Saturday, August 30th, 2008
I just learned that ALL copies of my newest book, 101 Ways to Magnetize Money – have shipped. So if you got in on the pre-publication offer – your package is on the way.
If you ordered the CD’s – they are on the way as well. So no worries.
Ten days ago I spoke for four straight hours about the book while reading excerpts. One woman estimated that I gave at least 300 Ways to attract money, success, and so on while teaching the 101 Ways promised.
I’m sure she’s right. The talk was edited a bit and CDs were made from it. These will be the same CDs you receive when you place your order. Recorded LIVE in front of a living, breathing, ecstatic audience.
One person said the material I presented was so powerful he couldn’t sleep; that’s how much he was buzzing from the content.
I’m sure you’ll feel it too once you have your hands on the book and are listening to the recordings of it while driving around town. Your ears will begin to pulse with excitement; your skin will get chills and your spine will tingle as you see very, very clearly that m-oney comes to those who can form the right mental pictures of it – and have the tools to do so all day long.
101 Ways to Magnetize Money gives you the tools so you never feel you don’t have time to think about what you want. Armed with this book and CDs you’ll find that success is in your bones. It’s a part of who you are. Now it’s up to YOU to connect to it.
Saturday, August 16th, 2008
What a swim.
If you watched Michael Phelps sensational and surreal come-from-behind finish last night, you saw living proof of why you never want to count yourself out.
In the finals for the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps was in seventh place at the end of 50 meters.
Seventh out of eight.
As I watched I told my son, he’s going to get the bronze. Wait, maybe the silver. Wait, oh my goodness, he may pull this out yet. Aaaah – oh my God – he just won.
Milorad Cavic, who was leading let up at the last second and glided in for the touch. Phelps swam his way to the touch – and this made the difference between gold and silver.
Think of this, my friend. How often do we glide to the finish when one final burst would do us much more good.
How often do we count ourselves out because we’re not in the lead to begin with.
How often do we think “It cannot be done” simply because the road looks difficult.
Banish these thoughts – and GO.
Put all the might from your body, mind and spirit into your endeavors – and you can never be defeated.
You may not come in first – but you will have given everything you have in pursuit of what you want – and that is the most anyone can realistically ever ask of you.
Yet, so few people ever give their ALL to anything. EVER. They’re half-committed with links made from torn thread.
The key is total commitment to your goal.
It is a connection of mind and body beyond the norm.
Your links are sealed. There’s no escape from what you said you would do. You cannot do anything but go with the force and give your ALL.
That’s what happens when you have a goal programmed into your mind; a goal you think about each day; a goal you fertilize with the energy of your own breath; a goal that is brought to reality by the combined power of word and deed.
Watch the gold medal winners in the Olympics and you’ll find clues galore on how you can apply their dedication and focus to any endeavor in life – and come out a winner.
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Thursday, August 14th, 2008
Ever wonder why someone like Michael Phelps wins gold medals with ease while everyone else is caught far behind.
Are there valid reasons and causes behind his success that we can learn and benefit from – or was everything about his success predestined by cosmic factors.
Is Michael’s success due to being born with more natural ability than anyone else.
Is it because he practices more than everyone else.
Is it due to a combination of having more natural ability than everyone else PLUS being willing to practice longer and harder than anyone else.
Is Michael’s keen focus on predetermined goals what causes his success.
Or Is it because of FATE – being born with the “right” numbers or astrological sign – or because he grew up in the right environment and was nurtured by winners.
Bottom Line: Is there a SUCCESS FACTOR based on the science of psycho-cybernetics that we can all learn from and use; a success factor that is not mere hocus-pocus theory – but true over and over again.
The truth is, there are factors that cause Michael Phelps’ success that everyone can learn and apply. And they’re not based upon some mystical intangible that no one else can have. They’re based on real world science – a science that helps lift the downtrodden, as well as the average and ordinary, to great heights of achievement.
Michael Phelps uses several SUCCESS FACTORS in a gargantuan way – and they yield massive results for him.
