Turning Inspiration into dedication.

1% inspiration. 99% perspiration.

  • -Einstein

Let’s talk about energy, time, knowledge, and resources(money usually)

First you were excited about all the things you learned. You had all the energy in the world and nothing seemed like work. You were too young to even have a concept of work itself. Life was just a series of let me try this now. Now this. This way. Oh that’s new let me try that. You had the time, the energy, but had no concept of what knowledge you needed or what money was.

Then childhood was over and puberty started. And suddenly you knew everything, you found yourself surrounded on all sides by the incompetence of those in authority around you.

Parent’s just don’t understand

-Will Smith

Yet even though you knew everything you were still learning at a rapid pace. You would discard poor information for better information without a struggle, you had no concept of ego but figured this was the way to do things from now on. That was in keeping with your self concept of knowing everything. You had the energy. The knowledge basics. The time though that was kept from you by obligations like school and fun Resources either went to affluence or to enjoying your time.

It’s in this stage I was sold one of the biggest lies of my life. That “Real Life” began after high-school. Then I got that diploma, Turns out your still a child till your thirty. Then your not an adult until…. UNTIL… UNTIL. It just keeps going. Your either a child or an elder there is never an in-between.

If you take anything away from this. Take this “High School” is “Real Life”. If you wait for real life to start because you think it has a different rule set not only will you be disappointed but you’ll be behind the game. The only real differences are that your body may not be finished cooking til your older and that things can be different once you have money. But the personality you leave High school with will be your personality for just about ever. So take the mission of getting the personality you want.

Now- back to the Now

You have found that you have enough energy and time to go to work forty hours, sometimes sixty. And if your lucky in this late stage capitalist nightmare then perhaps your banking a decent amount of resources. But in all likely hood you are spending what little excess you have on inflating your happiness to put up with your work schedule. Congratulations, you don’t have the time or energy, and even if you have the resources you’ve lost the knowledge.

1% inspiration 99% perspiration

-Einstein

The knowledge you’ve lost is that you don’t know shit. Motivational life coaches and other carpet baggers will sell you the dream. One quick trick to fix your broken life. You pay the resources and get a high of inspiration but the high fades and so you chase another hit from a different dream seller.

The problem is your Ego. You’ve been successful for so long in the status quo that secretly you don’t want to change a thing. Because if you did, honestly, you would have. You’ve met the basic needs of Maslow’s hierarchy and while you strive to complete the second tier before you can reach the top. You’ve been holding yourself back.

If you can work sixty hours for a paycheck then why can’t you work for yourself six more?

What do I want to do?

Who am I?

Where do I want to be?

Ask the right questions and fucking accept the answers. I don’t want to write books but I have to. I don’t want to work in a warehouse but I need to. These are the things that make me … well myself. The more I stay true to how I am the more energy I seem to find. The less resources I need to spend on happiness. The more open I am to receiving knowledge that helps me without having it conflict with what I already have in practice.

In Maslow’s hierarchy Self-actualization is at the top. To be taken care of after all other concerns are addressed. But you’ll be spinning your wheels if you don’t answer that need first.

Ask the right questions and accept whatever the answers are

By doing that you will create the energy,

You master the time,

If you know how to use google the knowledge is at your beck and call.

You may not have the resources, but that means you need to ask smaller questions.

Not just because you are going to need to sweat doesn’t mean that it has to be something that isn’t inherently fun.

With Love,

HngyHngyHppo

Never accept Responsibility without Authority!

I learned this lesson ages ago. I was a lifeguard for a popular water park. I held a position of responsibility for the safety of guest, was a face that represented the park and helped shape the guests experience.

It was a great responsibility. During my two summers I “rescued” a small child and an elderly man whose panic had kept them under water and in danger. But the average day was entirely uneventful and that was a blessing.

However, their existed a class of guests referred to as “season passers”. Some parents rather than have their kids be bored for summer or send them away to camp purchased season passes for their kids who would come to the park once or twice a week, more if the children wanted to master the wave machine (a boogeyboard surf jet). Since the life guards and other staff saw these faces so often, we knew amongst ourselves who was trouble and who wasn’t.

But we only had the illusion of authority.

If the rules were broken, exiting a tube early, cutting in lines, raft stashing, or harassing/taunting life guards who can’t leave their station. Our only course of action would be to blow our whistles and hope that they stopped. But doing so raises awareness of the other guests who are busy enjoying their day at the park. If we wanted to eject someone from the park, the offense must have been bad but also and most importantly the offending party must be 100% compliant and freely agreed to standby the lifeguards station ’til our roving position could come to the station and escort the guests to leave. But if they ran… then they were gone forever. Stories were common they waited for ten minutes then just walked away and I couldn’t leave my station so UGH!.

