Saturday, 30 April 2011

The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 7 of 8)


What looks today as universal malignancy often turns to be just another benign local problem that is quickly forgotten. What today seems a serious challenge has often little long-term significance. For those who refuse to be paralysed, catastrophes frequently contain the seed of profitable opportunities.

When people embrace passivity, that's the best time to take swift action. A crisis, personal or otherwise, should be faced through relentless initiative, not with immobility. Nobody but you can decide when a game is over.

To be continued in the next post.

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The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 7 of 8)


What looks today as universal malignancy often turns to be just another benign local problem that is quickly forgotten. What today seems a serious challenge has often little long-term significance. For those who refuse to be paralysed, catastrophes frequently contain the seed of profitable opportunities.

When people embrace passivity, that's the best time to take swift action. A crisis, personal or otherwise, should be faced through relentless initiative, not with immobility. Nobody but you can decide when a game is over.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Friday, 29 April 2011

The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 6 of 8)


Stand up and resume your efforts to attain success. Get back on your feet and avoid the temptation of passivity, since it produces nothing and leads to nothing. Motivational paralysis only serves to waste your life.

Make a point also to ignore gloomy predictions from the media, friends, or family. Most depressing statements are not true anyway and the world is not coming to an end.

Do not join people wallowing in their misery. Never fall into immobility out of fear of things that, most likely, will never happen. Asses your alternatives, pick up the best, and begin to move in the right direction.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 6 of 8)


Stand up and resume your efforts to attain success. Get back on your feet and avoid the temptation of passivity, since it produces nothing and leads to nothing. Motivational paralysis only serves to waste your life.

Make a point also to ignore gloomy predictions from the media, friends, or family. Most depressing statements are not true anyway and the world is not coming to an end.

Do not join people wallowing in their misery. Never fall into immobility out of fear of things that, most likely, will never happen. Asses your alternatives, pick up the best, and begin to move in the right direction.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Thursday, 28 April 2011

The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 5 of 8)


Psychological immobility arises when people are overwhelmed by problems, threats, or obstacles that look insurmountable. Logic and evidence provide the means to dispute and eliminate from our mind the fallacies that feed mental passivity. Rationality is what allows a person to make reasonable calculations and take action to improve his life.

For instance, if you want to avoid psychological exhaustion, you should never take it personally when people do stupid things. Never allow yourself to be paralysed by the fact that other persons have made a large mistake.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 5 of 8)


Psychological immobility arises when people are overwhelmed by problems, threats, or obstacles that look insurmountable. Logic and evidence provide the means to dispute and eliminate from our mind the fallacies that feed mental passivity. Rationality is what allows a person to make reasonable calculations and take action to improve his life.

For instance, if you want to avoid psychological exhaustion, you should never take it personally when people do stupid things. Never allow yourself to be paralysed by the fact that other persons have made a large mistake.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 4 of 8)


Thinking for yourself is difficult in the face of opposition. The golden advantages of social convenience always seem, at first sight, the obvious choice, but conformity and passivity make man's happiness impossible. Becoming aware of long-term consequences of immobility and taking rational initiative mark the path to success.

Inaction and conformity have so many advantages that, for some people, they become the choice by default. Few are told that those short-term benefits are dwarfed by their lifetime costs. Seldom is the fact mentioned that long-term passivity wipes out man's capacity for attaining success and happiness.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 4 of 8)


Thinking for yourself is difficult in the face of opposition. The golden advantages of social convenience always seem, at first sight, the obvious choice, but conformity and passivity make man's happiness impossible. Becoming aware of long-term consequences of immobility and taking rational initiative mark the path to success.

Inaction and conformity have so many advantages that, for some people, they become the choice by default. Few are told that those short-term benefits are dwarfed by their lifetime costs. Seldom is the fact mentioned that long-term passivity wipes out man's capacity for attaining success and happiness.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Monday, 25 April 2011

The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 3 of 8)


Social convenience can lead people to repress their best initiatives. The habit of seeking conformity deprives men of the force to pursue their dreams and stake their claims. However, the financial benefits of immobility, although sweet, tend to be short-lived.

In industrial societies, the negative consequences of rejection tend to be exaggerated by the media. Nowadays, global markets allow innovators to find their customers anywhere in the world even if their ideas are not appreciated by friends and neighbours.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 3 of 8)


Social convenience can lead people to repress their best initiatives. The habit of seeking conformity deprives men of the force to pursue their dreams and stake their claims. However, the financial benefits of immobility, although sweet, tend to be short-lived.

