Life and Times of the Ambitious and Visionary|
[Most Recent Entries]
Below are the 14 most recent journal entries recorded in
The Ambitious People's Support Group's LiveJournal:
|Monday, June 7th, 2010|
|Monday, April 10th, 2006|
I haven't posted here in ages and I started this community. Maybe we ought to reignite this place by simply try to get everyone to introduce themselves again? Or maybe, just talk about one thing you are working on or want to do or something like that.
Or just say hi and let us know you're alive.
|Wednesday, December 21st, 2005|
Today, to my school came Bernadine Dohrn. She was the leader of the Weather Underground, the 1960s Communist group that planned to overthrow the government, set off bombs in the Pentagon and the US Capitol Building, and raised hell. The Dohrn of today is a different woman, calmer, less dogmatic and willing to engage in a dialogue. Our class questioned her, with me easily taking the lead role, and her answers were candid and worth reading, for sure. Here it is, my write-up of all that occurred.
|Wednesday, December 14th, 2005|
I'm Greg Pratt, the Chief of the Office of the Independent Blogger. The headline of my site reads, "Independent in the same sense that Ken Starr was which means not very Independent indeed." For almost all of the time that I've had this website, since the Spring, that has been a sarcastic joke. Now, as we approach tomorrow's elections in Iraq, I have found myself to be Bipartisan by Iraq.
Check it out and, in the meantime, here's two paragraphs that I'm quite proud of:( Read more...Collapse )
If I were less capable of spelling, our current path on the matter of Iran would elicit just as much support as Iraq does from me but it doesn't. When you've caught fire in a chemist's lab, you don't stop drop and roll: you shower yourself in the corner of the room. It's the same with Iran.
Give it a read through -- you'll never believe how ridiculous some Conservative ideas are for dealing with the Mullahs. Want a hint? "Leave the Nukes, Take Out The Mullahs." Brilliant,
if only it would work
Ever have the government ban smoking in your city? I have. And have you ever been bothered by your party's reaction to an article that may be fake? I have. Ever thought that the President was being less than candid? I have, and you can read about these things here.
While we're talking about a political potpourri, there's Tookie Williams, who has now been executed, and here is Me on why he's Not Redeemed At All.
Surprisingly, for a Liberal, I am not a huge fan of the 9/11 Commission. I think they're as out of order as they claim our current security measures are.
So is the Congress, the Pentagon and the Law Schools who have a Case before the SCOTUS. I consider myself a candid guy. I'm honest. There's just no two ways about it as I call things like I see them and keep an open mind. Here, I write about a lack of candor,
and end on this note: "Candor, on a last note, is increasingly hard to come by and al-Qaeda has none to spare. Bin Laden’s top Deputy to America: “bin Laden still alive and in charge.” More like, “Either hiding like a scalded dog or dead in the mountains.”
On December Seventh, Republicans Pearl Harbored Al Gore, accusing him of having given Russia permission to sell Iran nuclear weapons. For a moment, let's ignore Cheney's lobbying on behalf of an end to sanctions on Iran in the 1990s and talk about "the case against Gore,"
or, as I like to call it, a failed and transparent attempt to slander him and his dead father.
Saddam Hussein's trial, the Right's fear of a Fight over Alito, the War on Christmas!
and Rick Santorum's claim that he's helped "save Social Security" are all discussed here.
There are rumors of Chief of Staff to the President Andrew Card being fired and sent to Treasury, with Rumsfeld resigning and Lieberman taking his place. All of this would be bad for the country and wrong politically, for all parties involved, and so here is me on White House Politics.
You've all heard the expression that Truth is Stranger than Fiction, correct? Well, in today's Washington Truth is Stranger Than Gingrich.
That's all I'll say about that for now.
On December Third, I attended a Hillary Clinton speech in Chicago and here's my writeup.
There were protesters, too, and it was an interesting day. Interesting as this post about the poisoning of our political stream.
I know it's not exactly an original thought, that one, but it's still worth commenting on and I'd be mighty glad if you checked it. Finally, let me direct you here. Enjoy!
