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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Are You Lost?

Are You Lost?
Are you un-happy?

Do you ever feel trapped?  Ever feel like other people are controlling you?
Do you feel lonely?

Like most days it’s just you against the world?  Like you have nobody to talk to about your problems?  Nobody understands what you’re going through?
I have done a series of blog posts about, What is your Reality?  And most recently a short series about if you could do whatever you wanted.

If you haven’t read those posts you should really check them out.  Until you determine what your perception of reality is, and what you think you would enjoy doing with this wonderful thing known as life, you don’t know where you are at or where you want to go!
Let’s face it – You’re LOST!
If you were about to start an adventure and go somewhere that you have never been to before you would have to know where you are starting from in order to get directions to where you are headed.  Obviously we all know where we are right now.  But until you determine what your perception of the reality of the world right now, you really don’t know where you are at in that reality.  So effectively you don’t know where you are at all.  You’re all the things listed above and lost at the same time.
If we are lost we must focus on finding ourselves, finding out about ourselves, and what our perceptions of the world are.  Are the assumptions we make daily about the world correct?  Is the world really that way or is it just the way we feel it is?
Are you LOST?
Our perception of the world starts being created when we are children.  It grows as our knowledge increases, as we interact with other people, and interpret the environments we are exposed to.  If you grew up in a ghetto, or slum your perceptions of the world would be different than those of somebody who grew up in a suburb or out in the country.  Just as if you were raised in a country that experienced actual warfare going on in the streets or a revolution your perceptions of the world would be radically different from any of the previously mentioned environments.  Where we come from, our families back ground, our education and exposure with the world at large determines what we believe and don’t believe.
Many people carry senseless, useless, inherently incorrect assumptions about the world and the people in it.  Does that make their perception any less real for them?  Most people have no idea which perceptions are not accurate and which ones are.  So to believe that a given assumption is wrong or much less the idea that simply by changing your mind about the assumption can change your entire outlook and perception of the world you live in every day.
Let me re-state that last part as it is HUGE!  You can simply change your mind about your assumptions and it can transform the world you perceive you inhabit.  Your perceptions, your thoughts, your ideas, define you, the world you perceive, and define your life.  Simply by changing your mind, deciding to look at things differently you can change your situation.
Until we examine what we believe, why we believe, evaluate our very perceptions of the world that we live in, we don’t truly have a clue of where we are, what our true situation is, and what our potential to change things about ourselves, our beliefs, and our world.  It’s all up to you.  It’s all starts in your head with your beliefs and disbelief's.
My next post will assume we have taken time and evaluated what we believe about everything in the world.  It will assume you have evaluated your perceptions and have a true grasp of where you are, who you are, and explore the possibilities of what adventure do you choose for yourself.  Where would you like to be?  What would you like to do if you could do whatever you wanted?
In following posts we will explore how we map out where we are, where we want to go and decide on a path to take us in that direction.
Now might be a good time to read my other related posts if you haven’t read them already.  If you have read this post this far then your interest has been piqued by something.  Go ahead.  Take a leap.  Imagine the possibilities.  It’s free.  It could transform your life in ways you can’t begin to imagine.  So play along.  Click on the links, free your mind, question everything you believe about the world.  Oh, and come back later for my next posts, this only gets better the further down the rabbit hole you decide to go.  No we are not in a Matrix!
What is your perception of Reality?

If you could do whatever you want!  These are my ideas of whatever!
As you read these, free your mind and spirit and dream your dreams.  Maybe type them into the blog as a comment.  Write them down!
#1 What if you won the Lottery?
#2 A manufacturing company.
#3 Start and Build a Holding Company
#4 Design and Build Giant Airships
#5 Buoyancy, Solar Arrays and Oil Pipelines
#6 Finding your Passion in Life


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Finding Your Passion in Life

