified Energy Field. If they exist as matter in the 3-Dimensional world, rest assured that they also exist in the energy field. For instance, the car you want exists not only as the real 3-Dimensional object, but it also exists as an energy blueprint in the Unified Energy Field. By switching your level of awareness to the state of Universal Consciousness you are then able to access the Unified Energy Field and align your desire with the actual object. Here is a great way of thinking about this. The size of the US Economy, as per GDP, is around $16 Trillion. This means that you can go out and try to make as much of that $16 Trillion as you can. It is similar to grabbing a bucket to see how much money you can shovel into it. The best part is, you can do so by either working or starting any type of a business. In
6 minutes | Jan 7, 2014
Superhuman Bible Is Finally Released
I am incredibly excited to publish my first book on Amazon.com. Click Here To Purchase It Now. I am proud of the work and believe the book will be life changing and transformational for people who read it. Simply put, it gives you the secret knowledge necessary to turn yourself into an unstoppable superhuman force capable of having it all. Please see the book description below for more information. Also, to show gratitude for your support, I will send a free copy of this book to anyone who requests it. Simply email me at email@example.com and get the Premium Version of the book absolutely free. Thank you very much. Book Description Superhuman Bible: The Universal Law Of Conscious Life A ground breaking realization of human consciousness, ancient traditions, religious beliefs and philosophies that has the ability to transform anyone into an unstoppable superhuman force capable of having it all. For the first time, through his personal experiences and through his ultimate revelation the author presents clearly defined answers to some of life's most important questions. Giving life altering knowledge to those wanting to experience it firsthand. In this book, you'll learn what The Law Of Universal Consciousness is and how you can use it in your everyday life to transform your ordinary life into an extraordinary life full of love, happiness, bliss and success. Allowing you to build the life of your dreams in all conditions and under all circumstances. Further and for the first time ever, The Law of Universal Consciousness reveals the shocking secret knowledge hidden in most sacred and religious texts. The secret knowledge necessary to achieve desired health, wealth, success and joy. By applying The Law Of Universal Consciousness in your everyday life you will be able to align yourself with some of the most successful people throughout human history and claim this ancient superhuman power for yourself. You will then be able transform yourself into a superhuman force capable of having it all. There will be no barriers for you. You will no longer have fear, stress, desire, limitation, regret and hang ups in your life. You will be able to achieve anything and/or be anyone and there is no one and nothing that can stop or impact you. More importantly, you will be able to materialize all of your desires and objectives with 100% certainty. The best part is, your life will evolve into a constant stream of bliss and happiness. You will begin to
17 minutes | Nov 28, 2013
Meet Mr. I Really Hate That Guy
AKA.... I Really Want To Be This Guy So far we have looked at what most of us face every day in the corporate world. How most of us have become corporate slaves without even realizing it. How the corporate culture is literally destroying our lives and why now is the perfect time to get wealthy (despite popular believe to the contrary). We have also looked at some of the assumptions we make every day and how those assumptions prevent us from achieving our true potential. Primarily our assumption that we have to live our lives a certain way if we want to be considered productive members of society. The fact that we have to graduate from a University and then get a corporate job. The fact that we have to get married, buy a huge SUV and go into a massive debt in order to buy a house. The fact that we have to work incredibly hard at kissing ass while climbing that corporate ladder in order to have a good paying and stable upper management job later on. Of course, all of the assumptions above are nothing more than a mirage. An illusion that we ourselves create and put on the pedestal of "proper life." So, what are the alternatives? Technically speaking, anything your little heart desires. The trick is to open up your mind and understand that anything and everything is possible. For instance, if you would like to live on a white sandy beach while running your business from your laptop, that is certainly a possibility. All while being served drinks and massages, all day long, by three gorgeous girlfriends (or boyfriends). On the other side of the spectrum, if you would like to put the pedal to the metal and work 18 hour days building your company in order to sell it for a massive amount of money, that option is available to you as well. One thing is clear, whatever your optimal setup is, it is probably only a few minor adjustments away from becoming a reality. While there are too many alternatives to mention here, let's take a quick look at the life of one of my friends for comparison. While his lifestyle might not be ideal for most people, it gives you an opportunity to see the other side of the coin and what is possible. Meet Jim ( as per his request his real name and his company will be revealed in the physical book only). I first met Jim in the Philippines. He doesn't live in the Philippines, but he does swings by on occasion. While he is an American he doesn't have a permanent address in the US. He owns no house and no car. He has
