Be Obsessed or Be Average Review: “Obsession Is Good.”

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Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone (Amazon) (Goodreads)

 

  • Title: Be Obsessed or Be Average
  • Author: Grant Cardone
  • Publication: Portfolio (October 11, 2016)
  • Genre: General, Business/Finances
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 5/5

Grant Cardone’s notion of obsession as a good quality impressed me. He transmutes the common negative imagery surrounding the term into something positive. For example:

Obsession with drugs? Not cool.

Obsession with positive career goals? Very cool.

Be Obsessed or Be Average is a fast-paced 200+ page read. There were a few repetitive passages in the book but I took them as friendly reminders to stick with your “positive obsessions” or else. Remaining average is like wandering around in the circles in the middle of nowhere. You don’t want to be doing that until you die.

Here are ten tips from Cardone for staying in the “obsessed zone”:

1. “Network”

You’re obsessed with a certain interest? Your next mission is to find people who are just as obsessed as you are. You can find them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and more.

Now, don’t network exclusively online. Go out and meet actual living, breathing people. Find local clubs and attend conventions related to your interests too.

2. “Focus on Increasing Income”

How can you use your obsession to increase your income? Discover ways you can get that done asap! You want to do what you love and get paid for it.

3. “Complete Every Task From Start to Finish”

You wouldn’t stop a multi-million dollar movie production only because of one iffy scene (that’s expensive).  Finish it! There will be some days you don’t want to do it but you’ll thank yourself once it’s done.

4. “Never Settle”

Congrats, you’ve accomplished a goal! Now, create a new one and finish that one.

Plan. Achieve. Repeat. Don’t stop.

5. “Always Raise and Refuel Your Obsession”

You love food. You love taking food photography. You attend dozens of cooking classes.

You do all sorts of cool hobbies related to food until one day, you’re not in the “foodie mood”. The thought of food makes you want to puke.

The remedy: the cooking channel. All of those inspiring cooking shows refuel your passion for food. Now you’ve set up an Instagram account for your foodie photos, sell your higher quality food photography, and blog about your favorite foods at your local restaurants. You even have risen to Youtube stardom thanks to the Youtube cooking channel you’ve filmed from the comfort of your own home.

That’s what raising and refueling your passion is all about.

6. “Stick and Stay, It’s Bound to Pay”

You love to play video games so you started an affiliate marketing aside from working full-time at a boring corporation. Problem: you’re only making three dollars a month from your site.

Don’t freak out!

Find out what you’re doing wrong, sort out possible solutions, and get back to work. Months later, after a couple of tweaks with your site, you make enough money to quit your corporate job and deal with video games 24/7.

Persistence is key!

7. “Make Time for Your Obsessions”

If you don’t start out with an hour with your obsession due to your super busy lifestyle, why not start out with fifteen or thirty minutes? That’s still time. Don’t starve your obsessions.

8. “Be Charitable”

It’s good to make loads of money but it’s better to share some of it too.

9. “Avoid Those Who Don’t Talk about Money”

I found this to be a little mean at first but I understood later the context Cardone was pulling. If you’re serious about bringing in more financial success in your life, you have to surround yourself with people who are the same boat.

Stay clear of those who complain about money 24/7 and don’t do anything about it. You’re not about that life.

10. “Don’t Worry about Haters”

Haters hate while you continue to create. It only reveals you’re doing something right. Haters will do anything to slow you down. Don’t let them waste your time.

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There are definitely more tips Cardone provided in Be Obsessed or Be Average. I recommend reading this book along with The 10x Review.

Obsession can lead you to amazing abundance. However, the kind of obsession when you’re snorting pounds of cocaine every day or stalking one of the Kardashian sisters is not okay.

Don’t do it. That’s not cool.

Comment below if you’ve read this book or you have any book-related recommendations! 😉

10x Rule Review: “Do It Ten Times More!”

