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Ensuring stuff is only "made in America" will only ensure you cannot afford it.

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As I watch the political landscape I'm in awe, totally shocked at the lack of self responsibility being preached on both sides of the aisle. We are the ones who should innovative here and create products here. Our high taxes and crazy lawsuits are why it's more beneficial to build something somewhere else. Just because China manipulated their currency doesn't mean we suffer. It means we can buy their products for cheap. And, as higher taxes plus lower incomes are consistently thrust upon us by failing political polices/cancerous taxes: lower priced products are beneficial and necessary for survival. Eventually, like all countries, you can only afford currency manipulation for so long. If you disagree with me, study history. In the meantime, enjoy reading this post on a foreign made device that you may not otherwise have if you only bought stuff made in Merica.



Acting ignorant can teach you a lot!

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First, let me clarify, there is nothing wrong with ignorance. Ignorance is just a lack of knowledge in a particular area. In my opinion, we as a society build little-siloed echo chambers of our own thought. When in reality, there is a lot for us to learn when we surround ourselves with diverse views of thought. I naturally speak a lot. But the more books I read, it becomes abundantly clear how much value can be had if I just "listen" before I want to be listened to.

Sadly, our pride has a tendency to get in our way. When we’re complete novices at something we often don’t mind looking for advice. However, as soon as we start to obtain mastery of our skill, we suddenly stop asking for help. Why is that? Most people are happy to share some of their wisdom, so why stop asking for it now? In this case, acting a little ignorant can go a far way when you are surrounded by smart people.

In the book Intellectuals and Society, the Author Thomas Sowell concludes that many "intellect…

Commitment

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Before Michael Phelps won the most gold medals in history, he was on a 10+ year hot streak of not missing a single planned day of training. Don't be fooled, some of the days his training wasn't good. But he still showed up. It's that simple.


It doesn't matter what the field, pursuit or project is. Consistency over time is mastery. (Even if I'm half wrong you'll still see improvement over procrastination.)