Thoughts on Open-mindedness

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die.” – Max Planck, physicist

This is about more than just scientific truth; it’s about all truth. When confronted with facts, people tend to shy away from them, sometimes choosing to ignore them altogether. It’s partly because of our almost complete disregard for reality. We would much rather go to our graves believing comforting lies rather than unpleasant truths, even if that means living a life that’s not functional. It’s a serious problem.

We live in a time where information is everywhere. Yet, given this, we still manage to believe disproven ideas? Has Evolution brought us to this point so that we can simply think as we did centuries ago? I sure hope not. We’ve come too far to stop evolving now. We need to be more open to criticism, arguments, and theories that other people have. We need to accept the fact that we do not have all of the answers. We should encourage debate on every issue.

What I’ve Learned From the 4-Hour Workweek

I recently finished an awesome book called the 4-hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss. Although it was uncomfortably long, I learned some pretty marvelous stuff; I learned the art of refusal, how to outsource work and the concept of mini-retirements.

So what is the art of refusal? It’s basically the idea that your work-life shouldn’t be interrupting you. If a coworker invites you to an event you don’t care about, then don’t go. You don’t have to be rude to him/her, but you can make some polite excuses to get yourself off of the hook. You have no obligations to those people unless you’re getting paid for it, but make certain you’re tactful and polite.

Outsourcing work is pretty easy if you have access to the internet (if you’re reading this, then you probably do). There are so many websites out there that can help you at your job. For instance, you can hire an Indian for $4-$5 an hour. Honestly, imagine 50% or more of your work being done for you. It almost makes me a little giddy.

Mini-retirements are easy-peasy (ok, they’re just cheap, not easy). You can actually do what Ferriss did: ask your boss if you can work from home, and once he accepts, travel the world and work by computer. Crazy, huh? But remember, just because he did it, doesn’t mean you can.

In conclusion, the info that I’ve gathered from reading the 4-Hour Workweek is simply life-changing. I sincerely hope that I’ll find another book that touches on these subjects as well as Ferriss did.

Isolation is the Enemy.

There’s an old proverb that says, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Hopefully, that isn’t really the case. Because if it is, I’m screwed.

Lately, and quite unintentionally, I’ve found myself isolated from other people. As a result, I haven’t really experienced the benefits of having a large social network – believe me, there’s a reason I don’t have any connections on LinkedIn. But this is all about to change.

Time to start going places – and I mean that in just about every sense. I’m literally going to go to special events and try to meet new people. I could possibly become an intern somewhere, get a job, or whatever else leads people to have social lives outside of the internet.

In conclusion, it’s time for the turtle, Seth J. Connell, to creep out of his shell and feel the sunshine. It’s happening!

 

So I Tried to Make Sushi…

I’m not a cook. I’ve only made fried potatoes, cereal, and Ramen noodles over the course of my life. Even so, that didn’t stop me from telling myself that I was the best “cook” in the world and that I could make anything if I put my mind to it. Bad idea.

Yesterday, I finally decided that it was time to start cooking real food – not just something out of a can or an instant packet. After all, it was my big chance to prove to myself how awesome my cooking skills were. All of this was just fine and dandy, until, for some reason, I chose to make sushi – because, why not? It’s yummy, simple, and just screams out, “You’re cultured if you eat me!”

Now, here’s the really stupid part: I’ve never really had sushi. At least, I don’t think I have. But this didn’t stop me.

I went straight to Google to research the best way to make the Japanese luxury dish. This is when things get interesting. Because suddenly, I realize that I hate raw fish. But I did like imitation crab, so I went with that instead.

Also, to make sushi, most chefs use seaweed to keep the rice and ingredients inside. That way, it doesn’t completely fall apart while you’re trying to squish it all together. I didn’t know that was what it was used for, so I completely dropped it from my shopping list.

It was time to buy the ingredients for the wonderful dish of food that I intended to make. I went to the store, ran around in circles, and found some ingredients that looked like they belonged in food (seriously, that was my criteria for choosing ingredients).

I arrived at home hungry. I started steaming some rice, pulled out some wax paper and started making a mess in the kitchen. I took the rice and started smashing it like a pancake on wax paper. It finally started taking shape. Success!

It was time to apply the imitation crab. That’s when the unbelievable happened: I noticed that the crab was past the expiration date. Now, I do a lot of dumb things, but eating old seafood just isn’t one of them. I promptly threw the crab away. Now, what? I was planning to make sushi without seaweed or fish. It was hopeless, but for some reason, I just continued anyway.

I applied some squash on the rice. Yum. It really made what I was trying to do seem interesting, when in reality, I was just squeezing squash and rice into a weird cylinder shape. I found some soy sauce and added that into the mix as well.

After around half an hour of accidentally spilling rice and sauce everywhere, I was done. I had used an entire pot of rice to make this, but there wasn’t more than 5 servings. Sigh. At least my food is photogenic?

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That’s probably the last time I’m ever going to try anything so complicated without first knowing what the heck I’m doing. Also, if that many things go wrong while you’re trying to do something, then stop. It’s not worth the pain of continuing.

Liberals’ Oversimplified Minimum Wage Policy

“The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage and must be raised. The minimum wage must become a living wage – which means raising it to $15 an hour over the next few years.” – Bernie Sanders

Liberals have an extremely bad habit of promoting oversimplified policy. For instance, many Liberals are pushing for a uniform minimum wage enforced by the Federal Government. They honestly believe that a person living in New York should earn the same as someone in Alaska or New Mexico. I mean, I guess a uniform minimum wage like that could work if they passed laws forcing the cost of living to be the same in each state. They could even pass a minimum wage law accounting for the different costs of living in each state. But here’s the problem: They aren’t going to do either. Instead, they’re going to screw over every state with a low cost of living by forcing a $15 an hour minimum wage on states that don’t even need it.

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Accept Your Mistakes, Move on.

So, I’ve been running a political Facebook page for quite some time now. Unfortunately, a while back, I unknowingly shared a post that contained false information. A guest reader, seeing the article I posted on my page, left a comment pointing out the false details. I read the guest’s comment, and I didn’t want my readers to receive false information, so I deleted the article immediately.

A few minutes passed. Then, all of a sudden, my phone dinged. It was a personal message from the guest reader on my page. He had watched me delete the post, and he said he was astonished by my honesty. He said a lesser person would have banned him from the page, or would have rationalized the mistake by making excuses. He was sincerely proud of me.

It’s such a good feeling when something like that happens. I’ve also learned something very valuable: Accept your flaws, fix them, and move on. You’ll be rewarded in one way or another.

Elon Musk and The Power of Following Through.

All great people in history have one thing in common: They know how to follow through. Whether it comes to learning new skills, or applying their ideas, they always do whatever it takes to get the job done. They know how to execute.

Probably one of the greatest executors of all time is Elon Musk. He’s really a creative dreamer, but unlike most imaginative people, he knows the power of following through. He wanted there to be an efficient online payment system, so he co-founded PayPal. He wanted the world to have cleaner energy, so he founded Solar City, a company that produces solar panels. He wanted more efficient automobiles on the market, so he founded Tesla, an electric car company. Now, he currently wants to go to mars, so he founded SpaceX, a private space organization, and is scheduling a space mission to achieve his goal. It’s simply incredible.

He has so many accomplishments to his name because, unlike other dreamers, he puts his ideas into action and, by doing so, he is able to do almost everything he intends to. His success is a product if his willingness to follow through.