Things to do with a Penny

Secret of the Plogo (Flow-go): Adaptability of the Mind and Body to Circumstance.

 

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

 

Uncertainty

 

Part of being human is the plague of ‘Uncertainty’. An ‘uncertainty’ that has a basis of rationality in which self prevailing actions can affect its ‘outcome,’ to a certain degree within our human nature. The Animal Kingdom projects the same ideology but not as complex as ‘ours’ and with not much freedom and predictability. Imagine being a ♠wildebeest, out in the sun, just enjoying eating your grass and next thing you know, a lion is chasing you, for his own lunch and then boom, you’re grasping your last breath…and then DEATH follows. In our present world there is no predator lurking around waiting to chase and eat us.  Yet the ‘same’ coping mechanism which enables our body’s heightened nervous system (which is used to escape danger) is at play.

 

Within the animal kingdom, it is adapted as a way of survival, a coping mechanism.  Nature has taught itself to evolve in a way that a wildebeest learns to travel in herds and have developed additional sophisticated cooperative behaviors, such as the animals within a particular herd taking turns sleeping while others stand guard against a night attack by invading predators. Of course, we can’t apply this to our present human society, but the relationship that we have with our family and friends during times of “perceived threat” and circumstances is our own way of coping through trials and tribulations in life.  It is always a good thing to know that their can always be someone that you can lean on without bias or judgement during times of uncertainty.

 

Security

 

The “herd” in the animal ruck becomes their sense of security from death, literally. For a single man, having clean nice smelling undies is a sense of security from the female species.  All kidding aside, as we grow and learn and go through more life experiences, our value of what security means for us changes. When we are young we value our ego “unconsciously of course”  more than anything in the world. If you ever notice a young child, you can catch a glimpse of how their tiny egotistical mind works.

 

As an immigrant coming from a third world country, I was very familiar with uncertainty even from a very young age.  There were plenty of chaos and poverty during my childhood. My mom never knew if she would be able to put food on the table. Having to survive in a land with scarce resources and so much unsteady variables demands adaptability.  I’m quite sure that at this point in time (unless we are somewhere in the Amazon in which there still have been reports of cannibalism) that it is safe to say that no one can eat us while we cross a dark street corner. Our uncertainty in this present time is plague by health problems, job security and financial stability. So what is the answer to all these uncertainty ?

 

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We can classify uncertainty  in two different levels. first There is what we call a less “stressful threat and there is the “serious threat”.    When a person is waiting for a diagnosis from a cancer screening, that is a serious threat that affects a person’s mortality.  Now if the same person is driving on a busy highway during a rush hour then it is a threat that bring with it stress to the person.  If we dissect each type of uncertainty I realize that the serious threat has a detrimental effect on a person while the less stressful threat is something that is self inflicted and unconsciously manifested.

 

During the time of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. An organization which resulted in genocide.  Its attempts at agricultural reform led to widespread famine, while its insistence on absolute self-sufficiency, even in the supply of medicine, led to the deaths of thousands from treatable diseases such as malaria. Arbitrary executions and torture carried out by its cadres against perceived subversive elements, or during purges of its own ranks between 1975 and 1978, are considered to have constituted genocide.

 

This uncertainty causes parents who grew up in the era to be very conservative and protective towards their children.  Regardless of the fact that children were raised in this country and have assimilated so much within the American society, there’s still a deep rooted level of anxiety towards safety.  This in turn causes much conflict between Cambodian families.

 

Security

 

Everyone wants SECURITY in their life.  It is quite important to position ourselves to be secure within our own domain.  A Secure future is quite important and at this point of human history, security would usually mean mostly health and financial security.  A “monetary” security means having an emergency fund just in case something happens and if you are a parent with a child or children, a life Insurance would be considered your child or children’s security.  But what this security covers is really just a peace of mind. It is actually quite funny to think that a piece of paper representing monetary security has a placebo effect on a person.

 

It is important to understand that Security can mean other things to different people.  If you live in Canada, Norway or other socialist country with universal health care then you would not have to worry about the uncertainty of getting ill or having a serious disease and getting bankrupt and losing your assets.  Instead, economic and social issues would be more of a bigger threat. A good question to keep in mind is which security we value the most. Security can very ceurs

 

Security is a funny thing that bites us in the ass.  There are plenty of times in which we are certain about things going our way, yet faith has always the ability to surprise us in every turn.  The recent economic recession has really brought with it plenty of uncertainty. Plenty of people don’t know when the next paycheck to buy food in the table would come.  Plenty tried to send in hundred of their resumes to every open job they can find, but to no avail. Security will always be something that can we can never be secure about.

 

People who have won the lottery usually end up losing everything with a ten year timespan.  There are plenty of reasons for this. First when someone wins the lottery they have an option to either take the prize money in a huge lump sum amount which means that they have to also pay a big lump of the taxes.

 

Stimuli

 

Our body is very adaptable to the outside circumstance.  As homosapiens we are historically built to be hunters. But In today’s western society, our culture can live an entire lifetime without hunting for food.  A quick walk across the corner store can grant us everything we need for survival. Our body which was built to adapt the physiological effects of hunting now stays dormant and stagnant.  Instead, the daily stresses of life stimulated our physiology to release chemical hormones in our body that mimics to our body being chased by a lion in the forest. Our body becomes so stressed out that we have what experts call “paralysis of analysis” in which our body is in such a heightened mode and is pumping so much of the hormone adrenaline and our heart pumping so much blood that the circuitry within the brain just becomes shut.  

 

The synaptic circuitry within the brain becomes such a disconnect that we lose concentration on some of the most easiest things in life.  It is a reason why people are not able to dial 911 in their phone when a family member is in a extreme gnarly accident or the reason why some soldiers in the military could not pull the trigger during an actual combat with the enemy and just freezes.  When panic sets in a situation the physiology within our body can be out of equilibrium and just black out.

 

They still have a sense of curiosity but  more than anything else they are held hostage by how they want to perceive their image to the world.   The basis of self esteem is based on having friends to sit with in the cafeteria during lunch. Everyone remembers that dreaded feeling of being a loser in middle school and high school.  It’s so funny how our world once revolved around that (insignificant) mindset. For plenty of us, nothing much has really changed, just time.

 

A study of the Japanese people in Okinawa found that the biggest catalyst for their longevity involves stimulus of activities that they enjoy doing.

 

Consumerism

 

There has been a huge major shift of human improvement in the last Century. This has brought up a large population of the Third World Countries into an emerging population and an emerging population to one with a high degree of Wealth that none of these population had ever experienced ever in their lives (ea. China, India, and Brazil).  This positive achievement, accomplishment and growth brought with it an increase in spending and consumerism (a lot of buying) and an influx of money being circulated around the world economy (all prior to the housing bust). In some of these third world countries you might be surprised to see someone living in a “shanty” yet has an Iphone in one hand (how awesome is that, eh).  

 

Consumerism does not choose sides my friend.  But as money and possessions flowed more easily, WE expected everyone to be more happier and become more fulfilled. BUT instead it’s quite the opposite, many are very unhappy, unhealthy and more stressed.  Just try to look around you and you will notice plenty of unsatisfied folks (look at the mirror and you might see one in front of you).  As the global trend increase, so does the rise in inequalities within various demographics. This enormous inequality does not only harm the long term economic growth, but with it comes increase in violence, death and social instability.

 

America was a country that has the largest amount of GDP among any country within the western or the eastern world.  Yet, we literally have consumed ourselves to debt which resulted in the recession. Research have shown that there

 

Possessions

 

As we become more and  more civilized and cross greater technological barriers within in our lives, we strive for greater and bigger things.  Success and happiness is suddenly measured towards material possessions and monetary value (whatever happened to “its the character that counts”).  A Mercedes Benz and an Iphone is now a model for success and achievement here in the Western World. As I am writing this, I reminisce about my times in High School in which there wasn’t really a care in the world.  Money was not really the issue, because I never had any. Its quite embarrassing to think about it now, but i vividly remember going to restaurants with my friends and just giving leftover “change” as tips (who doesn’t do that in High School).  

 

It wasn’t until i dated a girl who was a waitress/server that I realized what a big ass-hole I was for being a cheapskate.  And believe it or not… I became a big advocate for giving “proper tips” to servers. Be careful not to get them upset, always remember that they can do “whatever” they want with your food and you would never know it until you start making out with the toilet  ; ). Cars and big houses have now become liabilities. Following your passion to fulfill and grow is an asset. Here in the western world, we are wasting our time buying liabilities, up until our anxiousness start to creep up when we realize that we are at an old age with not enough money for retirement.

