Friday, August 31, 2007

Day Fifty Four - Time keeps Tickin'

Well, here goes one more month into the past and time continues on, waiting for no one. Each day we face a myriad of decisions that must be made, yet if left undone or put off until tomorrow, time will push right by leaving you in its wake still deciding what to do. If we get caught up in fear of making the wrong decision and let that fear paralyze us from moving forward, time still does not respect your immovability and will whoosh on by. Time, waits for no one!

Today, the cover of the book is finished. Color choices and changes, Title size and positioning, cover copy, testimonials, and all the small details that make it an attractive package, that is a job by itself, but its done, and on the day that the printer closes shop for two weeks to go on vacation. Now the edits are being finished, the layout coming to a close and all months after I wanted it done. That is proof that time waits for no one. Many, many hours have gone into the production and creation of There Is No Power In Chaos, and yet is is just a small piece of what the whole project consists of.

As I continue this blog I see that I have very few readers. There is too much to read in one sitting and many good bits of information are lost somewhere in the middle. I will maintain my daily posting until the launch, but will slow the entries down to the pace that people have time to read them. These are things that a person learns over time. Too bad we didn't know all this stuff from the beginning, but I guess that is why it is called experience, and it takes time to gain experience. My advise for today?... Don't just sit there. Do something! Don't let time pass you by without at least giving you some good experience! See you tomorrow.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Day Fifty Two / Three - Another Heavy Hitter Gives Thumbs Up

Denise Lones is not just another anybody, she is an expert in Marketing. I have been trying to catch up with her for some time and finally did and this is what she had to say:

"As an expert in Marketing and Business Transformation Programs I have had the opportunity to critique many concepts and ideas, most of them just do not work. Don's concepts are strong, they make sense and they change lives. This is a must read if you are ready to take your life to the next level. This book will become your personal life changing toolbox. Great job Don!!!!"

Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM

Besides that she agreed to an interview with me sometime this fall. This will go live on a teleseminar and will be part of an audio series called "Faith Beyond Religion." Now is this exciting or what? See you later.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Day Fifty One - Not so Crazy Sexy Cancer

Prelude to 90-day Case History of Mr.Faith and
A Brief Description of COnCEPT Q
A friend of mine sent me a link to a documentary that will be shown tomorrow on TV. (Wednesday, 8/29) night on TLC at 9:00pm EST called "Crazy Sexy Cancer". I watched the trailer. It touched me, and I wanted to cry at times (just in seven minutes of the trailer) but made me realize something else that perhaps is just as serious. I will explain in a minute...

Cancer is something that we take very serious. It can mean life or death. And when you are dead...well that is the end of cancer, but it is the end of the time you spent here on this little planet we call earth. This IS serious stuff. It touches the very fiber of our being when some one diagnosed with cancer, with tears in her eyes, says, "I just want to live." In the short documentary trailer, they also speculate at why we get cancer. It really does look like it will be a good documentary to watch.

Cancer is something that is no laughing matter. I know that. My dad passed away from cancer almost 15 years ago. I took care of him for the last 11 days of his life. I know how hard it is. Ten years later my mom remarried and now Buddy is fighting to beat cancer and mom is scared. She doesn't want to continue through life alone, and this time ruined financially because there is no insurance to pay for the treatments, and the bills are piling up faster than one can imagine. After this faceoff with cancer, mom ends up in the poorhouse.

I had one of my business associates also lose his life to cancer, his family was taken care of, that is the good part. I lost the man that was trained to run the shop in my business. The business didn't fair so well after that.

I want to talk about something that is just as serious, even though it may not be perceived as such. This is a secret form of cancer because no one wants to talk about it. No one wants to admit they have it. There are no Doctors that diagnose it. There are no treatments, and when you are dead you might as well be, because there is not much of a life after it either.

Now I do not pretend to make fun of cancer. I do not want to make a comparison that looks like I give no importance to the physical cancer that will take your life. I only want to bring to awareness something that is common, yet it is ignored and it is just as serious...I want this 'something' to be looked at in a little different light. It is financial cancer. It is something that will kill you...financially, and then you have to continue through life financially dead.

There is not a bank that will talk to you and if you need money for any thing other than what you can earn, well, you might as well forget it. Now don't get me wrong, there is an operation for financial cancer that removes the disease, it is called bankruptcy. But that only removes the tumor, it does not cure the disease.

