Temple Guardian showing man's role as protector
Men are Born Protectors…if they choose to be…
“When a warrior fights not for himself, but for his brothers, when his most passionately sought goal is neither glory nor his own life’s preservation, but to spend his substance for them, his comrades, not to abandon them, not to prove unworthy of them, then his heart truly has achieved contempt for death, and with that he transcends himself and his actions touch the sublime.”
- Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield
I recently made a comment online that men are born protectors. On the same day I found myself dealing with the family of a seven year old boy who a bad guy had aimed a handgun at, before shooting and killing him. So I have to qualify my statement. Men are born to be protectors or predators – and have the freedom to choose which path to walk. Read the rest of this entry »
A large part of success is based on how you view the world
It’s often stated that nine out of ten businesses fail in the first five years. Usually this factoid is used to dissuade people from taking what most would consider an unacceptable risk. That’s how most people react, but the fact is that reacting like most people will lead you one step further towards a mediocre life.
How does an entrepreneur react to this?
With something along the lines of “Great, all I have to do is start 10 businesses and I’ll be successful? – let’s get started…” So off he goes and starts two businesses a year, statistically guaranteeing himself success within five years. As for the person who decided the odds were too low – 10 years later they are still an employee, making money for someone else.
Not only does this attitude lead to success, it takes into account that failures, however bad, are learning experiences. Think how much you could learn by starting and possibly failing in five businesses – lessons which could be learned in any other classroom. And failing in a business creates a higher chance of succeeding in the next one…you just have to get started.
Sir James Dyson wrote a great article on Wired.com recently about the need to redefine the meaning of the word failure…I recommend you take a look at it here:
Get out there and fail and fail until you succeed…it’s the only way.
Posted: 12th April 2011 by Si in Body Redesign, Health, Life Skills, Peak Performance, Physicality, Uncategorized
Tags: acidosis, Alkaline diet, Alkalinity, alkalize, Blood, diet, diet and energy, green drink, Health, more energy, nutrition for having more energy, PH, tired, toxicity
How learning about the acid/alkaline balance of my body helped me have more energy
I really like coffee. I like the smell, I like the taste and I like the ritual.
But recently I noticed how much I needed it. I noticed that I was using coffee to keep up my energy levels throughout the day. I’m in good shape, eat well and sleep well, so there was no reason I should be feeling so tired. So I started studying what might be going on.
In addition to feeling tired and unfocused, I noticed I looked pasty in photographs, not healthy and glowing. Lastly, a few months earlier I had experienced significant chest pain. I played it safe and went to the ER, took nitroglycerine and was hooked up to an ECG by doctors who ultimately couldn’t find anything.
Eventually I came across something which made sense – information on how the body’s pH affects health. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: 30th March 2011 by Si in Body Redesign, Health, Life Skills, Peak Performance, Personal Development
Tags: angry white pyjamas, Education, immersion, language immersion, learn faster, learn to learn faster, learning, rapid learning, skills, study skills
There are few things I like more that learning new facts, concepts or skills. I’ve always been that way, and my mind associates learning with pleasure. This is a beneficial association – viewing learning as painful is a fast road to ignorance and stagnation. The world keeps changing and if we are to be happy and successful here, we’re going to have to learn to keep up.
Of course, we all learn as we move through life. Factoids come our way, and are stored for future use. We learn new skills to accommodate new life situations such as a new job role or becoming a parent. But what I want to talk about is the process of pursuing self-education to suit your needs, not those thrust upon you by the world.
I’ll assume that anyone reading this is geared towards expanding their capabilities and perspectives. Given that, what is the most efficient way to teach yourself something new? Read the rest of this entry »
Two parts of our bodies are badly designed, especially when weakened by sedentary living. Many people suffer from injuries to the knees and the neck, and based on my experience of injury, they are not always given good advice on how to heal. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: 20th March 2011 by Si in Life Skills, Personal Development, Physicality
Tags: becoming a master, Book of Five Rings, Kensei, learning skills, martial arts, mastery, mental mastery, miyamoto musashi, personal development, skill mastery, skills, skillsets
Kingfisher Perched on a Withered Branch by Miyamoto Musashi
“When I apply the principle of strategy to the ways of different arts and crafts, I no longer have need for a teacher in any domain.”
– Miyamoto Musashi, 1578-1645
Musashi is one of the most famous of all Japanese samurai. Living in a time of great upheaval, broke free of society and forged his own path, devoting his life to study of the sword. In Japan he is remembered as a Kensei or swordsaint. Before his death he wrote a seminal book on strategy, the Go Rin No Sho or Book of Five Rings. But perhaps the most interesting thing about Musashi is that he constantly stressed that mastery in the sword allowed him to master many other arts, and he is consequently remembered for his calligraphy, poetry, ink painting and sculpture.
Rather than dabbling in many subjects, he discovered that mastery in one art opened up others for him. Read the rest of this entry »
“What is the opposite of Fear?”
This question is asked by a character in one of my favorite books, Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield, which tells a fictionalized account of the last days of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae. No doubt you can imagine the amount of fear and horror being experienced by these men as they fought against hundreds of thousands of of invading Persians in what they knew would be their last days on Earth. And yet they focus not on fear, but on it’s opposite.
We see this when a modern day soldier runs through gunfire to get to a friend. We see this in a mother who runs into a burning building to rescue her child. We see this every time someone quits their secure job to start a business which will better provide for their family.
The opposite of fear is love.
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There is a saying in computer science….Garbage in, garbage out. GIGO
If you are serious about improving your position in life – body redesign, learning new skills, getting promoted, finding a great relationship – remember GIGO.
If I was preparing to run a marathon by eating daily at my local junk food hangout, you’d see the disconnect immediately. What you eat is easy to see. What can be tougher to measure is what we put into our minds, especially since we can feel that we have less control of our mental intake.
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Posted: 16th March 2011 by Si in Body Redesign, Health, Life Skills, Peak Performance, Personal Development, Physicality
Tags: character development, experiences, life by design, life design, overcoming challenges, personal development, self help, skills
Our destinies are shaped by our characters, our characters by our habits and our habits by our daily decisions. This is an important understanding, because without it, major life changes seem so big that they can intimidate and overwhelm – leading to inaction.
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“With an intense, fresh and undelaying spirit, one will make his judgments within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break right through to the other side.” – Hagakure
We have all inherited mental constructs from our culture. It’s important to question whether some of these concepts serve you. Think about it. Ideas like “Fools rush in,” and “Look before you leap,” were embedded into most of our minds by well meaning parents when were simply too young to critically examine them. If your life is not where you want it to be, take a look back over the last decade or so. Is it possible that hesitation, delay or fear in pulling the trigger allowed you to miss out on an opportunity which passed you by? Read the rest of this entry »