Archive for April, 2007

Today

April 18, 2007

I believe in trying to answer the hard questions. I believe in dealing with the world, with life as it exists. There is nothing contradictory about believing that 1) The world is a fundamentally good place and good things can come from all circumstances and 2) Being saddened or shocked by things that happen in our world.

Ignoring tragic things that happen because I’m afraid they’ll “pull me down” or dismissing the significance of such a tragedy in a “so it goes” manner…because it’s all part of the way the universe unfolds… I just could never do that. I could never say something like that. I could never sit in an ivory tower and shrug my shoulders and feel safe and secure in the knowledge that I understand god and the cosmos and the whole plan… I could never pat myself on the back, thinking I had all the answers.

There’s a darkness and a lightness to everything. In even the most seemingly tragic situations, there is still something good that can come afterward, as a result. Everything has a positive and a negative polarity. It isn’t easy. And pretending it was easy would just be false and disrespectful. But we can grow from this.

Even when you’re reaching higher levels of consciousness, and coming to some inner peace… some peace with yourself and the world… it is still, in my humble and limited opinion, a good thing to feel. To have emotions. To wonder. To question. To ask why or why not. To ask if things could be different.

No one has all the answers, my friends.   I don’t know how or why certain things happen. But I know this: In my heart, I believe that the world is a good place, and that god is fundamentally benevolent. We can learn lessons from everything. We can grow from everything. We must. Either grow or perish.

So let’s try to grow. And let’s all pray. For everyone.

Jonathan

Get your dreams.

April 5, 2007

Live your passion. Follow your dreams. Relentlessly pursue your bliss.

Do not settle. Do not accept mediocrity. Do not accept what is common. Do not delude yourself into thinking that you have to follow the traditional path. Do not convince yourself that you should go with the crowd, do what everyone else does, become part of the rat races, accept mediocrity because it’s safer…

Do what you love. If that means practicing international law at a big firm, then do it. If that means working on vintage cars, then do it. If that means throwing shot put in the olympics, then you better start training like mad, and you better make it happen.

Every day, I meet lots of people who feel compelled to give me advice about the path that I’m on. What I need to do. Where I need to go. Who I need to see. What I need to be. And pick up golf, because it’s good for networking with people. Every day, people feel compelled to steer me back toward a life of mediocrity and faux-security.

Me: “I would only work at a law firm where I truly loved the people. Where my first thought about my peers was, ‘Wow. These are really great people’.”

Attorney from Sibley: “That should be easy”

My friend: “Not really”

This attorney then went on to portray me as young, naieve, foolish… wrong to look at different law firms and differentiate between them based on qualty of people. Call me crazy, but I thought that really liking and respecting your peers was incredibly important.

Follow your bliss. And when you encounter others who are on their path; others who know exactly what they want; who are moving through life and getting the most out of every day… you should embrace those people.. wish them well… not attempt to steer them away from their path.. not attempt to bring them down… or force them to adopt your individual paradigm.

Live and let live. I’ve got my dreams. Get yours.

Tithing and Giving Back Opportunities

April 2, 2007

I’m establishing a scholarship for students who graduate from Baltimore City Public Schools, demonstrate tremendous academic potential, and who have financial need. I’m headed up to Baltimore in a week or two to track down the appropriate people and make it all happen. I plan to give out the first scholarship this June when the school year ends. I might even call a press conference to do it!

Give back. Always give back. When the world gives you much.. when the world blesses you with so much… pay it forward. Help someone else. Serve the community.

Tithe. Give back. It doesn’t have to be a religious thing. Sure, you can give money to your church. Or you can donate to a favorite charity. If you don’t have the cash on-hand, you can go volunteer in your community. Give something to those who really need it. Volunteer at the YMCA, a local soup kitchen, or a high school. You have a gift; you have a message to spread; you can make a contribution. So give something back.

When you tithe, when you give back to society, either by giving money or giving service, you are investing in the community, but you are also investing in your own future wealth. When you tithe, you tell the universe, “I have. I am abundant. I have enough that I may share it with others”. When you tithe, you are expressing a feeling of abundance. That feeling of wealth will fundamentally alter your state of being; you will develop a wealth consciousness; you will feel – deep down in your soul – a sense of prosperity. You will, in short, give money to get money, and you will begin to attract true wealth. Doubt this logic? Look around you. The world’s wealthiest are philanthropists. They always have been. They always will be. Give something back to your community today.

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Springtime & All the Possibilities

April 2, 2007

It’s officially spring but it feels like summer.  81 degrees and sunny in DC.  I’m sure it could possibly get better than this…  but … it’s still amazing nonetheless.  We’re interviewing Joe Vitale on Wednesday, and the FIRST MASTERMIND INTERVIEW will be available on our website by Friday!  Exciting stuff!

It’s already a been a great month, and the month is just getting started!  Stay tuned!