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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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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Kick-Starter Tips to Here-Now Living

“All there, totally immersed, fascinated and absorbed in the present, in the here-now, with the matter-in-hand.”

~ Abraham Maslow about creative people

Think about the last time you were so engaged in a task time was nowhere to be noticed, where whatever you were doing consumed your mind and warped time into a nonexistent externality.

Chances are, you were engaged in a form of creativity. These states of “flow” or “time-free tasks” aren’t random phenomenon we’ve come to love and seek ways of becoming Flow-State All Stars.

Although seemingly shifty, as the mind often is, a basic understanding of hemispherical brain function matched with raised consciousness will help you find more peace in the present, lose track of time and engage fully in life more frequently.

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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 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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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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