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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 >

Get Back to Basics- Clean Your Room!

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

Pay Attention, Don’t Let Life Live you

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 >

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 >

Early Retirement: “If You Fail to Plan, then You Plan to Fail”

“”By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”-  Benjamin Franklin

Let’s Talk Cash

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 >

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 >

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 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 >

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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