Category Archives: WISE

Words of wisdom, actions or decisions in applying experience, knowledge, and good judgment that I’ve learned. The “Wise,” in healthy, wealthy and wise.

Intrinsic Motivation And Why You Need To Know About It

intrinsic motivationIntrinsic motivation is something I only learned about when trying to get my thoughts together on what motivates people and doing some research. I always felt there was something inside that spurs us on but didn’t know it had a name. It does, and so here we go.

There are two main types of motivation. They are intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. When you understand what they are and why they work the way they do, you’ll understand why some people achieve what seems like effortless success from an outside perspective.

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How To Stop Being A People Pleaser Ignore The Opinions Of Others

how to stop being a people pleaser like a cat that doesnt careToday’s car philosophy time is about how to stop being a people pleaser. You must ignore the opinions of others. I’m sitting outside Pier One Imports right now, waiting for them to open. I’m dictating into my phone so this will be more raw than usual. Not really safe for work. To add your thoughts, comment below.This is actually the unedited rough first draft.

I thought I would have a little chat with you ’cause I heard something today that really was cool. That was, from Gary Vaynerchuk. He says so many cool things like sometimes, I guess when you hear things that apply to you sometimes, like you get called out on your own shit? You hear like, “That guy’s an asshole.” Those are probably the people you should be listening to sometimes, I think.
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How To Deal With Passive Aggressive People – Are Nice People Weak?

Stoic Living - How To Deal With Passive Agressive PeopleMorning. Today I ran into a good thing that said, “Your next battle will be easier.” But prefaced by the idea that you fight the battle that’s in front of you right now.

A battle can be anything that involves conflict, right? It can be a workplace thing. Maybe a physical altercation. It can be a conversation with your partner. Whatever.

But the reason I ran into this idea is that is there a time to be bad? Is there a time for aggression? I’m at that chapter now, in The 50th Law, by Robert Greene and 50 Cent ( Amazon purchase link). So it is time to just write a few words. Continue reading

What Is Trust And Why Truth Matters

This mornings video is about What Is Trust And Why Truth Matters. Truth and trust, like the interconnectedness of the two and all that. This is like the Dark Night Video Cast or something. I’ve got to think of a cool name.

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I think it’s like a warm blanket, because when you find somebody whose words ring true, and you know that at the essence of it, what they’re saying is real, that it’s not a consensus of the general population, or it’s not what’s acceptable, so everybody deems that to be the truth, but the actual truth at the bottom, because you know, there’s things that people don’t speak about, and there’s … But you know at a core level that that’s the way things really are. So, truth and honesty, and howone-minute they are as a bedrock to a solid relationship. That’s all I have for you in a one minute version.
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What Is Courage And How The Fourth Stoic Virtue Can Help You

What is courageWhat is courage? It’s one of the four stoic virtues. The other three are Wisdom, Justice and Moderation. Specifically, courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear. I would say DESPITE fear.

And what does this have to do with helping you?

To explain, the single most common regret of the dying was wishing they had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not the life that others expected of them? Because when people realize that their life is almost over, they look back on it with clarity.

In your conquest of happiness, courage is key.

When you are about to die, there is a clarity that only exists in that precious moment. Everything pales in significance, and only that which truly matters is able to remain in the mind. In other words, most people die knowing that they didn’t go for it.

This is your life. When you die, it’s a journey you will make on your own. Only you will have to deal with the consequences, so make your own decisions. Those decisions will require courage.
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Thoughts On Self-Reliance Optimism Trust and Self-Confidence

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Excerpts and thoughts on self-reliance and what they mean to me. Starting with Emerson and adding as I go. As I read and re-read different essays and passages from the past, I will edit them and makes notes on what affects me most. You can sense the great messages in writing from the past, yet some of it gets lost in the older language used. As I go through this and understand the deep messages, I’ll put them into easier to understand vocabulary.

