The Invitation – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

Amazon: Robert Kiyosaki/Rich Dad & Warren Buffett Recommended Books

These books are recommended by Warren Buffett is his letters to stock holders and by Robert Kiyosaki in his books, audio programs and seminars.”

Robert Kiyosaki/Rich Dad & Warren Buffett Recommended Books

  1. The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures … by Richard Duncan
  2. The World Is Flat … : A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman
  3. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business … by Chris Anderson
  4. The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries
  5. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
  6. The New Buffettology by Mary Buffett
  7. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. … by Benjamin Graham
  8. The Smartest Guys in the Room: … Enron by Bethany McLean
  9. In an Uncertain World: … Wall Street to Washington by Robert Edward Rubin
  10. Bull: A History of the Boom and Bust, 1982-2004 by Maggie Mahar

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Robert Kiyosaki/Rich Dad & Warren Buffett Recommended Books

Tempest Freerunning – Los Angeles

Tempest Freerunning in Los Angeles had its Grand Opening this past Saturday, April 2, 2011. This gym and its athletes are solely dedicated to the growth and spread of freerunning and parkour. To get a better idea of what I’m talking about, check out the video below.

Robert Kiyosaki on Investing (Part 2)

All information below is copied or inspired by Robert Kiyosaki. My thoughts are usually in italics.

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Financial Plan
Where am I now?
Where do I want to be?

Financial Advisor
Interview a few financial advisors.
Ask them what they can do to help you meet your long-term financial goals.

Financial Vocabulary
Adopt a financial vocabulary.
capitalization rates
financial leverage
producer price index
cash flow
Learn the vocabulary of finance, money, accounting, corporate law, taxation, investing.

CASHFLOW® 101 Board Game

All you have to do is know what you want, have a plan, and stick to it.

Don’t talk to anyone for a while. Other people inevitably influence us and sometimes discourage us. Give yourself some space and ask yourself truthfully.
What do I want from this gift called my life?

Next: Robert Kiyosaki on Investing (Part 3)

Robert Kiyosaki books that I’ve enjoyed:
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money-That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!
Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom
Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!

Check out for more information and free wealth-building resources.

Robert Kiyosaki on Investing (Part 1)

Robert Kiyosaki‘s books are “meant to be more of a motivational tool to get readers thinking about money, rather than a step-by-step guide to wealth.” (Wiki) In my opinion, this first illuminating step is a requirement for any successful journey. I’m currently reading Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing and have shared some of my initial notes and ideas below.

Robert Kiyosaki on Investing (Part 1)
All information below is copied or inspired by Robert Kiyosaki. My thoughts are usually in italics. Continue reading Robert Kiyosaki on Investing (Part 1)

10 Dying U.S. Industries

Three Primary Contributing Factors:
1. New technology
2. Foreign competition
3. Industry Stagnation

10 Dying Industries:
1. 77.1% Apparel Manufacturing
2. 76.3% Record Stores
3. 73.7% Manufactured Home Dealers
4. 69.1% Photofinishing
5. 54.9% Wired Telecommunications Carriers
6. 50.2% Mills
7. 35.9% Newspaper Publishing
8. 35.7% DVD, Game & Video Rental
9. 35% Formal Wear and Costume Rental
10. Video Postproduction Services
Ranking is based on percentage decrease in revenue from 2000 to 2010.

Slideshow and Full Story:
The Huffington Post: 10 Dying U.S. Industries: IBISWorld

Time To Get Rich

There’s many unlikely ways to get rich but we want guaranteed success. Using simple language, how can I get rich?

Getting a college education and a good job will never make you rich. I’m not channeling new age rich-is-love-not-money propaganda; I’m telling you how it is. Working for money will never carry you beyond the middle class.

The rich (who earned theirs) are financially literate, own businesses and assets, and are shrewd investors. Note, to own a business is not to run one (manage) or even start one (entrepreneurship). In other posts I will discuss financial literacy (as I develop mine), owning businesses and assets (as I develop mine), but I will speak to investing below.

How can I get anything I want?
Let’s extend this request to how you can get anything you want. This is not far-fetched or improbable; it just takes time and effort. Thanks to our inevitable fast approaching deaths, time is our greatest asset. It should be your primary currency when considering anything in life; money is only as good as the time it allows you to spend the way you wish. If you wish for the life of a vagrant or cave man, waste no more time here; strap on your Vibram Five Fingers and head for the hills. If you think instead you’d like to travel first class on any airline on any day or time to anywhere in the world to any of your dozen penthouse suites to spend time with any of your millions of admirers, thousands of friends and hundreds of best friends or have a mansion in the middle of central park with a roller coaster that takes you to D.C. in 2 minutes flat, or a house on the moon… then start investing your time.

Where do I start?
You should start by reading this blog, and don’t ever stop. Get educated. Read Rich Dad Poor Dad and The 4-Hour Workweek and dive in. Learn how to read financial statements and start investing now; get in the game. Take classes in accounting, finance and investing, business and real estate. Find mentors and establish a team. Develop an abundance philosophy and an eye for opportunity. Live the life you dream.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson