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1324. Improving Memory

As IBMs*, we are more at risk for memory loss than most members of the general population.  We are older, but that is no reason to give up.

The first thing to do to remember more is to try to remember.  Sounds silly, but many times we just don’t care.  You are introduced to someone, and you just don’t forget their name, you might not have heard it clearly in the first place.

You can’t remember what you didn’t “member” in the first place.

We often beat ourselves up over poor memory when we have not tried to remember something in the first place.  Push your ability and you may be surprised at how good it is.

Another funny thing about memory is that I can’t remember many of the good things that happened in the past, but my brain can dredge up every dumb ass thing I did to hurt someone and beat me over the head with it.

Maybe a bad memory is a self-defense mechanism.

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1326. Muscular Christianity was a philosophical movement that originated in England in the mid-19th century, characterized by a belief in patriotic duty, the moral and physical beauty of athleticism, discipline, self-sacrifice, and manliness.

1327. The United States of Empire

“Long ago, we once knew that as American citizens each of us had a great responsibility. We were expected to work hard, play fair, do unto others as we would have them do unto us, and serve our country when called upon to do so. Today, we don’t speak of duty, except in so much as a slogan to promote war, but we certainly do speak of benefits for ourselves and our “group” of entitled peeps. We will fail because of our greed and avarice. The United States of Empire has become quite simply too big, too diverse, and too “exceptional” to survive.”

1328. The Hidden Automation Agenda of the Davos Elite

“All over the world, executives are spending billions of dollars to transform their businesses into lean, digitized, highly automated operations. They crave the fat profit margins automation can deliver, and they see A.I. as a golden ticket to savings, perhaps by letting them whittle departments with thousands of workers down to just a few dozen.”

1329.  A niche is a tightly focused division of a subcategory.  You have a limited amount of time and money.  If you focus on a broad niche, your message will get lost.  You want your message to speak to specific prospects.

1330. Targeting a tight niche allows you to be a big fish in a small pond.  You can dominate a category by not being general.  Dominating a niche makes price irrelevant.  If you figure out the one thing your market wants, they will pay you top dollar for it.

1331. When you look through local and national media - newspapers and magazines - you will be amazed at how boring and useless most ads are.  How many have you seen that list:

  1. company name
  2. company logo
  3. contact details
  4. list of services
  5. claim of best price
  6. “free quote”

Little more than a  mini brochure.  Unless the right prospect stumbles on the ad at the right time, the prospect of a sale is rare.

1332. It’s time to start marketing on purpose instead of by accident.  Your marketing should be a vending machine, not a slot machine.  What is the purpose of your ad?  What does it focus on?

1333. A good rule of thumb is one ad, one objective.  Too many small businesses try to cram branding, sales, getting people to call in for a quote, and getting name recognition all in one ad.

1334. 99 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Can Compost

1335. As much as I hate the idea, I have to give up television to get my ebooks done and the websites up to snuff.

1336. Build An IBM*

What I Must Do

I am only talking about building my best self under my current conditions which I want to get out of.

As an IBM*, I am responsible for me.  I must build the best person in regards to health, wealth, and relationships that I possibly can.  What am I waiting for (to be free)?

1337. America Is No Longer A Nation

According to Identity Politics, white people are in charge, but the evidence is to the contrary. There are no quotas for whites in university admissions, hiring, and promotion. It is the allegedly victimized “preferred minorities” who get to go to the front of the line. There are no hate speech or hate crime protections for whites. Whites can be called every hurtful and offensive name in the book and have no right or power to demand apologies or the firing of the offender. White DNA has been declared to be “an abomination,” and white people “shouldn’t exist.” In America today, the way to get ahead is to claim victim-hood. Jews are experts at this, and blacks, women, and illegal immigrants have learned the same trick.

1338. “Of what importance is society if you must give up your happiness for it?”

A basic notion of being an IBM* is to ignore social pressure and do what’s right.

1339. “But if you choose to recognize your own sovereignty, you'll probably think it ridiculous to grant others the responsibility for your success or failure.”

Others can make your path to success easier, but they can’t walk it for you.  No matter how much others help or hinder your progress, you are alone responsible for the outcome.

1340. Sovereign IBMs*

“He recognizes his own sovereignty, he values his own life above all, and he refuses to waste that life—or any part of it—by making others responsible for his future.”

As we get older, each day is more valuable than the last as their number diminishes.  As hard as it is, I kick myself for wasting what life I have left.  To get the most out of it, I am developing rituals to maximize my health, wealth, and relationships.  

1341. “He's free because he recognizes his most priceless asset, the same asset that you possess—sovereignty.”

We can easily lose track of our values and assets.  