For the past several days I have been doing posts about what would you do if you could do anything you wanted to do?  The purpose of this mental exercise is to explore yourself, your wants and desires to find out what you would LOVE to do, if you could do whatever you wanted.
Passion about something can come in many forms.  You can have more than one passion.  You can be passionate about all kinds of things.  I know many people who narrow mindedly would say that your religion should be your passion, and to have anything else as your passion is taking away from your religion.  I disagree with this because unless you’re an evangelist or have your own church, your religion doesn't provide a living, pay the bills, or help you achieve the things you want to achieve out of life.
I should state that because I have been calling it PASSION, it could be what do you LOVE to do?  I have even been hinting about what aspects of your personal nature, the things you do naturally every day without people watching you, and without getting paid for it.  These things could lead you to what your special gift, special talent, or passion might be.  In my case my true passion isn't any of the things that I have mentioned previously in the posts over the last few days.  If I had money and could do whatever I wanted, I could make money and have a wonderful time working at any of those endeavors.  As I am not wealthy or a business SHARK, I have no more of a chance of accomplishing any of those as I would becoming a pilot, or playing golf on a regular basis, because I can’t afford it.  Who knows maybe some super rich entrepreneur will read one of my previous posts and decide to hire me to do one of those things because I am passionate about the ideas?
My true passion in life is writing!
I remember way, way back when I was in school working on my Associates Degree, I dreaded taking English 101 and 102.  Successful completion of these two classes is required for the degree and English, Vocabulary, and Spelling had always been the hardest subjects for me in school.  The idea of becoming a writer for a living was the furthest thing from my mind.
The first paper I turned in for English 101, the College Professor came into class the next day and asked who Thomas Wilson was and then asked to see me in the hallway privately.  I thought for sure this is where my college career was over as I was about to get thrown out for having such horrible English skills.
She explained to me in the hallway that she wish she had met me thirty years ago when she started teaching English and that she had my paper.  She said she had never seen a paper where a student made almost every mistake possible all in the same paper.  She excitedly asked permission to use my paper to instruct the class as to what not to do in a paper!  I agreed as long as she wasn't kicking me out of school.  I was embarrassed but thankful just the same that I got to remain in her class and have a chance to attempt to make a grade.
Lastly before we went back into the class she told me something that at the time fell on deaf ears.  She said that in spite of my horrible English that my paper was very intriguing and that with a really good editor I had the makings of a great writer.  Like I said with my current thoughts about thinking I was about to get thrown out and hearing I just made every mistake in the book and how my paper was about to become class room exhibit number one, her statement fell on deaf ears.  I remember what she said but I never gave it another thought for years to come.  She was the second English teacher to make such a comment to me.  As much as I tried the rules and understanding of English and Grammar escaped my comprehension.
The reason I am going through all this, is IF you can find your passion.  Your special gift that comes about naturally, or as in writing for me that you have to work at daily to become better at it and continually hone your skills.  When you find this elusive magical thing it changes everything!  You will not have enough hours in the day to do all that you want to do.  You will work harder at the things you have to do in order to get back to that thing that you love doing.  Your enthusiasm and love for your new passion will permeate every aspect of your life making it a richer more meaningful life.  You will hop out of bed in the morning because you can’t wait to get started with your new day.  Each day knowing you’re doing some small thing and inching towards your goal and dreams.
A couple of points to remember along the way.
1.  Write your goals down somewhere.  This takes them from thoughts and ideas and puts them in the real world, concrete that you can see and touch.  Maybe hang them somewhere you can see them every day to inspire you.
2.  Success is the journey to our goals, not the completion of goals or reaching a destination.  If I hit the New York best sellers list it is a goal along the path, not the end of the journey.  If Christopher Nolan calls me and says he has to turn one of my books into the next best thing since the Dark Knight Series of movies, it is a step along the path.  (A HUGE STEP.)
3.  When you pray, pray prayers of thankfulness for the things you have.  I find praying a thankful prayer puts me in a thankful mood for what I do have instead of focusing on what I think I need and don’t have.  If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans!
If you have read any of these posts and still haven’t figured out what you want to do in life, or what makes you happy, then I ask you to go back to the first one. (insert link to first post of the series here.)
Read along with a pencil and paper and make notes of the ideas you get for yourself.  Things that come to mind you would like to do.  Think HUGE, be crazy, and be FREE.  Have fun with it as a mental exercise, an escape for a moment into your imagination.  Take notes.
Maybe share a comment or your thoughts, ask questions, reach out to others as you take a chance at thinking liberating thoughts about what you want out of life!  For many people they are afraid to actually think the thoughts, to think of what they really want, to imagine being free to do what they want to do!  It’s alright really.  It’s fun, exciting, and could very well change your life and lead to a path that makes your dreams come true.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Buoyancy, Solar Arrays, and Oil Pipelines.

