Go with the flow; and find peace

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You don’t have to be religious to know there is something amazing about nature.  Just like you don’t have to be happy at all times to have found peace.  If you stop to smell the roses; you will start to notice how your day to day stresses are really not worth suffering for, or dwelling on.  Remember that a “bad day” is all about your perspective;  if you think you will have a bad day, you will!  Ask yourself: “How important will this problem/issue/argument be tomorrow?  next week?  next month? next year? in 10 years?”  

Trying to remember that life is too short to focus on the trivial, and to try to find, and do the things you enjoy; can greatly increase the general quality of life.   If you are at work and feel like the day is just dragging on;  try to remember that in the scheme of things the amount of time between now and when the work day is finished is a blink of an eye; and before you know it, you will be off.  

I find that just going with the flow, rolling with the punches and just letting things go, and generally choosing to be happy, is the way to finding peace.  You don’t have to meditate, or do yoga, or even believe in anything to be a spiritual person.  Perspective and mood is everything. 

 

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@TheAdamFaigen

Response to a pretty strong difference of opinions between a friend and I.

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A co-worker and good friend of mine recently sent me an email which took me by surprise… He is a spiritual man who is like me in that we both are always trying to learn new things about (and to improve) ourselves and the world around us..  Well in this email he told me that he has essentially been a little off track recently in his spiritual beliefs but is back on what he believes is the right path after watching a youtube video regarding the beliefs of the church on gay rights, etc.

Well one of my close relatives is bi, and I have had friends who are gay, so personally I have different beliefs, and I responded to his email and told him this, and afterwords he apologized and essentially said he was caught up in the moment of what he was thinking about after watching the video, and that he is still searching and doesn’t know the truth.  So In response; I sent him the following (paraphrased) message

Ultimately it is up to each one of us to decide for ourselves what we think is right and wrong, what we believe and what we don’t, and what is truth and what are lies.  Even if our beliefs do conflict; I have nothing but utmost respect for you because you are willing to actually take the time to view all sides of every argument you hear before deciding for sure what you believe; I wish more people could be like that.

So continue not being afraid to tell me your true beliefs/feelings.  I will always tell you how I feel about something regardless of whether we agree; just don’t be offended if we don’t, I will happily explain why I do or don’t agree with you about anything and I hope you aren’t afraid to do the same.  The best thing about arguments between two intelligent adults is that we have the ability to still get along and respect the fact that people don’t always have to agree to be friends.

Anyways I generally have the same morals and values as you even if there are differences here and there.. Basically what I am trying to say is keep on being you. Don’t let what I say to you affect what you say to me or think I want to hear; I hope nothing like that can stop us from being friends.

I just thought I would share this email, I thought it important to repeat because I feel like there would be many more friendships and therefore happiness in this world if we could just remember that sometimes arguments are going to happen and we can’t always agree; but we can look past our differences and see the good in other people.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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@TheAdamFaigen

Technology and Ignorance

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We live in a golden age.  We have amazing technology and continue to invent more and more advanced gadgets that make our lives easier. But at what cost? We have actually become reliant on our technology and believe that we can not survive without it; which in some cases; is absolutely true.   Humans would never have been able to advance to where we are today without fire, which in some ways is our invention (though a naturally occurring phenomenon).  Similarly, now we rely on electricity (another naturally occurring phenomenon in the form of lightning) for light and heat.  But what happens every time there is a big thunderstorm or blizzard on the way that may cause a power outage?  People become panicked, they rush to grocery stores, and on occasion it gets so bad some resort to looting and riots…

How many people do you know who would be able to survive without grocery stores and McDonalds, without cars to get to work, and for that matter without work.  Could you find a way to survive without money?  For most of us (myself included); the answer is a most devastating; NO.  If there were no electricity and no currency; we would either be forced to adopt a barter system, or even steal from each other (or worse) in order to survive.  Let’s face it; nothing lasts forever; and our way of life as it stands now; especially our insatiable energy consumption as it stands today; will change or it will end completely one way or the other.

Most of us may not be able to survive if a real threat to our way of life were to occur.  Though we humans seem to be able to destroy the planet on our own, there are plenty of natural occurrences in space that could be devastating to our way of life. In the year 1859 (a blink of an eye in the scheme of things) there was a solar storm that caused all the telegraph systems in Europe and North America to fail.  Were the same storm to occur today; the devastation to our electrical and battery-powered systems would be enormous.  One way we could be better prepared for a power outage would be for each of us to find a skill that we are interested in learning that does not require electricity (or a battery) to perform.  For example learn how to paint, learn calligraphy, or how to play a musical instrument.  Find something that holds some meaning for you, and/or something that you can teach to others.

