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 Post subject: Forget 'Mentally Strong': Take The Oath Of Elvis
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 3:51 pm 
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Forget 'Mentally Strong': Take The Oath Of Elvis And Be Creative

When Elvis Presley initiated the entourage that accompanied him in his eccentric life at Graceland, he had his so-called Memphis Mafia accept an oath of TCB: Taking Care of Business. He adorned keepsakes and the tail of his jet with the letters and a lightning bolt. TCB came with a code, one that included:

“More self-respect, more respect for fellow man. 
Respect for fellow students and instructors. 
Respect for all styles and techniques.”

In Forbes contributor Cheryl Conner’s viral post about “mentally strong people,” the success of the dynamic and enterprising among us boils down to their positive, forward-looking perspective: Let go of what drags you down, rise to the top.

What it lacks is the TCB ethos.

Elvis blazed past his peers and detractors and set popular culture afire. He was the lightning bolt on his insignia. He was also known for his humility and loyalty. Like his impact on music, TCB goes beyond him.

It is an attitude of acceptance and evolution that allows for creativity.

TCB is productive because it is tolerant.

When a person wakes up in an adversarial world with the elements of nature and the aggression of fellow man aimed against the ascension of any individual who desires to live differently, it doesn’t matter how mentally strong, how capable, or how ambitious that person is. Without TCB, they will never go far.

Without “respect for all styles and techniques,” they will never develop their own style and technique. They will never be anything but a member of the hostile herd.

Creativity requires an openness that few achieve. It requires a willingness to look with a curious eye at possibility and to seize the opportunities to discover the unseen realm of accomplishments yet to be made.

TCB is a style of learning as much as it is a mantra of acting. To take care of business is to find business not being done. To do so, an individual has to scan and consolidate information in his or her own way. A creative person is always listening, watching, absorbing, and personally integrating.

That doesn’t speak to mental strength, but to mental flexibility. Limits can be pushed with brute force or they can be stretched with imagination. The mentally flexible are the ones who TCB to our benefit.

They invent and renew. They inspire. They take care of business, yet as history has shown, the mentally flexible are also often the mentally fractured or fragile. Elvis is not the only artist, entrepreneur, or adventurer to lose a battle with life.

Rather than anxiously seek the secrets to success in the habits of the mentally strong, we should live with the minds we’ve been given.

Respect the choices of others and take care of your own business in the only way you of all people would.

Experiment and experience. Just TCB. ... -creative/

"Value are like fingerprints. Nobody's the same, but you leave them all everything you do" ELVIS AARON PRESLEY
 Post subject: Re: Forget 'Mentally Strong': Take The Oath Of Elvis
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:43 pm 
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:hello: Liliane this is really Something, Elvis would have Loved to have read this and he would have Agreed with every word. Thank You for Sharing this with us! :love:

Without you I am nothing an could never be so bold. The times we've shared, the laughter and the tears. Priceless memories, treasures all. How could I ever fail? With you I don't fear that at all. Elvis Presley!
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