Words From the (other) Wise

I believe in the power of words.  I also believe that other people have put forth some extremely powerful words.  Each Tuesday, I post a quotation that speaks to me, The Young Professional Project, and hopefully, you.  If you like this one, have another, or have one of your own, please share.  Enjoy!

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment;
that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

– Henry David Thoreau

John Murdock, The Young Professional

My Playlist

What I’m listening to while I’m writing for you!

Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
Muse – Madness
Ke$ha – Die Young
Florence & The Machine – You’ve Got the Love
Alexandra Burke feat. Erick Morillo – Elephant
Wolf Gang – Lions in Cages
Wale – Arrival
Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing
Armin Van Buuren feat. Adam Young – Youtopia

Life is music. Play it LOUDER.

-John Murdock, The Young Professional

Hope, Defined

I believe in the power of words (surprise I’m a writer!) We all tend to throw a lot of words around about life, but sometimes we seem to forget their full meaning.  Each Thursday, I like to look at the words we use and examine what their meaning really is.  All definitions are provided by our dear, omniscient friend Google.  

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hope/hōp/
Noun: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen
Verb: Want something to happen or be the case
Synonyms: expectation, expectancy, expectance, trust, promise

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A lot of people say they hope for a great life.  A lot of people say they hope their dreams will come true.  A lot of people will say they hope to get the things they want.

But do they expect it?

Hope isn’t a passive verb.  It isn’t meant to be the tool of passive people who make themselves feel like they are doing their part because they simply want things.

Hope is for active people.  Hope is for people who expect the best.  Hope is for people who believe the things they want will come true.  These people expect it to happen because they are also the doers – the ones who go out and make things happen.  The ones who go out and create reasons to expect the things they hope for.

Next time you say you hope for something, ask yourself, do you expect it? If not, what are you going to do about it?

– John Murdock, The Young Professional

Words From the (other) Wise

I believe in the power of words.  I also believe that other people have put forth some extremely powerful words.  Each Tuesday, I post a quotation that speaks to me, The Young Professional Project, and hopefully, you.  If you like this one, have another, or have one of your own, please share.  Enjoy!

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a
matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited
for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– Winston Churchill

John Murdock, The Young Professional

Hot Jamz

Jamz!

Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running

Matt & Kim – Let’s Go

Silversun Pickups – The Pit

Walk the Moon – Blue Dress

Freelance Hellraiser – The Strokes vs. Christina Aguilera, A Stroke of Genie-Us 

The Naked and Famous – All of This

Yeasayer – Swallowing the Decibels (I wouldn’t call it a “good” song, but for some reason I listen to it)

Mistah F.A.B. – Hit Me on Twitter

Eric Prydz – Allein

 

Life is Music.  Play it LOUDER.

 

– John Murdock, The Young Professional

 

 

College Addiction

I used to believe college was actually preparing me for life after college.  And I was, allegedly, an adult.  I was, seriously, an idiot.

I’m not proud of it.  And, no, I didn’t also search for a giant, candy-sharing, egg-laying bunny every Easter, wait by the chimney for a man known for his distinctly rotund belly to squeeze down with presents, or run to the bank to get my Obama-Dollars.

I was hooked on the concept that college prepares you for life after college.  I wanted another hit of college more than a furry wants a belly rub.  It got pretty bad, but I couldn’t kick the habit.  I had to keep educating.

College addiction is a serious issue, and the most common home remedies seem to be repeated kicks to the proverbial balls, death, or something like this.

There is another way out, outlined here, that’s better than a kick in the balls, and almost as cheap.

– John Murdock, The Young Professional

Compete, Defined

I believe in the power of words (surprise I’m a writer!) We all tend to throw a lot of words around about life, but sometimes we seem to forget their full meaning.  Each Thursday, I like to look at the words we use and examine what their meaning really is.  All definitions are provided by our dear, omniscient friend Google.  

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com·pete/kəmˈpēt/
Verb: Strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others who are trying to do the same.
Synonyms: vie – rival – contend – contest – emulate
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Some people abhor the idea of competition.  Some people select themselves out of it whenever possible.  They find it barbaric, intimidating, or impolite.

I am not one of those people.

I love it.  I live it.  I breathe it.  I love an adversary.  I love being pushed by someone else.

I think you should prepare yourself to compete.

To compete is to strive.  Competition pushes everyone vying for the goal to greater heights.  It makes different people consider different approaches, approaches they wouldn’t have taken themselves.  And it keeps people motivated, alert, and engaged – because to not be so gives your competitor an advantage.

Maybe you still don’t see the beauty in competition.  That’s fine.  But you should see the necessity.  Because, however you define success, there is likely a limited number of slots available for it.  And that means there’s somebody willing to compete, somebody like me, who will go and get it.

Don’t acquiesce.  Vie, contest, and contend! It’s your future.  Fight for it.

– John Murdock, The Young Professional

It makes you both better.  You have to calculate for their thoughts.  You think of things you wouldn’t have otherwise.  You make yourself better than you would have otherwise.

I say, welcome competition.  You’ll be better for it.  If you lose, get back up and apply the lessons you learned.