Today’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. Continue reading →
Morning. 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 →
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.
Watch What Is Trust on Youtube
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. Continue reading →
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Did you know that 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.
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 on the mind. 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. Continue reading →
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.
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. Continue reading →
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.”
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. Continue reading →
At 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?”
“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?” Continue reading →
Pulled 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.
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.
Chapter 5 Of Battlefield Barrens Book 1 – “The Face Of Evil” From 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. Continue reading →
Welcome 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. Continue reading →
Welcome 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. Continue reading →
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.