Sharing Good Ideas

Apr. 16, 2019

Wood is a wonderful structural material that has been in use to make life more livable as long as humans inhabited the earth. It has been used for energy production such as heating homes. It is used to flavor BBQ. It has aesthetic value so pleasing to the eye. Several years ago an article appeared in a woodworking magazine entitled, "Lusting for Lumber". Can you think of a single person who has not some sort of like for wood? 

Time was right about 2 weeks ago to visit Hobby Hardwood Alabama. You can immediately understand why people like to visit the place. One outstanding feature welcoming your presence is the obvious interest the owners, Robert and Martha Milton have for visitors and clients. You'll want to visit again and again if you are interested in high quality and varieties.

You will be impressed simply by visiting the Hobby Hardwood Alabama website when you read about some unique features and why the operation is so unique. Like all good professionals, the passion for excellent service is obvious. Read why they are open on weekends. They are busy during the week preparing for the big day. It is amazing to see the difference in business as usual and a dedicated company producing the finest products. There is an obvious difference between hired hands and owners who have a passion for their wares. 

You may recall several months ago on this website (Oct 18, 2018, Excited About Stone) that customer service can get one excited even about gravel, not only for its use but also for the enthusiasm of the professionals on the premise to make clients happy. Attitude is contagious.

By all means, visit Robert and Martha's enterprise and share your experience. You'll want to go back too when in the Huntsville, AL and southern TN area. I'm already thinking about another excuse to go back for some more lest I miss something. The depth and variation of color in the special cedar as seen in the attached photograph is only an example of the high quality and special handling prepared for your good taste.

Apr. 9, 2019


Self-help isn't something to be ashamed of as if in seeking it we defend our weaknesses. We would do well to be conscious of our limitations while understanding that our potential has not been reached...and never will. If we would be better today than we were yesterday we are on a healthy journey in the adventure of life. Perhaps tomorrow we will be better than today. Constant and never-ending improvement (CANI, Anthony Robbins phrase) is the healthiest way to go if we want to get the most out of life. 

How often have we attended a celebration of life at the departure of a loved one? It is then that many of us wish we had not left association with the departed undone. Such events motivate us to renew our drive to "give flowers while we live". It is at such events that our feeling of failure or neglect kicks in. We only wish we could recall the times when the deceased were alive again so we could have a new perspective upon which to act and have the good pleasure of benefitting from the association.  

W. Clement Stone's first listing for success is to "do it now". Such advice should be understood within the context of rationality. If, for example, if you want to buy a new car certain financial considerations must be arranged in advance. You may not buy it now but you can begin acting in the direction of such a goal immediately with a deliberate decision and continue with necessary steps to bring about your desire. The philosophy of "do it now" is definitely a good one. It's the concept of overcoming procrastination and moving toward the goal.

Successful people develop the habit of instant action and resolve when presented with an opportunity. It's an art and can be improved upon with practice. Goethe, German statesman and novelist said, "What you can do or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power, and magic in it". He was suggesting that once a person sets his or her mind with iron-clad resolve to do a thing that even a Higher Power in the universe comes to their aid.

If we really intend to do a thing, visiting a person, building a relationship, or whatever our wish may be, don't put it off for time is fleeting and life uncertain. Do it. Begin it now.

Apr. 2, 2019

Nelson Nash pictured in the accompanying photograph with his bride, Mary, and my financial adviser just passed from this life recently. I take every opportunity to share the infinite banking concept with acquaintances because as we age financial risks need to become smaller because of time for recovery in the roller-coaster stock market becomes more limited. For those who desire certainty the Bank on Yourself strategy is the best choice for growing wealth with less risk.

While working in Birmingham, AL I'd often listen to radio talk shows as a great learning experience. I kept hearing an advertisement about a book by the above title authored by Pamela Yellen. She was inspired by Nelson to build the company described in the book after being exposed to his research. I was maximizing the 401k plan offered by my employer. Upon reading the book it became clear that there is something better than the government plan started by Ted Benna, "Father of the 401(k) Plan". He admits to creating "a monster that should be blown up" and started putting most of his money in the 501(k), a "Bank on Yourself" type plan for retirement and a host of other benefits.

Jim Conrad can be reached at by submitting the 4 digit code JC35 (Passcode you were provided"). Do you really think that settlers in the old west really shouted, "gold", "gold", "I found gold" upon discovering the precious metal? I don't! If you purchase a copy of Bank on Yourself and read it carefully you'll understand why the advisers like Jim do not press for a "hard sell". They stay busy with fortunate and wise people who find them. Sometimes the best things in life are not known by the masses. By all means, click on the website above to begin an exciting adventure.

