Archive for July, 2011

Fads.  An intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, esp. one that is short-lived; a craze. A widely accepted social view is a fad too.

The world around us is driven by them. If we stop and think for a moment, the thought of constantly changing styles, clothing, looks, and technology is quite odd, yet interesting. How is it the human psyche can like or enjoy a clothing one minute, and the next minute not? Weird? How is it that Pauly D’s shiny, title wave hair piece  – that circles his head at a perfect radius – “in” at one point? AMAZING, but true.

I enjoy questioning these kind of societal norms. If you question ideas as simple and well known as this, more likely than not you discover something interesting about human behavior. You uncover a peculiarity. Humans are notably and commonly fickle; we enjoy all different walks of life – some shorter than others. Remember when Chuck Taylors sneakers, slick back hair, high waters, bubble jackets, yo yo’s, baggy jeans, collecting baseball cards, comic books, Nextels’s were “cool”?  Anyway, the point is there is an interesting reason why fads were once (and sometimes still) socially acceptable.

I’ll give it an educated guess since I am no scientist of any sort. We, humans, simply enjoy being entertained. The business of entertaining humans – which sounds weird to say –  is exactly what the iPhone serves to do (may I add does extremely well since Apple takes home yearly revenues of $87B). Apple has found a way to keep our appetite for entertainment and inherent curiosities on a perpetual edge. A piece of technology made so simple even my two-year old nephew can understand how to use an iPad, but not pronounce his name yet. As for clothing, our appetite is much shorter…when it comes to clothes, even shorter… when it comes to food, the shortest. No one actually wants to have mom’s chicken casserole or american chop suey all week long…well maybe if your objective is to pinch those pennies (not willingly anyway)!

So we don’t stray too off course here…..let’s rewind. It’s peculiar our need for the new and our short-lived appetites for entertainment –better yet let’s be more general and say satisfaction. Is there a way of satiating the human need for satisfaction? This may be far-fetched, but if there was, wouldn’t fads end since every one will no longer want to have what everyone else owns since they wouldn’t feel inclined to give in to societal pressures, like their image. I know Lady Gaga isn’t feeling much pressure, ha-ha.

But, seriously look at Lady Gaga. She is a perfect example, along with the iPhone/Steve Jobs. Most will agree before Lady Gaga or Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple) there was nobody else like them. You can’t compare these figures of uniqueness and creative geniuses. No one got anywhere being common -the truth hurts!

In closing, the title of this post “by looking upside down, you tend to see the world with the right side up”… I say this because number one – I am a contrarian, and two – In a world that strives to make us the same, its important that we strive to be different.

Our differences is what makes us beautiful. Remember that.

Inspiring from Within

Posted: July 7, 2011 in Archive

Every so often, I find it important to inspire yourself – make that –  frequently. Too many of us, including myself, fall victim to those dead moments or days or even weeks – call it a black hole if you will, ya know those times after work or after a long day where your just so mentally drained that you can’t mustard enough energy to even smile or notice how good you really have it!

Well, a dose of motivation is that mental injection that seems to work quite well for me, whether it be by reading quotes, passages, watching videos (speeches), listening to music, whatever brings on those unforgettable goosebumps. So, I leave with you quotes today… so hopefully those who are having trouble getting over that hump in the week or experiencing the “black hole” find themselves uplifted with maybe a new high on life!

 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

 

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t
own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it
you can never get it back.” 
– Harvey MacKay

 

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein

 

“Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have – so spend it wisely” – Kay Lyons

 

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

 

“I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see And pursuing that vision.” – Howard Schultz

 

“In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity” – Albert Einstein