1342. “The first principle in dealing with government, then, is: Don't be awed by it. What little the government accomplishes is almost always due to the voluntary participation of its citizens. Those who don't want to help the government can go their own ways without running into much trouble.”

Keeping a low profile is the first rule of dealing with government officials.

1343. “The second principle is: Don't confront the government. A sure way to make your life miserable is to attack the government head on. Its resources are limited, and it can't waste them tracking down every possible violator of every law. But it will certainly aim its power at anyone who publicly defies it. So keep to yourself, do what you have to do.”

This is a reflection of keeping a low profile.  The pioneers get all of the arrows.

1344. “The third rule in dealing with government is: Don't organize. Don't get a large group of people together to defy tax laws, promote ways of circumventing the government, or openly violate regulations.”

Many people believe they can fight city hall if enough citizens band together.  Better to work alone and sidestep the problem than to waste energy with groups.

1345. “And when you act alone, you can easily and flexibly do whatever is necessary to stay ahead of the government. If new laws are passed, you can easily change your methods to continue doing what you want to do.”

Again, part of a low profile.  Stay flexible.

1346. 10 Benefits of Going No TV

1. more time each day for things that matter

2. less stress and worry by not watching news

3. more/better sleep

4. most tv shows are utter crap

5. can record any programs I really want or go out for live sports

6. less sitting - most activities to replace TV wIll have you walking and standing more

7. less blue light

8. better focus - no distraction from TV as background noise

9. more time to pester your woman for sex - TV off in the bedroom

10. free your mind from ads that encourage you to buy stuff you don’t need

1347. My Personal Blood Sugar Control System

I’m having one hell of a time controlling and reversing my Type II Diabetes.  I love sugar, bread, and grains.  All jack my blood sugar out of control.

For my 77 days of pain and agony, I will be working out the details of my personal plan to take control.

Medical Disclaimer:

I’m not a doctor.  This is not medical advice.  Don’t be a pussy and try to blame others if you copy their suggestions and fail.

My method is simple.  It’s worked for me in the past on a hit and miss basis, but this is the first time I will make it a way of life.

It’s simple:  fast and exercise and take meds and vitamins until my blood sugar is under 100.

When it’s under 100, eat.

I’m not going to limit myself to raw vegetables and other shitty tasting foods.  The system will help me eliminate sugar and processed carbs by punishing me when I go out of bounds.

What do I mean?

If I have a protein shake, some tuna, eggs, and a salad (which I hate), I can work that increase in glucose out of my system in a hour or two and be ready for another meal.

If I pig out at an Asian buffet or hit the dessert bar at Golden Corral, I may be fasting for the next 24 hours.

My choice.

My plan does several things:

  1. I don’t have to feel guilty about failing to eat the right foods.  
  2. I don’t have to limit what I eat.
  3. For special events or a night on the town, I can enjoy the meal and the company of others.
  4. I don’t have to create a diet prison for myself.

For those that what someone else to hold their hand and give them a complicated plan (even though it can work), try the Big Diabetes Lie.  I just hate vegetables.  Maybe you don’t.  Anything is better than sickness, diabetic neuropathy, Alzheimer’s, or death.

1348. The New Timeline

After a few hits and misses, I have finally decided on the timeline to get my ass out of my current life before I’m too old or too sick to pursue a life of perpetual travel.

The thing to remember is that there is no shame in making adjustments.  I just have to be sure that the vision I have for my future is the one I want.  Most procrastination is driven by not wanting to do the task, or not believing you can succeed.

1349. Problems with Self-Improvement:

1350. What you think you can control but can’t:

Knowing what you can control and what you can't saves time and frustration.

1351. http://amzn.to/2y7XvV8

7 Personal Assertions:

  1. I am willing.
  2. I am wired to win.
  3. I got this.
  4. I embrace the uncertainty.
  5. I am not my thoughts;  I am what I do.
  6. I am relentless.
  7. I expect nothing and accept everything.

“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.” - Marcus Aurelius

1352. One Must Do - One Word

Multiple goals, even one each in the three main areas of life - health, wealth, and relationships - distract.

While I will be working on a number of habits to build my life, I have boiled it down to one daily word and must do achievement for 131 days.

Word:  solopreneur

Must Do:  write 3,000+ words per day

That’s 393,000 words over the course of this monster pain and agony event where I push myself to limits I not attempted in 30 years.

Why?

If I don’t do it now, when?  When I grow up?  When the moon is in the Seventh House?  When they find Jimmy Hoffa?

Why solopreneur?  It’s a term that has fallen in prestige over the years as millennials seek out safe spaces and meaningful jobs.

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Sorry people, but that’s what we all are under the surface.  A job is a means to an end.  You take it on to make money or solve a problem, but we are not our job.  Nothing wrong with taking a job to take care of your family and pay the bills, but it’s not you.

A solopreneur is an old school chief cook and bottle washer.  (Reminds me of Boy Scouts.)  You have to take on all the aspects of owning and operating a business from accounting to HR to actually doing the work of your business.

Why now?

It has never been easier at any time in human history to learn all of the tasks related to going it alone.  The Internet and related technology has changed everything.  You have app after app that can handle about any business task, or you can find cheap outsourcers around the world to take care of any task for you.

Before I discuss the downside of doing it alone, let me cover the upside:

  1. In the big scheme of life, you are only responsible for yourself.  You may take action to benefit your friends and family, your church, or even your country, but that is just to make yourself feel better.  You die alone.
  2. You can’t solve the world’s problems, but you can take a shot at solving your own.
  3. Work your own schedule.  I tend to work in bursts of two to four hours when I can scratch them out of a busy life.  Eight hours a day is the Industrial Revolution exploiting workers for a maximum amount of time to keep them alive and prevent revolution.  Work 16 hours today and take tomorrow off if you want.
  4. Until you are able to hire, automate, or outsource, you get to do all the grunt work.  Pro and con.  I believe you should know every aspect of your online business so you can know what to stop doing and give to someone else.
  5. The money you make is the money you keep.  Set up your business to legally write off virtually everything.  See my Beneficiary Controlled Trust Fact Sheet from 2006.  (You can also see where some Colorado attorneys stole it word for word and illegally put their own copyright notice on it in 2010/2011.  No shame.  No integrity.  Makes me want to call the Colorado Bar Association, but I don’t need to waste my life trying to make others do what’s right.)
  6. You begin to realize that employees are a burden, and that you can take care of 99% of the tasks you can’t or don’t want to do with automation and outsourcing.
  7. You get to do work worth doing and in harmony with your nature.
  8. If you have made a mistake, and are traveling down a wrong or unprofitable path, pivot.  You are only accountable to you.  Not shareholders, stakeholders, board members, employees, or investors.
  9. Your schedule is your own.  I do most of my writing before 7 a.m.  I have obligated to help my 89 year old mother when the health care workers are not here, so I grab early morning hours when no one is making demands.
  10. When you need a break, you take one.  No one “gives” you 30 minutes for lunch or a 15 minute break when they say you should take it.  If you are like me, you may put your head down for 2 - 4 hours at a pop when concentrating on a problem or writing.  Why be constrained by someone else’s artificial schedule?
  11. When work is a struggle, you have to option to take a walk, visit the gym, or seek out nap time.  We all need more exercise and sleep.  Why not put them to use?
  12. Not only is your schedule your own, your workplace is your own.  My office is at home, at the public library, at Barnes and Noble, or at Starbucks.  In fact, my 30 liter daypack contains my entire office.  All I need is a wifi connection.  There is no need in this 2017 world to rent office space to run your anytime, anywhere business.
  13. Having your own business allows you to take advantage of those stupid downtimes in life, like visiting the DMV or waiting for a doctor.  You can now put that time to use on your mobile devices promoting your blog or website.
  14. I find working in a public setting to be less distracting than to be at home.  It’s easier to focus on the task that needs to be done next.
  15. You are responsible for your own success.  This is a big pro and con.  It’s a con because if you fall short and get discouraged, you have no one to blame but yourself.  But then again, if you shine, no boss or co-worker can seize credit for your work.
  16. I believe all work should contribute to your life theme.  You envision where you want to go and how you want to live.  As an employee, you are depleting your life energy serving the vision of others.
  17. For better or worse, every day is a new adventure.  High risk.  High rewards.

Cons:

  1. Isolation.  If you are an IBM (Introvert Boomer Male), this could be a plus for you.  I hate committees.  I hate having to meet someone else’s metrics for a job when you know some corporate hack made this shit up to make his job look important.
  2. If you want, you can join Facebook or LinkedIn groups for some human contact, but I find them distracting from my main work.   Save them for late at night when you’re watching TV or multitasking.
  3. If you receive joy from titles like CEO or supervisor, and need to be praised by others for doing a job, solopreneurship may not be right for you.  Do you crave prestige or want to live off the beaten path?
  4. You are responsible for all of your mistakes.  No hiding your deficiencies inside the team or company.
  5. You could be a target of litigation from creditors and others.  If you structure your business and life carefully, this is not likely to happen.  Don’t be a sole practitioner.  Use a corporation or LLC to shield yourself from legal vultures.

Let the side hustle begin.