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Stop doing, shake your globe, ponder, enjoy, start being – live on purpose and do it with a smile!

Happiness is to fulfillment what Internet chat rooms are to human conversation

Happiness is to fulfillment what Internet chat rooms are to human conversation Smaller FB

Happiness much like satisfaction are here one second and gone another. Unfortunately, we often err on the side of the short sighted and often meaningless banter that goes on. The media are packed with this and don’t you feel that friends and family very often also get totally side tracked by the unimportant?

A deep meaningful one on one conversation is so much more meaningful than any chat room, or for that matter, any social media chatter. Same goes for fulfillment. Living on purpose sometimes has many detours, challenges, and even failures in stow for us. Sure, happiness is great when it comes along saying “hello” from time to time. It can never make up for you doing and being what you are meant to be.

How do seek fulfillment? How do you choose what time you spend on more meaningful things?


The difference between science and screwing around

The difference between science and screwing around Mythbusters in Philly Nov 2014

Photo credit: Ralf Weiser taken on 11/22/2014 at the Kimmel Center Philly as part of the Behind the Myths Tour with Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage from the Mythbusters show

Son Max and I got an early Christmas present from my wife. She calls our whole family a “Living With Nerds”. That is with good reason. We love the geeky and nerdy science stuff in just about everything there is. So it is no wonder that we like the folks from Mythbusters so much.

Little did I know how much I would like the Behind the Myths show. Adam posed the above question to the audience at one point: “What is the difference between science and screwing around?” Much like the rest of the audience, I was stumped. He then proceeded telling us that the only difference would be that a scientist writes everything down.

Much like a lot they said and did this too got applauded and well deserved laughter. It is true though. How we learn things is not the “Aha!”, it’s the “Huh?”. Get the difference? Look at small babies and puppies. They exemplify this kind of learning pattern. The don’t learn from expected outcome. They learn from being constantly confronted by the unexpected. Then they explore it more and back up their conclusions by increasing their sample rate. Patterns automatically emerge. They have learned a lesson! We unfortunately do not make a habit of recording everything we learn this way. Nevertheless we habitually learn through the “huh?”

So why should you even care? For one it is to appreciate how much of your life is related or directly connected to scientific principles. We use the same methods high level scientist use in our everyday lives. The most important take away from this is journaling. Do you journal? You should. It has been proven that the most successful people journal for 15 minutes every day (here is a must read article on this topic). It’s like Adam’s assertion about the scientist who records what he finds. That is the difference between just having fun and having fun with purpose.


PS: Max had a blast at the Miriam Theater. Here he is with Jamie Hyneman in the audience. Adam and Jamie are fantastic how they get the audience involved in the show.

Mythbusters in Philly with Max in photoA

Mike Rowe and the irony about working smart not hard

Mike Rowe and the irony about working smart not hard Ralf a

If you have kids in middle and high school you really ought to watch Mike Rowe’s interview about working smart not hard. I am sure you know who he is. He has been a staple on TV as the host of the show “Dirty Jobs”. Here is the link to this interview (click here). It is worth watching every minute of it.

So what is this fuss all about? It is simply this: Quite contrary to his TV show most manufacturing jobs out there today are the opposite to how people used to think of such careers. They are dirty and they pay well. Jobs that were marginalized have left the country – and they will not be back anytime soon. However, manufacturing jobs requiring critical thinking, creativity, self-directed working, etc have started to come back on shore. The vast majority of work places are well lit and clean. It is quite the contrast to what they used to look like before the 1990s. In fact there is a shortage of such job candidates industry wide.

Most of us parents and subsequently our children typically want for them to attend college. There are a few wrinkles with this goal. For one, who does not know folks who started out with one major just to change it along the way because it was a better fit. Then there are quite a few students who drop out completely. Finally, there are many of them who find themselves having earned a degree just to find themselves without a job and much less a career. I am not advocating that folks abandon going to college plans. I am just trying to make the case for looking at more options available to children today.

Bottom line is that the children and parents can end up with quite a bit of debt and still not have a suitable and rewarding career. How about a career in manufacturing? Most jobs are high tech and many organizations offer a learn-and-earn program. Here the student may go through a coop or apprenticeship program while even in high school. Once the student graduate from high school they could migrate over to a full time job. Eventually with help of the manufacturer and entities such as local manufacturing alliances (e.g. this one MA of Chester and Delaware Counties) a college degree is pursued and earned.

The biggest benefit is that the student can home in on a long term sustainable career, obtain a college degree AND earn money – instead of going into debt.

Would that not be working smart?


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