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Fix the problem not the symptoms

If you are unreasonably disturbed by simple things that could easily be ignored, this is likely a sign of much larger issues in your life than those you are choosing to get upset about.

It is far more positive & productive to focus on fixing the real source of one’s problems than it is to punish others as if they were the issue.

Getting your money’s worth

The fact is, we often pay much more for the expensive features that a product offers than we would if we simply purchased something that met the demands of what we needed it for. And then we often fail to get our money’s worth from this product because the expensive features we paid for were never the driving force behind why we wanted it in the first place.

Flashy new cars

Often, the desire for instant gratification makes us blind to the long-term impact that our purchases can make. A few days of elation can quickly be replaced by the reality of the impact that what we bought will have on our lives.

Nearly every possession we acquire comes with strings attached. Flashy new cars are often accompanied by years of loan payments. And anything that requires a collar comes with an invisible leash between owner and animal. And with the exception of the digital products we purchase, everything we buy requires spaces in which to store it.

What would The Rock do?

Just want to take a moment to highlight how Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talks to and about people, his career, his family, and his life.

The love, care, passion, sincerity & gratitude is obvious even when he isn’t explicitly pointing it out. This is a very wealthy man who doesn’t make other people feel poor. And the world is a brighter place because of it.

He sets a very high bar, but just imagine if more people — especially those in power — tried to reach it.

I don’t think the journey to get there is a secret. It starts with being sincere, grateful for what you have, and leading your life with love for others and not being consumed with love of money, power, fame, or hatred of other people.

Dear meme makers…

Dear meme makers,

Please spare the world from your “the most important thing you can ever do or decision you can ever make is…” statements. There are over 7 billion people on the planet. There is no single recipe for living a fulfilling & rewarding life or being successful or happy that meets the needs of all people.

If a personal development meme goes to extremes by using phrases like “the best” “the most” “always” “never” or tries to tell you what you “need” without providing context or qualifiers, it is likely, at the very least, an opinion and not a fact. And at the most, frankly, superficial bullshit designed to sound good and gain likes without actually helping anyone.

Society is influenced by example

People are influenced by example. Years of bad behavior on reality TV, abusive internet comments, a focus on superficiality & fame, and a lack of ethics, logic, empathy & emotional intelligence in leadership roles have all played their part in giving people permission to imitate.

— Zero Dean (@ZeroDean) January 19, 2019

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Imagine if making a difference was more valued than likes

ImagineIf more people stopped seeking a constant stream of likes & shares and instead started working for the far more significant & much more uncommon, “Thanks I really needed that today.”

Making a positive difference in 1 person’s life is far more fulfilling than 1k likes.

— Zero Dean (@ZeroDean) January 17, 2019

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There is no single recipe for living a fulfilling life

Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled by Zero Dean

What works best for some people doesn’t work for others. There’s no single recipe for living a fulfilling life that works for everyone. Educate & better yourself as best you can & be cautious when considering advice that tries to limit or define you. Your life & limits are yours.

— Zero Dean (@ZeroDean) January 16, 2019

You control what you focus on

Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled by Zero Dean

Too many people spend too much time dwelling on the moments that make them feel weak & not enough time dwelling on the moments that make them feel strong. Remember, whatever you focus on grows stronger & you control what that is.


— Zero Dean (@ZeroDean) January 15, 2019

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