History and Origin of Black Friday

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and is the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day many U.S. retailers open very early, and offer promotional sales to start the shopping season.

History and Origin
The term Black Friday originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic, which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.

Use of the term began in Philadelphia, and then spread to other cities around 1975.

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What is Self-Discipline? Definitions

Self-discipline appears in various forms, such as perseverance, restraint, endurance, thinking before acting, finishing what you start doing, and as the ability to carry out one’s decisions and plans, in spite of inconvenience, hardships or obstacles. Self-discipline also means self-control, the ability to avoid unhealthy excess of anything that could lead to negative consequences. One … Continue Reading…

The Social Network – The Movie About Facebook

Yesterday, I went to the cinema with my wife and kids to watch the movie The Social Network. It is a story about the creation of the social networking website Facebook, about the founders of Facebook, and about the lawsuits against its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

One night in 2003, Harvard student and computer programming Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, begins working on a new idea. Between blogging and programming, he starts something soon to become known as Facebook. Starting with no money, except some small amounts invested by his friend Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield, he created a website that had members only in Harvard university, but soon included other universities, and then the whole world.

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Do You Need Self-Discipline to Achieve Success?

Everyone wants to achieve success, however,most people just wish they were successful and do nothing about it. Others try doing one thing or another, but quit after a while, either because they don’t want to invest time and effort, are afraid of the competition, don’t get immediate results, or because they are afraid of failure.

Usually, only a small percentage act, persevere and does not give up.

Why some people achieve success? They achieve success because they possess self-discipline, among other things. This ability helps them to avoid wasting their day doing things that gets them nowhere. They are able to avoid doing things that waste their time, such as spending hours on Facebook or sitting hours in front of the television.

You need self-discipline to achieve success

Self-discipline equals perseverance, one of the most important qualities you need for achieving success.

Speaking of success, I don’t mean just financial success or status, but also success in many other areas besides career and job. Success can manifest in studies, in learning a foreign language, learning a new skill, losing weight, managing your time more efficiently, or changing some of your habits.

There are people who are appalled by the word self discipline. They associate it with self-denial, limitation, pain, scarcity and lack. This is a completely wrong assumption!

You use self discipline not to deny yourself and inflict pain on yourself, but for manifesting inner strength, for avoiding the distractions around you that take away your attention from your goal, and for sticking to what you want to do until you do it.

Look at the people around you, who succeed in carrying out their decisions, doing efficiently their chores and tasks, and achieving their plans and goals. They all possess perseverance, and perseverance is part of self-discipline.

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The Journey to Inner Peace and the Noise Around Us

There is so much constant noise around us caused by people talking, the TV and radio screaming, music, people using their cellular phones, cars and other sources of noise. Inner Peace

There are so many things that attract and distract our attention, taking a lot of our time, energy and attention, leading to tiredness and exhaustion. All this leads people to desire some peace and quiet, but though it might look strange, people often avoid quietude, and dread a quiet environment, preferring the noise, the constant activity, and hustle and bustle of daily life. They do their best to avoid any moments of quietude, of being with themselves, feeling uneasy in such situations.

Many people prefer to be in the company of other people most of the time. When alone, they want to watch the TV or listen to the radio. They just can’t bear to be alone with their thoughts. They need to hear people talking, and they need to talk.

Do you, too, behave in this way? Are you always busy listening to the news, reading the papers, paying attention to what people say about you, so much so that you have eventually failed to enjoy a few quiet moments with yourself?

Focusing your attention, mind and senses on the outside, alienates you from your inner self, from the most important part of you. This leads to stress, tension, resentment and unhappiness. You are more than your physical, more than your personality, and you are starving this inner part in you when you constantly seek noise, and seek to engage your mind and senses in what is going around you. This makes you forget your true needs and your true essence.

