Saturday, November 30, 2013

Development Of Common Sense III / 11 Pieces Of Wisdom From Bill Gates - Part 4




Song:  FF VI Symphonic Poem

Orchestra:  Final Symphony London





This is the fourth article on Bill Gates' 11 rules to school children.


Bill Gates'...


Rule #4:  If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.




My Perspective:



It is true...
and there are so many reasons why it is true.


1)  A teacher is there to ensure you receive the necessary information
to perform well...and should you fail...she will often feel as if she, too, had failed.

A boss will often merely tell you your areas of responsibility...
for you to read up on the policies and procedures...
and for you to handle any problems.

He will often tell you that if you cannot handle the problems in your area...
that you are the failure...and that you probably shouldn't be there.



2)  In school, there are multiple opportunities to make up for 
poor grades...forgotten assignments...poor attitudes.

Once your boss sees irresponsibility, or especially, a poor attitude...
 if even only for a fleeting moment...
at the very least, your reputation in his eyes, may be ruined forever.
He may never again, fully trust you, or think of you for promotion.

In school, a reputation lost with a specific teacher usually only 
damages you for that academic year.

At work...you are usually stuck with your boss until he retires.



3)   In school, the class moves only at the speed the teacher thinks the 
majority of the class can handle, and often times, she will alter her class
to ensure the level of teaching doesn't leave behind the slowest learners
(K - 12 only - University is different).

At work, all are expected to keep up with all responsibilities at all times.
Your boss will fully expect to have to fire a certain percentage in the course of a year.
He will often hire and fire until he gets what he thinks are the best.




4)    In school, GPAs may be made up at a later time.
In University...should you feel you are not doing well
in a particular class, there is a certain grace period where 
you may drop the class without negatively affecting your GPA...
whereupon you may self study for a year and re-attempt the course.


At work...to fail at an assignment can be a career mortal wound.
You often have but one chance to prove yourself...
and then way is made to let someone else prove himself...
whereupon he will advance beyond you...
often forever.

There is generally no option to opt out of an assignment...
it is do or die.

Once you are in a career...
often times marriage, children, and a mortgage closely follows.

Your whole family's financial future is tied to your performance at work.
Your family is then essentially being held economic hostage by your boss.

Although it is unspoken...
it is realized by both, the employee, and the employer.

Many bosses will take advantage of their position of power.

Although a person may leave the job...
unless he has a firm offer from at least an equal job...
he is somewhat stuck...and so may have to suffer through verbal abuse...
or may be taken advantage of by being assigned copious amounts of 
extra work...especially if he is a strictly salary worker.

Many bosses will not even have to abuse through action...
they may merely be passive aggressive.

Should the employee choose to leave...
he would be beholden to the employer
 for a very positive letter of recommendation.

Any letter of recommendation which is less than stellar...
can be the employee's future career death warrant...
and yes...the boss knows this as well.

They can give assignments with unreasonable timelines...
or give you a position of having to manage others...
without the authority to effectively manage them.
They can give assignments without the necessary information
to complete it competently...and then claim that it is the employee's fault
for not knowing something they couldn't have known...
and he may then act dismissively to the employee
in front of his peers in an attempt to paint a scarlet letter upon him
thereby showing that he cannot be trusted by the others...
and he may then claim it is the employees fault 
for not being able to work well with others.
He could sabotage individual careers by not being so
generous with his employee reviews...etc.


This is NOT to say that most bosses act in such a manner.

The point is...
they COULD act in such a manner...
should they choose to do so...
and most are experienced enough to get away with it.
The employee will almost always lose...in the long run.


This is also NOT to say that the employee has no right to basic 
respect in the workplace.  In most businesses, to have a poor workplace
environment is simply not good business...and so they try to create an
amicable working environment.

So long as the employee is correct in a grievance...
has a cogent argument which was supported with evidence...
and the offense was grievous enough
(just as an employee would expect to be forgiven for insignificant 
slips in his performance...so must he forgive others)...
it is the correct thing to do.

So long as the presentation is respectful...
and intelligent...it is generally well received and 
the problem is usually rectified without negative repercussions.

