The Appreciation of Life

I can’t believe I’m writing about this. I usually tend to stay away from such fluffy writing. However, I’ll make this the one exception.

With all of the busyness in life, it’s easy to forget the world around us. Things like work, family, and entertainment cloud our view of existence itself and what it means to be alive.

In order to live an organized, productive life, it’s important to constantly refer to our existence. We live. We breathe. We exist.

The time we have here on earth is limited – extremely limited – and unless we’re constantly aware of our own existence, instead of interacting with the world, we’ll just remain spectators watching time slip through our fingers.

Growing up, my dad always told me that each of us has a window of opportunity. Time is such a precious thing. It’s limited. That’s why we should be constantly aware of it, appreciating every second.

Money Lessons I Learned Running an Online Business

I recently decided to try my hand at online news reporting. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. In fact, I still don’t. But through the entire experience of trying to make a profit, I learned some extremely valuable lessons.

1. Ideas are Worthless Without Implementation.

Ideas aren’t worth anything unless you’re willing to diligently implement them. Sure, an idea can sound really cool and make you excited, but unless you’re willing to put in the necessary work to execute those ideas, you’re just wasting your time.

2. Time is Money.

Don’t spend too much time on frivolous projects if you can help it. If you’re serious about making money, you’ll spend your time doing things that generate income. Sure, this may sound basic, but it’s the basics that people are most likely to ignore.

3. Sometimes Saying No is Good.

When learning to manage your projects, it’s important to realize that saying no is sometimes a good thing. You only have one life, and there’s only so much that’s humanly possible to accomplish. Choose your projects wisely and have the guts to say no when those projects aren’t benefiting you as much as they should. This is just basic management.

These ideas are hardly new or shocking. They’re basic, elementary principles that maximize performance and help generate more revenue. After all, that’s the point of having a business – to make money as efficiently as possible.

A Letter to Liberals: You Made Donald Trump.

Dear liberals,

I get it. You think Donald Trump is a super scary boogieman. You detest him because you think he represents what Republicans really believe. You might even be correct. But I have some bad news. Donald Trump never would have taken power if you hadn’t enabled him every single step of the way.

Donald Trump, politically speaking, is a nobody. When he first announced his candidacy, his Republican opponents laughed. Nobody was taking him seriously, but then the you started making fun of him. You mocked him, you mocked his supporters, you mocked his ideas. You mocked him so much, that you gave him more publicity than any other candidate in history. Then he won the primaries.

Suddenly, you realized that mocking him wasn’t enough. You realized it was time to start vilifying him. You starting calling him racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic. You turned him into a victim, and by doing so, you turned a clown into a Republican hero. Awesome job.

It’s as if you were trying to put out a fire with gasoline. Every time you attacked him, you only made him stronger. Even though everyone knows he’s full of crap, they still love him because of you. The only reason he’s president right now is because you just couldn’t leave him alone.

Sure, there are other reasons that Donald Trump became president. It might even be because he’s the most liberal Republican this nation has seen in decades. But nothing contributed to his success more than you. Feel proud. You enabled your worst enemy.

The Relationship Between Mindset and Goals

“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill

I’m currently reading a book called The Gorilla Mindset. The reason I’m reading it is simple: I want to learn how to execute my plans and reach my personal goals. Thankfully, the book has helped enormously.

From my book, I’ve learned the importance of a strong mindset and how it affects my overall outlook at life. A mindset can make or break anyone. A person with a mindset that says, I can’t, will always fail. It’s like what Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” It’s extremely critical that a person’s mindset is a positive one that inspires positive action.

Sadly, having a positive mindset is pointless without having specific goals. You can be as disciplined and hardworking as you want, but without clearly defined goals, you’re probably just wasting your time. That’s why people who define their goal as lose five pounds have an easier time than those who vaguely say I want to lose weight. Having clearly defined goals allows you work toward your goals in a more efficient manner.

With all of this in mind, I have chosen to write out every one of my goals with a pen and paper. All of my goals, however specific they might be. I encourage you to do the same.