The Family That Stopped Reading

It's amazing how little has changed in the education of our kids over the years. It is as though just because we live in Canada and America we are somehow, miraculously insulated from the need to change how we teach our growing kids in today's environment.  Schools are still factories that produce employees. With limited intellectual stimulation, most students are able to advance from one grade to the next as long as they attend class and submit to their teachers.  North America doesn't need more factory type education, North America needs people who are taught how to think, not what to think.

Check out this video ... it's 11 minutes long and worth it.

 

WHAT CAN YOU and I DO?

Start reading.  Setting the right example for our kids is fundamental.  Turn off the TV, turn off the Gaming devices, YOU stop watching TV and playing those crazy games, better yet if you can't stop....Break the TV and Gaming devices!

READ the right things.  My kids and your kids are the ones who will change this nation IF you and I start a culture of reading now in our homes.  Your kids don't read? PAY them money to read.  What's a better return on investment???  Paying them to take the garbage out or paying them to read?

The educational engine

The educational engine does not need fine-tuning; we need to bust that thing into a million pieces and rebuild it with different pieces.  It needs a total change of direction. It needs to make students read and then want to read, read, and read.  We need YOUR HELP!

Change your information, change your thinking, change your results
— Claude Hamilton

Governments of Canada and the United States of America

The Governments of Canada and the United States of America may not ready for the people to be truly educated but we are.  Thankfully people are deciding that it's time to stand and make a difference, they started reading great books.

If you read, your kids will read.  Change you, change your family, change your town, change your country.  Learn to read today.

 

Valentine's Day

I had the "opportunity" (a good chance for advancement or progress) yesterday to be an awesome dad to my little 3 year old Manaia and also a chance to put a few shekels in the relationship account with my amazing wife Catherine.

Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world.St. Valentine's Day dated back as early as the year 270 A.D, began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.

Video of my 5 year old on Valentines Day 2014

 

My little 3yr old Manaia wanted to wish my great friend Claude & Lana Hamilton's son Wyatt a Happy Valentines on FaceTime LOL.

Go through the Struggle and Change

You know....I got to thinking the other day about struggles, we all go through them, but we don't all handle them in the same manner.  

  • Some of us freak out
  • Some of us curl up in in a corner and hope it blows over
  • Some of us choose to ignore it
  • Some choose to make it disappear mentally with the help of distractors like video games or the more obvious drugs & alcohol

The few work through their struggles, overcome them and come out stronger and more able.

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The reality is the only way the struggle is ultimately going to be overcome permanently is if YOU overcome it and learn from it so as not to repeat that particular struggle.  Or you choose to allow someone else to handle it for you, doing that we give away the opportunity to learn and grow in character.  Allowing someone else to deal with our struggle serves only to mask the pain temporarily.  

Why temporarily?

No lesson has been learned on how to overcome that particular issue, therefore we will repeat it again and again until lesson is learned.  My friend and Mentor Claude Hamilton says "your current problems in life cannot be solved with the same thinking that got you there".  He is so right.

Change your thinking change your life!

Sowing the Seeds of LIFE

Claude Hamilton continues to grow himself and in turn grows others.  He chooses to be a river not a lake.  He doesn't just keep taking in water only to fill himself, he adds more value only to keep giving it away.  Whatever he receives he gives away.  An abundance mentality versus one of scarcity.

Sowing the Seeds of LIFE

Seeds that were sown a few short years ago, seeds that were nurtured, have grown and developed.  Wayne and Raylene MacNamara local friends and Entrepreneurs from Cape Breton Nova Scotia Canada are great examples of seeds that were planted and continue to grow to great heights.  There are many others coming along beside them.

Imagine a community of people who add value to themselves so they may go out and give value to others.

Are you Beautiful or just Average?

I just saw this and had to share.  Its from the Dove company.  Be honest which door would you walk through?  Why did you walk through that door?  Too many Men and Woman young and old walk through the average door.

You become what you think about all day long
— https://goo.gl/e2JQEC Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who you are gets modelled to your loved ones your coworkers.  Become the person you want to be.  I think back to when I was younger, and not once was it my dream to be average, and it also wasn’t to be great.  It wasn’t until I got around the right people and they said that I could be somebody and I believed them and that has made all the difference in my life, my family’s life and the people around me.

What do you need to start your journey to becoming beautiful, to be great, to be a rascal, to be somebody?  It all starts with a decision and as Claude Hamilton says it starts with a decision but more importantly managing the decision.  Decide to engage yourself in participating in a self directed education, read great books, listen to great audios, associate with people who are hungry to improve and grow themselves.

Decide to be a RASCAL, decide to be Crazy today, NOW not tomorrow… Tomorrow is not guaranteed.  Your time is now. Enjoy the video thanks to DOVE

God Bless

Phil