So have you ever sat down, and tried to think of a name for yourself within a given industry that best describes you and your intended business, will it be as a sole trader, a partnership, a Ltd Company or Business, A Corporation. Have you imagined or envisioned how such a business might grow and expand to have a finger in more than one pie, or be an umbrella group styled company with delegated realms and so on. So yes I have done this on a number of occasions down through the years, and in multiple instances, have failed in actually getting started. In the sense, of having gained qualifications and then entered employment, or learnt about a given industry or business and even set out the beginnings of business plans, and then typically found little success in personal advancement within those realms of what can often or typically be described as “other peoples business’s”, or indeed have found that despite reading and learning and studying as anyone might do within a “surrounding yourself with a given realm cultural doctrine”, that the societal blocks to beginning and setting out on your own are ridiculous.
Within many working life realms, it is requirement of particular qualifications, or industry guild and union membership, though more often than not the issue is one of raising finance without compromising of your own values, belief’s and so on – to a given lender such-as a bank, or investment guru, and so on. People mock TV shows such-as Dragon’s Den or The Apprentice – though the truth be told, that many life realms that your average guy or gal on the street might be interested or passionate about are ‘closed shops’ and how those closed shops came into being were very often intended as positive developments or advancements when they were originally brought into being, though have very often down through the years transitioned into closed shop Establishment Cultures & network protection rackets all of there own, very often policed by people who may well have inherited ‘vested interests’ within a given life realm, without themselves having had to do anything beyond being born into a given family & network, or having schooled within appropriate pre-existing elite facilities and faculties et al.
Anyway, some of course, suggest that the way of the World was ever thus, though of course my own take on many of these things has shifted more and more to – do it anyway, circumvent them anyway attitudes. If you are able, or have access to places such-as WordPress, or Youtube and other Social Media sites and so on, just set out blogging or vlogging and keep on going, you might want to see how you yourself can monetise such things, and of course many a business that I find myself amongst on this backwater blog, are already Monetised with links to fellow bloggers or advertisers and pay for the story/review options, and you really can find many a home cottage industry specialist, or indeed clever individuals who may have started out with a narrow focus though over the years have developed a range of products and services that they themselves offer and so on.
So can I transition into a service or expertise, that others might want and pay me for, so much so that I am able to leave the present employment under my own steam and set up successfully for myself and so on. That is of course something I have wanted to do for quite a few years, though my experience of so-called Hypnosis products leaving me with the idea IT IS ALL AN INSIDE JOB, and then Meditation products and explorations bringing me to various degree’s of enlightenment & awareness, and spiritual realm practices, have all perhaps served those who had set themselves up as spiritual technologists and guru’s, though left me somewhat stripped down of a lifetimes worth of learning and study and I of course, in wanting to raise funds, thought AH-HA I can transition to this idea that seems to work for many of these folks – identify the money in communication – of courses what I also found was that in scales and measures of money, those who already have money can fast track themselves exponentially on successful navigation of these things, whilst those of us starting out with little, are unlikely to ever achieve a tipping point that places us within an enabled uncompromised zone of freedom, where we are not constantly having to prioritise through juggling of those lower range building blocks or issues described within Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (so to speak). People born into backgrounds of any level of pre-existing wealth, are often already set up with an invisible zone of “self actualisation” that they are perhaps oblivious to having, though is all to obvious to those perhaps ranked as outsiders, very often who want “in” to the ways and means and alignments of various establishments, though do not have the family background, or schooling, or socio-economic requirements to transition to a place of living in a more comfortable landscape of life choices and options, and of course – why I stuck with Meditation was due to its success at enabling the clearing out, or enabling the reviewing of a lifetimes worth of accumulated lessons and learnings and communications and so on, that may have had a greater baring on my success and failures than known, when I was simply unaware and unenlightened – in relative terms – to the more expanded version of reality I perhaps now have, as a kind of mental model or map, I say that in comparison with all those very many compartmentalised mental models and maps I may have accumulated throughout my life pre-meditation.
So what books have I purchased this week? and how did the Kindle/Amazon A.I. choose to position, order and download them from the cyberspace cloud, to my respective gadgets in order for my immediate perusal and reading thereof.
So in a similar vein to last week, this 1st image contains 4 new purchases, and a couple from the previous week. I shall of course, seek to explain my own reasoning or meaning in purchase, though as always, others may develop there own thinking on these things, or indeed choose to not read anything into it at all.
