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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Choice: Battling the Daily Dilemma for the Better

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
~ Aristotle

The Beauty and Beast of Choice

In everything we do, from yogurt to cars to pants, from university to profession to location – we have to make difficult choices.

While it’s nice to have options, it’s stressful, difficult, and often overwhelms, leading us to skip choice and accept default. We become passive, crippled by options.

Industrial growth and market economics built a worldview assuming that more choice equals more freedom and more happiness. As the more is better cliché continues to mingle its way through society, it’s becoming evident that more is not necessarily better and certainly does not make things easy.

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5 Tips to Unleashing Brilliantly Ignorant Levels of Well-being and Success

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”

~ Mark Twain

Technology mingled with an age of ideas spreads knowledge like wildfire. Those eager to learn, can. And fast.

But what does a culture of answers produce? And at what pace does a mind or a society advance when there is certainty in currently purported information?

Many truths of the past have evolved into grand falsehoods, where societies wholly believed in misled facts, later to discover their falsity. Are we putting too much faith in what we believe is known today?

It is ignorance, doubt and curiosity that leapfrog innovation and produce your brightest brilliance, which advance communities, societies and the world.

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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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4 Highly Effective Work Habits Learned From Fitness Routines

“Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.”

~ Truman Capote

Do you have ambitious ideas that overwhelm your senses just thinking about their potential? Just get choked up like Capote over his book?

If so, that is something amazing and certainly worthy of gratitude and respect. But it can also drive you crazy. It’s a beautiful beast that brings you to life and then kills you if you can’t achieve it.

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Are You Motivated or Determined? GTD and Find Your Passion

“A failure establishes only this: that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.”

~ John Christian Bovee

Do you struggle to motivate yourself, to find the energy and devote the effort to daily tasks in life and work? Or can’t figure out how to motivate people around you from co-workers to clients, friends and family?

It’s not easy to do and deeply embedded in sociology and psychology. The first step is understanding how motivation and determination differ, where they intersect and how you can use them to your advantage in finding your passion.

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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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