Thursday, August 13, 2020




A true story of

Power, Sex and a Billionaire’s Secret Plot to Destroy a Media Empire

Written by Ryan Holiday

A Book Review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, August 12, 2020

Ryan Holiday’s book Conspiracy has it all.  It’s the stuff Hollywood movies are made of to capture people’s attention.  Millionaires, lawyers, gay lifestyles, unscrupulous writers and bloggers, sex on tape, Hulk Hogan, vengeance, the Constitution and of course a conspiracy wrapping up all the various aspects of the book.  Aside from that, it is a true story.

The author’s writing style and the content holds your attention even though you know what the outcome is because it was disclosed in the very beginning of the book.  The remainder of the book describes how the outcome was achieved.  Intertwined in the book the author inserts facts from historical figures and events to help the reader understand the thought processes involved and the possible multiple outcomes that could happen as a result of actions being taken or not being taken.

In just a few words, it is a remarkable book to read.  As public as the trial must have been and as readily accessible as the sex tapes must have been, I personally had not heard of it and that made it that more interesting at least for me.

Who should read this book?  I think everyone would find the book compelling but you would have to have an interest in reading about a conspiracy in the making, current events and a court case.

Would I read it again?  No, no need to.

Would I give it as a gift?  Probably not.  As interesting as the book is, it is not for everyone but probably should be.  The results have long term ramifications on future free speech legal issues and court cases. 

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Iron Triangle


How Democrats Are Using Race to Divide Americans In Their Quest For Power. 
And How We Can Stop Them.
By Vince Everett Ellison
A book review written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, August 7, 2020
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Disclaimer:  I am a White man reviewing a book written by a Black author about serious issues within the Black communities in America, just so you know.

I once had (past tense) Martin Luther King’s “I Had A Dream” speech framed and hanging on my office wall.  I thought it was a remarkable speech, that is until I read The Iron Triangle.  Ellison dissected the speech and he explains how several of the key phrases of the speech were actually sending the wrong message to people like himself in the 1960s.  When you read his explanation, you realize just how right he is and how wrong Dr. King was to say some of the things he said and why he most likely said them.

The key difference for me was that Ellison spoke from the viewpoint of a Black man growing up about the same time that I did.  At some point during the reading of this wonderful book I actually began to see and better understand his viewpoint.  I totally agreed with his interpretation of events then and more importantly the events we see now on the evening news every day of the week.

If you want to understand why upwards of 90% of all Blacks vote the same way in EVERY election, you really need to read The Iron Triangle.  Then you only need to “follow the money.”  Once Ellison puts forth the facts, the “why” becomes easier to understand but more difficult to accept because continuing down the same path decade after decade and not realizing any positive improvement, is the definition of insanity.

 Regardless of your skin color, everyone can benefit by reading Ellison’s book!  If everyone did, I think America would become a better place.  The book is that powerful, at least in my mind, maybe in yours as well; you will receive a great insight for your efforts.

Who should read this book?  Without a doubt – EVERYONE!

Would I read it again?  Certainly, parts of it for sure

Would I give it as a gift?  Yes, to anyone who I thought would actually read it, absolutely!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Plus, a book review

Written by Greg Gutfeld
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, July 28, 2020

Let’s start with the end question.  Who should read this book?  The answer is very simple, everyone.  In my opinion, it would be impossible to read Gutfeld’s book and not learn something about America in 2020. 

As I read his book, I found myself on almost every page.  I particularly loved his book because he writes about what I have been thinking for decades.  I also very much like his style.  He writes like he talks on television.  It’s enjoyable to read but more importantly he has some extremely valuable life lessons.  In that regard he and I learned very similar lessons.

Greg’s theory is very simple.  Every morning we all have a choice to make.  He has decided he will ask himself how he can make the day a Plus instead of a Minus.  He reduces everything to these two terms.  Avoid the Minuses and add to and enjoy the Pluses in life.  Surround yourself with people who think like you do and who will encourage you instead of criticize you. One plus I totally agree with is everyone should create a self-education program and then work the program to become better at whatever you wish to do or become.

He has harsh words for Social Media and the ills created by everyone’s desire to want to be seen by everyone.  I believe that the strongest message in the book occurs when he defines and  explains “the two-prison idea” theory.  The book is worth reading if just for this one Chapter.  It’s outstanding and true and anyone who reads it KNOWS it is true.