Priceless – William Poundstone – This is a good name for a book (IMHO) as we any of us as an individual or family member, or group can wonder upon what we might regard as priceless within our own lives. This book is actually about how Behavioural Psychology and experimentation among various business’s has led to the development of various pricing structures within business that are alleged to improve the possibility (or otherwise) of a sale.
Obliquity – John Kay – This was on my own list due to its cheap and cheerful price from Amazon, although the snakes and ladders image is also interesting, as is what is suggested within the book, the author is suggesting that the best method of achieving goals is indirectly, and you can look up the word ‘obliquity’ for yourselves. Interestingly, I of course studied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at University, and a typical module component might be learning about how Fly-by-wire systems were developed and came into being. We often perhaps recall films such-as Indiana Jones with somewhat straight red Lines drawn on a map between locations to suggest the protagonist is in flight, and that is also often true of real life Airport and Flight Maps, though the truth is often one of planes circumnavigating Weather, hostile no fly-over zones, and other aircraft, and all sorts of logistics such-as refuelling (on long haul flights) that make a mockery of the idea of the straight line flight path between locations A & B.
Connected: The Amazing Power Of Social Networks – Nicholas Christakis – This book was purchased as a cheapie, though it is interesting as to some of the themes I was wanting to explore this week, in terms of how traditional ancient pre-computerised networks of an earlier age and generation, have often been repeated within the more modernist sphere of cloud computing and social media networks technologies and so on. Much of my Meditation was wanting to reduce or transition much of the accumulated mental noise within my own Heart and Mind and Body (so to speak), that we as ‘always on’ biological senders and receivers of sensory information accumulate from birth, to something more useful. Although I have over more recent years, fallen more into alignment with the RAISING THRESHOLD model provided by Centerpointe Research Institute, than many an alternate idea on these things. No it is not necessarily the be all and end all, though it certainly enables greater individual awareness & enlightenment & understanding of your own life path navigation and circumstances, prior to discovering, that you could look upon your own life from new perspectives, and ideas, that you may have previously only read about or dreamed off, without considering that some folks were already alive and living more empowered existences via those ways and means and technologies now.
Future Imperfect – David D Friedman – So this book was written prior to its release way back in 2008, and I myself did of course grow up, very interested in Science Fiction and Futuristic possibilities exampled through multiple entertainment media that I had been exposed to from a young age – books, Film, TV, Video Game etc. so much so that I eventually studied electronics engineering, and then went to University as a mature student studying Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in the late 1990’s, early 2000’s. For me much of that motivation had been about starting again, a new life in a new area of the Country, and with a family, and finally achieving multiple of various childhood dreams etc. and all that after having had a somewhat troubled latter teenage years, where it very much had seemed all future hope (from a personal perspective) was gone, as to how I wanted the course of my life to go. So I still love many a Science Fiction many years later now, and also enjoy discussions on possible future technologies and how they may come to change the landscape of Society and the Human Race, although I am far less likely to place all the hopes and dreams and expectations of dystopia or utopia into one basket (so to speak).
This 2nd Image only contains 3 books, although their is another further 3rd image to be added further down the page.
Other Peoples Money – John Kay – So sharped eyed individuals will note that this is the 2nd book from this particular author, although I often find myself wanting to delve into Financial Sector and Economics books, they can often be somewhat self satisfied and self-congratulatory and I am hoping that this chap as a more independently minded economist is able to cut through some of the issues – especially during these seemingly unprecedented economic issues seen throughout the modern day World of Populist Nationalist Neo-Libertarian styled Governments about the Globe, suddenly creating and crafting what would have Historically been referred to as Communist Socialist styled Magic Money Tree’s, especially when most of them were Voted for on somewhat traditional lines of tight disciplined small c, low tax conservative spending oriented politics.
What-If – Randall Munroe – This was another cheap and cheerful expenditure on a book that asks what are suggested to be amusing, absurd and strange hypothetical questions. Given the present day World Circumstances, one cannot hope to wonder if someone such as this chap has already gone into the hypothesis of just one or two of the absurdities that people are experiencing within their everyday lives at this present moment in History.