So what makes me any sort of expert to talk about this? Well, I have cancer, financial cancer. This cancer is embarrassing. No one wants to talk about it because you are perceived as incompetent and incapable. You are treated as a leper, "Go away, get away from me!" For those unscrupulous people that will take your money, they see you as an easy target to take from you what money you might have left as if you didn't deserve it because you were so stupid in the first place.

Ok, what is the point of this post? Let me tell you a little story. Yesterday, I talked to 2 financiers. They help people who cannot get money from a bank. In our interview, the subject came up that I am writing a book and it is about to be published. They ask what the title is which I responded "There Is No Power In Chaos." They laughed. It was only appropriate for someone that is smack dab in the middle of chaos to say something like that. And they are right! Who am I to be able to tell anyone how to get out of chaos? But that is my point all along. Who better can write a book about how to survive cancer that a cancer survivor? Does it matter the type of cancer? I think not. I think financial cancer is the worst. It can not only leave you without money and everything that you have worked hard for in life, but then you still have to keep living! I see a movie/documentary coming from all of this. Any comments? Please stay tuned there are some interesting things yet to come... See you tomorrow.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Day Fifty - Loss of Focus

Prelude to 90-day Case History of Mr.Faith and
A Brief Description of COnCEPT Q

I spend most of my days during the week fulfilling tasks that do NOT progress what I want to do. I suppose that is another reason I like the weekends, because I can devote almost as much time in days as I can during the 5 weekdays. I am getting the last few chapters edited though and am extremely grateful for that. I have self-edited but there is nothing like a fresh mind, (someone else's)to go through and find errors that become blurred to me from the hundreds of hours already put in. I also get to the point that I read it so much that I think that what is in the book is trivial and that I need to put better stuff in it. Can you imagine that? Of course to me it is trivial, it is the basics for someone to begin to understand and I have been at it for over 22 years.

I just need to finish this and get it out.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Day Forty Nine - How'd Sunday Get Here So Fast?

I think instead of Sunday I'll call it Suddenday. It seems like it was Sunday just yesterday, and then all or a sudden it's Sunday, again, not that I mind. I like Sunday, for me it really is a day of rest. I go to Church, which I enjoy, especially with my youth class. All boys, all of them have short attentions spans. But they learn quickly. Today one of them, Miguel, had a youth talk. He did a good job. So in class I had him place the characteristics of his topic on a Q-Chart. I was impressed. He did a good job. It may seem sometimes like that is all I talk about...the vicious circle. However, I think they are beginning to understand that almost anything that they bring up can be placed on a Q-chart.

We talked about fasting and its importance. But I worked into the lesson why smoking, alcohol and drugs were not beneficial for them either. It presents a challenge to me to teach correct principles but in a way that they are the ones who are actually saying it. That way it is impossible to rebel against an adult, but rather if they rebel it is against what they themselves have said.

I got another chapter of my book back from the editor and this time she had butchered one of the principle stories in Chapter 11. For awhile it bugged me, but I sent her back an e-mail explaining why the story was necessary. So often I feel like all I am doing is teaching others. My wife and I went into a very serious debate about self-esteem. I continue to have to teach...but how do I do it in a way that it stays with the person and it really sticks? That is the purpose of There Is No Power In Chaos. I have countless hours of pondering and learning how to teach a concept that sticks. Sunday's youth class is the laboratory, with all my little guinea pigs, just kidding! They aren't so little! And for the Pigs? They are boys and they DO eat a LOT!! Test subjects? Of course, They do give me an opportunity to see what sticks and what doesn't. COnCEPT Q sticks. They know the concept! And that has been proved, over and over.

Well perhaps you can see why I like Suddenday. It gives me the opportunity to learn and to teach and to learn to teach. Well, for now I will leave it at that. Want a good book to read? There Is No Power In Chaos will be out very soon. And I continue my quest to see what Mr. Faith will do next! See ya!!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Day Forty Eight - Normal days?

If I say that today was a normal day, what is that supposed to mean? If I see normal as a day that I get a lot of work done but don't get anything in particular finished, then there are a lot of those days. I don't like them. I don't feel like I see progress. For instance, I had to redo the book cover because the other file was corrupted. I didn't lose the whole idea, because it was printed. I just lost the digital file that I can make the changes on. In a way it was good because it forced me to make changes that I might not have the other way, simply wanting something to be done once and for all.

