The Great Gordino Newsletter – Mar 24th 2015

"Gordon Bryan"Hi,
I hope all is well with you.

The Spring Equinox has rolled around, as it tends to every year. Personally I get that smell in the air of spring way before now, but the marking in the calendar seems to bring a psychological change, a change in expectation.

As someone who’s written about goal achievement and self improvement for years, I find it fascinating that a date on a calendar can bring such a change in attitudes – why can’t attitudes be changed by *other* things, things that we can put in place ourselves?

The answer to that, is that they can! It’s been a key foundation to my theories over the years, and you’ll see it loud and clear in my book from 2003 (link at bottom!)

Something else that tied in with the Spring Equinox was a solar eclipse being visible in my part of the world. Well…

I say my part of the world, because some parts of the UK did get nice views, my part of the UK, in the south east, we got clouds!

It was a lovely clear sky by about 2.30pm, but that was 5 hours too late for the eclipse. It did get a bit darker at 9.30am , but to be honest since it was so cloudy it just looked like it was going to chuck it down, and any extra darkness was impossible to tie in to the eclipse.

Oh well, I’ll keep my memories of 1999, and wait until the next good one in the UK, which I think is 2026. Who knows where our adventures will have taken us by then eh!

"King Richard III"
Something else that happened this week, was the journey of a King. A dead King.
Richard III to be precise. His remains were taken on a procession, finishing at Leicester Cathedral, where they lie as I write, waiting for the reburial on Thursday 23rd.

It’s a fascinating story, both of his villainous image, cemented by Shakespeare’s play, and the story of finding him.

It had been a long plan to try and find the body, and the stories about what had happened to him lead the archaeologists to believe he might be underneath a government office car park.

They had to start digging somewhere, so they began a trench under a car parking space marked with a big letter ‘R’.

Right in that first dig down, they found a leg bone, then a whole skeleton, with a curved back and head wounds. They did a DNA test comparing against the closest known descendant, and there was a match.

After a row between where he was to be reburied, which went to court, we arrive in 2015 and the trip to Leicester.

Imagine what he would have said back in the 1480s if someone had said he would be reburied well over 600 years in the future! That’s like someone today being reburied in the 2600s! He would have laughed (then probably had the person who said it killed as a witch).

He was the last of the 300 year Plantagenet dynasty, and he was succeeded by Henry, the first of the Tudors, and looked what impact *they* had!

Ok, do let me know what you think, and feel free to share the newsletter if you think others might enjoy it!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
Gordon
P.S. Here’s my book I mentioned. Full money back guarantee – if you don’t like it, I refund you! (you will like it):
Transform Your Life in 21 Days!

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Mar 18th 2015

Hi,
I hope all is well with you.

As we get too the middle of March, we crack through the 10 weeks gone in 2015 mark.

10 weeks gone already? Wow.

How has the year gone so far? How are your plans and goals coming along?
Has life got in the way, as it always does?

Well, imagine if you’d had all the time between New Year and now to just work on your goals? Yep, think about how much further you would be had you spent all those 10 weeks, 10 full solid weeks with no distractions, on your goals. Would you be further forwards?

I don’t know what your individual goals are, but I do know that the answer to the question is “yes, yes you would be further forward!”

You might be thinking to yourself that this is all well and good in theory, but what’s the relevance in real life? The answer is that you *could* have 10 solid weeks to work on your goals, if you put into practice a technique I wrote about.

Here’s the article:
Would 10 Weeks Solid Working On Your Goals Help?

You may well dismiss the idea. That would be a mistake.
It’s up to you, you could let more time pass by with ‘life’ getting in the way, or you could apply the technique, take control, and make progress that may well astound you.

I’d love to hear what you think.

"Loch Ness Meteor"
Last week I featured a photo that had been around the papers, of a weasel on a woodpecker’s back, that the photographer said was a fluke. Well, there’s another photo this week.

This time it’s a meteor, shooting through a starry sky over Loch Ness in Scotland. Again the photographer, John Alasdair Macdonald, said it was a fluke – he just happened to be taking photos of the starry sky as the meteor shot over.

What a beautiful shot eh? Nessie herself would have enjoyed that one!

Ok, that’s it for this week – I wanted to just concentrate the focus on that article and the idea of the 10 weeks. I couldn’t resist including that photo once I saw it, and anyway it’s the kind of shots that makes us think about life’s possibilities, isn’t it? Use the 10 week technique, and those possibilities might start to happen!

