The 3rd Party Vote

If you’re like me, and I’m betting you are, you’re frustrated. Frustrated with how the election cycle has become a sham. Frustrated with the “lesser of two evils” situation that we’ve been saddled with for at least 20 years in America. Frustrated with the way it seems the odds are stacked against the average citizen. Luckily, we in America have been given a great weapon to use against our elitist enemies: the Vote.

Here’s the problem: it’s the Prisoner’s Dilemma for us in the USA when it comes to voting for the President. If you don’t know what the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” is then I highly suggest you looking it up. Our two party system will make so much more sense to you after that.

How does the Prisoner’s Dilemma apply here though? Well, do you vote for the left or the right? Or do you try your hand with a third party? You don’t know how other people are going to vote, so you can assume that they aren’t going to vote third party because we’ve all been told “that would be a wasted vote.” And if they don’t vote that way, then you feel it’s a waste of your vote to vote that way. So then you don’t vote that way and we all end up with little to zero votes for the third party candidate. 

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Advice on How to be Creative

Creativity is a tough thing to define and an even tougher thing to teach. Some people seem to be BORN to be creative. Some people seem to always jump to the best, most interesting, most creative problem solving ideas before any of their peers. Is this you? Or are you wanting to emulate these “gifted” individuals?

Creativity is and isn’t a mystical skill. Luckily, it is a skill. One that you can learn to cultivate. But don’t take my word for it. If you have the time, 36 minutes to be exact, let John Cleese of Monty Python fame explain creativity to you.  (I would Embed the video, but the channel has forbid the video from being on any other website. Bummer. If you want to search the video on YouTube, the title is “John Cleese on Creativity In Management” and it looks a bit older because it is.)

Though the video is long, it entertains throughout and gives you some good, thought provoking ideas.  Some of these ideas even tread into the realm of how to be successful in business and life…

Have a great day and do some creative thinking!

– Jared

It’s up to YOU

Motivate yourselfIt’s up to you to make your life what you dream of.  Nobody else is going to do it for you.  They’re all too busy trying to make their life better – or at least trying to keep their life from sinking.

So when you do something awesome and nobody claps for you, don’t fret.

When you hit one of your personal goals and make a milestone yet there’s no one around to see it, don’t let it get you down.

Celebrate that moment for yourself and by yourself first before you try and celebrate with others.  Indulge in something.  Give yourself a reward.

Drink some nice wine.  Go out for a nice dinner.  Watch that TV show that you’ve been dying to see.

And then get back to work.

Your dreams are waiting out there for you to make them a reality.  Don’t let them down!  Keep at it and remember: you’re awesome.

– Jared

Believe in Yourself


I was just thinking about this subject.  You see, you HAVE to believe in yourself.  Because honestly, not many other people will.

At least that’s true at first.  And that’s fine.

You should know yourself better than anyone else.  And if you don’t then you should take some time to meditate on who you are as a person.  Really look at yourself and be brutally honest with yourself.

Once you do this and you have seen your faults for all they are worth – then and only then can you really work to improve and know what you are capable of doing.

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I want you to zero in on the word “focus” in that quote by Socrates (*Edit: I also want you to know that this quote is often misattributed to the historical, Greek Socrates.  It is not from him.  Instead, it is from a fictional character named Socrates in Olympic Coach Dan Millman’s book, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior.”).

We all know what “focus” means in the many forms it can take.

A camera focusing on an object, a laser beam focusing to be tighter, and giving another person your attention.  These are all examples of focus.

Today, however, I want us to really think about focusing our energy on the things we want to achieve in life.  How does that happen?  How can we better focus on our goals?  These are the questions we will discuss.

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Improve for No One!


Improvement.  It’s what growth is made of because, let’s face it, if you aren’t improving then you’re fading.

That’s why you’re here after all.  Because you want to improve.  You want to better yourself and expand your mind.

Whether you’re here to learn something new, to gain motivation, or because you found me at random during your search for that certain something you can’t put your finger on, welcome!

Let’s get going, shall we?

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Success is not final

We are told all the time to “persevere” in the face of adversity.  That’s easier said than done.  At the end of the day we are tired, worn out, and just want to relax.

And yet there’s always more work to be done.  There’s no time to relax even though relaxation is something that is needed in human existence.  Being stressed and strung out all the time is not good for your health.

How do those successful people do it?  How do they work 16 hours a day and not ever seem to be tired or want to quit?

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Creating yourself

ImprovementHow do you change your life for the better?  That’s the question we all ask ourselves, even those who are living “good” lives.

The answer is surprisingly simple: you create a better you.

Putting that answer to practice is much more difficult, however.  Though it doesn’t need to be.

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The Zen Life

The Zen Circle

The Zen Circle

Zen.  It’s a strange word for many and a mantra for some.

It’s a mythical state of being focused and yet not caring about the outcome.

It’s a Journey and a Goal.

But how do we achieve Zen?

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Let Go

Greed, jealousy, and anger.  These are all emotions that everyone struggles with.

A lot of the time these emotions stem from a simple thing – insecurity.  Whether it’s physical insecurity, an imaginary insecurity, or comes in some other form, insecurity is the general culprit.

But why are we insecure?  Let’s look at the even deeper root cause of these emotions.

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