All people...
even evil ones...
respect intelligence.


This leads directly in to how a child should be raised...
how he should always think and act.

Intelligence - Think intelligently.

Know what the policies and procedures of the company are.

Never violate them.
Be able to cite them in reference to a grievance...
and be able to rationally support how they were violated 
by the offending supervisor.

All without emotion.


The other extremely important attribute:

Respect - Always be respectful.


I have seen many a person attempt to play the extremely juvenile game
of pretending that the only mode of communication is one of strictly 
the words spoken.

They act as if 
intonation...
timing...
inflection...
words not spoken...
body english...
facial expression...
the withholding of necessary information....etc...
are not at least as important in communication.

It is extremely disrespectful...
and such actions will surely have very dire repercussions in the workplace...
and rightfully so.

Just the act of unjustified rudeness
tells the employer of, not only, the lack of emotional maturity...
it tells him the lack of forethought...
and basic intelligence of the person.


To have an "attitude" tells all who see it that the person
is incapable of learning lessons in life...
ones which they should have learned by merely observing reactions to it
on the playground in elementary school...
even were they not taught correctly by their parents.

It demonstrates a lack of global aptitude...
the ability to adapt to new conditions 
through mere observations...
by noticing correlations...
and understanding the underlying causations.

-----

A leader who doesn't give structure...
who has no real standards...
is a person who doesn't wish to put in effort...
because they don't care.

They are essentially deserting you.
It is a stress free life for themselves they wish...
and nothing more.



A very demanding, and when need be, tough (but fair)...
parent...
teacher...
boss...
is a blessing to have.

It is they who put in the effort...
who have the self respect...
and the respect for you...
to guide you correctly...
because they care.

It is they who shall lead you to eventual success.










Friday, November 29, 2013

Development Of Common Sense III / 11 Pieces Of Wisdom From Bill Gates - Part 3



Song:  The Decisive Battle / Mog's Theme

Orchestra:  Final Symphony



This is part 3 of 11 articles on Bill Gates's 11 rules to school children.


Bill Gates'...

Rule # 3:  You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of High School. 
You won't be a Vice-President with a car phone until you earn both
(nowadays the figure would probably be over $100,000).



My perspective:


I believe the spirit of this rule is to not have unrealistic expectations.

While shooting for the stars is a great long term dream to strive for...
to expect to achieve it without a realistic path plotted...
is a folly upon which...if believed by the person...leads to arrogance.

Arrogance automatically sets the person up to be at a psychological disadvantage.

Such a person will have to perform flawlessly...
or to suffer disgrace in his own eyes, as well as in all others'...
and to the delight of all others who hope to see him fail because of his arrogance.


It is setting himself up for performance out of fear of Negative Reinforcement...
instead of performance from the excitement of adventure and the 
fires of passion burning brightly in him which are further stoked
by each step forward (Positive Reinforcement).


It is also setting himself up for disillusionment and great disappointment.
Many people end up quitting because they feel themselves a failure at life...
when their true point of failure was in their initial unrealistic expectation.


There are three basic components to successfully reaching a goal:


1)  Vision - Knowing what you want.

Having a dream which lies close to the heart...
one which stirs the emotions to such a degree that 
all of life seems wonderful...or to have a dream 
which allows you to reach even longer range goals because of the material 
rewards which will allow greater freedom to pursue the greater dream at a later time.

To have the a firm vision of a reachable dream always before you...
provides a continual and ever increasing drive to see that dream come to fruition.

It is the secret to self motivation...
to the development of drive.



2)  Planning - Accurate course plotting / Provisioning

Although to have a dream is crucial...
as it provides boundless energy to achieve...
it will remain...but a dream...unless there is a solid plan to follow.

By reverse planning from the goal to the person
allows for the necessary steps to be efficiently laid out...
and then broken into shorter term objectives
so the critical rate of travel to each objective...
and the provisions necessary...
may be planned for...and applied.


To think that success comes easily...
is to not have accurately plotted a course...
and to not have stocked up on the provisions necessary 
for an extended journey.


This is one of the reasons those who see arrogance in others...find it so distasteful.  

They know the person hadn't accurately gauged the situation...
themselves...or the others around them.

Such a person is thought to be a great liability
because of the lack of intelligent observation...
and, especially in, the lack of common sense.



3)  Staying The Course - Never Giving Up


To think that something is going to be easy...
is to not be prepared for stormy weather.

To not be prepared for stormy weather...
is to set yourself up for failure should a storm arrive.

To go on your journey
with the knowledge that stormy weather is an almost certainty...
is to not only be prepared for it...
it is to wish for it...
as you know that it will make the journey a truly epic one...
one which shall be remembered fondly.

Expect initially hard times...
times of deprivation...
 of great fatigue...
of great fear.
These are what shall make the eventual victory so sweet.

A hard won victory...
is a victory forever.

It colors all of life to a depth unknown 
to all those who had not...
fought and had never given up.

It is a realization which never leaves you...and forever rewards you.

Anything which comes easily...is not worth having in the first place.


What should be an expectation of all starting out in their professions...
is a hectic, very fast paced environment with a steep learning curve 
which shall weed out many before the first year is over.

Companies know that to have knowledge is only one component
of a successful employee.

What they truly desire is a person who can utilize what they have learned
in a manner which will produce positive results.

They want someone who can learn quickly...
and then be able to apply that new knowledge accurately, efficiently, and effectively.

To do this...
the person must first be extremely observant
to be able to see situations realistically and accurately.

They must have the common sense to be able to categorize 
and prioritize information correctly.

They must be able to predict patterns or problems before they emerge...
and then be able to apply appropriate solutions to the problems.


Everything at work is a test.

Even were a person a good actor...
there are subconscious signals which betray true intent in people...
especially when stressed...and when the supervisors know what to look for...
as any supervisor who has dealt with new employees for any extensive
amount of time before...automatically sees.

For a person to go into a company thinking that things will be so easy that 
they will rise to the top without earning it...
shows in their body language at the very least...
and more often than not...
in their lack of performance.

This attitude automatically tells the supervisors that
not only does the person not have the attitude to learn and apply...
it tells him that the person has no common sense...
that it was a basic lesson in life the employee should have learned
before leaving Elementary School.

Arrogance is a sign of ego over intelligence.

It is a short term thinker who thinks in this manner...
one who hasn't learned in life that to alienate potential allies from the start...
is being stupidly dismissive of a potential asset...
that to show your cards at the start of a poker game is a disadvantage...
that the many lessons in life which teaches the futile end game of the arrogant....
should have been realized by him long prior.

 To think that a rise to the top shall be easy...
to think that it is your right to have by any means other than on pure merit...
that to not take into account unknown variables in any equation
 (all others vying for the position / unknowable job variables)
is to be Arrogant.


Simply put...

Arrogance is a hallmark of the willfully stupid...
all they know is bluff and aggression.


Humility is a hallmark of the intelligent.

They know the value of the unknown and uncontrolled variables in life.
They know the value of always keeping a hidden reserve.
They know the end game before they start...
and they know how to reach it by applying 
the three components of successfully reaching a goal...
and that to do so requires a proper alignment of...
 heart and mind.

















Thursday, November 28, 2013

Development Of Common Sense III / 11 Pieces Of Wisdom From Bill Gates - Part 2




Song:  Dark World

Orchestra:  Distant Worlds





This is part 2 of 11 articles on Bill Gates' rules to school children.


Bill Gates'...

Rule # 2)  The world won't care about your self-esteem.  The world will expect you to
accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.


My perspective:


Simply put...
Self-esteem is a thermometer...
NOT a thermostat.

You cannot change a thing by merely heating up a thermometer...
seeing the false resulting temperature reading rise...
and then claiming that the room is warm!

Pretending you are better than you are...
does not make you better!

It is simple cause and effect.

Self-esteem is a natural effect of true achievement (the cause).

You raise the temperature of a room by raising the thermostat...
this lights the fires of passion and commitment for action to achieve
(putting into effect a plan for actual positive change).

