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Socrates & the Test of Three

Posted by Brandon Dillon on February 13, 2013

I was recently at a Life seminar and they were talking about Socrates and his test of three. Socrates was considered the greatest mind in his time and was even told that he was the smartest man in all of Greece. The reason for that is because he always asked questions instead of just telling everyone all the things he knew. With that little part alone how many of us could work on that? Do you know some one that is always ready to tell you everything or even if they are not called upon in circle of people they are the first to give a answer even when something is directed to another person?

They can seem very rude right? if you don’t know some one like this, it might be you! =) hopefully not =)

So this man approaches Socrates and says. Socrates I have something to tell you I just heard about one of your students. Socrates pauses for a moment then says to the gentlemen ok you may tell me but first let me ask you three questions about what it is you want to tell me. The man says ok.

First question, is what you want to tell me something good? The man thought for a minuet, no its actually not good. Ok Socrates says that’s fine lets try question two.

Is what you want to tell me the Truth? The man said no I am not sure if its true or not I just heard it. ok that’s fine Socrates says lets see about the last question.

Is what you want to tell me useful? No the man said I guess its not useful.

Socrates says so if I understand this right, you were about to tell me something that is not good, not true and not useful? Why tell me at all?

The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.

That story ends in some situations with the phrase. And that’s why Socrates never found out about Plato and his wife’s affair. But if you take that situation yes it may not have been good information but it was sure True, and useful to Socrates. But what this man wanted to tell Socrates was just Gossip, how many of you would be happen with a world with out gossip?

Then use this the next time your going to tell a story a information to a friend or someone at work about so and so. Even if what someone is doing may not be right unless you can correct it or at best warn someone about a potential issue they might fall in to because of that person don’t talk about it.

Dale Carnegie talks about this in his all time great best selling book how to Win friends and influence people. He starts off with 3 principles to always do the three as he calls them. Accept, Approve and appreciate. The reason he starts with everyone needs to accept approve and appreciate others for what ever small item they do is because most everyone is ignoring it and doing what he says next on a daily basis.

The next principle he follows with is a don’t do statement, because most people take this to be their job or personal hobby most times and that’s do not criticize, condemn or complain.

Think about when you heard more accepting, approving and appreciating of someone vs criticizing condemning or complaining? its very rare to find the three As used its almost always the three Cs that are in place in our world today, and it doesn’t get us very far at all.

The next time you hear someone start talking about someone or something ask your self these questions and also go out of your way to find something to accept and approve and appreciate of someone everyday, you will see some amazing things with that, and lets everyone stop criticizing, condemning and complaining. The world will be a much quieter place if we take Socrates principles and Dale Carnegies and use them and share them with others.

I highly recommend you read Dale Carnegies book How to win friends and influence people, its one I read several times a year to remind my self not to fall in to the gossip and rumor trap and to think of how I can accept, approve and appreciate someone that day.

Success is yours if your willing to work for it.



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Rejection & Finding great people

Posted by Brandon Dillon on January 7, 2013

This last Saturday we had a Leadership Seminar here in Michigan with The Team and Mark Militello was speaking and he talked about a guy named Jia Jiang  and that he was trying to get 100 no’s to help with his fear of rejection. So he devised ways to come up with such crazy request that he would get told no and it would help him not take it so hard and get used to it in becoming a great entrepreneur.  While this is a great endeavor he is undertaking he has met some amazing people and I wanted to highlight one.

This girl Jessica that works for Krispy Kreme he asked for her to get him some doughnuts that looked like the Olympic Rings connected and the right colors and to do it in 15 minutes! He was just hoping for a rejection and to be on his way but she bent over backwards to help him get what he wanted. Jessica was pretty amazing in the effort and problem solving she went on to help him accomplish his request ( which she didn’t know that he really just wanted her to say no we cant do it, probably like most people would)

I think this is amazing because in his journey of trying to build his self esteem against rejection to better him self he’s found some very great people in his journey and Jessica is one of them.