10 minutes | Nov 21, 2013
When Your Life Goes To Shit….Do This
I was beaten down in mid January of 2011. I just came back from a month long business trip to China. A few days earlier I got into a beyond crazy argument/fight with my business partner. It got so bad that we almost threw punches. I was also homeless, staying with my parents while I looked for a place to live. It just so happened that my wife threw me out right before I left for China. I was miserable. A few days later my business partner asked me to take $40,000 out of the company bank account and go buy myself a new Audi. That was his way of apologizing. I didn't give a shit anymore, I couldn't stand the guy. Later that afternoon I pulled up to a very nice apartment complex in La Jolla. I already got the place and signed a contract, I was just stopping by to drop the deposit check. However, I just couldn't get out of my car. I sat there for what must have been an hour going over the two options I had. I didn't know what to do. Option #1: Remain the CEO of the $5 Million business that I have built up from the ground up. The only downside is that I would be working with an asshole that I now hated. I would make good money and grow my equity stake. That would also mean that I would remain in San Diego, get my own place and go on with my life. I would also try to make things work with my wife. I could get her back if I wanted to, I was 100% certain of that. Option #2: Cash out my portion of the business and resign as the CEO. Risk a possible lawsuit. File for a divorce and leave San Diego. There would be nothing holding me back. After sitting in front of the apartment complex for an hour, I just couldn't bring myself to get out of the car and turn my deposit check in. I ended up driving away. What followed was weekend of anguish. Whatever I was going to do I had to make a decision by Monday. I ran every possible scenario through my head, over and over again. None of them made any sense. On one hand I can continue my life as is. I can rebuild bridges, get my wife back, continue with building the business, make a lot of money, have a good life, etc... Yet, I would be living in misery by allowing other people to take advantage of me and/or treat me like shit. On the other hand I can throw my middle finger up and tell everyone to just fuck off. The only thing stopping me was the sense of guilt, responsibility and the unknown. What if by doing so I was destroying my life. That was until I have read the variation of the passage above....
20 minutes | Nov 11, 2013
The Shocking Secret Behind Who You Are
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.-Socrates The second I was born a number of labels were already placed on me. I was labeled a white male with green eyes and a full head of hair, a Russian, a Jew and a communist. Mind you, all of that before I could even take my first breath. As I grew bigger and stronger the amount of labels that were placed on me by the society grew exponentially as well. Even though these labels helped with the understanding of WHAT I was, the fundamental question remained.... WHO AM I, and/or WHO ARE WE ALL AS HUMAN BEINGS? It seems like a dumb question, yet it has significant repercussions. Answering this question has helped me completely transform my life and take it into a new dimension. Just as it will help you transform your life as well. As you very well know, today’s society enjoys putting labels on all of us. Name, age, race, religion, education, job, status, looks, weight, height, sexual orientation, etc….. The list of such labels goes on and never ends. More importantly, over time we unconsciously begin to believe that such labels are indeed who we are. For example, my name is Alex Dvorkin, I was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the US when I was 15. I graduated high school and subsequently got a University degree in Finance. I started my first business at 21 and by age 25 I made my first million. At age 27 I have lost it all and was close to killing myself. Subsequently I have recovered and have built/sold multiple businesses, etc…. That is the identity and the labels that I have put on myself. In fact, I can easily go on for the next two pages with all sorts of labels that I can put on myself. And that’s just my own labels. I am sure the people around me will have a different interpretation. Every single person that knows me directly (or knows of me) will have a wide range of labels pinned on me as well. But, are all of those labels really who we are? No, not by a long shot. Not even close. What’s interesting is that I have yet to meet a single person who is happy with both their internal and external labeling. For the most part, these tags make us all feel terrible. Because of our own labels and because of the labels put upon us by the society we have the tendency to think that we are not good enough, not pretty enough, not strong enough, not educated enough and so on. When it comes to external factors, we tend to believe that everyone is doing better than u
51 minutes | Nov 4, 2013
The Shocking Secret Behind Startup Industrial Complex