In industrial societies, the negative consequences of rejection tend to be exaggerated by the media. Nowadays, global markets allow innovators to find their customers anywhere in the world even if their ideas are not appreciated by friends and neighbours.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Sunday, 24 April 2011

The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 2 of 8)


Three reasons explain why human beings are often deeply invested in immobility. Social convenience is the first, since it feels good to belong to the majority. Financial benefit is the second, since many doors are closed to those who ask uncomfortable questions. The third motive, fear of rejection, is perhaps the strongest.

Each of those justifications possesses extraordinary appeal on its own. All three combined are almost irresistible. Nevertheless, experience proves that, in the long run, doubt and psychological paralysis will destroy a man's life.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 2 of 8)


Three reasons explain why human beings are often deeply invested in immobility. Social convenience is the first, since it feels good to belong to the majority. Financial benefit is the second, since many doors are closed to those who ask uncomfortable questions. The third motive, fear of rejection, is perhaps the strongest.

Each of those justifications possesses extraordinary appeal on its own. All three combined are almost irresistible. Nevertheless, experience proves that, in the long run, doubt and psychological paralysis will destroy a man's life.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Saturday, 23 April 2011

The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 1 of 8)


Why would anyone devote efforts to convince himself that he cannot improve his own situation? Although many individuals are conscious of the disadvantages of psychological immobility, such paralysis is frequently endorsed. Millions of men and women fall prey to self-imposed restrictions that they could remove if they wished.

Why are restraining beliefs so ingrained in society? What makes human beings support fantasies in word and deed? How is it possible that some people devote their energies to pretending that paralysis is an acceptable approach to living?

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The universal recipe for overcoming difficulties (Part 1 of 8)


Why would anyone devote efforts to convince himself that he cannot improve his own situation? Although many individuals are conscious of the disadvantages of psychological immobility, such paralysis is frequently endorsed. Millions of men and women fall prey to self-imposed restrictions that they could remove if they wished.

Why are restraining beliefs so ingrained in society? What makes human beings support fantasies in word and deed? How is it possible that some people devote their energies to pretending that paralysis is an acceptable approach to living?

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The key to clear thinking (Part 6 of 6)


Nobody can figure out all right answers all the time, but if you condense your strategy into a formula, mistakes will be self-correcting.

Chaos leads to more chaos, but a recipe can be improved from experience. Breaking down long-term goals into detailed steps is of critical importance in business and private life.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The key to clear thinking (Part 6 of 6)


Nobody can figure out all right answers all the time, but if you condense your strategy into a formula, mistakes will be self-correcting.

Chaos leads to more chaos, but a recipe can be improved from experience. Breaking down long-term goals into detailed steps is of critical importance in business and private life.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by Shadowgate under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]

Friday, 22 April 2011

The key to clear thinking (Part 5 of 6)


Quality controls
are useless if people don't know what they are doing. Quality requires clear objectives, purposeful thinking, and continuous action. If you want to be taken seriously, break down your twenty-year goals into monthly steps. The workable approach to happiness is a rational connection between our present actions and our life objectives.

Manufacturers follow a production formula to ensure that they are using the right materials. Check-lists permit managers to assess if a worker is sufficiently trained to do his job. A company's compensation plan aligns the interests of employees with the corporate goals.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The key to clear thinking (Part 5 of 6)


Quality controls
are useless if people don't know what they are doing. Quality requires clear objectives, purposeful thinking, and continuous action. If you want to be taken seriously, break down your twenty-year goals into monthly steps. The workable approach to happiness is a rational connection between our present actions and our life objectives.

Manufacturers follow a production formula to ensure that they are using the right materials. Check-lists permit managers to assess if a worker is sufficiently trained to do his job. A company's compensation plan aligns the interests of employees with the corporate goals.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Thursday, 21 April 2011

The key to clear thinking (Part 4 of 6)


In the kitchen, only detailed recipes give consistent results. Eating well is the overall objective, but actual cooking relies on specific ingredients, temperature, seasoning, and a formula that combines them. Failing to identify concrete elements of action makes impossible to implement plans and deprives man of confidence on his own abilities.

