Monday, May 28, 2007


I've found that meditation helps me focus.
It's kind of a reverse psychology, really. I discipline my mind to let itself wander and not get stuck on any one thing. This allows me to move on from a thought when I need to, and at the same time relish the pleasant ones I have. I can fully digest each idea this way.
It's kind of combined with the idea of letting feelings pass, observing them without judging them. Negative feelings are more likely to flee this way, and positive ones can be savored without guilt.
I think I'll do this more often.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Why vs. How

I've started reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That The Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A.
I've only made it to page 17. But I've already learned a valuable lesson.
The question to ask isn't "Why?," it's "How?"
I often ask "why" in an effort to get information to solve a problem. That's all well and good. But I shouldn't stop there.
So often I don't even ask "why"; I just take for granted that I can't change something.
Even if it ends up that I can't change something after all, I should be asking "how" I can change it anyway. As Kiyosaki's rich father says, asking "how" exercises your brain and makes it stronger. Your brain is better off for it. And most likely, you'll be able to find out a "how" you didn't think of before.