Below are two videos and a link to Jia Jiangs blog and youtube page. What do you think?

The Return Video where he explains to Jessica what he was doing and thanks her because so many people loved her for what she tried to do and how big her heart was in helping him.

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1913, The Turning point of Freedom By Oliver DeMille

Posted by Brandon Dillon on August 20, 2012

I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. DeMille a few times now and being able to hear him speak and talk with him personally for a few brief minutes I can tell you he is more passionate about freedom, and well I would say preserving it but we have lost so much in the last 100 years (which you will see here in a minute ) but restoring freedom the way the founding fathers of United States of America intended it to be.

Oliver DeMille is the founder and former president of George Wythe University, a founding partner of The Center for Social Leadership, and the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century.

As a university student, Oliver went on a search for a truly great education — experiencing private and public universities, technical and religious schools, corporate and international educational institutions, prestigious colleges and worthless diploma mills; he literally sampled the best and the worst that modern education has to offer, and virtually everything in between.

As a result, he found a small Bible school where he worked closely with mentors and studied the Bible and the great classics in many fields. Although Coral Ridge Baptist University was not regionally accredited, he was so excited by the quality of his studies that he left a large, well-respected university to focus full time on his classical education. He earned the B.A. in Biblical Studies (May 1992), M.A. in Christian Political Science (December 1992), and Ph.D. in Religious Education (May 1994) at Coral Ridge Baptist University.

He has written and spoken extensively about the traditional education system versus his intense mentored-classical experience with Coral Ridge and his mentor–Dr. W. Cleon Skousen. After his Coral Ridge studies, he returned to Brigham Young University and completed the B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Aerospace Studies, graduating Magna cum Laude (1994). He then devoted his time to refining the educational design and curriculum of the liberal arts school he founded, George Wythe College (now University).

Oliver is a popular author, keynote speaker, and business consultant. Presently, he devotes a majority of his time to writing. He and his wife Rachel are raising their 8 children in southern Utah.

Now that you know a bit about Oliver let me tell you that his latest 2 books, 1913 and Freedom shift go hand in hand. 1913 was amazing and he and others have sited this time and many of the same events as a point in which we made a huge turn and sometimes when you do something like turn a plane or a ship just 1 degree, after a mile its not far off, but go 100 miles and you will miss a continent. This is the same thing that has happened here, we went on a few years and things were good but now that we are 99 years away from these major shifts its drastic.

Robert kiyosaki wrote about these things in his Conspiracy of the Rich book as well. So did Buckminster Fuller in Grunch of Giants.

But Oliver does an amazing job in these two books of laying out what happened, why, who, and what you and I can do to help change it.

There are 4 things that happened in 1913 and 1936 that will have a bigger effect on what happens in the coming election than who gets elected.

First was the passage of the 16th amendment, what this did and I encourage you to read the founding documents for your self. Before the 16th amendment the Government was funded by the states, who collected taxes from the people, the government was not allowed to tax the people directly. This created a Federal system, so instead of the government and the states being on the same level with one another. With this passage the Government became a National system because now the states needed the government to survive and get money from.

The next major thing that happened was the passage of the 17th amendment which before this amendment, according to the Constitution, senators were selected from each state according to the direction of the State Legislature. This put two direct representatives of each respective state in Washington, with the power through checks and balances to protect the right and interest of the states them-selves. Once the 17th Amendment passed, senators were elected by popular vote within the states rather than by state legislature. This took the direct protectors of the states out of Washington.

The 3rd thing that happened in 1913 was the creation of the Federal Reserve. Now this topic deserves a dozen articles on its own and the reading of several books to really understand what the FED really is, who controls it, and how it works and what it does to you and I. I named several books in the beginning such as this one 1913, Grunch of Giants, the Dollar Crisis, Conspiracy of the Rich,  just to name the top ones to really dig in to for a start this beast.

The Federal Reserve lived in 2 previous forms in our nations history, and they were shut down because of the extremely huge negative impact the founders saw in its existence. But its not my point to rally against the FED and go protest and demand it be shut down. What we need to do is really understand the rules of the game we are playing and do out best to win and benefit from it and help our neighbors and friends do the same. Then we will be able to change things from that point. But you can’t change things any other way.

The 4th thing that happened was in 1936, and it was the United States Vs Butler. Franklin D. Roosevelt along with Woodrow Wilson wanted a much larger Government, even doubling the size of the Supreme Court so they could appoint people that would help them in their cause for this much bigger Government. Before the Butler case the Government was limited to spending money on only 20 things.  These are listed in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, they are as follows.
1. Regulate commerce
2. Establish rules for citizenship
3. Establish Bankruptcy laws
4. Coin and regulate the value of money
5. Standardize weights and measurements
6. Punish counterfeiting
7. Run a postal system
8. Pass copyright and patent laws
9. Run federal courts
10. Punish crimes on the high seas
11. Declare war
12. Raise and finance the armed forces
13. Establish rules for the armed forces
14 Call up state militias
15. Administer the seat of government (Washington, D.C.)
16. Administer federal lands
17. Pass laws to implement the other items on this list
18. Raise tax money to pay for the other items on this list
19. Spend it on the other items on this list
20 Borrow if needed to pay for the items on this list.
These were the only powers given to the federal government by the Constitution and the only things the Government is constitutionally authorized o spend money on. How many see that its spending money on way more then those 20 items?
That’s because of the Butler case, it allowed them, who can now tax more with out any checks and put us in to debt more using Fiat money and the Federal reserve and now spend more than ever before. These 4 things will effect us until the next world shift which is coming very soon, it will be either a freedom shift, or a force shift. I hope enough people will come together and it will be a freedom shift.
I will lave you with a nice audio by Oliver, but get those books, study them, and learn what’s going on and what you can do to help.
Thank you and God bless.

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Mental Fitness Challenge Week 6

Posted by Brandon Dillon on June 6, 2012

Wow week 6 so far in the Mental Fitness Challenge and its awesome, it really is amazing how fast time goes by when your tracking something and not just letting the days blend together. I wanted to stop and write on this chapter from Orrin Woodward’s book Resolved 13 resolutions on Attitude and reframing because I think it so important.

People often think that their situations will cause them to have a good or bad day or good or bad trip or what ever the case may be, but you don’t want to let something that’s out of your control determine weather or not your going to have a positive day. You want to be in complete control if your life don’t you? You want to determine weather or not you have a good day because then your in control and you have the power to change it, if you leave it up to someone or something else then your at the mercy of anything that could happen. Here are some examples from Orrin’s book.

In your mind bank there are two tellers – both of whom are obedient to your every command. One teller is positive and handles positive deposits and positive withdrawals. The other teller is negative and will accept all negative deposits and provide you with negative feedback.

As the owner of your mind, you have complete control over all withdrawals and most deposits. The deposits represent your total experience in life. The withdrawals determine your success and happiness. Obviously, you cant withdraw anything that hasn’t been deposited. (That’s true in the cash bank too, isn’t it?)

Each transaction involves a choice of which teller to use. Confront the negative teller with a problem and he will remind you of how poorly you performed in the past. He will predict failure with your current problem. Confront your positive teller and he will enthusiastically tell you how you successfully dealt with far more difficult problems in the past. He will give you examples of your skill and genius and assure you that you can easily solve this problem. Both tellers are right because: whether you think you can or think you cant – you are right.

Our negative teller is usually screaming at us inside while the positive one is whispering and it takes constant focus and working, to turn down the negative and turn up the positive. But its so important that we pick the positive teller and he Zig Ziglar said we must put in positive to be able to with draw positive. What positive messages are you putting in your brain on a daily basis?  if your not we have a great way for you to get that here thought a subscription of audio and books chosen by the best leaders in the world and association for challenge groups for the Mental Fitness Challenge and leadership seminars with people who want to move forward in the game of life, not just stand still.