If you could do whatever you wanted.  (Continued)
Yesterday’s post was about building enormous vacuum tank airships.  I first wanted to explain a little bit more about why I want to use tanks with all the air pumped out of them instead of balloon style cells which would contain Hydrogen or Helium.  The Germans put Hydrogen in the old Zeppelins during the era of the Great Airships, because they didn't have Helium.  Hydrogen is highly combustible as anyone who remembers the Hindenburg accident will tell you.
Using Helium has its draw backs also.  After you spend the money to build this massive ship you have to fill the cells with millions of cubic feet of helium (which is not free) before the ship becomes buoyant, our lighter than air.  What makes the ship lighter than air is replacing the millions of cubic feet of air (which has a weight) with something lighter than air.  When you have replaced enough of the weight to even overcome the weight of the ship which weighs tons itself, the ship becomes lighter than air or what we call buoyant.
What does nothing weigh?
You know the answer.  It’s all right, shout it out!  Nothing!
A vacuum is exactly that, nothing.  We can’t achieve an absolute vacuum but with today’s technology we can easily, with the right pumps, get it to better than 95% vacuum.  You surpass the buoyancy of Helium around 90-92% vacuum and you surpass Hydrogen around 93-94% vacuum.  This system saves the expense of purchasing, transporting and using a gas to make the ship float.
When you use a gas it would naturally expand the higher the ship goes as the outside pressure against the cells becomes less as the level of air outside the ship decreases.  This puts a limit to how high the ship could fly before the cells burst or you have to pump some of the gas into high pressure tanks to prevent them from exploding.  By using tanks with a vacuum in them they will be at maximum pressure on the tanks at sea level.  The higher they go the less the pressure trying to crush them.  Look at it as a really large submarine designed to sail through the air instead of water.
When you hold a ball full of air at the bottom of a swimming pool and then let it go what happens?
It shoots upward to the surface of the water, past the surface into the air until the buoyancy becomes zero and gravity grabs a hold of it and drags it back to the water where it will float.
What do you think would happen if you achieved a 96% to 97% vacuum in the tanks of the ships I have been describing while the ship was locked to the ground and suddenly released the clamps holding the ship?  It would shoot upward.
How far?
It would remain buoyant until the pressure outside equaled the pressure inside the tanks which wouldn't be until the ship was surrounded by a 96% to 97% vacuum.  With a little bit of help the ship could reach escape velocity and travel into outer space.
If you designed certain ships of this style to handle flying in space, by adding thrusters, pressurized cabins with oxygen for the crew to breathe and a means of re-entering the atmosphere without burning up you would have a space delivery vehicle.
There was an idea that was being worked on in the late 1970’s by some guys interested in solar power before they got dumped in together with the other energy groups in the newly created Department of Energy in 1980 by President Ronald Reagan.  The idea entailed building enormous solar cell arrays in space where weather and such would not affect them and they could collect sunlight and convert it into solar power almost continuously 24/7 and piggy back the power off of a radio signal to a collector that was stationary on the ground.  By putting an object such as this in what is known as a geosynchronous orbit the solar array would stay directly over the same spot all the time.
In late 1979 or 1980 before they were disbanded and fired for threatening the coal and natural gas industry this group was getting ready to go to Congress for funding for their space delivery system to start constructing these solar arrays across the heavens above the United States.  Their plan was tentatively scheduled to be completed by 2015 to provide totally green environmentally free power to the U.S. for pennies per kilowatt.  Their plan also threatened the upstart of the new space delivery system that was currently favored over theirs which was the Space Shuttle, but the Space Shuttle wouldn't have been a cheap and effective means to deliver the parts necessary to construct the Solar Arrays.  It’s now nearing the end of 2012 and Oil and Natural Gas industry are safe, the Space Shuttle has been retired and we are no closer to cheap environmentally clean electricity.
I also remember reading that one of the original plans for transporting oil from our Alaska oil refineries into the states was a fleet of airships which would be able to deliver the oil to almost anywhere it would be needed or could be handled.  It would have prevented the oil pipeline from temporarily being shut down because the pipe line route below and tanks the pipeline feeds into are full.  The cost of the fleet of blimps would have been cheaper to build than the pipeline was to construct.  The companies and jobs created by the massive undertaking of building large fleets of airships for various purposes could be as enormous as the airships would be themselves.
I hope to see mammoth airships sailing through the skies again during my lifetime.
If you could do anything you wanted to do what would it be?
What things do you enjoy doing?
What things do you do naturally even if nobody is watching or willing to pay you to do it?
What do you love to do?
What is the biggest craziest dream you can imagine and see yourself doing?
Please feel free to share your ideas, dreams, and thoughts.  There is no right or wrong answers to this game as we are only playing make believe and exercising our imaginations at this point.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Design & Build Giant Airships

