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Why It’s All Predictable

Almost everything is predictable and for good reason. Some things don't change. If you understand those things, fewer things will catch you off guard. Those things that don't change are timeless principles.

Usually, it is an indication of antisocial tendency when someone can't anticipate what consequences will follow certain choices and actions. If someone can't tell where their choices will lead, they may not understand timeless principles either. In this sense, everyone suffers from antisocial tendencies on some level.

Learn wisdom, moral principles, timeless truths, and others' pasts. The more you understand history, the less the future will surprise you.

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Talk in Person

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If you can address a conflict in person, do it. Handling problems in public or in groups always makes things easier. Courts don't allow evidence to be used without first being inspected by both the defendant and plaintiff. This is for good reason.

The cost of public humiliation doesn't only humiliate the humiliated, it humiliates the public. Everyone has problems. Everyone knows everyone has problems. Those who deny their own problems stir the public into lynching others. But, that's when the public accidentally lynches the Hunchback.

Publicity trump cards come at a cost: They make matters worse. Talk in person.

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Talk in Person

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If you can address a conflict in person, do it. Handling problems in public or in groups always makes things easier. Courts don't allow evidence to be used without first being inspected by both the defendant and plaintiff. This is for good reason.

The cost of public humiliation doesn't only humiliate the humiliated, it humiliates the public. Everyone has problems. Everyone knows everyone has problems. Those who deny their own problems stir the public into lynching others. But, that's when the public accidentally lynches the Hunchback.

Publicity trump cards come at a cost: They make matters worse. Talk in person.

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Take the Patient Road

Everyone, everywhere has been told and has learned that hard work pays off. So, take the road with the hardest work. Choose the paths that pay.

Shortcuts can be useful in developing areas, but neither as permanent routs nor long term strategies. Cutting the soap consumption, reducing towel waste by 10%, downsizing 2% of the labor force, and buying up brands that only the selling founders understand might improve figures for the month or even the quarter, but they are no framework of an ongoing strategy.

As with art, body building, and innovation, the champion's secret ingredient is elbow grease.

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Move Forward

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Life has it's changes, ups, and downs. People make mistakes, companies change their policies as they learn with the tide of markets and deviants, such as spammers. Hold your course. Keep your heading.

Move forward.

It is said that the best revenge is massive amounts of success. Let your success speak for itself. Once you have pushed past the waves, whoever and whatever besought your defeat won't matter anymore. It won't keep you awake at night once you're through the storm. So, it shouldn't keep you awake during the storm.

By pushing through the winds and the waves, you'll win.

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Unforeseen Dependence

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Don't count on anything. The moment you craft for yourself any reliance on what the future might bring, you're locked into the unknown and render yourself a leaf in the breeze.

Abandon old structures. Drop shame. Withdraw perfectionism. Be your best, be yourself, and march onward.

We can't know what the future might bring. Making oneself dependent on any outcome—when such dependence is anything but necessary—is lifestyle Russian roulette. The way through the future is agile strength and adaptive readiness, not stock planning nor course plotting.

Usually, dependence on the future stems from immaturely prioritizing wants above needs.

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Presentable Presentation

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A kid handed me a paper with a Bible verse written on it. The way he handed it to me didn't make sense. It drooped down to the floor. His hand was closer to me than the actual paper. The side of the paper facing me was blank.

I honestly didn't know what he was handing me, if it was a joke or he just didn't understand presentation.

He needed the talk on giving something to someone: so the recipient knows what it is.

Rather than ranting about marketing, I'll merely mention both marketing and precious diamonds in their rough.

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Fret Not

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The world has an overabundance of independent wills, each orbiting with its own motive. No matter what pursues you, something else is pursuing it, just as you have your own pursuits.

When an adversary focuses too much energy on one target, it leaves itself vulnerable to other assaults. This is true in commerce, friendship, politics, and war.

If an enemy comes after you, stare him down. Keep him busy. While he aims all his focus toward you, his flanks remain open. No such assailant lacks enemies. Sooner or later, one of the bounty hunters looking for him will swoop in.

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Meteorite Economics

There is a superstitions lie floating in the philosophies of mankind, perpetuated by closet elitists who mask the secrets of their wealth through well-funded ignorance among the masses. The superstition is that a rock must fall from the sky in order for anyone to become wealthy; any other wealth was stolen in a zero sum game.

Actually, wealth comes from a synergistic game when we live by wise choices, guided by wisdom from beyond our own lives. The Pilgrims landed a "rock" upon the North: the Bible from Heaven, and prosperity is freely available to all who obey that book.

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Be Annoyingly Good

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As irritating as it is to have an artistic perfectionist on your team, it's much more irritating to have to go back and remake substandard, "average" designs. Of course, you may have to ditch your pride in order to put up with that annoyingly unique and creative guy upstairs, but part of teamwork means putting up with your teammates as they help the team succeed.

Movers and shakers and perfection-obsessed designers make the waves that make the motion we harness. That theory is easy to grasp, but staying focused with every millimeter of work under scrutiny is reserved for champions.

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Keep Most Problems to Yourself

The most important lesson about people and problems is the obligation to do something helpful; never attack and never become entangled yourself.

If someone in fact has a well-earned reputation for broadcasting problems, be supportive, ward off any attackers—because wicked people like to beat on the oppressed—and encourage them with the insight bystanders naturally troubleshoot our problems when we divulge our problems publicly.

If you have a real problem, ask for help. Some will be quick to provide the minimum you need, being their brothers' keepers while preserving your dignity by carrying the equivalent of your own weight.

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Stay Big

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The big picture often trumps all.

Look at your annual budget when deciding your monthly budget. Filing for a tax extension because you procrastinated actually takes more time because of the additional filing. That's about five minutes you took from your year that you could have spent better reading the Bible or watching baseball.

When people stonewall, it's really annoying and frustrating and... You know what, it's not that big of a wall. Only petty people stonewall because only petty people care. The same goes for insults and gossip and anything.

The big picture prioritizes money, time, strategy, and friendship.

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Abandon ‘Officiality’

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The world advances and decays one person at a time. Institutions follow the footprints of pioneers who do the actual exploring and surveying. Real things are accomplished by hard-working, real people.

Institutionalization, however, is but a shell that remains after the life of an organic society petrifies. Unfortunately, most cultures revere institutions as a kind of "official" status, as if a group or movement is somehow less valid before it incorporates and forms a board. Actually, becoming "official" in that sense makes a group less legitimate.

Just be who you are. Real people will recognize you for who you are.

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Power Softly

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Governing is the opposite of control, not the opposite of anarchy. Anarchy is only 90° off from control and governance.

Governing is soft-handed guidance of a society with a mind of its own.

Governance leads people by recognizing who the people are and thus calling them whatever and whomever they already chose to be.

People have ambitions and responses, a psychology. They respond negatively to bad rules and appreciate rules that fit their daily routines.

When leaders don't govern softly and fittingly, people rebel. Whoever rebels with hard fists fail, but well-fitting soft-handedness always wins, whether in leadership or rebellion thereof.

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