A How to Guide…

"Do not seek praise, seek criticism." – Paul Arden

Month: May, 2009

Gold Mine

“the single largest pool of untapped resource in this world is human
good intentions that never translate into action” – cindy gallop


Words of Wisdom


  • You have brains in your head.
    You have feet in your shoes.
    You can steer yourself
    any direction you choose.
    You’re on your own.
    And you know what you know.
    And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.
  • You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
    You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
    Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
    Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
  • I’m sorry to say so
    But, sadly it’s true
    That bang-ups and hang-ups
    Can happen to you.
  • On and on you will hike, And I know you’ll hike far
    and face up to your problems whatever they are.

    You’ll get mixed up of course, as you already know.
    You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.

    So be sure when you step.
    Step with care and great tact
    And remember that Life’s a great balancing act.

    Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
    And never mix up your right foot with your left.


  • Will you succeed?
    Yes you will indeed!
    (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

Roll With The Punches


Can I Kick It?: Livestrong


Nike Livestrong Stages Collection – Nike Dunk Hi FLOM
This shoe is one of those legendary and seldomly seen releases that
attracted the attention of “sneaker heads” worldwide with its amazing
colorway and design, but it was limited to about 24 pairs and they
were given to friends and family of Futura. Well, it has been
resurrected for Stages with a new look, so be sure to be on the
lookout if you want to get your mits on these.
(via http://slamxhype.com)


I’ll Give You A Million Dollars…

Almost any person can be persuaded to do something for a cash reward.
Another person might be persuaded to do something based on emotions or
feelings. Others, however, accomplish things simply because whatever
they wanted to do is something that needs to be done. There are so
many legitimate goals (personal, scholastic, work-oriented, etc…) that
are often cast to the side because we have no independent motivation
and/or no dependent, external motivation driving them. Let’s put this
into perspective. A well-dressed, legitimate, man walks into your
living room, unlatches his briefcase that he has placed on the table,
and, upon opening the lid, allows you to look longingly upon
$1,000,000 in cash. He looks at you and says “All of this money is
yours if you finish your goal by the date that you said you would.”
The deal would be over—case closed—whatever goal you had so little (if
any) motivation for, all of a sudden is the sole purpose of life,
motivated externally by money.
There are hundreds of things that lie dormant on our to-do lists like
little reminders to ourselves that we will “one day get around to it,” 
“become more mature one day and drop this habit,” or just so that we
can say that we do have goals, even if they never get worked on, let
alone accomplished. These may be resolutionesque or they may be work
related, but their existence is the one universal constant with the
vast majority of people in our society and is therefore not today’s
order of debate; on the other hand, it would do well for us to all,
individually, look objectively at our lives and find what we are
putting on the permanent backburners—find those goals that, since they
never get done, define our procrastination (what irony that our
procrastination is defined by our goals…just the goals we never do).
Before one can move into working on a problem, the problem must be
first understood to exist.
“I had decided to stop smoking,” my friend Tim was telling me the
other afternoon, “and I was for sure going to stop this weekend, but
there was a party that I had to go to, and I knew that I was going to
want to smoke, so I decided to wait till next weekend, but I think
there is another party…” And the story went on like this for a few
more minutes of haggard head nodding and the complete depreciation of
all the, to me, obvious advice I could give. I realized while my
friend began describing the logistics of one of the parties that Tim
was not unmotivated but was, actually, devoid of any positive
motivation. The motivating factors were present (in this case: healthy
mouth, lungs, teeth; save money; feel better/accomplished), but the
motivation itself had completely vacated his life leaving accepted
stagnation to fill the place it had once graced with eloquence and
Tim’s problem may not be my problem, but then again, my problems may
not be his; however, one thing is for certain: motivation, as a
general norm in our society, is rarely found in an independent nature.
Many times one will find motivation dependent on the ends that the
initial means of motivation will procure (ie. Tim may not have had
independent motivation to stop smoking, but when, for example, his
girlfriend says she will leave him if he does not stop, Tim will
immediately find dependent motivation to stop smoking: motivation
found perhaps in love or in sex).
This is not to say that all dependent motivation is unhealthy. On the
contrary, some of the most important motivators (means to an end) are
dependent upon ends that are entirely different than the initial. But
we must separate rules, theory, and quantification from principles,
realism, and qualification. There may not be a specific philosophy to
control motivation, although one could be complexly defined, but we
all know that there are many, many things that we say we will do or
that we know we should do that never end up getting done.
Everybody stalls. “Whats in it for me?”, “I’m working on it!”, or
“These things take time, you know…” are common things we have all
probably said at some point in our lives. Procrastination happens to
the best of us. Why? Because we don’t feel like doing it or because we
haven’t overcome our fear of doing whatever it is that needs to be
done. Professor Piers Steel used mathematics to quantify and better
understand the desire to complete any given task (Utility) that one
may have; using expectations, levels of importance, sensitivity of
time, and the such, he gives us a more scientific explanation for our
The ‘U’ stands for Utility, or the desire to complete a given task. It
is equal to the product of ‘E’, the expectation of success, and ‘V’,
the value of completion, divided by the product of I, the immediacy of
the task, and D, the personal sensitivity to delay.
If I said, “Ill give you a million dollars if you do said activity”, I
can guarantee you that for more than 90 percent of us, there would be
a desire to complete the given task, you would make sure that it is
successful, there would be value for completion, and it would be done
immediately with little to no delays.
Without beating a dead horse, the point is this: there is always
motivation of some sort; it may be legitimate motivation or it may be
a “million-dollar” motivator, but it is there. The only factor that
keeps anyone from doing their duties or accomplishing their goals is
self (apart from the obvious, innumerable, external circumstances that
often arise). It is sad that with the offer of one million dollars to
everyone one in the country, our society would see so many
accomplished people arise from nothing but the grease from their
elbows and the straps of their boots. Lack of motivation is what stops you
from doing what you’ve always wanted to do; from being what you’ve
always wanted to be. Don’t wait for the million-dollar motivator that
is unlikely to ever come; instead, tap into the same pool of
motivation using just the goal in and of itself to push you with
confidence and security. You will be surprised at the results. In
order to change your world you must first change yourself.

Ruben Harris
Adam T. Wamack – A Young Influence


Movers and Shakers

I remember when, I remember
I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions have an echo in so much space

And when you’re out there without care
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
I just knew too much

Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?

And I hope that you are
Having the time of your life
But think twice
That’s my only advice

Come on now, who do you
Who do you, who do you, who do you think you are?
Ha ha ha, bless your soul
You really think you’re in control?

Well, I think you’re crazy
I think you’re crazy
I think you’re crazy
Just like me

My heroes had the heart
To lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember
Is thinking, I want to be like them

Ever since I was little
Ever since I was little
It looked like fun
And it’s no coincidence I’ve come
And I can die when I’m done

But maybe I’m crazy
Maybe you’re crazy
Maybe we’re crazy

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

Shakespeare Says…

“Brevity is the soul of wit” – Hamlet (Act II, Scene II)

Try To Be More Efficient


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