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Thursday, June 18, 2009


Dear loving readers,

No doubt some of you may have read about the book by Napoleon Hill, " Think and Grow Rich" and some of you may not have the time to read it. Whatever it is, I believe that the short version of it is definitely of great use to all of us. As such, I post this short version for your quick reference and action.

You may click at the title to read the brief of this book from my previous post on some of my recommended books.

By Norman Harlett on Napoleon Hill ‘Think and Grow Rich’

1. Are You "Built To Last"?

Getting from where we are to; where we want to be...
What's the best way to get from where we are to where we want to be?

We know from Napoleon's advice that if we are clear of what we want, fuel it with desire, sprinkle it with faith and use the power of our subconscious mind, what we can achieve is unlimited.

ALWAYS preserve the core, AND THEN stimulate progress.

What he meant is that you need to understand and maintain what has resulted in your current level of success, then build upon with new and innovative things to the core.

To me, this simple theory was a good reminder.

What I tend to do is create a wave of success and then try something different, thinking what I can achieve is even greater level of the success... rather than...

Maintaining the efforts to build the first wave of success and adding to that success by trying something different.

Do you see the difference?
It's a matter of where you spend your energy.

What you want to do is allocate enough energy to keep your proven method of success rolling and then allocate a small share of energy to new success processes to your core success.

If you do this, you'll keep your success momentum going. You'll not only minimize times of doubt and fear, but maximize your creative juices. Simply put, you'll be spending more time in the "success zone".

You may proceed to download your free copy of Napoleon Hill's classic "Think and Grow Rich" from internet.

2. Do This ONE THING And Your Future Riches Are Secure...

He meant that commanding the power of your own mind through autosuggestion (putting yourself in a relaxed state and submitting your goals to your subconscious mind).

Now, he says a lot more in the book... the importance of Faith, Desire, etc, so that you stay on track and you continue to do the things (autosuggestion as the main one) that will lead to Riches.

Simple? Yes.
Easy? No.

Why not easy? Because we require habit and training our minds is not a habit... yet.

Life is a chain and there's no disconnecting it. Everything you do is to be connected. Combine this with your belief that the first thing you need to do to be successful is to feel good about yourself.

3. Take Your Best Shot! (I'll still reach my goals!)

Chance has a way of throwing things in the path of your success!

You do all the planning to get from point "A" to point "B"... and it seems SO-O-O-O simple. Then something happens.

You, or someone close to you has an unexpected accident or illness.

A law is passed that changes the opportunities in the industry you're in.
Etc. Etc.
I'm not belittling any of these occurrences and saying that they are not important and not worthy of excusing some forward progress toward your goals.

I AM saying that whatever the circumstance you are in, you can adjust, make the best of it and continue, with albeit, smaller steps for a time, toward your goals.

4. Use What God Gave You!

"Use what God gave you!"
... meaning that if I thought about it long enough, I'd figure it out... and I usually did!

Napoleon is saying:
* You have the tool to make things happen for yourself (via the subconscious mind)
* You can direct your subconscious mind to achieve anything you want (via programming by Auto Suggestion)
* The more energy (Faith, Desire, etc.) you put behind a thought, the more your subconscious mind will work on it for you.
* The subconscious mind is your connection to the higher power (prayer, autosuggestion... any means of slipping into the alpha brain-wave state will connect you with the power of the Infinite Intelligence)

5. Bridging Faith Into Action

It means that no matter what the idea or goal, the achievement of that idea or goal can only become reality if you put energy behind the idea and take action.

I go through this little analysis because many of you write me about ideas and goals and dreams that you have and are frustrated that your goals/ideas/dreams remain illusive.

