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Recognize Your Gifts and Learn to Share Them With the World

“The Gift in You”
Author: Caroline Leaf

I use to really hate reading! Ha! I mean I avoided it at all cost until I turned 25 years old. I realized something… the people who write these books go through years of experience and research and put it all into a book that I can read within a week. I can gain the knowledge, understanding and wisdom from years of struggles in only a few days. When I got this realization I saw that reading books that will help me grow as a person as very valuable and not read everyday. Reading truly has changed my life and has benefited my life’s experience.

This book called “The Gift in You” was awesome. I have done many studies on our gifts and talents and how to utilize them fully. This book brings practical insights along with the scientific insight of the brain. I really enjoy the read. It shared how to understand that you are uniquely gifted and reveals how your gifts work. I think is it’s so important to not only know your gifs but to learn how to live our gifts. We must recognize the gifts blockers so that we can overcome them and rise up into our full potential. I really enjoy book that not only help my personally but give me information and tools that I can help others with. I recommend this book.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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MY TWO MEETINGS WITH KOBE BRYANT

Kobe Bryant, straight from high school becoming the youngest All-Star in NBA history at the age of 19. What an amazing basketball player who has amazed the world with his passion and discipline for the sport. With this passion and discipline he carried a strong leadership presence and amazing skills on the court that set new standards in the sport of basketball. Kobe has won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and played on both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams, winning gold medals with his teammates. After many years of inspiring the world through his passion and skill in basketball, Kobe is now retiring from the game. So many are sad and thankful at the same time. Sad because there will never be another Kobe Bryant yet thankful for the amazing 20 years he shared with us and demonstrated greatness on the court. Whether or not you were a fan, you could not deny the level of skill he played with. Twenty years ago Kobe walked onto the court straight from high school and today one of the best players to ever walk the court. For me, I am truly impressed and know that he has set very high standard for the next generation of NBA Basketball.

I myself had the privilege of meeting him on two very different levels in two very different times in my life. The first time I met him was when I was around 19 years old. At that time I did not know what I wanted to do with my life and had no clue that the next time I would met him would be because he himself reaching out to me to have lunch and talk leadership. Yes, you read that right… he and his agent reached out to me to have lunch and talk leadership. What an honor right?

Below is a picture of the first time we met in 1999 at a bowling fundraiser event he had. Interesting to me that there were many other celebrities there yet I only took a picture with him and little did we both know that we would meet again almost 6 years later to have lunch. At the fundraising event the only words share between us went something like this,

Richard, “Hey Kobe, you mind taking a picture with me?”

Kobe, “Sure”

Richard, “Thanks”.

That’s about it! Ha! But little did I know that we would meet again and that he would ask me about my view on leadership.

Now it’s the year 2005 and I myself am a totally different person with a totally different mindset and way of living. I now have a clear vision and purpose for my life and am actively making a different in the world. By this time I was traveling to different Nations teaching leaders to become more effective and influential in their spheres of influence. I was having conferences where 300 leaders from over 10 different nations would come hear me speak for 3 days. Also, Kobe was in a totally different place in his own life. In 2003 he was accused of sexual assault in Colorado, but the charges were eventually dropped and settled out of court. In 2004 Shaquille O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat and now Kobe himself became the cornerstone of the Lakers.

I received a phone call from Rob Pelinka who is Kobe’s agent. He asked to set up a meeting with him and Kobe to talk about the topic of “Leadership”. Wow! What an honor right? To be honest I was shocked and humbled and a little nervous. We set up our meeting about a week from that phone call to meet where lived in Glendora California. I picked a nice small Italian place near my home where I knew he wouldn’t be bothered for autographs and pictures. We all arrive and sit and begin chatting and getting to know each other. I was calm yet excited and had it set in my mind that I was going to impact both of them in a powerful way. Rob was truly a great guy and Kobe is blessed to have him as his agent. He was very intelligent, diplomatic, and compassionate. Kobe was a little quite at first but had a presence.

