Unbreakable Self

Bruce Lee on Limits

Posted in Quotes, Wisdom by Ahmed on June 4, 2010

“Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said “Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run any more,” –and we’re still running-”if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”


The Book That Changed Everything

Posted in Books by Ahmed on June 2, 2010

I’m rereading the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. If you haven’t read it yet, pick up a copy. Believe me, it’ll change the way you look at things forever.

Lifestyle design is the centerpiece of the book, with the goal being to generate automated income and having the ability to take “mini-retirements.” I can’t stress how important the goal setting and lifestyle design chapters are, they will forever change how you do things and design your life.

If you want to work less and make more (we all do), and live the life that you’ve wanted, then pick this book up. It’ll help you get all of those thoughts down on paper in a systematic fashion. And if you want to setup an internet business, Tim talks about his supplement company that went from being an 80-hour a week job to 4 hours per week while more than doubling his revenue, all with the use of virtual assistants and the application of the 80/20 Pareto principle.

This book is top notch. Good read…and…

Godspeed 🙂

The Biggest Loser

Posted in Motivation by Ahmed on June 1, 2010

Anybody watch this? This guy went from 526 to 262 lbs on this show, getting him the $250,000 prize.

Imagine the motivation and drive it took to get there. The pain caused by being so fat must have been so compelling, that the pleasure of living thin and healthy gave him a newfound purpose and sense of self.

This guy is now unbreakable, watch out world. Congrats.

Six Easy Steps to Meditation

Posted in Daily by Ahmed on May 28, 2010

From the Pick the Brain Blog.

Interested in beginning meditation but don’t know where to start? The good news is that all you need is 5-10 minutes a day to get started.

Are you thinking to yourself, ‘Ten minutes, I don’t have an extra ten minutes a day! My life is already jam packed with work, family, social obligations, and I’m not even mentioning my growing to-do list”?

Well, what if I told you that the benefits of meditation include a reduction in stress, sharpened concentration, improved circulation – and as you get further into your practice you’ll experience a quieter mind, a more open and receptive heart, a sense of inner freedom – and perhaps even a streak of creativity that’ll help you make films like David Lynch. (Lynch has been practicing Transcendental Meditation for over thirty years.)

Sound good?

Here are six easy tips and meditation techniques for beginners that will help get you started. These tips worked for me when I began my practice – and although I’m a lot further along then I was a year ago when I first started, I still have a way to go – as it’s important to remember that meditation is a process.

1. Be comfortable in a quiet place. Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. To get started, it doesn’t matter whether you sit or lay down as long as you are comfortable. You can sit cross-legged, on the floor, or on a chair. If you can sit erect, then great. If not, it’s just important to have your body in a somewhat stable position. Then have the palms of your hands face the sky.

2. Become “present”, i.e., become totally aware of your current surroundings. What do you hear? How does it feel to sit? Do you feel tension in a specific body part? Where are your thoughts? Are your thoughts running? (That’s perfectly fine, it happens to the meditation pros, too). Just try to sit and “smell the roses” as best you can.

3. Focus on your breath. Breath, breath, breath. Meditation (and yoga for that matter), is all about the breath. Try to take long and deep breaths, and feel your breath move throughout your body — from your lungs and out through your nostrils or your throat. (Breathing through your nostrils is better though either will work). Your mind will wonder (which is okay), just try your best to be as focused as possible.  And as meditation guru, Sharon Salzberg always says, “bring it back to the breath.”

4. Feel your body. Once you’re focused, take notice of your body and how each body part feels. Start with the toes and work your way up to your head. If your mind continues to wonder then bring your thoughts back to your breath. Breath 5-10 times with full concentration on each breath. Take it a step further and hum “Om” as you breathe out if you feel like it. If not, no biggie.

5. Learn from the pros. Deepak Chopra does a lot of things well – including meditation. Check out his 11-minute video where he walks through some great meditation techniques for beginners. Not into video, and you’d rather read? Jack Kornfield’s book, Meditation for Beginners, is one of the best, quick-reads on meditation you’ll find. And if you’re ever in New York City and would like to check out a class then there’s none better than Sharon Salzberg’s beginner meditation classes at the Tibet House.

6. Practice, practice, practice! Like anything, practice makes perfect. Make sure to carve out a time each and every day to practice. You’ll hopefully find all your practice totally worth it as meditation can be life-changing!