There’s also the constant threat of comets and meteors, which have hit us before many times as well.  Though there are only a handful of known craters on earth that we can point out;  many more have occurred in the past that have been covered up by time, erosion, etc..  Just look at how many craters are on the moon!   Speaking of which: the prevailing hypothesis today is that a few billion years ago the earth was hit by a mars-sized object (called Theia)..  The aftermath of that devastating blow is, you guessed it: the moon.  Though that was a long time ago, and the solar system has calmed down a bit; we can’t stick our heads in the sand and pretend that such a catastrophe could never have happened, and we know for a fact that we hit very small objects all the time (ever seen a shooting star?  Earth is bombarded by these small pieces of rock and debris on a daily basis). I am not trying to scare anyone; I am just trying to remind you that nothing lasts forever.   Each one of us dies, as well as all other living things. We have proven that stars (our sun for example) have a finite amount of energy, as well, and one day they “die,”  Which means at some point; so will the earth (and with it all life on the planet).  Just like our bodies; Earth is the only one we have.

I think we should be focusing our energy on first of all ending War; then discrimination of all types, and hunger, and then spending our time working on ways to protect life as well as the planet itself; while we work on ways to get to another planet or planets that can sustain life if something were to happen to this one.

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@TheAdamFaigen

Autodidacticism

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In this day and age it seems ridiculous to me that we still are so blinded by what society expects of us.  According to the unspoken rules of our culture, in order to be successful, we must have finished college, gotten married (and have children), and have at least 1 promotion by the time we are 30.   If this were the only way to become successful monetarily; then there would be no millionaires or billionaires who never went to college; of which there are many, and there would be a lot more millionaires and billionaires who have gone to college; of which there aren’t enough…

I believe formal education where one must physically go to a campus is fast becoming obsolete. For one thing; there are many colleges that now offer online classes which are often cheaper than the same class offered at their respective campuses.  Even so; it is expensive to get a degree regardless of where you go; and then, the job market is so bad that many new graduates are finding it hard to find decent paying jobs in their chosen fields.

So why, then, do we spend tens of thousands of dollars for a piece of paper that takes 4 (or more) years of our lives to receive?

Colleges are not meant to create wealthy people, nor are they meant to create geniuses. A college degree is just proof that someone has the ability to stick with something for a certain period of time, to overcome obstacles and, to be frank; it proves that someone will follow direction from their superiors without questioning.

With the technology we have today, (it is now common knowledge that) you can learn anything online; 99% of which, you can learn for free.  So instead of waiting for some teacher to tell you what to study; anyone (of any age and background) can go online and find out the information they are interested in.

Even before the internet anyone could choose to read a book rather than go to a school and learn the same information in a more relaxed, forgiving environment. Now you can still read a book (of which there are many more), or visit an appropriate website, or even watch a youtube video on the topic of your choosing, and learn more, faster than what a professor in a traditional university may teach.

In all fairness, because of the importance society has placed on the degree and the amount of intelligence we have supposedly achieved once we receive it; it is very hard to find a high-paying job without one (though there are some; I have seen this first hand).  However, if you are really interested in how to become wealthy rather than just having a “good job”; you can go online, and find information on economics such as assets verses liabilities and sources of residual passive income. And, for those still unsure, there is no rule that says the owner of a company or the creator of an invention, or the writer of a hit song or author of a best-selling book has to have a formal education in their respective fields…

I am going to assume that the meaning of life is not to slave away working for someone else for half our lives only to end up old and broke and unhappy.  I am not saying the meaning of life is to do nothing and just have fun and go to parties all day; though finding ways to enjoy life is not a bad thing (as long as nothing you do will hurt others)…

If you were to ask me what the meaning of life is; I would say what you leave to your descendants and what you have shared with the people who’s lives you were a part of.  Teach others what you know, do what you can to save the environment, or give something back to the community!

Whether it is by writing a book, or a song, or teaching others what is important to you, I have found that regardless of our formal education (or lack thereof), regardless of the number of 0s in our bank accounts (even if we are in debt), what is really important is how people will remember you, and what knowledge and gifts you can share with the world that your descendants or at least your friends and their descendants will be able to enjoy.