This next story is amazing and it really shows how you can look at the same situation two different ways, and shows the power of choice. This is from Creators Syndicate by Mary Hunt and shows how powerful reframing is.

years ago, my husband and I decided not to replace my car once the lease was up. The plan as that because we work together, we would share his car until we could pay cash for a second car. We figured that would take 6 months or so. I won’t say this new arrangement was enjoyable. Actually I hated it. I felt as if I’d lost my freedom. My wings were clipped; no more spontaneity for me. if I wasn’t being “chaperoned” as a passenger in my husband’s car, I was having to ask permission to borrow it. Let me just put it this way I was not the most pleasant passenger.

we’d been commuting together for about 3 months when I realized that it wasn’t the situation that was intolerable. it was me. I was making myself miserable, not recognizing that the nicest guy in the world was willing to take me anywhere I wanted to go, anytime I wanted to get there. I was ungrateful and horribly self-centered. I needed an attitude, and I needed it quickly.

I decided I had to reframe my thinking because the situation wasn’t going to change anytime soon. I decided that rather than be a pathetic dependent child, I would see my self as a woman of privilege. I have a driver! Every day, I am driving back and forth to work, during which time I am free to chat, read, write, think knit or nap. I never have to wash a car. I don’t have to pump gas into it, insure it, register it or have it “smogged” ( a California thing) – all because my driver is also my maintenance man. Several times a year when I need to go in a different direction, I get a rental car, which allows me to try out some brand-new fancy cars and get my fix behind the wheel. See? A different way of looking at the same situation.

When Hunt listened to her negative voice, she framed the events negatively, when she chose to talk to the positive teller then she got a new perspective.

Have a great day and see you at the top!!

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Mental Fitness Challenge Week 1!

Posted by Brandon Dillon on May 6, 2012

Well week one is in the bag for the Mental fitness challenge, and I have to say its amazing! Orrin’s latest book Resolved 13 resolutions for life is truly a hand book for you life. Orrin didn’t write another book juts to pad his wallet, he said he wrote Resolved because if  he died tomorrow what would he have wanted his children to know and how to live their lives. Amazing!

Not only will this 90 Mental Fitness Challenge help you live the life you’ve always wanted by helping identify areas in life that your great at right now and the others that need some work, we can help provide the help needed though an amazing community support around the world and products to help you in every one of the 13 areas, from subscription based products which is the best way humans learn, little bits at a time over a longer period of time, that’s why the mass media and TV play those visual images to program your subconscious, but now you can choose to program it with things that will help you and not them. Specialized packs like our finance pack and marriage pack, and parenting packs and many more.

I am just super excited to keep doing the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge my self and help others do the same, the cost is so cheap for a product of this quality, 220 bucks! Plus if you get 3 people to join ya in living the life you’ve always wanted you get your 220 back! how can you not like that! The same goes for any of the subscriptions as well!! So if your not interested in making money (but seriously who doesn’t want more money?) as customers you can get yours entirely free!!

Here is a link to more info and I am looking for some more Challenge & Accountability partners so join me and lets have some fun!


Here is a great video too help ya understand how big this is!

Mental Fitness Challenge


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The life you always wanted to live.

Posted by Brandon Dillon on April 29, 2012

Mental Fitness Challenge

This weekend in Columbus Team and Life launched the ground breaking Mental Fitness Challenge to help you live the life you’ve always wanted to live though principles called resolutions. These resolutions are written in detail in Orrin Woodward’s new book called 13 Resolutions for Life in which he has studied 3 very important people in history, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin & Jonathan Edwards. What he found is that the accomplishments these gentleman had were the results of resolutions applied over their lifetime. Just think about it, what would we have today if Benjamin Franklin didn’t resolve to change and come up with his 13 virtue’s? For sure there would be no USA. I don’t want to go in to all the detail here but I am starting the challenge this week and I highly suggest you do the same, I am looking for partners that I can be accountable to and get feed back from that are going to join me on the journey of living the life they’ve always wanted. So lets go! I can help ya do it. Check this video out!