Happy meditation!

Be Reachable

Posted in Daily by Ahmed on May 28, 2010

When people call, pickup your phone or let them know that you’ll call them later with a simple text.

Being reachable but not needy is an attractive trait imo. Those that are proactive with their personal relationships are the most successful in aspects of personal relationships, business, romantic relationships, etc.

Be consistent and be reachable.

It’s All About Self-Expression

Posted in Character by Ahmed on May 24, 2010

I just watched It Might Get Loud the other evening with a very lovely lady 🙂

If you’re a music fan and haven’t watched it yet, watch it. There are so many gems in the movie. Of course, that’s expected when you sit Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White in the same room discussing guitar. Some great moments in there.

When you watch the movie, you get the sense that what stood these guys apart was that they were performing at their highest levels of self-expression. Watch Jack White and tell me that he’s not being true to himself and what he thinks music should sound like. You really feel all of the musicians angst to get the sound that exists in their head, perfectly expressed through their amps. This is the ultimate challenge of their craft and this is our ultimate challenge as individuals.

How do we express the feelings, attitudes, humor, creativity, and awesomeness that makes us, well, us?

I have a few takes on this and am really beginning to hone in on methods like the Sedona Method for relaxation (the key to creativity), along with strong goal-setting programs like Tony Robbins Personal Power (without goals we’re going nowhere but in circles). But it’s way more than that. It’s really identifying the humor that makes us personally funny, the music that embodies our attitudes towards life (ie are you a blues person, a pop gal?), the conversations that make us tick, and the purpose that drives our lives.

This is what the Unbreakable Self blog looks to uncover, providing you with top quality material on self-actualization, expression, some humor along the way, and a place for you to chime in your thoughts on what makes us tick, so that we can all truly embody our unbreakable selves.

Well, til next time amigos. Until then, a little tidbit from the movie It Might Get Loud.

22 Reasons to Never Give Up

Posted in Lists, Wisdom by Ahmed on May 20, 2010

From the Pick the Brain site, post by Diggy. This is a solid list, especially Muhammad Ali, Family, and Get Rich or Die Trying.

At some point in the various journeys we embark on in our lives, we get to a part where we feel like giving up. Sometimes we give up before we even start and other times we give up just before we are about to make that huge break-through that we have been putting so much effort in to achieve.

I have created this list of 22 reasons why you should never give up and I hope that you will find it before you give up, so that I can inspire you to keep going!

1- As Long As You Are Alive Anything Is Possible
The only valid excuse you have to give up is if you are dead. As long as you are alive (and healthy and free) you have the choice to keep trying until you finally succeed.

2- Be Realistic
The chance of mastering something the first time you do it is almost non-existent. Everything takes time to learn and you will make mistakes. Learn from them.

3- Michael Jordan
Arguably the best basketball player of all time. He attributes his success to all his failures. He just never gave up even when he knew he had missed over 300 shots and had missed the  winning shot of the game many times. Every time he got knocked down he got back up again.

4- Lance Armstrong
Lance was diagnosed with serious cancer that had spread throughout his entire body. He had cancer cells the size of golf balls in his lungs. Despite all odds he overcame the cancer and set out to win the Tour de France 6 Consecutive years in a row.

5- Muhammad Ali
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”. Muhammad Ali is one of the best boxers the world has ever known. He suffered only 5 losses while having 56 wins and was the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times. This is a guy who literally knows how to get knocked down and get back up.

6- The Man Who Created The Marathon
Very long ago an Athenian herald was sent to Sparta to get help when the Persians landed in Greece. It was said that he ran 240km in 2 days and after that he ran 40km to announce the victory of the Greeks only to collapse and die on the spot from exhaustion. If you ever feel like things are difficult, imagine what it would be like to run 240km in 2 days. (Don’t try that because you might die from it, but use it as an inspiration).

7- Chris Gardner – The Pursuit of Happiness
Have you seen the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness”? It is based on the life story of Chris Gardener, a man who went for the lowest of the lows in an environment where most people would give up (no money, no job) to the highest of the highs (A millionaire with his own investment firm). If you ever think about giving up, watch this movie!

8- Kanye West
I’m pretty sure you have heard of the rapper Kanye West. Read his story. He is a big inspiration for me and proves that you can go from having very little to being among the most famous and respected people in the world.

