Aperture

In photography, aperture is used to describe how much light enters a camera sensor, which in turn affects how an image appears after the picture is taken. Mechanically, it works very much like our iris in which it limits the amount of light entering our eyes, allowing us to see the world in front of us.

As many photographers knows, the “perfect” aperture depends on various outside factors such as the shutter speed, ISO, and lighting. Most importantly however, it depends on what emotions photographers want to show through their images. Through enough practice photographers can produce a wide spectrum of emotions through their lens. For example, a photographer can take a picture at Disneyland, yet draw out a great sense of sorrow and loneliness. Conversely, they can walk through 3rd Street LA, famous for Skid Row, and capture pure bliss.

How we view our lives is the same as a picture taken from a camera. There are many outside influences that affects the way see our world. While we all may share the same planet, each one of our realities are vastly different. Our personal realities can either be a living hell or heaven on earth. Each world depends on how we interpret our own situations. Similar to a photographer, the most important factor in shaping our realities is how we view the events in our lives. We can choose to view disappointments as failures, or view them as opportunities for growth. A failed interview, can be a moment of self-deprecation, or a moment for reflection, recognition, and self-improvement. It is all about our mindset which will create our reality.

Why Athletics Cleanses the Mind

Life has gradually become more demanding over time. As technology and sciences advance, society must adjust to the keep up with the constant stream of new information. Furthermore, the daily grind every one of us goes through makes it obvious as to why so many are stressed out and overwhelmed. Our brain simply cannot keep up. Even when people go on vacation to de-stress, they still have the nagging reminder at the back of their mind that a bill needs to be paid or a task at work still needs to be completed when they return. Thus, they may even be more stressful while on vacation than they would have been if they stayed home.

A better solution that costs less and works infinitely more to help destress is exercising. When I say exercise, I don’t mean running a mile, while trying to post a picture on social media. Exercising must be done with determination and focus. As we exert ourselves, our mind is forced to work with our body to find the most efficient way to finish our task without depleting all our energy. In doing so, the mind throws out the nonessential such as worry or anxiety. Anything outside our body simply disappears. We don’t think about ongoing wars in the Middle East, politics, or even what to make for dinner later. Nothing but that single point in time matters. Time spent exercising is the reprieve our brain needs to decompress.

Blue Ocean

When they zig, you zag.

In business, Blue Ocean is a strategic concept that focuses on finding uncontested market space and make competition irrelevant. A great example of a Blue Ocean strategy comes from Nintendo. In the late 90s as the video game industry was becoming more and more competitive, Nintendo, the once leader of the pack began losing to longtime rival Sony Playstation and newcomer Microsoft Xbox. As a result, to regain market share, they started to focus on a different audience that was generally not targeted due to social norms. They shifted their focus from the predominate gaming demographic which includes teenage and young adult males, to women, children, and elderly people with their new Nintendo Wii and fitness sports games. At a price point of 200 dollars per Wii console, it was more targeted towards the less hardcore gamers and focused on those who enjoy short challenges without having to invest in long hours. Additionally, they started the trend of fitness tracking with their Wii Fitness and became vastly successful until other companies like FitBit overtook them. However, the success from Nintendo provides a great example of how existing companies can still find opportunities in a hyper competitive market.

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Worry

We’re Jammin

The most unnecessary feeling that affects everything we do. We worry about all the things in our lives and do everything we can to keep that worry to a minimum. Yet, despite our efforts, we still worry even when we’ve prepared to the best of our abilities. We worry if people like us, if people accept us, if people even know we exist. We worry if what we said will get us a job or lose it, we hope and wish, analyze and reanalyze in our head situations that never happen but could potentially happen. Our worries cause stress and anxiety. What can we do to stop worrying forever?

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The Last Inch

when we add up all those inches
that’s going to make the fucking difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.

“Almost to the finish line, time to slow it down and finish the race.” This is what we often think when we’re about to finish whatever it is we set out to accomplished. Whether it’s the last problem on a homework assignment, the last chapter to read before the book finishes, or the last bite of pizza before its done. We often think that because we’re so close and we’re almost done, that we can relax. Wrong. The last anything, is probably the hardest thing to do. As we near our personal finish lines, we need to realized that we have to finish strong.

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Limitless

We have failed to uphold Brannigan’s Law. However I did make it with a hot alien babe. And in the end, is that not what man has dreamt of since first he looked up at the stars?
-Captain Zapp Brannigan

The only way to progress in life is to push past our limits. The notion that we can be better than who we are today, is the driving force that enables humanity to advance further. In the movie, Limitless, we see the main character achieving superior results from taking a pill that allowed him to expand his capabilities to extraordinary lengths. While the movie is fiction and there’s no magic pill that will give us super brain capacities (not yet anyways), the ability to surpass are limits are very real. With enough effort, we can push ourselves past ourselves.

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