Saturday, July 22, 2017

Wealth Isn't Always About Money (Having A Wealth Of Knowledge).

I think it is fairly safe to say that most people likely think of money and finance when they hear the term "wealth" being referred to. If you are with the majority that have adopted this way of thinking, it is likely due to no fault of your own. In the society that we live in, we are often conditioned to believe that being financially successful is the only form of wealth. While it is true that money is probably the most popular form of wealth, it is far from the only method of wealth that can be acquired. Wealth can be classified and defined as being many things. As with the majority of things in life, it all depends on the person and how they see things. There is however a form of wealth that many of us tend to underestimate, and this is a form of wealth that I didn't see myself. Also, I would argue that when it comes to being overlooked, it is the most important form of wealth that we can obtain. What am I talking about you may wonder? I'm talking about knowledge and the acquirement of knowledge. Yes ladies and gentlemen, knowledge can also be a form of wealth, however, it is also a form of wealth that so many of us take for granted. The goal that I have for this week's topic is to hopefully show that wealth isn't always about having money. Wealth can be defined as being many things, but having a wealth of knowledge is a form of wealth that we should not take for granted.

Hey, what's going on ladies and gentlemen? It is me Brad H. back on here once again, and I'd like to welcome you all to another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! As always, I hope everyone has been doing pretty good as of late. Of course if that hasn't been happening in your life as of late, keep on trying to hold your head up, and continue to have belief that things can and will change for you soon. So I'm back for another week to give my perspective on a topic that I've been thinking about in recent days. Before diving into this week's topic at hand, I'd like to use this portion to get on my soapbox for a minute and give my opinion on a current event that recently happened. As I'm sure most of you already know, former NFL running back O.J. Simpson was granted parole from prison this week. Whatever you may think about Simpson himself, we cannot deny the fact that there is something that captivates the world about him. I think most of it mainly stems from the fact that his murder trial from the early 90's is the most infamous trials of a public figure in American history. Not going to get into what I thought of the trial, but I want to give my opinion on him being paroled. I've seen a lot of mixed reactions online, so I guess I'll chime in myself. Now I personally didn't see what I would consider to be a remorseful person when he spoke to the parole board that was considering his case. However, something that stood out to me was when one of the board members confused Simpson for being 90 years old. She quickly apologized, to which there was some laughter in the building. But it was Simpson, who is actually 70 years old reaction that really caught my ear. Simpson jokingly replied that he feels like he's 90. Now I imagine a man in his condition, along with the mental stress that he has put himself through does feel much older than his actual age. So I guess what I'm saying here is that regardless of what people think of Simpson, I think it was okay that he was granted parole. The truth is that the guy may not have many more years left, and if the justice system feels that he has served enough time to be granted parole, then so be it. At his age and his condition of health, there's probably not much the guy can do anyway. Well I think I've rambled enough, so lets go ahead and talk about this week's topic of acquiring a wealth of knowledge.

As always before going more in depth on the topic for the week, I want to give the regular disclaimer and say that everyone will have varying viewpoints when it comes to topics. My objective here is isn't to focus on what may be considered right or wrong, but rather to hopefully encourage the people that read to think about a topic from a different approach than they normal. Of course I don't expect everyone to share in my views, but the goal of hoping to inspire others and myself through that process remains the same. As for insight on how I came to wanting to talk about this particular topic for the week, I have to attest it to a video by Dr. Boyce Watkins that I listened to on Youtube recently. The video itself pretty much dealt with finance, but it's something that he said during the video that really resonated with me, which lead to me writing about the topic at hand. He mentioned how we as people don't always have to leave or give money to others in order to help them. Sometimes the knowledge and wisdom that we are able to pass onto others is even more important than the money itself. I personally thought him saying this was pretty inspirational, so I figured it would be a pretty good topic for me to try and expand upon. Hopefully you all can relate a bit to what I'm going to talk about. Remember that I'm far from an expert, so keep in mind that anything that I talk about applies to myself. I'm a firm believer that we have to be willing to follow the advice we give to others.

So we've established that most of us equate money to having wealth. Yes it is indeed true that the most popular form of wealth primarily deals with money, but I'm not here to talk about money because I'll admit that I'm one of those people that isn't really as good as I should be at managing it. However, what I do know is that regardless of how much financial wealth a person has, they likely won't be able to make it sustainable if they're not knowledgeable when it comes to finance. I'm sure most of you have heard the saying "a fool and his money will eventually part ways." If not those exact words, I'm sure you've heard some sort of variation of it. But it is true that someone that spends constantly without being equipped with the knowledge to make their money work for them. This same concept applies to everyone in life from my perspective. We all are going to make mistakes right? That is just a fact and a part of life. However, we all know and are aware that when we are knowledgeable about whatever aspect of life that we have to make decisions in, we are able to limit the chances of making mistakes. I see life as a game of both wins and losses. We all know that we won't always win in the things that we want, which means that we're going to have occasional losses. We also know that losing doesn't last forever, which means that we have to work towards limiting the losses and hopefully increasing the wins. In my opinion, it is much easier to win when you have the knowledge and tools you need to do so.

