Showing posts with label Think. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Think. Show all posts

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Is It All In Your Head?

Playing the victim feels good sometimes. Evolution has done a lot in helping us manipulate others to our benefit. Our victimhood becomes a part of our identity. Cops broke my collarbone almost ten years ago so now that affects how I see all cops.

What happens if I say, I forgive those cops and want to move on? Does a little part of me die? Yes.

The part that dies is the part that found comfort in being a victim. It’s a blanket I’d probably be best served to give up.

Who You Could Be depends on your actions more than anything, are you making excuses or solutions?


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Acknowledge The Wins

Life is good if you stop to acknowledge it. Most people have way more good than bad in their life. But when you turn on the news show of your life, it’s easy to remember the bad and overlook the good. 

A good exercise to do is think back to five times you could have made worse decisions and how terrible your life would be if that had happened. But it didn’t, so even if you’re down, you’re not out. Keep making good decisions, one after another. 



Sunday, September 15, 2019

Media Bias

The media we consume, whether it be personal media like facebook posts or corporate media like news shows will have a bias. Even if it’s as benign as the creator wanting us to feel a certain way about them, it’s there. 

When we see expensive to produce media, we have to think, “What are they trying to get out of it?” More than likely, it’s money, but it’s not a direct transaction so they need to get sponsors or push an agenda that enriches the owners. These sponsors want more viewers. Corporate media does their best to cover and create controversy so that we tune in. Especially if that controversy lines their pockets by making us purchase things or fund certain industries. 

War gets people tuning in, so what do you think corporate media wants? More or less of it? What about the fact that the people that own media companies also have large stakes in weapons companies? 

Maybe we shouldn’t believe every narrative, from either side. Maybe if we follow the money a much darker truth will emerge.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Playing The Victim

I read a post that said, “XYZ individuals are so undervalued.”

My knee jerk reaction was to ask, “By who?”

Making up a statement with zero supporting evidence and then including yourself as a member of that group disrespects real victims.

There are people that will be persecuted today. People that will be killed for the way they were born today. People that will be undervalued simply because they were born. Before you speak, post, publish or hit send, think of the message you’re spreading. Is it true? Is it good? Is it necessary?


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Equality vs. Fairness

Equal: regarding or affecting all objects in the same way. 
Fair: marked by impartiality and honesty : free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism. 

Pretty close synonyms right?

To treat people equally doesn’t mean you’re treating them fairly. You can treat people horribly and as long as you’re consistent, that’s equality. 

Fairness therefore, is a better goal, especially when some laws we have and themselves unfair. 


Monday, September 9, 2019

Spamming

Spam doesn’t work, or does it? If your intention is to lose a follower, subscriber, fan, etc., please continue.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

40 Hours of Waste

Any “work” that is not advancing you toward the professional life you want should not count as work. It is waste. You have bills, sure, but we often times fool ourselves into justifying behavior  that we really don’t want to be doing. If happiness is the goal, and you’re unhappy in your situation, what’s likely to change first? You or the situation? 

We each have 168 hours per week. About 100 are taken for work and sleep. Leaving you about 50 hours to do as you desire. 

How can someone manage s million dollar business in their time and others can’t seem to get $500 saved? Wasting time is easy, usually the easy thing to do is the wrong thing to do. 


Monday, September 2, 2019

Unfair Judgment

If you unfairly judge people negatively that are poor then you’re a bad person. Here’s the thing, the world has enough unfairly judgmental jerks. I don’t want them near me and will do my best to not be one. I qualified judgmental with the word unfairly because sometimes you are justified to judge, say this person is poor because they did something unethical, well, that’s when judgmental feelings are justified. However, judging someone based on who they are and not what they do or have done  is always a non-starter for me. 

Friday, August 30, 2019

On Being Right


Not “who’s right?” but, “what’s right?” Which matters more?

When talking to someone and trying to convince them of something, what matters is that they agree with the idea, not the person. 

Often times people will agree with you to shut you up. What the goal of persuasion should be then is that the idea itself has to be confirmed. 

If you get them to say THAT is right instead of YOU are right, you’re on a better path to seeing a change occur. 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Next Big Thing

What is it going to be?

Recently we had the internet. Then we had smart phones. Finally social media and online shopping. 

So what’s next? Robots and automation? Or is it Solar and wind power creating free energy for the masses? Lab grown food? I don’t know. What I do know though, is that it isn’t watching 40 hours of Netflix a week. It isn’t stuffing my face with junk food everyday. It isn’t so many things. 

The next big thing is going to be things, pick something in an area that makes sense and go for it. Or not, the world will accept another customer as well. 


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

What Would You Say?

If you got in a time machine and went forward 10 years into the future, what would you tell yourself?

This scenario is often told in the reverse, but I’ve never heard it proposed this way. 

