Recently I was talking to friend and she asked me a very important question. At first I found the question offensive. However, after giving it some thought I could not help but to want to share the information with you. My friend asked me why do I feel that any one should read my blog? All the information and points of views, where they my opinion of did I reference any books? Are they fact or simple opinions?

As you can imagine the idea of being questioned about my ideas was very insulting to me. After all, even though I spend a lot of time reading about different things that contribute to the ideas I post, they are my ideas.

Several weeks passed and somehow, I could not get myself to write anything without trying to think about how original the thought was. To be honest with you, I don’t know if any of the ideas I’ve written are original ideas. I’m self educated and have read many books. I would have to say, the ideas on my blog have many contributions and even though I haven’t quoted any book in particular, I can guaranty that many books, conversations and workshops have influenced my opinions and thoughts.

When I started writing this blog I wanted to inspire, share hope and a new prospective to those who read it. Just about everyone around me seems to be looking for answers to help them with their challenges and questions about life and I wanted to share my prospective to help. Never would I have imagined I would be questioned as to how I came up with the ideas shared. Not to mention, the very idea that some would not simply think of me as a smart individual with original ideas would come across somewhat off. That said, I guess I should reveal my secret. The secrete to my thoughts. The very reason why no matter what happens, I’m happy and find comfort in knowing that my life is fabulous. I read and not only do I read the words in the books but I stop to think through the sub text. I look up words that I don’t recognize and find out what they mean before continuing to the next chapter or phrase. That’s it. That’s the secret. In addition to my reading, I had an amazing mother who was a philosopher, a pioneer dedicated to my development. She devoted her very existence to creating curiosity within me and teaching me to find the answers to any question that pops in my mind. She believed that any flaw I would have as a man were a reflection of her failure as a mother. She believed the first school in the development of a child was a combination of home and parenting. I’m proud to say that I am my mother’s son and that is why I share my thoughts.

As I’ve mentioned before, even though I credit my mother for much of my development, there are many books that have contribute to my development. Books such as The Republic by Plato, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Tipping point by Malcolm Gladwell, The Power Of Kabala by Yehuda Berg, Launching A Leadership revolution by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra and many others. The reading list goes on and on. There is no particular topic. Therefore, many different philosophies are incorporated in the ideas I share.

As you can see many different thought processes influence the ideas I post. However, the most important one is the idea that you can’t read a book and simply take what’s presented to you for fact. I would have to say that I question everything I read and try to see how it applies to my life. After all, if you read The Communist Manifesto by Karl Max you would think communism is great, only to discover that the very idea presented by Mr. Marx fall apart when you start to talk about the administration of wealth. There are many who read Marx and believe that humans are capable of administering wealth for the interest of the people without putting themselves first in line to benefit from their position. Many nations have fallen to this idea only to realize that we as humans are not naturally Just enough to look after the well being of the people before our well being. How can this happen? In my opinion this can only occur because some read without ever questioning and looking deeper into the sub text.

When you read my blog, I would like to invite you to look into the sub text. Please read responsibly and stop to think about how the ideas presented applies to your life. Only incorporate the ideas that you see apply to you. I’m living my life and sharing. I don’t want you to fallow my foot steps for I’m not perfect. You are probably closer to perfection than I am.

In closing I would like to provide you with a though from The Republic by Plato.

“Hope”, he says “cherishes the soul of him who lives in justice and holiness and is the nurse of his age and the companion of his journey; -Hope which is mightiest to sway the restless soul of man”

Alexis 🙂