 

Is greed necessary for us to succeed or is there such a thing called “excess success” such as what occurred with Bernie Madoff for example.  Well, greed has long been embedded within the our human nature ever since the history of mankind. It has his it history dating back to the Egyptian Pharaohs up unto the Greek Senate and the Roman Empire.  Even in the west with the Japanese Shoguns in the 12th Century, there has already been evidence of Greed.

 

It all started with an adopted child in Kyoto which soon became one of the most powerful people to ever ruled Japan.  There has always been a psychology of always trying to reach the next level of bar once a certain goal has already been achieved. Man is never satisfied.  It is very important to note that the majority of people that are successful always usually came from poverty and others even fome from extreme poverty. There is because there is enough stimuli to create enough push to succeed.

 

Capitalism

 

Globalization really has connected our world markets quicker and closer than ever before in the history of the world. There will be several factors that is included with reverse consumerism, this includes the fact that people here in the west will be more frugal and will be less of a consumer while the people in the emerging countries and the leaders China and India will be consuming more, in which there economy will be increasing in a higher speed. When people starts to feel how addictive it is to be a consumerist society, Third world countries and emerging countries will be starting to consume almost as much as the Western World.

 

There is nothing wrong with consumerism since it is the basic foundation of capitalism and capitalism produces wealth.  But once consumerism becomes a reason to build debt, then it can become a domino effect towards debt-ridden society. Consumerism as a result of capitalism is something that can make the economy stronger on any country. The larger circles of people around your life will usually help you find yourself or in the other times they can usually guide you towards the right track.

 

Value plays a bigger role in the life’s purpose and when it’s given and done correctly, you can get back ten folds of the value that you have created.  Everyone is a consumer at some point in their lives, everyone consumes something somehow to a certain extent, and that is just a fact of life. I myself was a big consumer but I knew that I had to be conscious about my consumerism because it started to become a hinder to my growth and success in life.

 

As you are reading this right now, the gap between the rich and the poor in United States and throughout the world is at it’s farthest it has ever been.

 

Cockfight and the capital game.  It’s a fact that it usually doesn’t take much money to make money, but it is easier to make money once someone has enough money.

 

Politics

 

Politics throughout the world is plague with greediness.  One of the richest man on earth Michael Bloomberg showed that indeed greed can be controlled. The mind adapts very quickly to our experiences and surroundings.  If you take a child for example that was raised in a famine and bring them to an environment such as the United States, their body will assimilate. Children from refugee parents in Cambodia have taller offspring from their counterparts in Cambodia.  But with it comes diseases as well.

 

The present diet is not adaptive to our body.  The body doesn’t break down preservatives as well as protein and complex carbohydrates.  The gastrointestinal system secretes a few hormones being amylase and lipase. Kids in Belgrade who were born during famine was able to gain fat very quickly in their bodies. Corruption has always been in a problem within our society police in russia so people starts installing dashboard cameras in their cars

 

Now politicians always become greed.  So which comes first in politics. Once the money start flowing within, the candidates starts to to wants  more and more money.

 


Motivation

 

I have worked within the special needs population for close to ten years and worked with families and parents for such a long time.  Throughout those years I have realized the adaptability of these parents and caretakers and the stress that they have gone through. The body is such an amazing system.  The body’s immunity to sickness. How the majority of these autistic kids are exposed to so much microorganisms from the viruses and the bacteria that they exposed themselves in the daily yet they never really get sick and instead has increased their immunity to certain various diseases.  I also realized that at least up to 90 percent of the families within the program that has a special needs child have a incomes slightly higher than the average person in this country. I was really curious about this. What I found out was that these parents are usually more highly educated than other parents.  Thses parents know what is at stake.

 

The 1% percent get richer.

 

Cockfight and the capital game.  It’s a fact that it usually doesn’t take much money to make money, but it is easier to make money once someone has enough money.

 

When my grandparents chose for a place to live.  Grandfather having crab holes around his house.

 

emotional intelligence

 

Ego

 

Now, I wish I have the same trivial perspective about life (as a Middle School child) now as an adult.  Don’t you wish that instead of thinking, pondering and stressing about the pile of bills in the mail, how much money is in your account or whether or not you can ever retire in the future…  instead, all you care about is what show to watch next on the television. Lets face it, our society is filled with stress, ego and consumerism and with it comes tons of anxiety that we all CREATED on ourselves.  

 

I guess the answer would be to think more like “middle school” kids … with the ability to care less about extravagant details in life… minus the little “ego” and the “whining” of course.  Even from an early age, we are all handcuffed by our ego’s. Try to spend a few hours observing a Middle School child and you will notice how much they are just surrounded by their little egos.  

 

The lack of empathy and emotional intelligence is quite evident on young children everywhere.  A big problem or hurdle in a middle school child’s life is trying to fit in their own little world.  The level of their human importance and existence lies between whether or not they get to sit with the popular kids or sit alone in the cafeteria. How pathetic is that eh.  Well, sure we can give those little chaps a break since they don’t really know any better… right.  Well, part of human evolution and human development within our minds and the limbic brain is the “ego” which correlates to our “self-worth.”  

 

But even as we go through adulthood and eventually having kids of our own, that ego-driven and ego-centric part of the brain still functions the same way.  Only now, it has been calibrated to a different formula. Instead of the popularity contest in the Middle School Cafeteria, the “monkey brain” believes that money, acquiring things and faster toys defines our “self worth.”  

 

Hunting

 

I wonder how the body would adapt to a certain level of stress on people who does ultramarathons such as Dean Karnazes.  At a certain point the body. The same way our body adapts for systems also remind adapts to whatever it is that’s going on also physiologically physiologically deep inside her body is also adapts to what is going.  I stroke victims bodies able to adapt in the green will eventually build sign… That would enable the person to move the body of the stroke victim will have it’s brain process and cells regenerate another adaptation is are the poor people of the lost two jobs and Darnell have to assimilate what is going on and also different cultural cultures they have to assimilate to.  

 

Are body was that’s it was not meant to be stagnant through evolution through millions and millions of years we are hunters your car on my DVR body is meant for hunting going long distances is not meant for walk of writing a car and driving to the supermarket and buying food that is not what our bodies post be meant for.  There is a strong correlation between consumerism and obesity. If you look at the history of the United States, the obesity number during the Great Depression is almost non existent, yet nowadays stress is he biggest culprit. We look at at the body and simplify the body on two things and that is the output and release of hormones dopamine and cortisol, cortisol slows Down the metabolism.

 

One of the most nasty foods that was even balut how people eats to me it was something that tasted really good.  It boggles my mind how the food that was considered one of the nastiest food in the face of this earth is something that I found to be very delicious and actually quite appetizing.

 

Love and breakup is a funny thing

 

The suicide in japanese culture dates back to hundred and hundreds of years ago, but the recent society in japan looks at suicide and losing face as something that should be

 

Trick

 

Nature has so much crazy and unusual things that we can be at awe and learn from.  The span of our evolution is something that we have obsessed about, experimented and discovered.  Duck is the common name for a large number of species in the Anatidae family of birds, which also includes swans and geese. The ducks are divided among several subfamilies in the Anatidae family; they do not represent a monophyletic group (the group of all descendants of a single common ancestral species) but a form taxon, since swans and geese are not considered ducks. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than the swans and geese, and may be found in both freshwater and seawater.

 

Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and coots.Ducks that get raped so female ducks have

 

The faces of inuits people that live in the arctic have

 

Obsessive Compulsive Behavior is one of the strangest things that can happen to our mental state.

 

Comfort

 

Its a fact that most of the people in our society associates comfort with having plenty of stuff.  Of course, we all know that having a “comfortable life” can mean plenty of things to anyone, and it usually depends on the circumstance that a person is in. In today’s society, I always thought that being comfortable meant having “monetary” security.  But I was very wrong. It took a long time to for me to realize that money was not the answer for me. I was able to analyze that I was way more happier when I was in my teens with not much monetary security to my name. I have understood that relationships with friends and loved ones carried more weight in happiness towards my life than any materialistic or monetary success.  

 

I value more having a secure relationship with my family and friends. Even though my job in a non profit industry did not really paid much at all and barely pays for rent and groceries for me every month, I felt very satisfied with I was doing (although my mother was not really proud of this feat ).   It was a very rewarding job since I was able to help families and advocate for their needs and the needs of their children. There became a really close relationship between me and the families to the point that until now, most of these family member stay in contact with me and still invites me to important family gatherings that they have. I became a part of the family for most of these families even years after working with them and their children.  

