Fifth Dimensional Experience! – Thought(1) + Time(1) + Space(3) = Five (5) Dimensions – (11 min video)

By: Heero Yuy

  1. Einstein formalized the idea of thinking about Space-Time which is four dimensional idea with the x,y,z,t (Cartesian coordinates plus time being the 4th dimension)
  2. We physically live in this 4th dimensional world but we are given consciousness
  3. Because we are conscious, we can think and rationalize which means…
  4. We have access to a higher dimension, thought!
  5. Thought is the 5th dimension and action is us acting on these thoughts
  6. Lesson from a Math Professor, Dr.James E. Jamison (June 9, 1943 РNovember 28, 2014)
    1. Are ideas in Math original or pure inventions from our minds?
      1. Ideas are created VS
      2. Ideas are discovered

A Virtual Reality Journey – Contours of a Story applied! [VR 360] (1 min video)

By: Heero Yuy

I’ve decided to take the more from a pure written format to one that’s more engaging using more of the tools available to us, namely using Webcam and Samsung Gear 360 (Virtual Reality 360 degree camera).

Above is one of my first footages shot in [VR 360]. Please enjoy and let me know how I’ve led you through the contour of this particular one (1) minute story!

Viewing Instructions:

VR headset:

  1. Put on VR headset
  2. Watch the video

On Computer:

  1. Play the video
  2. Use mouse to navigate for VR experience

On Cellphone:

  1. Play the video
  2. Pan around by moving your cellphone around to get different angles
  3. Press pause at any time to freeze frame and observe your surroundings

Homework:

Share the video with as many people as possible for a good laugh!!! ūüôā

The Alien – An Extraterrestrial’s Perspective on Terrestrial Trivialities

By: Space Cowboy

On the left we have the Man of Steel, Superman, and on the right the Dark Knight of Gotham, Batman. Each are Aliens to each other as one is an extraterrestrial and the other human.

Once upon a time I was an alien to the USA, my ways were not their ways, and I had to adapt, learn, and slowly began to appreciate the new culture as I ceased to exercise majority of the old culture. We grow in habits and mind into any life of our choice and through conditioning and practice we become a person anew.

The feeling of being alien can also be experienced by those who are accustomed to any routine and learning to adapt and grow into a new set of routines. Military members transitioning out of service often can experience this sense of feeling like an alien again in their home country after being out of country for years. The transitioning phase constitutes a period where one has to relearn the old culture again after adopting new cultures and customs.

Getting good at any particular routine in life has its pros and cons. The better you get, the more effective you are, but at the same time the more you become extremely prone to prejudice and dismissive of other habits and routines. This is what happens to Elitists as they assume a very narrow view on life in favoring of living in a bubble and absorbing themselves in their own routines of day to day life.

These are still very terrestrial concerns in adopting to new lifestyle, geographic cultures, and daily habits. No matter how good things on Earth can be, there will always be greater elsewhere in the Universe. What if one were to adopt an even more alien approach in viewing life? Why not be an Alien for a day?

Thought Experiment:

  1. What if you could live a day thinking about how you would look at the Earth and its people if you ruled this Solar System?
  2. Would you have the same day-to-day worries as that of other mortals such as yourself and others in your life?
  3. Why would you ever shift back to being a human-being after gaining a more Universal perspective?
  4. What would it feel like if you can jump into higher dimensions and experience more more dimensions of sensory experience?

You will soon realize that the human body and mind is rather limited. We are also rather limited to behaving in petty ways because it is easy to be dragged into being more of a petty human than it is being a more superior extraterrestrial being.

On Earth they say that you can be understood by the five (5) closest friends to you. If your best five (5) friends were Aliens from other worlds, each possessing different and unique knowledge and experiences of the Universe, what would your life be like? The knowledge and wisdom gained from that experience can be extraordinary!

Examples to Think on:

  1. How would you describe the inside of a dog’s mouth of an Alien? (Feynman)
  2. Would what makes you feel happy make an Alien happy? Same for sadness?
  3. What is your highest achievement as a human-being and do you think this has any value to the Alien?
  4. What is the Alien’s highest level of achievement and can you comprehend why that achievement is so highly valued?

