Biz Motivation

What a great idea! The Ning Directory is holding a quotable quotes contest. Five entries will enter you in a drawing to get a promotional, customized side menu bar. Here are my five quotes:

First is  a motivational slogan that I’ve previously posted on BBS – “What would you attempt to do if you knew that you could not fail?”


Everyday I get up I ask myself, “is this what I want to do for the next ten year?’ If the answer is no too many times in a row, then I know its time for a new career!

On the same note

One of Roz Savage’s inspirational quotes: ”

“Be mindful of the link between present action and desired future outcome. Ask yourself: if  I repeat today’s actions 365 times, will I be where I want to be in a year?”

Here’s one of the classic Devil Dog/Sports slogans:

Its not the size of the dog in the fight. Its the size of the fight in the dog!



One quote that sticks out in my mine is from the movie “The Last Castle”.

General Irwin (Robert Redford) is talking to Yates, another inmate with the potential to betray him and says,

“This man (the sadistic commander of the prison) is going to you because he sees the worst in you. He’s going to play for the worst. I want to see the best.”

He then entrusts Yates with information that could be used to betray him.

At first I thought that it was silly quoting a line from a movie. But then, I read an interview with Indra K. Nooyi, Pepsi’s CEO. She follows the same philosophy.


Lol! I’m still groaning about Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh’s tweet, “Driving from LA to Vegas, passed world’s largest thermometer. Wondering if it gets bored, but then realized its days are full of ups & downs” 

LifeHacker posted a story told by software developer Brad Isaac about Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Method. I’ve actually used it on this blog, and its worked quite well. Seinfeld stresses that you set a goal, for example, of writing everyday.  Your objective is not to miss that goal.

To help you acheive this your objective, you get a wall calendar that lists all the days in the year. Then, for everyday that you meet the goal, you cross out the day with a big red X.  As you meet the goal each day, you start forming chains of red X’s that get longer and longer. This helps re-enforce your resolve to meet your goal because failure to do so would break the chain.

I ran across this post shortly after I started my blog, and by employing it, I’ve met my goal of posting to it every week day.  I’ve been able to successfully accomplish my goal for the last two months.

Yes, I know.  I didn’t post anything yesterday – missing a day and breaking the chain.  But, that’s because I’ve decided to redefine my goal. In addition to this blog, I also have, which I will need to start writing articles for, as well as creating landing pages, and call to action pages, and other work to increase the traffic and build membership.  I also was successful in obtaining the domain and need to start developing that.  So my new goal needs to address these other sites, too.

F104 Starfighter Reborn

While reviewing Roz Savage’s blog, I read her tribute to Steve Fosset. Fosset went missing on September 3, 2007, while flying to scout possible locations to try to break the speed record of a land bound vehicle, which currently stands at 763 MPH.

My tenuous link to Steve Fosset is that I met the North American Eagle group at an Aerospace convention in Anaheim in 2006. They are also contenders in trying to break the landspeed record. While chatting with them, they mentioned that they had tried to interest Fosset in a high tech, high speed race between their two vehicles!

The project’s founders Ed Shadle & Keith Zanghi’s state ” for over 20 years now the British have held the record. We feel its time to bring the record back to North America”.

The history of the North American Eagle is just as fascinating. It used to be a F104 Starfighter jet aircraft, tail number 56-0763. In its original life, it was a chase plane for the X-15 rocket plane, and for the maiden flight of the SR-71 Blackbird. It was already a part of aviation history. Now, reborn and re-engineered, it strives to make history once more as the world’s fastest landspeed vehicle. Find out more about the North American Eagle at

On September 1st, 2008, at 5.55am, Roz Savage, became the first woman to row solo from California to Hawaii. In doing so, she has embarked on an epic journey to row across the Pacific Ocean. It took her 99 days to row the first part of her three part journey in her specially designed rowboat, the Brocade. Join her in her challenge as she blogs about her trials on the vast ocean.

I had mentioned Roz in a previous post. I found it ironic, that if I mentioned “woman rowing across the Pacific” to family or friends, that I would get a reaction. It might be admiration at her determination. Or it might be, “she’s crazy!”

But, if I mentioned that I blog to the same people, I just get a puzzled look. It just seems strange that people can better relate to a woman rowing across the Pacific, than they can to me blogging!

