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What Does YOLO Mean To You?

yoloFor those of you close to my age, let me first tell you what YOLO means. It’s one of those cool acronyms that the youngsters use nowadays instead of speaking in sentences. It stands for “You only live once.”

So, let me ask you again, what does YOLO mean to you?

For many of those same youngsters it means to live life with complete irresponsibility. Have fun. Live for the now. Don’t concern yourself with the future. Be a pleasure seeker. Live with abandon. In other words YOLO is an excuse to behave like an idiot in the name of Carpe Diem.

Responsibility is the sign of our transition from childhood to adulthood. And that transition seems to be taking longer and starting later. I didn’t care much for the movie Fight Club, but one line that stood out to me was when Brad Pitt described men as “little boys trapped in thirty year old bodies.”

It seems like the age at which we are considered adults is getting older and older.

Before it sounds like I’m pointing fingers at Generation Y, let me just say that I don’t blame them. I blame the adults. I blame the culture that they were brought up in.

Parents coddle children, thinking that making their kids’ lives easier makes them better parents. If you grew up in the 1800’s you were probably expected to go out on your land with a musket and kill something for dinner by the time you were nine. In contrast, to demonstrate how helpless society thinks children are now, last month a woman was arrested for allowing her nine year old daughter to play at a park unattended. (I am not making this up).

ponyHere’s an example of the type of expectations that we used to have for young people when we were a brand new, barely civilized country.

This is an actual employment flier for the Pony Express. They wanted young men because the horses could travel further with boys than with adults, and some of the runs were over 300 miles. Expert riders willing to risk death because there were still many hostile Indian tribes that would kill unaccompanied, white minors to take their horses. Orphans preferred so that they wouldn’t be missed by a grieving mother.

Today, peanut butter is illegal in most cafeterias because of potential allergies.

Our expectations for our youth has dropped so incredibly low.

Some might argue that those were primitive times, when people lived in hardship and were expected to live by their physical prowess. We are a more sophisticated generation, much more educationally enlightened, using our brains rather than our bodies.

Really? I’m willing to bet that most graduates of a public university today could not pass the entrance exam for public high school in 1912. Back then, you had to qualify to get in to high school. Today you are arrested for truancy if you don’t go. Here are some sample questions from an eighth grade school examination for the Bullitt County Board of Education in Shepherdsville, Kentucky from 1912:

  • Arithmetic: How many steps 2 feet 4 inches each, will a man take in walking 2 1/4 miles?
  • Grammar: How many parts of speech are there? Define each.
  • Geography: Name and give the capitals of States touching the Ohio River.
  • Physiology: How does the liver compare in size with other glands in the human body? Where is it located? What does it secrete?
  • Civil Government: Define the following forms of government: Democracy, Limited Monarchy, Absolute Monarchy, Republic. Give examples of each.
  • History: Who first discovered the following places – Florida, Pacific Ocean, Mississippi River, St. Lawrence River

How did you do? You can try the rest of the test here if you like.

We learn less though we are required to spend more time in school. We attempt less though we have so much more opportunity. We achieve less though we start with so much more abundance. And some idiot yells YOLO as if shotgunning a beer were some kind of accomplishment.

So here is my message to the young (and old) people of today.

If you don’t feel that your government, your school or even your parents expect great things out of you, then expect greatness of yourself.

You only live once, so take responsibility for your life. You only live once, so recognize that your actions today influence the direction of your life tomorrow. You only live once, so be respectful to others and don’t utter hateful words that will damage relationships. You only live once, so treat your body like you plan to wear it for a long time. You only live once, so stop waiting for someone else to provide you with your life. You only live once, so always strive towards greatness. You only live once, so don’t give up on any worthwhile endeavor. You only live once, so live your life with purpose. You only live once, so live today how you want to be remembered when you are gone.

You only live once, so don’t do stupid things that will be caught on video and get you fired tomorrow.

So, what does YOLO mean to you?

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Random Acts of Kindness, Inc.

Ever hear of a corporation that has #Kindness as its corporate strategy? (Tweet this!)

Our mission is Random Acts of Kindness.alohaicon

Our product is Random Acts of Kindness.

Even our marketing plan relies on Random Acts of Kindness.

Introducing Aloha Pin, LLC.

I started posting some teaser trailer posts about this venture a few months ago. We wanted to launch this company as a non-profit initially, but as it turns out, it is much more expensive to start a non-profit than a corporation. So instead of a non-profit company like I had mentioned in previous blog posts, think of us as a “charity fund raising organization.”

Here’s our big idea. Also our simple idea: We sell these fashionable little lapel pins with our Aloha Pin logo and our website on the front. The pin is not for you to keep. The pin is for you to give away.

Whenever you perform a good deed, help out a stranger, perform a random act of kindness – you give them your Aloha Pin and tell them to check out the website.

AlohaPin.org

Every pin has a tracking number on the back of it. By typing in the pin code, you can see the stories and history that have followed your pin. You can leave your own story, of how the pin came into your hands and how you passed it on to someone new. You can continue to follow your pin and see how every random act of kindness leads to another and another.

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  • “Why the pins?”

The pin is a reminder. A reminder that someone did a kindness to you. It’s human psychology that if someone gives something to you, you want to give something back. It’s how the Moonies collected millions of dollars from people in airports by handing them a flower first which most people threw away then asking for donations. We’re using psychological jujitsu to make you into a better person.

  • “Why the numbers?”

The number is a chain. And you are a link. The number anchors your single random act of kindness into part of a much longer chain. If the person that gives you the pin is a stranger, you may never get the opportunity to repay their kindness. But by passing the Aloha on to someone else, you are keeping that act of kindness alive and allowing it to spread. It’s a ripple of kindness.

  • “Why the website?”

The website is a light. It shines a light on the ripple effect of Random Acts of Kindness. You never know how one act of kindness can affect not just the recipient, but also someone else that they come across. You never know how you may affect the life of someone that you’ll never meet.

  • “Did you get the idea for this from that movie?”

….. No.

I mean…. What movie?

  • “Think you’ll make tons of money off of this corporation?”

Only if we sell ten million pins, but probably not. I guess we’ll just have to settle for making the world a better place.

  • “So what can I do to help?”

Please share this post on every single social networking site you are a part of. Scroll down. See all those buttons? Post, tweet, shout out, email. In fact you should sign up for some new social networks just to tell people about Aloha Pin. You can even tell someone about it if you see them face to face if some of you still do that. If you are a computer programmer, you should create a new social networking site so that you can tell more people about us. Actually we could use your help with the website, we are still tweaking the whole pin tracking part which is kind of essential to the concept.

  • “But why the pins?”

Are you serious? I just answered that.

….

Any other questions? Please post in comments.


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Bachelor Food Innovations

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These particular sliders are made with teriyaki spam, but any flavor of spam will do

I don’t have a real post today because I’m finally (almost) ready to announce a new business launch in the next couple of days. Which means I can finally post the draft that I had planned to post two months ago in the next couple of days.

But I didn’t want to leave a void in your life if you were eagerly anticipating my Tuesday post.

So, here’s a worthwhile recipe for those of you with no culinary skill AT ALL:

Carb-Free Spam and Egg Sliders!!

I think we can safely add “inventor” to my resume.

As it turns out, those two hurricanes that were supposed to obliterate Hawaii barely touched my island. But in anticipation of several days without electricity I cooked up most of my frozen food and hard-boiled most of my eggs.

So I couldn’t cook up a traditional spam and egg breakfast.

Quite a conundrum, no? Fortunately years of playing Dungeons & Dragons taught me how to overcome these challenges, and TA-DAH! Carb-Free Spam and Egg Sliders….

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If I remember my Saturday morning cartoons correctly it says Super Genius on the back of his business card

Matt S. Law… Genius… Super-Genius…

I suppose I could go out of my way to apply some sort of life lesson to this fable of egg and spam.

Something like “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Except that quote is attributed to Emerson and what he really said was “Invention breeds invention” which is almost the exact opposite of that quote. It would apply if I were constantly working, developing new recipes, coming up with discovery after edible discovery. As opposed to just staring into a barren refrigerator and trying to come up with something to eat.

You know what. Let’s not over-think the moment. Just be sure to serve up some Carb-Free Spam and Egg Sliders at your next potluck, office party, or Easter dinner. And be sure to mention during a lull in conversation as an interesting fact, “Say, did you know these were invented by Matt S. Law, success principle author and genius? Some might say, super genius.”


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Ration Your Passion (or) a Tale of Two Rabbits

rabbitsA few weeks ago we had a guest pastor at our church talking about marriage relationships. One of the bullet points he taught for having a marriage that rocks (as opposed to a marriage that’s on the rocks) is to be a good steward of your passion.

Years ago, I heard from a successful multimillionaire that we have a limited amount of passion that we can apply to our worthwhile endeavors.

At the conference for independent business owners I recently attended I was reminded several times about the importance of focusing your passion.

See, the universe is telling me to blog on this topic.

Passion, excitement, enthusiasm can be a driving force for your goals, dreams and visions. But it is possible to squander your passion by trying to focus on too many things at once. And not necessarily stupid things like video games and television. You might be trying to do too many good things at once.

Confucius say: A man who chases two rabbits catches neither.

Some of us may think that we are human dynamos, that our excitement and passion will never fade. Sorry, but that isn’t the case. We grow weary. We even grow weary of things we love.

We need to be intentional about applying our passion and creative energy towards things that matter. (<–Click to tweet)

I’m looking back on the first two-thirds of 2014 and thinking that I haven’t got as much done as I’d like to have gotten done.

  • My buddies and I are still struggling to iron out some website difficulties for our business/non-profit launch.
  • I’ve finally finished a ghost-writing project that really should have been done as long ago as January.
  • I plotted out a joint writing project with a friend that we still haven’t started.
  • I’m behind on some financial goals.
  • I’m behind on some business growth indicators.
  • I’m behind on completing my third book (which will drive back the dates for 4 through 7 – yes I’m up to 7 books that I plan to write).
  • I even missed blogging a couple times in the past couple of weeks. (In my defense I had a great blog post all written up to announce our business launch, I just didn’t post it because I didn’t want to drive traffic to a site that isn’t working).
  • And of course I’m way behind on meeting my dream woman and getting married.
  • I’m even behind on battening down the hatches for a pair of hurricanes that are just 36 hours away.

What’s the point of me recounting all the reasons I’m behind the eight ball? My point is my energy has been directed in too many directions. It’s like trying to light eight fuses with a magnifying glass by rapidly zooming from one fuse to the next. Sometimes you need to stick with one thing, apply a consistent amount of work towards it and give it a chance to ignite.

We have a limited amount of creative energy that we are allotted each day. Some of our best hours we are forced to spend at work, but of our remaining time, we need to make sure that we are applying it to what is most important in our lives; our vision, our purpose. You may not have the freedom to give all the time to your dream that it deserves, but be sure to give it your best time. Give it all the passion that you can muster up and stay focused on it.

Remember the Native American saying, “If you chase two rabbits you will lose them both.”

Have you ever felt like you are pouring your best effort and energy into many different things – and somehow nothing is getting accomplished?

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Prioritize.

Pick a rabbit.

Kill it.

Just be careful you’re chasing the right rabbit.

 

What’s your rabbit for this week? This month? This year?