Archive for “May, 2012”

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk Book Review

Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It Book is about Why NOW is the time to Cash in on Your Passion.

Gary Vaynerchuk is a visionary when it comes to the future of the online market. When social media was just starting to make sense to most of us, Gary was already Crushing it with his online TV show, Not too shabby for a kid who migrated to America with his family, started from nothing and worked his way up in the family wine shop, right?

How can you take something that you love, like wine.. and turn it into an internet empire? That’s the kind of thing Gary talks about it the book. This is a great book, but it’s definitely not for every body.. In the Crush It book review (video) below, I tell you exactly what the book covers, who it would benefit and Why I wish I’d picked it up before now.. Continue Reading…

Pros of Legalizing Weed

Pros of Legalizing Weed- Stimulate the Economy, Protect Children, Save Money..

I’ve always been in support of making marijuana legal because of the boost that the sales taxes from it would give our economy. I personally am not a fan of marijuana, I just don’t like it.. but I see it pretty much the same as alcohol. I think it should be allowed for adults and illegal to drive under the influence. I came across this video of Retired Superior Court Judge James P. Gray giving even more pros of legalizing weed.

First of all, making it legal does not mean condoning it. There are almost a Million arrests for marijuana in the US a year. And tens to hundreds of thousands of people in prison for marijuana. Usually what happens is they were on parole (probably from a drug offense) and didn’t commit a huge crime but failed another drug test for marijuana. Now they’re not able to get work, contribute to society or support their families. They’re now living in prisons on taxpayers’ money. (Again I’m not saying I endorse smoking weed all the time but imagine life if we were just to lock up all the alcoholics, that’s pretty much what we’re doing). Police officers and judges are spending so much time searching for and prosecuting marijuana that they’re not spending enough time dealing with rape, burglary, murder, etc..

Think about all the craziness in Mexico where we get most of the marijuana from. The cartels aren’t just going to stop one day, out of the goodness of their hearts or because we said so. The ONLY way to put Mexican cartels out of business is Continue Reading…

Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean -Which one are you?

Just thought I’d share one of my FAVORITE stories- The Carrot Egg or Coffee Bean

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked. “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity—boiling water—but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, egg or coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another lever?

How do you handle Adversity? Are you a Carrot egg or coffee bean?

Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean -Which one are you?

Cyanide poison -A great cure for Cancer

I’m going to start taking cyanide poison everyday!

Seriously. I’m going to. And I’m not trying to kill myself. Quite the opposite, in fact. Allow me to explain..

I 100% believe that there is a known cure for cancer. BUT if cancer were to fully be cured, it would cripple our economy way, way more than it already is. Cancer is a $120 BILLION a year industry, just in the United States alone. Think about how many doctors, specialized chemo and radiation treatment centers, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, charities, etc, would be out of business if Continue Reading…