I am the Independent Blogger of the Office of the Independent Blogger. Help me spread the word about my blog -- I think you'll all enjoy it and if you can help me I'd be right obliged.
|Sunday, October 16th, 2005|
A Brief Introduction
Where are you from?
I'm Shannon. I live in Manchester, CT, but I consider myself to be "from" the California bay area.What makes you a visionary/Why do you consider yourself one?
I have a lot of issues with self esteem, so I don't know that I often think of myself as a visionary, but I suppose I am one. I am an aspiring writer, poet, and artist. I have been using my creativity as a major emotional outlet and means of expression since I was a child, but I have only just now gotten up enough nerve to actually see if I can "do anything" with any of those talents. If you are curious what my work is like, I keep a gallery at Deviant Art, which can be seen here
.Anything else (within reason) you want to share.
I guess this is really more of a question for the members. I'm sure I'm not alone here, but I have terrible trouble being taken seriously as an artist by people that I know, either very well or just as acquaintances, and this can make it difficult for me to keep trying to get where I want to be. Everyone agrees that I'm talented, and everyone also
knows that I sell prints of my work and expect commission fees for private projects or requests. However, these same people keep doing things like asking for group oil portraits of their families and expecting to not even have to reimburse me for the materials let alone pay a commission fee, or people from my Live Journal friends list will ask for a print, but want to pay me in Live Journal icons instead of actual money or something equally ridiculous. I know
that they wouldn't dream of expecting something like that from an artist they actually took seriously. It honestly makes me feel like they consider my artwork to be nothing more than a hobby, and seem to feel that just my knowing they chose my art for their wall ought to be payment enough. Have any of you experienced anything similar, and if so, how did you handle it? Any tips, advice, or insight is appreciated. Current Mood: blah
|Tuesday, August 30th, 2005|
I just joined the community and here is my introduction as requested.
I live in Exeter - an old city in the south of England.
I consider myself a visionary because I have MANY ideas on every law and draft circulating Westminster. Hopefully I will reside over it all one day in my ambition to become PM but I will settle for any position of representation in Parliament :) I guess I want to change the world on a big scale and be remembered for something good. Current Mood: creative
|Monday, May 30th, 2005|
What's your goal for next month?
For me, there are obviously many. But if I could just choose one, I'd say, to be able to come up with something that will allow me to sustain myself even better than now, but also..allow me to advance my goals in other areas.
In other words, to tour teaching toccer
and setting up the Viperball
|Friday, May 27th, 2005|
Ever had an idea or something you knew you'd do, but no one really took you seriously? Even those people who seemed
to take you seriously, always had some sort of "challenge" for you, like "if you're gonna do [that thing], then what about this?"
If so, what did you do about it?
|Thursday, May 19th, 2005|
Something major you set out to accomplish this year...
Last year, I was talking with my gf about what I wanted to do this year. I had a bunch of things, but they weren't traditional New Year's resolutions that typically go by the wayside in January.
These were more abstract. Basically, it was something along the lines of "I'm not sure what exactly will happen. But I'm tired of being one of those people who talks about making change, I want to actually do something about it."
Well, five months in and I've held myself to my goal.
So the question that I hope spurs some discussion is What goals did you set out to accomplish this year - no matter how small - that you've managed to make good on, or at least, make some progress towards?
If you didn't, want to share what got in the way? Are you struggling through it now? Current Mood: blah
I didn't realize that posting about this in academics anonymous would solicit some brief discussion about whether this was a porn community or something.
It was funny, if nothing else. Maybe that explains only a few people have posted on here.
|Monday, May 16th, 2005|
Hi, my name is Allyson and I just joined the group a few days ago. I live in Southern California in the Westchester area. I am in my 20s. I've always been very generative as a person...teeming with ideas, visions and dreams and feeling like I am destined to do something or create something profound (destiny). I’ve felt this from a very young age and the feeling is intense that at times I am overwhelmed by it…which when taken to a dark place can cause the need to be rigorously goal oriented and highly perfective in objectives.
