Next time you make a decision…

Each and every day we are given the opportunity to make decisions— some more important than others. We deviate decisions based on how we feel, the risk of them, and how each decision can benefit us. When decisions come at a great cost— money, time, resources— we examine closer the potential return, the potential benefit, and the potential lost.

Human nature tells us to invest the least possible amount of resources in an act of safety and cautiousness. Yet, we are better off investing a little more than we want, instead of investing a little less than we needIn the long run, that little extra effort, that little extra cost, will always prove cheaper and more beneficial. It’s vitally crucial, not that the utmost is put in to it (depending on circumstances), but that a more than adequate amount is put forth. You excel by creating a strong base and investing a little more than “just the right amount,” assuring safety and assuring a flourishing future.
When in a new pursuit, whatever it may be, commit to it, and, by investing the proper amount, see yourself advancing to the next level.
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Tell me why I am here… (Formal Education)

It’s 7:35AM. Hardly awake, semi-coherent, and mildly flustered, I sit in a class that pertains nothing to my major, interests, or wellbeing, yet is essential to take to fulfill my general education requirements. I paid over $1,000 to sit in this class at 7:30AM three times a week over the course of the next four months. The book alone cost $230, and the teacher proclaims spending at least 8 hours a week, outside of class, on book problems, readings, and independent research. With the minimal amount of curiosity and the utmost amount of frustration, I ask myself, “why am I here?”

Sure one can argue: it’s a beneficial cross-discipline, it is informational, you need to do it, etc., but honestly, what does this class offer me, the business economics undergrad striving to establish my future while managing my ever-raging, high-minded ambition for success? I  despise learning about genetic patterns and anthropological theory (sorry if you take offense) while my mind focuses on perfecting the skills of success and investing time in practical work that beneficially shapes my future. I concentrate on what interests me, what I want to do, and who I want to become– all the rest remains somewhat obsolete in that discretion– now tell me, “why am I here?” 

As a student of formal education, I question its effectiveness for utilization down the road. Here to get educated nonetheless, what are we truly being taught? Theoretical, trivial knowledge? Or the skills and habits that lay the framework for a sophisticated, bright future? Some teachers understand the importance of expressing to students why they should be here, and the “useful” knowledge they should retain, yet the vast majority of professors adhere to a system and its standards, teaching in the liberal arts fashion, never addressing the relevant: what to look for in life, what to do, where to go, how to act, etc. I remain mindful of the professional occupations requiring intensive schooling and independent research– I applaud it– but for the remaining 97% percent of us, our time, money, and dedication is better spent indulging in the art of success in our relative personal and professional lives, through means of experience and focused learning by books and mentors, rather than memorizing and regurgitating facts to get an A in a course that places me closer to receiving a piece of paper that claims I’m “educated.”

Invest in success; invest in your future. Focus on the applicable. Get it?

Have a vision? This is what you need.

We all chase a vision: a luxurious life, riches, self-transcendence, and so forth. What stands in our way? What do we lack? Clearly, it ultimately resides with us; our future unfolds from the actions taken, the demeanor embraced, and the outlook viewed. I cannot advocate enough for others to chase the wildest dreams. Despite falling short there is always something tangible to show for your efforts. In the pursuit of everything we dream of, two things are required—confidence and ignorance.

Every decision takes some intellectual realization that this option proved the best or most logical. You, no one else, idealized an outcome in line with your choice. Embrace that confidence. Chase your wildest dreams with the confidence that what you do proves just with what you strive to complete. Stay rooted, holding your head high, and move forward. Understand this dream resulted solely from you and your insight. Chase it.

Next, comes the equally critical complement—ignorance. What works for you may not supplement your family, your network, let alone the majority of people the same way. Does that mean you are wrong? Societal standards are not necessary, despite representing the commonly-accepted practice. Remain ignorant of people who abstain from offering you support, motivation, or anything else needed. Embrace your vision with confidence; proceed with ignorance—deflecting all that is adverse.

“All you need is ignorance and confidence, and the success is sure.” –Mark Twain