State of Mind

In my school, they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life... 

 – John Lennon 

Fear of What Comes Next…

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Inspiration, Positive Thinking | 1 comment

Fear of What Comes Next…

In our lives, we go through one phase after another. It’s natural and inevitable. Life’s milestones come and go and are then promptly replaced by new ones. From kindergarten to middle school, to high school to college to career to better career and so on. In recent months I’ve witnessed high school graduations and beautiful fairytale marriages, close friends have attained their PhD or obtained coveted new jobs, others have been promoted, gained important professional certifications, secured big new contracts for their...

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The Quest Continues!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Positive Thinking | 0 comments

The Quest Continues!

Where’s Amir?? I’m still here! I wish I could excuse my lengthy absence by saying that I’ve been locked away in some Turkish prison, unable to write or communicate in any way with the outside world until my recent (very daring and completely badass!) escape with the help of the warden’s lovely, lovestruck daughter and my trusty steed – a mighty black stallion named Triumph! Alas, the truth is far less exciting – it was the Warden’s sickly aunt who came to my rescue, and the ‘trusty steed’...

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King of Rocking Chairs?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Inspiration, Longevity, Positive Thinking | 1 comment

King of Rocking Chairs?

I recently went to my first Major League Baseball game. Mind you, I’m not at ALL a baseball fan, but I had a great time nonetheless – in fact, it couldn’t have been a better evening; the weather was lovely as was my companion and the home team Braves won in extra innings to bring the fans to their feet. To top it all off, after the game there was a concert by the great Run DMC, their first live show in over a decade and also their first stage appearance since the untimely demise of the legendary Jam Master Jay. From what I saw of...

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Writes of Passage: The Game is Afoot!

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Positive Thinking | 4 comments

Writes of Passage: The Game is Afoot!

What does it mean to be a man? How does one transition from being a boy to becoming a man? Is achieving manhood simply a function of time? A state of mind? A way of life, or perhaps simply a level of maturity? Is it something which is taught and learned or more of an innate quality which some have while others…not so much? Who can really say what the answer to any of that is, certainly not I, but I do know this – every boy must accomplish something that proves, even if only to themselves, that they have arrived as a man in this...

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What makes you do it?

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Exercise, Fat Loss, Positive Thinking | 2 comments

What makes you do it?

It seems like I’m on someone’s plane more often than not these days. I don’t mind flying but it forces the question: what to do with all that idle time? In my case one would think maybe the answer would be to get in lots of writing, which is typically the plan going in, but the reality is more like this – half the time I’m sleep and the other half I’m deeply in thought. The musings of Amir on a recent 6 hour flight to Peru mostly revolved around my annual fitness challenge, 6 weeks of high intensity...

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How Bad Do You Want It?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in Exercise, Fat Loss, Inspiration, Positive Thinking | 3 comments

How Bad Do You Want It?

I talk to people all the time about their goals, aspirations, interests and dreams. We all have them. In fact, I’d bet its actually hard for you to get through an average day in the world without someone blathering on to you about how they plan to start a business, lose some weight, stop smoking, get out of debt or take a dream trip to a dream place. The problem for most people I speak to is this: what they say they want and what they’re actually willing to work their ass off to get appear to be two very different things...

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Winter Wonderland, and OTHER Damned Excuses

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Exercise, Fat Loss, Positive Thinking | 0 comments

Winter Wonderland, and OTHER Damned Excuses

This has been a great year for the kid so far. Probably the best start to a year that I can recall in fact. I’ve traveled whenever and wherever I wanted to go, spent plenty of time with my closest family and friends, written my first book which became an Amazon #1 best seller after only 4 days on the market and to top it all off, I just saved a FORTUNE by switching my car insurance over to Geico. Yep – there’s no doubt about it, 2013 is truly ‘the year of Amir’ at this point. Its gotten so bad good that my...

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Valentine’s Day Thoughts

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Inspiration, Positive Thinking | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day Thoughts

Those of you who know me personally probably won’t be at all surprised to hear that I could give less than a damn about the fact that it’s Valentine’s Day. It’s just another day of the week as far as I’m concerned. Sometimes I feel sorry for the people who are gullible enough to let this ‘holiday’ so severely affect their emotional state. I hate to see my people walking around all SAD as if instead of V Day, they’re celebrating ‘Single Awareness Day’ because no one got them anything. And I do mean anything...

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Happy New You!! – Why New Year’s Resolutions Are For Suckers

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Exercise, Fat Loss, Inspiration, Nutrition | 1 comment

Happy New You!! – Why New Year’s Resolutions Are For Suckers

I find the traditional practice of making so called ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ to be rather comical. Most of the people I know who practice this tradition seem to have known for months what they want or need to change in their life, but evidently have been too weak or too dumb to start doing it right away; Instead they wait for the beginning of the year to announce their grand intentions to the world and thereby, I think, try to convince themselves that they will actually be successful with their new endeavors. The problem here...

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Create A Life You Love

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Inspiration, Positive Thinking | 0 comments

Create A Life You Love

Early on in my professional career I worked with a guy who we all thought was a beast, a true company man. He had been with the company for over 20 years at the time, and while its true that I would have probably taken my own life before staying in that particular job anywhere near that long, I still had to admire the long term dedication and commitment he showed. He was always the first guy in the office in the morning and the last to leave at night. Literally no matter what ungodly time you showed up, thinking you were getting in early to...

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