Do let me know what you think – I love the feedback!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
Gordon
P.S. Don’t forget to get loads more motivational ideas and techniques in my book, described as ‘motivational magic!’ – Transform Your Life in 21 Days!

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Mar 10th 2015

Hi,
I hope all is well with you.

This week – flying to new heights, flying tackles, and flying weasels…

I wrote last week about the English Women playing in the World Junior Curling Championship, and securing their first ever win at that level, which was a huge result for them.

I thought this week I’d give my overview summary of their week.

As it happened, those 2 early wins would turn out to be the only wins of the week, which left them in 9th position, and having to qualify if they are to play again next year. So, a failure, right?

Er, hardly!

It was clear that they were fighting hard and giving very team a real game, bar the one match against USA when they were struggling from the off.

They were up after 3 ends against last year’s Champions Canada, who went on to win again this year. It’s the game against Sweden though, which summed up the week for me. They took the Swedes all the way, losing to the very last stone, but here’s the thing…

Sweden ended up taking the bronze medal in the tournament, and they are a big nation in the sport – World and Olympic wins, and plenty of them. They have curling academies set up, where the young players study, live and learn curling together. Their teamat this event includes academy players.

The England team? We have one single rink in the entire country, and 3 of the girls are currently away studying hundreds of miles spread across the country.

Having qualified for the Worlds, they didn’t compete or even practice together before arriving in Estonia for the tournament. That puts their performance into perspective, and shows the heights they have got to, and glimpses of what could be if there was money behind the sport in England.

Very exciting, and many people involved in, or watching English curling, will be hugely proud of them!

Ok, a couple of photos from the week…

"Dave Mackay"
Footballer Dave Mackay passed away, and this photo is the one he was always remembered for. The trouble is, he hated it.
It makes him look like a violent thug, but if you know the story behind it, you’d view the photo differently, of a man hugely respected by fans and players.

The player looking all innocent is Billy Bremner, who had a reputation all his career of *being* pretty violent on the pitch, a hard man, an enforcer.

In this game, Dave Mackay had only recently come back from breaking his left leg a second time. As he dribbled the ball with his right leg, Bremner flew in and deliberately went for Mackay’s vulnerable left leg.

That’s why Mackay went for Bremner. Now, I knew of the photo, but I hadn’t known of the story behind it, and it’s a great lesson about not making judgements without the full facts!

Here’s another picture that was in all the papers.

"woodpecker weasel"
A weasel hitch hiking on a woodpecker! Well, that’s what it looks like, right? Actually, the young weasel was attacking the woodpecker, and the woodpecker had taken off trying to get away.

After the picture was taken, they both tumbled back to earth. The shocked weasel scampered off, and the woodpecker flew off to fight another day.

It’s an amazing picture taken by chance (obviously) by keen amateur photographer Martin Le-May, who happened to have his camera with him. He must have pretty good reactions too eh, to sort out taking the shot. Not hard to see why the papers lapped up the shot.

Ok, that’s it for this week – I mentioned flying to new heights with our young curlers, what heights could you set yourself to go after? Let me know, I’d love to hear.

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
Gordon
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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Mar 3rd 2015

Hi,
I hope all is well with you.

"Gordon Bryan"
Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’ll know that Leonard Nimoy died.
(see what I did there?)

I’ve written before about the social media torrent of posting when a celebrity dies – I wonder if some of the posts are about needing to be seen to go along with others, etc, and the use of the word ‘tragedy’ a lot.

I’m not sure it’s a ‘tragedy’ as such, but Nimoy’s passing did genuinely seem to resonate with a lot of people, and the thought of him brings a feeling of fondness.

That’s because they either have the memory of watching the early original shows, or know him through the expansion of the massive Star Trek franchise, and any such expansion always puts the originals on a pedestal.

I think more than anything, it was some of the characteristics we saw when he played Spock – the attitude of ‘live long and prosper’, and the idea of using logic to make decisions rather than clouding with emotion.

Of course what made Spock so popular was the conflict he had when he fell ‘victim’ to emotion himself, and it was Nimoy’s playing of those scenes that made them work.

What a legacy to leave behind, work which genuinely made a long term mark on society – not bad eh!

Here’s his last post on Twitter:
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

"English curling"
I got all excited recently when the England girls team won gold at the European Curling Challenge, meaning they secured a spot at the World Championships, the first ever for an England girls team.

That was such a result, and the result of years of progression and work.

This week they are in Estonia for those World Champs.