 

Although my income was almost close to non existent.  I was still able to save up a good chunk every month. My plan was to first focus on paying of the debt that I accumulated.  Instead of paying the minimum amounts, I doubled and sometimes even tripled the amount. The vicious cycle of paying off my debt  became an obsession and had me by the throat, until I was able to pay off almost everything in about three years. My mindset evolved around the idea that as long as I am healthy and sustainable I would be able to survive a very low lifestyle as long as I tackled my debt first.

 

It would be fair to say that i was always broke, and to add to that I was always unlucky with the ladies, but  my money-less journey began a few years before writing this book. It was when I realized that I had enough of the consumerist system and that I needed to make some changes with my life.   It started when I bought myself a kindle ( it’s a really good deal, don’t get me wrong ) but i realized what the hell was I doing with a tablet when i already have both a laptop and a desktop.  It was when one of my little devil cousin who is the cutest munchkin by the way, dropped my tablet from the upper floor of the house and smashed it went.

 

I was  quite devastated but later on realized that i was not happy nor was i satisfied or feel at all accomplished of what i have achieved on the basis on my materialistic goals in the first place.  That “gadget” was not worth the unhappiness that I had to endure. Having plenty of “stuff” also causes us to become attached to these materials, which leads to worry and much not needed anxiety.

 

Childhood

 

Growing up with my grandparents was something that I had to adapt to.  My parents did not come into my life until a later. My mom had always been very unemotional and very detached.  I grew up realizing that having a dysfunctional family is just a normal part of life. My deadbeat dad was a lazy compulsive liar.   I ended up being raised by my grandparents in the province. I was a bit of over active as a child so my mother told my grandparents to send me to a seminary in the hopes of making and turning me into a more disciplined adult.  I don’t honk that they really want me to be a priest. But even as a kid I was able to adapt.

 

I had no choice. I had to adapt to my situation.  Being inside he seminary there was a priest that was quite fond of me.  It all began with him telling me that since i have been doing so great in one of his classes he wanted to reward me by inviting me to his room to watch any movies that I want in his collection.  I told my grandparents about this and told me that they were concerned. i on the other hand did not really knew what they were worried about. Understand that i was only a child at this time.  first say this from the start the

 

What causes a person who is going through so much pain and to rise up under any circumstance.  It takes resilience and character for someone to be able to pursue dreams and goals in life. Resiliency is developed from a person’s character and past experiences through his/her lifetime. We usually find this resilience deep down within us when we go through a hard circumstance in our lives.  When you are faced with a crisis, whether it’s an injury, financial burden, illness, or relationship breakup, try the following steps to help ease the burden. We need to be open to the prospect of healing. It can sometimes very important for us to reflect on whom and what you love and appreciate.  To show gratitude to anyone, we need to do something for someone else and show them that we are These ideas are from. we then need to do some physical activities such as Exercising, especially running.

 

Talking with family and friends is something that is very important for us to do.  One of the best way to handle difficult situations is through the process of meditation. It can also be very important to always trying to educate ourselves through reading uplifting self-help books. The ones who will succeed are usually the people who can easily deal with changes and go with the flow. Positivity plays a big role in someones success in their lives.  It is funny how sometimes the obnoxious person who always speaks out his mind and boasts about what he will be going to do usually succeeds in some way or another.

 

When you see someone that has achieved a certain great goal, it is very important that we not try to judge or hate on the person but instead we need to embrace their success and the study how they were able to achieve what they did

 

Minimalism

 

There have been a new age of so called followers of the minimalism movement. Minimalism to me basically means simplicity and adhering to a simple life. The problem that we have is attachment and we are obsessed with our attachment to materialistic things and ideas, and this state of obsession can be very strong and harmful. Instead, this obsession needs to focus on value and things that brings real happiness and meaning to our lives.  Instead of using attachment in a harmful way, one should use this energy into something great and useful. Same thing when you were very obsessed with the girl that you had a crush on in 7th grade. This obsession should be used towards ideas and projects. In order to achieve a level of success it is very important to be fully emerged into your plans and ideas that can change the world in the future.

 

The big problem that I have with attachment is that causes us to depend on something that is outside of ourselves to be happy. Lets face it, we all know that nothing can lasts forever. Our gadgets and electronic toys can break, it can get stolen or misplaced and be lost forever.  Our relationships with people can move on, drift away, change, fall in and out of love, get in an accident, we are indeed mortal beings after all. So simply, our happiness is only temporary if you rely on them for it. If you want to achieve a stable satisfying type of happiness, we need to find it in ourselves and not in things or other people.

 

Minimalism is not about a hatred or dissatisfaction of things.  It is about having fewer things, so that we can cherish each and every single one of them and their significance towards our lives. We need to appreciate their usefulness, design, versatility and most importantly their value.  A big lesson that I learned from minimalism is getting rid if my clutter or getting rid of unnecessary stuff. Just like any American living in this day of age, I too had my share of unnecessary stuff. Some holds a significant use while others holds a sentimental value, but most of this stuff are just pure “crap” that is taking up space. Instead of letting this stuff consume up my attention, my time and my life, I chose to either sell it on eBay, donate it to people or just simply get rid of it.

 

Solitude

 

The ability to be able to Solitude and being alone is a very important .  There is a story of a guy named heimo who seeks refuge in the Arctic totally away from any civilization.  The story of Christopher McCandless across North America and his life spent in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s  adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on the travels of Christopher McCandless across North America and his life spent in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s.

 

It starts with a middle aged man who loves to run.  Running was something he loved and something that brings him joy.  Knowing that his wife could not bear any children due to physiological circumstances meant he had to use his athleticism on himself and not get a chance to spend a Saturday afternoon his own child at the park. There were three things he loved the most, his job, his wife and running.   Then out of nowhere, the recession, happened and it kicked him out of his job that he dearly loved. This devastated him since he was the main bread winner of the family. A week after while being unemployed his brother in another country sides from Kidney failure. And then he suddenly find out that his wife wife had a stroke and as a result, cannot talk and was partially paralyzed.  Out of nowhere, her healthy and happy wife is now in a wheelchair and is on a soft diet with a very lethargic speech in which is very hard to understand.

 

Adaptability

 

Ernie worked very hard all his life, yet he suffered so much in his lifetime.  First, he lost all of his savings account. Then he almost his wife to a stroke, two days later his mother died. But he still has a smile on his face.   This all started during the height of the recession in 2008. It all started with the economy going down the turmoil and and his construction company cutting him to try to cut cost.  He was going through a very rough transition at this time. Then he found out that his wife was having a stroke and his fortune just got worse and worse. With all the heartache and frustrations that he had to go through,

 

Ernie was still able to compose himself and stay calm despite all the tragedy that he went through.  His beliefs enable him to look at these things as just some kind of trials and tribulations. Ernie was lucky enough to be able to have family and relatives that.   Running was something that Ernie was very passionate about and something that gave him plenty of joy in his life. The endorphins and various hormones that his body secretes also adds to the “feel good” feeling that he experiences.  It seemed like the world was crumbling by the minute. The story above is something that is true, and was a personal story that my uncle who I was close to was happening to.

 

Anxiety

 

As I worked as an instructor at an institution for kids with disability I had a conversation with one of the parents in regards with life and money and what he told me was the way he sees his financial life as “being a connection between money and what it meant to him.”  I noticed that he was always very calm both him and his wife. They see calmness and stillness as an important part of life.   He mentioned that the mind works best when its on calm mode. When we are on a panic mode there is a loss of connectedness between the neurons and the synapses.

 

There will always be a plague of uncertainty throughout our life no matter how anxious or conscious we get but having a secured amount of money can help leverage your anxiety and worry.  Chronic anxiety is very unhealthy and is the cause of most illness.  Having a secured amount of money also allows a person to work less and free up more time for themselves.  I truly believe that time is more valuable than money. The ability to free up your own time whenever you want is one of the best things you can ever do. This newly found  free time enables you to be able to spend time with your families friends and act upon your passions.

 

Thinking

 

“Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. ” ― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

 

Negative thinking will always be a hindrance towards your productivity.  The solution is the power to switch towards a more positive state through the “superbeing” mental and physical  transcendental state. For the novice, it will take more time and a lot of practice. The “monkey brain,” takes effort to tame and be taught new tricks.  It knows and realizes when it is trained and is subdued, it is in its nature to “resist”. When this occurs, consciousness is your “leash.” states is now easier after a lot of experience.  Feelings and emotions such as love, hatred and fear, these thoughts like clouds co created the infinite reality always trying to identify your canvas of personality. You have to develop an open relationship with your thoughts.  

