Two young brothers, British schoolkids, built a little £40 Playmobil boat they called ‘Adventure.’ They filled it with polystyrene and foam to make it seaworthy and fitted it with a transmitter. Adventure was launched off the coast of Mauritania and sailed nearly 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in five months and is set to complete its incredible journey in the Caribbean. Read the full article here.
Like the proverbial message in a bottle, our thoughts can have ripple effects around the world and can reach and affect tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands or millions of people, because thoughts become actions, and actions have consequences. Those boys thought about the boat voyage before they dug their Playmobile boat out of their toy box. And it all starts with a thought, and then a commitment, then action.
These boys didn’t stop after thinking about their plan; they took committed action – they followed through on their idea. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote,
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
The boys boldly took action. And because of the size and boldness of the vision – data has shown the little boat reaching speeds of one knot and heights of 20 metres (65ft), which shows what rough weather she’s been through – many people helped, participated, and got involved. The boys’ dad said, ‘This is touching a lot of people, and we have thousands of people following the boat’s journey and looking out for her pings on the tracking map.’
Anyone can have a magnificent vision, a great obsession, and there are a lot of people who will support you and help you if your mission is one that excites them. Don’t let your ideas and plans die on the vine; stillborn ideas are a dime a dozen. I always say to business owners,
“There is no shortage of resources out there – money, help, equipment, skills – whatever you need. As long as your plans are win/win, you can leverage existing resources beyond your wildest dreams if your idea is good and it is properly presented to the right people.”
Perhaps it’s time for your Adventure to set sail?
In this podcast, self-made millionaire Stefan Aarnio interviews Robin Elliott: http://respectthegrindpodcast.com/10-robin-elliott/
You’d need around 1,677,721 Commodore 64 computers (I had one) to hold the same storage capacity of a Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone; I have a Samsung Note 8. Aircraft, cars, the medical field – from a technological perspective, we have achieved a lot.
Meanwhile, the three legs of a great civilization – the West: Christianity, the family, and the rule of law, are being systematically destroyed by the socialist, Cultural Marxist dogma that has taken over Western governments, along with their media. It’s all about money and control.
It’s been said that 1% control the world, 4% are sellout puppets (Western Political Leaders, etc., ), 90% are asleep (and the Western Leaders is making sure of it as they use censorship and drugs to escalate that sleep state), 5% know and are trying to wake up the 90%, the 1% don’t want the 5% to wake up the 90%, and 90% of the 90% don’t want to wake up.
The family is being broken down financially through taxes and inflation, thereby forcing both parents to work, as well as by the LGBT/Transgender cancer that now has school teachers forcing their evil propaganda on children as young as eight years old. Some teachers who profess Christianity love their jobs, so they roll over and teach what they’re told to teach. The proliferation of pornography and the lowering of sexual behavioural standards, along with new laws, like allowing bestiality and lowering the age of consent for anal sex, both of which Justin Trudeau allows in Canada, further break up the family structure.
The Rule of Law? Today’s Western governments are utterly corrupt, with the United States the frontrunner. The rule of law depends on who you know, your political affiliation, and how much money you have so that you can afford the best lawyer.
Spiritually and morally, the West was built on the morality and beliefs of Christianity, and that is crumbling by the day, under attack, not only from the Liberals and their lapdog media, but by Christian sects, cults, and division. Instead of seeking common ground, their obedience to Christ, they try to defend their income by stressing the differences in their dogma.
Some businessmen have found that watering down the message and pandering to the need for excuses, a positive message full of hope without sacrifice or discipline, have built multimillion-dollar empires called churches.
The biggest religious business is the Catholic Church, one of those that relies on their congregation to breed in order to provide new members: new contributors. Not many new converts, but lots of new kids. So their doctrine disallows contraception, masturbation, abortion. Those who don’t get married out of pure desperation give to the church to allay their guilt.
We are living in Orwell’s 1984, censored, watched, spied on, and controlled by the government on a minute-to-minute basis, using the advances in technology. We are being systematically disarmed, drugged, and intimidated. The main targets and enemies of the Cultural Marxists are veterans, seniors, and White Christian men. Governments are openly, illegally importing new voters en masse under the ridiculous label, “Refugee.” Instead of understanding that these savages hate the Western way of life and our Christianity and morals, our mercenary, sociopathic leaders actively sacrifice their countries and fellow citizens to Mamon.