During the next 13 weeks I will be reading the 3 books and listening to the audios in the pack and working with other people who are already committed to doing this with me so they can get their life that they always wanted to live so each week at least once I will be updating you on the books chapters and things I did that week.

See you all in the challenge!

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A Message To Garcia

Posted by Brandon Dillon on March 24, 2012

I was listening to a CD by Bill Lewis today and he was talking about this I felt compelled to do my best to let people know about this amazing work. in 1899 after a dinner with family the question was asked who was the most important person in winning the Spanish American war and this Essay was born.  So many people orded extra copys of this because of its important tale of persistance, morals and many other things.

I dont want to spoil the reading but so many copies were reprinted and orderd that it became the most read item next to the Bible.

Thats impressive!! and Alot! Still nothing has been out read over the bible or printed but that’s another post =)

Enjoy and share this with everyone! it was a big deal then and has been lost in the past 50 years or so of our poor educatiion system.





A Message To Garcia

From An American Original

For the March 1899 issue of The Philistine, Elbert Hubbard dashed off an untitled essay to fill space. The inspirational homily on duty caused a sensation. Reprinted in special edition pamphlets and as a book with the title A Message to Garcia, Hubbard estimated some 40 million copies to be in circulation by 1913. Sales figures were enhanced by American businesses purchasing bulk supplies to distribute to their employees. It was translated in many languages and distributed worldwide. Elbert Hubbard II, credited by his father for inspiring the essay, estimated the number of copies printed to be near 80 million by 1936.

Below is the text from a 1914 Roycroft edition. It includes Hubbard’s explanation of the essay’s genesis and a brief account of its international success.


Being a Preachment by Elbert Hubbard

Done into a Printed Book by the Roycrofters at Their Shop, Which is in East Aurora, Erie County, N.Y. Copyright 1914 by Elbert Hubbard



If you work for a man, in Heaven’s name work for him. If he pays wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him, speak well of him, think well of him, and stand by him, and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man, I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of his time, but all of his time. I would give an undivided service or none. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. If you must vilify, condemn, and eternally disparage, why, resign your position, and when you are outside, damn to your heart’s content. But, I pray you, so long as you are a part of an institution, do not condemn it. Not that you will injure the institution–not that–but when you disparage the concern of which you are a part, you disparage yourself. And don’t forget–“I forgot” won’t do in business.

This literary trifle, “A Message to Garcia,” was written one evening after supper, in a single hour. It was on the Twenty-second of February, Eighteen Hundred Ninety-nine, Washington’s Birthday, and we were just going to press with the March “Philistine.” The thing leaped hot from my heart, written after a trying day, when I had been endeavoring to train some rather delinquent villagers to abjure the comatose state and get radio-active.

The immediate suggestion, though, came from a little argument over the teacups, when my boy Bert suggested that Rowan was the real hero of the Cuban War. Rowan had gone alone and done the thing–carried the message to Garcia.

It came to me like a flash! Yes, the boy is right, the hero is the man who does his work–who carries the message to Garcia. I got up from the table, and wrote “A Message to Garcia.” I thought so little of it that we ran it in the Magazine without a heading. The edition went out, and soon orders began to come for extra copies of the March “Philistine,” a dozen, fifty, a hundred; and when the American News Company ordered a thousand, I asked one of my helpers which article it was that had stirred up the cosmic dust.

“It’s the stuff about Garcia,” he said.

The next day a telegram came from George H. Daniels, of the New York Central Railroad, thus: “Give price on one hundred thousand Rowan article in pamphlet form–Empire State Express advertisement on back–also how soon can ship.”

I replied giving price, and stated we could supply the pamphlets in two years. Our facilities were small and a hundred thousand booklets looked like an awful undertaking.

The result was that I gave Mr. Daniels permission to reprint the article in his own way. He issued it in booklet form in editions of half a million. Two or three of these half-million lots were sent out by Mr. Daniels, and in addition the article was reprinted in over two hundred magazines and newspapers. It has been translated into all written languages.