 

Try to develop a dualistic mind into a non dualistic mind, no right and wrong, good or bad.   Try to live in the now, not necessarily disconnecting with the world but just being present in the moment and what ever arises in your present moment is the world that you’ve created, within this physical world. Do not try to fight “HIM” all throughout my life but I have now put a leash around its neck and this “ego” is not going anywhere with no resistance, the ego is now enlightened. Recognition is a big part since this “ego” is very needy, always asking for my attention. I am the master, master of me and it took me all my life to realize this and get rid of all these attachments.  

 

I am not merely talking about a practice, mysticism or trying to be in a transcendental “enlightened” state.  But my unified mind has applied the universal laws, quantum mechanics of science, psychosocial behavioral and environment adapted perspective of the lifespan of this holistic group of atoms which is of me.  And it has been quite an interesting journey so far, filled with questions, unanswered questions and answers that only lead to further questions.

 

I am infinite, I am the universe, god and the physical, I am morality and evil in existence. Withheld from thoughts, feelings and attachments, I am only living in the present, with no resistance. This practice has always been a challenge throughout, with many misdirections and paradigm shifts.

 

There are many times where I get caught with the existence of me, materialistic, emotional and sexual fantasies and there goes the years of practice. It is tiring trying to be awakened every moment, every second, every millisecond but it is necessary for this enlightened state’s growth. The river of thoughts sometimes flows like a waterfall drifting everywhere like a rapid wave going in all directions and motions, but when I notice and become conscious of the moment, it can quickly turn into a quite free flowing lake.  Be great be enlightened, be Superhuman.

 

Resilience

 

Stay resilient in tough times, and you can survived the depths of the deepest Recession.  Reseliency is the name of the game.

 

It is without a doubt a true statement that a person’s character is a shadow and a  result of the way they were raised as a child. I noticed that People coming from a more cultural close knit family usually are more mindful and humble about life.  Living close to poverty enables a person to build more character. Living in the east coast during the time of the super-storm sandy brought resilience in my character that I never had before.  A few houses down the road there was a house in which a huge tree fell on, and got several of the family members sent into the hospital for serious injuries.

 

It was all over the local news in my town.  Soon after this incident, everyone in my street decided to have fundraising in order to help the family. Everybody in my small knit community helped  to make it happen. I realized soon after that how relationships are a very important thing that a person should cherish and is truly sacred. There is always something about the human spirit after experiencing something close to death that gave me a renewed sense of life and a sense of empowerment on my own struggles.

 

It is very important to understand that we share the same basic emotional needs such as love, belonging and compassion but at the same time we can also be very vulnerable.  When Mother Nature speaks it can speak loud or it can speak softly. Understand the One path leads to demoralization but another path leads to strength in character which leads to mental and emotional mastery.  

 

As I spoke to the mother who has both her husband and son in the hospital due to the serious injuries that they sustain from the tree that fell in their house.  I see inner strength and a fighter in her eyes, she was an optimist and that is her biggest asset and her key to returning back to a normal life after such a horrific tragedy.

 

Health

 

My health will always be on the top of the list and if it’s not the top of your list, then something is wrong. If you aren’t healthy then it’s a little hard to enjoy life.  Sometimes we are very caught up with the external circumstances that surrounds us that get we almost forget to give gratitude for just being healthy and being in the wealthiest country in the world.  As much as I admire Steve Jobs, it’s just such a tragedy to have someone as great and genius as him, to die at such a very young age.

 

I strongly believed that  Health is something that has to be earned and not taken for granted.  Although plenty of diseases and illness are due to genetics, ( such as unfortunate people who are genetically predisposed to certain diseases and illnesses).  Our own longevity depends largely based on our diet, lifestyle and exercise. In order to be healthy takes effort and action.

 

But being healthy is also a paradox since if we start eating healthy, eventually we feel good and great.  And this physical health in turn feeds into our emotional and spiritual existence by making us have a more happier outlook on life.  This would result in us trying to be even more healthier since our bodies and appetite do not crave any more sugar or other unhealthy products.  

 

During my college years I would have days in which I became severely hypoglycemic and was considered pre-diabetic.  It took the loss of my grandmother and a couple of uncles to diabetes that I realized that this disease really is a deadly illness.  I promised to myself that I am going to devote my energy towards staying healthy through proper diet and exercise instead of giving up and blaming my predisposition to the disease.  It’s time to kick diabetes in the butt.

 

A good way to notice your hydration level is by checking out your piss.  If it’s a little darker in color (yuck), it means, that your fluid/blood volume is highly concentrated. Normal urine can range in color from pale yellow (almost colorless) to deep amber. Dark amber urine is usually very concentrated and means that you should be drinking more water. Keep in mind that foods, medications and even vitamins can change the color of urine temporarily but eliminating the cause brings the color back to normal. Most changes in urine color are harmless and the color will go back to normal within a day or two.

 

Your body needs more water to detoxify the  waste within your body. Since I have a strict food budget, buying bottled water can become a hindrance (if it becomes a habit). So instead, I bought an aluminum water bottle from ebay for about $9. And let me tell why I choose to have an aluminum water bottle. First off of course it can never break, unless the Mighty Thor accidentally smashed it with his hammer.  

 

Having an aluminum water bottle enables me to be able to use it in the hot summer without having any chemicals such as Bisphenol A (known as BPA) that can harm harm the body and cause birth defects. In regards with protein, eggs is the cheapest best protein in the world. Just make sure to take out the egg yolk. But this goodness also come with a big downside and its the fact that eggs have about 200 mg of cholesterol in each one.  But here’s the good news about 90 percent of that cholesterol is within the yolk. So without the yolk, there is only 12 percent cholesterol in your egg.

 

The fish has finally adapted to its

 

Happiness

 

Happiness is an emotion and a feeling that plenty of people in the world is familiar with..  Each person has their own definition of what makes them happy. Happiness brings in a sense of satisfaction or sometimes a sense of abundance within a person.  Me personally, what makes me happy would totally be different to what makes someone else happy. For me happiness means simplicity and being more focused on relationships rather than on monetary or materialistic value.  So lets see how we can try to hack happiness. If indeed it is something internal.

 

That means that we can turn this internal machine on, any time regardless of any outside circumstances, trials and tribulations.  I remember during my college days in which I barely have enough quarters to pay for laundry. I remember the time in whine had to beg for a penny just so that I had enough change to pay for drying my clothes. Yet those we’re the times in my life in which I was the most happiest and which I cherish a lot.

 

I remember the fun times that I had being broke.   The times in which you go to a be or club already drunk or sneak in a mini drink in your pocket because you just can’t afford the drink inside.  The reason why those times are the most fun times is due to the fact that you have great relationships with your friends and not thinking about or concerned about any major bills.  The relationships that you had with people during those times are the one of the most fun and memorable big sin your lifetime

 

As we grow older our life becomes worse and more complex and the issue of money becomes more of a problem to the point that we have no more time to invest on relationship and towards people.  On the other and the friends at we have starts to have their own children and a married life which means that they themselves also do not have enough time of the day to spend with anyone.

 

Have you ever bought something that was quite expensive such as an apple electronic item for example. You notice that you start to become really obsessed with this item and begins to build an attachment to the object.  Then all of a sudden it fell or got wet and since you did not buy the extra insurance you are not stuck with a useless piece of object. Since you are now attached to this object it was very painful for you to know that this object is now obsolete and there is totally nothing you can do about it.  

 

When we are emotionally drained we have a tendency to look for something to make us feel better and therefore we buy and buy more in order to fill that void that we created to ourselves.  Finding my purpose and passion in life is a lifelong challenge for me. I tried to ask myself a very simple question which is, what is something that i really love to do.

 

If you have a million dollars in your hand right now and doesn’t need to work for the rest of your life, what is it that you would want to be doing. Surely, lying down all day and getting fat would just be too boring and is just not sustainable. So, a good question would be how do we value things around us in relation to happiness.

 

The western world especially here in the United States, has a sense of value system that we might not have seen in other parts of the world. The sense of the everyday “grind” and “capitalistic” view in life makes us forget to focus on the importance things that is meaningful to us, the “passions” in life.  

 

Now that we know how Success and Money is being perceived by society as an ideology that parallels each other (especially in the Western World at least).  Then we can take a step back and rationalize the logistics behind this (materialistic)perception. We need to rationalize the importance of money and the fact that we have full control over money. Within our complex lives we tend to have more complex things, and when these things break down or gets old, then we have to replace it with newer complexer things.

 

At this moment in time, we have correlated success with the amount of things that one can acquire.  Before, the western world became as rich and powerful as it is now, sustainability use to be the most important thing in the world.  If a person is able to feed himself and his family, then everything is “great”. But with money comes the power to have what we want.  And we ended up wanting more and more.

 

We wanted more Luxury instead of just buying what is needed. Money is suppose to be a chance to be able to live comfortably. It gives us time to be able to spend more time on things that we want to do, instead of slavering up for it.  Having control of your own time is comfort which equals freedom and independence.

 

Therefore,  Money would equal  Independence, a very simple equation indeed.  Instead of envy and following the crowd and society we end up comparing ourselves to others.  When they come into extra money, they immediately think of a way to spend it. Talk about losing sight of long-term goals! Way to stay focused! Living within your means (whatever they are) takes discipline.  

 

The best solution would be to attain a sustainable income that can encompass a comfortable lifestyle based on our ideology. This can be done through a passive and an active income, with a mindful and a minimal frugal mindset.

 

Happiness is an emotion and a feeling.  Each person has their own definition of what makes them happy.  Happiness brings in a sense of satisfaction or sometimes a sense of abundance within a person.  Me personally, what makes me happy would totally be different to what makes someone else happy. For me happiness means simplicity and being more focused on relationships rather than on monetary or materialistic value.  

 

So lets see how we can try to hack happiness. If indeed it is something internal.  That means that we can turn this internal machine on, any time regardless of any outside circumstances, trials and tribulations.  I remember during my college days in which I barely have enough quarters to pay for laundry.

 

I remember the time in whine had to beg for a penny just so that I had enough change to pay for drying my clothes. Yet those we’re the times in my life in which I was the most happiest and which I cherish a lot. I remember the fun times that I had being broke.   The times in which you go to a be or club already drunk or sneak in a mini drink in your pocket because you just can’t afford the drink inside. The reason why those times are the most fun times is due to the fact that you have great relationships with your friends and not thinking about or concerned about any major bills.  The relationships that you had with people during those times are the one of the most fun and memorable big sin your lifetime

 

As we grow older our life becomes worse and more complex and the issue of money becomes more of a problem to the point that we have no more time to invest on relationship and towards people.  On the other and the friends at we have starts to have their own children and a married life which means that they themselves also do not have enough time of the day to spend with anyone. And when they’re call and for some reason we can’t fit the appointment in our schedule, we have no choice but to flake and they too starts to flake.  Next thing you know you just see your friends just once a year and there’s almost no communication while everyone becomes more and more distant.

 

Have you ever bought something that was quite expensive such as an apple electronic item for example. You notice that you start to become really obsessed with this item and begins to build an attachment to the object.  Then all of a sudden it fell or got wet and since you did not buy the extra insurance you are not stuck with a useless piece of object. Since you are now attached to this object it was very painful for you to know that this object is now obsolete and there is totally nothing you can do about it.  When we are emotionally drained we have a tendency to look for something to make us feel better and therefore we buy and buy more in order to fill that void that we created to ourselves.

 

Passion

 

“A conclusion I’ve come to at the Idler is that it starts with retreating from work but it’s really about making work into something that isn’t drudgery and slavery, and then work and life can become one thing.”

 

― Tom Hodgkinson

 

Finding my purpose and passion in life is a lifelong challenge for me.  I tried to ask myself a very simple question which is, what is something that i really love to do. If you have a million dollars in your hand right now and doesn’t need to work for the rest of your life, what is it that you would want to be doing. Surely, lying down all day and getting fat would just be too boring and is just not sustainable. So, a good question would be how do we value things around us in relation to happiness. The western world especially here in the United States, has a sense of value system that we might not have seen in other parts of the world. The sense of the everyday “grind” and “capitalistic” view in life makes us forget to focus on the importance things that is meaningful to us, the “passions” in life.  

 

According to a study that is done by a nonprofit encore.org. which helps Americans pursue a more meaningful career, as many as 10 million or more people have already transitioned into encore careers that combines purpose, passion and a paycheck.  We are now at a point in time in which it is socially acceptable to follow our passions. Living in line with one’s passion isn’t just about work, “it’s about the freedom of building relationships and defining life within your own terms.”

 

Now that we know how Success and Money is being perceived by society as an ideology that parallels each other (especially in the Western World at least).  Then we can take a step back and rationalize the logistics behind this (materialistic)perception. We need to rationalize the importance of money and the fact that we have full control over money. Within our complex lives we tend to have more complex things, and when these things break down or gets old, then we have to replace it with newer complexer things. At this moment in time, we have correlated success with the amount of things that one can acquire.  Before, the western world became as rich and powerful as it is now, sustainability use to be the most important thing in the world.

 

If a person is able to feed himself and his family, then everything is “great”.  But with money comes the power to have what we want. And we ended up wanting more and more.   We wanted more Luxury instead of just buying what is needed. Money is suppose to be a chance to be able to live comfortably. It gives us time to be able to spend more time on things that we want to do, instead of slavering up for it.  Having control of your own time is comfort which equals freedom and independence. Therefore, Money would equal Independence, a very simple equation indeed.

 

Instead of envy and following the crowd and society we end up comparing ourselves to others.  When they come into extra money, they immediately think of a way to spend it. Talk about losing sight of long-term goals! Way to stay focused! Living within your means (whatever they are) takes discipline.  The best solution would be to attain a sustainable income that can encompass a comfortable lifestyle based on our ideology. This can be done through a passive and an active income, with a mindful and a minimal frugal mindset.

 

We  need to achieve the doubts of other people that surrounds you. You have to accept the way other people think and what society thinks. This is the norm and you just have to accept this. Do not get upset and do not get frustrated, that take what is, as it is. We are raised to conform into the societal norms and become part of the “template” society. One of the greatest human beings that ever step into this earth was Alexander the Great. He had conquered millions of miles worth of territory in his name and became one of the most important people in the history of mankind. It is very hard to comprehend what Alexander the Great had to go through in order to achieve the status of greatness that he achieved. He had been in battles countless of times and still came out the supreme master of his own destiny.  Well, we don’t have to go through any brutal battles anymore, but we still do have an internal battle within ourselves.

 

Mind

 

Lets have a quick scenario, its a beautiful day outside, you realized you haven’t jogged in several months hence you decided today was the PERFECT time to go jogging. So, you went online to check the weather in your town… and just to be sure, you stick half of your body out the door to feel the temperature (just in case). Nice weather indeed, so off we go right… nope not yet, your monkey brain tells you. Not until you dress up like a “jogger,” then you can go off, the monkey brain mumbles. So now, looking like a jogger with your shiny sneaks and some sporty pants we’re heading out the door.

 

”Hey there buddy, not too fast, you know you have to entertain me while you’re running, i can easily get BORED ya know,” squeaks the monkey brain again. So, with our Ipod in our hands we’re now finally ready to head out. ”Hold up for a second there chief,” the monkey brain utters, “what if I get thirsty and dehydrated and pass out on the way, that would be no bueno, so better get me a bottled water.” As we’re filling out our bottled water, out of nowhere the monkey brain starts analyzing and asks, “where are we going anyway, what is the route we’re taking, blah…blah..blah ?”…

 

The monkey brain unexpectedly starts to negotiate with you, “instead of jogging outside, why don’t we just go for a stroll at the mall, we can kill two birds with one stone ya know, you can look for those clothes/gadgets that you always wanted and get some exercise at the same time, YOU’LL HAVE MORE FUN.” This my friend is a typical scenario, in which YOU have been defeated by the monkey brain. Is the monkey brain really to much goal oriented…Nope, although thinking is an active process, the execution of the conscious mind is the key.  I know there have been sayings that if we do not plan, we plan to fail but if all we do is plan..plan and plan then we can turn into zombies and slave to the monkey brain.

 

The key to execution is ACTION, TIME and ACTIVE PLANNING, make it an active learning process.  Whatever it is that we are doing, be it running outside or starting a business.. always be willing to fail. Failing will be the KEY to success in achieving goals. With all the things and the social media that is readily available within our fingertips, it would be hard to simplify and commit ourselves into one goal. On true sense, we DO need goals in life, it serves as a purpose in our journey through this life, just don’t be a hostage towards these goals through meticulous planning and let it hinder your growth.

 

Goals

 

It is very funny how our brain functions in different various situations.   Isn’t it quite funny that ones we are close to a certain goal or a certain achievement we tend to not continue and follow it. Our brain is actually trained to get complacent and be scared of success. Once the opportunity is there, it does not want to continue and purse for more opportunity. Instead of working hard to achieve a specific goal in life. What we need to do instead is look at a certain goal not as a finish line but more of a stepping stone to achieve other goals in your life.  So go out there and DO, FAIL and SUCCEED. That’s what I did. It is very interesting to know that the ancient Egyptians once thought that the heart is the organ that makes us think.

