Random Thoughts #5

Well,it’s been a minute for sure.

While i have posted some content here,unfortunately i was not as active as i wanted.

It’s always busy around this time of year,so i didn’t have much time to write.

That’s not true.I did write.I didn’t publish.

I wrote a lot of material.Writer’s block is a big fat myth.

If you live your life freely,it’s inevitable that you will always have things to write about.It’s actually beautiful.

 

So,i am closing 5 months doing this.

Damn,is it fun!

I am so pumped about 2017,it’s ridiculous.

I feel like i have SO much to tell,i get overwhelmed sometimes about what i should write first.

I will just write,publish,repeat.

I over think shit way too much sometimes

 

Anyway.Blog is doing fine.In January the stats dropped in comparison to december(which was the best month),but that’s because i was inactive.

Still it was the second best month.

Stats are irrelevant of course.Content is what worths a damn.It’s fun seeing your site growing,though.

I am doing better than 99% of new bloggers(in terms of organic traffic).Douchey to say?Hell yeah it is.

But it’s true.

 

Ok i jerked my ego off enough.

I will be somewhat busy until the end of February,but nothing like January.Expect more posts.

 

That’s it folks!

 

 

 

 

 

The most misunderstood quote :The definition of Insanity

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different result
– Albert Einstein

This quote is one of the most misunderstood ones to be reproduced over and over again.
You see it many times posted on Facebook,by average joes,virtue signaling how special and outside the norm they are.
They mostly want to describe a 9-5 for example.

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Meaning you should not wake up ,work ,come back and sleep(?)
Or maybe they want to describe the struggles,the sacrifices and how they challenge themselves everyday to succeed.
You get the gist.
It’s like every other motivational quote.
But this one can actually be dangerous.
It can confuse people into thinking repetition and healthy habits are bad and a free life is one where you just swing it everyday.
Hmm…let’s examine this further.
  • Did Albert(like Da Vinci) have a structured program?
  • Did he spend hours upon hours to study physics,math etc?
  • Did he have results?

 

Apparently yes.

So,why Albert said this:

 

It is not insanity if you repeat the same thing over and over again.It’s insanity if you want different results,but you don’t change your methods.

 

Again,this quotes wants to point out the fault in a certain process.

If you want a better life,you need to change things up.

That of course does not mean,that if you yield benefits and make progress,you are forced to change anything.

If it ain’t broken,don’t fix it.

Another one.

 

Of course we should not be afraid of change.Not at all.

We should evaluate our lives everyday,spot mistakes,problems and address them with courage and clarity.

There is nothing worse,than to be bound in a certain set of ways,to be so deep in your own self-delusion,that you cannot see reason.You cannot see what you are doing wrong.

But when you do find a system that works,your golden method,then you ought to stick with it.

Here is another quote,since we are on a roll:

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment”

-Zig Ziglar

 

It’s a variation of the famous latin proverb:Repetitio mater memoriae

Repetition is the mother of memory.

Or the more famous:Repetition is the mother of knowledge.

 

If you want to be good at something you have to do it everyday.

You must apply yourself.

If you want mastery,you need discipline.

Daily action is the secret.

 

Forge habits,then forge addiction.

Healthy addiction.

If you notice something you are good at or something works for you,obsess over it.

That’s how greatness comes.

 

To end with a visual quote,from one and only Arnold:

 

That’s it folks!

The 4-Stages of your working life.

I am sure you have a job.Maybe a 9-5 or a part-time or even better, you are your own boss.

Whatever you situations is,regardless your current financial status,you went through the 4-stages.

 

1)You started working part time.Got paid very little money,but it was enough.You could eat,drink and pay the bills,maybe one or two months late.You may or may not be behind your rent and you owe some debt to the banks.You often hop from job to job,trying to find the one that suits you best and your parents may aid you when things get a little difficult.You are not working your dream job,you work to survive.

 

2)Then you move up to the ‘ladder’ and you get a nice,secure job.A 9-5.You have a steady income,health insurance and benefits.You are on top of your bills,you don’t worry about rent or food.You have some savings and generally you live a comfortable life.Unless something very bad happens,you are ‘ok’ with your life.Your anxiety levels are low.You are satisfied.You work for stability.

