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Woody Guthrie's Philosophy of Life

 
Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow.

Woody Guthrie

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Life is Not Fair but It Usually Evens Out

by Charly Mann

A little more than a hundred years ago there was a family that lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma who everyone in the town believed had a perfect life. One day a neighbor said to the father of this family, "Life is really not fair for me. You always have good luck, and I rarely do." The father thought for a moment and said, "It depends what you mean my friend." The neighbor then said, " Yesterday your son went out for a ride in the hills, and an entire herd of wild horses followed him back to your pasture. This you must admit is good luck." The husband replied, "It depends."

A day later the man's son was thrown from one of the wild horses as he tried to tame it and broke his leg. The neighbor hearing this news returned and said to the husband, "I was wrong about your family’s luck, you have bad luck like all the rest of us.” The husband responded by saying. “It depends.”

The next day the son along with most of the other boys in town received letters from the government telling them that they must join the army and go off and fight in World War I. Because the son’s leg was broken he could not join. The neighbor returned to see the father and said, “I was right the first time, you and your family are blessed with good fortune.” The husband replied, “It just depends. “

The next day the family’s house burned down, and the neighbor came over and said, “ I am so sorry, your family really seems to be cursed.” The husband looked down at a small pool of black oil coming up from the ground beneath where the house had once stood, and said, “It depends.”

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Life is Sweet

 

It is the simple sweet things we experience that make life great.

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How to Have a Great Life

 

by Charly Mann

There was a time when artistic triumph, quality of goods, and creative innovation was celebrated. Today we live in a world of complacency where people only seek to be comfortable in their lives. Our culture no longer desires great art, literature, or music. We have become duped into believing that all of our technological progress makes us smarter and more sophisticated. In reality we have accepted the notion of fitting in and being normal. Today our most popular cultural figures are celebrities that demonstrate neither originality nor exceptional intelligence. Idolizing such individuals robs us of the chance to be extraordinary. Striving for excellence is the best way to combat mediocrity. We see and hear the ordinary everywhere. Truly profound ideas, talents, and insights are only achieved by those who study the exemplary.

While the majority of people in every generation have been attracted to a mass-market mediocrity, there has always in the past been a respected elite that strove for excellence in every phase of life. It is from these people that our great leaders, business innovators, and cultural icons emerged. The responsibility of schools and universities was once to ensure that students be given the opportunity to achieve their full intellectual potential. Today our schools are more concerned with achievements on the sporting field than academic.

Each of us should be determined and focused on reaching our human potential. To achieve excellence requires living life with a clear purpose and intensity. The ingredients for great achievement are curiosity, discipline, and irreverence in thought that will spark new ideas. You also have to be committed to excellence in everything you are trying to achieve. Studies have shown that people who can allow themselves to be sloppy even 5% of the time rarely achieve any form of greatness. Excellence truly means striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.

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Rules for a Great Life

 Wise Indian Chief

Live your life so that the fear of death can never enters your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, and beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose the service of others. Show respect to all people, but bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs you of your vision.

Tecumseh

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Why You Should Jump for Joy

Young Boy Jumping for Joy

It's possible to forget how alive we really are. We can become dry and tired, just existing, instead of really living. We need to remind ourselves of the juice of life. Find those things to do that make you  jump for joy. 

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Charly Mann

About Me

Ever since I was very young I have been intrigued with how one could live happily ever after like the characters I read about in fairy tales. As a child I noticed most of the adults I was exposed to were often anxious and angry, and only a very few seemed to be calm and happy. By the time I was a teenager I was scouring philosophy and psychology books looking for instructions on how to have a marvelous life. I also began questioning scores of adults I would encounter about their philosophy on life and what they thought one needed to do to be perfectly contented. In 1967, at the age of 17, I started a daily journal that compiled all the information I acquired that day on the subject. Today that journal includes three dozen large notebooks and more than 3,400 pages on my hard drive.

I have had a marvelous life thus far - most of it incredibly happy, healthy, and successful. Since 1968 I have also tracked how happy and successful I was in the previous year. Through the end of 2013, each year has been significantly better than the year before. I believe much of this can be attributed on what I learned and implemented in my own life about achieving good health, success, and happiness. As I mature and learn more my methodology for making my life great has changed a lot. I achieved enormous financial success before I was 25, which contributed greatly to my enjoyment of life for almost a decade, but even before I was 30 I found that there were things far more important than wealth that made my life great and I keep discovering more. I have had financial independence since I was very young, but almost all the joys and pleasure I now derive from life are free or cost very little.

On Uplifting Visions I share insights that I have gained from my own experience, observation, and a life of research on attaining happiness, health, and success.

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