4 games in, 4 close games in, and they sit with 2 wins and 2 losses. Getting that first win at World level is a big thing, but to me it was not a surprise. They are not there to make up the numbers, and although they will be playing massive curling nations like Canada, Sweden and Scotland, they will give anybody a game.

I was speaking to one of the players, Lucy, after the Europeans, about how their expectation of their own performance had gone up. She agreed. I told her that it would be the same at the worlds, to go into every game with an expectation that if every stone if played right, the results would come. She took a bit of persuading on that point, but it was clear she believed it really.

The main aim of this week for them is to secure their place in the World group, because it’s such a slog to get there, and if you can finish high enough up the table, you already qualify for next year.

As I write this, they are doing much better than that. Tough games to come against Scotland, Sweden and on Tuesday, the Canadians!

Right, short and sweet this week, I’ve got a lot of curling to watch!

As ever, please do leave a comment, and if you feel others would enjoy the newsletter, then feel free to share it, I’d appreciate the exposure.

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
Gordon
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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Tues Feb 24th 2015

Hi,
I hope all is well with you.

This week there was a lunar eclipse, always fascinating to see. I always imagine myself looking at the shadow of the earth as it blocks the sunlight on the moon, and then I consider that the shadow is of the earth, which has me standing on it, looking at the shadow. Then I get a headache…

"Pale blue dot"
Nice as that was to see, this month also saw the 25th anniversary of the pale blue dot.
Hang on, the what now?

The pale blue dot.

Taken Feb 14th 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe, from nearly 4 billion miles away.
The probe had finished all the designed tasks, and as it was leaving the solar system, it was directed to turn the camera around and take a last photo of the earth.

I always think of a Star Trek episode, where a civilisation on a planet far far away bows down to a God called Vyger, and it turns out to be a probe called Voyager.

The pale blue dot has given 25 years of wonder so far, it really puts things into perspective. Literally.

"New Zealand Police"
Talking about getting things in perspective, lots of us moan about our jobs. It’s easy to do, and it vents frustration. The majority of us have it easy though. I saw a story about 2 policemen in New Zealand, saving a woman from a sinking car. To the woman it was a potentially life ending situation.

The 2 policemen? Well, PCs Paul Watts and Simon Russell, described as heroes, said it was ‘just another day’.

Think of all the people all over the world that put their lives at risk everyday to save others. Yes, it’s their job, but they have my full respect, and again, it helps to give perspective when the easy moans about jobs start to surface.

"Peter & Laura Elliott"
Peter Elliott was the Captain for a flight the other day, taking people on holiday from Birmingham to Spain. Nothing unusual there you might think, and you’d be right.

Except…

The Senior First Officer flying next to him was his daughter, Laura, and that made them the first father/daughter combo to fly for the same commercial airline.

Laura didn’t always want to be a pilot, it was only after graduating that she decided to give it a go, having been given a trial flight present by…her father.

Good luck to both of them I say, and I’ve written before about whether following a parent’s career path doesn’t necessarily always make it easier!

Ok, that’s it for this week – let me know your thoughts on perspective, maybe on following your own parents’ career choices, and as always, I’d appreciate sharing the newsletter to anyone you think might enjoy it.

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Hapiness,
Gordon
P.S. Here’s that other article I mentioned:
Goal Achievement – Do You Wish Your Mum Was A Footballer?
P.P.S. I write about keeping perspective in my book
‘Tranform Your Life in 21 Days!’ – have you grabbed your copy yet?

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Tues 17th Feb 2015

Hi,
I hope all is well with you.

This week – comedy, chocolate, curling…

Something I have written a lot about over the years is having fun. It may sound glib, but having fun is, in my view, an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

There are many reasons why fun can be overlooked – the pressures of everyday life, expectations, worries about the past, worries about the future – they can all add up to a recipe which has us forgetting to simply have fun in the present moment we are in!

"Gordon Bryan"
So, the comedy.

On Thursday I had fun being MC at a comedy gig. When you are MC, you have responsibility too bring all the acts on and off, get the crowd going, generally host and keep the event tied together.

It has different challenges to ‘just’ going on once and doing your act, and it’s a challenge I enjoy and would like to do more often if I’m honest.

"Ferrero Rocher"
The chocolate.

So may people moan about how Valentine’s Day is no more than a money generating exercise for various industries, including the chocolate industry. Er, yes, of course it is! It’s no good moaning about it! You either get onboard and decide to enjoy it, or you don’t get sucked in, and just don’t make the extra purchases, no-one is forced.

