Archive for April, 2012

Defeating The Six Specters of Life: Part 3- The Fear of Death

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone’s who’s dead.” -Albert Einstein

Death is Normal, Life is the Anomaly

Let’s take a look at this from a purely objective, time based perspective.  According to the CDC, the average lifespan was 78.5 years, as of 2009.  From what I saw, that was the latest data available, but I wouldn’t imagine that it has changed significantly in three years.  So, lets say that on average, a human being spends 78.5 years living, what does that same human being do for the rest of the time?  He was either not yet More >

The Tao of Water

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” -Bruce Lee

 

You May Have Noticed…

I like to use the word “unstoppable” pretty often.  I’ll be honest with you, I love it.  It’s part of my code.  You do have a code don’t you?  An underlying theme that you live your life by?  If your answer to that question was “no,” well then you’ve come to the right place.  Hell, even if it was More >

Making Bad Coffee is the Path to Limitless Power

Coffee- the favorite drink of the civilized world.” – Thomas Jefferson

A Little Back-story

This post was inspired by an event I had the other morning in the break room at work.  The place I work has an abundance of various consultants who come and go, each with varying levels of responsibility, seniority, and sense of entitlement.  All of these different people report to various entities, and sometimes show up with no recognizable superiors at all.  When that happens, they are generally the type who have no responsibility, some seniority (depending on who you ask) and ridiculous levels of More >

Time Tracking Study Results

If time be of all things the most precious, then wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” -Benjamin Franklin

The Study

Last week I made a post entitled “How Are You Using Your Time?” about a time use study done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that tracked how people spent their time.  I mentioned in that post that I was somewhat appalled by some of the statistics, but I also pointed out the very sad fact that they were the average.  That means that to do a significantly better or worse job than those people at managing your time you would have to be an outlier, meaning that you fall More >

Defeating The Six Specters of Life: Part 2- The Fear of Poverty

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.” – George Bernard Shaw

 

The Fear!

Lets face it, poverty is freaking scary.  Out of all the Specters, I dare say that poverty is the scariest to me, even scarier than death, hence the need for life insurance, so if one of those bastards (death) gets me, I automatically defeat his scary ass brother (poverty).  Booyah!  I don’t think this would be the case if I didn’t have people who depended on me, but I do, and it is likely that you do too.  That is one of the reasons More >

How Are You Using Your Time?

Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence — neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish — it is an imponderably valuable gift.”  -Maya Angelou

 

As you might have noticed, the concept of time is a pretty central part of this blog, so that being the case, it is only natural that we start delving into the interdisciplinary field of Time Use Research.  I did a little snooping around and finally made my way over to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where I found an absolute ton of information on how people use their time.  Some of it actually surprised me, in a good More >

Defeating The Six Specters of Life: Part 1- Intro

The Six Specters are labeled: Fear of Poverty, Fear of Death, Fear of Ill-Health, Fear of the Loss of Love, Fear of Old Age, Fear of Criticism.  Every person on earth is afraid of something.  Most fears are inherited.  In this essay you may study the six basic fears which do the most damage.  Your fears must be mastered before you can win in any worth-while undertaking in life.  Find out how many of the six fears are bothering you, but more important than this, determine how to conquer these fears.”  -Napoleon Hill, The Law of Success

 

The above quote is from Napoleon Hill’s book The Law of More >

Dead Man Waking

Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life.  Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.-  Theodore Roosevelt

This being my first post on this new blog, I guess that it’s only proper that I start by telling you a bit about myself.  I’m a fairly normal guy; I have a family, I work, I have a couple of hobbies, and I put my pants on one leg a time, just like you.  The only real difference is, that once I get my pants on, I say “hey dead man, wake up, you only get one shot at today, what the More >

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