Tag: society

How to become better

Often times people quit doing things because they aren’t seeing the results they wanted. I see this all the time with people who commit to losing weight, working harder, or just trying to motivate themselves to do better. I would say 90% people quit, its because they et unrealistic goals and get upset when they haven’t achieved them. This mindset results in failure because people put unrealistic demands on themselves.

My advice is to judge success based on progress not goals. Think in the mindset of “I’m in the process of getting to where I want to be.” rather than “I’m not where I thought I’d be.” The difference doesn’t sound like much, but these two¬†measurements can be the difference between success and failure. A true measure of success is working to become better and better. The most successful people didn’t stop when they got to where they wanted. They kept pushing to keep on the road to success.

In order to achieve, we must recognize that striving to improve and working harder each day is just as important as the results you wish to attain. In any/ all aspects of life, consistency is the key to success. Don’t stop after hitting your goal, make a new one that makes you even better than before.

I can use my last post about health as an example. I used to be overweight and unhealthy as a child. I recognized that i wasn’t healthy and fixed the problem. As a result, I feel better and have more energy. I achieved the goal I set out to accomplish. BUT, I didn’t stop there. I work actively everyday to make sure I continue to live health consciously. I try to learn more about nutrition to make my diet more beneficial for my body and my workouts more effective. Sure, I could have quit while I was ahead but then I would have stoped growing. I would have been better off than where I started but not actively growing.

In short, measure your success by the path you are on not the results that you have/ don’t have. Success isn’t a one time thing like many of us think. It is a process of growing and becoming better and better. Don’t give up because you don’t think you are getting results. Failing while trying to succeed is growing. Failing because you gave up is quitting.

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The future of the presidency

If this election has taught us anything, it is that little to nothing can be hidden or kept from the public. With the increasing technology and ability for us to access online documents and retrieve “hidden” information. In the future, this will just get easier and easier. Lives will become more transparent and no one will be safe from public scrutiny. I fear in the future, no one will seem “qualified” to be president because we will know every minute detail of their life.

This knowledge will take the presidency of its pedestal and take the picture perfect image of a presidency away. Our knowledge will be our greatest weakness and create an environment where it is much too hard to find any single being qualified to lead the Country.

These thoughts make me wonder if we will ever be able to elect a president like we did in the past. Previously, presidents have been viewed as heroes, icons, and leaders but as we gain the ability to see into their personal lives, they become human and much more like us. I really don’t know what this means for our future elections; but from what i can tell, it can’t be good. I just hope we can learn that everyone has flaws and accept a candidate based on their morals, qualifications and beliefs rather than their private lives and personalities. I think your character and what you don can speak a lot about who you are and what you stand for but¬†the mistakes you make behind the scenes should not determine who you are. I hope in the future we can make this distinction and use technology to our betterment rather than our demise.

 

 

Are you listening?

Is listening the same thing as hearing? When we engage in conversation with someone else, we can either hear the words they are say or we can listen to what they have to say. At the surface, hearing and listening seem like interchangeable terms. One cannot go with out the other yet somehow, listening is so much more useful than hearing.

When you hear someone, you are simply sensing that they are saying something. Hearing is possible without really knowing what a person is saying. When this occurs, you really don’t gain anything from the experience. Hearing is something we are born with the ability to do.

Listening, is a much deeper experience. When listening to someone, our minds are engaged in the interaction. We hear them but listening takes it a step further. We hear with an intent to understand and engage is meaningful dialogue. Listening is a valuable skill that is often overlooked. Many people lack the ability to listen because they think what they have to say is more important.

Real listening results in all parties being left better off. They exchange information, and learn from each other. In many conversations, I often observe that one or both parties are not listening to each other. Every one just wants to state his or her own point without scaring about the others. People are so involved in their own conversation, they forget other people may have things to say that are just as important.

It really makes a difference when we choose to listen rather than hear. In my college lectures its important i listen to my professors so I understand the material rather than just hear what they are saying. In life this skill is just as (if not more) just a valuable as it is for college. We cannot expect to learn and grow as a community if we aren’t willing to listen to each other and have meaningful conversations.

Incentives

One of the basic assumptions of economics is “People respond to incentives in predictable ways.” This is taught in all introductory economics courses but I feel not enough emphasis is placed on this principle. It basically states that people can persuaded and manipulated if you give them a reason to. Incentives act as a way to influence consumers into acting a certain way.

I have been thinking a lot about this recently and how it relates my aspirations to own my own restaurant one day. By introducing a wide variety of incentives to appeal to a large group of consumers, I can increase the demand for the food I serve. I think having incentives can be the difference between a good business and a great business. I have had a lot of ideas of incentives that would attract consumers to such a business but I am hesitant to share them because I wanna keep my ideas for my future self.

Incentives don’t only exist in the world of economics either. People will respond to incentives in all aspects of life. If a college student is offered free food, they are more likely to go to an event. If a kid is offered candy, they will do more chores. It is a simple concept that is often overlooked. As a society, we focus on how to punish people who do bad things. I think we should focus on rewarding those who do good things more-so than we currently do.

I think a lot of people are good at heart but they don’t see a reason to behave above average because there is no reason to. As a society we should find a way to implement more incentives for citizens who continually show outstanding behavior. Rewarding those who act above average would cause more people to emulate this behavior. Crime rates could go down dramatically if people were motivated to act a certain way.

We know that punishing people causes them to decrease a behavior. This is why we have judges and juries to decide how people are punished for breaking the law. We also know that rewarding people causes them to increase a behavior. So why don’t we have judges and juries decide how to reward people who consistently go above and beyond what is asked of them.

I think it is an interesting thought. Maybe we would see crime go down and the amount of good deeds increase.