Life lessons that shouldn't take a lifetime to figure out
People need to learn how to stop being overly emotional and get over things. Life doesn’t revolve around you and I hope you know that. BTW, you don’t know all the answers and there’s more than one way to do things. Your way is not the right way. You pride yourself on being independent and yet you need a constant group of groupies to feed your ego. Grow up and stop being childish. Learn to put things behind you and I promise that life will seem much easier by the next day.
“There is nothing worse or insulting to me than when people/institutions/employers block certain websites on the internet. If they were really concerned about people lollygagging, they would take it up with them immediately. I hate that. BTW, I will never work for you if that’s the case.”—Betsy Soler
“Sharks and rays are the only animals known to man that cannot succumb to cancer. Scientists believe this is related to the fact that they have no bone—only cartilage. They also don’t smoke.”—Useless Knowledge
These are the traits that my personality is least compromised of:
The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love, and Act the Way You Do defines the characteristics that I listed above as:
Inalienable rights. Leisurely men and women believe in their right to enjoy themselves on their own terms in their own time. They value and protect their comfort, their free time, and their individual pursuit of happiness.
Enough is enough. They agree to play by the rules. They deliver what is expected of them and no more. They expect others to recognize and respect that limit.
The right to resist. Leisurely, individuals cannot be exploited. They can comfortably resist acceding to demands that they seem unreasonable or above and beyond the call of duty.
Manana. Leisurely men and women are relaxed about time. Unlike Type-A individuals, they are not obsessed by time urgency or the demands of the clock. To these individuals, haste makes waste and unnecessary anxiety. They are easygoing and optimistic that whatever needs to get done will get done, eventually.
I’m okay. They are not overawed by authority. They accept themselves and their approach in life.
Wheel of fortune. Leisurely people believe that they are just as good as everyone else and as entitled to the best things in life. They maintain that blind luck often accounts for who fares well and who fares poorly.
Mixed feelings. Although they feel impelled to proceed in their own direction, when their choices put them in conflict with the people they care for, Leisurely people are often of two minds about how to proceed. They do not like to risk important relationships, yet they need to feel free.
Generosity. Individuals with the Self-Sacrificing personality style will give you the shirts off their backs if you need them. They do not wait to be asked.
Service. Their “prime directive” is to be helpful to others. Out of deference to others, they are noncompetitive and unambitious, comfortable coming second, even last.
Consideration. Self-Sacrificing people are always considerate in their dealing with others. They are ethical, honest, and trustworthy.
Acceptance. They are nonjudgemental, tolerant of others’ foibles, and never harshly reproving. They’ll stick with you through thick and thin.
Humility. They are neither boastful nor proud, and they’re uncomfortable beinf fussed over. Self-Sacrificing men and women do not like being the center of attention; they are uneasy in the limelight.
Endurance. They are long-suffering. They prefer to shoulder their own burdens in life. They have much patience and a high tolerance for discomfort.
Artlessness. Self-Sacrificing individuals are rather naive and innocent. They are unaware of the often deep impact they make on other people’s lives, and they tend never to suspect deviousness or underhanded motives in the people to whom they give so much of themselves.
Commitment. Individuals with the Devoted personality style are thoroughly dedicated to the relationships in their lives. They place the highest value on sustained relationships, they respect the instituion of marriage as well as unofficial avowels of commitment, and they work hard to keep their relationships together.
Togetherness. They perfer the company of one or more people to being alone.
Teamwork. People with this personality style would rather follow than lead. They are cooperative and respectful of authority and institutions. They easily rely on others and take direction well.
Deference. When making decisions, they are happy to seek out others’ opinions and to follow their advice.
Harmony. Devoted individuals are careful to promote good feelings between themselves and the important people in their lives. To promote harmony, hey tend to be polite, agreeable, and tactful.
Consideration. They are thoughtful of others and good at pleasing them. Devoted people will endure personal discomfort to do a good turn for the key people in their lives.
Attachment. Relationships provide life’s meaning for this personality style. Even after a painful loss of someone around them whom their life was centered, they are able to form new meaningful bonds.
Nonconformity. Men and women who have the Adventurous personality style live by their own internal code of values. They are not strongly influenced by other people or by the norms of society.
Challenge. To live is to dare. Adventurers love the thrill of risk and routinely engage in high-risk activities.
Mutual independence. They do not worry too much about others, for they expect each human being to be responsible for him- or herself.
