Why Not? Publications



This unique website will not only motivate and inspire you,
it will also help you…

• de-stress
• get organized
• clear your mind
• rethink what you think
• refine your unique edge
• unleash your creativity
• re-energize and re-focus
• expand your awareness
• overcome procrastination
• upgrade your state of mind
• become more self-confident
• develop your psychological resilience
• handle criticism and rejection more intelligently
• discover the key to premeditated happiness
• solve problems and make decisions more wisely
• manage relationship conflicts more effectively
• handle failures and disappointments like a mensch

Before you know it, you’ll be thinking like a professional motivator or life coach, the kind of person you'd want around in a crisis, someone who thinks clearly, calmly, rationally, goal-directedly, and optimistically.

Dear Visitor,
My name is Mel Solon. My beloved wife of 50 years died recently after a brave and courageous battle "locked-in" with ALS.

As my best friend, lover, and business partner, she was my meaning and purpose, my reason for getting up in the morning. As her 24-7-60 caregiver till the end, I was her arms, hands, legs, and voice.

Her passing has reinforced my belief that feeling needed, being useful, and knowing that you’re valued is a major component of happiness.

With this understanding and my background as a CPA, stockbroker, seminar developer/presenter, plus author/compiler of our quote book, my goal now is to offer products and services at a more personalized level.

The following offerings can help you make decisions, solve problems, save time or money, feel better, or simply make your life easier and more enjoyable.


Mel Solon

That said, how can I help you? Let me count the ways.


Motivation & Self-help

1. Our Book
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Quotations To Help You—From Out of Their Minds may be the most extraordinarily useful and useable book of quotations that you and your mind could ever benefit from. Comprised of 8,540 quotations of ageless wisdom, this hard-bound book of coffee-table quality, is like thousands of psychology, philosophy, and self-help books all rolled into one. See reviews

2. The Thinker’s Edge
Our newsletter plus — comprised of content created to help you cultivate the garden of your mind and help you better handle life’s stressors and toughest challenges. Written on the foundational premise that 1. what and how you think, 2. your self-talk, and 3. what you believe is the greatest determinant of the quality of your mental life. Click here or on Contact Us to receive our newsletter, free for now.

Plus Content

3. Thinking Matters
These are articles I wrote for The Thinker’s Edge. Click here or on Thinking Matters in the navigation bar. Note that each article provides a link to an audio version on You Tube.

Titles include:
Conquering the Fear of Criticism
Being Unique vs. Feeling Unique
Instant Coffee & Pyramids
The Upside of Selfishness

4. The Mighty Mind Expander
A condensation of our past, live, 40-hour, personal-development seminar. FREE for now. Click here to hear this unique 90-minute, audio, mini-seminar. 

Charlie Cox, Team Gleason
"My name is Charlie. I am a 25-year-old young professional. When Mel first came to me about The Mighty Mind Expander, I was skeptical as I am of many preachy, self-improvement type seminars. After listening to the entire 90 minute program I was blown away.

Not only, does it not moralize, it doesn’t try to change the way you think. It will, however, put your thinking into clearer perspective.

The pacing was totally comfortable. His voice and timbre were calm and engaging, never forced. Being easy to listen to, and relevant to my day to day life, it not only helped me clarify my direction, it positively impacted my thoughts, emotions, feelings, and spirituality.

In the last 5 years, I’ve listened to at least 40 audio self-help products. This is by far the most helpful and most relevant of them all."

Geno Allen, Author
"Brilliant! Inspirational and motivational. More helpful in 90 minutes than a three-day self-help seminar. It's bound to move even the most diehard skeptics. Bravo!"

Steve Mason, President — Mason Enterprises LLC 
"Wow! The Mighty Mind Expander is like an owner's manual, repair manual, and a tool box all in one to help people build and maintain their minds and their lives. Combined with your book, Quotations To Help You, your total package is more than amazing."

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Click here to hear Bryna’s introduction to this mind-expanding, thinking experience, designed to help you crystallize your thinking about your life, your success and happiness, your motivation, and how to change habits and attitudes. It was recorded shortly after she started to lose her voice.

Executive Services
5. EPS — The Electronic Polling System
Polling Sessions — Use to conduct live, dynamic, real-time, secure, anonymous, honest, fun, polling sessions. Classroom up to 45 participants, conference table, up to 10 participants. More

6. Newsletter Assistant
Let me help you make your newsletter/e-mailer more psychologically provocative and memorable.
Call 818.222.4477 for more information.


7. Executive Assistant
Background includes retired CPA, former stockbroker, seminar developer/presenter, plus author/compiler of our quote book.
Call 818.222.4477 for more information.


8. Video/Slide Presentations
Call 818.222.4477 for more information.

9. Website Design
Call 818.222.4477 for more information.
Mel & Web.Com

Organizational Management.

10. Whole-Life Personal Organization System
Allow me, Mr. Organizer, to help you get organized, be organized, and stay organized, like never before.
Call 818.222.4477 for more information.

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Miscellaneous Services

11. ALS, Hospice, Caregiving Consulting
Click here to learn more about this rare disease. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), Lou Gehrig’s Disease, remember the Ice Bucket Challenge

Click here to hear Bryna’s response to learning she had ALS, plus her introduction to The Mighty Mind Expander.

Click here to view In Pursuit of A Miracle, the full story of our battle with ALS, written prior to her passing.

As Bryna’s 24/7/60 caregiver, along with the support of three different hospice agencies, I’ve learned a few things. Plus, I’ve developed trusting relationships with experts in their fields.
Call 818.222.4477 for more information.

12. Bookbinding & Repair
Call 818.222.4477 for more information.

The Mighty Mind Expander
Bryna's inspiring and uplifting introduction.

I loved it. It made my heart smile.
Carmela D.

Unbelievable testament to the power of positive thinking and a life affirming attitude.
Tobey D.

The Mighty Mind Expander

• An audio mini-seminar • Free for now.

(3rd edition, last major update 12-10-15)

"A mind once expanded by a new idea
never goes back to its original dimensions."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Success Motivation Happiness, Lou Gehrig's Disease,  Self Help Seminar, Book of Quotations, The Thinking Mind, Ageless Wisdom

The Mighty Mind Expander

Erine Babanyan
Medical Social Worker —
Helping Hands Hospice 
The Mighty Mind Expander helped me stop worrying about the little things that preoccupied my mind. It also helped me think about my needs and re-consider my priorities beyond the frustrations and problems involved in daily routines. Thanks for the tools and inspiration you have provided in this mini but mighty seminar. I am truly amazed with your ability to remain so positive during this difficult time for you. Your personal example is the greatest proof of what's discussed in this audio seminar." 

Margaret Price
Administrator —
Social Security Administration
"Lately, I've been working and living in a world where I'm surrounded by stress and pressure. Because I like to handle things on my own and not burden others for support and guidance, I turned to The Mighty Mind Expander. It not only offered support in helping to restore me and bring me back on track but, believe it or not, it's actually de-stressed me by helping me tune out the negativity that comes my way while at work."

Martha Fritz
Master of Architecture & Fine Arts
Owner/Director —
Creations Fine Art & Design
"The important thing about The Mighty Mind Expander is that it is comprehensive and short. It puts life in perspective in record time, harnessing the energy and ideas of the contemporary self-help movement in just ninety minutes. Its practical healing reminders for achieving personal growth are easily accessible and valuable to anyone and everyone, from teenagers to grandmas, from social workers to salespeople. It will set you back on track for meeting life's challenges with renewed enjoyment and confidence."


Geno Allen


"Brilliant! Inspirational and motivational. More helpful in 90 minutes than a three-day self-help seminar. It's bound to move even the most diehard skeptics. Bravo!"


Steve Mason

President — Mason Enterprises LLC 

"Wow! The Mighty Mind Expander is like an owner's manual, repair manual and a tool box all in one to help people build and maintain their minds and their lives. Combined with your book, Quotations To Help You, your total package is more than amazing."


Tobey Dodge

Wedding Business Consultant
The Wedding Connection by Tobey Dodge 

"Fabulous! The Mighty Mind Expander is packed full of ageless wisdom and practical advice for the people who want to elevate their attitude and increase their success quotient. It's especially relevant for people who are overloaded with responsibilities and pressures to compete in an ever increasingly competitive world. As a self-help junkie for many years, reading, attending conferences and seminars, I have to say that the most valuable experiences I have had have come from The Thinking Place. Along with their book Quotations to Help You, I can't think of a better one-two punch for anyone interested in accelerating their continuing education in personal growth. Mel and Bryna, you have done it again. Bravo!"


Zackaria Movahedi

3rd-Year Dean's List Math Student & Tutor

"The Mighty Mind Expander" has made a huge impact on my life in a short period of time. Not only has it been highly valuable in helping me stay organized and manage my time, it has helped me change my outlook on life and given me the confidence that I can get through any circumstance." 


Thomas E. Ziemann
Author "T
he Department of Zenitation"

"As a seeker of truth and a life-long, dedicated spiritual philosophy student, I take great delight when I happen upon hearing messages of hope, timeless wisdom and positive reinforcement. This is what The Mighty Mind Expander delivers. Even his description of his book has lofty pearls strung throughout its content. It's deep, meaty, thoroughly thought provoking and poignant. Another home run!"

Bill & Joan Mason
Business Owners, Managers & Instructors
"We first experienced your Why Not Seminar over 40 years ago. So impressed, we came back twice and brought a number of our young adult children with us.  They, too, have benefited and have grown stronger, formed good relationships, and raised happy families. Today, no one can attend your Why Not Seminar, but they can expand their mind and build a better life by downloading The Mighty Mind Expander and listening to your thoughts. Today, as we are reminded of what benefits we have reaped from your information, we are gifting several grandchildren with The Mighty Mind Expander.  Thanks and thanks and ever thanks.”


  1.  ABOUT WHY NOT? PUBLICATIONS: Founded in 1971- publisher of our past 40-hour live program The Why Not? SeminarCompiler/Author of our book Quotations To Help You —From Out of Their MindsPublisher of our newsletter The Thinker's Edge, and — Author of The Mighty Mind Expander, an audio mini-seminar and — In Pursuit of a Miracle, an audio-visual love story.

    Our products provide inexpensive convenient and effective ways to help you become more of the person you idealize yourself to be. The Mighty Mind Expander is an extremely condensed summary of what self-development is all about. So comprehensive and thought provoking, most listeners think there's enough content here to fill an entire one-day or even a full-weekend seminar. It's your portal to new beginnings.

    For more reviews on The Mighty Mind Expander, plus reviews from participants of our past, 40-hour, live seminar, click here. 

  2. Thank you in advance for your donation to the ALS and MD Associations. While you didn't get a bucket of ice dumped on your head, don't hesitate to do so if an Ice Bucket Challenge comes to your area.