Why @BizStone is my new hero, Part 2

“The good in the world isn’t just my hallucinogenic optimism. It’s science.”—Biz Stone again

Remember Snuffles the dog from Quickdraw McGraw? Every time, he was given a doggie treat, he’d float up into the air. That was me yesterday, blogging about Biz Stone’s new book, Things a Little Bird Told Me.

It was such a treat to learn that the co-founder of Twitter practices the art of imagining what he wants, that he knows focusing upon “the new” brings it into existence that I was floating around like Snuffles. As I mentioned yesterday, Stone was able to get a dream job at Google and launch Twitter by following his joy and E-Squaring his desires.

Because I was so twitterpated to find a fellow optimist, I forgot to mention three other things I adore about this 40-year-old game-changer.

1. He knows money doesn’t make a person happy. Sure, he’s now worth $250 million, but he and his wife Livia live simply and give most of their money away. “Our version of a Lamborghini is that we give a lot to help others,” he says

2. He hired a corporate social responsibility employee before he hired his first salesperson.

3. He envisions a radically different business model. Rather than profit being the end-all-be-all, his mission for any business includes the following three prongs. First and foremost, it should make a meaningful impact. Secondly, anyone who gets involved (ie. is employed at said business) should LOVE what they are doing and thirdly, it should generate strong revenues. That’s the THIRD priority.

He also knows how to turn failure into “the best thing that ever happened” and that together, we as a motley bunch of optimists, can change the world.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Why Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, is my new hero

“We’re heading toward something big and it’s going to be good.” Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter

I have no idea if 40-year-old Biz Stone, the guy Time magazine called “One of the Most Influential People in the World,” has read E-Squared.

But I do know this: he practices the principles with a vengeance.

In fact, it’s the very principles I write about in E-Squared and E-Cubed that transformed him from a college drop-out with massive credit card debt into a wildly successful entrepreneur worth $250 million.

On my flight to Australia (where I’m giving a writing workshop with Reid Tracy, president of Hay House), I had time to read Stone’s book, “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of a Creative Mind.”

He throws around words like infinite possibilities. He knows attitude is everything and that we pull from the quantum field a match to our beliefs and expectations

As he says, “For any one problem, there are infinite potential solutions. Creativity is limitless. If you cling to what you know, you miss out on the limitless possibilities.”

When Biz was unemployed and living in his mom’s basement, he printed up business cards that said, “Biz Stone, Genius.” He claimed to be “building inventions with infinite resources and a world-class team of scientists at his headquarters—naturally titled Genius Labs.” It was his pronouncement of this dream that brought it into reality.

He knew, as I always recommend, to focus on the end result he desired.

It was that same visualization that launched his career at Google. He decided he wanted to work there and even though he had no college degree, he visualized his way into a dream job. He saw it in his mind before it came true, even though everyone told him that Google only hires PhD’s.

“I manufactured this opportunity without a college education, much less a higher degree; without working my way up a ladder. I wasn’t a shoo-in. I wasn’t anything. But I was experienced in one particular area: creating my own opportunity.”

When he started Twitter, he visualized that it would eventually “topple despotic regimes” which, as we all know, it famously did in a revolution in Moldova and then again in what we now call the Arab Spring.

As he says, “Hard work is important, but success is more about looking through the lens of possibility.”

In other words, the invisible realm always influences the visible.

He also knows that the importance of focusing on what you WANT to happen.

He saw his role at Twitter as being the “non-worrier.”

As he says, “When everything’s wrong and broken, instead of harping on what’s wrong and broken, you need to find what’s working and build on that.”

As he says, the solution always emerges if you look for the positive.

He also knows that the most important quality of any job is that it’s fun. He said the reason he knew Twitter would eventually work where the other start-ups didn’t (yes, he had plenty of failures before Twitter) is because it brought him joy.

Even the $500 million offer from Mark Zuckerberg (he and partner Ev Williams turned it down), came because they were joking around. They were driving out to Facebook offices for what they knew would be an offer to buy them out. On a whim, they agreed to ask for something so big, he’d never go for it. Let’s ask for half a billion, they laughed.

