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"CANCEL CANCEL" -Zig Ziglar ... "CANCEL CANCEL" -Zig Ziglar on negative thoughts!!!
Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

Today, Kelly, the girls and I spent the day with the Chang family. they had their house decorated with wreaths on the door, decorations up their stairs, a tree with the star on top, stockings hung and a Christmas towel in the bathroom.

They served us an amazing brunch braised potato slices, muffin pan baked egg rounds, bacon, to die for bread pudding and mimosa. Early dinner was Sausage spaghetti, Cesar salad and fruit. Dinner last night was a Korean noodle dish, rice, home-made Kim Chee and out of the oven chocolate chip cookies.

I am inspired by the way they live, with minimalized organization of their not so big house. I want to copy inviting guests and creating recipes so I can enjoy similar long conversations of “who we are”.

We value our Heritages. We are committed to raising healthy, confident, kind and honest children. We all have difficulties in our lives and share how lucky we are to be away from past dishonest people in our lives. We enjoy pursuing a life of helping others.

We are greatly influenced — whether we like it or not — by those closest to us. It affects our way of thinking, our self-esteem, and our decisions. Of course, we are our own person, but research shows that we're more affected by our environment than we think.

A quote-drawing of Mt. Fujii, personally drawn and signed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki when we had him for lunch at our house, hangs in our Mercer Island living room. Dr. Suzuki, the world famous violin teacher of the Suzuki Talent Education writes, "Man is a child of his environment."

While it's ideal to be closely surrounded by positive, supportive people who want us to succeed, it's also necessary to have our critics. According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, "Tell Me What I Did Wrong: Experts Seek And Respond To Negative Feedback," novices have a preference for positive feedback, but experts want negative feedback, so that they can make progress.

And the more successful I become, the more criticism I'll face. Glenn Llopis over at Forbes wrote about how "6 Types Of People Build Your Mental Toughness," including doubters, critics, and the envious. Without them, we'd never sharpen our skills or develop tough skin.

It takes a while to develop this mental toughness

I want to continue networking to spend time with relatives friends and new acquaintances who inspire me similarly. I will also continue my resolve to "bring out the best" in myself and help others who want to do the same.

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