 

The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: The 10x Rule
  • Author: Grant Cardone
  • Publication: Wiley (April 26, 2011)
  • Genre: General
  • Pages: 240 Pages
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 5/5

You have no time to do what you truly enjoy because you’re stuck in a boring, life-swallowing job and surrounded by soul-sucking leeches. I’m talking about those people who’re like:

“You have unrealistic goals.” -Naysayer

“Why don’t you slow down? You’re doing too much.” -Lame Dude

“You’re not going to make money doing that.” -Non-Supportive Buttmunch

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You tired of all the naysayers’ BS

After reading and applying The 10x Rule, your old negative reality will fade away. This book will literally kick you out of the couch and make you want to conquer the world! I was reassured it was completely okay to go into the deep end of my interests no matter what. Some people may think you’re crazy or obsessed.  Truly, you’re only dedicated and deeply focused.

The 10x Rule states you must apply ten times the action you’re used to doing in exchange for great results. If you’re a blogger with a tiny blog, why not expand yourself putting 10x the effort? You can spread your blog to various social media platforms, create more content, and network. You’ll never know what your joy of blogging may lead you. It could lead to serious profit and sweet job offers.

The problem most people face is undermined activity. They stick with average results expecting big outcomes. Average action only comes with average results. That’s like a runner expecting to gain a fit runner’s body running three times a month. You have to step up your game! According to Cardone, remaining average can be deadly. The path of mediocrity leads to a dead-end. One with an average mind may end up working for higher minds for 30+ years until retirement.

Might as well be dead.

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Do you really want to live somebody else’s dreams or live your own?

The key to standing out is dominating your passion(s). I love reading. I talk to people who love to read and blog about books. Some goes for writing. I write not only blog posts but scripts for film and theatre. I love being unlimited! There are  infinite opportunities available within your joys. Take those opportunities and smash them!

The best part about dominating your field is gaining attention. Cardone notes attention equals to money and power. The more power to you the more you expand yourself. You know those popular video game Youtubers (PewdiePie, DiamondMinecart, etc.) who have gained million dollar incomes for their video game walkthroughs and commentaries? They gained more subscribers (including major companies) with the growing content they provided for their viewers. These video game Youtubers grew their joy of video games with a popular video platform people’ll notice.

I say the only problem Cardone failed to mention in The 10x Rule is burn-out. Sure, you’re doing what you love on a daily basis but you’re a human being who needs to rest at some point.

When I was in college (undergrad), I used to do cardio every single day! I loved it because I was seeing results but my body wasn’t used to the constant activity. One of my knees gave out after an hour walk/run interval around the school track. Boy, I was not happy! From now on, I make sure I schedule rest days at least once a week.  It’s great to put out ten times the effort but it’s better to know when it’s time to rest before your body completely shuts down.

I recommend Grant Cardone’s 10x Rule if you’re ready to do bigger things and receive bigger results in your life. His book reminds me there’s no limit to success. You’ll miss out BIG TIME if you place limits on your achievements.  Read this book and you will become ten times the person you were before.

Comment below if you’ve read this or any of Grant Cardone’s books. Feel free to submit any success stories you have after reading The 10x Rule.

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Manga Updates! *May 2017 Edition*

Good news! I’ve made another manga list titled “The Manga List II: Beyond the Journey” so you can still catch up the latest manga I’ve been reading. Eventually, the list will be posted up on the Manga Corner.

Here’s what I’ve read the past month:

New Volumes

  1. Boruto: The Next Generation by Ukyo Kodachi
  2. Maid-Sama by Hiro Fujiwara

Updated Volumes

  1. Ajin: Demi-Human by Gamon Sakurai
  2. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
  3. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
  4. Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
  5. Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

Have you read any of these volumes?  Any recommendations?  Better yet, which manga series have YOU been reading lately?

Feel free to comment below!

The Manga List II: “Beyond The Journey”

Welcome to the Manga List II: “Beyond The Journey”! For those who are not familiar with my past manga journey, this list is continuing log of the manga I’ve been reading.

The titles highlighted in bold are the most recently updated and/or added to the list.