 

Here is where the majority of people stay all their lives.The rest goes like this:

You spend 20-30 years in the same job,acquire a pension,while you have a savings account.Not a lot of money,but when you are 60+ years old you could retire and ‘live’ your life.

Maybe you got married and had kids,so most of the money will go to them.If you are frugal,you will make it.

The income bracket could be as high as low 6 figures.In comparison to the first stage,you could be making 10X more money.

What is it that got you from barely surviving to making that money?

The most important question though is,why most people won’t move up the ladder.

 

3)You worked you ass off,made connections and played the game.You got a big promotion.You keep grinding and you can see yourself on the top of the game.CEO,you even create your own buisness.You are self-employed.The sky is the limit.You work for success.Life is now your canvas.Opportunities are everywhere,you have enough wealth to do just about everything.You have fuck-all money and fuck-all attitude .Going from #2->#3 means that you could be making 500k and up or be financial independent.You live life on your own terms.

 

4)You basically have whatever you desire.The innate desire to make more money is hardly there.There is not really a motivation.You live an upgraded comfortable life.Just like you did at #2.Now you either stop or you work for greatness.You acquire a goal ,a vision ,a purpose bigger than yourself.Your art is just art.You don’t need to conform anymore.You are free.

 

Take for example Bill Gates.Although the guy is filthy rich and could spend his days at a beach in Hawaii,he grinds in order to tackle the major problems of the world.

Many artists keep making art for the sake of art.

Doctors still save lives even after they retire.

They don’t do it to survive or because they want to feel safe.They do it because they have this fire in them,the fire to keep moving forward.

It’s about providing value.

The more value you provide,the more value life gives back at you.

 

The question still stands.

How can you escape #2 and finish strong.

You don’t have to become a famous celebrity or a multi-billionaire.

You must create a vision.

Having goals is great and will help you immensely to be effective with your time and achieving tasks in the day-to-day life.

What is missing,is the big picture.

The ‘end goal’ if you wish.

This mental image/video should contain every minute,every second of your life.

The struggles,the highs,the people,the places,the smells,the feelings of your future life.

But most importantly,your vision contains your purpose.

The thing that is greater than you.It’s greater than life itself.

It’s the ultimatum,magnum opus that will transcend you to eternity.

  • Your doctor that saved your life has done it.
  • Your teacher that instills knowledge has done it.
  • A talented artist that inspires has done it.
  • A good man who comes home after 12-hour workdays and puts food on the table for his family,has done it.

Can you see a pattern?

Remember the more value you give,the more value life gives back.

All these people,help other people.

Maybe the secret to a happy life after all is helping others.

Yes,i believe that’s right.

After all,posthumous fame,hysterophimia, is not for the people with the nice car and the fancy lifestyle.

It’s reserved for the people who helped other.Even if you helped a handful of people,you will be remembered.

You see,we talked about money and mentioned that in order to ‘move’ between the stages(and fulfill your needs) there is a certain amount you need.

Notice the common denominator is independence.

Yes,you need to be independent both financially and spiritually.

If you are  not,you will cripple your life.

But how much money is enough?That’s for another time.

For now let’s recap:

Survival->Stabillity->Sucess->Greatness.

You can’t skip a step!

What’s your next step?

Get stability asap.

Yes,you heard me right.

Ignore the high energy,pumper self-help gurus that will tell you to go all in and it’s all or nothing.

In order to have a chance to be successful you have to be safe and comfortable.

In order to think clear and right,you must relieve yourself from any menial stress and worry.

If you worry about your bills,how are you gonna be able to think big and act even bigger?

You have to stand up before you can walk.

If you want to really help people in a big,meaningful way,you first have to be successful and independent.

Giving 1 dollar to a 100 beggars won’t make a difference.Giving 100 to 1,may.

Save it to have a  big impact,if you wish.

If you are serious about your life,for the year 2017,work for stability if you don’t have it.

Work a second or even a third job.No excuses in this case.

But you should aim to get out of there as soon as possible.

Fuel your money and your energy to a side business,while your mind is free.

Escalate and when you can live off your business,when you are self employed,then go all in.

Again,you must have a base,a foundation before you build a house.

 

There you go.The 4 stages of your working life.

Unless you were born rich,you will have to go through them.

Many people won’t realize it until they get to the other side.


 

Have a great 2017,full of joy.

Assume this year as the best year of your life!

Only 2018 will top it!

 

That’s it folks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas,Merry Yule,Merry Saturnalia

My lengthy title is obnoxious to say the least.

The reign of Christianity over the western world made us forget what our traditions are.

Truth is,the birth of Jesus took place in April.The church moved the celebration on the 25th of December to replace the pagan celebration of Saturnalia,the coming of the Sun.

A Roman/Byzantine holiday.

And before that it was Kronia and Dionysia in Greece and Yule in Norway etc.

We just gave the night and the God we worship a different name,but we kept celebrating the holidays in a very similar way.

The christmas tree,the jingle bells,Santa Claus,red clothes etc.

So regardless what you believe or don’t,be proud of your ancient traditions and claim your heritage!

Spend time with your loved ones,have a drink and celebrate the winter!

Merry Christmas!

 

That’s it folks!

 

 

 

 

About Virtue and Options

What is virtue?

Who is a virtuous man?

Someone who subjugate his behaviour to par his high moral standards.

Practically,he is a man who will not cheat on his girlfriend,won’t betray his friends,won’t steal,lie,kill or in any way cause go against his values.

The one who has ethos.

The english translation for ethos is ‘character’.But more accurately,it’s morality.Doing the right thing.Or the most optimal(?)

The kick here is that ethos/morality are subjective to the individual.Or at least that’s what Plato says.

There are different schools of thought regarding personal and social morals.

From Aristoteles to Plato to Eracletus to Seneca and the list goes on.

If we inspect history carefully we will see that the morals of society(politiki) change based on chronology,wars,technological advancements,religion and political system.

*Notice that once upon a time politics was the same thing as the values of a society.Does certain political ideologies flourish under certain values or vice versa?

For example ,100 years ago,women didn’t have the right to vote.And 200 years ago it was normal to have slaves.

Realistically speaking,even if there are objective morals,can we really achieve an ideal society based on them?

How that would affect the individuality and free thinking of people?

That is for you to answer.

To get back on the matter at hand,who is really virtuous?

If a man says he is not gonna betray his friend,how can you trust him?

More importantly,how can he trust himself and say that he is virtuous?

Did he ever have the chance to prove it?

Did the devil ever hit his door and he didn’t answer?

Let’s say that your best friend is having a gorgeous girlfriend.How many times did you think about you two together?

But sure,that’s in human nature.Of course you would never betray your friend and sleep with his girlfriend.You are a virtuous man,right?

Now,if one day she comes by you house,she gets naked and starts kissing you and rubbing your dick…are you still a virtuous man?

Can you see the difference now?

You trick,foul yourself into thinking you are virtuous(based on the current societal morals) to feel better,while you really don’t know.

The chances you would get laid with her are very low.So it’s not a matter of you being virtuous.It’s just that you have no options.

You are loyal to you girlfriend.You would never cheat on her.

Really?

Or maybe is that you can’t cheat even if you wanted too?

No options.

A man with no options can not show virtue.

That’s why when a politician or celebrity gets caught doing something ‘immoral’ by the standards of society,every white knight,puritan journalist and ‘moral’ woman,goes into frenzy judging him and his choices and how unacceptable this is.

Yeah,like they know how it is to have millions of dollars and 100s of chicks waiting for you to blow your brains out in every corner.

Please notice how these ‘moral’ women on the TV would be the first one to indulge with ANY celebrity or celebrity status ‘immoral’ man.

Is a man virtue-less until he is proven virtue?

Like Callimachus said:’There is no one more ungrateful,than the graced’.

Someone must give you something first in order to deem you grateful or ungrateful depending on your actions.

It’s always subjective to the  observer.

Is every one guilty until proven otherwise?(in society the opposite is applied,but not in reality).

Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty?

