Friday, 30 September 2011

A change for the better (Part 6 of 9)


Devote the initial two minutes to verbalizing the habit that you wish to be discard. Ask yourself why you have been acting and thinking in that particular way.

What were you trying to achieve with such behaviour? Was it something that you learned in infancy or that you have picked up along the way?

If you perform the exercise while you are driving alone, take the opportunity to speak out your thoughts.

In these days of ubiquitous mobile phones, nobody will be surprised to see a driver speaking aloud in his car. Who knows if he is dictating notes into a recorder or giving instructions by phone to his stock broker?

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A change for the better (Part 6 of 9)


Devote the initial two minutes to verbalizing the habit that you wish to be discard. Ask yourself why you have been acting and thinking in that particular way.

What were you trying to achieve with such behaviour? Was it something that you learned in infancy or that you have picked up along the way?

If you perform the exercise while you are driving alone, take the opportunity to speak out your thoughts.

In these days of ubiquitous mobile phones, nobody will be surprised to see a driver speaking aloud in his car. Who knows if he is dictating notes into a recorder or giving instructions by phone to his stock broker?

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

A change for the better (Part 5 of 9)


A quick fix will not overhaul your personality, but for all practical purposes, you don't need it either. To improve your effectiveness, you just have to correct your thinking when passivity makes its appearance.

We can start the transition from routine to entrepreneurship with a mental exercise that takes only ten minutes, but if you perform it daily for several months, your attitude will change permanently. Here is how the process works:

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A change for the better (Part 5 of 9)


A quick fix will not overhaul your personality, but for all practical purposes, you don't need it either. To improve your effectiveness, you just have to correct your thinking when passivity makes its appearance.

We can start the transition from routine to entrepreneurship with a mental exercise that takes only ten minutes, but if you perform it daily for several months, your attitude will change permanently. Here is how the process works:

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

A change for the better (Part 4 of 9)


Few people are completely innovative or passive. The majority of us oscillate between the two poles, gaining ground one day and retreating on the next.

Although we are clever enough to see the long-term disadvantages of passivity, we move away from it only slowly, in careful steps.

Human beings require time to change essential thinking patterns.

Even if a man exerts massive efforts, he will not transform his personality in a week. Emotional changes are the outcome of philosophical transformation.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A change for the better (Part 4 of 9)


Few people are completely innovative or passive. The majority of us oscillate between the two poles, gaining ground one day and retreating on the next.

Although we are clever enough to see the long-term disadvantages of passivity, we move away from it only slowly, in careful steps.

Human beings require time to change essential thinking patterns.

Even if a man exerts massive efforts, he will not transform his personality in a week. Emotional changes are the outcome of philosophical transformation.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A change for the better (Part 3 of 9)


On the other hand, preaching change for the sake of swimming upstream makes little sense. Being like everybody else has substantial private and professional advantages.

It would be foolishly for anyone to discard a secure position simply because it offers few challenges. Before making a bold move, you should have something better in view.

Boredom is one of the most destructive effects of passivity. Lack of variety is annoying; extreme repetitiveness drives people to despair.

Passivity generates drudgery because it sucks ambition out of the environment. Little by little, routine turns to hopelessness. Life enjoyment wanes as individuals are emptied of their last drops of entrepreneurship.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A change for the better (Part 3 of 9)


On the other hand, preaching change for the sake of swimming upstream makes little sense. Being like everybody else has substantial private and professional advantages.

It would be foolishly for anyone to discard a secure position simply because it offers few challenges. Before making a bold move, you should have something better in view.

Boredom is one of the most destructive effects of passivity. Lack of variety is annoying; extreme repetitiveness drives people to despair.

Passivity generates drudgery because it sucks ambition out of the environment. Little by little, routine turns to hopelessness. Life enjoyment wanes as individuals are emptied of their last drops of entrepreneurship.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Monday, 26 September 2011

A change for the better (Part 2 of 9)

Although the overall tone of the essay is cautious and conservative, readers noticed Freud's underlying criticism.

Reviewers of the book had no problem with Freud's listening to patients and interpreting their dreams, but his latest opinions were out of the question. The essay generated such opposition that Freud never addressed similar subjects again.

