Success

In sports and politics sore losers dominate the news

In sports and politics sore losers dominate the newsI try to live by a simple motto: when evaluating your outcomes, look for reasons to succeed, not excuses to fail.

As part of my inspiration to write this blog post, I just updated one of my websites by restoring a story on Thomas Edison and the mythical quote on his 10,000 failures to invent the electric light bulb. You'll find the link to that story at the end of this blog post, and you can read about Thomas Edison as one of the best examples of a successful state of mind

I have stayed away from social media more than usual lately because of all the negativity. The news have been dominated in recent days about people wishing for the failure of the incoming presidential administration.  The world seems to be super charged with negativity. All the "not my president" memes and cartoons are getting way out of hand.

For all the years I have been eligible to vote, going back to the days of Gerald Ford, more often than not, the person who I thought was the best candidate to become president never made it out of the primaries. Along the way I have voted for many losing candidates in the general election. For all my discomfort and frustration, I have always accepted the results of the election, and supported the president in respect for our country. When a candidate I dislike has won, I have asked myself, and others, is there something I could have done to change things?

In the world of the Tao of Questy, the goal is not to take sides in an "us versus them" argument, but to stretch your brain to see things in a different perspective.  To all the sore losers in politics, stop and think about this, when you lose, don’t lose the lesson. On social media I don't see many people asking the question, "Is there something I could have done to change things?"  But I do see a lot of people looking for ways for the new president to fail, hoping he will fail.  So much for good sportsmanship.

Best wishes for success in the New Year live long and prosper

Best wishes for a prosperous New Year from the Tao of QuestyBest wishes for a prosperous New Year. May you believe in your dreams and succeed in your efforts.

Science fiction geeks and baby boomers know the Vulcan salute from Star Trek followed by the phrase "live long and prosper" as a universal gesture of wishing one well. Leonard Nimoy, who played the character of Mr. Spock in the original television series Star Trek, said the salute was based on the Priestly Blessing known as raising of the hands he saw in an Orthodox synagogue when he was a child.

Society often associates being prosperous with being wealthy, and with wealth there is much distortion about what it means to be successful. As I read through various social media memes telling me the simple answers to the world's complex problems, I am told that being wealthy is often accompanied by greed, corruption, and hostility. The traditional media pundits and social media memes tell us people often sell their souls to achieve prosperity.

As I study the great inventors and industrialists as I work on my website Geek History I see animosity towards business people for being successful. Instead of seeing industrialists as people who take an invention and develop it into an industry, and create jobs, and grow an economy, the term industrialist is associated with arrogance and an inordinate amount of competitiveness.

Sadly the media spin here in the United States is "capitalism is evil." Then we should wonder why some people have a fear of success. I don't think when Mr. Spock said "live long and prosper" he was promoting stress and anxiety.

Every new year brings us a fresh start.

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