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Belief lifts your talent

This morning I started reading John C. Maxwell’s Beyond Talent and instantly I felt the urge to share an idea from the first chapter. Here it is:

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“The first and greatest obstacle to success for most people is their belief in themselves…It’s lack of trust in themselves, which is self-imposed limitation. However, when people believe in themselves, they unleash power in themselves and resources around them that almost immediately take them to higher level. Your potential is a picture of what you can become. “

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It’s amazing what people can do when they believe in themselves and their abilities. So today, I urge you: Believe in what you can do: because you can do amazing things! 

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The power of books!

The power of books!

Read this story, about an actress, Lyne Renee,becoming painter, after reading a book! 

Lyne Reneepicture from IMDB

Quoting Robin Sharma, she said that after years of telling herself that she can’t be an artist, a painter, like her mother, understanding that “telling yourself you can’t do something, impose that limit upon yourself”, she started painting a portrait of her friend, followed by many other paintings. 

That is the power of reading books. Just one paragraph, or sentence of the book can ignite a fire in your mind that will inspire you to take action and achieve more than you ever thought you could!

Read a great book tonight! Just do it! And let me know what greatness happens next 😉

 

Movie: Prisoners (2013)

This is not one of the “inspirational movies” review I give, because it’s not typical inspirational movie. This one is much more intensive, dramatic, disturbing, thrilling! It’s packed with award-winning actors, which makes you excited to watch it, because you expect amazing acting and performances for an award-winning movie.

The main character is played by Hugh Jackman, a father who teaches his family to be ready for disasters, keeping them safe and sound. But when visiting friends for Thanksgiving, his daughter Anna goes missing and he losses his mind in trying to find her. His wife cannot believe what happened, because he always made them feel protected and safe.

That’s when the police detective Loki, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, steps in, as the detective who solved every crime and gets the results fast. This time, he doesn’t get anything fast. The movie is over 2 hours long and he loses his tracks few times.

Their lead is the driver of an RV, who turns out to be mentally challenged, and released of charges, yet the concerned father believes this guy knows something. The torture shown is very disturbing. The performances of Viola Davis and Terrence Howard, the parents of the other girl who went missing along with Anna, seeing the kidnapped man, played by Paul Dano, are incredibly realistic as well. Makes you feel the pain and makes you sick!

 

The story is real. Children get kidnapped and missing every day. The characters with their extremes, although disturbing, are very true. There is nothing that a parent won’t do, to get his child back. And, on the other hand, there is nothing more courageous than a child who wants to go home.

Overall, I loved the performances. It’s no secret that these actors are great! Even the ones that get a minor roles and not much screen time, like Viola Davis or Melissa Leo, make the movie more intense. The movie could have been more edited at some places and by the end much was left for the imagination, a lot of the story was unfinished, but the point was made.

You have to watch this movie for the great performances. Close your eyes if you can’t get through the torture and sickening parts, but watch the rest. The actors really gave it all!

Where’s my daughter? Where’s my daughter! Every day she’s wondering why I’m not there, me! Not you!

Happy Birthday Woody Allen

I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I’m never gonna get, and just enjoy it while it lasts.

Happy birthday Woody Allen, one of the best writers, directors, comedians. He may not be liked for his type of movies, or how he skips award shows, or his view of love, but he knows how to live his life, learning to be entirely satisfied with who he is! That is something you can learn from him. Here are couple of excerpts from his interviews:

I have no apprehension whatsoever. I’ve been through this so many times. And I found that one way or the other, your life doesn’t change at all. Which is sad, in a way. Because the people love your film… nothing great happens. And people hate your film… nothing terrible happens. Many years ago, I would… I would… a film of mine would open, and it would get great reviews, and I would go down and look at the movie theater. There’d be a line around the block. And when a film is reviled, you open a film and people say “Oh, it’s the stupidest thing, it’s the worst movie.” You think: oh, nobody’s going to ever speak to you again. But, it doesn’t happen. Nobody cares. You know, they read it and they say “Oh, they hated your film.” You care, at the time. But they don’t. Nobody else cares. They’re not interested. They’ve got their own lives, and their own problems, and their own shadows on their lungs, and their x-rays. And, you know, they’ve got their own stuff they’re dealing with…. So, I’m just never nervous about it.

I made the statement years ago which is often quoted that 80 percent of life is showing up. People used to always say to me that they wanted to write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the way to having something happen. All the other people struck out without ever getting that pack. They couldn’t do it, that’s why they don’t accomplish a thing, they don’t do the thing, so once you do it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you are more than half way towards something good happening. So that I was say my biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have failed me.

It’s Dostoyevsky Birthday!

For my favorite authors of all time, I share few quotes of my favorite book of all time Crime and Punishment (as if I didn’t scared you enough with my favorite author being Dostoyevsky, I’m telling you my favorite, read-once-a-year book being Crime and Punishment…well…it’s true!) After reading these few quotes I hope you’ll grab a copy of the book and read it through all of it yourself. Don’t let the number of pages scare you!

I will even give you a link from where you can download the book for free! Just read it!!!  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2554

Few lines of the book:

“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” 

“Don’t be overwise; fling yourself straight into life, without deliberation; don’t be afraid – the flood will bear you to the bank and set you safe on your feet again.” 

“I Love it when people lie! Lying is only mans privilege over all other organisms. Lying is what makes me a man”

“What do you think?” shouted Razumikhin, louder than ever, “you think I am attacking them for talking nonsense? Not a bit! I like them to talk nonsense. That’s man’s one privilege over all creation. Through error you come to the truth! I am a man because I err! You never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen. And a fine thing, too, in its way; but we can’t even make mistakes on our own account! Talk nonsense, but talk your own nonsense, and I’ll kiss you for it. To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s. In the first case you are a man, in the second you’re no better than a bird. Truth won’t escape you, but life can be cramped.”

Seven years, only seven years! At the beginning of their happiness at some moments they were both ready to look on those seven years as though they were seven days. He did not know that the new life would not be given him for nothing, that he would have to pay dearly for it, that it would cost him great striving, great suffering. But that is the beginning of a new story – the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his passing from one world into another, of his initiation into a new unknown life. That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is ended.

“Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!” 

Read it and think about it…than read it again 🙂 Happy Birthday Fyodor!

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