Humans do many things for “money” that they would not do otherwise. This is often as, if not more, true for those who “have” (and fear “losing” or not having “enough”) money as those who don’t. Continue reading
All “ownership” is only temporary. It is also almost always never completely, nor even really, “owned”. Perhaps a better word (in addition to access, use, and control) might be (having) “custody”. Continue reading
“Ownership” is over-rated – and so is money. Access, use, and control are MUCH more “valuable” and important. It is usually better to “own” very little – but be able to “access”, “manage”, “control”, or have actual, physical, or virtual (temporary or “permanent”) custody of whatever is needed or desired (through properly “structuring” business and personal affairs, agreements, and ideas about “ownership”).
Cooperation almost always benefits everyone more than competition – especially since everything (and everyone) is ultimately (and sometimes intimately) connected (in one way or another). To be (or to “go it”) alone is often to be cut off and dis-connected. Independence is actually a MYTH – pretending to Make Yourself The Hero (and ignoring most of “All Your Relations”). Continue reading
There is probably a “formula” for just about everything. Like finding a “silver bullet”, many people seem to seek a “secret” or “magic” formula – for something. Continue reading
You don’t have to be The Lone Ranger, wear a mask, or even ride a horse, to appreciate the value of SILVER. Silver has been used and valued around the world for thousands of years – and is becoming increasingly “dear”. “Rein” in whatever you can get hold of – before the price of silver starts to run away.
Thinking, for ourselves, not just critically, but at all, is not quite dead, but it certainly does seem to be discouraged – especially regarding “security”. Continue reading
On each side of WATER are BANKS – which contain and control the flow, or CURRENT. What most people think of MONEY is actually (fiat) CURRENCY flowing from and controlled by (“financial”) CENTRAL BANKS. Unlike MONEY, neither CURRENT paper nor digital CURRENCY has ANY inherent VALUE – or “redeemable” backing by anything that does. Federal Reserve NOTES are NOT MONEY. They are instruments of DEBT. Continue reading
The most basic definition of MONEY is whatever COMMODITY (be it a product, service, or information) that is perceived to have the most EXCHANGE VALUE for what we desire. Getting what we desire often requires trading, bartering, or otherwise exchanging something for something else (be it our time, attention, knowledge, labor, possessions, connections, future possibilities, or even lives). Continue reading
“One man’s trash is often another man’s treasure.”
Waste is what is left over, seldom used, and usually discarded (rather than retained and re-purposed). What is wasted is lost.
In nature there is zero waste. Everything is used for something. Everything has a use and a purpose. Everything has value. Anything not used as food or raw material for something else is converted to and used as energy. Actually, everything that exists is energy.
Energy can not be created or destroyed – but it can and often does change form. Continue reading
The internet is now a major medium of exchange – where marketers are adept at offering things with perceived value in exchange for as much money as you will give them. The most common offer starts out as “free” – and yet can result in a lot of money changing ownership.
Most internet markers follow a well-established sequence of upsell and downsell offers. Knowing this structure is a way for them to get more money out of you. It can also be a way for you to get more out of them while hanging onto more of your money. Continue reading
Appreciation means to increase in value.
Value is often relative – mainly to situation, circumstance, and perception.
How much something (or someone) is worth is very subjective. How much compared to what? Continue reading
I only saw the last 35-minutes of the 2008 (professional American football) “Super Bowl”. As it turns out, that’s where most memorable action and drama took place. I haven’t really followed or cared about football since I played, started, and “lettered” as a Defensive End/Outside Linebacker in high school. Football was only one of several sports I played. My favorite sports at the time were probably a toss-up between basketball, track, and waterpolo. I haven’t kept up or even heard of some of the current professional teams now playing (football), let alone any of the players. But one football player made a very positive and lasting impression – and he wasn’t even in the game! Continue reading
Everyone has a “mission” – whether they know it or not.
A mission is a task (that you are “sent” to do). It is your “dharma” (and your “duty” to do it).
Everyone has a “life affirming mission” – to “spread light” in their own way. Continue reading
We live in a “throw away” culture – that wastes much of its precious resources – including people and their potential to contribute. As a society, we are HUGE “consumers”. We not only USE far more energy and manufactured/material goods, let alone food, than we “need” (especially in proportion to our population) but we also produce more unnecessary “waste” than EVER before! Continue reading
Marketing and sales has a lot of do with persuasion – NOT by the seller but by the buyer.
Getting someone to say “Yes” – to themselves and to any product, service, information, experience, or relationship offered (regardless of its price, cost, value, use, or need) tends to be strongly influenced by the perception and emotional reaction to how it is presented. Continue reading
Rabbits don’t hop; they gallop – even to walk.
Most four-legged animals are capable of many different “gait” patterns (to get from place to place). The same is true for human locomotion – and many movements humans are capable of can sometimes look a bit loco (crazy) to others who may not see them for what they really are.
Rabbits and hares are similar but different and so are turtles and tortoises. But many people don’t seem to make distinctions nor even care.
Most people are familiar with a story about a race between a hare and a tortoise – in which the “slow and steady, one step at a time” (diagonal walking gait) tortoise reaches the finish line first.
Rather than going down any “rabbit hole”, not usually mentioned about a tortoise (walking) is the need and willingness to stick its neck out. Continue reading
The “pursuit” of happiness is neither “required” nor an unalienable “right” (endowed by a “Creator”).
Happiness need not be pursued to be experienced. Happiness is an emotion. Humans can be he happy or not at any time both for and without any reason – regardless of what they do or do not do or pursue. Continue reading
Women are equal to men? All men were created equal? Neither was ever so – nor need be.
Equality is a myth. Not even twins or clones are equal. Even your own body is not symmetrical and balanced. We are all unique and different (just like every else) – not necessarily in any or all ways better or worse nor more or less worthy or deserving but certainly none of us the same or equal. In every Socialist State, Secret Society, Animal Farm, or Family, some are always “more equal” than others. Continue reading
To strategically, systematically, and effectively grow wealth: Continue reading
There are takers and there are leavers. There are also makers and deceivers. Take what you need – but leave enough for others. Continue reading
See Something, Say Something? Better yet, See Something Good, Say Something Good. Continue reading
There is a lot of talk about what is “fair” today. Well, what is “fair”? Continue reading
Creativity and innovation is not about adding more pieces – but connecting, uniting, and integrating until something new emerges (and functions better). Continue reading