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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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Gear Up, Mind Best

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What did it feel like when Jericho's walls fell? Either you were the enemy inside, the enemy outside, or the harlot who helped the spies.

Boom! Everything falls, dust everywhere. Is there time to worry about what the guy next to you is doing wrong? Do you still have the luxury of pointing your bloody finger at the hypocrite you chose to live next to?

No.

When the defenses are down, the enemy charges, everyone runs while. All you can do is hold your own. That's recompense. Whoever did whatever wrong, victory goes to whoever minds his own affairs best.

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Love & Reconciliation

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Love wins. Reconciliation has power to save us from all kinds of evil. Lincoln said, "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" Sinatra said, "The best revenge is massive success." Killing, crushing, smearing, destroying, controlling, oppressing—they never silence innocent blood from crying out for justice—they only make the cry louder.

Humans don't hunger for death. We are only satisfied when friends have life and enemies become friends. If we can't shine-out the darkness then there's no point in striving. After all, humans are not the enemy of humans. Our enemy is quite inhuman.

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Know Your Constituency

Opponents are as easy to find as opinions. Neither are worthy commodities since they come in over-abundance. No matter who you are or what you do, however good or bad, someone will always tell you you're right and someone else will always tell you you're wrong.

Knowing which voices to heed and which to ignore comes from proof; harken to people who have done and proven that their ideas actually work.

But, that "proof of competence" test should come earlier. First, choose your destination wisely, then heed the voices who want you to get there. They are your true constituency.

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Know Your Constituency

Opponents are as easy to find as opinions. Neither are worthy commodities since they come in over-abundance. No matter who you are or what you do, however good or bad, someone will always tell you you're right and someone else will always tell you you're wrong.

Knowing which voices to heed and which to ignore comes from proof; harken to people who have done and proven that their ideas actually work.

But, that "proof of competence" test should come earlier. First, choose your destination wisely, then heed the voices who want you to get there. They are your true constituency.

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Shift Focus, Blame, or Mirrors

Anyone can think the sky is falling when the "other" guy wins an election. Friends say what we don't like, we make baseless insults, then we complain about a divided nation.

If you've enjoyed the same old, bland, partisan, well-mannered non-progress for years, then a populist like Obama or Trump comes along to rub you the wrong way—well, anyone can go loopy. Some of us grow thick skin before others.

Post-election conniptions are normal. Don't blame for people having them, don't join them either. Spread some love. Focus on the problems in the bathroom mirror—not the rear-view mirror.

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Keep Going

Perseverance, endurance, persistence, and just not giving up are more than wheel-spinning "motivationals". There are specific reasons why some things only happen if we keep going, burning calories to name one.

Sexy muscle tone, athletic reflexes, instinctive self-defense, and merely good posture are acquired through repetition. The same is true of music, dance, art, programming, carving wood, pottery, knitting, cooking, and even friendship, leadership, and, most importantly of all, servanthood. Almost anything you are trying to get done includes "continue" somewhere in the instructions.

They say, "Time heals many wounds." And, that's true as long as your body keeps going.

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Keep it Simple

Don't overreach. Don't overdo it.

It's easy to think that "high standards" always help. High standards can help, but not if they become entry-level requirements.

Allow people to grow. Allow yourself to grow. Allow "on ramps" everywhere in your life.

High standards are not about expecting every rookie to start out as a seasoned pro. We don't only want to "set" high standards; we want to reach them.

Search for potential. Allow for the best. Teach and encourage even the worst. When people excel, get out of the way. Above all, look for passion. Anyone can learn anything when fascinated.

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Call-Out Name-Calling

Name-calling never got anyone anywhere.

Don't confuse name-calling with "nick-naming". Nick names are descriptive terms for friends and enemies, terms like "Rocket Man", "W" AKA "the Shrub", "President Hair Do", and "Slick Willy". But, name-calling isn't objective, can't be endearing, and only serves to vent frustration from people who can't bring the change they want.

Don't call people "moron", "brain-damaged", "stupid", or "buffoon". Don't imply it. Don't talk like it. In fact, say so when other people do.

Calling names is one's own surrender. It's the loser throwing rocks at the tanks entering his city. Don't ever be that guy.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Today

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Don't be alarmed over politics. Politics are almost always predictable, in an "unpredictable" way. The more you study history, the less you'll be surprised by any curve balls, politics notwithstanding.

Many people try to explain or understand political leaders whom they despise. But, it's difficult to understand someone you don't respect. And, it's difficult to respect someone you fear because you misunderstand.

So, don't try to understand today. Try to understand what happened yesterday. Try to know what happened yesterday. Don't be alarmed by today's bad news. Live today, but study the past. Then, life just might be less alarming.

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Encourage

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Encouragement never hurts.

Sometimes we need truth, especially when truth is as hard to find as it is to hear.

Sometimes we need correction, all the more when we're going the wrong way.

But, we always need encouragement.

Encouragement is not a blanket claim that any ambition can be achieved by any amount of effort or by any means.

Whether chasing a goal or seeking a goal to chase, remember that success awaits everyone, on the condition that we pursue the right goal in the right way with the right effort. That's encouraging. Remind yourself. Remind everyone you meet. Encourage.

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Negotiate Minimal

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The best method for negotiation is to know your minimal self.

There are many tactics and theories taught by many people. There is the "I don't need you, I want you" tactic—also a truth. Then, the "you owe me" and "that's your problem" tactics, plus the famous "over-aim to get what little you want" tactic.

But, the best method is to know your minimal from the beginning, declare it from the outset, and stick to it.

If you can compromise a point after 20 hours of talk, you never really wanted it in the first place. You should know that.

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Respect and Planning

Things never turn out exactly as we plan them. They don't turn out how we expect for ourselves nor for our friends nor for our enemies.

We can and should plan, prepare, hone our skills, and always be ready.

But, don't go overboard. Don't fear your enemies. They have enough of their own battles and surprises. Instead, give enemies a little more respect, a little less fear, and a little less hate. At the end of the day, we are all pieces on the grand chessboard of the universe, subject to the surprises and strategy of the Grand Chess Master.

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