Life Resource Theory

April 15, 2012 in Life, Philosophy

I developed a theory based on my experience in Myanmar back in 2005, it’s called the Life Resource Theory. On my way to Mount Popa from Bagan, we stopped by the road in a small shack where a family, we will call them the Palm family, were selling liquor and candy. The Palm’s were very hospitable and kind. They offered water and food for free even if it was clear that they could not afford to do so. When I sat down with them and herds their story I understood why they didn’t worry about giving it for free.

The Palm’s showed me a large piece of lang behind their home, about 100,000 square feet. The grandfather used to own and work on that field until they lost it to the government during the Burmese Civil War in 1948. The Palm’s used to plant and sell sesame and peanuts to survive. Even after loosing their land they felt thankful to continue living in their home, the government allowed them to continue to live in their shack, unlike other families in the region.

Their home is very humble. The inside was very dark, it only had a couple of windows where little light sneaked. It had a small stone fireplace for cooking and brewing. The only real opening faced the street but it didn’t have a door. On the outside the home felt sturdy but not enough to survive a strong storm. They owned a cow that moved a grinder that was beside two large Palm trees with home-made ladders attached to them. The Palm’s the reason why they had small windows was because that way animals would not try to sneak in and that the entry was shut by a sliding door because door were easily broken down. They also told me that their confined environment allowed them to work more efficiently in their craft without the risk of thief’s, monkeys.

While I was sitting down with them, I told them that I was really enjoying their candy and asked what was it made of? The Palm’s said that they make the candy from coconut meat form the palm and that the liquor, that I was sipping, was also made from it. I started noticing that the walls, ceiling, chairs, table, beds, doors where all made from the palm. The trays, plates, bowls, hats and utensils were made from the coconut and palm leaves. At that point it hit me, the Palm’s found a way to survive out of two palms. They used their creativity to use the little resources that they had to find every possible use for them. At that point is when I developed the Life Resource Theory.

The Life resource Theory says that in order to live life at its fullest we should use one object or resource in every possible way.  You can also applied it to situations, relationships and opportunities with a slight difference, that we should learn the most that we can from them instead of using them. We live in a society that constantly persuades us to consume. We own multiple objects for the same purpose. I am not suggesting that we should stop consuming, but at least we should take advantage of what we already have. If you have one computers, do you really need a second one? If you have a phone, do you really need to upgrade to a new one? well maybe, if the new one allows you to be more efficient with your time and benefit your communication with your relations. But, if you already have five pairs of shoes do you really need a sixth one? We should not get another object unless it is really needed. Use your old shirts as cloths to clean your home and cars. Use the glass containers from your spaghetti sauce as containers to store food instead of toper ware. Learn the most that you can from your friends and family, their experience will only benefit you.

Today, after using the Life Resource Theory in my life I have found that my life is more simple and happier. I don’t have to worry about little things, like wearing the latest fashion to be happy or let social pressures get to me. Now, I understand why the Palm family were happy, turns out that the richest home and life that one can have. So, thank you Palm family for the teaching. And, are you willing to give it a try?

Marine Life In Risk of Extinction

April 15, 2012 in Health, Life

In less than twenty years you won’t able to buy seafood without going broke. Enjoying a healthy piece of fish or be able to go scuba diving to see the marine life around us, looks slim. Research by The International Programme of the State of The Ocean  showed that “We are taking about 9,000-10,000 tonnes of fish from the Ocean every hour (based on a catch of 80-90 million tonnes per year).” The Guardian reported that “it is believed that 90% of the worlds fish has been cut due to over fishing.” Many people and scientist think that it is due to climate change, since a similar situation occurred 50 million years ago, when half of the marine life became instinct. But, this time it is not the only reason, people have made things worse.

Fishing and consuming fish is a main part of the Japanese culture.The resent nuclear leakage in Japans, due to the tsunami, spiked iodine levels to 3,355 times the legal limit for seawater safety officials said to Associate Press. Radiation has dangerous implications to marine life. Fish mutation, such as fish becoming sterile, is the biggest concern for scientists. Radiation is not the only thing that is affecting marine life, ocean pollution is as devastating as radiation. The  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and their partners recently recovered 500 tons of marine debris of the coast of Hawaii and found out that “80 percent of ocean pollution originates from activities on land.” If we don’t pay more attention on how we are affecting marine life i our daily life we will witness marine life extinction. This will generate major changes to worlds cultures like the Japanese, imagine no more sushi.

There are ways that you can help like, don’t litter, keep clean beaches and boating docks, recycle and limit your seafood intake and when you do eat ask for farmed fish instead of wild.

What Can You Learn From a Surfer?

April 2, 2012 in Life, Philosophy, Photo

On December 15, 2004 I had the pleasure of seeing, first hand, the power of our mother ocean in Maui (Jaws), Hawaii. It was a historical day, Dan Moore rode the third biggest wave in surfing history, it was 68 ft. The largest wave was 90 ft and ridden by Garrett McNamara in Portugal.

Surfers have been mostly portrait as beach bums, a person who does not want to do anything in life other than just hang on or around the beach, a person that has no dreams other than living in the moment but that could not be further from the truth. They are modern-day explorers traveling around the world looking to capture a unique moment-in-time. Just like a climber that wants to conquer a mountain and dreams to summit Mt. Everest a surfer dreams of riding the largest possible wave and wants to conquer his own fears.

Mt. Everest climbers prepare for years physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They are weatherman, that study the mountain and its patterns until they understand it perfectly. They are patient and wait for the perfect moment to climb. They make sure that life threatening risks are at a minimal before taking the first step. They stay focused at every moment and they adapt rapidly to survive.

As well as the climbers, tow-in and big wave surfers follow a very strict workout and lifestyle regimen. I was surprise to find out how many of them stay away from vices and pay close attention to what they eat. They don’t take things lightly and are extremely determined.  They are dreamers that want to discover the greatest connection with nature. They want to put themselves to the test to discover who they are. They don’t expect the approval of a loved one to pursue their path and are not easily influenced by society. Think of them as bears, they hibernate when they are on land and, when the right moment presents itself, they jump in the water and use all of their energy to do what seems an impossible task at one point.

What stroked me the most was their process to prepare, it is extremely spiritual. Understanding that their life can end in any given moment, they undergo a deep meditation to accept death as a possibility. This acceptance is what keeps them calm when they are held underwater for minutes. Dan told me that “you need to keep calm because the more you stress the faster you burn your oxygen which leads you to a black out and worse.” Dan, is a person that holds the biggest respect to the ocean as most surfers do. He does not ride the giant to challenge Neptune or purely for the rush of adrenalin, he rides them so he can become part it.

What can we learn from Dan and sportsmen like him?

1. In order to succeed in life you have to understand and learn about your environment with dedication.

2. You need flexibility to survive.

3. Learning to keep calm under pressure will extend you life. Keep stress to a minimum.

4. Accept failure as a possibility. It will allow you to take risks without the fear for failure.

5. Respect your journey and be part of it without waiting for acceptance.

Loyalty Through Social Media

March 6, 2012 in Life, Work

A main reason companies have been successful it’s because they have found ways to connect with consumers, clients and coworkers. Today, social media is a big part of it because brands can interact with consumers in a daily basis instantly. Consumers are not numbers anymore, they are part of the decision-making process of where a company is heading or what the brand represents. So, if you have a small business or are part of a company that hasn’t embraced social media to its fullest, think twice, you might be missing a great opportunity.

Dr. Paul Zak mentions that “social media increases double digits of oxytocin” and that “oxytocin is triggered by connecting with others.” And, since oxytocin is the molecule of trust and connection. And, trust is the root of loyalty, social media is the smartest and cheapest way to connect with consumers.


TED Talk Paul Zak

Social media does not only work to build loyalty between consumers and brands, it can also help your companies employee morale. In the US, society is extremely cautious about hugging, it is less touchy and warm compared to the latin american community who are all hugs and kisses.  Sexual harassment lawsuits contribute to that restriction. But, by encouraging your coworkers, employee and bosses to use social media between each other. It can lead to stronger team because of the release of this molecule as found in Dr. Zak research.

But what can you say or do to build trust once your using social media?

There are 13 common behaviors from top leaders in the world that we can use for social media:

1. Talk Straight

2. Demonstrate Respect

3. Create Transparency

4. Right Wrongs

5. Show Loyalty

6. Deliver Results

7. Get Better

8. Confront Reality

9. Clarify Expectation

10. Practice Accountability

11. Listen First

12. Keep Commitments

13. Extend Trust

Try to embrace social media. The worst that can happen is that you gain loyalty from consumers and build trust within your company.

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