What is Self Development?

Posted on | August 30, 2010 | 2,571 Comments

The main passion in my life for the last 5 years has been self development. It is a concept that is often misunderstood and other times just not understood at all. It is NOT ‘motivational speaking’ or ‘positive thinking.’ This is not a pep talk—-motivational speaking is temporary while self development is focused on creating lasting change. In fact, without motivation, chances are you are not going to explore making change in your life. It is great to be positive and seek out the beauty in everything but if you leading a poor lifestyle, thinking positive about it is only deluding yourself.

Self development to me is LEARNING & MASTERING the following:

• Eliminating self-sabotage & removing that which stifles you

• Working to your potential & peak performance consistently regardless of career/task

• Being able to be conscious of your state & emotions, control them & having them working for you—not controlling you

• Effectively achieving your goals while being able to enjoy life & be happy at any stage

Everyone can improve, conquer fears, achieve what they dream about & live a life that is as great as they have imagined or better. It starts with investing in yourself and taking consistent action.

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Does Money Change People Or Just Our View Of Them?

Posted on | August 26, 2010 | 2,765 Comments

Why is it that we tend to dehumanize people who have little/no money but also those who are extremely rich?

There are many directions we can go with this topic but for now I would like to discuss people’s feelings towards wealthy people. I feel one of the best examples for this is athletes. Specifically we will use baseball players since I am an avid baseball fan.

Major League Baseball players are individuals who have worked hard at their craft since they were a child and earned the right to play among the highest possible level of competition.

Alex Rodriguez is the 3rd baseman for the New York Yankees, the highest paid player in baseball and arguably the best player in baseball. The following are some complaints against a player like him:

He is earning too much money and is overpaid

This is a capitalist society and a person not only has a right but is encouraged to try to earn as much as he can. Attempting to be an authority on who is overpaid when you are not the actual one who is paying them is quite silly.

Oh A-Rod doesn’t care he struck out, he has millions of dollars. He’ll go home to his money and be fine.

When you spend MANY YEARS of your life playing the sport you love so much and build into your neurology a habit of demanding such a high standard of play out of yourself, you do not just stop caring overnight when you perform poorly.
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Welcome To My World

Posted on | August 23, 2010 | 1,873 Comments

“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

I am 24 years old and I still feel like a little kid and would love to stay young forever. I am getting older & will continue to do so, but instead of withering away, I plan on becoming more glorious & reaching even deeper levels of happiness and self actualization as I age.

It has taken twenty-four years to get to this point in my life. I can honestly say I love my life and with each passing day, I aim to experience all that I can in this world and go out and take what I deserve. The reason this website is in existence is because I am more inspired & passionate about living than ever before.  I am writing this piece to share some of what plagued me in the past and also what the inspiration is that I am feeding off of.

It is one thing to make plans & have visions but it is completely different to have personal deadlines, persistence, and take consistent action to follow through. As simple as that sounds, it often is the major difference in turning ideas into reality.

Wasted Potential

The one thing that has always had an emotional impact on me was wasted potential.  Whether it be friends going down a wrong path or life throwing you a curveball (unfortunate accident, etc.), it has always been sad for me to watch and stomach it. When you are a child, you are told anything is possible & you can do whatever you want. I figured at some point I would find myself doing the various jobs and activities I always wanted to do as a child as I grew up. As people grow older, those dreams get minimized & often times crushed. People are not willing to put in the work, their beliefs change & they wind up settling for mediocrity. They begin to accept the reality in front of them & their dreams become unrealistic because they never pursued it and do not BELIEVE it is POSSIBLE anymore.  Even through rough stages of my life, deep down I have always felt an obligation to myself to see what I was capable of and use all of my abilities fully.

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