If you could do whatever you wanted to do. (Continued)

I would find a large abandoned strip mine.  Essentially a strip mine is a giant hole in the ground where for years a company just removed the earth and harvested what they want from the dirt.
I would build a large structure over one end or a section of the mine for the purpose of covering it as well as installing large cranes that would be attached to rails to move in two directions, across the length of the structure as well as across the width of the clover.
We would use this structure to build giant hard shelled airships.  Initially I want to build giant airships with five really large tanks approximately 900 feet long with a diameter of 360 feet in the middle that tapers to a smaller oval shapes at the end of the tanks.  The entire structure would be covered with a hard aluminum shell shaped in a aerodynamic design.
The tanks within the airship structure will be built and reinforced from the inside out with outer shell parts of the tank designed so that as the external pressure builds on the outside of the tank it pushes pieces together tighter and helps to seal and strengthen the entire structure.  Lastly we would spray the entire tank structure with a rubberized pliable air tight coating.
Somewhere in the ships will be a series of vacuum pumps in order to pump out a smaller vacuum tank that will control the primary ballast of the overall craft.  The difference of this tank being full of air would mean the craft would weigh several hundred pounds and when the tank was empty and at 95% vacuum the ship would be lighter than air, or buoyant!  Each ship would have small jet engines which really would look quite silly for such a large craft but it is all that would be needed for a lighter-than-air craft that essentially would float upward and coast with the wind like a cloud unless powered to do something different.
I would build the first ones to be designed to haul freight containers and arrange to fly empty containers overseas until we can build the contacts and arrangements to fly container freight from overseas into the United States.  I envision creating a an enormous landing zone between Kansas City, Missouri and Omaha, Nebraska alongside Interstate I-29 for the unloading of the these enormous airships for container freight.
We would build a school to train pilots and crews to fly and operate the aspects of the airships and hire the best of the students who graduate our classes.  After our initial fleet is created for hauling container freight we would sell surplus ships to companies like FED EX, UPS, USPS, and the military.  Later we would build passenger ship versions for flying general freight and passengers to various other countries of the world.  I envision seeing towers on top of parking garages where people could board a large airship for a two hour flight around a city to enjoy gambling, a five star seven course dinner, or drink and enjoy the view out of the bottom of the ship which will be designed as a observation lounge.
Where I went a few weeks ago on vacation in the Yucatan peninsula they could build a tower onto one of the resorts and load up a airship to fly people around to the different Mayan archaeological sites and other sites of interest in a slow moving air conditioned airship where you could provide lunch, entertainment, sightseeing with tour guides explaining the significance of what your viewing below.
Ultimately other uses of these these airships could be to provide communications centers tethered over major cities to take the place of cell towers.  These would have line of sight contact with each other and each one could provide cell coverage for a cone of area under the communication ships.
If the ships were made with seal able cabins, thrusters, and the means of safely coming back into the atmosphere you could easily use them to transport large quantities of stuff repeatedly into outer space.  The building of large space stations, capable of building large space ships, or even building the large airships in the vacuum of space would be very feasible.
Combined where one company is building airships, a school is training flight crews and associated workers for the ships.  A shipping company is buying the ships and growing the container freight company moving freight from door to door for the same price as today just within a week instead of weeks.  Selling ships to other companies.  Building restaurants, casinos, and other entertainment versions of the ships.  Finding unique opportunities for tourism like the Grand Canyon and the multitude of other places where slow viewing from above would be magnificent.  Lastly the holding company would have a airline to use for company services like nobody else would have to transport their people anywhere they needed or wanted to go on the planet for business or recreation.

Like I said yesterday, if you are going to dream – DREAM BIG!

Has this post spurred any creative ideas?

Of all these posts have you had any inklings of what you what to start, build, work at?

