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Leaders are readers

Brad Stanton —  October 23, 2015 — 6 Comments

00000000000000000058746Hours of TV watched per week for the typical  American factory  worker (but I’m sure in general the trend is true for everyone):
Assembly line 30 hours per week
person in charge of assembly line 25 hours per week
Foreman (in charge of an area of a building/plant) 20 hours per week
Plant superintendent (in charge of a plant) 12-15 hours per week
President 8-12 hours per week
Chairman 4-8 hours and 50% of it is training videos

The more responsibility the person has, the less time they spend watching TV. One self-made millionaire said that he was encouraged to watch one hour less every day and read instead. He did and now he is rich and famous. Of course he did a lot more than just read, but that is what started it all.

If you are reading this it means that you read more than the average person. It really is true: leaders are readers. Many people read less than one book per year. If you buy a book on CD or MP3 and listen to it on your drive to work and home, you will probably listen to 4 books per month, which can put you in the top percentage of people in the world. If you read/listen to books that teach you how to live your life better or do you job better, you will acquire knowledge that, if put into practice, will dramatically change your life.

Statistics show that 27% of the people in the US did not read a book last year. The Washington Post says:

Who are the 27 percent of people the AP-Ipsos poll found hadn’t read a single book this year? Nearly a third of men and a quarter of women fit that category. They tend to be older, less educated, lower income … and less religious.

Interesting that people who read less make less money. I guess it is not surprising.

Another idea: 97% want better relationships with family but very few people spend time reading and planning how to improve those relationships.

00000000000000_The_Last_VampireRecently I was in a book store with my teenage daughter (that is not a picture of her lol, but it looks a lot like her because she is half Asian). It seems about half the books for her age are about vampires, and of course the movies are popular too. Where did the idea of vampires come from? Even today in some countries people believe that vampires exist and need to be dealt with. There are some possibilities as to how this all got started.

As a dead body decomposes, gas is released into the lungs and may be pressed out through the vocal chords by the weight of the stomach fat, flesh and ribs, causing a groaning noise to be heard coming from the mouth. A simple wooden casket would not muffle this noise, especially if casket was not yet buried. Can you imagine what it would be like for a mother of a dead child to hear that on the second or third day after the child’s death?

Sometimes caskets were dug up after burial to check for signs of vampirism.

Decomposing internal organs would begin to emit a watery blood which may have been pushed out the esophagus or windpipe and out the mouth, making it look like the person had been drinking blood.

As the corpse decays, the flesh around the fingernails shrinks, but the fingernails don’t. This makes it look like the fingernails are still growing. The same thing happens to the flesh around the roots of the hair, making it look like the hair is still growing. It is understandable that some would believe this corpse was alive, wandering around at night looking for blood to drink.

Movies often show vampires sleeping in caskets. That is understandable because these creatures were found in caskets.

So how do you kill a vampire? Drive a wooden stake through his heart. I suppose that gave a path for the gas and blood to escape without making a groaning noise or being forced up the esophagus, especially if the stake was removed. But even if it wasn’t, the shrinking of the body tissues would quickly leave a gap around the side of the stake, making a path for the gas and blood to escape. No more groans from the corpse or blood on the mouth.

In many countries around the world, for thousands of years people have been drinking human blood for various reasons. Some ancient paintings show victorious troops drinking the blood of their vanquished foes, possibly because they believed it gave them strength. Some drink blood in satanic rituals or other rites; some do it because they think it is cool. Some people actually believe they need human blood for nourishment.

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Maybe you have been working on a relationship for several years and it looks like it just won’t get any better. Perhaps a child is going the wrong direction in life or ignoring you. Maybe your spouse doesn’t understand you and causes you grief. Or maybe you are working on a promotion at work and it just seems to be impossible to get it.

Don’t give up, but learn to enjoy life while striving for your goal.

I remember a lady telling me that her husband had ideas for a number of different businesses to start here in the USA. He would start one business and if it didn’t do well after a couple of years he would move on to something else. She said he didn’t have the patience to stick with something until it was successful. The average new business takes five years before it becomes profitable. We help you start a home business.

If you have friends who seem to have a knack for solving relationship problems or career challenges, maybe you feel unlucky, like you are just not blessed in life. But when you compare yourself with what someone claims they have (maybe their claims are overstated) you often get discouraged.

To those of you reading this who have goals and dreams in life that just don’t seem to be possible, just remember, Jesus said that with faith all things are possible. Not only Jesus, but many other successful people said the same thing.

Don’t give up, you will make it.

Abraham Lincoln failed many, many times before becoming president of the United States. Many consider him our best president. Winston Churchill also failed many times and struggled with depression almost constantly before becoming the outstanding leader who guided Great Briton through one of their most dangerous times in history.

When discouraged, there are many things that can get you feeling better. Read or listen to encouraging, motivational books and sermons. Take a walk. It is amazing how much better a person feels after exercise because it releases the “feel-good” chemicals into the bloodstream.

Count your blessings.

Gratitude not only helps you make it through the day with a happier mindset, it also makes you stronger and it certainly makes your prayers more effective. Gratitude is one of the 10260032_733336706703961_741405142712697955_nkey faith lifters, and Jesus said many times that faith is a key to answered prayer.

So if it seems that God is not listening to you, don’t give up. Remember, he loves you more than you love yourself and he is always looking out for you.

Remember, the people Moses led to the Promised Land had to fight sword to sword with giants (or more correctly, they thought they would have to) and you probably never will fight a giant. However, you may have to fight against your impatience. It may take longer than you expect to see success.

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Street kids

Brad Stanton —  June 12, 2015 — 3 Comments

feeding street kids in the PhilippinesI met Jericho for the first time at Christmas 2013. He was at the orphanage I visited in the Philippines. He was about eleven years old. His mother had dropped him off there a month before I arrived to visit. He didn’t have a father, and apparently his mother felt she just didn’t have the money to care for him. I watched him talking to my mother-in-law. I couldn’t understand the language he spoke, but it was obvious that he felt heartbroken and embarrassed that his mother had left him at the orphanage. I wished I could find his mother and help her find a job so that she could afford to keep him.

As I talked to some of the older orphans who spoke English, I realized how fortunate they were that the orphanage had been built. I had seen kids living on the streets there and it was a sad sight. I just can’t imagine how it would feel to be alone at such a young age. Children are sometimes abandoned and they have to learn how to find food. Some are so desperate that they fall into prostitution.

My mother-in-law (in the photo above) often feeds street kids who wander the neighborhood there. One boy comes to her house often. His father is in jail and his mother spends her time gambling. He sometimes doesn’t have anything to eat during the day so goes to her house and sometimes brings his friend who has no father or mother. Sometimes the meal she gives them is the only food they get all day.

There are children in Wichita, Kansas who don’t get enough to eat. Chances are there are children in your city in the same situation. Some kids have only one parent who might be so addicted that he/she spends all the family money on drugs. The kids can eat at school, but during the Christmas holiday they have nothing to eat. I have friends here who buy food and donate it to the social workers at the schools so that the kids can bring food home during the holidays.

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