Thursday, April 17, 2014

Show Me The Fruit

Poverty to Wealth

True wealth is having time, money, health, and relationships.

1.      Educate yourself. Literacy is the secret weapon in the war on mediocrity. The person that knows how to read and doesn't read is no different than the person that does know how to read. All wealthy people are readers.
2.      Bear fruits. Live a life that bears fruit long after you are gone into eternity. Eternity is a long time to be wrong. Err on the safe side!
3.      You are valuable. A life has infinity value; the proof is in the lives of Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Viktor Frankel, and Abraham Lincoln. Live a life that creates a ripple effect.
4.      Get out of poverty. Spiritual poverty is the worst of its kind. The next worse poverty is emotional poverty. Build your spiritual portfolio.
5.      Leverage your strengths. Our strengths are hidden in our weaknesses. Our greatness is often a by-product of our suffering. No pain, no growth and no gain!
6.      Find a true community where you can serve. True community is the fellowship of and for the weak. We were all created to live in community. Serve those in need.
7.      Define what you want out of your life. Have your dreams, goals and plans drive your activities. Distractions are the enemy of achievement. Are you being a victim of social busyness? Electronic gadgets are supposed to be your slaves not your master!

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thinking about thinking

Thinking about thinking

The only time to do something great with your life is NOW! There will never be the right time to do what matter most. Most people settle for the good and thus never go after the great. Why settle for the good when great is available?

Entrepreneurs are not normal, they think a lot about their thinking and act upon their uncommon thinking. They attack their old thinking with superior new thinking. 

Entrepreneurs chase freedom instead of security. Entrepreneurs are responsible for the future. 

Here are a few things that entrepreneurs are responsible for: generate fun work, create jobs and professions, create the future leaving legacies, create wealth, break barriers for others to follow, remove excuses and cure excusitis, go to uncharted territories, give hope when needed the most, take the I M out of impossible, protect our freedoms, change preconceived ideas, and make the world a better place for all of us! Never is our history we were in such short supply of entrepreneurs as we are now.
Why not be one who changes the course of history?

What are the key traits of entrepreneurs?

Rate yourself from 1 to 10 in the following traits of entrepreneurs (1 rarely thinks about it, 10 totally immersed into it):

1.      I have vision and a cause. I am totally focused where I am going. I am living my purpose. I am a big dreamer. I have clear plans to achieve my goals and dreams.
2.      I know now how to handle failure. I am mentally tough to endure the journey. I know that failure is part of success. I learn from my failures.
3.      I have great courage. I listen to my faith and not my fears. I take action and deal with whatever comes my way. I never let fear stop me from taking the right actions to achieve my dreams and goals. My hunger gives me the courage to go forward in the direction of my goals and dreams.
4.      I am a fast learner. I have high curiosity and love self-discovery. I am totally in love with learning. I am a voracious reader and love to learn. I have great mentors and a follow their advice.
5.      I am a servant. I love people and love to see them develop their individual and team potential. I love to help people get what they want. I am committed to helping others achieve their dreams and goals.
6.      I am persistent. I have the will to stay the course and finish. I quickly re-frame and re-calibrate my thinking to endure the journey. I am willing to do the work required to achieve my dreams and goals.
7.      I am disciplined. I exercise self-discipline to be productive, creative, and innovative. In this new economic age, the entrepreneurial community age, I cannot afford not to think and act as an entrepreneur.

If your score is 60 or higher you already have the traits of an entrepreneur.  Detect your purpose in life and go live it! If you score lower than 60, start thinking more about your thinking. You can acquire all that is needed to become an entrepreneur. Choose to die on a purpose instead of on a pension.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Get a Perspective

Got Perspective?

If you don’t have perspective get a coach or mentor who has.

1.      Learn to learn. The most powerful thing in a human being is the ability to learn. Do you know how to learn and how to discern?
2.      Be a leader. Leadership is oxygen to the soul; followership is oxygen to the spirit. Are you ready to lead when you are called to?
3.      Read to lead. Join the battle for literacy in America by setting the example. Are you reading at lead two great books a month with the intent to find nuggets to help you to be a better you?
4.      Be a servant. The most important role in our lives is the role of servant. Are you available to help others when they need? Are you there for them?
5.      Face the scorecard. Leaders keep score. What does your character scorecard say?
6.      Be a problem solver. Success comes to those who can solve problems. Significance comes to those who help others think for themselves and solve their own problems. How fast are you to go from problem identified to problem solved?
7.      Get a perspective. Sometimes all we need is a little perspective. Can you re-frame what hits you on a daily basis and move forward towards your goals and dreams?

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mobility to Nobility

Mobility to Nobility

Learn the rules and play the game according to the rules. Stop cheating in the game of life!

1.      Live a noble life. There is nothing nobler than making a life helping others to get better. Are the people are you living better lives because of you?
2.      Know the rules. Life is a precious game that only few know the rules. Do you know the rules of the game?
3.      Play the game. Most people are spectators in the game of life. Why not play instead of living to see others play?
4.      Be a professional. The pros in the game of life are in the field, where the action is, where all the glory is found. The best rewards always go to the best professionals in any field. Why not choose an endeavor you can be a pro?
5.      Live it up. Live everyday if it is the only one you have because it is. Why not play instead of being a bystander, a spectator?
6.      Value time more than money. Time is the most precious resource we have. Money is not an asset, time is. Why not invest your time to accumulate valuable skills?
7.      Fail to learn. If you want to succeed you have got to learn to live with failure. Do you know what to change in your life if you want to change your life?

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Are you listening?

Can you and will you listen to me?

Listening is spiritual hospitality. True listening is one of the hardest skills to master. It is a learned skill than when practiced leads one to greatness.

1.      To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements, or declarations. 
2.      True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known.   They are free to receive, to welcome, to accept.
3.      Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond.
4.      Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings. 
5.      The beauty of listening is that, those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves. 
6.      Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.
7.      Listening is one of the keys to acquire knowledge. Apply the knowledge acquired through listening and become wise.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Money matters and manners

Mind your money



Here are some powerful thoughts on money matters and manners.

1.      When it comes to money what matters most is what we do with what we keep. Is compound interest working for you or against you?
2.      Money comes and stays to those who understands and respects it. How well are you minding your money matters?
3.      Wealthy people invest time and money instead of spending time and money.  Where are you investing your time and money?
4.      Discipline yourself in your finances or the world will do a better job. Are you choosing the easy or the hard money route early on?
5.      Empty your wallet into your brain and you will never regret it. Are you spending more to feed your stomach or your mind?
6.      We can only improve what we can measure. What is your money scorecard telling you?
7.      Accumulate the right kind of assets. Are you accumulating assets or liabilities?

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)


Friday, April 11, 2014

Mind and Mine it!

Mind It, the Mine it.

Mind your hunger. Hunger trumps talent every time!

1.      Mind the bothers. Ulcers don’t come from what you are eating; they come from what is eating you. What is in your core?
2.      Mind the posture. Posture comes from channeling the anger towards the right cause. Turn rejection into positive energy.
3.      Mind the principles. Find out the single principle that guides you in every decision. Let good decisions compound over time.
4.      Find the good. Be great at finding the good in people and tell them so their gifts are exposed. Mine the gold inside people and help them purify it.
5.      Mind the dreams.  Be a kid again and dream big, dream gigantic. Why not be a dreamer again.
6.      Mind the score. Success comes in centimeters not in kilometers. Little successes build up to big accomplishment.
7.      Mind the morals. Ask, why are the things (morality, patriotism, spirituality) that made America great being pushed aside? Never give in to mediocrity if you want to be free.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)