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What to Do

Half of society has decided that they don’t want to be told what to do.

It’s not that they don’t want to be bossed or controlled. It’s not that they want freedom. Though, they tell themselves such. Actually, they just want everything to be their own idea.

They don’t ask whether their actions will succeed or fail. They don’t ask if something is good or bad, desirable, healthy, painful, useful, wise, or quite the opposite of all these. They only ask whether someone is “telling them”.

If you tell such people, “Go, thrive, and succeed,” they will fail on purpose.  · · · →

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Two Types of Futurism

There are two types of reasons people predict the future.

The first type is common to everyone—we try to predict the future to see how well we know the past to guide us to accurately anticipate what will happen next.

The second reason is more of the psychopathic reason, and unfortunately is the hidden reason for many of us; the second reason for predicting the future is because we prefer our prediction to become the future. Sometimes, this is called “wishful thinking”.

Believing something will happen and agreeing that something should happen are two different things. Don’t be confused.  · · · →

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Two Views of Strength

Whether brain or brawn—there are two worldviews about where strength comes from.

Some believe strength is arbitrarily bestowed from above. We are on the earth are mere objects of favor and misfortune. Those with more stole it from others in this grand, zero sum game called Life. Only the poor understand wealth.

Others believe strength comes from hard work and choosing battles wisely. Working people are strong in mind or body or both. Peaceful people don’t deplete themselves of their energies and are fierce when roused to arms.

Both have unfair advantages to exploit and hard choices to make.  · · · →

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Mass Futurism

We would think that someone who accurately predicted a future event should be the talk of the press. All the pundits should want to pick his brain. All the major media anchors should want him as a guest on their shows. Right?

But, the dirty little secret of the news industry’s intoxicating power is its power to create news, not report it. If you predicted an outcome different from the mainstream, you don’t know more about events than the pundits; you are their enemy who shaped events how you wanted them, rather than letting them shape events how they wanted.  · · · →

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Brotherly Justice

Brothers can’t give each other justice. They just can’t, no matter how much they try, no matter how much they want to.

Brothers may be slightly older or younger, slightly bigger or smaller, but they come from the same stock, the same species, the same branch. They are very much alike—so much alike that what helps or hurts one brother has a similar effect on the other brother.

Justice must come from above. It can’t traverse brothers.

For punishment or reward, opportunity or confinement, brothers can’t find justice between each other separately. Brotherly justice can only be achieved together.  · · · →

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The Bad Samaritans

Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan as an irony. Originally, like busybodies, the Samaritans complained when King Cyrus ordered Jerusalem’s temple to be rebuilt. King Darius, who came a few years later, ordered the temple to be completed anyway and for the Samaritans to pay for it.

The Samaritans brought trouble on themselves. Had they not tried to have a “better” idea than the king and just gone about their business, they wouldn’t have had to pay for Israel’s temple. In the end, they only lost.

Be a Good Samaritan. Help the injured, then mind your own business.  · · · →

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Working People

Working people mind their own business.

If they get too distracted complaining about other people’s problems, they make excess enemies and run a deficit of their own achievement. Survival requires getting work done. Getting work done takes time. Time requires focus, especially with all the distractions screaming for attention.

Busybodies are not the threat they like to think of themselves as. When a busybody complains about you, don’t worry. He’s focusing on your challenges because he hasn’t overcome enough of his own. Just keep working.

Working people are formidable, both in daily challenges and when the are confronted by challengers.

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Grow up and Teach Yourself

One of the most important things to understand is knowing who wants to understand.

Time and again, an up and coming leader delegates design, manufacturing, marketing, engineering, software development, customer relations—while directing brand strategy in a vacuum from whatever they delegate. Brand graveyards are littered with flowers from copywriters who quit or were fired just before the brand failed. Do your research and find out.

In fact, always do your research. Work with people who do their own research. Teach people who teach themselves. Teach yourself so good teachers want to teach you.

Grow with people who grow up.  · · · →

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Wise Tone of Voice

America is seeing an epidemic of immaturity. People in their twenties and thirties are self-destructing like I have never known.

The story is always the same. “Adults and the culture didn’t treat me fairly when I grew up,” so they injure themselves, hurt themselves, fool themselves, squander themselves, and reject themselves—all because someone else treated them wrongly.

Really?

An entire generation made unwise choices because they were mistreated? It’s not their fault, even a little?

Don’t live that way. Don’t hurt yourself because of others. Don’t ignore good advice because someone told you in the wrong tone of voice.  · · · →

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Killing Pity

Pain doesn’t go away by focusing on it. Pain is a symptom, not a problem. Most problems need time and the body needs strength. Focusing on our own pain makes us weaker; then the problem grows, the pain worsens. And, if we don’t get wise to the cycle, the cycle will snowball into self pity.

As much as we’d like to think so, other people have much bigger problems than we do. They need us to put their problems ahead of our own.

In fact, as we help others, we might stay away from our own cycles of self pity.  · · · →

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Autographed Self-Identity

What do you want the story of your life to be? What do you want written on your tombstone? I don’t mean what do you claim to want, but what do your actions say you want on your tombstone?

Is your sexual identity the most prominent item on your portfolio? Do you mostly see yourself as the one whom people reject? Do people who talk to you know that you will “put them in their place”?

Do you bring peace? Do you remind people of the sunset beneath the golden linings? Do you encourage, inform, or advise?

What’s your auto-epitaph?  · · · →

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Newly Conventional

Barriers of conventional wisdom never really worked. But, with the 2016 election over—and its consequences coming into full swing—we are seeing more and more that they fail. Now that we are seeing it, the secret is out, and conventional wisdom no longer has its hypnotic effect on the masses.

Now, it’s just a matter of time until this becomes the new normal and conventional wisdom gets redefined. What worked in this past election won’t work quite the same way next time.

So, what will you do? You don’t know. No one knows. We’ll have to keep watch and see.  · · · →

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Let Beauty Be Your Narrative

Every day that we wake up and see the news we ask the same question, “What’s the bad news today?” You know if it’s in the newspaper it’s going to be bad news.

But, sunsets and our ability to see their beauty were both created by a God in Heaven. He is beautiful and has the power to save and heal and bring such a happy ending that we remember none of the storm.

Though we go through hardship, don’t let bad news be your own narrative. The world around us is in darkness, but beauty can be your narrative.  · · · →

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