January 30, 2013

Meaning of Life

In this mysterious thing we call life, you are both the creator and the product of your own being. The choice to experience the possibilities is yours. The only limits to what you can be lie in your belief in yourself and your imagination.

This reality is an amazing, shared illusion in which we believe we are looking at a separate, objective world. We experience the concepts of both "self" and "other," but beneath the apparent separation we are unified—we are equal.

Reality is a direct mirror of your being. It is created by what you choose to believe, and it is altered by changing your beliefs about both it and yourself. The eyes you use to view the world actually build and shape what you see. Perception is not passive—it is an act of creation. Your choice of perception determines not only how you experience yourself, but how you experience your entire reality.

Release your fear. To have fear is to be afraid of the unknown. There is so much beauty in life that can only arise when you let go of the fear that restricts you. Face your fear. Put down your shields, because those shields represent a belief in danger, and therefore lead you to the very danger you want to be protected from. As long as you stay barricaded behind the shields of fear, you will never feel true safety. The only force pushing against you is you. You hold the key to any locked door you may come across.

Open and follow your heart. Believe whatever your heart feels to believe. Live in the "Now." Realize the equality of all beingness and release judgement of both yourself and those around you. In this life, there is no such thing as "the truth." There is no need of an answer where there is no problem. Just be. There are no limits to what you can be; your possibilities are infinite. The joy of living comes from completely accepting and embracing your own being.

Within your heart lies a dream. The meaning of life is to live that dream. Of course, you can only live that dream if you believe you can. Believe in your dream. You are free to be, or do, anything you want to be, or do. The answer to every question you can conceive is within you, for you are both the creator and the perceiver of everything you experience. Allow yourself to grow without limitation and you will experience the limitless love and freedom that life has to offer.

January 28, 2013

Living in the Age of Distraction

I don't think there's any question that our culture is becoming increasingly distracted. It's because of these little machines in our pockets—our connections to the world. Without a doubt, they're packed with amazing technology that hadn't even been imagined 30 years ago. They increase our productivity, but at what cost?

I came across a Joe Kraus talk on how we're creating a culture of distraction. I think it very accurately portrays what our culture has become, and where it's headed.

January 24, 2013

Looking For People To Collaborate On A Tech Podcast

Every time we've tried to do a podcast on VentureBreak, we've failed. It has almost always been my fault—because I have a weird schedule and can never keep up with it. But I'd really like to try again, and I need passionate people with strong voices (literally and figuratively) to help me out.

I want the podcast to be focused largely on current tech-related news, gadgets, and startups. It's free to stray to other topics from time to time, but those will be the focus. I want people who can report the news objectively while still presenting an opinion (laying out the facts and then taking a stance). A good debate is always cool.

The show will not always have the same host(s). We'll switch it up and try to get on some kind of schedule so that everyone on the team gets airtime, but also gets a break. For example, Bob and Joe will host the show some weeks, and Tim and Larry will host the show other weeks. The show will be recorded via Skype or some other VoIP program, so you can do it from your home. You will need to have your own microphone and a good Internet connection, of course.

The show will be hosted on VentureBreak. It will have its own special archive page, but new episodes will also appear among our other coverage.

We're also open to having multiple individual shows, so if you want to be the star of your own show, and you have something to tell the world, I believe we can work something out.

Who We're Looking For:

  • We need several hosts with personalities willing to work together and commit to recording shows on a regular basis. You don't have to be a professional voice actor, but you need to have a public-friendly voice (not monotone, etc). A sense of humor is a big plus. You have something to say—and we have an audience and a platform that we'd love to share with you.
  • We will need at least one producer—someone to remotely record, edit, and produce the show's audio. We're not looking for anything too crazy—you'll just be adding music, taking out long pauses, etc. You'll also be in charge of uploading the file to our site and publishing the blog post for the show.
We will of course give our hosts and producer(s) the credit they deserve, linking back to their sites and promoting them across ours.

I'm very excited to get back into the podcasting game, and I think we can make it work this time. Anyone who worked with us on our last podcast project is of course welcome to join us with this one.

If you think you may be interested in working on this project with us, please email me at brad@venturebreak.com, or leave a comment below.

January 18, 2013

Another Terrible Week

Keeping myself healthy has been quite a task lately.

Last Saturday, some unusual circumstances brought me to Chipotle for an 11am breakfast. I'm usually not one to complain about "non-breakfast" food for breakfast, but I couldn't finish it. All hell was breaking loose in my digestive system.

I chalked it up to it being the first meal of the day, and went on with my business. By that evening, I'd developed a fever and a slight cough. The slight cough evolved into violent choking every time I took a breath.

I saw my doctor on Tuesday, who, after probing me with every test she had, diagnosed me with influenza type B, which is untreatable. No pneumonia, though, and that's what I was worried about.

I'm now on day 6 of being bedridden, but I think I may be a free man by tomorrow. The flu is bad this year, so I suggest you maintain good hygiene and stay away from anyone who's coughing. If you already have it, please have some compassion for the people around you and keep your distance.