 

To them, it is the pure essence of life as well as the source of good and evil thoughts.  But as we became more civilized, soon enough the scientific revolution was able to prove that the brain indeed is the main engine and the thinker. Then science became focused and obsessed with the brain, and tried to map out the essence of conscious and the unconscious.  It is an exciting era for learning and getting information about the mystery and the power of the mind. The brain truly is amazing, our mind has the capacity to ponder the infinite and allows us to become our own Gods within ourselves and project our destiny through the power of thought.  That in itself is an amazing revelation in the history of human consciousness.

 

So lets begin by analyzing and looking at what this powerful human brain is consist of.  Our brain is a connection of billion of neurons and synapses that connect and bridge together.  It is one very powerful living supercomputer. There will be nothing in the universe past or future that can surpass the magnitude of the capacity and extent of the power of our brain.  It’s something that it is actually hard to fathom how a 2lbs size sticky and mushy slob can hold so much complexity and intelligence, that even with today’s technology we still cannot exactly duplicate.  

 

We can never clone the pure knowledge of the mind which enables us to transcend intelligence, creativity and productivity to the outside world.  Our brain is one powerful computer that is able to do and analyze multiple calculations and arithmetics at once. It has social and emotional intelligence that is able to calibrate facial expressions and social circumstances and therefore analyze emotions and feelings (at once) at any given time. The brain does this through a mixture of analytics and  processes that connects synapses and neurons with the help of various hormones called neurotransmitters circulating within the body.

 

Lets look at a baby’s  brain, since that is how it all begins.  A baby’s brain is a mystery whose secrets scientists are just beginning to unravel. It begins in the mother tummy, only four weeks into gestation the first brain cells, the neurons, are already forming and multiplying at a very fast rate.  During this time there will be billions and billions of neurons and synapses that builds billions of connections between cells. Every cell is precisely linked between neurons and synapses that are encoded in circuits. These circuits is the beginning of what will processes the information, feelings and intelligence that makes up our adult brain in this present moment.  These connections is what enable us to perceive and read someone’s facial expression or body language. It allows us to solve arithmetic formulas or formulate creative project. It enables us to grieve, become empathetic to other people’s feeling and to fall in and out of love. Vision allows us to look at the world in full colors of the spectrum. It is what connects us to the physical world and shapes our introspective connection with our surroundings.  The human eye is one amazing work of art, it is made up of some of the most amazing tissues within the human anatomy.. The lens in our eyes is capable of being able to focus on multiple amounts of data at any given moment.. Our visual cortex continue to develop over time an adapts to various stimulations that we encounter in our lifetime.

 

The process of us being able to see begins with the presence of light, this light then forms the image that is projected to the retina, and a message or an impulse would then be transmitted to the brain, which processes the information and perceive the “object” as a visual perception telling us that the “object” is real and what it is, which is processed by the brain.

 

Fast forward to our adult life, we use our senses a lot, as a matter of fact we use it way too much that it has become quite unproductive.  Lets face it, with everything going on with our lives, we are always prone to doing everything at the same time or “multi-tasking”. Throughout my adult life, it always  seemed as though I was always behind on everything that I do. I always felt that there is not enough “time” in a day to do everything.

 

Society has always thought and expected us to do a hundred things on the computer at once, with the radio and television on in the background while we are talking with a co-worker while texting a friend all at the same time.  Obviously we know that we are doing multiple things at once in our subconscious, yet we are not fully aware of IT consciously. We know that we are doing multiple things at once, yet we do not acknowledge it, and that is a big problem.

 

I find it interesting that we sometimes feel quite unproductive if we are not multitasking. It seems like our mind automatically thinks that it is necessary to do everything at the same time. We know it’s bad, but the conscious perception still makes us think that what we are doing is actually productive even though it is doing quite the opposite.  This is because our society sees a person that has multiple tasks and projects going on as someone that is important to society. Obviously, this cannot always be true since the true essence of productivity is within the results.

 

We have all unconsciously made multitasking a daily part of our everyday life, especially here in the US.   Multi-tasking is no longer about being productive it has become a way of living. It’s not necessarily the most effective way of working either. Other people have been multitasking all their lives, that to focus on one tasks just seemed too hard to do.

 

Contrary to what we actually think, Multi-tasking is less efficient, due to the need to switch gears for each new task, and the switch back again. The ability of the brain to be able to switch from one task to the other takes time and effort.  And during this process, the brain has already lost it’s “focus ability” on the task at hand. The brain would then need to calibrate to the change in task or goal and get back into the focus mode.

 

Multitasking usually results in errors and mistakes.  The reason why multitasking does not always work is because our brains can really only handle one thing at a time, and so we get so used to switching between one thing and another with our brains that we program them to have a short attention span. This is why it’s so hard to learn to focus on one thing at a time again.

 

Therefore, we need to prioritize and Isolate are tasks and do it one at a time.  We need to be fully focus and emerged ourselves into one particular tasks and finish and do it.  We need to motivate ourselves to be able to finish an entire task at hand. We need to find an incentive after accomplishing a certain goal is quite very important.  Knowing that their is a rewards at the end of the tunnel is a big motivation for anyone.

 

One of the best thing, I found out that worked really great for me was to become obsessed and be very passionate about what I am doing.  I had to reframe myself and my mind to love and be obsessed about what I am doing. Obsession can sometimes be the key your focus. It’s easier to achieve a certain goal by focusing on that particular goal with a very strong intent and a purpose.

 

An easy way to have a really strong focus is by being obsessed on the job at hand.  The state of your obsession should be very strong. It needs focus and obsession. Same thing when you were very obsessed with the girl that you had a crush on in 7th grade. This obsession causes you to think about your project day and night and even when you are doing something that is totally different from what you are doing.

 

A really good way for me to master and focus on my work is through habits.  Make your task a habit from the beginning. Habits is important. It is important to build rituals into your everyday life, in order to assure that I get to the things that are most important to me — and that I don’t get derailed by the endlessly alluring trivia of everyday life. Its normal not to be able to focus on a task for long periods of time.

 

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Clear the clutter from your life (both physical and mental.) When we are clutter free, we can Find Peace and Balance

It’s hard to feel calm when physical and mental clutter are overwhelming. Start clearing away stuff and make room for peace.

It’s important to start small. You only need to focus for just one minute at first. Clear everything away, pick your one important task, and just do it for one minute without switching. This is hard to do in the beginning but if you consciously focus on focusing, you can do it. It’s just a minute.

 

This is a life lived fully in the moment, with a dedication to doing the best you can in anything you do

 

(mine) Everyone needs some kind of motivation at some point in their lives. One of the biggest challenges in meeting any goal, whether it be related to productivity, waking early, changing a habit, exercising, or just becoming happier, is finding the right motivation to stick with it.  If you can stick with a goal for long enough, you’ll almost always get there eventually. It just takes patience, and motivation. Motivation is the key, but it’s not always easy, day in and day out, to find that motivation. What follows is a guide to motivation using what I’ve learned over the last few years in a series of successful accomplishments, goals and habit changes. I’ve had many failures, but also many successes, and I’ve learned a lot from all of them. Motivation has been a particularly important topic of exploration for me.

 

It is important to know what motivation is (mine). Motivation is what drives you toward a goal, what keeps you going when things get tough, the reason you get up early to exercise or work late to finish a project. There are all kinds of motivations, of course, from positive to negative. Having a boss threaten to fire you is motivation — you’ll likely work harder to complete a project with that kind of pressure. But I find that positive motivation works better — if it’s something you really want to do, you’ll do a much better job than to avoid something you don’t want (such as being fired).

 

So motivation, in its best form, is a way for you to want to do something. There may be times, for example, when you don’t feel like getting up early, and in those times you may seriously just want to sleep in (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But if you have a reason to want to get up early, something you really really want to do, you’ll jump up out of bed with excitement.

The best motivation, then, is a way for you to really want something, to get excited about it, to be passionate about it. Remember that, as there are many other types of motivation (especially negative), but in my experience, this is the kind that works the best.

 

There is only so long that you can go trying to motivate yourself to do something you don’t like to do, something you don’t want to do. But if you find ways to really want to do something, you can sustain your effort for much, much longer.

 

There are plenty of ways in which you can motivate yourself to. You can begin by having One goal. Too many people start with too many goals at once, and try to do too much. And it saps energy and motivation. It’s probably the most common mistake that people make. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once. It’s not possible Get excited.

 

Time

It started with me and a friend who I have not seen for  a long time, well actually more like in a decade. Yes, it sounds a little too crazy, but that is what happens when you grow up on a country from across the other side of the Pacific Ocean.  It was actually my best friend from Elementary School who I have not seen for ages (after moving here in the states about 20 yrs. ago). But thank goodness to the new age of social media, I was able to get in touch with this friend after so many years.  Of course we both were very excited, unfortunately he was only able to be in the country (US) for a few weeks since he had to go back to his homeland in Southeast Asia, before his Visa would expire.

