Friday, October 29, 2021

读书笔记 - Think and Grow Rich

This book has over 15 million copies sold, written by Napoleon Hill, which is a landmark bestseller. This book deserves second read, and it outlines the thirteen steps to riches.

  1. Desire: The starting point of all achievement
  2. Faith: Visualizing and believing in the attainment of desire
  3. Autosuggestion: The medium for influencing the subconscious mind
  4. Specialized Knowledge: Personal experiences or observations
  5. Imagination: The workshop of the mind
  6. Organized Planning: The crystallization of desire into action
  7. Decision: The mastery of procrastination
  8. Persistence: The sustained effort necessary into induce faith
  9. Power of the master mind: The driving force
  10. The mystery of sex transmutation
  11. The subconscious mind: The connecting link
  12. The brain: A broadcasting and receiving station for thought
  13. The sixth sense: The door to the temple of wisdom

The major attributes of leadership

  1. Unwavering courage
  2. Self-control
  3. A keen sense of justice
  4. Definiteness of decision
  5. Definiteness of plans
  6. The habit of doing more than paid for
  7. A pleasing personality
  8. Sympathy and understatnding
  9. Mastery of detail
  10. Willingness to assume full responsbility
  11. Cooperation

The major causes of failure in leadership

  1. Inability to organize details
  2. Unwillingness to render humble service
  3. Expectation of pay for what they know instead of what they do with what they know
  4. Fear of competition from followers
  5. Lack of imagination
  6. Selfishness
  7. Intemperance
  8. Disloyalty
  9. Emphasis of the authority of leadership
  10. Emphasis of title

 QQS formula

  1. Quality of service means the performance of every detail, in connection with your position, in the most efficient manner possible, with the object of greater efficiency always in mind
  2. Quantity of service means the HABIT of giving all the service of which you are capable, at all times, with the purpose of increasing the amount of service as you develop greater skill. 
  3. Spirit of service means the HABIT of agreeable, harmonious conduct that will induce cooperation from associates and fellow employees.

Capital consists not of money alone, but more particularly of highly organized, intelligent groups of people who plan ways and means of using money efficiently for the good of the public, and profitably for themselves.

Capitalistic society guarantees every person the opportunity to provide useful service and to collect riches in proportion to the value of the service.

Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy that practically everybody must conquer.

In the story of the Declaration of Independence it will not be difficult to detect at least six of these principles: Desire, Decision, Faith, Persistence, The Master Mind, and Organized Planning.

The major weakness of all educational systems is that they neither teach nor encourage the habit of definite decision.

Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure. No matter how many times they are defeated, they finally arrive up near the top of the ladder.

Persistence is a state of mind, so it can be cultivated. Like all states of mind, persistence is based upon definite causes including:

  1. Definiteness of purpose
  2. Desire
  3. Self-reliance
  4. Definiteness of plans
  5. Accurate knowledge
  6. Cooperation
  7. Willpower
  8. Habit

Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence.

The Master Mind may be defined as: coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.

That power, when successfully used in the pursuit of money, must be mixed with faith. It must be mixed with desire. It must be mixed with persistence. It must be applied through a plan, and that plan must be set into action.

The most powerful of all human emotions is that of sex. Highly sexed people always have a plentiful supply of magnetism. This energy may be communicated to others through the following media:

  1. The handshake
  2. The tone of voice
  3. Posture and carriage of the body 
  4. The vibrations of thought
  5. Body adornment

The emotions of love, sex and romance are sides of the eternal triangle of achievement-building genius. Nature creates geniuses through no other force.

The seven major positive emotions: Desire, Faith, Love, Sex, Enthusiasm, Romance, Hope
The seven major negative emotions: Fear, Jealousy, Hatred, Revenge, Greed, Superstition, Anger

Six ghosts of fear

  1. The fear of poverty
  2. The fear of criticism
  3. The fear of ill health
  4. The fear of loss of love
  5. The fear of old age
  6. The fear of death

Without doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is the habit of leaving their minds open to the negative influence of other people.