Imprecise plans and performance criteria blind our eyes. Today's random actions destroy yesterday's creations. Self-inflicted contradictions lead to failure, anger, and anxiety. A company whose employees render erratic, unpredictable services is doomed. Never trust individuals who are long on philosophical talk and short on implementation details.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The key to clear thinking (Part 4 of 6)


In the kitchen, only detailed recipes give consistent results. Eating well is the overall objective, but actual cooking relies on specific ingredients, temperature, seasoning, and a formula that combines them. Failing to identify concrete elements of action makes impossible to implement plans and deprives man of confidence on his own abilities.

Imprecise plans and performance criteria blind our eyes. Today's random actions destroy yesterday's creations. Self-inflicted contradictions lead to failure, anger, and anxiety. A company whose employees render erratic, unpredictable services is doomed. Never trust individuals who are long on philosophical talk and short on implementation details.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The key to clear thinking (Part 3 of 6)


Mistakes arise from the temptation to move too fast towards our objectives. Disorganized ventures fall prey to their own chaos. Without a well-designed plan, self-reliance turns into doubt and convictions into prejudice. Without a method to filter out irrelevancies, man gets lost in secondary roads that lead him away from his goals.

Lack of thoughtfulness leads to exaggerate problems and blow inconveniences out of proportion. Unclear expectations undermine reason. Confusion renders tasks heavier than they have to be. Contradictory values bring about unbridled emotions. Inconsistent criteria waste energy in endless discussions and destroys the ability to perform well.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The key to clear thinking (Part 3 of 6)


Mistakes arise from the temptation to move too fast towards our objectives. Disorganized ventures fall prey to their own chaos. Without a well-designed plan, self-reliance turns into doubt and convictions into prejudice. Without a method to filter out irrelevancies, man gets lost in secondary roads that lead him away from his goals.

Lack of thoughtfulness leads to exaggerate problems and blow inconveniences out of proportion. Unclear expectations undermine reason. Confusion renders tasks heavier than they have to be. Contradictory values bring about unbridled emotions. Inconsistent criteria waste energy in endless discussions and destroys the ability to perform well.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The key to clear thinking (Part 2 of 6)


Ambitious goals require sustained effort, often over a period of decades. Reducing complex strategies to simple formulas motivates us to attain intermediate targets.

Happiness is the result of preceding actions that generate slow incremental progress. Sharp thinkers look, at the same time, far into the future and close into the present.

There is no way of escaping the requirement of clarity. Talking about forthcoming achievements becomes irrelevant if we are unable to define what we need to do today.

The feasibility of long-term ambitions depends on man's ability to reduce them to sequential steps.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The key to clear thinking (Part 2 of 6)


Ambitious goals require sustained effort, often over a period of decades. Reducing complex strategies to simple formulas motivates us to attain intermediate targets.

Happiness is the result of preceding actions that generate slow incremental progress. Sharp thinkers look, at the same time, far into the future and close into the present.

There is no way of escaping the requirement of clarity. Talking about forthcoming achievements becomes irrelevant if we are unable to define what we need to do today.

The feasibility of long-term ambitions depends on man's ability to reduce them to sequential steps.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Monday, 18 April 2011

The key to clear thinking (Part 1 of 6)


Consistency is the key to clear thinking. Aristotle described the principles of logical reasoning already in the year 345 B.C. Twenty four centuries later, his conclusions remain applicable.

Entities should be defined on the basis of their essential characteristics. Actions lead to consequences. Today's events are the result of previous occurrences. Those few principles govern reality.

When a man formulates his long-term objectives, he should strive to write them clearly and break them down into simple steps.

A comprehensive philosophy that cannot be summarized into a few sentences is of little practical use.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The key to clear thinking (Part 1 of 6)


Consistency is the key to clear thinking. Aristotle described the principles of logical reasoning already in the year 345 B.C. Twenty four centuries later, his conclusions remain applicable.

Entities should be defined on the basis of their essential characteristics. Actions lead to consequences. Today's events are the result of previous occurrences. Those few principles govern reality.

When a man formulates his long-term objectives, he should strive to write them clearly and break them down into simple steps.

A comprehensive philosophy that cannot be summarized into a few sentences is of little practical use.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

The most reliable method for making decisions (Part 6 of 6)


Human beings can guide their lives properly only by reason. Dogs and cats perceive a narrow part of reality, but man is aware of hundreds of interconnected details, past and present, that are relevant in each situation.

Our mind calls for logic and consistency. Happiness becomes impossible if we ignore our rational nature.

Workable, compatible, long-term goals render man truly human. Leading an effective life requires individuals to select rational objectives that comprise their whole lifetime.

