J.R.R. Tolkein or Napoleon Hill?!

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What kind of writer are you?

Have you ever pondered what it is that makes your writing style unique? What are the habits and attributes that are attached to your writing that make it so intriguing? I’ve been thinking about it over the past couple of days quite deeply. In deciding what kind of blog I was going to create (inspiration and feel good vibes are the way to go!!) I had to choose what kind of writing style I was going to maintain throughout my blog posts. It goes without saying that my style and mannerisms will develop and transform as time continues and I gain more experience with the writing process, but in the endeavor of deciding what direction I wanted to take my vision, I uncovered some interesting things. In particular, I like getting down to the facts quickly and succinctly, yet I also like artistic writing that makes what you’re saying look good. Rhetoric and diction are critical in being able to say things with precision. I’ve covered a couple of habits that I have which help (or hamper) my message clarity and entertainment in this post and attempt to analyze if they are good or bad. I’d say life is a giant balancing act and you must be careful not to be superfluous (COOL WORD! :)) in your application of any one strategy.  Below you’ll find just a couple of tendencies I notice in my own writing. Let’s dive in!

 

I have a jumping around/sporadic writing style. I frequently start new paragraphs/sentences/topics. Is this good or bad? Does anyone else do this? Does this mimic other areas of my life?

BAD – I would like to conjecture that it mirrors the style I live my life in. Admittedly my room is a pigsty, I have a million receipts in my drawers, my bathroom is a mess, files on my computer are scattered, my car is exceptionally dirty, and I leave dishes around. I believe this trait has some correlation with getting distracted and losing focus easily. My memory is used up trying to remember where I place my keys and I’m horrendous with keeping schedules and commitments.

Lack of focus is probably one of the most notable problems with people these days. Many children are diagnosed with A.D.D., employees are unable to sit at a desk all day and work, and many times it’s very hard for blog writers to even get a full blog post out in one sitting. (During the past 2 sentences alone I have clicked out to other tabs about 4 times. RIDICULOUS)  We’ve seriously become addicted to the ping, ding, beep and bzzzt of new alerts. Dopamine anybody? I suppose that is another topic entirely though.

GOOD – In spite of the bad, might there be a silver lining? Does it allow me to connect thoughts more easily? I am able to brainstorm fairly quickly and I can think about topics and subjects to write about quite rapidly. I have an innate ability to keep things fresh by forcing myself to do something that interests me as often as I am able. I have a good habit of letting random thoughts hit the page first and then organizing afterwords. In this way I believe I perceive myself as a thinker before a speaker. Most times I like to keep my mouth shut and listen to others because I don’t want to just go blabbering off in the way that my mental faculties are functioning under this calm facade.


I have a tendency to try to be a perfectionist and use big vocabulary.

BAD – I like to make sure my writing is perfect. (luckily not OCD status, but it’s still there!) I like to give my rough, pencil outline-like ideas, the absolute best coloring and flavor I possibly can. Unfortunately I have a mind that doesn’t spit out the best possible solution on the first go around, at least not every time. The fact that I spend countless hours on minutia such as word selection and flow of a work of writing, have severe negative effects on my productivity. I’ve often heard details cost you money. I think in some cases I need to throw them out the window. Others, they have flown out the window and I’m making a U-Turn to go find them scattered all over the road!!

GOOD – The more colorful the writing, the more thoroughly I enjoy it. Probably because I am writing it and I like to give myself a pat on the back!! Seriously though, reading others’ writing that looks good is such a treat! Because there is such a dearth of exciting and creative verbiage that is used today in everyday communications and I love learning new words. Take this as a challenge: USE BIGGER WORDS! They are fun, and as I have heard, the more ways you are able to describe something, the more power you have to communicate to different audiences. This allows for increased effectiveness in everything you do in life. I dislike the thinking that if people use big words, they think they are better than others. I yearn for my friends to push me to my limits and cause me to grow more than I am comfortable with. The sooner we get comfortable with getting uncomfortable, the better off we will be!


I like to argue with myself and use a pro/con, good/bad, evidence/counter-evidence style of writing.

BAD – While viewing both sides of the argument is great, the ability to pour ourselves into one viewpoint with the largest quantity of gusto, emotion, and heart possible is the way to truly inspire ourselves and others. I have a problem with putting my absolute all into something. I always feel like I have reserve passion just waiting to be used at my command. I WANT to use it, and I know I should be at every chance I can, but I’m not. The question is, how do I access and activate this power at will? Could it be enthusiasm? There is a switch somewhere that can control this ability or something? Maybe I do have control of it? It probably just takes some practice to get better at. I will find and become an activator of the “100% FULL GO MODE” soon! When I do, it’s over! I will have practically harnessed the power of the sun!

GOOD – I am able to objectively view both sides of the argument every time I look at a problem. Unfortunately, this applies to writing 99% of the time and life 1% (read: I can be hot-headed and like things my way (just kidding :p)). But with writing I am able to compose my thoughts and allow them to manifest themselves into the near perfect form I want them to be! This indeed takes time. We all want to be considered a fair judge of character, morals, ourselves, activities, friends, etc.


I wonder how judgement of writing comes in to play for many people and how it links to the rest of their lives!

Leave your comments below on how you express yourself to the utmost! Feel free to tell us some of your useful or not so useful tendencies!

 

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How To Survive Life!

It’s pretty crazy how some simple actions repeated daily can have such an effect on one’s life. I love the progress I’ve made in the past 6 months!! I’m also excited to share with you the techniques I have learned thus far.

 

I’m going to be doing very big things over the course of my life and I figure the only better place to announce it is on the internet. Once it’s on here, its existence can never be erased. I like that permanence. I like when I am held to a higher standard. I like challenges. And I LOVE growing. I figure I can help others grow like myself if I document exactly what I’m going through.

 

There must be a very concrete reason why I have come back for round two on this blog. Possibly for the fact that I get to continue developing my typing & journaling skills? Possibly to connect with more people? Possibly to find out how to run a business and to do that I need to surround myself with the best of the best! Thank the lawd that I can find such fantastic influential sources right in my virtual backyard.

 

I vow to bring outstanding, interesting, and possbily mindblowing content to the world and I here and now proclaim that I will commit to this. Just watch me world! My actions will speak so loud I don’t need to say a word. 🙂

 

Leave a comment below explaining how you handle day to day struggles, challenges, and unexpected events!

Challenge Yourself!

SMILE

So one of my new habits I’m trying to form is to get out of my house whenever possible to do work. This includes reading, writing blog posts, managing bills, and anything else. One of my good friends told me to try to smile the whole time while I was in Starbucks… WOW! This is hard! I’m realizing how little I smile based on how much it hurts just to hold it for 20 minutes. So my challenge to myself (along with a myriad of other new ideas that I pick up every day) will be to try to smile more and more over the coming months.

I believe it will have a truly dramatic effect on my life, the people I attract, the situations I encounter and my learning ability about anything. (Simply reading Think and Grow Rich with a smile has caused me to visualize and retain much more of the information!) I will be commenting on the effectiveness of this strategy as events unfold.

 

Think and Grow Rich Ch. 1

I have decided to first start off with the book Think and Grow Rich as it is one of the cornerstones to many people’s fortunes, empires, and exceedingly happy lives.  I am going to be covering the main points of the chapters, but for brevity’s sake I am going to leave out most of the story telling details. DO NOT think that these are unimportant. They allow you to visualize and put yourself in the person’s shoes so you may relate their experiences to real life examples. I highly suggest your grab a copy of the book to understand what it is I’m referring to as the facts are not nearly as easy to understand and compare to your own experiences as the stores are within the book.

In addition, the methods, anecdotes, and ideas in place in this book all “make sense” but they won’t be able to work for us unless we put them into effect, practice them every day, and become a student of how they truly work. Seeing as how I how this is my first book I’m dissecting, it may be sloppy, it may be terrible but it’s for my own use as well as yours, so a small hoorah to improving before we begin!