As it happens, I currently don’t have anyone buying chocolate for me, which means I go and buy it for myself. I’ll be honest, that happens most days of the year, not just one! I did see a rather nice big bar of Toblerone though…

Speaking of chocolate, Michele Ferrero has died. Head of the Ferrero business, and Italy’s richest man, with more than a few pennies in the bank. Nutella spread is the product which cemented the family fortune, but it’s probably the Ferrero Rocher chocolate which most people have in their minds.

I’m amazed to see it was only introduced in 1982 – that means the first 16 years of my chocolate fuelled life missed out! (I’ve made up since, let me tell you).

There was some great marketing behind the product. Here in the UK, the Ferrero Rocher TV advert is one of the best remembered of *any* product, as the waiter walks around at the Ambassador’s party with a pyramid of Ferrero Rocher chocolates for the guests.

That put the idea in the mind that the product was of a higher class. Wrap each on individually in a gold wrapper and a little paper dish, package them up in a see through hard case, with a price to reflect the perception, and lots of money will flow!

Great marketing. And my enjoyment of Ferrero Rocher and Nutella will be going on for many more years yet!

Fascinating fact – did you know that Ferrero use 25% of the world’s hazelnut supply!!

"The Great Gordino Classic"
The curling.

Sunday 15th saw the 8th staging of The Great Gordino Classic. In my early days of playing curling I was lucky to be in a team that won a really nice trophy. I decided that the only way to guarantee getting my name on a trophy every year was to start my own!

I have written lots about taking action on ideas, so that’s what I did – I found a nice pewter curling plate from Switzerland, sorted out a base to put the winners names on, found some nice curling medals from Spain, booked the ice, and it’s been going for 8 years.

It offers a combination of a few things. There’s a friendly feel to the event, and it’s completed in one day. Having said that, it’s full on competition, with people playing to win, win, win !

I didn’t win. That doesn’t matter though, ’cos my name’s already on the trophy!
In the photo you can see the winning skip Karen holding the trophy quite tightly, that’s because she had just dropped it on the floor… ;-)

So, lots of enjoyment, lots of fun for me. How about you? Are you having fun? Are you doing things you enjoy? If not, then why not?

Really, why not? There will be reasons, but if your answer is ‘I don’t know’, then that’s not good enough. You need to know the reasons, because unless those reasons are powerfully strong, then having fun, more probably than not, is simply a choice you can make, and it’s a choice you can make *today*.

Ok, that’s it for today, let me know what you think, I love the feedback, and if you fancy sharing the newsletter around social media, I’d appreciate the added exposure thanks!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
Gordon
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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Feb 10th 2015

Hi,
I hope all is well with you.

Various things caught my eye this week, but all apart from one were things I have written about before…

That in itself brings up a point well worth revisiting, in the blogging/internet marketing spheres.

If you write a lot of content, if you base it around current events, then your content will have 2 things automatically going for it –

Firstly, it will be current! That means if you slap the content all over the web, social network sites, etc, then it has a good chance of being read as people will be interested in current events.

Secondly, even though it’s current when you write it, it can be current *again* a long time later! That may sound odd, but stay with me on this one! As time goes by, and I’m talking about a minimum of 6 months, probably a year plus, then the subjects you wrote about before will come round again, and that means you can link to the article you originally wrote.

This gives you more bang for your writing buck, and also helps to establish in the mind of visitors that you are around to stay.

I’ve had many examples of this recently –

Idina Menzel singing at the Superbowl let me link to an article about her singing ‘Let It Go’
‘If You Believe This Goal Achievement Myth – Let It Go!’

I’ve enjoyed watching a show on TV called The Jump again this year, allowing me to link to an article about ski jumper Eddie Edwards:
‘Goal Achievement – Fly Like The Eagle!’

Drummer Chris Slade stood in for ACDC at The Grammys on Sunday, allowing me to link to an article about a previous ACDC drummer, from Oct 2013
‘Goal Achievement – The Right Place At The Wright Time!’

Jump Jockey Tony McCoy announced his retirement after reaching 200 winners for the 10th season, and coming up to his 20th year as champion jockey. That allowed me to link to an article I wrote when he reached the 4000 winner mark, back in Nov 2013:
‘Goal Achievement – 4,000 Times?’

tony and gaga
Watching the video of ACDC at The Grammys, I saw Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in the crowd as the camera panned. That allowed me to link to an article about her from Aug 2011!
‘Goal Achievement – Does Lady Gaga Have Sweaty Armpits?’

So you can see I’ve been able to get more exposure for articles going back as far as 3 years old, while still providing valuable relevant content to readers – it’s a double whammy of blogging goodness!

