Posts tagged Best Use of Your Time
Did you Defeat all Six Specters of Life?
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear… And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”- Frank Herbert
I know that I haven’t defeated any of the Specters permanently, but I do think that I’ve scared a few of them off for a while. At the very least, I’ve become more familiar with them, and we tend to be less afraid of what we understand. I think that the most important thing I’ve More >
Pay Attention, Don’t Let Life Live you
In times of life crisis, whether wild fires or smoldering stress, the first thing I do is go back to basics… am I eating right, am I getting enough sleep, am I getting some physical and mental exercise everyday.”- Edward Albert
We all let life get away from us at times, and we end up neglecting certain responsibilities or interests. I can usually tell when I’ve started to let my attention slip and I start to lose control of the things that I should be exercising control over. One of the surest signs for me that I’ve stopped practicing the basics of my More >
Potholes on the Road to Financial Independence
Each is under the most sacred obligation not to squander the material committed to him, not to sap his strength in folly and vice, and to see at the least that he delivers a product worthy the labor and cost which have been expended on him.” -Anna Julia Cooper
I used to trade away my time for money without giving it a whole lot of thought, but luckily I have been on a steady path to fixing that problem for quite a while now. The following expenditures are just a few of the things that I think a person who values their money as representations More >
The Fear of Criticism
According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value.”- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Every time I sit down to write a new blog post I have this particular Specter lingering over my shoulder. I keep thinking that eventually I will get used to writing and I will not feel any anxiety before I hit “publish,” but that is just not the case. The Fear of Criticism is with us all day; whenever we decide to do More >
Let’s Talk Cash
“”By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”- Benjamin Franklin
Although I haven’t focused a whole lot on money to this point, I do see personal finance as one of this blog’s cornerstones. I think that money plays such an important role in our lives, that it is not enough to simply say, “you should save,” but rather, we need to adjust our entire life philosophy before we can really tackle some of the challenges people face when it comes to money. Hence why I’ve spent so much time harping on Stoicism and other seemingly unrelated topics. Now that much of the More >
Who’s Afraid of the Inevitable?
Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.” -Louisa May Alcott
Well, almost inevitable, there is no guarantee you’ll make it to old age, but the odds are generally in your favor. And by the way, wouldn’t you rather see old age, than not? Think about that. I look at old age as merely the end of the ride, right before it quits and the operator says, More >
What Do You Do?
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” -Benjamin Franklin
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 >
Happy Memorial Day!
A nation which forgets it’s defenders, will itself be forgotten.” -Calvin Coolidge
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 >
Physics…blah blah blah.
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
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 >
Money is Time
“Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn”- H.L. Menken
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 >