Excerpts

It was in 1993, when I was, for the first time in my life, exposed to a message that was completely strange to me; it was a message that made me look at myself and at my life from a different and new angle.
It happened during a seminar with Mr. Jim Rohn, a man who truly changed my life. When Mr. Rohn said that “for things to change, you need to change; for things to get better, you need to get better,” I knew immediately that this message was for me. I went home after this seminar and I couldn’t sleep. The next day, I knew that my life would never be the same.

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I am always grateful for people and circumstances that inspire me to think differently, to see reality from a different perspective and to feel a different way. I am always thankful for seeds of wisdom that are planted around and within me.

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I want this book to be a trigger for you to start the thinking process. I also want it to be a guideline for you that shows possible directions, gives clues and makes you curious.

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could be sure that the direction we are going in is the right one? Wouldn’t it be great if we could make choices that were actually in our best interest? For sure, it would be great, but how can we get there? How can we be sure that we are making the right or the best choices?

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As a human being, we are a part of nature, and nature will always look for the way of lowest resistance. But to accomplish something good, or to consciously avoid something bad, we will normally go against this natural flow. When we want to have a breath-taking view, we need to climb up the hill, not roll down it.

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It seems that the drama of life takes place between two opposites: there is light and there is darkness; there is good and there is evil; there is love and there is hate…. In my opinion, this is one of the most important lessons in our life. We should understand that we need to accept both if we want to enjoy the journey, even though it often does not seem that this is the best way for us at a time!

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This can be quite confronting, as we are used to seeing our limitations as excuses; but the truth is, nobody knows what our limits are. If we have all we need to succeed and our limits are unknown, why are so many doing not so good? Well, we impose limits upon ourselves. There is no other explanation why some of us can achieve things that are unimaginable, while others cannot.

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Yes, it is very important to have the right attitude towards ourselves! The right attitude is a fuel for our faith and our reasons. Only with the right attitude can we build a strong character, and the strong character is what we need, to live a good life.

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However, I see a big danger in the way we associate the word time with the word management. It can give us a false hope and it can be misleading. When we start to think that we can manage, or in other words, control time, we can forget the obvious truth that we can’t control or manage time—at least not yet :)!

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We have the privilege, dignity, and the responsibility to design our lifestyle in accordance to our core values and in accordance to our means and experiences. We do not need to be rich to decide to read a book, to choose to visit a museum, or to enjoy a performance. We do not need to be rich or famous to practice sophistication.

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Searching for the perfect balance between all the different aspects of being. Discovering what is still hidden in the depth of me, what kind of treasures and skills are still there to be dug out, polished, practiced and used. Discovering the true meaning of integrity, love, respect, kindness, curiosity, courage, healthy ambition and compassion. Opening my mind to spirituality, emotions, and logic of others without losing my own. Understanding the everlasting battle of opposites and using the dark side to appreciate the light side even more. Creating time and an environment to help me with self-discovery, self-improvement, and self-awareness to be able to become, not better than others, but the best I can become. To increase my contribution to your life and to benefit the whole system as much as the best of me can. This is what the good life means and is to me.


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