"Matt Monro"
I did say there was one item that I hadn’t written about. Singer Matt Monro died 30 years ago this week. I remember when I bought that bowl, thinking “yes ok, the bloke could sing, but he must have been dead nearly 30 years, why name a bowl after him?”
Then I looked closer and realised that it said Matt MONO…

Ok, that’s it for today, let me know what you think – I love the feedback!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
Gordon
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NFL Moment Of The Week – The Superbowl

So, it’s time for the last NFL moment of the week, and it was a drab, blow out game…

Er, not really – it was The Superbowl!

I saw someone say that this year’s game was the biggest tv audience for a single event ever. Not sure how these stats are worked out, but there is no doubt it’s a massive event in the world of sport. Massive.

It looked like it was going to be a good, but brutal game between two to sides, and it turned out it was!

"Idina Menzel"
My attention was drawn before the game by Idina Menzel singing the national anthem. I love musical theatre, so I’m a fan of hers, but she does have a reputationof not giving her best performances on big live tv events.

I wasn’t entirely taken by her performance, but she just about got away with it.

"Jeremy Lane"
Then in the game, early in the first quarter Jeremy Lane from Seattle made a great play by intercepting what could have been a New England touchdown. Unfortunately as he was running the ball back, he got injured.
TV normally shows replays of injuries, but they didn’t this time, which was unusual.

Having see the above photo in the press afterwards, I can see why – the hand is not supposed to look like that – I’m thinking ‘ouch’

"Katy Perry"
The halftime show is always overhyped in the build up to the game – I’m not a fan of Katy Perry’s, but during the week she had been saying her intention was to not take it too seriously, to try and get people to smile.

I decided I woudl watch with that attitude, and guess what, I found myself smiling! Fair play to her.

Right at the end of the game, it looked all over for New England, with Seattle camped on the goal line, with one of the best rushers in the game on their team.

However, they chose to throw, and there was another interception, giving the game and the Superbowl to New England.

Many people call it the worst play call they have ever seen in the history of the game. That’s a bit extreme, and had it come off then coach Carroll would be called a genius. Since it didn’t come off though, he is in the firing line.

You don’t suddenly become a bad coach – he took Seattle to a Superbowl win last season with the same attitude, and nearly did it this year, so he’s not a bad coach. As for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? Well, that’s their 4th win in 6 Superbowls, which means we are watching one of the best combinations to have taken part, and we get to watch them right now!

It’s fun!
It’s been another fun season, I hope you enjoyed my weekly moments, I enjoyed picking them, and I enjoyed my first live NFL game in London this season – roll on next season!

‘Til next time,
health & happiness,
Gordon
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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Feb 3rd 2015

Hi,
I hope all is well with you.

Apple are doing ok. They reported first quarter profits of $18 billion.
Yep, that’s $18 billion, and if that seems a lot, it is! In fact it’s the biggest profit of any company, ever!

Phew.

Apple can bring up strong feelings in people. Some people say they are the epitome of capitalism and free market economics, that they push the boundaries and do it with style.

Others say that they use built in obsolescence to drive profits, and are only riding high due to an almost obsessive compulsion of their fans to have the latest Apple product.
They also have a massive cash pile, which critics say should be spent on development, or in paying more taxes rather than avoiding them.

I would worry that the surge I profits has been a massive uptake in China of the iphone, which could lead to problems down the line as mobile carriers move away from long contracts which include a subsidised phone.

If that happens, it’s possible many people will be put off by the full cost of an iphone, and when it stops being the ‘must have’ phone, when people stop needing to have an iphone to keep up with the Jones’s, then Apple could be in trouble.

Having said that, it hasn’t happened yet, and making the biggest profit of any company ever is not to be sniffed at!

In sport, I see that Tiger Woods had a bad day at the office. He shot a round of 82, which was 12 over par, and his worst ever round as a pro. He’s also not missed the cut in 2 consecutive tournaments before either.

His woes show just how hard golf is to do well, that when the best in the world make it look easy, it really is because they are the best. Is it all over for Tiger? Well, plenty of other golfers have crashed and burned, never to get back to the heights they hit before, but since Tiger’s heights lasted for a long time, it could well be that the memory of being there is more firmly in his psyche, that he could well get back there.

He’s still a big draw in any tournament, so I don’t see him going anywhere anytime soon.