Even more than illusive... far, far away.
I always inquire where you are in your journey/plan to achieve your goal.
The answers vary, but most respond with the fact that on the way to the goal, something got in the way (work, kids, money, whatever) and now the plan is stalled.
The dream is stalled. The dream is fading.
When I see this happening to me, here's what I do... actually, more precisely, here's how I THINK.
I consider each roadblock... each stall... a new beginning... and I treat is as such.
The overall original "journey" hit a roadblock, so now I have a new mini-journey... the journey of getting through this roadblock so that I can continue the overall journey.
And thinking like this WORKS!
For example, I needed money to develop the first product.
Everything I was earning was supporting my lifestyle and I had no extra. (Did this ever happen to you?).
So, I had a new mini-journey. Find the money to product my first product.
Over the next several months, I got on the phone and made literally hundreds of calls to Sales coaches, Sales firms, etc., looking for a partner that would embrace my idea.
On about my 400th phone call, I got the ear of someone who believed in my idea and Bingo!, Subconscious Training Corporation was born.
After a few more mini-journeys (roadblocks) were travelled, and about 15 months of time, I went full time into my new venture and haven't looked back since.
What I did is not magic.
It's the application of the understanding that...
"Every journey starts with the first step."
and every hurdle is just a mini-journey to take another step into.

6. Stay Positive, When Negativity Invites You In!

According to Napoleon Hill, the power of the subconscious mind is an amazing thing.
In the chapter on "The Subconscious Mind", Napoleon writes:

"There is plenty of supporting evidence to support the belief that the subconscious mind is the connecting link between the finite mind of man and the Infinite Intelligence. It is the intermediary through which one may draw upon the forced of the Infinite Intelligence at will."

He goes on to say:

"It, alone, contains the secret process by which mental impulses are modified and changed into their spiritual equivalent. It, alone, is the medium through which prayer may be transmitted to the source capable of answering prayer."

He's saying that not only can you submit information to the subconscious mind (via auto-suggestion) so that you "become" the person you want to be and to create your outcomes, but it's is also the vehicle through which we communicate with the higher consciousness (higher power, God!)

To deliver positive messages to the subconscious mind (so that our mind will then make "positiveness" true for us), you must put positive emotion behind your thinking. The seven major positive emotions are:

And at the same time, you must be careful not to spend a lot of your emotion on the seven major negative emotions:
Because... "Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time."

7. Developing a Long Term Success Plan for Your Master Mind

As individuals, we cannot achieve this on our own because our myopic view can cloud our perspective. As a group, the possibilities for expansive thinking are endless.
Develop or join a group that suited your needs.

1. Focus on developing trust
2. Establish momentum
3. Have the commitment from your members
4. Seeking feedback from group members keeps the group productive. This is achieved by asking each person to reflect on what worked and what didn't in the meeting, and how the group can improve the next meeting. It keeps the group focused and on track.
5. Establish the group's protocol before the group is formed.
6. Take charge and be choosy about who you select as members in the starting group. It's better to start off small, and build the group than to go for volume without substance.
7. Know how to fire a group member if things aren't working out. Decide how you will eliminate group members before you form the group. If you wait until the group is up and running, and a problem exists, it will be too late to backtrack.

Trust this short version is of great help to you.

Cheers and have a fruitful day,

James Oh

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ions and your health

Dear my loving readers,

Below please some photos taken at several places of my house.

Rock Salt Crystal Lamp with other decorative item at the table top in my living room.

Another crystal salt lamp with small water fountain at the table top - see it can be decorative item as well. This photo is taken at my computer corner of my house.

Some of you may surprise why you show you all these photos.

I strongly believe that health is number 1 concerns for most of the people, if it is not everyone. That's why I post such article in believing you too may reap these benefits.

Some of you may know what benefits it offers. For those who have not, please continue to read.

About Ions And Your Health

We spend most of our lives in enclosed places. Our frame of mind and physical condition depend on the composition of the air that we breath. Air is electrically charged, which means it contains in definite proportions, positively charged molecules (positive ions) and negatively charge molecules (negative ions). Scientific research has shown that their balance is required to create a good mood. Computers screens, air-conditioning, and TV sets are sources of surplus positive ions in the air. These devices make an electrical smog that can lead to bad moods, weakness and sleeplessness. We must add negative ions to the atmosphere to achieve a balance in the air and neutralize the electrical smog around our homes and work places.

The environment we live in, is full of positive ions which makes the air more polluted. These positive ions are being discharged by electrical appliances, high voltage networks, heating and cooling plants, radio and television transmitters, radar systems, tobacco, computers and TV sets. Rock Salt crystal is known to be one of the most efficient emitters of negative ions that improve the air quality.

Salt lamps create a micro climate that is similar to the air after a light spring storm.

In the high country and near the water falls, fresh air carries around 4000 negative ions per cubic centimeter whereas in big cities, during rush hours and traffic jams, the negative ions do not exceed more than 100 to 120 ions per cubic centimeter. The presence of negative ions in the atmosphere create a state of well-being.

Salt crystal, thanks to its chemical composition, is an ideal source of negative ions.

Negative ions clean the air of:
· Dust
· Pollen (grass, weed and tree pollen)
· Dust mites
· Animal dander
· Smoke
· Odor
· Mold spores

Negative Ions help relieve symptoms of:
· Hay fever
· Asthma
· Seasonal affective disorder
· Depression
· Chronic fatigue

Negative Ions And The Brain
The atmosphere we breathe normally is full of positive and negative ions. Air conditioning, lack of ventilation, and long dry spells remove negative ions, which usually serve to latch onto airborne dirt particles and wrestle them to the floor, rendering the air purer. Roughly one-third of the population seems to be particularly sensitive to negative-ion depletion. The proportion of negative ions is highest around moving water (storms, oceans, rivers, waterfalls)—It's no wonder that we feel so energized at the beach. The best ratios of negative to positive ions are associated with waterfalls and the time before, during, and after storms. The worst are found in windowless rooms and closed, moving vehicles. Air purifiers typically work by emitting negative ions, which purify room air by attaching to impurities and sinking them.

High concentrations of negative ions are essential for high energy and positive mood (Thayer, 1996)[1]. In fact, Marian Diamond, a professor of neuroanatomy at the University of California, Berkeley, has found that levels of negative ions are inversely related to levels of serotonin in the brain. Negative ions suppress serotonin levels in much the same way that natural sunlight suppresses melatonin. Hence the invigorating effect of fresh air and sunshine and the correspondingly depressed feelings associated with being closed in and dark. If you deplete the air of negative ions, you experience an increase in serotonin and its attendant drowsiness and relaxation—not what you want when mental agility is demanded. Diamond's research (1988)[2], along with other information on ions, is summarized in Yepsen (1987).[3]

In an interesting twist, Josh Backon, a member of the Department of Cardiology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, writes in an Internet posting (his E-mail address is that in order to increase left-hemisphere activity (linear, language, logical), one can block the left nostril and engage in "forced unilateral nostril breathing." Likewise, to increase right-hemisphere activity (creative, holistic, emotional), the right nostril should be blocked. This practice increases the supply of negative ions to a specific hemisphere.

And here is an interesting book on ions in your life. Ions And Your Brain

The impact of negative ions is powerful. Originally they were found to help asthma patients. Later they were discovered to effect Serotonin levels in the bloodstream, stabilize alpha rhythms and to positively affect reactions to sensory stimuli. The attendant greater level of alertness can translate into improved learning, improved well being and enhanced performance of mental tasks.
Dr. Albert P. Krueger, a Microbiologist and experimental Pathologist at the University of California, found that an astonishing small quantity of negative ions could kill bacteria and quickly take them out of the air so they were less likely to infect people".

Rock Salt Crystal Lamps are highly suitable for daily use near Televisions, and Computers around smokers, in office with air-conditioning, during massage therapy, in mediation rooms and anywhere else you want to restore or preserve the natural air quality.

Salt lamps are very useful on a daily basis to improve our health and psyche. They not only make for pleasurable surrounding and notable conversation pieces, they have been reported to help improve our health.
Ionizers, or negative ion generators, produce negative ions. How? Under the action of a high voltage corona discharge or ultraviolet UVC light, or high heat an atom of oxygen in the air gains an electron, and it becomes negatively charged. This oxygen atom is now a negative ion, a very desirable condition. But, when an atom of oxygen loses an electron, it lacks a negative charge, and is therefore positive. This electronless atom is now a positive ion, an undesirable condition.
Himalayan Salt lamps are indeed beautiful. But do they emit meaningful levels of negative ions?
There are two types of salt lamps. European and Himalayn (from Pakistan). This test relates to Himalayn salt lamps.
Having personally tested a popular brand of rock salt crystal lamp in our lab, we can attest that it was all but worthless as a generator of negative ions.
After measuring the negative ion output level from the Himalayan salt lamp, we took our sensitive negative ion detector outdoors and measured a far higher lever of naturally occurring negative ions than the salt lamp emitted.
If the salt lamp's negative ion output would have been any lower, we could not have measured it. The salt lamp put out such a small level of negative ions that just taking a reading depleted the few negative ions that it did put out, and then the ion detector stopped indicating. We then had to remove the ion detector from near the salt lamp for a few minutes before we could again measure negative ions near the lamp. We couldn't tell the exact level of ions.
With high-density corona-discharge ionizers, the ion detector gives a far stronger reading, that does not decrease as it did when trying to measure the ion output from the salt crystal lamp. Moreover, the intense level of negative ions from the corona-discharge ionizer are detectable at a considerably greater distance (about 10 feet or more) than with the salt lamp (a few inches).
Negative ions measured outdoors with a thunderstorm in the distance are much greater than we measured from the salt lamp we tested. But still not as near as high as the intense levels of negative ions from a corona-discharge negative ionizer.
The bottom line: Himalayan salt crystal lamps emit very low levels of negative ions.
All Salt Lamps Are Not Equal.
Ion generation depends on many things including surface area and applied heat.
Ionization Ranking.
A smooth area has the least surface area.

A rough surface has the more surface area than a smooth surface. A rough surface can have many more times the surface area. And a rough surface will emit many more ions.
Conclusion One - A "polished" salt lamp gives off fewer ions than a hand chipped salt lamp with a rough surface area.

The larger the mass of salt the more ions that can be emitted. So a 5 kilogram salt lamp will have more surface area than a 1 kilogram salt lamp with the same shape.
Conclusion Two - A larger salt lamp gives off more ions.
A salt lamp made of salt chips has more surface area per kilogram than a solid salt lamp. So 5 kilograms of salt chips have many more times the surface area of a solid salt lamp.

Conclusion Three - The best salt lamp for ionization is one made of salt chips.

Trust you find the above information is useful and worth your consideration.

James Oh

Monday, June 15, 2009


Dear loving readers,

The week before last, I spent several days in my hometown, Georgetown, Penang and as usual visited my favorite shop, Ghee Hiang..

To know more information of this shop, please click at the title of the post

Below are some of the photos that were taken at the inside of the shop,at Jalan Macalister. If you want to locate this shop, look for the big signboard indicates their trademark and their celebration of more than 150 years, which you should not missed.

Which one of the view would you prefer?

Below is the photo taken at the outside of the shop, the big signboard of 150 years.

Can someone tell me why they have been using the baby as their trademark?

The photo taken from the main entrance. I am sitting at the nearly a century old black wood with mother of pearl sofa, facing the main entrance.

This photo shows one of the corners of the shop with a old coffee table, old bicycle and display cabinet.

Why did they display all these old antique? What is the real purpose of doing it?

Me at the inside of the shop.

Below are some of Tau Sar Pneah"(Green Bean Paste Pastry)and the sesame seed oil that I have bought from the shop. In the past, what drink is the best to eat with Tau Sar Pneah.? Please fill free to forward your answer through comment. Thank you in advance for your kind participation.

The shop front desk where orders and transactions are made.

Trust you enjoy the beauty of this shop.

Remember to pay the shop a visit when you were in Penang. Please check it out yourself.

James Oh

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Think of others who may need it

Dear my loving readers,

You will agree that I am wise enough to share the invaluable article below.


You know by now how important it is to offer service freely to your community without expecting anything specific in return. You know as well how important the intangible personal benefits of self-respect and inspiration that accompany such action are. But it is also true that by rendering a public service you have an effect on the values in your community. Your actions are a quiet but steadfast signal to others of the importance of being involved, a sign that success does not require heartless devotion to a cause and a reminder to others of the personal satisfaction you gain from your labor. You will find that you inspire others to similar actions in different areas, creating a ripple effect that extends far beyond what you alone can do. The community in which you live will become a better place, and you will be happier being a part of it.

Let us practice it more often and to form our behavior eventually.

James Oh