Ratliff Rants

Various rants on lifestyle, people, health, and politics…

Tag: life

“Business As Usual” Doesn’t Work Anymore (Listen Up Old-Fashioned People)

If you’re old-fashioned… wanting to travel back to a time where teenagers “fell in line” and went outside to play, then returned to working out in the fields… I’ve got bad news for you.

That doesn’t work anymore.

If you’re old-fashioned, wanting to remember a time when these “con-fangled” computers didn’t exist and people used to talk face-to-face… guess what?  Those days are very slowly coming to an end, barring some massive shift.

Business as usual doesn’t work any more.  If you’re old-fashioned, and too stubborn to keep up with the times… get ready to get left in the dust.

In a few years we might not have a Postal system, so what are you going to do when that happens?  This won’t affect most of us, because we pay our bills online, we use our mobile phones, we use the Internet etc…

Are you just going to keep being stubborn?  Are you just going to keep whining about “how things were”?  Or, are you going to quit making excuses… and just learn the basics of the Internet?

The choice is yours… but business as usual doesn’t work anymore.


Life Is Too Short

Life is too short to let other people run it for you.

Create your own life now, whatever it takes.

The Internet Is 24-7 But Does Society Have To Be?

The Internet is always on.

The mobile networks are always on.

But does society have to be “always on”?

No…it doesn’t.

I mean fuck people, there are people walking around texting while walking across streets, can’t they just walk?  Can’t they just have a regular conversation with their friends (who they ignore while they text)?

I can’t even try to count the number of people I’m seeing who seem to have to be “doing something” all the time.  And I don’t mean enjoying life.

I mean working 40 hours or more a week (we’re about the only country in the world that still does)…I mean always “working on the house”…always texting, emailing, blogging, what…the…fuck…ever.

They just keep going, and going, and going.


It’s frustrating to see people just let their lives run on a bad form of autopilot.  It fritters away…then one day they wonder where their life went.

Is this you?

Stop it.  Today.

Isn’t It Time You Shipped?

My neighbor hates his job.

He struggles to go to work each day, worrying about what his boss thinks…getting pages every day while he is at home…all from a 9 to 5 that pretty much runs his life in his mind.

But yet he still goes…

He has this talent for writing absolutely stunning short stories and essays.  He has a talent for speaking in front of groups of people at his hated job.

Yet still hasn’t shipped any of that to the world however.

He’s 49.

I’ve asked him, “Why do you go to a job you hate, working with people you hate, earning a wage you hate?”

He replies “Because I have a secure income, and in this economy…”

I stopped him from finishing that statement.

I get sick to my stomach every time I hear it from someone in his position (and boy are there a lot of people in his position).

So I asked him, “Don’t you think it’s more of a risk going to a job you hate when you consider the risk to your health, the stress, the impact on your family, and such?”

(because I’ve been in the same position myself)

Then I asked… “And… how bad could it really get if you tried to use your gift of writing and speaking to form a work-at-home business…even if it took several more months at night when you get off of work to start the business?”

He couldn’t answer that question…but he is thinking about it.

Isn’t it time you shipped your gift to the world?

We’re waiting. 🙂

Have You Ever Had “That” Feeling?

Have you ever had that feeling that you wanted something better?

I’m having that feeling today.

I know there’s way more to life than I’ve achieved already (and I would say I can pretty much do what I want, where I want, with whom I want to).  There’s just something more…

Have you ever had that feeling?

If you have, what do you do when you get that feeling?  Do you take any action?  Do you do anything different?  Or…do you just take it all as some “spark” of inspiration, and move along “ho, hum” in your life.

I’m telling you not to ignore that spark.

When I get the “spark”, I take action on it.  I think very deeply about what that spark is trying to tell me, and make whatever changes necessary to live it.

Our brains are a gift people, don’t waste them on watching another episode of Law And Order Criminal Intent…instead, listen to your brain…and act on the feelings it provides you.

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