A Game Design Vocabulary – Anna Anthropy – So much about my Meditation and so-called Cross Realm Intelligence explorations of recent years has been about finding the common links and points between differing spheres and life realms of human endeavour. Anyone who has studied Engineering or the Industrialisation of Manufacturing perhaps understands that much of the progress of the 20th Century World was brought about through World Wide Agreed Standardization’s of various things, and this book is perhaps a considered or contributed effort within the Realm of Video Games to move towards some common processes of standardisation models and understanding of what those within that industry are communicating among each other, yes I am sure a certain level of this exists as video games have been with us now for most of my own lifetime, although as always the more literature there is on such things, the more such a realm gains credence of legitimacy and transitions itself more into an establishment realm, and of course within computer realms the newest best thing is often King, so you really are in a place of ever moving horizons and profits are often placed ahead of educational requirements, whereby any attempt to make my Standard, Everyone’s Standard, can be like a red rag to a bull, for those who are up and coming or like to move fast and break things, or push at the boundaries and edge of possibilities, unencumbered by rules, regulations and the constrictions of an earlier generation of coders, hackers and so on, who themselves have often boasted or played and existed on the notoriety of their rebellious efforts from an earlier time within said industry realm – yes this is a common feature throughout the History of many an Establishment Realm or Life Realm whether regarded as part of the Arts or otherwise, and perhaps buys into those doctrines of Meditation such-as treat each day as a new start or beginning for new endeavours and so on.
So this 3rd and final image within this particular post has 6 books, and some may even provide answers to questions brought about through what I wrote previously, whilst other questions are left unanswered.
The Joy of Search – Daniel M. Russell – So I spoke on studying Artificial Intelligence at University, and the Robotics Lab, among other places I studied or visited during that period of my life had actually been contributing to various Space Research Efforts. Space of course – what you see within the Night sky, rather than the space between these symbols on this blog page. Space is vast and everyone on the planet could wholly concentrate on one sector of space as a research topic to have throughout there own lifetime, and all those other sectors would still be unexplored. So all sorts of techniques and strategies have been developed around the scientific tools that we presently have, or are developing to improve our capability of space research exploration and so on. Those tools range from the accurate and precise to best guestimates and very many a predictive model or hypothesis and so on. The good news for the common man or woman, is that those ideas that began life very often as space exploration tools, techniques and strategies and so on, have also typically been utilised within the realm of software for “SEARCH ENGINES”, and of course search engines have become a somewhat ever present ever expanding capability and capacity that is common throughout much of the modern World since the advent of the World Wide Web. So whilst this book says it is about search, and search techniques to find answers to a particular set of questions, I am hoping that there is some hidden greater depth to the questioning techniques and strategies provided within this book, or maybe I can even compare what is said within this modern book now, to some of those now seemingly long distant techniques and so on, I learnt whilst within the Educational System.
Range – David Epstein – So as a youngster I can remember watching athlete Daley Thompson doing Decathlon’s and that is of course a type of range of athletic capabilities when compared to another runner of that era Sebastian Coe – Of distance running fame, who might be described as a specialist in distance running. Many modern internet commentators & Famed Celebrities et al. very often made there name in one field of specialist endeavour whether acting or singing or writing or what ever a given realm expertise or talent happens to be, meanwhile of course most folks including they also have to contend with day to day living requirements and the famous and fortunate are perhaps little differing from the rest of Society in that regard and so on, though in this modern era, very often seem to spend inordinate amounts of time, handing out opinions on every topic under the sun based in subjective experience rather than necessarily a specialist expertise for which they rose to fame, power or whatever. I have gone through various phases of life of trying to specialise, as well as perhaps developing more generalist skills and I think there is a place for both range and specialisation within the modern World, although it will be interesting to see what this chap says within his book.
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of A Good Society – Nicholas Christakis – So another author who has managed to slip two books into my purchasing week. This perhaps due to his topics, I spoke on how many a guru has developed there own blueprint for success and earlier I wrote on this issue of how pre-existing societal patterns of connectivity and social networking have very often simply transferred to our modern day tools such-as the World Wide Web.
