Monday, December 28, 2009

Do critics help the world?

Thank you for the great comments!

Please answer any number of the following 4. As always there are no wrong answers.

1- Do you believe in using critics as fuel to push your own efforts forward? Shoving success in the critics face?

2- How do you feel about the statement “the greatest source of learning often comes from our harshest critics”?

3- How do you view the quote “the world is happy to give you their definition of failure” as it relates to criticism?

4- What viewpoints do you have regarding the subject of criticism?

Extra viewing - reading bellow:
JK Rawling of Harry Potter fame inspired #3– It is in 3 parts.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Girls fighting gives back?

Girls fighting gives back to the world.

The following is a girls non-profit boxing group that promotes boxing for young girls.

You can click the following link:

Answer any number of the following: There are no wrong answers and I really want to know each and every person's opinions and thoughts on this. Thank you for the continued sharing.

1-What do you think of girls boxing as a form of charity?

2-Does this send a bad message to girls or does it raise the esteem of young girls?

3-Is this just a way to set up a payday for women to go into MMA fighting eventually?

4-Should girls be boxing at all?

The next post will be on the 29th of December 2009 which is a Tuesday or sooner.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Does going up against the odds give back to the world?

Answer the any number of the following

1- When you go up against the odds intentionally and you know they are stacked heavily against you does that give back to the world?

2- What kind of people going up against the odds impresses you most?

3- What do you think about the idea in general?

4- What do you think of this real life example?

What do you think about going up against difficult odds intentionally?
The following person is sending art only letters from San Francisco to NY out of the white pages with return envelopes. Think about what the return rate would be…. Take a guess and then visit

click here

Going up against the odds inspired this for me: Not much connection but it got me to look for .... What is possible? Do you think it is possible to find this woman a kidney?

click here

The next post will be coming before Monday, December 21st 2009.
If you look carefully at my profile you will get a hint of things to come.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Positive thinking is mind nutrition?

Thank you for all the insightful comments they are really helping more than you might think and helping more people than you might think.

Answer any number of the following questions? There are no wrong answers – just share what you think.

1- Positive thinking nourishes the mind the way that food nourishes the body. What do you think of that concept?

2- What was the last positive blog entry or news item you read that inspired you?

3- What occupation (of the blogger) would you like to see leaving more comments on this blog?

4- My small tip for stress relief is the following – (I will save you my story) try buying stamps for the holiday season at the grocery store rather than machines at the post office after office hours. What small tip do you have that can reduce stress?

Next blog entry will be coming BEFORE Monday - December 14th

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Does what you memorize impact the world?

Monday's post VERY early:

What do you think of the concept of “what you memorize has a significant impact on your world contribution?”

Thank you for your continued great commenting. Answer any number of the following questions feel free to comment based on comments you read.

#1 What do you think of this concept? What you memorize impacts – behavior, behavior impacts habits, your habits impact the world and those around you.

#2 What thoughts do you have in the area of a scheduled plan of things to memorize?

#3 I am getting quite a few emails after the last questions get 35 plus comments – Feel free to comment based on prior comments without a review of ALL of the comments. (I do not mind emails but I am often going to be busy visiting blogs of these brilliant people that take time to leave comments before responding to emails to honor my word to them to visit their blogs)

#4 What thoughts do you have in the area of memorization in general?

Happy Thanksgiving! (Next post will be coming BEFORE -Monday- December 7)

Best regards,
Tom Bailey

Friday, November 20, 2009

Being positively unreasonable with yourself as a way to help the world? - How do you feel about that?

Monday’s entry posted early:

Answer any number of the following 4 – Any number of the 4 you feel comfortable with or even feel free to comment based on what another commenter posts.

Being positively unreasonable with yourself
Note I am not talking about breaking laws or harming others in this definition.

1- How do you feel about the concept of being “positively unreasonable with yourself” as a way of giving back to the world?
2- Do you feel that to achieve the highest levels of success in anything it takes a certain level of “unreasonableness”?
3- Do you feel that people “make others wrong” through criticisms, teasing, ridicule or even being critical for just not living the way the critic thinks the other person “should be” living as they act “positively unreasonable”?
4- Please feel free to share any ideas you have in this area of unreasonableness.

