Boldly Plant Your Two Cents!

It’s the last day of 2018! Has it been as great a year for you as it has been for me?

The year did not start out stellar. I had a lawsuit which was the absolute death, another locked in mortal combat, and of course all of this was happening while I still was undergoing “death by a thousand paper cuts” with other files.

But something really interesting happened. I realized I wasn’t happy and I decided to make a change. That is why 2018 will go down as one of my best years – the decision to change.

Now though, it’s time to continue with the follow through. So as they say … Out with the old and in with the new.

Kind of like what happens today and as represented by a couple of pennies in the picture above.

Are your pennies pretty much the same? In other words, are you going to pretty much carry your 2018 life over into 2019?

Why not take the chance on your dream? I’ll tell you why? Because there are real risks, but try to project forward 5, 10, 20, years … perhaps even on to your deathbed.

What’s going to be worse, you saying: “Gosh, if only I had gone for it!” Or, is it more likely that you will say to yourself: “That was one of the worst decisions of my life.”

If it is the later, well then listen to that and hold back. There’s something that you yet need to draw before you make the leap into the unknown.

But, if you have any inclination that it will be the former … don’t waste another day. Tip just one glass of bubbly to ring in the New Year and get to work on your reinvention.

As for myself, I am so happy and grateful for all the people I am meeting. To folks at Tableau Software and neighbors alike, I am really looking forward to collaborating with you in 2019.

Please feel free to take your two cents, not the coins but rather your best ideas, and boldly plant them where they can best grow in the year to come.

I would love to get your comments below. Cheers!

Reinvention – The Art of Putting on New Clothes

I am not the most faithful person when it comes to going to church. Nevertheless, my attempt is to get in a full rotation of three differing morning services … each Sunday!

OMG, that’s crazy thinks not only you but my family as well. Why do I do this?

Well, I found my work so bleak that just to get enough juice cranked up to brave the upcoming week, I figured I would do my best to pull myself out of the land of Ecclesiastes.

By way of reminder, that’s the book in the old testament which unequivocally clarifies at its outset: “Meaningless! Meaningless! … Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

Now, I recognize that for some people this notion offers real liberation. For me though, it could get me to sink to the level where I just thought: “Forget about it, what’s the point!”

Let me tell you, if things are cutting that way for you in life, you better figure out a way to make some major changes quickly.

Having that state of indifference, can very quickly lead you to think quite well of the subject of this poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson…

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.

Yes folks, that pretty well sums up the state of mind in which I found myself operating trying to step in to the middle of disputes in an attempt to get neighbors to stop fighting over their “Five Blades of Grass.”

As you can imagine, though I didn’t self-perform “brain surgery” as precisely as Richard Cory, I was killing myself by letting my time be consumed by such trivial matters. No longer!

Guest Pastor at Magnolia Presbyterian Church, Marisa Gronholz, gave a titled sermon which sums it up quite well: “A New Year, A New Wardrobe.”

Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12

So, what’s happening to me? I’m taking off my old clothes as a boundary dispute attorney and am putting on the new clothes of a “Reinvention Lawyer.”

Whhhat? Bob, could you please identify what is a “Reinvention Lawyer.”

Well, I’m not exactly sure about that yet myself. You see, this is a process of discovery for me.

One thing for which I am absolutely certain.

Instead of working as a mercenary, albeit one usually for peace, to assist clients with their boundary disputes, I now seek to help people to conduct boundary breakthroughs!

It’s one heck of a miserable road to try to change one’s neighbor … or anyone else for that matter. For those wanting change in their lives, the path to accomplishment is to change themselves.

Yes, I am completely aware of the fact that is not easy. Yet, I also know the courage to take off the old, ill-fitting clothes, take a shower, and then put on something new is the way to reinvention.

I’m humbled to say that I now stand naked … but not for long.


Oh and of course … Cheers!


Is ESP for Real?

Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich gives some treatment to ESP or as he calls it Telepathy.

Perhaps there is a distinction between these phenomenon that I am not aware.

As someone who has been quite literally “grounded” in the area of boundary dispute law for the last decade, like most I tend to scoff at the idea of this in much the same manner as the audience is brought into the “joke” Bill Murray plays as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters.

But in that I am in a mode of reinvention, I am willing to think much broader now and I wonder if there isn’t something actually to it.

Have you ever been having a conversation about someone – usually one in which you extol their virtues or vilify their faults – and they show up?

