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Whether it be young age, lack of knowledge, not enough wisdom or whatever the reason may have been WE have ALL been fooled at least once in our lives. Typically, this happens when we are in childhood, when we are most naïve and vulnerable.

Being fooled by others is essential to making us the people we are today. On occasion we need to be fooled by others. You could say it is almost a rite of passage into adult life. Being fooled is part of how we as humans gain wisdom. It is also part of how we grow as human beings. It helps sharpen our senses of self-preservation and makes us more observant about everything around us. Being fooled helps to put us “on guard” for the unsuspected events in our future.

However, what is NOT a rite of passage is allowing ourselves to continually be fooled by others. It is plain and simple extrapolation: The more you continue to allow yourself to get fooled, the more your chances of getting fooled again and again increase.

Once the word gets out that you are an “easy target” because you continue to get fooled the more opportunistic individuals will not only come out of the woodwork but the more, they will try (and succeed) to fool you again.

Most times, no one knows when the next time they will be fooled will occur. However, there are tell-tale signs such as when an offer seems too good to be true or you are being offered an outrageous amount of money only after you pay a “processing fee” or better still the individual(s) that fooled you before comes back to do it again. All which you willingly allow.

Of course, if you recognize that a certain type of individual or situation is returning then understand that it is up to you to do something about it. Either stop the situation from escalating or move yourself out of that situation. Know that when you REFUSE to change the situation, you WILL end up getting fooled again. Then there is one person to blame (NOT the one that fooled you) but the blame rests 100% on YOU.

Remember to old adage, “Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.”

Don’t get fooled again.

I am DAVID GUERRA and I said this.




Throughout our lives we have been told to do the right thing especially when no one is watching.

We should always do the RIGHT THING. While doing the right thing is always the right thing to do no matter if there is an audience or not.

There are far too many people that will do something good only when others are watching. Those people that seek an audience before doing the right thing do so for any number of reason and I can understand some of them.

Having an audience is proof that you did the right thing. I get that.

Having an audience can confirm that you did what you said you were going to do. I get that.

Having an audience watch you do the right thing for the applause, the accolades, that I do not get nor understand. While it is nice to be recognized for doing something nice, if that is the ONLY reason you do what you do then please check yourself.

By checking yourself, I mean check your SELF-RESPECT levels. I mean look deep inside yourself to see why you MUST have an audience.

Some individuals will demand to outsiders that they do NOT need an audience when doing what is RIGHT. Yet, they will either go out of their way to ensure someone “accidentally” sees them do the right thing and when no one is around to “accidentally” see them they try again later (at a more convenient time for the audience).

See, when the time comes to do the right there is no better time than present. However, being stuck in a mindset of “needing an audience” does nothing to improve the RESPECT you have for yourself. There are countless RIGHT THINGS BEING DONE on a daily basis that you will never hear about because those doing the RIGHT THING WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING do so because to them (and only them) it is the RIGHT THING TO DO!

I am David Guerra and I said this.



This week’s CHART focuses on YOUR VALUE SYSTEM & SUCCESS

It continues to be a running theme (and it will be for a long time to come) when it comes to the VALUE SYSTEM you have, one thing is certain that VALUE SYSTEM will impact your current and future SUCCESS.

There is no way around that fact. As you are the driver of your SUCCESS and your SUCCESS is fueled by your VALUES then it is SOLELY up to you whether you SUCCEED or FAIL. It is that simple.

For instance, if you have cesspool level VALUES then your success will never be greater than that of a full & stinky OUTHOUSE.

But if your VALUES are high and kept at the high level then your level of SUCCESS will increase. Remember, the moment you stop working on your system of VALUES is also the moment your success stops growing. There is no free ride. There is no ONE & DONE when it comes to success. Look at those news stories of LOTTERY WINNERS losing it all.

They lost it all because while there is no such thing as INSTANT SUCCESS. They lost it all because their value system was so low that they could not deal with their rapid payout. They were still living with their VALUE system based on something they have always known. Now when confronted with something they never knew they retreated back to what they have always known only to put them right back where they started.

Change yourself by changing your current mindset to elevate yourself based on improving your VALUE SYSTEM. Thus, placing YOU on a PATH to SUCCESS.

For those that need a little more explanation: When I say SUCCESS, I mean SUCCESS in LIFE to include but not limited to RELATIONSHIPS, FINANCE, and EDUCATION.

I am David Guerra and I said this.