...and other thoughts on creating content, being pro-victory/pro-wealth/pro-expansion.
Jason Shen posted up a video, "Further Thoughts on “Winning Isn't Normal"" -
I appreciate the mention in there, and I thought, yeah, let's try this video thing more.
This video includes:
-Quick thanks to Jason
-Pro-victory. Where is the place for the people who want a pro-wealth, pro-ambition, pro-excellence, pro-achieving to hang out?
-...can't please everyone
-When forced to choose, I choose the more absurd way
--When creating, it's very important to keep yourself entertained and engaged in the work. Makes it easier and makes for better quality work.
--Most people are like WAAAAAAY too cautious/conservative
-You will get critics - the worst will be people with the "Righteousness" character trait, which is one of the worst that people have... with some examples.
And more! Check out the video and let me know what you think -
Thanks for that post Sebastian.
There's been a few times over the years where I'd sort of do random searches on google, not quite sure what I was looking for. And yeah, you can find plenty of stuff on things like motivation, goal setting, habits etc, etc, and it's not bad advice. But what was out there seemed to lack a central theme or driving force. It was like the 'how' of it was regurgitated out of any self help book, without any regard for the 'why'.
I was thrilled when I stumbled across your site late last year. A site by and for unashamedly pro-wealth, pro-success and pro-expansion people is really the sort of thing I've been looking for all this time. It's good know there's alot of others out there who have the same underpinning motivation or philosophy towards life.
Thanks for the site Sebastian, what you're doing is excellent.
Righteousness usually means virtuous, doesn't it? Would a better term to describe what you're driving at be self-righteousness? Those that believe in their own virtue, regardless of whether their actions betray that virtue? In any case...
That's a pretty interesting trait, because it really seems to be a few nasty traits rolled into one. The truly self-righteous I've had the pleasure of knowing are generally endowed with pride, usually some envy and wrath, stubbornness, a refusal to think critically, and maybe worst of all, fear. All traits that make people difficult to deal with.
I honestly love talking to self-righteous people, just for the entertainment value, but I don't think I've ever completed a project with a self-righteous person where one of us wasn't unhappy at the end. Any strategies for getting what you want out of self-righteous people?
Hey Sebastian, I realized a long time ago that not everyone wants to grow, not everyone wants to take responsibilities and simply accept the fact that they are in control of their own actions. I'm not sure why that happens but I suspect is a result of how we are grown, which also means that we can change by identifying the bad habits that were taught unconsciously by the society we were raised in. I think that one of those habits that one must cultivate is creating stuff, producing as much as possible. That's the biggest difference between successful people and unsuccessful one that I can think of.
Inspiring stuff! Being bold and direct is great and makes you stand out while everyone are just mumbling soft opinions.
To me, the only exception is when you are at your workplace. I feel that when you're working for a typical company, it's counterproductive to be upfront about your ambitions while you communicate with your colleagues.
BTW, I know that the sound quality might deteriorate, but shooting another "video post" in the middle of the Vietnamese countryside would be nice :)
I'm really thrilled to bring you a guest post by Dan Andrews. He runs a product development company in San Diego, runs the Tropical MBA blog, and the Lifestyle Business Podcast. Some really good insights on there, and he's a really solid guy too. Here's Dan -
Try Losing Some Moral Battles and Winning Some Real Ones
When you are bemoaning the success or victory of others, you are generally seeking to achieve a sort of victory yourself. Let's call this a moral victory. Moral victories are addicting. You can achieve them at will. They magically appear whenever you need a boost.
Moral victories do one thing: they make losers feel like they’ve gotten some victory.
Moral victories are popular with people when they feel like they have no real power to make changes in the world. This makes some sense to me-- building power, wealth, and influence is generally difficult.
A two-fer - double whammy follow up to the post I made just minutes ago at
http://sett.com/thetinyoctopus/overanxiety-worrying-insanity-and-the-possible-cure-for-these-ills. Similar to Metallica's Unforgiven song which has 3 parts and each one just really hits home. Obscure but relevant reference imo.
Most (if not all people) don't really live their lives - they just play games within them. You think you are all high and mighty reading these SETT articles and working on your self improvement and working on your life and bulking up and learning how to invest and expanding your consciousness with travel and good habits and hard hitting realizations regarding business and the opposite gender etc etc... You haven't been really living life. You haven't been present in your life. You've just been lost in thought and running inside a hamster wheel created by your mind.
This is the true Matrix sh*t right here folks. All of the above is all well and good and is part of your soul growth but here's the clincher. Like any novel or movie every good game comes to an end. And this you know to be obvious and true. You don't live forever. You don't remember everything. Time will pass regardless of what you think of it. Loved ones will die. Buildings will rise and crumble. Your favorite childhood escapes will become parking lots. The party will always end sometime. Your looks will fade. Your health will decay. You will be forgotten. Your mind will block this truth subconsciously and in the small moments you have the idle time to process it your mind will retreat in sheer terror and bury it even deeper than it did last time. Your mind will create more games and more illusions and more matrixies(is this a proper plural rofl) inside the matrix to keep you distracted from the truth. The truth that your mind is part of the game and like the game it will eventually end.
Even if the end doesn't come for you or you've created the barriers of wealth, happiness, peace, etc... to ward them off maybe you'll reach some sort of strange insanity like I have in which no matter how far you've distanced yourself from the terror within it always finds a way to creep up to you and drown out your thoughts until you can no longer control the never-ending negativity. You see you know this to be true as well. Everyone with over x million dollars isn't living in some sort of ecstatic ascended bliss - they have problems too - and sometimes even much more so than those who have absolutely nothing. Sure they've created a bigger sandwall to hold back the flood but the realization of the truth of our world pours from an infinite well. You can run away - and yes some of us run far - farther than our own physical lives - but if you believe in reincarnation it will just creep up on you at a later date. If not then pat yourself on the back since from blackness you've came and unto blackness you shall return!!! Unfortunately if you believe that then you are even more aware of the terror than most as you know once your physical shell dies all will cease.