If you could do anything you want what would you do?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Start and Build a Holding Company

If you could do whatever you wanted to do. (Continued)

A Holding Company is a company or firm that owns other companies.  Holding companies allow the reduction of risk for the owners and can allow the ownership and control of a number of different companies.
The reason for the holding company is to place people whose dreams to own and run particular types of businesses into those positions and construct a network of companies to provide for the needs of company employees through out the entire organization.
Company One – the Manufacturing Company mentioned in yesterdays post.
Company Two – A car dealership that deals in new and used vehicles.
            To provide company cars for members of management throughout the entire organization.  Also to provide low cost purchase or lease options for all company employees.
Company Three – A partnership with a medium sized independent family practice doctors office.  To provide health care options directly with a medical facility outside of a insurance carrier or Health care insurance program.  This company will also do the drug testing for the employment agency listed as Company Six.

Company Four – A construction company.  To do construction work on company buildings, remodeling, or general repair work.
            To build homes for employees.
Company Five – A Mortgage company/Finance company.  To provide company assisted/employee mortgage options for employees to cheaply afford new homes built by the companies construction company.  Also to provide company assisted/employee lines of credit for things like swimming pools, recreational equipment, or school loans.
            This company will work with the car dealership to help provide finance options for buying or leasing the cars.
Company Six – A employment agency.  To find people and help match them to the jobs they may be best suited for within the multitude of positions available within the organizations companies.
Company Seven – A Travel Agency.  To provide low cost vacations for regular employees so everybody can go somewhere and a nice vacation at least once a year with their family.
            To assist with more elaborate and exotic vacation options for management members and specialists within the overall organization.
Company Eight – A automotive and tire shop.  To provide maintenance service for company vehicles, tire repairs, new tires, and road side assistance.
Together these companies and many more will seek to provide for the needs of the employees.  To work for a company that strives to put the needs of the employees first and foremost as if they were as important as the customers the companies serve.  I know this is totally opposite of the way that most companies are set up and run.
Imagine if you worked for a company that paid you really well but also provided a means to get into a house at a fraction of the cost that the normal process would allow.  They also provided a low cost means of getting into a new car or two for your family.  They would help with financial solutions to provide a line of credit to afford and have nice things now instead of dreaming about affording them someday in the future.  The company would make sure you and your family were able to afford and get away for a nice vacation somewhere each year to relax and recharge your system and creativity.
What would you do for a company like this?
Would you give them your very best in every way you could?
Share ideas to make the place better?
Come in early, stay late, work at home where possible?
If you knew the company cared about you and your families well being as much or more than it’s own bottom line – how would feel about the company?
Would you want to work for a place like this?
What other companies could benefit this organization?
If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do?
What ideas have you thought about concerning your dream job?
The company you would start?
The dream you have for your future?

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Manufacturing Company

If you could do whatever you wanted to do. (Continued)

I would build a manufacturing plant designed to build a variety of small products.  The manufacturing floor would be constructed with metal rubber coated boots located every foot like a grid across the entire floor of the facility.  This way when we build our manufacturing equipment or machines to create parts they can be lined up in different configurations, different locations, and readily moved as needed as the factory changes from one product run to a different product run.

 I would put the receiving department at one end connected to a warehouse with the factory in the middle, another warehouse at the other end with the shipping department capping it off at the far end.  All along the front of the factory running down the length of it would be the Administration Offices, employee locker rooms, cafeteria, day care facility, employee gymnasium, employee recreational area, class rooms, and meeting rooms.  Along the length of the back of the building would be the machine fabrication shops, prototype building, product testing, and the research & development portion of the company.
You will notice that the front part of the building would be designed to be extremely employee friendly.  I want a cafeteria so the people have a means of getting something eat before, during and after work if they need or want it.  I would provide free day care services where trained professions would not just watch the children but teach and instruct them as to whatever level the children happen to be at until they are able to go to regular school.  We could even arrange for buses or vans to transport the children to and from regular school to the company for before and after school until their parents get off work.  We could have a library and computer lab available for students and employees use.  Day care expenses are crippling many families which only makes staying a family that much harder.  With a cafeteria on site the children can have breakfast, lunch or dinner with their parent or parents while they are at work.
I would provide a gym at no cost, along with a varied recreational area for people on break or want to come in early or stay late to play in the company facilities.  The idea is to create an environment where people love their jobs and can’t wait to come to work.  I will expand on this greatly as other company ideas would come on line to take care of other needs and services of the employees – but in later posts in this series.

