London Busker

London Busker

About London Busker is a journal devoted to the street musicians and London Underground musicians of the London capital.

John is an 'official' London Transport busker. A busker is a street or public entertainer. John plays slide guitar, harmonica, keyboards in addition to doing vocals and songwriting. For some of John's songwriting just follow the links

John Vanek at Reverbnation

On this site are featured categories

Live Music

Buskers on Film

plus buskers' writings at

Longer Writings



Self-DevelopmentPosted by John Vanek Sun, January 11, 2009 12:57:27

one hundred styles of confidence
kinetic confidence
acoustic confidence
attraction confidence
magnetic confidence
love confidence
skin confidence
radiating confidence
underlying confidence
imagined confidence
market confidence
sensed confidence
confidence gained
confidence tricked
keeping faith with yourself
this is confidence

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Send out a forcefield

Self-DevelopmentPosted by John Vanek Fri, January 02, 2009 12:38:56

Send out a forcefield. Send out your desires. Define your intentions. The magnetic forcefield, its magnetism, will atrract the iron filings that will delineate the features of your dream-visions and map out the geography of your new world.

If it's five successful properties you desire, send out the dream-vision, define the intention. If it's success in music you desire, send out the desire and it will attract all the elements you need to achieve your dream. 'Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened unto you.' Didn't I read that in a good old book somewhere?

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From the Journal

Self-DevelopmentPosted by John Vanek Fri, January 02, 2009 12:31:35
The outcomes which are true outcomes. See your way to that which is true. Visualise your goal. See your outcome in your mind's eye. Set strategies. Write things down. Remember the lessons of water. Water finds its own level. Water is clear. Muddy water has more mud in it than water, yet still it flows. It doesn't stop. It continues - not for the sake of the mud, but because it is water and it's just doing its thing.

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Self-DevelopmentPosted by John Vanek Wed, December 31, 2008 14:11:03

Do you imagine yourself doing things? Do you visualise yourself achieving things? Can you see yourself doing a particular things? Can you see yourself not doing a particular thing?

For example, can you see yourself planning for a future that depends on the pension from your job and the state pension? That's a very limited plan. There's better plans to be imagined, better plans in your mind.

Something visualised or seriously desired will come to pass in due course. It's essentially an instruction to the universe. The universe loves desire and intention. The universe rewards activity with action and fulfilment. 'Nature abhors a vacuum' as the scientists tell us. Planting a seed is the first step to the harvest. Once the seeds have been planted, seeds of activity, seeds of promotion, then the emergent phase can begin. Growth and crystallisation is underway.

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From the Journal

Self-DevelopmentPosted by John Vanek Wed, December 31, 2008 13:56:42

Keep a journal and you will be radiant Keep a journal and you will sleep so good. Keep a journal and you will increase in personal magnetism. Keep a journal and you will find love. Keep a journal and you will stay on track. Keep a journal and you will have confidence. Keep a journal for a beautiful lustrous hairstyle. Keep a journal for a beautiful lustrous lifestyle. Keep a journal - it's good for your success. Keep a journal and the universe will sign up to be your personal assistant. Keep a journal and yoiur human potential will automatically arrange itself to enable performance with optimum results. Keep a journal. Keep the faith.

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From the Journal

Self-DevelopmentPosted by John Vanek Tue, December 30, 2008 11:25:13

The mentor Jim Rohn states that if you're going to compete with anyone, compete with yourself.

What does that mean? It means that every day we should do better or strive to do better than the previous day. Better at everything, better in every sphere. Each day to strive to outstrip the achievements of the previous day. Compete with yourself. Keep your back step clean. Keep it cleaner than the day before. Adjusting and adapting every aspect of your daily activities. Reviewing and improving. Taking notes of your daily plan of action, polishing, tightening up the loose points, straightening out the slack.

There is a suppleness, a tautness to each day's intentions. The suppleness will keep the day's actions powerful but flexible, ready to implement the right decisions in the event of those decisions being required.

There is a pattern to everything. But it may well be a pattern that we are required to create and shape for ourselves. It's a contract that demands both sides. We need to acquiesce, to sign ourselves up to our side of the contract. It needs brain power, will power, belief, faith, passion, reinforcement and many other qualities. The implementation of our daily plan requires a commitment. It's more than simply getting up in the morning and repeating a pointless fixed routine from the day before. It's applied innovation, freshness, discovery. Discovering and uncovering the joy of the natural laws that work ceaselessly on our behalf. The joyous dance of the universe.

Poets and artists have always been able to tap into this sense of joy at the heart of things. They have equally been able to tap into feelings of ambivalence, light and shade. Thatt's the great power of the artist. The non-judgemental empathy with all things. Keats had it. Beethoven had it. These were not straightforward men. They were not mindless happy-clappies. Keats thought his life had been a failure, that he would be forgotten. Far from it! Beethoven was complex, lonely, full of doubts and misgivings. But Beethoven wrote the 9th Symphony, a work of praise, with its famous setting of Schiller's 'Ode to Joy'. These were man so individualistic they could never be brainwashed by some naive self-help philosophy. But they knew in their hearts, at the point of their deepest instinctive convictions, they knew .... the 'secret'.

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Self-DevelopmentPosted by John Vanek Tue, December 30, 2008 11:05:47

There is an ancient Chinese poem about the love between the sun and the moon. 'Hallo...goodbye. Hallo sun as you rise in the sky, goodbye moon as you go down to sleep.'

In the poem the sun and moon are under a contract of love. They are written into a contract which delights them both, a contract of true harmony.

Contracts help us. In a contract that is freely entered, we can set our goals, establish parameters, work towards the enhancement of our deepest desires. In a contract with others, we can draw on the gifts, strengths and insights of other people. We can buld a team, we can work towards common goals as well as helping to enable our team members to achieve theirs.

I believe that people prefer contracts rather than relying on unprepared interactions. Even in a family or especially in a family, it is best not to leave things to the random chance of opinion, judgements or mood. It cannot be assumed that individuals will automatically get on with each other. Better to be like the sun and the moon. Establish a contract.

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Self-DevelopmentPosted by John Vanek Tue, December 30, 2008 10:55:44

Nightime. Scene from a train window. The train comes to a halt just before Blackfriars Bridge. A view from high up, on the bridge viaduct. Way below, a piece of London earth stripped down to a plot of land, mud, excavation, preparation for steel piles to be driven into the London clay.

What might that plot of land be worth? Millions, maybe billions. Just for a plot of land that's the size of around twenty houses. Someone must own that land. A property developer. Maybe the land was until recently owned by a family, handed down from generation to generation. Someone must own it.

The question is why can't any of us develop a plot of real estate - real estate in any form you care to imagine? We are all the inheritors of real estate in some form or another. It is our human birthright, our inheritance of opportunity. We all have a plot to develop into riches and wealth. And of course riches and wealth mean whatever riches and wealth might mean to any given individual. Royal estate. Believe in your royal estate.

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