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How Badly Do You Want It?

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Big stock traders motivate themselves with fantasies of new toys. Upper management gossips, world leaders drink and pay for sex, and writers who once dreamed of having something important to say have settled for milking their fans. In your chosen ambition, if you deserve to call it that, your competition is imperfect.

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March 5, 2013 at 3:34 am

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The Old Adage of Happiness

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It must be found within. Very few need to, so the majority do not. If happiness is reliant on something that can be taken away, it is fleeting. Men who live only for a private project may work much harder and better to complete it, but when it is accomplished, if there was never a greater purpose or second project, ennui strikes. Many successful men have discovered abundances of energy to expend in embarrassing fashions.

Do you know the meaning of joy? If you can count on one hand the number of times you felt so happy you were joyful, you are probably neither a parent nor very good with relationships. It does not need to be said that finding happiness inside does not mean disallowing others to make you happy. It does bear repetition that if you are not happy when you are alone, what happiness you would find is ephemeral if someone else becomes the main source of it.

Most of us are “happy” because we have enough material wealth to distract us, or continual progress and satisfaction, or good relationships that keep us going. A better word to describe this is complacent. Instead of really challenging our beliefs, we look forward to what our friends have to say about their lives, and hope we have something which they want to hear more. Self-inspection is painful, unbearably so. Humans are critical by nature, and when we turn that lens on ourselves it can become a self-destructive obsession. Most of that pain is unnecessary and created right then. If we are humble and recognize that we are human, reality is much easier to swallow. It could be that satisfaction is deeper, too. Knowing this, can you be wholly complete attaining your happiness in random, elusive bursts?

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March 5, 2013 at 3:22 am

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Positive Inertia vs Accepting Criticism

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Self development is a hunger, but it can go away. The surest way to blind yourself of your desire to improve is to adopt pride. There are many who take pride in their paths to understanding more, whether it is women, politics, social behavior, etc. It is immediately evident in men who scorn or laugh at those who disagree with them.

A man who believes his writing is good enough is afraid to let go of it – out of fear that it will be for nothing, that he will have embarrassed himself, or worst of all, discover that he is inept – locks improvement behind a door. Whether he paces nervously on the other side or stands with his back turned and hands on his hips is irrelevant. Pride and fear are opposite and closely related. When the former rises, the latter is lurking.

Some men believe that their newfound knowledge enables their enactment if only they shut out all other influence. Massive endeavors require great motivation and positive attitude, but a healthy attitude is not threatened by criticism. Men who set out to accomplish do surround themselves with critics, yet most often they are too amiable. Good criticism cannot be coerced, or even asked for. Neutral connections give excellent criticism, and enemies give the best. Humility, put simply, is the acceptance of reality. Seeing it for a chain and shackles is backwards.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Don’t be critical of yourself if you wish to maintain positive inertia. Be aware of your surroundings.

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February 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

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Less Than Words Can Say

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Richard Mitchell’s book about grammar is available online in full, here. He says meaningless words and sentences obscure their creator’s intended message.

Jefferson must have imagined an America in which all citizens would be able, when they felt like it, to address one another as members of the same class. That we cannot do so is a sore impediment to equality, but, of course, a great advantage to those who can use the English of power and wealth.

It details the stupidity of bureaucracy and the ability of administrators to bore people with long and insubstantial speeches, but it applies to life and the misuse of power universally. Words that add nothing in meaning detract in meaning. The book is long and verbose itself, with examples of different ways people try and pull one over on each other with nonsense.

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February 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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