They begin to ask me what I thought was key to great leadership. I had lots to share about this topic and our talk was very interactive full of depth. They are two sharp guys who wanted to grow and be the best at what they did. We enjoyed our lunch and talk about leadership for over two hours. I was truly humbled and honored to sit with such amazing men and talk leadership.

After that day I asked myself, “Did my input impact them?” I believe it did but to what level I do not know. I do know that Kobe led the NBA in scoring during the 2005-07 seasons and scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. He also was awarded the regular season MVP award in 2008. I am definitely not saying this this happened because of me and our lunch chat but I am just honored to have had that time and share the knowledge I had on the topic of leadership with such great men.

As Kobe Bryant’s career is coming to an end it made me reflect on my own journey and how I have learned and grown in every area of my life. To meet Kobe for the first time when I was about 18 years old and not have a clue of what to do with my life to the second time meeting him when I was around 24 or 25 years old and have the opportunity to share with him my knowledge about leadership.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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ORANGES

Fruits That Should Be In A Pharmacy

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”

A single orange gives you almost a full day’s vitamin C, plus potassium.
Want to reduce your risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones? Drink orange juice. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that when women drank ½ to 1 liter of orange, grapefruit or apple juice daily, their urinary pH value and citric acid excretion increased, significantly dropping their risk of forming calcium stones.

The most important flavanone in oranges, herperidin has been shown to lower high blood pressure as well as cholesterol in animal studies, and to have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Importantly, most of this phytonutrient is found in the peel an inner white pulp of the orange, rather than in its liquid orange center, so this beneficial compound is too often removed by the processing of oranges into juice.

Through observation you will find that there is a law or a truest truth that says,“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If I plant an apple seed I will get an apple tree… pretty simple right? This simple but profound truth can be applied to many aspects of our lives. If I have negative thoughts what will those negative thoughts produce? Negative thoughts will produce negative talk/actions. “Seeds” of negative thoughts and talk produce negative actions.

If we speak out “seeds of negativity” what will we get in return? Negativity. Thoughts and words can be self-fulfilling prophecies because, “every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If “seeds produce after their own kind” that means the “seeds” you plant today will be what you harvest tomorrow. Therefore we must learn to be intentional with our “seed planting”.

Apply this truest truth to your diet. Learn to see that what you eat as “seeds” that will produce something in your life. Depending on that “seed”, your life can either gain health and happiness or gain physical disease and inward emotional dis-ease.

Fruits are filled with life and filled with nutrients that encourage and support life.

If you would intentionally “sow” more fruits into your diet, it will produce a harvest of health and happiness.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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CANTALOUPE

Fruits That Should Be In A Pharmacy

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”

When selecting melons, try to find perfect skin. Dents or bruising on the fruit can provide a path in for pathogens.

Cantaloupe is a brain and eye/vision food. Cantaloupe is a very good source of high levels of Vitamin A, C, potassium, and a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, and niacin (Vitamin B3). It’s exceptionally good for supporting brain and body energy production through good carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar stability.

Serving size: 1 cup, balled (177 g), 60 calories, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein, 16 g carbs, 120% vitamin A, 108% vitamin C, 14% potassium

Through observation you will find that there is a law or a truest truth that says,

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If I plant an apple seed I will get an apple tree… pretty simple right? This simple but profound truth can be applied to many aspects of our lives. If I have negative thoughts what will those negative thoughts produce? Negative thoughts will produce negative talk/actions. “Seeds” of negative thoughts and talk produce negative actions.

If we speak out “seeds of negativity” what will we get in return? Negativity. Thoughts and words can be self-fulfilling prophecies because, “every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If “seeds produce after their own kind” that means the “seeds” you plant today will be what you harvest tomorrow. Therefore we must learn to be intentional with our “seed planting”.

Apply this truest truth to your diet. Learn to see that what you eat as “seeds” that will produce something in your life. Depending on that “seed”, your life can either gain health and happiness or gain physical disease and inward emotional dis-ease.

Fruits are filled with life and filled with nutrients that encourage and support life.

