F%@K New Year’s Resolutions. Hard.

These sentiments are all too common this time of year, and in a month, many of them will be after thoughts. We all know almost all New Year’s resolutions fail, so why do we continue to make them?

Because it makes us feel good about ourselves.

This is also why they fail. When we feel good about ourselves, we feel content, and contentment is one of the least actionable feelings there is. Contentment breeds security, and no one takes action when they feel secure. Warm and fuzzy does not yield results.

A New Year’s Resolution is nothing more than a deferred life. If you decide you want to change something, for whatever reason, the time to take action is NOW! That very minute. Start making the necessary changes so you can see the results and change you so desire. If you put something off, say like waiting until the New Year, you are already making excuses for yourself. You’re saying to yourself, “I want to change this or that, but first I’m going to sit on my ass for another three weeks and do nothing about it, and then when “the time” comes to actually make the necessary changes, you …

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3 Reasons Introverts are Taking Over the World

The movie Wolf of Wall Street sensationalized in many ways an era of business that is dead and soon to be gone. The over zealous, overly confident, audacious business professional portrayed in that film is an afterthought, and is being replaced with a new breed of entrepreneurs, and they’re going to take over the world because they listen.

Yes introverts are the new breed of wildly successful entrepreneurs. The global marketplace has left us with a business environment where you can sit behind a computer and run an empire. The board room is a thing of the past and is being replaced by a MacBook, a pair of headphones, and an over priced cup of coffee.

Here are three reasons Introverts are taking over the world:

  1. They Listen.

Extroverts usually revolve the conversation around them, and when others are talking they are usually thinking of the next thing they will say in response and try to drive the conversation back to and around them. They are used to being the center of attention and this is the environment that they need to create to thrive.

Introverts on the other hand listen closely to what others are saying. They take in …

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Do. It. For. You: The Happiness Equation Reworked

Two of the great American authors, Joseph Heller (author of Catch 22) and Kurt Vonnegut (author of Slaughterhouse Five) were at a party hosted by a Billionaire. Vonnegut, admiring all of the worldly possessions of the host, quipped at Heller and asked, “How does it feel knowing this man makes more in a day than you will ever make in a lifetime with one of your novels?”

To which Heller replied, “I have one thing this man will never be able to have….enough.”.

You see, the funniest thing happened in the past hundred or so years; we were finally, for once and for all, allowed to be happy, or to search for happiness.

You don’t believe me do you?

Think back say as far 10,000 years ago. What did we have to think about?

Survival. That’s it. We needed food and shelter, and finding both was a constant struggle so it was all we could focus on or worry about. There was no time to be happy.

Okay, so a thousand years ago. Food and shelter. That’s it.

Even as little as 300 years ago when our country was being founded. Food and shelter and the beginnings of …

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Wine Touring in Northwest Oregon, Northwest USA: Visit the Willamette Valley’s Unique Wineries, Hotels & Restaurants

Oregon is world renowned for its wines, especially pinot noir. In the northwest corner of the state just 25 miles southwest of Portland, the Willamette Valley is home to 250 wineries. At the northern end of the valley, the town of Newberg is surrounded by a greenbelt of forests and farmland, retaining its provincial character.

Newberg is a perfect base for touring northwest Oregon’s wine country. Lodging includes an upscale resort, comfortable B&Bs and regional hotels. Dining varies from elegant to eclectic. Take in unique attractions while wine touring in the Willamette Valley.

Wine Country Tours in North Willamette Valley

The broad Willamette Valley is punctuated by hills covered in vineyards. Many wineries are within 15 minutes drive of Newberg, featuring tasting rooms where visitors can walk in and try a variety of wine styles. Following are some of the best wineries in the north Willamette Valley:

  • Rex Hill Vineyards, just east of Newberg, is family owned and operated. Crafting premium pinots since 1982, this winery also boasts a beautiful garden setting.
  • Domaine Drouhin, owned by renowned Burgundy producer Maison Joseph Drouhin, produces Burgundian-style wines. Fourth-generation winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss crafts world-class pinot noir and chardonnay.
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars is set

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Life Issues! Wake Up Call for You! Are You Aware?

Wake up Call for you! Are You Aware?

Are you aware of your life status? How free are you? How blessed are you? Do you find yourself stressed on a monthly basis? Why? Are you struggling in life or are you Happy? (For example, bills past due, sickness, etc). Final question, are you in the most horrific life situation you could ever be in or could someone be in an even worse situation than you? (For example, think about the corruption in the Middle East right now, Japan’s Tsunami, people who suffered from hurricane Katrina, etc.)

Now answer all those questions and compare them to the final question. Be truthful with yourself as it will only affect you. The things I talk about are information I learned from paying attention to our country, economy, researching on my own and even hearing others talk about this same information in detail.

You can stop reading right now or you can become educated on how to help you, your family and friends in the future. Things could get worse and only those who were in denial or blinded will suffer the most.

Now the first problem I realized is people in America …

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Crime and American Culture

Much has been said in recent news reports about the problems of crime in American cities; classic examples are people shooting two New York City policemen and in Philadelphia an 18 year old shooting a 14 year old who was on his bicycle but did not get out of the way of his car fast enough. The truth is the we live in a society that advertises freedom but in the cities the question is does the government care and are we to free by allowing our society to be ill responsible and censor free. Also, why is American culture so bent on advertising violence in it music, movies, and television.

The government of the United States and the individual states that make up this great country don’t seem to care about its citizens. When we look at the news nationwide we are losing more people here in the United States as a result of crime which is individual terrorism than the amount of troop we are losing in Iraq. Also let us remember the Iraq is a warzone while America is at peace so this makes the comparison even more striking when we compare the casualties of inner city crimes against …

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It’s Time to Pull Together as Americans

When I listen to the news, there is enough vitriol to make me ill. Where our need is to bring people together, we lock ourselves inside tiny rooms that do not allow others near. We define ourselves in smaller and more specific ways. We look for others who define themselves in that same way. We avoid encountering anyone who does not think as we do. We narrow what we watch to ensure we hear the news only from those who agree with us. When we never hear dissent, we never realize anyone else thinks any differently. If they do think differently, they must be misguided, misinformed, stupid, greedy, a bunch of sheep, evil, selfish, or ridiculous.

We forget the greatest truth of all. The truth is that it’s not us and them; it’s just us. Sometimes we will disagree on how we see the world, but we all should have the same goal. Our universal goal should be to make the world a better place for all its inhabitants. We lose track of the big picture. We lose ourselves in the minutiae.

No person can address all the problems of the world. For most of us, we can answer the …

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