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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00


leonardii at 2007-04-20 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
I adore Sun Tzu. His practices are timeless and can be applied to just about anything in life. Not just good ol' fashioned war.

As a businessman - his work has come in handy on many several occasions.
snapper521 at 2007-04-22 03:33 (UTC) (Link)

Now THAT I wouldn't know anything about.

I have absolutely no idea how the business world works. Perhaps I never will, but since I like to learn and very rarely do I allow myself to stop learning when I don't know about something... I assume somewhere along the line I will pick up some basic business understanding, whether it is through someone like yourself or Eric, or through actual business classes at college.
leonardii at 2007-04-23 19:06 (UTC) (Link)
The first thing you need to study young Padawan is strategy. This applies not only to war, but to the stock market, a business meeting, studying for a test in school or college, making new friends, and of course - just everyday life.

Military action is important to the nation--it is the ground of death and life, the path of survival and destruction, so it is imperative to examine it. -Sun Tzu

Gain the advantage - you live, lose the advantage and you die. This is the ground of life and death. The path is the way to adjust to the situation - find this and you survive, lose this and you perish.

I think I will post more about this on my own site. Let me just do a little cut and paste, and then you can read the rest on my own LJ blog. :)

Seriously though - read Sun Tzu The Art of War. Its teachings are invaluable in everything I just said. War, business, friendship, school, and life.
snapper521 at 2007-04-24 03:32 (UTC) (Link)

At least you know your sci-fi movies enough to give a decent quote...

Tomato has called me "young padawan" once.

It was the first day of school, and he was in a lecture... I texted him that I was so scared I was shaking like a leaf and he answered back "be strong young padawan" but never called me that again - mostly because I later realized he has never seen the movie it came from, so he had no idea what the quote was even refering to... just had heard Eric use it. :-P

I've had others suggest that I read "The art of war", but I don't have time right now with school and everything. :-) Remind me later.
leonardii at 2007-06-05 21:03 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, young Padawan, Time indeed is precious.

So it is said that if you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every singe battle.
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

So, this is a call to organize yourself and your time to at least "find yourself." In this way, you will win some and lose some (some days will be OK, others will be hectic and crazy). If you can have a strong enough will to not only find yourself, but know well your own surroundings and the people within it, i.e. - get yourself a day planner (and commit yourself to use it) and organize your schedule and learn how it is best used wisely to coordinate with others - and then you will posses the knowledge to make time appear whenever you need it, and never again will you speak the words "too busy" because you will have complete control over your life... and time management. In essence - no matter what comes up, you will win every battle, every struggle that comes your way. You will be prepared, organized, and fully in control of your day, instead of your days controlling you - placing you in peril (hectic and busy days that leave you tired, frustrated, and seemingly at your wit's end) because you do not know yourself or others.

This is one of the more important reasons for studying the "Art of War."
snapper521 at 2007-06-08 23:22 (UTC) (Link)

Proper time management

I rarely know what will happen in a day. So for me to get a day planner, would be dumb. My days are "flown by the seat of my pants" and though there are some days which come along that stress me out, the ones which are lived like I have described above, rarely put me into a "tizzy" of sorts.

I come from a family of 6 people, and when you have that many people (or more) in a group it's generally chaos. Honestly speaking, I believe I handle stress fairly well. Though of course there are those times...

You love to quote that person. :-P Lots and lots of quotes by him. :-P Almost like an oriental Soloman if you will. At least this quote actually made sense though. :-)
leonardii at 2007-06-09 00:52 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Proper time management

If it made sense, young Padawan, then we are truly making progress.

In matters of being prepared or unprepared - it is all a matter of perspective. Even chaos can be organized, thus your days of "flying by the seat of your pants" can be slowly but surely broken down into manageable steps. I surely cannot believe that there is not one single day in your life that must be planned. So, first - start with these days, and then work around them. As you begin to reign in the chaotic lifestyle, planning become not only easy - but also necessary.

Governing a large number as though governing a small number is a matter of division into groups. Battling a large number as though battling a small number is a matter of forms and calls.
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Everything is large and out of control because you have not divided one single thing into a smaller, manageable task.

Do this (record your days which must be planned), even if it begins with on only one item per week or even one month at a time. When you see on paper an outline of what is to come, you can judge more readily and not have to go into battle all helter-skelter, which in essence is undue haste, confusion, or disorder. An organizer is a map of your life.

If you cannot begin with managing even one small task - then work in reverse. Get your day planner, then write down what happened on each day. As you begin to see the events unfolding before you, you will begin to notice a patten. Noticing the pattern is the first step into starting to manage your confusion (chaos).

If you cannot work forward, then work backwards. Either will be useful, as you will begin to record your events. In this way - as you look at a monthly view, you might notice where something could have been done better, you will notice that some things are not as important as you thought they were, and therefore you can begin to prioritize tasks.

Get a day planner, and just record what happens day to day. After some time, you will see the chaos and you will see that it can be truly managed. But it can only be managed if you can see it. Not recording your daily events leaves your mind a blank slate. So, the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that -- all have no rhyme or reason... and no priority.

Try it. If it doesn't work, I'll leave you alone. If, on the other hand - you begin to see some progress into your time management. Then we shall continue the lessons.
snapper521 at 2007-06-09 01:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Proper time management

I had to have one for school. I found it more an annoyance then anything else. Because I had to carry that little thing around with me all the time... and was always checking it like somebody asks me "hey you wanna hang out?" :ooh... I dunno lemme check the planner: *person who asked gives me a look* "eh... never mind"

It just isn't a priority right now :-) After I truly do have something to work around, I'll think about it, but right now I don't need to plan anything out. I don't have a job, I am not going to school, basically, essentially -- I am being a bum for the time being.
leonardii at 2007-06-09 14:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Proper time management

Well no wonder. No school. No job.

You don't need to organize your life - you need to plan it. Make some goals, find out what you want to do when you grow up.

This is a fun process. Travel the world. If you are poor and broke, and you are an independent student - you can get plenty of Pell grants and (usually) state grants that give you more money that you could ever need for school... then you can pocket the rest as play money.

There are a zillion programs for studying abroad. That's what I would like to do. Go to a different country, learn some new culture - try some different cuisine.

But that's me - I'm a Sagittarius - an adventurous soul.

So - I was wrong, you don't need to plan anything... just go along with the flow - for now. Just know when to get off the moving train, or before you know it the years will have gone by so fast you will no longer be able to be so young and carefree and fly with the wind. It's gets much harder as the years keep stacking up.

But for now - go have some fun. But think about that education. If you don't want to be poor and broke for the rest of your life - YOU WILL get an education.

And remember, just because you get a degree in a particular subject - it doesn't mean you are bound to that one realm forever. When working in technology, we had guys who had degrees in history, teachers, religious degrees, everything.

My wife has a B.S. in Humanities and a Masters in English and German. She did teach school for a while, but decided she hated it. The reason she got the degree is because she knew that English was the language of the world - and if she could speak English well - then more opportunities would open up for her. Right now she is a bank teller. Not exactly high up on the food chain, especially for somebody with a Masters degree. But, she's worked in the Walmart cash office which first gave her enough experience to become a teller. Now she's working as a teller to get experience to move up to the next level and so on. Since she already has a degree - it won't be so hard for her to advance... she's got the education, she just needs experience.

You need both. So have fun in life - just don't forget to hop off the train every once in a while to take a look around and see where you're at.

And don't forget about that free college money. I'm sure you know all about the FAFSA, right? If not - I've got much to help you learn.

Enjoy your life. If it doesn't need to be planned, then don't worry about it. I just thought you were working/going to school and needed help getting your life in order. Sorry - my bad. I just misunderstood.
snapper521 at 2007-06-10 03:53 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Proper time management

It's all good. :-)

No I don't know anything about the pell grants or anything else really.

My parents have always covered everything.
leonardii at 2007-06-10 21:41 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Proper time management

Go to the nearest school - and talk with their financial aid personnel. They will explain everything - and you will be *shocked* at the amount of money you can make just by being "poor" student.

Most of the time, you can get so much money, you can live in your own apartment/dorm, and just spend you time going to school. The extra money is your pocket money that you spend on groceries, Starbucks, etc..

Just get yourself to a school and talk to the financial aid department. They will tell you all you need to know.
snapper521 at 2007-06-11 01:01 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Proper time management

Any school? Or just a college?
leonardii at 2007-06-13 19:29 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Proper time management

A high school will have some information about financial aid. However, a college or a university will have a Financial Aid Office which will give you a plethora of more information, and more detailed information.

But I could be wrong = if you've got a high school nearby, maybe now-a-days they have plenty of information regarding student financial aid.

But I must mention, though most aid programs are the same no matter what college you go to - some colleges offer more programs for aid - such as a Perkins Loan. Some colleges don't offer this type of loan, some do.

Just go check it out... or check out the website for free financial information:
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-07-13 23:51 (UTC) (Link)
very rarely do I allow myself to stop learning when I don't know about something...
snapper521 at 2007-07-14 21:08 (UTC) (Link)
Shut the fuck up.
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