This is responsibility without authority.

As a lifeguard we had the authority to execute the primary responsibility of guest safety. “No, I’m sorry your to short to ride this buddy.” “Excuse me I’m going to have to ask that you gentlemen leave before I have security escort you out.” or we could jump into the water and “rescue” a 4 foot tall child who doesn’t realize the water is 3 feet deep. We had that authority.

We also had the responsibility to enforce the rules. The rules ain’t there to ruin peoples fun, some of the rides can be dangerous if you are out of your tube and you could hurt yourself or others. Most injuries result from breaking the rules or running carelessly. Climbing and diving from a feature that was aesthetic and not for diving.

Which is why in my second year I taught the new generation, to recognize the season passers and to turn a blind eye to their antics. Because rules or broken in inches, every time a season passer gets away with breaking a rule because the life guard didn’t see it. They assume that if they had been called out it would have meant trouble.

BUT what was important to teach the lifeguards was that if a season passer was called out on a minor rule violation and they realized that “hey the lifeguard can’t leave. I’ll be out of the park and back tomorrow they won’t even remember what I did if they are here too.” leads to major rules violations because now they know for certain their is no penalty for breaking the rules. It’s better to let them think they are getting away with something rather than to expose the truth that they could get away with everything.

Because eventually the summer would end and if they were breaking the rules by inches then hopefully they won’t have caused harm to themselves or others. But if they broke the rules by miles, someone would get hurt.

I knew then that I could not in the future accept a responsibility without the authority to make sure it happens.

Ask yourself do you have the authority to enforce the responsibilities you’ve taken.

Are you responsible for hiring candidates? Do you have the authority to negotiate pay scales?

Are you responsible for meeting the overnight’s production schedule? Do you have the authority to hire staff and use company resources?

Are you responsible for leading a team of sailors through an extended maintenance period on the ship’s diesel engine? Is it within your authority to use command resources to incentivize complaince or dole out reprimands for non compliance? No, the answer is almost always no. The military does have the threat of Non-Judaical punishment but that is extremely rare. No, the military gets things done in a similar fashion to the free world, based on the illusion of authority not it’s actual existence.

It is America’s respect for the illusion of authority that is the root answer as to why drivers in America follow the rules of the road and stop at red lights. I hope we never lose that respect. But I hope you go into the future with the knowledge that if you accept a responsibility without the authority than your as effective as a goat being lead to the alter tasked with making the rain. Either you get lucky and it rains before your burnt or you don’t and are offered up as an appeasement sacrifice.

Much love,

HngyHngyHppo

Sonnet of oath, action, and guilt

What sense is duty?

Bound to action from another’s word:

By thoughts only freedom thinks so selfly,

My vessel beats and breaks to stir:

for I gave to you, my promise,

My arms act upon the world without thought,

To shatter enemies as frail now as sculpted ice.

My arms act, without doubt, head trapped or caught,

This motion’s end is not of my desire.

You called for my hand therefore,

Your soul should be not without consequence of trial.

Knowing this, why is it my own heart lifting sins commanded by corps.

Freely my oath was gave without pause or rapt.

Freely then trepidatiously now kept.

What SEN/se IS/ duTY

bounD/ to ACT/ion FRO/ anoTHER/’s WORD

thOUGHTS/ onLY/ freeDOM/ ThinKS/ selfLY

my VES/sel BEATS/ and BREAKS/ to STIR

gave TO/ you, MY/ promISE/

my ARMS/ ac-T/ upON/ the WORLD/ withOUT/ thOUGHT

to SHAT/ter WALL/s Ce/menTED/ of ICE

my ARMS/ ac-T/ ; he-AD/ traPPED/ or CAUGHT

this MO/tion’s END/ is NOT/ of MY/ deSIRE

You CAL/led FOR/ my HAND/ thereFORE

youR/ sOUL/ shOULD/ be NOT/ withOUT/ conSE/quaNCE/ of TRIAL

KnowING/ this, WHY/ is IT/ my OWN/ heART/ liFT/ing SINS/ comMAND/ed by CORPS

FreeLY/ my OATH/ was GAVE/ withOUT/ pauSE/ or RAPT

FreeLY/ then TREP/iDA/tiousLY/ ne-OW/ k-EPT

To shatter ENemIEs fORTtresses Once Strong as FRAGile as ice.

to SHAT/ter WALL/s Ce/menTED/ of ICE

Above is a sonnet I composed, The top is the final version the bottom is the work in progress.