The thermometer (self-esteem) will then naturally show the true rise in temperature.


Just as in falsely raising a thermometer to indicate a warmer temperature
than it truly is in reality...which would then preclude any need for 
the ignition of the furnace (that which would truly make a difference)...
so it is with the false raising of self-esteem.


A person should feel guilty...
 should feel situationally depressed...
 should feel embarrassed and ashamed...
 should feel emotional pain...
should they not do that which need be done...to achieve a goal.

People should only feel good about themselves...
if they had done something worthy of the good feelings.


Drive is the most important attribute in success.

To falsely assuage the pain of righteous shame...
to feel good about mediocrity...
is to never develop the necessary impetus to manifest true drive.

It is to take away that which makes us want to develop ourselves...
our vision...our passion...our motivation.

I am amazed that so many people do not see this.


As I always say to my son, Alex...

"The world does care about feelings...only about results".


Is the world somehow cold and unfeeling?

NO!

It is the natural reaction of the world to parasites...
the ones who only care about themselves...
about how they feel...
rather than what good they may effect.

To not put in the effort to make positive and noteworthy change...
to not accomplish anything...except to falsely feel good about yourself...
does yourself no good...and it certainly does the world no good.

What such a person is saying to the world...
through their actions and inactions (the true measure of a person) 
is that the mere perception of feeling good is what is important...
not the actual products of innovation and effort.


Sound familiar?


It is the thought process of a drug addict.

What is most important to them...
is to falsely feel good.

The only drive they have...
is to feel good...at any expense.



Sure, I know...
many think that by falsely raising a person's self-esteem
(praising mediocrity - magically erasing earned shame)...
that somehow their performance will rise...
because THAT was holding them back.

It wasn't the fact that they hadn't put in the study time...
that they hadn't put in the effort to train...
that it is purely the power of Positive Thinking
which will magically transform them into a winner (obviously not).

Positive Thinking is only the portion which is supposed to 
MOTIVATE a person to create a positive plan...
and then to put that positive plan into positive ACTION.

It is then the positive action...
in the necessary quantity and quality...
at the necessary rate...
and for the necessary duration...
which will be the CAUSE of the positive result.


To do otherwise is to shortcut the process...
to erase the root cause of motivation.

The manifestation of motivation is DRIVE...
without which...nothing gets done...
without which...no results will be forthcoming.
No true achievements... no rewards...
not internally...not externally.



The only reason I can assume to be the cause of the widespread faith
that mere unearned self-esteem is the necessary precursor to success...
I can only attribute to a two step process of delusion.


Step #1 - 

First of all...
those who espouse this...
and those who believe this...
must have never had a true moment of a hard won achievement.

Had they had one...
they would have automatically known the great amount of effort 
behind their success.



Step #2 - 

These people not knowing the components resulting in a true victory...
see only one variable of true winners before 
and after a contest or performance...
that of confidence (high self-esteem)...
which upon they falsely attribute to be the cause of the success.

They draw a false conclusion based upon 
the mixing up of a mere correlation with actual causation.

They know nothing of how true confidence is made...
of how true victory is won in the training hall...long before the performance...
of how through long and rigorous training...
the person develops an expertise in his field or area of performance.

With this expertise...
he knows that an excellent performance is a foregone conclusion.

He will, therefore, have natural confidence...
a high level of self-esteem.

Again...the self-esteem is not the cause of his success...
it is the natural result of his countless hours of practice or study.
It is then the practice or study which is the cause of the success.



The only other possibility I can think of would be the scenario
where the parent of a child actually believes that merely feeling well...
no matter how false that is...
no matter how they are teaching their child to be an emotional drug addict...
how they are conditioning their child to chase short term pleasures
at the risk of never chasing the long term pleasures...
of how to think of all actions...or even inactions...as being equal...
and so that even mediocrity is to be praised...
that it is ok that they falsely define themselves to themselves...
that these temporary feelings are that which are all important...
somehow, in their child's life.


When such a child goes out into the world...
and faces the harsh reality of even a semi meritocracy...
where people must EARN their way...
this is where so many SHALL fail.


