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How This 51 Year Old Man Turned His Passion For Skateboarding Into A Profitable Business

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Make money skateboarding


Todd sets himself apart from a lot of business owners because he takes the time to know every person’s name as they walk through the door.

“The one thing we really try to do is connect with the people when they are here,” says Todd.

Todd Huber  has the world’s largest collection of skateboards and estimates its value at around $500,000 (!).
He's also the owner and founder of Skatelab, Simi Valley’s highly accredited indoor skate park and museum.

Still Scuba Diving ... At The Age Of 91 !

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"Age is no barrier when you’re doing something you enjoy and appreciate!"

This is the case of the 91 year-old Norman Lancefield, who considered to be the oldest scuba diver in the UK.


Hitting 91 has not deterred Norman Lancefield from taking on adventures in life. Despite taking up the hobby relatively late – aged 58 in 1978 – Norman has racked up hundreds of dives. His diving career has taken him all over the world including Mexico, Malta, Turkey, and several times to the Red Sea.

Norman has been a member of his dive club for more than 30 years and still attends training sessions at the same school every week. Russ Phillips, training officer at Barry Sub-Aqua Club said: “We have children as young as eight who learn to snorkel and then go on to learn to dive with us and Norman is a terrific inspiration to them. He is a very positive person and a great character".

Scuba diving is accessible to all ages and Norman is proof that age is no barrier when you’re doing something you enjoy.

Do you think you're too old to dive ? Think again !

According to the Diver’s Alert Network (DAN), older divers are defined as those over the age of 50, and in recent decades, these older divers have constituted an increasingly large percentage of the global dive community.

Physical Limitations Can Be Overcome With Desire And Perseverance

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But for many people physical limitations can be a factor that, they believe, stops them from achieving their goals, dreams, desires.

The dictionary describes the word overcome as “to conquer”. But don’t stop there. Get a real shot of motivation from this blog and other sources that will motivate and inspire you to overcome the obstacles in your life, press forward to reach new heights and encourage others to do the same.

The video below made a huge impression on me. Derek Rabelo from Brazil surfs without his sight, missing the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the waves embracing the shore—but Derek has a vision—letting people be aware that even in his present condition he still conquered his fear and do what he loves to do no matter what it takes.


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Journaling Towards Your Dreams

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The article below is a guest post by Melanie Bowen, who is a contributor to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog.

In her post she talks about the importance of keeping your dreams/goals/resolutions in writing.

I think that this is THE BIGGEST part of goal setting that most people simply don't understand. Most people don’t bother to write down their goals. Instead, they drift through life aimlessly, wondering why their life lacks purpose and significance.

Don't be one of those people, write them down on a piece of paper, in your Notepad, or start your own blog !

If you are like most people, you have started a journal here and there and then abandoned it when you skipped a few days. The truth of the matter is that almost no one keeps a journal every single day, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep one at all! When you are confronted with a challenge, especially strenuous illnesses like breast cancer, mesothelioma or even diabetes, you’ll soon realize journaling may be the tool that gives you the strength that you need. No matter what your prognosis is, learn how journaling can make your dreams and daydreams become a reality.

2015 Bucket List Goals Achieved; Plans For 2016

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I want to start this blog post with a joke :
"My goal for 2016 is to accomplish my goals from 2015...which I should have completed in 2014...because I planned them in 2013.
The past few years working on my Bucket List taught me a lot about goal setting.

First, I realized  that not all goals are created equal. Some are more realistic and achievable than others, some take more time, planning, and execution , and some goals simply require more money that you expected. Second, I learned that there were no "non-achievable" goals. There are goals that simply don't inspire. And third, no matter what, sooner or later, one way or another, ALL DREAMS COME TRUE !

Introduce Your Kids To The Joy Of Skiing

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Who doesn't want to see his child happy ? We all want the same things for our kids. We want them to grow up to love and be loved, to follow their dreams, to find success. Mostly, though, we want them to be happy.

For me, there is no better reward than watching my kid's eyes shining from the joy of skiing ! Skiing is a great sport that requires confidence, skills, desire, lessons, practice and proper judgement.

We all know first impressions count and nowhere is that more important than on the snowfield. If your child's first memory of skiing is being wet, cold, lonely and miserable, it will leave an indelible impression and could turn them off the sport for life.

20 Ways To Get Good Karma

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I'm not a Buddhist. I'm not religious, and don't even consider myself to be spiritual.

But I believe that there are certain Universal Laws that, if you follow them, will guarantee to build a life that would have meaning and purpose.

These universal laws have been around since ancient times, yet people of the modern day have failed to compile them.



In case you forgot some of them, here are 20 Ways To Get Good Karma by Dalai Lama:

Teach Yourself A New Skill

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"The amount of money that comes to you is dependent on the value you add to yourself."
I'm not sure if Jyoti Raju heard this expression or not, but that's exactly what this guy did. A man who taught himself rock climbing and acrobatics to escape poverty in India to become so accomplished he's been given the title "The Monkey King."