We have progressed only in one area – technology. When we compare our sociopolitical, moral descent with our technological ascent, we are afraid. The West is dying rapidly as the imports breed and is being replaced by the East: A Russo-Chinese partnership.
So, if you’re one of the 5% that know what is going on, what should you do? Should you continue to cast your pearls before swine, risking your safety, freedom, such as it is, peace of mind, and security? Or should you focus on your own spiritual growth, physical and financial security, and anonymity? I’m leaning towards the latter option.
I can’t sing, I ain’t pretty and my legs are thin
But don’t ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to
He said, “Stick by my side, I’ll be your guiding hand
But don’t ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to“
In the excellent play, now available on DVD, the awarding-winning actor Max McLean presents his acclaimed portrayal of C.S. Lewis Onstage in The Most Reluctant Convert. It reveals the mental, emotional, and spiritual journey of C.S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia and numerous other books, the most highly esteemed Christian author of our time, from hard-boiled Atheist to committed Christian.
Having been a Christian who lost my faith and became a committed Atheist, only to revert to Christianity, I know how hard that journey can be without the catalyst required.
Why do we resist change? Is it because we build our lives around our beliefs, worldview, perceptions, and delusions? That we cling desperately to our views, since that is our source of security, albeit false, and our reputation and relationships are built around that? Is it because we lack the courage and intelligence to accept change and adapt? Ask yourself, “If you were in a strange land and nobody knew you, would you find it easier to make this change in your religion/philosophy/business/relationships?”
We tend to seek evidence to support our dominant beliefs and vigorously, even forcibly, reject evidence to the contrary. That’s how our Reticular Activating System works, after all – a filter for our chosen perceptions. Yes, we choose our perceptions; they’re our choice. We can change our minds, but it’s hard to do so. Like the frog in the pot of water on the stove – the water slowly heats up and he doesn’t jump out until it boils and kills him. Why? Because he relies on his chosen beliefs and feelings instead of objective evidence and logic. Like the Jews that refused to leave Germany and ended up in Auschwitz. We resist change – the very thing that can help us win, achieve our goals, escape failure and pain.
Sometimes, it’s the Sunk Cost fallacy at work: we have spent so much time and money on what we believe to be the right way, the only way, that “we have too much invested to walk away…” But mostly, it’s our fear of other peoples’ opinions (hence the cancer of being “Politically Correct,”) our concern about what can go wrong, timidity, and laziness.
Here’s the best catalyst I have found in my 65-year search for truth. Buddhism is not a religion; it’s really a philosophy, as any true Christian will admit. And the Buddha sought to help people suffer less. In my opinion, his Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path are, in fact, the perfect catalyst for change. Without going into detail, here’s the basic truth:
We suffer, including our fear of peoples’ opinions, our fear of loss, our fear of the future, and our fear of change because we are attached – to things and people we want, things we feel we have the right to, things we own, our circumstances and the circumstances we want, and to what we think we need. When we release attachment, we become truly free to change. When we can walk away from people, things, circumstances, and things we want, we become powerful and balanced.
Whatever and whomever you think you NEED will CONTROL you and the choices you make, and hence your future. My Christianity, aligned with Buddhism, has set me free from attachment and the fear of change. I am not politically correct, the opinions of others have no effect on me, and I enter the future fearlessly. I welcome change on the way to achieving my goals, and I can forego my present goals and change them, too.
That doesn’t mean that changes thrust upon us – financial difficulties, the loss of a loved one or our health, and the frailty of old age, for example – are easy, and that we don’t suffer at all; it just means that it’s a lot easier to handle these changes, both planned and unexpected. My relationship with Christ and my Buddhism help me cope and adjust my sails to the rough and calm seas of this life. For me, they are the catalysts for change and growth.
People seldom notice the hard work, commitment, discipline, and optimism that creates success in business- the rollercoaster ride that tough entrepreneurs accept, embrace and endure, the discipline it takes to stay the course. Instead, they chant, “How lucky he is – how greedy she is.”
And they mock the business startups, the vision, the belief, the sacrifice, predicting failure and foolishness, while they cling desperately to their mind-deadening, slave labour jobs, instead of admiring the strength, potential, and vision of the bud.
Few people see the long hours, the frustration, the risk, and the hard work that successful entrepreneurs pay to achieve their dreams. They ignore the jobs created, the lives changed, the value provided, and the lessons learnt. We tend to focus on the results instead of the journey chosen and then taken to accomplish said results.
I see every successful business as a lotus flower; it has grown beautiful out of the dark mud of discouragement, failure, disappointment, and loss. And even when a business fails, there are many lessons learned, many principles discovered, many experiences gained. The journey is as valuable as the destination because the journey is life – to be savoured and enjoyed and cherished.
Being disgusted by something, someone, an activity, or an ideology is not the same as fearing it. And there is a lot of evidence that self-disciplined, industrious people with high standards who live orderly, well-regulated lives are more disgust sensitive than those who do not; if you accept low standards for yourself, you’re not as easily disgusted, in other words.
Jordan Peterson, Canadian clinical psychologist, public intellectual, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, said, “Hitler bathed about four times a day and was also a great worshipper of willpower, which is associated with orderliness, and that’s associated with conscientiousness, and seems maybe to be associated with disgust sensitivity in some way that isn’t yet understood – an appeal to purification…
“Low openness and high orderliness, which is associated with disgust, which is associated with the extended immune system, which is the proclivity of people to keep themselves away from potential sources of contamination. Conscientious societies [and therefore individuals] are more civilized and also more orderly, and that makes them more disgust sensitive.”
Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. wrote, “They speculated that conservatives are more disgust sensitive than liberals as a result of their concern with purity-related norms and that this difference would manifest itself on issues that some may associate with sexual purity (e.g., homosexual sex and, therefore, gay rights). Sure enough, Kevin and his co-authors found that conservatives are more easily disgusted than liberals.”
I find those who don’t hold themselves to high standards and compromise easily are quick to call those who are disgusted by perverse, immoral behaviour and collectivism, “judgemental,” and to back their criticism up with Christian scriptures that are taken out of context, yet another demonstration of their inability to discipline their thoughts and conclusions.
Notice how fiercely obese people defend others of their ilk who are being justly criticized and how combatively potheads react to valid information regarding their self-inflicted brain damage. Justifying and enabling bad behaviour, low productivity, and bad choices: the province of losers.
Your disgust is not, therefore, to be confused with fear, but it is rather, perhaps, an expression of your high self-regard and noble aspirations.
You see it everywhere – living through someone else. Associating with someone else’s success to the extent that you become delusional – you think YOU won because your political candidate won, when, in reality, all you did was talk, vote, and continue to fail in almost every area of your life: because you live vicariously via the accomplishments of other people.
It’s amazing: when the team you like wins, you scream, “WE WON!” when all you did was put their flag on your car. But when they lose, you simper, “THEY lost.”
“I am proudly wearing my team’s colours.” How can you be proud of what someone else did? Someone who doesn’t even know you exist and probably wouldn’t want to know you? Like the morbidly obese burger flipper who works for minimum wage because he has such limited skills, but who always claims to know how to run restaurants and hotels better than those who deign to employ him.
WHY do so many people choose to live vicariously? Because it’s an easy way to escape reality, responsibility, the consequences of your choices, hard work, the commitment to any worthwhile project, and the need to focus, and to avoid having others find out who you really are.
The danger of this vicarious existence – I wouldn’t call it a life – is that the standards you subconsciously set for yourself – whether it be playing professional football or pornography, or video games – the one thing that reveals losers more than anything else – are unattainable to the average person, so why try?
My suggestion is to stop existing in a secondhand, imaginary manner. As Ken Harrington says in this excellent article, GRAB LIFE BY THE HORNS! It’s not too late.
synonyms: indirect, secondhand, secondary, derivative, derived, surrogate, substitute;empathetic, empathic“I had the vicarious thrill of knowing my wife was to be named the next university president”
In government, the consequences of choices are different to private industry. Government departments lose millions and there is no consequence. Politicians cost countries billions – see Trudeau and Obama – in bad choices, yet there is no consequence. Politicians make decisions based on getting elected again.