Is the world wrong for not automatically accepting everyone?

OF COURSE NOT!

So many people wish to be parasites...
to wish to commit larceny upon their neighbors
by living off of their efforts...instead of their own.

People must economically protect themselves...
and their families...from these parasites.


The world SHOULD expect people to not feel good about themselves
UNTIL they have accomplished something!

A person who has the desire to truly accomplish something...
 has passion...a sense of mission...a sense of restlessness...a constant desire to achieve.

A person who feels good about himself with where he is...
has no desire to go further.

He has no desire to listen to reason...
no desire to observe true cause and effect...
no desire to improve a situation.

He is ok with mediocrity...
he just doesn't realize that the world is neither ok with it...
nor should it be.


It is only later...
when he realizes that his world is starting to crumble around him
due to a lack of true effort on his part to actively erect a solid structure
for his life to be built upon because he was raised with the 
belief that his feelings came before actual performance...
when he sees the others who had performed...bypass him in life...
it is at this point when he starts to feel depressed.

So often when this should have spurred him into action...
to formulate a plan which could be transformed into true rewards...
this type of person merely looks to feeling well...
rather than doing well.

Although he is merely situationally depressed (as he should be)...
he will often seek to medicate...as he has always been an emotional addict.

So instead of correcting the root cause of his depression...
the lack of effort on his part in life...
he will seek to merely not feel bad about it...
until he has to take another pill...or another drink.

This, of course, is a never ending and self feeding cycle.
He will never improve because he has taken away 
any motivation to improve.


This is not to say that all depression is a result of poor decisions.

There exists true clinical depression...
which is a result of an imbalance of neurotransmitters.

However...
they are by far...
in the minority of cases.

(and yes...I have seen the stats...and the methodology used to gather them...
and yes...America is being over medicated.  Not just in the use of antidepressants...
but in a whole lot of "diseases".  And no...it is not a vast conspiracy...
it is something far more insidious...that of complicity...from the producers...
to the dispensers of these highly profitable momentary escape capsules).


So...
in their minds...
they are not at fault...
it is a "disease"
(and so having nothing to change...they don't).


Will all such people become drug addicts?


NO

However, many shall at first fail...
where they should have at first...succeeded.

They will have been put into an unnecessarily disadvantageous position...
whereupon they will have lost...at the very least...valuable time.
And time is something which may never be made up...
merely the loss of which may be mitigated somewhat
through later extraordinary effort on their part.








Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Development Of Common Sense - III / 11 Pieces Of Wisdom From Bill Gates - Part 1



Song:  To Zanarkand (FFX)

Orchestra:  Distant Worlds (Paris 2013)




(Gotten off of Facebook)


I will go over each...point by point...from my perspective...
and how I explain these same truisms to my son, Alex.


This is NOT to say that I have the wisdom of Bill Gates.

This IS to say that MOST people of past generations...
before the idiocy of Political Correctness infected our nation
 (Subjectivity over Objectivity - emotions over intellect)...
thought this way.

It WAS common sense.


Before I start...
these are general truisms.
There are always exceptions in specific instances.

However, you may neither nullify, nor demonstrate, the general with the specific.

It is only when you may demonstrate that which is logically correct
in a set of normal parameters...do they naturally come to a certain conclusion.

ANY truism may be faulted by extraordinary circumstances or variables...
especially if you change the set parameters.

To be able to find an exception does not nullify a truism or principle...
so long as it does not falter in its given parameters.


Example:

In the parameters of mathematics...
one plus one equals two.


If you go outside the parameters of pure mathematics...
and into real life examples...
there are plenty of exceptions.



1 + 1 may equal 1

One glass of water + one glass of water (both poured into a larger container) 

= ONE (with twice the mass).




1 + 1 may equal 0


Certain chemical reactions may change the nature of both components...
or convert them into energy in the form of heat and pressure...
leaving you with essentially no mass.




1 + 1 may equal a negative integer!


