The Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along

The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Till ringing, singing on its way,

The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,

A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then from each black, accursed mouth

The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound

The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
It was as if an earthquake rent

The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn

The households born

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head;

“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong, And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,

The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I don’t’ know when this song first had an impact on me, it’s meaning has changed over time as I have heard it year after year. In the last few years, it has changed from a song of dispare to a song of great hope and joy! I love to hear it and in my church, the organist really makes it wonderful and uplifting!

In my own life, I have moved through this opinion of the world and mankind in it. I remember a time when I was not interested in the affairs of those around me. It was typical of me to avoid others and not care what happened to those around me. At one point I didn’t even care about my siblings. Over the course of several years, my life took me into hard times and an actual and spiritual all desert.

It took a a few small acts from friends and family to soften my heart. Then I was presented with a choice … the choice between dark and light. The choice between walking the path of faith of the path of rebellion.

I was attending church with a very dear friend of mine, a guy who was and is an example to me. During the sermon, the pastor spoke about making New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t remember most of his sermon, at the very end, he said; “If there is only. one resolution that you make this year, make it to become more like Christ.” It was in that moment a decision had to be make. I was acting like the Israelites and halting between 2 decisions. It took me 3 days to make a decision about what path I would take.

As this year comes to a close, the twentieth year since that day, I have reflected upon the path my life has taken. I have often reflected on the decision I made and all the good things that have come from that day. I am ever so grateful for my wife – Lauren, my 4 boys, the faith that has developed, my education, the experiences, the books, the friends, my home, and job. All the good things that have come into my life, have come from that day.

The relationships with my siblings and parents have improved, my friendships have grown and more friends have come into my life. My gratitude abounds and my desire to share that gratitude and abundance continues to grow the more abundance and blessing flow into my life!

My hope and desire for this New Year is that you will be able to see and experience the blessing and abundance that is there for each and every one of us!

iron wil

Self Education

Books

This is not a complete list, just ones that I have read and feel confident that I can recommend.

  1. The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone
  2. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  3. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
  4. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  5. Be Obsessed or Be Average – Grant Cardone
  6. The Big Short – Micheal Lewis
  7. Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
  8. Building Your Network Marketing Business – Jim Rohn
  9. Close That Sale! – Brian Tracy
  10. The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
  11. The Creature from Jekyll Island – G. Edward Griffin
  12. Crush it! – Gary Vaynerchuk
  13. Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
  14. The Difference Maker – John C. Maxwell
  15. Do the Work – Steven Pressfield
  16. Economics in One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt
  17. Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki
  18. The Education of Millionaires – Michael Ellsberg
  19. The Fountainhead – Any Rand
  20. The Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield
  21. Go Pro – Eric Worre
  22. The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
  23. How to Get and Stay Motivated – Grant Cardone
  24. JumpStart Your Priorities – John C. Maxwell
  25. Let of Bang – Patrick Von Horne & Jason Riley
  26. Living Forward- Michael Hyatt
  27. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
  28. The Millionaire Booklet – Grant Cardone
  29. The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
  30. The New Case for Gold – James Rickards
  31. On the Wealth of Nations: Books That Changed the World – P.J. O’Rourke
  32. Quantum Leaps – Gloria Mayfield Banks
  33. The Real Book of Real Estate: Real Experts. Real Stories. Real Life. – Robert Kiyosaki
  34. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  35. The Richest Man in Babylon – George Samuel Clason
  36. The Road to Ruin – James Rickards
  37. Rock Bottom to Rock Star – Ryan Blair
  38. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
  39. Self-Reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  40. Sell or be Sold – Grant Cardone
  41. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  42. The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuk
  43. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  44. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
  45. Unlocked – T.D. Jakes
  46. Where Have All the Leaders Gone – Lee Iacocca
  47. Who Built That – Michelle Malkin
  48. 21 Great Ways to Manage Your Time and Double Your Productivity – Brian Tracy

Podcasts

YouTube Channels

iron wil

Wilson, Rituals

I listen to Rich Dad Radio Show each week and a few weeks ago … the August 20th, 2016 episode titled “Find Meaning, Find Success”; is an interview with JW Wilson about the affects of formal education on the mind. What stood out to me the most was this statement made by Mr. Wilson.

Rituals let your biology know you are serious about a commitment; then your body relaxes into the commitment.” – JW Wilson

It hit home with me because it is true and because I have put this into practice most of my life without realizing that this applied. I stood in front of quotes for years reading them and making them a very real part of me. I can look back to my college days, when I read my collected quotes daily as part of my morning ritual. It allowed me to make them a part of me. As the biblical saying goes, “it is written on your heart”. When you learn, study, and work on some commitment you make; you have to internalize it. When you add it to your routines (i.e. rituals), your body knows that you are serious. Your mind knows that you are serious.

You then begin to change and develop the personal tools that you need to move into your new commitment. When we look at how often New Year’s Resolutions fail … we can see the lack of commitment and changes to personal rituals that will empower the individual and assist them in making those changes permanent.

iron wil

Unknown, Dreamers

All men who achieved great things have been dreamers.” – Unknown

I really enjoy this quote! I have never taken ‘dreamers’ here to mean a lackadaisical, dreamy, cotton-headed person; to me, it has always meant someone who thinks and plans and is willing to work on those plans until they come to fruition or pivot to another idea derived from the first. I have, for many years, admired the works and ambitions of Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, and Ford. The early industrialists and business leaders that built huge businesses and forged many of the standards and work norms that are part of our current views of the work place.

While my dreams have not yet come to fruition, I am still working on them. I got distracted and sidetracked by the cacophony of the educators and leaders that say go to school and get an education. While a degree is helpful, the real education that is needed is that of personal drive and desire. I believe that it is more important for a person to pursue the knowledge that one needs (has an interest in) to pursue their goals. We could talk about Steve Jobs taking the calligraphy course or of Bill Gates spending hours coding in his high school years. We could also look at Mark Zuckerburg, Jack Dorsey, Mark Cuban, or Michael Dell. We could look outside the typical business communities to Christian von Koenigsegg, Hayley Hobson, Eric Worre, or Robert Kiyosaki.

My point is that if you have an idea work on it; see where that adventure will take you!

iron wil

Equality

With all the commotion in the media, communities, and peoples minds. I felt that this topic is relevant.

There is a lot of clamor about equality, so lets take a look at the definition.

equality (ĭ-kwŏl′ĭ-tē) n. pl. e·qual·i·ties (1)
1. The state or quality of being equal.
2. Mathematics A statement, usually an equation, that one thing equals another.
[Middle English equalite, from Old French, from Latin aequālitās, from aequālis, equal; see equal.]

and…

Social equality (redirected from Equality (law))

Social equality is a state of affairs in which all people within a specific society or isolated group have the same status in certain respects. At the very least, social equality includes equal rights under the law, such as security, voting rights, freedom of speech and assembly, property rights, and equal access to social goods and services. However, it also includes concepts of economic equity, i.e. access to education, health care and other social securities. It also includes equal opportunities and obligations, and so involves the whole of society.

Social equality requires the absence of legally enforced social class or caste boundaries and the absence of discrimination motivated by an inalienable part of a person’s identity. For example, sex, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, origin, caste or class, income or property, language, religion, convictions, opinions, health or disability must not result in unequal treatment under the law and should not reduce opportunities unjustifiably.

Social equality refers to social, rather than economic, or income equality. “Equal opportunities” is interpreted as being judged by ability, which is compatible with a free-market economy. A problem is horizontal inequality, the inequality of two persons of same origin and ability.

Perfect social equality is an ideal situation that does not occur in actuality. In complexity economics, it has been found that horizontal inequality arises in complex systems. (2)

In America, it was the intent of our Founding Father to provide a place where the citizens could be equal before the law. In the Declaration of Independence it states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (3) The train of thought that developed into this phrase started with Joh Locke, who said; “”All men are born equally free and independent and have certain inherent natural rights of which they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; among which are the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.” (4) The problem that Americans had, starting with the Pilgrims, is they were not treated equally before the law. The Pilgrims fled England to seek religious freedom, they did not believe in the Church of England‘s theology. They were followed by others, primarily from England, that were seeking religious freedom. In many ways, the United States was founded and created by a group of people willing to die for their beliefs. Which would also explain why the First Amendment to the Constitution is about religious freedom and peaceable assembly. This would also explain why Americans are also the first to stand in the breach when others rights are being trampled (at least to me it does).

This equality that is being asked for today is not equality before the law, it is special treatment before the law. When Christians bakers are sued out of business and Muslim bakers can turn down LBGT customers there is a very serious problem. Each person and individual should be equal. If you have committed a crime then you should be forced to face the full brunt of the law; there should be no getting out because of questionable legal status or because the state doesn’t have any more funding. When a law is broken there should be a consequence.

Now, Latter-day Saints believe like many other Christians that America is a blessed and sacred land. I have listed a few of our scriptures that give us ground to stand on; and yes, they are all from the Book of Mormon. They are not in any particular order.

  1. Alma 30:11 “…therefore all men were on equal grounds.”
  2. Mosiah 27:3 “…that there should be no persecutions among them, that there should be an equality among all men…”
  3. Mosiah 29:32 “And now I desire that this inequality should be no more in this land, especially among this people; but I desire that this land be a land of liberty, and every man may enjoy his rights and privileges alike…”
  4. Alma 46:10 “…he led away the hearts of many people to do wickedly; yea, and to seek to destroy the church of God, and to destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted unto them, or which blessing God had sent upon the face of the land for the righteous sake.”
  5. 2nd Nephi 10:11 “And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall rise up unto the Gentiles.”
  6. 2nd Nephi 1:7 “Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.”

I hope my point is taken that this land if a place of freedom like no other nation in the world and if we can become students of history and seek knowledge we can see how wonderful this nation called America has been for 230 years. While I am not saying you have to believe in GOD, I am saying you should learn the truth about the birth of our nation and understand our roots.

iron wil

(1) Dictionary.com Equality

(2) Dictionary.com Equality (law)

(3) Wikipedia: Declaration of Independence

(4) Wikipedia: All men are created equal

(5) Wikipedia : Church of England