He has very strong opinions regarding the cancel culture and how to change it.  There is also a discussion on how people literally follow the leader and by leader he refers to things that are not so pleasant.  People tend to do what other people do.  They imitate other people in how they dress, how they act (mostly bad) and what they do for their own personal enjoyment; becoming the person, you were meant to become takes a back seat to just following the leader.

Back to the original question, who should read this book, I do mean everyone ought to not only read it, but they should take the lessons discussed and learn from them.  If everyone did, America would be a better place to live, not many books could do that.

Who should read this book?  EVERYONE, PERIOD!
Would I read it again?  Maybe but probably not as once is sufficient to learn what I should be doing
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY!

Friday, July 10, 2020



A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, July 10, 2020

From the Internet:  On this day in (July 18) 1925, Volume One of Adolf Hitler’s philosophical autobiography, Mein Kampf, is published. It was a blueprint of his agenda for a Third Reich and a clear exposition of the nightmare that will envelope Europe from 1939 to 1945. The book sold a total of 9,473 copies in its first year. HE TOLD US WHAT HE HAD PLANNED NOT ONLY FOR GERMANY BUT FOR THE WORLD.  Apparently few if any paid any attention to him.

Hitler was very explicit in a rambling sort of way about his vision for Germany and it included world domination.  More importantly it also involved the ethnic cleansing of the Jewish people wherever they were to be found. By the time WWII was over, well over 60 million people were killed and that includes allied and axis military and civilian employees and non-military civilians.  More than 6 million Jews were exterminated. 

The sad part is the date of Hitler’s book, July 18, 1925.  The world was told of his plans and the collective countries of the world did nothing to stop him.  How did that work out for everyone?

Now it is 2020 and once again WE HAVE BEEN TOLD and once again the citizens of the United States of America are sitting on their collective asses and doing nothing.  What have we been told?  It started in 1958, maybe before, but that is as good a starting date as any.  W. Cleon Skousen wrote the book The Naked Communist.  In the book, this ex-CIA agent describes The Communist Party USA.  He also describes how the Party realized that a military takeover of America would never happen, just wasn’t realistic.  They set out 45 objectives or goals that if vigorously pursued, WOULD result in the peaceful overthrow of America.  WE HAVE BEEN TOLD, AGAIN!

Over the past several years I have felt like Chicken Little in the children’s book.  Sending out the alarm like the sky was falling but like Chicken Little, few if anyone paid me any attention.  I have been sending out the alarm that The Communist Party USA is and has been active in America but few people would listen.  Then Curtis Bowers produced a life-changing film, at least for me, titled Agenda; Grinding America Down.  He explains how he personally sat in a meeting of The Communist Party USA (I believe the year was (1998) and again they set forth their 45 specific goals to peacefully take over America.  What are those 45 objectives?  Here is the link:  In the interest of expediency, I have copied and pasted the contents of this site below.  I have taken the liberty of embolden several of the objectives to put emphasis on how they have been used to “transform America.”  Some are so important I also posted them in RED for added emphasis.  Decide for yourself if they have already been achieved.

The Original Complete List Of The 45 Declared Goals
For The Communist Takeover Of America
Submitted By Greg Swank
You are about to read a list of 45 goals that found their way down the halls of our great Capitol back in 1963. As you read this, 39 years later, you should be shocked by the events that have played themselves out. I first ran across this list 3 years ago but was unable to attain a copy and it has bothered me ever since. Recently, Jeff Rense posted it on his site and I would like to thank him for doing so. Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963


Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America. At Mrs. Nordman's request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following "Current Communist Goals," which she identifies as an excerpt from "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen: [From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen]

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.  (Pledge of Alliance and the National Anthem)

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."  (Happened in 1962)