The Manga List II

*LIST UPDATED: MAY 2017*

A

  1. Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase (6 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Ajin: Demi – Human by Gamon Sakurai (9 volumes)
  3. Amazing Agent Jennifer by  Nunzio DeFilippis (1 volume)
  4. Angel Beats!: Heaven’s Door by Jun Maeda (1 volume)
  5. Animal Land by Makoto Raiku (6 volumes)
  6. Apollo’s Song by Osamu Tezuka (2 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui (9 volumes)
  8. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama (21 volumes)
  9. Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma by (3 volumes)

B

  1. Backstage Prince by Kanoko Sakurakoji (1 volume)
  2. Bakuman by Tsugumi Oba (1 volume)
  3. Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino (13 volumes)
  4. Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa (10 volumes) *completed series*
  5. Black Butler by  Yana Toboso (10 volumes)
  6. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata (6 volumes)
  7. Bleach by Tite Kubo (68 volumes)
  8. Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato (10 volumes)
  9. Boruto: The Next Generation by Ukyo Kodachi (1 volume)
  10. Buddha by Osamu Tezuka (8 volumes) *completed series*

C

  1. Cantarella by You Higuri (6 volumes)
  2. A Centaur’s Life by Kei Murayama (3  volumes)
  3. A Certain Magical Index by Kazuma Kamachi ( 8 volumes)
  4. A Certain Scientific Accelerator by Kazuma Kamachi (4 volumes)
  5. A Certain Scientific Railgun by Kazuma Kamachi (11 volumes)
  6. Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami (12 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Comic by Ha SiHyun (2 volumes)

D

  1. Dance in the Vampire Bund by Nozomu Tamaki (14 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Dark Water by Koji Suzuki (1 volume) *completed series*
  3. Death Note by Tsugumi Oba (12 volumes) *completed series*
  4. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto (8 volumes)

E

  1. Emma by Kaoru Mori (10 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Excel Saga by  Rikdo Koshi (12 volumes)

F

  1. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mishima (58 volumes)
  2. Fairy Tail Blue Mistral by Hiro Mashima (2 volumes)
  3. Flower of Life by Fumi Yoshinaga (3 volumes)
  4. From Far Away by Kyoko Hikawa (14 volumes) *completed series*
  5. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takara (23 volumes) *completed series*
  6. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (27 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Fushigi Yugi by Yuu Watase (18 volumes) *completed series*
  8. Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase (10 volumes)

H

  1. Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate (10 volumes)
  2. Handa-Kun by Satsuki Yoshino (4 volumes)
  3. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakomoto by Sano Nami (4 volumes) *completed series*
  4. The Heiress and the Chauffer by Keiko Ishihara (1 volume)
  5. Hellsing by Kohta Hinaro (2 volumes)
  6. Honey Blood by Miko Mitsuki (3 volumes)
  7. Horimiya by Hero (1 volume)

I

  1. Inu-Yasha by Rumiko Takahashi (45 volumes)
  2. I”s  by Masakazu Katsura (13 volumes)
  3. Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? by Fujino Omori (2 volumes)

K

  1. Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki (23 volumes)
  2. Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina (1 volume)

L

  1. Library Wars by Hiro Arikawa (14 volumes)
  2. The Limit by Keiko Suenobu (1 volume)
  3. Log Horizon by Mamare Touno (1 volume)

M

  1. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka (22 volumes)
  2. Maid-Sama by Hiro Fujiwara (4 volumes)
  3. Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  4. Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  5. Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  6. Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  7. Manga Classics: Sense & Sensibility by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  8. Mermaid Saga by Rumiko Takahashi (4 volumes) *completed series*
  9. Merman In My Tub by Itokichi (5 volumes)
  10. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun by Izumi Tsubaki (6 volumes)
  11. Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture by Mayasuki Ishikawa (2 volumes)
  12. Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation by Yoshiyuki Nishi (18 volumes) *completed series*
  13. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (7 volumes)
  14. My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara (11 volumes)

N

  1. Nana by Ai Yazawa (21 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto (72 volumes) *completed series*
  3. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto (1 volume) *completed series*
  4. Natsume’s Book of Friends by Yuki Midorikawa (1 volume)
  5. Negima by Ken Akamatsu (21 volumes)
  6. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan by Hiroshi Shiibashi (14 volumes)
  7. Nobari No Ou by Yuhki Kamatani (1 volume)

O

  1. Oh My Goddess! by Kosuke Fujishima (2 volumes)
  2. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda (81 volumes)
  3. One Punch Man by ONE (11 volumes)
  4. Orochi Blood by Kazuo Umezu ( 1 volume) *completed series*
  5. Ouran Host Club by Bisco Hatori (18 volumes) *completed series*

