Weekly Updates - Woe Is Me

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Imagine blaming the world for not blowing your nose for you. You let the snot dribble down and you do nothing but wait. Instead of reaching for a tissue, you wait for something to be done for you. We might expect this from toddlers, but adults? GTFO

Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. You tackle them one at a time. More often than not you can deal with them yourself, but when you need help, you just have to ask for it.

Don’t blame the world wishing for a better hand. Just go ahead and deal with it. As much as you would like to believe that the world is against you, it really isn’t. Imagine if you stopped thinking about living in a perfect world (that doesn’t exist) - what could you do with all that free time? More Netflix, or change the world.

Weekly Updates - Don't be governed by idiots

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Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” - Plato

Being involved with committees and councils is hard work (maybe not hard work, but it is time consuming work). Nobody wants to spend time working on things when there are better (fun) things to do instead. Unfortunately, giving up your power, means also that you’re giving up control. It might not be worth it.

Weekly Updates - Today not Tomorrow

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Today is the day.

I don’t complain about the lack of time… what little I have will go far enough. Today - this day - will achieve what no tomorrow will fail to speak about. I will lay siege to the gods and shake up the world.” - Seneca, Medea, 423-425

Today, not tomorrow, is the day we can start to be good.

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(taken from The Daily Stoic - Ryan Holiday)

Weekly Updates - Being Honest

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When was the last time you gave an honest answer when a waiter asked ‘ How is everything tonight?’ Do you give a generic answer hoping they will go away sooner, or do you actually tell them the truth (whether it was good or bad)? It’s completely understandable to want to get back to your meal (uninterrupted), but why do they even ask in the first place?

The waiter? He probably asks because he’s supposed to ask - he was told to do so because it’s a sign of quality. The owner/chef - they actually want to know the answer - if there’s a way they can improve their restaurant, they definitely want to know.

Like everything else, there’s real intention behind actions - however, they’re often lost. If you want the honest answer in your real life, you need to start being honest as well (treat people the way you want to be treated).

Weekly Updates - Fake Enthusiasm

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All tech events are all the same - presentations are filled with presenters presenting in a way they think they’re supposed to present. WHY? OK it’s pretty obvious, but anyway…

The fake enthusiasm you see everywhere (presentations, restaurants, department stores) is overwhelming. Worst of all, it’s achieving the opposite effect of what it’s supposed to do.

What happened to being more human? What’s wrong with showing a little humility? Why not just express things the way a normal person would?

Act the way you would always act, not because you think you’re supposed to act a certain way. Being human should ALWAYS be encouraged.

Weekly Updates - You can't grow without time

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I’ve realised recently that there’s really no substitute for time. It' doesn’t matter who you are, you can’t just hit a switch and change - you need time to change.

I’ve always thought that university was necessary, not because of the academic development, but because we all need the 3-4 years to learn people skills. For many of us, university is the first time you’re really ‘independent’ and learning how to interact with others (without killing people who don’t do dishes) is a skill that you can’t really learn without actually experiencing it.

The same is true when people first enter the work force. It’s like trying to read a book on swimming and trying to swim - you can have the right attitude and know exactly what needs to be done, but you have to actually do it properly in the real setting to really understand what it’s really like.

Often when we thinking about time now, it’s because we’re impatient and want things to happen right away. On the other side, maybe the time is necessary because we’re just not ready yet.