How To Travel Like A V.I.P. Without Spending Like One

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At it’s core, travel sucks. Sure it’s great once you are in those amazing places you only see in pictures. But being somewhere. I’m talking about the actual act of travel. Those hours locked inside a tiny tube known as an airplane can be some of the worst moments of your life. Kids screaming, surviving on peanuts and a glass of water the size of a thimble. And what’s the deal with the guy next to you who keeps hogging the arm rest?!?!

The whole time you’re staring towards the front of the plane where a curtain separates you from the “good life” that is first class. You’re probably wondering what they are doing up there. Are they drinking champagne, eating fancy meals, using free wifi and watching movies? The answer is yes, that’s exactly what they’re doing. But it’s not because they are rich, it’s because they are elite. And it’s time for you to become elite too.

What Is Elite Status?

Elite Status is a way airlines judge your importance when traveling. It’s the difference between traveling on a plane and living “the life” on a plane. The airlines give perks to those who travel a lot, so they designated them as elite. While there are many types of elite status the perks are pretty much the same. They include free checked bags (plus yours will be the first off the carousel), priority boarding and check-in, complimentary upgrades (to business or first class when available), priority standby, preferred seating (by the window or with extra leg room), you can redeem award miles without paying additional fees, you get more airline points for each dollar spent on travel and in some cases you get access to private lounges at various airports (they have free food and booze).

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How To Get To Elite Status Traditionally

Each airline has different ways to become elite and each elite status comes with different perks. But for the most part is about miles and points that collect to obtain each status. For example most U.S. based airlines usually need a minimum of 25,000 points or 30 segments of flying to qualify for the most basic tiers of elite.

25,000 points is about what it would take to go from London to Sydney in discount economy to earn elite or 15 roundtrips domestically (30 segments=15 round trips. 1 round trip is 2 segments) to earn elite. Unless you travel for work or vacation constantly, these seems unrealistic.

Shortcut Your Way To Elite

1. Elite Status Challenge 

Most U.S. air carriers have what are known as Elite Status Challenges. If you complete these challenges in a short period of time you will get the most basic elite status.

Let’s take American Airlines for example. They have what many regard as the best elite status tiers, which includes the coveted “Executive Platinum Status”. But let’s focus on the basic Gold status.

If you call up and register for a Gold challenge, all it takes to earn elite status is for you to fly 5,000 points in three months, which you can basically do in just one international flight. Say you already have a flight planned next month going from New York to Berlin. That’s a 7,930 mile flight. You can call up American Airlines, get registered and be an elite flyer as soon as you are back in the U.S. Keep in mind though there is a cost of $140 to register for this, but that is cheap compared to all the perks of being an elite status member. The membership will last for at least the next 14 months if not longer.

Basically you just have to find a way to earn 5,000 points during a three-month challenge and you are gold status. It then expires February 28th of the following year.

Some easy ways to get those trips for free would be to use the AAdvantage Platinum Select Card From Citi or The Starwood Preferred Card which is a better card and it allows you to transfer points you use to American Airlines for use.

2. Buying & Gifting Status

This is the quickest and most costly way to become elite. US Airways will allow you to buy their lowest level of status. But be prepared to pay. It will cost $1,200 plus to obtain these. Probably a better choice to use credit cards and leverage their power to fly for free.

You may have a rich family willing to gift you this status as a birthday present or Christmas gift. There are even instances of travelers applying for a Platinum Status Challenge and they were gifted Gold Status by the airline. But that isn’t something you should bank on.

3. Mileage Runs

Ah, the mileage run. This is probably the most common, yet time consuming way to obtain elite status.

A mileage run is when a frequent flyer takes a flight solely to gain miles, so that they can reach elite status. It’s all about finding cheap flights and racking up miles through them. The goal is to spend the least amount of money needed to gain miles, which means extending a flight in order to gain more miles.

