Focusing My Efforts - Stairway of Phi

Focusing My Efforts

Focusing My Efforts - Stairway of PhiThis past weekend, I was pulling weeds.  I really should have taken care of them a week earlier and some had grown really big, but better late than never, right?  While doing so, I reached a conclusion that I'm sure anyone who's pulled weeds has - it's really hard to get those weeds with big roots with just my bare hands.

Then I came to a brick walkway, leading from the driveway to the backyard.

This area didn't have many weeds.  In fact, the weeds that were coming through were all puny in comparison to those I had just finished plucking.  In addition to being small, every single one of them remained intact when pulled (resulting in me also getting their roots, unlike some of their larger counterparts).

Seeing this, I was able to identify with these pathetic weeds and realized something about myself and StairwayOfPhi that needs to be addressed.

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How I Get Paid To Eat Chocolate

Get Paid To Eat Chocolate

How I Get Paid To Eat ChocolateToday I got paid $3.50 to eat two bars of Hersey's special dark chocolate.  Yep, it's true.  I get paid to eat chocolate.  Where to sign up, am I right?

Ever since reading The Millionaire Fastlane, I've been racking my brain to recognize the opportunities in our lives that often go unnoticed.  At first, it was difficult, but actively striving to be creative and observant ended up rewiring my brain - now it's paid off!  Doing so, I've come to realize that there are opportunities everywhere!

Getting paid to eat chocolate was just one of the many new-found opportunities I've discovered since!  This wasn't an opportunity that required me to be a genius or to have a ton of money - all I needed was to pay attention to the needs of those around me!  Please allow me to elaborate.Continue reading

How To Game the System

How to Game The System

How To Game the SystemWho doesn't want to game the system?  I don't mean lying, cheating, and stealing your way to the top.  I'm talking about living your life in a successful, fun, and compounding system - like that of a game!

As a child, I remember loving games, specifically video games.  I'd come home from school to boot up my desktop (with no real video card, a whopping 80GB of disk space, and an upgraded 2GB of RAM), log into RuneScape, and start the grind - all the while praying that no one disrupted my dial-up connection by calling the house!

All my friends played and, boy, were we a competitive batch.  Especially in the early stages of the game, it was empowering to come into school the following day to find out that I had gained more levels than anyone else in my group, completed a quest that no one else had, or had found a rare item!  On the other hand, it was frustrating and also motivating to find out that someone else had beaten me to the chase!

Back in grade school, my friends and I fell into the category of nerds.  I'll be the first to admit it -  actually, I take pride in it!  We found passion in the inspiring - tales of dragons, adventure, mythology, and valor resonated with us and dictated what we did in our free time.  Of course, playing RuneScape, those values carried over and fueled our desire to be the strongest!  But, I had a friend (let's call him E) who didn't fit our nerdy cookie-cutter mold.  While most of the nerds were picked on, E was actually pretty popular.  And while most people outside of our circle didn't know it, in RuneScape, he was also hands-down the best.Continue reading

how to stop failing

How To Stop Failing

how to stop failingWe all know someone who always seems to be doing something incredible.  They're starting their own business, they're traveling the world, they're attaining something for themselves that most people never will - they're remarkable!  Have you ever asked them how they do it?  They probably just shrugged it off, didn't they?  You were probably told that there wasn't a secret to their feats, that you just had to get out and do it, weren't you?

In the past, I would have let those words pass me by, making excuses for why I couldn't follow in the footsteps of the accomplished.  "I can't just drop what I'm doing here!"  "I can't afford to spend all that money!"  "It's not as easy for me as it is for them!"  With this mentality, it's no wonder I didn't have it in me!Continue reading

The Road To Success - Stairway of Phi

The Road To Success

The Road To Success - Stairway of PhiEver since the StairwayOfPhi project began, I've had to grow at a rapid rate to become someone whose words hold impact, whose actions live up to expectations, and whose advice is worth following.  The radical changes that I've forced upon myself in this short period of time have turned me into a more capable (and flat-out better) person.  And now that I've progressed, I'm able to see life in a new light - the same light illuminating the road to success!  Now that the light is there, I can see the path ahead of me and, man, does it look bright!  And with each additional step that I take, the more I come to realize the similarities in the paths of everyone walking this road alongside me!Continue reading