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Monday, May 31, 2010

Celebrate Memorial Day

This Memorial Day remember and honor those who served and gave their lives so we can be free to enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend.

I will be attending the Memorial Day Service in Los Angeles @ Veteran's Cemetary in memory of my father, father-in-law and friend CJ Bau who served. May they Rest in Peace

Thought for the Day - Faith not Fear

“Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.”

-- Unknown Thanks Tony Robbins

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday's Motivational Video - NOT

Sometimes we got to laugh at ourselves. This is NOT how to motivate your self or others.......

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thought for the Day - Paradox of Life

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”

Douglas Adams

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thought for the Day - Step Outside the Frame

"The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step outside the frame."

- ~Salman Rushdie

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thought for the Day - How to Get Strong in Life

"If you want to lift heavy things, you have to lift heavy things."

-- Unknown gym saying

Ain't that the truth. Same with anything in life if you want to get good at something you have to put in the time and work. Start lifting......

John Duffy

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - Bucket List # 1

I am working on putting together 100-125 items on my Bucket List and will share it when I finish. I am also working on a list of all the Highlights in my life to date so I can see where I've been and what I've done to date and will share that as well. It's taking a lot longer to do than I thought but I will have it up by next week at the latest.

I share it to both inspire myself to make my Bucket List happen but to also inspire others to create their list and to go for it...

Thought for the Day - Taking Responsibility

" I'm responsible for my life. I'm not a vicim. You make your own life. Society doesn't owe me anything."


Monday, May 24, 2010

Thought for the Day - You Got to Work - HARD

"It's a small fraternity, people who are hard workers. The harder you push, the further you realize you can go."

-- Byron Pitts

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thought for the Day - Revisted "Life is Your Own Damn Fault"

Two days ago I posted the following:

Life is your own damn fault.”

-- Larry Winget

I guess that's a unique way of saying you are totally responsible for your life including the Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Today I came across this quote:

Jesse James, the tattooed biker and host of "Monster Garage" says he "took an amazing life and amazing success and marriage ... and threw it away by my own hands."

What a great negative example of your responsibility for creating your life. You can lead a life that is a model for others or you can leave a life that is a warning. A sad reminder that you have choices in life and if you make the wrong ones you pay the price.

Saturday's Motivational Video - FUBU - Follow Your Passion

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thought for the Day - Follow Your Passion

" If you're doing something you love, you will always succeed. You may not get the monetary compensation, but you'll get the fulfillment you need."

-- Daymond john FUBU Owner

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thought for the Day - Do it Now

" If you're not doing it right now, it's probably never going to happen"

-- Marshall Goldsmith

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thought for the Day - What is Your Greatest Potential?

"Every night before you go to bed, ask yourself, what is my greatest potential? "

-- Mark Victor Hansen

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thought for the Day - Life is Your Own Damn Fault

“Life is your own damn fault.”

-- Larry Winget

I guess that's a unique way of saying you are totally responsible for your life including the Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Monday, May 17, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - Taking Responsibility

I was watching an interview with rapper TI and was impressed by his responses to Larry King's questions about responsibility. He stated " I'm responsible for my life. I'm not a victim. You make your own life. Society doesn't owe me anything."

I agree 100%. Now I don't know if he will walk his talk and keep to this but I hope he has truly learned some life lessons and steps up and takes full responsibility for his life.

I can identify because I didn't always have the mindset of taking 100% responsibility. I grew up in the South Bronx and didn't have any role models for success. I went down the path where I blamed society and the fact that life wasn't fair for my place in life. Now that did made me feel better for awhile but it didn't make me become better or successful. Luckily I didn't end up in prison like TI for me to wake up but it took me awhile to grew up and learn that I was 100% responsible for my results and my life.

When I finally got it and began to change my mindset and my actions my life changed for the better. I wish young people were educated to understand the role their beliefs and actions have on the quality of their life.

Now I know I am the Master of my life and not a victim. That idea alone is empowering and liberating. You will never hear me make a excuse. I take full responsibilty for everything I am involved in.

So I salute TI and hope he continues to carry this message to young people......

Thought for the Day - Tell Your Story

"Wherever men have lived there is a story to be told, and it depends chiefly on the storyteller or historian whether that is interesting or not."

-- Henry David Thoreau

What story does your life tell?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - Looking Back - Looking Forward

Make Your Life a Masterpiece. A simple philosphy for life

That's how I started this blog "The Glass is 3/4's Full" over 3 1/2 years ago. I didn't know exactly what I was going to create or where I was going with it. It was an experiment and I wanted to share a little of what I've experienced and learned over a very interesting life. I had kept a regular journal since the 80's and had filled close to 50 large journals and I saw this as a public journal.

Since then I have posted over 1,000 entries. It has evolved into a a daily motivational thought for the day, weekly motivation videos and eclectic Youtube music videos. I am trying to write more and share my own thoughts in a "Personal Ramblings" column.

My blog is one way I show up publicly and share my philosophy of life. I have shared the things that interest me including personal empowerment, motivation, psychology, business, entrepreneurship, success, heath and fitness, technology, filmmaking, storytelling, memoir writing and much more.

It's also a legacy to my daughter of my thoughts on how to live a happy successful life.

I hope to motivate, empower and inspire the readers of the blog to live your best life. So I will continue to write and look for new ways to improve the blog.

John Duffy

Saturday's Motivational Video - Dare to Be Powerful

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thought for the Day - Contentment

"Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have".

-- Thanks Lisa Catara

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thought for the Day - Excellence is Expecting More....

"Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe,
dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible"

--Howard Schultz. Thanks Lisa Catara

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thought for the Day - Give It Your All

"3 choices in life: Give up, Give in , or give it your all! To me there is only one choice.

What's your choice today?"

--Tony Robbins

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thought for the Day - Life is About Creating Yourself

"Life isn't about finding yourself's about creating yourself!

Who will you become today?"

-- Tony Robbins

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thought for the Day - Honor Your Journey

"No matter where life takes you...don't ever forget where you came from. Honor the path that brought you to this moment!"

-- Tony Robbins

I agree. My life has taken some interesting paths and the journey continues. I think about this quote a lot as I work on writing my memoir.... John Duffy

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

I''ll Always Love My Mother - In Memory - Ann "O'Donnell" Duffy

Friday, May 07, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - Power of Intention

It never ceases to amaze me how by stating your intentions that they find a way to happen. A year ago I stated an intention to find a way to contribute more of my time and I wanted to volunteer at the VA hospital. I did a little research but let it drop after not finding a way to make it happen. So it stayed on my list of things to do and life moved on. Two months ago some folks invited me to spend a day with the Vets @ the VA hospital in West LA. So I volunteered for a day program. A elderly Vet in a wheelchair called me over and asked if I could arrange for him to speak on the stage. I talked to the program people and helped him up and he shared his story.
Well he has a amazing story and an incredible life. He is 95 years old and was the longest held POW. He was held 7 years by the Japanese in WWII. He went on to be an actor and member of SAG and a lawyer and much more. He has since called me and we are going to try and capture his story on video. So he found me and I found a new story of life to share.
So to get back to my point of intention a lot of my life has worked that way where I have put something out there and a door opens and I walk through. The great thing about this is that every time I experience something new, learn something new and expand as a person.
So don't underestimate the power of intention. Life has a way of pleasantly surprising you. I know I have had many pleasant surprises......

John Duffy

Thought for the Day - True Superiority

"True superiority is not gained by being better than someone else. It's gained by being better than your previous self."

--Keith Ferrazzi

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Thought for the Day - You Get Out What You Put In

"Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it..."

-- Mary Pickford

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Thought for the Day - Come Alive

"Don't ask what the world needs; don't ask what others think you should be doing with your life. Instead, ask yourself what makes you come alive--because, more than anything else, what the world truly needs are men and women who have come alive."

-- Dr. Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Thought for the Day - Learn Everything You Can

"Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can - there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”

-- Sarah Caldwell

Thanks Michael Josephson

Monday, May 03, 2010

Thought for the Day - Happiness for a Lifetime

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

-- Chinese proverb

Saturday, May 01, 2010

John Duffy's Personal Ramblings - Kung Fu Fighting

Here is some old grainy footage from the Alan Lee Kung Fu Wu Su school where I studied Kung Fu when I was 15 years old. It was and is on 28th St on the west side of Manhattan in an old factory building. I studied for close to 2 years in the late 60's and became a junior instructor until while sparing with two other instructors I got kicked on my wrist. It took over a year for the injury to heal and that was the end of my Kung Fu studies.

it was one of the defining experiences of my life. I was exposed to Chinese traditional philosophy and people with high standards of ethics and conduct.It was very positive experience that helped shape me and planted seeds for a lifetime.

Saturday's Motivational Video -Excuses Begone