 

He came to see some family members and is basically on a once in a lifetime tourist trip.  I knew for a fact (as soon as we spoke) that I definitely would see him since he was also fortunate enough to be close to my area.  So, we planned on meeting together for some kind of a reunion. Long story short, we end up setting a date and a location for an appointment .  Unfortunately, this reunion never happened due to the fact that I was just very busy with my schedule. We kept postponing our meetup which eventually never got to happen.  I was very excited to see him but time after time, new things would just pop up and it was just so hard to fit it in my schedule.

This incident was something that I really regret (until to this day), since I have now realized that I may will never get to see my friend again.  Not to mention the hurt and pain that I may have caused on him. So, this incident really made me take a step back and look at my life. Could it be me not being able to prioritize my time, or was it the circumstances that surrounded me at that moment in time..  Do I really have not enough time of the day. I tried comparing myself to other people. Sure, I am a busy man with plenty of responsibilities, but I’m pretty sure that their are millions of other folks around that has way more tasks and responsibilities than I do.

 

Then I finally realized that it all boils down to our skill with time management.  I call it a skill because it is something that we really need to be aware and take conscious efforts to really look at.  This hasn’t really been the first time that I was bad with time management. As an immigrant in this country, my family struggled.  And when the recession hit both my part wee out of a job and my family was living in poverty. Therefore I really ha bi

Had no choice but to work during my college days.  I was so busy that I barely had time to take a bowel movement.  This is really true and not over exaggerated at all. Now, lets see if you are familiar with this situation in which it seems like there are just not enough time in a day. You try your best to try to accommodate for things that seem important to you yet, it just isn’t possible to do.  There are plenty of things in our lives that needed our time and attention. It seems like no matter what we try to do, we always fall on the trap of not having enough time. So what do we do? we end up doing multitasking.

 

We think by default that the best way to get everything done in five minutes is to do our cooking while making a phone call, while watching TV all the while we are finishing up our papers on the computer which has facebook, tumblr and twitter all opened in your browser.  There are three facts that is true and that includes that we all only have 24 hrs. In a day. All of us in this world. It does not matter whether or not you are a CEO of a large corporation or someone that works in Mcdonalds. Regardless of who you are, what you do or what part of the country you are from, it is still very important to realize that we all have the same time in our hands. Lets go to the basic of time here in the western world.  

 

Assuming that you work about 8 hours and sleep about eight hours in a day then thy is already about sixteen hours that is neon subtracted from your twenty four hour day.  You’re human so I’m assuming that you eat three square meals in a day. That brings us all the way down to just four hours in a day. With only just four hours in a day means that each minute and each hour is quite precious.  The best way to know how we spend our time is by logging in how we used each minute and each hour. Having a written log about how we use our time daily is one of the best things that we can do.

 

It allows us to really dissect our time and look at how productive we used our time.  Having written everything down will help you keep track of how you do everyday, and you’ll start getting competitive with yourself.  Having a certain goal is very important in life. A good way to really be able to make time for something important is to try having a goal on really focusing on what it is that you are trying to put an emphasis on.  You can do this my trying to make it your top priority. It is true that we have plenty various things to focus on in our lives, from school or work to family to errands to various goals and commitments in our lives.

 

Instead of multi-tasking, it would be a better strategy for us to adapt to what is going on in our environment.

If we put all these focuses before our One Goal, we won’t ever find the time for our goal. There’s only so much time in the day.  At some point, we’ve got to prioritize, and if we make our goal our top priority,we’ll make the time.

There have been plenty of research that suggests a person’s perception of how much time has passed between two points and how well memories are recorded onto an individual’s brain are partially dependent on the amount of new experiences that person has during any given day. The Time Hack aimed to explore this idea.

With this in mind, I timed each of the experiences on a stopwatch and pit those recorded times against my estimation of how long I perceived each experience to have lasted for. For a complete list of these activities and a comparison between the times,

The brain can function best in the “now” that is the best time for the brain to be effecient.  A breain really has a hard time switching from one task to another. Once we switch from one task to another, it takes some time for the brain to process the changes and brings its attention back the present task at hand.

It sounds easy and obvious but many of us are not as organized as we think we are. And if you aren’t organized, you can’t be productive. First, look at your surroundings. A messy desk is one of the biggest distractions you can have. If you have a lot of junk you need to wade through every time you need to find something, think of all the time you are wasting. So clean it up, file all of your documents, label them, and get rid of the clutter.

 

The first step is to find out what your distractions are and why you are allowing yourself to be distracted.   There are plenty of things that can distract us. What about the biggest productivity killer of all—social media? Put it down! You can “engage” later during a designated break time.

Try to group similar tasks all at once so that you don’t lose focus when switching from one to the next. Working on one category of your business at a time will waste less time and lead to higher productivity in the long run.

Try to create a habit , this is very critical to your own success.  It has been said that it takes about close to a month of time you need to make a habit automatic. If you can make it through the initial conditioning phase, it becomes much easier to sustain. A month is a good block of time to commit to a change since it easily fits in your calendar.  Consistency is critical if you want to make a habit stick. It means doing the activity or task every single day. You have to be committed and motivated to do it.

There will be plenty of  demands on your time, you need to have the ability to say no.  As we go through life, there will be people than one way or another would want our attention and time.  It will depend on us on whether or not we allow our time to be invested in things and people that matter to us.  Let’s face it, we cannot please everyone or do everything. There will be friends and family members that may pout or get upset if we don’t give them the time that they want.  But, we need to have the ability to say no. Yes, it needs some character in the willpower to say no, but it’s very necessary if you want to get hold of time. We might perceive “saying no” as sort of being “mean”

 I now have a timer in my desk for all the tasks that I do.  I actually bought myself an oven timer, it seemed that an app or an timer in the computer is just not enough.  I needed something that can physically make a ringer noise. The timer gives me a sense of awareness. It can physically sho me how close or how far I am to finishing up the time that has been given.

time allocation is very important.  Knowing exactly how your time is allocated, every second and every minute is quite important.  That is why it is very important to have a journal or a diary that you can write on and improve upon daily.

 

Execution

 

It is a new world, and a new era of technology.  It is something t

 

The key to execution is ACTION, TIME and ACTIVE PLANNING, make it an active learning process.  Whatever it is that we are doing, be it running outside or starting a business, taking action right now is the most essential secret.  always be willing to fail. Failing will be the KEY to success in achieving goals. With all the things and the social media that is readily available within our fingertips, it would be hard to simplify and commit ourselves into one goal. On true sense, we DO need goals in life, it serves as a purpose in our journey through this life, just don’t be a hostage towards these goals through meticulous planning and let it hinder your growth.  It is very funny how our brain functions in different various situations.

 

Isn’t it quite funny that ones we are close to a certain goal or a certain achievement we tend to not continue and follow it. Our brain is actually trained to get complacent and be scared of success. Once the opportunity is there, it does not want to continue and purse for more opportunity. Instead of working hard to achieve a specific goal in life. What we need to do instead is look at a certain goal not as a finish line but more of a stepping stone to achieve other goals in your life.  So go out there and DO, FAIL and SUCCEED. That’s what I did.

 

You need to figure out what your purpose is—what drives you and what you want to build; to share with the people around you.  Once you figure out who you are and what you want, you need to create a roadmap for yourself to arrive at your destination. We need to surround yourself with like-minded people. Take a good look at your friends, seek out people on social media, blogs, meetup groups, and at networking events for others who want to do similar things as you.  

 

We need to build a support group for yourself.  The first step in dominating the world is to cultivate a strong mindset. This is one of the many things you won’t learn in school. The first valuable belief to instill in yourself is that you truly can achieve anything. What most of our parents told us as kids—that we can be anything we want to be when we grow up—is still true; there is no goal that is out of reach, no person you can’t speak to, no place you can’t go, no possession you can’t have, nothing you can’t be. If you really invest your time in understanding your desired end results, break that goal down, and do what’s necessary.

 

You can bend the rules of reality. We’re mostly limited by fear and traditional “rules” that we think apply to us. (Subscribe to my newsletter and you’ll get a 1-hour recording about how to overcome fears and live a remarkable life, by the way!) Start challenging assumptions. You don’t have to go to college, graduate within four years, take a desk job, stay close to home, get an MBA, climb the corporate ladder, or anything just because it’s what society tells you it’s what you’re supposed to do. Your life is your masterpiece, and you are the painter.

 

Find people who’ve done what you want to achieve successfully, and “model” them.

