Pain yields to innovation

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Recently, I have been thinking about pain.

The pain of the market is just one such example. Pain of the body, too. And while I have thought on this, I’ve concluded that pain yields to innovation.

“Let me explain; no, there’s too much. Let me sum up.” Inigo Montoya

There is multi-millenia of pain that our species has experienced, and for it we have become exceptionally capable overcoming pain:

  • cold -> fire
  • weather -> shelter
  • hunger -> agriculture
  • conflict -> weapons (empathy is a weapon, too)

These are only a few examples, there are many more.

And what of your pain? Do you shun it, ignore it, mask, bury or hide it?

Hone in on it. Feel it.

The source of your pain may yield wonders untold, undiscovered or unimaginable. But you must not turn your back; no, not on your pain.

To do so, to turn on your pain, is to turn on your self.

Face you pain, feel it, and grow.

Err on the side of being creative

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Most of the ideas that I have, truthfully, are a mixed bag of get rich quick schemes and ambitious pursuits. That’s why I trust process so much. Process leans more towards ambitious pursuits rather than get rich quick.

Also, process is fun. It isn’t that the result has been achieved that leads to joy; it is while you strive for it, while you are doing the process, that the hallmarks of passion perspire.

In an era where distraction is the norm – only a little bit of focused process will set you apart from the hordes who wander from entertainment to entertainment. Just being a little patient for your process could mean the difference between living to create and living to consume.

I’m sure that you don’t need me to walk you through the mental calculus for why focused creativity is better than aimless consumption, do I?

Not your coins, not your possession

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Since my post about VISA not being money, I have taken it upon myself to take possession of what’s in my accounts and turn it into physical coinage.

Let me just point out, it is a work in progress. The banks are very particular about how much coinage I can withdraw as a person. From my business account, on the other hand, they let me put in an order for boxes of coins with very little trouble. Just have to wait a week, not so bad.

In the meantime, I have been watching how people react when I pay in coins. And I simply love watching their faces light up when I pay in exact change. Sure, at first it took some getting used to – just as any skill does. Now that I have the knack for paying in exact coinage, I am obsessed with it.

I can hardly wait to see what comes of taking possession of an abundance of coins. I will say, as a self-proclaimed entrepreneur, that it is exciting to know that I am bringing much needed supply to such a great demand.