So how do we acquire wealth through knowledge? Well from my perspective, there are two ways to primarily do so. The first is the easiest way, as well as the way that puts more of it on you. This way involves us going to acquire the knowledge on our own. A person that does this likely reads books, watches videos, and seeks out people that are experts in whatever they're looking to become more knowledgeable at. The second method deals more with what Dr. Boyce was talking about, which deals with being lucky enough to have people that we know to pass down knowledge to us. Now because this method involves having to depend on others, it isn't the most recommended, which is exactly why I wanted to talk about this topic. Now both methods can be interchangeable, meaning that depending on where you are in life, either or both can apply to you at various times. My mission for this week is to show that you don't always have to have money to help out others. You see, since we live in a society that equates money with wealth, most of our society believes that having money is the only way to help others. This is something that we've all heard before, and it is something that I've talked about on here in the past. The bottom line is that regardless of who you are or what you have, you can always drop trinkets of wisdom to others either help them move forward towards something, or keep them from making the same mistakes you did. This is why it is important to have a wealth of knowledge in my opinion.

Regardless of who you are or your relationship with others, you can always have some kind of wisdom to pass onto others. I also want to make it clear that I also feel that no matter how wise you are, you are never so wise that you can't listen to others as well. Wealth can come in all kinds of forms, but there is no price tag in my opinion that can be put on being knowledgeable. The goal for this week is to hopefully let others know that having wealth doesn't always have to be about money. If you are a person that is skilled or well versed in an area of your life, don't hesitate to pass on your knowledge to others. If you're a person that may not be all that capable when it comes to dealing with finance, seek out others that can give you the knowledge and tools to help you become better. In my opinion, the best thing about knowledge is that it is infinite. There is always something new out there can be learned, so remember that wealth is important, but having a wealth of knowledge can mentally take us to an even higher state of mind. The quote that I found and will leave you all with this week that I feel applies to this week's topic comes from innovator and author Peter Schwartz. The quote goes; "Knowledge is the only kind of wealth that multiplies when you give it away." Be mindful of that my friends.

Well my peeps, we have arrived at the end of another post. Before I leave for this week, I'd really like to thank everyone for stopping by for another installment of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! I really, really appreciate all of you, especially those people that let me know on Twitter that they've read some of my material and found it helpful. I'm truly grateful to you all. Like always, I hope there was some meaning and understanding that could be gained from this topic. I hope everyone has a good weekend, and hopefully an even better week ahead. Also, Happy Birthday goes to my little cousin Xzavier(Zay), and to my great uncle Grover. Alright, I'm out everyone, so stay strong and keep on fighting the good fight everyone. Till we meet again, I wish you all the best. Peace and love!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Importance Of Practicing Good Habits (Relying On Good Habits During Struggles).

A common theme of discussion here on this blog site deals with the various struggles that we all are either facing now, or will be facing in the future. Some may see this as a bad or negative thing, however, the main reason that I talk about the struggles we face so much is because I not only know that many of us are dealing with them, but I want to help in finding ways to deal with them. With that said, there are many of us that implore poor habits on a regular basis. I'm not going to get into what is classified as a bad habit or habits. It really varies from person to person, and what I may consider to be a bad habit may not be looked at similarly by someone else. The point however is that we all have some kind of habit or habits that don't do much to really help or elevate our lives. Something else that I've come to notice about myself, and this may be something that some of you can relate to as well. What I've seen is that bad habits often become amplified whenever we're facing situations and struggles. It seems that whenever those rough times and situations occurs in our lives, we turn to our bad habits to help us cope with them. The problem with this is that the bad habits turn into a crutch, which makes an already difficult situation(s) worse. Before we know it, we're in a downward spiral of negativity where our bad habits are controlling us. Since we know that our bad habits make our situations even more harder, we have to learn how to flip it around and develop good habits to rely on during hard times.

Hey, hey once again! What is going on people? It is me Brad H. back once again, and I'd like to welcome everyone to another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! Hope everyone has been doing pretty good since the last topic that was created on here. If that hasn't been the case for some of you as of late, keep on trying to hold your head up. I already know how difficult it can be to do this when it feels like one bad thing is happening after the next. I know because as I mentioned in a previous post maybe a couple of months back, I've been having my share of struggles throughout this year. If it hasn't been something going on with me, it has been with family members and people that I care for. We already know that regardless of how well things may be going in our individual lives, we can never feel truly fulfilled inside if the people we love are having problems. At least that is the case for me. I won't go into details or anything like that, but some of the things that have happened so far this year sometimes feel as if they're never going to end. I just want to say to anyone out there that have been facing struggles as of late to keep on keeping on. I know it is easier said than done, but we have to keep on living and pushing forward. Nothing will never change if we just choose to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. Nothing positive is going to happen if we keep on asking why our lives have to be so hard, etc. Again, I know how hard it is due to me having to deal with some of the issues in my life. All we can really do is weather these storms the best way that we can. That's pretty much all I have to say for this week that doesn't deal with the topic at hand. Now that I think about it, it is actually kinda interesting that I brought all of that up considering what this weeks' topic is about. So without further ado, lets go ahead and talk about the importance of practicing good habits.

