Patrick Henry Didn’t Respect Authority

Malcolm X mentioned Patrick Henry in the Ballot or the Bullet speech. So, that leads me here. Henry had a way with words. He showed initiative. He was aggressive. He sounds like a guy that James Mattis would like to have in his foxhole.

I have to admit. Henry doesn’t really inspire me. However, if you tried to sell him as someone you should listen to, his framework through which he saw the world was impressive.

Gen. James Mattis (Ret.) on Leadership Lessons

Trust, respect, and affection. The first two words are expected. The last one is surprising. The “we are brothers” mentality is well known. But hearing this certified bad ass talking about affection is surprising.

We shall overcome because this is no worse than anything that hasn’t been overcome in the past is another gem.

Initiative and aggressiveness and the ability to bond with the troops is what he looks for in a leader.

This guy is a walking talking modern philosopher.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is one of the people that Michael Gervais mentions as being someone that is dominant in the area of mental skills training. So it is time for us to take a closer look at her. And wouldn’t you know it? As soon as I do, it appears that taking too close a look muddies the waters.

Who could have predicted that anyone would have anything bad to say about her? Certainly not me. The only “criticism” I had for her was that she was too over the top in her selflessness.

So for the purposes of this blog, I’m going to turn a blind eye to the criticism and focus on her public image in her prime. She was more loved than just about anybody.

Respect for every living person is a big part of her personal philosophy. Displaying that respect through love is her calling card. Always putting someone else’s needs above your own is how she saw love. Love was not an emotion. It was an action.

I love what she the “what are emotions, and how do we deal with them” question. If love is an action, then it is easier to make the argument that you can control your emotions.

Control your feelings and start acting the way you know you should? Sounds like tough love.

Bill Walsh West Coast Philosophy

A football video about philosophical wars in the NFL? Yes, please, and thank you. These throwback clips are the best. This one gives us a valuable philosophical lesson that we can apply to our own lives.

Play to your strengths. Then form your philosophy. Next, defeat your enemies.

Find yourself with a serious injury? Don’t worry. This can lead you to try a new approach that could end with you in the Hall of Fame.

P. S. I love that the Giants play a big part in this video.

Juliana and Mark – Vision Board Philosophy

We all know I’m a words guy. Its all about the beauty of a well formed sentence that gets my blood flowing. I keep saying that a written philosophy is my holy grail. And then the Yoga power couple comes in and says they did a vision board instead of writing a statement.

That’s dumb! Or brilliant. Ok fine, it is brilliant.

I’ve rejected the idea of a vision board enough times that it isn’t a fresh idea in my head. But, its a new idea because this time its being presented by two people that are in the place that I want to be.

They have a youtube channel that kicks butt. They are in terrific shape. Every week they fly into an exotic vacation spot for their next shoot. They are more mature than me. And now to top it all off, they have vision boards that trump my philosophy.

It might be time for me to put together a vision board. It is time for you to make one, too.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe was doing a lot of interviews about his upcoming Second Act in his life. He laid out his approach to new tasks.

Black Mamba mentality comes out of everything he says.

This is a short clip of this interview. The long version is well worth it if you have time to watch or listen.

Jocko Willink

Do you know what he is going to say?

What is your emotional reaction to this video? Why did you have that emotion? Is it strange that you had an emotional reaction to this man describing how he seems to have a word that replaces his emotions that might be “negative”.

This calls for an double order of blog posts on the Stoics. Stay tuned.

Epicurus on Ethics

Skip to the 45 minute mark to get to the four truths (or claims) of Epicurian Ethics.

  1. The gods are nothing to fear.
  2. Death is nothing to fear.
  3. What’s good isn’t that hard to get.
  4. What’s bad isn’t that hard to endure.

This is an enlightened and egoistic hedonism. Or is it an early version of “find what feels good”?

Personal Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi

In his own words.

What was Ghandi prepared to do? He gives his answer. He was always prepared to return to jail. He was prepared to use civil disobedience to achieve his goal. He was an optimist.

He was soft spoken in this video. He demonstrated supreme confidence. He knew the importance of being authentic.

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