People will always just be people. Outside of the fancy titles, the money, the achievements, and/or something as simple as the titles of “mom and dad,” none of us can avoid being human. Humans, being whatever they are in terms of capacity and power conditions, are on a spectrum that will never avoid being human. The condition of being human will always come with a price. The value, however, is infinite. Those that access the endless ability to be human attain the highest achievement. The highest achievement one can attain in this life is living to one’s capacity, not at it. Living to capacity allows one to self-reflect as well as reflect and illuminate light for others’ benefit while knowing individual boundaries to mitigate uncertainty in terms of life’s direction.

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We have so many choices in this life. Having limited time means one’s choices are the only thing that determines the quality of being able to manage the choices we make. The choices we make dictate the equity of time in contrast to the liability of being aimless in the pursuit of doing everything except focus. Focus is not only the key to the long term but can also be a lock, depending on one’s intention (or lack thereof).

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My Mom would say this to me every time I made impressive points that were based on ingenuity, creativity, and intellect. She taught me that true intelligence is based on being able to speak to people properly and appropriately based on what they need, not what I or anyone else feels someone else needs to know. It’s taken years to refine myself to live up to my Mother’s incredible outlook as well as expectation/belief in my capability to rise to the challenge. While I’ll always be learning to refine what I’ve cultivated over my life to speak to people based on what they need and not what I deem necessary, I’m pleased with my daily improvement. This encourages me to keep going and striving, irrespective of my many shortcomings, failures, and missteps.

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Steve Douglas

Steve is a Canadian polymath whose pro music career officially began at age 4 when he performed live @ Wembley Stadium. His focus = tangibly benefiting youth.