This Black Rose is from an exhibit at The Afro-Brazilian Museum!

Sub Rosa Nigrum

I’m a part of a discreet, less than formal group of people that enjoy thinking, learning about, and studying the human condition through the lens of critical thinking.  We really enjoy learning what makes people tick!

Right now we are delving into a classic!  Dale Carnegie wrote “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.

It’s a book that was something more than one of my mentors read and reviewed with me, as well as something I’ve seen on the bookshelf of every  successful businessman I have ever done business with, and on the coffee table of every social butterfly I’ve ever befriended. Still, interestingly enough, it’s spoken of with hushed and whispered voices.  So much so, that the people I am discussing the book with elected to keep it Sub Rosa, but I am here to lift the veil! ->

The P.E.E.R. Circle Logo

Stamp Tricking!

I shared one of the ways I make myself valuable to people with someone who came to me for advice on how to build his reputation.  For the price of one stamp to deliver a simple letter I’ve been able to consistently make myself of one of the people that you would rather have around, be a friend to, and do business with.

This was passed down to me by one of my mentors, now it’s something that I pass down to some of the men that I mentor. I didn’t invent this, but I am very, very good at it!

Combining learning with cultural awareness.

Confessions and Accountability: A Lesson In Language.

I work hard on accountability, I hold my friends and the men that come to me for advice accountable for their actions, and more importantly they hold me accountable for mine.

One of the best compliment I was paid all year was being told that “I make a great Accountability Partner”, since I proactively followed up by asking if they’d taken the first steps towards the goal that they’d set. Because I want to see the people that I care for win at life.

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“Global Insights – The Zen of Travel and BEING in the World” gets us there without having to travel the roads in between.

     As a writer, I’ve learned to never start a positive comment with negative words.  In Global Insights – The Zen of Travel and BEING in the World, Dr. Monteiro broke the rules of being a so-called “travel writer”, so I feel no shame (a laughable concept anyway) in putting forward my thoughts on her book.

What the book isn’t!

  • It’s not a happy-go-lucky, generic coming-of-age book written by someone with no life experience.
  • It’s not a book that highlights the highs and avoids talking about the painful, gut-wrenching, and often soul-crushing sacrifices made in order to live the dream.
  • It’s not a book to be taken lightly, or easy to put down.
  • It’s not even the “part memoir; part motivational/inspirational text; part travelogue; part collection of psychological insights into creativity, motivation, and self-actualization”, it’s billed as. Because this book is far more than the sum total of its profound, yet disparate parts.

It is, however a beautifully positioned, and well executed dive into the warm ocean of travel on a global scale.