The Lessons I Learned During A Minimester

Lesson's of A Minimester

These last few months I’ve had to ride some waves of change. During the course of two weeks I learned some interesting facts about myself.

One thing I came to grips with early, is that when I am motivated or if I have deadlines due, I am self-confident and motivated enough to wake up and conquer challenges. I’ve also learned that if you aren’t ready to wake up and put a fight each day, you’ll end up with your ass in the sand. Once you begin to realize that if you are willing to put forth the effort, you can wake up each day bright and early and face your obstacles head on with success, everything else can appear dispensable. However if you aren’t driven enough or motivated enough to make each day a success your results will let you know.

Reality and results will always keep it real with you. Reality never passes you a free golden ticket to freedom or adventure.

Sometimes this can be learned the hard way, unless you happen to be a child born of a privileged family who can have access to experiences and events at a much sooner stage.

So let me begin by telling you what I learned. Although I spent two and a half weeks in a constant forward motion, trying to master as much information as I possibly could and regurgitate it out every morning in order to pass and prove my abilities. I discovered something about myself and school in general. I could do the work and survive the grind day in and day out, but my problem wasn’t the work itself. My problem had been and continues to be the results.

When you do the hard work and your knowledge is tested when it matters most, you have to be in fluid form. In other words you need to be in sync with the rhythm of tasks that you need to conquer. However at the same time you also need to be consciously aware of what you’re doing at all times. One area that I seem to suffer with is maintaining my focus at a conscious level so I can actively reiterate what I’ve learned. Getting caught up in the abyss of thought and the distracting patterns of the technological world can really kill your focus.

After studying all day and placing my full effort into the assignments and quizzes I would go to sleep quite late. I would get to the point where I was completely immersing myself in the curriculum and I wouldn’t do anything else but think about finding a solution to my coursework problems. From a productivity stance, it was great and it was necessary, because their was no other way I could complete that level of work without being completely focused and driven.

What I feel is happening is that the very system that we are implementing is currently pushing students to a high limit and it is educating citizens across the globe at an unbelievable level. That being said, it is becoming harder than ever to balance daily life and it’s demands while simultaneously being productive at a masterful level.

I will provide my very own reason I believe this change is happening.

There was a week where I had to watch over a large property, feed a German Short-hair, and take care of two chicken coops. At the same time I was carrying a full load of a minimester class and conducting Finite Mathematics in the time-span of two-weeks. It was at this moment that I felt I had reached a certain peak. I was living in a position that may have felt surreal to some.

In this position I had control and responsibility over a property that I could only dream upon owning one day. I was in the presence of a fancy property all under my control. With this responsibility came work and the need to prove myself. It was through the action of providing for the animals and for myself, that I began to feel a renewed sense of responsibility and an elevated feeling of pursuit. It was no easy task waking up at 4am or 5am each morning, it required discipline and determination in order to defeat and overcome obstacles.

When I woke up I knew that I was not only caring for myself but also the surrounding animals that accompanied the property.

I would wake up each day ready to go put myself to the test and realize my limit of potential. When you’re dead tired and you spent the entire day working mentally and physically, sleep is one of your best friends for maintaining a healthy mind. My problem was balancing the obscene amount of mental work and conducting my learning in completely fluid fashion.

I quickly learned that it would be a daunting task, however if you set your mind to work anything is possible if you put in the hours of work and you remain focused.

I’d have to say that preparing daily meals from scratch, feeding chickens, dog watching around the property and learning new mathematical material at an alarming pace has been one of the greatest challenges that I’ve undertaken. It has been through experiences like this past minimester that I feel I’ve learned a lot about what I am truly capable of.

Although I may not have been entirely successful in my venture and classroom experience, I feel that the settings and tasks that I had to complete helped me realize what prioritization is. When you work hard and you don’t necessarily meet a certain standard of success, there is still something to be gained from the experience. It is through the actions and by seeing the end result that you can begin to envision what it takes to reach a particular level.

Assignments suit the purpose of practicing material in order to become more familiar. The ultimate hope is to learn and master the skills of problem solving. Ultimately it is the habit of doing work and productivity that will lead you up the tower of your own personal pursuit.

As stated by Peter F. Drucker, “The only way to increase productivity of “labor” is to increase the productivity of the people, that is, the productivity of time and the productivity of knowledge.”

Results will always differ depending upon your results that you put forth. If you only put forth average quality work of average work ethic your fruit of your labor will simply be average. It is not until the awareness of performance, obeying strict orders, and doing skilled motions that one begins to form any realization of their possible value.

Once you begin producing high results you may finally get a glimpse of what you could be. If you put in the time and dedication you can begin to realize how much you can still improve or strengthen weaknesses. Productivity and excellence can only be accomplished when you have a hunger for continuous learning. The hunger for continuous learning will only lead to a better presentation of what you do best!

 

Why You Need To Go All In

Go All In

One thing that I’ve learned over the past year is that accomplishment really depends upon your level of focus. For some time I have been trying to satisfy the demand of multiple goals and expectations that I have set upon myself.

Without completely realizing, I have only been putting forth only about 20% focus on writing, 25% effort on reading, and 50% focus on school.  This is just a guesstimate, depending upon the day and how I feel, these numbers can fluctuate and differ. As a result, what I’ve come to realize is that when you don’t completely focus on one area of your life or you start to neglect certain facets, it can seat you in a stationary state. As a result your potential to create and successfully maneuver to your desired place can be inhibited.

The importance that I’m trying to emphasize is that it is important to set goals for yourself and do as much as you think you’re capable of.  At the same time, it is very important to keep a balance. Starving yourself to the bone, or surviving off Pop-Tarts for a week, might help you get ahead with a massive amount of studying. But it probably won’t keep the conversations between your stomach and your esophagus at a standstill for very long. Or anyone who renders themselves blind by staring at computer screens for fourteen hours and twenty-two minutes a day, may be intellectual, but lack muscular definition.

What I’m getting at, is that what ever your motivations and focus is, you need to dive in deep and fully but do it carefully and with awareness.

A lot of people have dreams that appear unrealistic at the surface but can be fulfilled through proper guidance. Don’t let reality scare you off. If you take the proper steps and apply effort in the right directions anything can be accomplished.

In order to get closer to goals or dreams you have to be willing to take some risk. A lot of times, the risk may not always pay off with a reward,  so don’t be intimidated by failure. The deeper you dive, the more confidence you will have to build up in order to build yourself back up, especially to become even greater than you were beforehand.

The biggest enemy anyone has to conquer is fear. The biggest factor that affects decision-making is the fear of trying for the sake of failure. So go all in. Do what you like and reach for greater possibilities. Stretch your boundaries and do things to the best of your ability. As this Norman Vincent Peale quote states, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

Are you going to live the jet-life, traveling around the world? Will you be visiting old architectural sites, spending your lunches sipping on margaritas? If that’s your goal, well start figuring out a way that you can make enough income to support your travel costs or better yet, try to develop a passive income of some sort. Are you going to have one job for your career or will you jump to other careers for the sake of curiosity and potential? Write out the jobs that you can’t stop thinking about. Have you visited with any professionals, now is the time to start! Get out in the world and let people know that you are interested and willing to learn. Are you going to climb up the business ladder, of an exciting new start-up near you? What companies near your current location need help or are creating new branches? Start asking questions and find a way to answer these questions.

Are you already working for a company or are you still in the search for a job? You need to take directions in the pathway that you want to select. That’s how things get done, and that’s how the ball gets rolling 9.8 times out of 11.

Do you want to change the world by working for yourself, or by working under someone else?

Are you looking for ways to simply get paid, or are you willing to take the time and search out what you love to do? Once you feel you’ve made strides in the right direction, formulate a way to get paid for it!

Keep a balance and put your best work forth. If you place a little effort here and a little effort there, at times it’s needed. From a far when you do multiple tasks, it may not seem like you’re doing much, but if you know that you’re making strides everyday to become better, stronger, and faster at accomplishing goals then time will spell things out clearly. It’s called soul searching or discovering new pathways.

In order to find out which path best fits your persona you have to go all in and test different boundaries. Sometimes you have to break rules, cause some eyebrow raising or make others think deep, but eventually if you spend your time in the right areas you’ll discover your truest potential.

When you fully submit yourself towards any road ahead, you develop a  specific mindset.

A mind set upon reaching a planned destination is one that can conquer all obstacles even when staring in the eyes of defeat. Part of the beauty of writing or visualization, is that planning is something that can be applied. You can write out exactly how everything will fit snugly into your life, and how you can see it all happening if life works out fluidly. If you’re not that type and you prefer to go with whatever opportunities shape in your direction, well that can work too. Just remember, if things don’t work out, you can see where you made your mistakes.

LEARN, LEARN, LEARN!

If you apply what you learn, you won’t make the same mistakes twice.

Everyone has to take time to reflect and figure out their greatest strengths and learn how their personal dynamics can be applied. Everyone has separate skill sets, but once you discover those skills, apply them to the real-world, and do it with your whole heart. Remember that you control your own destiny, and what you produce comes down to the quality of your inner drive!

 

Trials With Rejection

Trials and Rejection

If you had to pick a set of characteristics would you choose confidence, strength, and security? Or would you choose hesitation, lack of ambition, and frustration?

Common sense would make you think that if you want to get the most out of life and everyday experiences, you would receive much more if you lived with confidence, strength, and security. Finding a good balance of these three characteristics may take you far, but still it takes more to go far in life.

Everybody has to face rejection and facets of negativity. The ability to bounce off of negative thoughts or reactions of others takes practice and requires resilience.

