It's the difference that makes the difference. (Sal Glesser)

After a while one gets used to taking a stand and having to be willing to die on that ground.
Strong opinions you alone have come pretty easily after that.

July 3, 2018

A man who says he has never been scared is either lying or else he's never been any place or done anything.

Make your Bed

In a recent sermon, it was said that our lives are the product of our habits, for good or bad.

Take a look at this video. This is Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of Naval Special Operations (i.e. the Seals) giving a commencement address in 2014 at the University of Texas, Austin.

This is a great talk (and he kept it focused and nailed it in 20 minutes). It has been turned into a well liked book. My take on his 10 points:
  1. Make your bed - little things are important.
  2. Relationships are valuable, you won't excell alone.
  3. Measure people by their will to succeed (size of heart).
  4. Life ain't fair. Get over it and move forward.
  5. You will fail, often. Don't fear the circuses that follow.
  6. Take risks.
  7. Don't back down for the sharks.
  8. Be your very best at the darkest moments.
  9. Hope and sing when you are up to your neck in mud.
  10. Don't every ring the bell! (Don't quit!)
Seal training aims to eliminate the weak of body and/or mind.

Revisionist History

Also (this "essay" is more of a grab bag of interesting links), take a look at these podcasts on "Revisionist History" by Malcolm Gladwell. s3e3 (Season 3, Episode 3) is especially recommended, and entitled "A Polite Word for Liar (Memory Part 1)". Also worth a look (maybe) is the Keiser report on RT news (note that RT news is a Russian propoganda engine).

Other talks

I have recently been reading a couple of management books. Not that I intend or expect to be or become a manager, but there are a lot of interpersonal skills that are valuable in day to day life. Note that "TED" is not a person, but stands for "Technology, Entertainment and Design". TED talks are short punchy and interesting talks.
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