It seems there was also an NFL game on at the weekend…

"Jeremy Lane"
I’ll be writing about it more in my last NFL Moment of The Week post, which you’ll see linked down the right hand side of the blog, but to sum up…

Adele Dazeem just about got away with the national anthem, Katy Perry’s halftime show did make me smile, which is what she said it was supposed to do, and the game itself was a good’un.

Not full of spectacular plays, but a real bruising clash between 2 of the best teams. Going right down to the wire, it looked like fate had taken it away from the Patriots, when the last effective play of the game saw the Patriots intercept a pass from the 1 yard line, a call which will hound Seattle coach Pete Carroll.

He doesn’t suddenly become a bad coach overnight, because last season he took then to their first Superbowl by making unusual calls, but he will be remembered for the call he went with on Sunday.

Many people dislike the Patriots passionately. I don’t. I like the way they, (and when I say they, I mean coach Bill Belichick) have slotted players into their system who were maybe overlooked by other teams. His mantra is ‘just do your job’, meaning it’s up to him to worry about anyone else.

He also has one of the legends of the game as his star player, and he and Tom Brady now have 4 wins to go with their 6 appearances. You can’t knock that.

The picture shows Jeremy Lane. In the first quarter he intercepted a Brady pass, but got injured at the end of the runback. Normally TV show replays of injuries, and at the time I wondered why they hadn’t. Looking at the picture you can see why, and I’m thinking ‘ouch’

Ok, let me know what you think, I love the feedback!

‘Til Next Time,
Health& Happiness,
Gordon

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Jan 27th 2015

Hi,
I hope all is well with you.

Two things this week – one nice, one not nice. Let’s start with the not nice…

"Auschwitz"
Last year saw the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Lots of people at the time said we shouldn’t be having any events, as why should war be celebrated?

I said at the time that it wasn’t ‘celebrating,’ it was marking and remembering.

This year sees more anniversaries and today is 70 years since the camp at Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet army. Not a holiday camp, but a death camp.

1.1 million people were killed there, over a million Jews.

I’ve been watching a few documentaries about the camps, from survivors, to the films made by the liberating troops to document what had happened there. Those films are shocking to say the least. I can’t watch them without finding myself shaking my head.

The piles of clothes. The piles of shoes. The piles of toothbrushes. The piles of bodies.

It’s distressing to watch, it’s distressing to think man’s inhumanity to man carries on in the world today, but we have to remember what happened all those years ago.

Today, on holocaust memorial day, think of how it must have been for the survivors to have been rescued on Jan 27th, and think about those who didn’t survive. It’s all too easy to think our world has ended because we have broken a nail – think again…

Ok, the nice…

"UP"
If you’re reading this newsletter, you are slap bang, front and centre in a world of opportunity. Opportunity unimaginable to the prisoners of Auschwitz for example, and in fact unimaginable to anyone even a few years ago.

The wonderful tool of the internet allows us to do amazing things, and instead of moaning about what we don’t have, it allows us to do something about it, and create our own wealth, to forge our own destinies.

I wrote about this in my book ‘FB Passion Profits’ which combines the money making power of the internet and the liberating personal freedom of following your passions. This Thursday, 27th Jan, 10pm UK time, 5pm Eastern, I’m doing a video presentation where I’ll go through the book, for free. All of it, not just an overview, and it won’t cost you a penny.

There’s a picture of the book cover to the right of the blog, linking to the sales page – don’t buy it though, remember I’m going through it all on the presentation.

I’ll also cover how you can do the same without even touching Facebook because, as hard as it may be to believe, not *everyone* uses Facebook!

If you’re wondering about the picture, well that’s from the Disney movie ‘UP’. Movies are a passion for me, and in the book I give you a specific example of how I used the technique to tie in that passion. There’s another specific example showing another passion of mine, sport, and remember the Superbowl is only a few days away!

The picture also does a good job of encapsulating the idea of following your dreams, soaring high above the clouds to do it.

If you fancy the free video presentation, and it works for whatever your passion is, keep your eyes peeled for the link to it. I’ll be posting it on FB, and the blog, but it might be a good idea to sign up to my newsletter, as I’ll be sending out the link to subscribers. The box to do that is up the top right side of any page on the blog.

I deliberately waited until a while after New Year to do it, because I wanted the wash of New Year Resolutions to fade. Most people have failed on them by now, given up already, and I’ll be honest, I want people watching who are genuinely intending to take action this year, to make this year the one that something different happens.

Come along for the ride..? Here’s the link:
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Ok, ‘til next time (which is hopefully Thursday 10pm UK, 5pm Eastern),
Health & happiness,
Gordon
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