Personal Motivation

A number of years ago, my father drove me to the big Atlanta Airport to catch a flight to Dallas, Texas.  I was going to the home office of SMI, Success Motivation Institute, located in Waco, Texas, also the home of Dr. Pepper, one of my favorite drinks.  It was to be a momentous trip!

I had just recently, at that time, purchased a brand new franchise with SMI, as a distributor dealer.  This trip was for the purpose of introduction and extended training.  It was both a sad time and an exciting time for me and my Dad, for I was temporarily setting aside my real estate activities in order to pursue my goals in the personal motivation business.  My Dad thought it was a mistake, a misplaced effort of time and money, while I looked at it as being one of the greatest opportunities of my life.  An opportunity to break free of my past to a large degree and a chance to go after new goals and challenges.  Actually, I would never give up my real estate, but, rather would incorporate my new efforts with old efforts and past successes.  It, in my opinion, was a marvelous undertaking.

The “Dynamics of Personal Motivation” was our flagship program at that time.  It was a $600 program of tapes and workbooks, with a nice recorder/player, and all contained in a very nice first class attache’ case.  It was a force to be reckoned with, and with it, anything was possible in the world of developing your personal motivation.  It was a marvelous tool, like I have never seen before or after.  The world was at my doorstep and I was the bus driver on the new tour of life, you might say!

My time spent with SMI and the wonderful people there, was eye opening and filled with all the motivational training and learning that I could absorb.  I would travel back and forth to Texas for seminars and additional training, product knowledge and new product introductions, and sales training, etc.  The people there were terrific and unlike any people I have ever know.  Paul J. Meyer, the founder of SMI, had assembled a first class working team with guys like Jim Sirbasku, Tom Weaver, and many others too numerous to mention.  I would like to say a big “Thank You” to Mr. Meyer and all the team who helped me and worked with me to bring me to the success I was meant to enjoy.

For many years, I worked with that material and the “Goal Setting” network of ideas and programs.  For me and many others, it was extremely meaningful and useful throughout my life and even now!  As I reflect back, I owe much to the training and the development of personal thought that has propelled me into the forefront of my own success.  For me, it has helped me to lead and live a “successful” life in so many areas.

Paul J. Meyer said, ” Whatever you sincerely believe, vividly imagine,  ardently desire, and enthusiastically act upon, most inevitably come to past!”  Remember this and you will be well on your way to personal success through the development of your very own personal motivation.

With these and other tools, you can develop and apply life lessons that will see you through both the wonderful  and the brightest of the days ahead!  Go for it!


How To Build an Airfield


First, start with a great big piece of land!  You may own it or you may lease it.  Ownership is probably the best.  In the most simple 2,000 ft X 100 ft.. runway you will consume 4.5 acres of land approximately.  Then there are the side setbacks, the approaches, the trees, any other obstructions, the prevailing winds, the terrain and other considerations like grass,  topsoil and grading.

You can build your own airfield but, it is not a light and easy project necessarily.  Of course if you already have a perfect and flat piece of ground with great clearances and good approaches you have it half made.  Many parts of the country offer this type of land amenity and it is a great start in building that special landing field.  After all, many an aviator has landed in the farmer’s field and used it as a base of operation for rides,  while on the barnstorming circuit; however, few of us today, have taken that route and it is a pretty “iffy” proposition!

When you get in places like North Georgia or any places where there are even small mountains and rolling hills, you are going to have an entirely different challenge.  It can become almost impossible to find a place flat enough and big enough to put in a good operational airfield.  Look mostly for valleys and bottom land (beware of flooding) and stay clear, if you can, of abrupt mountains and cliffs and canyons and bad approaches, and anything else that would constitute a difficult issue for safe operations.

Which, brings us to a very important consideration, LENGTH OF RUNWAY!  A J-3 Cub might be comfortable with as little as 1,000 ft. with good clearances and good approaches and departures, but a little bigger airplane like a Cessna 150 will require more like 2,000 ft or so.  Personally, if I were building an airfield, and I have built two, I would not build one less than 2,000 ft in length, and preferably 3,000 ft. in length.  It is a lot of work and you want to get the most “bang for you buck” as they say.  With 3,000 ft. it is so much more user friendly, but still with limitations.  If you fly a Bonanza, for example, you may want a 4,000 ft. field. The bigger the airplane, the bigger the field!  Light Jets require more like 5,000 ft. and the really big jets require more like 10,000 ft in length plus.

For the sake of this conversation, we are talking about “small” airfields for the grassroots enthusiast airman!  Private fields, mostly, built by owners and essentially non-commercial.  There is nothing more meaningful and satisfying to a pilot than to have his or her own private airfield!  The next best thing, is to live in a private “Airpark” where you can share your love for aviation and share the associated expenses of maintaining the airfield, like who is going to cut the grass and how often?  Usually, a home owner’s association is set up for the common operation of the airfield.  This is a good thing, and there are countless “Airparks” all across the country.  Just pick out where you want to live, be it Florida or Utah, and start looking.  There is something for everybody and everywhere!  Like the one I built, AyresSouth Fly-In Community, 0GA3, at Temple, Georgia.  We don’t have everything, but it is a good example of a 2,000 ft X 100 ft. airfield, with individual one acre lots available, and some have more. Try it out on Microsoft Flight Simulator!

All and all, building your own airfield can be a very rewarding and satisfying endeavor, but it is relatively expensive and takes a lot of determination.  I remember, when I first starting flying, I flew out of a small private grass airfield of 1,800 ft that had a BIG DIP in the middle of the runway length.  You could watch an airplane take off and it would go completely out of sight before liftoff!!!  Ummm  And it was one way in and one way out to boot!!!  Nice and level is really nice and good approaches from both ends is really desirable, for after all the wind may change tomorrow, and it usually does!

If this is your bag, go for it and give it your best shot!  You can do it, and the pure “Joy” you will get out of this endeavor is worth every cent!  And you, will never be the same again! Fly and be safe!


Board Games of Yesterday

Real board games have largely come and gone!  They have been replaced by the fast and furious games of the present!   Thumbs and fingers, jabbing and pushing, have replaced the articulate movements often required to move your “piece” another 10 moves on the game board.

Games, during my growing up years and even for a good while afterwards, were most often, large fold out hard cardboard playing areas with all sorts of colorful and zanty do dads and/or maps.  There were the traditional Chutes & Ladders, Parcheesi,  Scrabble, Operation, and many others.  Some of my personal favorites were strategy games like Broadsides, Dogfight, and Gettysburg and others that offered the players endless hours of figuring and re-figuring in a combative mode of operation.  Sometimes they took hours and hours to play just one games!  But, oh what fun!

Then there, of course, was the old stand-by Monopoly.  What a terrific game, originating during the Great Depression, it became one of the most played and loved games of all time and still is!  There was something for everyone in that game, even “Jail!”  And money flowed like wildfire!

Also, there were the good old and true, Checkers and Chess, which have stolen away many an hour of meditation and contemplation.  And the modified game of “give away.”  A lot of times, one would have to play checkers with bottle tops or such because that was all you had.  A 64 square board was always a pretty much given!

Years ago, about 3,000 years, to be exact, someone developed what is considered to be the oldest game known to man called “Go.”  Now, most often, played on a board, it originally was played as a circle in the sand, with opponents using dark and light stones as playing pieces, to see who could first bridge one side to the other, without being blocked.  It was, and still is a marvelous game, calling for great skill and strategy.  Just recently, within the realm of AI (artificial intelligence development)  a robot played and defeated a Master Go Champion, demonstrating to the world that, like in Chess, it is difficult to beat pure logic!

Which, may bring us to the game of choice, Marbles!  Learned and played in the school yard of old, it carried many a young boy and girl to victory, as did Jacks and Hopscotch and other playground games.  These games evolved to indoor games on boards and the world of gaming just grew and grew.

Now, look at Las Vegas, and how the world of gaming has developed over the years and playing for real money in a big way.  Of course, there are a million other games like Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, and others, but they are not the old traditional board games.

When I was in law school I was itching to be creative and for some reason, I developed my own real board game!   Made on a real “board” of 1 inch by 12 inches by 4 feet!  It had, because I drilled them, 3600 holes, for tiny pegs.  On the board was painted rivers, roads, mountains and such in color.  This was an “American Civil War” game!  The tiny pegs were painted and color trimmed to represent the Infantry, Calvary, and Artillery of both the Federal and the Confederate Armies.  I wrote the rules and regulations, etc., and then played it with some of my fellow law students who were actually in the Marine Corp.  They liked it and said it had great promise!  I was very  pleased and happy!

I never finished law school, but boy had I created a neat game!   Now that was a “Real Board Game” sure ’nuff!  In drilling all those holes, it is a wonder that I did not become a Dentist!


The Artist & the Muse

Art is a wonderful thing!  It is imagination and action rolled into one, with the outcome manifesting itself in expression.  It may be expression of love, beauty, disgust, ugly, bright, dark, abstract, realistic, surrealistic, futuristic, bold, subtle, brilliant, enlightening, empowering or any number of other adjectives!

It may also be a medium of choice, being the visual arts, like painting, drawing, sculpture, graphics, performing arts, such as acting, singing, musical performing, oratory, or perhaps writing, such as poetry or prose.  Certainly, the writer of a novel is as much of an artist as is a painter of portraits or a solo performer of music.  So the arts covers a lot of ground and sky and in between.

For the sake of our examination today, I would like to explore the “Muse” of art and where we might find our muse as we pursue this passion.  The world is full of inspiration, we only need to know where to look.  Sometimes we only need to look up, out or even down, to see that which is right before us.  Other times, we need to look deeply within ourselves to see and unravel the mystery of our passion, to see it for what it is and for what it is not.  Sometimes, we have to go away, a ways, to some quiet, profound, mysterious hillside or mountain side in the middle of no where, and sit and ponder, and let the “Muse” come to us upon it’s own choosing.  In short, I believe we have to open our heart and our mind to be receptive to our creative muse, who comes seemingly out of no where, to sit or wist whimsically around to bring us creative thought.

I have had such a secret mountain place and have, from time to time, found it to be exactly what “I” needed to come in contact with my “Muse!”  When you practice this type of behavior often enough, the muse will be more receptive to  visitation and creativity will become something that you can almost summon at will, not always, but generally.  No where is it written that you cannot just carry your muse with you or bring her or him or whoever, up at will, if you can.  It takes a little working at it and if you work at it every day you actually get better and better.

So, there you have it!  You can be creative whenever you want to.  It is most like a switch that you can turn on and off, once you find out where the switch is.  After graveling around in a dark room for a while, you finally find it and WHAMMO there is the light!  It may be a certain sound or sight or thought or color or picture or whatever it is that turns your creative connection on!  Seek, and you shall find it; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; ask, and it shall be given unto you! For this is the law of the universe!  Good luck and may the “Muse” always be with you!