The Schrödinger’s cat was an experiment that showed a cat being in a box with a timer that would release a lethal poison in an unexpected time.

Until they opened the box,the cat was both dead and alive.

Until a man shows virtue,he is both moral and immoral.

But does the absence of morals,amorality,means that you disregard morals in general,hence morals of other people?

Doesn’t that make you immoral,through your actions,since they go against other people’s morals?

Or the negative connotation of amorality stems from fear?(see religion).

Is morality a social construct after all?

Truth is,that’s not important,because people are gonna have morals no matter what.

But there will be subjective.A mixture of intelligence and social nurture.

What are you gonna do though?

No matter what your philosophical view is,you have to be a realist.

Even if people are virtuous,ethical and have strong character deep down,you are safer if you wait to deem someone virtue after they showed such characteristics.

Don’t jump the gun about a optionless guy.

But what about women?

Who is a virtuous woman?

That is more simple.Women are on the passive spectrum of social dynamics.

They receive,but don’t act.

Men build temptation(they hit on women),women merely accept it(they say yes or no).

For a woman to be virtuous,she just has to exclude herself from situations that would deem her un-virtuous.

For example,a woman with a boyfriend would not put herself in a party full of single men,wearing the most provocative clothes she can find.

*Don’t confuse this statement.I am not suggesting don’t go out and have fun.Actually i am not even suggesting to do the above.I am just presenting some observations.

And if someone did approach her,she would cut him off.

But the optionless woman still applies.

If a guy approaches you,but you don’t like him at all,can you really say that your ‘no’ to him,had a moral high ground or that your absence of physical attraction to him prevented you from saying ‘yes’?

Don’t listen to me,just pay attention and observe calmly what you think and what you feel on those situations.But do it with honesty.

Pay attention to the world and how people interact with each other and you will see it.

 

To conclude,as i said you are more safe if you hide your cards.

You have nothing to lose if you are a bit cautious,but everything if you believe the lies everyone tell themselves.

Remember no one is really special.

But don’t get angry.Besides,what are morals anyway?

Break the rules(but don’t break the laws).

 

That’s it folks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to think freely and speak freely

Since you were a little kid,you wanted to fit in.

You wanted to be a good boy for your ‘mommy’.

You went to school and you had to have a perfect behaviour so the teachers won’t yell at you and give you bad grades.

Later on,you wanted to be a nice guy so the girls may like you.

Then you got a job and you didn’t want to upset your boss.

You didn’t want to upset society.

You were a normal guy ,leading a mediocre life.

In the meantime,to achieve all of the above you had to cut down ‘expenses‘.

Your wants and needs were cut down.Your urges,your desires…

Your thoughts were confined by the limits created by society’s narrative.

It’s all good.If you don’t belong,you are a freak right?

You are an outlaw,a criminal.

Getting what you want is selfish ,right?

Life must be hard,right?

Right?

All those people living life on their terms are outliers.

You just want to fit in.You are scared to be alone outside,in the dark.

You wanna have a tribe.

Do you know what’s the most common trait of dump people?

The desire to be in a tribe,a group.

People fight over anything,because they have to take a side,they have to follow someone.

A sports team,a political group,a clique,a fraternity etc.

Which is all good.

You can do all these things,but be outcome independent.

Be a hypocrite,not a follower.

In order to be mentally free,you need to have the ability to take the good and disregard the bad in any situation.

Most of these group have some short of leader or influencer.

Some people who have built authority,hence many ideas go unexplained or without critical thought.

They form groupies who follow them blindly and don’t disagree with anything,because they fear they will get ostracized.

It is a very common phenomenon of low IQ people.They can’t form their own thoughts or don’t have the powerful personality to disavow any kind of authority over their intellectuality or world theory.

They also fall for mass pshycology.They behave like the next guy behaves so it creates a vicious cycle.

Take a look at some examples:

  • Sports.People beat up other people for cheering a different team.Pathetique.
  • Politics.Following a leader who does not really care about you and his success has zero impact on your life.
  • Being proud about being of a certain nationality,while it was a matter of pure luck that you did.
  • Socially pre-approved opinions.’The man always pay at the first date’ or ‘Money is evil‘.
  • Opinions of people in Tv,aka celebrities.Immediate approvement.’Leonardo DiCaprio said it so it must be true’.

