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Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 8- Wrapping Up the Series

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

 

Did you Defeat all Six Specters of Life?

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 >

Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 7- 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

The Fear of Criticism

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 >

Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 6- The Fear of Old Age

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

 

Who’s Afraid of the Inevitable?

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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