Posts tagged Self-reliance

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 >

New Category! 30 Day Challenge #1: Stop Drinking Soft-Drinks

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”-  Mark Twain

 

No Thank you Mayor Bloomberg, I can Make my Own Decisions

I’m sure that most of you have heard about the ban on sugary beverages that are over 16 oz. in New York City.  Despite whether or not it will help people lose weight, I don’t generally agree with what I consider unnecessary regulation.  If a company wants to sell a product, and a person wants to buy it, I don’t see why any outside party should have a say on the subject.  Unfortunately though, it seems 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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