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A Man’s life and character are the result of his own inmost Thoughts and Ideals

James Allen

The philosophy above was as old as civilization, but ever fresh and new. James Lane Allen had proven the truth of it in his own life. He had been very poor in his youth, had none of the advantages so many young men count essential. He had started out with nothing to build on except what was within himself. But he had known what he wanted to do and be; he had kept his dream, his ideal, everlastingly before him; he had tried to live the life he imagined—and in the end, his dream became a reality. As a man thinks, so is he.

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What Matters Most

What Matters Most

What matters most lies inside us.

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To your personal growth,

Jake De La Cruz

The Impact of Humor and Laughter

I read one story about a certain court jester who went too far one day and insulted his king. The king became so infuriated he sentenced the jester to be executed. His court tried to convince the king to have mercy for this man who had served him well for so many years. After a time, the king relented only enough to give the jester his choice as to how he would like to die. In response, the jester replied, “If it’s all the same to you, my Lord, I’d like to die of old age.” In this case, the good sense of humor of the court jester saved his life. It can be true for us as well.

 We may not face a situation where our wit will save us from an execution, but our sense of humor and the ability to laugh at things has proven health benefits that extend and improve our quality of life. Even when we are in a dire situation or difficult challenges, the ability to enjoy and laugh at circumstances makes it easier to handle things lighter than it usually is, and somehow, cements our faith in God to come and rescue us in times of trouble.

 Norman Cousins, in his book Anatomy of an Illness, wrote about how he cured himself of cancer by laughing a good part of each day. He rented films of comedies and watched them for hours on end in his hospital room. He had nothing to lose since he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. His “experiment” turned out to be a classic example of the healing powers of laughter as he improved his health and eventually, cured cancer. If it worked for Cousins with a life-threatening illness, it can also work for us to enhance and protect our health.

 We should laugh often and heartily but not of people to demean them but in a way that inspires hope and confidence. It’s good for our digestion and our disposition. Even the Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Remember, life’s too important to take seriously. So, let us learn and enjoy every circumstance and experience we are being given.

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 To your successful and healthy living,

 Jake De La Cruz

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A Different Perspective

Here’s another story that allows us to understand people better and the different perspectives we offer. Know and understand first your audience before speaking your “nuggets of wisdom.”

One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach, with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. He was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish.

About that time, a businessman came walking down the beach, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the fisherman sitting on the beach and decided to find out why this fisherman was fishing instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family. “You aren’t going to catch many fish that way,” said the businessman to the fisherman. “You should be working rather than lying on the beach!”

The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, “And what will my reward be?” “Well, you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!” was the businessman’s answer. “And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman, still smiling. The businessman replied, “You will make money and you’ll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!” “And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman again. The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman’s questions. “You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!” he said.

“And then what will my reward be?” repeated the fisherman. The businessman was getting angry. “Don’t you understand? You can build up a fleet of fishing boats, sail all over the world, and let all your employees catch fish for you!” Once again the fisherman asked, “And then what will my reward be?” The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, “Don’t you understand that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset. You won’t have a care in the world!”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “And what do you think I’m doing right now?”

One of my speaker-author friends, Jayson Lo, who authored Younique and Younique for Youth, shared to me when we were classmates that he seldom shares the lessons he learns to people if they don’t ask him for them. And I believe that’s one of the best lessons we can learn here.

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To your successful and healthy living,

Jake De La Cruz

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The Impact of Choice

Sometimes, we feel that we are controlled by external circumstances. But our lives are largely determined by our own personal choices and decision in every area of our lives. We are where we are because of ourselves as a result of the choices and decisions we made in the past. Thus, if we want to have a different future than our present circumstances, we must make new and better choices and decisions today.

Choices and decisions are followed and shown by actions. An action is something with a consequence which makes inaction, a failure to do something, can be considered an action since it has a consequence that can dramatically impact our lives. For example, if a person fails to finish school, to read regularly for either personal or professional growth, listen to audio lessons and take additional training is committing inaction. The reason is because it has a crippling consequence, effect or impact on the future of that person.

The most wonderful thing about us is that we are free to shape and create our own future because we can make new choices, decisions and actions at any moment of our lives especially with our character, values, attitudes, mindsets and beliefs. And all improvement in our lives begins with an improvement in the way we see and think about ourselves every time. For instance, at times when we feel and think inferior about some things in our lives, we act inferior, intentionally or not.

Throughout human history, men and women who had the highest ideals, values and deepest convictions, which they uphold whatever happens, have been the most admired people in all societies and became models for the next generations. Our starting point of becoming an outstanding people is to be absolutely clear about our values that make our own personal philosophy, and then next is to rank them according to priority.

Great values are life-enhancing while poor values are life-destroying. For example, person A and B have the same values (Family, Health and Career) but their orders of priorities are different. Person A has Family, Health and Career Success in order of priority thus, he will always choose Family over Health and Career and he will always choose Health over his Career Success. Person B on the other hand has Career Success, Family and Health, which means that under pressure, he will always choose Career Success over Family and Health, and Career Success and Family over his Health. That’s why the order of our values are very important after choosing our values.

The development of personal code and personal philosophy of life is one of the most important things we can ever do. Everything we are and even what we become is determined by our choices and decisions. Thus, let us make a firm decision to stand up for certain principles and values, and to never compromise them; over time, this will make us outstanding individual. When we become outstanding individuals, our future will be unlimited.

To your success,

Jake De La Cruz

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“This TOO Shall Change” Wisdom

Here is an inspiring story shared in the book. Here it goes:

 There was once two brothers whose father just passed away. As customary, after the burial, the two brothers sat down to divide what their father has left them. After having carefully divided everything, the younger brother noticed a small old dusty casing hidden at one corner of his father’s old drawer. He blew off the dust and opened the case. In it he found two rings. One was a magnificent ring studded with expensive diamonds. The other was just an ordinary brass ring with a faded inscription. Upon seeing it, the elder brother insisted that since he is the elder brother he should have the diamond ring as he reasoned that their father would like it to be passed down through the generations. The younger brother therefore kept the brass ring and wondered why their father would have kept such a worthless ring.

 As the years passed, both brothers had ventured into business and each prospered in their own ways. The only difference was the elder brother’s life always filled with worry, anxiety and fear whereas that of the younger brother was calm, happy and peaceful regardless of whether their businesses were good or bad.

 The elder brother then one day asked his younger brother, “Young brother, tell me what makes you so peaceful and calm even though your business has dropped and a big portion of your wealth has been lost?”

 “Remember the ‘worthless ring’ which our father left me?” said the younger brother. “I have always followed the wisdom in its inscription: THIS TOO SHALL ALSO CHANGE.”

 “When I am in the possession of a lot of money, I remain humble because I know this will also change. When I’ve lost my money, I remain calm because I know this will also change.”

 Thus, always remember the wisdom in such inscription.

To your success,

Jake De La Cruz

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A Journey towards a Man of Value

albert-einstein man of value

It’s a challenge nowadays to be a man of value since majority of what the media or culture surrounding us says or pushes people to be successful. Sometimes I wonder about things and when I become successful, it’ll not mean that I am a man of value. But I believe that when I become a man of value, my success is inevitable.

I also realized that success is relative to people. Your meaning of success doesn’t really equate to my meaning or view of success. I hope that what we become in the process of gaining the things we want will allow us to be proud of ourselves or make our children and grandchildren proud of what we become.

It’s about leaving a legacy that our descendants will be proud to emulate and leading the way of living we want them to live. I desire that all of them be people of value more than the trappings of success.