Trust Yourself

Genius is belief in your own thought. Belief that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all people. Speak and follow what your gut is telling you instead of going with the flow. We call Moses, Plato and Milton great people because they wrote what we all think. Not what we all say. Learn to trust your intuition and flashes of mind more than the voices of authority washed in public opinion.
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How To Find Your Passion In Life And Make It Your Career

Today, we’re talking Success Principle No. 2, which is how to find your passion, your “Purpose.” Stated in the book, it says, “Be clear why you’re here. Decide upon your major, definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.”
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Now, for me, my note is that people go a little too foo-foo here. So, for example, I don’t know why I’m here. I’m 40 now. I have no crazy, Ghandi-like purpose or passion that I know of. My main motivator is pretty simple. It’s making money, cutting obligations, and enjoying a happy life. So for me, phrasing it that way makes a lot more sense than to think of smelling crystals and burning incense and stuff. But anyways. To be on purpose means that you’re doing what you love to do and doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s important to you, so that’s how I see it. So that brings up the integrity thing too. I’ll link to the integrity post right here; that’s a good one.
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The Conquest Of Happiness Blog

This is a conquest of happiness blog at the coreAt the root of everything I write, this has become a conquest of happiness blog. All the goals we chase in life and all the things we pursue – have happiness as the seed of inception. These summary notes are the thoughts generated by reading books, listening to audio’s and putting one foot in front of the other.

Sitting on the side of a mountain, a boy and his father were on a bowhunting trip when a scene unfolded in the valley below.
The father pointed, “Do you see the wolves eating the deer from the rear up?
The boy watched fighting the desire to pull his eyes away, “Yes.”
“Do you know why they do that?”
“No, dad.”
“Do you think it is to let him enjoy life a little longer before they have to kill him? Maybe because they are sorry they are killing him?”
The boy watched the deer’s hind quarters crumble under it’s own weight.
“I don’t know,” the boy said looking away.
The father lit a cigarette, “They are keeping him barely alive so the meat stays fresh longer.”
The boy crunched his eyebrows and looked at his dad, “Is that why the factory gives us the weekends off?”
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The Beasts Of Hill 677 – A Cullers War Adventure #6

The Beasts Of Hill 677 - Cullers War Cullers War Adventure #6-“The Beasts Of Hill 677From the Cullers War Series (Audiobook Version Download At End Of Text Article)

In the near future, our world is attacked and will never be the same. It is a war like no other. A war of chemicals, radiation and mutants.
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Thanks To La La Land I Need An AD-5 AC Adaptor For A Casio Keyboard

AD-5 AC Adaptor For Casio KeyboardsPulled out the old Casio CTK-3000 keyboard today. Watched La-La Land and thanks to it’s killer soundtrack, our house has the piano bug again. Opened the box to find the AD-5 AC Adaptor was gone. So I started hunting around for the proper adaptor after looking in the owners manual and a bunch of googling.

Here’s the link to where I found it on Amazon after much running around locally here in Calgary Alberta. I called the usual music stores and they could order it in but I thought I might as well order it from amazon if I was going to wait anyway. I needed a USB-C to USB-A cable while I was at it to instal Kodi on my Apple TV.

Plus I can always use another book to read.

Might as well kill multiple birds with one stone.

Adaptor Info

I included a picture of the adaptor up there so you could see the info. You may be able to find an adaptor with the same stats around your house. You never know. You’re looking for a center negative, 9V 850 MA adaptor on a 120v source.

Why Not Buy A Universal Adaptor?

That’s what I thought. I went to Canadian tire thinking that if I got a universal adaptor I could cover all my adaptor needs instead of just getting the AD-5 Ac Adaptor for solely the keyboard.

What I didn’t know is that a lot of adapters have a positive center pole. This includes the universal adaptors. Guess what the AD-5 Ac Adaptor you need for Casio Keyboards has?

Yup. A negative center pole.

I Bought A No Name Casio AD-5 Power Adaptor

Why did I go no-name? If I ordered in the Casio one to a local store it would cost me $43 plus gas. If I ordered it from Casio On Amazon it cost $59. The no-name one cost $11 Canadian and had all 5 star reviews.