I have the book reedited up until chapter 10 (out of 20) and I received Chapter 11 today but was disappointed. The main story and idea was cut out. It frustrates me to think that I did not express myself clear enough to portray this message so that the editor could see that. This is one of my major frustrations. I have spent 20 years learning about the power of faith and I understand it, a LOT. I admit that there is a TON more to learn. What really frustrates me is how many people equate their own knowledge with mine and wipe out 20 years of experience with the "oh yeah, I understand faith." My response? "Really, then I must be stupid. It has taken me 20 years to understand what I know and I don't even know THAT much about it."

A normal day huh? I am going to have to define what normal is so that I can have a standard to judge by. Hey, Have a normal day!, ok? Naw, HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!! CU2morrow.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Day Forty Seven - A Day In the Battlefield

Prelude to 90-day Case History of Mr.Faith and
A Brief Description of COnCEPT Q

As days seem to roll by, and I seem to be caught in the rolling, there are several good things to report. The cover was printed today and it shows up with mistakes so the pdf file won't work. The original InDesign file is also corrupted and won't open so that means I get to build the cover again, and this time paying attention to details and making sure that it not only saved as a backup but making a few changes to the cover to make it better. Who said writing a book was easy? And publishing, even more difficult. And selling all 10,000 copies even more challenging. And I said good things to report? Actually it is good to get to this stage of the cover development, just a few tweaks and this important piece is done. Printed work sure is different from what is on the computer screen.

For lunch today, Rosa and I went to choose the menu for the wedding banquet and now I like that! It was a free lunch, or 5000€ how ever you want to look at it. Just today I didn't pay anything. It was fun and excellent food. It was a hard decision to select for many people between what you really like and what you think would be a good mix for Spanish guests as well as the American guests that will be there. (It was a delight to have an opportunity like this one, even though I am paying for it.)

Two things done! Next, an interview with a marketing specialist. Two and a half hours later (thank goodness for Skype, the call is free) And I think I found an important piece of getting the book known. This really is an exercise of faith! On one part you have to have product, on the other, the marketing expert's opinion is that it is going to be hard to sell 10,000 books. This is a job for Super Mr. Faith!!!! Just wish I knew his phone number. Just kidding. This is fun! Who else would do silly things like this and not pull hair out?

Last but not least...we are on a roll with the final edits. With a bit over half way and a good weekend ahead let's hope by Monday we are getting close to done with everything. I will be happy when the daily battles all result in a substantial victory. Fighting in the trenches makes it hard to see what the outcome can be. Doing this blog caused me to step back and see what is happening. So more than for the reader's good this one is for me!

Awhile back when I was struggling to keep a business alive and was lost in the 16 hour workdays fighting the battle alone, I really could not see a way out. I fought to fight and hoped that my sheer willpower would bring the victory. It doesn't work that way. Hard work and good intentions can never bring you to your desire without some good strategy and consistent evaluation to guide the overall effort. So even though it seemed like just another day in the battlefield, even with its casualties, it was a good day for the strategy department. See you tomorrow!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Day Forty Four / Five & Six - Stuck in Time

Well I guess I should have never thought about inventing a time machine. Some how I got stuck in time and I seemed to jump from Monday to Thursday and didn't even realize it. I really have no clue as what happened to Tuesday and Wednesday's posts. Let's not go there...I know what your thinking...this poor goon's got Alzheimer's. What? Did I say something? Get outta here. I was just trying to duck my mistake by claiming that I forgot. I just saw that trick make money for two ex-Whitehouse characters. Bill and Hillary are coming out with their Memoirs and Bill gets $12 million for his and Hillary gets $8 million for hers. The funny thing is that during eight years they couldn't seem to remember what was happening..."Uhmm...I don't remember if I did or didn't."

I think though that you have to have lived in the Whitehouse for that scenario to work. I visited it once. At that Rate my Memoirs would be worth $6850 approximately! Darn! I should have been a U.S. President in my life instead. You know, I think that for post like this one, I am probably better off not posting. :-(

Ok let's get serious. Let's just say that I have been a little busy. My time is running out and I am running behind. Beside that I have been in the gym, working out. Now this is serious! I am on a diet, I am exercising (and hurt all over, again) and am getting things ready for a book launch and a wedding. (Stefanie, my youngest daughter.) With that in mind and knowing that I am up against deadlines, even some good things are happening. I just sent a letter to the President of Search Big Daddy, a new search engine (like Google) and requested that I be interviewed for a half hour radio show by Robert Floyd. I think that they will do it. It will give There Is No Power In Chaos some good exposure for the launch. Friday I talk with a book promotion specialist and see if we have a chance to work together. It may be exposure to more than 1 million people. I'll let you know. So besides, working a part-time job (which gets me my contacts in China, Andy Gong, who prints my book) and seeing the doctor (for the kidney stone that got stuck on the way out...yes it still bugs me) and getting in shape, marketing a book, putting the final touches on it, helping prepare for a wedding, being lazy every now and then...well, I think I am doing pretty good.

I still have three websites to prepare and a workbook to get done, two other books to edit and continue to make my posts. Oh, had a high council assignment that I attended to tonight as well. I think I am ready for my vacation. Which my vacation will go like this... Fly to Washington D.C., change planes, fly to Phoneix, miss my flight on purpose to Salt Lake, stay and meet with Search Big Daddy, (in Phoenix) catch a flight the next day, get to Salt Lake, head up to Idaho to see mom and Buddy and have a family picture, rest. Head back to Salt Lake, set up Search Big Daddy portals in Salt Lake, help Dan get his new business going, attend the temple with Stefanie, set up some sales reps in the Salt Lake area, have a wedding, rest. Get back on the plane and head to Spain for a reception here. Oh and somewhere in there keep the promo/book launch on target! So when I am done with my vacation I will be ready for a vacation. But for real... Its it a wonder that Rosa gets frustrated with me when she wants to just go on vacation and do nothing but that? Hey see you tomorrow...if I remember.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Day Forty Three - Inventing A Time Machine

I think that I ought to stop what I am doing and invent a time machine. That way I could go back and get more done in the same day that I need to get it done. The only problem would be getting the work to stay done when I went back to do more. What a dilemma! Maybe I had just ought to focus on getting more done today and then some more tomorrow. TIME GOES TOO FAST!! Weeks fly by and I only get closer to my objective a little at a time. Maybe I could look into cloning.

It seems that I am being pressured by this very blog. It makes me aware of the days gone by and the days left, and that little fear that while I maintain this blog public (even though there is not a lot of people who read it)this is a way that I keep myself accountable to finish work, Get it done! This evening, by brother-in-law and his family wanted to go to the movies and the eat something afterward. Well that will definitely take away from my project time. Whoa! Hey, I still have family and a wife that would like to do things occasionally rather than look at the back of my head as I pound away on this keyboard. So guess what? I chose to be with my lovely wife and her brother and his wife and their 2 boys. And I am glad I did. Work for this evening gets put on a back burner, while I go out for the evening. Hey, I am human too! (Haven't figured the clone thing out yet.) CU2 morrow!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Day Forty Two - Just Another Rainy Sunday

It was rainy most of the day, but at least it has cooled off. We like that in the middle of a hot August! I was quite thrilled today in church, in two different meetings that I was in. We had a visitor in the class of youth that I teach, a young man of 23 that is a perfect example of a Q1 person. I couldn't have written a script and paid an actor money to do a better job than he did. I have taught and taught the characteristics that belong in Q1 and the results that happen if you persist in that line of thought and he said it almost to the tee. I was thinking this guy is perfect for the script and I didn't ask him or coach him to say anything.

It was a good experience. After that we went into another class for the men and the lesson followed what I had written again. Humm. Perhaps it is that I followed the information that is taught to the tee? Could it be? Regardless it was fun and exciting to have such a clear idea about how COnCEPT Q fits many different situations. I am exited to get this info out!! See you later.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Day Forty One - The Fantastic Four

Today Rosa was back from her get away with the girls. Even though I got a lot done this week by focusing on my work, it is good to have her back. She took the week and went to Madrid to spend some time with some friends of hers and break the everyday routine. I picked her up at the airport in Barcelona at midnight-thirty and we got home around two-thirty. Yes, that is way past my bedtime, but worth it to go get my honey! :-)

Since she works at the movie theaters, I get in free. And today I decided to go see a movie while she was at work. I went and saw the Fantastic Four. It is a movie that she said that she would not go watch because it was something that wouldn't teach her anything. Ok, fair enough. So I think of what could a person learn from this movie? And since I think in Quarters, (thanks to COnCEPT Q) I look at the over plot of the movie. (If you don't want me to spoil the movie, go see it and then come back and read this.) This great big mega galactic cosmic monster cloud (how's that for a description?) travels throughout the universe sucking the energy out of planets. But in order to do it, the Silver Surfer gets to the planet first and with his powerful surf board bores 8 gigantic 200 meter diameter holes at strategic points around the globe. It is the Fantastic Four's job to stop him. They do separate him from his board and he becomes powerless. And the invisible girl has a chance to talk to him and reminds him of someone he once loved. He says that he has no choice but to do what he is doing. She makes him realize that he does have a choice. And love prevails over destruction. It is interesting. Especially if you look at the underlying message. We all have a choice to be Q4 or destructive in Q1. Think about it. See you tomorrow.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Day Forty - Finishing Touches

These last and final touches that are being done on the book even make it seem to me like a Never Ending Story. This weekend I print and bind the mock up copy that will be sent to China next week. Andy Gongjiamping, the printer is getting worried that he won't get the book printed and shipped in time. It does take 28 days for the freight to get from China to our new warehouse in the USA. Yup new warehouse! My brother Dan and Hans, his partner open Printegrity in the first part of September! They are a digital print and binding shop as well as mail fulfillment house. With over 40 years of experience between the two of them they are excited to bring their knowledge to a new company that will give service like what the customer needs. Both Dan and Hans worked for Alexanders and moved to Hedgehog where they thought that the management would listen to ideas and suggestions of how to make the company better. For awhile it was headed in the right direction but when management began acting like the former company well... Printegrity was created. And I can guarantee it will be a top contender right out of the chute!

In September when I am there for my daughter's wedding I will be talking with them to see what I can do to help, other than taking care of the webpage and handling some of the sales work for them. I want There Is No Power In Chaos to take off and become a best seller so that much of the handling / distribution income can help out there as well. It is exciting! Too much to do in one day. And I am going to be glad to focus my energy on marketing rather than writing/editing. Well there is a twist in the news of how this promo is going. There are many aspects that are involved in getting a book to market successfully and distribution is just one of them. Hey see you tomorrow.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Day Thirty Nine - Inspiration...but not for me?

I had an interesting experience that I'd like to share. I had left part of Chapter 18 unfinished to so that I could concentrate on the table of contents, notes of the chapters, layout and design (so that it was uniform throughout the book) and a general copy edit of the first 17 chapters. Now that alone takes a lot of time. If you figure 1 hour per chapter that is 17 hours of work by itself. And who can work 17 hours straight and still keep his cabolo (head) from melting down? Not me. Wednesday I had added some material that I thought was pretty awesome but it was something that I had in my head for sometime. Chapter 18 was new to me.

And I still had three blank pages to finish. I went to bed thinking what am I going to put there. I woke up thinking what am I going to put here? I continued to work on other things but then (and I am not even sure how) I was lead to write about something I do not know much about. The chapter is written for teenager / post-teenage young adults. And I suppose as I was seeking something in Internet I came to a page that ask for help from someone that lived near three cities, Sydney, Australia, London, England and Atlanta, Georgia. It ask for someone who could help counsel some teenagers who were seriously considering suicide. The thought came that There Is No Power In Chaos could help them understand many things about that. And I thought also well you have not addressed that particular subject either in the book. And then the still have three blank pages.

I began a little research into the topic of suicide and was frightened by the 2 top webpages that I found, they were scary and gloomy feeling. Both of them with a black background and one with a drippy blood red font. I thought yeah!, If I am contemplating death that is what I want to see! Right! There was some pretty confused information as well. And those were just the first two that I saw! I didn't even have to look hard. Well, I am not sure if it is coincidence or inspiration but it has allowed me to expand COnCEPT Q in a direction I would never have taken it. But then again...the inspiration given may just not be for me...just through me. See you 2morrow.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Day Thirty Eight - Holiday or Workday?

Prelude to 90-day Case History of Mr.Faith and
A Brief Description of COnCEPT Q

This is probably one post that I would not want my wife to read. Today is a holiday and if she were here we would have gone to the beach, and later somewhere else. Now that is ok because I love being with her and looking at her and watching her, etc. But she went to Madrid this week, so I am baching it. So I have all day to do what I want. As long as it includes the list of honey dos. ;-) That is ok, I still get to choose when I do them as long as they are done by Friday. Today I have finished 16 chapters of revisions and finished some work that needed done in the kitchen and I have not even stepped one foot out of the house today. Can you see why my wife wants to get away from me? I am boring!! Well actually I need her to keep balance in my life and as long as I do as she wants it keeps the balance.

