Sunday, July 4, 2010

New Gullwing Does Barrel Roll in Tunnel

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New Gullwing Does Barrel Roll in Tunnel | The Daily Capitalist

Holy guacamole!

A friend of mine sent me this video, and I had to immediately post it; doubly important since I totally slacked off for the past 33 days. Okay, not TOTALLY. I did get a lot of personal work done, bought a bunch of websites, and signed up for something that's finally going to start making a HUGE difference in my life and the lives of those around me.

We're all taught from the time we're teachable that the only way to live your life is to go to school, go to college if you can afford it, get a job, and work 40 hours a week (or more), hoping one day you'll save enough money to retire on.

People are starting to figure out the flaws in that plan, and they're rejecting it more and more.

But they don't have any other solutions, so instead of being ground down to the bone by 40 years of unappreciated work, they are instead shiftless losers stuck with their parents, without a decent job or marketable skills and no idea how to get out of the trap because no one will take a chance on them because they don't have a solid work history because no one offered them anything worth working for. It's not so much that we're all collectively lazy, it's that there's no inspiration out there to be the most we can be.

But I've found a way to change that.

When you're on an airplane, they tell you that if the oxygen masks pop out, you need to put YOURS ON FIRST before you try to help your kids. While you're fighting your panicking kids to help them, you're going to pass out and die, and then so will they. You might not be so lucky to have a friendly neighbor behind you who is willing or able to help you before you die. BUT, if you put YOUR mask on first, now you don't have to worry about passing out. When your kids pass out, they stop fighting you and you can put their masks on BEFORE they die. POOF! You all live! Well, assuming the plane doesn't crash, but you get the point.

This is the same thing. I've gotten into something incredible. It's my oxygen mask. Once I've got it put on and I'm breathing, then I can help those around me to get theirs on. And then they can help those around them get theirs on. Before you know it, everyone's saved!

This is the basic principle behind some of the things I've discussed with my friends and family over the past year or so, but I've been struggling to find that one key ingredient that gets the mask to pop out, and now I think I've got it.

Before I got to this point, though, I had to understand a couple things. First, I needed to understand that there was a need for the mask. Then to know that the mask really does exist. And then to know that I can have the mask. And finally, to know that I deserve to be able to put the mask on ONLY if I can figure out how to get it. It's a stretchy little metaphor, but it works pretty well. You can't save yourself if you don't know you're in danger, if you don't believe saving yourself is possible, or if you think someone else deserves to be saved more than you do. If you don't want to be saved, you don't deserve to be saved. That's how the world works, and I'm not ashamed of that. I cannot force anyone to accept my help and I will not waste my efforts helping someone like that when there are others out there who can be helped and want to be. It's heart-breaking sometimes, sure, but that's the way it is. That's the only way anything is gonna happen.

I met a girl last year who has everything any of us would ever want. She's pretty, has men begging for her attention, makes more money than I do (but not for long), has a career she enjoys, and is the envy of her family. I really liked her as a person. On the surface she's very happy, but talking to her and studying some of the things she's done, I could see it written all over her that she was still missing some very important part of her personal happiness and fulfillment. Her career wasn't where she thought it should be, and she was stuck pitying herself, thinking she was the victim of bad luck or that she wasn't desirable enough or some other pile of road-apples. I could see the solution to her problem so easily, but if I'd just given it to her, she wouldn't've understood it. She would've thought I was just being a nosy jerk trying to tell her how to run her life. If I'd had more time so she could get to know me and see what kind of person I am and that I've gone through the same feelings of self-doubt she has and that I've found a way out of it, I could've given her some advice she'd've taken, and maybe by now she'd be someone who participates regularly on this site.

I have another friend who changed her life and is far more satisfied with it. She doesn't let people walk all over her any more, she does what she wants with her life, and she's proud of herself and her accomplishments. She's building a business right now and one day you'll have her products in your home. I'm proud to say I'll've had a hand in making that happen, though a small one, and I'll be equally proud to say she's having a hand in my own success. She's also one of the biggest fans of my writing.

Keep your eyes on this space. I'll have more for you soon, something you can take to the bank.

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