Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

The Winner's Creed

Blonde Playmate Kalin Olson poses in yellow bikini

I know that I have the ability to achieve my definite purpose in life:
therefore I demand of myself, persistent, continuous action towards its attainment and I here and now promise to render such action.
I fully realize that no wealth or position will long endure unless it is built upon truth and justice;
therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all to whom it effects.
I am succeeding by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the cooperation of other people.
I induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others.
I eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, cynicism, anger, and fear by developing a true love for all humanity,
because I know that a negative attitude towards others will never bring me success.
I cause others to believe in me because I believe in them and believe in myself.
This is my creed, my quest.
To never stop striving for the top.
To always keep moving forward.
To always be the very best I can be.
I am the power. I am the magic. I cannot be stopped. I am a winner.
I promise to always be true to myself because I am the creator and master of my universe
and I am responsible for making a positive difference in the world
and to the quality of life in it.
I live in constant and never-ending improvement.

American personal-success author, famous for book Think and Grow Rich (1883 - 1970)

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The source of CANI Abbreviation

Some thirty years ago or so, when I was a student at MIT, one of my ATO fraternity brothers introduced me to the writings of Napoleon Hill. This particular quote is the source of the abbreviation CANI that I have so often silently repeated to myself in the time since, particularly during times of challenge. As I question internally whether I can do this or that, an inner voice often pipes up with the thought "Can I?" and then moves on to the message of Constant And Never-ending Improvement ("CANI"). Tony Robbins has adopted this phrase for some of his key teachings in the time since.

A couple of people have asked why I coupled the above Kalin Olson image with this quote. Let me explain a bit. When Kalin Olson's Playmate spread first appeared back in August 1997, I was less than a year divorced from my ex-wife now known as Eugenia ("Nina") Middleton. On one train trip back from New York City, I had bought a copy of that Playboy issue that featured Ms. Olson and was particularly struck by her "curvaceous" beauty. Those curves, particularly in the breast area, certainly were quite a contrast from that I had experienced during my marriage years and as a result, I remembered these particular curves quite fondly. (Apparently Kyra's mother has become more "enhanced" and "curvaceous" in the time since our separation.)

Kalin Olson became in some ways the mental image of the woman that I wished that I had married rather than the reality of whatever my ex-wife was. Along my life journey, I met a woman who was then a recently separated mother of child just a few months younger than my own Kyra. She shared much of Ms. Olson's Scandinavian background. We had an affair for a bit more than a year as she had a proverbial first "rebound" after a prior long-term relationship. That woman had a profound influence on my life in our limited time together and in private moments, bore a striking physical resemblance to Ms. Kalin Olson.

It only seemed appropriate then to couple this image of Kalin Olson in a yellow bikini at the beach with that mental message that reminds me "Can I?" It certainly is a very pleasant association, is it not?