Cultivating inner peace doesn’t living a boring uninteresting life. It doesn’t mean lack of interest in the external world and it doesn’t mean becoming less alive, less creative and less adventurous. On the contrary, you become happier, more aware, more alive. You can do anything you did before, but with a new perspective, new and improved viewpoint.

If you wish to reduce the stress, the strain and unhappiness in your live you need to cultivate inner peace.

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The Power of Attention – Focusing the Consciousness

In his book, Raja Yoga, Yogi Ramacharaka (William Walker Atkinson) says about the power of attention:

Power of Attention“The word Attention is derived from two Latin words “ad tendere,” meaning “to stretch toward,” which is really what attention is.

The “I” wills that the mind be focused on some particular object or thing, and the mind obeys and “stretches toward” that object or thing, focusing its entire energy upon it, observing every detail, dissecting, analyzing, consciously and sub-consciously, drawing to itself every possible bit of information regarding it, both from within and from without.

We cannot lay too much stress upon the acquirement of this great faculty, or rather, the development of it, for it is necessary for the intelligent study of Raja Yoga.”

“Attention has been defined as a focusing of consciousness, or, if one prefers the form of expression, as “detention in consciousness.”

“In the first case, we may liken it to the action of the sun-glass through which the sun’s rays are concentrated upon an object, the result being that the heat is gathered together at a small given point, the intensity of the same being raised many degrees until the heat is sufficient to burn a piece of wood, or evaporate water. If the rays were not focused, the same rays and heat would have been scattered over a large surface, and the effect and power lessened.”

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The Lost Art of Solitude

“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.”
– Henry David Thoreau-

Solitude You don’t need to be a monk to find solitude, nor do you need to be a hermit to enjoy it.

Solitude is a lost art in these days of ultra-connectedness, and while I don’t bemoan the beauty of this global community, I do think there’s a need to step back from it on a regular basis.

Some of my favorite activities include sitting in front of the ocean, still, contemplating … walking, alone with my thoughts … disconnecting and just writing … finding quiet with a good novel … taking a solitary bath.

Don’t get me wrong: I love being with loved ones, and walking with a friend or watching the sunset with my wife or reading a book with my child are also among my absolute favorite things in the world.

But solitude, in these days as much as ever, is an absolute necessity.

The Benefits of Solitude

The best art is created in solitude, for good reason: it’s only when we are alone that we can reach into ourselves and find truth, beauty, soul. Some of the most famous philosophers took daily walks, and it was on these walks that they found their deepest thoughts.

My best writing, and in fact the best of anything I’ve done, was created in solitude.

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Visualize and Achieve – Guide to Creative Visualization

By Remez Sasson

Creative VisualizationVisualize and Achieve is not a book about how to build and manage your business, how to manage your time, or how to invest your money.

This is a book about the essential ingredients of success – attitude, thinking, visualization, the subconscious mind, and other mental and emotional ingredients. It is a book about creative visualization – how to use visualization to create and attract success.

This is a book that explains some mental rules and teaches how to use them. It is a book that speaks about planting the seeds of success in your mind, watering them and growing them. It is a book about the powers within you that can repel or attract success, depending on the way you think. It teaches you about the powers of your mind, about visualization and about positive thinking.

Without a clear goal you cannot create anything of value. Success, any success, big or small, requires a clear mental image, strong desire, motivation, perseverance, faith, concentration, and a right attitude. This is a winning mentality, and this is what this book is about.


To visualize is to see what is not there, what is not real – a dream. To visualize is, in fact, to make visual lies. Visual lies, however, have a way of coming true.
– Peter McWilliams –


I have also included in this book exercises to sharpen the power of concentration and develop the imagination, so that you can visualize clearer mental images. Both concentration and imagination are essential tools for achieving success in every area, work, business, sports, writing, studying, school, the arts, relationships and everything else.

The book has been written in a clear, easy to understand and down to earth manner, which takes this subject out of the fogs of mystery and the supernatural, into practical and solid reality.

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