I decided long ago not to be a slave to what society expects of me.  Personally, I would much rather use my brain; learn what I want, and achieve everything that I always wanted in my own way.  “Two roads diverged…and I—I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Thank you for reading, and keep an eye out for my next post where I will talk about the technology we have today and the dangers of being so reliant on it.

See you soon  =)

@TheAdamFaigen

Something I recently posted in an online community I was invited into…

I was asked to join a community on Google Plus recently and I accepted.  The community has to do with making money and I thought I could impart some of my knowledge about assets and liabilities, etc. to my fellow members:

Before I say anything else; and be aware I am not receiving any sort of payment for the following advice: the best suggestion I can give is to learn what the people who are rich, and who know how to stay wealthy; do to achieve and preserve their wealth.. mainly referring to assets and liabilities; I learned the hard way; but a really new (and fun) way is by playing cashflow; a board game created by the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” Robert Kiyosaki; the board game itself is pretty expensive; but he has a free online version of it on his site (which is free to sign up on) at richdad.com   The game is really fun and an excellent way to learn about how to handle money and “get out of the rat race.”  I play it myself still; often teaching others how to play, but sometimes just for fun..

I have recently begun creating sources of passive residual income.  I am a musician with albums out on iTunes, Google Play, etc. and am a self-published author with my e-book on amazon, barnes & noble, google etc., and I have achieved all of this in the last year.

Point being, find what you are good at and ideally something you enjoy doing; and find ways to earn residual, passive income off that; and you’d be surprised at what is possible and what you can achieve.

No matter what you do now or what you want to do or achieve in the future; one of the best pieces of advice I received was to write out your goals; and figure out step-by-step how to achieve them; and then do those steps;  as long as you have a burning desire to achieve your goals, can stay positive; and have clear, to the point plans to carry them out, there is nothing you can’t achieve.

I wish you Good Luck in all your endeavors!

Sincerely,

Adam Faigen
www.AdamFaigen.com

Thanks for reading =)

@TheAdamFaigen

The secret to getting everything you’ve always wanted

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This is not the first time I have shared the following information, nor am I the first person to share it in the first place.  This can be the most important thing you have ever heard; or it can do nothing for you.

The only person who makes it valuable is you.

One of the best ways I have ever heard this concept is the following metaphor.  You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.  Well this is the most clear, clean, healthy water imaginable.  It’s a panacea called the “secret.”  It is the law of attraction:

Whatever you believe wholeheartedly and strive for; you can achieve.

I know it seems sappy; and even utopian.  I understand it is hard to believe. I haven’t always believed it, myself, but trust me; It is very true, you just have to decide what you want, and then take action.

Do whatever it takes to achieve your goals; it’s as simple as writing them down.  Write out step-by-step what you have to do to achieve them.  Then you simply have to do something every day towards completing each step.

Nothing could be simpler once you understand the basics.  Decide what you want, then take action every day to achieve what you want.  If you don’t believe me; take my own life for example.

I didn’t have any drive for a long time;  Bad experiences in my past were affecting me inside and out.  However, before finding out exactly what it was or how to do it; I began following the law of attraction.

I decided what I wanted; which was to take my passion for music and turn it into a career. I wrote out my first step; to record some of my songs and get them on youtube.  Then I did just that (after forgetting I wrote that down – I recently found the piece of paper I wrote that on…);  I didn’t even write down more steps nor did I know exactly what I wanted to achieve at that time.

As soon as I did get my originals on youtube, however, I knew what the natural next step was; get them on iTunes, Google Play, etc.

So I did.  It’s that simple.

Since then I worked on advertising/marketing/promoting; whatever you want to call it; I worked hard; but I enjoyed every minute!   I was working at what I wanted most; I was living my dream; and it’s true what they say;

“Find something you love doing and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

So I worked hard, and eventually I ran into my music managers; I found them, they didn’t find me.  I submitted my music to them, they liked it, and now they advertise all my songs to big companies like MTV, VH1, Hyatt, Starbucks, etc.

They even recently told me that one of my songs is going to be in an upcoming video game created by Matsuko (game name hasn’t been released yet, but it is set to be released in May).

I am not the best musician in the world; on the contrary I admit I am very mediocre; I know how to play, but I am not amazing.  I just put my heart/emotion into my music, and everything I did and do involving it, and things worked out.

The point is I followed the law of attraction:  I believed it was possible, I took steps to achieve it, and then my dreams came true.

I know I had heard the words “the law of attraction” before; but didn’t understand what it meant until recently after a lot of reading.  Find what you want, write out what it is and then write out the steps you need to take in order to achieve it; and then do the steps!

No one except you can change your life; no one except you can make you rich, happy, or a better person.

We only live once; remember any one of us can get run over by a bus later today; or get a heart attack, or maybe a plane could crash on your house… My point is: Carpe Diem; The only time you know that you are alive to achieve what you want is now.

After fear, procrastination is our biggest enemy.

Figure out what you want, then do whatever it takes to go out and get it!

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post where I will talk about being an autodidact and how it can make you much more intelligent, happier, and more successful. – update: this is 2 posts in the future; in my next post I showed a comment I made in a google plus community..

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@TheAdamFaigen

The Real definitions of Assets and Liabilities; and what everyone can do to start being able to obtain more assets.

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The information that I am going to share in this post can exponentially improve your quality of life.  As with anything, however, you must be willing and able to fully comprehend the new information and take appropriate action before anything in your life will change.

First and foremost; figure out what you need, then figure out what you like, then figure out what you want, and finally figure out how to get all of the above NOW! Not when you have the time – the only time you know you have is now (you could get run over by a bus or have a heart attack today)! Write a step-by-step outline that will enable you to achieve all those things that you need, like, and want. I will reiterate: there is no perfect time, you are alive NOW, you have options NOW, if you want to change your life; the only person who can do it, you guessed it: is YOU!

Save as much as possible (minimize all types of gambling, unnecessary spending and all the other “doodads” that are currently in your expenses). If you are living from paycheck to paycheck; your goal is to first make your income higher than your expenses; during this time, and from now on; you should be paying off your debt and looking for opportunities that can provide you with residual streams of passive income.  Eventually you want to make your passive income higher than your expenses; at which point you could quit your 9-5 if you wanted, and work on gaining more passive income and really diving into whatever makes you happy!

We’re only human; Everyone purchases things and participates in activities we know are not the wisest choices…  If you can figure out the minimum that you need to survive: to pay all of your bills and still have enough money left over for cheap food.  You’ll have a better idea of how much money you MUST have coming in; and how much money you can start saving now!

There are ways to help you have more money in your pocket today (as in RIGHT NOW)  Figure out whether or not everything you currently have, or are spending money on; is a need or a want (these are two very different words!).  You may find that you already have all your needs (as a music lover; I couldn’t help quoting the Rolling Stones here),  “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes; you just might find you get what you need.” Whether or not you have heard that song before and whether or not you like it; it has a good point: Usually, people already have everything they need, if not then work on your needs FIRST!

Now assuming you have all your needs: just work on minimizing unimportant “wants” that you don’t have, and selling the things that you used to need or want that you don’t anymore…  If you follow this correctly; you should have more money in your pocket.; which means you are able to save/invest a lot more! NOW Find ways of getting those things that you truly need, then those things you really want.  You should constantly be re-evaluating your needs and wants and continuing to plan accordingly!

Now I would like to talk about the true definitions of an asset and a liability.  In layman’s terms, an asset is something that earns you money, a liability is something that costs you money.  So let’s look at these in a little more depth.  Here’s my favorite example that explains it the simplest.  Your car is not an asset, it is a liability.  You spent money when you originally purchased your car, then you spend money on gas and oil changes, then you spend money on repairs.  when it comes time to sell it; the only way that your car becomes an asset is if you sell it for MORE than everything you have spent.

When you ask the average person what is their biggest asset most will say it is their house.  95% of the time, this is simply not true.  Your house is a liability unless you sell it for more than you spent on it. This means that after your down payment, the sum of the money you spend on your mortgage, your utilities, upkeep/maintenance, and everything else you spend on your house on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis; must be LESS than the amount of money you sell it for, and personally earn off of the sale.

A true asset is your job; you earn more money than you spend on it (you spend money on transportation to and from work).  A true asset is your 401k or IRA (though they are taxable, so when you want to withdraw money be careful; see my last post for an alternative way to invest that is tax-free).  Dividends earned from well-performing stocks are an example of residual passive income; and that type of stock can be an asset.

See the free online game cashflow classic at richdad.com for a fun way to learn how to become wealthy, feel free to contact me at adam@faigen.com if you want someone to play with (who can answer any questions you have while playing it).

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post where I will talk about the law of attraction and how staying positive and making plans can help you achieve everything you have always desired!

See you soon  =)

@TheAdamFaigen