At the time Mr. Daniels was distributing the “Message to Garcia,” Prince Hilakoff, Director of Russian Railways, was in this country. He was the guest of the New York Central, and made a tour of the country under the personal direction of Mr. Daniels. The Prince saw the little book and was interested in it, more because Mr. Daniels was putting it out in such big numbers, probably, than otherwise.

In any event, when he got home he had the matter translated into Russian, and a copy of the booklet given to every railroad employee in Russia.

Other countries then took it up, and from Russia it passed into Germany, France, Spain, Turkey, Hindustan and China. During the war between Russia and Japan, every Russian soldier who went to the front was given a copy of the “Message to Garcia.”

The Japanese, finding the booklets in possession of the Russian prisoners, concluded that it must be a good thing, and accordingly translated it into Japanese.

And on an order of the Mikado, a copy was given to every man in the employ of the Japanese Government, soldier or civilian. Over forty million copies of “A Message to Garcia” have been printed.

This is said to be a larger circulation than any other literary venture has ever attained during the lifetime of the author, in all history–thanks to a series of lucky accidents!–E.H.


As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.–_Proverbs xxv:_ 13

In all this Cuban business there is one man stands out on the horizon of my memory like Mars at perihelion.

When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain fastnesses of Cuba–no one knew where. No mail or telegraph message could reach him. The President must secure his co-operation, and quickly. What to do!

Some one said to the President, “There is a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”

Rowan was sent for and was given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by the name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oilskin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia–are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail. The point that I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?” By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing–“Carry a message to Garcia.”  General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcias.

No man who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many hands were needed, but has been well-nigh appalled at times by the imbecility of the average man–the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it.

Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and half-hearted work seem the rule; and no man succeeds, unless by hook or crook or threat he forces or bribes other men to assist him; or mayhap, God in His goodness performs a miracle, and sends him an Angel of Light for an assistant. You, reader, put this matter to a test: You are sitting now in your office–six clerks are within call. Summon any one and make this request: “Please look in the encyclopedia and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Correggio.”

Will the clerk quietly say, “Yes, sir,” and go do the task?

On your life he will not. He will look at you out of a fishy eye andask one or more of the following questions:

Who was he?                         Which encyclopedia?                         Where is the encyclopedia?                         Was I hired for that?                         Don’t you mean Bismarck? What’s the matter with Charlie doing it?                         Is he dead?                         Is there any hurry?                         Shall I bring you the book and let you look it up yourself?                         What do you want to know for?

I wasn’t hired for that anyway!

And I will lay you ten to one that after you have answered the questions, and explained how to find the information, and why you want it, the clerk will go off and get one of the other clerks to help him try to find Garcia–and then come back and tell you there is no such man. Of course I may lose my bet, but according to the Law of Average I will not.

Now, if you are wise, you will not bother to explain to your “assistant” that Correggio is indexed under the C’s, not in the K’s, but you will smile very sweetly and say, “Never mind,” and go look it up yourself.

And this incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, this infirmity of the will, this unwillingness to cheerfully catch hold and lift–these are the things that put pure Socialism so far into the future. If men will not act for themselves, what will they do when the benefit of their effort is for all? A first mate with knotted club seems necessary; and the dread of getting “the bounce” Saturday night holds many a worker to his place.

Advertise for a stenographer, and nine out of ten who apply can neither spell nor punctuate–and do not think it necessary to.

Can such a one write a letter to Garcia?

“You see that bookkeeper,” said a foreman to me in a large factory.

“Yes; what about him?”

“Well, he’s a fine accountant, but if I’d send him up-town on an errand, he might accomplish the errand all right, and on the other hand, might stop at four saloons on the way, and when he got to Main Street would forget what he had been sent for.”

Can such a man be entrusted to carry a message to Garcia?

