If I was in the Think Tank at Instacart…

Sometime ago, while looking at part time jobs, I stumbled across a company called Instacart. It is a grocery delivery service, seemed like something I might be able to do, or do without being to miserable… which I think it would be better if they let employees become their own bosses a bit more… 

As it stands, you sign up for your hours and they give you orders to fill as they come in, which this is good and should still be an option… but I also like the idea of an option to build clientele and have your own regulars or set up your own schedule for that matter… this would be better for the company and the employee… and a lot of clients as well… 

Then the employees would be much more inclined to market the company and themselves to try and get regular customers… This could greatly expand the company and allow employees to become their own bosses in many ways. I also have to imagine that many clients would also like to have a regular person that buys and delivers their groceries, even better someone they know or a family friend… Eventually they might want them to just drop them off in the fridge if they trusted them enough… 

I just personally think this would improve the company in many ways… could cut down on a lot of employee dissatisfaction as well… I think this also makes the system a bit fairer as well…  

It’s always good in my opinion to allow people to be their own bosses as much as possible within the limits of the job… this seems like a good company that could really benefit from it… 

Just an idea anyways… 

Book Club (Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely): Chapter 13…

Thoughts in order while reading the chapter… 

People’s monitors are probably still on when they take an office pen… they are taking them on an on needed basis for work related purposes, they are able to justify it… to take a full box wouldn’t be as needed… 

  • Could be what a lot of people are thinking anyways… not that I don’t get the point he is making. 
  • Not that there aren’t people taking pens for unrelated work reasons as well… 

It’s kind of funny to think about a student deciding to go all in on cheating and give himself a 100… then just completely defend it… Just saying, “Aced it”… 

  • Funny in a spoof kind of way 
  • Not funny in a sociopath kind of way… 
  • To say that a spoof of this study could be humorous… 
  • I am happy that honesty is important to the majority of people! Especially when it becomes a part of them… 

Sad to hear about the state of affairs in professionalism. Definitely speaks to a larger cultural problem… a nation gone to hell, or at least on its way… 

  • In regard to lawyers… my personal opinion on defense lawyers, if you know your client is guilty and you are helping them get away with it, in the eyes of God you are an accessory to the crime, a getaway driver… 
  • Many lawyers tend to think the worse the crime they can get a person off for, especially if they are obviously guilty, the better for business… very sad and disheartening… 

A good portion of the problem in my opinion is desperation, greed, and taking God out of the World… Also, just a lot of bad advice in general… we have certainly lost a sense of community as well… a cultural collapse indeed… 

  • I could go on… sure there are probably an infinite amount of reasons we have started our decent into chaos… broken families, abuse, bad role models, etc… 
  • In my head, I think the world is doing much better now and working together more than any other point in history… starting to feel like one team working towards common goals… A big family I should say, A “Giant Eternal Family”…  (would make a nice blog post title!) 

Not much from me this week… was more just reading along and taking it all in… 

My Miracle on the Golf Course… or was it spidey-sense?

I think I experienced a miracle while playing golf one day… I joke sometimes that it was my spider-sense… 

Anyways, at a local golf course near me, there is a pretty short par 4. Usually, if people are standing on the green and a golfer wants to go for it, they will wait until the golfers finish up. But of course, some people are too impatient and decide to tee off and go for it anyways while people are still on the green… they decide it is worth is to take the risk and put their fellow golfers in harm’s way… idiots… understanding my situation now, perhaps someone was paid to take a shot at the green to make me mad or something, considering I was probably right in the heart of the initiation… 

Well, my friend and I are on the green putting, standing right near the flag… all of a sudden, just something internally pulls my head to the left… I don’t know how to describe it, before I even felt I needed to duck/pull to the left my body was already pulling me that way, I decided to just go with it and didn’t fight this internal intuitive movement… I ducked left with no warning… didn’t hear the guy tee off, didn’t hear him yell fore or anything… I just ducked left… which as I did, a ball goes flying by right where my head just was, would have been a direct hit to the back of my head… a full out drive to the back of the head would not have been good… could have maybe even killed me… 