And this political maneuvering filters all the way down through the bureaucracy to the lowest levels. As a wise man once said, “$hit rolls down.”
When Trump (the businessman) turns the US economy around and increases it significantly, it isn’t even noticed or mentioned by his political enemies.
Most government employees want to keep their jobs, so their decisions or refusal to decide – see the excellent movie, “Eye in the Sky” on Netflix – are based on being popular with their bosses and the voters, not on whether or not those decisions will save, lose, or make money, or what is best for society. Someone said, “In America, they call it ‘Lobbying.’ Everywhere else in the world, they call it ‘Bribery and Corruption.'” Osho said that the real criminals are politicians.
So if you own or represent a real business and you want to deal with the government, you are going to have to play their games of dishonesty, bribery, corruption, and politics, and succumb to their value system.
In the private business world, we need to create enough value and make enough profit to stay in business. We reward employees for decisions that save money and make money. The bigger the corporations get, unfortunately, the more political they become, and the more fearful employees get of upsetting the wrong people.
Governments will even employ people based on politics – their sex, race, ideological views, and political connections. Business will employ people based on their skills, abilities, and attitudes.
That’s why I like small business and dealing with other small businesses as much as possible. Unions, politics, government, large corporations, and corruption is anathema to honest entrepreneurs.
I want to deal with people who have earned their right to do the work they do, and can think for themselves and make decisions – not Affirmative Action ingrates who will play the Race Card or get offended or triggered should you not step lightly around them.
After all, that’s why Donald Trump is so unpopular with Liberals, parasites, and low IQ, brainwashed people: he said, “I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.”
In our company, I don’t care if you never went to school or how old you are or if you just got out of jail. If you help us sell our products, we will pay you generously.
With its central peak and gracefully sloping sides, the Bell Curve is one of the best-known and important graphs in maths and science. The bell curve shows the spread of values of anything affected by the cumulative effects of randomness. And there’s no shortage of those: from stock market jitters to human heights and IQ, many phenomena follow at least a rough approximation of the Bell Curve, with the most common value in the centre, and rarer, more extreme values to either side.
So the average in the bell curve above is 100, with 34.13% between 100 and 85, and 34.13% between 100 and 115.
When people don’t understand a bell curve distribution, they try to prove your factual, scientific argument wrong by mentioning an exception. If, for example, I was to mention to someone that the average East Asian IQ was 104 and he didn’t like East Asians, he might say, “But I know a Chinese fellow who is really stupid.” Or, if I mentioned that the average IQ of Hispanics was 90, and he loved Hispanics and knew that the average White IQ was 100, he might argue, “But I know a really smart rocket scientist Hispanic guy!”
The exception does not prove the rule.
When people know little and argue based on their ideology instead of hard facts, you have the ridiculous, Cultural Marxist “gun control” argument – that more guns cause more deaths, and that America is a murder mecca because of all the guns. Here’s a taste of reality:
Statistics from 2014, show St. Louis has the highest murder rate in the U.S., followed by Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Chicago. All five have large black populations. If you were to eliminate these violent cities from the statistics, the United States would have one of the lowest murder rates in the world. The murder rates in these cities are significantly impacted by gangs and drug-related activities. Only 4% of the US population, black males aged 18 – 35, caused over half of all the murders in America, and almost all of the gun crime. The murder rate by Whites in America is almost the same as it is in Australia. The problem isn’t with GUNS.
There are more murders in London than in New York, most being committed with KNIVES. As the London DIVERSITY rate increases, so do the murders. In London, most of the killers are black and most of the victims are also black. Now they’re trying to ban knives in London!
Here’s the argument against these facts by an idealistic, low IQ Liberal: “You’re racist. I know three black guys who hate guns and don’t own guns or knives and are part of the anti-gun lobby!”
No matter how uncomfortable, distasteful, or shocking the truth is, denying it won’t make it go away, and I have learnt not to cast pearls before swine; I don’t argue with people who are too stupid and brainwashed to change their minds based on facts.