And sure enough, Zuckerberg called a few weeks later offering that very amount.

So Biz, if you happen to see this post, send me a tweet and, even though you already know this stuff, I’ll make sure you get a copy of both E-Squared and E-Cubed.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Blessings are everywhere—even in your driveway

“Standing on the corner of awesome and bombdigity.”—Shared by a reader on my Twitter feed

In E-Cubed (that comes out in 13 days, not that I’m counting?), there’s a chapter called “Well, duh!” In it, I share miracle stories from readers of E-Squared who wrote to me with the awesome results of their experiments.

Hearing these stories makes me bounce around like Tigger. Telling them only elevates the bounce. Here are a couple I heard today:

A reader in Duluth was doing the Dude Abides experiment, asking for a blessing, a sign that she was loved by the universe. Although I encourage people to refrain from specifying the blessing, she thought to herself, “wouldn’t it be cool if I got a crystal agate.” Evidently, she had studied geology and was interested in rocks.

Well, the next day she came home (from where I’m not sure) and sitting near her driveway was the biggest crystal agate she had ever seen.

A friend from one of my power posses was recounting her circumstances at our last get-together when another member posed the question, “Well, what exactly do you need?”

It stopped her in her tracks and she said, “I need a vacuum cleaner.” We all laughed and said, “Better make room for a new vacuum cleaner.”

This morning, she returned to our breakfast meeting filled with all kinds of amazing manifestations and then she stopped, “Oh, I forgot to tell you. I went home last Sunday and there, in my driveway, was a vacuum cleaner.”

Moral of this story? Pay attention to your driveway.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Nanu-Nanu: What Robin Williams taught us all

“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.”–Malcolm Gladwell

Utter shock was the reaction around the world when our favorite zany comedian offed himself.

Didn’t he know how much we loved him?

How could he not see how much joy he gave us?

Doesn’t he realize how beautiful he is?

Having these thoughts reminds us of what our Source thinks about us as we go about our lives, not appreciating the truth of who we really are.

I know who you are, Robin, and I thank you for sharing your beauty and your truth with the world.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

How one reader used E-Squared to finally find Sasquatch

“Love should be ‘spread throughout the world, shouted in our ears for free.”—Stuart Kestenbaum

Thought I’d spread a little love from a reader who recently used the Einstein wands from E-Squared in a workshop at a Performing Arts Conservatory for Julliard and Broadway-bound youth. StevieAnne Petitt, a clinical hypnotherapist and life coach from Arizona, called them magic wards (actually a much better name) and used them to demonstrate the importance of being conscious of internal dialog.

In fact, she created a fabulous workshop called “Hang up your Negative Thinking,” a brilliant take since, after all, the wands are made from coat hangers.

Before she left the Conservatory, she and her students decided to conduct one last experiment, one that she called “super out there.” They asked the Universe to show them Big Foot within 48 hours.

Now, it’s one thing to find purple feathers and yellow butterflies, but Big Foot? People have been looking for the hairy ape-like creature for centuries. But StevieAnne shared on Facebook that on her plane ride back home, she found the elusive Sasquatch in her SkyMall magazine 30,000 feet in the air.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Let bliss be your GPS

“I say always listen to your beeps.”—Necie in The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

I have spent my life seeking higher guidance. My favorite joke used to be, “Why doesn’t God work in neon?”

I finally learned that God or the universe or whatever name you want to call the Divine Buzz does indeed work in neon. It’s called joy. Or as Joseph Campbell instructed, “Follow your bliss.”

If you want higher guidance, start moving towards what makes you happy. Kids know this. They automatically seek out things that bring joy.

Until….

…their parents and their culture and the dominant paradigm insist “You can’t do that. You have to protect yourself. You have to be safe.”

I’m reading Pat Conroy’s memoir, The Death of Santini. He remembers very clearly that his dad, who was a notorious disciplinarian (read: bully), would react the most violently anytime his children were having fun. It’s as if he was saying, “Cut that out. Fun is not allowed.”

