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7 Ways to Live Life to the MAX

CONTENTS

ABOUT AUTHOR............................................................................................................. 7

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.................................................................................................. 9

PREFACE.................................................................................................................... 10

1. MAXERS KNOW THE BIG PICTURE WHILE NOT IGNORING THE SMALL ONE .... 11

Live to Fulfill the Measure of Your Creation ...................................................................... 11

An American Psychologist................................................................................................... 12

Hierarchy of Needs .............................................................................................................. 12

Characteristics of Self-Actualizing People .......................................................................... 13

Competition in Life.............................................................................................................. 15

Nature and Environment ...................................................................................................... 16

The Eagle School ................................................................................................................. 16

We Are All One ................................................................................................................... 17

The Grand Design ................................................................................................................ 18

The Fifth Child..................................................................................................................... 19

To Reason is Divine............................................................................................................. 20

The Mysteries of Life........................................................................................................... 21

Know Thyself....................................................................................................................... 22

Knowing Our Progenitors .................................................................................................... 23

His First Parents ................................................................................................................... 24

The Treasure House ............................................................................................................. 25

Another Window to Your World ......................................................................................... 27

Spiritual Genetics................................................................................................................. 28

Crossing Over ...................................................................................................................... 29

Small Things Do Count........................................................................................................ 30

It Was Only a Shoebox ........................................................................................................ 31

The Keys .............................................................................................................................. 32

There is a Process................................................................................................................. 33

When the Student is Ready the Teacher Arrives ................................................................. 34

Our Great Teachers .............................................................................................................. 34

The Refiners’ Fire ................................................................................................................ 36

What Was Happening to You in 1992? ............................................................................... 36

Gillian Barre Syndrome ....................................................................................................... 37

The Stolen Car ..................................................................................................................... 37

The Recession We Had to Have .......................................................................................... 38

Could Things Get Any Worse?............................................................................................ 38

Fire Is The Test Of Gold ...................................................................................................... 39

Adversity Overcomes Procrastination ................................................................................. 40

Freedom To Choose ............................................................................................................. 41

Why Decision-Making Is Difficult ...................................................................................... 42

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Operation Thunderbolt......................................................................................................... 43

Time-out or Burnout ............................................................................................................ 44

An Ancient Practice for a Modern Society .......................................................................... 46

The Sabbatical...................................................................................................................... 47

Why Not Design Your Own Sabbatical? ............................................................................. 48

Retaining the Newness......................................................................................................... 50

Chapter Summary ................................................................................................................ 52

2. MAXERS LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD ..................................................................... 54

The Seduction of Life .......................................................................................................... 54

The Grass on the Other Side ................................................................................................ 55

Money the Great Seducer..................................................................................................... 56

Stuffed and Animated .......................................................................................................... 57

The Magical Tent ................................................................................................................. 57

That Car................................................................................................................................ 58

The Other Woman................................................................................................................ 59

We Knew We Would Not Get It.......................................................................................... 60

The Hitchhiker ..................................................................................................................... 61

A Beautiful Mind ................................................................................................................. 62

The Other Voices ................................................................................................................. 63

The Ultimate Power ............................................................................................................. 65

The Temple of Sais .............................................................................................................. 65

A Defining Moment ............................................................................................................. 66

Do Not Procrastinate Life .................................................................................................... 67

The Cycle of Life ................................................................................................................. 68

King Solomon ...................................................................................................................... 68

The Seasons of Our Life ...................................................................................................... 69

The Only Season is Now...................................................................................................... 70

Every Day is a Great Day .................................................................................................... 72

The Scapegoats .................................................................................................................... 73

The Buck Stops Here ........................................................................................................... 74

The Halcyon Days of the Eighties ....................................................................................... 75

The Crows and Canaries ...................................................................................................... 76

The Excuse Peddlers ............................................................................................................ 77

Chapter Summary ................................................................................................................ 86

3. MAXERS LIVE BY A CODE OF ETHICS..................................................................... 88

The Eternal Fitness of Things .............................................................................................. 88

The Sinking Village of Yarraville........................................................................................ 88

What Will You Become? ..................................................................................................... 89

Why Live by a Code?........................................................................................................... 90

Codes That Others Have Lived By ...................................................................................... 90

Florence Nightingale............................................................................................................ 92

Desiderata............................................................................................................................. 92

What Are You Prepared to Die For?.................................................................................... 93

The Fall of Massada............................................................................................................. 94

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Walls and Fences ................................................................................................................. 95

The Freedom Fence.............................................................................................................. 96

The Wall Builders ................................................................................................................ 97

The Freemasons ................................................................................................................. 100

Rotarians ............................................................................................................................ 102

Write Your Own Mission Statement.................................................................................. 103

The Secret of Attracting Happiness ................................................................................... 103

The Result of Ethical Living.............................................................................................. 105

Honesty is Still the Best Policy.......................................................................................... 106

Trust, The Twin Brother of Honesty.................................................................................. 109

The Wooden Bowl ............................................................................................................. 109

Ulterior Motives................................................................................................................. 110

Chapter Summary .............................................................................................................. 111

4. MAXERS LIVE THEIR DREAMS BY CONQUERING THEIR FEARS .......................... 112

Actions are Born of Dreams............................................................................................... 112

The Language Waiting to be Learned................................................................................ 113

The Road Waiting to be Travelled..................................................................................... 115

The Vicarious Experience.................................................................................................. 117

The Book Waiting to be Written........................................................................................ 118

Humanitarian Dream.......................................................................................................... 119

The Risk Takers ................................................................................................................. 120

Your Angle of View........................................................................................................... 121

The School Bully ............................................................................................................... 123

Preparation Eliminates Fear ............................................................................................... 124

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ...................................................................................... 125

The Final Enemy ................................................................................................................ 128

To Live Your Dreams You Must Cross the Rubicon......................................................... 128

The Perseverance Factor .................................................................................................... 130

Rabbi Akiva ....................................................................................................................... 130

What is This? ..................................................................................................................... 131

Focus .................................................................................................................................. 134

Landing Without Focus...................................................................................................... 135

A Disciplined Mind............................................................................................................ 136

You Were Created to Win.................................................................................................. 137

Chapter Summary .............................................................................................................. 138

5. MAXERS ARE LOVERS............................................................................................ 139

Love is a Spiritual Fire....................................................................................................... 139

In Jail.................................................................................................................................. 140

Standing for the Teacher .................................................................................................... 141

The Russian Immigrant...................................................................................................... 142

The Hajj.............................................................................................................................. 144

The Pilgrims....................................................................................................................... 144

Showing Appreciation ....................................................................................................... 145

Avoid Criticism Like the Plague........................................................................................ 147

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If You Have to Criticize..................................................................................................... 147

Accepting Criticism ........................................................................................................... 148

Become an Encourager ...................................................................................................... 150

Chapter Summary .............................................................................................................. 151

6. MAXERS LET GO TO HANG ON ............................................................................ 153

Closure, The Elixir of Life................................................................................................. 153

The Monks and the Maiden ............................................................................................... 153

Steps to Closure ................................................................................................................. 155

Turning Back We Go Forward........................................................................................... 156

You Are Right Too ............................................................................................................ 157

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