A How to Guide…

"Do not seek praise, seek criticism." – Paul Arden

Month: July, 2010

How To Get Hungry

1. Set “impossible” goals that make people look at you sideways.

2. Believe that you can actually achieve them.

3. Make a plan.

4. Immerse yourself in the project; live it, love it.

5. Create an insatiable appetite for knowledge.

6. Surround yourself by people that are better than you.

7. Do not let anyone or anything stop you if you can help it; obstacles develop strength.  

8. Be humble, honest, and aware that your life has a purpose determined by what you leave behind.

Ruben A. Harris


Add This To Your Lexicon

clairvoyant [klair-voi-uhnt] adjective

1. Having or claiming to have the power of seeing objects or actions beyond the range of natural vision.


This guy is unbelievable, it’s almost as if he’s clairvoyant.

The Pencil



A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked:
‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’
His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson:
I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.’

Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.
‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’

‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.’

‘First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’
‘Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpner. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.
‘Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.’
‘Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’
‘Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. in just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action.’

via “Like the Flowing River” by Paulo Coelho.


Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium.  In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own careers and personal goals.
Abridged Version:

If you do not have time to watch the full lecture, please take five minutes out of your day and watch the condensed version he gave on the Oprah show.

A few of my ambitious goals…


This is what I wake up to every morning.