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What is your philosophy of life?

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I usually don't even bother...

There are two kinds of people: Cynics and those who aren't paying attention. The trick is to not let the bullshit get to you, but it pays to be VERY aware of it.

I am probably really going on tangent but there is also an unconsciousness in our world today and I don’t know if it’s because so many people are medicated or because of electronic devices or what-

I have a worker who just had a wreck and completely demolished a brand new Prius in a truck with no insurance and he just continues to drive the truck with no insurance and he declares that he’s gonna be getting everything sorted out and he’s been doing crap like this for 10 years
 
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I am probably really going on tangent but there is also an unconsciousness in our world today and I don’t know if it’s because so many people are medicated for the cause of electronic devices or what-
This is very much a tangent - but you are oh-so-right - and yes, I blame smartphones for much of it for reasons I won't go into here.
 

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How I see things, in a nutshell...

*Accept responsibility for your own actions.
*No one owes you anything. If you want it, earn it. That includes respect.
*Know your audience.
*Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.
*Give thanks for your life, even during times of extreme challenge. It's fine to pray when you need help, but don't forget to give thanks, as well. You woke up this morning. That's a blessing, in and of itself, that some don't get.
 
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How I see things, in a nutshell...

*Accept responsibility for your own actions.
*No one owes you anything. If you want it, earn it. That includes respect.
*Know your audience.
*Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.
*Give thanks for your life, even during times of extreme challenge. It's fine to pray when you need help, but don't forget to give thanks, as well. You woke up this morning. That's a blessing, in and of itself, that some don't get.

Man that is is just fantastic. Really good post.
 

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Some people will always be unhappy no mater what. I worked with a guy and I swear if he found a $100 bill on the ground he would be unhappy that there weren’t 2.

I had a supervisor early in my career who said, "you could drop a pallet of gold bars, with enough so that everyone got one, in the lunch room, and the complaints would start before you dropped the forks on the forklift." That's stuck with me for decades, and the whining is only getting worse. For instance, I recently had an employee quit because he wasn't considered for an open position. He'd been here about a year, had an average performance review at best, the open position was in an unrelated discipline, and he never asked to be considered for that position. Millennials...
 

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Some people will always be unhappy no mater what. I worked with a guy and I swear if he found a $100 bill on the ground he would be unhappy that there weren’t 2.

My Dad would say "You'd bitch if they hung you with a new rope!!!" Good ol' Pop had a way with words. ;)
 

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What is your philosophy of life toward work?

If you asked me this 20 years ago, my answer would be vastly different than today. When I was younger, I was always looking for that next step in opportunity, responsibility, etc. Since HS, I worked multiple jobs at one time and if I wasn't making "forward" progress, I viewed it as sliding backwards.

Well that was f*%#[email protected] stupid...

It didn't take too long into my professional career to learn that even in the best of company's, you're still just a number. Having been laid off, passed over, and d*%$#% around more than I care to even think about, I have very much adopted the "I work to live, not the other way around" approach. Even when I was running my own company, my drive was very much "do what you have to do, not do all that you can do".

Although I'm well paid, I could easily be more well paid, pushing more to move up the career ladder. Truth be told, it is just not something I'm interested in, at least at the moment. While my (and my wife's) current position gives our family a lot of financial freedoms and flexibility, what makes me happy is being able to do the things we want, when we want, and not being a slave to any company. I like being able to focus on what is important, and for me - that's my family and friends.

What is your philosophy on life?

This one is a bit harder to put into words. There's a lot that I could say, but it's probably easier to me to list a few things that are important to me...

The first would be speaking up for those who can't (or won't) speak up for themselves (be it humans, animals, whatever). I've always been a "big brother", even before my younger brother was born. I could take personal teasing for days and never care. However, all the school yard fights that I got into in my life were always when someone was picking on or attacking my friends.

I'm not a religious guy, even though I spent years going to church and CCD classes. I even took biblical study classes during my undergrad years. While I can certainly see the value in having a larger sense of community, it's mainly just bull$hit to me and has likely done more harm than good. That said, I have helped a local church rebuild their softball field seats, have volunteered at church-run soup kitchens, and even spent my own money to make a multimedia cart for the church that one of my best friend's went to. The fact that it was tied to a church meant nothing to me, my focus was always on the community. The multimedia cart was fun to build and I enjoyed it, but the main reason for doing it was because it was important to my friend, so by extension it became important to me (he was going to make it with OSB board and nails... ewww!). I guess that's probably another motto of mine - I care about the things that those that are close to me care about, and I try my best to be genuine about it.

A younger me would have probably given a response about "responsibility", particularly personal responsibility. As an older, wiser version of myself, I think more about accountability. More importantly, I understand the differences between the two.

I think, at times when pondering about life, what I would say to a younger version of myself, especially during the rough times (and there were many!). If I only had 30 seconds to distill it all down, I'd say...

1) don't sweat the small stuff
2) blood =/= family
3) you CAN do it!
4) for every criticism, give 10 praises
5) enjoy every day - even the shitty ones

What is your philosophy on failure?

Failure is the Great Teacher. Failure is as humbling as it is motivational (or perhaps it should be with a healthy view of it). As a parent, it can be hard to see your kid fail, especially without interjecting. But when you understand that failure is part of building coping mechanisms and is one of the many fuels that fans internal fires, it's value becomes increasingly apparent.
 
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When I was in college working at a bike shop, one of my coworkers(mid 40s) was so budget conscious he wouldn’t spend money on anything because him and his wife were hell bent on retiring at 55. Well two years into working together his wife got non-hodgkins lymphoma, and he began wiping out his saving to try to pay for it, before he realized, I can send them $100 a month and it’s all the same. It pretty much took that situation for them to start living their life. They were saving for a life that may not have come. Enjoy the present. Savings and planning for the future is important, but it’s also important to live in the now.
 
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Zorba - you don't know how right you are! His projects were a complete mess that we're still cleaning up...
Guy I used to work with was a Hell of a good programmer - he didn't teach me "everything I know", but he still taught me a LOT. He eventually moved on, and I inherited his codebase. His code wasn't a mess - it was beautiful - but he basically didn't document anything. If you were lucky, he'd include a header that stated what it does, what data it needs and how to pass said data to it, and how results were returned and what registers were clobbered. But that was it!

I'm a FANATIC about commenting/documenting code, and always said "Nobody's code meets my documentation standards, including mine." I had two choices of how to get a handle on his code: 1) Just re-write the routine to the specifications, or 2) Go through and understand his code well enough to bring it up to my documentation standards. I tried both - and it took right about the same amount of time for either. Re-writing was probably slightly easier, but then I'd have to debug. Re-using and documenting his code was probably a bit harder, but it was already debugged and I knew it was good code.

Took years to clean the mess up.
 
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I had a supervisor early in my career who said, "you could drop a pallet of gold bars, with enough so that everyone got one, in the lunch room, and the complaints would start before you dropped the forks on the forklift." That's stuck with me for decades, and the whining is only getting worse. For instance, I recently had an employee quit because he wasn't considered for an open position. He'd been here about a year, had an average performance review at best, the open position was in an unrelated discipline, and he never asked to be considered for that position. Millennials...

Google “the millenial question “ it is an excerpt from an interview with author Simon Sinek- It will just about bring tears to your eyes and it is absolutely , incredibly intuitively accurate - about 16 minutes well spent if you manage these.

I recently had a friend who lost one just because he basically said “ don’t make the same mistake again” - Essentially the guy took it as a threat. What he was meaning was just don’t do it over and over-
 
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My philosophy on life is that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us from our sins. Through Jesus Christ we have a relationship with the Father. Our lives should be spent not worshiping the things of the world, but worshiping the Lord. How thankful we should be to walk in a time of light, not darkness.