In this session of the Last Spartan podcast I am incredibly excited to welcome Glen Hellman out of Washington D.C. A few days ago I had a wonderful conversation with Glen on a number of topics pertaining Entrepreneurship and running startup companies. If you don't know who Glen is you definitely should. Glen Hellman is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold a number of $100+ Million Dollar businesses. As you will hear from the podcast he is a incredibly smart and has enough real world experience to know what works and what doesn't. Glen also has a very unique point of view when it comes to the startup world, something that he calls "Startup Industrial Complex". Some out there call him Mr. Cranky because he holds nothing back. He coached hundreds of CEO's across multiple industries over the last decade and he knows how to spot winners. Glen also participates on both sides of the table by acting as an angel investor and venture capitalist to a number of companies. You can follow him directly on his blog located at www.drivenforward.com ..... which is excellent by the way. Glen shares his vastly informative point of view daily and I highly encourage you to follow him. Trust me, you will enjoy it. I have learned a great deal and took a lot of incredibly valuable information away from our conversation. I am sure you will as well. More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about: What is the "Startup Industrial Complex" and why it should scare you to death. Why you should be angry at the "Startup Industrial Complex". How to determine if your company is moving in the wrong direction and correct course before it's too late. Why you should tell everyone around you, everyone with an opinion that is (good or bad) to shut up and go away. What one metric you should concentrate on while ignoring everything else. Why you should avoid Startup Accelerators (or as Glen calls them Decelerators) like a plague. Why hyping up your company before gaining traction is like jumping out of the plane without a parachute. It's fun while it lasts, but we all know how it ends. What one unique quality every single successful CEO has and why you should try to develop it as well. Glens secret sauce to making your company a success. Glen's Website: Driven Forward Blog/Site LISTEN HERE:
14 minutes | Nov 4, 2013
10 Reasons Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Get Wealthy
Chapter 3: 10 Reasons Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Get Wealthy Getting rich is not easy. Yet, the time to get rich has never been more perfect. When I was growing up in the Soviet Union it was nearly impossible to get rich. Not by the Western s...
10 minutes | Nov 1, 2013
Warning: This Book Is Hazardous For Small Minds
"So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you;search, and you will find;knock, and the door will be opened for you." -Jesus I would like to warn you about something before you commit yourself to reading this book. If you are looking for a mira...
11 minutes | Oct 31, 2013
No Money…..No Honey (Monthly Update, October 2013)
It happened in a faraway place the time has since forgotten. As I was walking into a local mall with my gorgeous girlfriend a wise (but homeless) sage has approached me and has asked me for money. Without a second thought I delivered my typical excuse....
22 minutes | Oct 30, 2013
The Shocking Secret Behind Bill Gates’s Success Is Finally Revealed
Hedge Fund Manager Performs Fundamental Billionaire AnalysisThe Billionaire Secret: Chapter 1: Bill Gates The Shocking Secret Behind Bill Gates's Success Is Finally Revealed KEY STATISTICS: (Date of Analysis: October 30th, 2013) Full Name: William Henry "Bill" Gates III NET WORTH: $72 Billion (2013) Date of Birth: October 28, 1955 (age 58) in Seattle, WA, USACurrent Residence: Medina, WA, USAParents: William H. Gates, Sr and Mary Maxwell GatesEducation: Harvard University (dropped out)Occupation: Chairman of Microsoft Inc, Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CEO of Cascade Investments, Chairman of CorbisFamily Life: Married to Melinda Gates (1994-present). 3 Children: Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe QUICK SUMMARY: Gates was born in Seattle Washington to William H. Gates, Sr a prominent lawyer and Mary Maxwell Gates a businesswoman. Growing up in a very well to do family Gates was always encouraged to compete and win. At the age of 13, in 1968, Bill Gates was enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school where he fell in love with computers and programming. Due to Lakeside's prominent status and high level industry connections Bill Gates and a few other students were able to gain access to terminal and computer time available only to large institutions and corporations at the time. From that point on Bill could not be pulled away from programming and within a short time have developed his first game "tic-tac-toe". Various corporate gigs followed. Even at his young age Bill Gates was already at the forefront of the computer revolution that was about to come. In 1973, Bill Gates graduated from Lakeside with SAT of 1590 out of 1600 (indicating high level of intelligence) and enrolled at Harvard University. In his first two years at Harvard, Bill Gates showed further brilliance when working in the computer field. However, in his sophomore year Bill and his friend Paul Allen have decided to drop out to pursue their dream of building a software company. Both of his parents were supportive of the decision. Working on various things in between, the duo registered "Microsoft" as a business in 1976. During yearly years, all employees had broad responsibilities. While Gates oversaw business details, in the first five years he was also personally reviewing every line of code the company was creating. In 1980 Microsoft worked closely with IBM to develop an operating system. Showing his brilliance once again Gates structured a deal to k