What’s the classic line in such situations: “Speak of the devil … right?” Why?

It’s because it is so odd. One thing that I noticed as I went so narrow in my specialization was that on an uncommonly regular basis, something that I was needing in one case would show up in another?

Basically, I might have a motion I needed to produce or a principle of law the case for to assert a legal point which I didn’t know existed … and in came a motion or mention of that case from opposing counsel in another case.

Is this a part of “the law of attraction?” I don’t have enough understanding to know this yet.

I do know that the list of names that were interviewed and endorsed Napoleon Hill’s book are still well known now for many of the eponymous business institutions they created.

And in that list of folks – e.g. Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, William Wrigley, Wilbur Wright, Alexander Graham Bell, John D Rockefeller, and Thomas A Edison to name a few – I think that it would be better to attempt to lend my mind to their “daft” ways than to seek to stay under the bell curve of normalcy – i.e. mediocrity.

Now, the reason why I find myself writing all of this is because yesterday I had sent out a LinkedIn invitation to the one person who has studied Napoleon Hill’s book more than anyone else on the planet – Bob Proctor.

I had been working on a rather mindless project and listening to YouTube videos of his all day long.

Before it got dark, I decided to take a break and got out for a jog and took a shower.

After letting the dog out the door, I came to the computer to get this day’s blog post out and what should I find … Bob Proctor had accepted my LinkedIn invitation.

Is there any ESP or Telepathy in that? I have no idea? But, I suspect that he has some ideas about it. Some that I would like to get directly from him if at all possible.

As I thought about it all, I wondered is it possible that my work as a boundary dispute attorney hasn’t really been about bringing discordant minds – i.e. people who think and thus have vibrational frequencies operating at different levels – together.

What has slowly been emerging for me is the realization that instead of trying to help people who only want to change someone else and not themselves a job that always seemed so pointless to me somewhat akin to Rodney King of L.A. riots fame’s quote: “Can’t we all just get along?”

Is it possible that I can use all this wisdom and energy to bring people together to form mastermind groups in order to create not only Win/Win (or as the Chinese say: “Twin Win” — 雙贏 ) but rather wins that redound to many more than two parties.

Now that’s something worthwhile. That’s something worth refocusing the work of my life’s devotion.

I do know one thing though, i am not skillful enough to just sit around trying to think this into the world through telepathy. It’s time to act … with kindness to all. Cheers!

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What Does Edison Have to Do with It?

My blog posts in large part have been focused this month on Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

This book’s introductory chapter is styled: “The Man Who “Thought” His Way into Partnership with Thomas A. Edison.”

Well, this morning’s news about the Con Edison explosion in Queens, NY had me thinking that I ought to give this chapter some treatment. So here goes …

Most people are aware that Edison invented the lightbulb. What’s more, the lightbulb has become the quintessential means for depicting an idea.

It’s perfect in doing so, because the lightbulb both serves to illuminate and it serves as a brilliant example of what it takes to reduce an idea to form.

Where do ideas come from? Somewhere out of the subconscious. Yet, as far as I am to understand through the reading of this book and review of ideas from others who have as well, it seems that the subconscious draws from beyond the individual.

Regardless, reducing the lightbulb to form was a process in which Edison was deemed to have “failed” 1,000 times before achieving success.

When asked by a reporter to comment, Edison instead insisted: “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

That shows incredible persistence and the result of course changed the world far beyond turning blue the night sky in a New York burrough.

Returning to Hill’s book, he relates the story of Edwin C. Barnes.

According to the book, though he didn’t even have the money to take the train and instead went the way of “blind baggage” – i.e. as a hobo – and wasn’t dressed for appearances, Barnes was determined to fulfill his vision – to become Edison’s partner!

Barnes obtained an audience with Edison and precisely told him this as well. What next?

Barnes did not get his partnership with Edison on his first interview. He did get a chance to work in the Edison offices, at a very nominal wage, doing work that was unimportant to Edison, but most important to Barnes, because it gave him an opportunity to display his “merchandise” where his intended “partner” could see it.

Hill relates that months went by and no external progress. But, inside Barnes’ mind his desire only grew.

Then the opportunity presented itself. Edison created a ‘Dictating Machine’ which his sales force was reluctant to sell. Barnes stepped up!

He indicated that he could and would sell the Edison Dictating Machine. And when it became apparent how successful he was at doing so the slogan was born: “Made by Edison and Installed by Barnes.”

