Dealing With Manipulative People Part 1

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words.  If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. –Philip K. Dick — Not so long ago I had to finally put some issues to rest that I’ve been having with a family member my entire life.  Someone who had (Or so it seemed at the time.) been very subtle in their attempts... read more

Why I Avoid Debt Like The Plague

The only man who sticks closer to you in adversity than a friend is a creditor. –Author Unknown — If you’re only going to read one article on this site, it needs to be this one. Paradoxically to me, debt has usually been viewed by my peers as a convenient tool they can use to attain things they want before they have the means to do so.  If they were a little low on cash, they would just... read more

Aim to Lose

That’s what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we’ve changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning. – Richard Bach — Everyone always wants to win.  I’m not sure if it’s just a natural human thing to want to win, or if it’s... read more

Why You Should Never Settle For Less Than What You Want

I’ve always believed the greater danger is not aiming too high, but too low, settling for a bogey rather than shooting for an eagle. – Peter Scott — I wrote a post about settling in a relationship back when IEvo first launched and how it was a trap that many people fell into.  People get comfortable or they figure they simply can’t do any better, so they stop trying.  They settle... read more

Surround Yourself With Success

You must look into other people as well as at them. – Lord Chesterfield — When I first heard of surrounding myself with success, it was not only a foreign concept in that I had never heard of it before, but it was foreign on the most base level of my understanding of social relationships and how they affect the individual. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself.  First, I’ll let... read more

Live in the Present, not the Future

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this. –Henry David Thoreau — This post is secretly about gratitude, which I just wrote about not too long ago, so some of the content is going to overlap.  You’ve been... read more

Self-Discipline: The Easy Way

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. – Roy L. Smith — Self-discipline is like this holy grail among people who want to be successful.  People who are writing on personal development talk about discipline as if it is the key that will unlock your problems and transform them into solutions.  Those reading personal development resources tend to take this information... read more
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