It's hard to be silently brilliant. Lots of thoughts occur when you open your mouth.
This has been one of the principles I live by.
Now, that finally the harmful effects of the milk protein wore off... and I am returning to being normal.
So my Sunday Rants call was more productive than maybe ever. Not less ranty... mind you, but more insights.
It is very easy to think in a tiny box, and most people live that way. It is even possible for most to stay in that tiny box when they listen to someone, or read something. They never leave, never enlarge the box, never go anywhere.
Because what gives you your world, what you see, your actions, your words, your feelings... that is what is in the box.
I realized that some 29 years ago. It was New Year's Eve, and I spent it on the phone with a Landmark staff member from Detroit.
Some of it is true, some of it was new-agey b.s. So I am culling it... And in some of them I am going to add my two cents worth... for example the pursuit of happiness... I have learned something about that from Ayn Rand that surprised me.
Just one more thing: my students in my coaching program struggle with the concept of principle.
A principle is a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.
A principle is not something that you just pull out of your, ahem, mind. We all want to be "independent thinkers" but the path to independent thinking is through learning the principles others discovered... precisely, verbatim. So, for our purposes: a principle is quoted from someone a lot smarter than us.
A quote. not rephrased, not your take on it, but a quote. Not every quote is a principle, but every principle is a quote.
These so called truths are not principles. They are the author's opinions. Don't honor them as principles... And if you find that your life is based on personal opinions... try to find principles to replace them with. Really. Every single one of them. You'll thank me for it, guaranteed.
You'll notice that I am a lot more interested in giving you the principle of principle guidedness... than those brutal truths the guy made up... Sorry guy!
In workplaces people earn extra money etc. because they have been there longer than others.
In nature, seniority doesn't earn you anything. Seniority is a socialistic, communistic notion where what you do, how well you do it, how much you do, does not matter. A sure way to create generations of people who don't know how to produce, don't grow, but feel entitled, and in effect they are freeloaders.
Then add the welfare system, the food stamps, the current trend of chanting: take care of the disadvantaged, and we end up with a society where it's not worth to be good, to be a producer, to work even.
And we end up with a humanity that is steeply declining.
I have a Landmark Education friend. In Landmark you invent a new possibility for yourself and your life as often as daily... Possibility used to fix your wretched life... in spite of the fact that possibility does none of that.
I may talk about this in another article, but in this one, I'd like to share my educated take on LOVE... and some other topics...