Hill remarks that Barnes made a lot of money as a result – perhaps $2 or 3 Million. Yet, even more valuable than the money according to Hill was the fact that Barnes learned …

an intangible impulse of thought can be transmuted into its physical counterpart by the application of known principles. Emphasis in original quote.

That is an explosive thought. I’m still doing my very best to wrap my head around it. Can you? Cheers!

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Can I Get You Some Water?

Yesterday, I recorded one of the last stipulated judgments of my career as a boundary dispute attorney. The woman seated at the recorder’s desk was pleasant enough.

When she asked what it was that I was recording, I told her that it was likely the last judgment I would ever record from an adverse possession case.

Then as so often happens, she related to me the story of her own case. Except in this instance, the parties were smart enough to get together and each pay for half of a survey before they went ahead with the work … which in her case involved paving just up to – but not beyond – what they both recognized to be the boundary line.

She then related that her neighbor moved away, but now she has a new neighbor with whom she has an even better relationship. While I was working, I had never heard of this type of miracle.

Then another miracle occurred.

I took the now recorded judgment to the assessor’s office so that in addition to clearly having the court ordered boundary adjustment identified in the chain of title, the parties would be properly taxed going forward.

As an aside, this is a step that many attorneys who don’t regularly engage themselves in boundary disputes fail to realize needs to occur. Best practice is to indicate that this is to occur in the proposed order.

Now, I suspect that there is a possibility that the county (and perhaps the city if also having jurisdiction) could baulk if not named in the lawsuit, but the likelihood of any authority at the county getting so exercised that they want to challenge such a ruling asymptotically approaches zero. Yet, for attorneys that seek to absolutely smote all risk, by all means name the county as a defendant.

Returning to the miracle at the assessor’s office. I presented my recorded judgment to a clerk who went to speak with someone in the abstract department, and then it happened.

Another clerk came out and offered me some water. Rather dumbfounded by such a pleasant offering, I gladly accepted. She brought me a bottle of water!

I overheard this clerk mention to another that she may or may not be coming in today, but certainly would not on Friday.

Now, in the generally cautious to negative frame of mind I had normally occupied while doing my boundary dispute work, I can see myself attributing all of this to a pleasant, albeit lazy, government worker.

But, after I received word from the first clerk that all was well and went to leave, I saw that this generous soul was on her way out too.

We exchanged holiday well wishes and I noted that I had overheard that she had an extended holiday.

Without falling into sorrow, she shared that it wouldn’t be an extended holiday for her, but rather the funeral of an uncle – the last of that generation.

So my question is this: “How is it that some people can continue through life with a positive attitude even in the face of life’s ultimate misery …

Whereas others seek out misery in the face of life’s ultimate joy?”

Having good relationships with your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your neighbors is a choice.

A choice that people must make for themselves even when the outside experiences which occur as a result of the neighbors is not positive.

After a decade of repeatedly attempting – sometimes spectacularly successfully and at other times just as spectacularly unsuccessful – to cross the chasm from negativity to positivity, I finally realize that I increasingly risk being “up the creek without a paddle.”

The water sure isn’t pure there!

Better to find headwaters where the water is pure and bottle and preserve it instead. Cheers!

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Border Wall Chaos Ruminations

My chops as a boundary dispute attorney gives me both credibility and pause to step into the fray of our nation’s border wall debate.

This matter is not strictly similar to a boundary dispute between neighbors because neither side is seeking to redefine the location of the line.

What is at issue is at issue which is very similar to boundary disputes is that at least one side wants to be clear as to what is acceptable on its side of the line.

The other side doesn’t seem to give a hoot what happens. Though not wanting to minimize the issue, a large degree of the debate can be analogized to a neighbor who likes to maintain a pristine yard getting frustrated with the neighbor who has an unruly tree which is unmaintained and sheds its leaves onto the first neighbors lawn.

In most boundary disputes there is some degree of what I have come to call: “an external manifestation of an internal problem.”

There is plenty which has been said about President Trump regarding his uncommonplace antics to suggest that he is the one with the problem.

But that is an incomplete picture. In any boundary dispute, both disputants have a problem simply for the fact that there is a lack of harmony.

Who wants to be in harmony with Donald Trump? He certainly doesn’t make it easy!

But, to a certain extent – some much more and some much less – we all share aspects which are more pronounced in other people.

Trump appears to have a very dark side. This is a side which many seek to delimit exposure.

People do this because it is much easier to castigate that which is “out there” than to seek to change that which is “in here” … at a person’s core.