Take for example an encounter that I just witnessed at a coffee table at Barnes and Noble. A young man was having a long conversation about work, personal issues, and affairs with a barista girl across the counter. After a good conversation of over ten minutes, there was another young man who was sitting at a coffee table who seemed to be frustrated. After a break in the conversation, the man sitting at the table turned around and told the boy conversing with the barista girl that he should apply for a job with Barnes and Noble or Human Resources, so he can deal with other people’s problems. The man who was at the counter then reacted and said that he already had a job and that he wasn’t interested. This was not a satisfactory response for the man sitting at the coffee table. He told the man at the counter what he thought he should do. Get a job where he can talk all day; because he couldn’t handle sitting and listening to the conversation while he had to concentrate and focus. After hearing this conversation I had a good laugh and couldn’t help but hold a smirk on my face. Although the confrontation wasn’t too vulgar, I understood that their were a few feelings going on. A sense of jealousy and a sense of trying to put down the other opponent.

What I’m trying to relate to the audience in this lesson are a few things. In order to carry through trials of rejection you have to carry a fighting spirit and the ability to not let others put you down. One thing that everybody inevitably has to face is that some people will always try and put a negative spin on your day or take down your vibe.

The lesson that has to be learned is within. You have to learn to not give a flying hoot what others say or think and just carry on. Learn to smile or brush off what the other person says. Talk is cheap, so you can’t let little words get to your head or sway you in the wrong direction. It takes some practice, but if you can learn to compliment the other person or just laugh off something that another person says to you, you’re a pro.

If you add resilience to the suitcase of your personality that you carry with you across the world, you never know what magic you can cultivate. Learn to master and sharpen your current deck. Test out new scenarios and everyday confrontations. Just through observation you can learn something new everyday!

How A Five Dollar Purchase Changed Me

Small things lead to bigger things

One day as I was cleaning off shelves in the clearance isle of my work, I saw something that caught my eye. While most people probably would have brushed it aside or considered it useless, I discovered a great gem.

What I found was a meditation CD full of great sounds and rhythms intended to bring the mind, body, and soul together. It was a great find for me, since it was a great way for me to relax my mind and escape the inner chatter and chaos of my daily schedule. I’m sure anyone who has ever had a busy schedule or grueling  time with school and work understands the feeling.

After some practice and listening to the audio CD, it was a great way for me to calm my mind and improve my level of concentration and feelings. I felt that utilizing the meditation CD really helped me improve my grades and test scores. My performance at school and work was improving because I was making an effort to improve.

Previously I feel I have struggled with holding my attention and focus, however I feel using meditation has been a great aid. I still fight the chatter of my mind and my ideas of imagination, however I am beginning to understand how important attentiveness truly is.

Over time I have really learned it’s easy to think thoughts at lightning speed and have ideas come in and out of one’s mind, but it is much harder to manifest things. It takes much more time and effort to be effective in multiple aspects of living.

In order to place ideas and thoughts into proper perspective, you need to be precise.  It takes time and patience as well as persistence to get things correctly in order.

The timing of my purchase was during my last semester at my nearby community college of my hometown. The classroom demands were really beginning to test my mental ability, so I had to discover a way to conquer my challenges. I quickly figured out that discipline had to be developed, and like a seed, discipline needs to be nurtured.

I was trying to spend my days in a frugal manner, cooking my own food, being independent, and spending countless hours in the library. Once I learned that being proactive and surrounding myself in the right environment was helping me succeed I knew I had to continue with my drive.  Once you begin to master certain areas of your life you can accomplish great feats!

I’ve always struggled with learning certain concepts and as a result, the lesson I have learned is discipline must be acquainted!

What About Life and It’s Meaning?

What's The Meaning of Life

May I dare ask, what is the meaning of life? Do you ever ponder and look up at the blue sky or the stars in the night and wonder, how has this wonderful world been created?

As we live day to day we gather knowledge which translates to wisdom. Here’s my portrayal…

The meaning of life is to experience. Living life is experiencing the sun on our faces. It is feeling the moisture of the wet dewy grass on our toes, and it is to feel the wind in our hair and the warm or cold breeze that comes and goes.

Life is walking on hot blacktop, or cold tiles with bare-feet.

Life is experiencing the birds chirping and singing song after song. Living is to kiss and hug, roll around in the dirt and then doing it again.

Life is tasting the wonders of the world both sweet and sour, spicy and tangy. Living is laughing and enjoying every moment as if it were your last.

Life is a struggle which makes everyone stronger. Living is suffering, and then realizing that with pain we all have something to gain.

Life is about giving rather than receiving. Living is wanting to give more and more.

Life is enhancing others lives by taking potential and turning it into something better.

To suppress others from living is truly wrong. By locking others up, and sheltering them from experience,  it is shameful for humanity.

Everything  that is living in the flesh has a desire to sense life and feel what it is to be free. While our energy can be felt and spread, it is up to us to spread divinity, wisdom, kindness, and love.

Through  our experiences we are transformed. All of our experiences are translated like electrical impulses spreading past the boundaries of time.

To experience is to see, taste, touch, hear, smell, and know. To experience is to know what it is to live in the present, not the past, nor the future.

When you look back at life, ultimately it’s a composition of the collective experiences stored in our minds. The mind is like a hard drive where information gathers and spreads.

We are all life, and we are all energy combining to make this world what it is, and what it can potentially be!

Facing Your Own Facts

Facing The Facts

Looking into your habits and ways of living is a very beneficial reflection. At times we don’t always realize who we are, or who we have become until we do serious reflecting and what I might call soul searching.

In order to learn more about yourself and others you have to dive fully into reality.

If you really want to fulfill your own greatest potential, facing the truth about yourself is something that has to be done.

Personally, I’ve heard it over and over again in my own life. People have always enjoyed having conversations with me because I can talk about a broad range of subjects. However most people throughout my life would say, “Hey why don’t you talk more”? People have always considered me a quiet person, but whenever I heard that sentence, that noise would go through one ear and out the other. I’ve never enjoyed hearing that, but that’s just my own personal ways. I am naturally introverted, but as a result I have learned to love life, and I love the idea of flexibility and creativity.

Some basic facts that I know about myself that I have come to know are my introverted ways, and my tendency to listen more than I speak. As a result I tend to listen to what others say a lot and I hold a lot of things and thoughts internally in my head. I also automatically tune into some eavesdropping without intending to be intrusive, due to my natural tendencies. I say this because this is just my own facts and how I tend to go about most situations.

I’ve always thought to myself if I could somehow shatter fears and just cold approach everything with no boundaries or rejection, success would be inevitable.

After doing some reflections I’ve seen how this can positively help for life experiences.

Some benefits of self-reflection and what I’ve found by looking at my own characteristics include…

  • Realizing why certain situations keep occurring in my own life.
  • Finding out why I’ve continually missed out on certain opportunities.
  • Discovering why I have particular strengths and weaknesses.
  • Building self-awareness, which can lead to more benefits for yourself and others around you.
  • A more mature approach to life and how improvements can be made.
  • Seeing life with a new pair of lenses and looking for ways to improve myself and others.

Throughout my life, I have probably missed out on some fun events and great opportunities of social scenery. But honestly I’ve had some very special memories with some world-class friends from my hometown and family members overseas. Experiencing a broad spectrum of environments and reaching out of comfort is important for personal growth.

I have always enjoyed parties, but unless I’m around familiar people I find it harder to thrive in those social situations. In reality I tend to keep to myself and I work towards goals. Due to my ways of thinking and natural habits, I tend to seclude myself and tune myself into projects, reading, and opportunities of personal growth. Personally, I prefer to form more harmonious relationships with people and I don’t like to cause stirs or conflicts of negative energy.

I’ve always considered achievement as being important because it is something that you can display and prove. However without realizing, by constantly striving  to achieve, it is easy to isolate yourself from the world which is not always a healthy habit. Not to mention, it can be painful at times to seclude yourself from situations when you’re always aiming for achievement, but it is a sacrifice that has to be made for anyone who is striving towards perfection.

I believe that I’ve probably missed out on some great people and possible relationships because of my self-centered approach to things that I try to do, but if I could spread any wisdom I’d say, sharing with others is key. I can confidently say that I have lived many happy days despite my unorthodox ways of living and creating value for other lives.

I’ve also come to the realization that if I were to open up myself, becoming equally extroverted and introverted, it would lead to a strong balance in life. Developing some sort of balance between introversion and extroversion would likely help anyone strive much more in all aspects of life, whether it be family, career, or personal relationships.

I would recommend cold approaching people in any situation. Whether it be face to face or directly calling someone the likelihood of forming a stronger connection to the other person will go up by ten-fold.

In today’s digital world it is easy to get caught up with keyboards and constant text bombardment, but all people prefer relating face to face. The power of communication and emotions are much stronger and potent when they are spoken in direct form.

Besides my own train of thoughts, I know it’s important to be considerate of others and to learn from others. A major reason I began blogging rather than just writing stories is in order to benefit and share knowledge and information with other people.

I’m not really sure if it’s karma or a universal law, but I do know that whenever I help and share things with other people something comes back my way eventually.

After all, life is meant to be lived for others not just for yourself and accomplishments.

If you can do amazing things in the world like create things, heal people, and form a strong basis of understanding of how things work then by all means do it! Life is abundant and it is full of new things and new perspectives which arrive each and every day. Life is ever-changing and ever-renewing.

Face the facts, whether you like it or not it’s something that we all have to face!