Mar. 24, 2019

What is your vision for the future of America? On September 11, 2001, a wake-up call was the focus of attention when 3,000 people were killed by a surprise attack on America. Beyond this "foreign" effort to terrorize us there lies a greater risk mentioned by great writers and leaders who have studied patterns of historical events of the ages. It seemed for a few weeks that the jolting warning of the twin tower attack was sounded and shortly afterward almost forgotten. Have we become a Nation of citizens desensitized by stories from the imaginations of writers and producers of pastime activities? Are you aware that in the early days of Christianity history reveals that adherents claiming to follow Jesus were fed to lions in ancient Rome before its destruction for entertainment?

Unfortunately, centers of academia are not devoted to instilling the dangers which history predicts. Disturbing as it is, we must face facts or suffer consequences much like people dying intestate. Proactivity is a virtue needed if our posterity is to live in peace. While many refuse to see "border security" as an emergency it is evident that some of our national leaders are for political purposes inciting our doom at a minimum from outright hate as we've never seen before. As Ariel Durant stated, "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within". Such suggests that some of our leaders are fulfilling the prophecy. I'll be plain. Hate for our President may be the very catalyst for our own doom. We indeed are seeing history in the making at the most critical time in our history as a Nation.

Yes, I'm suggesting that greater than the 911 tragedy is either the blind-eye or purposeful push-back character of corruption embedded in Washington. Our duly-elected President was driven to sacrifice his freedom and opulent lifestyle to sound the clarion call and symbolically and almost single-handedly take upon himself the burden of hope. My early thoughts have been deeply influenced by the ancient history of how Nations either survive or suffer destruction. My studied opinion is that President Trump campaigned and won the Presidency just in time to direct our Nation's future. It seems at best he can only delay our doom. Are we going to wake up as a Nation? It's up to us to decide whether we will bequeath freedom or reintroduce slavery in the form of Socialism or promote Capitalism as the way to retain the opportunity to sustain freedom.

I'm convinced that our future stands on fragile grounds as the demise is centered within our civilization. Even greater than the 911 tragedy is the destruction within our political playground. On a more positive note, there may be a ray of hope according to Dr. Gerard Lameiro in More Great News for America (March 24, 2018 blog this website). What do you think?   

Mar. 12, 2019

She (as my critic and self-appointed judge) asked in what seemed to be a conspiratorial manner, "Why do you use quotes"? I could have responded, "Why do you ask"? I did the next best thing...I thought about her question. 

Reading good books or watching fine movies tend to change our way of thinking as we relate to others if we are constantly trying to improve our lives. Some quotes by a heroic character who puts the bad guy in his or her place stick with us and builds our arsenal of ideas to use in our own journey of life.

Have you ever noticed that the people you hang around tend to shape our lives and foretell our future? People tend to put us in a position where they can control us. My critic had good intentions. But her question is worth exploring. First, I am conscious that we could misuse quotes simply to appear smart. But, I guess it's good to imitate smart people while being careful not to act the part of a smart alec. Assuming one is genuine and has a great attitude toward themselves and others let's answer the question. Here's a list of some of my reasons to use quotes in communicating with others:

  1. Time-wise: One can get a point across almost instantly. I like to explain things but quotes often work to maximize what little time available in our busy world.
  2. Practice is good: Using quotes lets us practice what we learn and helps us remember the point we're trying to make while setting a good example for others to follow.
  3. Assistance helps: While one may not have a big name we can call upon the wisdom of a person who, Shakespeare, Emerson, Jesus or any other person who engaged the practice to effectively tell their story. 
  4. Respect always in order: It is a compliment to people when we give them the opportunity to see our point of view and they arrive at a similar conclusion as we did. They are being given the courtesy of being considered intelligent enough to see our point of view on their own. Don't forget to give the quote proper credit to its author if known.
  5. Natural appeal: At least if you're in the business of regular communication and a quote "says it all", why not use a memorable quote to make the point?

How powerful, memorable and effective is the quote made by the "Duke" for those who love him? You can see a whole philosophy of being courageous in a powerful way. The message is clear and well-stated in a few words. Follow through even though you may be fearful. and just do not give up in your worthy cause, no matter what! This brings to mind Susan Jeffers book, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway. Fear? Yes! "Keep on keeping on" (Anonymous). "Stay with it" if it's worth it. As Winston Churchill stated, "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in..."

Your true friends will appreciate your wise and occasional use of fitting quotes. Your critics may not.