In certain nuclear reactions...
1 mass plus 1 mass may leave you with not only no discernible mass...
but destruction of a wide area of no mass beyond itself as it converts mass
into energy.

--------

AHA!!! 
(says the court jester)

There are exceptions...
therefore, it is not a general rule!

It is invalid!

--------


OF COURSE NOT!

(In the above general rule)
It is a good general rule which applies to calculations
which presume no change in energy levels or mass...
even though it is not expressed.


Where would we be were it not for general rules?!

A general rule or basic truism is just as it implies...
something which in the realm of its parameters...
 does NOT change UNLESS new variables
not expressed or implied in the truism...are introduced.


This needed to be said
(I am sure many of you have been repeatedly frustrated by the court jesters in life :)


SO...
in the spirit of the above...

Bill Gates':


 Rule 1)   Life is not fair - get used to it!


My perspective:  

Were life fair...it would be a strict meritocracy.
Life is not a strict meritocracy
 (because of intelligent, or even unexpected natural, interference)...
therefore...
it is NOT fair.


However...
this is not the point.

The point in life is one of adaptation.

You must either adapt the surroundings to fit your needs...
or you must adapt to that which you cannot change...
to reach your ultimate goals.

We each have limited resources...
limited energy...
limited time.

The rewards go to the ones who can intelligently utilize each...
becoming efficient in, not only the application...
but in the correct balance of each at a given time.


UNFAIRNESS WILL HAPPEN IN LIFE!


It happens to all at some point in our lives.

It is in how we react to it which will determine the ultimate outcome
being either, a negative, or a positive experience.


Life is a marathon...correct pacing is part of a winning strategy.


Each of us may be thought of as hot air balloons
(yes, I know...some may be filled with more hot air than others :)

We start out in life with a set amount of fuel (resources / energy).

As we cannot change the wind...
it is up to us to use what we have, to take advantage of favorable winds...
 to launch when it is safe... and to use the fuel to reach the heights necessary
without burning it all up at once so as to not have enough fuel to reach our destination.

As circumstances are not always favorable...
it is the person who prepares himself ahead of time who may take 
best advantage of circumstances, when they may arise, who ultimately comes out ahead
(while on the ground waiting...studying meteorology...
being able to predict the wind patterns which would 
flow in the correct direction and which would speed you to your destination).

Depending on your initial location...
there may be storm warnings...
while for others...
it may be fair skies.

Unfair?

While it may seem to be so...
some things we cannot predict...
however, many seemingly unfair events in life are somewhat predictable...
with just some forethought.

By allowing yourself to just pick a day to launch at random...
or because it has some emotional significance...
rather than be based upon thorough research into the weather patterns
ahead of time...
is not unfairness...it is a lack of proper preparation.

Much of the so called unfairness in life...
comes about because of our lack of foresight...
which arises because of our lack of forethought.

Now...
for the truly uncontrollable and unpredictable events in our lives...
yes...they will happen.

You can either let it deflate your balloon...
whereupon you will sink to the ground and not reach your goal...
or you may use it as additional fuel.

Instead of sinking into despair...
you may sublimate the negative emotions...
and convert them into a directed form of energy.

Anger can be redirected into drive.
Fear can be redirected into excitement and a sense of adventure...
or used to control future events to prevent a calamity.
Out of depressive thoughts...an inner awareness can bring about creativity.
All of these things naturally manifest themselves from negative to positive 
with a simple and viable plan of action.


Unfairness will happen...
obstacles will happen...
and thank the heavens for them!

It gives us the opportunity to conquer them.

It is only through great suffering do people realize the true beauty of life
(a natural appreciation of all around us naturally manifests itself).

The lower the lows...
the greater the highs.

The more difficult and extensive the training...
the more that is learned.

The more that is learned...
the more capable you become.

The more capable you become...
the more potential for that which may be achieved.

The greater the potential for that which may be achieved...
the greater the battle for which may be fought...
and won.

The greater the battle for which may be fought and won...
the greater the rewards.


Fear not unfairness...
fear stagnation and boredom.

Unfairness provides us the impetus for change (fuel)...
if we but choose it to be positive.