Trump is living this out too. He is on record as indicating that (some of) those who cross the border into the U.S. are “murderers and rapists.”

By building a wall – at least with respect to political symbolism – he is keeping that “element” at abeyance.

Perhaps a better way to consider what’s going on is that as – or at least a representative of a those who are – conservative, Trump exhibits one of the primary factors for which conservatives are known – low openness and low agreeableness.

For folks like this, that which is beyond the boundary – in this case normalcy and order – is a threat.

But instead of this being a threat which remains just that, because the border is porous … there is the perception of an invasion.

Overall, the whole thing seems silly to me. Because at the other end, it is in large part because of the liberal entitlements which appear to create the economic vacuum which the border crossers seek to illegally fill because people are unwilling to pay minimum wages for the value of work which falls below these arbitrarily identified values.

That is simple economics which is something it seems that most liberals are unwilling to publicly acknowledge.

To fully understand the perspective that conservative thinkers have with respect to the idea of building a wall, I encourage you to review this message from the late, Charles Krauthammer [HERE].

Krauthammer indicates that the wall serves the purpose of both allowing the illegal immigrants who are already here to have an amnesty – but not ability – to become citizens, but their children will be citizens while future illegal immigration is prevented.

When viewed in this light and as expressed calmly by Krauthammer, the border wall actually does make sense.

The problem is that we have a deal maker in the role of president, who fails to alter his conduct from that of a top-down businessman to a consensus building politician.

I suspect that Trump will wait this governmental, shut-down out and get his wall not just for what it represents to America, but also because he can’t lose by not holding pat to this position.

If he compromises here, there will be a perception that there is blood in the water and the investigations against him will gain additional momentum.

On the other hand, if he is forced out there will be plenty of backers that indicate that the president that they sought to have represent them was illegitimately pushed out and point to his iron will to hold fast on the point of the border wall.

Trump appears to be someone who enjoys the game in the moment and this is just another one of the many moments that we will see from him. I have no doubt he will find an exit.

Is all of this making America better? That’s really hard to tell. But, if the legacy of the Trump presidency becomes that of a nation which comes together across political lines to expel that which is deemed abhorrent – the incivility which is so much a centerpiece of Trump’s personality – he might actually turn out to be one of the greatest presidents … despite himself!

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Count Your Blessings

When I was studying Chinese in Taiwan over two decades ago, one of the lessons related the story of the  lead monk who had all sorts of events befall him.

I think the first had something to do about a wild horse that came upon his property; his neighbors exclaimed he was lucky.

The second event was something like his son was riding the horse and was thrown from it and broke his legs; his neighbors exclaimed he was unlucky.

The third event involved a military conscription in which his son was passed over because of his broken leg; his neighbors now exclaimed he was lucky.

Then there was a fourth event in which perhaps the invading army took his horse as a beast of burden to pack away many of his possessions as he and his family retreated to the woods and this did not occur to the neighbors; so, yes you guessed it his neighbors now exclaimed he was unlucky.

The story toggled back and forth like this for six or eight iterations. And to each the monk had one thing to say: “Whether it’s good luck or bad is impossible to tell.”

So, basically the monk went through life in a state of indifference.

This is better than going through life like the neighbors who place a conventional interpretation upon events as they occur, instead of standing outside of them and looking at them with dispassion as did the monk.

It’s certainly better than the persons stricken with “rectopticitus” – i.e. “a crappy outlook on life.” These folks tend to find the negative in everything.

But, the prize go to you when: “You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life. Their the facts of life.”

And then, like any good attorney whether those facts are “good or bad” you look at them both individually and in aggregate to see how they can be viewed in the best light for the client you represent … in this case you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, acquaintances, and even strangers.

It all starts with having a positive attitude that radiates out.

At Christmas, Christians celebrate the fact that a family was able to put love at the top of the list when everything in society suggested that the appropriate thing would be to fall back into fear.

Love just does that. In our work we are often times advised to love what you do and everything else will fall into place.

Well that is a better approach than to hate your work! But, just enjoying your work doesn’t quite get you there. Your “neighbor” has to love it too.

Think if business was composed generally of Win/Lose transactions – the equivalent here of the Love/Hate – which one witness in boundary dispute law.

People love their own thing, but if nobody else does, or worse they actually take offense at that which you love, then there is no transaction … right?

So in a roundabout way, isn’t the rule “love your neighbor as yourself” really one of the best pieces of business advice there is.

