Month: October 2015
With Common Core taking over people are starting to wake up to the fact that our school system is messed up. In my opinion the education system has been messed up for a while though. When I graduated I had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I was 19 years old with barely any of the skills that I needed to become a successful adult. All I had was a bunch of information jammed into my head. This video puts our education system right in its place. After you watch this you cannot deny that the 13 years spent in school were a complete waste of our time.
“If an egg is broken by outside force, life ends. If broken by inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from inside.”
I always say, “The more you know, the more you figure out you don’t know.” Keep an open mind to new ideas and new opinions. In no way am I saying that I believe that this is how life and our Universe work but it’s a very good theory. So, keep this in mind next time you decide to hurt or be rude to someone else.
We were all golden until we were thrown into society. When we were told that black people act this way, white people act this way, Chinese people are good at math, black people can jump the highest, white people can’t jump, and blondes are dumb. The list can go on and on but you see where I’m going with this. Right around this time we all started turning into stone. We start losing our individuality. Rejection is the main reason people don’t follow their bliss so instead we do what everyone else does. We stay within our comfort levels barely ever stepping outside of those boundaries.
In life we need to overcome this fear. We must learn to love this fear. “Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself” -Joseph Campbell. Most of us are in this mass hypnosis. It’s trance of consumerism, it’s a trance of not standing out, it’s about collecting worthless things to look better than other people. We’re guided to this weird sense of what’s “real” and what you “should do”. The world that we all think is our reality is nothing more than an illusion to blind the masses. Why else would the world be so fucked up? It’s because we’re not using our brains to think properly. We’re just kind of wandering around like a bunch of sheep being lead by what we perceive as wolves.
You need to go out and find your own path. Even if your family and friends think it’s absolutely insane or impossible. They can only perceive reality as far as their minds will allow them. But this is your reality, you have the power to create whatever you want to create. If you had all the money and time in the world, how would you fully express yourself? Start heading toward that you. If you bargain away your life for the comforts of security, you will never find your true passion. Do those things that scare the living shit out of you until it becomes natural.
Sure, reading this now it all sounds so easy but we all know it’s really not when it comes time to face your fears. Usually we crumble and say I’ll just do it tomorrow or when I feel like it. This is a constant war always going on inside of your mind. Our whole purpose in life is to find our mission and become golden again!
Check out this video, it will help you relight that fire you are looking for!
I remember when it first hit me, when I was first introduced into what I was going to do at least for the next four to six years. I was excited, overwhelmed, and for the first time in three years that childhood sensation of believing I could do whatever I wanted to do came back!
After going through the motions throughout my whole High School career I could never seem to actually choose what I wanted to do. When the day came and I actually had to choose and apply for college I just picked something that I thought I would like the most, a High School teacher ironically. I hated High School and for my 4 years there I couldn’t wait to get the hell out! But I wasn’t going to make it into the NBA and my dreams were very small at this point. Three months off in the summer and eventually becoming the Head Coach for the basketball team were the only two reasons I went with this. Thank God I got into trouble and never made it to college because I never would have ran into what I truly wanted to do. I would be in debt up to my eyeballs doing something I was only partially passionate about. I think this happens way to often in the world we live in today and you can definitely see the pain in most college graduates eyes. We only get to live this life once right? Why not find your passion then just do that!
I’m passionate about helping people. That’s it. I say this a lot but I just want people to thrive. To actually feel euphoric and clear headed about where they are heading. Somehow along the lines it became acceptable to work 40 hours per week for 40 years of your life just to retire on the money that you couldn’t spend during your youth. Light weight acting like a machine in this thing we keep trying to spin around called our economy. I mean come on just hearing that the average age for retirement is going to be at 72 years if I were to go that route is a strait up scam. Why would you ever trade time for money? What’s more important honestly?
As I said before my passion is helping people. Giving people the opportunity to become their true selves because that’s when the magic happens. Everyone here on Earth has a purpose, I full heartedly believe in this. Surround yourself with the dreamers, the free thinkers, the people that are going to make you a better person. Success is 80% mental. So, if your going through a tough stretch in your life right now don’t be afraid to contact me. I may be able to introduce you to another way of life.
Last but not least check out the documentary, “Finding Joe”. I just finished watching it and it relit that fire in me! It will surely motivate you to break free of those chains you have holding you back!
If You Judge A Fish By Its Ability To Climb A Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Thinking It Were Stupid
I started this blog awhile ago thinking I was going to start this right up, gain a ton of followers, then never have to work again in my life because I would just be traveling around making money while I blog with other sources of income coming in from other online sources. Boy, oh, boy was I wrong! Lol. Nothing worthwhile is ever just handed to you unless you were born into a rich family or you won the lottery but to me there would be no point in life if you’ve always had everything handed to you on a silver platter. You would be missing out on so much that life has to teach you. This is just from my perspective of course. I’ve had many ups and down. From being one of the most popular kids in High School starting Varsity Basketball in a small town where we were pretty much idolized by everyone. To going in and out of jail for a period of time because abusing drugs was the only thing that made me forget all the pain I had building up inside me. I’m not going to go through my whole life story in one article nor do I need any sympathy. All that pain is a thing of the past and I’m finally to the point where I’m completely in control of my emotions. I am only telling my story in hopes to help a few other people find their happiness that they deserve. So here we go:
What I started to realize really fast was that a lot of the shit they was teaching us in High School had nothing to do with actual life. How was filling my brain with complete bullcrap like how Christopher Columbus discovered America, shared a meal with these Native people, so technically he didn’t discover it. Then a little while afterwards they ended up killing off an estimated 100 million Native Americans so they could get land, politics, power, and even a significant part for religious reasons as Christians went throughout the country killing anyone that didn’t convert to Christianity.
Ohhh, I went to a Catholic School grades 1-8 by the way so this really slapped me in the face. I could never figure out why Christians, who were supposed to be acting like Jesus, were killing people for complete nonsense. But it was all I knew and what was acceptable around my area. Saying you weren’t a Christian in any type of form was taboo and you were to have your head chopped off on the front lawn at the court house while everyone laughed, ate popcorn, and drank some beer. OK OK, I’m just JOKING! But in a sense it sure felt the same. So, I went with it not really understanding why. Was always told that I just needed to have faith in these murdering hypocrites who are so wealthy that they could put a serious dent in the whole world hunger issue if they actually tried. I was also told to stop asking so many questions because it was just the way it is. Really SUCKED so I just wore this whole jock I don’t give a f*ck mask!
By the time my Junior and Senior years rolled around I was so fed up with the High School scene you would barely ever see me there. I had all my classes set up to where I only had to go to a few everyday. Just had to make an appearance every once in awhile so I wouldn’t get caught. Once 6th period rolled around though I snuck right out the school’s doors and was gone for the day. Out messing around doing things I shouldn’t have been doing, of course. I really have no idea how I didn’t get caught sneaking in and out of school everyday or how I never managed to get into any serious trouble until after I graduated in general. I mean there was a few times the Dean of Students caught me on my act back in. It always ended up with me saying, “I don’t know what you are talking about.” To him yelling, “Kaufman, I’m not fucking stupid! I just watched you pull back into the parking lot.” It was to the point where if I was in school and you couldn’t find me it was probably because I was in the office for, “Something I had no idea what they were talking about” Lol. Towards the end of my stint in High School right when all of us started pulling our senior pranks. I decided to ride a bike through the halls with someone on the pegs screaming out stupid things, I just can’t remember what we was exactly shouting out now but I reassure you it was something really stupid. Well, that got me called down to the office immediately. Papa Sweet (The Dean of Students) said, and this is my summary of what he told me, “I’ve had it up to here with you Kaufman, we have 3 more days left and you graduate and I’ll never have to deal with your shit again! I swear if I see your ass back in here one more time I’m going to suspend you and if you miss one more day you’re over the limit. You’ll have to deal with me for one more year!” That kind of put things into perspective, 3 more days and I’m done with this shit. I can do this!
Well, to keep the story shorter, I broke into the school with some good friends the next night. (One of my buddies dad’s was the Athletic Director and another one’s dad was the Gym Teacher, keep that in mind if this starts sounding like a fantasy story I made up lol) We ended up wheeling our school’s wooden mascot all the way up to the roof so that when everyone pulled in the next day they would all see the Titan man towering above them with his lightening bolt in his hand!
Prank for the history books! Graduated with a 2.8 after my teacher literally threw some D’s on that Exam. She knew I was hopeless for ever giving a damn. Just like good ole Papa Sweet didn’t end up making me come back for another year for disobeying him, he actually got a good chuckle out of it lol.
So, what’s the moral of this whole story? It basically just describes me being a complete asshole with no respect for my authority figures? Correct! But deep within all this nonsense and rebellion it’s also saying that you can’t teach a fish to climb a tree. To me High School was jail and a huge waste of time. Only reason I stayed in it and tried to keep decent grades was so I could play basketball and keep my mom off my ass.
Everyone is different so they need to be taught differently. Don’t try to hammer geometry and algebra down my throat while I already know I’m never going to use it. Five years later I barely remember any of it. It’s not that I deliberately was trying to be an ass, it’s that I felt like I was being bombarded with loads of bullshit everyday just to waste each others time.
Teach people how to be creative, how to unlock their true potential, or how to even just be happy. Teach them how to be human, not just to be some pawn in a game that will help benefit this broken system we keep trying to make go around. I feel like we’re wasting all this potential and it’s just waiting to be unleashed! I’m not placing the blame of my actions in the past on anyone but myself. I was an asshole.. also really stubborn. Just suggesting that maybe if someone would have took the time to understand where I was coming from instead of trying to squeeze me into the mold. Things could have been different. I really just want to help that next youngster whose thinking outside of the box to see that not everything inside the box is true. Science is always being proven wrong and so are our ethics. We just gave women the right to vote and ended slavery not too long ago. Oh, and racism still exists in 2015 but that’s just the least of our problems. Sooo yea you see my point. I really wonder how many Einstein’s, Tesla’s, or Martin Luther King’s our broken system has let slip into the mold without unleashing that someone’s true potential. This is supposed to be a team effort not an individual battle that we’re supposed to overcome by ourselves. We’re all just too scared to make the change for better for some reason. Ask more questions! Wake Up, Be You, And Thrive! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @QK_Thrive and have a great day!