If you do the same things Michael does – you, too, can break out of a rut and rise to heights previously un-scaled by mere mortals.
I will reveal these SUCCESS FACTORS to you in the August 2008 edition of Super Human Success. Be prepared for information that may catapult you to a gold medal in the endeavor of your choice.
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Sunday, August 10th, 2008
Once you’ve come up with a goal you want to achieve, the next step is to visualize it in as much detail as possible.
After this it will be time to create a plan that will lead you, step-by-step to the goal.
A good plan crystalizes your vision and makes it far easier to achieve.
I realize there are some people who tell you that a plan isn’t necessary, that all you need to do is visualize. In some cases this is true. It is not true, however, in MOST cases, especially those involving big projects.
For example, would you trust the builder of your dream home if he refused to show you a blue print.
I highly doubt it.
You do NOT need a plan to come up with a goal – but sooner than you think, if you’re not formulating a plan, you probably aren’t making any progress.
Once you know the ‘what’ – it’s time to figure out the “how.” And if you feel stuck at this point, then ask for guidance. Ask and you will be directed to the answer.
Ask the Universe and you may dream the answer.
Ask others who are experts on creating what you want and you’ll be amazed at what you hear.
Then it is up to you to apply… through daily practice what you learned, until you achieve your goal.
Then you start over and DO IT again and again.
Never let what you do NOT know interfere with what you can come to know, understand and DO.
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Saturday, August 9th, 2008
In a number of hotels I’ve stayed at in China, there are no floors containing the number ‘4.’
No 4th or 14th floor. No 24th or 34th floor or 44th floor either.
In addition to this, many hotels in China do not have a 13th floor.
‘4’ is the most unlucky number in China – in part because it sounds like the word for ‘death.’
As for the number ‘8’ – “ba” – it rhymes with the word “fa” – which is used in phrases like “fa qian” – or “make m-oney.” And so, eight is auspicious because it will bring you good fortune.
Eight is a number that is all about flow. In speech, in writing, while performing and in life itself. It’s about being connected to the heavens and the earth at the same time.
The 2008 Olympics Games already began – at 8:08_08 P.M. – in China. We haven’t hit those magic numbers just yet – as we’re on Florida time – but I encourage you, when the clocks toll all these magic numbers at once tonight – wherever you may live – you might want to take some time consider what a perfect moment in time it is.
Yes, all moments in time are perfect – it’s just that some are more perfect than others. And tonight is one of those times.
I think it’s the opportune time to visualize your goals, to link with heaven and earth – to magnetize your fondest dreams, just as I show in my new book, 101 Ways to Magnetize Money – which you can pre-order at a discount today. In fact, TO-DAY would be the perfect day to order as it will set the tone for the rest of your life. You’ll be able to mark this date in time as the moment in which you changed your mind for the better about the subject of wealth and prosperity.
Or, if your mind is already set on wealth being a good thing – then STRENGTHEN it even more. Continually upgrade your mental software – or watch it go down hill.
Make the MOVE today.
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Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
After offering words of encouragement to so many yesterday about the idea of doing what you are passionate about, I received the following diatribe. My comments will follow:
You are right: it is absolutely preferable to do what you love as opposed to be stuck doing something
you don’t, for whatever reasons.
However, reality for many many people means that leaving a job is not an option. The truth is, it takes money to make money, and support also…..at least emotional. Especially emotional if you’re going to play Russian roulette with your finances and perhaps
your family’s well-being.
Not everyone has a business background, or idea, or skills that are marketable in a free-lance market. Not everyone can just start a business or come up with a product idea to sell to the world.
So it’s just a bit condescending to make it sound so simple…….because there are many, many things that go into making a life that will support striking out on one’s own and taking the kinds of risks you talk about.
Some of them are very real obstacles to that kind of a work life, and it is not very compassionate I feel to present it like it’s a “no-brainer”, as if people working haven’t come up with that thought themselves.
