Malala Speaks Out

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly, Malala Yousafzai described her experience at the hands of the Taliban, in Swat Valley. She and her some of her school friends were targeted and shot by terrorists. Malala was shot in the head. Malala was targeted because she spoke out for education, in particular for the education of girls.

“They thought the bullet would silence us. But they failed. Out of that silence came thousands of voices. Terrorists thought they could change our aims and our ambitions. Nothing changed, but this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, courage and fervour was born.”

She went on to speak about her feelings and how she was not seeking revenge,

“They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them.”

“Education is the only solution.”

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”

What she says is so true and so important, that I felt moved to forward her message.

As we stand on the eve of the announcement of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, I wanted to reflect on Malala’s words. She is a young girl, yet she is a leader and inspiration to us all. She demonstrates her courage and conviction for all to see.

Her weapon is the pen, and it is truly mightier than the sword.

History Repeats Itself

Talking to a new person the other day, the conversation came round to Bannockburn. For some people, it is unknown, and yet for Scotland, it is a place of historic significance– the place where Scotland came together to be a nation and rise up, united by a common purpose, to face and to fight against an external suppression and tyranny from another, neighbouring country. At that time, it was a battle against England.

Now, at that time, it was a tough and important turning point in the lives of the Scottish people. The story is much glamourised in the Hollywood film of “Braveheart”. Yet the important essentials of the story are still true. And it is a story which captured the imaginations of people all around the world when the film version was released.

Yet today, we have our battles against tyranny and oppression. Perhaps less physically violent than the Battle of Bannockburn was in 1314.

Now, it is a war of ideas fought in the media and the minds of men for the ownership or freedom of the internet.

Habits of Successful People

This was in a blog by Thomas Corley. He made a study of Rich People and their habits.

I found it very helpful and very interesting. Recently I came across and again, it resonated with me. I hope it will light a spark for you.

Here is what Thomas wrote:
“Perhaps the most significant self-improvement Rich Habit I uncovered in my five-year study on the daily habits of the rich and poor concerned reading. Wealthy, successful people are voracious readers. They devote significant time every day to reading for self-improvement. Here are some statistics on reading from my study:
86% of the wealthy love to read. 74% of the poor do not love to read.
85% of the wealthy read two or more educational books every month. Only 15% of the poor have this Rich Habit.
88% of the wealthy read thirty minutes or more each day vs. 2% of the poor.
63% of the wealthy listen to audio books during their commute to work. Only 5% of the poor share this Rich Habit.

The reasons the wealthy read so much included:
To increase their knowledge-base for their job in order to uncover opportunities to make more money or to make themselves more valuable to their employer, customers or clients.
To learn more about success.
To stay current with events.
To exercise their mind.
To learn new things.

But what do the wealthy read? What is the reading material of the rich?
51% read about history.
55% read about self-help.
58% read biographies of successful people.
79% read educational material.
94% read about current events.
45% read financial material such as the Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Kiplingers etc.”

Do you read? What do you read?

A Simple Effective Training Program

One of the important elements to becoming successful in any direction we have chosen is our focus.

There are many things we can do to occupy our activities and time as we try to move forward. Sometimes it’s something we find interesting, Sometimes, some of the jobs are boring but may be necessary to get done.

After the bare bones are in place, it may be the fluff on top that pads it out and makes it really enjoyable to the visitor to our site.

As I write this, the cat has come to tell me whatever I am doing just now, is way down her priority list . So viewpoint also has something to do with it too.

One of the ways of simplifying the choice to limit yourself to your market, at least at first. That way it’s possible to retain you focus and not get dispersed

That way, you can get very familiar with this market, and develop more ways to reach it, offer more services and products to it, more ways to contact it as you understand the people in it and what they need and want.

With success in this area, you can build on your past success by adding in one new thing at a time.

One of the best programs I have come across to date is Income Steps Academy by Sara Young.

Sara was a busy stay at home mum with 7 children so her time and resources at the beginning were very limited. However, she gradually built herself a 6 figure on-line income starting with little steps in short time slots around her busy family life and free resources. As she made progress and added on more things using the above formula, her range and volume expanded.

In Income Steps Academy she teaches you what she has learned so that you can also build an online income. Using a simple step by step approach arranged in short time slots using mostly free resources, she shows others how to build a profitable and interesting business in potentially any niche.

Home Business – Writing

One of the easiest ways to get started on a home business is by writing.

The economics of it require minimal outlay in the beginning. You don’t need to buy stock, pay for storage, transport, postage or worry about selling. You can pick it up and put it down around your ongoing activities, while you build up a network of connections and contacts and make yourself known.

What to write about depends on what you are interested in and what you can research from scratch. For example, some people are interested in fashion, beauty, skin care, cosmetics and hair care, perfume and accessories.

Whereas another person might be interested in cars, their engines and specifications, makes and models, vintage and classic cars versus prototypes andthe latest model with this years must-have show room gadget.

If you are a lover of boats, or cookery and kitchens, fishing or dogs, medieval painting or photography, write about your passion with all the passion and flair you can muster.

One lady in the wilds of Canada was building a log cabin. She worked in the day time and wrote about her activities in the evening, putting on line the information about how she and her husband had built their home, their plans, the pitfualls, drawing and diagrams of what worked and what didn’t. It started out as something relaxing and personal and turned into a go-to site visited by people from all over the world, and became worth millions.

From little acorns big oak trees can grow.

Prioritising Your Focus

While it is one of the most commonly repeated points I’ve come across, that is the guru’s tell you, you need to focus. Recent events have made me look this over from another point of view. What should I be focusing on?

It’s not a one size fits all type of a proposition.

A recent death of a close family member has brought certain things into focus that were not central before but have become so now. Other things faded away.

It’s important to review your priorities from time to time. What you think is important might have changed or might need to change as your point of view changes with life’s sudden events.

The Coming Year

There are many ways to make extra income on line, some require finance to get up and running. Others can be carried out using completely free resources using a bit of imagination and homework to find them and set them up.

Over the next few months, I will be testing different opportunities and reviewing them here on my website. I look forward to sharing with you what happened and what worked.

Of course, it goes without saying that people are different and highly individual. Freedom of choice and taste can make one method someone’s dream come true while another person could think this is the most boring thing they had ever come across and want to move on quickly.

It will certainly be interesting to test drive these opportunities.

Entrepreneurship is a journey. It is a mindset, a lifestyle, and an adventure.

It is a never-ending course of learning that no school on earth could possibly teach. You must live it to understand it.

You must be willing to take a leap down a rabbit hole that leads to a place where everything goes against what the average person believes.

Once inside, you will experience disappointment, failure and, sometimes, even disaster. However, it is a path you must be willing to take if you truly want to experience independence and absolute freedom.

I didn’t write these words. But I found them and they communicated, so I kept them.

2015 is a new year and new chance to make it the best year of adventure, and expansion towards dreams and make illusions in to reality, and the spirit of the above, I am looking forward to it.

I hope you are too. May it be a good year for you.

A Look at Life

Been catching up with family today at a get together to celebrate a 90th birthday in the family.

It was a fascinating glimpse through the generations of people I have known for all my life and some whome i had never met before. The generations change, and cultures and customs too, yet some things are a constant. Family, friends, love, happiness, hardships shared and illnesses endured and survived… or not sometimes.

How do we change with the passing of time, and what brings us back together in the dance of life through the ages?

How much do you want Independence?

As I write this, it is the eve of the Referendum on Scottish Independence. Tomorrow,the residents of Scotland will vote on how they wish their future to be. We will find out soon after what they collectively decided.

Independence is the Scottish dream, one every Scot grows up with, and kept alive by the folk songs and monuments to William Wallace, the Scottish hero, who led the Scots to stand up to, fight back and challenge the rule and power of the English King.

Wallace himself was betrayed, captured and died in the attempt, in London, where he was hung, drawn and quartered. But he set in motion a movement which could not be stopped, culminating in the victory of Robert the Bruce at the Battle at Bannockburn in 1314. The English fled.

Scotland won back its independence, and the right to rule itself as a proud nation under Robert the Bruce, King of Scots.

Not everyone in the United Kingdom knows the story, especially in England, as English children are not taught Scottish history prior to 1603 when a Scottish King, James Stuart, King James VI of Scotland was crowned King James 1, of England.

The reign of the royal English line of Tudors came to an end after Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth 1, who never married, hardly a surprise when she saw what Henry did to his spouses. Ironically a Scottish King was next in line to the English throne And that is how it came to pass that Scotland and England came together
under one crown while still retaining their own legal systems, different religions, banks, education system and other cultural elements.

It would certainly be ironic if if the two countries were to become separate again
under another Elizabeth, some 700 years after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

Lots of people, however, saw the film “Braveheart” starring Mel Gibson; a stirring tale immortalising a somewhat romantic version of the life and struggles of William Wallace in his fight for freedom, a fight to the death. It may have been told with Hollywood licence, adapting some details here and inventing some others there to make a rousing, good movie. But the important details of the story were true enough.

And tell about the importance of freedom and independence to the Scots, a message that stirs in the souls of many others around the world.

Man has his dreams and seeks to be free. He has no wish to be a slave to a machine, to a boss, to the clock, to another power.

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