I turn around to look at the guy and he is like already getting out his phone or something… I almost felt like he was calling someone else to tell them what he just witnessed or something… this was a very confusing time for me back then, when I first really started to think I was in the middle of some big conspiracy and was trying to figure everything out… it was very crazy time for sure… I did not know what to make of the events that just unfolded… I am not even sure my friend realized exactly what happened to me, just that a ball had almost hit us… I’m not sure he realized I just experienced some miracle/spidey-sense in order to dodge a direct hit to the back of the head… 

We just kinda played on without getting into any discussion or anything… it almost wasn’t even out of the ordinary for me in a way… I have always been naturally deeply religious, so when something religousy happened to me, it always just came off as something more normal or understandable, not something that I really needed to discuss with anybody else… it also seemed like a rather small occurrence compared to everything else happening to me at the time… plus, who would even listen, and judging by what I was going through, who would even act like they cared, or it was a big deal? 

My story might have ended that day…  

It is definitely crazy, I will swear on anything that that is the truth though… Sometimes I wonder if the guy yelled fore and I didn’t hear him, but part of my mind heard him and decided to move, but that wasn’t my normal reaction when I heard someone yell fore, also my friend didn’t move like he heard someone yell… I wondered if perhaps my brain heard the ball cutting through the air or something and knew I had to move… something… whatever it was, it wasn’t something I was consciously aware of, it wasn’t a conscious decision… my brain or something just pulled my head to the left and made me get out of the way just in time… crazy… 

That is my miracle on the golf course story though… still not sure exactly what happened, but I know it was out of my control for the most part… 

The more you Yell, the more you will have to Yell…

My thoughts can sometimes go against contemporary views of psychology…  

I for one am for internalizing problems… Or I could say, eventually internalizing problems, as some stressors become too overwhelming to internalize for some time… 

I am for allowing the subconscious brain to learn mental paths, that allow it to deal with problems in the fastest way possible, to also allow it to learn to deal with problems without needing outside influences… to allow your subconscious brain to find a healthy way to deal with a stressor and achieve homeostasis… 

Your brain wants to achieve homeostasis… it doesn’t want to be stressed out… when a new stressor comes into your life, your brain will start working tirelessly to find the right mental paths to make the stress go away as fast as possible, which it can take a great deal of trial and error… 

The thing is though, if you allow your brain to figure out how deal with a stressor… it can then use those same mental paths when you deal with that stressor or a similar stressor again… which eventually something that had previously stressed you out, won’t stress you out the next time, because your brain figured out the best way to deal with it… it is why your first heartbreak is usually the hardest, and following ones are dealt with much faster and easier… it isn’t as much that you are growing numb, rather your brain is figuring out how to deal with that stressor rather efficiently, it knows just the right mental paths to use, eventually it can all happen rather subconsciously… 

That is why I tend to be against venting for the most part, especially unhealthy venting… venting is a shortcut… If I start yelling when I am stressed out, to relieve the stress, that is how my brain is learning to deal with the problem… it isn’t learning how to properly deal with it… it is learning that if you yell, you can get a quick release from the pain… You are teaching it an unhealthy way to deal with stress… which the more you yell, the more you will have to yell… eventually your brain will try to use yelling for every single problem, every little thing… you will start yelling and venting about everything… trust me, I know… 

Which your brain will start trying to make you yell as well, because that is what you taught it… so when a little problem comes up, your brain will start making it worse and worse in your head and bringing up every other thing that makes you mad in order to make you mad enough to yell and get it all out of your system… It just turns into a terrible existence of constantly being mad over every little thing and yelling about everything… it literally hurts being that angry all the time… you don’t want to kill yourself because your depressed, you want to kill yourself because the anger and yelling/venting hurts… 

Yelling is a shortcut… drinking is a shortcut… drugs are a shortcut… they are all bad ways of teaching your brain how to deal with problems… your brain starts to think they are the only way to deal with problems and will do everything in its power for you to use the shortcut… it will use every trick in the book… will remind you of all the good times you had drinking if it needs to, whatever it needs to do in order for you to use your shortcut… 

The thing is, sometimes some things happen in our life that are too overwhelming… too many stressors we have never dealt with all come at us at once…. we pretty much need to vent at that point in time… that is a good time to learn good venting habits like breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness, writing, journaling, working out, talking to a therapist, etc… there are healthier shortcuts and ways to vent… the thing is though, these are also things that your brain can get addicted to as shortcuts… that is why I say eventually the goal is to internalize everything and teach your brain healthy mental paths to deal with problems in the future… As the things become less stressful you can further internalize them and have your subconscious learn how to deal with them on their own… Not that meditation, mindfulness, working out aren’t good things to practice regularly as well, they also become a proactive solution as well… But you don’t want to feel like you need to be in the gym all hours of the day to get some stress out, you know what I mean… 

It is important to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel… also important to realized it can be a long path if your brain has managed to get really screwed up… there are no magic pills that take the pain away overnight… you are in for a fight… starts off with just a little relief here and there, but those times start to happen more often and last longer… its two steps forward one step back, you will slip up sometimes on your journey, but they become less and less and start to feel out of character… eventually its 3 steps forward, 1 step back… then 4… then 5… they key is to never give up…  

I will probably have a separate blog post about the long road of recovery, can take years and a lot of will power… 

It hurts when you start to internalize anger… I know from experience… It is a long-term gain, short term pain type situation… Many people will probably worry they are going to have a heart attack or something, that has always been a source of fear when internalizing things… there might be some truth in it, but it is probably worse on your heart in the long term if you continue the horrible cycle of anger and venting/yelling/alcohol/drugs… check with your medical professionals of course, as I am not a doctor… I just know that eventually if you want to have a healthy brain you are going to have to learn to internalize things and let your brain figure out ways to deal with things on its own… not with venting shortcuts… 

Just some short thoughts on the topic… the more you yell, the more you will have to yell… Rings very true in my own life story… 

Book Club (Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely): Chapter 12…

Thoughts in order while reading along with the chapter… 

 

It’s funny that Ariely’s interest peaked enough to check out that degree offer…lol… couldn’t help himself. 

People must have been fuming about that cable ad… Business and Capitalism can be a sad state of affairs sometimes… Not always greed driven, but desperation driven as well… 

  • Greed normally catches all of the flak, but desperate companies being pushed out of the market can do some crazy things as well… this gets my mind wondering about how to lesson that affect, a society/economic not so driven by desperation in many ways would be a good start!  
  • Desperation can definitely be a root of evil as well… a big one… can even make some good people do some bad things… 

That “the tragedy at the commons” section was very powerful and important… It is a shame that it is as complicated as it is… Probably something we will have to deal with in some shape or form our entire existence in this universe… Seems hopeless in some ways at sometimes… perhaps there is some hope though and we can figure out a functional way to make things good enough, if not better. 

It’s a sad truth that there always seems to be someone willing to take advantage of trust that we gained from others… Always seems to be at least one that “sees all the angles” and takes advantage… 

  • I’m reminded of a movie I never watched, but saw a preview for… the invention of lying… seems a good example for this chapter 
  • Every generation should try and instill a certain level of skepticism in their children… less evil take advantage of them and gain power… 

Kudos to Timberland… Hopefully that continues to become the norm. 

  • I also think with educated, informed, and caring consumers there is a financial element to it all as well… it will become and overwhelming expectation to behave responsibly and morally someday… hopefully anyways! 

It is like he is making a strong point as well, that breaking trust too much can certainly cause some irreparable damage and maybe put you out of business. 

He uses the cable company a lot… there is also limited competition, which often means we often have no choice but to continue or comeback 

  • They have a higher advantage of being able to act bad more often and get away with it… 
  • We don’t necessarily want more cables running everywhere though… consumer union! 

Another important chapter… trust is so important, yet also very fragile… 

Been wondering if we should make a change to High School Gym Classes…

I have been wondering if gym class in high school could use some changing… This is coming from a guy that won a gym class award and loved gym… But a lot of kids, if not the majority, don’t share my affinity for gym class… 

I think up until like 7th or 9th grade or somewhere in there it should still be the same for the most part, still of course evolving as more and more research is done… but, I think at some point it may be a better idea to try and instill good daily habits into students, hopefully even turn exercise into a life-time habit… 

I tend to think we should treat gym class when students get older like we treat the standard fitness gym in our hometown… make it more a time to lift weights, run, walk, bike, cardio, cross-fit, etc… let the student decide, but they have to do something… Get kids more accustom to the idea of being members of a gym. Learn to make it feel a bit like home in a way and somewhere they feel comfortable being… hopefully making it into a future lifestyle choice when they move on from high school. 

Part of the class might be teaching some nutrition, proper techniques, making routines, the benefits of working out on stress, etc… Teachers may be a bit more akin to personal trainers in a way, which I think is ok… 

Learn to not feel embarrassed at the gym… 

Which, I think when we get older in school, that is part of the reason many don’t like standard gym class programs… think it’s a bit embarrassing… some may even use a word like degrading… don’t want to be embarrassed in front of other students… don’t like a lot of the different activities… feel they are too old… many different reasons… which many just come to not enjoy gym class very much at all, more just something a person has to put up with, or suffer through, in order to graduate… 

It is a good chance for student athletes to get their lifting in as well… one less thing they need to do after school that eats into schoolwork 

I personally think it is the way to go… I could be wrong of course… perhaps it is something that could be tried at a certain number of schools first and see how it goes and how students react? 

Could also give high school more of that college feeling in some ways… a feeling that I think is good for learning. 

Something to think about anyways! 

Rap University…

This idea came to me while listening to a Talib Kweli album… 

While I think all music can be further analyzed and deeply studied, I feel like rap is in its own unique category in many ways… I feel like in order to listen to rap and completely enjoy it, it needs to be analyzed… Most rap at first listen in accord to my own personal tastes, is not super pleasing to my ears… There are outliers, that I just genuinely enjoy at face value though… there are also versions of rap that are meant to just be catchy or danced to which are pleasing… I feel like the real true to life raps are more akin to poetry though… I have noticed if I take the time to learn the lyrics to rap songs, I do tend to enjoy them more… 

One of the things with rap, is that it packs a lot into a song… they are also generally at a faster pace and one song can often be packed with enough words to write an essay… they are too fast to just listen to and take everything in… if I can even manage to hear all of the words the first listen, to actually understand them at that pace and give them deep thought is very hard I read at a certain pace when I read a book for a reason… I may often even re-read sentences or sections multiple times to further understand… for me, when I listen to rap the first time, I just drown out the words for the most part, besides like the main chorus… 

With rap, you basically have to find the lyrics and take the time to read them and learn them… analyze them in a way you would analyze literature or some speech… trying to get into the head of the musician and trying to understand the message they are trying to deliver… it’s really a distinct form of poetry in many ways… I am sure people would probably buy rap/poetry books just filled with the lyrics and no music and be completely content… but then to add music and tone of voice introduces a whole other element to the rap that draws us more into what is being said… 

I personally think to get the real sound of a rap; it needs to be analyzed… It will make it sound much better after analyzing the lyrics, especially if you can gain an emotional or empathetic attachment to the rapper… Also, if you memorize the lyrics and can actually hear them and feel them while you are listening along, it can make the experience more enjoyable… 

I think it could be an enjoyable hobby for a lot of people… that is where I got to thinking about Rap University… I personally like the added motivation to reading and studying things… I like getting assignments, writing prompts, discussions, and having a set schedule to keep me from the continued procrastination… It would be pretty cool to have a place where you could take classes on rap and you could study and discuss them with other people. Perhaps the classes could be designed by anyone and then people could take them for a nice low price… could of course have some way of verifying people’s credentials if they want to claim to be some sort of expert or something… could be cool though… maybe even a section of Rap University would be helping people learn how to rap… 

Poetry has never been so popular in my opinion… this unique style is really popular in a special way and only seems to be on the upward trend as the fear of cultural appropriation is lessening… I think as the restraints get loosened and it becomes cool or acceptable to rap about all aspects of life, this will get very big probably… People have tried to put borders on something that shouldn’t have borders, it shouldn’t be limited to a small area of the human condition… everyone should feel free to express themselves this way if they so wish… getting there, I’ll even admit it has been an awkward expansion in many ways… Just didn’t seem right seeing a lot of people trying to rap, almost unnatural… Perhaps in a way, it was like everyone felt that the people that created it should get their time to own it a while before it branched out… 

Which I checked, and the website is available… RapUniversity.com… it has potential for sure!