The company would endeavor to build its own manufacturing equipment from scratch wherever possible.  It would also invest in the latest equipment and techniques used for going from concept to actual prototype pieces in the shortest amount of time possible.  I would also invest in the equipment and personal required to make our own circuit boards, chips, and electrical components in house.  Much of this equipment and technology will require employees to be hired who have the specialized educations with which to properly utilize the equipment and technology to its maximum benefit.  I would require of all members of the company to offer classes to be held in the company class rooms to teach the skills that they have to the other employees who might be interested in learning the skills.
The idea would be that if you are currently in the janitorial services of the company, shipping or receiving, a factory line worker, or in food services working in the cafeteria washing dishes, and you want to learn and move up into a different position within the company, that you could take classes to learn the required skills and based upon the successful completion of the required technology you could move up within the company.  The classes could be anything.  It could be a line worker who dreams of becoming a chef and wants to work in the cafeteria.  It could be a person who uses a pallet jack or fork lift to load or unload trucks all day that dreams of learning to cut and shape metal, to weld and build machines for the company.  I would like for other people in the company to learn as much from others in the company as possible.
Why would I build a manufacturing company?

I would build it to manufacture my robotic lawn mowers, snow blowers, leaf munchers and vacuum cleaners.  The lawn mower, snow blower and leaf munchers would use the same power and drive base with just a different attachments for either mowing grass, mulching up and collecting leaves off the ground or for blowing snow to a different area on the ground.  The vacuum cleaners would be smaller and quieter for indoor use.

Among other ideas I have would be to design and build disposable fire alarms that would be about the size of a quarter and powered by a small watch battery designed to last for two years or more.  The plan would be to manufacture and sell four or five of them on a card wrapped with plastic near registers in major shopping centers for less than the cost of a single smoke detector.  Later you could add Radon, and Carbon Monoxide detectors to the product line up and eventually find a way to combine the three into one that are extremely cheap, very small and disposable.
I would like to be able to hold meetings with the fabricators, the prototype builders, insurance guys, marketing personnel and lawyers to roll out new product ideas and then each group takes what they need and works on it until the next product development meeting.  With each product that everything pans with we begin manufacturing as soon as a section of the production floor can be set-up with the required equipment and teams assembled to build, assemble and package the products.

America was once a world leader in manufacturing and enterprising young men could partner with banks and begin new industries.  Today banks don’t lend money to promising technology and enterprising young people, so much of the new technology is being developed in other countries where they still recognize the value of taking a risk to develop technology into new products and markets.  Labor Unions and government intervention into private industries is making it cost prohibitive to manufacture products in this country any more.  America must change its ways and move back to being the industrial giant of days gone by or we will be a user economy with no means of making an income except off of providing services, tourism and entertainment to people from other countries who will visit here on vacation.

If I could do anything I wanted, I would start my own manufacturing company and look for Americans who want a great place to work.  I would seek out enterprising Americans who have product ideas they need help to develop into new products to be manufactured here in the United States.  No Labor Unions would be allowed as they have too many ties to political entities and force the labor rates and benefits to make products to cost prohibitive to be productive in a Global economy.  American manufacturing must get competitive in the worlds global economy and that might mean people have to work for a lower rate of pay in order to have a job at all.  America needs to start limiting the scope, power and control the Federal government forces on employers to be compliant also causing our costs of business to go up.  It’s business and if they can’t make money here they will go where they can.  America needs to be business friendly, competitive, and return to the days where Made in America was a common sight and really meant something!

Hopefully with reading this it has spurred your creative juices and got you thinking of what you would love to do if you could do anything.  Please leave a comment if you have any ideas or thoughts to share concerning your dreams.

What would you love to do?

What product ideas do you have?

What ideas for the perfect fun and innovative place to work do you have for the company I have described?

Wouldn’t you love to be able to take free classes on a myriad of subject’s right where you work for FREE?

Could you use FREE Day Care?

How about extremely low cost food or FREE meals at work, prepared by real cooks in a professional kitchen?

Has this spurred any thoughts or ideas?  I would love to read about them.  Please contribute your comments and share as this whole series is intended to promote ideas geared towards exploring what your true passion in life might be.

When you are thinking about your ideas and passion – remember at this stage it is all make believe so think BIG!  No idea is too crazy, outlandish or wild!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What if I won the Lottery?

