Consuming Knowledge Versus Creative Production

Culture is “the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon man’s capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations”

~ Webster’s Dictionary

Consumption is a potent silent killer. In all its forms, it slowly reels us in and lights us up, but it never satisfies. It’s the addiction that can fuel your day and fill you with fleeting motivation, skipping from one stimulus to the next until you burn out.

The question is, when do we stop consuming and start producing?

The trouble is, we consume in order to produce; therefore consumption turns into procrastination.

Seemingly difficult, a change in our mind’s eye creates a world of thriving opportunity.

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What Kids and Vegetables Can Teach Us

“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” 

~ Deepak Chopra

It’s no secret not all kids like vegetables, or anyone for that matter, but when, where and why did vegetables get such a bad rap? Are they really distasteful, stigmatized or is it how they’re presented?

There are varied approaches parents use to coax their kids into eating healthy, but many of the strategies backfire.

Kids choose on emotions and intricate social relational evaluations. These remain the foundation of our decision-making into our adult lives, no matter the level of rational thought.

We’re all a bit childish in this way and we can learn about our minds, our habits and ourselves by examining kids and vegetables, we can even find strategies to forward our goals and approach life with thriving novelty.

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Are You Hurry Sick? The Paradox of Productivity

“What kind of rule is this? The more time saving machinery there is, the more pressed a person is for time.”

~ Sebastian de Grazia, Of Time, Work, and Leisure

There’s an app for almost everything and a tool for every job–in most cases, more than one.

Market economics and technology have exploded with an abundant diversity of ways to make our lives easier, more efficient and productive. Interestingly, the opposite is often true.

The more gadgets and tools that are created to make our lives more streamline, the more stress we experience and less time we seemingly have. There is always more to produce and more to consume.

The urgency created around time can extend to extreme habitual patterns of rushing without real external time pressures. Cardiac psychologist Diane Ulmer and Leonard Schwarzburd call this “hurry sickness.”

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Richard Branson Says Retire Like A Rock Star – Here’s How You Can Live Like One

“One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion – the ability to pass directly from thought to action”

~ Eric Hoffer

The 2013 March 4 Issue of Forbes Magazine will shine a smiling Richard Branson on the cover with the heading “Retire Like A Rock Star.”

The size of Branson’s business venture list to date is outstanding and he continues progressing, creating and doing phenomenal things. He loves it.

In his video with Forbes, he’s beaming. He’s living like a rock star, asking why he would stop doing what he loves? If he was to stop working, he’d want to do what he’s been doing.

He’s living like a rock star because he never waited to retire to do what he loves, which brings us to the next question.

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Why Office Work Doesn’t Work: Escaping the Confines

Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.

~ Wendy Wasserstein

Where Do You Go When You Really Need To Get Something Done?

Jason Fried spent 10 years asking people this question and found surprising, yet sensible answers.

Fried, Author of Rework and President of 37signals, a Chicago-based privately-held company committed to building the best web-based tools to increase collaboration and productivity. Their products include ever-popular project-management tool Basecamp, as well as Highrise and Campfire. 37signals blog, Signal vs. Noise is read by over 100,000 people everyday.

He has more than a knack for business and productivity.

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Welcome to the Good Life

 “When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello and welcome! I’m happy you’re here. It’s a good place to be if your interested in or seeking to liberate from convention and live with extraordinary intent. I’m committed to living to these ends and will be sharing all I’ve come to know and continue learning. My goal is to provide inspiration and tools for others to better their lives.

As things gear up, you can check out the Start Here page, work over to the About and continue on to get my whole story.

We’re building a community of sensible people with the courage to forge extraordinary lives. If that’s you, sign up to follow in the top right by clicking “Let’s Liberate” and receive the know-how to get started.

Drop me a note, I’d be happy to hear where you are in life, your struggles, successes and how you do or wish to Mind a Good Life.

One world. One people. One love.

With intent,

Mehdi René