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 >

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 >

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