Also, some things don’t make money, or acquiring the skills needed is not a possibility. I don’t think it’s so simple, or everyone would be doing it.
Thanks for your enthusiasm, but it would be nice to hear you acknowledge that not everyone is a twenty-something without responsabilities and commitments.
MJF: Hello L. Thanks for your email. I have a couple questions. What are YOU so afraid of. Are you afraid of doing what you love and are passionate about – and not succeeding. Or are you merely concerned about everyone else getting hurt.
You say I lack compassion and that I’m condescending. You are right. I lack compassion for those who don’t believe in themselves, for those who make excuses, for those who refuse to see that anything you want to do in life can be studied, learned and applied – if you want it badly enough.
I make everything appear so simple because it IS once you eliminate all the limiting ideas and concepts that are holding you back. The toughest thing is not lack of money or lack of skills or lack of emotional support. The toughest thing will always be the battle you have within your own mind.
The world is filled with example after example of people who started with nothing but an idea and a dream – yet they found a way to succeed.
I did not begin with a big bag of dough. In fact, I was beyond broke.
In addition to that I lacked the know-how and skills necessary to do the things I loved. But guess what. I got the know-how and the skills. I studied. I cracked books. I learned.
And I made many mistakes.
Yet, at no time did I ever feel, nor did my wife feel, that I was playing Russian Roulette. Funny how you equate doing what you love with death.
I have mentored and coached a lot of people. Only once did I advise someone to quit his job. And the only reason he was advised to do so was because he was financially in a good position to begin with.
13 months ago a man who was making 95K per year, with a wife and three children, asked me if he should quit his job and go free lance. In response I said, “Which idea gives you more energy, staying with what you’re doing or breaking off on your own.”
That was all I said. He decided to quit his job – and after talking to him a few minutes ago, and reading what you wrote, I asked him, “Are you better off today than you were 13 months ago.”
“No doubt about it,” he said. “I wouldn’t go back to my old job no matter how much they paid me. It has NOT been easy, but it has been well worth it. I have a freedom I have never experienced before.”
Yes, there are skills needed. I’ve never said you didn’t need any.
Yes, it takes time to learn and adjust to a new way of thinking – but it can be done.
Yes, some ideas don’t make money. So what. Move to the next one that does.
And NO, I have not advised anyone in my emails to just quit your job. Many of my students still have
their regular job and earn a lot of extra on the side. Others are making a gradual transition OUT of their current job – as their income rises in the new career.
As for being condescending – I am guilty of looking AT others and seeing the good in them; in seeing the forest and the tree; of comparing where they are to where I used to be and where many of my
other students used to be.
In no way have I ever said you should shirk your responsibilities as a parent; nor have I ever said
that you’ll live a mistake-free life if you follow what I teach.
Perhaps you are the one who is looking down on others, telling them ‘you can’t’ while I’m looking
at all those who CAN.
I guess my viewpoint is sort of like Tough Love – or a bit like Ruthless Compassion. Yet, it is based
on taking a lot of people who were once scared of stepping forward into a new world – but did so
anyway, and NOW they are all the better for doing so. And so is the world.
Wish you well,
P.S. Read more on what it takes to succeed in my new book, 101 Ways to Magnetize Money.
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
Sometimes in life we have to do what we hate. Or so it seems.
We have to pay taxes – and we might hate that.
When we take a trip overseas, we have to fly for seven, ten, maybe even fourteen hours. And that’s
not supposed to be fun.
Then we have to put up with difficult people.
And so on.
Yet, in each of these situations, there are choices other than ‘I hate this.’
You can either FIND a way to enjoy what you hate by changing your attitude – or you can stop doing what you hate to do.
Years ago I determined that I didn’t enjoy answering the phone to take orders. When I first began in business I DID enjoy it – but once things started to go well, I was unable to get anything else done if I answered the phone.
So I stopped answering the phone and found someone who enjoyed doing it.
At one time I enjoyed fulfilling orders. It was fun to put books in envelopes, label them and seal them. It was also fun to take all my orders to the post office.