Above examples should give you an idea of the exercise. How you can think like an Alien from outside of our world and routines is up to you. Try daily to adopt a higher order perspective in the Universe and laugh at our current daily concerns and worries. Most likely the Alien doesn’t care.

Comic version of above Exercise:

  1. For a day, think like Superman as Bruce Wayne.
  2. For a day, think like Batman as Clark Kent.
  3. Rinse and repeat.

Participation or Collaboration is also another great way to cross over barriers and bridge gaps.

A friendly game of Basketball

See you in Space, Cowboy!

Paper Tiger Logic – Three (3) Reasons Why Highly Educated People are actually Stupid!

by: Heero Yuy

Preface: I’m going to rag on Asians, especially Chinese, because I can, it is a suitable stereotype, and because I am Asian and Chinese so I can do it as much as I like. Tough.

Educated people are the worst. According to the Father of Alternating Currents, Nikola Tesla, “Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment.” Erudite individuals often abuse their enlightened minds to persuade others into schemes for which they cannot comprehend in order to exercise confirmation bias to achieving one’s own agenda. These people indeed are the worst. While these individuals may be intelligent, they are exceeding dumb because they are not enlightened but just educated idiots.

Asians, especially Chinese, are some of the dumbest people I know. Forgive them because they know not what they do. Their parents told them stories of stories of people who are better than everyone else because of a lineage of Ancient and Wise philosophers from many Moons ago. If there is a thing of Generational Wealth, then it is safe to say that there is also something called Generational Wisdom. As Asians, we are blessed with Generational Wisdom because there were so many of us and we systematically survived a lot of iterations. Generational Wisdom can make people feel entitled to not¬†DO¬†anything because the previous Generations have¬†done it all. Therefore, all one has to do is sit back and let the crowd of “wise” individuals validate a concept, idea, or person and then simply nod in agreement. (link to Boston.com’s article on pitfalls of crowd-sourcing and bias from online reviews) Baring from fake news, deception, and other charlatan tactics, this¬†might be the most effective way to save one’s effort and outsource thinking to the masses. But what if that weren’t the case at all? What if¬†YOU¬†had to think for once? Uhoh… Get ready, Paper Tigers, because you are in for a wild ride.

Everyone knows that Chinese are supremely Elitist and ostentatious when considered as whole; Ivy League Education, Employee or CEO/President/VP/etc of Major Companies, and iPhone using Louis Vuitton handbag carrying individuals. Asians also encourage their offsprings to think in this way and to disregard anyone who is substandard in comparison to their social caste as people who are “beneath” them are intrinsically a waste of time. By beneath I mean anyone who has:

  1. Lower Education
  2. Lower Networth
  3. Lower Social Status/Rank
  4. Lower Bling Bling (Cars, Yachts, Houses, Jets, Clothes, Materialism, etc)
  5. Lower or non-existent on the Forbes 100 List

Reason#1 – Need for Crowd Validation:

Let’s examine Alibaba’s Jack Ma. No one cares about Jack Ma before his company went IPO as indicated here:

https://www.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=jack%20ma

But now Jack Ma is a household name. Before Jack Ma was successful he was hailed as a failure and now the media worships him like a hero. Quite the change!

When you ask Chinese what they think about Jack Ma before he is the man he is today they would be dismissive, reprehensive, or probably be glued to some Chinese-Drama on XYZ Channel without a care in the world. Now, when Jack Ma makes headlines, Chinese love him without question. Why? Jack was crowd validated and Forbe 100 certified. Without even looking up from their regular dose of Chinese-Drama, the answer, as per Generational Wisdom, is Jack is King. Easy, right? Wrong!

There are in fact hundreds of thousands of Jack Ma’s in the world, all equally hard working if not more so, all using the same if not similar techniques to tackle challenging problems, but only one Jack Ma made it and the rest are not THAT successful in comparison.¬†Chinese glorify the story of the MOST successful while dismissing those of anyone “LESSER.” If the same message was said by Jack Ma and that of Jack Ma clones who didn’t make it, the Chinese will listen to the former and totally dismiss the latter and also remark that the latter is a complete¬†loser and opinion irrelevant until they make something of their lives.