 

What inspires certain people to achieve amazing accomplishments. While other just sit idle in their lives forever waiting for their mouths to get fed. If I asked you the question, “what inspires you?” what would be your answer to this question. Some of us need plenty of time to answer this question, while others do not.  There is no golden answer to the question “what inspires you.” And your answer certainly doesn’t have to be singular, I find inspiration in more things than I can count. No one can tell you how or what you should be inspired by; you have to find out for yourself.

 

There was a recent documentary about a reputable news station in the media about the so called “homeless” begging for money in the streets. They did an experiment in which they look up and followed the beggars pattern throughout the day and calculated how much they really make in a day. They later found out that these beggars actually can make double of what working people who are making minimum wage are making. And they are not paying taxes. Can we say that beggars are in themselves pretty good businessmen.  I was really intrigued and interested about this to the point that I did my own research and did my own investigation and found plenty of interesting things.

 

I tried to do some calculation in regards with exactly how much a beggar can make as a living by talking to a man whose main profession was begging for money.  Assuming he gets about 50 cents every ten to fifteen minutes, that rounds up to about 5 dollars and hour and if he is persistent enough to do this every other hour then that is about 65 dollars a day or 455 a week or about 1800 a month.  That’s not pocket change to any extent of the imagination, even though the guy was begging for money, he was actually the one pimping everyone else.

 

Creativity only comes once in a blue moon. It is important to look at creativity as something of a raindrop.  When it pours, It comes in plenty therefore you have to pay attention and write down every single raindrop that come into your noggin. Always right down every raindrop that happens throughout the day, Its a new time and a new world. There’s a huge shift happening, we are on the verge of something big. and we are in the middle of it.  A new innovative idea is your key to wealth and success. The corporate work life doesn’t work any more people have enough of being a zombie within their lives.

 

The digital world has given us a lot of freedom to invent our own digital careers, and it’s awesome. The secret to increasing one’s income can be done through a dualism approach and it includes increasing your income through working more hours or through lowering your expenses. Either one of this strategy would bring more money in your pocket.  But having passive income or extra income on the side is the easiest way to wealth.

 

Our inner compass can usually lead us to new found freedom and enlightenment.   Now is the time to travel. There is no better time to travel than now. There will always be plenty of uncertainty in this world, therefore there is no perfect time to travel than right NOW. And that is exactly what I did, my plan from the beginning was to use high secure currency such as the (dollar) and leverage it over weaker currencies such as (currently) European and in Asian currency. Lets face it, everyone in this world (even Bill Gates) has only 24 hrs. in a day, manage your time well and TRAVEL.

 

Work and stress can impact our lives greatly. I was finally fed up so I decided to sell everything, leave my apartment, and travel. I have never been happier and enjoyed experiences and relationships so thoroughly as I did. I realized that change is inevitable and it cannot be resisted People grow, age, and die. Small towns turn into cities. Cultures, trends, and businesses gain and lose their influence. As rewarding as my job, I knew that I deserved my freedom, and for me, time to TRAVEL equals freedom. It has always been a really awesome experience to meet new people and build new relationships with people all throughout the world.

 

I’ve learned that as I “go with the flow,” accept things as they are, and become comfortable with change rather than resist it, life goes more smoothly for me. The beautiful thing about a traveling lifestyle is that it gives you time to work on your relationship and travel provides additional perspectives to see the problems from a totally different perspective. Traveling for me has brought new problems and stress with it that we wouldn’t have faced otherwise. Have fun with life It’s important to spend time planning for the future and learning from the past and from others. But I also realized that it is also very important to understand that the memories that stand out as the most meaningful to me are those when I traveled and meet new people and engulf in their cultures.

 

Lastly, just start now.  It’s important to just take action on whatever it is that you have set your mind on doing.

 

If we look at the fact that we are all mortal beings. One day we will die and get sick and becomes fertilizer.

 

Write down your own obituary right now. You don’t have to have a specific date of when and where you died. Just have something that tells exactly how your life was lived and the accomplishments that you have done so far. There are two purpose for this, first is to achieve that you have nothing to loose within this lifetime, the second is to stop procrastination. This is the only solution to

 

The state of your obsession should be very strong. It needs focus and obsession. Same thing when you were very obsessed with the girl that you had a crush on in 7th grade. This obsession causes you to think about your project day and night and even when you are doing something that is totally different from what you are doing.

 

Prioritization and Mental Isolation

In order to achieve a level of success it is very important to be fully emerged into the project. You would have to be

 

You need to achieve the doubts of other people that surrounds you. You have to accept the way other people think and what society thinks.  This is the norm and you just have to accept this. Do not get upset and do not get frustrated, that take what is, as it is. We are raised to conform into the societal norms and become part of the “template” society. We strive hard to work

 

One of the greatest human beings that ever step into this earth was Alexander the Great. He had conquered millions o f miles worth of territory in his name and became one of the most important people in the history of mankind. It is very hard to comprehend what Alexander the Great had to go through in order to achieve the status of greatness that he achieved. he had to battle

 

Invest

 

Investing is as essential part in your journey towards success and greatness.

 

Taking Action

Action: The ONLY way to your dreams

 

Action in its essence means to do something. Anything.

 

It means to physically make progress towards something, and few of us truly do this.

 

It has been kept a secret from us for quite some time. Traditional schooling is loaded with theory. It fills our head with ideas that other people have had. It fills our head with numbers and statistics that aren’t vital to our success.

 

Schooling teaches you to prepare to the fullest extent for an exam. Flashcards, study guides, outlines, etc. These all aid a student in gaining the highest possible grade on a test.

 

But, what we haven’t been taught is action.

 

No one has taught us that all the preparation in the world won’t get you ready for the twist and turns your going to face while going after your dreams.

 

NOTHING goes exactly as planned.

 

Preparation is great to a point, but after that it becomes procrastination.

 

You know that big dream you’ve always wanted to do? Yeah, that one.

 

Well, it’s not going to happen with you sitting their making another outline. It’s not going to happen with you sitting their reading another e-book. It sure as shit not going to happen with you watching t.v.

 

So how’s it going to happen?

 

You guessed it – ACTION.

 

Learning By Doing

 

Whether you want to start a business or raise money for a charity, you will learn what you need to know while you’re doing it.

 

Maybe you prepared a little in advance, and that’s okay. But problems will arise, and that’s also okay.

 

The quickest learning curve is when your in-field making things happen.

 

E-books certainly have valuable knowledge in them, but they have limitations.

 

The e-book can’t come alive and say “Hey Jim, your sales page sucks bro!” (If it does, run very, very fast)

 

More people will help you along the way then you may realize. Why?

 

Because people respect action.

 

Those people who have accomplished what you want to accomplish got their through action. They are well aware of this secret.

 

When they see you executing, they see themselves a few years ago.

 

So ask them a question when you run into a problem. Just tell them who you are and what you’ve done and be surprised by how much help you get.

 

Put Down The E-Book!

 

It’s time to put away your e-book and it’s (almost) time to stop reading the blog post.

 

Theory sucks guys. I know I throw some of it at you from time to time, but I try to make sure that each theory post has some damn applicability to it.

 

How do I test that applicability? By DOING the stuff I teach myself.

 

I’m no guru nor would I ever want to be one.

 

I’m just trying my hardest not to be full of shit and help a few people along the way.

 

For example, it was only a few weeks ago that I was a slave to the theory of starting an SEO writing business. It felt so shitty because I knew I had made zero progress.

 

It wasn’t until I shut the hell up and got to work that I felt better.

 

(Note: That business will launch on Thursday. More on this to come soon!)

 

If you feel like you’re procrastinating on something big, stop reading this post now and take your first step.

 

If you feel confused or lost, and don’t know where to start, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll do everything I can to help.

 

The secrets of the world won’t stay hidden if we take action. Today is your day and now is your time.

 

Move forward and make the life you’ve always wanted to live.

 

In the end, as I see it, there are only two possibilities for a human life. Either you strive to move beyond where you already are or else you continue to do what you have already done. Unless you have a vision that reaches beyond everything your life has been about so far, what is more than likely to happen is more of what’s already happened. Why? Because the structures of human consciousness are habit patterns. That’s not a negative thing—it’s how the universe is created. Habits are formed at the level of matter, at the level of biology, and also in consciousness and culture. We are habits. And so unless there is a powerful energy and focused intention to break out of our habit-patterns and create new ones, it’s more than likely that what will happen in the future will be similar to what’s happened in the past. It takes an enormous degree of focused concentration, a big vision, and a deep commitment in order to break through the established habits and create new ones. But that’s what conscious evolution is all about.

 

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