Donald Trump: Good for Politics, Great for America!

The bad news: they’ve called him a clown, a detriment to the world of politicking, a huckster and an opportunistic that should stick with what he’s famous for: firing people from fake jobs.

The good news: Donald Trump has energized the public’s interest in politics. Whether or not he should be leading the free world isn’t the point. The man has got us thinking about something we normally take for granted: how government affects us.

Inc. asks us to reevaluate the Trump candidacy. I myself spend as little time as possible talking about politics. If I do, it’s likely going to be with a group of friends that I’m comfortable with. To my mind, politics is far too volatile a subject to broach with anyone. (That’s why it’s unlikely I’d campaign or volunteer to work for any candidate, even one I’d vote for blindly.) But The Donald opens up the discussion by presenting politics in such broad strokes that you can freely talk about the state of government and, hence, the state of politics. These are subjects we should all be concerned with regardless of where we stand, but tend to stay mum. Or worse, ignore completely by not going to the polls. And I do consider myself part of the problem since it takes a Donald Trump to force me to be vocal about issues of the day and the direction I’d like to see our government go in.

From the moment The Donald made his presidential announcement by majestically lowering himself to the masses via a Trump Tower escalator and made one of the longest announcement speeches in political history (almost 110 minutes – the length of a movie!), he has forced us to look at the importance of ideals and government.

My argument isn’t that Donald Trump is the best or worst candidate. It’s not even about his frank honesty that most politicians haven’t the audacity to apply to their campaigns. This is about how we choose to shape America. From Al Sharpton to Ralph Nader to Donald Trump, it’s about getting the American people curious about the potential of government and what we can do about it. If the Donald does become commander-in-chief, it will be because we made the decision. And if he doesn’t, it will be for the same reason. I just hope it doesn’t stop us from growing the passion that a candidacy like his can ignite in voters. That’s good for politics and good for all of us.

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Healthy Lifestyle Advice from Joseph Bismark

Joseph Bismark has been featured on this blog before, so you’re probably familiar with his interesting leadership tactics. This article, released through Business Wire, goes into the story of the of his interview with asPire Magazine. It talks about Joseph Bismark’s vegetarian literature, apps, and exercise regime. He is revealed to be an advocate of a lifestyle that is very healthy in a holistic fashion. Among the things he uses for his workout is the kettlebells and the “rip:60” in order to increase his strength and flexibility. He tracks his progress with the use of an app called MapMyRide for his cycling sessions. He records his distance, pace, elevation, speed, duration and the amount of calories that he has burned.

Joseph Bismark is a spiritual leader first off and a businessman after that. He incorporates spiritual principles into his company so that people can work well together and bring his company to greater levels of growth and prosperity. He uses his business in order to reach people of all walks of life and help them realize their true value. He has gained his spiritual inclination from his time in the mountains as a monk through a good chunk of his childhood. It was when he came back that he has decided to use his spiritual lessons that he has learned and apply it to business practices.

Outside of his business activities, he is also a speaker for people who teaches on spirituality. After that, he is also a philanthropist who reaches out to people who are at a disadvantage in life. He also offers plenty of opportunities for them to seek something that will enrich their lives. One of the things that define Joseph Bismark is that he truly values the lives of others. He sees the same potential for greatness in everyone, no matter what their past, background or other aspects of each person he deals with. He treats them as equals. He listens to people and tries to work with each and every person. He does not just dictate people in his business. He truly leads by example and is very gentle. His example is going to be picked up by other businesses.

Riding the Rails in the 21st Century

Unlike many people my age, I do not take the view that the younger generations are necessarily ignorant or foolish. Instead, I believe youth to be a time for exploring possibilities and maybe finding a novel or unexpected way to solve such problems as finding an affordable place to live.

A young German woman, Leonie Müller, has attracted the attention of such publications as News.com.au and the South China Morning Post by becoming a modern-day nomad who lives on trains.

Müller is a 23-year-old student who attends Tübingen University which is 18.6 miles south of Stuttgart. After a dispute with her landlord last spring, Müller not only decided to leave her apartment but also decided to leave apartment life altogether. She decided it would be cheaper and easier to live on a train, so she bought a BahnCard 100 which lets her board trains for free. According to a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn, the German railway, 40,000 other people also have use BahnCards. The BahnCard 100 costs 379 euros or $590 per month. The trains provide WiFi Internet access, so her BahnCard covers that as well.

Müller likes the freedom of her lifestyle which lets her visit friends and explore new cities. She travels light, taking only a backpack full of clothes, toiletries, college papers and a tablet computer. She has begun blogging about her experiences and will use the results for her bachelor thesis in Media Studies.

For Müller, the biggest difficulty has been sleeping on the train. Because of her concern about somebody stealing her backpack, she can manage only the occasional nap. When possible, she prefers to disembark and sleep at a friend or relative’s house. The train is also noisy, so she uses headphones which she describes as a “must.” Müller washes her hair in the train bathroom. Despite the difficulties, Müller plans to remain a nomad until at least next April when she finishes her studies.

In the meantime, Müller considers her current living arrangements to be an experiment that will help her understand how temporary homelessness affects a person. While many studies have concluded that long commutes are bad for people, Müller believes perception pays a role in that. If somebody sees a long commute as a tedious slog but still makes one every day, their unhappiness will affect their health eventually. Müller, however, enjoys her nomadic lifestyle for the most part. She likes meeting and watching people on the train, and she likes train rides.

Systems first and the goals will follow.

Have you ever set goals and then felt frustration because you did not achieve them? Do you sometimes have the nagging feeling that because you have not reached a goal, you are somehow not yet good enough for something, in some way? Have you not reached a goal you had set with a deadline, and then struggled to not think of yourself as a failure? I know I have, and over the years, I have at times come to think that setting goals can have a negative aspect.

We hear the stories of olympic champions, world champion teams, and hugely successful businessmen who got to where they are by setting a goal and not giving up. However, for everyone of them, there are 100 or 1000 who did not achieve their goals. For every Super Bowl championship team there are 31 teams who also set out to be champion that year. Is it reasonable to think the team who ended up winning simply believed more and were more relentless in that belief?

Recently, I came across an article by James Clear at JamesClear.com that made me stop and think about these questions. His suggestion is that concentrating on one’s goals is not the only reason for success. Yes, having a goal points you in the right direction. James instead suggests that we put the emphasis on the systems that get us to our goals. In the article, JamesClear.com/Goals-Systems, James discusses how goals and systems interact to help us reach our dreams.

I found the article liberating and inspiring. Looking back, I see that success has come when for reasons of luck, circumstances, or passion, I have had the right system to acheive my goals. There is a certain peace to be found in this change in focus. There is a reflection of the idea of being in the now, of going with the flow. An aspect of releasing and accepting what comes. When you know you can reach the target, you relax and just do what needs to be done to get there.

As I put James Clear’s ideas into practice, I find progress to be easier and more consistent. The letdown because I did not hit the goal for the week does not linger. I just keep doing the system. The trap of setting the goal even higher next week and the ensuing anxiety is gone. James is on to something here.