Roots of My Philosophy


Roots of my Philosophy



    I know something about you.  Yes, you:  You are a gift for the world.  You are a unique essence never before in the world.  Never before in our universe.


The journey that opened my eyes:


     Earl Nightingale, in his famous speech, “The Strangest Secret,” said these words:   “The architect of the universe didn’t build a stairway leading nowhere.”   (Google that title, including the quotes., and access this, the first ever million-seller speech.)   I watched and listened as he delivered that speech in Los Angeles in the 1960s.  It changed my life.


     You were sent here to awaken and to serve.  This is your birthright.  It is the legacy with which you were endowed by your Creator.


Your one-way ticket:


     You see, you’ve got this one-way ticket.   You are not coming back.  You have this one lifetime in which to get it right.


    Most others are unconscious. They live their lives in a trance. Most others toss this legacy in the trash. Not you . . .


     You are conscious. You are on the path to illumination. And you may allow yourself to become a light bearer. 


My awakening, Act I:


     You may wonder about the gestation of my philosophy.   My initial awakening was when I was 4.  My father starting beating my bare ass relentlessly every evening down in our cellar at 6050 Webster Street in Philadelphia.  Four years of tush-stinging cat-o-nine-tails whippings.  

I gritted my teeth.  I did not utter a sound.  I became incorrigible.   

I did not let him crush my spirit. 


My awakening, Act II:


   When I was 12, three books found me.  They were to be a major influence on my beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, words and actions from then on.  You might call them the pillars of my Temple of Wisdom.


     1.  “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen was written in the early 20th century.  You can get this little volume in any bookstore.  You can also download it free from the internet.  (Google the title including quote marks.)


     2.  “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” was written in the 12th century by a Persian mathematician.  (Insist upon the Edward Fitzgerald translation of the first edition.)


     3.  “The Prophet,” Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, was published in 1923.  In time it was translated into almost every known language.  Any bookstore can get it for you.


     Living, as I was, in a terribly dysfunctional household, I sought refuge in books.  These 3 books became like a three-part bible to me. 

I memorized many passages and quatrains.


     They came to pervade my consciousness as they do yet today.  You are invited to get your hands on these classics.


My awakening, Act III:


     A fourth book, published in the 1970s and still in print, was to become a practical guide for dealing with the scoundrels and the

lesser mortals I had to gently allow out of my life.


     4,  “Looking Out For #1,” by Robert Ringer, proved to be useful to me as I cleaned up my relationships.  Published in the 1970s, it remains in print today.  You can surely get it from your Inter-library Loan at your local library if there is no other way.


Burt Dubin September 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Thank you for your kind words. I’m happy that you recognize my down-to-earth approach
to success as a speaker/trainer. I will be delighted to consider working with you. Call me
at 928-793-3303.

With kindest regards,


Jack LaValley September 19, 2009 at 6:41 am

Thank you so much for getting back with me on this so quickly. I thought that maybe you might be too busy at this time to review all your internet-related mail on your various sites, and this is why I also forward my comments via my personal email address to your personal email address. What you’ve provided here in your comments is very encouraging for me. Again, thank you. I sense that as I move forward with this project I’ll be connecting with you more.

Jack LaValley

Burt Dubin September 18, 2009 at 1:11 pm


Your area of expertize is urgently needed all over the USA. Yes, do it.
Stable homes and happy families are the backbone of stable communities.

Here are a few ideas on how to proceed.

1. Write articles addressing each of your points (one article per point).
Create invitations to speak by planting these seeds . . .
Offer your articles to many publications:

Your local Chamber of Commerce.
Your local daily and weekly publications.
Publications, if any, of your community college and 4 year college.
Your city magazine if there is one.
Any other publications distributed in your city.
Publications of each church, each mosque and each synagogue in and near your city.

Write with passion and authenticity, just as I do.
These articles are likely to get you invitations to speak.
(Be sure your phone number and your e-mail address are in each article.)

For more insights, call me at 928-793-3303.

Burt Dubin

Jack LaValley September 18, 2009 at 11:10 am

I have a talk I’m working on: “How toChoose the Right Marraige Partner First Time Around and Live Happily Ever After.” I want to share this talk with those who are presently married, who are starting over, or who are looking to get married for the first time. I’ve not delivered a public talk in the community I’ve been living in for the past 30 years. I’m looking for some ideas on how I can proceed in order to find an audience. At first I thought…Well, I’ll just hold it at my local library and whoever shows up or not is okay, I’ll be the better for the experience. Do you think is a good approach for right now?

Thank you.

Jack LaValley

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