Champions Philosophy – Pressure makes Diamonds

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A Champion’s Philosophy – I’m ready to Fail to Succeed (Michael Jordan)

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Weekend Inspiration – Jim Carrey’s Secret of Life – Inspiring Message

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The Dragon’s Philosophy – Be You

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Artsy Fartsy – The Dream (Le Rêve ) by Pablo Picasso

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Le Rêve (French, “The Dream”) is a 1932 oil painting (130 × 97 cm) by Pablo Picasso, then 50 years old, portraying his 22-year-old mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. It is said to have been painted in one afternoon, on 24 January 1932. It belongs to Picasso’s period of distorted depictions, with its oversimplified outlines and contrasted colors resembling early Fauvism.

The erotic content of the painting has been noted repeatedly, with critics pointing out that Picasso painted an erect penis, presumably symbolizing his own, in the upturned face of his model.

Le Rêve was purchased for $7,000 in 1941 by Victor and Sally Ganz of New York City.

On March 26, 2013, the New York Post reported that Steven A. Cohen of SAC Capital had bought the painting from Wynn for $155 million. The price is estimated to be the highest ever paid for an artwork by a U.S. collector.

Weekend Inspiration – The most inspiring video you will ever watch!

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Roger decided to change his life by running in the process he lost a significant amount of weight and extended his life, all within a relatively short 10 month period simply by changing his eating and exercise habits. Unfortunately his 12 year old niece Julia was not as fortunate, having been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis within 3 days of her birth. He was able to save her life and it is now his life’s goal to inspire others through running marathons. This video shows  you can change your life, regardless of your age or physical condition and that if you believe in yourself, that you CAN obtain goals in life that may seem impossible. If you tell yourself you can, you will. 

Artsy Fartsy – Banksy does Gaza (The Power of Art)

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Banksy revealed the locations of the pieces in Gaza in Palestine. Inspired by a sculpture of Niobe, a Greek mythological figure, the first piece is entitled “Bomb Damage” and obviously with Banksy, the placement is just on point. Niobe’s children were killed out of spite and then in her mourning she turned into a stone that was constantly weeping.

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Two quotes were enclosed with the images of the new stenciled pieces:

Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday.  – Banksy

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A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens. — Banksy

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Weekend Inspiration – Leonard Nimoy (RIP) “LIVE LONG AND PROSPER”

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The Vulcan greeting and the finger-separating hand gesture that accompanies it first appeared in the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series, during an episode titled “Amok Time.” Spock himself (actor Leonard Nimoy) has made no secret of the fact that the gesture and phrase were his idea, and that he based them on Orthodox Jewish blessings he remembered from his childhood. In the Jewish blessing, the position of the fingers forms the Hebrew letter “Shin,” which represents the name “Shaddai” (Almighty God). Nimoy put his own spin on the traditional gesture by holding up just one hand (instead of both) and changing

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The Dragon’s Philosophy – The “Lost” Interview with Bruce Lee

Exclusive BLW Interview w/ The Walking Dead star, Chad Coleman tells us no secrets about the new season

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