A consistent vision that reaches into the next decades is the most reliable tool for making optimal choices in the present.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The most reliable method for making decisions
(Part 6 of 6)


Human beings can guide their lives properly only by reason. Dogs and cats perceive a narrow part of reality, but man is aware of hundreds of interconnected details, past and present, that are relevant in each situation.

Our mind calls for logic and consistency. Happiness becomes impossible if we ignore our rational nature.

Workable, compatible, long-term goals render man truly human. Leading an effective life requires individuals to select rational objectives that comprise their whole lifetime.

A consistent vision that reaches into the next decades is the most reliable tool for making optimal choices in the present.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The most reliable method for making decisions (Part 5 of 6)


Motivational consistency also brings the following advantages:
  • Logic and ambition supply the resilience needed to undertake boring maintenance tasks that bring substantial long-term benefits.
  • A stable vision and a lifetime perspective lead man to avert excessive risks, lotteries and other forms of gambling.
  • Consistent objectives render man's mind active and willing to explore innovative options. In contrast, contradictory goals lead to mistakes, waste, and paralysis.
  • Long-term ambitions enable man to accept mistakes as part of a learning process. The opposite phenomenon, intolerance, frequently arises out of pursuing contradictory targets. Individuals torn apart by diverging goals find difficult to explain their own actions.
  • Convictions in line with reality allow man to connect deeply with other human beings. Irrational objectives prevent individuals from communicating clearly, leading to irritation, confusion, misunderstandings, and errors.
To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The most reliable method for making decisions
(Part 5 of 6)


Motivational consistency also brings the following advantages:
  • Logic and ambition supply the resilience needed to undertake boring maintenance tasks that bring substantial long-term benefits.
  • A stable vision and a lifetime perspective lead man to avert excessive risks, lotteries and other forms of gambling.
  • Consistent objectives render man's mind active and willing to explore innovative options. In contrast, contradictory goals lead to mistakes, waste, and paralysis.
  • Long-term ambitions enable man to accept mistakes as part of a learning process. The opposite phenomenon, intolerance, frequently arises out of pursuing contradictory targets. Individuals torn apart by diverging goals find difficult to explain their own actions.
  • Convictions in line with reality allow man to connect deeply with other human beings. Irrational objectives prevent individuals from communicating clearly, leading to irritation, confusion, misunderstandings, and errors.
To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Friday, 15 April 2011

The most reliable method for making decisions (Part 4 of 6)


Few persons establish a definite direction for their life, but those who do, can reap enormous benefits. Motivational consistency brings, amongst others, the following advantages:
  • Financial resources can be used with a minimum of waste by avoiding random decisions and useless purchases.
  • A clear vision of the future feeds the motivation to develop specialized skills and accumulate intellectual capital.
  • Consistent objectives build perseverance and credibility. On the other hand, random behaviour tends to damage a man's reputation and destroy his assets.
  • Rational goals lead men to entertainment that reinforces values and involves aspects of learning.
  • Compatible, long-term objectives provide the energy needed to undertake ambitious projects that make a difference in one's living conditions.
To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The most reliable method for making decisions
(Part 4 of 6)


Few persons establish a definite direction for their life, but those who do, can reap enormous benefits. Motivational consistency brings, amongst others, the following advantages:
  • Financial resources can be used with a minimum of waste by avoiding random decisions and useless purchases.
  • A clear vision of the future feeds the motivation to develop specialized skills and accumulate intellectual capital.
  • Consistent objectives build perseverance and credibility. On the other hand, random behaviour tends to damage a man's reputation and destroy his assets.
  • Rational goals lead men to entertainment that reinforces values and involves aspects of learning.
  • Compatible, long-term objectives provide the energy needed to undertake ambitious projects that make a difference in one's living conditions.
To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Thursday, 14 April 2011

The most reliable method for making decisions (Part 3 of 6)


Rational men ensure the consistency of their actions by defining clear objectives for the remaining decades of their life.

Effective living requires that our choices, minor or fundamental, are aligned with our overriding goals. Individuals who follow this principle tend to become an outstanding success.

People who lack consistent goals often sabotage their own efforts. Pursuing integrated objectives requires sustained focus and can bring spectacularly positive results.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The most reliable method for making decisions
(Part 3 of 6)


Rational men ensure the consistency of their actions by defining clear objectives for the remaining decades of their life.

Effective living requires that our choices, minor or fundamental, are aligned with our overriding goals. Individuals who follow this principle tend to become an outstanding success.

