Independence Forever!

Written by Mark Cole

Copyright 2005 Mark Cole

“I must be independent as long as I live,” John Adams once said.

And so it all began,repparttar life of this incredible man: lawyer, patriot, diplomat, President, husband and father – and above all else, a man of independence.

His father was a minister and naturally enough was eager for his son to follow in his footsteps. But what Adams as a boy really wanted to do was to become – gasp! – a farmer. Horrified by this presumptive career choice, Reverend Adams organized a demonstration day of sorts where they would work together for a day, father and son, inrepparttar 140384 fields underrepparttar 140385 burning sun, just like farmers. He would show young John whatrepparttar 140386 life ofrepparttar 140387 farmer entailed, day in and day out. Surely that would breakrepparttar 140388 young boy of his belief thatrepparttar 140389 life ofrepparttar 140390 farmer is a good one. Or so he thought.

The day was long andrepparttar 140391 work was hard. Reverend Adams toiled and sweated. In secret delight,repparttar 140392 boy struggled to keep uprepparttar 140393 pace with his father.

Later, inrepparttar 140394 debriefing over dinner, a famished, aching and sun-scorched Reverend Adams confidently asked John, “Well, John, are you satisfied with being a farmer?”

“Yes, sir, I like it very much,”repparttar 140395 boy proudly answered.

His father’s attempt to straighten out his thinking about farming having failed, John was nonetheless sent back torepparttar 140396 Latin school.

Independence forever.

Institutional school was never Adams’ strong suit. He foundrepparttar 140397 teachers pedantic, boring and slow. The young Adams was either way behind, or, whenrepparttar 140398 inclination took hold, as it often did with mathematics, he would dash ahead and dorepparttar 140399 exercises forrepparttar 140400 entire book whilerepparttar 140401 rest ofrepparttar 140402 class plodded along together at a more leisurely pace.

Independence forever.

Out of desperation, his father sent John to study one-on-one with a local scholar, Joseph Marsh. Marsh reported back that John had an exceptionally keen mind – though he also reported to Reverend Adams that he was, according to Adams biographer Page Smith:

“…a curious combination of traits – sober and reserved, passionate and intense, stiff and shy yet affectionate and responsive; impulsive, headstrong, sharp-tongued, with an aggressive self-assurance….”

Rarely has a more accurate description of a human being been set forth. Impulsive? Headstrong? Aggressively self-assured?

Independence forever.

As time went on, John Adams lost his exclusive fondness for farming, developed a passion for intellectual pursuits (at least those which interested him), and, no doubt torepparttar 140403 relief of his father, attended Harvard and then settled on a legal career.

His legal skills rapidly led him to becomerepparttar 140404 most prominent attorney in Boston. It was not long before he took uprepparttar 140405 cause of American independence, linking arms with his cousin Sam Adams and fellow Bostonian John Hancock. Inrepparttar 140406 aftermath ofrepparttar 140407 Boston Tea Party he wrote, “The die is cast. Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination.”

Independence forever.

At 38, Adams was elected torepparttar 140408 Continental Congress as a resolute and steadfast proponent of independence. He forcefully advocatedrepparttar 140409 patriot position every chance he got. But he was more, much more, than just an orator. John Adams was a tireless worker. Eventually he served on some fifty committees, chairing half of them. His legendary work ethic earned him nickname “The Atlas of Independence” as so much ofrepparttar 140410 movement was on his shoulders.

In 1776,repparttar 140411 time had arrived. Continental Congressman Adams chaired a special committee charged withrepparttar 140412 duty of crafting a declaration of independence. The others onrepparttar 140413 committee were Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingstone, Roger Sherman, and of course, Thomas Jefferson. Adams and Jefferson were responsible forrepparttar 140414 creation ofrepparttar 140415 document. Jefferson didrepparttar 140416 actual writing. Whenrepparttar 140417 task was complete, each ofrepparttar 140418 committee members, together with 51 other men, pledged their lives, fortune and sacred honor forrepparttar 140419 cause.

Independence forever.

John Adams was often right about things. But he was convinced he was always right. And he simply would not compromise with or tolerate those who disagreed with him when he was in this mode, even referring to other men as “fools” right to their faces.

Seven Steps To Total Concentration

Written by B. K. Narayan,

You need some abilities to achieve some thing BIG in life. The most important among these isrepparttar ability to concentrate your entire thought onrepparttar 140156 task you are working on. Total concentration isrepparttar 140157 ability to utilize all constructive thoughts and screen out all destructive or negative thoughts. If an ordinary person wants to become a great successrepparttar 140158 first thing he needs isrepparttar 140159 power to concentrate.

Observe a child playing. You'll see a model of 100 percent concentration. Observe lovers talking to each other you'll see 100 percent concentration! Observe a person reading an interesting story book again you'll see 100 percent concentration!

What is common among these three cases? Love! They are in love withrepparttar 140160 task at hand! Sorepparttar 140161 EASIEST way to achieve total concentration is to love what you do. But how to love everything we do? As all tasks are not as loveable as a play, lover or a story.

Don't worry. Applyrepparttar 140162 following steps. You can control your wandering mind and can focus it on whatever task you need to complete.

STEP #1: Prepare yourself to concentrate 100 percent. Following tips help...

• Keep your body in a comfortable position to allow proper blood circulation and breathing.

• Drink water, see that you're not hungry, and take few deep breaths.

• See that others are not allowed to disturb you till finishrepparttar 140163 work.

• Declare to yourself that you are going to pay full attention to repparttar 140164 work at hand.

STEP #2: Develop deep interest towardsrepparttar 140165 task on your hand. How? Follow these tips:

1. List or know allrepparttar 140166 little and big advantages or benefits you get when you successfully completerepparttar 140167 task—learning a lesson, or completing home work.

2. Knowrepparttar 140168 consequences of not completingrepparttar 140169 task at hand. That is,repparttar 140170 pain or loss you're going to suffer. For example, not achieving your career dream.

3. Use affirmation with feeling, "I love to read/learn/listen to......(name ofrepparttar 140171 task) with full concentration. This information/task is so useful for me."

STEP #3: Engage other relatives of concentration, as it can't work for you alone!

Here are some important relatives of concentration;

1. Clear purpose—know exactly why do you wantrepparttar 140172 task done.

2. Strong Desire—to Fulfillrepparttar 140173 purpose

3. Commitment—to completerepparttar 140174 tasks related to achieving repparttar 140175 purpose.

4. Belief—that you can do whatever you've to do and reach your goal.

5. Expectation—Expect that you can concentrate 100 percent and masterrepparttar 140176 topic/work.

STEP #4: Stop negative programming and do positive programming.

Don't ever think, say or imagine that you can't concentrate 100 percent. Instead, before startingrepparttar 140177 task imagine you're doing it with full concentration. This takes only few seconds.

STEP #5: Use this strange property of your brain to concentrate 100 percent!

Salespersons, advertisers, good teachers use this property to attract and hold your attention. So what is this strange property? They ask series of probing questions.

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