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[VIDEO] 11043 Caraway Lane, Corona, CA 92883

Here is another video that I shot and produced for Jeremy Welsh at Belarte Real Estate.

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[VIDEO] 638 Hamlin Street, Orange CA

I shot and produced this video for two Realtors I’ve worked with recently.

How do you surprise a Stanford physics professor?

I don’t know what they are talking about but the reaction is priceless.

Enjoy Your Life: Change Your Point Of View

“Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one sees the stars.”
– Frederick Langbridge, A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts

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If you’ve placed second in a writing contest, will you jump for joy and push for better results the next time or will you be discouraged and find an excuse not to join again? In life, you are always filled with choices. You may opt to have a pessimist’s view and live a self-defeated life or you may decide to take the optimist’s route and take a challenging and fulfilling life.

So why nurture an optimist’s point of view? And why now?

Well, optimism has been linked to positive mood and good morale; to academic, athletic, military, occupational and political success; to popularity; to good health and even to long life and freedom from trauma.

On the other hand, the rates of depression and pessimism have never been higher. It affects middle-aged adults the same way it hits younger people. The mean age of onset has gone from 30 to 15. It is no longer a middle-aged housewife’s disorder but also a teen-ager’s disorder’ as well.

Here’s how optimists are in action and researches that back up why it really pays to be an optimist:

Optimists Expect The Best

The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe bad events, which will last a long time and undermine everything they do, are their own fault. The truth is optimists are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world. What differs is the way they explain their misfortune—it’s the opposite way. They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to this one case.

Optimists tend to focus on and plan for the ‘problem’ at hand. They use ‘positive reinterpretation.’ In other words, they most likely reinterpret a negative experience in a way that helps them learn and grow. Such people are unfazed by bad situation, they perceive it is a challenge and try harder.

They won’t say “things will never get better,” “If I failed once, it will happen again” and “If I experience misfortune in one part of my life, then it will happen in my whole life.”

Positive expectancies of optimists also predict better reactions during transitions to new environments, sudden tragedies and unlikely turn of events. If they fall, they will stand up. They see opportunities instead of obstacles.

People Respond Positively To Optimists

Optimists are proactive and less dependent on others for their happiness. They find no need to control or manipulate people. They usually draw people towards them. Their optimistic view of the world can be contagious and influence those they are with.

Optimism seems a socially desirable trait in all communities. Those who share optimism are generally accepted while those who spread gloom, panic and hysteria are treated unfavorably. In life, these people often win elections; get voted most congenial and sought for advice.

When The Going Gets Tough, Optimists Get Tougher

Optimists typically maintain higher levels of subjective well-being during times of stress than do people who are less optimistic. In contrast, pessimists are likely to react to stressful events by denying that they exist or by avoiding dealing with problems. Pessimists are more likely to quit trying when difficulties arise.

They persevere. They just don’t give up easily, they are also known for their patience. Inching their way a step closer to that goal or elusive dream.

Optimists Are Healthier And Live Longer

Medical research has justified that simple pleasures and a positive outlook can cause a measurable increase in the body’s ability to fight disease. Optimists’ health is unusually good. They age well, much freer than most people from the usual physical ills of middle age. And they get to outlive those prone to negative thoughts.

So why not be an optimist today? And think positively towards a more fulfilled life.

Why not look forward to success in all your endeavors? Why not be resilient? Like everybody else you are bound to hit lows sometimes but don’t just stay there. Carry yourself out of the mud and improve your chances of getting back on the right track. And why not inspire others to remove their dark-colored glasses and see life in the bright side?

JW Interviews Jeremy Welsh of AskJeremy

I had a camera and JW and Jeremy Welsh had the content. A very impromptu interview with only room lighting. More to come.

One Day At A Time

Daily Inspiration

7 Nerds Try To Explain Football

Now this is funny stuff!

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Super Man Caves for the Super Bowl

I can’t wait for Superbowl Sunday every year. I don’t mind who’s playing, I’m into the hype. I love to dream about what it would be like to have all my friends over in my “Man Cave”.

Whether you bleed Broncos blue and orange or are a proud 12th Man supporter of the Seahawks, or even if you’re just tuning in for the commercials, we’ve rounded up our annual list of awesome man caves — all ready for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Viewing essentials

The “go big or go home” mantra is taken to heart in this eclectic man cave. Decked out with a bar, pool table, sports memorabilia — and green turf for carpet — this space has all the game-viewing essentials.

Cave dweller

Rustic elegance is the phrase that comes to mind when you step into this lodge’s game room, designed by Locati Architects. Before the big game, you could rustle up something to drink or challenge a friend to pool. As kickoff nears, fans can open two wooden panels over the fireplace to reveal the flat-screen TV.

Game on!

Forget football and start your own competition…

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Making Dreams a Reality

Day Dreaming

Shaping Your World by Thought

There’s no end to the number of motivational speakers and self-help “gurus” who make a name for themselves by re-hashing old ideas. But there is truth to these ideas, and I especially wanted to share one of the ideas from the great-grandfather of self-help, James Allen.
Shaping Your World by Thought

Allen’s treatise, As A Man Thinketh, was first published at the turn of the twentieth century. His central notion is that our thoughts are under our control, and that they in turn determine our emotions, our health, and even our circumstances.

“Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations… 

“And you, too, youthful reader, will realize the Vision (not the idle wish) of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always gravitate toward that which you secretly most love. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts; you will receive that which you earn, no more, no less. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your Vision, your Ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” 

This goes hand-in-hand with Henry Ford’s wise saying, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you are right.” And there is no end to the number of sources that make the same claim – that by dedicated thought and action, you can achieve anything.

Movies like “Rudy” and “Miracle” show us the true stories of sports legends who made their dreams come true. “Homeless to Harvard” details the true story of Liz Murray, who went from living on the streets to getting a scholarship to Harvard. “October Sky” follows Homer Hickam’s ascent from poor boy in a West Virginia mining town to NASA engineer.

I’m grateful for inspirational films and books that remind me of the unlimited potential each of us shares. I hope you’ll continue to mentally construct the world you want to live in, and the successes you want to see.

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