As with the usual disclaimer that I give on every topic that I discuss, I want to state that everyone has their own personal views on topics, as well as different ways of thinking and expressing opinions. My objective here is not to focus on what is considered to be right or wrong, but rather to hopefully inspire and encourage others to see the topic at hand in a manner that they may not have before. If anyone feels otherwise or disagrees with my views, that is perfectly fine and okay. Any feedback and opinions are welcome here, and I encourage anyone that reads this to give their thoughts. As for how this topic came to be, it really comes down to what I was speaking on earlier in regards to some of the struggles that I've been facing in 2017. It is indeed a fact that whenever things may not be going all the best for us, we often tend to harp on all the negative that is happening, rather than focusing on the good things that may be happening. The good may be far and few in between, but regardless of how things are going, there is likely always a little bit of good that we can point to in our lives. The culmination of all these things lead me to wanting to write about this topic. I hope that others out there that come across this can relate to what I'm saying. We're not trying to solve our problems with this weeks' topic, but we are hoping that we can see some inspiration and light that can help us to cope with those struggles.

Now when it comes to habits, we all have them in some way right? It all varies from person to person, but I think from a general perspective that we all normally have a mix of both good and bad habits. For some people the good outweighs the bad, and it's vice versa for others. Now with that said, I don't think that most of us can deny that most of us allow our bad habits to overtake us whenever we're dealing with stress in our lives. I can definitely attest that this applies to me personally, and it is something that I'm working towards becoming better at managing. So why do we allow our bad habits to get the best of us when times are tough? From my perspective, I, like many others see our habits as an escape from what we're dealing with. Instead of facing the problem or problems, we'd rather just ignore them and hope they vanish away. Think about a person that loves playing video games. Lets say that playing video games is one of this persons hobbies right? Nothing wrong with that at all. However, lets say this person is facing a difficult time in their life, and instead of facing their issues, they decide to rely on playing videos all day to cope with their problems. As I stated, there is nothing wrong with playing video games, but you see how quick something that we may do as a recreational activity can become a bad habit? We all hear the saying that moderation is the key, but most of us don't even begin to think about doing anything in moderation when we're stressed out. All we know is that we want it to go away.

So what are some good habits that we can have? Again, it varies from person to person, but when I think of good habits, I think of things and activities that have the potential to enhance our lives. For example, working out whenever you feel stressed is an example of practicing a good habit. If you're spiritual or religious, meditation and prayer is an example of a good habit. These are just a few examples, but it all depends on what works for you. Regardless of whatever you define as being a good habit however is what you must learn to lean on whenever you are facing struggles. Why is it importance to practice good habits during times of stress? First off, I want to say that it is good to practice good habits all the time regardless of what is happening in our lives. However, I see the reasoning for doing it even more so whenever we're dealing with issues comes from the fact that goodness helps give us hope to get through our struggles. From my perspective, I think that many of us feel alone and hopeless most of the times when we're dealing with things. We may find ourselves feeling as if no one truly understands where we're coming from, or even worse feeling as if no one cares. I believe that when you practice habits that are good for you, it gives you the confidence to be able to face whatever you're dealing with. Think of someone that runs marathons; whenever that person is facing struggles, they can always say to themselves that if they're able to conquer something as hard as doing a marathon, then they can surely get through times of struggle. Again, I believe that practicing good habits gives us confidence, which is necessary to lean on when you're facing obstacles.

I want to stress that just because I'm saying that good habits are important to lean on in times of crisis, I also realize that there are some things in life that we can never truly prepare for. I don't want to convey a message that practicing good habits is the remedy for everything that may be wrong in our lives. What I am saying however is that we have to learn to not allow those bad habits in our lives to be a constant crutch for dealing with our problems. I want to show that there is always another way to be able to deal with our issues. We've all heard the horror stories of celebrities and people in general that lost their lives to things such as drugs, self harm, etc. When the dust settled, we often found out that these people were facing depression and things of that nature. So yes, practicing good habits is very important, and they can honestly probably be the difference between having a balance life, or a chaotic life. The motivational quote that I'm going to leave you all with for this week comes from motivational speaker Brian Tracy. I think this quote goes along with this week's topic pretty well. The quote goes; "Good habits are hard to develop but easy to live with; bad habits are easy to develop but hard to live with. The habits you have and the habits that have you will determine almost everything achieve or fail to achieve."

Well we've come to the end once again folks. This week's post came out a little later due to a few circumstances, but as we always hear people say, better late than never. I want to give a gigantic thanks to everyone that stopped by for another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! Like always, I hope there was some meaning and understanding that could be gained from this and the rest of the topics that are created here. If that happens to not apply to you, I still appreciate you for coming through. I hope everyone has a good weekend, and hopefully an even better week ahead. Also, remember that whatever you're dealing with in your life is temporary. Sometimes we just have to learn to ride the waves until they calm. Keep on fighting my friends, and stay strong. Alright, I'm gone everyone, so I'll see you all in the next one. Till then, I wish you all peace and happiness. See you all soon!

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