The Most Dangerous/Powerful Force

What’s the most dangerous thing in the world?

Clue: the answer is the same as the one for the following question…

What’s the most powerful thing in the world?

Answer: the stories we believe about ourselves.

Every bit of freedom and every ounce of suffering you will ever experience can be traced back to that one factor.

If you believe stories of powerlessness and self-pity, your experience will follow.

If you believe stories of possibility and resilience, your experience will follow.

Neville Goddard wrote “an assumption, if persisted in, will inevitably harden into fact.” The same is true of the narrative you choose to live by.

Think twice about the stories others sell you. Think twice about the stories you tell yourself.

The story you accept to be true of yourself, if persisted in, will inevitably harden into fact.

The Calm, Cool, & Collective Game

Imagine a reality-based game show where the producers rewarded you with money for going through trying situations without losing your cool.

Here’s the basic idea: a professional camera crew follows you around for an entire day. You go to your usual job and you still engage in all your usual activities with all your usual friends. There would just be one caveat: whenever something really annoying or aggravating happens, you receive $10,000 for exercising self-control or reacting to the problem with a sense of humor.

Could you do it? How much money do you think you could make in a day? A week? Most people I know say they could easily make 100-200K a day with a challenge like that.

I don’t know any TV producers interested in creating a show like that, but here’s my challenge to you: Play the game anyway. For the next 24-48 hours pretend that you’ll receive 10K every time you respond to your challenges with wisdom and wit, with a sense of humor and hubris. You just might surprise yourself by how good you are at being creative, patient, and resilient during difficult situations.

I’m not asking you to live this way all the time. For starters, that’s too much pressure and it just gives you a really good excuse to not do it at all. Additionally, it’s not always fitting to laugh off your problems. Sometimes you should get mad. I’m only asking you to do it as a tiny little experiment in personal development for 1-2 days.

“But why should I play this game if I’m not getting any money?” you might ask.

The answer is simple. Do it for reasons that are far more valuable than money. Do it for self-discovery. Do it for peace of mind. Do it for fun.


T.K. Coleman

The Fight For Freedom is Forever

There is no version of the universe where freedom is experienced as an unchallenged and permanently secure reality.

If we were able to magically transform our world into a completely free society, that very freedom would still be threatened at all times by the mere existence of disagreement and diversity.

In a free society, people would have different ideas about how freedom should be enjoyed and these differences would give rise to fears, concerns, uncertainties, suspicions, and the formation of various alliances designed to protect special interests. Even in a utopia, there are people who don’t like utopias.

The love of freedom will never be afforded the luxury of living in a vacuum. It will always exist alongside the possibility of its own negation.

Freedom is an infinite game, not a finite game. It will never win any victories that can’t be undermined by a lack of vigilance.

Either Way, They Win!

Politicians are like celebrities getting ready to release a new album or film:

When you hate them, they win.

When you love them, they win.

When you fear them, they win.

When you praise them, they win.

When you spread lies about them, they win.

When you tell the truth about them, they win.

As long as you believe they are the primary ones worth talking about, they win.

The Greatest Conspiracy

The greatest danger isn’t that too many people will fail to show up at the voting booth. The greatest danger is that too few people will ever take themselves seriously as creative forces.

What concerns me isn’t the fact that we mock politicians. It’s the fact that we mock any messages that dare to tell us that we’re more powerful than politicians.

What scares me isn’t that my neighbor might vote for the “wrong” person. What scares me is that my neighbor probably defines “power” in a way that makes his existence relevant only when he’s voting for someone other than himself.

The greatest conspiracy isn’t some hidden agenda to get a certain crooked person into office. The greatest conspiracy is to have a world where people genuinely scoff at the idea that they have the permission and power to be the predominant creative forces in their own lives.

The greatest conspiracy isn’t that we’re being secretly screwed by a shadow government. The greatest conspiracy is that we’ve been duped into believing that freedom is only possible through a process of systemic begging and wishing. Even worse, that we’ve been brainwashed into believing that our efforts to be free are a waste of time no matter what we do.

The next time you find yourself saying “we can’t win.” Ask yourself who wins when you allow yourself to believe that losing is inevitable?

The next time you find yourself laughing at someone who dares to remind you of your own power, ask yourself who’s laughing at you as you laugh at the idea of your own power?

Drop Your Judgments or Drop the Conversation

Whenever you spend time arguing, debating, or philosophizing with someone, you must either assume that your conversational partner is sincere or that they are insincere.

If you genuinely believe they are sincere, then it would be reasonable for you to stay involved in the conversation in spite of difficulties and disagreements. After all, misunderstandings are a part of life and it’s not a big deal for people to talk past each other as long as they’re sincere in their efforts to get it right.

If you don’t believe that your conversational partner is sincere, however, then it would be unreasonable to continue engaging them further. After all, why would you waste your time trying to convince or communicate with someone if you genuinely don’t think they’re interested in being honest?

These observations about what is and isn’t reasonable might seem to be commonsense, but if you take a look at people’s arguments and debates on social media, you’ll see just how uncommon it is for people to put two and two together in this way. Hardly a day goes by without someone saying “you’re an idiot” or “you’re being intellectually dishonest and you know it” or “You’re choosing to be insane” or some other condemning statement of this nature. My problem isn’t that people say these sorts of things. It’s that people keep on debating after saying these things.

The next time you find yourself condemning someone for being insincere, here’s a simple question you might want to ask yourself:

What does it say about you when you insist on conversing with someone that *you* believe is an idiot?

It’s one thing to have conversations with people who others regard as irrational, idiotic, and insincere. It’s a tragic waste of time, on the other hand, for you have conversations with people *you* regard as irrational, idiotic, and insincere.

Why waste your time with such a self-defeating practice?

Drop your judgments and keep the conversation going or drop the conversation and keep your sanity.

Fridays With Isaac Morehouse & T.K. Coleman: My Rap Debut, Working for Free, & Uncensored Thoughts on Neil deGrasse Tyson

After I kick things off with a little rap, Isaac and I hit this week’s “Facebook Warriors” segment hard, covering the weird smugness of aversion to learning on the job for free instead of paying to not learn in a classroom.

Then we take questions.  Tons of questions.  The NBA, hip hop, books, Neil deGrasse Tyson, movies, impostor syndrome, homeschooling, logical consistency, and lots more.

Recommendations: The X Files, The Lost Room, Stranger Things.

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