Tyler Jorgenson

One Entrepreneur's Journey To Find Greatness


Starting Out Right

I'm getting ready for a great work day. I have some meeting lined up
but am most excited by the changes I am making to my business plans.

Meeting 1: Temple


Speedreading to Greatness

As part of my constant desire for growth I've decided to make a more
ambitious goal for book reading in 2010. Here are some of the books I
plan to read this year. I haven't put them in order yet, but the
first one I am reading is The 4 hour Work-Week by Timothy Ferris. To
help me hit my goal I am starting by training in speed reading.


My Kindergarten Girl

Where does the time go? My oldest daughter starts kindergarten
tomorrow. Today was her orientation and she did fantastic. Pretty
soon she'll be driving.

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Do you ever just flip open the scriptures and find, seemingly at random, a verse that conveys a message that is tailored to comfort, guide or otherwise assist you in your present circumstance?

That happened to me twice this week. First it was Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 on Monday, and then just now 2 Corinthians 4:17. That our light afflictions worketh in us for a more eternal glory I concur.

Which scripture verses have touched you recently.


The guy on your $100 bill had his priorities straight

I often write of how I reflect with great admiration on the Founding Fathers of The United States of America. Today I was listening to a podcast that including a quote from Benjamin Franklin during the Continental Congress.

Here is some background:

The Constitutional Convention had been meeting for five weeks, and had hit a perilous deadlock. The large states were insisting that congressional representation be based on population; the smaller states wanted a one-state-one-vote rule. The entire effort to create a stronger union was in jeopardy. Eighty-one-year-old Benjamin Franklin, quiet during most of the deliberations, then addressed the group. According to James Madison’s notes, here is what happened next.

Here is what was quoted in the podcast:

Mr. President

The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other-our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.

To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service-

Mr. SHARMAN seconded the motion.

Mr. HAMILTON & several others expressed their apprehensions that however proper such a resolution might have been at the beginning of the convention, it might at this late day, I. bring on it some disagreeable animadversions. & 2. lead the public to believe that the embarrassments and dissensions within the Convention, had suggested this measure. It was answered by Docr. F. Mr. SHERMAN & others, that the past omission of a duty could not justify a further omission-that the rejection of such a proposition would expose the Convention to more unpleasant animadversions than the adoption of it: and that the alarm out of doors that might be excited for the state of things within, would at least be as likely to do good as ill.

Mr. WILLIAMSON, observed that the true cause of the omission could not be mistaken. The Convention had no funds.

Mr. RANDOLPH proposed in order to give a favorable aspect to ye. measure, that a sermon be preached at the request of the convention on 4th of July, the anniversary of Independence; & thenceforward prayers be used in ye. Convention every morning. Dr. FRANKn. 2ded. this motion After several unsuccessful attempts for silently postponing the matter by adjourng. the adjournment was at length carried, without any vote on the motion.

(Bolding and Italics added)

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These Men were amazing examples of how to blend Faith with Knowledge. In searching for this quote I found many others that may turn in to future posts as well.

I am grateful to the Creator for allowing me to live in this great Nation and for the Men who lived worthy of their call to lay it’s foundation.

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The Aladdin Syndrome

With the economy in the proverbial toilet I have been telling a few people about my theory that I call The Aladdin Syndrome. In one of the first scenes of the popular Disney cartoon Aladdin the title character steals bread because he’s ‘gotta eat’. It is interesting to me that this stealing is never condemned in the movie, in fact Aladdin is the one whose ‘worth lies deep within’ and is the ‘diamond in the rough’. As unemployment climbs well into the double digits and the realities of the economy begin to hit more people I predict we will see a drastic increase in theft. People feel justified in breaking the 8th commandment. Last Friday, the 10th of April 2009, I was at a lunch meeting and came out to find that my truck had been stolen. I wasn’t upset. In fact I was surprisingly calm, according to the deputy taking the report. I told the officer that I was more concerned for the person whose life was in such a situation that they felt their best choice on that Good Friday was to take a vehicle that did not belong to them.

I felt very blessed to have a spare car to drive until the fate of the truck was discovered. I received a call at 6:45 Easter morning to inform me that the truck had been recovered in a neighboring city, that it had sustained damage and that it was being held for evidence. An officer from the Ontario Police Department is on his way to my office to get a consent to do some detective work on the vehicle. I will post more pictures and information once I know get more.

And for your visual enjoyment:

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If this is your store

You know you've made it. When you can draw enough people to wait in
line for over a half hour for a cupcake it is safe to say you have a
devoted following. I just felt bad for the gelato store next door.

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Front Page News

I love working for a company that is actively working to remedy two
major issues facing American consumers.

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Breakfast Meeting

I'm enjoying a nice breakfast here in Crystal Cove with one of my
business partners. This is a gorgeous part of the world, and perfect
for formulating some business plans.

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Newport Beach Sunset

Another wonderful day with the family capped off with a perfect sunset.

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Christmas Infirmary

My oldest daughter thought that the Moose needed breathing
treatments. I guess with that big nose you could have a hard time

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Thanks for voting, now here’s your free stuff

As if playing a part in the political process is not enough, you can now get free stuff for voting too. I guess this election is already helping the economy, because at least three major chains are well off enough to give out freebies. Click on the pics for details.

There are some others too.

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I hope you vote today. For all the right reasons.

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A few of my favorite things

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> We are up in Wrightwood enjoying the Autumn weather and staying at
> our Little Red House ( www.wrightwoodcabins.com ). We have a
> guestbook that many people have signed since we started renting the
> cabin as a vacation rental in December of 2005. It is fun to read
> the great comments people from so many walks of life have left.
> Tanya and I were re-reading some older comments and found this one,
> the very first comment in the book.

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Fun @ The Park

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Back To Disneyland

We finally got our passes renewed and made sure to hit up the new Toy Story ride.

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