Optional reading bellow:
I promise within the next 60 days to make a new blog that highlights the charities mentioned in the last post. Thank you for sharing

I am grateful to those who take time out of their day to comment here even when life is happening. Thank you for that. The comments here are amazing!

(Next post coming BEFORE 10-30-09 Monday)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Blogger appreciation day : Mondays blog early

Answer any number of the following three (1 or 2 or all 3 is fine)

1- What is one charity you support? (provide a link if possible and a reason you support that charity)

2- What is one underfollowed blog (other than your own) that you follow? (underfollowed = gets less than 3 comments per post) and share a reason you follow that blog.

3- What is one business site or blog that you suggest looking at? Any reason you suggest visiting is great. It can be your business or any business you suggest taking a look at it.

Optional reading bellow

I will not be posting awards for my blog but I am grateful for the kind emails.

I will be visiting the blogs and sites suggested by everyone that posts here as a way of giving back.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Answer any of these 3
1-Do you believe that keeping your word helps the world?
2-How do you feel about that idea as a concept?
3-How do you define keeping your word?


Why am I posting early?
Clearly I am posting early before the time that I said I would. I am communicating as soon as I found out what was going to happen. I think often times this is a problem in keeping your word it is called “life happens”. I had an emergency that came up. Things like this I think can send bloggers off the net frustrated because life happens and then honoring what they said they would do goes out the window. Fortunately I have people like you that can “hold me accountable”. Even more fortunate I have parents that taught me to keep my word.

Feel free to post anything that relates to this post you will not be deleted because I disagree. Feel free to comment based on the other comments (try to be nice).

Am I going to change my posting preferences because I had to delete a post?

Why was there a deleted comment?
The post was not related to our topic and had a vulgar word in it.

After this entry the next entry will not be until Monday November 16th.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Charity, philanthropy, giving back or just personal development?

What do you think of 1 page gratitude letters being sent to friends and or family as a way of giving back?

Optional reading bellow

It would be nice if I could take full credit for this idea but I can not:

I was given this idea by a workaholic (he made over 10 million a year U.S.) guy that had a family that really supported him. Something seemed different they did not seem to support just because of the lifestyle… there seemed to be something more. He shared this with me 1 page gratitude letters are rarely given and they are always cherished and it connects people to you on a deep level that are already relatives. He would send them to his kids, wife and other family members and good friends so they would get them a week before Thanksgiving.

Even with my poor grammar and writing skills and mediocre penmanship people have thanked me over and over again even over a year later.

Optional question: How many people do you think actually have received full 1 page gratitude letters in their lives?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Blog update

Schedule and notes

I will be posting on Monday evenings pacific standard time.
I will be visiting blogs throughout the week after that. I want to make sure I spend time visiting all the blogs of the people that have taken the time to comment here.

Share genuinely I really like to hear what your authentic thoughts are on the things I ask about.

Thank you for pointing out my obvious spelling errors to me via the numerous emails.

Thank you for your amazing comments despite my grammar weakness.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Environmental consciousness - genuine caring or business?

There seems to be a growing trend towards caring for the enviroment.

What percentage of moving towards enviroment is genuine caring by business?

A-Less than 10 percent

B-10 to 25 percent

C-25 to 30 percent

D-30 percent plus

More important - what are your thoughts in this area?
Is it more profitable now because of effectiveness?
Is it profitable because of a better business image?
Is it profitable profitable because consumers tastes and caring is changing?

What are your opinions?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Blogging as a form of giving back to bloggers?

I ran across a blog that went on a mission of photographing a stranger everyday for an entire year that actually did it. Do you see this as a way of giving back by being an example of someone actually doing what they set out to do as a blogger?

iheartstrangers is the name of the blog.

Is this a way of giving back?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Easy red cross question:

Just guess a number....

If I randomly went up to people in the United States. (Orange County - California) How many would I have to go up to before one person knew the name of the Founder of the Red Cross?