I’ll let you know how it all works out when the order arrives.

The Face Of Evil – Battlefield Barren Ch5

The Face Of Evil - Cullers War Chapter 5 Of Battlefield Barrens Book 1 – “The Face Of EvilFrom the Cullers War Series (Audiobook Version Download At End Of Text Article)

Culler stood starring at a map scratched into the ground with the other platoon leaders, listening to the intelligence update from the lieutenant. The enemy was pushing in two areas, not just at their valley. Intel said an additional force of Mutes was also holing up in a small town just north of the valley.

Again, different tactics for the Mutes who preferred to skirmish and disappear. Now the Mutes were committing everything they had in the Barrens, and solidifying their forces in a town that the Grand Union wanted for future expansion.
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Valley Of Fire Pt2 – Cullers War Series bk1 ch4

Valley Of Fire Pt2 Cullers WarWelcome to “Battlefield Barrens” book 1 chapter 4 of the Cullers War series (Valley Of Fire PT2).

Bringing you audiobooks for free every Saturday. Written and performed by author Raymond Burton except for this intro which is of course, the automated A.I. system that is now hacking your audio delivering device. Battlefield Barrens is suitable for ages 18 and up and contains graphic violence and offensive language.
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Valley Of Fire Pt1 – Cullers War Book Podcast Ch3

Valley of Fire Cullers War Book Chapter 3Welcome to “Battlefield Barrens” Episode #3 of the Cullers War series called Valley Of Fire (original title “Napalm Death”). I’m bringing you audiobooks for free every Saturday. Written and performed by author Raymond Burton, that’s me. Battlefield Barrens is suitable for ages 18 and up and contains graphic violence and offensive language.
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Battlefield Barren Pt2 – Cullers War Podcast Ch2

Battlefield Barren Pt2Battlefield Barrens Chapter 1 is here

In This Episode Of The Cullers War Podcast

Harrod and I stood looking at the entrance to the bunker. Peering through the door, we met the stare of the man who was going to be in charge of our pain parade.

He just sat there, elbows on the table, hands clasped in front of his face, studying us. Then waved us in. The mute soldier pushed us inside and immediately zeroed in on Harrod. Predators can smell fear. He looked at the papers on the table in front of him and then back to Harrod.

The interrogation was about to begin…
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Battlefield Barren – Cullers War Book Ch1 Podcast

Battlefield barrenCullers War Series Podcast – Book 1 (Battlefield Barren) Chapter 1 (audio version at end of page)

Dollars for flesh. I gladly signed the papers, took the money and now I can’t pay it off. The dollars are gone, now it’s time to pay back my debt, bullet by bullet.
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How To Develop Self-Discipline And Become Unstoppable

self-disciplineToday I want to share with you some points on how to develop self-discipline. You know, when you finally decide to go for the future of your dreams, the person you are now will no longer be sufficient to the tasks ahead. You have to become more to have more.

Learning self-discipline is a personal commitment. There is no external method of tricking yourself. learning self-discipline is making a contract with yourself and not letting yourself down. It’s expecting the best of you.

Brian Tracy explains it best when it comes to success:

Once you have a goal and a plan, get going! And once you start moving toward your goal, don’t stop. Do something every day to move you closer toward your goal. Don’t let the size of the goal or the amount of time required to accomplish it faze you or hold you back. During your planning process, break down the goal into small tasks and activities that you can engage in every day.

You don’t have to do a lot, but every day, every week, every month you should be making progress, by completing your predetermined tasks and activities, in the direction of your clearly defined objectives.
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Does The Law of Attraction Work?

law of attraction, shows balanced chakrasIf you’ve watched a movie called “The Secret,” and you’re still not a millionaire, you have to ask yourself, “Does the Law of Attraction work?”

I mean you’ve probably thought really hard about getting the date or the money or the job but yet, where is it?

Were you lied to about the Law Of Attraction?

In my opinion, the answer is yes.