People who lack consistent goals often sabotage their own efforts. Pursuing integrated objectives requires sustained focus and can bring spectacularly positive results.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The most reliable method for making decisions (Part 2 of 6)


When you discover that some of your goals are wrong, you should discard them. On the other hand, if your ambitions are annoying but consistent, keep them, since they might lead you to a breakthrough improvement.

Integrated goals will take you places, but inconsistent ambitions will wear you down. Pursuing compatible goals increases personal effectiveness and enhances creativity. Consistent ideals also improve man's reasoning capacity.

Modern life requires instantaneous choices. Individuals who possess well-integrated goals can deal with complexity in the most effective manner.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The most reliable method for making decisions
(Part 2 of 6)


When you discover that some of your goals are wrong, you should discard them. On the other hand, if your ambitions are annoying but consistent, keep them, since they might lead you to a breakthrough improvement.

Integrated goals will take you places, but inconsistent ambitions will wear you down. Pursuing compatible goals increases personal effectiveness and enhances creativity. Consistent ideals also improve man's reasoning capacity.

Modern life requires instantaneous choices. Individuals who possess well-integrated goals can deal with complexity in the most effective manner.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

The most reliable method for making decisions (Part 1 of 6)


Ideas are precious and constitute the basis of civilization. Without the concepts of free trade, freedom of speech, and human rights, our standard of living would rapidly fall to medieval levels.

Personal goals shape a sustained vision that transforms our talents into valuable products of services.

Closed doors reflect fear of change. Rational objectives will take you forward, but it is essential that those are compatible. Inconsistent principles rob each other's force and deplete each other's resources.

Keep you door open to new concepts and ideas, but make sure that those are logically integrated.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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The most reliable method for making decisions
(Part 1 of 6)


Ideas are precious and constitute the basis of civilization. Without the concepts of free trade, freedom of speech, and human rights, our standard of living would rapidly fall to medieval levels.

Personal goals shape a sustained vision that transforms our talents into valuable products of services.

Closed doors reflect fear of change. Rational objectives will take you forward, but it is essential that those are compatible. Inconsistent principles rob each other's force and deplete each other's resources.

Keep you door open to new concepts and ideas, but make sure that those are logically integrated.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Sunday, 10 April 2011

How clarity and consistency help minimize errors (Part 5 of 5)


Write down your fundamental goals and summarize them in one sentence. Restate your vision of the future at every opportunity and discard options that don't match it.

Only by our achieving philosophical clarity can our actions be consistent and effective. Moving continuously in the direction of your goals will maximize your chances of success and happiness.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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How clarity and consistency help minimize errors
(Part 5 of 5)


Write down your fundamental goals and summarize them in one sentence. Restate your vision of the future at every opportunity and discard options that don't match it.

Only by our achieving philosophical clarity can our actions be consistent and effective. Moving continuously in the direction of your goals will maximize your chances of success and happiness.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by snowpeak under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]

Saturday, 9 April 2011

How clarity and consistency help minimize errors (Part 4 of 5)


Defining your goals in life will not render you immune to errors, but will help you minimize them.

When it comes to choosing the right alternative, few habits are as effective as standing still, questioning what looks too good to be true, and checking its consistency with your established objectives.

"Only an unclouded vision of reality allows man to perceive truth," observed Schopenhauer. "Decisions based on facts render individuals self-supporting, which is the key of happiness."

History shows that lack of rational values, more than ignorance, constitutes the main block to progress. A man should never forget that his advancement towards success and happiness depends on his loyalty to his own rational objectives.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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How clarity and consistency help minimize errors
(Part 4 of 5)


Defining your goals in life will not render you immune to errors, but will help you minimize them.

When it comes to choosing the right alternative, few habits are as effective as standing still, questioning what looks too good to be true, and checking its consistency with your established objectives.

"Only an unclouded vision of reality allows man to perceive truth," observed Schopenhauer. "Decisions based on facts render individuals self-supporting, which is the key of happiness."

History shows that lack of rational values, more than ignorance, constitutes the main block to progress. A man should never forget that his advancement towards success and happiness depends on his loyalty to his own rational objectives.

To be continued in the next post.

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How clarity and consistency help minimize errors (Part 3 of 5)


The same principle applies to decaying work environments. Men and women who have not determined ambitious long-term objectives for themselves, tend to close their eyes to signs of decline in the company they work for in order to avoid the nuisance of searching alternative employment.