Persuasiveness. They are silver-tongued, gifted in the gentle art of winning friends and influencing people.
Wanderlust. They love to keep moving. They settle down only to have the urge to pick up and go, explore, move out, move on. They do not worry about finding work, and live well by their talents, skills, ingenuity, and wits.
Wild oats. In their childhood and adolescence, people with the Adventurous personality were usually high-spirited hell-raisers and mischief makers.
True grit. They are courageous, physically bold, and tough. THey will stand up to anyone who dares to take advantage of them.
No regrets. Adventurers live in the present. They do not feel guilty about the past or anxious about the future. Life is meant to be experienced now.
Hard work. The Conscientious person is dedicated to work, works very hard, and is capable of intense, single-minded effort.
The right thing. To be Conscientious is to be a person of conscience. There are men and women of strong moral principles and values. Opinions and beliefs on any subject are rarely held lightly. Conscientious individuals want to do the right thing.
The right way. Everything must be done “right,” and the Conscientious person has a clear understanding of what that means, from the correct way to balance a checkbook, to the best strategy to achieve the boss’s ojectives, to how to fit every single dirty dish into the dishwasher.
Perfectionism. The Conscientious person like all tasks and projects to be complete to the final detail, without even minor flaws.
Perserverance. They stick to their convictions and opinions. Opposition only serves to strengthen their dogged determination.
Order and detail. Conscientious people like the appearance of orderliness and tidiness. They are good organizers, catalogers, and list makers. No detail is too small for Conscientious consideration.
Prudence. Thrifty, careful, and cautious in all areas of their lives, Conscientious individuals do not give in to reckless abandon or wild excess.
Accummulation. A “pack rat,” the Conscientious person saves and collects things, reluctant to discard anything that has, formerly had, or someday may have value for him or her.
Command. Aggressive individuals take charge. They are comfortable with power, authority, and responsibility.
Hiearchy. They operate best with a traditiional power structure where everyone knows his or her place and the lines of authority are clear.
Tight ship. They are highly disciplined and impose rules of order that they expect others in their charge to follow.
Expedience. Agressive men and women are highly goal-directed. They take a practical, pragmatic approach to accomplishing other objectives. They do what is necessary to get the job done.
Guts. They are neither squemish nor fainthearted. They can function well and bravely in difficult and dangerous situations without being distracted by fear or horror.
The rough-and-tumble. Aggresive people like action and adventure. They are physically assertive and often participate in or enjoy playing competitive sports, especially contact sports.
I really hope Coke wins this lawsuit. It’s true; Vitaminwater clearly displays the nutrition facts. If customers can read and understand the chart, why wouldn’t they be able to understand how much sugar it has? Customers are also able to understand the names of the flavors are just names and not claims. I am the typical consumer and I know that the XXX Vitaminwater won’t make me a porn star. So the real question is: what is the real motive behind this lawsuit?
1. Make goals. I think I’m off to a good start here.
2. Put school first. Although this may seem like a no-brainer, it always seems to be easy for me to say “I won’t go to class this one time so I can focus on X, Y, and Z.”
3. Be more active with PRSSA. I should have the entire FIU PRSSA website, contributing blog (more about that later), and twitter account up and working within the next month. I have also commited myself to the Event Planning workshops. This will play well with my Events Management class.
4. Intern. As some of you may have heard, I recently interviewed for an internship position at Lease Trader (www.leasetrader.com). I truly believe that this internship will be a whirlwind of opportunities.
5. I will live by two philosophies this semester.
"Exceptional service means going above and beyond of what is expected. Always."
6. Learn a new language. I enrolled for French I at FIU. I also recruited a couple of French friends to help me converse fluently (Just kidding. But I really do have a plethora of friends who are more than willing to help me).
7. Live a healthy lifestyle. It’s time for a diet and back to exercising. I owe this to myself.
8. Save money. This goes beyond putting aside a monthly allowance in my savings account. This means bargain shopping, opting to eat-in than eating-out, and driving less.
I hope 2009 will be a year of self-fufillment and achievements for everyone. I truly hope that people don’t shrug off setting goals for themselves. If the new year doesn’t encourage you to start and reach a new milestone, what will?
Last semester I received an eviction letter from Bay Vista Housing. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen again.
As a matter of fact, let’s hope that FIU doesn’t screw anything up like it has done in the past to each and everyone of its students. I’m pretty sure its student body has some pretty amazing stories to tell.