We have recently been hearing much maudlin sympathy expressed for the “downtrodden denizens of the sweat-shop” and the “homeless wanderer searching for honest employment,” and with it all often go many hard words for the men in power.

Nothing is said about the employer who grows old before his time in a vain attempt to get frowsy ne’er-do-wells to do intelligent work; and his long, patient striving with “help” that does nothing but loaf when his back is turned. In every store and factory there is a constant weeding-out process going on. The employer is continually sending away “help” that have shown their incapacity to further the interests of the business, and others are being taken on.

No matter how good times are, this sorting continues: only if times are hard and work is scarce, the sorting is done finer–but out and forever out the incompetent and unworthy go. It is the survival of the fittest. Self-interest prompts every employer to keep the best–those who can carry a message to Garcia.

I know one man of really brilliant parts who has not the ability to manage a business of his own, and yet who is absolutely worthless to any one else, because he carries with him constantly the insane suspicion that his employer is oppressing, or intending to oppress, him. He can not give orders; and he will not receive them. Should a message be given him to take to Garcia, his answer would probably be, “Take it yourself!”

Tonight this man walks the streets looking for work, the wind whistling through his threadbare coat. No one who knows him dare employ him, for he is a regular firebrand of discontent. He is impervious to reason, and the only thing that can impress him is the toe of a thick-soled Number Nine boot.

Of course I know that one so morally deformed is no less to be pitied than a physical cripple; but in our pitying let us drop a tear, too, for the men who are striving to carry on a great enterprise, whose working hours are not limited by the whistle, and whose hair is fast turning white through the struggle to hold in line dowdy indifference, slipshod imbecility, and the heartless ingratitude which, but for their enterprise, would be both hungry and homeless.

Have I put the matter too strongly? Possibly I have; but when all the world has gone a-slumming I wish to speak a word of sympathy for the man who succeeds–the man who, against great odds, has directed the efforts of others, and having succeeded, finds there’s nothing in it: nothing but bare board and clothes. I have carried a dinner-pail and worked for day’s wages, and I have also been an employer of labor, and I know there is something to be said on both sides. There is no excellence, per se, in poverty; rags are no recommendation; and all employers are not rapacious and high-handed, any more than all poor men are virtuous.

My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the “boss” is away, as well as when he is at home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly takes the missive, without asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets “laid off,” nor has to go on a strike for higher wages. Civilization is one long, anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such a man asks shall be granted. His kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city, town and village–in every office, shop, store and factory.

The world cries out for such: he is needed, and needed badly–the man who can carry A MESSAGE TO GARCIA.

To act in absolute freedom and at the same time know that responsibility is the price of freedom is salvation.



The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned or “good,” but to be Radiant.

I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, sincerity, calm courage and good-will.

I wish to be simple, honest, natural, frank, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected–ready to say, “I do not know,” if so it be, to meet all men on an absolute equality–to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unafraid and unabashed.

I wish others to live their lives, too, up to their highest, fullest and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, dictate, interfere, give advice that is not wanted, nor assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say, I desire to be Radiant–to Radiate Life.

The final two pages of another Hubbard manuscript differing slightly in content from that held in the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library are housed in the Roycroft Arts Museum in East Aurora, New York.

Original Manuscript

Elbert Hubbard’s original 1899 essay, written in pencil, is housed in the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library in Buffalo, New York.  It is accompanied by the following letter of consignment:

June 5th, 1900

Walter L. Brown                         Buffalo, NY

My Dear Mr. Brown:

Among written articles there are very few, I am told, that attain the circulation awarded to “A Message to Garcia.” Within ten months it has been reprinted over nine million times. I grant you that this alone is no proof of literary excellence; but the fact may be of value to the Zulu who shall sit on the broken buttress of Niagara Bridge, in shedding light on the mental qualities of those who lived in the year Eighteen Hundred + Ninety-Nine.

Thinking the original Ms. of the article named may be of some slight value, I have had it appropriately bound + beg to hand it to you herewith, with the request that you present it to the Buffalo Public Library and believe me ever with high regard.