For example you may be flying out of Seattle and going to New York. But you can earn more miles if you connect through another airport. It’s a detour, but it may be worth it depending on price and miles earned. In most of these cases upon arriving at your destination, you walk to the next terminal to fly back home. This isn’t necessarily a vacation. It’s basically just living in airplanes. Some runs have been known to last days for those dedicated to reaching the top tier of elite programs.

To find deals you might check out Flyertalk, where people will post about the deals they find. You can also use FareCompare where they have a map that will show you the lowest fares from a particular city.

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4. Fly On Smaller Airlines

A simpler way for you may be to fly on a smaller airlines. Airlines like Alaska Airlines requires a lot less miles to reach the lowest levels of elite status and still have most of the same awesome perks. The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card is perfect for anyone going that route.

At the end of the day your goal may be to travel more, but it will be so much more fun if you are traveling like the president of a company would compared to being cramped and miserable in economy. Earning elite status is the cheapest and easiest way to go from one side of the airplane curtain to the other.

 

 

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How To Travel The World For Under $100

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Traveling is one of the most rewarding and thrilling experiences you will ever take part in. You see things you never saw, talk to people that are different than you, eat foods that you’ll never forget, while looking at scenery that you may only see once in a lifetime. Sadly, for most it’s nothing more than a pipe dream.

Many people had dreams of traveling Europe for three months, or a goal to visit every Major League Baseball stadium. They live in Kansas and want to swim along The Great Barrier Reef.  They long to see something tropical and maybe adventure to see an active volcano. But those dreams never become reality. There are many reasons for never traveling, family, work, or the biggest reason, money.

As someone who didn’t grow up with much money, traveling seemed so far out of reach. The idea of spending a summer living on the Florida coast wasn’t anything I imagined. Jumping on a plane to walk around the famous Seattle fish market wasn’t something that was in the cards for me. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to ever sit on Laguna Beach and watch the sun set over the Pacific. The best part is that I’ve done all those things and it cost me little to no money.

I’m not talking about getting good deals by using a booking agent. I’m talking about straight up free travel. How do I do it? Credit cards.

Credit Cards

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I learned about credit card points from a friend who was jetting off to city after city each week, just to “hang out.” It was a pretty simple concept, credit cards will give you enough points to travel the world and stay at great hotels just for hitting a minimum spend over a specific amount of time. For example a company might ask that you spend $3,000 over three months and in exchange give you 25,000 plus points to an airline or hotel.

While spending that amount may seem difficult, when you add up everything you buy each month, like groceries, clothing, or paying your bills, it’s easy to see how spending $3,000 over three months isn’t as hard as you think.

Some credit cards offer better points than others, like the Amex Starwood Preferred Guest Card. The card gives you 10,000 points after making your first purchase and another 15,000 points after spending $5,000 within the first 6 months of using the card. The card is nice because you can use the points for more than just a hotel. You can transfer points to use on airlines as well. I funded an entire trip to Seattle using this card and it only cost me $5 after using all the points.

The way it works is pretty simple. The more credit cards you get, the more you can travel for free.

But won’t having a bunch of cards hurt my credit score? 

Protecting your credit score is extremely important. There are people out there who say that your credit score doesn’t matter. Those people are straight up wrong. A high credit score allows you to get lower interest loans and more credit. Credit scores are made up mostly of past financial actions, but can be slightly impacted by what you are doing now.

One factor that determines your score is your debt to credit ratio. If a credit card allows you a $10,000 credit limit and each month you only use $2,500 of it your credit score improves. The reason is because a credit card company recognizes that you are being smart with your resources and not purchasing too much with credit.

When I first got out of college I had poor credit. I didn’t have any assets except a car which I missed a couple payments on, because I forgot to send the check. I then applied for a great credit card, so that I could start building up points. I was denied. I ended up getting a more basic card instead Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card.

Over time I was approved for more and more cards and now I have the top cards you can get and never get turned down for cards. The best part is since I have so many card with a high credit limit I use less and less credit and continue to build my credit score. Because of credit cards I have an excellent credit score, proving they don’t hurt your credit score.

