Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do

Written by Rick Gettle

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We don’t just getrepparttar sweet out of life withoutrepparttar 109410 bitter - we’d like to, but we don’t. The sun doesn’t always shine; sometimes there are storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, car accidents, fires and death. No one escapesrepparttar 109411 problems of life. If it doesn’t happen sooner in life, it will happen later.

We can overcome just about any problem, obstacle, or adversity that life deals us – if we have a strong enough will. Where there is a will, there is a way. Create a “bull-dog” determination and a “burning desire,” that will eventually mow down all opposition.

Success is not measured by what a person accomplishes, but byrepparttar 109412 opposition they have encountered, and byrepparttar 109413 courage with which they have maintainedrepparttar 109414 struggle against overwhelming odds.

Don’t pray for an easy life, without problems – pray to become a strong person. The higher you go in life,repparttar 109415 more problems you will have to deal with.

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Philosopher, success achievement teacher, human resources development consultant, and personal coach to individuals, including managers and owners of many mainstream businesses.)

Rick has been in the “people building” business since 1958. He has been teaching the “Science of Success Achievement” course since 1970

Massage Your Mind!: A Spontaneous Woo to You!

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

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Most of us haverepparttar good fortune(?) of not being tempted to live without limits. We simply can’t afford it. Still, there are many steps alongrepparttar 109409 way to excess, and we are constantly presented with choices. What is reasonable? Is it not having a television? Perhaps having one, but not two? One big one and one small one? Or maybe having a TV, but no cable? How about just basic cable? Why should you deny yourself when it seems that everyone else around you is watching “The Sopranos” on HBO? Aristotle never had a television, so how are we supposed to use his philosophy to guide us inrepparttar 109410 real world?

Ethical living enables us to become stronger individuals and to produce stronger families and stronger communities. Morality helps us createrepparttar 109411 best life possible by being selective about what we honor. Morality facilitates GENUINE HAPPINESS and fulfillment. Aristotle agreed with his teacher Plato and Plato’s teacher Socrates when he said that genuine happiness results from living an excellent—and virtuous—life.

“Be less concerned with what you have than with what you are, so that you may make yourselves as excellent and as rational as possible.” --Socrates

We need to develop our own philosophy, our own understanding ofrepparttar 109412 morality that will help us become our most excellent selves. Inrepparttar 109413 example of consumption, we must consider how each step uprepparttar 109414 TV scale affects our perception of living a good life.

What do we use as our moral compass? Perhaps it’s our passion forrepparttar 109415 planet and not wanting to use more than we need. Maybe it’s our desire to live without too much commercial influence. Maybe it’s our budget, orrepparttar 109416 size of our living room, orrepparttar 109417 fact that we are never home to watch television. Ultimately, it comes down to this: how does what we have affect our perception of who we are?

You might think that philosophy won’t be much help in defining this for yourself. Well, here’s a philosophical concept that you might want to consider. Immanuel Kant proposed what is calledrepparttar 109418 categorical imperative, which basically says that we should actrepparttar 109419 way we would want everyone inrepparttar 109420 universe to act if they were faced withrepparttar 109421 same set of circumstances.

According to his deontological theory, good happens because we are acting onrepparttar 109422 basis of our sense of duty. He took things a little too far, however, by saying that if we derive pleasure or benefit from an action, it doesn’t count as a purely moral act.

Well, that takesrepparttar 109423 fun out of being a do-gooder, now, doesn’t it? It hardly seems fair to say that you may choose to go without TV because you don’t want to consume more than you need, but if it makes you feel sort of proud of yourself it’s no longer moral!

Still, this idea is worth considering. The next time you are faced with any sort of ethical dilemma, think about Kant. Forget “What would Jesus do?” and try this: “What should everyone do?” And all you wanted was to sneak that last piece of chocolate cake….

You can do this. We're all capable of rising torepparttar 109424 challenge and becoming more excellent humans. It's why we have these big, beautiful brains!

Recognize what is good, embrace it and celebrate it.

A spontaneous woo to you!

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse. Her course, "Massage Your Mind!: Defining Your Life Philosophy", has inspired thinkers in over 60 countries around the world. Sign up for her free weekly e-zine, the Friday Mind Massage, at Thanks for thinking!

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