As a mechanic not a poet. I can take any system apart and but it together anew.

Hope you enjoyed this,

With love,

HngyHngyHppo

Don’t forget to stroke my ego by sharing this with your boyfriend, leaving a like, and begin stalking me at a reasonable distance

Creating Milestones that take less than a mile…

There are many terrible things about being a writer. My gripe today is about milestones and deadlines. While all of these are self imposed and I can change them tomorrow if i felt the need. It is important to use them.

I don’t like it but it is none the less important.

I started writing ages ago and never finished anything. Then in 2017 I was left with only one choice if I wanted to continue to be an entrepreneur and work for myself. I had to write. I don’t want to write… It is not the most enjoyable thing I spend my time doing.

But it is the only thing that I have enough resources and skill at that it was worth pursuing. Also it solved a huge problem in my life.

The lack of decent male orientated novella length pulp fiction. If penguin publishing was still commissioning new or similar series to the Trailsmen then I would never have picked up the pen and instead refined perhaps my programing and game design skills.

But they didn’t and here we are.

My first book took over a year for only about 42K words… I know that I should have been able to finish it sooner but I didn’t know how to do. My second book took six months and my third and best book so far took only four. I should be able to get a book done every three months at a pace of 8k a week and so my next book will be ready by the start of September.

What does this have to do with milestones well I found that these milestones work for me. 600 words take a break. Finish scene take a long break. Keep track of my progress towards my deadline am I behind, ahead of schedule, or right on target.

In school I’ve always been a do it at the last minute type and the fear of failure has been a good focus. But with no publisher and audience breathing down my neck for the next Song of Ice and Fire, I have to manufacture my own fear.

The first thing I do is increase the demanded production to much higher than I can handle. It’s overwhelming but I’ll try to get 8k words done today and another 8k words tomorrow and another 8k after that. I took an extra day off of my part time job that pays my full time bills so that I could have the day to write. This helps keep that pressure on… I enjoy work and the bills it pays. I now have to prove that taking that day was worth forfeiting the steady days pay in exchange for higher production on my novella.

If I’m successful at reaching my word count goals than this book 4 will be draft a month and a half before I expect to publish it. Allowing my more time to edit and apply wordcraft polish before I send her off to the editor. While at the same time will remind me of the extreme work flow that I’m capable of and draw ever closer to my goal of having four more quality novellas done before June of next year.

And gee I wish these words counted but they don’t this distraction has cost me 30 minutes I should be writing,

With love

hngyhngyhppo

Fascism is virtue according to Aristotle

This title does not reflect the views and opinions of myself or any reasonable person.

FASCISM is bad

-HPPO

Now,

Political centrism has gotten a lot of bad press recently and its not going to get better anytime soon.

But political centrism is not the same as fascism

extreme centrism is fascism though.

Political centrism is the people stuck in the middle saying things like we should pay taxes to support roads, education, and cushion the blows of the free market/tragedy against members of our society when they fall on hard times.

Fascism is a large governing body that has extensive and unaccountable control over the nation state that it rules over. The fascists decide who gets a helping hand, where and who builds the roads, and who gets educated in what field. They do this according to their own world view without much input from those being governed.

The right of the political spectrum is not fascist. The further right you go the larger the individuals sphere of influence over the matters in governance. Your town would decide where to build the roads, if to build and maintain a school, and who qualifies for assistance from the taxes raised. You could literally walk into a town hall meeting and demand an increase to the minimum wage, if their are enough people in your community who agree with you and support your proposal. Boom new minimum wage.

The left is not fascist either. The further left you go the smaller an individuals sphere of influence but the larger the scale of policies once enacted. If it would cost your town of 100 to build a road costing $100,000 dollars that is $1,000 per resident but if your road was part of a larger network say 500,000,000 people. The cost per payer for that road is far less than the smallest unit of currency, or the entire thing is paid for by a tax levied on an excess of profits that exists somewhere as a result of the flaws in free market systems.

The far left can lead to fascism because the further left you go the more control you surrender to the whole of the governing body and therefore the more likely that a fascist style government can arise. Once a fascist government has taken control they never give that control back to the lower levels of government, free market forces, or individuals.

The far right can lead to fascism because once fewer restrictions are placed on legal organizations and greater autonomy is given to individuals, the more uncertainty you create. Uncertainty and the Unknown cause individuals, businesses, and groups to become afraid. Fear leads to individuals yielding their authority and autonomy for security. If you’re afraid you’ll starve to death if you don’t accept a job that pays you a slice of avocado toast once a day, you’d probably take that job. And they will continue to shrink the ratio of avocado toast to work preformed until your employer has reached the bare minimum to keep you productive, profitable, and alive. In an effort to create more certainty for themselves, those with the avocado toast will gather as much authority and influence as they can until they have become fascists.

What does this have to do with Aristotle and virtue?

Aristotle defines a virtue as in between two extremes in behavior.

The most common example given is in between cowardice and recklessness lies courage.

Therefore in between the left and the right is the virtue of centrism.

As explained before once a governing body has gone too far left or too far right it will self correct and that governing body will become fascist becoming neither left nor right on the political spectrum, but by strict definition a virtue.

Aristotle virtues must be practiced and are not innate.

It is a practiced virtue to eat only what you need.

To not over-consume or starve yourself.

But if you have no choice in the matter it is not a virtue.

If you never have the opportunity to over eat at a buffet or you are withheld food though famine, then your choice in the quantity consumed is not a virtue.

So if you have the opportunity to make a difference in politics but you do nothing, you are not virtuous

If you don’t have the opportunity to make a difference in politics, you are not virtuous.

If you have both the opportunity and you use it well that the virtue.

Basically stop alienating centrists because they are left or right from you on the spectrum.

How come in 2019 have we come to recognize gender as a spectrum but policy has become binary?

Go with love and grace,

hngyhngyhppo

The short information on Libra coin for speculators

Don’t

Libra will not make you rich as a speculator for two reasons.

First it will not be a marketed traded currencies like not a financial tool like stocks, bonds, and/or Crypto. Meaning that if Libra goes up in value you will be unable to trade it to a third party for more dollars or yen.

A typical transaction will look like this

You will purchase a set number of Libra for a set dollar amount 100 Libra for 10 USD.

Then you will purchase with that Libra goods and services using Facebook as a payment processor.

Send 50 Libra to Mikey D for his new digital album.

Facebook charges Mikey D 4 Libra for the privilege of doing business with Libra.

Now you have 50 Libra left in your account and you want to convert it back to cash or possibly Crypto (no word yet on whether Facebook will support transactions to Crypto).

You may be charged 4 Libra for the privilege.

Facebook business model with Libra is clear that they want to create a stable currency for countries outside the United States and monetize through either fees now or in the future after they have dominate market share. Facebook’s intention is to become a stable store of value for countries outside the federal reserve system. If you convert Pesos, Lira, and Won to Libra your likely to maintain a high store of value against your countries inflation. If 100 Pesos buys you 100 Pesos worth of goods today, but in six months 100 Pesos buys you 80 Pesos worth of goods, you’ve lost money to inflation. If you’ve converted to Libra then your inflation rate SHOULD be lower or zero, 100 Libra buys 100 Libra because unlike your national currency Libra is control by a single non government entity and they can instantly change the conversion rate of Pesos to Libra.

Again we do not know how hard it is going to be to take your money out from Libra and back to street currency. Facebook may want you to keep Libra on it’s platform so that you use it’s coin and help them expand their market share.

Once everyone is using Libra and it is convenient Facebook may charge convenience fees. Libra may operate like early Amazon or PayPal for a period of time and not have a single fee until they’ve reached dominate market share, on par or over what PayPal has. Then it will make since whether or not to start charging fees for using Libra to conduct business.

Second Libra is only valid through the Facebook wallet. Just as Monopoly money is only valid during a game of Monopoly. Facebook is playing the banker and taking government backed currencies in exchange for Monopoly money to play with. Meaning that it will only be valid as long as Facebook and users of it’s wallet continue to play the game. Once the game is over at Facebook’s discretion or due to market forces, they can without recourse close down all access to the Libra in your wallet. Just as when it’s time to put the game away the Monopoly money goes back into the box.

TL:DR

Libra is not a Crypto and will not make you a profit like trading Bitcoin.

With Love,

Hngyhngyhppo

It takes more than time…

Ten years ago I had grand dreams as to who and where I would be

A year ago I did not imagine I would be where I am now.

A year from now I cannot imagine where I will be.

To even attempt to do so is a waste of time.

Success takes more than time.

If all it took was time

Their would be

no

Wal-Mart

Greeters over fifty

That didn’t intentionally want

There careers. No no no if you need

More for your future then you have to do more

Do more than you ever thought was possible and learn

More than you ever dared to imagine. Learn more, Do more.

Wait no more…

..

This hourglass poem was crafted with love and care for you,

Hngynhngyhppo