It’s all about how you use your card.

Credit cards can get you into a lot of trouble. But that is only if you use them wrong. The first thing to do when you get your card is to setup your account online. Set the card to auto pay a certain day each month. Then use the card as a debit card.

Each time you use the card, deduct that amount from your checkbook. That is how much you have left to spend from you bank account. Then each month auto pay will take the owed amount from your bank. It’s a simple matter of watching how much you have in your bank account.

That’s how you build up points and don’t miss payments. When you miss a payment that is how you get in trouble with owing money and dropping your credit score.

If you use the card like a debit card it makes racking up points pretty simple.

Which card should I get?

The card you get depends on your goals and credit score. As I mentioned earlier, the better your credit score is the better your chance of getting a great card is. I have been turned down for cards that later I was accepted for once I built my score up. As far as the type of card you get, that depends on what you want to get out of it. Some cards are great for cash back, but since this is a travel site I assume you are looking for a card that allows you to travel more. The best cards for traveling are:

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Benefits: 40,000 points when you spend $4,000 within the first 3 months and an additional 5,000 points when you add an additional cardholder. $95 annual fee waived for the first year. Points transfer 1:1 to Continental, British Airways, Korean Airlines, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club and Amtrak. No foreign transaction fees.

Starwood American Express Benefits: Earn up to 25,000 bonus points. Get 10,000 Starpoints® after your first purchase on the Card, and an additional 15,000 after you make $5,000 in eligible purchases on the Card during your first six months of Card Membership. Redeem your Starpoints for flights with over 150 airlines with SPG Flights and stay at over 1,100 hotels in nearly 100 countries worldwide. You won’t experience any restrictions or blackout dates with your travel arrangements, either. There is a $0 annual fee for the first year, then $65.

Barclaycard Arrival Benefits: You receive 40,000 miles when you spend $3,000 within the first 90 days. There is an annual fee of $89 that is waived for the first year. You also earn 2x miles on all purchases and get 10% miles back when you redeem for travel.

Capital One Venture Card Benefits: 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $400 in travel and the $59 annual fee is waived in year one. You receive 2 points for every dollar spent on everything and each point can be redeemed for 1 cent for travel.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Card Benefits: This might not be the best overall card, but it is much easier to be approved for than those mentioned above. 25,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in your first 3 months of opening your account. There is a $99 fee applied to your first bill. So you will end up spending $1,095 in the first 3 months to get the 25,000 points. You will also get 6,000 points each Cardmember Anniversary. A great starting point to those new to credit card points.

The credit card points world can be a rabbit hole. There are many ins and outs that allow you to get more points easier. Continue to check back to find new ways to travel the world for free.

 

 

 

 

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Quotes- August 2014

If you say you believe authority seeks anything other than its own continuance, you’re lying or stupid or eight years old.

-Erin Tyler

Everybody wonders if they’re fat and nobody wonders if they’re boring.

-Alex Baze

Getting offended is a great way to avoid answering questions that make you sound dumb.

-Tucker Max

To become better, to improve our skills, and to master a trade brings incredible fulfillment to the human condition.

-Dale Partridge

The next 20 years are going to see an explosion of people explaining, simplifying and curating very complex subjects for the average person. Do that well, and you’ll be rich and famous.

-Tucker Max

Quotes- July 2014

The stronger the identity, the more it imprisons, the more it resists expansion, interpretation, renewal, contradiction.

-Rem Koolhaas

Hearing the faraway sounds of children at recess makes me understand that I am no longer life’s main character.

-Alec Sulkin

When Bill Clinton assembled the top minds of the nation to discuss the economy in 1992, no one mentioned the Internet.

-David Leonhardt

Oh, how blessed young men are who have to struggle for a foundation and beginning in life. I shall never cease to be grateful for the three and half years of apprenticeship and the difficulties to be overcome, all along the way.

-John D. Rockefeller

Use your travels to try new things, to face fears, do things you wouldn’t otherwise do, and to push yourself, extend yourself. You shouldn’t come home a new man, just a better one.

-Chad Howse

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.

-Proverbs 13:22

Quotes- June2014

Studying history helps you predict the future by teaching you which things are old enough to be permanent.

-Paul Graham

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.

 -C.S. Lewis

Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain, the lazy one never.

-Benjamin Franklin

The perfect opportunity is one that exists, that gives you any kind of experience, the one that allows you to put anything you’ve learned into practice. The perfect opportunity you keep picturing in your head? That’s your ego protecting you from change — the feeling of pain and failure that is deliberate practice and experimentation.

-Ryan Holiday

To me, an artist sells out when what he does is not motivated by internal forces, but by external ones.

-Tucker Max

Your Purpose in Life According To a Drug Abusing, Alcoholic Genius

I’ve always wanted to try raw ether. I never will, but I would really like to try a bunch of different drugs just to figure out what the hell Hunter S. Thompson was talking about when he wrote ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’. The opening of the book reads like this “We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers… Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge, and I knew we’d get into that rotten stuff pretty soon.”

Seems pretty messed up. Of course I’m a somewhat normal, functioning adult, who has responsibilities. My main responsibility is to not die, which is the main reason I tend to avoid many of the things listed above.

While most of what you read seems to be a joke and not something an intelligent human being would allow into their body, it is no joke to Hunter S. Thompson. According to an article by Mental Floss the things listed above seemed to be apart of Thompson’s daily routine. Check out his routine:

3:00 p.m. rise
3:05 Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills
3:45 cocaine
3:50 another glass of Chivas, Dunhill
4:05 first cup of coffee, Dunhill
4:15 cocaine
4:16 orange juice, Dunhill
4:30 cocaine
4:54 cocaine
5:05 cocaine
5:11 coffee, Dunhills
5:30 more ice in the Chivas
5:45 cocaine, etc., etc.
6:00 grass to take the edge off the day
7:05 Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jig­gers of Chivas)
9:00 starts snorting cocaine seriously
10:00 drops acid
11:00 Chartreuse, cocaine, grass
11:30 cocaine, etc, etc.
12:00 midnight, Hunter S. Thompson is ready to write
12:05-6:00 a.m. Chartreuse, cocaine, grass, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, continuous pornographic movies.
6:00 the hot tub-champagne, Dove Bars, fettuccine Alfredo
8:00 Halcyon
8:20 am sleep

Thompson may not be as well known as a J.K. Rowling or a Stephen King, but he may be one of the most insightful, adventurous and unique people in American history. And really at the end of the day, isn’t that what we are all shooting for?

Recently, a letter Thompson wrote to his friend was uncovered detailing his thoughts on life purpose. It may be his genius or the drugs, but either way it’s worth sharing.

“April 22, 1958
57 Perry Street
New York City

Dear Hume,

You ask advice: ah, what a very human and very dangerous thing to do! For to give advice to a man who asks what to do with his life implies something very close to egomania. To presume to point a man to the right and ultimate goal — to point with a trembling finger in the RIGHT direction is something only a fool would take upon himself.

I am not a fool, but I respect your sincerity in asking my advice. I ask you though, in listening to what I say, to remember that all advice can only be a product of the man who gives it. What is truth to one may be disaster to another. I do not see life through your eyes, nor you through mine. If I were to attempt to give you specific advice, it would be too much like the blind leading the blind.

“To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles … ”

And indeed, that IS the question: whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives. So few people understand this! Think of any decision you’ve ever made which had a bearing on your future: I may be wrong, but I don’t see how it could have been anything but a choice however indirect — between the two things I’ve mentioned: the floating or the swimming.

But why not float if you have no goal? That is another question. It is unquestionably better to enjoy the floating than to swim in uncertainty. So how does a man find a goal? Not a castle in the stars, but a real and tangible thing. How can a man be sure he’s not after the “big rock candy mountain,” the enticing sugar-candy goal that has little taste and no substance?