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”

‭‭John‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We as Americans in particular should be fully aware of the truly blessed lives we are living. Even the people in this country who are living in abject poverty are still living a life of riches and luxury compared to those living in third world countries who are facing real problems. We often take for granted our lives of riches and luxury and forget that even in our moments of suffering, it really can’t compare to what others in the world are facing—sometimes on a daily basis.

We should always show grace and mercy towards others, always.

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:2 NIV

I did see this - And I don’t say a lot about it but I think everybody on here can sense that I have some beliefs-

Has anybody ever stopped and thought what this country would be like if even the vast majority would apply this ?

I’m not saying things would be perfect but it would be probably as close to heaven on earth as we would ever get.

It does bother me that people think that religion ends when they walk at the church door on Sunday - it really should just be getting started.
 
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Guy I used to work with was a Hell of a good programmer - he didn't teach me "everything I know", but he still taught me a LOT. He eventually moved on, and I inherited his codebase. His code wasn't a mess - it was beautiful - but he basically didn't document anything. If you were lucky, he'd include a header that stated what it does, what data it needs and how to pass said data to it, and how results were returned and what registers were clobbered. But that was it!

I'm a FANATIC about commenting/documenting code, and always said "Nobody's code meets my documentation standards, including mine." I had two choices of how to get a handle on his code: 1) Just re-write the routine to the specifications, or 2) Go through and understand his code well enough to bring it up to my documentation standards. I tried both - and it took right about the same amount of time for either. Re-writing was probably slightly easier, but then I'd have to debug. Re-using and documenting his code was probably a bit harder, but it was already debugged and I knew it was good code.

Took years to clean the mess up.

I’m currently photographing all the walls in a house prior to sheet rock so the customer has documentation of wires and pipes -

These kind of things matter later- and later is always really here- it is coming every move of the clock hand.
 

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I did see this - And I don’t say a lot about it but I think everybody on here can sense that I have some beliefs-

Has anybody ever stopped and thought what this country would be like if even the vast majority would apply this ?

I’m not saying things would be perfect but it would be probably as close to heaven on earth as we would ever get.

It does bother me that people think that religion ends when they walk at the church door on Sunday - it really should just be getting started.

Whether or not you believe in God or Christianity in general, I don't think that most could deny that western civilization was founded on Christianity and Christian values. Is the world really a better place since we removed God from schools, institutions, and the lives of children? Well, that's a rhetorical question. All you have to do is look around today and you'll find your answer.

When you take away God, you leave a gaping hole in the hearts of people. Naturally we as human beings tend to seek out something to fill that empty hole with. What we've decided to replace it with is self-worship and relativism. There's a very well-written book that explains this much better than I can. It's called, "The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self". To anyone who is interested in these sorts of things and where we are headed as a culture, I strongly suggest picking up this book. I've read it and it's very, very well written.
 
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Whether or not you believe in God or Christianity in general, I don't think that most could deny that western civilization was founded on Christianity and Christian values. Is the world really a better place since we removed God from schools, institutions, and the lives of children? Well, that's a rhetorical question. All you have to do is look around today and you'll find your answer.

When you take away God, you leave a gaping hole in the hearts of people. Naturally we as human beings tend to seek out something to fill that empty hole with. What we've decided to replace it with is self-worship and relativism. There's a very well-written book that explains this much better than I can. It's called, "The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self". To anyone who is interested in these sorts of things and where we are headed as a culture, I strongly suggest picking up this book. I've read it and it's very, very well written.

“We prayed to God that our foundations were shaking, and it was HE that was shaking them. “

Even if people do not believe it all, any of it, You just cannot deny that the principles work.
 

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Even if people do not believe it all, any of it, You just cannot deny that the principles work.

That's my point.

Even if you want to make an argument for atheism, etc., you can't really deny that Christianity when done right leads men to become better men (and leaders), leads women to become better mothers, and gives children a path to follow, a greater purpose to live for, and it teaches them to be selfless and altruistic.