I have 2 days to finish the book, two websites, iron and hang some curtains, do a little painting in the kitchen, straighten the house and with that I could probably get by and she probably won't think I am a total disaster. Oh and I must straighten up my office and clean Chicken's cage. (our canary) Who has time to go lie on the beach and work out at the gym? That doesn't include the normal work.

Well I have had a fairly productive day. It only took me 6 hours longer that I had planned. But like I said today's holiday was a work day and a good one at that without interruptions. Hey I even did my post! Ta Ta for Now...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Day Thirty Six / Thirty Seven - Back to Back Conferences

It amazes me how days can slip by and how easy it is to miss a post. I am under a lot of pressure to finish the edits and corrections to get the book to the printer and my focus is on that right now. Monday night and Tuesday night I have had two conference calls, one with Stefanie Hartman, the expert's expert, which is an open call to the students of her Millionaires In Training Program. We are allowed the opportunity to send in questions prior to the call and she answers them on the call for the benefit of all of her students. This call also had a lot of questions about teleseminar presentations which was good for me also because of the teleseminars that I will be doing in the fall.

This evening was a call with a master mind group that helps us focus and solve issues that we have regarding more specific questions. In other words, it is less formal and we each get 10 minutes to present questions, problems and get answers from members of our group. There are eight of us and it is a very intense call, and I am grateful to each of the members as well as Stefanie for the support and help that is received. Well anyway that shouldn't be an excuse to not get my post done, but I can say that I haven't been goofing off and doing nothing toward my progress.

Tomorrow is a holiday in Spain, and I have some honey do projects that I will be unable to escape plus finishing some parts of the book, my Never Ending Story ;-)
For now, let this post serve as an advance notice of some pretty cool interviews that I will be giving this fall in a series called Advanced Faith 201. It is part of what I call Faith Beyond Religion, jumping right into the principles that make faith so powerful.

Well there you have it for today, comments are welcome, and for those of you that really read this...see you tomorrow!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Day Thirty Five - Final Edits

Prelude to 90-day Case History of Mr.Faith and
A Brief Description of COnCEPT Q

If you have ever written a book you will understand the hours of work that goes into one. It seems to me that when I wrote "No Money? Sorry, No Honey" A 100 page e-book, it took me something like 200 hours of work to get it written, laid out and ready for pdf format. Now if I take that time reference and can compare it to other works then I could roughly figure that There Is No Power In Chaos would be some where around 700 hours worth of work, But guess what? That doesn't count for the Jacket cover or the revision of the Table of Contents or the copy edits or the regular edits. For instance, I had my page titles too close to the body on each page and the page numbers were too big of a font. That means I go through 338 pages just making those changes. And the font that I chose cannot be embedded, so I have to go through and convert it to outlines. Yeah, yeah, I know that all this sounds too technical and should be what the publisher handles right? What happens when I am the publisher? So I can easily see the hours going upward of 1000 plus for this project. Do you not think that I want it done? The printer is pushing me for the book, but he also says...NO MISTAKES!! On top of that I have webpages to keep up, a daily blog that I don't even know if any one reads except for myself, but I made a commitment and I intend to keep it.

Now in the meantime, with all that going on and doing a few edits I went back through the book yesterday and read parts and pieces. When I myself can do that and be impressed with some of the things that is written in it, which only gives me more desire to get this out, then I think that all the effort is worth it.

I taught two classes today. One to a group of youth, and one to a group of men. Both classes on the same subject, but my presentation to each group had to be different. I love using such instances to polish and hone my skills as a presenter. I feel that both classes went well, I had full attention in both of them, which is actually pretty good for the youth class. The adult class I had to repeat a subject that was taught two weeks prior, which meant that even though I had the same material I had to give it a different twist. It went over very well and I use the instance to practice my on stage presentation abilities. It is fun and gives me practice for larger crowds later on.

