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Everything I Know I Learned Before I Was 30

When I turned 20, my friends reminded me I was half way to 40. They forgot to mention 30. People often seem to forget 30, it’s the age at which you’re old, but not so old that people think of you as old. Your 30’s are the decade you can benefit from all the lessons you learned in your 20’s before you hit your 40’s and have a mid-life crisis, reverting back to the stupidities of your 20’s (just kidding). At 30 people respect your opinions and ideas just because of your age, you made it out of your 20’s so you must be doing something right. Only 3 years separate someone who is 28 from someone who is 31, yet the gulf between them seems so wide, whereas someone who is 38 seems equal to someone who is 41. The 20’s shouldn’t get too bad a rap however, it’s your 20’s that shape your adult life. If you can figure things out, work hard, stay out of trouble, and use the excuse of your youth to ask questions and charge heedlessly into the unknown, you can learn a lot and get ahead. Who you are when you enter your 20’s and who you are when you leave can be unrecognizable, hopefully in the positive sense.

You Are The Reason You Fail

Do you have an idea but doubt anyone will be interested in hearing it? You’re right, they won’t. Are you content with being mediocre at everything you do? That’s good, because you will always be mediocre at everything you do. Are you envious of what others have earned but assume they got what they have because they know how to work “the system”? You’re right, they do know “the system” and you obviously don’t. Congratulations, you are the reason for your failure. You are the one holding you back.

Successful people don’t waste time thinking about reasons why they won’t make it; they spend time thinking how they will make it. Successful people don’t waste time wishing they were more talented; they spend time learning and training themselves so they become talented. Successful people don’t waste time wishing they had what someone else has; they work hard and earn it for themselves.

If has been said before, if you look for a reason not to succeed you will find it, and failure will follow. The unhappiest people in the world are the ones who predicted their own unhappiness because they have no one to blame but themselves. Stay positive, work hard, be successful. That’s all.

Change Is Scary

Change is a part of life. You change jobs, living situations, cars, cell phone providers, the list goes on. For some, CHANGE is to be avoided at all costs. Change is scary. Who really needs those fancy cell phones anyways, rotary dial phones work just as good, right?

Change happens, and dealing with, and processing it are important. There are 10 words that I like to use to sum up change.

Not this kind of change...

They are…

1. Difficult
2. Scary
3. Forever
4. Sad
5. Necessary
6. Inevitable
7. Unstoppable
8. Commendable
9. Conscious
10. Positive

Change should be embraced. There are negative changes, true, but those can always be changed too. A person who adapts (changes) is a person who can bear any hardship, push through any difficulty. Yet change doesn’t mean giving up on core principles or who you are as a person. Rather, it is the ability to adapt who you are to the changing conditions around you, the ability to process and move forward.

Rather than run from change, meet it head on, use it for your advantage. Change is scary because it’s unknown, but it’s only unknown as long as you choose to keep it that way. Do you like being scared?

Your Blog Won’t Make A Year

Get excited! Powerogre.com is now a year old, a year wiser, and statistically past the blog failure zone (most blogs die after 6 months, I have no source, go Google it). There have been some ups and some downs (literally, powerogre.com was 404 over a week in September 2010). Through it all, the article’s kept coming and so did the readers (all 15 of you).

It’s really not easy to blog consistently. To write even a short article usually takes an hour, and a longer article takes…longer. Writing is important to me however, if it weren’t, I wouldn’t spend my precious time doing it. The best way for me to understand/comprehend something is to write it in my own words. This is not to say that when I write about something here on Powerogre.com, I don’t understand it until I write it (If this were the case, it would be a particularly embarrassing revelation considering some of the stuff I have written about in the past), rather I mean that writing is a way for me to organize my thoughts, to see things in a different light, to express what is difficult to express except through written words.

So what does the future of Powerogre.com hold? It will make me rich beyond my wildest dreams (or poorer), it will solve the global climate change conundrum (or contribute to it), it might make you smarter (but certainly not stupider), and it will entertain you at the most opportune moments (or at least provide you with toilet paper if you are so inclined to print it out for bathroom reading material).

Thanks for reading,

Josh

So Far And Yet Even Further

We hear a lot these days about instant communication, up to the second sharing of personal information, and the ability that the internet in general, and social media in particular has to keep us always closely connected with those we want to stay connected with. The question is, are we getting closer, or are we getting more isolated? Gone are the days when you had to be in someone’s physical presence to communicate with them, gone are the days when you had to pick up a rotary dial phone with a 2 foot cord and place a call to their house to speak with them, gone are the days when unless you got out of your house, you would have no human interaction. There are now entire legions of people who rarely leave their homes, but are in constant and instantaneous contact with people all over the globe.

He left his house, but no one else did.

So are we really closer with friends, family, and people in general because of this ability to communicate so easily? Surprisingly, I am going to say no. I would argue that having all this ability to communicate has made us lazy in keeping up our human relationships. It’s just so much easier to send someone a Facebook message than it is to call them. It’s so much easier to text them, than to actually meet with someone face to face. Why go out tonight? I can just stay at home, cruise around Facebook, play a few online games, and IM a few friends who live just down the street but that I have not seen in two weeks.

Our basic need for human interaction is somewhat fulfilled by hitting a few buttons on the keyboard. Is this really ok? I sometimes have the sneaking suspicion that I am growing more distant, and yet I communicate with more people more frequently than I ever have. What’s missing is the face time, the actually time spent in physical proximity to someone else. This is not to say that I am a hermit, it’s just easy to get busy and put off seeing people because you can just send them a text later and that is good enough. Maybe the truth is that it’s not good enough. Maybe all this sharing of information has only made us further apart. Maybe we throw up barriers to physical interaction to compensate for the fact that our lives are an open book online. I don’t have an answer, but I certainly have questions. What do you think?