Many decades have passed, but tradition has not lost any of its force. Its tentacles feed on the weak in order to starve the independent; it silences doubts and paralyses initiative; it renders questions inaudible and self-reliance unthinkable.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A change for the better (Part 2 of 9)

Although the overall tone of the essay is cautious and conservative, readers noticed Freud's underlying criticism.

Reviewers of the book had no problem with Freud's listening to patients and interpreting their dreams, but his latest opinions were out of the question. The essay generated such opposition that Freud never addressed similar subjects again.

Many decades have passed, but tradition has not lost any of its force. Its tentacles feed on the weak in order to starve the independent; it silences doubts and paralyses initiative; it renders questions inaudible and self-reliance unthinkable.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

A change for the better (Part 1 of 9)


Despite his many innovations in the field of psychology, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) rarely spelled out the social consequences of his theories.

His baseline approach was to listen to patients and analyse their mental shadows. Interpreting dreams constitutes an interesting intellectual exercise, but in terms of effectiveness, it cannot compare to vigorous rational discourse.

By the time Freud dared to present his social views in writing, he was already 74 years old. His essay Civilization and its Discontents (1930) was radically different from his previous publications.

In this ground-breaking book, Freud outlines his views on human psychology from the point of view, not only of individual history, but also of interpersonal behaviour.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A change for the better (Part 1 of 9)


Despite his many innovations in the field of psychology, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) rarely spelled out the social consequences of his theories.

His baseline approach was to listen to patients and analyse their mental shadows. Interpreting dreams constitutes an interesting intellectual exercise, but in terms of effectiveness, it cannot compare to vigorous rational discourse.

By the time Freud dared to present his social views in writing, he was already 74 years old. His essay Civilization and its Discontents (1930) was radically different from his previous publications.

In this ground-breaking book, Freud outlines his views on human psychology from the point of view, not only of individual history, but also of interpersonal behaviour.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Saturday, 24 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 10 of 10)


The fact is that knowledge, expertise, or desire do not grant magical powers to anyone. Unrealistic expectations lead to waste and decay.

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates. Let go of chimerical projects and focus on what can be reasonably accomplished.

Stay away from grandiose undertakings and concentrate on entrepreneurship, which is the practical way to achievement.

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

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A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 10 of 10)


The fact is that knowledge, expertise, or desire do not grant magical powers to anyone. Unrealistic expectations lead to waste and decay.

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates. Let go of chimerical projects and focus on what can be reasonably accomplished.

Stay away from grandiose undertakings and concentrate on entrepreneurship, which is the practical way to achievement.

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

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

Friday, 23 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 9 of 10)


Unrealistic expectations are hard to discard because they are based on delusions of entitlement.

Paracelsus felt wrongly entitled to reshape the world according to truth and innovation, even though the great majority of his contemporaries had vested interests in clinging to the past.

As a result, Paracelsus was forced to quit his position at the University of Basel a year later and return to his itinerant life.

Although he was one of the best physicians of his time, he died in poverty before his 48th birthday.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 9 of 10)


Unrealistic expectations are hard to discard because they are based on delusions of entitlement.

Paracelsus felt wrongly entitled to reshape the world according to truth and innovation, even though the great majority of his contemporaries had vested interests in clinging to the past.

As a result, Paracelsus was forced to quit his position at the University of Basel a year later and return to his itinerant life.

Although he was one of the best physicians of his time, he died in poverty before his 48th birthday.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 8 of 10)


With the perspective of five centuries, we can clearly see how unrealistic Paracelsus' expectations were.

It was undeniable that he had acquired more knowledge than other physicians; nevertheless, it was chimerical for him to expect his colleagues to make way for truth when innovation undermined their livelihoods and reputations.

Is it not unfair that Paracelsus had to face such a strong resistance? Was his indignation at his ignorant colleagues not well justified?

My point is that these questions are irrelevant because they are based on incorrect assumptions.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 8 of 10)


With the perspective of five centuries, we can clearly see how unrealistic Paracelsus' expectations were.