Common theme is,that rich people are smart and famous people are smart,hence their opinions are worth more than yours,so you must obey.

That’s how authority works.Celebrities endorse politicians for a reason(not a ‘cheap’ reason).

There is a misconception about famous/rich/successful people ,perpetuated by the media.

These people are not special.

The moment you realize that every person,who in your eyes,is winning in life,is not smarter than you,then you will have made a leap towards improving yourself and your outlook in life.

This ‘revelation’ when internalized,can be the sole reason you will be able to ‘escape’ society and the average life.

You will have a life of abundance.

But the point of this post,is to make you aware of yourself.

More precisely,make you aware of your own thoughts.

It’s easy to get caught in what everyone thinks.

Do not care about what people think of you.Ever.Even if it’s good.They change their opinions really fast.

Free your mind and you will free your will.

Escape the clutter of information and pre-packed opinions.

How?

1)Be a contrarian.When faced with an opinion,always assume or think in your head the opposite.Even if the original thought was yours,always entertain the opposite.Disagree with yourself.That way,when you reach a conclusion,you will now for sure it’s yours.Also,this will increase the quality of your conversations.Examining all the possibilities and different perspectives lead to great ideas and better understanding of the subject.

2)Go into a debate/discussion,allowing the possibility you being completely wrong.The objective of a heated debate should be to learn from each other,rethink ideas and opinions and mature your ability to accept different ones.If you go in with the mentality of ‘winning'(i.e making the person change his mind) then you are already a loser.Unless you have an agenda.Then you shouldn’t rely on facts or critical thinking,but only emotion and other Machiavellian tactics,which in itself deserves a whole other post.

3)Take your time.Let the new idea,ideology or thought sink in.Give your brain time to analyze it.Then decide if you agree or not.Don’t be too eager to agree or disagree.

4)Have a personality.That’s the gist and the most important thing.Don’t let charms,beauty,glamour or authority rob you of your critical thinking,by appealing to your emotions or impressionabillity.I’ve seen dozens of guys being brain and yes-men around beautiful women.I’ve seen people voting for certain candidates,only because a guy they look up to told them.I’ve seen guys afraid to disagree(or even worse,pretending to agree whole-hearted) just because they want other people to like them or because they are not popular.

Free your mind and you will free your will.

If you don’t speak true,how are you gonna take what you want?

How are you gonna manifest your will?

But i understand it takes practice to be able to say what you want.

Actually,my bad.It take balls.

The fastest way is to acquire Fuck you-money.

Yeah,that will solve most of your problems.

But for now,let’s make it simpler.

I want you for the next 3 days to say:’No’.

No.

That’s right.There’s your magic word.

‘Hey Mike,wanna grab a coffee?’

No.

‘Hey baby,i want to see you tonight’

No.

You should do ONLY things you really want to do.If you don’t feel like it,you say no.

If they ask why,you are not allowed to say.Just no.

 

So there you have it.How to think freely and speak freely.This applies to me too of course.

You can disagree with me in the comments!

Feel Free….

 

That’s it folks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Thoughts #4

It’s been some time right?

Almost 3 months and this blog has been cathartic!

We’ve reached over 3000 views and 1000 unique visitor,which is awesome for something i do for fun!

I still struggle to get my message out,but i am finding my true voice slowly.

I have found my writing rhythm and i am very very happy with my last 4 blog posts.

My thoughts are more clear and they are easier to manifest into words.

I realize that i have so much content i want to write.

It’s funny that i haven’t realized the depths of my craziness until i started writing this blog.I love it!

My next goal to write a small free e-book about visualization.It’s a question i get a lot and i have some unique perspective and techniques and i think a 6-7 pages e-book will be able to cover this.

I want to get it done by February.

In the meantime,i will publish tomorrow why you should not follow me…expanding on my latest post!

Thanks to everyone who read even one line i wrote!

That’s it folks!

 

P.S:If you want to interact with me,follow me on twitter.

I am connected with some great people there,great content and insights!