Welcome to the Heroic Minds Blog
The blog is our collection of articles on the lessons, philosophies and wisdom that we believe are indispensable on your journey to improve yourself through learning and applying yourself. These lessons come from a wide variety of sources including, science famous philosophers, political leaders, CEOs, athletes and other notable individuals.
The hope is that these articles will challenge you to consider life from different perspectives.
Back when I was studying Philosophy, I had been tasked with writing a paper about Abraham Maslow’s ground-breaking book “Toward a Psychology of Being”. Many of you might know Maslow because you studied his hierarchy of needs at some point in school. However, what few know about Maslow is that unlike Freud, Jung, Piaget and other predecessors, who focused on developing a theory of psychological issues, Maslow wanted to develop a theory of psychological flourishing.
We are moving at an ever-accelerating pace in our lives today, prizing busyness and sense of exertion as our key heuristics for the degree to which we deserve the outcome we’re after. I believe this is a fatal error in logic, cultural narrative and our personal lives.
Have you ever had the experience of trying so hard at something that you fail to perform as you would have hoped while others effortlessly execute around you? I have. Watching any seasoned professional athlete perform often elicits an illusion of effortlessness. But how can we in our daily lives learn how to perform optimally in a seemingly effortless way?
Do me a favour - when you get into bed tonight, try your very hardest to fall asleep. You’ve probably tried this before and my guess is it didn’t go well. But how could this be? Aren’t we told all our lives that if you really want something you must to try your hardest to achieve it? I was and I believed it for a long time.
But this idea doesn’t map well on to our the reality of our daily lives. Ever had to solve a really complex problem? Perhaps a difficult decision surrounding an investment, job or relationship?
This is another fantastic blast from the past I thought is worth sharing. Tragically few people today know of this famous poem called “If” by Rudyard Kipling. This is the type of poem that you can read 100 times and you will glean 100 different insights on how you can act better in your life.
One idea I like from this poem is the idea of a good attitude in relation to your circumstances - no matter how bad they get and the bottomless potential of the human will.
With that, I hope you enjoy this phenomenal poem,
This is a poem called “The Boy Who Can’t” written in 1920.
The poem is about a general mindset that is seldom spoken about in today’s world; Self improvement for the sake of simply being useful.
The poem is a call to action to see your life as an opportunity to learn things that will make life better for you and those around you through pushing yourself to transform.
I hope it finds you well,
What we aim at in life is a topic that we scarcely discuss in today’s world. There seems to be an underlying belief that people vary so much in what they want that no meaningful insight can be gleaned from asking broadly about the purpose having aim have in our lives.
In this first edition of Mind Manual I thought it would be most useful to start at the top. By that I mean the top of a person’s moral psychology, which is the decision to choose what you are going to aim at in your life.