What Are Your Three Greatest Accomplishments?

What Are Your Three Greatest Accomplishments?

This question was posed to me awhile ago. Originally, I thought it was poppycock. But now I realize that it’s a question worth asking.

The answer to the question will depend on the person. Everybody’s different. So each man’s definition of “accomplishment” is similar to those that think like him: i.e. Robert Kiyosaki will give creedance to Donald Trump. Kobe Bryant will be interested in Wilt Chamberlain. Buddy Guy will investigate the ideas of BB King. And so on…

Your definition of “accomplishment” dictates your life.  It colors how you view the past, how you see the present, and what you’re looking for in the future.

A GREAT MAN is ruthlessly dedicated to his definition of accomplishment; he never lets a differing definition usurp his own.

To thine own self be true! Do you have the courage to follow that statement? Or will you kowtow to others, letting their vision of the world become your own?

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To an Active Mind, Indolence is More Painful Than Labor

To an Active Mind, Indolence is More Painful Than Labor

These words were uttered by Edward Gibbon, after he finished his six-volume epic: History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. (a book that was considered by many to be the pre-eminent collection on Roman history). Gibbon was exhausted, ready to retire to the English countryside. And yet, he realized what all GREAT MEN realize.

“To an active mind, indolence is more painful than labor”

The GREAT MAN is always on the move, always in the act of becoming. He must BE...he must DO. He runs to a destiny every day. He climbs the Mountain of Potential. He swims in the Ocean of Possibility.

The GREAT MAN can never relax. For a day or two…perhaps. But then the voices begin…calling him into the Battlefield of Tomorrow.

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An Alpha Male is Not Addicted to “Sportsball”

An Alpha Male is Not Addicted to “Sportsball”

A few years ago, I disconnected myself from “Sportsball.” It was a bit difficult, because I was an athlete growing up – I still felt a connection to the “old days.” Every Sunday, I sat in front of a television set and watched the Pittsburgh Steelers.  They were “my team” (I’m still waiting for a check in the mail, compensating me for my time).

Years later, I realize what a waste of time it was. On some level, it’s equivalent to being a pot head. You create a ritual that – when all is said and done – is counterproductive to being a GREAT MAN.

Being a sports fan is logical when you’re a child, or even an adolescent. At that stage of life, you’re searching for role models. So the 15-year old can admire a professional athlete, dreaming of the man that he might become. It’s a healthy form of visualization.

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The young boy can watch sports on TV, dreaming of the man he might become.

But it’s much different when you get older.

Let’s be honest…there’s something wrong with a 50 year-old man that’s rooting for a 16 year-old boy (especially if that boy is not his son). He becomes a man that never grew up: one that’s mired in the quick sand of adolescence. He’s still playing with action figures.

Alpha men should not be addicted to “Sportsball.” They should be starting their own business or courting beautiful women. They should be traveling the world…reading the works of GREAT MEN.  They should be in the gym, doing sit-ups and lifting weights.

They should be dominating the life game.

Disclaimer: A small amount of Sportsball is ok, but ONLY if it relates to periodic pleasure: i.e. the Super Bowl, the World Series.

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We Suffer in Our Own Minds More Than We Do in Reality (Seneca)

We Suffer in Our Own Minds More Than We Do in Reality (Seneca)

It’s Friday, so I’ll leave my readers with the wisdom of a GREAT MAN.

We suffer in our own minds more than we do in reality (Seneca)

Well put, my good Seneca. We often worry about the dangers abroad, the dangers in a distant place, etc. And yet, we forget the blessings at home: our families, our friends, and our health.

Today, I am reminded of such blessings – my little daughter turns three-years old. God has blessed me with a little angel. So I’m off to a birthday party…cake, ice cream, and pizza it is!

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How to Repackage the Music of John Denver

How to Repackage the Music of John Denver

In 2015, for the first time in music history, “old” albums were outselling new ones: i.e. Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Miles Davis. In the name of commerce, as well as nostalgia, I thought it would be a good idea to repackage the music of John Denver.

However, we need to erase the image of the “All-American Boy” and make it modern. The only way that a Deep-State Media will appreciate Denver (which they never did) is to make him a Social Justice Warrior.  In order to do this, we’ll need to re-title the songs. I’ve taken the liberty of providing a few suggestions:

  • Country Roads George Soros, Take Me Home”

  • “Thank God I’m a Country Boy Male Feminist”

  • Sunshine The Decapitated Head of Donald Trump on My Shoulder Makes Me Happy”

These songs will become hits…AGAIN! They’ll be applauded by masculine women and feminine men everywhere. I foresee a Grammy Nomination. And who knows…if we’re lucky, Jimmy Kimmel will invite Denver’s adult children onto his late-night show. There, Kimmel can ask the most important question…the one that everybody is dying to ask:

Who were the “Sheroes” in Denver’s life?

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Happiness Often Lies in the Silent Satisfaction From Having Acted Well

Happiness Often Lies in the Silent Satisfaction From Having Acted Well

He places no part of his happiness in ostentation, but in the secret approbation of his conscience, seeking the reward of his virtue, not in the clamorous applauses of the world, but in the silent satisfaction which results from having acted well.

This wisdom is coming from Letters of Pliny. He speaks about a friend, Titus Aristo, that is always happy. And where does this happiness come from? Not in fame or fortune. But, as Pliny puts it…

“…in the silent satisfaction which results from having acted well.”

This is generally true.

Happiness is complex. And many factors can ruin your day…or even your life. Yet, as a general rule, the perspective of any man is resting in his conscience. It’s resting in his commitment to virtue, or in the knowledge that he’s on the correct Highway of Life.

The stoic wisdom of Ancient Rome is an irony. On one hand, it comes from people that have been dead for hundreds of years…men that are long forgotten. And yet, the wisdom they share is timeless—it speaks to the life of a modern man.

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On Shopenhauer’s The World as Will and Idea

On Shopenhauer’s The World as Will and Idea

I’ve always enjoyed Shopenhauer’s work. And yet I’m struggling his epic The World as Will and Idea. In particular, the concept of the world as merely an idea.

No truth therefore is more certain, more independent of all others, and less in need of proof than this, that all that exists for knowledge, and therefore this whole world, is…in a word, idea.”

That’s a stretch.

Life is a tangible reality, a concrete exclamation mark. It’s profound and absolute. Let me give you two example to illustrate the point:

  • The ecstasy of an orgasm (body shaking, waves of pleasure, etc.)
  • The pain of being burned alive

These are very real…more than idea. They exist in the here and now, and they are so profound that they cannot be denied.

I’ll continue with Shopenhauer, because I’ve enjoyed the other things that I’ve read. But my instinct is telling me that I won’t agree with a lot of this book.

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