Reason #2: Worship Elitism and Fall to Pettiness:

This sure makes anyone preaching ANYTHING to the Chinese rather difficult under this philosophy of worshiping only the absolute top Elitists. Similarly, if this is applied to their own weaknesses, they would then become¬†defensive and dismissive.¬†Chinese are not particularly good at receiving it as much as they love dishing it out. For instance, one can argue that if the child were not successful then the parents are idiots and the grandparents are idiots as well, ad infinitum. Children who are clever can play this game with their parents and make them feel equally worthless under the Elitist system. If the child is not successful that means the parents could be better, the parents lack the resolve to improve themselves and therefore are not the most fit or Elite parents, and therefore unworthy to parent any kid let alone their own. If that were the case, then the parents need to find ways to hire other Elitist parents who are better than them and fall on their swords to save face because the child is ruined by lackluster environment and resources. No one wants to be told they suck themselves but the Chinese love to tell each other how much others suck. Ever wonder why a race of people never really got anywhere after thousands of years? It’s primarily because of this Generational Wisdom and maintaining this cancerous mentality of pettiness through thousands of years that leaves us with the righteous title of Chinese or Middle-Kingdom’s people or those that will never evolve to higher societies and will always be fending off surrounding Barbarians.

Why am I hating on Chinese so much? It illustrates my point and that the culture of Elitism is very much flawed. Natural learning that was supposed to happen to make people aware of the fact that they need to be more empathetic and sympathetic in understanding of others were silenced in favoring of blindly worshiping Elitists. If Jack Ma told everyone to jump off a cliff tomorrow then a lot of people will without question because it is Jack Ma, man!

Reason #3: Failure to actually be Educated:

Majority of Chinese interpret Education as a means of leveling up individual skills to get an ever higher paycheck in performing a high-skill based job and remaining pacified living a middle-class life. Education is for work only and work is for making a living. Education was supposed to be an enlightening experience to understand life better but many Chinese aren’t affording the luxury of understanding because they are too busy conforming to test taking and climbing the social status ladder. True understanding requires meditation for which is in short supply these days.

After exiting a rather dictatorial rule of Mao post Cultural Revolution, the Chinese mindset is that society and its systems are always right and the Government is absolute. Teachers and coaches have to be obeyed without question because they were appointed into those positions of authority by the Elitists due to their supreme qualifications and the system is supposed to work all the time without error. It’s a shame to have this mindset because the system in fact is flawed by construction and people who put people into positions most of the time do not have any clue what they are doing. That’s why mistakes happen, that’s why life is full of surprises.

It is much easier to have absolute belief and faith in the system without question and much harder to question everything and test ones understanding. Chinese love to do the former and fail often to do the latter. This is why they can be easily pre-suaded to buying dumb shit like Louis Vuitton bags and every edition of the Apple iPhone even though Huawei, Samsung, and LG make better phones at a lower price point and also run on a better platform called Android.

Paper Tigers are horrible creatures because they¬†(1) live off of crowd validation, (2) worship elitism and at the same time fall to pettiness, and (3) lack a true understanding of education to think independently for themselves. Next time when you run into some “smart” Asian that says, “well, the Ancient Asian Philosopher said….” Hit them back with, “Well, what do YOU say?”¬†They will try to cite a bunch of sources and use confirmation bias to bolster their original thesis, wait for this annoying display of “Education” to end, and then repeat once more,¬†“That’s fantastic. Without citing references and quoting others, what do you genuinely feel about this issue or topic?” If you’ve always felt Asians were introverted and calm you will be in for a real treat as you witness full-on Paper Tiger Panic. Enjoy!

Constructing a 3D Storyboard – Contours of Stories

A Contour Map

By: Heero Yuy

In my previous post I presented the idea that Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories needed an update. Video below will get you up to speed on the concept of¬†Shapes of Stories.

I watched Casey Neistat’s videos because I found [VR 360] to be fascinating and that that particular space is the future of ALL popular video as more VR headsets get distributed to the general public.

This particular video from Casey is his guide to Film Making which I thought was fascinating:

What drives everything as Casey says is this:

storytelling-casey-neistat
Story is the center of Film Making, period.

So stories should flow and engage the audience!