5 minutes | Oct 28, 2013
The Secret Behind Quantum Jump In Human Consciousness
The picture above requires further explanation due to its complexity and the unintended consequence of being too out there. If you have studied physics and quantum energy levels in particular you should know that elections orbit nucleus at various predefined energy levels. Very similar to our own solar system, where the elliptical path of each planet is mathematically exact. (As above, so is below). Now, before I go complete off the rails with the scientific explanation, here is all you need to know. Basically, these electrons do NOT move between these energy levels in a gradual way. They jump from one to the next. Hence the name "Quantum Jump". They accumulate energy and when the energy is sufficient enough to make the jump, they jump. Human consciousness works the exact same way. As a human being continues to work on himself/herself, they gradually accumulate energy. Eventually a point is reached where that energy is sufficient enough to jump to the next dimension. When that happens, the consciousness makes an automatic jump and the next level of evolution for that human entity is reached. Ancient traditions have numerous names for it. Some call it enlightenment, some call it being born again, some call it unification with the universal consciousness while others simply say "I and My Father Are One". Whatever the name, the result is singular. You make a quantum jump to attain higher consciousness otherwise unavailable through gradual effort. While your physical form continues to exist until death, your internal transformation is incredible. You become an observer and a witness of sorts. Nothing in this world impacts you in a negative way. No circumstance or another human being can even come close to harming you in any way, form or shape. Instead, you start living the live full of bliss, happiness and ecstasy.... completely indifferent to all the shit that is happening around you. That's enough for today. A lot of knowledge was just dropped here. Re-read and think about it. Hence is the question, is it time for your quantum jump? Did you enjoy this post? If so, please share our blog with your friends as we try to get traction. Gratitude!!
0 minutes | Oct 28, 2013
The Shocking Secret Corporations and The Government Don’t Want You To Know
I still remember my first corporate job. I was hired as a CFO assistant in a mid size company. I was so excited. The pay was not that great, but I was working directly for the CFO of the company and already doing stuff that the rest of the kids in my ...
8 minutes | Oct 24, 2013
What If Failure Was Impossible
What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?-Robert H. Schuller What If Failure Was Impossible? I was exhausted from failure. Nothing seemed to work. While just a few years ago everything I have touched turned to gold, everything I was touching now was turning to shit. I was scratching my head. Did my attitude change? Did I piss off some God? Is some law of destruction bringing all of this crap into my life? Did I all of a sudden become less intelligent or less experienced? What the hell is going on. This downshift in my business career has led me on an extensive search for an answer. I did find it and it is twofold. Everything in nature is cyclical. Nature bends to our own believes and thoughts. Nothing in nature goes straight up or down. Everything oscillates between peaks and valleys. What does it mean? It simply means that as we go through our lives, various areas of our lives will oscillate between greatness and misery. Sometimes your career trajectory will be on an amazing upswing with nothing but a bright future ahead and sometimes it will be in a gutter after being fired with no new job prospects. Sometimes you will be on the cloud 9 after falling in love and sometimes you will ready to kill yourself after losing the one you love. Such is life. Always moving up and down, in all areas. Unfortunately, we cannot control these outside factors. What we can control is how we react to these cycles, what we believe in and how we can shape our thoughts. Yes, we will all have to face these downshifts in our lives. Maybe in different areas, but there is no avoiding it. It is our reaction to these developments that determines our future, our destiny and the outcome. You really only have two options here. You Can Accept It: You can accept the downshift and dwell on it. Your life will become a misery. You Can Ignore It: You can ignore the downshift and concentrate on something positive. Your life will become the life of bliss, joy and happiness. That is the primary difference between successful and unsuccessful people. Successful people know and understand that these down cycles are the force of nature and most of the time we cannot do anything about them. The only thing we can do is react to them in a positive way. Once again, that means Ignoring them and Concentrating on something positive. When successful people do that, failure becomes impossible. They fully understand that whatever is cau
9 minutes | Oct 23, 2013
The Billionaire Secret
Life is not fair; get used to it.-Bill Gates At some of the lowest business points in my life I have wondered something. I gave a lot of thought towards what makes some people incredibly successful and what makes others a failure. Well, at least ...
10 minutes | Oct 21, 2013
The Secret Guide To Your Final Form – Living As A Superhuman Force
I was going through a serious verbal altercation with my business partner. It was a typical business argument that turned into an all out verbal brawl. I wasn't very much impacted until he called me a loser who can't even afford to buy a pair of pants (it was a weekend and I was wearing shorts). While seemingly an offbeat comment that is technically ridiculous in itself, it pushed me over the edge. I was furious. The gates of hell within me have opened up and my anger started to bubble up. "What??? WTF, I grew this business from 0 to $5 Million in revenue over the last 12 months and you have the guts to call me a loser who can't buy pants" thought raced through my head. I was insulted beyond believe and for some reason my ego couldn't take it. My anger energy jumped to an unimaginable height and my eyes turned red. Should that have happened a few years earlier my old self would start throwing punches. However, by this time I had a secret weapon. I knew how to control my anger and emotions. I knew how to take this energy and turn it into a positive channel flow that would yield significant benefits shortly thereafter. My point is, humans beings are nothing more than conscious bundles are energy. That daily reserve of energy can go anywhere. It can go towards hate, jealousy, fear, misery, anxiety, depression -OR- it can be used for love, hope, happiness, joy, creativity, excitement, etc... The best part is, you have 100% control of where this energy moves. That is the secret. By controlling the mind and by living in the state of full alertness you are be able to observe and channel this energy towards anything you wish. Of course, it is best to channel this energy towards the positive, but you do have the free will to concentrate on the negative should you choose to do so. As you achieve this ultimate understand and gain the ability to control this energy, you become a superhuman. Now, being a superhuman force doesn't mean having the ability to bench press a small car or see through the walls. It simply means having the ability to completely control your state of being. It means having the ability to control your energy, thoughts and emotions at all times. More importantly, it means being able to channel this incredible force into anything you wish. The outcome of this practice is achieving the state of being that is beyond belief. Simply, put you realize the peak of human existence. What is that peak of human exis
14 minutes | Oct 18, 2013
How To Win The Lottery Of Life
Let me ask you something. What would you do if you won a lottery. Let's say you hit one of those Mega Jackpots worth $500 Million. Only one winning ticket was sold and it is all yours. After all the taxes you end up netting about $250 Million. Your are beyond excited and with that kind of money one thing is very clear, you don't have to work another day in your life. You can retire today and start living the life of your dreams right away. The question is, what is that life of your dreams? Certainly you would want to spend some of that money on toys and excess. You would probably buy a few mansions, a few sports cars, give some money away, buy a business, invest in the stock market, buy art and go on an expensive trip around the world. Let's say that even with this initial spending spree you were only able to spend about $50 Million. Quite an accomplishment, but with over $200 Million still sitting in your bank account, the question remains. What else would you do? Stop, put this book down for two minutes and really think about it. This is incredibly important. The true answer to this question is what your dream life or lifestyle looks like. Remember, you are already wealthy beyond believe. Would you use the rest of that money to.... Completely free up your time to do whatever it is you want to do? Travel around the world in style? Improve the way you look, your health and lifestyle? Spend more time with your friends and family? Disappear into a quiet corner to enjoy the life of comfort, happiness and joy? Give and to help others who are less fortunate? Grow as a human being and use it to become more educated? What would you do? Of course the answer is different for everyone. It is the question answered only when one has complete freedom from all circumstances and enough financial resources to leave everything behind. For some of us it means laying on the beach all day and drinking margaritas. I don't know how that can be fun for very long, but to each its own. For others, it might be travelling the world, learning about various cultures while having the luxury to stay for as long or as little as they want at any given place. Others might concentrate all of their attention on giving back, starting a charity or running a business. Finally, for the rest of us it might be as simple as spending more time with our friends, family and kids while having the financial freedom to give them anything that they wish for. For me it wouldn't be th
