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Advice from George

My main advice to you, learned from personal experience, is: Do not let bullies run your life. You are the master of your own destiny. No one owns you. Never forget that.

Name Your Children Uniquely

Pick a first / last name combination that no one else is using.

Just Google it and there should be no matches.


In business, you want to be found. If your name is Joe Smith, no one will find you on LinkedIn or other business directories when they look for you, reducing your chances of meeting important people who may help you grow.


Just believe.
Kung Fu Panda, the cartoon movie, is all about the important life lessons.

You don't know what you don't know
Faith helps you believe you will be guided even though you don't know

Believe you will get what you want, or even more generally, you will be fulfilled (because you may not know what you want, of you may think you know only to learn later there is something you want more - that is wisdom)

Only care what is in your immediate vicinity - there is enough to care about close by, really.

What I Believe

I believe in the human spirit.

In my opinion, we are capable of so much, but we block ourselves. I am trying to open my mind and listen to the world, and observe myself from an outside-myself perspective.

I feel small shivers down my spine when I am able to open my mind, listening to emotional moments in movies, speeches and music that bring strong memories and experiences forward in my mind.

And I ask myself for help, "How can I improve?" and I reflect on my actions every night before going to sleep.


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.


Good is the enemy of great.

First line of the book: "Good to Great" by Jim Collins
We don't have great schools, principally because we have good schools.
Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.


What is the most important moment?

Over our lifetime, many moments are important, special memories and learning experiences that we cannot change. But the most important moment is the moment right now, this second, because we can change it.

Sadly, we rarely recognize a moment as it is happening. We see it in hindsight, but then it is the past. That girl you didn't walk up and talk to, the project you took on that doubled your company's revenue - both potentially good or good moments you had the power to change when they happened.

Try to be aware of every moment, and exercise your power of change!


Attitude is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.


1. Believe
Do you truly believe you can do it?
I believe

2. Motivation
Do it for the right reasons
Find your passion and follow it

3. Team
You cannot do anything meaningful alone
Find at least one partner, then get started

4. Plan
Set goals with deadlines
Write them down
Look at them every day

5. Innovate, don't recreate
"If I have seen farther, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants"
Do not reinvent the wheel - use what others built and build on top of that

6. Share
Tell everyone what you are doing
Create a mailing list, use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ so people can follow you

7. Monetize
Find a way to monetize your efforts so you can do this full-time

8. Don't Give Up
The fastest way to fail is to give up

What is the purpose of life?

To find your inspiration and to inspire others

Someone else may need to inspire you



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Find your motivation

If you wake up one morning with a fire, a passion, something you can't wait to do, write it down. Write why you want it, and who you want to do it with.

Tomorrow you will wake up as you normally do. Remind yourself of that fire.

Different for everybody

Every person has a different passion. You have to find yours by yourself.

Explore everywhere, try everything once (obviously don't jump off a bridge or do drugs, everything that doesn't harm you badly).

Just do it

Because you think it is right, not because others tell you
eg: Source Code movie, he wanted to save all those people in the train, even though he was told it is just a simulation, it isn't real, there is no point. But he wanted to do it because it was the right thing to do. In that case, the "simulation" became a reality, but that's not the point. The point is to just do it if you think it is right (of course, assuming you are not a crazy peson who thinks doing bad things is right). Even though our life may have no meaning outside the meaning we create, it is worth doing.

Choose your words carefully
Think what effect your words will have on your audience
People don't know what you know, or have the experience you have
Encourage them to improve, and it all starts with what you say

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I have gained wisdom by experience and listening to the experience of others.

Here is what I learned

The grass is greener on the other side
Someone else's food tastes better than your own
Human nature is funny that way

The potential is inside you. The potential has always been inside you. You just found a key that unlocks it. Other people find different keys. When you find yours, use it, be it religion, love, business or sports, drink deeply and open your eyes. Awareness is the key. (This is a great movie idea, Magnolia-style with different people with different religions and different problems finding different solutions, but all with one common thread: discovering your inner potential).

Do it for the right reason
Do everything good for you, but do it for the right reason. eg: exercise.

You are too weak to avoid temptation. If you don't see it, you won't want it.

The only constant is change
Everyone who you think you will do business with, you won't. Those who you didn't dream of doing business with, you will. All the plans you make will not be the best to get what you want. Your plans will change. What you want will change. Expect change.

