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The Value of Acting on Your Definition

One of the themes you can find on my other blog, Irrational Health, is the value of sincerity. For those who don’t know, I’m currently in the semi-active process of writing a book entitled Irrational Health which on the surface is an analysis of irrationalities in modern human psychology, particularly in regard to western cultures and as a promotional tool/exercise tool, I maintain a blog that discusses what will eventually be some of the major ideas presented in Irrational Health.  In meshing sincerity and the concept of value, which I discuss here, I started thinking about one other philosophical adage, if you will. Most have likely heard it before that you shouldn’t do things as a means to an end, but always as an end in themselves. This goes back to Kantian theory, morality, and his categorical imperative. You put these three things together and then you get to the idea I want to talk about today. 

I truly believe that there’s something to be said for always starting at the base, which is to say always making decisions based on your own personal definition that isn’t simply a synthesis of all of your accomplishments or past work experiences (your resume). If you’ve been a follower of my writing here for the last couple of months, then you know that I really push the importance of defining your own personal brand. I truly believe there is greater value in making decisions based on who you are, your definition, your brand over making decisions and having those decisions define you. I hope that distinction comes out well. In the study of psychology, there are these two concepts known as the internal locus of control and the external locus of control. A person with an internal locus of control feels that they are the driver of their own life in contrast to a person with an external locus of control who believes that their life is controlled by something outside of their own will. Whether you have an internal or external locus, recognizing the value of actions based on your personal definition and brand can help you to feel a greater control over what opportunities you decide to pursue. Not only this, but you’ll find that your life will be much more heavily geared towards what actually makes you happy over what’s conventional. There’s a lot of value to be found in making decisions based on who you are rather than letting your decisions define who you are.

The Internet is Public Domain

In a time when people’s concerns about their privacy online are at an all time high, managing your online presence is really more important than ever. A week ago I wrote about how you should go about managing your online presence and this is meant to be a sort of continuation of that. The fact is that controlling your image online is a very difficult thing to do. If you’ve looked at Facebook’s current privacy settings, then you know that they are really complicated for what it is that you’re attempting to do. While we can understand that the complexity in settings is meant for people to be able to tailor their profile to their particular specifications, we also have to say that many of us don’t want to have to constantly be adjusting these settings. Facebook is meant to be a tool to connect with friends and family, not some algorithim you have to maintain.

The concept that I live by is simple and maybe I’m in a minority if people who can achieve this, but the idea is that I just take it as fact that everything online is public. Therefore, I put nothing online that I wouldn’t want to be public. It just makes things easier and the fact it is that one way or another anything online is accessible. If there’s something that is truly private to me, such as financial information, then I just keep that offline. For example, if you’re a user of Evernote then you know that you have the option to keep certain notebooks offline. If you have sensitive data, then just keep that on a computer with no connection to the internet. Its that simple.

P.S: This is the first post I wrote on my Android phone and I have to admit that the WordPress app is very robust and if you’re quick on a virtual keyboard then I think blogging is finally a viable alternative. Look for a WordPress app review from The Tech Tipper in the near future.

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