In this three-minute video, Philosopher’s Notes author, Brian Johnson, explains why having self-confidence takes more than just having faith in your ability to succeed.
Surprisingly, and somewhat reassuringly, true confidence actually stems not only from your ability, but from your acceptance that the road to success will be tough. This is because when you have a realistic view about what you need to achieve, and how you’re going to get there, you’re more prepared for any obstacles that come your way.
Daniel Suelo lives in caves in the canyonlands of Utah. He survives by harvesting wild foods and eating roadkill. He has no job, no bank account and does not accept government welfare. In fact, Suelo has no money at all.
Mark Sundeen, author of The Man Who Quit Money, admits many people would regard Suelo’s alternative lifestyle as bizarre. But the 2008 financial crash has led many to question the value of money. He explains some of the lessons found in Suelo’s philosophy.
Burgess Hill was a progressive boarding school in Hertfordshire, England in the 1960s. In this one-of-a-kind British boarding school nothing was forbidden and students were “allowed to find out for themselves whether conventions are good or bad.” In other words, plenty of cigarette smoking, mod styles, R&B dancing, abstract painting, and motorbike races.
Beneath the America we think we know lies a nation hidden from view – a nomadic nation, living on the roads, the rails and in the wild open spaces. In its deserts, forests, mountain ranges and on the plains, a huge population of modern nomads pursues its version of the American dream – to live free from the world of careers, mortgages and the white picket fence.
Harry Lee McGinnis could easily pass for 60 – he is, in fact, pushing 81. His secret? Never keeping still; a wander lust that impelled the American to set off on foot around the world.
“You want to live longer, go out and see the world. When you retire, don’t sit in front of the TV set and gain 20 or 50 pounds and drink the beer and eat the sandwiches and can hardly get out of the chair. Go see the world!”
Author, therapist, and lecturer Burt Goldman shares his techniques for healing, developing creative abilities, and enhancing one’s well-being. The concept of multiple universes is now seriously considered in quantum physics, and suggests there are alternate versions of oneself living in these other realms.
Tying in to this, he developed a method called “quantum jumping” whereby people can contact their alternate selves to learn a new skill or glean insights. Goldman said he used this practice to become an accomplished photographer, artist, and musician through his contact with various selves who had already developed these skills.
“Positioned as the solution to eliminating identify theft, lost wallets and purses, and a host of other information breaches, the all-inclusive implantable RFID tracking chip is gaining momentum for widespread implementation. Recent news reports indicate that an RFID tracking chip capable of killing humans (that presumably do not comply with rogue government demands) has already been invented.”
This vintage stunt from a 1962 episode of Candid Camera makes for a good laugh. But it also captures something important about human psychology.
We laugh that these people are manipulated like puppets on invisible strings, but this scenario makes us aware of the number of situations in which we mindlessly follow the dictates of group norms and situational forces.