Although it’s true that you start to become what you think about most of the time, there’s a big piece of the puzzle missing here.

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”
― Earl Nightingale

Don’t Believe In Fairy Tales But Believe In Integrity

Nothing magic happens in the real world when it comes to the law of attraction. What really happens is you bring your strengths and desires into alignment with what the buying market needs and you become a success.

Because you are playing to your strengths, you enjoy the process and spend more time and effort working on the things that need to be done to bring success your way.

If you’re frustrated and angry with where you are now, that’s o.k. This is your inner guidance telling you what you don’t want. Thank it and use it. Use it to change your vibration to think about the things that you now know you do want. Do you hate not having money to pay for bills? That is o.k. Now you want to change it over to thinking about having a surplus of money so your bills are a joy to pay. The difference is slight. The effects on your attitude are not.

Now, what do you think when you hear all this foofy stuff like, soul, universe and law of attraction? It sounds pretty bizarre, doesn’t it? Does this law of attraction thing almost seems like a cult to you? Well, yes, just like everything else out there, there are people that mean well and there are people that will use anything new to make massive amounts of money. There are also people that will always pay money to jump on a bandwagon. Especially if it’s offering a quick fix.

A Quick Recap

What is being said in the readers digest version is; get rid of your limiting beliefs and tune into the circumstance that are coming to your awareness because your brain is concentrating on them. Ever want to buy a certain model or color of car? Then you notice it everywhere. Same thing. When you keep something at the forefront of your mind, you will notice more things that have to do with it.

When anything like happiness is set as an intention, you will notice more ways of making yourself happy. The only thing you physically have to do is take advantage of the circumstance and take action.

ME: “Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. I really want an ice cream cone.”

OPPORTUNITY: “Hey son, want a lick?”

ME: “No thanks Dad. I’m waiting for someone to come out of the blue and offer me a chocolate chunk, double scoop waffle cone with sprinkles.”

Don’t die with a dream still in you because of inaction (that’s fear’s younger passive brother). How could we have all these dreams and not have an answer to completing them?

When I personal train people I tell them to do things. If they listen and do it, the result is that they lose weight. I could explain everything but it’s not necessary. They can go get certified if that’s what they want but if they act on what I am giving them, results happen. But if they doubt me and the information I’m giving and then don’t act on it..guess what? No action, no reward.

ME: “Its dark in here. I wish it was brighter.”

OPPORTUNITY: “Flick the switch”

ME: “It might not work, I don’t want to bother. I don’t understand volts, resistance and current”.

OPPORTUNITY: “Flick the frick’n switch man!”

There’s Truth Behind The Fluff

Let’s talk about releasing or reprograming. If you have your path, your vision, and its not happening, then you have a resistance that is not resonating with your desire inside. You have to vibrate with the same level as the desire. Is that a little too hokey?

Check this out (this actually happened):

You desperately want to lose weight. You have tried every program, pill and exercise gadget out there. Nothing works. When nothing works, that’s usually a sign. Especially if it has worked for others.

What you are not bringing up is the painful memory of being raped as a child. Deep in your subconscious, you know that when you lose weight and get that sexy body you have always wanted; you are going to attract attention from the opposite sex.

I see an internal conflict brewing and two vibrational thoughts in opposition. Consequently, tension, anger, and frustration are born. The signs your body gives you that it is in DIS-ease. Go inside to fix the outside.

To put the law of attraction to work for you;

  • Find out what you really want by starting with what you don’t.
  • Release, forgive, dig around inside to see what might be at emotional odds with your goal.
  • Let the way present itself.
  • Be open and awake so you can see the signs.
  • Act on them. In other words, work long and intensely on it.

We feel bad because we don’t resonate with something that is going on. We are out of tune, playing in the wrong key. In other words, what we want is not matching what we are getting from something. It means we are out of line with what we truly want.

Do you really think that your subconscious is going to make you super successful at something that makes you feel like crap on a daily basis? Of course not, why would it want you to have more of what you deep down don’t really enjoy? Continue reading