How to Use the Steps to Success Program


Some of you have never read Think and Grow Rich, some of you have.  Either way, you should perform the program the same way.

  • Make your playlist – Put all 15 chapters of the book into a playlist.  Your playlist will take about 8 ½ hours to play completely through.  Do remember to give your playlist a unique name.
  • Make sure Shuffle or Random and Repeat are not enabled.
  • Put on your headphones
  • Adjust the volume to the point where the audio is barely detectable.  You will probably want to turn down the volume a bit more as you become accustomed to the audio.
  • Lie back and get a good night’s sleep.
  • As an addition to the program, you may listen to the book during the day if your circumstances allow.  Remember, repetition is the key.

So now you are thinking, “How often should I often should I do this?”  and that’s a good question.  Optimally, you would want to listen to your playlist every night for two weeks.  I know that may be hard for a lot of people.  Sleeping in headphones does take some time to get used to.  Give it your best try.  It doesn’t really matter if you do not make it all the way through the playlist every night.  Just do the best you can.  Listening during the day helps.

Ok, you’ve made it to two weeks, now what?  This is where the study part of the program begins.

  • Print out the Think and Grow Rich Workbook.  Keep it handy.
  • Read the book.  Whenever the author says, “Stop! Do this now!”  Stop! Go to your workbook and do the exercise.  Put the affirmations on your mirror.  Write down your goals.  Do it.  Do it all.
  • Follow his instructions precisely.  There is a point or two where he says to read the book three times.  Read it three times.  Do the workbook exercises all three times.  Keep the completed workbooks for reference and witness the evolution of your goals.
  • Once in the reading phase of the program you should listen at night to the audio version at least once or twice a week; until you have achieved your Success.
  • By the time you are finished with the third reading you should have a good idea what you need to do to achieve your goals.  Redo this exercise once, better yet, twice a year (read it one time, not three ;-) ).

That is the Steps to Success program.  Do the same study techniques with the other audio books.  Use a notebook to perform any instructions.  Here’s to Your Success.

Darkness on the Edge of Town


I live near a large army base, known as a fort.  Large forts have vast areas called ranges where military units get to practice wartime operations. The ranges at this particular fort are on a predominantly flat plateau.  I and a friend, both retired army, would walk our dogs on the ranges, mostly late at night.  We did this for many years and often experienced strange and fascinating phenomenon, natural and man-made.

On this particular night there was no moon at all.  The sky was overcast and there was light fog.  It was a very dark night.  We took our dogs to a section of the range that had an asphalt strip that was used as a primitive practice landing strip for C-130 Hercules cargo planes.  They’re the fat looking aircraft with overhead wings and four propeller engines. Like I said, it was just an old runway out in the middle of a field.  No support buildings or lights of any kind.

We drove out there on a dirt road, parked and turned off the truck lights. I got out and looked around.  I don’t know why I bothered.  I could not see anything.  I put my hand a foot in front of my eyes and could not see it.  Yes; I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.  It was that dark; dark and quiet.

We started walking along the landing strip.  It was comical.  We must have zigzagged across that strip 20 times.  We couldn’t walk straight.  There was no visual reference point at all.  The only way we could tell where we were was when we walked off the asphalt onto the dirt.  We knew we made it to the end of the runway when we ran out of asphalt altogether.   Walking back to the truck at the other end of the runway was an adventure.  We knew when we reached the end because of the dirt, but had to take a minute or two to find the truck.  The dogs led us to it.  I will never forget that night.

This story is a metaphor for our lives on so many different levels.  I prefer, Keep going forward even when you can’t see the destination.  Or maybe, Always forward, never straight.  Choose one that suits you.

You Don’t Have to Walk Around With Your Head in a Fog

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I live near a large army base, known as a fort.  Large forts have vast areas called ranges where military units get to practice wartime operations.  Those of us who are/were in the army called these operations “going to the field”.  The ranges at this particular fort are on a mostly flat plateau.  I and a friend, both retired army, would walk our dogs on the ranges, mostly late at night.  We did this for many years and often experienced strange and fascinating phenomenon, natural or man-made.

One night we loaded up the dogs in my friend’s pickup and headed to a favorite section of the range.  The night was mostly clear except for a low blanket of fog.  There was also a full moon out that lit up the fog with a misty glow.  Visibility was maybe one hundred feet or so.

We had been walking along a small dirt road in the fog for about 20 minutes when we decided to take a beer break.  I noticed nearby a small berm of dirt kicked up by the turning of a tracked vehicle, maybe a tank.  The mound was only about two feet tall so I hopped up on top of it.  When I did, my head popped out above the fog bank.  What a surprise!  The moon lit up the top of the fog making it look like a smooth, deep covering of snow.  I couldn’t see my friend who was still in the fog only three feet away.  The entire layer of dense fog was only seven feet deep.  I kept jumping up and down of the berm, regaling in the, literally, night and day difference.  I had never experienced anything like that.

