Change has Come Lightning Fast

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The economy has downsized  from what it was in the earlier 2000’s and 1990’s. We are living in a whole new world. Some people think they can get away with going back to school, as if that will solve everything in their life. The change in the economy has come too fast for most people. Corporations do not need as many people as before due to automation and outsourcing.

What is left to do?

The majority of us must go back to the old way of living. In fact, most of us already have done that in the last few years (foreclosures, deleveraging, and downsizing). The economy’s old job(accountants, engineers, lawyers) are not coming back, therefore you should shift your resources (your brain) to pursue other pursuits.

Living with 1 or 2 credit cards – and using them rarely. We must pursue other passions in life than shopping, watching TV, or going on Facebook. We need to start engaging with people on an everyday basis. Or create a hobby or learn how to do art. Creativity is a must in this economy.

We are going to a economy based on creativity. This has been already ingrained in our mind by certain individuals. Getting an accounting bachelor’s degree or even a masters is no sure shot to finding a satisfying job in your life.

Sell your creations on Etsy.com. Write a book. Seek closer bonds to your community. These are things I want to do, and feel that the world would be a better place if done so.

Unfortunately we still live in a society where your job dictates your healthcare, so are living in fear of losing their jobs because of that. Another idea aside from that, people are beginning to save for unexpected emergencies (healthcare emergency, layoff etc.) Let’s face it, life right now is really tough for many Americans. 40+ million on food stamps. And we only have 300 million people. I do not think things will get much worse than this.

I plan to change my lifestyle, learn a new hobby, and interact with my local community.

America has changed from 3 years ago. Many people are not seeing this shift and think the old economy will come back (living in much different times now). The old economy cannot come back because we were living in a time of excess credit. Now that excess credit is gone and we are back to normal, which has caused a lot of pain. In fact, it may have been the governments fault for creating too much credit. In most cases, the government is always blamed (which it is now).

It is time for me to pursue more creative pursuits. I believe this is a turning point in America’s history.

Life Without the Noise of News

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Life without the noise of news on any news channel feels much healthier. This is even after a few days after eliminating television from my life. I feel more connected to the people I know rather than the people on television. I have also gone towards a complete diet from all corporate media (TV, radio, some internet blogs, and mobile internet).

I can say I am seeing less and less advertisements (which is good). I am no longer desiring what I see on T.V. or anything else. Although shows are fun to watch for some people, I have no desire to be involved with it any longer. I am going against the status quo (that Americans watch too much T.V.).  Life is great without the noise of the daily killings or new fears in the world. I was a news junkie in the past. I have turned the corner on that in my life. Life is simpler, less complicated which is what I wish to accomplish everyday. I am focusing most of my time on reading, and enjoying my life.

I know it is a difficult time in the economy, however, I am not concerned with with it anymore. Graduating into this was a mess, but at least I am making changes in my life for the better. I realize I am going through a major lifestyle change.

Cutting out the TV + news seems like the best thing I have ever done, I wish I had did it sooner.

Tribes

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I just finished reading Tribes by Seth Godin.

Leadership has nothing to do with how-to manuals and needs to be learned by actions. Entrepreneurship is the same way. Actions earn results, and it doesn’t matter if its a failure or not. At least you attempted it.

It’s so easy following directions, that’s probably why most people do it. Not very many people start their own businesses or do other things. They live in fear of not having a paycheck. However there is more fear because they may get laid off in a recession.

Do one thing differently today that will make you a better person. Reach out to someone or read a book. Life is more than just a consumerism pyramid.

Embracing Minimalism

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Recently I have been reading blogs such as RowdyKittens and Zenhabits. These blogs, along with a few others, have given me more inspiration in my daily living habits than the last 23 years. I used to believe life revolved around one thing: money, the game is to get more of it, and then consume it. I have come to the conclusion that life is much more than spending or consuming things.

Most people believe that they will get rich someday, I guess that is what makes them continue with whatever they are doing. It is especially why kids go to college these days and major in accounting. I feel that college can only go so far. To learn anything, you have to do it yourself.

My life is no longer about earning the biggest paycheck. Why? Because that revolves around a significant portion of luck. However, I have started real change in my life. I eliminated television, downsized Facebook, even checked out books at the library. I am even considering plunging into more blogging, because it is so therapeutic. And you know what, since I have done those things, I feel much better about myself. I let things go. You know you need to do some of that as well.

The money game is often focused on the status of material things and people. What happens when you give up judging, comparisons, and status? You change your life, as your paradigm has shifted for the better. You recover from toxic things in your life and contribute to bettering yourself.

Everyday Life as an Art

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Living day to day is an art. There’s no class to take for living life, no cookie cutter design. One must take things into their own hands. Your sole responsibility is taking caring of yourself and loved ones. How you do it, is another story. Some become CEO’s with 4000 Sq ft houses. Others aspire to it and believe one day they, or their offspring will achieve such enormous wealth. Such a life would be simply depressing to me. Driving to work everyday 60+ hours a week doing everything you possibly can to stay there, and then driving back to a massive house (because you say you earned it). Life is not, and never has been about accumulating the biggest house in the world. It’s a daily struggle for billions of people. Millions of people in America do not know or what goes on outside the U.S. border.

In the third world, they live life in their own way. Doing what they wish because more often than not, they are in poverty. They will remain happy after their needs will be met (food, water, clothing, and shelter). There are no excesses here. They take what they need, not what they want. Life is an art of survival.

I question those who can work 80+ a week and not go crazy. That makes time go way too fast.  Take it a little easy, enjoy yourself for at least a little bit.

The clothes you wear, the things you do, everything is different from the next. The cookie cutter plans of creating the same life as someone else will be a failure for you. Embrace yourself and what you want to do. Stop thinking of others and believe in something.  Life is an art. Everything you do, wear, see, talk, there are no set ways to do one thing. There are no set ways to have a conversation.

Change your routine, because your human and you can. Live with less stress. Exercise and enjoy yourself.