It was undeniable that he had acquired more knowledge than other physicians; nevertheless, it was chimerical for him to expect his colleagues to make way for truth when innovation undermined their livelihoods and reputations.

Is it not unfair that Paracelsus had to face such a strong resistance? Was his indignation at his ignorant colleagues not well justified?

My point is that these questions are irrelevant because they are based on incorrect assumptions.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 7 of 10)


As his medical knowledge and expertise grew, so did his irritation with the incompetence of fellow physicians.

Thanks to his wide travelling, Paracelsus had accumulated impressive surgical skills and long experience in the use of herbs and minerals for curative purposes.

In contrast, the average medic in the 16th century possessed only the little knowledge that he had acquired at the University.

Paracelsus' effectiveness increased his fame, but his criticism of ignorant doctors made him many enemies. His conflicts with colleagues became extreme after he was appointed to teach medicine at the University of Basel (Switzerland).

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 7 of 10)


As his medical knowledge and expertise grew, so did his irritation with the incompetence of fellow physicians.

Thanks to his wide travelling, Paracelsus had accumulated impressive surgical skills and long experience in the use of herbs and minerals for curative purposes.

In contrast, the average medic in the 16th century possessed only the little knowledge that he had acquired at the University.

Paracelsus' effectiveness increased his fame, but his criticism of ignorant doctors made him many enemies. His conflicts with colleagues became extreme after he was appointed to teach medicine at the University of Basel (Switzerland).

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 6 of 10)


This realization led him to experiment with alternative methods. When the pest receded and normal life returned to Ferrara, Paracelsus presented his new ideas at the University.

To his surprise, his views were met with scepticism and hostility. The professors in Ferrara did not welcome suggestions that contradicted inherited knowledge.

After graduation, Paracelsus travelled extensively throughout Europe. Sometimes, he would settle down in a city to practice medicine for a year; on other occasions, he would take up a position as surgeon in one of the armies involved in the wars that ravaged the Renaissance.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 6 of 10)


This realization led him to experiment with alternative methods. When the pest receded and normal life returned to Ferrara, Paracelsus presented his new ideas at the University.

To his surprise, his views were met with scepticism and hostility. The professors in Ferrara did not welcome suggestions that contradicted inherited knowledge.

After graduation, Paracelsus travelled extensively throughout Europe. Sometimes, he would settle down in a city to practice medicine for a year; on other occasions, he would take up a position as surgeon in one of the armies involved in the wars that ravaged the Renaissance.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Monday, 19 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 5 of 10)


While Paracelsus completed his medical studies in Ferrara (Italy), the pest broke out and began to decimate the population.

Those who could afford it left Ferrara for the countryside in order to avoid contagion. The poor remained in town and the epidemic wiped out complete families.

The municipality hired men to remove the sick from their houses and transport them to a closed camp outside the city wall, where they would be abandoned to die.

Paracelsus, who was still a medical student, soon understood that medieval treatments, such as bleeding patients, were ineffective against the pest.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 5 of 10)


While Paracelsus completed his medical studies in Ferrara (Italy), the pest broke out and began to decimate the population.

Those who could afford it left Ferrara for the countryside in order to avoid contagion. The poor remained in town and the epidemic wiped out complete families.

The municipality hired men to remove the sick from their houses and transport them to a closed camp outside the city wall, where they would be abandoned to die.

Paracelsus, who was still a medical student, soon understood that medieval treatments, such as bleeding patients, were ineffective against the pest.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 4 of 10)


The best minds of the 16th century asked the same questions. Paracelsus (1493-1541) offers a striking example in the field of medicine. His real name was Theophrastus von Hohenheim, which he changed himself to Paracelsus.

The lessons to be learned from his life go far beyond the scope of medical techniques.

We know little of Paracelsus' infancy. Like many middle-class youths of his time, he must have picked up the rudiments of Latin through private lessons. A knowledge of Latin was the only formal requirement to study at European Universities. The choice of subjects was mostly limited to theology, medicine, and law.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 4 of 10)


The best minds of the 16th century asked the same questions. Paracelsus (1493-1541) offers a striking example in the field of medicine. His real name was Theophrastus von Hohenheim, which he changed himself to Paracelsus.

The lessons to be learned from his life go far beyond the scope of medical techniques.

We know little of Paracelsus' infancy. Like many middle-class youths of his time, he must have picked up the rudiments of Latin through private lessons. A knowledge of Latin was the only formal requirement to study at European Universities. The choice of subjects was mostly limited to theology, medicine, and law.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Saturday, 17 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 3 of 10)


Medical practitioners had little incentive to abandon useless treatments for which they could charge hefty fees. The discovery of inexpensive natural remedies undermined their incomes and reputations.

Historical distance allows us to contemplate the 16th century with a feeling of superiority. When we read about the beliefs that people upheld five hundred years ago, we react with amusement. Why did knowledge evolve so slowly? Why did ignorance and prejudice persist for so long?

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 3 of 10)


Medical practitioners had little incentive to abandon useless treatments for which they could charge hefty fees. The discovery of inexpensive natural remedies undermined their incomes and reputations.

Historical distance allows us to contemplate the 16th century with a feeling of superiority. When we read about the beliefs that people upheld five hundred years ago, we react with amusement. Why did knowledge evolve so slowly? Why did ignorance and prejudice persist for so long?

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Friday, 16 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 2 of 10)


When wealthy merchants became sick, they had the means to pay for the services of the best physicians, from which there were only a few in each city. Since Universities produced small numbers of graduates, tending to the sick was a lucrative and prestigious occupation.

The discovery of new medical knowledge generated opportunity and risk. On the one hand, innovative cures benefited patients and created the basis for further research. On the other hand, new remedies disrupted the established business of physicians and pharmacists.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 2 of 10)


When wealthy merchants became sick, they had the means to pay for the services of the best physicians, from which there were only a few in each city. Since Universities produced small numbers of graduates, tending to the sick was a lucrative and prestigious occupation.

The discovery of new medical knowledge generated opportunity and risk. On the one hand, innovative cures benefited patients and created the basis for further research. On the other hand, new remedies disrupted the established business of physicians and pharmacists.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Thursday, 15 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 1 of 10)


At the beginning of the 16th century, life expectancy in Europe was much shorter that nowadays.

Typhus and tuberculosis were fairly common. Influenza and common colds were lethal for undernourished peasants plagued by vermin and lice. Large numbers of deaths took place every winter.

Medicine at that time was evolving from mysticism into science. Renaissance physicians took over the knowledge from ancient Greece and Rome, developed their own ideas, and began to experiment with new treatments.

The sale of curative herbs and potions was a booming business, although few of those remedies actually proved beneficial to patients.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 1 of 10)


At the beginning of the 16th century, life expectancy in Europe was much shorter that nowadays.

Typhus and tuberculosis were fairly common. Influenza and common colds were lethal for undernourished peasants plagued by vermin and lice. Large numbers of deaths took place every winter.

Medicine at that time was evolving from mysticism into science. Renaissance physicians took over the knowledge from ancient Greece and Rome, developed their own ideas, and began to experiment with new treatments.

The sale of curative herbs and potions was a booming business, although few of those remedies actually proved beneficial to patients.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Replacing common myths by effective truths (Part 9 of 9)


In every single case, hesitation delays progress. Do not allow wrong ideas to park your projects for years. Do not be contented with bromides that waste your life.

Throw away misrepresentations and adopt an entrepreneurial attitude based on facts. Waiting only keeps you down. Action solves problems.

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

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Replacing common myths by effective truths
(Part 9 of 9)


In every single case, hesitation delays progress. Do not allow wrong ideas to park your projects for years. Do not be contented with bromides that waste your life.

Throw away misrepresentations and adopt an entrepreneurial attitude based on facts. Waiting only keeps you down. Action solves problems.

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

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

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Replacing common myths by effective truths (Part 8 of 9)


[4] Postponement should make way for entrepreneurship: Imagine that you practise a beloved hobby that you would like to turn into a source of income.

Unfortunately, everybody is telling you that you should not take risks at your age. You hear that your best chance of success is to stay put in your job until retirement age.

The effective truth is that it takes a long time to establish any sort of business. The sooner you start your entrepreneurial career, the better off you will be in the long term.

Postponement does not reduce risk. A sensible approach would be to start up your business on the side, devoting your evenings and weekends to it.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Replacing common myths by effective truths
(Part 8 of 9)


[4] Postponement should make way for entrepreneurship: Imagine that you practise a beloved hobby that you would like to turn into a source of income.

Unfortunately, everybody is telling you that you should not take risks at your age. You hear that your best chance of success is to stay put in your job until retirement age.

The effective truth is that it takes a long time to establish any sort of business. The sooner you start your entrepreneurial career, the better off you will be in the long term.

Postponement does not reduce risk. A sensible approach would be to start up your business on the side, devoting your evenings and weekends to it.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Monday, 12 September 2011

Replacing common myths by effective truths (Part 7 of 9)


[3] Passive acceptance should be replaced by workable plans: Put yourself in the shoes of someone who gets divorced in his mid-forties.

For this man, it feels good to hang around his old friends and be comforted for the difficulties that he is encountering, but is this an effective behaviour?

Maybe they will introduce him to someone nice who will put his life back on track. Otherwise, he will just have to get used to loneliness, won't he?

The truth is that he needs to make a workable plan to rebuild his life. Should he join a health club? Should he use on-line dating to meet a new romantic partner?

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Replacing common myths by effective truths
(Part 7 of 9)


[3] Passive acceptance should be replaced by workable plans: Put yourself in the shoes of someone who gets divorced in his mid-forties.

For this man, it feels good to hang around his old friends and be comforted for the difficulties that he is encountering, but is this an effective behaviour?

Maybe they will introduce him to someone nice who will put his life back on track. Otherwise, he will just have to get used to loneliness, won't he?

The truth is that he needs to make a workable plan to rebuild his life. Should he join a health club? Should he use on-line dating to meet a new romantic partner?

To be continued in the next post.

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

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

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Replacing common myths by effective truths (Part 6 of 9)


[2] Irritation should make way for constructive action: Imagine that, after suffering some minor abuse or discrimination, you become enraged, lusting for revenge. Is someone going to fix the world and put an end to unfairness?

The truth is that everybody makes mistakes. It is seldom worth it to devote your time to correcting other people's minor faults.

Put the unpleasant story out of your mind and move on. Apply your efforts to pursuing your goals, not to telling people off.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Replacing common myths by effective truths
(Part 6 of 9)


[2] Irritation should make way for constructive action: Imagine that, after suffering some minor abuse or discrimination, you become enraged, lusting for revenge. Is someone going to fix the world and put an end to unfairness?

The truth is that everybody makes mistakes. It is seldom worth it to devote your time to correcting other people's minor faults.

Put the unpleasant story out of your mind and move on. Apply your efforts to pursuing your goals, not to telling people off.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Saturday, 10 September 2011

Replacing common myths by effective truths (Part 5 of 9)


The bigger the falsehood, the less that will remain of your independence.

If you subscribe to misrepresentations, they will erode your entrepreneurial abilities. You will forsake your initiative and become psychologically dependent. How can you replace common myths by effective truths?

[1] Misplaced hope should make way for initiative: Do you ever tell yourself that someone, somewhere is going to recognize your talent? Good things do not necessarily happen to those who wait long enough.

The effective truth is that, if your talents are underutilized, you'd better take action to promote them. It is up to you to improve your situation.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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Replacing common myths by effective truths
(Part 5 of 9)


The bigger the falsehood, the less that will remain of your independence.

If you subscribe to misrepresentations, they will erode your entrepreneurial abilities. You will forsake your initiative and become psychologically dependent. How can you replace common myths by effective truths?

[1] Misplaced hope should make way for initiative: Do you ever tell yourself that someone, somewhere is going to recognize your talent? Good things do not necessarily happen to those who wait long enough.

The effective truth is that, if your talents are underutilized, you'd better take action to promote them. It is up to you to improve your situation.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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

Friday, 9 September 2011

Replacing common myths by effective truths (Part 4 of 9)


Embracing a better diet becomes a major challenge when individuals endure constant social pressure to behave irresponsibly.

Business meetings in Russia are still being closed with rounds of vodka. When colleagues and customers push you to drink, it is very difficult to resist, even if you are conscious of the negative consequences of your actions.

Inferior food and excessive alcohol undermine our health.

Falsehoods sabotage our interests and place heavy burdens on our shoulders. Misrepresentations can be pleasant and enticing despite their lethal consequences.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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

Replacing common myths by effective truths
(Part 4 of 9)


Embracing a better diet becomes a major challenge when individuals endure constant social pressure to behave irresponsibly.

Business meetings in Russia are still being closed with rounds of vodka. When colleagues and customers push you to drink, it is very difficult to resist, even if you are conscious of the negative consequences of your actions.

Inferior food and excessive alcohol undermine our health.

Falsehoods sabotage our interests and place heavy burdens on our shoulders. Misrepresentations can be pleasant and enticing despite their lethal consequences.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Replacing common myths by effective truths (Part 3 of 9)


Can we remove counter-productive actions also from other areas of our life? How much of what we believe about the world holds true upon detailed examination? Are our convictions solidly based on facts?

What about our ethical values and fundamental goals? Do we resort to prejudice in order to hide irrational fears? Do we appeal to tradition in order to safeguard inefficiency?

It takes a strong will and massive efforts to modify the way we eat.

On many occasions, men and women undertake such changes only as a last resort, for instance, after having suffered a heart attack or being diagnosed with cancer.

To be continued in the next post.

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

[Image by Laram777 under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]

Replacing common myths by effective truths
(Part 3 of 9)


Can we remove counter-productive actions also from other areas of our life? How much of what we believe about the world holds true upon detailed examination? Are our convictions solidly based on facts?

What about our ethical values and fundamental goals? Do we resort to prejudice in order to hide irrational fears? Do we appeal to tradition in order to safeguard inefficiency?

It takes a strong will and massive efforts to modify the way we eat.

On many occasions, men and women undertake such changes only as a last resort, for instance, after having suffered a heart attack or being diagnosed with cancer.

To be continued in the next post.

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

[Image by Laram777 under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Replacing common myths by effective truths (Part 2 of 9)


The reasonable conclusion is that some foods create certain health risks; you should be aware of them and select your meals accordingly.

Nowadays, few people contend the principle that bad food is detrimental to your vitality.

If you don't make a minimum effort to gather correct dietary information, you will make random choices. If you eat appallingly, you will suffer the consequences.

In terms of food, science has established that sweetness is not always conductive to wellness.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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

Replacing common myths by effective truths
(Part 2 of 9)


The reasonable conclusion is that some foods create certain health risks; you should be aware of them and select your meals accordingly.

Nowadays, few people contend the principle that bad food is detrimental to your vitality.

If you don't make a minimum effort to gather correct dietary information, you will make random choices. If you eat appallingly, you will suffer the consequences.

In terms of food, science has established that sweetness is not always conductive to wellness.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Replacing common myths by effective truths (Part 1 of 9)


Packaged foods are conditioned to suit the taste of the consumer, which varies from country to country.

Bread is baked differently in cities that are just a hundred kilometres away. Our culture feeds on sugar contained in cakes, cookies, ice cream, and alcoholic drinks.

Opponents of the Western diet will warn you that sugar is going to kill you. Actually, not only sugar, but also alcohol, red meat, white flour, and other elements of the modern fare.

Contemporary medical studies have proven those admonishments true to a good extent, but they also acknowledge that death will very rarely be the penalty for eating a beef hamburger.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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

Replacing common myths by effective truths
(Part 1 of 9)


Packaged foods are conditioned to suit the taste of the consumer, which varies from country to country.

Bread is baked differently in cities that are just a hundred kilometres away. Our culture feeds on sugar contained in cakes, cookies, ice cream, and alcoholic drinks.

Opponents of the Western diet will warn you that sugar is going to kill you. Actually, not only sugar, but also alcohol, red meat, white flour, and other elements of the modern fare.

Contemporary medical studies have proven those admonishments true to a good extent, but they also acknowledge that death will very rarely be the penalty for eating a beef hamburger.

To be continued in the next post.

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

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