Ratliff Rants

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

Tag: lifestyle

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.


Is “Stuff” A Big Scam?

Are we really consumers?  Should we be?


At the core, are we really minimalists who’ve been duped?

I know, I know, sounds strange huh?

Well, after reading a blog post this morning, I started to think…is having all the “stuff” I have really a valuable thing?  Do I really need all this stuff?

I don’t really think I do need 1/2 the stuff I have…honestly haven’t touched it.  And no, I’m not a pack rat, I have the average amount of stuff most people seem to have.

So, with this in mind…is “having stuff” just a big scam designed to support shipping industries and retail stores?  Or, is there some sort of hidden value to this stuff I’m not thinking of…?

I’m going to think about this today (you too?).  Perhaps it’s time for a change.

The 80/20 Rule And Life…

The Pareto Principle (the 80/20 rule):

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

From Wikipedia

Based on this logic, there are a number of lifestyle changes you could, and should be making or have made which would probably have a significant impact.

A few of many examples:

  • When you clean your house, should you spend all-day cleaning it?  Do people really care if you make it perfect?  Or, could you clean it “most of the way”, and actually enjoy life a little…knowing people probably won’t even notice the parts you didn’t clean?
  • Could you shift your focus towards only doing 20% of the projects you want to accomplish in a day/week/month if you focused on the most important ones?  This is of course with the understanding that by doing the most-important 20%…you will get 80% of the results of doing it.
  • What if you only picked the top 20% most-important of all of your “required” commitments, could you ditch (or say no) to the remaining 80% and live life the way you wanted to during that newly found time?
  • And on…and on…

There has to be a number of things that you can think of…

…where if you did the most-important 20% of those things…

…that got you 80% of the results given by doing those things…

You could forget doing the remaining 80% of those things altogether.

What I’ve revealed here is a big, deep, secret to my life that has allowed me to enjoy life at a pace and with a quality that cannot be matched.

I wish you the same quality of life (or better) for 2011.

Get to it.

What Keeps You Up At Night?…

What keeps you up at night?  What would you like to do, if there were no barriers?

Why aren’t you doing it?

I’ve asked this question of many people…and most can’t answer it.  Most refer back to “standard” answers like:

  • I couldn’t risk doing that right now…I’ve got to pay the bills.  (what if you could do what you wanted, AND pay the bills?)
  • Maybe I’ll pick that up as a hobby sometime.  (what?)
  • These are just pipe dreams.  I’ve got to keep my “real” job.  (J.O.B. = Just Over Broke)
  • And on…and on…

If it keeps you up at night, that’s your body’s way of telling you that is what you need to be doing.

So, when the pain finally exceeds the “pleasure” of keeping that standard job (which most people really don’t like)…then it’s time to live.

We each hold inside of us a “person” that wants to come out…and that person inside is ready to deliver to the world something extraordinary.

We’re waiting…


Life Isn’t A Race To The Finish Line

“I’ve gotta paint my house.” (do you? or do you just need something to do?)

“We’ve gotta get these bushes out of the backyard by Fall.” (we do?  last time I checked, we can always do it next year)

“I’ve gotta pull an all-nighter just to get this done on time.” (really?  did you fuck up the management of your time to begin with?  or are you going for ‘status symbol’ here?)

Jesus people.

If you keep running towards the ‘finish line’ of life, when do you stop to catch your breath?  And why is it we attach some fucked up status symbol for ‘sacrificing’ so much of our lives to get things done?


Who really cares that you work 80 hours a week doing a job that should only take you 30 hours a week to complete (yet you, for some fucked up reason, stretch it out to 80, then brag about it to your coworkers)?

Here’s a little insight, nobody really cares.  They are all too busy with their own lives to care about your all-nighter or 80-hour week.  People might give you a pat on the back of some sort, but at what expense?

Do you really lack self-confidence so much that you need those little, tiny “hoorays” to function in life?  (like the typical, ‘I need my 15 minutes of fame’ person the news media finds to interview when they bring you “live” to a scene)

So what do I mean by the title to this post?


Walk through your life…don’t run.  It never has been, and never will be about how much you get accomplished…rather it’s the quality of what you accomplish that matters.

We can get how much from anyone…are you willing to step up and offer us quality?

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