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use “united force” to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD!  I HAVE BEEN TOLD!  Take a look around the political landscape and what do you see?  The Democrat Party of President John F. Kennedy no longer exists!  It’s history!  They have changed names from Democrat Party to Progressives to Democratic Socialists and it all boils down to a Socialist Party.  And as Vladimir Lenin has stated, Socialism leads to Communism.”  It could not be clearer.  In the 2020 Presidential Election, the vote will be between Socialism and Capitalism.  It will NOT be between Democrats and Republicans.  It will be between personal freedom and liberties and total domination by the elites in power.  This has long been coming.  We were told in 1958 and again in 1998.  As you can clearly see, most of the 45 goals have already been achieved, especially gaining control over one political party and controlling what is being taught in our schools.  Again, we have Vladimir Lenin to thank when he said, “give me four years to teach the (your) children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”  We can see the results of this especially in our universities where free speech has suddenly become a thing of the past and the universities have crated safe zones and trigger words to warn students about what is about to be said.  Conservative speakers have been run off of campuses all across the country.  Debates regarding different or opposing ideas are no longer tolerated.  YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD!
Read the 45 goals again.  You will be unable to say, “I didn’t know!”  YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD!  Now what are you going to do about it?  We are watching America turn into a Venezuela or Cuba right before our very eyes.  How has that turned out for the people of Venezuela and Cuba.
IT GETS WORSE!  Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and every freedom loving country on the planet will no longer have the protection of America, the super power of the globe to protect them from also being overrun by Socialist/Communists.  Once the deterrent is gone, who is left to protect these countries?  America?  I seriously doubt it.  The police and military will have long been dismantled and it will be open season on all these countries.

You don’t like President Trump; I can understand that.  But this is NOT about President Trump the man.  It IS about President Trump the President!  In the 3 plus years he has been in office you can see his successes all over his Presidency and he did it without the help of a Democrat held House of Representatives who have fought him every step of the way.  The recent pandemic has put a halt to a remarkable economic growth in America and other parts of the world under the Trump Administration.  It is already rebounding in spite of the virus and the still obstructionist Democratic House of Representatives.  It will continue to rebound again in spite of the Democrats in Congress.  They have done everything imaginable to overthrow President Trump. 

So here it is in terms you can easily understand.  A vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 election is a vote for Socialism/Communism.  A vote for President Trump is a vote for Capitalism and continued growth and personal freedoms and liberties.

When you pull the lever/push the buttons in November 2020, forget the (d) or the (r) after a person’s name and vote for what is best for your pocket book and America’s pocket book.  Vote for CONTINUED freedoms and liberties.  Vote for a positive future and do not vote for what happened in Venezuela – a total disaster!

If you want to read about what is on the Joe Biden future for America, look up Agenda 21, lookup Agenda 30.  Do your research on The Bilderberg Group. Look up George Soros, the mastermind behind all that you see happening in America today in 2020.   You will NOT like what you read!  But that is the vision Joe Biden and his minions have for America. 

As a side note, I personally feel sorry for my children, their children and their children because it is quite possible that they will NEVER realize the America that I have come to know and love if the Socialist Left wins in 2020.  Instead they will experience total government control of everything you want to do or achieve.

Hitler told everyone what he intended to do and did it.  Biden and The Communist Party USA has told everyone what they intend to do and will IF he is elected to the Presidency!  I AM NOT COMPARING BIDEN TO HITLER ONLY THAT BOTH HAVE TOLD US WHAT THEY INTENDED TO DO.  The election is entirely up to you.  So many will just vote for the (d) or the (r) without properly vetting their candidates and understanding the ramifications for their vote and it won’t be pleasant.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, July 5, 2020


I don’t know about most people but I have always wondered how I would have responded to the events of World War II.  I have made it my intent to watch as many documentaries and read selective books about the War and I am in awe regarding the courageous men and women who faced horrors the likes of which very few of today’s youth will ever experience; I hope.  It does raise an interesting question and that is would today’s youth respond as the youth of the 30’s and 40’s did?

This book was definitely a page turner for me.  It’s about a French woman who married and moved to England prior to the commencement of WWII.  Because she was fluent in the French language and knew her way around France, she was asked to consider joining the British forces as a spy working for the allies.  She was the mother of 3 girls and you would have thought that becoming a spy would not be something she would consider, yet it was because of her three daughters she felt the need to do something to help the war effort.

Her story was riveting and I could not put the book down.  The description of what happened during her time being a captive of the Germans with a death sentence already determined was not something you see in the documentaries of WWII.  The book is about her ordeals, her life, her love of another spy within her circle, her determination, and her desire to make a difference and of course how it all turned out.  To say any more would do the book an injustice and may discourage readers of this review from reading the book.

Who should read this book?  That’s a great question.  Given the subject matter, WWII, most people won’t take the time to read it.  I can assure you that in this case the truth of what happened is much better than any book of fiction you could ever read.  Everyone would benefit from the book but I think young women would benefit the most. 
Would I read it again?  There would be no need to read it again.  Her story is her story and it won’t change nor would I gain any further insight into what transpired.
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

So Far It's Working For Me

Written by Robin McKenzie
Review written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, June 18, 2020

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I would assume that people who read this book do so because they already have issues with back pain as I do.  It IS the reason I read the book.