Roz Savage is antithesis to what we do. She exists in the real world. As she slowly rows her way across the ocean, her journey can be tracked. It can be measured.

We bloggers on the other hand exist in the digital world. Turn off the electricity, and all of our accomplishments vanish.

Yet, by blogging throughout her voyage, Roz bridges the gap between the two worlds. And despite being at opposite ends of the spectrum, most of her advice and the lessons learned throughout her journey fit very snugly in a blogger’s journey.

I remember reading about her thoughts as she set off rowing from San Francisco. It went something like, “a million strokes to Hawaii. Well, there’s one stroke down, and another one, and another . . .” Utimately, she completed her million strokes, one stroke at a time.

If you haven’t already been able to tell, I’m a big fan of slogans, or mottos.  As much as I like Build Big Ships’ motto, it hasn’t actually been very useful.  Of course, I’ve dreamed big, but everytime I’ve tried to put that dream into motion, I always run into the shoals, so to speak.

I’ve recently came across a motto that has been very useful in the past couple of weeks. Here it is:

“What would you attempt to do if you knew that you would not fail?”

It has helped dispel the uncertainty in alot of decisions that I made.  For example:

  • I’ve never blogged before. Nor do I have any programming, Internet marketing or graphics skills. Should I enter a blogging contest? – “What would I attempt to do if I knew that I would not fail?”
  • Should I crash an event attended by top Internet Marketers and SEO Elite? – “What would I attempt to do if I knew that I would not fail?”
  • Should I attempt to start a social contest site, hire programmers — spend a lot of time and money on something I’m not sure will work? – “What would I attempt to do if I knew that I would not fail?”

Well, when you put it that way, of course, YES!

What would a website called Build Big Ships be without a post about . . .

Big Ships???!!!

So, let me introduce one of my favorite inspirations and the first thing on my wishlist after I make my first billion or two.

Presenting the Phoenix 1000 Personal Luxury Submarine!

sleek, silver 213 feet long Phoenix 1000 personal luxury submarine

sleek, silver 213 feet long Phoenix 1000 personal luxury submarine

This 213 feet (65 M) long, 28 feet wide (8 M) craft, configured with all the sumptuous amenities of a fine estate house, can cruise through either elements of the ocean, both above and below the waves. On the surface it is a shiny, silver motor yacht, running at a brisk 18 KMH (nautical miles per hour). Or, it can sink below the surface, treating is passengers to spectacular views as it explores the wondrous boundaries of the oceans.

Imagine motoring along the Hawaiian Islands and seeing a pod of whales frolicking in the waves. The Phoenix submerges just beneath the surface, and from the comfort of your supple leather lounge chairs, you gaze out through the 6 foot diameter, panoramic, viewports at these magnificent creatures, as they swim and play in their natural environment.

Phoenix 1000 viewing lounge

Phoenix 1000 viewing lounge

Or, let’s say you are gliding along the Caribbean Sea, visiting one of the 7000+ sunny, exotic islands that dot the region. As the week saunters by, the sky gets darker and mistier, and the seas start convulsing with heavier and heavier swells as a hurricane barrels down upon the region. Aboard the Phoenix, passengers ride out the tempest in tranquility, as the ship cruises silently, 100 fathoms below the waves.

For a more daring scenario, picture yourself through cruising through the Strait of Malacca near Indonesia. All of sudden, your radar alerts you to several small blips heading straight for you at a high rate of speed! Pirates! These waters are notorious with them! The pirates rove the seas in small, swift speedboats. At over 35 KMH, these light, agile crafts are over twice as fast as the Phoenix. The pirates are heavily armed with machine guns, grenades and even an anti-armor self propelled grenade launcher.

They eye the Phoenix through their binoculars, intent on capturing this flush and easy prey. They swiftly close in on her, but are puzzled: somehow, the Phoenix appears to be getting smaller. They convene at the spot that the Phoenix was last sighted, but the yacht has vanished: nothing greets the pirates but empty, open water.

500 feet below them, you cruise safely away, on your journey.

Phoenix 1000 Cruising silently beneath the waves

Phoenix 1000 Cruising silently beneath the waves

Phoenix 1000 Personal Luxury Anti-Pirate/Anti-Hurricane vehicle, priced at approximately $78 million by US Submarines

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