8 minutes | Oct 16, 2013
The Secret Of Dreaming Big & Making It Happen
"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start". - Nido Qubein Growing up I have always had big dreams. I remember having a dream of being the most powerful Red Army general so I could punish the evil America once and for all. Then the Soviet Union fell apart before I turned 12. My dream vanished along with it. Then I remember how I wanted to be an Olympic Champion. I wanted to be the fastest swimmer in the world. In fact, what Michael Phelps was able to achieve was my exact dream, but I was never good enough. No matter how hard I have practiced I was never able to go above a certain level. Oh well.... Then I wanted to be the richest man in the world by the age of 50. I was still young (21 years old) and naive at that point, but it didn't matter. It was my dream and nothing on this god forsaken rock would stop me. I was well on my way and on schedule to achieve that dream, until it was snatched away from me when I lost all of my money at the age of 27. Perhaps one day I will still be able to achieve this dream, but by 50 is out of the question. Maybe I will be somewhere between the age of 80 and 120. When I was a child or even a teenager no dream was impossible. I had no breaks. The entire world was a playground and there was absolutely nothing on this earth that could stop me from achieving my dreams. Yet, as I get older I find it harder and harder to dream. I want less and my mind tends to believes that most dreams are either hard to achieve or impossible. I guess, such is the curse of getting older. I think the problems stamps from being put through the ringer of life. We have all faced defeat, failure, disappointment, fear, betrayal and multiple other miseries associated with human life. We become aware how hard it is to achieve our dreams. We lose interest and no longer care about them. Instead of dreaming big, we become far too concerned about making our lives as comfortable as possible. We work way too hard to make our road as smooth as possible, so we can drive ourselves into the big hole at the end of it in a luxury 4 wheel vehicle. How boring is that? Incredibly boring. I would like to challenge you today. Just for a day I want you to rediscover your big dream. Here is what I want you to do... 1. Dream Big I want you to dust off an old dream you have always wanted to achieve. Something that is technically still possible for you. Or perhaps a new dream that you currently have. No m
11 minutes | Oct 15, 2013
A Little Known Way To Attain Peak Consciousness
It was my early days of practicing Walking Mediation. I remember walking to my office on a beautiful sunny day being fully self aware and conscious of everything. Every step I took, every breath of air I have inhaled, every person I have passed on my way, I was fully aware and conscious of it. At least for the first 5 minutes. Next time I regained full awareness was when I was sitting in front of my computer screen at the office about 3 hours later. What happened in between? Nothing much. I was simply functioning like a normal human being....talking to people, responding to emails, texting and calling, eating and so forth. I did all of those things in my normal state of human alertness, but I was NOT fully self aware or conscious at the time. What is the difference? It is slight and it is easy to miss. I call it being "Self Aware/Conscious". Basically, just stop everything for a few moments and say to yourself, "I am aware of myself" Remain in this state for as long as you can. Take a look at your hands, look around yourself, perhaps exchange a word with someone, notice your breathing, but remain in that "I am self aware of myself" state. That is your state of full awareness and consciousness as of right now. It will get stronger and eventually become like breathing as you progress. After your short practice you are likely to notice that you have lost that state of full self awareness just after a few minutes. In fact, it might be hours or days before you regain that feeling and become self aware again. Why does this happen? Because your being is in contact battle with your mind/brain. When you are not sell aware your brain is large and in charge. It will control your being by introducing various thought patterns into your spectrum of consciousness. Yet, when you are "Self Aware/Conscious" your consciousness takes over allowing you to experience a completely different spectrum of reality. In the previous section we talked about what it is like to live in this "Self Aware/Conscious" state and the benefits associated with it. Now we must concentrate on how we can achieve such a state. By now we have all heard about meditation, but very few people have heard about Walking Meditation. As far as I know, Buddha was the first proponent of such an approach. If you have done standard meditation before you know that your primary function is to stop your thoughts or mind while remaining aware. Mediation is often called conscious sleep and it