P

  1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney by Kenji Kuroda (3 volumes)
  2. Presents by Kanako Inuki (1 volume)
  3. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Tekeuchi ( 12 volumes) *completed series*
  4. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Short Stories by Naoko Tekeuchi (1 volume)
  5. Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi (2 volumes)
  6. Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura (4 volumes)
  7. Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka (2 volumes) *completed series*

R

  1. R.O.D. by Hideyuki Kurata (4 volumes) *completed series*
  2. The Royal Palace Goong by So Hee Park (1 volume)
  3. Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki (3 volumes)

S

  1. Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi (2 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Scary Book by Kazuo Umezu (3 Volumes) *completed series*
  3. School Rumble by Jin Kobayashi (16 volumes)
  4. The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko by Ririko Tsujita (1 volume)
  5. A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima (7 volumes) *completed series*
  6. The Spanish Duke’s Virgin Bride by Keiko Kishimoto and Chantelle Shaw (1 volume)
  7. Spice and Wolf by Isuna Hasekura (3 volumes)

T

  1. The All-New Tenchi Muyo by Hitoshi Okudo (2 volumes)
  2. Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow (1 volume)
  3. Twin Star Exorcists by Yoshiaki Sukeno (5 volumes)

V

  1. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino (17 volumes)

W

  1. The Wallflower by Tomoko Hayakawa (8 volumes)
  2. Witchcraft Works by Ryuu Mizunagi (1 volume)
  3. With the Light by Keiko Tobe (3 volumes)

Y

  1. Yukarism by Chika Shiomi (4 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi (10 volumes)

Z

  1. Zatch Bell by Makoto Raiku (1 volume)
  2. Zelda: Ocarina of Time  by Akira Himekawa (2 volumes)

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: “Seth Speaks” by Jane Roberts

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Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: Seth Speaks
  • Author: Jane Roberts, Seth (spirit)
  • Series: The Seth Books
  • Publication: Bantam Books (Owned by Random House)
  • Genre: New Age/Metaphysical
  • Pages: 484 pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Purchased Book
  • Rating: 5/5

Happy Birthday to Jane Roberts! She was born on May 8, 1929 and would’ve been 88 years old today. I came across Jane Roberts and her book Seth Speaks after a brief mention of her in an Esther Hicks (Abraham) book I own. Hicks heard of Jane Roberts and Seth as soon as she began her own channeling experience. Sadly, Roberts passed away before Hicks could meet her.

I stamped Seth Speaks with a five-star rating for its extensive coverage of on my favorite New Age subjects: higher consciousness and multi-dimensional realities. Seth Speaks also sinks into deeper esoteric information about reincarnating souls, lost civilizations, and the concept of God. Some chapters are lighter to read than others. The dense chapters mad me stop and question what I read. Fans of channeled readings, New Age thought, and The Secret may have fun with this book. I’m glad I own a copy of Seth Speaks.

Jane Roberts was an average writer from upper state New York. She had no interest in any new age concepts. One day, her life changed:

“My psychic initiation really began on evening in September 1963, however as I sat writing poetry. Suddenly my consciousness left my body, and my mind was barraged by ideas that were astonishing and new to me at the time. On return to my body, I discovered that my hands had produced an automatic script, explaining many of the concepts that I’d been given. The notes were even titled — The Physical Universe as Idea Construction.” -Jane Roberts, Seth Speaks

This is no ordinary case of a muse awakening a writer during writer’s block. Roberts had her first experience with Seth, a spiritual energy personality. She became a full-time channeler and hosted sessions for people to attend Seth’s speakings. Robert Butts, Jane Roberts’ husband, recorded the sessions. Most of them are compiled into Seth Speaks.

Seth writes and speaks through Jane Roberts to reveal our true identities. We are powerful, co-creating beings. Our purpose is to learn and control our infinite creative energy in this physical dimension. This may take a while for first time readers to understand.

The main subject of Seth Speaks is the creation of reality. According to Seth, everybody has a part in creating their own realities. Your reality is a mirror of your  thoughts. If you encounter constant beauty and goodness in your life, that’s the quality of the thoughts in your head. Same goes for the awful events you may encounter in your life. It’s all a reflection of your inner world.

