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First Musings: 10 Insights to Ponder (Plus: Tokyo Police Club)

February 9, 2008
(Photo courtesy of Dallhunk)
Grüezi everyone!–
Welcome to The Nature of the Experiment, my personal and informative blog.
For the first post, I wanted to share what I consider to be the 10 most interesting insights I have learned about in the past few months:

1. You become what you think about most of the time— This is the ultimate principle to remember. What you think is what you are. The quality of a person’s thoughts can largely determine their quality as an individual. Our thoughts are very powerful, and thus we should use care when deciding what we think about. What are you thinking?
2. “Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.”–Howard Cutler— Through cultivating mindfulness and a positive mental outlook, happiness can grow.
3. Your attitude towards something largely influences your reality of the experience.– We can only experience events through our mind and our own perception. It’s like a filter, and the filter is biased! The question: “How do you think something will be or go?” is very valid to ask before something happens.
4. Experiences can be infinitely more valuable than possessions.– Try walking with a family member or investing in some quiet time for yourself.
5. Your reaction is what matters–Things happen; that’s life. The well-disciplined person doesn’t nesessarily encounter any more or less difficult situations as you, they handle them better. In the end, how you react is the area you have the most control over. Things can only bother you to the extent that you let them bother you.

6. You can only do more of something or start something new to the degree that you stop doing other things.– You’ve probably heard the saying: There is only so much time in the day. We all have the same 24 hours; successful individuals are simply better at knowing where to put their time and effort. So many people feel that the clock is working against them– Remember: “A lack of time is actually a lack of priorities.”-Timothy Ferriss

7. Always assume that there is much you don’t know– People with this outlook are always receptive to gaining new information, and therefore they can aquire it more readily than others who “know everything.” No matter how advanced you get in a certain field, always explore opportunities to refine your knowledge. “All we know is that we don’t know.”–Oasis

8. Successful people are more resilant than others and are able to pick themselves up after rejection– Failure is inevitable. The important thing is (once again) how you respond. It should be noted that cultivating recovery by yourself is a valuable skill. Help from others is fine, but remember that strength from within is cruicial in life. Extraordinary people set a goal and don’t let anything stop them. What could you achieve if you weren’t afraid of rejection? I like Kanye West’s attitude when he says: “For me, giving up is way harder than trying.”

9. “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”–Niels Bohr (Danish Physicist)– The quicker you fail; the quicker you will succede.

10. Question Everything– “The unexamined life is not worth living.”–Socrates

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This is a great clip from Canadian band Tokyo Police Club. Check it out and Cheer it On!

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