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Karmic Freedom

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Each turn of the karmic wheel,

brings smiles and tears of pain,

One moment we’re up, the next we’re down

Oh, how the Immortals must laugh at this game!

 

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When I prayed for more money,

God may have been silent

patiently waiting on me

to realized money wasn’t everything.

 

When I prayed for less stress,

God may have been silent

knowing that the best things in life

often take pressure to bring them out

 

When I prayed for more praise,

God may have been silent,

preparing all of the praise

that I would ever need in Heaven.

 

When I prayed for less problems,

God may been silent,

carefully grooming me

for life in the Great Beyond.

 

When I prayed to give thanks,

for the life that I had been given,

this time I heard a whisper

”Well done!”

 

I Decided

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I decided

 

that I am not who I thought I was

nor am I all that I could be

What was lying under the surface

of a person so scared and weak

was a battle-ready warrior

just waiting for the right moment

to be free.

 

 

I decided.

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Becoming Generation Flux: Why Traditional Career Planning is Dead: How to be Agile, Adapt to Ambiguity, and Develop Resilience
Becoming Generation Flux: Why Traditional Career Planning is Dead: How to be Agile, Adapt to Ambiguity, and Develop Resilience by Miles Anthony Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Generation Flux” is a “What Color is Your Parachute?” adapted for the constantly unpredictable (and let’s face it) pessimistic job market that is out there for job seekers. In particular, this book is geared for Millenials who are struggling to adapt to the job market after the “good old days” where you can find one job and life was pretty much set. Miles Anthony Smith does a great job of showing the reality of the job market: declining jobs overall declining wages, outsourcing, reduced funding for colleges, increasing doubt about colleges, and the need to adapt to changing times. This was the first book that really just laid it out there and said what needed to be said! Smith delves in many areas (freelancing, marriage, entrepreneurship) that are not traditionally covered in a “job search” book. The style and tone is also different as well. The author uses direct, first-person language rather than speaking from a third-person as a career “expert” who hasn’t experienced the same issues they are talking about.

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Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the greatest classics on meditation that I have ever read. Written in simple and insightful language, this book offers a way of looking at mindfulness as not just something that you do on the mat (or chair or floor), but something you do everyday. It’s not written in the format of “10 Tips to Meditate Better”. It’s written in the style of Henry David Thoreau’s [b:Walden|16902|Walden|Henry David Thoreau|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388613773s/16902.jpg|2361393] inviting you to be more mindful and offering different ways for you to try it in your own life.

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Failure: The Secret to Success by Robby Slaughter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book offered a rather unique way of looking at failure as necessary to failure. A lot of us look at failure as part of the journey to success, but not as a requirement. Robby Slaughter argues, with various examples, that failure is a requirement for success. In particular, failing at something is a part of the journey we face toward gaining mastery at anything. In summary, the path to success includes a 1,000 failed steps.

I offered to review this book because I was going through personal failure in my own life and needed a new perspective. This book offered that perspective as well as several examples that I can now reflect on. I was particularly intrigued by the concept of “countercompetence”(learning how to do right by failure) and “productivity paradox”. These two concepts formed the boundaries of my freelance career today.

Slaughter offered some unconventional advice to understanding failure as well. I have read books on failure, but they only scratched the surface. Their message was “You failed! Now dust your shoulders on and get moving!”. “Failure-Secret to Success” offered something a little different. The message was: “You failed. Let’s explore that failure to help us what to do next in a better way.” The book, then provides strategies (some I knew, some I haven’t thought of) to do that.

After reading this, I felt a tad less angry about the failures I have had in life.

There was only one issue with the book. It didn’t really have an overall framework or methodology for using the inspiration and strategies in the book. As a reader, I knew various approaches to analyzing failure, but I was still confused as to which approach would work for me. Part of the issue is the nature of failure itself, we don’t always know how we are going to fail. I would have appreciated a checklist or guide, however as a way of processing the information into usable, everyday actions. Chapter 5 is a good start, but it could be developed a little further.

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Back to the job applications. O, how I have missed thee…..

 

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The purpose of this post is to establish the experiment I call the “1,000 Jobs & Counting” Experiment (The Atlanta Version). Here’s what I plan to do: Over the next 30 days, I plan on getting as close to 1,000 applications as possible.

 

Weird? I know. Impossible? Probably. But I wanted to do something a little different this time around. I want to make it an experiment (albeit a poorer version of the experiments Tim Ferris might do). I could spend months and months applying to jobs and have done that in the past.  I wanted to try something different.

So, over the next 30 days (I might extend it to 60 or 90), I will be applying to over 1,000 jobs and following the journey where it takes me. I’ll be posting infrequently about my ups and downs (plus any leads or any helpful insights) along the way.

I just want to see what kind of response in this crazy job environment now as a college dropout-turned freelancer.

 

 

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