He started climbing 4 years ago when he hit rock bottom. Unable to make ends meet he considered throwing himself off a cliff. Instead, he climbed it.

Ideas For Your Spiritual Bucket List

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When we think of "Bucket List", we think of jumping out of a plane, travelling around the world, and doing things that we can only dream of.   But a "Bucket List" isn’t just about the places that you want to visit and the adventures that you want to go on. Instead, your bucket list should contain the goals that you want to attain in all the different areas of your life: personal, financial, physical and spiritual.

After all, while physical goals are fine, don't you think  there is a bigger aim to pursue?

“Everything in the future will improve, if you are making a spiritual effort now.” — Swami Sri Yukteswar

I believe that by focusing on what we most want to improve in our spiritual practice, we make space and time in our life to make these improvements. And soon, we begin to see the positive results in our lives from these efforts.

In this post, I jotted down a few ideas for my spiritual Bucket List.

Too Young To Paraglide ?

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Kids these days...Start snowboarding while still wearing diapers, by 9 they rock terrain parks with amazing freesking moves, at 12 they fly kites and rip the waves in stormy North Sea.

But how old a kid should be to fly a paraglider ? They say "start them young". But how young ? 15, 16 ? How about 7-10 ? Too young ?

I think this boy is about that age...:


The Healing Power Of Fly Fishing

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I actually had a friend who told me a lot about how relaxing fishing, and especially fly fishing could be. "Fishing requires such intense concentration and awareness of the environment that when you're out on a stream, you can't think of anything else."

I've never been much of a fisherman. Never had enough patience. When I was a kid I had a Scoleciphiobia ( the fear of the worms ).

But now I start realizing that fishing is more than just fish. I think one of the best parts of fly fishing is the sense of escapism. It allows you to get alay from all of the strains in your life and all of the things that consume your life: work, family, relationships, etc. And some of the places look so amazing that it makes you feel blessed just to be alive...

I Love Windsurfing Because...

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I wish I loved windsurfing as much as this guy...

But with rare 25-30 days a year of "consistent wind" in Seattle, and 3 hour drive to Hood River ( the unofficial windsurfing capital of the world ), it's hard to stay dedicated to the sport.

...but videos like this keep my passion alive...


Who Are PNW Paddlers ?

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The Pacific Northwest paddlers are a tough, and I'd even say, a unique breed of people. Winter is a very special time to paddle here. Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean are the same temperature year round, but the conditions out there in the winter are rougher, wetter and windier. But for a small, but dedicated group of PNW paddlers, winter means less boaters to contend with, more solitude, and surprisingly glassy days in between storms.

Biking = Happiness

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Have you ever met a grumpy bicyclist?  Me neither.

Scientists are confirming what most cyclists instinctively know – that riding a bike has extraordinary effects on your body, as well as on your brain chemistry.

But you don't need science studies to know how cycling makes you feel. In my opinion, cycling can be very close to meditation.  While on my bike, time and miles pass by with not a thought in my mind.

The apparent mindlessness of pedalling can not only make us happier but also leave room for other thoughts, from the banal to the profound.

Never Too Old For Longboarding

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In my post " Never Too Old For Adventure", I wrote about 67 year old Doris Matyasovich, a competitive MTB ( mountain biking ) racer, and Poul Rasmussen from Denmark, who learned to kiteboard early in his 80's, and many others who, despite their age, keep seeking adventure and new things to try.

Recently, I came across an article in San Francisco Chronicle about Lloyd Kahn, who started longboarding at the age 65 after he borrowed a board from his son's friend.

He finds longboarding, not only fun, but also challenging, both for his body and brain. As he says : "...it's good for the brain to be learning a new skill at my age."

He admits that there's also the element of danger or pain, but safety gear has come a long way and nowadays even older folks can pick up a hobby like longboarding with minimum risk.

Lloyd wants to encourage people who skated when they were young and gave up to get back into it, and I dare you to give it a try if you've never done it before !


12 Habits Standing Between You and What You Want

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What stands between you and your dreams ?

For me it's:

- playing it safe

- dwelling on the things I lost

- giving up too soon

- letting pessimism feed my procrastination..

They say that many people fail to achieve their dreams because they don't take actions...
The scary truth is ... many people don't have dreams...

What are your dreams, and what stands between you and what you want ?

12 Habits Standing Between You and What You Want

2014 Goals And Achievements

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“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hope.” - Andrew Carnegie

Feeling good about the future is important for our happiness. We all need goals to motivate us and these need to be challenging enough to excite us, but also achievable. If we try to attempt the impossible this brings unnecessary stress. Choosing ambitious but realistic goals gives our lives direction and brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when we achieve them.

If you are still not convinced about the power of goal setting, and think that it's all big hype, let this blog ( and this post in particular ) be the proof you're looking for.