The Default Line

the default line becomes the norm

A fault line is the visible path of a fracture… a trace along the surface of the Earth caused by the rupturing of an underground fault. Faults are caused by shifting of volumes of rock within the Earth’s crust… When pressure builds on a fault, it can result in a sudden, significant release of energy… Earthquake. Even though they’re invisible to us, we acknowledge fault lines… Ignore them at your own peril. Respect the Fault Line In areas with highly respected fault lines, such as the 750 mile long San Andreas…

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The PIE Ratio and The Price of Freedom

The Price of Freedom

The formula for calculating the price of freedom varies from person to person. The amount of money you need to earn to be free to make all of your own decisions will depend on your obligations and responsibilities and where you live, etc. But I read a great quote today that pretty much sums up what that price is… It was framed in terms of the “definition of rich” in a tweet by Michael Batnick referencing an article by Scott Galloway called “Happiness and The Gorilla“. Basically the price of…

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The Best and Worst Jobs for “Questioners”

what are the best and worst jobs for questioners

Gretchen Rubin wrote a book about human behavior, and the psychology of human expectations called “The Four Tendencies“.  The Four Tendencies is about the four different personality types that most people fit into. The four personality types are: Obligers: Obligers will do what others ask without much prodding. They like the external structure and expectations of others to drive them. They can have issues setting and meeting internal expectations and goals, though. Upholders: Upholders can meet both internal and external expectations. They make great entrepreneurs. Questioners: Questioners can meet internal expectations,…

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Recycle Yourself For Greater Efficiency

“Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” is the mantra of sustainability minded folks… Same goes for the phrase, “Think Globally, Act Locally“. But would the world, and you, be better off (and more successful in your personal life) if you really did reduce, reuse and recycle locally? Like SUPER locally? You can do so by reducing the amount of food you eat, and then let your body reuse and recycle itself. How does this work? Autophagy. What is Autophagy and is it Good For You? When you drastically reduce the amount of…

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Resolutions for 2018

Continue building a foundation for financial freedom and multiple streams of income. Continue working from home. Continue to spend as much time with my family as possible. Be grateful for everything I have, the days I am alive and that I have my health and any time I have left. Be grateful for my family and friends. Maintain integrity. Develop more daily disciplines. Support the causes I believe in. Help others as much as I can. Thanks again to anyone who stumbled upon this blog in 2017.

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Thoughts Like Waves

If you’re overly introspective, it can sometimes feel like you are a slave to your own thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but it takes a lot of work. Mostly… Thought just happens. Like breathing, as long as you’re alive… Thought just happens. Thoughts are like ocean waves rolling into the shore. Some are good, and some are bad. If you’re a surfer, you can’t control the ocean. Surfers don’t worry about the bad waves… They enjoy the brief good ones. If you’re not a surfer, even better… Instead of…

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Thankful for Death

Contemplating the brevity of life provides unique perspective on how we spend our time. Thanksgiving is an appropriate time to be mindful of how lucky we are to have whatever we have while we’re on this spinning globe floating in space… Since none of us knows exactly when death will come, only that it will… Tell someone you love that you love them today. You do not know for sure how much time is left.

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The Real “Secret”

The “Secret” is that there is no “secret”…  There are no shortcuts that last. It’s all a struggle.  What you end up getting is all a function of what you do.  If you do a lot of work in a specific niche, you’ll get better at it.  In the process you will think you are going to fail. Indeed, you’ll be sure of it. You will get very depressed. You will have terrible days when you feel your life is wasted.  But you probably won’t fail if you work hard…

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Einstein’s Advice

Einstein's theory on life

Einstein is well known for his theory of relativity… But maybe more practical for the common man is his theory of happiness. “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness” Einstein wrote this note in November of 1922 in lieu of a tip for a Japanese bellboy. It was written (originally in German) in black ink on a piece of hotel stationery from the Imperial Hotel of Tokyo. Einstein’s Theory of Happiness note, along with a shorter one that reads “Where…

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