Your sincere                         Elbert Hubbard

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Coming Apart or Community Together?

Posted by Brandon Dillon on March 15, 2012

Coming Apart or Community Together?.

This is another Great Blog and new book coming out talking about how the Founding Fathers were right! listen to this.

Although many believe that the complex challenges facing us today cannot be solved through the lens of the American founder’s virtues, Murray writes:

I take another view: The founders were right. The success of America depended on virtue in the people when the country began and it still does in the twenty-first century. America will remain exceptional only to the extent that its people embody the same qualities that made it work for the first two centuries of its existence. The founding virtues are central to that that kind of citizenry.

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How to Win Friends and influent people by Dale Carnegie

Posted by Brandon Dillon on March 12, 2012

I have been studying this book for the past few weeks since I last said I would be going over them, just wanted to update everyone that this week look for a new post all about this book, which is an amazing classic that if you truly live by and work at these principles every area of your life will improve. The first three big things talked about and if you read this book and I hope you do, you will see that examples are given a lot about people from the early 1910-1930s.

The First three principles are, Do not criticize, complain or Condemn others. Sounds Simple enough but if this first 3 principles were applied by everyone in the U.S. then it would be an amazing country. So often do we criticize others , our spouse, our children, friends co-workers or people we Lead or manage, never once will criticism work to get anyone to do what you want. There are far better ways to get that to happen.

Complaining, so many do it, and even those who do it often and well don’t like to hear it, so that should be a huge clue that complaining does nothing to resolve the problem or condition that your complaining about. instead seek to find solutions that will be Win win or just put it out of your mind or else you will become very negative and obsessed about it and why let something you cant do anything about effect your day.

Condemning, while it sounds very much like criticizing this is a step up and more hurtful, and unless we be free from sin others could criticize, complain and condemn us and what would we try to do? Justify why we did what we do, or why we needed to do this or that, and we would never look at a potential teachable moment in life where we can grow and learn.

These are just 3 small principles that if you make a sticky note and put these three things on your steering wheel of your car or write it on your mirror in your bathroom or in your day planer and read them often when ever something comes up, it will greatly impact your life and the life of those around you.

More to come!


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Socrates & The Rule of Three

Posted by Brandon Dillon on February 14, 2012

I was listening to a new Life CD today, that Jerry and Polly Hartise did about Socrates and this story stood out and is a very powerful lesson and one I am going to apply in my life diligently.

Socrates was walking and a man comes up to him and says, Socrates do you know what I just  heard about one of your students?

Socrates says, before you tell me what it is you heard, lets see if it passes a little test, a test called the rule of three.

Rule of three the man replied? whats that?

Socrates says, well let me ask you, is what your about to tell me the truth?

The man says, well I don’t know,

Ok says Socrates, is what your about to tell me good?

No says the man.

Ok says Socrates, is what your about to tell me useful?

the man says no not really.

So let me get this right Socrates says, What your about to tell me your not sure even if its true, its not good, and not very useful, then why tell it to me?


I think that is powerful words of wisdom there, and I will think before telling anyone something about these three things. Something might be True, and it maybe bad and then still useful and that would be worth presenting to someone, but if it don’t pass the first one, being completely true, and not just true because so and so said it. but true because I did my own due diligence on the matter. If it doesn’t even pass the true aspect then it wouldn’t even make it to rule 2.

This rule I think that Socrates taught was designed to stop and prevent gossip, which is a very evil thing.

if you read Dale Carnegie’s book How to win friends and Influence people, his first 3 rules in there are Don’t Criticize, complain or Condemn. If you think about it  that is very close to what Socrates was trying to accomplish. If we thought about everything we were about to say and asked, is this a Criticism? Is this complaining? Is this Condemning of others? and if it was we were not to say it how much less gossip and negativity would we have in the world?

I hope this has been useful and thought provoking and as always please comment and share your thoughts and feedback

have a great day!

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