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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Waking Up Early: A (Sun) Shining New Approach To Success

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”

~ Ben Franklin

**Originaly published on elephant journal**

Do you you hate mornings or love them? Do you hit the snooze a few times, always rush through a routine and either scarf down breakfast or have coffee and call it good?

This scenario is more common than the rare breed that spritely wakes to the day, but those who’ve started setting their alarm clocks earlier find it to be one of the most productive, pleasant and successful habits.

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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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This Mind Shift Changed My Life

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

~ Peter F. Drucker

Superstitious Superiority

As an audacious nonconformist, I spent my youth with a false sense of freedom and superiority. I saw people suffering because they couldn’t see past the heinous system controlling their lives, and sat back making commentary.

Then I grew up and found myself dodging the lassos that society used to wrangle the rest. It was getting exhausting and seemed one would catch me sooner than later and I’d be forced to give in and join the conformist party seeking acceptance and validation.

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9 Minutes To Enlightened Living (Not Meditation)

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

~ Socrates

9 Minutes of action, 24 hours total, a world enlightened.

It only takes 9 minutes and brings a boatload of clarity. Get ready to see the world in new light. It’s like swimming through life in an ocean bare eyed and then putting goggles on. I’ve made it a habit to run through this periodically and every time it gets better and better. The more you put into it the more you get out. Grab your goggles and dive in!

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Why Working To “Find Balance” Doesn’t Work

“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”

~ Julia Cameron

On an even keel – or keeling over?

Gaining balance in life is toted as an esteemed feat, a success of sorts proving we are masters of our lives. In a sense, this is true; balancing work and life is a daunting challenge.

But does evening your keel make you feel like keeling over? Does it seem like one more task you have to deal with in your life?

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