But then, after the business grew, I got nothing else done if I fulfilled orders and went to the post office. So I began to hate fulfilling orders – not because there was anything wrong with it – but because I needed to GROW.
When you feel pain when going to work each day, chances are this means YOU want to GROW, personally and professionally.
And you can’t grow if you insist on doing the same things that you’ve always done. Just because you used to like doing something is no excuse to keep doing it.
Ultimately, if you want to keep growing, you’ll need to continually weed from your work environment the things you don’t like to do while focusing on the tasks you like to do; ideally those tasks will have the greatest payoff.
It’s been said that the vast majority of people go to work each day in jobs they hate. I don’t understand how a person can do this. Yes, I understand the line, “I have mouths to feed and a roof to put over our heads.” But since when does that mean the next action step is doing what you hate.
If you have mouths to feed and a roof to put over a number of heads, then doesn’t it make sense that you do what you are passionate about so you can increase your income year after year.
Where is it written that the wealthy do what they hate to do. It’s the opposite. Those who are thriving do what they love. Those who are surviving do what they detest.
I have yet to read a book entitled, “Do What You Hate and the Moohlah Will Follow.”
Figure out ways to move from the “I hate this” workplace to the “I love this” environment. The payoffs will be HUGE.
P.S. I have 101 suggestions to help you make the move from I hate” to “I love” in my new book, 101 Ways to Magnetize Money.
P.P.S. And at my 4-Hour Workday Seminar I’ll give you the formula for maximizing your time and talents, doing what you love to do.
Monday, August 4th, 2008
It’s so easy to say or do something that either annoys someone – or gets misinterpreted by innocent bystanders.
The other day, for example, in an email about eating raw horse meat, I told about Chinese people often beginning a conversation with the phrase: “Where are you from.”
I don’t know about you, but I like to get creative with my responses to questions, especially those I’ve heard a gazillion times.
Hence, my answers. To recap.
“Where are you from.”
“I’m from the moon.”
“Waaaah. Where are you from.”
“From the sky.”
Had a gent from down under who wrote to tell me that I was “irritated” by these questions – he even offered an affirmation to help me out on my next trip to China. How kind.
Yet what he missed was the real heart of the story.
When someone asks where are you from – why do you answer with the name of a country. Why not “from my mother’s womb.”
Or why not cut straight to home base and say, as I often do, “From the sky.”
Responses like mine make for FAR more interesting conversation, or the lack thereof. Believe me, getting to read peoples’ faces when I throw this mind bender at them is great fun. And almost no one gets that I am, as far as I can tell, answering truthfully.
Whilst in Thailand, after leaving a tattoo temple – yes, this is where a spiritual master tattoos the faithful – a lady asked, “Where are you from.”
When I told her “from the sky,” she laughed, as do the Chinese (that’s what the word ‘waaah’ stands for) – then replied, “EVERYONE is from the sky. But what country are you from.”
She had me there. A wise woman indeed. And the very first to skillfully bypass my standard conversation buzz off.
I replied: “I am not from a country. I am not even here right now.”
“Neither am I,” she said.
We ended up speaking for several more minutes after this initial exchange. In contrast, I have rarely answered, “I’m from America” and had a meaningful conversation afterward.
One man wrote to tell me that the reason the Chinese ask “Where are you from” is because they want to size me up to figure out how much respect to pay me; to see where I rank in comparison to them on the socio-economic scale.
Well, me thinks by looking at my Gucci or Panerai watch and Prada shoes, they already know the answer to that one.
And believe me, the Chinese are extraordinarily brand conscious. My wife knows the brands better
than I – and if it weren’t for her, I’d still be wearing black velcro triathlon style digital and a pair of
JC Penny high-toppers.
So no, I’m not irritated by questions like, “Where are you from.” But I will tell you something I needed an affirmation on – as well as a better visualization.
Yes, it’s my brother-in-law once again. Perhaps it’s time I gave you his name. He goes by Mr. Fan. And I usually go by Mr. Fun.
“So you’re Mr. Fun and you’re Mr. Fan,” an astute inquisitor will ask upon hearing both our names.
“You got it,” I reply. “I’m Fun and he’s Fan. Sort of like Yin and Yang.”
When Fan and I go out for breakfast, he usually orders a couple eggs ‘sunny side up.’
I order twice that many ‘over easy.’
Now get this: When his eggs arrive he grabs a straw, inserts it into the egg yolk and begins to inhale.
The first time I saw this I sneered, snarled and did an eye ball roll. It was all I could do to keep from throwing my computer bag at him.
I got over it – the first time, by plugging my ears with my index fingers and looking the other way.
Then the next day, he did it again. So I began to sing loudly – far louder than his slurping, and this drowned out the illusion dancing before me.
Although Fan most certainly could have, and probably should have, he did NOT object to my awful melody.
The third time he began to syphon his egg yolks I grabbed my watermelon juice, inhaled a mouthful and began to argle as loud as possible while he did the hoover maneuver.
He wasn’t affected whatsoever. He kept right on sifting while I practice a variety of infantile expressions and sounds.
Then one day, just before the slurping began, I decided to change my mental picture about this scene. I decided to relax and enjoy the music coming from his plate.
That morning, all was well in my Universe. The illusion of eggs being syphoned through a straw disappeared into another realm.
Two days before leaving China this summer, I was at breakfast with Mr. Fan and my son. After eating my ‘over easy’ eggs, grabbed a slice of bread and began to soak the remaining yolk into the grain.
“Gross,” my son said, covering his eyes. “That is DIS-gusting.”
“You’re right,” I said. “Now find a way to enjoy it. After all, it could be worse. I could be using a straw.”
Yes, it’s a strange world we live in. The things that upset us are often inconsequential. Reminds me of the poster I saw on the wall back in sixth grade. It featured a man mountain climbing. In the backdrop, the following admonition, “It’s not the mountains that wear us out. It’s the grain of sand
in our shoe.”
If we can remember that line more often, I think we’ll get along much better. If we can remember to metaphorically remove our shoe and let the pebble drop to the ground, life will be much better.
P.S. Got any grains of sand in your shoes. Perhaps it’s your job – or the people you work with – or the amount of time you spend working – or the things you have to do at work. Well, consider dropping those excess grains of sand. Go to my 4-Hour Workday Seminar and climb the mountain without fatigue.
Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
When I’m in China and traveling with my brother-in-law, I note how he takes photos of almost everything.
At the airport he takes photos of the arrival and departure signs. He takes them of me getting my boarding pass. He takes them of the advertisements on the walls, the flight attendants. He even takes photos of text messages sent to him on his cell phone.
As the plane is landing, he’s taking photos of… the plane landing. “Runways are very interesting, aren’t they,” I say to him.
He laughs and continues.
When we’re in a hotel, he goes through the room photographing the bed, each chair, the desk, the fake flowers, the artwork – you name it.
At a hotel in Zhengzhou he was taking pictures of everything in the lobby. Then when the manager approached to tell him he could not take photos of things in the lobby, he erupted.
She says, “Bu keyi pai zhaopian.” You cannot take photos.
He raises his voice and demands a reason. She can’t come up with one. He argues with her for a few minutes – louder than what we consider polite – and finally the lady gives up. He continues taking
“Calm down,” I say. “No need to be angry.”
“Who angry,” he says. “I never angry.”
And he means it. He may have raised his voice to get what he wants – he may have yelled louder than normal – but he insists ‘no angry.’
Nothing is funnier than the fact that my brother-in-law takes photos of toilets and urinals. In the airports; in the hotels; in restaurants, at temples – you name it.
We spent a week in Thailand together. He got up from the table while I ordered the grub to photograph the toilet and bathroom. The other guy with us couldn’t stop laughing.
When he returned to the table, my friend asked, “Why are you taking pictures of the toilet everywhere we go.”
“Aaah,” says my brother-in-law. “Good question. I am putting together information to show the government one day. I want to ask them WHY in Thailand they have good toilet and bathroom but not in China.”
It’s true. In many places in China, the toilet is NOT a toilet at all. It’s the proverbial hole in the floor.
Now for something equally amusing. The first couple times I went to China, starting in 1993, when my wife, Zhannie, and I first married – I carried a camera with me everywhere. And I took photos of the bathrooms and holes in the floor.
Why, you ask. To show Americans back home: THIS is the toilet in China.
My photos of the Chinese un-toilets drove my wife mad at the time. Same goes for the photos I took of farmers walking down the street with pet water buffalo, motorcycles being ridden with helmetless young children and so on. To her the photos were pointless. To me they were priceless.
Each and every day we take mental snap shots and movies of what we deem important, and we tune everything else out.
What are you making important today.
Your health, your business, your finances, career, relationships, level of knowledge – etc.
One thing you might find interesting, if you focus on being in a business you love and have a goal to prosper in that business – ALL the other goals you have in life take care of themselves.
Find out more about this in my new book, 101 Ways to Magnetize Money.
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Friday, August 1st, 2008
In May of last year I was given a book, Hitching Rides With Buddha. I brought it to China with me –
and this summer I noticed it in my bookcase.
During my last two weeks there, I moved the book to my computer bag – and when I was down to my last 36 hours, I began to read. Couldn’t put the book down.
It’s a book about an American, living in Japan as a school teacher, who decides to hitch hike from
southern to northern Japan – following the Cherry Blossom trails.
What makes the book so appealing is the raw and uncensored stories the author, Will Ferguson, is
telling. I, myself, encounter many of the same prejudices while in China – and to hear another
person telling similar stories makes me connect with the writer.
For example, in Japan, foreigners are called the “gaijin.” In China, we’re called “lao wai.”
Back in 1997, the first time I overheard others referring to me as “lao wai” – I had an instant
recoil. It was very obvious by the tone of voice that it was NOT a respectful or endearing term.
So one night over dinner I got into an argument with my brother-in-law, who insisted “lao wai” meant nothing but “old foreign friend.”
To this I said, “And I suppose Chinaman means nothing but Chinese person then, right.”
He stopped arguing with me on this one.
This summer, ten years later, when going through the sacred mountains of Wu Tai Shan, the driver and guide made reference to me as “wai bing.” As soon as I heard this I was curious. I asked for a translation. To my surprise I was told, “Wai bing is a much more polite way to say lao wai.”
“Waaaaah,” I said, using a Chinese sound similar to the Japanese ‘oi.’
“So there IS a difference.” I turned to my brother-in-law and reconstructed our ten-year old argument. Then, speaking out loud, I explained to the driver and guide as follows, “In America, we say that 55% of communication is nonverbal; 38% is done through voice tone alone and only
7% is the actual words. So believe me when I tell you this: When I hear ‘lao wai’ said to me or around me as I pass by, it is NOT an endearing term.”
Ferguson found the same true in Japan. At times, some would refer to him as “Gaijin san,” – Mr. Foreigner – and this was considered much more polite.
So I began to tell people in China, when I overheard them referring to me as “lao wai” – that I was NOT a foreigner – I was “Lao Wai Xiansheng.” Mr. Foreigner.
Like Ferguson, I also found myself coming up with words and phrases and rituals designed to eliminate conversations as soon as they begin. For example, in China, most of the people who speak to you will begin with the following:
“Where are you from.”
There is no hello or how are you. Identifying what species you are is most important.
So here is the typical flow of conversations I eliminate.
“Ni shi nali de.” Where are you from.
“Yue liang.” From the moon.
“Aaaah. Shenme.” Aaaah. What.
“Yue liang.” The moon.
“Aaaah. Ni hen you mo.” Aaah. you’ve very humorous.
“Ni shi nei ge guojia de ren.” What country are you from.
“Wo meiyou guojia. Wo bu shi ren.” I have no country. I am not a person.
“Waaa. Ruguo ni bu shi ren, ni shi shenme.” Waa, if you’re not a person, what are you.
“Wo bu zhidao.” I don’t know.
“Ni shi cong nali lai de.” Another way to ask me where I come from.
“Wo jijing gaosu ni. Wo meiyou guojia.” I already told you. I have no country.
“Ni chu sheng zai nali.” Then where were you born.
“Zai tai cong.” In the sky.
“Waaah, zai tai cong ah.” Oh, from the sky.
“Shi de.” Yes.
“Ni gongzuo shenme.” What do you do for work.
“Wo meiyou gongzuo. Wo zhi yao haowen.” I never work. I only play.
“Ni you hen duo de qian.” You have a lot of money.
“Meiyou. Wo hen qiong.” Nothing. I am very poor.
The above is a conversation that takes place with a persistent Chinese person. Most are finished immediately.
Now, if you’ve never traveled to China, don’t know the language, the culture, the thinking, and so on – you might classify all of this as “defensive” conversation. And you’d be right. At the same time, it’s easy to sit back in your high chair – or on your high horse, if you’ve never been anywhere for any
length of time.
I often tell my brother-in-law that Americans are like apes to many Chinese. We’re like animals that escaped the zoo. So when you’re in a restaurant eating – and by this I don’t mean McDonalds or KFC – don’t be surprised if two to four workers stand close to your table to watch you eat. And then
the comments begin.
“Waah, that foreigner can speak Chinese.”
“Waah, that foreigner can use chopsticks.”
“He eats a lot.”
“Where’s he from.”
“How’d he learn to speak Chinese.”
Then there are the meaningless compliments. “Your Chinese is very good. You eat with chopsticks very nice.” And so on.
One thing you must understand about travel in Asia, is that almost ALL compliments are meaningless. Yet, most Americans fall for them. They lap the praise as if it is reality. It’s not.
I’m currently making lists of all my stories about travel in China. Ferguson’s book has been inspiring to say the least. I’m sure I have plenty of stories that are unique to me – but I don’t know if I have one that tops his “raw horse meat” story.
Imagine that you’re at a party in Japan, and you’re eating and having a good time. You turn to your guide and ask what the tasty dish is that you’re eating. He tells you, “Raw horse.”
What would you do then. Would you toss your cookies. Would your stomach get a little (or a lot) queasy.
Well, similar reactions happen every day in America, too. On the most amazing of subjects.
For example, one man wrote to voice his objection to my use of the word ‘money’ in the title of my new book – 101 Ways to Magnetize Money.
I’m sure he’s not alone in his objection.
The ‘M’ word causes him to react in a similar way to being told you just ate raw horse meat.
And yet, gagging on the ‘M’ word is utterly absurd and strange to me. So strange that I immediately form a judgment about the financial condition of the objector. It’s not positive, either.
Objecting to being called “lao wai” or “gaijin” in a derisive manner, that I understand. Tis why I’ve found humorous ways of dealing with it. Much better than getting ticked off.
Objecting to being fed raw horse meat – that I understand.
But gagging on the ‘M’ word – which we use each and every day – strange. Very, very strange.
Having the desire to magnetize m-oney does NOT mean that you do anything and everything to get rich – even if it goes against basic morals and values. It does NOT mean you work in jobs you hate – just for the dough.
On the contrary, it DOES mean that you follow your passion – that you live life with gusto and enthusiasm.
Some people cannot make this connection. Whenever they hear the ‘M’ word – the connections they make in their brain are as follows:
“Greed. Bad. Evil. Wrong.”
Yet, all we’re referring to are pieces of paper with ink on them.
Strange. Very, very strange.
But what do I know. I’m just another ape from the zoo.
P.S. Don’t fear greed. There’s plenty of ‘M’ for all. Go here and discover all the bonuses you can get for agreeing with me.
P.P.S. Oh, and about my 4-Hour Workday Seminar – the fee is going up tomorrow. Enroll NOW and bring a guest “on the house.”
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