jueves, 2 de junio de 2016

Reading a book everyday?

Uhmm. Is it feasible?

1. (On a suggestion by Marti Pike) I simply dare you to find one book and find one nugget.  Do something with that nugget.  Set a goal or make a plan.  My favorite way to read books lately is to preview them on my Kindle app.  If I really love the book, I buy it.  In the mean time, I have gleaned some fantastic ideas.  

2. After the video seen in class and the discussion in groups and among them, Where do you go from here with this information about mentors, focus and Stoics and Epicureans? Does this video provide you with an interesting tool or not quite?

3 comentarios:

  1. Nugget found in "Wintergirls" by Laurie Halse Anderson: "There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh (...). I'm thawing"
    I'm now setting a new goal: day after day plug away at the same choice and eventually come up with the unsurpassed version of myself possible.

    I can directly relate the video with my foreseeable future: the acting world. Accordingly, it does provide me with an interesting tool! Not until I heard Tai Lopez's speech regarding mentors did I ponder over their existence and how useful they might be when it comes to instruct ourselves so as to flourish and go down a bomb in life.
    I now discern the best way to fulfil my biggest pipe dream and someday perform on Broadway is to take advantage of my present-day reality in lieu of throwing the towel convinced of the typical saying: "You'll never make it". That's what Epicureans do, living for now.
    Likewise, I share Stoic's viewpoint: in order to hit the jackpot in the fullness of time, we need to sacrifice present pleasure. In my own personal case, I cannot pretend to become famous overnight! Instead, I need to take both drama and singing classes until my knowledge reaches that point in which I'm able to teach others from my own past experience. In my book, that's what's all about: having a mentor today so as to be one yourself tomorrow.
    Personally, I quite enjoyed the Ted Talk! It radically changed the way I perceived reality. After watching the video, I can affirm I'm inclined to peruse at my leisure, unlike my previous thoughts on the matter. I now comprehend acting is much more than just interpreting, it requires determination together with a high tolerance for failure. After all, I deem it crucial that we be steadfast in our determination, hence showing dogged persistence. Ultimately, "great things take time", as the saying goes!

  2. I have heard about Tai before and although I am not a lot into him, I read some articles of him about the secrets of a multimillionaire.
    Doing my research about the Stoics and Epicureans, I found that the Stoics presented their philosophy as a way of life, and they thought that the best indication of an individual's philosophy was not what a person said but how that person behaved While the Epicurus believed that what he called "pleasure" was the greatest good, but that the way to attain such pleasure was to live modestly, to gain knowledge of the workings of the world and to limit one's desires.
    Having read about both theories, I associate myself more with the Stoics theory because I truly believe that the key of success is acting in a very intelligent way so as to get what you want, “Actions are more important than words”.
    Moreover, some people believe that mentors are just scammers who´s main objective is to sell programs by telling people that by followings those programs they will achieve anything they want. I am not one of those, although I would try to become my own mentor, I truly reckon that selling programs and advices is their job and is up to you to buy them or not.
    I found a very interesting phrase told by Will Smith and used by Tai which is: If you want to do big things, you have to do two things. One, you have to run, so that you train your body so that you do not lose time and you can push through and persevere when everybody gives up and then read in number two, because you have to learn what other smarter people have done”.
    Another phrase I have found that really made my eyes roll into it is: Ghandi: “First people ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they hate you, then they love you”.
    Last but not least, I truly believe that it is very important to read books every day and it is something that almost nobody does. And for those who are slow at reading, a good way to get what you want in reading is to pick the book that it is of your interest because if you do not like it you are never going to finish it.

  3. Nugget from 1894 from George Orwell: "Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad." What I learned from this qoute and from the whole book was to speak my mind as it is the main value of freedom and freedom is something we have to fight for.

    I had seen Tai´s conference once one week before we saw it in class and what had called my attention of it had been his advice of reading one book per day. Focusing on Tai´s idea of having a mentor, I can say it is a good way of absorbing experience and knowledge from someone who has already lived more than you. Needless to say that if you are choosing a mentor, you have to be especially careful on the selection.

    The video provides interesting tools related to the concept of effort and long-term results. When Tai is mentioning the Epicureans and the Stoics, he is contrasting two philosophies of seeing life. The Epicureans live the day, having short-term result, no effort (a clear example of an Epicurean would be a procastinator). While the Stoics are those who see effort and hard work as their mean of having greater results in a distant future (but guarantee with constancy and perseverance).