As I read it, I realized that because I was unaware of the adverse reaction to a poor posture and how that reaction could manifest itself in back pain, some severe, much later in life.  This was especially troubling to me because for years I taught people both in the U. S. Coast Guard and then in the real estate business that involved a lot of desk work.  Typical desk work results in people hunched over their desks as they do their jobs.  As McKenzie explains in his book, this has long lasting adverse results to people’s spines and eventually leads to troublesome back pain.

McKenzie goes into detail about the spine and how pain in one location of the body oftentimes results in pain(s) in other parts of the body.  He provides a very easily understood and straight forward explanation of specific exercises to reverse the affect of a poor posture that lead to reduce pain or the elimination of pain completely. 

As stated, I have back pain.  I have had two major back surgeries in just two years, the last one was in July 2019.  After a year I still have severe pain that seems to originate in my lower left back but then becomes really severe in my upper left thigh and groin area.  The pain can be severe enough to prevent me from doing the most basic movements like walking.  I gave his exercises a try.  Several times a day as recommended.  I can honestly say that I have felt some relief but only time will provide the real test of his recommended program.  The exercises are easy, at least for me.  More importantly I find that I now think of how I am sitting, lying or standing or slouching while at my desk.

I said that people who read this book probably have back issues and pain but the book could be very beneficial to younger people without specific back issues to keep them from developing such issues later in life.

Who should read this book?  Just about everyone could benefit from the sound advice about posture.
Would I read it again?  Absolutely, at least parts to insure I am doing as directed instead of relying on my memory of the advice provided.
Would I give it as gift?  To the right person, absolutely.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Social Media vs. Spoken Words

Social Media vs. Spoken Words
What I wrote may not be what you heard!
By: Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, May 27, 2020

Have you considered the difference and lingering effects between words written on Social Media platforms or in a book or document such as this one, as compared to words that are spoken?  There is a huge difference; like the difference between 2D movies and 3D movies.  3D movies have more depth and are usually more enjoyable.  Social Media by comparison are simply words that appear on a screen absent any inflections, emphasis, or pauses; they are just words (2D).  When engaged in conversations, people are able to put emphasis on certain words by speaking louder or softer, or even inserting a pause….for effect (3D).  Such emphasis can change the meaning of what was said.  Writers, other than on Social Media, can do some of the same things by inserting…to reflect a pause, or EMBOLDEN and or UNDERLINE letters to emphasize a word or words as compared to the rest of the sentence; almost 3D but not quite.

As an example, let’s consider this one short sentence.  It is an ugly sentence but it was the one that was used to teach the principle to me so many decades ago.

The actual intended meaning of the sentence greatly depends upon which word or words you place your emphasis.  To illustrate this, I will EMBOLDEN just a word(s) to change the actual meaning of the sentence.

  • I…did not say I beat my wife today.  I didn’t say it, someone else must have said it.
  • I did not…say I beat my wife today.  Just didn’t say it!
  • I did not say…I beat my wife today.  I may have thought about it but I didn’t actually say it.
  • I did not say I…beat my wife today.  This is my favorite; I did not say I beat my wife but that doesn’t mean someone else didn’t beat her.
  • I did not say I beat…my wife today.  This is all about definitions.  What do you mean when you say “beat?”  I may have roughed her up a bit but I certainly didn’t beat her!
  • I did not say I beat my…wife today.  Definitely NOT my wife but you ought to see the neighbor’s wife.
  • I did not say I beat my wife…today.  It wasn’t my wife that I beat but you ought to see my kids.
  • I did not say I beat my wife today.  It wasn’t today, but yesterday is another story. 
Think about some of the posts on Social Media you may have read or even posted.  Is it possible that the reader understands a meaning you did not intend?