I don’t know but I think it’s a good exercise.

Arturo, I hope you’re still going to the gym every other day. I hope you’re still writing. I want you to know that no matter what happens, as long as you do the right thing you’ll be okay. I don’t know how much you’re talking to your family but let them know that you love them more often. 


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Try And Try Again

You tried and failed. Are you done?

You tried and succeeded. Are you done?

If success doesn’t end the pursuit then why do we so often let failure stop us?

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Education vs. Skills

People say that we need a college-educated populace. Why? I mean it sounds good. It sounds wonderful, but it’s not true. I argue that we need a skilled populace much more than an educated one.

What good is a degree in whatever if you can’t use it to create value in this world? What’s worse is that taxpayers are subsidizing these loans with federal guarantees and now there’s talk of taxpayer funded college. It’s madness.

If you want to learn something, you have the Information Superhighway at your fingertips. If you want to spend $40,000 learning something, you better make sure that it’s a good investment and don’t take the debt on if it isn’t.


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Students Loans

How do I know that forgiving student loans is a bad idea?

If college was such a good investment, then student loans wouldn’t be a problem. Everyone would be gainfully employed, making their payments and the world would be better for it.

The world is not better for it.

The fact that there’s a student loan problem is telling us that college isn’t the answer.

College used to be affordable, what happened? Federal officials came up with the horrible idea to back loans. Colleges loved it, tons of new students and they all had their money upfront.

Look where it’s gotten us. Overeducated, underemployed and under-skilled.



Friday, August 23, 2019

Monopolies Are Bad

Look at what DMV employees do with their monopoly. If you make people feel unappreciated, upset and powerless then your business should fail. 

It usually does, but thanks to monopoly, it doesn’t. 

What they put people through would never fly in the private sector.  It comes down to one main issue. Power. Whenever power is in play abuse will likely follow. 

If your job has policies that make no sense or you’re tasked to do things that don’t make sense then fix them. Even if you have a monopoly, how hard is it to be a decent human being? 


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Immigration

Here’s a solution, jail the employers and managers, 1 year per employee.

As long as employers aren’t punished they’ll keep exploiting cheap labor. As long as we do nothing we’re complicit in their exploitation. The federal minimum wage law says very plainly that each employer must pay each of his employees $7.25 an hour. There’s no mention of legal status to work. So where’s the justice? Where’s the equality? Not here. 

I think it comes from the idea that we’ve been fed for so long, that something is better than nothing. Maybe it’s true, but it isn’t legal. I don’t think every law on the books is just or right, but this one is. I think it’s criminally low, but we need a bottom for sure. 

When we allow the most vulnerable to be criminalized and the wealthy to go free we really show what this nation has thus far stood for. 

Maybe my solution is simplistic and naive. But I know one thing for certain, we can do better. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Healthcare

Is it something that everyone should have access to? Yes, but not in its current form. In its current form, it’s largely ineffective. 

Why is it okay to abuse our bodies by ingesting chemicals and food like products until we’re sick? Why should this behavior be subsidized by other people on insurance plans or even by force via taxation?

The problem isn’t healthcare, it’s that we don’t care. We call critics shamers and whistleblowers conspiracy theorists. While preventable deaths outnumber murders by at least ten to one, which do we focus on? 

People say that it’s their choice when it comes to food but have no problem with people being caged for narcotics. I’ve already explained how sugar is a drug. Heart disease kills 600,000 Americans a year. Cocaine kills 14,000. 

As long as healthcare means pills and not lifestyle alterations, what are we really doing?


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Paying People Less


80% of people hate their jobs. 

What would happen if they got paid more? They might save up and quit. This is why employers will exploit, (pay less than they can), every employee for as long as possible. 

If an employer has someone stuck in the Zombie Loop and living paycheck to paycheck, then why would they ever willingly give that up? They have guaranteed profitable labor. All they have to do is kick back and watch their employees bring in the money. 


Monday, August 19, 2019

What Would You Say?

If you got in a time machine and went forward 10 years into the future, what would you tell yourself?

This scenario is often told in the reverse, but I’ve never heard it proposed this way. 

I don’t know but I think it’s a good exercise.

Arturo, I hope you’re still going to the gym every other day. I hope you’re still writing. I want you to know that no matter what happens, as long as you do the right thing you’ll be okay. I don’t know how much you’re talking to your family but let them know that you love them more often. 


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Is Your Arena Big Enough?

Top 10% of managers make a good living, top 10% of rappers don’t. 

I’d say the top 10% of 1% when it comes to rappers make a living and less than that are rich. So in your life, what arena are you playing in? Is the arena big enough to succeed or do you need to be that top 1% of 1% to really make it? Often times we go into things not understanding just how small the chances are of winning. 

Whatever you plan on doing, make sure you know what odds are stacked against you and more importantly the effort and actions required to overcome them.