Write down your own vision of the future and keep it where you can see it. Defining your destination will help you avoid wrong relationships and avert people who drag you down.

Men who lack firm ethical values tend to ignore character flaws in people they meet and often go as far as attributing non-existent virtues to whomever they find sexually attractive, even if that person is manifestly keeping them away from the path of achievement.

To be continued in the next post.

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How clarity and consistency help minimize errors
(Part 3 of 5)


The same principle applies to decaying work environments. Men and women who have not determined ambitious long-term objectives for themselves, tend to close their eyes to signs of decline in the company they work for in order to avoid the nuisance of searching alternative employment.

Write down your own vision of the future and keep it where you can see it. Defining your destination will help you avoid wrong relationships and avert people who drag you down.

Men who lack firm ethical values tend to ignore character flaws in people they meet and often go as far as attributing non-existent virtues to whomever they find sexually attractive, even if that person is manifestly keeping them away from the path of achievement.

To be continued in the next post.

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Friday, 8 April 2011

How clarity and consistency help minimize errors (Part 2 of 5)


Take the time to reflect about what you want to achieve in life and try to condense your dreams in one sentence. Without self-starting motivation, man is easily blinded by a fog of contradictions that lead to expensive mistakes.

Only a self-image of health can permanently prevent individuals from consuming unhealthy food.

People who have not established self-preservation as a goal, keep on consuming damaging substances despite being aware of their long-term negative effects, in the illusion that, somehow, they alone will be immune to the consequences.

To be continued in the next post.

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How clarity and consistency help minimize errors
(Part 2 of 5)


Take the time to reflect about what you want to achieve in life and try to condense your dreams in one sentence. Without self-starting motivation, man is easily blinded by a fog of contradictions that lead to expensive mistakes.

Only a self-image of health can permanently prevent individuals from consuming unhealthy food.

People who have not established self-preservation as a goal, keep on consuming damaging substances despite being aware of their long-term negative effects, in the illusion that, somehow, they alone will be immune to the consequences.

To be continued in the next post.

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Thursday, 7 April 2011

How clarity and consistency help minimize errors (Part 1 of 5)


Lies, sweet lies. How much we love them and what ridiculous price we are willing to pay for them!

"Men should avoid the distractions of pretence and delusion," wrote German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer in the year 1842. "Expectations disconnected from reality always result in disappointment and sorrow."

A clear perception of the world brings man unlimited rewards, but learning to see the truth is seldom easy and never without cost. Only by developing an ambitious and realistic vision of the future can man escape the trap of paralysis.

Without sharply-defined objectives, we tend to fall into conformity, a bank from which we can borrow short-term convenience in exchange for a mortgage on our soul.

To be continued in the next post.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Serenity is the result of simplification (Part 6 of 6)


Resisting the allure of short-sighted decisions leads to more enjoyment of life. Ignoring the noise of false opinions liberates resources. Frugality enables man to breathe free of encumbrances and focus his efforts on what really counts.

Happiness is not the result of accumulating tasks, but of a few essential activities that make a difference.

Discarding waste brings man wealth, but the material advantages of frugality go hand in hand with its psychological benefits. Disregard the unnecessary and pay attention to the crucial elements of a good life.

Realizing that most things possess little relevance is what enables man to make wise choices.

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Serenity is the result of simplification
(Part 6 of 6)


Resisting the allure of short-sighted decisions leads to more enjoyment of life. Ignoring the noise of false opinions liberates resources. Frugality enables man to breathe free of encumbrances and focus his efforts on what really counts.

Happiness is not the result of accumulating tasks, but of a few essential activities that make a difference.

Discarding waste brings man wealth, but the material advantages of frugality go hand in hand with its psychological benefits. Disregard the unnecessary and pay attention to the crucial elements of a good life.

Realizing that most things possess little relevance is what enables man to make wise choices.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Serenity is the result of simplification (Part 5 of 6)


Choosing frugality instead of waste will allow you to make fast and consistent decisions. When you trust your own judgement more than external opinion, you learn from mistakes and develop your skills.

Frugality, which is based on stable values, leads to decisiveness. A man who possesses clear priorities can reject inconsistency without need of long discussions.

A prudent conduct brings the added benefit of risk reduction. A judicious man protects himself when at risk and tries to avert threats whenever possible.

The tension of complex choices can wear out even the most balanced mind. On the other hand, a straightforward and consistent approach reduces errors of oversight. Shunning unnecessary cost keeps risk exposure low.

To be continued in the next post.

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