Stagnation gives rise to complacency.

Complacency gives rise to boredom.

Boredom gives rise to depression.

Depression robs us of the most valuable commodities in life...
that of energy and time...
of which none of us can escape their very limited nature


One point I must make...
I, in no way, wish to imply that all unfair situations are recoverable for everyone.
Everyone has a breaking point...depending on the perceived depth of loss.

For me...I can face almost anything...except the tragic loss of my son, Alex.

I know many parents had to face such events.
For me...I cannot bear to think of such an event happening.
I do not think I could turn it into a positive.
For me, it would be a breaking point.
I don't think I could sublimate my anger or sorrow.

As a general rule...sublimation applies.
For me...this one exception would, I fear, be too much.

I have personally known parents who have lost a child.
I simply don't know how they had moved on in life.
It is my greatest fear.

So I speak, not from on high in this regard.
It is a situation I hope to never have to encounter...
and one I don't think I would wish to survive if encountered.

However...
it is this great fear which drives me to look forward and prepare...
to prevent situations which are the most likely to occur...
to perpetually scan the surroundings to avoid potentially dangerous situations...
to always put safety first.

So while I have turned fear into a drive to prepare and prevent...
I also know that not all events in life are controllable.

I just don't wish to have those who have been through such an event 
to think that I think they are somehow weak if they cannot sublimate the event.
I fear that I could not either.



OK...
enough said.

I know...
many will think...
too much said :)

Believe me...
there is much more I would like to say...
however...
I know through experience that most people start to avoid me when I get too wordy  :)


So as to spare those who read my articles...
I will make the pain more bearable by breaking these into
an article per rule.

I will try to go through the rules without break...
and then back report on events which may take place before I am finished.

These rules are so important for children to realize...
I think a thorough discussion on each is warranted.

I have seen too many people unknowingly sabotage their lives
because a lack of understanding of these common sense rules.

With just a subtle shift of thought...
a whole new world of common sense may be developed...
and greater results in life may be realized.






















Monday, November 25, 2013

Alex's Latest Activities - The Past 10 Days



Song:  A Place In Heaven

Artist:  Thomas Bergersen




Shortly after his birthday...
Alex responded to the many well wishes and comments
 he had received on his mother's blog from the numerous 
 Japanese readers she has
(Blogging in Japan is extremely popular).

Alex is typing out his below response on his mother's computer
(below is his typed response).





Although this picture was taken a couple of weeks ago...
I am using it to illustrate how Alex uses various tools
to make progress on his novel
(library computers at school during study hall / his iPad when 
we go out / his laptop at home).


Just from his writing during his study hall at school...
he has been averaging more than a thousand words a day.
He merely e-mails himself his daily story progression from school...
and then cuts and pastes it to his saved novel on his laptop.
He will then continue writing after all of his other studies.

Alex is now almost done with his extra credit minimum 50,000 word
novel in under 4 weeks (it will be done in a couple of more days...
a total of just over 3 weeks time).

Although I have yet to read his novel...
Alex had typed up an initial story brief.



I will read Alex's novel when it is completed...
and after he has submitted it.

I will be his editor afterwards.
He wishes to make it an E-book to sell on line  :)

I explained that the real work comes in the possible restructuring
and rewriting of his novel to ensure a good final story.




Alex finished the novel "Musashi" a couple of weeks ago.

After he has completed his own novel...
and he has typed up his completed science project...
he will work on his book report on "Musashi".


In the meantime...
Alex finished the book "Alive"
and he wants to next read "Miracle in the Andes"
to get the same story from a more personal perspective.

Alex said he very much enjoyed "Alive" as it had demonstrated
the depth of the human spirit under adverse conditions...
and of how intelligence and unyielding emotional strength
had overcome those conditions.


Some classics Alex has read.


His mother ensures he has a ready stock of books to read...
as he loves to relax with a good book during his free time.

He will just go to his spot on the sofa...
lie down...and read.


Alex goes through so many books.
It is always a pleasure for us to shop for new ones for him to read...
as he will often read more than one at a time.