Many of us walk around with our heads in a fog.  We can’t see what is around us.  It is hidden in our own little fog bank.  But if we can rise above and take a look down at our current experience, we can clearly see there is more going on. We can clear the fog.

212 – The Extra Degree



At 211 degrees water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. That one extra degree makes the difference. This simple analogy reflects the ultimate definition of excellence.  Click the link below to watch this Encouragement, Inspiration & Empowerment video.  Pass it on. Cheers.

Choosing A Bluetooth Headset

Creating a good wireless headset for Bluetooth is actually hard to do. The regular wired headsets are easy to devise – with various styling.

Bluetooth headsets can never be as small or as light as wired headsets, simply because it needs to include the battery and extra functions. This extra size will impact how the headset mounts on or around your ears.

There seems to be two main styles of headsets for Bluetooth. Some are held into place with a loop around the ear. These styles are normally more comfortable, although they may be less secure. The others are held in place by being jammed into your ear – and usually prove to be less comfortable.

Factors to Consider

The cost is an obvious issue, something that you really need to think about.

1. Check to see if the device is easy to quickly and conveniently put on your ear then take it off again.
2. Are the control buttons on the headset easy to use?
3. The headset should be comfortable to wear for long phone calls.
4. Can you use it with a pair of glasses?
5. Check to see if you can wear it with either ear.
6. When you aren’t wearing it, you’ll need to see how you would carry it with you.
7. The weight is important as well, as you don’t want something that has the risk of falling off.

Ease of use
1. The commands and controls should be easy to memorize.
2. The volume level should be easy to modify.
3. The unit should turn on quickly.
4. The owner’s manual should be very well written and easy for you to understand.
5. There should be a support number for you to call if you shouldEncounter any types of problems.

1. You’ll need to know about the battery, the talk time, type, and how to tell when it is going dead or fully charged.
2. How many devices can the unit be paired with?
3. Compatability is also important, as well as the warranty period.
4. Check the sound quality for both sending and receiving audio.
5. What type of range does the headset offer you?

Other important capabilities include voice tags, last number redial, tranfer calls, 3 way calling, link to other phones, call reject, and mute. You’ll also want to note if it looks attractive, and if it’s too big or too small.

True Story

In my day job I am a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. I am also a parent. As a parent I tried to teach my children how to be safe in this world. I used every opportunity to dispense my words of wisdom as my children grew. We’ve all said things to our children like “Put that down, you’ll put your eye out” or “Don’t go in the street, you’ll get run over.” We say these things without realizing how our children might be interpreting what we said. I recently had an encounter that brought that home to me.

I was delivering mail to an apartment complex. This apartment was about one block away from a busy main street. You know the type, two lanes each direction and one center turn lane. Across the street was a bakery outlet store. My mail truck was parked directly behind me.

The apartment had a bank of mailboxes located in the parking lot. I had a bank of mailboxes open and was putting mail in when I saw this little girl approaching me. She was maybe 3 and a half or four years old. She walked up to me and punched me in the leg. When I looked down she pointed her little finger up at me and said, “Mommy and me are walking to the bread store. Don’t run us over.” I broke out laughing and promised her that I wouldn’t.

And no, she wasn’t wearing headphones.

This is the Proper Way to Insert Earbuds

Earbuds, those small in-ear style of headphones, have made great inroads in the area of audio reproduction.  They are everywhere and everyone (it seems) is wearing them.  But how many people know the proper way to insert these ubiquitous sound generating devices?  That is what this article is for.

Earbuds have basically three styles of earpieces; hard plastic (included with most portable MP3 players), soft plastic and foam.  Since the insertion techniques are similar for both hard and soft plastic earpieces, they will both be presented here.

First, determine the left and right earpiece, if applicable.  Hold the right earpiece in your right hand.  With your left hand, reach over the top of your head and grab the top of your right ear and pull up slightly.  With the wire from the earpiece pointed towards the front (parallel to the ground), insert the earpiece into the ear canal opening and rotate the earpiece  ¼  turn so the wire is hanging straight down.  Repeat the procedure for the left earpiece.  A good seal is critical to experience the full stereophonic effect.  Some people moisten the earpieces a bit to ensure a tight seal.  Additionally, opening your mouth while inserting your earbuds may help.

Earbuds with foam earpieces are a little easier to insert properly.  Squeeze and roll the earpiece between the thumb and forefinger, compressing the foam.  Place the earpiece into the ear opening and hold it there until the foam expands to fill the ear canal.  Repeat for the other earpiece.

There you have it, the proper way to insert earbuds.  Just remember, a good seal is your main objective. And don’t be surprised if one ear opening is slightly larger than the other.  Now go jam with the best of them, because music always sounds better with headphones.