Go Big For More Productivity

For the past few months, I’ve been taking classes at Udacity to get a nanodegree in front-end web development. It’s been such a fantastic experience, and I’ve learned so much! Not only have I learned to code, but since my enrollment, I’ve learned which practices work and don’t work for completing mundane tasks like homework. These practices are life simply changing.

I’ve always been told that if you want to finish a large task, then you should make a habit of doing small portions of it each day. This method of doing things simply doesn’t work. At least, it doesn’t work for me. The reason is that it’s too easy to put off smaller tasks when they seem like they can be made up for easily. For example: “Oh, I can’t do today’s portion of the work. I’ll just do double tomorrow!” Then you end up not doing anything since, as they say, tomorrow never comes. I’ll bet you can relate.

So, what does work? Full immersion. If you really want to finish something, then just do it. Go big. Like Donald Trump said, “If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” Seriously. It works wonders for you. Just sit down, work on your task, and don’t get up until it’s complete, or at least until you have to go to bed. In that case, start again the next morning. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much your life will change by fully immersing yourself in your work. 

In conclusion, don’t settle for the small stuff. Spreading out your work does more harm than good – don’t do it. Instead, do as much as you can while you can.

Mr. Mondale, Trump is no Isolationist.

Walter F. Mondale, a former Democratic presidential nominee who ran against Ronald Reagan in 1984, recently made the claim that Donald Trump is an isolationist; that he is an heir to a tradition of isolationism and cultural paranoia that surfaces from time to time as a “recurrent theme” in American politics. Mondale is insane if he believes that.

Donald Trump isn’t an isolationist. If he were, I’d know about it just like I know that I have huge hands. Anyways, here’s a list of goals Trump has:

  • Improve America’s trade deals with foreign countries.
  • Build a closer relationship with the nations of the world.
  • Work closer with America’s Arab allies to destroy ISIS.

Well, there goes Mondale’s isolationist theory entirely. These aren’t the goals of an isolationist. In fact, they’re just the opposite.

By definition, isolationism refers to “[a] doctrine of isolating one’s country from the affairs of other nations by declining to enter into alliances, foreign economic commitments, international agreements, etc…” But Trump hasn’t shown even the slightest interest in doing anything remotely similar to those things.

Trump honestly has only one policy that might be mistakenly considered isolationist: his views on nation-building – he despises it. But being against nation-building or regime change hardly makes one an isolationist. It’s odd that Mondale doesn’t understand that. I guess there really was a reason he was beaten by Ronald Reagan 49 states to 1. Then again, what can you expect from the guy? After all, he is eighty-eight years old.

America’s Politcal Future

I used to think that Donald Trump marked the death of egalitarianism. I was wrong. Egalitarianism didn’t die, it just retreated, and in a few years, it will be back stronger than ever. Donald Trump’s victory only spelled the end of neoliberalism and neoconservatism, which will inevitably lead to a complete restructuring of both the Democrat and Republican Parties. This, in turn, will put America at a crossroad. Either the United States becomes Richard Maybury’s version of fascist, or we slowly turn into a socialist society; anything is possible at this point.

The old establishment is losing their power hand over fist. The neoliberals and neoconservatives have been defeated “big-league” – perhaps not by Trump necessarily, but by more extremist ideologies. Because of this, both parties will need to reinvent themselves. The Democrat party will probably change the most as the Hillary Clintons of the party are quickly replaced by extremists like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Republicans, too, will become more radicalized under Donald Trump as the Mitt Romneys and Jeb Bushes of the party go hide under a rock. Needless to say, this transition of power will have consequences.

No matter what happens at this point, I think it’s fair to say that America’s future will be a radical one, but whether America becomes hardcore left or right will really depend on Trump’s presidency. If Trump can keep his popularity at a steady maximum, without making too many unpopular mistakes before leaving office, right-wing extremism will have the upper hand and Republicans will probably be dominant for another administration. What if Trump leaves office hated? Then Republicans are royally screwed, and people like Julian Castro have a chance to be president. So just pray that Trump is nothing short of a savior.

So in conclusion, I’m getting ready for a more radicalized America. I’m also going to keep a close eye on Trump because his success determines whether America goes hardcore left or right. All I can really do is make sure that I understand what kind of political climates certain ideologies require, then boom: I can figure out what’s going on (to a certain degree).