In my Mastermind group, we spent almost a year with Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz: reading, discussing and incorporating all that we learned into our daily lives. There are literally thousands of self-help books out there, but Maxwell Maltz was first. (Maybe even Napoleon Hill with Think and Grow Rich, but I think Maltz made the information more practical and therefore more accessible.) He is foundational.
It was started in London by a couple of guys who liked to hear good music and got annoyed when those around them at a concert were more interested in talking than listening. So they had the idea to create a space, an intimate setting, where people really interested in live music could gather and hear new bands. That was seven years and over 300 cities ago.
On July 4, 1776, Congress approved the final version of the Declaration of Independence. It took almost one hundred years for Congress to declare it a Federal Holiday (in 1870) and now it’s the day most Americans associate with freedom. The preamble alone is pretty fabulous:
Have you ever thought about your own funeral?
I’m asking in a practical sense, not a morbid one.
After you get past the initial fear that no one will show up (I’m guessing I’m not the only one who’s had that thought…) that leaves the actual mechanics.
I had twelve minutes.
I was missing one ingredient for the frosting and I needed to run to the store. The cake was in the oven and I had twelve minutes before it would be done. (Not sure why, but I decided) I needed to go to the store right now. I couldn’t wait the twelve minutes. I could do this.
The store was literally one minute away. I quickly found what I needed and headed for check out. Two lanes open. Both occupied by women who were clearly cooking for fifty. I asked if they could open the Express lane. No, they couldn’t.