We are emotional creatures, driven by feelings, not logic. Love is not planned. Lust is not love. When you feel butterflies in your stomach, when your heart starts beating faster, when shivers crawl down your spine, you found emotion. Your first kiss, your first win, your first near-death experience. Savor it, remember it, and listen to it.

Confirm who you are talking to
If you receive a call, ask them to confirm they are who they say they are
eg: Nicole Carlson contacted me on Facebook at 6:00am saying she is London, got mugged, and needs money. I sent $1,000 via Western Union and it turned out to be someone who hacked her account!

When you are ready
You will know when you are ready. The most correct answer given is "You are not ready yet" until you are. Then everything will make sense.

You don't know what you got till its gone. Experience the worst, then you appreciate all other experiences more

Take notes
Keep a notebook. Write down everthing you think of. Otherwise you will forget.

Help others earn their freedom
Our society survives only if its members become self-sufficient. Help more people earn their freedom. Create fishermen, don't give fish.

Know what you want
What do you want, above all else in life? Be honest to yourself.

Know what excites you
What excites you and sends shivers down your spine? What gives you warm butterflies in your stomach? What makes you tremble in anticipation? You should know.

Know what is important
Grades are not important, though they seem to be while in school. Your job is not important. Discover what is important and remind yourself every day.

Become a master
Be the best at one thing. Have general knowledge and one master skill. Work with other masters.

Believe you can
If you truly believe you can, your mind will find a way (I can win the race, I can build a million-dollar company, I can $x)

Be positive
If you are a pessimist, you will attract pessimistic people

Work on one task for hours, do not multitask. Close your email, don't check it every few minutes.

What are your top 3 goals? What are you doing to achieve them? Make a list, set milestones, track your progress. Seeing it in print helps more than you know.

May be best done alone so you can let it out. Crying is the best outlet.

Find what speaks to you and listen. It may be religion, a role model, a tv series or a movie. If it reminds you of what is important and motivates you to improve yourself, do it often. We all need reminders.

Decisions happen in a moment
You see a beautiful girl walking by who smiles at you, but you don't talk to her
It's okay, there are many moments, but you never know which ones could have been unless you decide right there to do something about it, to try

You cannot do anything meaningful alone

Find a coach. Even Michael Jordan needed one. And when you are the expert, be a coach. Give back what you received.

Do less
Successful people do not know when to stop or let go. Sometimes the best way to improve productivity is to let some things go and do less.

Let go
Learn how to let it go

Know why they are bad: Habits start to fulfill a need but continue long after the need has passed.

Don't follow the rules
Rules are guidelines while you are learning. When you are an expert, do not hold yourself back by following the rules. Eg: Long left-turn line-up, instead go through the light and u-turn right after, then right-turn

Can't please everyone
Some people will be unhappy with your decisions. It is okay. Some people will leave your team. It is better they go. You cannot please everyone. Don't try to.

Less time
Communicate what you learn so it takes less time for the next person to absorb the same knowledge
Write notes, summarize with links to details, categorize for easier search and discovery

Know your limitations (eg: a baby cannot speak until a certain age)
Improve, train, learn, build a team, get a mentor and find motivation to raise the level of what is possible

Write it down, or you will forget

For the right reason
Prioritize, organize, plan
Don't force yourself, do it for the right reason

Ask for what you want, no one will volunteer it to you
Talk with the experts, do not hold back questions or requests - let them say No, don't think they will say No and not ask

For a business to succeed, you need trust
Set expectations, meet them, repeat
Measure everything, like time spent, significance of goals achieved and revenue generated

Men chase women ... still
It is easy to impress women, but why do men need to? Why don't women try to impress the men they want?
From my experience with Xiaoyu, she just wants my actions to show how much more I care about her than any other woman
Simple things, like offering to carry her things, leaving some of that great-tasting juice for her, sometimes do as she asks even if it is not what you want or you know better

Wasted human cycles
One of the biggest problems in the world is duplicate effort
How many times has someone copied the same CD so they can enjoy the music instead of someone doing it once and letting everyone else play it? (like
How many times does a company rediscover the same IP (intellectual property) because of silly laws that require corporations to keep innovation secret?
Ideally, everyone should work on new and unsolved problems, and everyone should benefit from the solution without having to repeat the same work
Remember the story of Einstein writing a test and leaving halfway through after he realized someone already knew the answers - he wanted to apply his energy to unsolved problems

