5 Lessons from the Best Mentors in the World

1. Add value to others first

You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want

2. Guard your time:

Learn to say no to good opportunities in order to make room to say yes to great ones.

3. Invest in yourself

The more you learn the more you earn, read more.

4. Make daily reflection a priority

Take the time to breathe. Thinking about your actions on a daily basis will help curb any unproductive addiction in fostering self-awareness and keep you on track to achieving your longer-term goals.

5. Passion is key

Chasing after intrinsic goals will foster sustainable purpose in meaning to life. People with goals connected to what others think of them are beholden to what others think of them and will end up suffering from rejection and shallow relationships.


10 Unbelievable lessons from Katy Tur’s Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

1. One article can change everything.
2. Social Media has compromised the Press’s ability to vet politicians messages for propaganda.
3. Politicians spend millions of dollars trying to make millions of friends.
4. The most durable journalism is done by outsiders looking in.
5. Seeing what’s in front of your nose demands a constant struggle.
6. Journalist’s are tasked with rebuilding public trust.
7. Don’t take things personally – it’s just politics.
8. At the end of your feelings is nothing. But at the end of principles is a promise.
9. Sacrifice what you are, for what you will become.
10. Trump’s hats are like red sprinkles atop of a great melting mass of vanilla ice cream


2084: An Oral History of the Great Warming

2084: A glimpse into the impending future that today’s effects of climate change may bring about if immediate action is not taken by governments, industries and individuals alike.

Pressured by big oil’s lobbying strategies, nations such as the United States, China, and India did not heed scientist’s unanimous warning to decarbonize their industries leaving the efforts of smaller nations in the dust.

With over 200 years of enjoying the benefits the oil age had brought humanity, investors were not interested in accepting scientific findings that would hurt their pocketbooks.

What scientists did not take into account was how different effects of climate change would interact with each other. As the demand for oil tor apart communities in the far east who started to suffer from extreme droughts, fascism, or as the west called Populism, grew to extreme measures fearing the impending migrations of Islamic peoples. Where do nations go when they cant grow their own food and sustain their own communities? In the end, the man upstream would be the one to decide this fate as global warming sparked also conflicts over water.

Another facilitator of global conflict arose to be access to fertile farming land as climate change shifted traditional crops belts that were relied upon for centuries. As the turn of the millennium marked the growth of monoculture farming to feed the worlds exponentially growing population, biodiversity and colloquial know-how were swept away by desertification. Certainly, the world cannot be fed by a greenhouse.

What would happen to the small island nations and those dependent on the sea for their survival? Certainly, global warming wasn’t accidental or intentional but the global community was warned about the pending geo-cide.

As people migrated away from the equator and inland towards the higher ground from flooding caused by elevated sea-levels the first world lost most of the progress oil facilitated but retained their technological know-how despite the lack of infrastructure.

If climate change made one thing certain it is that CO2 emissions inhibit the use of future emissions as the massive destruction of civilization and its progress after the industrial revolution halted the rapid growth of emissions. Unfortunately, oceans would take a longer time to recover compared to the air as its waters acts as the biggest carbon sink in the world.


What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

What I wish I knew a year ago…written by a 21 year old.

People either wait for others to give them an opportunity to be great or they give themselves permission to challenge traditional assumptions and create their own meaning outside of their comfort zone.

Regardless the size of the problem at hand there is always a creative way to use the resources you already have available. When brainstorming for possible solutions never discredit an idea for not being feasible at first, with productive conversation, ideas can always be further developed or discredited. You might never know where a solution might come from especially if you limit yourself by arguing for your limitations when thinking creatively. You are only limited by your energy and imagination.

Rules are meant to be broken. Often we don’t seem to distinguish the difference between rules and recommendations made by our peers.

Instead of asking for something more give gratitude for what you already have and serve people without having any expectations in return. You never know where a favor might bring you but don’t be upset if that favor isn’t immediately or never returned. Show appreciation for others because of the opportunity cost they spend to invest their time in helping you. There is always time to do something, we just choose how to spend it and when it is spent on project A, project B is always being pushed to the side. Reputation precedes you everywhere you go so don’t burn your bridges when the time has come to move on to another responsibility or if you’ve concluded that the present opportunity isn’t right for you. Quitting is often portrayed as a sign of weakness within main stream culture but in reality is a sign of self maturity and awareness if the circumstance is reasonable and done correctly. Failure can be chosen to be seen as a learning opportunity and a sign that you’re stretching beyond your comfort zone which decreases the possibility you’ll make the same mistake again.

When negotiating don’t immediately assume both sides are opposing one another. Figure out what drives others in a negotiation. The goal of making a negotiation is to arrive to the next one. Always know your best alternative and share your interests to see if your experiences might be of some use to others. Winning at the others expense is counter-productive. The real world consists of team work and the leader’s job is to inspire others to implement their ideas. Although being a leader means you’re the first to eat and have first choice of mate it also means the pack trusts you in defending them from danger and is why you have their permission to lead them in the first place.

People often rationalize doing the smart thing and not right thing. Pick a handful of priorities to focus on and make them your masters. Most people juggle with the idea or the desire of being successful and merely dabble in trying something until it becomes too difficult. On the other side of pain is pride is joy, pride and fulfillment. No matter how long the pain lasts use your imagination to think about the outcome you would have liked to have happen after your feelings have subsided.

The best goal to strive for is where your passion and skills overlap with the market to facilitate living an enriched meaningful life. As social creatures our happiness comes from the quality of our relationships not the amount or value of the things we have. No matter what position in society you might find yourself in, remember that your power comes from the position you hold and to optimize the people within your “social circle”.

Collect experiences in life. The more experiences you have and larger base of the knowledge the more resources you have to draw and you never know when an experience might come in handy. This is also important to keep in mind if you are unemployed and looking to acquire a job. Besides the salary, keep in mind the people you might be working with and converse about subjects other than the job responsibilities with the colleague who is responsible for giving you an interview.

We cannot choose the cards dealt to us but we can choose how to play them. Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous.