You Are What You Consume

This is pretty straightforward but many people fail be to conscious of exactly what is going in their minds. Books, music, movies, and art all have profound effects on our mind. They change the very chemistry by inducing emotions. It is why you must choose what is allowed to go into your mind. You must be the gatekeeper. You must control what goes in lest the product is allowed to run amok.

In choosing materials for growth, you must ask yourself a few questions. This is what I ask myself when I buy a book, CD, or movie:

Does this resonate positive emotions or negative ones?

Is the person that created this a person I would like to know in real life?

Does this product fit into my life plan, my goals, my idea for what I want my future to look like?

Will this product engage me, make me learn, make me open my mind to new ideas?

The reality is that everything you consume, every conversation you have, every image your brain sees effects your future. Often I wondered when I was young why certain people seemed to ignore me when I spoke of something negative or in a cynical tone. The answer I know now – they were filtering their reality. They were keeping their mind, the world around them, exactly how they wanted it. Think of it as pruning the roses.

You are the only person that can allow something in your mind.

So let it be the stuff you ACTUALLY WANT in your mind.

 

Who Is Right And Who Is Wrong? Subjective VS Objective Truth

I believe Hitler was a great person, the holocaust never happened and that fathers may throw battery acid on their daughters faces when they misbehave. Who are you to tell me I am wrong?

Many people take a subjective view of the truth and believe each person shapes their own reality according to his or her own terms. Thus whatever they believe is true is right for them and you can’t tell them they are wrong. However I argue this subjective view of reality is not only delusional but false for the following reasons:

1) It directly contradicts the generally accepted view of the truth which is:  The correct representation of objective reality (the bigger reality we’re all a part of).

2) If people do in fact create their own truths than Galileo’s claim that the sun is the center of the solar system is not true for everyone but just for those who want to believe it. Those who deny the holocaust happened and those who believe the earth is flat are correct and so are those who take opposing views. However this is a fallacy of logic because a statement can’t be both true and false at the same time.

See the problem?

The truth is not personal, subjective and shaped by our own preferences and desires; just because we believe something doesn’t always make it correct. By looking at the above examples, we clearly see that the notion that each person creates their own truth doesn’t hold up under close examination. Instead, we discover the truth by asking questions, seeking new knowledge and keeping an open mind.

eBook Review: The Zero Hour Workweek

In this post I would like to take the time to review a book written by Illuminated Mind author Jonathan Mead.  It is called the Zero Hour Workweek and you can download it here for free.  As a relatively new blogger looking for independence myself, it is hard to begin prioritizing the tasks to be done in order to make the site successful, to get feedback, and really feel like I am helping someone.  

You may ask after seeing books that promise workweeks of 4 hours or 2 hours, “how the hell can anyone work 0 hours a week and get paid enough to live?”  Well, that isn’t exactly the point, according to Jonathan.  To do something like he does, he argues, most people could consider “work,” and he does a lot of it.  The difference between the work Jonathan does and the work you might do, is that it doesn’t feel like work to him.  Nowhere in the book does he say slow down, or be lazy, or success will come if you think about it, or any popular LoA mantras.  

What exactly does Jonathan say he does for 0 hours a week that makes him a sustainable income?

“The person you want to be is the Business Owner Who Blogs to Build Relationships, Gives Value, and Qualifies Potential Buyers.”

Notice he never says you want to be the ultra mastermind guru who analyzes traffic patterns, constantly checks how to get more traffic, or tries to find some clever tricks to get more people to visit.  You will lose with that strategy, he says.  You will waste a lot of time, and he admits that he wasted a lot of time doing such things as well.

Instead, the ultimate value of your site is based on the ultimate value you hold for yourself.    The main point you must realize in order to start on the path of “getting paid to be you” (the tagline of the book), is that success in the field that you choose comes from inside you.  Once you realize your own worth and value to the world, and once you couple it with skills you believe you’ve been naturally born with, then you will be ready to be a person of value to others.  It really is not a direct way of looking at things, I know.  It is one of the hardest but most important ideas in the Personal Development community because it has been adopted from ancient wisdom and seems illogical at first.  If you have questions about exactly what I mean by this I would love to explain it further somewhere else other than this post.  I’ll put it simply:

You cannot force people to pay you to be yourself.  You must believe that you really have something special to offer and then, probably very slowly, the people that need you, or want you, or just want to be near you, will become magnetically attracted to your being.  Another way to call it is intrinsic value you have for yourself – that you are all you need and nothing else.  No fancy cars or homes.  Just you.

The Zero Hour Workweek gives a brief story of Jonathan’s path to realizing what he could do everyday without ever feeling like it was work and he also gives a nice little exercise to find that passion for yourself.  I’ll give you the pleasure of reading that for yourself 🙂

Also, he gives some examples of people you can look towards as mentors – other successful bloggers on the Self Improvement path and why they stand out from the rest of the pack.  This was probably my least favorite part of the book because I felt it broke up the momentum of his story – I would have left it until the end at least.  Nonetheless, I did find some new bloggers to find inspiration from.

Looking forward to the next publication of Jonathan’s, I hope you have the time to check it out and maybe give it to a friend as well.