Why do we struggle?  For me I suppose it’s when I feel the most alive.  The day to day grind of home to work, can become a tiresome burden on all.   I have made a conscious choice to get better every day.  Thinking is the biggest piece of the pie. I like to compare thinking to Cream in milk,  What ever your mental cream is, positive or negative, sweet or sour will determine where you end up in the future.  Where are you going in life?  What are your biggest goals and dreams?  Will you let the Negators in life drag you down?  Are you willing to tackle head on your fears of failure?  They say failure is not fatal, my biggest fear was that I would fail which kept me in mediocrity.

It has been said, in our society today there are grown ups and given ups. We can view our struggles in life as a long chain of luck based events, or we can realize that all of those events are occurring because of choices we have made. All of us are haunted by the dumb things we’ve done in our life. Our mistakes, our failures, our painful moments, all replayed over and over again in vivid detail. So often we allow these to govern our actions and prevent us from achieving our goals and dreams.

The struggle for survival is evident in all of our natural lives. Being raised on a farm around animals struggle to survive is very clear when looked at from a life perspective. I’ve chosen ducks for this illustration as the importance of allowing the struggle to occur. If you assist a duckling emerging from the shell you shorten it’s life span. The duckling will most likely die because not being allowed to struggle weakens key functions in the animal itself.

Seeking out a mentor in life is much like the farmer. The farmer cares for the animals, however does not assist them in coming out of their shell. That struggle is left to the person, the mentor assists in the growth and care, the struggle itself is for each individual to experience. Success in any area of life comes through struggle. Persistence is critical. One of the greatest books I have read which teaches persistence is “The Greatest Salesman In The World” by Og Mandino specifically the scroll marked number 3.

I will persist until I succeed! Will you?

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Great quotes

“By giving the government unlimited powers the most arbitrary rule can be made legal and in this way a democracy may set up the most complete despotism imaginable.”
F.A. Hayek

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. I submit to you that if you feel like that, truly truly, your imagination is out of focus.”
-Mark Twain-

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What I Hate About Networking (And What We at the LIFE Business Sought to Fix)

What I Hate About Networking (And What We at the LIFE Business Sought to Fix).

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Why do you believe what you believe?

I asked myself this very question may times.  We all are faced with challenges every day of our life.  It how we view those struggles that define our lives.  Do you look at the glass half empty?  Do you look at the glass half full?  Either way that could be re-framed as wow that was some delicious lemonade.  Whether the glass is half full or half empty matters not.  It is our lens through which we view life that determines its outcome.

You always get what you expect out of life.  If you expect the worst outcome it will find you every time.  If you expect the best it also will find you.  Diligence and hard work is almost always the the key, but perspective is always what will determine the outcome.  “Where do we come from?” Sara asked.  I said “Well we come from Adam and Eve.”  She sighed and said no what’s our family heritage.  We all come from God we were all created in his image. You may think there is no heaven and there is no hell.  I personally can see the great works that Christ has done in my life.  How do you communicate a experience of joy in words?

Faith: firm belief in something for which there is no proof.[1][2] Also defined as confidence or trust in a person or entity. Depending on the religion, faith is belief in a single god or multiple gods or in the doctrines or teachings of the religion. Informal usage of faith can be quite broad, including trust or belief without proof,[2] and “faith” is often used as a substitute for “hope”, “trust” or “belief”.

As I studied throughout the great works of history a common thought came to mind and that was faith.  Christopher Columbus sailed against the dominating belief in his time that the world was flat and if you sailed to far you would fall off.  He sailed on faith that it would not happen.  Is your ship stuck in the harbor of Life?  The tide is rising and the winds of favor come only to those who step out in faith.  History is filled with people, though they deny faith in that of a religious meaning, who had to have faith or they would not have risen to the places they had reached in their lives.   My faith grows every day, I know where I am going and only through grace is it possible for me to go there.

I challenge you to study the classics and read the Bible.  You may say that religion was created by man to control the people.  I Know how you feel I felt that way too at one time.  If you truly read what is contained in the pages of the oldest book ever printed and remained in print.  There is a chronological proof that every thing which it says happened really did happen.  I ran from truth my whole life and because of it I lived a lie and its result was pain and suffering.  When I finally accepted that the Bible was the word of God and that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross for my sins I was truly free.  His forgiveness gave me peace in my life, which I had been unable to obtain through the ways of the world.  So again I ask you why do you believe what you believe?

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Words of wisdom echo from the past.

Do not pursue what is illusory-property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night.
Live with a steady superiority over life—-don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. It is enough if you don’t freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don’t claw at your insides. If your back isn’t broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes see,and if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why? Our envy of others devours us most of all. Rub your eyes and purify your heart-and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger; after all, you simply do not know: it might be your last act before your arrest, and that will be how you are imprinted in their memory!

This excerpt above really struck me as the book Gulag Archipelago drew to a close.  The struggles endured by those who have preceded us in life have many many valuable lessons to teach.  The problems we see today often times are history repeating itself, mostly caused by our lack of humility to accept wise counsel from the leaders of the past.