How many would know out of 100?

Optional reading bellow
Optional questions bellow

What would you think of a wall of fame (blog photo hall of fame here) of pictures of the people that actually knew this question?

What do you think the age range would be of people that got it right?

A little thinking required:
I have thought about asking random survey questions to strangers that I think would get similar responce... Michael Jordans jersey number? The president of the us the year you were born? Score of last years superbowl? What interesting question can you come up with that you think would have a similar statisical outcome as the Red Cross Founder question?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What do you think about localism in charity?

Please share your honest heartfelt thoughts... I really want to know.

What do you think about this type of statement?

With the way the economy is now we need to focus all of our charity and giving in our local area first. I am sick and tired of hearing about all of these celebrities giving away money to foreign countries and adopting kids from other countries. What about the United States?


What about this one?

Poverty in America is a choice. There are so many choices a person has here people are just too lazy to work that is why they are poor. 80 percent of the world does not even have running water or electricity people in the United States are spoiled and they should give to other countries less fortunate.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Charity is my passion"

When I did a blog search.... I searched "charity is my passion" - Which of the following would you guess came up?

1- Breast cancer awareness
2- The red cross
3- The united way
4- Ferrets unlimited dot org

If you guessed ferrets you would be right. How much does the surprise you?

Friday, October 16, 2009

How do you feel about this as a form of charity?

I wrote a children's book on the value of being on time. My idea is to give them away as a form of charity.... Have you heard of giving away a book that an author writes as a form of charity?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

(Interview) --International Yacht racing and charity

Being blunt I think one of charities biggest challenges is money. Right? Ok Who has money? In one circle of people I know there are no broke people... International Yacht Racing... Why not get international yacht racers to post here on this blog then right? I could not find any but what I did find was a person over at who was willing to answer some Q and A for me.

Please enjoy reading this and please post some friendly comments and/or suggestions or questions.


Thanks for sending these through. Here are my attempts at answers…

Note and questions I sent with answers
Many of the people that I know into yachting are like me - Philanthropic.

1- From your viewpoint what charities do you see most actively sponsored by people like us that are into yachting?

I think the charities that are supported by people who are interested in yachting are ones where the sport can add value to the cause over and above exposure. They might be environmentally based or allow a disadvantaged sector of society to participate. The charities that have been most visible in sailing over the last 12 months or so include: Toe in the Water, the Ellen MacArthur Trust, the RNLI, save the Albatross and Sail4cancer, but I am sure there are others like the Even Keel Project that would attract support from sailors.

2- If I gave you 5 million dollars what area of charity would you support?

Charity is quite personal. It’s extremely difficult to determine whether one cause is more worthy or deserving than another, so issues that touch you personally tend to be prioritised. I would tend to favour charities that are active in changing people’s lives for the better rather than those that are primarily awareness campaigns. I’d probably spread the 5 million around a bit rather than give it to a single cause.

3- If I gave you 1 million dollars and you had to give it to 1 charity what would it be?

For purely personal reasons I would support a mental health charity like Mind or SANE.

4- What are some of your personal feelings with regards to charity and philanthropy from your viewpoint?

For better or worse, charity is becoming big business. Ironically, those charities that are the most commercial are doing the best. Having worked on the branding and marketing for several charities I know that there are complex issues around the subject and that different people give to charity for different reasons. I have a perception that there is still a lot of waste in the sector and much of the money doesn’t get to the intended recipients. It is certainly not true of all charities – I met a woman the other day who walked to her meetings so that the charity would not have to pay for her train fare, but my perception is still that things are not being done as efficiently as they could be. The internet will probably change that.

Thanks for the quick responces from

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Slogan for a charity?

(picture a large group of people working together for something you feel strongly about - people making a difference - people working hard - for something you really care about)


How do you feel about this as a slogan for a charity?

"Teamwork makes the dreamwork"

What other ideas do you have for slogans for any kind of charity?

Thank you for your input - you are all GREAT and BRILLIANT!