Ch.1 – The Power of Thought

When purposepersistence, and a burning desire are attached to thoughts, those thoughts become exponentially more powerful. And often we believe that wealth, success, and a different life are supposed to appear magically overnight. These things do not appear in one sitting, they come SLOWLY, and often we have no idea how to bring our vision about! One thing is for sure: we must have a definite purpose for our goal and stop at nothing to achieve it (read: get knocked down 1000 times, get back up 1001). When a person risks everything to achieve their dream, he/she is destined to succeed because there is no other way.

Example: Trying to find a job. If you put it in your mind that you have to land a job to support your family and their well-being and survival depends on it. You will most likely get the job. IF you believe you can get a job and are constantly striving to find the information to help you succeed in that pursuit. Applying to 1 job a day will probably not get you there. But the law of averages is in our favor. Eventually, with enough effort, all blockades and boundaries can be surpassed. We have infinitely powerful minds and as soon as a person realizes that, is when the momentum of forward progress begins.

An example would be a once poor child who had worn potato sacks as dresses and who was molested by two members of her family as a teen. Who could this unfortunate soul be? Oprah! She has since turned her life around and become a beacon of hope for many people aspiring to make an impact on the world. The question is: HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?!

We must get started! Take the plunge! You will never know how something will work out until you try it. What a different world we would live in if only everyone who had an idea or desire would attach themselves and hold onto that vision until it came to fruition. DO NOT let failure or temporary defeat seem like a reason to stop striving to achieve your mission, these circumstances are placed there to test your resolve and determine if you are truly invested and willing to go the distance to achieve your desire.

Failure loves to play games with the people striving for something. It takes pride and joy in its ability to cut mortals down to size when they are inches away from success. Be prepared for this in your endeavors. Mindset also plays into your stickability factor as well. If we are able to look at every bad experience as a learning lesson instead of being angry and disappointed, we will be sure not to repeat our failures and be much more prepared for similar situations in the future.

When a definite purpose is combined with an alertness to our surroundings while searching for the answers to our problems, the answers will begin to flow to you naturally. In any of the various chapters of the book may be found a single idea (ONLY ONE!), plan or purpose that will allow you to tap into the power to bring to fruition your vision and goals. This idea may cause you to look back into your life at a past defeat and pull to the surface a lesson through which you can acquire that which you lost through defeat.

The strange thing about wealth is that once it starts to come into your life, it happens so rapidly and in such large quantities, one typically thinks “where the heck have you been all these years I’ve been struggling!?”

The road to riches can be obtained simply by mastering the principles of these philosophies and others in the book and utilizing the instructions for putting them to use in everyday life. But to do this, one must change their mind from being failure conscious to success conscious. Unfortunately most people’s habits and behaviors are entrenched with failure consciousness: AKA poverty, want, misery, failure, and defeat.

The beauty of it all is we ultimately have control of what goes into and out of our mind! We have the amazing ability to control our thoughts. While it is easy to think positive thoughts, it is also easy to think negative ones as well. Our minds do not distinguish whether a thought is going to be harmful or helpful, it simply receives it. If we desire riches, we have to tune our minds to the frequency of intensely desiring riches, in which the desire for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it.

Start of a New Journey

Well, where to begin… It all started when I was about 6 when I fell out of Boo Radley’s apple tree… Just kidding! I’m stoked as heck to start using this blog and put all of my crazy and not-so-crazy thoughts into word form for others to digest, commentate on, and enjoy for whatever purposes they desire.

Why do you care? You probably don’t… But I do, and I care about helping people out. Therefore I am going to be doing my best to providing useful content over the coming weeks, months, and years to add mucho value-o to your vida.

Included in this will be ways to reclaim your time (obvi), book summaries (I’ll make them interesting I promise), the occassional rant, while many other entertaining people, places, and things. This is my no-holds-barred blog where I can write about whatever the heck I want (I’m writing it aren’t I?) and where I will hopefully develop into the amazing communicator that I aspire to be. As time unfolds I will be sure to customize the layout and reveal more about myself whenever time allows. But for now, in the words of the wise Porky Pig “Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks!”