Sunday, March 30, 2008

Skate Boarding at Hickam Skate Park

One our favorite places on the whole Island to spend a Sunday afternoon is the Hickam Skateboard park.

My 15 year old son Justin is pretty good. He's been skating for almost 7 years now. We try to get down to the Hickam skateboard park as often as we can. And of course, I always bring my camera.

The park is open in the evenings 6 days a week, and the prices are very reasonable. It's either $5 a day, or if you buy a yearly pass for $20, it's only $3 a day. There's always some sort of supervision, so provided that kids aren't under 10, it's even ok to leave them at the park, and come back for them when they're done. It is on base though, so you'll need to either have a military ID card, or have someone sponsor you through the gate if you want to skate this park.

In addition to the two big bowls, there's also a street course, and even full-pipe under construction. These are not your average backyard cheap skateboard ramps.

flyinghigh.gif



hickamskatepark.gif



streetcourse.gif



Of course, Justin isn't happy unless he's doing some sort of flying tricks ...

skatejump_pencil.gif



intothebowl.gif



justinskate.gif



After we got home, and I started editing pictures, a quick google search even let me find a site where I could make an animated gif of one of his jumps (requested for his myspace page):

skateboard chair jump

Fortunately we haven't had any broken bones or other major accidents at the skateboard park. But, that doesn't mean that he always lands every trick ...

skateboard_wipeout.gif



Aloha til next time ...

Todd
0

Hawaii Volcano Eruptions


Creative Commons License photo credit: SF Brit

It's an exciting time to live in Hawaii. The Kilauea volcano over on the Big Island started spewing smoke and ash over the past couple of weeks. This is the most active that the volcano has been in the past 25 years.

I definitely plan to get over to the Island of Hawaii sometime in the next couple of months to take a few pictures of my own. But in the mean time, I just made a new friend on Blog Catalog, who has a website all about Volcanoes. Check it out: Hawaii Volcano Guide.

Aloha til next time ...

Todd
0

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Striking the Right Balance Between Family and Business

Are you one of those people who will do Whatever It Takes to succeed in your business?

boy_at_window Do you spend hours at a time on the computer?

Ever caught yourself saying you're "too busy" to help your kids with their homework, or play a game, because you have "one more phone call to make"?

Which is more exciting to you ... answering email from a "hot prospect", or going to dinner and a movie with your "hot" spouse / significant other?

How often do you go to bed at night feeling guilty that you haven't worked "hard enough"?

In short ...

Are you more focused on Dreaming about the life you Want, at the expense of Living the life you Have?



Don't get me wrong, I love having a part-time business, and I'm very much in favor of making lots and lots of money. But ...

There's more to measuring Success than just counting up the number of zeros in your bank account.

If you ever find yourself getting to the point where your family (and possibly even your friends) are not your First priority in life, it might just be an indication that it's time re-examine your priorities.

It's kind of ironic actually ...

Most people, when asked why they started a home based business, will reflexively reply "To Spend More Time With My Family".

... even as they devote almost all of their "free" time to the never ending pursuit of the almighty dollar.

The sad part is, I don't think it has to be this way.

One of my favorite motto's when it comes to building a successful home bused business has always been ...

If you're not Having FuN, you're not Doing it Right



I don't know about you, but if I ever get to the point where spending time with my family and friends isn't my idea of FuN, I've got way bigger problems than not having enough zeros in the bank account.

So, Honest assessment time ...

Are you currently finding a good balance between building your business and spending quality time with the people who are important in your life? And if so, what are some of your "secrets"?

Til next time,
Todd
8

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Power of Rewarding Yourself

Goal Setting is Easy

photo credit: Kamal H.

... it's achieving goals where many of us tend to run into problems.

Why do you suppose that is?

Do we set unrealistic goals? Do we not try hard enough? Maybe we're not always totally honest about what we really want? These are all possible roadblocks.

But, I think the #1 Reason that People Don't Achieve Their Goals is ...

We spend way too much time Beating Ourselves Up.

You know how it is. You get to the end of the day, and look back at your "to do" list, and our natural instinct is to immediately start looking for all the ways that we were either not good enough, or just plain not enough.

If you're anything like me, on any given day, these "nots" are all to easy too find.

But, is all this Negative Focus doing us any Good?

If we go to bed every night, Knowing that we haven't even achieved All of our short-term goals for the day; over time, what do you suppose that's going to do to our motivation, when it comes to setting and working towards our long-term goals?

"What's the use? I might as well just give up now."

And that's how it starts. We've planted the seed that will eventually cause us to fall short of our dreams and ambitions. And here's the reason why ...

We tend to Get exactly What we Expect


... and our short-term experience tends to be the primary driver of our long term expectations. For all intents and purposes, we're teaching ourselves to Expect Failure.

But, what if we tried something different?

What if, every night, instead of looking for all the things we Didn't Do; we instead make a list a of all the Great things (no matter how small or seemingly insignificant) that we DID accomplish that day?

And then, Reward and Praise ourselves for our Achievements.

Do you think it might make a little bit of a difference? Is it possible we might be teaching ourselves to view our long-term goals through a different, (more productive) prism?

:-)

It's no accident that when I make an entry to my Online Dream Board, before I even think about listing my Goals or Intentions, I first write a little about ...

Things that I'm Thankful For


Things that I Like About Myself


And where do you suppose I come up with these "good" things?

You guessed it ... my "reward list" from the night before.

I hope you found this helpful.

Keep havin FuN!
Todd
9

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Your Product or Service IS your Funded Proposal

Are "Funded Proposals" a good way to build your network marketing business?

We've all seen them out there ...

"Systems" that purport to teach you a "better" way of sponsoring, and thereby building your network marketing business. The underlying premise of most of these "programs" is that your sponsor and/or or anyone else who is successfully building a business is somehow "lying to you" about the "best" way for You to get to where they are.

Shocking as it may seem (sarcasm intended), the ultimate solution presented by each of these systems is that you should:

  1. Purchase their ebook

  2. Join their affiliate program

  3. Use their affiliate page as your primary means of promotion

  4. Then attempt to "back-end" your affiliate customers into your "primary" mlm program



Call me silly, but I just don't get it?

I was always taught that one of the keys to a building viable network marketing program is that we already have a built in "funded proposal" ... our product or service.

If I've already got a great product, that puts cash in my pocket while introducing new people to my business model, why in the world would I need to try to sell them an ebook?

Hey, maybe I'm wrong, but I've yet to meet anybody who's built a large (and stable long-term) income in this industry primarily on the premise that everybody else is Telling Lies.

What do you think?

Todd
6

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Whale Watching In Hawaii

On Thursday the 28th of February my daughter's elementary school went on the best field trip of the year!

whalewatching.gif



We went on a two hour Whale Watching cruise off the coast of Honolulu.

navatek.gif


At 9 am we boarded the Navatek I, which is docked in the Harbor near Aloha Tower.

It only took about 15-20 minutes to reach our destination about 1/2 a mile out from Sand Island at the entrance to Honolulu Harbor. When the first spray from a blow hole was spotted, everybody found a good spot on the observation decks, and got their cameras ready.

IMG_5039p.jpg

IMG_5036p.jpg

IMG_5069j.jpg

The first real glimpse of what we came to see was the fluke of an adult Humpback Whale, just a couple hundred yards off shore, with downtown Honolulu, and Aloha Tower in the background.

IMG_5064w.jpg

It was only a few minutes later that the real fun started. A Baby Humpback Whale ... possibly the calf of the adult who's tail we'd just seen ... started jumping out of the water. Over the course of the next hour, this particular baby whale breached over 50 times. The kids definitely got their money's worth.

IMG_5101w.jpg

IMG_5184w.jpg

IMG_5164w.jpg

IMG_5144w.jpg

IMG_5131w.jpg

IMG_5124w.jpg

On the way in, Carly, the cruises' whale expert commented to a few of the girls that this baby whale was by far the most active that she's ever seen.

IMG_5080p.jpg

We ended the day back at Aloha Tower, where of course we had to stop and feed the fish swimming in the boat harbor.

IMG_5274f.jpg


Finally, I found this site with a link to a Live Whale Watching Cam ... check it out, maybe you'll see some whales too.
5