In the attempt to rent out my house, and having no real bidders for the past few months, I’ve resolved to DIY. Last night, I went and purchased a Samsung Gear 360 from Best Buy after they price matched the linked Amazon.com price of $273.00! (Was going to get taxed either way so I went to Best Buy to pick it up instead of waiting)

A buddy of mine, Clay, was fascinated about the new dimensions that VR brings to the table in the history of cinematography. This is shooting color when everyone else shot black and white. This is shooting with sound when everyone else produced silent films.¬†This is it! My challenge to Clay and others is to do a daily VRLog (Virtual Reality Video Blog) of 2-5mins to enhance storytelling and give the audience something cool to think about while being visually inspired. Most of my friends find [VR 360] to be comical at best and don’t really get it. When this becomes the standard, others will look back at on this post will think it was obvious where they are currently oblivious.

Why am I bringing up the¬†Shapes of Stories and [VR 360] at the same time? Well… to tell a multidimensional story, one needs to utilize a multidimensional storytelling equipment such as the Samsung Gear 360! It only feels appropriate the give the audience that added layer of infinite degrees of freedom and option to rewind and re-watch the story to get infinite different angles and perspectives as the narrator moves through each scene. Watching a 2D movie would give you only one universal angle and infinite interpretations where as a [VR 360] film provides infinite angles and interpretations.

Before I start to manually analyze this idea of 3D Shapes of Stories, or Contours of Stories (sounds better), I need to formalize the system by which we talk about Contours of Stories.

There are Three Dimensions to any Story (which makes up our Axis for x-y-z planes):

  1. Time
  2. Fortune
  3. Practicality

We can assign ranges to describe each so that we know the beginning and end as well as the degree of Fortune (Misfortune) and Practicality (Theoretical).

  1. Time (A-Z; 26 Letters with A the beginning and Z the end)
  2. Fortune (0-10; 0 being total devastation and 10 being absolutely blessed and 5 being neutral)
  3. Practicality (1-5; 1 being Theoretical [Impractical] and 5 being Very Pragmatic [Practical] and 3 being neutral)

Some storytelling can jump back and forth chronologically so letters can be repeated. The sequence of referring to all three dimensions is

(Practicality:Time:Fortune)

i.e. (3A5) which stands for neutral practical, start of story, and neutral fortune.

The first number will always refer to Practicality and the last will always refer to Fortune. The last number of Fortune can have up to two digits and the first letter will only be single digit. Memory cue is you can always be MORE Fortunate than being simply being Practical (Fortune can have extra digit).

I will put this idea to practice as I execute my storyboard and advertise my home for rent. Let’s see how this project turns out! ūüôā Hopefully I can get some buy-in from Casey on these ideas and more so that my first ever [VR 360] project can be a success. Wish me luck!

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How to Rent out a Home – [VR 360] Vonnegut Contour of Stories Style!

F*#!K Georgia Tech!!! – How to Hate the Best Four Years of Your Life [GOL-T]

By: Heero Yuy

Georgia Tech is like Trench Warfare. If the enemy doesn’t kill you the trench foot, mustard or chlorine gas will. It’s a lose-lose scenario for mere mortals (sane rational human beings) who get sacrificed as cannon fodder for the elite (conformists/tools) few that skew the bell-curve at each Mid-Term and Final. I thoroughly hated it there and resolved to detox elsewhere for my Graduate studies. The only thing that keeps you going in the classic case of Trench Warfare are good friends. Jims was one of those good friends that kept my spirits up during those rather hopeless and lost years. The saying goes: “Misery loves company.” 99% of Georgia Tech students are miserable and they all love to rag on how the school, facilities, and professors all suck.

Jims and I often find ourselves hating on Georgia Tech pretty hard. This was one of our favorite pass times between pontificating life and how utterly useless that shit is as well. We knew we were on the assembly line groomed for what will be 20-30 years more of relentless old and new ways to sell our souls to Corporate America. Yes, indeed, we hated life but we hated Georgia Tech even more than life itself! F**K Georgia Tech!

1. Normal people greet each other with some variation of the following dialog:

Person#1: “Hey, how are you doing?”

Person#2: “I’m good, thanks. You?”

Person #1: “I’m doing well, thanks for asking!”

Music continues along with the facade that life is just peachy. You see, these two people obviously did NOT go to Georgia Tech.

