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Let Good things Be

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When someone finds something good, let them be and do not take it from them. Don't be the police of which good things other people should be enthralled with.

If someone has a genuine, harmless excitement about something you think isn't so important, maybe you should think that person is more important than you do. Isn't it good enough just that your neighbor is happy?

Be happy with those who are happy. Be with those who are sad. Keep relationships with people different from you. You might never know the difference you make or when you won't see them again.

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Learning the Organic Line

There is a line with an arrow connecting cause and results. That line is invisible to most people.

It's difficult to know how to manage a farm, for example, from one year to the next. Every year's weather is different. The line between good farming and good crops always moves.

It's always changing, always surprising. We never stop learning how to find the line no matter how old we get.

Some never master the art of learning the line. Success doesn't occur according to a checklist or multiple-choice test. Life's line is organic, so must be our understanding of it.

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Money Walls

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The poor don't how the rich get money. It's a mystery to them.

To the poor, wealth is a far, distant country on a far, distant continent with a foreign language that they have only heard about in movies and bedtime stories. They fear it, ponder it, covet it, yearn for it, run from it, loath it, love it—but they never know it's secret:

Wealthy people, the good and the bad, make their money through hard, smart work.

Scaling the walls and crossing the oceans to adopt that truth is as priceless as it is hopeless; yet some do.

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War Wages Itself

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Near-death struggles occur everyday, everywhere.

Every bead of life in every corner lives on the verge of complete annihilation. Every baby almost dies when born; the mother just the same. Everything that breathes has cancer cells throughout its body; once in a while they even form tumors. Every nation, every business, every family, every friendship—everything fights through life on a precipice overlooking death.

Those battles involve skill and resources, but they are won by virtue—honesty, fairness, charity, patience, diligence, endurance, respect, forgiveness.

In your next near-death battle of the day be virtuous and the war will wage itself.

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Paint in the Sand

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We don't always need the best equipment to practice with. Drawing a skyline with a stick in the sand every day is better than practicing with oil paints only once a month. While oil paints lend themselves to more color and potential, a paint brush is only as good as the artist who wields it.

Don't wait for all the best equipment and most expensive tools. Their day may never come. Beauty comes from the artist's skill. So practice your painting in the sand. Use whatever is right around you. After all, sunsets use clouds and landscape, including the sand.

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Rights or Lifts

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Demanding rights and what one "deserves" is a sure sign of immanent downfall. Advocating rights for others is another story—lifting the defenseless from despair. When privileged leaders demand rights for themselves: Look out! That's a captain plowing directly into a field of icebergs.

Many a successor takes over an organization started by someone else. That new leader didn't scrape to lift the organization from the mud. Without dirty, hard work, the organization wouldn't exist at all. Founders don't take their hard-earned results for granted—they don't consider results a "right", but a "privilege to pursue". Buy stock in lifters.

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Don’t Listen to Experts

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Donald Trump and Steve Jobs made the same career mistake: They listened to experts when they already are the experts.

Taking advice from people who know more is always a good thing. But, that doesn't always mean taking advice. Sometimes that means trusting your own instincts.

How do you know whether to take advice or to advise yourself?—proof!

Look at your track record. Does your history—your resume, your folio, your record, your wake of failed kamikaze attackers—prove that you knew what was coming when your opposite-opinion "advisers" still don't fully get it? If so, listen to history.

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Respect for Masses

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Usurpers see the masses as mere numbers to exploit to gain populous support for what they want. Tyrants and manipulative bosses don't view people as intelligent and personally responsible for their choices. They see the masses as programmable by propaganda and nothing more. If the masses disagree with the tyrant, the tyrant blames the propagandists. That's the paradigm of a psychopath.

But, God views all people as personally accountable for their choices. His view is a stark contrast to that of the tyrant.

These different leadership worldviews make the difference in failure and success. It's a matter of respecting everyone.

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How to Help Others

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We must help ourselves before we can help others.

Part of this principle comes from the Law of Basic Experience: One can only teach what one has done.

Part of this principle comes from basic safety in lifeguard training: Don't become a victim yourself; you can't save a drowning victim if you drown in the process.

Charity and compassion can become distractions from our own problems. They can even become addictions—both helping others and distracting us from our own problems.

Take time to search your own soul. You'll make a far bigger difference when you help others by example.

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Direction vs Light

The relation between light and darkness relates to "direction". Light travels in all angles and all directions from the source. Shadows, however, are not omni-directional; they only travel away from a light source.

A light that only travels across or down or over or up is not any true light. It may be redirected light, but the source of light shines in all directions. The only shapes like triangles or lines that occur naturally are shadows.

Light does not discriminate, shadow-makers do. Light does not favor directions, shadow-makers do. Don't try to choose and pick so much. Just shine everywhere.

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Rocks Break Bones, not Light

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I'm angry. So, I'm going to throw apples at the hunter. He already hunts me and seeks to eat me. I'm going to annoy him and make it easy for him to find me. I'm going to act-a-fool because I'm mad. I'm going to tell myself that he doesn't treat me fairly so I can sleep at night.

That attitude defines enraged masses who will never be happy unless they can hate being slaves.

Don't join them.

Instead of being angry at a dark world, be the sun that shines on it. Encourage people. Smile. Lift. Destroy darkness with light.

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Life 101: Always Listen

We never know what we don't know. If someone wants to talk, listen.

Cult-think mentality easily fills our fears with mental constipation: "They want to sell you snake oil," it says. "Don't let him speak. He will cast a spell on all who hear!"

Cult-think never solves problems. If someone wants to talk, listen. There is no good reason not to listen.

They may want to warn, defect, apologize, or even attack again. But, it doesn't matter how evil they are or have proven to always ever be. If someone wants to talk, listen for one reason: You're not telepathic.

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When Synergy Sheds Skin

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We easily presume that survival requires certain instituted structures and systems to overstay their welcome. But, that is mere nostalgia. Institutions, though necessary, are less necessary than we think. That which is erected by Man will always be outlived by Man.

When society does things in a better way, that better way will always downsize some jobs, but many more work opportunities will spring up in their places. Better and better systems will be invented by the synergistic combination of opportunity and necessity.

In that process, humanity sheds institutions as a snake sheds its skin. Life always finds a way.

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Build at the Same Time

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Build patiently. Productive people naturally feel like they have more projects than they can ever accomplish. Everyone feels this way at some point—that life is just not long enough.

Actually, that's a feeling of youth and ambition.

Part of maturity is wanting to accomplish things in the small time life allows. Over-committing and feeling the pressure of our own decades-long "to-do" lists isn't the most mature feeling, however. It's just another step in the process of growing up.

Learn early on to let go of the lists you make—to wait, work, and love—all at the same time.

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