Park benches

(Picture here in your mind a perfect outdoor setting on a perfect day and sitting on a bench that you dedicated in memorial to someone important to you)

How do you feel about park benches being sponsored by family members? There is a local park near me and they allow people to "sponsor" a bench and what you get through that type of sponsorship is a brand new bench gets put in with an engraved metal place to put a family members name and a short saying. How do you feel about something like that as a way of "charitable" giving?

Optional reading bellow:

I have enjoyed reading the responces. My goals are large in the area of charity and philanthropy. (at some point when "we" get to know eachother better I will outline them in great detail) The more I research and get opinions the more I care about other people in what feels like a genuine way. I want to thank everyone that has posted here so far by giving back by sharing.

I hope each of you has an amazing day filled with all the things that your deepest hearts desire.

Best regards

Monday, October 12, 2009

Microloans in charity?

(Picture a third world country starved person with a big smile and a wad of cash in their hand to buy a business tool)

How do you feel about the concept of "micro-loans" as a form of charity? Micro-loans are loaning money to third world country businesses with the idea of helping them to get a start in business. They are often for things like a sewing machine or something small. How do you feel about this as a form of charity?

Optional reading bellow
I hope that the people that have posted here thus far will help me to grow the viewership of this blog. I appriciate suggestions even if I do not agree with all of them.

Best regards and thank you again for reading!

Friday, October 9, 2009

1 simple question.

Picture this: you writing a check to your favorite charity for 1 million dollars.

What feelings do you think you would have if you were able to write a check for 1 million dollars all at once to a charity of your choice?

Bellow is optional reading:
I am building this blog with the idea of helping as many charities and "noble" - I like that word- causes as possible which include helping to empower people with positive thoughts rather than negative ones.

When you are here and you post you are now doing a charitable work.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Another real easy one...Is this charity?

(picture me doing something really nice for someone else here)

- There is a term I use called OMTHS -

It stands for out of my way to help someone - it is similar to a random act of kindness but it is going out of my way whether it be business, personal or a total stranger.

Is this a form of charity in your viewpoint?

Flyfishing charity?

(picture - a group of men fly fishing on a perfect day half of them are cancer patients)

Yesterday I was speaking to a a business associate in another state and he told me about a charity that works with male cancer patients. --- But the twist on it was that they took people men fly fishing. I am not into fishing but what I found interesting is they had more volunteers than they had cancer victims.... The charity was set up so that a cancer patient would have a fly fishing buddy.

He did tell me there was one for women too. What do you think about charities like this one?

Monday, October 5, 2009

4 easy charity questions

Answer any of these 4 - I am interested

What do you think of the phrase charity starts at home?

If you were going to give to just one charity which one would it be?

What do you think of The Red Cross?

What do you think about donating time versus donating money?

The challenge of this blog!

I have been told
#1 I will never get high traffic on this blog without posting pictures
#2 philanthropy is boring - you need to blog about something exciting
#3 I hate the colors of your screen they are annoying
#4 You need to have more things going on

I am not sure that I agree.

What do you think?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Getting to know people in charity and philanthropy

As I am meeting people and talking to them... the question I always am asking myself is I wonder what they are really like.

Clearly I do not get to go through the whole formula but I work in envisioning the answers:

Here is a formula that I came up with to really get to know someone:


-Speak to at least 4 people
-Each of them has known the person I am getting to know at least 4 years
-And then I they have 4 drinks
-Then I ask them 4 deep questions

What formula or idea do you have to get to know people not just in charity or philanthropy but in any area?

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I have researched about 1,400 charities and met with at least 100 ceo/founders to find the types of charities that I want to be part of for the long term. The only people that I have found that blog much about Philanthropy do not have many blog followers. Why do you think that is?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Richard Branson

Succesful people do all things that unsuccesful people do not want to do.

I like Branson and his videos and I watch this one every now and then to remind me to keep going.

Branson at his best

Monday, September 28, 2009

Finding a mentor.

I feel that I can improve by having more mentors to learn from.
I like the way that it was explained on this video how to get a mentor.
Today I made a potential list of potential mentors based on this video.

Here is a video from Jack Canfield: