Combining Science and Self Help

Hey everyone and welcome back to The Fire

As you might be able to tell from my previous articles I like the color red. In fact, it’s my favorite color. But that’s neither here nor there.

What are some of the most familiar concepts you think of when you think of the topic of self-help? Maybe they’re,

  • do more by doing less (avoiding busyness)
  • things people say and do is from their own perspective and has nothing to do with you
  • avoid toxic people
  • don’t be afraid to fail
  • try new things
  • don’t give up
  • Look at the past to learn
  • and, of course, the list could go on

Being that this website is centered around self-help and scientific topics I read a lot about self-help as well as apply these very topics to my life to get the results so many content creators guarantee to their viewers. I try and read Marc and Angel Chernoff’s Marc and Angel Hack Life blog daily and I’m subscribed to YouTube channels and follow people on Instagram who dote out self-help advice every single day. These channels keep me motivated and inspired to be my greatest version and lift me up when times are especially challenging.

As I prepare for a future article I plan on publishing regarding heavy analysis and research on the topic of astronomy I continually find myself procrastinating and wondering why I’m trying to work as hard as I am on this. Reading about quasars, the history of gravity equations and other concepts can eventually leave you feeling like you’re wasting your time. I must find my why. Then I realize I want to make a discovery someday. Why do I want to do this? Because I believe it is part of my life’s task. If I make a scientific discovery that stands the test of time then I could be legendary like Einstein and Newton.

For example, today is Saturday, December 16, 2017, and I spent about 6 hours today doing research for my article and trying to piece it together ever so slowly in an effort to do good work. I’ve been reading books and using Google Scholar to find information pertaining to my research topic and what keeps me going is the objective and the bigger picture that I have in the back of my mind of what my overall life goal is. By working so hard at this I’m improving myself and becoming a better person. I appreciate patience and persistence by trusting the process. This becomes a reinforcing agent as I move higher and higher into my mastery and produce meaningful work.

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I watched a YouTube video where Jim Carrey speaks of life and reality and he emphasized how people who have an act to keep in the public eye are often the saddest and unfulfilled. Although I’ve made a commitment to my life to the pursuit of science I want to enjoy my time alive and make it valuable. This is what justifies me reading self-help and lifestyle books while experimenting with changes in my lifestyle that can yield more happiness. For example, The 4-Hour Workweek is a fantastic book that has both motivated and instructed me how to go about living an alternative lifestyle while having a steady stream of income.

Another critical reason I centered my website around science and self-help is that of my own personal journey. As I’ve detailed in the past, I’ve encountered attacks from family members, friends, and even strangers for my passions and pursuits; the worst coming from family. It’s something I’ve endured in the past, but have refused to endure any longer by distancing myself from toxic people. As I distance myself from toxic people who try to project their own low self-esteem onto me I run out of excuses not to be great. It gives me a mental advantage in life. I couldn’t have come to this healthy outlook and practice if it weren’t for the self-help content that is so readily available to me every single day. Facebook pages like Goalcast make inspiring stories with inspiring music in the background that always encourage even the lowliest of people to become their greatest versions. Thanks to self-help content I have grown stronger and better at blocking out the naysayers and the haters.

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Thanks to self-help centered content my studies have magnified my vision. When I read some powerful scientific stuff I get more inspired than ever. It has increased my hunger for knowledge and the will to fight to have a positive effect on the world. For example, when I read Neil D. Tyson’s latest book Astrophysics for People In A Hurry it gave me the opportunity to peer inside the mind of a highly accomplished astrophysicist and gauge how much farther I have to go; and it also opened my mind to a degree I cannot put into words. Sure it’s not an easy read, but it’s worth it. It’s always worth it to learn new things.

Over and above all my journey has been comprised of both heaps of self-help content and my passion for science. For me, they go hand in hand. Thanks to the countless hours I’ve spent watching inspirational YouTube videos and reading great blogs I haven’t (yet) lost my mind (completely). Because I acknowledge there are healthy rules to live by and I need to be reminded of these rules from time to time.

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