Recent observations

I was very excited to see that a visitor (or visitors) to my site had ordered some nice Android phones from Amazon. That event has been the biggest breadwinner in the history of alex.zheng-dynasty.com, and I thank you for it.

Anyways, there’s been some very cool stuff that people have been buying. Very cool.

I’ve been ‘busy’ recently, getting out of the house from time to time to engage with the world at large. I’ve got some good news to report. I’ve got fresh things to write about, like the street race I witnessed between an Audi R8 and a Nissan Skyline GT-R (GOJIRA!) and what it was like to step briefly into that scene. Hell, every excursion into the world brings with it something new and exciting.

OK! Enough talk! 🙂

I KNOW, and Dan Clark’s Thirty Truths

I know…

  • Too many powerful people leading major organizations and even teaching in prestigious educational institutions know the price of everything and the value of nothing; they don’t know what they are talking about and make us feel that it’s our fault. The scary thing is, they don’t know what they don’t know.
  • We must see who we are and say who we are before we can be who we are.
  • It’s harder to find right answers to the wrong questions than to ask the right questions.
  • Success in life is not determined by our abilities; it is determined by our choices. Choices are made based on correct knowledge (truth), correct attitude (what, when, and why we act on knowledge), correct perspective (how knowledge and attitude interface to help us make sense of each situation we encounter), and unquenchable curiosity (relentless questioning of “if” and then “what,” with a cause-and-effect analysis and drive to seek out the best available data to unveil the grandest possibilities).
  • Success is never final. Charles H. Duell, commissioner of the US Office of Patents, said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” That was 1899! In 1962, a Decca Recording Company executive rejected the Beatles, stating, “I don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
  • Whatever is sufficient to get us to this point is inefficient to get us further.
  • Computer memory is getting so powerful that it could eventually hold grudges! In our high-tech world we must seek more truth and then apply it with high touch. High tech is the hardware, mainframe, hard drive, letter-of-the-law side of success where the answers are 100 percent accurate but totally useless. High touch is the software, spirit-of-the-law, intangible qualities side of success where the emotional application of the high-tech knowledge creates wisdom, empathy, compassion, urgency, and action.
  • Common sense is no longer common. Neither is common courtesy or common knowledge.
  • What we have been in the past does not make us who we are as much as what we hope to become in the future. No matter what our past has been, we have a spotless future.
  • The things we hate to hear the most are usually the things we need to hear the most.
  • Our initial success in life is about saying “yes,” but significance and balance are usually about saying “no.”
  • The main thing is to make the main thing the right thing. Time management and prioritizing make the difference and create the “W-I-N” definition of What’s Important Now.
  • There is no such thing as a financial crisis, only an idea crisis. Ideas create income.
  • Competition is good, healthy, and productive; comparison is destructive. Knowing the difference between competition and comparison is paramount. Comparing brings arrogance, disappointment, and discouragement — and all three are bad.
  • Competition can bring disappointment, but that’s okay — you learn more from failure than success. Success and failure mean nothing by themselves. The meaning of both emerges only in comparison to something or someone else, and this is bad.
  • You can become a champion only when losing hurts worse than winning feels good.
  • There is a difference between depression and disappointment — between the person and the performance. Failure is an event, not a person.

Dan Clark’s Thirty Truths

  1. Some things are true whether you believe them or not.
  2. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but nobody is entitled to the wrong facts.
  3. You should not believe everything that you think.
  4. No one can ever exceed his potential. We just misjudge it.
  5. If you have to tell them that you are, then you aren’t.
  6. Self is not discovered, self is created.
  7. Focus on purpose instead of just setting goals — not on having fame, but on being whole.
  8. The value of something is determined by what you are willing to give up to get it.
  9. There is no “I” in team, but it’s not all about team — teams lose. There are two “I’s” in winning.
  10. Winning comes not from who is best, but from what is right.
  11. No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future.
  12. When your attitude is right, your abilities will always catch up.
  13. Where much is given, much is expected. What goes around, comes around.
  14. Wealth flows through you, not to you — not through a scarcity mentality, but through an abundance mentality.
  15. It’s what you do when the coach is not around that makes you a champion.
  16. What you’ve been in the past does not make you who you are today. What you hope to become in the future makes you who you are today.
  17. You must stretch before you strengthen, and all strengthening occurs in the area past the point of discomfort.
  18. There’s a difference between being depressed and being disappointed and discouraged. Failure is an event. Always separate the person from the performance.
  19. It’s not what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you that determines failure or success.
  20. When you put a hard-to-catch horse in the same field with an easy-to-catch horse, you usually end up with two hard-to-catch horses. When you put a healthy child in the same room with a sick child, you usually end up with two sick children. To be great you must associate with the great ones.
  21. Crisis does not make or break you. It just reveals the true character within.
  22. Be true to you — you’ll make a lousy somebody else.
  23. When you identify yourself in terms of what you do instead of who you are, you become a human doing instead of a human being.
  24. It’s easier to act your way into positive thinking than to think your way into positive action.
  25. It’s better to shoot for the stars and miss than to aim for a pile of manure and hit.
  26. Pressure is not something that is naturally there. It’s created when you question your own ability. When you know what you can do, there is never any question.
  27. Pain is a signal to grow, not to suffer. Once you learn the lesson the pain is teaching you, the pain goes away.
  28. You can’t quit — it’s a league rule.
  29. The old will die, the young may. But not everyone truly lives. Yes, death is a comma, not an exclamation point, but in this life don’t die before you’re dead!
  30. The answers are in the box at www.danclarkspeak.com

All credit for the content above goes to Dan Clark, and comes from his Forgotten Fundamentals: The Answers are in the Box (2007), which is available to purchase on Amazon.com (for as little as $0.01!)