Thursday, June 1, 2017

Motivation is not for the weak

In my post on wire tapping I had a motivational video. A reader wrote me about it : "Why do you have that video on your site ? Motivation is for the weak." I have removed the video, but not because of what this reader said, but because it was out of context.

I'll answer that reader. Motivation is NOT for the weak. Motivation is for the strong. Motivation is what you get when your life partner cheers you up when you come home tired and spent from work. Motivation is what you get from your kid- assuming you have one- when you wake up in the morning and need to get ready to take on the world. The world is not your friend, and you need motivation and inspiration constantly. Key word, constantly. Motivation does wear off,  and it needs constant replenishment. If you have an hour and 45 mins, watch Robbins's performance at Dreamforce last October. Props to Benioff for bringing him in.

If I had the money, I'd hire Tony Robbins today to be my life coach . I don't have that kind of money, but somebody else does and pays it: Ray Dalio and Marc Benioff . If the video of Robbins is free and it moves you, then by all means watch it and watch again. I believe you need a life coach just as much as you need a trainer. You do a better workout supervised, don't you ?

So motivation is not for the weak. The markings of the weak are: complaining, blaming, looking for something good into the dumpster called politics, seeking a magic cure for one's ailments.

If you're like me you need a detox and decontamination from all the assholes in your life. Even if I stayed in the shower for two hours straight after work I still have the stench of my boss on me.

The Wall Street Journal (Vanessa Furhmans, "Some Toxic Bosses Manage to Hang On", March 31, 2017):

"Many people have found themselves working for a nightmare boss at some point, according to a 2015 Gallup study...The Life Meets Work survey suggests working for an abusive or dysfunctional supervisor is even more commonplace: Among those polled, 56% described their current manager as toxic."

"Toxic bosses appear very effective" even as they slowly and surely poison our lives. 

If you are living a toxic nightmare, you might as well smell the benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde acids, the stale stench of decay lingering at work. It smells worse than a clogged public toilet in a bus station where 42 people a hour have urinated on top of unwashed feces.

There's only one way to go -DOWN- with a toxic boss !

Do you have what it takes to do that ? Do you even know what that entails ? Taking down an abusive boss is essentially beating a more powerful person, who, by virtue of authority and social status is above your rank !

I have developed a way to do just that.

Kenny Rogers said:

You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run...

Agree or disagree: A very important lesson about speculative hands at poker is to fold if someone else shows much greater strength, or if the hands' potential is not realized. If you disagreed with this, I'll be happy to play you.


  1. Max, your blog is quickly becoming a go-to read on Wall Street.

  2. So, what Tony says:

    Live by the 90 seconds Rule: When Negative thoughts enter your mind, get that shit out !

    Make the decision to live in a beautiful state !

    The Story we tell ourselves is the suffering. We can end the suffering wehn we take responsibility for our lives.

    1. Know HOW you suffer.

    2. Life is always happening FOR us, not TO us.


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