My Upcoming Speaking Engagement in QUEENS, NYC (& More Free Book Excerpts)
Two Sundays from now, on July 28th at 4pm, I’ll be speaking at the African Poetry Theatre in Jamaica, Queens (NYC), about my book, How to Conquer Yourself: Discipline & Willpower for the Conscious, Thinker, giving a step-by-step formula for building motivation, overcoming procrastination, attaining self-discipline and raising your productivity. If you can, swing through to…
>> hear me live
>> enjoy live music
>> connect with like-minded people
>> meet community organizers and
>> talk with me personally.
Check out the EventBrite page for more, and take a look at the flyer:
DIRECTIONS: The African Poetry Theatre is at 176-03 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NY 11432-5503, on the corner of Jamaica Ave & 176th. You can either take the F to 179th and walk down or the E to Jamaica Center followed by the Q110 bus. It’s truly a beautiful place.
“Don’t let circumstances define your identity for you: don’t let financial troubles, a failed romance or any other setback puppeteer you into who you’re going to be. We all face pain in life, so it’s natural to be down at certain times, but ultimately, you have to make a conscious choice about the type of person you are, and maintain that stance regardless of what occurs or what other people do to you, otherwise your motivation will come to be less reliable than the weather.”
“Lastly…on a more emotional front, never allow another person (or circumstance) to dictate your temperament or emotional state. To a certain extent, whenever you let someone’s ignorance or disrespect get the best of you, you also let that person control you, and whenever you grow distraught over a temporary failure or situations in which you have no control that also means that you, at least for the time, have a victim mentality.
As a general rule, the more dramatic and emotional you become, the more likely you are to regress backwards into childhood patterns of behavior and thought, whereas the more calm and composed you remain, the more deliberately you’ll be able to tailor how you feel and behave to whatever a situation demands. So do your best to keep a calm, composed demeanor at all times, and effect a cool disposition.”
“The Western world is a society based on consumerism, and so the way of thought and behavior required to attain discipline is often disrupted and complicated by this consumerist drive.
In fact, the western world isn’t just a consumer society, it’s a consumer culture, meaning that if you live here, you’re surrounded by a value system (a ‘social contract’ if you will) of consumerism as both heritage and societal custom. It’s a way of life that encompasses literally every aspect of our existence which, in your attempt to build discipline, you need to understand and shield yourself from.
When a country has a consumer culture, that doesn’t just mean the people who live there excessively shop and consume, it means that they communicate and find personal meaning through the act of consumption as well. Consumerism isn’t just about what people do with their spare time or their disposable income, but what the infrastructure of such a hyper-commercialized society does to the psyche of such people as they inhabit and acclimate to it.”