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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 >

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 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 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 >

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