Both have something different and that difference can be shared across the line through transaction. Economics then is not a dismal science. Instead, it’s incredibly optimistic!

So, getting back to the monk … If you have fantastic relationships with your neighbors, you are truly blessed.

And, if your relationship with your neighbor is poor and you are in conflict … guess what, you are truly blessed again!

As the compound, Chinese word that comprises “crisis” – 危機 – is quite literally composed by the words “danger” – 危险 – and “opportunity” – 機會.

When you get to these points when on a downward trajectory, will you be able to pivot to make it only the nadir or will it become an inflection point that takes you further down?

Either can have benefit, so just learn from it, figure out the next goal, and work towards its attainment.

The only alternative course would be to live a life of indifference where you sit still as the world goes by.

When you know you can do a lot better than that and don’t, is there any chance you will be satisfied?

Of course not, so get after it. And count your blessings as you go. Cheers!



With a Little Help from My Friends

Imagine enlisting a couple of buddies to go on the journey of a lifetime in pursuit of a dream which is going to require the sacrifice of the greatest each of them have to give.

How many people would go on this adventure? Now, add to it that there is a fair chance that it will turn into misadventure. Each of you could die of dehydration, starve, or any number of other issues that might occur.

It seems that a number of things are really necessary. First, the aim must really be vividly clear to everyone.

Second, the relationships between the friends must be really solid. One in which opposing views are not only tolerated, but encouraged in order to determine the best approach, while not damaging the relationship amongst individuals.

Third, it seems that the goal must remain both purposeful and attainable.

All of these areas are difficult, but this third one seems to be the most difficult.

Motivational speaker Les Brown seems to be the best at figuring out how to do this in my estimation.

He doesn’t have people attempt to go for the low hanging fruit. He also doesn’t seek to have people undertake the “impossible.”

He instead seeks for people to repeatedly say to themselves that which they dream about is … “possible.” Repeatedly, he extorts: “It’s possible.”

The use of the term “impossible” severs us from what can become with thoughtful, hard, deliberate work … not only possible, but later plausible.

Once, you pull something into the realm of plausibility, how much more effort does it take to bring it into the real of probability?

And once it’s to that point, how much more does it take just to finish the job and make it reality?

I don’t know enough about all these ideas of the “Law of Attraction” which seem to flow from Napoleon Hill’s works.

Yet, I do understand the idea of the concentric circles in which immediately beyond the person is their “sphere of control” and beyond that is their “sphere of influence.”

Beyond the “sphere of influence” is “everything else”. Ok, then. First, is there a strict boundary between the “sphere of influence” and “everything else?”

What happens when you start to understand and work together with your friends who have their own “spheres of control” and “spheres of interest?”

It seems that whether you have the goal of being a great entrepreneurial start up or one of the first on the scene in Jerusalem, whatever your vision is, if you hold tight to it and work it with friends you can trust … you will be able to find a way to succeed.

Even if you are predisposed to set aside the religious dogma, the triumph of the human spirit and its capacity to love in an imperfect world is what we celebrate tonight. Cheers!

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What Does a Mastermind Group and Draft Horses Have in Common

At Church this morning, the pastor indicated that his folks have property in Maryland’s Appalachia where the Amish also reside. He then spoke to the fact that a draft horse had the ability to individually pull 8,000 lbs.

His question was then what is the amount that two draft horses together can pull. The answer is not the additive of 16,000 lbs. It’s an initial geometric tripling to 24,000 lbs.

Then, the pastor noted something even more amazing yet. When the horses have been teamed together for a fair amount of time, the draw load can go up as high as 32,000 lbs.

Now, I will admit that I know absolutely nothing on this subject and I have not done any fact checking to assure that all of this is accurate. So, I guess if you think that I may be mislead by a man of the cloth, by all means feel free to do the research and correct me.

Until that happens though, I am going to assume that this is the reality. And in doing so, I want to draw another point to Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

He indicates that it is critical to have a mastermind group which he describes as at least 2 or more people who are working in harmony towards a common purpose.

If I am to understand the takeaway properly, the result is that there is not an additive benefit when working in harmony with others, but rather one can increase benefit geometrically. Good!

Now, let’s think about what happens if you pair a couple of draft horses, but have them pulling in exactly the opposite direction.

Sure, it’s nice to think that a pair of Levis Jeans can hold up to the pressure, but that’s a lot of countervailing force.

