Thursday, January 24, 2013

10 Goals And New Community

Getting passion/core values and your vision is something I don't have a lot of experience with myself (because I had it sorted "presystem.") Something I DO have experience with (and lots of it) is goal writing. Daily goal writing.

The Goal of Goal Writing

I'll be honest with you. If you have a clear big or small vision, that can almost be goal enough if you have the drive and motivation to accomplish it. For a long time I told myself and people that I was going to go to China and learn Chinese. I never wrote it down as a "goal." It's what I was going to DO. I didn't know how, I didn't need to know how, it's all I thought about so any time I thought of something that might take me closer to that goal, I tried it. Anytime I saw or heard something that would (in my mind) bring me a little closer. I acted on it.

I didn't end up in China, but I did end up living in Taiwan for 5 years and learning Chinese. It wasn't done with the most style and grace but... it was done. :)

The goal of that story is to point out the goal of goal writing. It's to gain unwavering clarity in what you want to do so it stays on your mind and you get things done to take you closer to the result you want. That's it.

Don't Let Your Goals Fool You!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Start With The End In Mind (Vision)

Hopefully the last post helped you get your passions in order. Now we're going to use those to craft your "vision."

I have three exercises for crafting your dream life. They are:
  1. God / Richard Dawkins walks into your room.
  2. You win the lottery.
  3. Describe your perfect day.
Two and three are pretty self explanatory. One involves God (or Richard Dawkins if you prefer) walking into your room and telling that whatever you decided to do in life you wouldn't fail (Richard has hard science to prove this fact ;) ). The questions is, what would you do?

That's always been my favorite one as it gets me thinking about immediate things along with long term things, it also gets you to focus on things you would experience more than material things you might purchase if you won the lottery (although I recently read a spin on the lottery one that said you couldn't use the winnings to start a business, what business would you do, ie you don't have to worry about bills, etc.).

One thing that's nice about the lottery one is you may find out you want to live somewhere else and you'll be honest with yourself about the material things you want to buy. Describing the perfect day is a good one as well, but a lot of people may initially say to themselves "sitting around all day doing nothing!" That might initially be true, but that wouldn't last forever, try to see beyond that (that's just a reaction to being overly stressed with life).

The Important Thing About The Exercise

Thursday, January 10, 2013

God and Richard Dawkins Walk into a Bar...

What I had in mind is a series of video with various exercises for creating your vision for the future. After giving that some thought, I realized that one needs to find ones passions first. After giving THAT some thought, I realized that both things are something you should be constantly working on and evolving and they definitely don’t get 100% figured out with one exercise.

I also learned something about myself after taking the test found on (if you want to take the test without giving them your email address, this link should work). I want to be am a teacher. There are 3 things I want to teach.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

"Seeing" The Matrix

 In an email I got from DrinksandGames:
But also, another video request! I think it would be great to hear you talk more about why the world/our culture is the "actual crazy" lol, and what you think the source of the vapid consumerism/money and "stuff obsession" is. 
I wanna keep learning from you about "the matrix" haha.. I feel it strongly, but you seem so much better at putting it into words and stuff.
Scene From The Matrix

Morpheus: I imagine that right now you're feeling a bit like Alice. Tumbling down the rabbit hole?

Neo: You could say that.

Morpheus: I can see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he's expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?

Neo: No.

Morpheus: Why not?

Neo: 'Cause

Sunday, December 16, 2012

How Can I Help?

I wasn't sure what to title this post/video. when I googled "How can I help?" this book by Ram Dass came up.

Seemed like a good sign to me so I just rolled with it.

It's that simple. Help can I help?

I don't have much money, but I have a lot of time, know a lot of people and have read a lot of stuff. If you think I might be able to help you out with something, try me. I'll do my best.

If you have questions about the Pwning Life system, ask me. I can post the bits that have been proven successful for myself and others.

I'm here. Leave a comment, or contact me however you like.



Note: Here's the page with my personal pwning life stuff. I'll start using the tag pwning life on that blog when I blog about personal experiences, books and videos so you can check that out from time to time if you like.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


A few things. So (as you may know if you read the last post), I'm reading this book called "Tribal Leadership." I'm not done with it yet, but what's clear to me so far is that I want to focus on making this the Pwning Life community and not a story about what I'm going through and think (I'm going to move that to my personal blog).

Core Values

I titled this post Ubuntu because I think it should be a "core value" of pwning life. What does Ubuntu mean? You're probably better off checking out Wikipedia (there are multiple definitions there), but I'll give you my interpretation with a story.

Before I moved to Taiwan (in 2002) I was trying to figure out everything I should know about moving there. While searching around I found a discussion forum called Forumosa (here's a link to my profile, but you have to register to see it). I had messed with IRC and newsgroups for a while, but mostly as a lurker. This was the first time I got active somewhere and asked questions. I was ASTONISHED at the help and feedback I got.

I eventually got stumped by the Taiwanese Embassy in Chicago and went to Forumosa to ask how to get around the problem. Someone posted "It fucking doesn't! Go back and ask to speak to a manager," this was in response to the Visa officer telling me I needed a document certified. I went back, did what he told me and BOOM the next day I had my papers in order and was set to go!

I ended up spending a LOT of time on that forum, met a lot of cool people, started a "game club" (that's still going on even though I haven't been there for 5 years), got jobs, found apartments, macked bitches (not really lol.. I was married), etc. etc.

You got help and you helped others. Ubuntu.

Thank Dome For This Post

I already had Ubuntu on my mind then on Facebook today Dome posted this:

Boom! Don't know if that's a true story or not but I was like "Now I HAVE to write something." You can check Dome out at his blog.

What Core Values Do You Think Fit The Community?

Tribal Leadership listed two ways of coming up with values. One was through story telling (like I did above), the other was through asking someone a series of questions (which would be hard to do at this early stage). If you have a core value to share, throw it in the comments or even write your own blog post about it and throw the link in the comments. Would love to hear what you think!

This Is Just Funny To Me

I'm actually planning on using the Ubuntu OS when I setup a desktop computer. My laptop will be a Chromebook and the desktop will be Ubuntu (for editing videos).

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Intro to Tribal Leadership

I originally read this book a few years ago, I'm rereading it in preparations of building this community. I've already learned a lot of things I will be applying in the next few weeks. If you want to check the book out for yourself, there's a free audio edition on the Zappos website. Otherwise you should probably be able to pick it up at a local bookstore, library or (that's what I did, snatched the Kindle version).

Here are a couple TEDTalks the author did:

Pwning Life: A Level 5 Tribe That Creates Level 5 Tribes

The general idea I have for the Pwning Life community is to create a large body of people working in the level 3-5 range that then break off into more specialized tribes. For example, the tribe I'd like to create (well... have created in a sense, the MilTownKlan) will be a vehicle to spread Daoism, Taichi and Pwning (among other things). Everyone couldn't or shouldn't want to be a part of that tribe. There is such a wide variety of things people could form tribes around (music, art, entrepreneurship, etc.)

Here are his 5 tribal stages:
  1. Despairing Hostility - "Life sucks"
  2. Apathetic Victim - "My life suck"
  3. Lone Warrior - "I'm great (and you're not)"
  4. Tribal Pride - "We're great (and they're not)"
  5. Innocent Wonderment - "Life is great"