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Welcome to my blog - My name is Jim Bull and I share this information with you in the hopes of helping you or a friend or family member in some way. Here you'll find motivational material, my views of life and some background info from my past. I help others live the life they've always wanted through the sharing of information regarding all areas of life.Please let me know how I can help you. Ezekiel 36:26

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Dark vs The Light

Some recent occurrences to a few good people close to my family leave me reflecting on the first half century of my life.  It seems so many believe that they are living on the dark side when actually they are not. They may be just under the surface and grasping for air, but they are all so close on the other hand to a wonderful and fulfilling life on the light side.

How do I know you ask? Only because I’ve lived it and believe I know the differences between the two. Yes, we all have a different set of circumstances that lead us to the abyss and we all react differently to situations because of our different personality types and by what we believe to be true. Many times it’s because of our upbringings or our beliefs and many times it’s just because we haven’t been taught the right thought patterns.

Its nobodies fought either. In most cases we are just taught the wrong things from the very beginning. We have so much access to all of the negative things in life that we seldom take time to realize that the good things are available if we are just willing to take the chance.

I spent the first 25 years of my life believing the wrong things, chasing the wrong things and achieving the wrong things. Trust me, you’ll get out of life what you strive for, whether it be the dark or the light, you’ll achieve success. The choice is yours.

So no matter where you are in life, no matter what has happened in your past or what is happening to you now, you can change it around. And don’t believe you need to do it all on your own. There are people in your life that want to help, people that get as much joy from giving as receiving, people that may be able to relate more to your situation than you believe they can.

Always know that through faith and belief you can accomplish anything you want to in life. It might not be easy but it sure will be worthwhile. Believe me, the moment you leave the dark and start to chase the light you will see. 

I personally prefer the light much better than the dark as I am sure you will too. I can’t even begin to explain it to you but once you arrive, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Attitude is Contagious

Attitude is Contagious
By Zig Ziglar

It is true that your attitude is contagious, so the question is should someone catch yours or avoid yours?  Chuck Swindoll put it this way: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, gifted ability, or skill.  It will make or break a company, a church, a home.

“The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace from that day.  We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing that we can do is play on the one string that we have and this string is, attitude.  I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it.  And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”

William James said, “The most important discovery of our time is the discovery that man can alter his life by altering his attitudes.”  Perhaps the most extraordinary example of this was that of Dr. Viktor Frankl, who was a prisoner in one of the Nazi death camps.  His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, describes how he was stripped of all his worldly possessions, and subjected to every cruel and debilitating treatment man is capable of imposing on another.  However, Dr. Frankl decided that regardless of what they did to him, he was going to take charge of the way he responded to those events.  He wrote, “One’s ultimate freedom is the ability to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

Keep this in mind and subscribe to the conviction that it’s your attitude and not your aptitude that will ultimately determine your altitude.  Take that approach and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator.   He is the author of 32 books.  Check out his new book, 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

If you're an American - Let me know what you think about all this

Borrowed from Bryan Demuros wall on Facebook

So, let me get this straight. This is a long sentence. We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan that we’re forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people without adding a single doctor but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smokes — [laughter] — same sentence! — with funding administered by a Treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government that has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese — [laughter] — and finally, financed by a country that’s broke.”

With that said...

Borrowed from Matto Cycles wall on Facebook – written by Charley Reese


This should be on the front page of every newspaper.

Charley Reese's Final column!
A very interesting column.. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL
Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.
Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...
He has been a journalist for 49 years.
He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article
below is completely neutral,
neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter
for the Orlando Sentinel,
has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that
in the final analysis
must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one
of us every day.
It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then
campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are
against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and
high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on
appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme
Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are
directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the
domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem
was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its
Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered,
but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.
They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a
congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care
if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has
the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises,
it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that
what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con
regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive
amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker,
who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The
President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to
accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole
responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and
approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? John
Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House
members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the
President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace
545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and
irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not
traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain
truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then
it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want
them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement
plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they
hire and whose jobs they can abolish;
to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators,
to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists
disembodied mystical forces like
"the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from
doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are
their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren't so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid...

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most
prosperous in the world
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the
world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it
get there!!!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Suicide Awarness Day

I can't imagine what state one needs to be in to even contemplate taking your own life. To live is mans or woman's greatest desire. I believe that many times a health or mental disorder can be the culprit but in today's day and age there are many challenges that people face.

I believe the even greater danger lies in the fact that people feel they have no where to turn or no one to talk with when they reach these levels of completely giving up. The other truth is that most of these candidates don't have a higher power in their life, the knowledge that God is there and that he will get you through, no matter what.

As you know I can ramble on forever, so I won't. I only ask that you reach out to someone today, it can be anyone that you make contact with. Just give them a smile and say something nice. You never know what kind of difference you may be making. Who knows - you may just save a life !!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Time For A Change

Wow, what a last couple of weeks this has been. I know I say that every time I post - but life is just a blur. It is however time for a change. Today was actually the first day in I can't remember when that I didn't feel like I had a million things that needed done.

I've been traveling a bit the last couple of weeks and as I drive and think I wonder why? Why do I spend so much time doing things that I don't want to do. It's gotta be for the money and the sad part about that - it's not even really good money. I don't believe that this is the way God intended us to live our lives.
Yes, he wants us to work and pay our way - but this is nuts. Family needs to take first priority and then work. God will take care of the rest if you're putting in an honest effort.

As an old friend of mine has been saying lately - Hakuna Matata.

I know its from the Lion King and I forget what it means, maybe no worries. But that's where I'm heading from here on out - no worries. Sounds like a plan to me.