Even though most of our parents weren’t bullies, they certainly didn’t tell us that the things we’re drawn towards, the things that bring us joy are God’s guidance in bright, crystal clear neon.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Why you should always say yes to fun. No exceptions


“What has trapped you in a belief system that says your ecstasy can only come when you have certain physical stimuli in place? We want you to understand that ecstasy is your birthright. It is not something that exists outside of you.”—Daniel Scranton
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A new member of yesterday’s power posse sent around the above quote. I had mentioned what I call “The Divine Buzz,” this sense of being joyful and filled with well-being. I often experience it just walking across the floor of my kitchen.

It’s not something that requires me to be staying in five-star hotels or meeting America’s Top Chefs. It just is…anytime I take down my preconceived mental constructs.

The first corollary in E-Cubed is called the Boogie-Woogie principle. Or the importance of NOT being earnest. It’s about the Divine Buzz, about being happy. Stated simply it says that the more fun you have, the better life works.

I found the above picture in an old computer I was going through over the weekend. I was in New York a few years ago with an old college friend and both our daughters who, at the time, were 14 or 15. Because there were four of us, we each got to pick one thing we absolutely wanted to do. Sarina, Mary’s daughter, absolutely wanted to have her picture taken with an Abercrombie and Fitch model.

So I decided, “Why not? Why should Sarina have all the fun?”

It took me awhile in this life of mine, but I have finally concluded that fun is ALWAYS the right answer. And, more importantly, I know that anything can be fun—-having my picture taken with an Abercrombie model or simply walking across my kitchen floor.

As the Course is Miracles says, “I have a kingdom I must rule.” That kingdom is and always will be my mind.”

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Three things I learned from Sean Penn

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”–Henri Bergson

Three things I learned from Sean Penn

1. Always wear sun screen.

2. Marrying Madonna is not the fast track to wedded bliss.

3. It’s impossible to judge by appearances.

Sean Penn, a brilliant actor, has played a wide range of roles over the years: he played a surfer stoner in Fast Times at Ridgmont High, almost single-handedly introducing the term “dude” into the American lexicon, he played a racist murderer in Dead Man Walking, a mentally handicapped father in I am Sam and gay-rights icon Harvey Milk who was gunned down in the prime of his life in Milk. In real life, none of us would choose any of these roles. They’re unappealing and, on the surface anyway, difficult to live through.

Penn, of course, chose these roles because they helped him expand as an actor. They helped him grow. They helped him become hugely successful, winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his Harvey Milk portrayal.

As I point out in E-Cubed (yes, I’m now resorting to shameless self-promotion), our job is to create, not critique.

Judging anything as good or bad, right or wrong, black or white automatically slashes our possibilities by 50 percent.

How do we really know that this “bad” thing isn’t really the best thing in disguise?

I believe we often create holograms of “unfortunate” things for the expansion it will create, for the “Academy Award” it will eventually reap.

Our judging minds are so quick to leap to “OMG. That’s a catastrophe.” Which causes us to shut down. Become holier than though.

Take sexual abuse, for example. Who in Worldview 1.0 could withhold judgment in such a situation, particularly when the abuse is perpetrated on a child?

Yet, Louise Hay, whose life has literally blessed millions of people probably wouldn’t be the person she is today had she not gone through that particular “catastrophe.”

Through this seeming “trauma,” she was able to find her own inner wisdom and realize the monstrous love machine she really is. Many things that at face value look like difficulties end up being miracles in the end. The cancer that we might believe isn’t fair can be a pathway to Truth. It can be a door to potent opportunities. We get to decide.

So instead of asking the question “Why do bad things happen to good people?” we should ask, “Why do good people think bad things can even happen?”

Bad is nothing but a judgment call, a judgment call we’re not qualified to make. Just like American Idol hasn’t requested your services next to JLO and Keith Urban, you really aren’t qualified to judge what is good and bad.

Once we wake up every morning and say, “this is the best thing that ever happened to me” we will move into alignment where beauty and joy are free to rise.

I look forward to the day when we’ll be able to recognize and call forth the love without creating the disaster. But until then, I, like Randy Jackson, am resigning from being a judge.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

You are scary powerful


“Perception is but a mirror, not a fact. What I look on is my state of mind reflected outward.” — A Course In Miracles

Hay House just sent me an advance copy of E-Cubed. I absolutely love it and am so excited to share it with the world.

