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Our Marathon Talk
With my mortal comrades
I make appointments
And then we barter
But with God, my Lord Supreme,
I make no prior appointments.
Sooner than at once
I enter into His Heart-Room
And enjoy our marathon talk.
Excerpt from "The Wings of Light Part 1"
by Sri Chinmoy
If you were in Jude's position what would you have
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1. What common chemical compound is represented by
the letters H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O?
2. Are you good at math? Complete the last two in
this sequence: 1=3, 2=3, 3=5, 4=4, 5=4, 6=3, 7=5, 8=5, 9=4, 10=3,
Answers for last month's Fun & Games
Jan withdrew $50 from her bank account and spent half
of it on a blouse, she spent another $1.50 on an ice cream cone.
She spent another half on an umbrella, gave 75 cents to a beggar,
then spent another half on lunch and $1.50 on two chocolate bars,
how much money does she have left from what she withdrew? Answer:
One of these is not like the other, can you tell which
Skirt, Dress, Jacket, Pants, Blouse, Earring - Answer:
Earring is not an article of clothing
Red, Orange, White, Yellow, Green, Blue - Answer: White is not
colour of the rainbow
Dog, Gerbil, Mouse, Cat, Tiger, Lizard - Answer: Lizard is not
Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory
of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself.
He also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly
mansions of joy and strength and peace. James Allen, As
A Man Thinketh
"It is not what we read, but what we remember
that makes us learned. It is not what we intend but what we do
that makes us useful. And, it is not a few faint wishes but a
lifelong struggle that makes us valiant." Henry Ward Beecher
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A Note From The President
We are often influenced by what we see, read and hear. Recently
while reading Entrepreneur Magazine, there was an ad for the book
Masters of Sales. The copy for the ad did what it was supposed
to do, and get me to take action by buying the book. When I read
the ad, I thought that by buying the book, I would glean ideas
that I could pass on to clients. I was under the impression, could
be my misinterpretation, that the authors interviewed over 80
masters of sales to share tips for successful selling. I bought
the book and was so disappointed because most of the stories were
not actual interviews, but excerpts pulled from a variety of books.
I felt somewhat cheated because the ideas weren't fresh but recycled.
Perhaps, I am asking for too much. However, one great tip is the
Rule of Five, which I already knew about. Essentially, every day,
you do five things to take you closer to your goal. So if you
have written a book and want to promote it, one day you could
send out five copies to reviewers, and another day you could send
out five press releases and so on. Small steps taken have cumulative
effect and you cover great distances. There were a few other great
ideas. The ad for Masters of Sales reinforces the power
In this issue of Ambeck Edge, we interview Charles Citrin who
talks about a switch in career and we review James Allen's As
a Man Thinketh. I received a complimentary ticket to see Debbie
Travis at the Women of Influence Series, so I have included her
10 Commandments - tips for success.
From my desk to yours! Avil
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As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete
sum of all thoughts," says James Allen in his 1908 classic
bestseller, As A Man Thinketh. As the title suggests, the
book is about how your thoughts influence your results in life.
Allen explains that we are where we are in life because of our
thoughts, and if we are in an undesirable situation, we have the
power to change our circumstances by changing our thoughts because
we are the directors of our lives, and masters of our thoughts.
In Allen's own words, "Every man is where he is by the law
of his being. The thoughts which he has built into his character
have brought him there
Let a man radically alter his thoughts,
and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will
effect in the material conditions of his life."
Five Great Ideas
- A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently
cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or
neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds
are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will
fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.
- Man is where he is so that he may learn and grow.
- Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling
to improve themselves.
- A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing
to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong
of himself. He must, by his own efforts, develop the strength
which he admires in another.
- He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little. He who
would achieve much must sacrifice much. He who would attain
highly must sacrifice greatly.
At 22 pages, the e-Book version of As A Man Thinketh can be read
in no time at all. Despite the length of the book, it is chock
full of nuggets of wisdom. I recommend this book. You can download
a complimentary copy at http://www.asamanthinketh.net/download.htm.
Debbie Travis' 10 Commandments
- Dream it, do it and live it
- Use the element of surprise: fill your heart - challenge yourself
to be surprised
- Passion: love what you do. If you have a passionate team,
you'll be successful. Be hungry and want to do it
- Talent: hire the best people. Surround yourself with great
people who make you look better
- Fear: have to have a knot in your stomach, you have to have
- Keep it all in proportion. None of us is immortal
- Have balance: Get away. Debbie likes to hike and participates
in Charity Trek
- Inspiration: Get ideas from the outside world - try to see
and understand people who are different from you
- Importance of colour: Colour cheers you up. Colour is a science
and speaks to your soul
- Humor: Debbie says that Brits have a wicked sense of humor.
Humor brings out the hardiness in people
April's Book List
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
This month I am providing you with a couple of tidbits I came
Did you know that...?
- You should keep your toothbrush in a cupboard or medicine
cabinet and not on the bathroom sink because it's usually in
close proximity to the toilet. A toilet bowl has 3.2 million
microbes per square inch, and when you flush, these microbes
can travel up to six feet
- The worst places to use headphones are in noisy environments
such as an airplane, train, or subway where you are likely to
turn up the volume too high
Source: Prevention.com, The Worst Places for Your Health (The
article is an interesting read)
How Did They Do That?
Challenge: In 1996, when I was 48 years old, I realized
that investment banking and being a bond lawyer wasn't working
for me, so I decided to go into insurance. I didn't want to travel
all the time and I also wanted to spend time with my children.
It was a very tough transition for me because I had to redefine
myself. I was no longer an important lawyer and I had to develop
a thick skin.
Resolution: For two years I worked for others, but didn't
find them helpful so I opened my own firm, Citrin Financial &
Insurance, Inc., in 1998. I was very lucky to hire an extraordinary
assistant, Carmen Dumas. I then found two wonderful law clients,
the City of Hialeah Gardens, and the Hialeah Housing Authority,
and got pulled back into law. Now I work in insurance and in law
representing young political people as a lawyer and advisor. I
have grown to like the insurance business because I feel I can
- Life is long and we can make changes
- We, and not other people, define who we are
- Nobody gets through life on a scholarship. You have to adjust
- You have to believe in yourself and stay positive
What Can Ambeck Do For You:
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Formula for Success
- Believe in yourself
- Do what is right
- Take care of yourself physically
- Have a sense of humor
- Always remember what your Mother taught you. Mine always said,
"Never get down, and if you do, wash your face, smile,
and start again"
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