  • Read what you post on line before you actually post it.  I would even suggest reading it twice for both spelling and grammar. 
  • If you are posting from your smart phone, the chances of spell check inserting the wrong word seem to be enhanced.  You can also make mistakes simply by hitting the wrong letters on your very small keyboard and the misspellings remain or spell check takes over and inserts a word it thinks is the one you wanted to include. 
  • BEFORE you respond to a post make certain you understand what the sender intended.  If you don’t, take the time to ask what was meant by the post. 
  • You read a post about today being “hump day” but you know it is Thursday, not Wednesday.  This is an obvious example but some posts are not so obvious as to when they were initially posted.  Before you draft a response that you may be pointing out something that happened AFTER the initial post, check the time the initial post was made.  Doesn’t happen all that often but it is worth checking. 
  • PC Police are abundant on Social Media and they will dissect your posts to insure you haven’t offended someone.  Keep in mind that your mother was right!  Sticks and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt you.  What your mother and my mother left off was, words will never hurt you unless you allow them to.  Read your post BEFORE you post it to make certain that you are not unintentionally offending someone.  Even so, there are times when you just have to say what needs to be said, I understand that. 
  • Don’t use language in your posts that you wouldn’t use in front of your children or someone else’s children.  For a great many people, they have begun using the common “four-letter” words with regularity.  In the minds of many, such posts oftentimes lowers the IQ and/or opinion of the person making the post.  When that occurs, the sender loses a great deal of credibility and may even be blocked by the recipient. Simple question, would you want your own children to read what you have posted? 
  • If you are member of a group(s), FOLLOW THE RULES of the group(s).  One such rule for most groups is that there are to be NO political posts.  Don’t break the rules. 
  • If you post a statement that is based upon facts, a news release, or a specific Internet site or report, reference your material.  Let the reader know from where the apparent facts of your post came from and that enables the reader to read what you read to verify what you have posted.  If that is your intention, that is a good thing. 
  • If you wouldn’t say something to a person’s face, you may want to think twice about posting something because you have the perceived safety of doing so on your computer/smart phone screen. 
  • Say what you mean, mean what you say!  Always a good rule to follow. 
  • Stop with the never ending, “if you don’t forward this something horrible will happen….” messages!  If someone believes it should be forwarded, they will forward it.  Please stop! 
  • Avoid becoming a Social Media PC “nut job!”   Funny, you the reader may think that is what I just did by writing this Nugget but that was never my intention.

Friday, May 22, 2020

A Power Course To Instantly Analyze Anyone
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, 22 May 2020

This final paragraph explains the benefits of this book:

“As novelist Dick Wittenborn said, we are the sum of all the people we have ever encountered, met, and interacted with. Community changes us, and we change the community. With a keen and kind understanding, we can direct these changes toward the good and the positive.”

Analyze People is the fourth of four books written by Lance P. Richards.  Collectively they provide the reader with an extremely valuable in sight to people including yourself.  This last of the four books truly causes you to first analyze yourself before you attempt to analyze (define) others.  Why is this important?  I look at everything I read through the prism of a 33-year career in real estate sales with the emphasis on the word sales.  My experience has taught me that if you can properly analyze your probable buyers and sellers, you can adjust your presentation on the fly to literally match their beliefs and attitudes.  Why is that important?  Because it is easier to do business with people you like and it is easier to like people who are like you.

Like the other books, this one causes you to pause and think about how what was written applies to you and that is always a very good thing to do.  This book is a gem full of valuable information that you can use in developing personal relationships, business relationships and especially for people in sales who want to make more sales.  Based upon my real estate experience, this book should be required reading BEFORE a real estate sales agent meets with their first customer; it will make a difference!

Who should read this book?  Since it would benefit everyone, everyone should read it.  I think teenagers would especially benefit reading the book by showing them how to avoid typical struggles with life and relationships BEFORE they become problems. It also makes it easy to identify what you may need to work on in regards to your own personality and character.
Would I read it again?  Probably not, the lessons of the book were well learned but I would revisit the questions he suggests we all ask and answer and then grade the results.
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY!

Special Note:  You can purchase the books individually or you can purchase them as a group of four as I did.  Here is the link to purchasing them as a group of four may be the best $5.99 you will ever INVEST in yourself.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A Must Read for Business and Relationships

Take Back Your Life and Overcome Limitations
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, 16 May 2020

One of the opening paragraphs in the Introduction describes exactly what this book wants you to be able to accomplish for yourself.

“You will learn how to develop a winning mindset, enhance Emotional Intelligence, become self-motivated, develop confidence in yourself, take better care of your body, be more productive, build smart habits, and so much more!”

The book does in fact achieve that and much more.  I read a lot of book through the prism of a 33-year real estate sales career.  Everyone involved in sales ought to read this book, the third in a series of four.  Thus far, this statement would apply to all three of the books and I am predicting the last book in the series, Analyzing People will be equally as beneficial.

