Warning: possibility of loss via discontinued attention.

As a brilliant Princeton Professor frames one of his courses involving dynamic highly complex network systems – (which I love, thanks Prof. Chaing!) he structures informational transference (teaching/learning) in the form of questions. That may not seem all that uncommon, but his questions are special because their ingredients promote thought and lead you toward significant learning.

Here’s my question or POP (Point of Ponderment) – yes I made that up – “ponderment” is a compounded word not yet recognized by Mr. Webster… and I’m not looking for recognition, just communication.

Q: Why do so many executives feel the need to have a profile picture (“LinkedIn” or other social/professional network) that represents them without a smile or the happiness that generally precedes one?

Here’s my answer:

Business and the money that it represents was traditionally an environment that demanded a military-like presentation – a “theatrical seriousness” which never really had anything to do with being serious. Further considerations beckon me…

Consideration 1. Business is a human construct. Humans are emotional and importantly so. Being happy does not equal any lack of seriousness. Somehow, someone, (I think the “Quakers”) got these two things confused.

Consideration 2. Today’s business belongs in today. Today we have evolved to a place that understands (through many “serious” experiences) that one way is not always the right way. Thankfully, we (humans) are starting to understand the need for total transparency – and specifically that we all realize we are human.

Consideration 3. Business is a person-to-person transaction – regardless of the business environment, purpose or product. This being so, a person representing grief or unhappiness dissuades personal involvement and one with a smile welcomes the potential for happiness and good performance – because…

Consideration 4. Human performance improves greatly within activities that allow happiness and its many beneficial side effects. Nobody who is honest with themselves wants to work or labor without happiness and/or with those that do.

In conclusion: Smile.

The deeper message is to find work that you actually love to do – and allows for greatness. I suggest looking for a career that includes great purpose – much happiness is received through these positions. If you are at one that you can’t stand, then don’t. If you are in one that matters but doesn’t fit your dreams – “whistle while you work” until you can find the one that makes you sing.

POM (Point of Motivation): Please remember that none of us live forever, most of us don’t live all that long, and far too many of us live fully while we are alive. Make it count!

The 2nd moral of the story:

The “Warning” in the beginning was just that – many times in life we start into something – a conversation, a job, a relationship, and get derailed because of our first impressions (my obscurely boring first paragraph) that get us to “discontinue attention” i.e. reading… have patience with things and people. Are you glad you kept reading?

Last Question: Do you think this post will affect my ability to raise start-up funding/investment? Or is it an effective filtration method to avoid the wrong kind of money”?

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True Treasure

As we all share life’s many moments of change, some bad and some good – all of us leave a wake. Although not often noticed and rarer still is when this “wake” is examined, we tend to see these past (unchangeable) moments as regretful waypoints marked with those people we stirred and left bobbing in the waters of our past.

But allow me to redirect this voyage in the hopes of awakening a more melodious future – one with clear bells in which to navigate. As I now share the “stirring” of a different kind – one that’s captained by a man that quietly plots a course for all to follow their dreams not led by sight but the power of sound.

I wrote and now dedicate the following “captured wisdom” in honor of Julian Treasure – a man whose words greatly improved my life.

Information is the nutrient that provides a person with a resistance to ignorance, a person’s perpetual willingness to Listen, then learn, and finally change without bias… is the cure.

Thank you Julian.

Please see Julian’s “TED Talks” as well as his other talks by following the link below:

Link to “TED Julian Treasure’s Profile – where you can watch all of his Talks.”

Our way of life (a shortened version)

It seems timeless in my memory; so it is difficult to recall when the phrase “Our way of life” started making its way into the speeches of our presidents. What I do understand is how incredibly inappropriate and misplaced the phrase has become. There has been very few (if any) “we are going to war” speeches that I can recall without that phrase.

Have you ever gotten the stark reality that “our way of life” is exactly what is creating our new enemies, simply because it is so dramatically effecting their way of life?

Considering the wisdom born in the time of Plato, where war is the ultimate failure of resolution; how many times have you actually seen one of our leaders attempt thorough nonviolent resolution? If war is the answer to protecting “our way of life” I propose some questions to ponder:

What is it about “our way of life” that is worth dying or killing for?

Please try to remember freedom and “our way of life” is different and that the Afghanis don’t give a shit about whether we eat McDonalds French fries or not, and their recent (the last 40 years) desire to “kill all the infidels” was not from their original Koran, it was from our constant attempts to control their “way of life” just like the many before us whether it be Alexander the Great, or even the mighty Soviet Unions attempt. These people have very little, but still will not be conquered, its their land, its their way of life, want to help make it easier fine, but you don’t “help” anyone by an occupied force. Would you feel helped if a foreign nation invaded our country, and imposed changes to “our way of life”?

If “our way of life” impedes on that of another’s “way of life” is that not exactly what we are fighting to avoid?

You may not know me but I can assure you that I am a patriot, if you don’t think so based on my words or ideals; I suggest you do the following, read the United States Constitution, and other founding documents, then learn about our REAL history. By definition democracy cannot coincide with imperialism. A democratic empire is an oxymoron, or at least a fabrication.

Its easy to blame our past and present leaders for horrific things we do; the fire bombing of Tokyo (almost all of the more than 250,000 dead were civilians) being the only nation to use atomic bombs killing hundreds of thousands more civilians, Carpet bombing Cambodia (I didn’t put in the traditional “illegally bombing” because what the fuck is legal bombing), poisoning an entire agriculture with agent orange, (brought to us by “Monsanto”, oh, so was Napalm – at least the chemistry to make it stick to human skin better then other surfaces) Sadly, very sadly, I could go on for pages about the things we have done, but the point is that I blame myself (because I am a citizen of the U.S.). After all this is a democracy isn’t it? And if it is no longer a democracy are you a patriot for going along with that?

There is nothing wrong with globalized efforts to improve other peoples lives, but to force that is to install a slave-empire system that only benefits a very few. If you need an example, look right here at home. Again let me remind you of two things one I am a patriot of my home country (the United States of America) and two that I am not crazy. I think. I learn. I feel. I don’t want to lie anymore, too myself or too you.

Last questions to ponder; what are we doing over there? If you don’t know, why do you allow the sacrifice of our willing troops, even when they don’t know either? Why do we support our military to kill and destroy these incredibly simple people? You are a citizen of a democracy aren’t you? Why do we not do anything about the REAL price of “our way of life”?

One last one… how are Bush and Cheney still not in prison, or at least destitute for their actions while in office…other people, even civil servants like they were supposed to be have been prosecuted, why not the leaders.

Please Help with Blog

I need help with the organization of this blog. Please let me know if you know how to help make this blog more focused and digestible. What I am looking for in particular is how I can post in a way that isn’t just a long one page format. So that the first story’s aren’t lost down the page, but instead have the reader be able to pick and choose from a menu of different posts, maybe even a thumbnail type gallery that they can read a short summary of the post and then select the full version if interested.
I have about a dozen more posts ready to publish, but I have been waiting to figure out the arrangement.

Thanks for your time and consideration, If I was able I would pay for professional help, but that’s not the way life is right now.

PS – also feel free to suggest different color schemes or the overall looks of the page. My original thought on this was to be as simple as possible so that the messages were uninhibited by potential design distractions… but I am not a designer.

How to Create a Better, Fuller, and Happier Life… in One Weekend.

As we all spend countless weekends trying to encapsulate the pleasure of our “American Freedom” in the space of two days; just to start over on Monday, we often wonder if things will ever change.

Once in a long while we will experience a weekend that changes us, it may be skydiving, river rafting, an epiphany-like sunset, or even finding love.  All of these were opportunities that we had to get out and act upon.

One of the wisest things I have learned is that little changes often have the biggest impacts in our lives; another thing was to not prejudge an experience before I have openly experienced it.  These two little wisdoms may give you the chance to change your traditional weekend experiences, and seek a place you haven’t been before. A place that culminates the multitudes of life changing possibilities, an environment teeming with open doorways to opportunities you may not have known existed. That place is the Green Festival. (Click the link to find Dates and Locations)

Life speeds up as we get older; I offer the possibility that this is true when we have gotten really good at the same routines. Attending the “Green Festival” is a chance to break that cycle, to slow it down, open up the mind and listen, learn, and enjoy the entertainment of brilliant and impassioned people sharing their life improving activities and wares.

Most of us unconsciously quest for that innocent enchantment we had as kids, that boundless sense of excitement that we felt when something new was coming our way.

The “Green Festival” captures the very essence of adventure and rejuvenates that childhood sense of joy. It is nothing short of magic that has the potential to positively transform your life. Every person there has a story to tell, lessons to share, practices to teach and the talents & wisdoms to guide life choices that help you enhance your finite and purposeful time on this amazing but struggling planet.

Some of you may wonder what this has to do with “The Finding Finite Project” and the answer is: Everything! Having everyone understand the importance of changing the way we do things while reaching them in a positive way is at the very core of the project. This isn’t an advertisement; it’s my way to honor the efforts that the festivals organizers have made to make this event happen and to ensure that you get to experience such an enriching opportunity. I am further honored to be a writer, when I can share a gathering point of fantastic people and a collective of such great importance.

The intangible power of community is that it brings together people that are experiencing different things and going about those things in different ways. That is the routine breaking wonder of diversity, and whether it’s your local neighborhood or this incredible gathering of dedicated trailblazers, solution experts, and master storytellers; they offer you the truest opportunity to increase your quality of life and abundance of health.

As you explore the festivals many arenas of interests, it may be that quick chat with a guy from a gardening co-op that triggers just enough curiosity for you to start a garden that enriches your health and creates a rewarding family time, or that women that seems to radiate as she shares Yoga practices, that motivates a change that brings your life an energy and health you didn’t realize was possible. This festival is the place to enjoy, enrich, and seed positive life enhancements.

I wholeheartedly endorse and suggest this event. I can promise one thing with absolute surety, if you attend this event with an open mind, take the time to look around and converse with the amazing people there, you will leave with an enhanced outlook and a bolstered motivation to live better.

A “Time Out” for Jeremy

If we don’t have time to recognize those fellow humans that make our world a better place, what are we doing with our time?

As time is our most valuable and temporary asset I humbly ask you for the time it will take for you to share an attempt to recognize someone that is exceptional and has positively change your world even if you don’t know he exists.

I have started the Facebook page:  Let’s get Jeremy Gilley nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and Ask you to spread the word about it, or if you fit within the “who can nominate criteria” please consider nominating Jeremy Gilley for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Both of the above areas are hyper linked to their respective destinations.

The Facebook page was made to ask our global community to get Jeremy Gilley nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. It would be a great impact on all of us, giving Jeremy the inroad to a lot more positive change.

Looking through history’s volumes of change we find sediments left behind by a great many amazing humans, few have ever made as much positive impact for peace as Jeremy Gilley. Future generations will see the evidence time has given to illustrate his real contributions, as for now it seems obvious for the few that understand comparative mathematics.1 out of 365.

With nearly 7 billion humans on this planet, 1 (Jeremy) has lead us to capture 1 day of peace out of 365 days in the year.  Leaving 364 for the rest of the 7 billion… Enough said!

A link to Jeremy’s TED talk:

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_gilley_one_day_of_peace.html