I have mentioned in several of my posts about finding your passion.  I talk to people all the time who don’t know what they would like to do – if they could do anything they want to.  The main question is what would you do naturally whether you were paid to do it or not?  It dawned on me of a way for people who don’t know what their passion may be to possibly find out.
Imagine if you won the lottery!
Not just the million dollar variety but one of the multiple millions type that would provide the means to do what ever you heart desired.  Outside of the dream house, exotic cars, and the multitude of materialistic things you could purchase with the money, what would you do?  I know many people would say they wouldn't ever work again and life would just begin to be a never ending party, an extended vacation that never ends.  If you thought about the fact that if money was no object what would you enjoy doing – working at, creating, building, then you may start to figure out what your passion might be.
To give you an example and to help those who may be willing to play along and maybe along the way they may stumble upon what their passion in life may really be.  Over the next several posts I will explore some ideas of things I would try and accomplish, that I would work at if money was no object and I could do what ever I wanted.  Disregarding education, or where you would have to live, if you could do anything you wanted, what would that be?
I have found my passion and it is writing action adventure novels.  Every decision I make, all my planning day in and day out is to get me from where I currently at to where I wish to be at some point in the future.  I would like a slightly bigger house, with a ground floor office with book cases, a grand desk, a tranquil yet classic timeless place in which to spend all my free time writing my books until I meet the inevitable end that we shall ultimately reach.  I want a swimming pool out side across the patio from my office so I can relax in the water or gently exercise in the water.  If I were to be an animal it would be an otter as I love to play in the water.
Before I found my passion I have had many ideas from building a manufacturing company, to building large airships, designing and building robots, building recreational motorized vehicles and even building an interactive simulation war game for teams of players to play in a virtual environment that could eventually be linked between floors of varied fighting craft to buildings full of players combating teams in other cities or countries who are manning similar simulators in other buildings.

So think about what would you do if you won the lottery?  What kind of company would you start?  What work would you do if you got to design your dream job?  Believe me when I say if you are not sure, by playing along and figuring this out, or at least getting some semblance of an idea of what you might really want to do, can be life changing.  It can open whole vistas of possibilities and opportunities you can not begin to imagine.  Think about IT !
Maybe leave a comment?  Ask a question?  My next post will be exploring one of my ideas and the company I would create and run.  Some posts will be about ideas I have thought about concerning programs and opportunities I would create inside these companies.  Basically my blue print for creating an empire and a new type of corporation if I could do what ever I wanted.  It is a liberating, and eye opening game to play if your not inclined to being greedy, selfish, over materialistic or lazy.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Taking Things for Granted

Those people reading this blog post on their computer or phone are more than likely in part of the more industrialized part of the world we inhabit.  Depending on how much you travel, where you travel to, and just how far you get off the beaten track depends on how much you will see and learn about other cultures, their standards of living, their customs, and their way of life.
We seem to forget that many people of the world may never fly in an airplane of any kind.  Most people of the world will never own a car much less learn to drive a car.  Compared with the population of the world most people will not complete the average equivalence of a high school education.  Most places don’t have libraries, internet cafes, e-readers, or other means of reading or self-study available for their people to use at their will.
We take for granted that food is readily available and affordable for most people in the more industrialized areas.  It still amazes me the large sections of the world without regular electrical service, water purification, much less indoor water facilities.  We take for granted being able to walk to the refrigerator or sink and get a glass of cold clean drinking water.
Most homes don’t have clocks in various rooms of their homes.  They don’t have microwave ovens, washing machines, clothes dryers, or dish washers.  They don’t own lawn mowers, weed eaters, or leaf blowers.  They don’t own motorcycles, jet skis, or have recreational vehicles.
So ever since my trip to the village in the Yucatan Peninsula during my vacation I have been thinking about those people and others who live in lessor industrialized areas world when I do simple things of my daily life, such as switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer, or empty the dish washer, to even getting ice from the door of my refrigerator and then right beside it cold purified water to drink.
One thing I did notice is that the children had matching uniforms when they were walking to and from school.  I like that idea because no matter what back ground you come from or where you live, all the children look the same.  I don’t know if that would curb some of the bullying and abuse American children dish out to each other because not all kids have the same clothes, shoes or coats.  If school uniforms would prevent the abuse that ends up leading to children bringing guns to school it would be worth the extra cost.

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