The road to excellence and prosperity in any field of endeavor begins with the knowledge of and focus on fundamentals, not from the accumulation of techniques.

Certainty, confidence and professionalism develop from a focused, repeated, disciplined practice of the basic methods and techniques in your field.

Success follows the expert application of knowledge to real world problems.

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The Rain Came Down, by Myrna Jacobs


a poem by Myrna Jacobs

I read your letter in the rain

Sitting in a park called Freedom

It seemed so fitting


You told me you loved me

You said you knew how much I’d cried

And wondered why I stayed.


It’s all about the place called freedom

The one we’ve sought together

It’s about the lessons

Learned as two

It’s the way you smile and how you make me feel

It is the wisdom, it is the understanding.


There is a song I once heard

That said

“they can’t stop us on our road to freedom”

When I sent you the lyric,

I knew you’d see why I stay,

Why I help and why I wait


The rain came down but I didn’t care

I saw it as a cleansing thing

The cold wetness streaked my face

And fell on your words


And we hold on, no thrive.

Everyone wonders and nobody knows

It is you and always has been with you

That I wanted to travel this road

Myrna Jacobs

15 April 2006

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What Are You Thinking?

Did you know that whether it’s success or failure, you tend to create more of what you concentrate on? In my opinion, you’re better off focusing on what you do have than to keep putting your attention on what you don’t have.

Daniel Jacobs, 2017


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As I’ve said many times, I’m not perfect. I’ve made mistakes; many of them. I am sometimes wrong, but never uncertain or afraid of failing. To me, failure is only a temporary setback, not a life sentence. The fact of failing is a condition, and conditions will change. Adopt this mindset and it will serve you as it has and continues to serve me, for life. 🙂

Daniel Jacobs, 2017

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Give It A Name?

Relying on reason and logic to figure out people can leave you frustrated and confused. Why? Because most people don’t think at all. They are mostly only reacting to some unsuspected emotional stimulus in their environment. In fact, their thoughts, feelings, and actions may have little to do with their present time surroundings but could be only reminders of past, mostly painful, experiences.

In fact, their thoughts, feelings, and actions may have little to do with their present time surroundings but are only reminders of past, sometimes painful, experiences.

The time or space misidentification, creating an instantaneous action without logical thought, can then result in an odd reaction to what may be a relatively normal occurrence in the present,

Here’s an easy way to deal with such things at least temporarily:

Simply identifying the reaction for what it is, if only to NAME IT,  can diminish the symptoms.

Let me know how this works out for you.

Daniel Jacobs, 2016



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Commitment is the ability and willingness to persist in spite of every invitation and reason to do otherwise. Never quit. Never give up. Never give in. Success may be closer than you think. Any prediction of your potential success must include your belief in yourself.

Daniel Jacobs, 2016

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The Game of Love

dan and myrna st joeIt’s a game of reach and withdraw
It’s a game of give and take
It’s a game of love and hate

There’s a time to stand aside
Let the man you love go away
That will be when it seems too late

Running through the changes
Being sure to make them all
You are my bebop baby

When you miss, you fall back
You fall into the melody,
And you feel the love again

It’s a reach.
It’s a withdraw.
It’s love.

By Myrna Jacobs

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A Belated Birthday Gift, 2016

It has been my custom for nearly two decades to give a gift to my friends in celebration of my birthday. And although the date of my birthday in 2016 has come and gone, I am writing this as a belated gift to my friends

As I seem to tear through the years with increasing velocity (or ferocity?), I notice that to appreciate people more than things. In spite of the fact that I did think and feel such thoughts and emotions earlier in my life, such seem to hold more substance than before. I’ve lost some relatives and friends, whom I miss, but have also gained new ones as a welcome and rewarding part of my life.

Myrna Jacobs, my wife for over four decades, remains as always, my true love. She makes me wish I were better than I am and often prompts me to be so. Myrna has a native ability to see the beauty in people and things and records this with her camera. Magically, she can change the way someone thinks about and sees themselves simply with her photos of them. I’ve witnessed these phenomena time and time again with infants to well-seasoned adults. And, it is a gift that she freely shares with others, often without even a “thank you” in exchange for her talents. Still, she continues seeing and creating beauty in all aspects of life, and deserves all that she receives in return . . . and more. I love and admire her more than words can say.

My focus and intention at this point in life are first to be true to myself.

Second, by whatever means, to empower those who strengthen me.

Third, again, by whatever means, to lessen or diminish my exposure and connection to those who would weaken my friends or me and those I love.

And, if you have received and are taking the time to read this message, you can count yourself as one of my friends, and I’m happy that you are.

Finally, this seems a sane approach to living: to care about others, to add value to the lives of others by my presence (not by my absence), and to look for the good in others and tell them. I hope you agree.

The writing to follow is my gift, a selection of my thoughts and musings on expectations. As, after all, expectations are what create your future to a great extent, aren’t they? This, if for no other reason, is to me worth taking a looking at.

Daniel Jacobs, 2016


Good fortune will occur if you expect it and have decided that you deserve it.

Expectations are powerful magnets for attracting things, people, and opportunities toward you – monitored largely by what you have decided that you deserve.

You’re creating your life today, in every instant and every moment. Look at what you’re doing today, right now, and you’ll get an idea of what your future holds.

Your life will be as good as you have decided it will be, and feel that you deserve.

Whether you’re indecisive, apathetic, combative, critical, fearful, hostile, shameful, angry, bored, or interested, alive, productive and creative . . . your life will turn out to be exactly as you have decided it is supposed to be, what you expect, and have decided that you deserve.

Life is what happens now. Focus on the past, and you carry it with you into the present. What your attention is on in the present becomes your future. There is no time; there is only now. There is no life except that which you create right now.

Ultimately you have the final say over whether or not you ought to have a life full of pleasure, activity, friendship, aesthetics, creativity or worthwhile purpose . . . or not.

You are as powerful as you decide to be, expect to be, trust yourself to be, and feel that you deserve to be.

Written as a gift to my friends on the occasion of my birthday in May 2016.

With affection and admiration,

Daniel Jacobs, 2016

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