I must admit I’ve been a little nervous. I’ve only been reading it on my computer, in my editor’s notes and well, E-Squared was such a big smash that I wondered–—What if people don’t like it as much?

After ripping open the package yesterday and seeing it in the flesh, as an actual book, I fell in love with it and, quite frankly, was even more besotted than I am with E-Squared. This is a frickin’ amazing book!!

E-Cubed is deeper, takes us further into the Infinite Field of Potentiality and, quite frankly, will likely push a few buttons.

But as I say in E-Cubed, “It matters not what anybody else thinks. Believing it does is part of the old-school conditioning that should be drop-kicked to the nearest curb. The only thing that matters is what I think. Because what I think is what I get.

So I’m happy to announce. I. LOVE. E-CUBED. If any five-year-olds were around, they’d undoubtedly say, “Then why don’t you marry it?”

One of the strategies I discuss in the new book (and you’ve read it here, too) is “get a group together to talk about these all-important spiritual principles.”

Today, I met with one of my groups, that I call my power posses, and Jay Pryor, who is a fabulous, amazing life coach, told this story.

His cousin or uncle or somebody in his family has knee problems. He wants a knee replacement and told Jay that he was getting one in 2016.

Jay looked at him hobbling around and said, “Buddy, you need to get that knee replacement now.”

“But, but….” the cousin or uncle said. “I don’t have the money. I need to save up.”

Jay, who is a formidable manifester and knows the importance of speaking intentions over a situation, said “Nope, you’re going to get it now, before your 50th birthday.”

His cousin or uncle called him last night and said, “Jay, you’re scary powerful.”

An old client called him right after Jay’s intention and sent him $10,000, just enough to do the surgery….now.

We are all scary powerful, guys, and the sooner we can consciously use this scary power, the quicker we can turn this world around.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Why I’m the luckiest person on the planet, Part 11

“You can’t buy happiness with the currency of unhappiness.”—James Altucher

I adore books. Makes sense, right? I’m an author.

Every now and then, I fall so madly in love with a book that I simply have no choice but to insist that everyone I know read it.

I just found such a book. It’s called Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream. The author is James Altucher. I’ve already moved it to my all-time favorites list and I’ve only read two chapters.

I went to the author’s website and noticed his post: “How to be the Luckiest Guy on the Planet in Four Easy Steps.”

Talk about synchronicity. As ya’ll know, I’ve been writing about BEING the luckiest person on the planet for the past 18 months.

Altucher says he has three goals: 1) To be happy, 2) to eradicate unhappiness and 3) to make every day as smooth as possible.

Does this sound familiar or what?

The universe, which constantly sends signs and blessings, had to work double-time to get my attention on this particular book.

Here’s how it went down. Silver Lining Cruises recently invited me to do a workshop. On the call to set it up, the organizers mentioned a post they’d read by Reid Tracy (president of Hay House) talking about my book.

I’d already deleted that particular mass email without reading it (sorry, Reid, I get tons of email), but you better believe I went back to my trash folder to retrieve it. In it, he not only mentioned me and E-Squared, but he mentioned Altucher’s book, The Power of No, that Hay House just released.

While I haven’t read that one…YET, I did get my hands on Choose Yourself. I started it this morning and, as I said, I’m already completely pumped. Good thing I’m about to go play pickle ball.

Altucher says everything I’ve been saying. And he says it in a way that entrepreneurs and non-spiritual types can get. This is a guy who turned the stock market around (funny story, read the book) by giving away Hershey’s kisses on Wall Street.

After starting the book (and discovering Altucher is a literary soul mate), I tried to find Reid’s email again. Being on anything (even an email) with James Altucher is like being on a list with Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. So I wanted to save it.

Alas, it was permanently deleted. But I did take a screenshot from Amazon (that I tried to post here and couldn’t) of another list of bestselling authors with me right between James Altucher and Tony Robbins.

Pretty heady company, I’d say.

Enough babbling. Just do me a favor. Read this book.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.