"The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going."
Some of the take aways I liked best;
To be fair… there is a certain degree of cultural capital required to know the “correct” pronunciation of the word.
Initially I thought this was a funny video, but in retrospect, this guy was basically punished for having the right answer, but not presenting it in a standardized way.
I think the significance of this is that it doesn’t create a level playing field; literally, this guy got the answer but didn’t give the proper pronunciation. How much of a big deal is the pronunciation when the whole answer is there? I may be a little too critical, but I feel like there is a problem under the surface
Nutrition: Instead of agonizing over which diet you should choose to go on, simply ask yourself what the healthiest foods are to eat. You already know the answer. Stick to that.
Exercise: It is not necessary to have a membership for a fancy gym, or to try the next big exercise fad, if these are things that will turn into a chore for you. Instead, try activities that you enjoy, such as Frisbee, hiking, dancing or riding your bike with the kids.
Listening: Take what people say at face value. There is no need to waste your energy wondering what their ulterior motive is, or if they are not telling the truth about things. Keep it simple and accept their truth.
Talking: Say what you mean and mean what you say. If communication is simplified both ways, you can be much happier knowing that everything is out in the open. There is no point wasting time on mind games.
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"Most obstacles are imaginary; the rest are only temporary."
Scott Sorrell (via tattoophrases)
I’ve been interested in pursuing law for quite some time. It was only recently that I think I had clearly defined the intrinsic reason for this pursuit. That realization, however, only stemmed from me rejecting the values and ideology I think many of the potential law students go in with.
Mind you, this is not to belittle or make a holier than thou statement. I had signed up for the McMaster pre-law society. I had decided to make some purposeful steps to orient myself in the direction of my prospective career. When I got to the first general meeting, I had never met such like minded people before. The introductions of most people were pretentious and self-serving. Each introduction was followed by one that tried to one up the other in experience or intellect. I noticed many - if not close to all, were students enrolled in political science and were aiming for oppurtunities in a law firm. Maybe it was feeling like the black sheep – being the only person in sociology and not fulfilling a double major, that turned me away from the pre-law society.
Whatever it was I had come to the revelation that I didn’t want to go visit courts to meet litigators and “build my network” to get into a successful private law firm. Something was pushing me away from it all. It could’ve been my ego that just wanted to go against the crowd, or maybe I had an epiphany that I can become a lawyer without following the status quo.
I liked sociology and I liked the volunteering that I was doing. I wasn’t going to give that up with the belief that there is only one way to accomplish my goal of practicing law. Truth be told there is more than one way to do anything. Following my own path, regardless of the adversity, has given me purpose.
I have an end goal - but its the purpose that i derived from following my own path. With that said, I urge anyone reading this to keep in mind that whatever dreams your have your minds eye set on, there is always more than one way to reach that goal. Be cognizant of this to allow flexibility in your planning and to avoid judgemental attitudes towards others.
Whether you are working on a group project, living with roommates, or engaging in a social context where you may rely on another person at some point to reach a goal – inevitably, you’ll encounter friction. Living in student housing has been one of the most enlightening experiences. Regardless of the conflict at times, I wouldn’t ask for an easier situation to have dealt with.
My mother told me once that difficult life situations one encounters is an opportunity to build your capacity. At the time, she was suggesting I accept a job I felt I wasn’t ready for, but there are many parallels that i’ve drawn from it throughout my undergrad.
Remember that time the dishes in the sink weren’t clean? Or when no one did the garbage? That person in your group didn’t edit their portion of the assignment? Building your capacity means cleaning everyones dishes when you noticed they piled up and no one else was willing to do it. It means doing all the garbage yourself when others are unwilling or have forgotten about it.
At the end of the day, my tolerance for difficult situations, as well as my work ethic has increased. This isn’t to say let people walk over you – its more about walking away from battles as to allow an opportunity for grow. And while arguing with my roommates about the dishes and garbage would’ve eventually gotten the job done, doing it myself allowed me to prove to myself that I am capable of doing a full load of dishes by myself, or take the garbage out on my own.
In a given conversation, I may say it maybe three times before I leave. Its not that I’m saying it in an apologetic sense… or even as a response to having a favour done for me.
I think I’ve learned to say thank you, mostly because I don’t think people acknowledge each other enough. I know most people aren’t consciously noticing all the thanks yous I’m saying, but its more for my benefit than theirs (yeah, I can be pretty selfish).
I believe I go into a conversation with a lot less than I will walk out with. Every utterance of the word thank you is to appreciate the growth. Whether you picked up the pen I accidentally dropped or answered a question I was puzzled with, I genuinely appreciate your assistance in my life (even as insignificant as it may seem).
Saying thank you, and be gratiutus to the actions of others is becoming an increasing theme and important revelation in my life. It keeps me grounded in the now, since I become conscious of what I’m grateful for.
I wouldn’t say I started off as the most close minded person four years ago, and yet I think I have broadened my mind beyond anything I could have imagined. As I conclude my final year of undergrad, I wanted to leave a message – not just as advice to those privileged enough to escape to a world outside the one they’ve known for the majority of their life – but also to acknowledge and thank all the great people that I have met along my journey.
I begun writing it a few months ago. I add to my Word document every time I am hit with a moment of inspiration. My list is pretty elaborate, but I hope to condense my points it to more digestible and friendly tips.
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