Friday, September 14, 2018

I never compare myself with other...

A few years ago I had to a web designer who asked me A simple question. It was Who is your competition? My answer to him was that I had no competition I don't compete with others. This window in for a day or two before I finally explained to him that I understood exactly where he was coming from.

In the entertainment industry, I have many peers If you I would consider to be mentors. Not a single one would I ever consider the competition. When I compare myself to others I find There are only two outcomes, ego or envy. Neither are good character traits. Never in my lifetime, have I met a person exactly like me. Equal in every way.

I choose to celebrate My friends and peers accomplishments. Especially when they have tried And failed. Far too many times I see people jumping on the bandwagon Criticizing someone When they may not have met an expectation/goal. Taking the risk of trying something new. Outside of your comfort zone is to be commended. Rarely, has it been the case for me to have the success the very first time trying anything? There are many challenges in life. I look at them all as opportunities to learn and grow.

Consider this the next time you might be quick to Jump on the bandwagon Criticizing another human being for failing. It takes courage to do something outside of your comfort zone. Becoming vulnerable Open to injury Yet still willing to try. It's something to be celebrated. Very few people take the road less traveled.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Paradigm Shifts

The best experiences I have had in my life have one thing in common.

Paradigm Shifts were the end results. I have had a few and hope to have more. This is what life is about. At least it is for me. Empowering was it for me to understand that I created the reality that I chose to live in. I alone was responsible for my happiness and what it looked like to me.



If there is something in my life that challenges my serenity? I can choose to take steps to address the problem or I can choose to do nothing and suffer the consequences. I try to live in a solution based perspective.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lets play connect the dots...

Why is it that politicians are so bent out of shape to make education Out Of Reach for most Americans? We have to look no further than the state of Texas to find the answer.

It has been a red state for some time now. The exception being my hometown of Austin. Which has weathered the storm and remained a bright blue beacon in the state? What makes Austin different?  It has a higher percentage of people who have continued their education past the 12th grade.

Educated people have a tendency to question authority and not take what they hear as the gospel truth.

In recent days. The president and Congress made advances in putting continued education out of reach from most Americans. Giving tax breaks for the very rich while eliminating the write off provision f0r student loans. Who tends to benefit from this environment? Politicians backed by the corporations who have their own agenda. One where the American citizens are more pliable. They are creating a country populated by sheep.

The wolves are running the country. And I'm calling them out.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

You put your chocolate in my peanut butter...

Or was it the other way around "you put your peanut butter in my chocolate"? 
I know I'm dating myself by paying homage to that classic Seventies commercial, one that always had me craving for Reese's peanut butter cups. But there is a method to my madness. It can be a wonderful tool for people of all race and ages. We can stay true to ourselves and be safe in the reality of our own making. Drawing comfort by surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Choosing to take the path less-traveled. Experiencing life outside a comfort zone. A thirst for knowledge and the wisdom gained from the exchange of ideas and life-lessons when traveling or playing host to someone different. All of this just to find out we have more in common with each other than not.
Thanks

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

What would you say is your greatest attributes?

What would you say are your greatest attributes?
Buster_Sly:
Active listening is a skill set few are taught. When I was a trainer for the customer service department of one of the big three car manufacturers in the USA. I would tell a story to 30 trainees and ask them to write down what they thought the story was about. I would usually get 10-15 different answers from a group of people who heard the same story at the same time. The only difference was that none shared the same life experiences.

Life experiences shape who we are today. What is important to one may not be to another. Properly executed, the listener is engaged in the conversation without the person sharing feeling as if they are talking to a wall and equally as damaging is when the person sharing gets annoyed from constantly being interrupted. In its absence the one listening risks losing the person trust because they feel the person in front of them were not listing, They did not care enough.

It also saves a lot of time when I everyone is on the same page.

What would you say are your greatest attributes? A question recently asked of me.

What would you say are your greatest attributes?
Buster_Sly:
Active listening is a skill set few are taught. When I was a trainer for the customer service department of one of the big three car manufacturers in the USA. I would tell a story to 30 trainees and ask them to write down what they thought the story was about. I would usually get 10-15 different answers from a group of people who heard the same story at the same time. The only difference was that none shared the same life experiences.

Life experiences shape who we are today. What is important to one may not be to another. Properly executed, the listener is engaged in the conversation without the person sharing feeling as if they are talking to a wall and equally as damaging is when the person sharing gets annoyed from constantly being interrupted. In its absence the one listening risks losing the person trust because they feel the person in front of them were not listing, They did not care enough.

It also saves a lot of time when I everyone is on the same page.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Top 10 life lessons I have learned to date.

1. Learning to pick my battles. Not every fight is worth fighting for especially when the person you are trying to share your experience/opinion with has a closed mind. Unwilling to hear alternative views.
2. It's about the journey, not the destination. I'm here on this planet to experience, learn and grow. There is a difference between ignorance and stupidity.
3. Knowledge is not to be hoarded but shared with any who would seek it. In a fellowship, I heard it phrased differently. "You can't keep what you have unless you give it away".
4. Balance is the Holy Grail. Rarely is this achieved in all aspects of my life, but it is a goal that I strive for on a daily basis.
5. Is it better to understand or be understood? You decide on your own which one is most important or if they both are equal in their importance.
6. Being present or at the moment. Another lesson of life where Improvement and not Perfection is the goal.
7. Growth comes from doing things outside of my comfort.
zone.
8. Failing should never be feared. It is a powerful tool used for learning.
9. Compassion empathy, understanding all love based emotions are the only tools I have found to break the cycle of hate and violence both derived from fear. It would be foolish of me to forget transgressions brought against me. The act of forgiveness is not for the other person. It is a gift I give to myself.
10. Happiness is an inside job. People places and things will never fill the void.

In no particular order are these placed and I continue to add much more as long as I stay open to the possibilities.

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