Keep people who you can really trust close
Family, lifelong friends, people you know very well
Yourself, although influence and temptation may change even you

If you are doing something great, you won't realize it until it's done

It is not real until the moment arrives
eg: Terran looking at all the people the dirty bomb would kill 60 seconds before it goes off ([email protected]:00)

Seeing what you care about is far more effective than a hypothetical
eg: Seeing my "Age of Conan - Swimming in Moonlight" video on Amol's platform made me interested to learn what else I can do with it, but not when I saw his demo videos

Things get done only right before the deadline

If you demo something, use what your audience cares about, not what you care about

Book plane tickets, car rentals and hotels ahead of time on (it will be cheaper, and yes, they can run out of rental cars if there is a convention)
- Grace Snoke

Ask for your own price 25% less than lowest offerred price (but can only do it once per 24 hours)

Final Words from Rob Sinclair while in Palatal (sp?) Care with the Final Stages of Leukemia 

Cherish the time with your children, it will pass very quickly (he was a father of two)

Escape the rat race, stop getting distracted by work, money and material things, and live life

Find what excites you and do it

Do not be angry

Do not be negative or cynical, or you will attract the same

Be aware of all that surrounds you

Find happiness and never settle for "mostly happy"

Life is short and can be cut short anytime

Listen to your heart, mind and body, but follow your heart

When you find yourself, you will know. It will feel right. More right than ever before. Drink deeply, do not ignore the feeling or believe it will be there tomorrow. Seize it, embrace it, nurture it, like a tiny fire that is just beginning to burn, or it may never return.

Life Lessons

by George


Words of Wisdom

What is the only thing you can never get back?

We should always be trying to unify, not separate
Unify by positive messages only

Work with people older than you
They generally have more experience and wisdom that you can learn from

Work with good people who have money
They are not hungry and are less likely do things for money alone

Ideally, work with people who have already experienced hardship
Experience is the best teacher; they are unlikely to repeat the same mistakes again

Know the honest answer to one question
What excites you?

Do less; less is more
But do it very well, and because you love doing it

Do not trust everybody until proven they can’t be trusted
Many will abuse it

Find people who want a transparent, trusting relationship
Do not give your trust to everyone you think deserves it and hope they accept it
(People may misunderstand or have their own agenda; you do not know them well enough)

Making a new friend is always better than creating a new enemy
We never know when the friend will help us and the enemy will hurt us

Before you make decisions, stand in the other’s shoes
See and understand it from their perspective

Violence begets violence, goodness begets goodness
Conciliation and diplomacy are always better than confrontation

That is the spy you were meant to see
Some enemies will confront you (the ones you are meant to see), but some will be invisible until it is too late (remember Brutus and Caesar?)

Family comes first

Purpose of LifeWhat is the purpose of life?
To realize there is no purpose of life. It is only you and what you make of life.

What is the only thing people need to do?

If you don’t truly believe, you have failed before even starting

What is the greatest movie of all time?
Kung Fu Panda

It is an animated cartoon that answers both questions clearly and correctly.

Supporting works
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The computer’s “answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” was correct: 42. That is the answer for that computer. Everyone has their own unique correct answer.

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

GeorgeWho is George?
George is a leader, a motivator and an educator.

Most important
Motivate and inspire. Always.

Personal power word

RemindersWhy is religion good?
It constantly reminds us how to be good people and gives people hope and a purpose for living

Who do you want to be?
Place reminders around yourself and you will be that person

If you want to be the world’s best bodybuilder, put pictures of the world’s best bodybuilder’s all over your bedroom walls so you are constantly reminded of your goal, just like Arnold Schwarzenegger did (and he became Mr. Universe, the world’s best bodybuilder).

Surround yourself with the people you want to become
Pick your friends, your job, your wife based on what you want to grow into

Drink deeply
If you find a teacher who you respect, drink deeply by listening to all of his works

A TV series you feel teaches you the right things, like He-Man (1981) that ended every episode with a lesson, and Star Trek The Next Generation that reminded us to “improve ourselves” in every episode (that was the message Gene Roddenberry wanted us, the audience, to believe and do).