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The Tyranny of Low Expectations

'This, my friends, is known as the tyranny of low expectations. You don’t have to lift a finger to do anything for yourself – the government will do everything for you. It will feed you, house you, clothe you, educate you, medicate you and – what the heck – even give you free cell phones.

In exchange, all you have to do is … shut up. You don’t have to work, you don’t have to raise or educate your children and above all, you don’t have to question the government’s motives.

Low expectations are often disguised as kindness. No one wants to see people struggle, so out of the kindness of our hearts we ask the government to provide for them. In doing so, we sabotage all efforts for people to rise on their own, to overcome adversity, to learn and grow through their own efforts, to acquire discipline and self-control. Low expectations create mental and physical laziness and an entitlement mentality.

If expectations get low enough – if people no longer have the self-respect and determination …

Happy Birthday Brooklyn

I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams
And that faith gives you the courage
To dare to do great things
I'm here for you whatever this life brings
So let my love give you roots
And help you find your wings

May passion be the wind
That leads you through your days
And may conviction keep you strong
Guide you on your way
May there be many moments
That make your life so sweet
Oh, but more than memories...

Guns stop Rapes

Another despicable act that's left a lady hospitalized and traumatized probably for life, and we still have liberals advocating nonsense (stuff like sensitizing men) that can't and won't stop rapes.

A unarmed populace is a sitting duck story. An unarmed woman is easy prey for deviants.

Its guns that can stop rapes.

Note Katie Pavlich: Reality check: Rape is illegal (which by definition means "don't do it") and as a society we highly condemn it. This doesn't change the fact rape happens often. Luckily thanks to concealed carry, rape and other violent crime has rapidly decreased over the past few years. Maxwell is correct when she says rape often happens with someone a woman may know, but her argument boils down to "if you just ask him not to, he won't," which is asinine and false. Maxwell's comments about "not talking to women at all" but instead talking to men is also ridiculous and a typical liberal way of taking responsibilit…

Why free when you have to earn it?

Teresa has a point. Coincidentally Jayendra too states the same thing, that if Bournville claims 'you have to earn it', why give it away free?

Theory tells us every consumer touch-point must be managed to build a unique position for the brand in the minds of consumers. Touch-point perceptions mustn't contradict. Like it did with Bournville. The promo that gave away the chocolate free contradicted the claim, 'you must earn it'.

In the real world, many times the best of marketers mess up. Its only natural it happens, after all, who can get it right all the time? Also, part of the problem is the disconnect between marketers managing the same brand, but different mix variables. The channel guy desperately needs a promo to take stocks off shelves. The Ad. guy wants a brilliant campaign that will capture consumer imagination. So the former gives it away free, the latter says, 'you gotta earn it'!

How can this contradiction be averted? The better marketer through…

Here's how to avoid apologies

Two weeks away on a holiday meant Jaden had piles of homework when we got back. Helping him with it turned frustrating after a while. The frustration led me to snap at Jaden. Poor fellow, tears welled up and I realized I had gone too far. 
I know there's only so much fun you can have with homework, after a while it gets taxing, but it still needs to be done. Only, it can do without my rants. That way though the work may weigh down, it still will get done sans any grief.

After his homework was completed, I sat Jaden down and told him I was sorry I snapped at him. He shrugged it away, but I persisted 'cos I needed him to know I was sorry. I repeated the apology so he knew. He said he did.

You see, emotional Intelligence is as much about self-awareness as it is self-regulation. What's emotionally intelligent is, if you lose it and know you did, you are self-aware. What's better is if you know you're losing it, and you can stop yourself from snapping. No apology needed…