Now, I’ve always wondered if there was more to this physical world especially after watching The Matrix. There is something odd about this reality. I feel something vital is missing. Our only reality has to be more than what we absorbed from mass media. It has to come from somewhere higher than our simple minds can conceive.

Seth states matter comes from thought and thought is a part of consciousness. Therefore, everything we see and feel comes from thought. A sandwich is an example of thought manifested into matter.

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Thinking about that sandwich (via Huffpost)

 It had to come from somewhere before being eaten. You have to create an image of that scrumptious sandwich in your mind then prepare and blend the ingredients to replicate the idea.  Boom, you have manifested a sandwich into physical existence!

Furthermore, Seth mentions our thoughts can manifest in different realities. Your current existing reality is only a speck in an infinite universe of realities. Let’s say you’re a high school senior contemplating to attend a certain college. You’ve been accepted to three: your humble hometown community college, a prestigious private institution, and a lively, highly reputable art school. The thoughts of yourself in these vastly different colleges have already manifested in alternate realities. The college reality you choose will be the only one that manifests. The other two realities are nonexistent in your reality but exist in realities parallel to your own.

Seth Speaks is an amazing mystical book. A higher dimensional being is telling you are a god capable of creating new worlds with your mind.

Isn’t that sweet?

The book is only an iceberg tip of larger “higher-consciousness” information. Books like Seth Speaks are the reasons why I love reading so much.

Have you read Seth Speaks or any other Seth Book? 

I’ve posted a book review about another channeler: Darryl Anka/Bashar

Manga Monday #21: “Boruto” by Ukyo Kodachi

WARNING: This post may contain spoilers!

Reading Boruto: The Next Generation  was like a cozy reunion with a good friend. If you loved the original Naruto manga, you’ll feel the same way.  I strongly recommend reading it before Boruto. You’ll be familiar with the characters, terminology (chakras, bijuu, etc.), and know exactly what has happened.

The first volume of Boruto brings back a couple of the original characters with a new generation of ninjas including Boruto, Naruto’s son. Naruto is now hokage of Konoha village.  Boruto doesn’t give a flip about his dad’s position. All he wants is his dad to spend more time with him and the rest of his family. Unfortunately, being hokage requires constant attention to matters of the ninja world. Naruto has to watch diligently over his village especially with a new evil creeping about.

Boruto’s a bit a brat but I’m sure he will grow out of it as the story develops. I understand he’s disappointed with his father’s absence but he should be happy to even have living parents. Naruto didn’t have doting parents present in his life. They sacrificed their lives to save Konoha a long time ago.

Boruto has potential to be the ultimate shinobi but lacks clear motivation. He plans on cheating in the upcoming Chunin exam with advanced shinobi technology. Plus, he asks Sasuke Uchiha to train him to become a better fighter to defeat his own father. He will encounter many lessons in order to become a great ninja

Boruto is part of shinobi cell Team Konohamaru with Sarada Uchiha and Mitsuki. Despite his training, Boruto has no plans of walking down the hokage path. He’d rather die than become hokage.

However, Naruto’s heroic deeds inspire Sarada Uchiha to become hokage. She takes her training seriously unlike Boruto. Sarada’s parents are Sakura Haruno and Sasuke.  I have high hopes she’ll become an awesome female ninja in this series. What I like about her is her main goals doesn’t revolve around a love interest. I probably would’ve stopped reading if Sarada was in love with Boruto for the heck of adding some romance in this story.

When Sakura was her daughter’s age (11-12 years), her mission was to grab Sasuke’s attention. A quarter of her life was about Sasuke. I remember skipping some of Sakura’s chapters because it was mainly about her yearning for Sasuke. It was tiresome and repetitive! It wasn’t until 100+ chapters later Sasuke finally revealed any sign of affection towards Sakura (thank goodness).

Mitsuki is the most mysterious out of Team Konohamaru. No hints of his parents are mentioned anywhere. Why? Mitsuki’s an artificial human being. His creator may surprise you. His story only adds more spice to the main story.

The mix of old and new characters made me want to wait for the next volume. In the meantime, I’ll possibly watch the movie. Here’s the trailer if you’re interested. It’s okay if you want to start anew with this series without reading 72 volumes of Naruto. You’ll pick up the entire story line eventually.

Have you read Naruto and Boruto? Any ninja manga you recommend?