If you would intentionally “sow” more fruits into your diet, it will produce a harvest of health and happiness.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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DIVORCIATE FROM WORK

If you are reading this note, it’s probably because you are someone who works while still asleep, right ?. And I understand completely because the current economy is forcing people to prove their value as employees sacrificing free time to spend more hours in the office or glued to his cellphone solving problems even after they clocked out.
But now I invite you to reflect, does your professional success involve letting your personal life behind? The answer is NO.
Of course not, quite the opposite. That makes you wear and that somehow you can not be more creative, to be awake and be proactive, and it will not take you to any road of success. It is therefore important that you achieve divorce work, detach it and give balance to your life. This way you can be more productive and achieve better results.
How you manage to work healthily divorce ? Very easy then I’ll give you some tips:
•Change your daily routine which can prevent years pass without enjoy life.
•Exercise at least 3 times a week, that reduces your stress level increases your safety and energy
•Invests time for your spouse, children and parents, will give an emotional stability to meet the challenges of the hectic pace of life.
•Do not eat at your desk, do not skip your lunch hour because sooner or later these attitudes affect your health.
•When you take your vacation use that time to rest, be with your family, relax, avoid addressing labor issues, by doing so you will recharge the batteries and come back motivated to work.
•Be the first to respect your day off, turn off your cell and rest to make the most of the days to come.

Now you know, sometimes it’s good divorce work for a while and feel you have life.

Adrian Gallardo

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BERRIES (strawberry, cherry, blueberry)

Fruits That Should Be In A Pharmacy

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”

Vaccine in Latin means, berries. To our ancestors berries were the gift of the Goddess of the garden that was the protection of the people. To ‘Bear or Protect’ led to the word ‘berry/bearer” hence, ‘vaccinium’ or vaccine a protector of health. Better vision, clearer thinking, neuro-immune strengthening, and more, all from enjoying berries.

Isn’t this “berry” good news!

Strawberry

Seek out unblemished berries with a bright-red color extending to the stem, and a strong fruity smell. They’re neither hard nor mushy. Ideal storage: Place unwashed berries in a single layer on a paper towel in a covered container in your refrigerator.

Serving size: 1 cup, halves (152 g), 49 calories, 3 g fiber, 1 g protein, 12 g carbs, 149% vitamin C, 29% manganese

Cherries


Cherries often get the credit for being a nutritional powerhouse. They’re also an excellent source of anthocyanins, which, along with fiber, vitamin C, and flavonoids, makes cherries super protective against cancer.

Phytochemicals in cherries have also been shown to lower inflammation in the body.

They are a treatment for diabetes because they can lower blood sugar levels. They strengthen the nerves and muscles of the heart directly and naturally thin clogged blood.

Blueberry

A mere 3.5 ounces contains more antioxidants than any other fruit. Drizzle with lemon juice and mix with strawberries for a disease-fighting super-snack.

Blueberries help the brain. They protect the brain from oxidative stress and reduces’ the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Blueberries scientifically improve both learning capacity and motor skills of the aging making them mentally equivalent to much younger people. Blueberries also act as an unusual type of pro-biotic by blocking attachment of bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Blueberries are high in natural aspirin. The blueberry activity helps to clear urinary tract, the bowels and improving heart and lung function the Brain receives the greatest benefit.

Serving size: 1 cup (148 g), 84 calories, 4 g fiber, 1 g protein, 21 g carbs, 36% vitamin K, 24% vitamin.

Through observation you will find that there is a law or a truest truth that says,

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If I plant an apple seed I will get an apple tree… pretty simple right? This simple but profound truth can be applied to many aspects of our lives. If I have negative thoughts what will those negative thoughts produce? Negative thoughts will produce negative talk/actions. “Seeds” of negative thoughts and talk produce negative actions.

If we speak out “seeds of negativity” what will we get in return? Negativity. Thoughts and words can be self-fulfilling prophecies because, “every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If “seeds produce after their own kind” that means the “seeds” you plant today will be what you harvest tomorrow. Therefore we must learn to be intentional with our “seed planting”.

Apply this truest truth to your diet. Learn to see that what you eat as “seeds” that will produce something in your life. Depending on that “seed”, your life can either gain health and happiness or gain physical disease and inward emotional dis-ease.

Fruits are filled with life and filled with nutrients that encourage and support life.

If you would intentionally “sow” more fruits into your diet, it will produce a harvest of health and happiness.

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APPLES

Fruits That Should Be In A Pharmacy

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”

applesEat the skin for a high dose of fiber — both soluble (the type that helps lower cholesterol) and insoluble (it keeps you regular). In addition to meeting 15 percent of your daily fiber needs, an apple is crammed with antioxidants.

Apples- All 10,000 Trillion cells in your body love apples. To take full advantage of the nutrients in apples, it’s important to include the skins. Since the skins are also most exposed to the outside world, we always recommend the purchase of organically grown apples to minimize the apple skin’s exposure to unwanted pesticide sprays and other potential contaminants.

Through observation you will find that there is a law or a truest truth that says,

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If I plant an apple seed I will get an apple tree… pretty simple right? This simple but profound truth can be applied to many aspects of our lives. If I have negative thoughts what will those negative thoughts produce? Negative thoughts will produce negative talk/actions. “Seeds” of negative thoughts and talk produce negative actions.

If we speak out “seeds of negativity” what will we get in return? Negativity. Thoughts and words can be self-fulfilling prophecies because, “every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If “seeds produce after their own kind” that means the “seeds” you plant today will be what you harvest tomorrow. Therefore we must learn to be intentional with our “seed planting”.

Apply this truest truth to your diet. Learn to see that what you eat as “seeds” that will produce something in your life. Depending on that “seed”, your life can either gain health and happiness or gain physical disease and inward emotional dis-ease.

Fruits are filled with life and filled with nutrients that encourage and support life.

If you would intentionally “sow” more fruits into your diet, it will produce a harvest of health and happiness.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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CRITICISM

Definition of Criticism:
1. To find fault with: criticized the decision as unrealistic.
2. To judge the merits and faults of; analyze and evaluate.

We don’t need a special gift or powerful discernment to see our faults and weaknesses in people. Whether in our appearance or ability we know we have faults and weaknesses. We all know somewhat where we lack. We know we sometimes do wrong and fall short. When I ask people, “What are your weaknesses?”, 95% of the time they will quickly give me a list. The sad thing is that when I say, “ok, now what are your strengths?” Most of the time they have a lot of trouble giving me a list of their strengths. Many times they will ask me to help because they can’t think of any, so I quickly give them a list. After giving them a list of their strengths they realize how difficult it was to think of their strengths and it’s at that time that I will strategically I ask them, “Why is it so easy for you to give me a list of your weaknesses yet so hard for you to share your strengths?”

What is Self-Criticism?
Self-criticism is something that can rob and kill your life. I’m not talking about self-examination, which is what I want to encourage you to do.
Self-examination is self-criticism through love. Speaking the truth in love. It’s truth that empowers.
Self-Examination is necessary to keep us advancing in every area of our lives.
Self-Examination is looking at yourself and being honest about who you are and who you are not (true humility).
Self-examination is to clearly look at yourself and life in order to be most effective in your stewarding your life in a way that has direction & purpose.
Self-examination isn’t faultfinding but rather potential finding.

The level of self-criticism I see in a person I believe is an indicator of what capacity that person is able to love those around them. I have noticed that the people who are hard on themselves are usually hard on those around them. How they feel about themselves is a main ingredient in how they will treat others.

If you can see your faults & weaknesses, great! This means that you are not in denial. The key is, DO NOT dwell on them. Look past the problem into the potential. Anyone can see the problem. You don’t need to be gifted to do that. To be able to see past the problem and into the potential takes eyes to see and being intentional. This also applies when looking at others. Instead of reacting &/or getting annoyed with others faults and weaknesses see past those problems & into their potential.

Applying this principle of seeing past the problem and into the potential will change your life. It’s gets you to live in a constant renewed mind that see’s good! This is so powerful! What you behold you will become therefore if you focused on good you become better but if you focus on the negative’s it’s will hold you back and even take you down.

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BODY MIND AND SOUL

Your Inward Reality Will Define Your Outward Reality

A human being is an amazing complex unit. When thinking about our health and happiness we should not begin to divide ourselves into parts because each part does not function independently. Each part of our body functions together in harmony as a whole unit. As I get more into this topic understand for teachings sake I will teach about the different parts of our being in “boxes” so that we can gain a clearer understanding of our being as a whole.

What is the Body?

First understand that we are spiritual beings. We live in a body and we possess a soul but the real person inside of us is our spirit. Our soul consists of our mind, emotions and will but our bodies are obviously what we live in while we are here on earth. Our physical body houses our spirit & soul; it’s the ‘vehicle’ for our spirit and soul.

What is the Spirit?

Our Spirit is the ‘child’ of The Creator. Our spirit is the essence of ourselves. It represents our spiritual will and decisions &/or our urgency to make known who we are, and to love and nurture others. Our spirit is housed in a series of ‘bodies’ or ‘vehicles’, which, is our body and soul.

Quick Practical Tip

Healthy thoughts help to create healthy emotions. Having both healthy thoughts & healthy emotions will produce healthy actions. All this equals success & happiness in your life!

What is the Soul?

Our soul is our mind, emotions & will. Our soul is the ‘vehicle’ for the Spirit. Our soul expresses our moral values through our beliefs, words, actions, ideals, conscience, and intuition. Our soul is where are core values are established. Our soul is the ‘child’ of our Spirit

Now I will get a little deeper into our what our “Soul” is.

Our soul is our mind, emotions & will.

Mind

Our brain processes info, makes decisions & sends millions of impulses through our nervous system everyday. Our brain decides how warm to keep our body, how much food to digest, where to send more blood etc. There is a process with what’s going on in the spirit & soul. The spirit & soul are influencing our thought process & the brain is influencing what is happening in the spirit/soul. It is the spirit within a man, which illuminates his being & reveals thoughts. It’s helpful to keep in mind the function of the spirit in enabling a person to think. The spirit is the energy quickening the mind. Again the point is that the entire person-spirit, soul & body is involved on ones thinking process.

Emotions

We cannot assign emotions only to our soul. Our physical bodies also show emotional responses. Changes in our bodies can even be measured as emotions are aroused. We can have emotional turmoil within the soul, and also sadness in our spirit. We can have joy coming from our spirit while we can also have joy within our soul. We can be troubled in our spirit and can be grieved in our soul. Therefore emotions cannot be assigned to only one part of our being but rather that they are rooted throughout.

Examples: If you put an anti-depressant drug into your bloodstream your entire being will be affected. Other drugs can also cause sexual passions. One part affects the whole.

The Will

Where is a person’s will located? The will of persons permeates the entire being.

You can make conscious decisions at the level of your spirit not to sleep. However, the demands of the physically body will eventually overrule your conscious decision from your mind. How about breathing? You are capable of making a conscious decision right now to stop breathing. In that case, your/spirit to some degree is ruling over the natural governing processes of your body. However, you cannot hold your breath too long. You will lose consciousness & your physical body will overrule. Your physically body has some degree of control over your conscious decisions. Also, many drugs are so powerful that a persons thoughts & actions can be controlled by them. This shows us that the soul/spirit does not have a free will independent of the body. Again, we can conclude that the will of individuals involves & permeates the whole person.

As you can see we human are complex units. Each part of our body functions together in harmony as a whole unit. We must learn to look at ourselves as a whole unit in order to achieve and maintain a greater level of health and happiness in our lives.

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The Secret to a Perfect Interview

“How to Interview Like a Top MBA”
Author: Dr. Shel Leanne

This book is about learning how to be more prepared and confident when going to an interviewed. It prepares you to have a successful interview and get the job but I’m using it for another reason. I’m using this book to gain insights not only to help train and prepare people to be interviewed but also to train recruiters to conduct the interviews on others.

This is very helpful when I am working with businesses and corporations because when organizations choose the right people for the job, train them well and treat them appropriately, these people not only produce good results but also tend to stay with the organization longer. This is very powerful information and tools for any business or for someone who is hiring someone for a certain position and/or project.

Richard Martinez
Transformational Expert

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