14 minutes | Oct 14, 2013
How To Beg People For Money (Part 4)
CLICK HERE FOR PART 1 CLICK HERE FOR PART 2 CLICK HERE FOR PART 3 In the previous 3 sections of this post we have looked at raising capital in the forms of self financing, friends and family, borrowing it and crowd funding. Today we concentrate on the last two, angel investors and venture capitalist. Angel Investors: If you are unable to raise capital in the previous formats, angel investors become your next best option. Yet, it is not without issues. As we move down the list, the complexity level and cost associated with raising capital increase substantially. While in the majority of the cases you would be able to have a brief conversation with your friends and family in order to raise capital (at a reasonable cost) such an approach would not work with angel investors or venture capitalists. Before we get any further, lets define who Angel Investors are, how to find them and what they are looking for. Who Are Angel Investors? They are defined as affluent individual who provides capital for a business start up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. They can be anyone, but in the majority of cases they are high net worth individuals who have $1 Million or more in liquid investable assets. Some of these individuals advertise themselves as Angel Investors while others do not. Technically speaking, if you have a rich uncle with over $1 million in investable assets, he could be classified as an Angel Investor. Where Do I Find Them? There are 3 different ways. Look For Angel Investor Groups In Your City. Angel Investor groups or organizations are popular hangouts for Angel Investors in any given areas. They tend to pull their resources together in order to look for startup companies that match their requirements. They often have meetings and set up presentations/pitches for entrepreneurs and startups alike. Some of them make capital allocation decisions based on a group decision while others do it on individual basis. Either way, there should be at least a few of such organizations in your city and I highly encourage you to look them up. Online: There are a number of websites out there that cater to bringing Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs together. Gust.com and angel.co are good places to start, but there are many others. These sites do their best to connect companies to capital, but it is not as easy as it sounds. A substantial amount of work on your part is still required. High Net Worth Individual List:
9 minutes | Oct 10, 2013
The Secret Of Champions
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' -Muhammad Ali What Is The Secret Of Champions? First, just a short yet a beautiful story of how the most powerful man who ever lived on the face of the earth was defeated by a nobody..... "It is said that that Alexander the Great was on his way back home after his conquests. Just as he was about to leave India he remembered that back home the "elite" has asked him to bring back an "Enlightened Man". He spent months looking for one. Many have claimed to be one, but there was nothing special about them. He kept hearing about this one man living in a province far away, staying naked by the river. The locals have told Alexander that there is no way to bring him back to Macedon because the man is a beggar and does not follow anyone. Alexander just laughed. After all, he had conquered emperors, great kings, has build the largest empire the world has ever seen, so what difficulty could there be with a naked beggar. Once they got to the province, he instructed his soldiers to go and fetch the man. The soldiers came back empty handed and told Alexander that they have never met a man like that. They have offered him great wealth, power, many women and possessions just to come with them. When he refused they have threatened him with death, yet he laughed in their face. Alexander couldn't believe it. He was angry and went to see the man himself with a naked sword in his hand. The Enlightened man laughed at Alexander and said, "Put down you sword, it is useless here. You cannot kill me, you can only cut my body and that I left a long time ago. Here is my head, you can cut it off if you want, you will see it falling on the sand and I will also see it falling on the sand, because I am not my body.... I am a witness". Alexander was stunned. For the first time he was defeated. No one has ever talked to him like that. He realized that he would not be able to kill or do anything to a man who is ready to die. It would be pointless. This is the first and only time Alexander has met a man who had no fear and no agenda. He was simply existing without limitations, fears, misery and doubt." Did you get it? If you didn't catch it, here the hidden secret of ALL Champions. You must be willing to die in order to achieve whatever it is you are trying to achieve. Can you achieve without such a mindset? Most certainly and many do. You can call it
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