• Skills

    Preparation for the Expected and Unexpected

    By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ― Benjamin Franklin Preparation is key to action There is an expectation that men should know how to do almost anything, including being calm and prepared during an emergency situation.  This post is designed to help set a foundation for your emergency preparation planning. Natural or man-made disasters occur whether we are ready or not.  Here are some tips to make sure you’re not caught unprepared for a disaster. The first thing you should do is know your risks.  Are you in a flood area?  Are there tornados?  Are there hurricanes?  Wildfires? Earthquakes? Severe snowstorms?  You need to know your risk profiles…

  • Earn your way
    Life Lessons

    Changing Mentality: Deserve to Earn

    Shaping our world and our place in it There are different ways we look at the world and our actions in it.  We use words like: should and deserve as a way to describe how we want things to be.  When real life doesn’t meet our expectations. A tool we can use to help achieve our personal and professional goals is changing our mentality.  We change it from thinking we deserve something for having to earn something. I always hear people say, “I did “X” so I deserve “Y”, or “I deserve “Y” because of all the time I spent doing “X”. The good news is, you don’t deserve anything. …

  • King, Warrior, Wise Man, Lover
    Lifestyle

    Archetypes of Masculinity

    The conflict between archetypes and modern masculinity The idea of masculinity has different meanings depending on your culture. Throughout western culture, there has always been a trend to characterize masculinity as distinct masculine archetypes. There are societal pressures on men, personally and professionally, due to our limited characterizations and expectations. Therefore, this puts a limit on men and our ability to characterize internal dispositions such as depression.  Men are supposed to be strong and stoic, especially during a time of crisis. Modern challenges to archetypes Modern times has challenged the classic archetypes by presenting new challenges for survival (from actual jungle to corporate jungle).  There’s no outlet for men to…

  • Hydration for Performance
    Health,  Lifestyle

    Hydrate for Peak Physical and Mental Performance

    The importance of hydration An easy way to maintain your health is by maintaining proper hydration.  Drinking enough water keeps your mind and body functioning at optimal performance. Drinking water is important regardless of the temperature.  Water helps regulate our bodies by helping digestion, regulating electrolytes (salt/potassium), providing cushioning for joints, and other important cellular activities. The first thing to consider when figuring out how much water to drink is your activity level.  Are you active or sedentary?  Are you at high elevations (more than a mile high)?  If you’re active or at high altitudes then you’ll need more water.  But there is no one size fits all approach to…

  • Failed Pharmacy School
    Lifestyle

    Recovering from Failing Pharmacy School

    Recovering from failing pharmacy school I had a moment where I thought “I’m failing Pharmacy School so now what do I do?” What happens if you find yourself facing failure? Give yourself a short time to mourn your loss and recover. It was a hard process of getting into a school and once there it was harder to adjust to the lifestyle. Now you’ll have to make another adjustment. For anyone who has not gone through a professional program, it’s not school as you know it. It’s a lifestyle, it’s a way of life and a majority of your time and attention. It is hard to fail, but it is…