If that which binds though is stronger than the force of the two horses diametrically opposed, what happens as to progress?

Obviously, there is little to none!

And this is exactly where I want to make may point. For those folks that want to hitch up and pull against their neighbors by pulling the boundary line in the neighbors direction and vice versa, the law essentially is going to have you at a virtual stalemate.

So, wouldn’t it be much better to get on the same page as your neighbor and just sort out the problem?

That has always been my approach. Yet, this approach takes a tremendous amount of sales effort to get my clients, opposing counsel, and the neighbors all on board.

At the end of the day, week, month, year, and now decade, when I look at the benefit, while I know it is important to help people to come to peace and that lawyers provide a better alternative than for two warring parties to simply step of ten paces, turn, draw, and shoot … I want to help people work together to get meaningful things accomplished.

I still have a fair degree of reticence about moving in this new direction, but as my friends this holiday season all seem to advise … so, you have about 15 – 20 years of work left ahead of you.

That’s time I can’t be wasting doing something that no longer makes sense for me.

I’m not adverse to doing the equivalent of a draft horse, but the work has to be meaningful.

If not, I’m just marking the days until I get a chance to go to the great beyond.

That’s just not at all the way to live! Wouldn’t you agree? Cheers!

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Taking a Moon Shot after (Envisioned) Arrival

When I lived in China, I had an expat friend who made this pithy note: “May you always be able to look a little further beyond the horizon than your neighbors. But, may it not be so far beyond that you can’t point it out to them.”

I thought that this was some sort of sage, ancient chinese secret that he had picked up in his more in depth Chinese interactions. I was mistaken.

It is a (paraphrased) line from Samuel Butler’s book The Way of All Flesh. Sounds racy, I know. But, it’s a book in which Butler explores the hypocrisy of Victorian England.

Returning to the quote – It’s great to be able to see the future right? That’s kind of like having a chance to take a racing table back in time like Biff in the second Back to the Future. 

This is theme that’s been explored in the negative too though. The classic that you might be enticed to watch this time of year by the family elders is It’s a Wonderful Life.

The what if in that case contends with how poor the world would have turned out, but for all the good that came about due to George Bailey’s life.

As it turns out, the idea of having a vision and perceiving yourself as having attained that vision is one of the greatest “tricks” that one can play on their subconscious.

Look at any book about goal achievement and it will insist that you gain clarity as to your goals. The result then becomes not so much that you strive to attain them, but that you work along and are pulled to them.

So what’s this bit about the second part though? What the heck is the meaning of the phrase: “may [your “look”] not be so far beyond [the horizon] that you can’t point it out to [your neighbors]?”

Essentially, this speaks to the idea that it’s really tough when you are not able to show what it is that you see. Why? Because people will think your crazy!

Well, perhaps the best example of this is Marconi who came up with the notion of radio waves and notwithstanding the fact that his family sought to have him committed, he reduced his idea to form.

Imagine the degree of self-confidence he had to generate in order to overcome all the doubters? Can you imagine anyone spouting off about being able to broadcast across hundreds of miles in the days before anyone else could even conceive this idea. Yet, here we are now with the ubiquitous use of smart phones.

Also, think about the people in your life. There are some who are game to at least entertain an idea. There are others for whom if you aren’t immediately able to demonstrate “how” … it’s a waste.

A waste of time, a waste of money, and a waste of energy. These are the people that generally seek to keep their nose to the grindstone.

The ideal though is to have a worthwhile match of apparent unrealistic optimism which you attach to a goal and then work like hell to attain.

This was what Edison did to finally come to the point of inventing the light bulb.

One other thing that helps is that you have a previous demonstration of leadership. People take proven leaders much more seriously even when the goal is audacious.

On September 12, 1962 the US President – JFK – held forth the vision of sending man to the moon and returning him safely … before the end of the decade.

We are less than a year from the 50th anniversary of the realization of that vision.

Here, I dismiss the idea that Stanley Kubrick represented this as a reality to the world.

But even if he had, is it possible that the clarity of the representation of that vision has drawn others since into the wonderful void of outer space in an effort to expand understanding and growth?

Returning to the overall point, what could you possibly have to fear for staking a claim to an outlandish goal and working towards it as we approach 2019 and through that year and beyond?

The answer: Barring death, absolutely nothing! The apt comment remains: “Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you will still land amongst the stars.”

Identify the visionary aim and it becomes easier done than said. This is to say, all that then becomes necessary is the work. So get after it. Cheers!

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