This Weeks's #LITA Blog Article:
Our Differences: As Understanding Goes Up, Conflict Goes Down
By Jordan Corley
Once upon a time, I kept my opinions to myself because I was afraid of offending someone or saying the wrong thing. I thought that if I didn’t know everything there was to know about a subject, someone else would better articulate what I wanted to say and I shouldn’t say it. But as I’ve been exposed to more of the world, both the good and the evil, I’ve learned that not saying something can, in fact, be worse than saying the wrong thing, as long as that wrong thing is said with good intentions and the understanding that it may be wrong. I’ve learned that people: strangers, friends, family and loved ones, all have different beliefs and core values than me, which inherently cause them to view the world in a unique way and no one can better express that unique view than the one who formulated the belief in the first place. (Scroll to bottom of page to access entire article)
This Week's Guest- LISTEN NOW
Jeff Hudson is my guest this week and we discuss his gambling addiction that left him feeling hopeless and tens of thousands of dollars in debt. What makes Jeff’s story most interesting is that even after writing his master’s thesis on how casinos manipulate their guests to gamble more and working at casinos, he still was drawn into this debilitating addiction.
Jeff was able to escape the grips of his addiction and now he hosts a podcast called The Push. On his podcast, Jeff hopes to help other gambling addicts understand their situation and help them see a way out to recovery and a better life. Jeff gets real about his shame and suicidal ideations in hopes of encouraging others to break out and find recovery.
Next Week's Guest- Airing October 5, 2020
Ron Henderson, The Fitness King. Ron is a personal trainer and a black man from the Minneapolis area. Ron recently posted a video of himself talking about the importance of not grouping all black people together and not grouping all police officers together. There are good and bad actors among all groups and we do ourselves great harm when we allow the actions of a few to dictate how we view the many.
Book I'm Reading This Week:
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power comes the definitive new book on decoding the behavior of the people around you
Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.
We are social animals. Our very lives depend on our relationships with people. Knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess, without which our other talents can only take us so far. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others, Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control, how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people's masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose. Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.
Quote of the Week:
" A wise man will be the master of his mind; a fool will be its slave."—Publilius Syrus
I've been discussing this concept a lot lately. I think one of our greatest obstacles to joy & success is believing we are slaves to our own minds and that we have no power over what we think. If you would have asked me about this just a few years ago, I would have said we don't have control over our mind.
Fortunately, I have discovered this is just not fully true. I do believe we have thoughts come into our minds that we didn't consciously create, but we do have control over our thoughts once we are aware of them. I also believe that you can influence those initial, unconscious thoughts by being mindful of the information you consume and the thoughts you intentionally & habitually think. You get to decide if you'll ruminate on a thought, let it go, or replace it with a better thought.
If you consume mass media, you're getting a healthy dose of negative information. If you habitually think negatively, most of your spontaneous thoughts will default to the negative. The good news is that with intention and practice, you can change these and develop new ways of thinking that will serve you in your life.
Don't buy into the thought that tells you that you can't control your thinking.
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