Lost Connections – Johann Hari – So this book was seemingly a last minute addition to my lists, and that is perhaps because I would not claim to suffer depression etc. What interested me, was that it suddenly appeared among books I was looking at, some quite famed individuals made recommendations and when I looked at the content page, I thought actually this is potentially an interesting issue, he says the causes of Depression are a list of disconnections, and then goes on to Solution them with reconnections – in fact I would be doing a disservice if I said I am in agreement or alignment with such ideology prior to reading as my initial reaction was this is wrong, although I do know from my meditation and raised threshold, that very often things that we reject throughout our lives become somewhat like blocked up filters, and if seemingly horrible things are lurking beneath those mental blocks how are you to gain release? and it is only reinvestigating whilst on your new threshold and perspective viewpoint that you can have those clear out’s, releases or newly acquired ah-ha’s from a new perspective vantage point etc. Can it work for non-meditators – well I think I referenced a scripted Madam Pompadour quote from a Dr Who episode – where she suggested a door once open could be traversed both ways, and why do any of us hang on to life long traumas, or confusions and conflicted thoughts and feelings? my own experience of young childhood was of course I am sure similar to many another person in seeking to develop your own identity, choices and options, and of course rejecting labels (whether regarded as good/bad or neutral) and stuff from others, that did not align with my own plans for my growth and development or future dreams and beliefs for my own life during those years. So if this book works for some folks, good luck to them. Though I harp on about my experience of The Holosync Solution Programme due to my experience of it seemingly working for me, after investing in many a guru programme or expertise that has greatly failed me, in comparative terms.
Who Rules The World – Noam Chomsky – This was another cheap and cheerful bargain bin buy, although it is written by a chap who is well regarded for multiple of his contributions to the World of Literature or books in general. He was also on a list of famous signatory authors published in Harpers Magazine, complaining of so-called cancel culture. I genuinely think that as adult individuals we have the right to not necessarily participate in or experience all and every debate that exists in the modern global communications sphere, and that you cannot really cancel something, or claim I no platformed you, If I were probably not invested in what you are doing and saying anyway etc. in the first place. So much of what we think to be real about the World becomes somewhat illusory with enough meditation and guidance, although as always the World will continue to spin with or without the highs and lows of drama’s, found within all peoples and individuals within most echelons and levels of Society etc. It is time to say ‘oh get over yourselves! yet’
Deep Work: Rules for Focussed Success in a Distracted World – Cal Newport – So this is perhaps the antithesis to that idea above of Range, in the sense that this perhaps recommends a more specialised focus for success and achievement. I think that there is a place for both, and of course, many a person who became famous through specialisation can now be seen commenting on all and sundry topic and subject on the World Wide Web. You can typically find folks who have become famous or celebrity for both specialisation and range, and I think you have to perhaps develop your own skill, judgment and discernment as to what is appropriate for you and your own life, especially in this age where attention and experience economics have become the new normal etc.
So that is a rather large collection of book purchases to get through, what else have I been doing, well I did rent the Cinematic release of SCOOB! (Scooby Doo Cartoon Movie) and informed my daughter in West Wales (where she lives) so she could watch it from her home via my account, and I too watched it from where I am resident in Hereford. We began watching and collecting Scooby Doo Cartoons, Series & Movies when she was quite young as a kind of hobby together, on her visits to me and my extended family in Hereford, and we just kept going. Anyway we both thought the film great and far better than many a reviewer gave it credit, probably because we were better placed to identify and see many an in joke or reference, that might pass a casual fan or critic by. That is of course a ‘specialisation’ knowledge (in a way), although the ‘range’ of the film was perhaps in its guest star type characters such-as The Blue Falcon, Dick Dastardly & Mutley, Captain Caveman – and for those characters, it really was potentially harder to gauge, I know I like classic Dastardly and Mutley and I like classic Captain Caveman, though had only seen The Blue Falcon in an ancient cartoon cross-over. Dick Dastardly was fine, though not enough of Mutley, Captain Caveman was a little disappointing to how I remember him, and Blue Falcon whilst enjoyable within this particular Movie, I had limited point of reference to go on. so my range is perhaps incomplete within the broader range of Characters of Warner Brothers/Hanna Barbera/Ruby Spears etc.
The reason I share that information, is perhaps to demonstrate that ideas regarding ‘specialisation’ and ‘range’ are far more common place within the lives of most peoples and persons than they may realise, and of course they are likely to have developed such abilities throughout most of their years, and across a range of topics, and subject matter, as a natural part of growing up, and life in general, without necessarily thinking about it, having a qualification in it, or indeed finding that some faction or grouping or whatever and however they want to be identified, has planted some Flag in a given IDEA and declared it to be wholly owned only by those, who meet, or are in alignment with some given set of arbitrary values and identity criteria, and so on and so forth. One can actually get to a point in very many of these meditative explorations regarding any range of life realms whether business or entertainment or Art etc. where it does seem that far to many an establishment empire, is akin to a house built upon unsuitable foundations or ground, rather than being of genuine modern day merit, and very many of those preachy aspirational kind of things, that you often hear from many individuals of these establishments, and those that walk their corridors and all that jazz.
Anyway as always
Thank you for reading, God Bless and Be Well.