You have absolute control over but on thing, and that is your thoughts.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Small towns across the US

Redfin selected 10 small towns

Portland, Maine
Sedona, Arizona
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Estes Park, Colorado
Hilo, Hawaii
St. Augustine, Florida
Port Townsend, Washington
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Montpelier, Vermont
Saugatuck, Michigan

Sunday, October 17, 2021

5 symptoms to slow down and heal

On MyTown magazine, I read an article from nervous system consultant GuruNischan. It is very helpful, with below notes.

  1. You are wired but tired - you're exhausted, tired, fatigued, but cannot rest, relax, or get deep sleep on a regular basis.
  2. Anxious ambition - you maintain an active schedule and don't feel "right" without accomplishing something or giving service.
  3. You over-stimulate yourself with substances, workout routines, or over-discipline or lack of discipline.
  4. Something feels different inside you. A strange shift that you can't explain.
  5. Life disaster - everything is failing apart.

It's a four step L.O.V.E. process:

  1. Locate yourself
  2. Observe your inner space
  3. Variance. Vibration. Velocity.
  4. Excavate Excess Energy

Weekend Getaways (Trip)

When I read the magazine "MyTown silicon valley", I suddenly came up with an idea to put getaways options in a blog, so that I can reference to this in the future. California is a such a beautiful state with lots of places for weekend retreats, beaches, mountains, gardens, wild, trails and so many.

Vision Quest Ranch
400 River Road, Salinas, CA 93908

Monterey Zoo

Listen to the lions and tigers roaring only yards from your canvas walled hotel suite. Each African tent style bungalow is creatively decorated and equipped with comfortable furniture and complete bathroom facilities. 

~1.5 hours drive from San Jose

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park | Northern California
2500 Daniels St, Manteca, CA 95337

It was opened in June 2021. When you’re not splashing in our indoor water park, there is plenty of fun to be had on dry land. Embark on a magical quest at our interactive adventure game MagiQuest, win some prizes at the arcade, and discover new skills with our variety of attractions.

~1.5 hours drive from San Jose

Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Stock Yards
Hotel Drover
97 West (in-house restaurant)
John Wayne Museum
World's largest Honky-tonk
Provender Hall
Sidesaddle Saloon

~3 hours flight from SJC

Mar Vista Farm + Cottages,
35101 S Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445

Mar Vista Farm + Cottages instills that sense in nearly everyone who visits our magical site on the “secret coast” in Mendocino County, where life slows down so you can forge stronger connections with nature and the ones you love.

Stocking up before getting to Gualala ,with the well-stocked kitchen, you can definitely cook up some good meals.

~3.5 hours drive from San Jose

Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Discover wildest Africa in the heart of wine country! At Safari West, every day means adventure as we journey out in search of herds of wildebeest, romping rhinos and towering giraffes. From ring-tailed lemurs to the dazzling zebra, nearly 900 animals from over 90 unique species roam through our 400-acre preserve.

~2 hours drive from San Jose

Filoli Historic House & Garden
86 Cañada Rd, Woodside, CA 94062

Connecting our rich history with a vibrant future through beauty, nature and shared stories. Introduce yourself to Filoli, where you can explore 16 acres of formal gardens, step back in time in the historic house museum, and hike through the lush and varied natural communities of the estate. 

~30 minutes drive from San Jose

Mount Hermon Adventures
17 Conference Dr, Felton, CA 95018

For over a decade, we’ve been helping people adventure outdoors, creating lasting memories with loved ones.
We respect and care for our amazing forest, have expert local guides, and draw together like-minded adventurers who share your passions.

~40 minutes drive from San Jose


Bodega Bay
103 Coast Highway 1
Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Sonoma county coast, The lodge at Bodega Bay, Drake's upscale restaurant, Bodega Head Trail, Doran Beach, Sebastopol Cookie Company, The Barlow, Eat Oysters.  Hotel, food and seaside view.

~2.5 hours drive from San Jose



MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa
The Lodge at Bodega Bay
Sonoma Plaza
Cornerstone gardens
Free wine tastings (Adastra wine, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Sonoma Portworks)
Layla (located in MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa)
Drake's (located at The Lodge at Bodega Bay)
Taste of the Himalayas (Samosas, momos, lamb tandoori, naan - India food)


Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton
2101 Mandalay Beach Rd, Oxnard, CA 93035
Beach town, Oxnard
Ox & Ocean onsite restaurant


More to come