The answer — and, in a sense, the tragedy of life — is that we seek to understand the goal and not the man. We set up a goal which demands of us certain things: and we do these things. We adjust to the demands of a concept which CANNOT be valid. When you were young, let us say that you wanted to be a fireman. I feel reasonably safe in saying that you no longer want to be a fireman. Why? Because your perspective has changed. It’s not the fireman who has changed, but you. Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience. As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on. Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective.

So it would seem foolish, would it not, to adjust our lives to the demands of a goal we see from a different angle every day? How could we ever hope to accomplish anything other than galloping neurosis?

The answer, then, must not deal with goals at all, or not with tangible goals, anyway. It would take reams of paper to develop this subject to fulfillment. God only knows how many books have been written on “the meaning of man” and that sort of thing, and god only knows how many people have pondered the subject. (I use the term “god only knows” purely as an expression.) There’s very little sense in my trying to give it up to you in the proverbial nutshell, because I’m the first to admit my absolute lack of qualifications for reducing the meaning of life to one or two paragraphs.

I’m going to steer clear of the word “existentialism,” but you might keep it in mind as a key of sorts. You might also try something called “Being and Nothingness” by Jean-Paul Sartre, and another little thing called “Existentialism: From Dostoyevsky to Sartre.” These are merely suggestions. If you’re genuinely satisfied with what you are and what you’re doing, then give those books a wide berth. (Let sleeping dogs lie.) But back to the answer. As I said, to put our faith in tangible goals would seem to be, at best, unwise. So we do not strive to be firemen, we do not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. WE STRIVE TO BE OURSELVES.

But don’t misunderstand me. I don’t mean that we can’t BE firemen, bankers, or doctors — but that we must make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal. In every man, heredity and environment have combined to produce a creature of certain abilities and desires — including a deeply ingrained need to function in such a way that his life will be MEANINGFUL. A man has to BE something; he has to matter.

As I see it then, the formula runs something like this: a man must choose a path which will let his ABILITIES function at maximum efficiency toward the gratification of his DESIRES. In doing this, he is fulfilling a need (giving himself identity by functioning in a set pattern toward a set goal), he avoids frustrating his potential (choosing a path which puts no limit on his self-development), and he avoids the terror of seeing his goal wilt or lose its charm as he draws closer to it (rather than bending himself to meet the demands of that which he seeks, he has bent his goal to conform to his own abilities and desires).

In short, he has not dedicated his life to reaching a pre-defined goal, but he has rather chosen a way of life he KNOWS he will enjoy. The goal is absolutely secondary: it is the functioning toward the goal which is important. And it seems almost ridiculous to say that a man MUST function in a pattern of his own choosing; for to let another man define your own goals is to give up one of the most meaningful aspects of life — the definitive act of will which makes a man an individual.

Let’s assume that you think you have a choice of eight paths to follow (all pre-defined paths, of course). And let’s assume that you can’t see any real purpose in any of the eight. THEN — and here is the essence of all I’ve said— you MUST FIND A NINTH PATH.

Naturally, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. You’ve lived a relatively narrow life, a vertical rather than a horizontal existence. So it isn’t any too difficult to understand why you seem to feel the way you do. But a man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.

So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. But you say, “I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.”

And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know — is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by DECIDING TO LOOK, you go a long way toward making the choice.

If I don’t call this to a halt, I’m going to find myself writing a book. I hope it’s not as confusing as it looks at first glance. Keep in mind, of course, that this is MY WAY of looking at things. I happen to think that it’s pretty generally applicable, but you may not. Each of us has to create our own credo — this merely happens to be mine.

If any part of it doesn’t seem to make sense, by all means call it to my attention. I’m not trying to send you out “on the road” in search of Valhalla, but merely pointing out that it is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it. There is more to it than that — no one HAS to do something he doesn’t want to do for the rest of his life. But then again, if that’s what you wind up doing, by all means convince yourself that you HAD to do it. You’ll have lots of company.