Today the United states and Canada really are the wealthiest nations in the world.  Yet we seem to clamor for more and more.  Bill Lewis, in his recent blog article on Happ-I-ness speaks of the Lottery winner and the thought process that more money won or handed to the “winners” did not fix the persons problems.  I think Orrin Woodward said it best, “Your results will continue until your thinking changes.”  Thinking being the key phrase,  most people today allow the politicians and media or their bosses to do the thinking for them.  The American people need to wake up if we do not wake up and take back our country through building communities up we will all relive the pages of the Gulag Archipelago.

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“Ideology—that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification
and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination.
That is the social theory which helps to make his acts
seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he
won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and
honors. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their
wills: by invoking Christianity; the conquerors of foreign lands,
by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland; the colonizers, by
civilization; the Nazis, by race; and the Jacobins (early and late)
, by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations.
Thanks to ideology, the twentieth century was fated to experience
evildoing on a scale calculated in the millions. This cannot
be denied, nor passed over, nor suppressed. How, then, do we
dare insist that evildoers do not exist? And who was it that destroyed
these millions? Without evildoers there would have been
no Archipelago.”

-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn from pg 174 of Gulag Archipelago

This brings to light many arguments most people have against organized religious practices.  They often site the darkest times failing to remember that we all are fallen.  Therefore we have the knowledge of good and evil within us.  Many great evils have been done in the name of religion, race, creed, and ethnicity.  Some of the greatest are when faith in a higher power are cast aside for the the belief that humans can be good in nature.  Our oldest recorded documents prove just the opposite.  There has been great injustices done across the ages from people who desired to make themselves as gods.

“Power is a poison well known for thousands of years. If only
no one were ever to acquire material power over others! But to
the human being who has faith in some force that holds dominion
over all of us, and who is therefore conscious of his own limitations,
power is not necessarily fatal. For those, however, who are
unaware of any higher sphere, it is a deadly poison. For them
there is no antidote.”

-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn from pg 147 of Gulag Archipelago

I do not necessarily agree with the finish of this statement I believe there is an antidote for it but if never administered, surely the demised of many innocent people will surely follow in the wake of this self deceived world view.  History has taught us through the teachings of Karl Marx, some of his students Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mussolini, Fidel Castro, and a twist of his teachings in Adolf Hitler.  If the lessons from the past are not studied and learned from we will be doomed to repeat them.

Feel Free to comment I will accept any valid discussion.

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External Compulsion

As one advances in life, one realizes more and more, that the majority of men-and of women-are incapable of any other effort than that strictly imposed on them as a reaction to external compulsion. And for that reason, the few individuals we have come across who are capable of a spontaneous and joyous effort stand out isolated, monumentalised, so to speak, in their experiences. These are the select men and women, the nobles,the only ones who are active and not merely reactive, for whom life is a perpetual striving, an incessant course of training.¹

Knowing this, we must look inside ourselves and find the person who at one point in our lives dreamed to accomplish far more than we have in the years that have passed.  The great news is that it is never too late to learn.  As Chris Brady would say, “We can stand on the shoulders of giants.”  The question all of us face is do we pursue convenience or do we take the hard road?  In the words of Claude Hamilton, “If you pursue convenience you will never achieve excellence.”  All of the biggest minds our country has ever known have been hungry to learn and grow themselves, which created a ripple effect, then eventually changed the world.

In the difficult times we face today in our country, the process of society, in large, is the result of years of inundation from false teachings designed to keep the mass of man working toward the ever-increasing disease of laziness. Claude Hamilton once said “Laziness travels so slowly, poverty soon catches up.”  have the courage to set goals and run for your dreams.  Get up off the couch, put down the remote, and live your life.  Find the joy in being a life long student.  Personal growth is challenging; but as Jeff Olsen says, in the Slight Edge, “You never stay in one place you are either growing or falling backwards.”  The only thing in life that is constant is change.  Embrace it and you can live your dreams. Ignore it and wealth will ignore you.  I am not speaking of monetary wealth only.  There is far more wealth to be found in our faith, family, and friends.

People often seek information from those not even qualified to give it.  It would be like asking the guy who has been divorced five times for advice on marriage.  Seek out those with the results in life you want most and learn from them.  Will you be criticized?  You better believe you will!  Nothing worthwhile comes without paying the price for it.  As Chris Brady says, “Criticism is the death gargle of the non-achiever.”  If you want to reach your goals you must have thick skin.  You will not hit your goals doing the same amount of work you were doing not hitting your goals!²  Most people  get stuck because they stop doing the daily disciplines necessary to move forward on their journey to their goals and dreams.  Some just give up and blame others for their own lack of results.  A true leader is one, in my opinion, who take shots, gets criticized, ostracized and then finally grows himself through adversity, hard work and discipline to achieve their goals and dreams.

Do you have the courage to face reality and grow yourself?  I challenge you to take the Mental Fitness Challenge.  Comment on my blog if you want to accept my challenge.

See you at the top…

¹ Revolt of the Masses, Jose Ortega Y Gasset
2 Claude Hamilton, Team 711
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