This week the book goes to press!! Nothing will hold it back! I am looking forward to getting a copy back myself, finished and ready to hit the shelves. I want all 10,000 copies of this first run to be sold on Day 92 or on October 8th. I guarantee that there is no book like it!! And it is worth the wait. Well back to the process of getting it done...see you tomorrow.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Day Thirty Four - A Normal Work Day

Today I have done a lot of revision and correcting on the book, nothing special just a get it done day. This has been one of those in the trenches sort of days. A lot of copy edits, spell checking, grammar revision, layouts, and all the boring stuff that has to be done to make a book look good. Anyway this is short and as boring as the work that I did today. That's all folks, for no and see you tomorrow.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Day Thirty Three / Thirty Four - More Tests

This is getting boring. No, No, Not the blog, I mean having a kidney stone that won't go away! It was the 29th of June I went to the Doctor to see if he could give me something to cure what I thought was a urine infection that later turned out to be a kidney stone. I passed through much of the pain, several weeks ago and thought it was over, at least had relief for a couple of days but then the stupid feeling of a full bladder came back. And frankly I am getting tired of it. People keep telling me that these are signs of getting old, but what are they talking about?!!? I haven't even hit the halfway mark to 100 years old of which that is how long I am going to be around.

So my advice to my kidney stone...GET OUT, so I can get off the pot!!! ;-)

Well that ought to make you laugh, comment or let this go unnoticed, but I still got to go in for more tests to see what the hold up is. Sorry for the trivial post but that's all I can think of today! Bye for now.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Day Thirty Two - Happy Q-Day

Q-Day. This is the 7th anniversary of Q-Day. Next Year I really want to have a party!!! Next year is going to be something VERY Special, Q-DAY 08-08-2008. I officially POST my dibs on that day!! 8-8-08 It belongs to the official COnCEPT Q-Day!! And we are going to party hearty and rock the world!!

So what is Q-Day anyway?

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Day Thirty One - Twas The Night Before Q-Day...

Twas the night before Q-Day and all through the house...
there are no creatures around here 'cept me and my spouse.
I at my computer and she at hers...
It is late in the evening and the words are a bunch of blurs.

So I must now settle down for my usual midnight nap...
and drift off to sleep as quick as a snap,
For tomorrow is Q-Day, the 8th of August of each year...
A day to focus on spiritual objectives and get them clear.

But this year still, Q-day will come and go...
Without much fanfare or much notice that will show,
It will still be a day much like the rest,
until it is shared that this day is to bring out your best!

What is Q-Day you ask so that I might say...
It is a substitute for something done on New Years Day.
It is a solution for the New Year's resolution you make,
only to forget it and over the next little while, it you will break!

So what is Q-Day? Well I guess tomorrow we find out. :-) Stay tuned.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Day Thirty - One Third the Way There

Prelude to 90-day Case History of Mr.Faith and
A Brief Description of COnCEPT Q

Help, I feel like this is getting too overwhelming. Yesterday I talked with a possible JV partner and he gave me some pretty big hurdles to get over. I have been pushing just to finish those requirements, which is good to be pushed, It helps me focus on specific points that need done, but it makes it hard to take care of other commitments like this one.

Make a commitment and keep it. So that is what I will do. 48 hours is not a lot of time, especially when there is a learning curve to deal with. This is one of those experiences that you know you want it, you know that you NEED it, but inexperience keeps you from shining through. It shows the flaws and weaknesses in the machinery. Here is where many people pull out, back off and quit. Others figure that "it was not meant to be" so time to get out. You know what I think? I think it is time to hone the axe, sharpen the saw, learn what it takes to make the cut! And that is exactly what I get to do. So many people let fear and temporary defeat bring their goals to a screeching halt. It does not need to be that way. So like I say before, make a commitment AND KEEP it! The rest will come together! See ya later!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Day Twenty Nine - A Lesson in Marketing

Prelude to 90-day Case History of Mr.Faith and
A Brief Description of COnCEPT Q

Sunday morning is not a typical day to learn what marketing is all about, but I suppose that Saturday evening counts. (It was Saturday his time.) I was up early as usual and I get an e-mail that gives me 90 minutes to reply with a phone call. And I opened the e-mail about an hour after it was sent. I made the call and for the next 30 minutes I had the opportunity to get a one-on-one lesson with a person who knows his stuff when it comes to marketing. I had been putting together a page that would allow me to participate in a marketing Joint Venture with this person but in reality what I had done showed my inexperience and coinciding online at the precise moment allowed me to get my page reviewed, critiqued, and suggestions offered for improvement by an expert. Frankly it was one of those once in a blue moon experiences that really help you progress.