I love to learn and to absorb as well as share information with other people. I also love to be expressive and innovate and mutually and motivate others. I see auras in people and my aura is a green/violent combination. Violets are very much visionaries. They want to make a change in the world and affect others in a profound way through their ideas and dreams. They feel a strong drive to do that. That very much describes my nature. I am also an enneagram type 4 secondly type 5 mix and tend to score as INFP/INTP.
I tend to be a self learner and enjoy exploring so I am always pursuing personal projects. In joining this group and identifying with not only the description but its objective, my type of support will be to not allow myself to get frustrated with having such an active mind and constant stream of visions and ideas...and to see many of my projects through successfully in efficient methods of scheduling, prioritizing and organizing.
Currently I attend a professional school and my study is graphic design/animation. I intend to eventually, after working corporate for awhile, start my own business doing freelance design work and look for ways to generate passive income through real estate investment and creative projects. Another goal of mine is to gain competent knowledge and skills in music production as I've always had the dream of creating an album and getting signed to one of my favorite independent record labels. Music has always been a life long passion of mine along with other realms of art.
I strive to live a comfortable, creative, intellectually stimulating, personally fulfilling and financially prosperous life. I see wealth as opportunity for executing creative and business oriented ideas. My green side sees the practicality behind what wealth can ALLOW (creating options and secondary doorways).
My -immediate- goals are to finish school of course learning as much as I can, find an appropriate entry level but comprehensive enough job and begin focusing on paying off the totality of my debts in 3-5 years.
I look forward to getting to know others here as well as mutually sharing support, ideas, motivation and inspiration. Current Mood: awake
Destiny...do you believe?
I've never been one to get too caught up in the idea of destiny. I mean, it's a little silly really. But as you go through life and things happen, do you ever get to a point where you start to think "Hey, maybe there is something to this?"
Relate that to love and relationships now. The question is, do you believe that there is a such thing as destiny? In that, if you have an idea in your mind about the type of person you want/ought to be with, do you get to a point where you just say "Ok, that's not really what I wanted and this [substitute] will work.." or is it more like you're just willing to trudge along until you find it - realizing that your focus and the tenacity to know what it is you want to accomplish out of life, will also extend into that realm too?
I realize that's a bit esoteric. But...I'm just seeing what people think.
Thoughts? Current Mood: not sure
|Saturday, May 14th, 2005|
So here goes..
I'm Ron and I'm 26. I most recently lived in Wyoming and now, I'm back in Illinois where I've been for about six years between an Air Force enlistement and then college.
Originally from New Jersey. The whole "ambition" thing has been around longer than I can remember. In fact, it's really odd to me..because I'm not sure exactly when it started. It was intrinsic for a long time. Despite all the random ideas and things I've done - started a baseball league for my peers at 12, starting random clubs via the internet as a teenager - to the stuff I do now
...it's always been about enabling people and helping to empower them.
It gets old seeing people in positions and wondering how they got there. It's even worse when you have to work for them. At some point, at least for me, I decided that I knew I could do it a different way and that I had the perspective and the tenacity to execute it. But that latter part, has always been difficult to maintain - because often times..you find yourself on an island and it seems no one quite
gets where you're coming from.
Understandable, I guess.
But it's still frustrating. So, I figured that bringing people together who deal with this daily - or maybe - realize as I have that "hey, it's just one of those things..not everyone has it" is a good thing to get people through the day, week or whatever. Current Mood: chipper
I started this community because there wasn't one out there that fit this purpose. Essentially, if you're one of those people that muses about "what if we.." or "we ought to.." but are crazy enough to try to do it, rather than just talk
about it. This is the community for you.
It's pretty no frills, but is big on feedback. Once we grow, it'll be a lot easier to have that - obviously. But in the meantime, you ought to introduce yourself.
Where are you from?
What makes you a visionary/Why do you consider yourself one?
Anything else (within reason) you want to share.
Welcome aboard. Hopefully, things will stay congenial and civil :)