While every section would be instructional, the section on developing a “growth mindset” ought to be paramount in anyone’s personal development.  If you are not growing you are falling behind, it is that simple.  Richards explains the importance of developing a pro-growth mindset and then sets about explaining how you achieve one.  One such example is his explanation of aiming for learning not winning.  Richards also provides self-tests to ascertain your current understanding of your own attitude and it is very revealing.  As in his previous books, I had to fight the urge to think that so-and-so ought to be reading this book.  While that may be true, it is still a vital instructional manual for me as well as anyone who reads it.

Richards points out a quote from Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  If you understand this, you will understand the value of this book.  It is all about creating habits that will help you rather than hurt you and your business and personal relationships.
Who should read this book?  Since it would benefit everyone, everyone should read it.  I think teenagers would especially benefit reading the book by showing them how to get started on the right paths leading them to a successful career and life.
Would I read it again?  Probably not, the lessons of the book were well learned but I would revisit the questions he suggests we all ask and answer and then grade the results.
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Another Gem to learn from!

Winning the Battle Over the Noise of Life
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, 16 May 2020

The opening paragraph in this second of four books by Lance P. Richards, perfectly describes this book:

“Do you constantly find yourself stressed out, tired, or overwhelmed?  Do you want to step away from the noise of life?  Are you looking for simple yet effective strategies to attain rest and relaxation?”

Richards explains in this book why rest and relaxation are so important you and your health.  More importantly he provides you with excellent ways to achieve the rest and relaxation your mind and body needs.  He also explains how and why to identify unhealthy habits and reflects on why we should focus on what is important in our lives.  One very important discussion involves rekindling the joy and benefits of reading; something currently lacking in our American society where people use the excuse that they are too busy to read.

We have all heard about the benefits of meditation.  Richards does not delve deep into the benefits but does provide the reader with easy to understand forms of meditation that you may heretofore had not thought of as meditation techniques. 

I found this book extremely helpful in understanding the value of silence as Richards defines it which does not necessarily mean the lack of noise.  He explains how just spending time in nature is in itself a form of meditation and finding a lack of noise in nature is difficult.  Yet spending time in nature can help you with not only relaxation but enables you to breath in clean fresh air at the same time.

This second of four books is an excellent read!  I found that like the first book, reading it causes you to stop reading and to just sit and think about what was written and how it applies to your life.  That is always a very good thing to do!

Who should read this book?  Since it would benefit everyone, everyone should read it.  I think teenagers would especially benefit reading the book by showing them how to avoid typical struggles with life and relationships BEFORE they become problems.
Would I read it again?  Probably not, the lessons of the book were well learned but I would revisit the questions he suggest we all ask and answer and then grade the results.
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Control Your Emotions and Eliminate Fear
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, 20 May 2020

Have year ever had thoughts while reading a book, “Hey, so-and-so needs to read this book!”  You were absolutely certain that “so-and-so” was lacking in the knowledge contained in the book you were reading and they could not help but learn from it.  That is what happened to me when I first began reading this book by Lance P. Richards.  So-and-so could definitely use this information; no doubt about it! 

Then I realized that “so-and-so” was actually me!  What a shocker!  I needed the help provided by Richards probably more so than anyone on the planet and I am pretty sure that readers will feel the same way.  Not that they will think I need the information unless of course they might know me, but rather that they could use the information. 

You may have heard all or part of what Richards writes about before but dare I say it, most will not have heard any of this information before.  It certainly was not taught as I grew up.  I don’t know what is being taught in 2020.  Now you can read it all in one excellent book.  The book is written in a format that causes the reader to often pause and do a self-assessment by simply asking the question, “Is he talking about me?”  In my case he oftentimes was talking not only to me but also about me.

The “fear” Richards refers to in the subtitle is not just physical fear it is about fear that everyone of us from time to time experiences.  Fear of public speaking, fear of heights, fear of human touch, you name it.  Richards lays out a plan to first address the fears we face and then how to combat them.  Not sure it is possible for anyone to read this book, familiar with the subject or not, and NOT come away with a better understanding of self and what you can do to improve your self.

Now for the best part.  The book is available on Amazon as a four-book set all in one.  The titles of the remaining two books are, The Power of Silence, Winning the Battle Over the Noise of Life; Mindset Mastery, Take Back Your Life and Overcome Limitations; and Analyze People, A Power Course to Instantly Analyze Anyone.  With titles like these, how could you possibly go wrong in reading them?  I will write reports on each as I read them.  Watch this Blog at for later reviews.

Who should read this book?  Since it would benefit everyone, everyone should read it but especially people dealing with “issues.”
Would I read it again?  Probably not, the lessons of the book were well learned.
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY!