Three Reasons Life Is Worth Taking The Risk

Risk. It’s something that a stock broker like me didn’t really love hearing about.

Well, we have a bittersweet relationship.

Risk meant that I would lose some to get some. Sometimes, I would just lose. But it’s better to know what you’re losing rather than being blindsided by things beyond your control.

In life, we don’t want to risk. It’s difficult to endanger yourself. But often, the excitement of life is found in taking these huge risks.

Paves The Way For Change

If anything, risk introduces a new possibility in your life.

Imagine a balanced number of balls on a pillar. These balls are perfectly aligned in weight, width and size so as nothing would fall and everything stays in place.

Now you introduce an uncalculated object on this pillar and everything topples. But the uncalculated object may or may not remain.

Countless new possibilities can be created on the pillar instead.

It’s a way of trying something new.

Re-Energize

Treat the entire body as a muscle.

Now that you’ve got the idea, risk introduces something you couldn’t calculate and you would need to improvise.

This helps you become a better adapter rather than a planner.

Planners may not fail, but adapters absolutely know how to get themselves out of situations.

In a way, this re-energises your innermost soul and understanding of solution-finding.

Potential

As you grown in skill taking more and resolving risks to your advantage, you grow your own potential and become a better person.

You learn more about yourself, your capabilities and your mind. Quickly, you open up new possibilities achievable in the near future.

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Why the People Who Created Sci-Fi Movies Were Visionaries In Their Own Right

Technology with direction does not only provide convenience that could dull the physical and mental capabilities of humanity. Innovations and simplification allow us to focus on many other things. Today, with the evolution of the Internet of All Things (IoT), the smartphone can become our futuristic “Swiss Knife”.

In the sci-fi movies from the 70s and of recent, we’ve seen people using holo-computers to control different appliances in their home. Smartphones aren’t far from achieving the same type of technology in the future.

In short, those who conceptualized these movies and saw the interaction of people with their environment are visionaries who saw the future. Or maybe not.

The world is already developing different types of drones. Mostly military-grade during the entry of the 21st century, commercial drones are becoming useful in creating low-budget efforts that turn out as spectacular as highly-funded ones in terms of movie production and personal-use projects. Now, these drones are evolving to change their appearance depending on any type of weather.

In the movie Terminator, drones and robots took over the world because of an AI becoming rogue. The future is not far from having the same type of outcome. But with the right restrictions and focused development, we can see a better tomorrow for our world.

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The Worst That Could Happen If They Implement the Snooper’s Charter

The Investigatory Powers Bill is set to help the government regulate private numbers to find terrorists in the country before they can act. However, Apple and other technology companies fear that the IPB can be abused as it introduces artificial backdoors that would compromise the privacy of billions of law-abiding citizens.

Truth be told, Apple is right about this. Its messaging app uses an algorithm that only translates encryptions between the sender and the receiver, leaving even Apple out of the loop of the message.

Apple said:

“The creation of backdoors and intercept capabilities would weaken the protections built into Apple products and endanger all our customers. A key left under the doormat would not just be there for the good guys. The bad guys would find it too.”

Everyone’s Backdoor

Giving security services the authority to hack into international computers will allow communications firms to provide hacking aids. This is a breach of contract between the communication firm and their customers, who they swore by contract to protect the privacy.

Analysis shows this can result to an illusion of privacy and a series of lawsuits against communications companies should the bill be passed. Trust can be an issue and economic technological growth can be hampered as it allows extraordinary privacy penetrating measures.

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What Makes You The Happiest In The World?

When we were kids, answering what made us happy was easy. It was often a new toy, a new videogame, a trip to the amusement park or just the village park and spending time with best friends.

It was only a simple life with simple joys. As one grows older and gains new experiences and lessons, the meaning of life once, which earning money for one’s self has satisfied, gets lost.

So what makes you happy?

Hedonism Is Not Inherently Evil

Truth be told, as children we are hedonists. We want the newest toys. We want enough things we love so we could be happy. Some people do not grow out of this particular materialistic happiness.

This does not mean they are inherently evil, as is the impression for most hedonists. But the truth that material satisfaction will not yield a permanent happiness for a person is true.

True Happiness?

An individual still lost in and unable to determine their lifelong passions is one who hasn’t reached true happiness. However, this does not mean that once you’ve found your passion you are inherently good.

Every person gets a different thrill for every experience. One might find satisfaction climbing mountains and learning lessons in hardship and camaraderie along the way while some might choose to accept that pain is a part of life and any kind of challenge is welcome in their lives.

This is not true happiness because suffering is involved. But maybe we need suffering to reflect on what makes us happy and give value to what makes us happy in the first place.

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Analyzing Batman’s Idea Of Justice

Batman has long been the biggest icon of justice since Christopher Nolan rebooted the franchise to give it a realistic setting. Justice has become vigilante but he fulfills the role of someone who wishes to see justice done, his own way.

Without jurisdiction and rule of law, Batman roams the world to help administer righteous justice. But is he really righteous?

  1. Batman Is Self-Serving

Everyone knows Bruce Wayne’s history. Thugs killed his parents for their jewels. In the end, he wanted something to give himself reason to unleash all his relentless hatred against criminals. The keyword here is hate. He hates criminals. He wants to see them gone from Gotham. To rid of the beast, he became a beast himself. A very sophisticated and rich beast.

  1. Batman Is Paranoid

Bruce Wayne’s resources are endless. He could fund an entire campaign for himself and even win the elections if he showed enough intelligence and shrewdness to do so. There he could do real change. However, he fears that the system may corrupt him. The best way to force politicians to see the right way is his way. Which fortunately, Batman holds in high regard life and does away with crime. But to force one’s way into another is a crime in itself.

  1. Batman Does Not Understand Criminals

In the 1920s, gangs became famous because there was an uneven power structure in US politics. Even politicians to this day are powerless against gangs. To find solace and safety against the fear of starvation and the repercussions of some relentless actions, they grouped together. Most members of these gangs are well-meaning individuals, who were forced to go through a life of crime because they had no employment competence or any resources to save themselves.

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne was born to a rich family.

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Why Your Facebook Life Isn’t The Same As Real Life

Everyone in the world uses about 50% of their time surfing in Facebook and it’s becoming an invisible epidemic. Living a life of “luxury and grandeur” is one thing that most Facebook users find themselves addicted to. Then they ask themselves real life is not like Facebook.

Throwing aside the idea that your profile picture is eternally beautiful and that you have the best photos online, you could get your answer from the previous phrase. People serve you only the best headlines from their lives. And so do you.

At one point before the Internet, the superficial gloss covering almost every asset and part of a celebrity’s life is now available to everyone using social media.

And why your social media profile is a better life than your real life is because little efforts go a long way. Take a great photo of yourself and you’re surrounded with people who find you lovely or attractive. Upload an image about your favourite food or place and you find people with similar interests talking to you about it.

In philosophy, you are living a life of a lie where you have control of all causalities. It becomes the ‘perfect’ life, but not too perfect because of the lack of physicality and realness to its community.

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Does Twitter’s Move to Block Internet ‘Trolls’ Block The Freedom of Expression?

Today, social network and micro-blogging website Twitter will implement a new rule to block out abusive users from their service to guarantee the safety of the social networks.

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According to Twitter Product Management Director Shreyas Doshi, multiple persons harassing an individual or a group of people would be locked out of their account.

Twitter had refurbished its anti-troll law by clarifying “direct, specific threats of violence against others as “threats of violence against  others or promoting violence against others.

Is this an implementation that potentially blocks Twitter users’ right to the freedom of expression? One could say it is a form of censorship. But then again, online harassment has never been truly a form of expression.

Get Safe Online had praised Twitter for its efforts to step up anti-harassment. Twitter had created tools that make it easier for users to report harassment or abusive tweets along with their corresponding accounts.

Twitter said in its official statement:

Twitter is also testing technology to help the firm identify suspected abusive tweets to limit their reach.

“This feature takes into account a wide range of signals and context that frequently correlates with abuse, including the age of the account itself, and the similarity of a tweet to other content that our safety team has in the past independently determined to be abusive,” Doshi explained.

“It will not affect your ability to see content that you’ve explicitly sought out, such as tweets from accounts you follow, but instead is designed to help us limit the potential harm of abusive content.”

So, we’re limited. But then again, there’s an extent to freedom of expression, despite knowing that the rules won’t ever impede on them somehow.

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Discussing Creativity in a Nutshell [Infographic]

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Three Ways To Effectively Accept Anything

Fear is our biggest enemy. It is not because it could do danger to us, but because it is somehing that we couldn’t understand. This fear could be as petty as the presence of another person as a threat, to the fear of existential doubt and crisis. All of these fears prey on us because we refuse to acknowledge their existence. Here are three ways to enable us to accept anything, including our fears.

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1. Accept All Your Shortcomings

Every human has a bit of narcissism in their veins. We feed our ego based on our life priorities. A person who loves manipulating people loves to take pride in his or her skill. A person who loves overcoming human physical or mental limits is one who takes pride and vanity in his or her own achievements. However, not everyone is perfect. We all have our shortcomings. Acknowledging the fact that we could make mistakes is the first step to accepting anything.

2. Nothing Could Be Changed in the Past

Almost every person in the world has regrets. Regrets are present because people are still attached to their choices. In the end, the world moves forward and it should include you. There is nothing one can change in the past, but one could only change things in the present and the future.

3. Everything Was Meant To Happen For a Reason.

Regardless whether you believe in causality, religion’s divine plan or the simple fact that things just happen, you must understand that everything just happens for a reason. Life is meant to exist and it is our experiences that allow us to become human. Attachments are necessary, but being detached and understanding that it is yourself who is your bestest and most understanding friend allows you to overcome your limits. Everything happens for a reason and in the future, you’ll be realizing the lessons brought to you by this fact.

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Three Ways to Avoid Being a Reactive Leader

When your underlings don’t deliver what you need, do you react negatively because they failed to achieve their targets, or because they didn’t meet your expectations? Leaders have to identify capability and efficiency and the self-made methods of their underlings before they decide to be infuriated with the situation.

  1. Objectivity

Every person has a capability. A person fails when he or she is lazy. If an employee’s method fails, is it because he or she was lazy, or his or her methods did not work? Leaders must be objective in giving their opinions by pointing out which parts of the employee’s plan did not work. However, he or she should not raise anger against failure without constructive feedback.

  1. Learn to Listen

Employees have their own reasons for their own failure. If a leader reacts, this discourages an employee to speak their mind and explore their own methods to resolve problems. A leader must learn to listen to their underlings and discuss with them a solution to progress rather than egress

  1. Leaders Must Not React Instantly

Leaders are not invulnerable. They also face hardships and difficult, leading them to react. However, a good way to keep temper and emotions in check is to not react instantly. A good leader will delay his or her reaction and then review the method rather than scold the person who delivered the bad news. Improvement is important for the leader, never the relieving of one’s self instantly.

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