9- Nelson Mandela
Campaigned for justice and freedom in his South Africa. Spent 20 years in jail for his opposition to apartheid. On release he healed the wounds of apartheid by his magnanimous attitude toward his former political enemies.

10- You Are Strong
You are stronger than you think. One little setback is not enough to stop you from achieving your goals. Neither are 10 or 100 or 1000 setbacks.

11- Prove Yourself
You don’t want to be known as someone that is weak and gives up. Go out there and prove yourself to the world and to yourself. You CAN and WILL achieve what you set out to do. The only time you fail is when you give up.

12- Has It Been Done Before?
If someone else can do it then so can you. Even if it is only one other person in the world that has achieved what you have set out to achieve, that should be reason enough for you to never give up.

13- Believe In Your Dreams
Don’t sell yourself short. In life there are going to be many people who will try to bring you down and tell you what you want to achieve is not possible. Don’t let anyone destroy your dreams.

14- Your Family and Friends.
Let the people you love and who mean the world to you be your inspiration to persist and persevere. Maybe you need to try a different angle, study more or practice more but don’t give up!

15- Because I Tell You To.
Not that I am any sort of guru or Godly figure, but if you want to give up then don’t. Just because I’m telling you not to.

16- There Are People Worse-Off
Right now there are many people who are in a worse situation and environment than you are right now. Are you thinking about giving up running 5 miles a week? Think about the people who are unable to even walk and how much they would give to be able to run 5 miles every day.

17- Improve Our World
When you achieve whatever you set out to achieve you can use your success to make a difference to the world or other peoples lives.

18- Get Rich or Die Trying
Like Fiddy (50 cent) says, “Get rich or die trying”. 50 Cent is rich, he made it (although he did get shot 9 times). Face your fears and don’t take the easy way out by giving up.

19- Let The Haters Hate
There will always be haters. There will always be plenty of naysayers  and people who try to tear you down. Don’t pay attention to them and don’t take what they say to heart. Let the haters hate and you keep believing in yourself.

20- You Deserve To Be Happy
Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise. You deserve to be happy and you deserve to have success. Keep that mindset and never give up until you reach your destination!

21- Inspire Others
Be an inspiration to others by refusing to give up. Who knows what someone else can achieve because you never gave up and in turn inspired them not to give up.

22- You Are So Close
Often when you feel like you want to give up and you are about to give up you are so close to making a huge break-thru. Seth Godin has written an awesome book about this called “The Dip” – a riveting read that teaches that at any given time you are always just a heartbeat away from success.


Just Because…Grape

Posted in Laughs by Ahmed on May 20, 2010

I had to post this, it’s too damn funny and it makes for a good luagh first thing in the morning. Something that always helps start te day off right.

You’re gonna get graped.

Focus and Self-Control at the Heart of Uncluttering and Productivity

Posted in Quotes, Wisdom by Ahmed on May 20, 2010

To increase your effectiveness, make your emotions subordinate to your commitments -Brian Koslow

Link via Unclutterer

The 50th Law by Robert Green and 50 Cent

Posted in Books, Character by Ahmed on May 19, 2010

I’ve been reading this book and have found it to be really refreshing, a lot easier of a read than the original 48 Laws of Power – maybe it’s because you have the context of a figure like 50 Cent driving most of these principles.

Apparently this book came about after 50 Cent had spent years fighting the changing hiphop industry. This book was done with Robert Greene as a sort of reflection on what it took to succeed in music and in business. So, the top 10 takeaways from this book are as follows (from Amazon reviewer “Dave Lakhani”):

1. Intense Realism – A very candid look at the value of seeing things as they are
2. Self Reliance – A look at making everything your own and controlling yourself and your surroundings
3. Opportunism – Finding the value in negative situations and making the best of every situation while turning it to your advantage
4. Keep moving – Move with the chaos, don’t give others a chance to pin you down, change your appearance to fit the environment
5. Aggression – Get over your fears of confronting people
6. Authority – The person at the top sets the tone
7. Connection – Think of the public first and their changing needs. Begin with their demand and create the appropriate supply.
8. Mastery – Learn to master boredom, outlast your rivals, learn early to endure the hours of practice and drudgery to build a proper foundation to grow from
9. Self Belief – Push beyond your limits. Your sense of who you are will determine your actions and what you get in life.
10. The Sublime – Confront your mortality

Here’s a slideshare presentation outlining the book. Enjoy.