We often go to a nearby Asian market.
Alex loves Asian food.
Below are some of the treats we get for him.
We went to this market a short while ago to restock his favorite foods.



Alex loves Persimmons.


Another favorite of Alex's...
Tako Yaki.


Alex's mother prepares his school lunch daily
(He doesn't eat the school cafeteria food.
I am still amazed at how the American educational system
overlooks the great importance of a truly healthful diet
and how it impacts children in the short...and long term).

She will cook Alex's favorites for his take to school lunch...
such as Salmon Rice...
Grilled Salmon...
Grilled Mackerel...
Grilled Chicken...
Chicken Fried Rice...etc.

She will often include rice balls with his lunch...
or rice in a container with spiced fish shavings or dried fish on top...
some fruit and/or vegetables...
and he will have chilled water to drink.

I cannot emphasize enough the great importance a healthful diet
on the performance of a child...
besides the great health benefits.

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Alex has also been working on his science experiment.

Although this contraption looks very simple in construction
so far (not completed)...
it is to merely demonstrate a proof of concept.

He can already theoretically demonstrate the feasibility of the concept
through his earlier preliminary experiments...
as each component had proved to be successful.

It is now just a matter of putting them all together into a workable 
proof of concept...to quantify the results mathematically...
as well as determining potential force not utilized...
to list ways of improvement through advanced materials...
to type up his findings into the correct format...
and to put together his project board.


NO...
this is not a catapult  :)

I am sure with the hints given in earlier articles...
with the fundamental forces utilized...
and with the nature of the experiments already conducted...
many already know what the rest of his proof of concept involves...
and what the final product will look like  :)








I had earlier promised an article with my mother and elder sister
demonstrating the trap bar deadlift.

They had to postpone their visit...
so it shall be another time.

Just yesterday...
I had switched Alex from the standard deadlift and squat routine...
to the elevated platform trap bar deadlift
(increased range of motion which incorporates the best of both conventional lifts...
without the possibly damaging shearing forces which concentrates 
on the lower back in many people).

Alex can lift approximately 200 lbs. in this lift...
however, I am starting him out at his own body weight
and we will slowly increase the number of sets before adding more weight.

Alex loves this lift.

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Alex has also been busy with his advanced math studies.
A short while ago, he had taken an important math exam...
the results of which should come out any day now.

He is also preparing for an even more advanced test coming in a few months...
as well as for some upcoming math competitions.



Part of Alex's daily studies...advanced math. 
He will first complete his normal homework...
then he will do his on-line advanced math work...
then his daily reading.

During the past few weeks...
he has worked on his novel after completing the above work.


Just a couple of days ago...
Alex had, once again, participated in an online group 
math competition practice session for a couple of hours.

Alex had a good time.
He always enjoys these sessions.


Yesterday...
Alex attended the first session of the season of his Sunday Math Club.

They were busy preparing for next year's ARML math competition.


In this session...
they were working on group efforts in solving and verifying problems.


They get together for 2 hours every Sunday.
Alex always looks forward to these sessions.


As Alex has been very busy the past few weeks...
he hasn't had time to go swimming (indoor heated pool).

It will probably be at least a month before he may be able to go swimming again...
as he still has projects upcoming, and as we save the long term projects for the weekends.

About the same time...
I will be taking Alex skiing once again.

With a season pass for both of us...
we hope to go skiing every Saturday for much of the day.


I feel bad that there just doesn't seem to be time for Alex to practice music.
I wanted to have Alex and I play duets on the Concert and Alto flutes respectively...
however, there just doesn't seem to be time.

I have the songs already picked out
(Contemporary Rock / Modern Jazz / Epic Music - as transposed by ear).

We would have been playing complimentary parts.
He would be playing the lead...and I would be providing the harmony...
the bass, or direct support of his notes but an octave lower...
depending on the need in the particular portion of the song.
We would have had a great time doing it...
we are just so short of time.

I have a movie of the mind already scripted and played out
(as do many parents, I am sure)...
of my son and I doing great things together  :)

Ah well...
sometime in the future...perhaps.

Academics must have first priority.












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