Ok I'm out - I know most of this stuff is just me rambling on - maybe someone is listening.

Hakuna Matata everyone, no worries.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Back To Jail - One More Time

So by about 2:00 AM that Friday night my new wife had managed to find a local bail bondsman who would accept our $10,000.00 to put $100,000.00 on the line trusting that I would show up for my court date. Several had turned her down that night and looking at my past history, I probably would have to.
After signing lots of papers and making lots of promises I was back home with Deb and our unborn child. Please remember I'm around 26 or 27 years old by now and supposed to have my act together. She had just gotten out of a nightmare relationship with her first husband and I can just imagine what might have been going through her pretty head. Here she was, eight months pregnant with a guy she'd only known for about a year and a half and she was using her hard earned money to get my sorry butt out of jail.
If you back up just a few weeks earlier her life was just peachy. She was with the man of her dreams about to have the baby she always wanted, we had put a few thousand dollars down on a piece of land where we were going to put one of them fancy double wide trailers and life was good. All of the sudden this new reality appears and kaos once again rises its evil head.
Anyhow, we had to work quick. Deb told me I was her man and that she was standing by my side no matter what. We convinced the land owner to give us our money back by explaining that we intended to buy the land, we weren't backing out intentionally and that if I wouldn't have gotten caught selling those drugs that we would have honored our commitment. (can you imagine how normal people see this) As a druggy caught up in my addictions I couldn't understand why this guy didn't want to give us our money back - he just had to get it.
Anyhow he did and we were able to afford an attorney. Not that they didn't have me red handed, but I still needed representation. The police were still trying to cut a deal with me, but I wasn't buying it so to court we went. Thankfully I had some good people that cared enough about me to give me another chance, not my second but another.
In talking with my attorney we found that it was actually a good thing that we dipped into those bags that night before passing them on. Not that I would ever endorse using drugs again but the police are very crafty. They asked for two grams of coke in each of those buys. Yes that's what I sold them but not before taking my little share. The law at the time stipulated that for that amount of drug trafficking that you would receive a mandatory two year sentence in a state prison of their choice. I had two counts against me so that would have meant four years of jail time somewhere far away from home.
Because of the reduced amounts my attorney was able to get me confined to the local county jail with a sentence of 11 1/2 to 23 months. My employer also went to bat for me big time and convinced the judge that he couldn't run his business without me, so they allowed the work release program. Go to work during the day and back to jail at night. We also got the hearing pushed back so I could be around for the birth of our son.
When he was four months old he and my beautiful wife dropped me off at the front door of the prison. Deb with tears in her eyes and Trevor just smiling away as he always did not having a clue were daddy was going. It would be a year of loneliness for both Deb and I but we managed. Her and Trevor would visit me at work which of course was against the rules and we only got caught once near the end of my sentence so they didn't punish me too terribly. They would show up on the weekends to visit me at jail where we actually taught our baby how to walk in the jailhouse visiting room. I was there for our first wedding anniversary too which just added to the despair but we got through it.
Thanks to God for once again lining up all the cards to make the best out of a bad situation, thanks to Deb for standing by my side and my boss for going to bat. To my mom for allowing Deb and Trev to stay with her while I was away. It was a crazy year but one we'll never forget and I'm happy to say the last year of my life that I would spend behind bars.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Living The Life You Always Wanted

I don't know about you but I've found as I go through my daily activities a little pick me up always seems to come in handy. No, I'm not talking about the pick me up of days gone by but rather the boost of spending a few minutes each day with a good book. Or popping in a CD that fills me up with the right information I need to get me to my goals. I'm talking about information that can help both you and I lead the types of lives that we want to live, the lives that God intended us to live.

Information that focuses on the 8 F's of LIFE. Information on faith, family, finances, fitness, following, freedom, friends and fun. Information from best selling authors and from successful people who are right now living their dreams.

If you would like to learn more about how to improve in any of these areas, or just maybe how to be a better leader in your business or family then check out the link below. If you see something you like let me know and I can get you some info to check out.

LIFE - Living Intentionally For Excellence

PS: Check out the short video that's posted on the site - it could be the best 5 minutes you've ever spent.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Schooling vs. Education

By Zig Ziglar

My Executive Assistant, Laurie Magers, has worked with me for thirty-five years as of June 27, 2012.  Although her formal education ended with the tenth grade, Laurie is far more educated and competent than any college graduate I have ever had in that position.  Here’s why.
Laurie clearly understands that you can finish school—and, incidentally, she encourages everyone to do exactly that—but you never finish your education.  You can make school easy; that’s not true with education.  Many times it’s very difficult and it is a lifetime project.
Laurie keeps her dictionary handy, reads a lot of exceptionally good material, attends seminars, is a student of human nature and learns constantly.  The result is significant.  When anyone on our staff has a question about grammar or punctuation, they go to Laurie and get her input.  Several years ago we conducted an evaluation of our key employees, and Laurie graded out at slightly above the Master’s Degree level.  The exciting thing is that she has not really done anything that’s not available to most people who will be reading this column.
The neat thing about America is that if you are reading this article you can get a brilliant education for no more than the cost of getting back and forth from the library.  You can read the world’s great authors in the library itself, or you can check the books out and take them home.  Commitment, persistence, and a plan of action will provide you with the education you need to climb much higher on the success ladder.
The message I’m communicating should be quite clear: Don’t let a lack of schooling be an excuse for not getting an education.  I can assure you it will affect your personal life, your family life and your career.  So, get that education and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator.   He is the author of 31 books .  Check out his new book, Born to Win

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