2. This is how two Yellow Jackets (current) greet each other:

YJacket#1: “Hey dude, you did an all nighter again?” (Yeah I said dude, that ratio is probably still shit. There aren’t any girls there, keep moving, skip go, don’t collect $200, and try again for wife-material at GSU, UGA, or Emory)

YJacket#2: “Of course man, you were in that [First Person Shooter or RTS] game all night with me and cramming for [XYZ whatever bullshit class you are going to get a ‘C’ in anyways due to some God forsaken Four Horsemen pyramid scheme]!”

YJacket#1: “Oh yeah… I must have forgot. Let’s pound some [ABC Energy Drink] and go fail that test together!”

Memory lapses are a regular occurrence after all nighters. Don’t worry, all will be well after you barfed out the information/solutions necessary to ‘pass’ that mid-term/final. Bro fist or High Five concludes this conversation.

3. This is how two Yellow Jackets (ghost of Xmas past) greet each other:

*The usual horrendous fake social pleasantries like anyone actually gives a damn*

OldJacket#1: “… so, aren’t you glad you aren’t at Georgia Tech anymore?”

OldJacket#2: *Blood boils, face turns into a volcano* “Georgia… Georgia what??? F&#*K THAT PLACE, I am so glad I am not in that [Mental Institution, Prison, Shady Shack, Saw# Movie, etc]”

OldJacket#1: “Spoken like a true Yellow Jacket!

Yeah, f**k that place.

Jims and I play #3 quite often and we truly invent new deeper layers of Hell each time we get into the flow of hate. During our recent hate session on that forsaken place, we started to talk about how Georgia Tech is rigged just like the real Game of Life. Then it clicked… Georgia Tech IS the Game of Life!

Jims applauded me with my following assessment on how the Game is played at Georgia Tech:

“just like goddamn Gatech with fraternities that horde all the loot (old Exams, Quizzes, and HWs)

if you don’t start in those clans, you are severely behind.”

#truth

This is about the only real thing I learned at my over-priced, under-valued, under-appreciated piece of paper that collects dust somewhere in an obscure filing cabinet.

I wall-hacked back in the classic teenage days where everyone played Counter-Strike and happen to also cheat in Team Fortress Classic (Half-Life 2 Mod – see above video). After my remark to Jims above, I followed it up with:

“The only way to win in a rigged game is to cheat. That’s why I used wall hack back in the day.

Loved that Team Fortress sniper shit… LOL, spy vs spy? Nal man, hacker vs hacker! LOLOLOL

 

me: Hey man, you are wallhacking!
cheater#2: Dude, so are you!!!”

Jims got a good laugh out of that one and I continued by saying:

“Takes a cheater to spot another cheater! LMAO!

but much is the same in the game of life… The ones who actually got up to the top, the Generational wealth, are all part of families or clans that cheated, horded resources, and didn’t give any of it back to the system.

 

when you [are] Rocky Balboa and make it to the top eventually, you can either:
1) Join them and start your own old money
2) Put all chips back on table (Gates + Buffett)

 

either way, as you are making it, pure grind or cheat codes used, you will start to see that these mfuckers were born with all the loot, cheat codes, and epic gear that no one else can feasibly get [even after] grinding a thousand life times!”

Sometimes being miserable, hateful, and cynic f from m*****r f*#king Georgia Tech has its perks. You get that sick clarity on life that others, who choose to stay in that masquerade, lack.

Now I need some time away from the keyboard to Detox from even recalling those dark times at Georgia Tech. Go forage for some berries or something but for God’s sake do NOT go to Georgia Tech!!!

All Hail Peter Gregory’s TED Talk (from HBO’s Silicon Valley)!

3D Shapes of Stories – Spicing up a Classic Idea from Vonnegut

By: Heero Yuy

Kurt Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories (Harvard Business Review) deals with the Axis of Time and Fortune. This is the audience or the reader’s¬†perceived feeling as the story unfolds. In the story itself the actual character deals with internal and external conflicts where he or she has to apply¬†theoretical¬†or¬†applied¬†solutions in resolving each conflict to move onto the next milestone.

Imagine the following as the 3-Dimensional Shapes of Stories.

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The Labels of the X, Y, and Z Axis:

  • X-Axis: Time
  • Y-Axis: Theoretical for Y>0, Applied for Y<0
  • Z-Axis: Fortune Z>0, Misfortune Z<0¬†(Perceived)

Most telling of stories deals with the mental aspect on how characters overcome obstacles using a combination of the Y-Axis to yield the items on the Z-Axis while the X-Axis constantly moves from 0 (beginning) to 100 (end). Datamining various stories (MIT Technology Review), lines plotted in 3D, based on the above axis would yield contours of stories not simply plots to give story telling of humans true shapes.

I am sure there are infinite Axis that can be added onto the general X-Axis of time such as:

  • Character’s emotional response to Z-Axis
  • Accumulation, or not, of knowledge or wisdom
  • Change, or not, of each character
  • Etc

Generally speaking, the audience is most in tune with the How and Why the character managed to shift or remain stagnant on the Z-Axis. Why makes the story interesting to read and the How is explained by the Y-Axis.

This is the 3-Dimensional update to Kurt Vonnegut’s 2-Dimensional Shapes of Stories.

Two Roads Diverged – Choose with Caution and Necessity [Game of Life]

By: Heero Yuy

My good buddy, Jims, was the person who first got me to really think about the Game of Life. Beyond a simple board game, the real Game of Life is rather complex and any attempts to simplify it will be met with utter failure. It is what it is. Certain things can be clarified at best so I shall attempt to clarify the two dichotomous aspects of the Game of Life.

My friend Jims’ angle on this game is the following:

“My idea was more of a thought experiment about if life was a game, no one would want to play it, because there’s a lot of broken game mechanics in it. That it would ultimately fail. That the reason it hasn’t [become]¬†free to play is because there’s a lack of competition from other games.”

Jims explains the structure, rules, and dynamics of this game very well when we discussed this topic at large in previous conversations. His above quote implies that the architects¬†of the game has a very¬†fat margin and wants to keep it that way. There is a lack of general competition to keep the game fair and interesting for all people certain people’s starting line is in absolute¬†poverty¬†while others are born with a¬†silverspoon into an affluent family. The only way for the former to advance beyond their starting line is a ton of¬†hard work and an amazing amount of¬†luck¬†and still never touch the starting line of the latter. Such games are obviously very biased, such is life.

The angle I took in my previous post on this topic was more of¬†sarcasm, cynicism, facetious, and blunt. However, I did in very crude terms explain the rough idea of the¬†theory¬†behind the game itself which aligned with what Jims’ discussions. Jims told me that I leave the reader with a¬†motivational and inspiring¬†path that possess the fragrance inspired from heavy basenotes of Capitalism and a topnote of Meritocracy; this is the applied¬†approach in playing the game itself vs the treatise of pure¬†theory.

I felt it appropriate to draw the line in the sand and divide up the two discussions as separate topics and when appropriate intermingling when the music is right for the two to dance as one.

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Many Paths of a Story – Choose Wisely!

With¬†Freedom and Self-Awareness, the paths to life are infinite. No one’s life is a straight line as it is impossible and boring without the ups and downs that takes us from evaluating the strategies and planning¬†(theory) before going back to playing the game and the actual execution (applied).

While my previous post did have an overtone of Jordan Belfort/Zig Ziglar-ism (Sales/Inspiring/Pragmatic), it appropriately outlined majority of future topics.

Conclusion:

  • Is the Game really stacked against us or can you actually do something about it?
  • Theory or applied?

You decide and à la carte use consume which ever body of knowledge and wisdom when appropriate.

Footnote: Future posts will be tagged with #Game of Life and Titled [GOL-T] or [GOL-A] for Game of Life Theory and Applied respectively.

Friend or Foe? – When to End Relationships like Cutting Losing Positions

By: Heero Yuy

Life is an investment of an ever scarce resource called time. To live life to the fullest, one must understand what activities and people to invest in and which ones to avoid. In investments, people often make the mistake of spending good money to chase bad money by dumping more liquidity into losers hoping for a rebound. In life, people make the identical mistake of dumping good time into bad activities and people.

To simplify, good activities and people are ones that positively and critically support you to attain your goals in life and provide a genuine source of happiness. Bad activities and people are the polar opposite of those aforementioned items. Your life has a net positive and bullish¬†when you start to acquire more activities and people that are¬†good¬†and¬†net negative and bearish¬†when you acquire more bad activities and people. This is simply effective management of your portfolio of¬†activities and people that you’ve acquired by investing your asset called¬†time.

Thought Experiment:

Think of all the activities and friends in your life. First, let’s examine activities.

What activities do you do now that you can do without in your daily routine and won’t miss it at all a week, month, or year from now? Bundle all this up and we’ll call these useless activities because they are so lukewarm or cold that it doesn’t stir up¬†your burning desire and passion for life.

Useless Activities can include:

  • Social Media
  • Mainstream News (fake and manufactured anyways, right?)
  • Messaging
  • Video Games
  • Watching the Paint Dry (you know what this means)
  • Vices (Various internet related or real life addictions. Substance abuse, etc. Use your imagination)

Drop all of the above if possible, the more the merrier. It’s all useless! Next, let’s examine your “friends.”

Scenario #1:

Your car breaks down in the middle of the night (2AM) on the interstate. You have every single known contact that you’ve ran across in your life at your disposal for phone calls.

  1. Who will actually answer?
  2. Who will actually come to your rescue?
  3. Who will actually consistently rescue you from this and future incidents without fuss?
  4. Who will you repicprocate this favor for from #3 above?

Scenario #2:

You and all your friends go on a hike and run into a Grizzly Bear or a Pack of Wolves. Someone or a group of people have to stay behind and fend off the animal(s) while the others escape or else everyone dies.

  1. Will you stay?
  2. If so, who else will join you?
  3. If not, who will be brave enough to sacrifice their lives for you and the group?
  4. If they step up, will you join them to tough it out with them to the very end?

The¬†“friends”¬†that made it through both Scenarios #1¬†AND¬†#2 are your¬†true friends. Rest of them are garbage, put them where they belong as they are not important in your life nor are you in theirs.

Analysis of Experiment:

At this point you can say, “Well, that was extremely harsh and brutal! You can’t be saying things like that about my¬†‘friends’!!!” To which I will respond with, “I just did.”

You know from doing the exercises above who are your friends vs. “friends.” The latter category is known as acquaintances.

Definition:

Acquaintances is defined as “a person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend.” or¬†¬†“An acquaintance is someone recognized by sight or someone known, though not intimately: a casual acquaintance.”

Ahhhhh! So now you realize that you have a ton of acquaintances and very scare number of friends.

Methods:

Don’t bother fading those who are negative and bearish, they will fail in due time and from their own devices, fall to zero, and get delisted from the exchanges (drop off the social circles). Only a couple of these folks who hit rock bottom will have a slither of hope of rebounding and the only ones that do exhibit positive qualities of attentiveness and adhering to sound advice.

Only invest your time smartly in people who exhibit the above positive qualities and also add value to your life by giving you objective support, guidance, and encouragement.¬†Those people who can do this are usually from the small circle of¬†friends that you’ve identified from above. Look for these great qualities in making new¬†friends in the future! Now you are shifting to the right direction to be¬†net positive and bullish. People who see and know you will want to¬†invest their time in you to help you out. Now you are exuding success and successful people can identify and spot others like themselves. Very good!

Do your best to avoid spending too much time with everyone else who do not qualify as a friend. There are enough people in the world to be a friend to someone and if that person isn’t you for some reason someone else can fill that spot. Find net positive and bullish individuals and stick to them like superglue! Friends can be your¬†peers, teachers, coaches, or mentors. This strong group of individuals will help you grow in life and make you ever more¬†bullish for¬†your outlook on life. These individuals can be both living and dead. Read a book or watch a video, learn from those who’ve passed long ago! Our collective human knowledge is what makes us humans immensely more powerful than other animals in the Animal Kingdom; use it!

Your one and only goal here is to (acronym: GDDC):

  • Grow the pool of¬†Friends
  • Demote people to acquaintance when necessary
  • Drop negative or toxic people from friends and acquaintances immediately
  • Cut¬†excessive acquaintances to focus on acquisition of new friends

Trying to lump everyone into a large pool by calling everyone your¬†friend¬†will only waste their time and more importantly yours! Cut’em! No need to shed tears, they left you stranded on the interstate¬†anyways so why should you care?

Conclusion:

Life is too short to mess around with individuals that add no value to your life or actively work to bring you down because they are toxic cesspools. Identify who your friends are immediately, stick to them and make new ones like them, and drop everyone else. The cardinal sin of investing is doubling down on negative and losing positions in hopes of a rebound. Learn to cut your losses early and invest in positions that will yield net positive results and ones with a bullish outlook!