...But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid...
The first fish that left the water realized that moving about with what it had, walking with fins was too slow... so it started to realize it needed something that was more suitable for land... legs. So it used its fins until eventually they became legs... of course, in many generations... but you'll get the lesson, how this applies to you, I hope.
This is how Life works, that is how evolution works. Until you introduce humans... that is.
I have always been a curious kid. I always pondered, experimented, took things apart... I never asked questions, never asked others to solve my quandaries. I like the process, you see.
My examples, in my teaching, in my coaching, show that I like and understand machines. I like to think of myself as Edison who potentially never solved the problem of the light bulb... and who enjoyed every failure as much as the previous one...
Whoever thought that the well-meaning positive thinking will become a prison and a sentence to a 'no joy life' for most who become a "practitioner" of it, about 80% of humanity at this time.
Whether you know it or not, your powers of comprehension depend on your powers of distinguishing.
In the old est training, the trainers came to the room on the first day blasting: "for you Everything is the same as everything else ... except not always" and they were as accurate as accurate they would be today: you can't tell your ass from your elbow.
This is true for everybody, including yours truly... the difference is only in degrees. No one is exempt from it.
The capacity to see differences clearly is called astuteness. The capacity to tell apart similar things, to name them and claim them.
OK, that was quite a mouthful. Sorry about that...
Wherever you are in life, in any area of your life, you are in ess. In ess your actions, your ideas, your advisement will come from a "source" that wants to maintain that ess... If you are fat... then maintain being fat. If you are inactive, then maintain inactivity. If you are always engaging in bombastic dreams, then maintain that... engaging in bombastic dreams.
This is paraphrasing the famous Leo Tolstoy quote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This is the Anna Karenina principle... As all principles do, it applies to many, maybe even all areas of life. A principle is the same as a distinction... I say.
Business, marketing, and other business things are not my favorite things to learn or do. Even though I come from a family where three out of five (I have two brothers) have MBAs, and my father was god of the topic in Hungary...
I gave up going for it one credit short: an enemy of my father would not let me pass an exam...
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
~Thomas A. Edison
I don't like these topics because they need organization, creating systems, and I am not good at them. I tighten up when I have to do things I am not good at.
I could learn to be good at them, but everything comes at a cost, time and brain cells taken away from what I am best at.
Let's see if it would be worth it...
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Please pay attention: this is NOT my article, and the references to "I" and "me" are not mine, they are Alex Ferriera's... I am republishing these quotes because I want it to be an experiment... Clue is at the end of the article.
Motivation is as much of necessary habit as eating is. Constantly surround yourself with the correct inspiration and you are sure to expand your dreams. Here are some of my favorite quotes which remind me to keep progressing forward.
10. "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." ~Anonymous
What do a light bulb and transformation, raising your vibration, and gurudom have in common?
Disclaimer: I have done NO reading on the topic, so what I am saying is how I would have invented the light bulb... So don't start arguing with me for factuality: there is possibly none.
What was the genius of Edison? Ask 100 people and none will have the answer. they will simply say: he invented the light bulb. Then you ask: why did he have to do 1,000 unsuccessful experiments to get to the solution that worked? At best people say: because the filament always burned out... but how he solved it, 100 our of 100 people asked, won't have the answer.
Why, because the genius of Edison is that he went waaaay off the common thinking. The solution wasn't even near to what everyone thought.
What was the solution?
Let's first start with the problem: the filament inside the vacuum chamber overheated and burned out, no matter how little oxygen was in the chamber. No matter what gas was in the chamber. In the experiments the filament always burned out.
999 experiments were about the material of the filament and the gas... none worked.
The solution that finally worked was alternating the direction of the current.
When you change the direction of the current, first it has to go to zero, and then back to the same voltage, amperage, but in the opposite direction. The filament, by the way, only cares about the numbers, and those (the numbers) went down to zero... yaaay, the filament had a chance to cool off.
So between two moments of high burning filaments there were a few moments of cooling off filaments. That is the secret of the light bulb.
Now, let's look at another challenge: the light needed to appear continuous, otherwise it would kill your eyes, right?
From movie making history we know that 24 frames per second gives the illusion of continuity. Alternating current is 60 cycles per second, your monitor does 60, 65, 70 refreshes per second, so it seems that you have a picture all the time, but in fact you have 60 or so pictures with no picture in between.
Now, let's look at factuality: does the direction need to be alternated, or is it enough to turn on and turn off the electricity, much like when you do Morse code? Of course, from the filament's point of view it won't matter.
Now, whether this is what Edison did or not, it won't matter to us, this is how incandescent light bulbs, monitors, movies work: based on an illusion. Based on our eye's capacity to hold onto the picture longer than it exists.
Why is this important and why am I bothering you with knowledge that you don't need?
Because this knowledge sheds light at a human phenomenon that you need to know, otherwise you are screwed.
There is no such thing as maintaining your level of vibration.
Whether you earned it or not, you need to earn it again and again and again. Same in business, same in relationships, same everywhere:
Life has only one constant, and that is change.
The moment something comes to be, it instantly starts to disintegrate. That is the law of entropy, or at least for our use, that is.
This past week I raised my vibration from 940 to 970.
Before that I had stagnated at 940 for quite a few months.