Even though, my time is very limited to make the deadline for this opportunity I now have another piece of the puzzle to make this work over the long haul. Ok, what now can I write that will make this blog useful to you the reader? As you begin to understand the COnCEPT Q Model you will realize that everyone has things that need improvement. They are Q1 characteristics that need changing (Q2). The best way for you to make that change is by being guided by someone who knows what they are doing and have already gone the way before you. I am fortunate to have people who care what my outcome is. But this didn't come in Day One or Day 10, for me it came at Day 29 or at about one third of my journey. At least with this 90 day journey. So if you are in the process of doing something yourself, or you want to accomplish a goal, realize that all the pieces do not come in a box, ready to put together. Many times they come at a point when you are ready to put them together. Think about it. See you tomorrow!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Day Twenty Seven / Twenty Eight - Good Guidance

Prelude to 90-day Case History of Mr.Faith and
A Brief Description of COnCEPT Q
I dang the dabbling habit and then skip a day...go figure. Well it was Friday night, I had a phone call with Stefanie Hartman, (Thanks Stefanie for the advice on making the book launch and book better! For authors, speakers and entrepreneurs there is no better coach!) Also had a quick visit from Elder Hale and his dad, went to visit Rosa's dad and then took Rosa out to the movies to see Ratatoullie. So basically we got home at 1am and I missed my post for Friday. So is that an excuse or a real reason to miss it? If I missed it without doing something toward the goal of a successful book launch then I would say that it is inexcusable but I am very pleased and excited about the teleconference that I had with Stefanie. She provides some excellent guidance and counsel to make an excellent product. This is my second call with her and both times I feel that in the long run the value that she has added to my work is incalculable.

I am still elated with the few changes that we made yesterday to the book cover and the table of contents. I was pleased with what I had before but now am pondering the real impact of what 30 minutes with an expert can do for you. If you by chance are reading this blog and wonder how this can apply to your own life I can only suggest that if you are stuck and feel like you are going nowhere, fast then consider getting a mentor. It will make all the difference for your progress. See ya later.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Day Twenty Six - Dang the Dabbling Habit

Prelude to 90-day Case History of Mr.Faith and
A Brief Description of COnCEPT Q

Consistency builds habits and habits build character and character is what causes you to succeed or fail in life. I think we are all a bunch of dabblers, to an extent. But that is not necessarily wrong just as long as you don't continue to dabble. When I say dabbler I mean to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner. Dabbling is ok to try something out to see if you like it or not but once you have had an ample trial period (most people give you 30 days with a product), then either get in or get out!! If dabbling becomes a habit it builds your character of being a dabbler, and dabbling only can end up in not doing because it takes far more effort for accomplishment.

Ok, go ahead and dabble, for 30 days but then make a commitment to plunge into whatever you have decided to do and then make it a habit. For many years I have coasted on basically good health and average state of fitness. Withing the last year I have seen more doctors than I have in all my lifetime (partly because of my accident) but now I have decided that I must GET FIT, for real! I started the gym this week and it is hard! This is going to be a difficult habit to create. My wife though is my greatest motivation and with her going I can also go and get in better shape. So there you have it, my personal commitment to NOT dabble at it.

Don't wanna dabble? Then make a commitment and keep it! (Publicly) Think about it. See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Day Twenty Five - Putting Together the Pieces

There are 2 essential beginning posts to read to understand what this blog is about:
Prelude to 90-day Case History of Mr.Faith and
A Brief Description of COnCEPT Q

In my teenage years my focus in life was being a mechanic. After several years of being a mechanic, Smitty, the shop foreman for the local Ford Garage came looking for my dad to see if he could help them. They had a problem where their truck mechanic had disassembled an engine all over their shop floor and then stopped coming to work. They needed someone to fix the mess so they asked dad if he could reassemble it. He told them that he couldn’t do it because he was already working but pointed to me and said, “He can do it.” That was how I got hired as the truck mechanic at the Ford Garage when I was only eighteen. When I left that job they even threatened to chain me to my stall so that I couldn't quit them and all that because all I did was went into their shop and find a puzzle (the truck engine)and just put it back together.

Now I am trying to turn my book into a best-seller and most of the people that have read the preview copy have given it superb review. But that is not enough to make me a best selling author, there are so many other things that have to be done to put the whole puzzle together. For some time I have had a domain name that I wanted to build a site for but it had not come together in the right way. After a very powerful master mind call and being basically pushed back into doing something to be a part of a Joint Venture, (thanks for the push to get back up A.J)the website for a teleseminar series called ADVANCED FAITH 201 was put together in just 2 days. You can look at it at and feed back is welcome as it gets set up.

It is just one more piece of the puzzle. And it is a piece that feels good! See you tomorrow.