Archive for May, 2012

Death Conquers All: Reconciling Ambition With Satisfaction

“For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

A Little Backstory

I haven’t shared this with you guys yet, but a lot of the inspiration for starting this blog came from the loss of my brother.  Well, we weren’t blood brothers, but we were tighter than most friends and took to introducing each other as brothers, so it stuck.  He and I served together for most of our time in the military and being two very young Marines out in the real world for the first time, you More >

Are You More than Your Job?

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”  -Benjamin Franklin

What Do You Do?

How do you answer that question?  Do you immediately launch into an excited tale about your incredible occupation?  Or do you give a little sigh of resignation and respond with “I’m a ______,” or “I work at______?”  I’d bet that the majority of people fall into the latter category, even people who enjoy their jobs for the most part.  So, if we’re not all that excited by what we do for money, why do we allow it do identify us to such a degree?

I like to answer the question “what do you do?” with a witty More >

Remember Our Fallen

A nation which forgets it’s defenders, will itself be forgotten.”  -Calvin Coolidge

 

Happy Memorial Day!

To all of my fellow Americans, I wish you a Happy Memorial Day!  I know all of my visitors do not come from America, but even if you’re from some place else, you could still join us today in remembering the fallen members of your armed forces.  No peace loving nation in the world could achieve that dream without the men and women who stand up and put their life on the line to secure and defend their freedom and way of life.

Freedom isn’t Free

People like to say this when they are feeling More >

Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 5- The Fear of the Loss of Love

Fortune and love favor the brave.” -Ovid

What is Love

What does that word even mean?  Before we can even begin to tackle this Specter, we have to really define what “Love” means to us in the first place.  The definition I like best is “an intense feeling of deep affection.”  That’s really as complicated as it gets for me.  The more cynical among us might spend more time discussing the chemical processes that give us the feeling of love, but I’m not interested in that right now.  I’m also not interested in the overly emotional and romantic notions about love and how it differs in some little More >

Acceleration, Speed, and Velocity- Using Armchair Physics to Get it Done!

By allowing the positive ions to pass through an electric field and thus giving them a certain velocity, it is possible to distinguish them from the neutral, stationary atoms.” -Johannes Stark

 

Physics…blah blah blah.

I know what you’re thinking, “what the hell does this guy know about physics?”  Well, to be 100% honest, probably not much, which is why I pointed out that it is “armchair physics,” and all within the reach of Google if one can just think of what questions to ask.  In fact, when I originally thought of the idea for this post, I was going to just call it Speed v. Acceleration, More >

Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 4- The Fear of Ill-health

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.” -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Full Disclosure

I’ll be completely honest with you guys, when I first started this series, I had no idea how I was going to tackle this particular Specter.  I really just hadn’t come face to face with him yet, not personally.  I have seen plenty of ill-health within my family, and even saw my Grandmother succumb to it when I was a child.  However, I have yet to really go one on one against it.  You could say that I’ve been More >

To Reclaim your Time, Control your Spending

“Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn”-  H.L. Menken

Money is Time

To completely live our lives according to our own true values requires that we become independent of the influence money holds over our lives, which generally implies that we must become financially independent.  Almost everything that we do in this day and age costs money, whether it is upfront costs that we pay one time, or fees and expenses that just keep adding up.  I know this isn’t new information, but I think that most of us have a tendency to put things like this out of our More >

And We’re Back…

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”  -Napoleon Hill

 

No Excuses, Be Unstoppable

My valued readers…I would love to offer some big explanation for why I haven’t posted any new content in about a week, but we don’t deal in excuses here at the Wake Up Dead Man blog.  Things are definitely looking up though, with a few exciting posts already in draft form, just waiting to be finished.  In the meantime, I’m going to also be adding a blog roll to my site, so you can see some of the blogs I like to follow More >

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