And that’s it for now. Until I hear from you again, I remain,

your friend,
Hunter”

Quotes- May 2014

Rehearse them in your mind: exile, torture, war, shipwreck. All the terms of our human lot should be before our eyes.
–Seneca

Money‬ is a physical symbol of your creative energy. By holding on to it, you tell your mind that you are afraid of running out, and this blocks the flow of your energy. By sharing your money, you tell your mind that your creativity is boundless, and that you will always have enough money.
-Ilya Alexi

Body strength is something we have or we don’t; strength of spirit is something we decide to have. Why wouldn’t we decide to have it? Because we somehow enjoy being pitiful and incapable — great excuses to not do hard, important things.
-Steve Moore

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take a while. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
-Ira Glass

There are times when we feel helpless, as if there is nothing we can do for ourselves because of the obstacles we face, like the world is against us. That may be true, but when we choose to focus on others—by providing assistance or being a good example—our own personal fears and troubles inevitably diminish. -Ryan Holiday

Madness does not come by breaking out, but by giving in; by settling down in some dirty, little, self-repeating circle of ideas; by being tamed.
―G.K. Chesterton

I Refuse

Everyday I use to work a job I hated. For money that wasn’t enough. I had the nagging boss, who could care less about me and the worst part was there was no chance to apply any creative thought.

No one wanted anything about the job to change because that only created more work. The funny part was that while no one wanted to change anything about the work, they did want to change where they worked.

I sat by the printer where gossip abound. 40 and 50 year olds complained each day about every aspect if the job. They realized they were stuck and too scared to change their lot in life by leaving.

The 20 and 30 year olds were desperately trying to work their way up the ladder. But they hated the grunt work though. What they didn’t know was that each email, or each report they slaved over was just sending them closer to the unwanted situation their older peers were stuck in.

I am running my own business now. It’s scary. One day I see opportunity all around. The next day I wonder how I will pay rent. But, I’m happy. I like to work. I refuse to let myself be one of the printer people. Who show up to work, complain, collect their paycheck and wonder where they could have been if only. I refuse to climb up the corporate ladder only to find out the people ahead of me are trying everything they can to keep me down, so they can continue on with their complaint filled life without the fear of change.

I refuse.

Quotes- April 2014

Dance like no one is watching. Run like no one is watching. Eat like no one is watching. Welcome to being a human. No one cares about you.
-Jamie Woodham

A lot of life is based on uncertainty. The quality of life is the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.
-Anthony Robbins

Failing, even failing miserably over and over, does not make you a failure. It just means that you have failed.
-Tucker Max

The future is the only thing we can improve.
-Kevin Kelly

The difference between a scholar and a fundamentalist: a scholar asks questions, while a fundamentalist gives answers.
-Gary Marx

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
-Socrates

Quotes- March 2014

There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride; disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortifying it as much as one pleases, it is still alive and will every now and then peep out and show itself.

-Ben Franklin

Whenever someone talks about something that has nothing to do with them (like offering an opinion on a book), they are talking about themselves not that thing.

-Tucker Max

Unless you really understand others, you can hardly attain your own self-understanding.

-Miyamoto Musashi

Self-reflection encourages great bravery. Rationalization is your greatest enemy.

-Awa Kenzo

Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter.

-Stephen King

The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.

-Linus Pauling

Explaining things that matter: Be simple. Then simpler than that. Just say what happens. The part of reality that any given person needs to know is naturally riveting to them.

-Anne Herbert

In media, it doesn’t matter if you’re right. It matters if you’re understood.

-Tucker Max

No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow.

-Charles Spurgeon

But the human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will run wild and cause you grief. Power cannot accrue to those who squander their treasure of words.

-Robert Greene

The truth is generally seen, rarely heard.

-Baltasar Gracian

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.

-HL Mencken